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The Fabulous and The Fail

7 Aug

Remember how I show y’all all the new really cool Black Radiance products? Well last week I picked up 2 products to test out. I grabbed the duel ended concealer that I featured in the last edition, and then I picked up a gorgeous lipgloss. One was fabulous and one was a complete fail.

I was so excited about trying out the Black Radiance Impressions lip gloss in Rose Desire. It’s the absolute prettiest lip gloss I’ve ever seen. I wanted to rip the packaging off right in the store. It was that pretty. At first glance, it’s a rich warm almost raspberry pink. The magic happens when you look at it from a different angle. It flashes completely gold! Not gold shimmer but completely solid gold. I was giddy about how amazing this product was going to make my lips look. I stood in the checkout line with visions of beautiful deep pink lips with that gold dimension. I just knew this was going to be my holy grail lip gloss. I get home, and eagerly rip off the packaging. I open it up, and my first though it, “it smells a little funny” not expired product funny just…odd. I could ignore it though because the color was so beautiful. I slick it on my lips and…nothing. I load on more product in hopes of the gorgeous lips I saw in my head…nothing. Maybe it’s the lighting! So I go into another room for some better lighting…nothing. It was nothing more than a super sheer barely glossy slightly pink lipgloss! I was so disappointed. This product is an epic fail.

Thank goodness I am much more please with the concealer I got. I use it in so many ways. The stick side is great for covering my dark marks and acne scars. It’s also really good for neutralizing the color of my lips for my new favorite nude lip. When I use it under my brows, it makes for a nice brow bone highlight. I use the liquid side under my eyes. I don’t really have dark circles, but it perks me up anyway. The liquid side has a certain slip to it that makes it glide on smoothly. I’m so adding this product to my everyday routine. Even when I only wear this concealer and a light dusting of powder, I look polished and put together. This product is fabulous!

Peace Love & Lipgloss

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Drugstore Fabulous: Dupe Edition

21 Jul

Recently I stopped into my local Rite Aid and I was so excited to see a bunch of new products from Black Radiance. If you’ve never heard of Black Radiance, it’s a line of cosmetics formulated for women of color. However even if you aren’t of color, you can still benefit from their really pigmented eye and lip products. Black Radiance has come out with 3 new dupes for high end products.

The first one that jumped out at me was the Perfect Tone Lip Gloss. It immediately reminded me of Smashbox O Gloss. It’s a self adjusting formula that claims to be long lasting and hydrating. The idea is that the lipgloss goes from clear to your perfect shade of pink. It’s pretty gimmicky but a fun idea none the less. If you’ve been wanting to try Smashbox O Gloss but don’t want to spend $22 on it, give this gloss a try.


The next product I noticed was a Starry Eyes Shadow Stick. It looks like a great dupe for mac shadesticks. Shade sticks are really popular because they make really great eyeshadow bases. It looked like they had a nice selection of neutral shades that would work well with just about any look you’re going for. At 4 dollars a pop, you could get 4 Black Radiance Shadow Sticks for the price of 1 mac shadestick.

My favorite out of the bunch was the Complexon Perfection Under Eye Concealer. It’s a very similar concept to the LORAC Double Feature Concealer. Complexion Perfection is a duo that has a stick concealer on one side and a liquid concealer on the other. The lorac one has a little rollerball that can be used to blend the concealer. The idea is interesting but but not at all worth the extra cash. The other difference is that the lorac double feature has a liquid highlighter. To dupe this, just a bit of a luminizer, liquid bronzer, or a shimmery pigment to the liquid concealer side of Complexion Perfection and stir it up.

These’s aren’t the only new products. There’s also new liquid foundation ,primer, and a bunch of other cool stuff so go check it out.

Peace Love & Lipgloss