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Makeup Monday: ELF Cosmetics

Posted in e.l.f., Makeup, Makeup Monday on March 29, 2010 by ainamakeup

Hi Everyone!!!

Today I bring you a review of three products from e.l.f Cosmetics.  e.l.f. stands for eyes lips face and they offer a complete line of makeup and nail care at incredibly affordable prices.  While I love high end cosmetics and nail polish, I don’t over look the affordable brands.  And as a makeup artist, I don’t discriminate using both high and low end products in my professional makeup kit.  If it works, it works and that’s what I use.

Waterproof Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara – $3.00

I haven’t worn waterproof mascara in years.  I was scarred by memories of products with the consistency and odor of roofing tar, not to mention how difficult it is to remove.  It’s nice to know that waterproof formulas have gotten much better over the years. I just happened to try this mascara on a rather emotional day so it was really put to the test.  It did a decent job of giving definition and a little volume and length, but it wasn’t as dramatic as other mascaras I’ve tried.  As far as waterproofing, I have to say, if you dab the tears lightly with a tissue, its works pretty well.   Any serious eye rubbing or will cause the mascara to flake off.  Luckily it does not smudge or smear, so it won’t ruin the rest of your makeup.  Another good thing is that it removes easily with face wash and water.  Here’s a picture of my eyes one with the mascara applied and one without any makeup.  Please ignore my puffy morning eyes!

Nail Polish – $1.00

ELF Medium Red

The shade pictured here is called Medium Red.  That pretty much sums up the color description.  I like wearing tomato red shades, especially on my toes. This is your basic classic red.  It’s not unique, but if you need a pretty red creme and don’t want to spend tons of money, this is an excellent choice.  The picture above is a quickie swatch but I wore this color for 5 days and it wore very well.   It did not peel, and had minimal chipping around the edges.  I would definitely check out some of the other colors in the line.  There’s a nice purple and a blue in the collection!

Brightening eye Color in Hazy Hazel – $1.00

ELF Brightening eye color "Hazy Hazel"

I didn’t love this particular eyeshadow.  The colors weren’t very intense on my eyes.  I swatched these on my arm using my finger.  When I tried these on my eyes using brushes it took alot of layering for the color to show up.  I think this shadow would work better on caucasian skin tones. e.l.f. does have a wide range of these shadows and at one dollar a pop, you can try them all!

e.l.f cosmetics are available online at and can also be found at target.

Disclaimer: a product sample was provided by the company.


Makeup Monday: OCC Lip Tar Swatches

Posted in Brown, Makeup Monday, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Red on February 8, 2010 by ainamakeup

I talked about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics on a previous Makeup Monday. And finally as promised here are swatches of two of my favorite lip tars.  Vintage and Fondue.

Vintage (left) and Fondue

Don’t let the tube color fool you. It looks completely different out of the tube as you’ll soon see…

Fondue (left) and Vintage

Fondue is a deep chocolate brown.  I absolutely love a brown lip color and this is so me!  Vintage is old Hollywood Glamor in a tube.  A deep red that makes me feel red carpet ready…even though I’ve never been on a red carpet in my life!  The swatch appears shiny but when you put you apply a thin coat, it gives off a matte finish.  These are so rich in pigment and so opaque it’s actually hard to get off.

After removing with a baby wipe

Can you believe you can still see the traces of it?  At least you know you’re getting your money’s worth.  $12.50 is the price and you can get these and many many very cool and edgy colors at   Enjoy!!!

Makeup Monday: Lacquerholic’s Favorite

Posted in Makeup Monday, Sage Advice, Skincare on January 19, 2010 by ainamakeup

It’s Makeup Monday, y’all!  Today I’d like to share with you, not one of my favorite makeup products, but one of my favorite skin care lines.  I don’t know many people who have heard of Sage Advice Skin Care. I had first heard about them when I used to write product reviews for Cosmetic  It took a while to figure out how to order and what to order.  The first step in the process is buying a try me pack.  You have to fill out a questionnaire and then Barbara Strickland, the founder of Sage Advice skin care, will personally email you her recommendations.  Then you buy the try me pack that will most likely work for you.  If you get something that doesn’t work on your skin, you can change it for a different formulation.

It seems like a cumbersome process but once you jump through all those hoops and find the products that work for you, the real fun begins. My Favorite Products are:

SPF Sunblock 27 – $16.00

I can honestly say this is the best facial sunblock I’ve ever used.  I’ve gotten lax in my sunscreen usage in the cloudy mess that is my makeup table but realized that I need to wear sunscreen every single day.  Even when it rains.  What I love about it is that it doesn’t leave my skin ashy.   As a African-American woman, this is huge!  This same sunblock also comes in SPF 40!

Corrective Grains = $17.50 for 4 oz

This is actually step one in the skin care routine.  If you order from Sage they will give you complete instructions on how to use their products..including rubbing ice on your face!  Sounds crazy but it does feel good, especially if your skin is red and iritated…and on a hot summer day.

Facial Shampoo – $17.50 4 oz

I really love this facial shampoo, but I’d say if you can’t afford to get everything you want, you could skip this one.  I’ve found cheaper alternatives.  When I can splurge I get this and it just makes my face feel so soft and clean.  No need for a separate makeup remove here.  It takes eye makeup off like nothing else!

Fix Zit/Miracle Zit – $11.50 – 14.00 (depends on the formula) 2 oz

The Zit products are one of the things Sage is known for.  I’ve tried several variations of this but I really like the gentler Fix Zit more than Miracle Zit. I find my skin doesn’t like salicylic acid for getting rid of breakouts but my skin really loves sulfur, and I find the Fix Zit with sulfur really works well.  I have used this on a pimple at bedtime and have woken with the offending zit completely gone!

Gelloid Moisturizer & Mask – $25 2 oz

This is a fantastic, emollient moisturizer.  If you’re not moisturizing, I implore you to reconsider! I use Gelloid in all seasons but in the winter time, this is a life saver!  Like The facial shampoo, I can live without if when i can’t afford to replace it in this unstable economy but when I can I savor every smooth application.

Sage Advice is based in St. Louis so have to order it by web or phone but it’s a line worth trying- especially if you have problem skin!

Makeup Monday: Lacquerholic’s Favorite!

Posted in concealer, Eve Pearl, Makeup, Makeup Monday on January 4, 2010 by ainamakeup

Like many makeup artists I get asked all the time what products I would recommend.  Now I am an admitted Product Junkie and I love buying and trying all types of cosmetics.  So be on the lookout for Lacquerholic’s favorites on Makeup Mondays!

I’ll kick things off with my favorite concealer!  I’ve tried many concealers in my day but the one I find myself using on job after job is Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer and Treatment.

Most concealers on the market are yellow-based and they tend to give the skin that highlighted look.  Perhaps a little too highlighted.  The salmon color of the concealer takes away any darkness under the eyes more effectively than most other concealers.  Another plus is the concealer contains what Eve calls “Cosmenutrients”.  It’s an ingredient called  Astaxanthin, which is derived from the algae that salmon eat.  The anti-oxidants are 500 times stronger than vitamin E.   You’re doing your face a favor every time you wear it!

The concealer retails for $35, which in my opinion is 100% worth it.  I still have plenty left in mine from last winter and I use it just about every day!  You can pick up Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer and Treatment at  Happy Shopping!