Friday, 6 March 2015

Flashback Friday (October 2012)

posted on our Facebook page October 25, 2012

That was a good day. My first time trying products I'd salivated over on for months. 

Initially I wasn't blown away by the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencils. At $20USD each for 0.04 US oz. (1.2 grams) of product I thought them grossly overpriced. Especially when NYX and Avon make such good coloured pencil liners. Well these proved themselves to me in another way:

(L-R) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: 'Junkie', 'Rockstar', 'Perversion', 'Mushroom' and 'Hustle'

after all this time these are still creamy. Whereas the NYX Slide On Glide On ones I had to throw away and the M.A.C Pearlglides are already shrinking away from their wooden encasements. And I had those types for a lot shorter of a time. Whenever you see these full sized pencil sets, get them. Especially if they come with the Grindhouse Sharpener. I need bout three more of those. In addition to the colours above this set also came with 'Psychedelic Sister' - I gave that to Heidi - and 'LSD' which I sold on the Marketplace because the colour is similar to 'Twilight Sparkle' from the Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds range.

As for the blushes...

I still have the full sized 'Tipsy'. Only 'Magic' survived from the Holiday mini set. I really do have too many blushes so I decided to let the others find better homes. If you haven't tried the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush formula, you should. 'Fantastic' and 'Stellar' minis are still available from the Marketplace.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: 'Fantastic' and 'Stellar'

Thursday, 5 March 2015


In February Victoria challenged us to wear a different pink lip everyday. What I like about these challenges is apart from making us go through our collections, it shows others how different shades look on varying skin tones. If you search on Instagram by hashtag for #PinkLipsChallenge you'll see over 100 pictures from Evone, Andrea, Alison, Leah, Karolynn, Heidi, Shanelle, Victoria, Lasonta and myself. Special shout out to Blair and Sabrina who also participated; and a huge thank you to Kimmetonia who cheered us on everyday! She's the lipstick Bawse.

Lasonta submitted three of her looks to share with you and I'll also share three of mine.

Jolie Cosmetics 'Chic'

Nick K New York 'Crimson' + M.A.C Lip Liner 'Nightmoth'

Jolie Cosmetics 'Imperial Purple' + M.A.C 'Candy Yum-Yum' + Coloured Raine 'Arabian Nights' (used as a liner)
Great ombre!

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick 'Palomino'

Sephora Lustre Matte 'Magenta Lustre'

In February I realise that we really do have a lot of hot pink lip products! What are your favourites? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

5 Overhyped (and overpriced?) Products #MarchMadness

Usual disclaimer for these sort of posts: these opinions - like in all posts - are my own. If these products work for you, congrats. Dis is just my two cents.

Evolution of Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

I mentioned this as a possible "meh" product for 2013 but I can tell you for certain now that these ain't all that YouTube hype dem up to be. I say that having a) bought several and, b) tried three different kinds. Locally you can find these for between $12 to $18. It ain't worth it bruh. The best use I have found for these was assisting to remove the remnants of difficult matte liquid lipsticks. Buy a Chapstick, buy A+D Original Ointment; not dese.

M.A.C Dazzleglass

Don't get me wrong these are gorgeous. I have the cult classics 'Funtabulous' and 'Moth to Flame'. I got 'Boys Go Crazy' in a limited edition set and that's straight multi-dimensional glitter porn. I've also tried the very popular 'Rags to Riches'. This is one M.A.C item that is grossly overpriced. For 0.06 US oz. we pay $20USD - don't have the local price to hand now. Maybelline glosses contain .17 fl. oz. Revlon glosses contain 0.13 fl. oz. Milani glosses contain 0.21 oz. You can find sparkly colours from any of those brands for a fraction of the M.A.C price.

I got these from Bio Beauty. The full size polish is $25 and the full size top coat is $26. They're also minis available in their basket by the cashier. For full details click the link and read the post but the cliffsnotes version is they ain't worth it.

As seen in Bio Beauty, Coconut Walk, Hastings

This is clearly a case of the company putting more money into marketing the product than the actual product. You can find way better things to do with your $69USD. Trust.

Moroccanoil Hair Products

Yes yes I said it. I have tried their Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Intense Hydrating Mask, Restorative Hair Mask, Intense Curl Cream and the infamous Original Oil Treatment. These things cost quite a pretty penny and I've found they perform better - still not mind blowing - on my extensions and not the hair actually growing outta my head. The masks are the best of the lot and you have to add coconut oil to see any sortta real results on yuh real hair. Stupse.

Don't put no murkers on me! 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Product Rave: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask #MarchMadness

I mentioned this in my Top Ten Base Products for 2014 post but it truly deserves its own time in the sun.

From the site - "Description: A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone.
Awarded Best for Instant Brightening in Martha Stewart Weddings Big-Day Beauty Awards 2012: The Best in Wedding Skin Care.

Results: Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion.
Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant.
Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes.

How to use: Apply a generous amount onto clean skin over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes. Dampen enclosed cloth and gently wipe off mask. Rinse skin with warm water. Slight tingling may be experienced during application. Use weekly. Not recommended for sensitive skin or for use just after shaving.

Bio Extracts: Natural fruit acids from passion fruit, lemon, grape and pineapple, along with Papain from papaya exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, encouraging cell turnover and smoothing fine lines.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Sodium Lactate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum* (Fragrance), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extact, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Linalool, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citral, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite *100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100%".

Each bottle contains 50 mls or 1.7 fl. oz. and retails online for $55USD or $135BDS DP at Pure Source Barbados.

The product comes securely packaged in an air pump bottle. The actual solution is in a bag within the bottle. There's a stopper cap attached to the nozzle which is further protected by a transparent cap for the entire bottle top. I mention these secure packaging elements because I've had two or three samples of this product prior to purchasing the full size. The samples came in a squeeze tube which when stored up right would cause the product to leak out.

Another difference from the samples was the 100% cotton cloth that comes with the full size bottle.

The actual mask is an orange coloured solution. It contains very small granules which assist with physical exfoliation while applying and removing. Distribution across the skin is easy. I use about a pump but I don't put it on my neck as the directions suggest. The pump allows you to dispense as little as you like.

As with all things skincare, you have to be consistent to see results. I'd recommend once a week use if your skin can handle it. "Not recommended for sensitive skin or for use just after shaving". <--- that's no joke. Do not put this on open skin - like if you just squeezed a pimple - because that would burn. Now I'm not saying that this is harsh; it's not, but you can definitely feel a slight tingling after a while. I know with masks we're tempted to keep them on for longer than directed in hopes of getting better results. That's not a good idea. Especially when dealing with acids. 10 minutes is effective enough.

This is a product I rely heavily on when I'm not getting chemical peels. It became even more dear to my heart when my skin was seriously dehydrated from using acne cream. You know, that tight flakey skin feeling. Well, I used this just once and all that went away. Followed up with a nice moisturizer and everything was right as rain.

I know this line gives some people price sticker shock but you should consider that they last a long time. The Micro Polish Cleanser that I had last more than a year and I used that thing often. Regular readers know I'm a huge fan of REN Clean Skincare and this is just another product that I can not help but sing its praises.

Monday, 2 March 2015

First Impression: L.A. Girl Lip Paint #MarchMadness

From the site: "Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed Collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips.
This proven iconic product offers shades that range from nudes to brights to deep berries. Cool and nourish your lips with the added benefits of vitamin E and peppermint oil. The Glazed Lip Collection is an instant must-have that accurately portrays the color trends expected to be seen on the runway. A precision tip applicator is provided to facilitate application.

-Provides the shine of a lip gloss.
-Gives the intensely pigmented appearance of a liquid lipstick
-Delivers rich color with staying power

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil (Peppermint), Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Red 6 (CI 15850), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI 19140), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850), D&C Red 27 (CI 45410), FD&C Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Of the 18 shades available I have five: 'Blushing', 'Pin Up', 'Coy', 'Elude' and 'Tempt'. There is 0.40 fl. oz. or 12 mls of product in each tube.

L - R: 'GLG783 Blushing', 'GLG785 Pin up', 'GLG788 Elude', 'GLG786 Coy' and 'GLG798 Tempt'

Originally there were only six cream shades but the range was later expanded and some of the new ones contain shimmer. I ain't bout that shimmer life.

I first saw the original six displayed in Up Beat retailing for $9.95BDS.

posted on our Facebook page June 19, 2014 

Many months later I saw the new display in Total Care with them selling for $6BDS.

posted on our Facebook page October 22, 2014

I've most recently seen them in Beauty Mart for $6BDS as well.

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Exotica Makeup and Extensions sells them for $10BDS so that's the price range across the island.

Now price is out of the way let's get on to packaging.

There's a plastic seal around the tube/cap to prevent tampering (or show if it has been opened). Each tube is colour co-ordinated with the product to give you an idea of what to expect. The back of the tube lists the ingredients and other manufacturing information.

The black plastic slanted applicator dispenses the product via a hole in its centre. Contrary to what L.A. Girl says I wouldn't consider this "precision tip". A lip brush or those disposal wands are your best bet for even application.

'Pin Up'
'Elude' sheer
'Elude' attempting to build it

Speaking of even application, that won't be possible with all colours as I did notice some inconsistencies across the board. 'Coy' and 'Pin Up' were the two easiest shades to reach full, even opacity. 'Blushing' is a gorgeous colour but it doesn't seem as "full bodied" on the lips as it did in the arm swatch. 'Elude' looked ok sheered out (with my finger cause a brush was leaving nuttin but brush strokes behind), but built up it almost looked chalky. That's weird for a glossy product. 'Tempt' seemed the sheerest of them all, which is disappointing as the colour seems so rich straight out of the tube. It wouldn't even build upon itself.

Still I'm not knocking them; for $6 - given how much is in the tube and how little you actually need for each application - they're a definite bargain. Paired with a complimentary lip liner I'm sure we can make most if not all of the colours work. And you're absolutely going to need a lip liner. Also try to apply the least amount of product necessary because these will migrate all over your teeth if you put on too much.

Looking at the ingredients I can't help but to think how similar these are to the Free Spirits Cosmetics Lip Creams. Peppermint Oil is listed further down on the L.A Girl ingredients list though. Due to the style of packaging may persons have compared these to the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Having tried those for myself I can tell you that the products are different. The L.A. Girl Lip Paints maintains its glossy finish whereas the Too Faced Melteds dry down to a semi-matte consistency. Others have compared them to the OCC Lip Tars. They're most similar to those but all the Lip Tars I have tried are far more pigmented. 'Coy' might be the closest thing to Lip Tar consistency.

'Pin Up' and 'Tempt' showed the most staining power but I didn't wear any of them all day so I can't speak to true lasting power. All of them where a breeze to remove. In the time that I did these lip swatches I experienced no dry lips or discomfort.

With the bombardment of matte liquid lipsticks on the market recently I think we can all seek a lil comfort in these "hyper glossy" lip paints.

What colours have you tried from this range? Do you think $10 is a ridiculous price? On the L.A Girl site they're $4USD and on they're $3.49USDLet's discuss it in the comments.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Madness - The Hustle is On


When Lucinda told me about this last year, I was immediately daunted. This year? New approach! 

With so many new and exciting things popping up on the #beauty scene recently, this should be fun and informative. So watch this space!!

Here some photos of interesting tidbits I discovered on #instagram #facebook #youtube and from emails!!

#MarchMadness Team Moden is on the case!!

February Haul. #MarchMadness

Yes folks, I'm going to attempt #MarchMadness again this year. Wish me luck.

What better way to kick things off than to display my lack of restraint huh?

The motherload

Lip products:
  • Chap Stick mixstix 'Strawberry Banana Smoothie'
  • L.A. Girl Glazed Lip paint 'Elude'
  • L.A. Girl Glazed Lip paint 'Blushing'
  • L.A. Girl Glazed Lip paint 'Pin Up'
  • Pretty Zombie Cosmetics '3 Witches'
  • Pretty Zombie Cosmetics 'Dahlia'
  • L.A. Splash Cosmetics Smitten Lip Tint Mousse 'Raven Claw'
  • L.A. Splash Cosmetics Lip Couture 'Untamed'
  • Free Spirit Cosmetics Lip Cream 'Pink Star'
  • Make Up Doll Cosmetics Lip Gloss 'Velvet Teddy'
  • Dose of Colors Liquid-Matte Lipstick 'Berry Me' 

Pretty Zombie Cosmetics available from Beyond Beauty Barbados (825-5169)
Dose of Colors available from House Of Glam (257-9843)

Nail products:

  • e.l.f Concealer Brush
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel system: 'Tidal Wave' nail colour and top coat
  • Zoya 'Ibiza'
  • Orly Extra Strength Nail Lacquer Remover
  • Sally Girl 'Itty Bitty' mini
  • O.P.I 'Coca Cola Red' mini (I think)
  • Dappen dish (Bless you for telling me the correct term Karolynn!
  • Milani 'Diamond Dazzle' (not pictured)
  • Milani 3D Holographic 'Hi-Res' (not pictured)

Dappen Dish available from D' Ultimate Nail Source (822-3916)


  • ecoTools Skin Perfecting brush

See what it looks like on Moden Makeup's Instagram profile

Face products:

  • Dr. Sheffield's Clear Zit ***please note*** this isn't the original product. That one contained 10% Benzoyl Peroxide whereas this one has 2% Salicylic Acid and no Benzoyl Peroxide.
  • Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Duo Kit
  • M.A.C Studio Chromagraphic Pencil 'NC42/NW35'
  • M.A.C Conceal and Correct Duo 'Pure Orange/Ochre'

Also not shown is a L.A. Girl Glide Gel Liner pencil in 'Very Black' that Heidi gave me.

What goodies did you pick up recently? What posts do you want to see this month? Let me know in the comments.