Sleek Makeup in the House!

Okay, where have I been? Why haven’ y’all told me to buy Sleek Makeup yearssss ago? I mean, seriously. I’ve known about the brand for a while but no one told me how great they were. Yes, I saw the swatches online and lusted after their eye shadow palettes but I never made the jump.

Sleek Makeup

Until one fateful evening on Twitter. I was chatting with beauty blogger friends and before I knew it, it was midnight and I was ordering makeup. I blame them. Beauty bloggin’ peer pressure.


Sleek Makeup products
I also thank them because everything is absolutely goooorgeous. I didn’t want to spend too much money and honestly, that’s easy to do considering their prices are so affordable. Since I did a video feature of the things that I hauled, this post will mostly be full of pretty pictures. You’ll have to watch the video to get my thoughts on everything. But I can tell you this…I will be purchasing more Sleek. And soon.

Sleek Bronze Block

Bronze Block in Dark for $11.49. This was a total impulse buy because I’m not really sure how I’m going to use this.

Sleek Mystic

Sleek Loved Up and Mystic

Lipsticks in Loved Up and Mystic. They are  $7.49 each.

Sleek Life's A Peach

Life’s a Peach blush for $6.99. I really wanted to do something different in my blush game. I’ve never owned a peach blush and I didn’t see them as flattering on my warmer skin but I’m going to push it to the limits and see if I can make it work.

Sleek iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette

iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette swatches

iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette. This baby went for $11.99 and of course I didn’t need any more palettes but this was just calling my name. I saw swatches of it and HAD to have it.

Not pictured is the Hide It Concealer that I got for $4.99 and apparently someone hid it because I can’t find it! Haha, see what I did there? I’ve got a video coming soon about this line so stay tuned for that! I can tell you now…I am an enormous fan and will definitely be ordering from them again.

 

Have you ever tried anything from Sleek? What should I scoop up next? 

The Bronzer That Is Sweet Enough To Eat. Almost.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Bronzer season is in session and I couldn’t be happier! I got a sample of this Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer from Too Faced a few months back and with it came their darling little kabuki brush.

Too Faced kabuki brush

Too Faced CHOCOLATE SOLEIL MATTE BRONZER

First of all, can we talk about how much I still need to get that Chocolate Bar Palette in my life? Have you seen it? And part of the reason why I want it so much is because of the packaging. Yeah, I’m pretty sure the shadows are nice and the diversity of the shadows are great, but how wonderful is that palette? Cute stuff, yo. But it’s the bronzer that we’re talking about.

Too Faced matte bronzer

It’s not easy to wear matte bronzers. Especially if you’re like me and have pretty noticeable pores. But Too Faced did a bang up job with this one.

Too Faced Chocolate matte bronzer

The formulation promises to neutralize red and even skin tone and it has actual cocoa powder in it. Which is pretty cool, right? This Medium/Deep bronzer will likely work will for chicas a smidge lighter than me and maybe those a tad bit darker than me. I’m just excited to see a bronzer this dark and complementing for my complexion.

Bronzer swatch

I also love the absence of shimmer. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love a dose of gold in bronzers but it’s refreshing to see one that I can wear confidently and not have to worry about the disco ball effect.

Bronzer on cheeks

It’s one of those bronzers that goes nicely with my powder makeup routine. I’m a fan and for $30, it’s a steal.

Sweet stuff! Have you tried anything from Too Faced’s Chocolate collection?

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO REVIEW: Cover FX Illuminating Powder

Some time ago my girl Courtney over at Phyrra.net held an event at Sephora for Cover FX. It was there when I fell in love with and purchased their glorious Illuminating Powder.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder

I’m a lover of blushes and bronzers and didn’t see a real need for something like this. Until I tried it on.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder compact

Retailing for $28, you can make a whole ‘lot of magic happen with this glorious powder. And I’m singing praises about it.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder on cheeks

Check out my video review below and for more information about this powder, visit here. And don’t even get me started on their Setting Powder. Looooove!


Cargo Cosmetics is some kind of awesome…

So like a realllllllyyyyy long long loooong time ago, I was all obsessed with the brand CARGO. Some people are obsessed with shoes, some folx like hats (you know, like the ones people rock at the Kentucky Derby when they bet on horses), I obsess over cosmetics. Obviously. I’m not sure what happened but my love affair with them just…ended. Don’t you hate when that happens? It’s like one minute you’ll be obsessed with a song and then the next, you’re just like…over it. Okay, so fast forward a few years and CARGO and I are friendly again thanks to these press samples being sent to me. Yaaaayyyy!!!!

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CARGO is  currently sold in Ulta and at cargocosmetics.com, but I’m almost positive that they used to be sold in Sephora. I wish they’d go back to good ole’ Seph. But whatever – I’m just happy that I can buy them whenever now because it seemed to be that they weren’t so widely available years ago.

One of my faaaavorie things about the brand is their AMAZING bronzers. Mark my words – CARGO rules in the bronzer department. This Beach Blush in Echo Beach is absolutely lovely.

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Don’t be silly and try to use each individual  color. No no, loves. Simply swirl a brush in there and apply it all over the cheeks.

 

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Yep, that’s Elle’s little head at my chin. I’m a multi-tasking mama! Packing-wise, I love these bronzers but it’s really the longevity that make them stellar. I can use this bronzer on top of a powder and it will last a good 8 hours. Fo reals!

And then there’s the Essential Palette…

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Who knew CARGO did eyeshadows so well? Priced well at $32, this palette in Warm Neutral is the perfeeeect everyday palette. I love how all of the shadows are matte but they weren’t chalky. In fact, the only issue I had was with the Browbone color. It was a bit frostier than I would have liked. I managed to tone it down a bit using a primer but by itself…wowsers.

Lippy-wise, I was sent the darling coral and shimmery darling.

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A simple gloss, yes but it’s dainty and would probably be fantastic over a highly pigmented lipstick. It’s the kind of gloss that is appropriate for outdoor fancy affairs but it also works well if you need something subtle but nice.

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Prices:

Bronzer – $30
Essentials Palette – $32
Lipgloss – $14

Availability:

CargoCosemtics.com

I am beyond impressed with what CARGO has been doing lately. I’ve got some mascaras of theirs that I can’t wait to review so stay tuned for those reviews. Any CARGO lovers in the house? Have you ever tried the brand?

 

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Tales of an Elizabeth Arden bronzer…

Oooh Elizabeth Arden. Can I be honest? You’re a brand that I never gave much thought to before. Of course, your products are legendary because they’ve been around for ever. Your longevity in the beauty arena shows that you have what it takes to help women feel beautiful and provide them with quality cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. But are you made for the younger generation? I’m not sure.

When I think of Elizabeth Arden, I always think of products that my Grandmother would wear. But clearly that’s sheer ignorance because this Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer Powder was SO made for me.

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This is why you can’t go around judging brands until you actually do your research and try some of the products. That’s okay, you don’t have to research anything. That’s my job. :cool:

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I got the opportunity to try this bronzer and I’ve been wearing it faithfully all fall long. The thing is, there’s nothing super innovative about it. It’s like most bronzers in that it contains subtle shimmer to give you that natural glow. It’s lightweight and according to ElizabethArden.com, it is infused with green tea, white tea and minerals. So it’s not only pretty on the skin but it has healing and moisturizing properties as well. Niiiiiiice. Packaging the wise, the palette is stunning, classy and attractive.

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But of course, darling. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Elizabeth Arden, now would you? The bronzers come in 3 shades: Soft Radiance, Deep Radiance and Warm Radiance. I was all set to be disappointed with Warm Radiance (because let’s face it…sometimes these higher-end brands don’t really cater to the darker skinned beauties of the world) but you know what? It worked very nicely with my skin.

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Granted bronzers don’t have to be DEAD ON when it comes to matching your complexion but I’ve found that bronzers that are too fair make me look washed out. This bronzer, however, it works beautifully on me. Impressed? Heck yeah, I am!

See how nice and subtle the shimmer is?

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Very nice. I will definitely be playing with more Elizabeth Arden products. This bronzer retails for $38 so it’s ideal for my higher-end brothers and sisters of the beauty world. You can scoop it up at ElizabethArden.com or at select Elizabeth Arden counters at department stores.

Brown Girl Beauty: COVERGIRL Queen’s Matte Pressed Powders rock!

Guess what? My skin is doing halfway decent. I haven’t had a breakout in months, my dark spots are disappearing (remind me to tell you about this dark spot remover I’m using) and I can’t remember the last time I had a pimple. Of course, by the time you read this post, my skin may have turned against me. It’s happened before. I give it praises and then it attacks me.

Ugh.

But yeah – I’m taking advantage of my skin’s good behavior and I’ve been dabbling around with some of COVERGIRL Queen’s goodies.

For my brown girls that claim there aren’t drugstore-friendly foundations, powders and bronzers for us, puh-leeeease take a look at CG Queen. They’ve got enough shades for all of our hues. The only downfall is the inability to test the products before you buy but whatev. Hold on to your receipt and the stores should exchange and return with no problems.

Clumps veterans know I’ve featured CG Queen products manyyyy times before. I’ve played around their their concealers, their lippies (oh yes girl, I am STILL rockin’ Berry Bling) and remember last year when Sam Fine did a face chart for Clumps readers? I’m no stranger to this brand so when they hit the scene with a new matte pressed powders, of course I had to show it off for y’all.

Of course.

Here’s what COVERGIRL has to say about them,

“Our fade-resistant powder gives you a natural looking, even coverage that is designed to last while controlling shine.” (source)

There are 6 of these ranging from Light to Medium Deep so the chances of you finding the perfect match for you is pretty high.

I’m showing off Light AND Medium Dark here but really her sibling Medium Dark is better fit for my NW45 skin. Now y’all know I’m a fan of wearing just wearing concealers with a powder on top. I don’t feel the need to wear foundation unless I’m getting all fancified. So yah, these are perfect for me.

Don’t say one word about how dead I look in this picture. Not one word, I say!

I didn’t even use concealer on the left side. But look how much more polished my skin looks. And while they are matte pressed powders, I still get a luminous finish. And even more so if I apply the COVERGIRL QUEEN Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze on top.

In.love. I mean, honestly…what’s with brown girls saying they can’t or shouldn’t wear bronzer? I just don’t get that. A little glow to the cheekies ain’t never hurt nobody. Yes, I know that was a double negative, but work with me here, mkay?

With the bronzer going for less than $7 and the matte pressed powder at around $5, you’ll do anything but break the bank trying to snag these kids. Especially if you’ve got a coupon or two. You know how I roll… But if you’d rather purchase online, Drugstore.com has the cheapest prices.

Ah yes. Another knock out of the park for COVERGIRL Queen. Know what I mean? Weeeee, I rhymed! :p

Milani’s Illuminating Powders are almost TOO pretty to use

Anyone ever watch the show Hoarders? Centered around people who “hoard” items, this show takes you on a journey inside the mayhem that these people live in. While shocking, it’s always sad because usually the hoarder had a breaking point in their lives that MADE them hold on to material things. Sometimes it’s the death of a loved one, feeling abandoned after their kids move away or divorce.

Anyway – I have a girlfriend who has me thisclose to calling Hoarders on her. She hasn’t had any recent traumatic events in her life but she hoards more makeup than anyone I know. She has a collection of more than 200 blushes that she doesn’t even use because she says they are “too pretty to touch”. That’s right. 200 perfect blushes that have never touched her cheeks. When I showed her these new Milani Illuminatizing Powders, she shrieked and told me she couldn’t wait to add these to her “Too Pretty To Touch” collection.

Crazy, right? Don’t worry. Said friend doesn’t mind that I put her story on blast. She assures me that there are probably hundreds of beauty hoarders out there. Eeek!

Beauty hoarder or not, if you’re a Milani fan, you’re going to love these. Milani is doin’ it BIG this season girlfriends and if you didn’t know, you better ask somebody. These Illuminating Face Powders are ah-mazing.

Gorgeous, right?

These babies can be used as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. Whatever fits your fancy.

First up is Amber Nectar…

Combining a gold finish with a touch of rose, Amber Nectar is the perfect combination of her other two siblings. She’s got a few micro-sparkles goin’ and while she may be a little too cool for my complexion but I’m sure other gals can rock Am Nec beautifully.

Beauty’s Touch is my favorite…

If you are taking baby steps into wearing blushes and want to wear something with a little color, this is the route to go. Beauty’s Touch’s golden notes are toned down a bit on the cheeks and what you’re left with is a shimmery pink finish.

Swatches….

(L-R) Amber Nectar, Beauty’s Touch, Hermosa Rose

And then there’s Hermosa Rose.

Despite the “rose” in the name, I think AR has more gold in it than anything else. In fact, it’s the closest powder to a true bronzer. That said, after Beauty’s Touch, it’s my favorite.

Pro’s:
-Beautiful and subtle shimmer.
-Perfect for blush beginners. It gives enough coverage without being too intimidating.
-A little goes a long way.
-The packaging. How beautiful are those flowers?
-Even with multiple uses, the flowers stick around. Yay!

Con’s:
-May be tricky to apply. Because it’s so sheer, you may actually have on more than you think. I found the best way to apply this was with a skunk/stipling brush.
-If you aren’t a fan of gold shimmers, you may not like these because all 3 of these are gold based.
-It isn’t very long-lasting. After about 5 hours, my cheeks weren’t as golden as they were when I first applied.

Hermosa Rose on my cheeks…

So yep, while these are subtle, I still love the glow that they give my cheekies. Some days I don’t feel like putting a ton of color on my cheeks, so these are absolutely fantastic. They are in drugstores now for about $8.99 and online for $9.49.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay?

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey. It’s purty!

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve done a review on a blush. Which is madness because I really do wear them. Like once or twice a week. I’ve become such a minimalist in my makeup routine that even blushes get bushed to side. Buuut, I had the opportunity to try a new mineral blush and got re-excited over blushes all over again.

I am a HUGE proponent of blushes and bronzers. I love them so so much. And sometimes a blush isn’t always about POW and BAM. Sometimes it’s about a nice subtle highlight. Such is the case with the paraben-free Becca mineral blush in Wild Honey.

My girls and guys sensitive to talc will rejoice because this blush comes without that too.

According to BeccaCosmetics.com, “BECCA Mineral Blush is a luxury powder for cheeks, imparting natural, luminous colour that is ultra-kind to skin. This longwearing mineral contains a hint of highlight to lift the complexion, with a delicate formula that never appears cakey or chalky.” (source)

The blush feels silky to touch and applies like a dream to the ol’ cheekies.

My favorite brush to apply it with?

My darling ecoTools skunk brush. This brush does a great job at applying blushes effortlessly without applying TOO much. It is great at slowing building up intensity. Of course you can use any brush to apply this blush, but still…skunk brushes rock. It didn’t show up as well in pictures but here’s where I applied the blush…

Just a dab on the apples of each cheek and bam…


Not bad, uh? This is the perfect blush for those who are taking baby steps into blush wearin’ or for folx who want a bit of highlighting without a face that screams, “Look at me! I’m wearing blush.” I can also see this as being a gorgeous wedding blush for women of all skin complexions.

Because it’s paraben-free and infused with Vitamin A, C and E, I’ll ignore the high price tag of $32. You can grab this shade and 4 other mineral polishes from BeccaCosmetics.com.