Saturday, 25 April 2015

Sephora Haul


...because no trip to New York is complete without a Sephora haul.

This trip was super special because we went to quite a few branches including a huge one on 5th Avenue. 


Sharalee invited us to accompany her to a VIB Rouge event where we got mini makeovers, talked to brand representatives and got to shop before the store opened to the public. Tres chic! Extra special shoutout to Erica who was a) extremely helpful and knowledgeable about skincare and, b) GORGEOUS. You could tell she was a mature lady - she said she's been in the beauty industry for 20+ years - but you can't tell if she's a day over 35. As we does say, she sweet tuh all.

The motherload
  • Shiseido Facial Cotton
  • Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection
  • Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask
  • L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil
  • Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic
  • Dior Diorshow Maximizer (100 point perk)
  • Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner
  • Nest Midnight Fleur Eau De Parfum Rollerball
  • Sephora Formula X Effects Top Coat 'Over The Moon'
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick 'L.U.V' Thanks Heidi!
  • Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser (not pictured)

 Sephora also gave us these cute cosmetic bags.


It was such fun hunting down deals in the different branches, especially since the ones inside JCPenny stores sometimes have different kits. 

There's a whole lot more I had my eyes on so I gotta mount up de coppers to shop again!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Drugstore Haul

Boy o boy, do we have some hauls for you. So much so we have to break them up. Right now it's all about Target, Duane Reade, Marshalls and Ulta.

The motherload

The joy of 24 hr shopping! While those stores are more expensive - you pay for convenience I guess - it was great to see so many brands that we locally don't have access to. We really didn't see that many deals until we got to Ulta :'( Speaking of Ulta, that's where I saw so many Zoya polishes I couldda cry.


But alas, that was our last night a.k.a money dun burn *sob*

The rundown:
  • Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash
  • Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes Thanks Heidi
  • Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes
  • Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Matte - 02
  • Zoya 'Faye'
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless '355 Coconut'
  • Orly 'Frolic'
  • CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous '315 Tawny'
  • Maybelline New York Lash Sensational '01 Very Black'
  • Deborah Lippmann 'On The Beach'
  • Gosh Pencil Sharpener
  • NYC In a Minute 'Grand Central Station'
  • Maybelline New York Matte '660 Touch Of Spice'
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme '301 Black' (not pictured)
The tampering with products in the drugstore complaint is real. We had to go through so many of those Maybelline Matte lipsticks in Ulta to find one that wasn't touched. The same was evident in Ulta and even worse in discount stores like Marshalls and Burlington. I know we'd prefer to have testers in every store but geeez if there isn't don't wreck the product for another customer.

Some prices, when tax is included, is kindda comparative to local stores. But lawwwddd the sales these stores have is what makes life sweet! That Deborah Lippmann polish was marked down to $3*! Gosh is being phased out of Duane Reade so everything from the line was discounted; that sharpener was only $1.79*.

So yeah, next trip money gotta set aside specifically for these drugstore goodies.

*prices before tax.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Excellent Customer Service - NARS

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we're back.

If you're asking back from where you need to check us out on Instagram - @lr_interlaceinc and @modenmakeup.

There's so much to tell you about from the trip but I had to start with the few incidences of excellent customer service that I was privy to. Let's start with the lovely time I had in the Nars boutique at 413 Bleecker Street, it's a free standing store (FSS).

First off, a huge thanks to Sharalee without whom I wouldda been as lost as them folks on Gilligan's Island...

Where there's makeup, she will find it.

My crazy excited face...

Regular readers know how I feel about those Audacious lipsticks and while I have seen them in countless Sephora locations it was a joy to see the boutique exclusive shades in person. I must have 'Vanessa', 'Vivien' and 'Deborah'.


It was a joy to see all the Nars products up close to be honest but the greatest pleasure was speaking to Daniel. What a gem! Daniel took the time to give us mini makeovers and tell us all about the new Christopher Kane collection as well as the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. 



Absolute splendor.

Daniel was clean, polite, funny, patient ('cause yuh know I pestered him with questions) and so unbelievably knowledgeable.... and clean. He loves his job and it shows. I was so impressed with his sanitation methods, his application technique and his ability to adequately match us ladies with darker skin tones. Talk about a master at foundation application!

About two hours later we came out looking #flawless.

Isn't she gorgeous?!
Sharalee did her eye makeup herself

Mini makeovers by Daniel Alvarez

I was really really impressed that Daniel wasn't pushy in the slightest. He was genuinely only interested in showing us what possibilities there were based on the kind of product we already like. Example: y'all know I love my cream eyeshadows; well instead of trynna hustle the Nars powder shadows, Daniel showed me how to create a simple smudgy (Olsen twin-esque) look with three of the new Velvet Shadow Sticks. They're matte and absolutely amazing. I must have them.
Sharalee loved the blush from the Christopher Kane collection and the new Multiples too. Daniel showed us the best application method for applying those type of cream products as well as how to get the most dimension on your lips by using different colours in the same shade family.


The real product shocker was the Nars Skincare. Daniel put the Multi-Action Hydrating Toner on our faces and I was like: "bruh, I set. You ain't gotta do nuttin else". This "Sprinter" that New York has going on truly wrecked havoc on my skin. That toner was like Moses parting the Red Sea (not the Ridley Scott version) - glorious. I gotta get that too!


Now, I'm a girl that likes those Sephora points but I strongly feel that from now I'm gonna call Bleecker Street for my Nars items directly. Yup, you can do that. Just call 646 459 2323... and ask for Daniel :)

Thank you!

It was definitely an experience we will never forget. Thank you Daniel.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Lacquer by Kiss

Good Morning  & Happy Easter Monday!!

Last week, we three, Lucinda, Mummy and I went into #1 Beauty Supply on St. Michael's Row here in Barbados. There was the display with the Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Lacquers!! All but two were available, Queen (the purple beauty) and Bellagio (Deep Marine Blue). However I bought the rest :D And I got one for Lucinda as well for her to try.

They retail for $12.00 BBD and I truly believe six (6) days in that I'm going to absolutely love them!

Here are the lip lacquers on display:

I swatched them and Lucinda uploaded same time!! Excited much lol.

The product description:
Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Laquer is the hybrid of lipstick and lipgloss and has high definition and full coverage! Just one coat creates luscious, brilliant color. Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Laquer glides on smoothly, non sticky and stays in place for hours of continuous wear.

I can attest to the demi matte ( they say glossy, I don't see a high shine gloss when it dries after application so...), hd and full coverage factors and as they claim NO STICKY FEEL at all. The lighter colours come off slightly chalky but adding more of the product has helped. To give a more accurate account though, I'll wear them over the next few weeks. The longevity is consistent with the claim of 6 hours. And they stained my lips, which is something I generally look for in a matte lip product. Not bad for 12 smackaroos huh? 

Swatches galore! 

The shades from left to right and my descriptions of them are: 
Mirage: Dusty Rose
Ruby:  Blue Based Red
Think Pink: Vibrant Bubblegum Pink 
Rosy: Rich Merlot
Insecure: Blue Gray
Creme: Pinky/Mauvey Nude
Crush: Lucozade Orange
Glace: Egg Yolk Yellow
Pool Party: Sky Blue with a hint of turqouise 
Wonderland: Lilac

So far I've worn 'Think Pink', 'Crush', and 'Rosy'. I don't know about you, but I love a lipstick/ gloss or product that doesn't wash me out if I choose to wear it without a full face do down. And Rosy was it for me! 

The Beauty Breakdown: 

If you prefer a drier matte formula similar to MAC Ruby Woo, this is not the product for you. It IS however very moisturising on the lips and allows for reapplication. The shades are true to packaging colour and the long, flat lip wand covers my very full lips more than adequately. 

This may come across as more of a product rave. However, I must stress that this is more of a first impression review. I'll be back atcha with an in depth analysis when I've tested all of them very soon! 

Photo taken in direct sunlight, I lined my lips with a Gabriella Dark Brown liner for blend-ability.
Tanisha one of my clients wearing a combo of Crush and Creme (the products layer well too)!
Promo on the Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Lacquers seems to have started 6 weeks ago, according to this stock photo I snapped from Insta. Not a bad turnaround time, considering we've been waiting months for products from brands that shall remain nameless.
Pretty colours all in a row.

Have you bought any yet? 

xoxo 
Heidi

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Liquid Lipsticks Part 1

Happy Easter!

I've promised this comparison since Adam was a lad; and since I've decided to do it I've accumulated so many of them that there's no way I could fit it all into one post. So this entry will compare: Dose of Colors 'Berry Me', NYX 'Copenhagen', Pretty Zombie Cosmetics 'Dahlia' and L.A. Splash Cosmetics 'Untamed'.

Initial application swatch. L -R: 'Berry Me', 'Copenhagen', 'Dahlia' and 'Untamed'

Swatches after five minutes 

'Berry Me'

Dose Of Colors says: "Our liquid lipstick is a velvety high-fashion matte finish which envelops lips in a rich color. Glides on smoothly and stays put throughout the day.

• Vegan
• Cruelty Free
• Gluten Free
• Paraben Free

Tips: Exfoliate lips before use. Avoid greasy food.

Ingredients: Isododecane Synthetic Beeswax VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Cyclopentasiloxane C18-36 Acid Triglyceride Disteardimonium Hectorite Phenoxyethanol Alcohol denatured Ethylhexylglycerin MAY CONTAIN: ± D&C Red No.28 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410) FD&C Red No.40 Aluminum Lake (CI 16035) Titanium dioxide (CI 77891) FD&C Yellow No 5 Lake (CI 19140) Aluminum Oxide Red 6 Lake (CI 15850) D&C Red 27 Lake (CI 45410) FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1) Iron Oxides (CI 77499) FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090)
". Available in seven shades.


Of the four products 'Berry Me' has the best packaging. It's also the most expensive at $55BDS from House Of Glam. There are 4.5 grams in each tube.

'Copenhagen'

NYX says: "Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing. 
What it is: Highly pigmented, matte lip cream
What it does: Creates various matte lip looks
Why we love it: Delightfully creamy and lightweight, our award winning line just expanded with two captivating new shades.

Artist Tips/Suggested Use: Apply directly to lips, or over lipstick. Apply with lip liner to define outline of lips. 

Ingredients: Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Beeswax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone /Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isohexadecane,Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum. May Contain:CI77019 (Mica) / CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI15850 (D&C Red 6 Na.Salt), CI15850 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), CI15985:1 (FD&C Yellow 6 AlLake), CI19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), CI45410 (D&C Red 28 AlLake), CI77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI77499(Iron Oxide Black), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77891 (TitaniumDioxide)
". Available in 22 shades. There are eight grams of product in each tube.

Heidi has already done an overview of these so you know it's #TeamModen recommended. The Soft Matte Lip creams are the most inexpensive of the lot, usually retailing for $20 - $25BDS across the island and the most comfortable to wear. 

'Dahlia'

Pretty Zombies Cosmetics says: "VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE Liquid to Matte.

Allow up to 90 seconds for a matte finish. Weight: 7 grams. (our liquid lipsticks are NOT smudge-proof or transfer-proof)

Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Vegetable Glycerin, Castor Seed Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. (May Contain: FD&C Blue #1, Iron Oxides, Magnesium Myristate, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #5)
". Available in eight shades.


I bought this from Beyond Beauty Barbados for $35BDS.

'Untamed'

L.A. Splash Cosmetics says: "Lip Couture's rich waterproof shades will leave a velvety, matte finish that never transfers. Experiment with our boldest high pigmented shades - from neutral to solid black. With its innovative formula that glides on as liquid and dries matte, you are sure to turn heads! Use the Lip Couture Remover to effortlessly remove the lipstick and leave your lips super moisturized and cushiony soft. To remove use any oil based makeup removing product. For best results gently massage on cleanser and remove with a cotton ball. 

Ingredients: C10-12 Alcane/cycloalkane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Propylparaben May contain: CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 45410, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491
". Available in 18 shades.


These also retail for $35BDS from either Beyond Beauty Barbados or Exotica Makeup and Extensions. There are 3.8 grams in each tube.

Now the part you really wanna know...

Major differences

'Berry Me' and 'Copenhagen' formulas have the best scent.

All these liquid lipsticks feel slightly tacky when you press your lips together.

The Lip Couture suggested expiration date is three months after opening. The Soft Matte Lip Cream suggests 18 months while Pretty Zombie Cosmetics and Dose of Colors show no such date on their packaging.

If you want a no smudge, no transfer, on your lips till the second coming lip colour go with the Lip Coutures. To ensure that your lips don't run off your face screaming abuse, please follow the directions and remove these products with an oil based something (I prefer just plain coconut oil). For that longevity you're gonna have to trade comfort. So exfoliating and moisturizing your lips prior to use is a must. Just remember to remove all excess moisture before application. 

Second best in the longwear race is Liquid-Matte lipsticks from Dose of Colors. 'Berry Me' wore just a smidgen less on a regular day but broke down after I ate some fried snapper.

Before de snapper

After de snapper; including wiping my mout

These build easily upon themselves so reapplication is a breeze. I would not recommend building a Lip Couture after it has set. You'd have to totally remove the product and start from scratch. 

Funny enough I found the liquid lipsticks from Pretty Zombie Cosmetics and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams to be very similar. While I have found inconsistencies in the formula with the lighter shades of the Soft Matte Lip Creams, the dark colours are a joy to wear. I just like dark lippies. The light mousse-y texture make application easy. On the flip side, these textures do not dry down nowhere near as matte as the Lip Coutures nor do they last as long. I was happy to see the disclaimer: "(our liquid lipsticks are NOT smudge-proof or transfer-proof)" on the Pretty Zombie cosmetics website just now cause at least they're not lying to their customers. 'Dahlia' transfers all day errrrday; but you can layer it enough that your lip colour still doesn't break through.

No straw is safe

Three layers of 'Dahlia' after a couple hours wear

To boost the longevity of any of these products apply the Too Faced Lip Insurance first.

Applicators

L - R: L.A. Splash Cosmetics Lip Couture, Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick

All the liquid lipsticks come with a doe foot applicator with the exception of the Lip Couture. That one is longer and slanted. I think it's a good choice since you'd want to be very precise with the application of a product that dries quickly, especially if it's a darker shade.

Would I Repurchase?

A longwear matte lipstick has its time and place I suppose. Many makeup artists I know are loving the Lip Coutures and will be using them on their clients for Kadooment Day. Personally, I'm not a fan of the uber dry lip so the Soft Matte Lip Creams are my favourite; I just have to keep it with me for touch-ups. If you're looking for a happy medium and don't mind spending the money try Dose of Colors.

If I've left anything out please ask away in the comments.

p.s. check out my Keek profile for more wear tests.

Part 2 will feature: Sleek, Anastasia Beverly Hills, L.A. Splash Cosmetics and Ruby Kisses.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Would I Repurchase? REN Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser

This purchase was all because of Josh Collier. You can view his video comparing products from the REN Rosa Centifolia line below.


Now the skin care boss Caroline Hirons said your cleanser shouldn't foam but if Josh likes it I figure it's worth a shot.


The 5.1 fl. oz. costs $53BDS LP from Pure Source Barbados or $22USD from Sephora.com. 

From the site: "Description: A detergent free foaming cleanser infused with Rose Extracts that removes grime and make up in one stroke delivering purified, toned skin that feels fresh and revived, without stripping skin of essentials oils.

Results:
Gently removes dirt, pollution and makeup.
Balances, tones and soothes.
Tightens pores.

How to use:
Gently massage over the face and neck, rinse off with warm water.

Bio Extracts:
  • Anthocyanins and Vitamin P from Rosa Damascena protect the skin’s capillary venous system to decongest and soothe
  • Tannins from Rosa Centifolia tighten pores and tone the skin
  • Polyphenols from Rosa Centifolia decongest, sooth and protect vessels
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract".


Packaging - The pump dispenser produced adequate foam that got the job done. I found that two pumps was sufficient. I like the transparency of the bottle so I could clearly see when I was running out. Something that I mentioned in my other REN cleanser review is that these bottles are totally reusable. 10 points!

Price - This is the cheapest REN product I've ever purchased from Pure Source so I have no problems with the price.

Product - The clear liquid gently cleansed my face while being very effective. My sole gripe with this product is the scent. If you're not a fan of rose scented products you're not going to like this. This is the same reason why I wouldn't repurchase the Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner. On the flip side, I don't find the Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm offensive at all. The scent did dissipate during use but that initial contact is something else. I also found that this bottle lasted longer than the gel cleansers I've used in the past. Part of that is that I used it less often, due to the scent, but I still used it frequently enough to be impressed with its longevity.

Final thoughts - as foaming cleansers go, this is one of the best. Again, REN shines in the ingredients department. However, I would not repurchase this due to that strong rose scent. I want(ed) to try other things from this Rosa Centifolia range but now I'm hesitant. I have a sample of their No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm and I'm going to try that before I spend another cent.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Thank You


I think the most satisfying thing ever for me is when people say thank you.

When I began posting products I found in Barbados on Facebook, I never thought people would get it. 

However, Mavenz you do! You appreciate what we do. We love sharing info and giving small businesses a platform. 

It can be expensive especially timewiae. Lucinda dedicates an enormous amount of time, face and of course money. Her comparison reviews are unparalleled, and funny. Truly a labour of love. 

I visit multiple locations in a day to take photos, talk to store owners about products they should invest in AND provide the means to facilitate quality content for you all.

It's a sacrifice we thoroughly enjoy lol.

We are going to thank you in the best way we know how. By creating an avenue for you to...well you'll find out soon enough. 

So stay tuned, keep commenting, emailing. Our goal as always is to keep you in the know. We are the makeup company for the people��


Xoxo
Heidi