Archive for July, 2014

Hello freaks and makeup geeks!

I recently came into ownership of a large amount of makeup from Votre Vu. As a brief disclaimer, I’ll just say that I got all of the products mentioned in this post for free, as a result of doing an event where this was the only makeup we were permitted to use. If you want to know more about the event in question (46 Mommas Shave for the Brave), check out my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kaylacrepuscular. I have a few posts about it there.

Anyway, shameless disclaimers aside, let’s get on with it.

The product in question is Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint & Concealer. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Anyway, from what I can tell about this product, it’s not so much a foundation as it is a tinted moisturizer? I could be wrong, but it feeeeels like a tinted moisturizer to me. Here’s a quick glimpse at the culprit:

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This product comes in seven shades, I believe, ranging from fair to deep skin tones. The packaging is cool, there’s a double cap, and the concealer is in the top portion of the cap. However, it can be a little inconvenient, as you have to maneuver the foundation out of the bottom cap a little strategically, it doesn’t open as far as I would like. However, that has very little bearing on the quality of the product, so let’s move on.

I use the lightest shade of this product, which is 00 Limoges Light Cream. First impressions of the pigmentation: it’s actually not bad coverage considering it’s not really a true foundation. It evens out skin tone nicely, and even does a small amount of blemish coverage. It’s not great at covering blemishes, if you’re someone like me, and cursed with horrible skin, but it would get the job done for minor spot coverage. The concealer is a cream concealer, and does an excellent job of covering blemishes. It has a slightly yellow tint, which is fantastic for canceling redness. It’s full coverage and works wonders on my acne-prone skin.

Here’s what the two products combined look like on my face: photo (56)

So, for those who don’t know, the acne situation on my skin is horrific. You can still vaguely see a few of the more heinous zits under my nose, but my jawline and chin is also covered in monster spots, so I’m really really pleased with how this looks after initial application. One thing I will say, since this is a moisturizer and not a true foundation, it does feel slightly tacky to the touch, even after powdering. But, that’s the nature of the product, and you live with it.

So, I decided to do a wear test, and took a photo around 2-3 hours later:

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As you can see, the concealer is breaking down a little in some spots, and some redness is starting to show through. However, it’s not bad yet, and I don’t feel the need to reapply. Also, for the nature of this wear test, I didn’t want to reapply anyway.

Here’s the last photo taken, I believe about 4 hours after the second photo, for a wear test time of around 7 hours (around the average work day):

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As you can see, the concealer still hasn’t broken down too much. Around my eyes has started to melt away, and my dark circles of vampireness are showing through in all their insomniac glory, but other than that, blemishes aren’t looking TOO bad. I’m not mad at it.

Sooooo, let’s wrap this up, because I’ve been typing for way too long and this whole blog thing is starting to feel really taxing. All in all, I’m not mad at this product. The coverage is decent, and it last’s a good chunk of time. I would add that it does oxidize rather quickly, and the lightest shade became too dark for me in a matter of minutes. This was easily fixed by blending the product onto my neck and adding some bronzer, but it is a bit disappointing.

Anywho, hope this was enlightening and not terribly boring, and as always, remember to take a walk on the dark side 🙂

Hey kids,

I was sent a sample of Urban Decay’s new Perversion mascara a while ago. I’ve only used it a handful of times, so I can’t really call this a true ‘review.’ Instead, we’ll call it a first impressions post.

In a nutshell, my first impression is that it’s a really nice mascara, and that it does all of the things that it claims to do. Their tagline for this new mascara is #biggerblackerbadder lashes. And from what I’ve seen, it accomplishes these three things.

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So, first of all, you have to know that I have naturally long eyelashes. They’re so long in fact, that they often get tangled together. It’s a blessing and a curse. So, that being said, it’s difficult for me to judge what this mascara would do for those of you who have shorter, or even almost non-existent eyelashes. However, it does seem to enhance the length of my natural lashes. It is also a very pigmented mascara, and it is indeed blacker than most of the mascaras I have ever owned. In fact, it almost reminds me of the Perversion eyeliner. The formula feels almost creamy, just like the eyeliner, and it goes on smooth, and without need of a second application, it’s super ultra black.

As far as badder goes, I don’t know. I guess having a super black lash is pretty badass. I like the formula, it kicks up my lashes, and it feels great, almost like I’m not wearing anything on my lashes at all. So yeah, I guess i’d call it bad. In the good way.

Now, with all that being said, I’m not 100% sold on this product. We’ll see if this changes with continued use. The formula is definitely NOT waterproof. In fact, it’s not even a little bit water resistant. This would be hard to use on my lower lashes, since my eyes are kind of oily. After a few hours, I noticed that I had the classic raccoon eyes going on, even without having touched my eye area.

So, all in all, I’d say this is a nice product. It’s super black, super comfy, and looks great. However, I hope they’ll revamp this formula in the near future and include a water resistant version.

That’s all for now, kids. Remember to take a walk on the dark side 😉