iRave: NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting spray (Review)

Let me start by saying  – THIS. PRODUCT. IS. AMAZING! I could stop this review right here…but I won’t.

I’m not evil…(anymore).

I bought this yesterday at a store in my estate. I’d seen it at Gifty’s Daughter for N4500 and then saw it again that same day for N1000 less so I grabbed it and it was the last one.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

There’s a Matte Finish one too but I have Combination Dry skin so I detest matte makeup (excluding lipstick of course).

What NYX says about it:

“Prevail the sultry weather wearing NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray. Long lasting formula grants a dewy finish. Spray away and manage your makeup to last all day and night. Hold 8-10 inches from face, close eyes, and spray in downward motion 3 times to cover entire face. Let dry.”

I tested this out today to see if all three claims (dewy finish, long wear and makeup setting) were true so I applied my makeup as usual with my dewy finish foundation (MAC Studio Sculpt) mixed in with a tiny pea-sized amount of the NYX liquid illuminator in ‘Gleam’.

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For my eye makeup, I used a palette I got yesterday as well, the Wet n’ Wild Coloricon Palette in ‘Comfort Zone’; I lined the look with my Wet n’ Wild gel liner and mascara’d up with my lengthening fibre mascara by Tara Orekelewa (Nigerian brand).

For the lips I used MAC’s Riri Woo and highlighted the inner bottom part with a dab of Tara Orekelewa’s the Sleek S (Nigerian franchise) Flash-a-Pout matte lipstain in ‘Revolution’. And then to top it all off, I sprayed three spritzes of the item in review on the left, right and centre of my face and was off to work.

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Hehe! #modelshii

One thing to note about the spritzer though, is it kinda spritzes out harshly; like it’s not a soft spray like Fix+ and it doesn’t spread all over your face in one spray which is why three sprays are recommended.

At the 6 hour mark, we were still going strong.

Fish, ma'am? Grilled or Broiled

Fish, ma’am? Grilled or Broiled?

...lipstick was starting to fade though

…lipstick was starting to fade though

Normally, by this time, I would have lost some of the glow but today, it still looks ‘just-applied’ six hours after. I see no effect on the lipstick though as this is the exact same way my matte lipsticks progress throughout the day. Maybe I should have used a less long lasting lippie?

And now we have the grand finale…

drth

The black individual you see in the corner is my friend/colleague, Nanpon. He is very very annoying!

– 12 hours after, this is what we have still = Long wear claim *check*

– Face is still glowy and fresh-looking = Dewy finish claim *check*

– Eyebrows and eyeshadow are still intact = Makeup setting claim *check*

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Eyeliner didn’t do too badly either

I love how this worked on me and I believe the matte one works the same too; I’ve never really bothered to read reviews on that one, though so I’m only going by my experience with ‘her sister’. Therefore, do not take my word for it.

In all, I’d say it was a pretty good buy. (Hey, I just got an idea for a category: ‘Good Buy or Goodbye’. 😀 I know, i know, my brain is awesome!)

I’ll give this an 8 simply because I’d hoped it’d be more of a spray than a spritz; plus, the bottle could be bigger.

Have you used or do you use the NYX Dewy and Matte Finish Long Lasting Makeup Setting Sprays? What did/do you think of ’em? Lemme know; comment below.

Be Luxe. Be Lovely. Be Vain. No Apologies. 😉

PS: I need a better camera, I know. I’m working on it.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful kit (swatches, photos, eotd)

Notice there’s no specification on whether this is an iRant or and iRave or an iBitch? That’s because I have veeery mixed feelings about this one.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLike NARS, Estee Lauder and (believe it or not,) Sleek, I hear the name Anastasia and have come to expect perfection (Dip-Brow Pomade review coming soon). These palettes fall very short.

I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned this but I am a review FANATIC! I will NOT buy anything, whatever it is, unless I have done EXTENSIVE research on it and weighed both positive and negative reviews. So after seeing this here at N4,500 (it’s sold out now), I was amazed at how much you get for such a relatively low price because anyone that is aware of ABH products knows they don’t come cheap. So I got on my computer and went review-hunting. There were mostly glowing reports and amazing swatches (which I don’t know how they achieved..more on that in a bit) and there and then, my decision was made for me.

And now, the review:

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The kit is a set of two palettes: Bold brows and Beautiful eyes. The plus with this is that they would (or would have been ) perfect for travel because of the size, weight and how much is packed in.

They come in book-like little palettes in an encasement modeled after a book sleeve. The names of each palette are written on the ‘spine’ of each one and face outwards to complete the effect.

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Volume 1 – Bold Brows; Volume 2 – Beautiful Eyes

The packaging is really nice; it’s one of the things I like about it. They have these tribal print Aztec-looking designs all over them that serve as extra eye-candy.

Bold Brows (without flash)

Bold Brows (without flash)

Bold Brows (with flash)

Bold Brows (with flash)

This kit includes a colored pomade, a taupe brow color, a pair of tweezers, and a dual-ended brush; one side spoolie and the other side, angled brow brush. I must say the tools ARE pretty good;

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the tweezers are the kind you’d buy on its own at a store

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and the double-ended brush isn’t bad at all.

But that’s where the good features of this palette end.

The brow pomade, which I must say, is NOTHING like the real-deal ABH Dip Brow, is ridiculously un-pigmented. Honestly, if I didn’t know how good the brow pomade is, I’d have made a snap judgement based on the congealed watercolour encased in this ‘palette’. And lets not get me started on the powder. Unless they intended this for ‘afins’ (albinos) and white people only (racist much?), the powder’s pretty much useless. I guess this was their attempt at a universal colour; which is ridiculous ‘coz I don’t see how that’s possible. What they could and should have done is have colour options for the brow palette so each hair colour gets their shade. Well in their defense, the dip brow alone is N4500 here (about $28) so making a palette that had the exact same quality of the dip-brow gel as well as an eyeshadow quad at the same price, would have been quite the shot in the foot for them, I guess. But hey, like my people say, if you’re gonna eat a toad, eat a fat one. (No, Amber and Ashley, we don’t actually eat toads here -_-)

(left) Brow Pomade (right) Brow Powder

(left) Brow Pomade (right) Brow Powder

I literally swatched the pomade about 15 times to get it this deep. I don’t mean literally figuratively, I mean literally literally. 15 swipes! Imagine having to do that on your brows everyday. You’d lose your job before the week runs out. As for the powder, don’t let the lighting fool you, it’s barely there.

Now the eyeshadows:

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This palette includes 4 eyeshadow colors: a matte cream shade, a peachy pink shimmer, a satin tan, and a deep black/brown with shimmers. It also comes with a dual-ended brush that sports a medium shader on one end and a crease brush on the other. These were actually much better than the brow products, yet on their own, I’d rate them a 5/10. Here’s why: the only really pigmented colour is the deep dark brown one at the end followed by the shimmery peachy coral one.

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As you can see, the first and third ones are barely there and that’s with 300 swipes. Which goes back to my awe-struck wonder at how these bloggers were able to get such pigmented swatches out of theirs; skin tone maybe?

I dunno. All I know is they’re just okay and Anastasia Beverly Hills is not known to be ‘just okay’ so I’m a little disappointed.

Here are a few looks I created with the palette. One’s a daytime, work-appropriate look and the other’s more dark and smokey.

Daytime look:

Beautiful...

Beautiful…

...in the day

…in the day

Eyes:

Beautiful Eyes palette: Colour 1 on brow bone, Colour 2 on Lid, Colour 3 in crease

MAC Fluidline gel liner in Black Track

Lashes – Ardell Lashes in … I forget.

Face:

Black Opal Stick Foundation in Nutmeg and Truly Topaz

Milani Concealer in Honey

Sleek blush in Life’s a Peach

Lips:

Jacqueline by Patina lipstick in Purple Haze

Smokey/evening look

Bold...

Bold…

...at night

…at night

Eyes:

Beautiful Eyes palette: Colour 1 on brow bone, Colour 2/3 on Lid, Colour 4 on outer ‘v’ and crease

Lips:

MAC Lipstick in Verve

Brows in all photos were done with the MAC eyebrow crayon in spiked and the ABH Dip-Brow pomade in Chocolate; ain’t nobody got 5 hours to fill in brows.

So that’s the review. Would I repurchase? Am I mad? Am I a learner? Do I look like Awilo Logomba?*

However, if you are white or very light skinned, based on the swatches from the blogs linked above, I would think these shades are more suited to your complexion so if you want to, you should give them a shot.

Darris all, folks. More to come; I obviously have a lot of catching up to do. (I missed you too)

Be Luxe. Be Lovely. Be Vain. No Apologies.

* – (non-Nigerians may not understand)

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How to: Sweat-proof your makeup

Okay so I’d mentioned in a previous post that I have an extra tip I use to insure my makeup especially on hot, sweaty days (which in Nigeria is almost every day). A lot of girls have the problem of getting their makeup to stay in place for more than a couple of hours and find themselves having to reapply their makeup 360 times a day. Well, hopefully, I can help with that. The following is a list of steps you can take and products you can use to ensure flawless makeup all day long.

Prep and Prime: Not a very original title but it says what I mean. Prepare your skin by using a light moisturizer. I use the Olay Quench Daily Lotion with Shimmer, which is a really light but effective non-sweat-inducing moisturiser. (Buy here, although it might be cheaper at a physical store. I got a smaller bottle [350ML] at N1900)

Olay Lotion

Olay Lotion

Next up is a primer. Depending on the kind of skin you have, a suitable primer would help smooth out your face, fill in visible pores and lay a seamless foundation for your, well, foundation. *hehe*

If you have dry skin, you’ll need a hydrating primer; something creamy and water based.

If you have Oily skin, you’ll need a mattifying primer which would soak up all the oil on your face so it isn’t shining brighter than the Star of Bethlehem. (See Mary Kay Primer review)

If you have combination skin (like me) you might need both; one for your oily areas and one for your normal/dry areas.

If you’re not sure what type of skin you have, take the test.

A waterproof foundation like M.A.C Pro Longwear or Revlon Colorstay won’t hurt either. (If you ask me, the Revlon one is the better product but brand-name snobs might disagree.)

2. Use an antiperspirant:

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Here it is; the piece de resistance of your entire routine. By antiperspirant, I don’t mean, Sure spray or Dove roll-on o! Abeg! I mean a product made for makeup (it’s actually meant for theatre makeup which is usually quite heavy.) The one I use is the Mehron Pro Face ‘No Sweat’ Perspiration retardant. {Mouthful, I know}. It’s pretty hard to find but if you travel a lot, I’d advise that you stock up on this. I bought it on Taries World but it looks like they’re out of stock so you can keep checking back or buy abroad if you can. (link) Apparently, it’s been rebranded.

Note: If only a certain part of your face has a problem with sweat (e.g upper lip) then dab a little only on that area.

 

3. Use a fixing spray. I use Fix+ even though it doesn’t really fix jack shit.

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However, it’s a great way to get extra hydration especially since the ‘No Sweat’ product is VERY drying (a moisturiser is COMPULSORY) and also if you use matte products because of your oily skin. A less expensive option would be the e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set spray, which I will be porting over to once this is finished.

 

So, my beautiful sweaty Bettys, now there’s a lasting fix for this particular makeup migraine.

Please share this post so you can inform and enable other makeup enthusiasts in their quest for absolute vanity. 😉

 

Wondering how to safely get rid of your embarrassing dark upper lip, lady-stache and other unwanted facial hair? Finally found a fool-proof way to. That post is coming up shortly. Follow this blog so you don’t miss a thing. 🙂

Comments? Questions? Please share your thoughts.

 

 

 

REVIEW: Mary Kay Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation Primer

Hi Guys.

First post here. 😀

I thought I’d begin with a product I recently bought and used so here goes. I’d been searching for a really good AFFORDABLE primer for ages and even though there were mixed reviews online and off, I finally settled for the Mary Kay foundation primer. Hey, it costs N1800 and has SPF; what’s the harm in trying?

Before now, I’d used two MAC primers (Skin Base Visage and MAC Matte); both were *blegh*. Very ordinary and not-worth-the-cash.

MAC Matte

MAC Matte

After those two, I used (and have been using) an absolutely stunning luminescent primer by Kumaara

Kumaara Luminescent Foundation Primer

This stuff is the cat’s china silk pyjamas. It’s actually made for very fair (think Caucasian) skin tones but did that stop a sista? heck no!

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creamy consistency with pink iridescent undertones

I rocked this primer and I loved it. Sadly though, I’m almost out  😥 and it is incredibly difficult to come by. So I decided to save what’s left and get another one for everyday use. (#scroogeshii)

Enter Mary Kay and her awesomeness.

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What the Company says:

“This patent-pending, light-weight gel primer with Broad Spectrum protection creates the perfect canvas for a flawless foundation application. Contains optical diffusers.

Apply to entire face and blend gently using your fingertips to create the perfect canvas for foundation application.”

Packaging:

29ml/1fl.oz. tube

29ml/1fl.oz. tube

The product comes in a full-to-the-brim 29ml squeeze tube with a black twist-on-twist-off cap. It also sports a tiny nozzle that makes controlling the quantity of product that comes out an absolute breeze. Personally I’ve always hated those pump things e.l.f and MAC primers come in. #tediousmuch? The Kumaara one has the advantage of being a pump on a squeeze tube so it’s a little better. However, nothing beats the tube-nozzle combo.

squeeze tube + tiny nozzle = life made easier

squeeze tube + tiny nozzle = life made easier

Size:

The amount of product you get isn’t bad for the price. 29ml in a travel-friendly squeeze tube is quite a bargain if you ask me.

The Product:

A slight squeeze of the tube (how many times have I said ‘squeeze’ so far?) reveals a gel-like glob of solid liquid. Being a silicone-based primer, it’s clear-coloured and goes on colourless and matte.

unblended

unblended

blended in

blended in

This product also contains Broad Spectrum (i.e protection from both UVA and UVB rays) SPF15 sunscreen which for me, means a total of SPF 30 seeing as my foundation also contains SPF 15. 😀 Yay for S.A.P!!*

Pros:

  • Easy to blend
  • SPF 15
  • Dries Matte
  • Makeup glides on beautifully
  • Keeps oily areas matte
  • Super affordable (got this for N1800 here
  • Can you say pore-filler? Below are photos of  foundation swatches on my hand with and without the primer
without primer (pores of life)

without primer (pores of life)

with primer 😮

I know, right?

 Cons:

  • You wait a few extra seconds than normal for it to dry
  • Apparently, using it with the Mary Kay foundation is a BAD idea. Whether it’s the makeup or the primer or the actual combination, I do not know. But a friend of mine says her makeup goes extremely oily to the point of being runny. ‘And now I see your face drop’ *Sean Kingston voice* (hehe)

THE VERDICT:

It’s a good product. I’d give it a 7/10 simply for its incompatibility with some foundations, even its own sister product. But asides that, it’s a pretty good product.

I can’t say much for it’s ability to keep makeup on longer ‘coz I already have a method that makes my makeup last with or without a primer so… (more on that later).

I’ll probably skip this step on one occasion, try the primer alone and then do an update so stay tuned.

 

Would I repurchase? If don’t find something better, absolutely.

Have you used the Mary Kay Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation Primer? What are your thoughts?

Comment below and following won’t hurt either. 😉

 

 

Key:

* –  Sun Avoidance and Protection