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Monday, June 8, 2015

Bravon- Artistry Activated Cosmetics

Let's go back in time for a moment, to a time when thousands of women worldwide united and celebrated in kinship over their beloved mineral makeup from Bare Minerals. This was a time when friendships were created, sparkles were traded, and love was given to and from the company that cared so much about it's customers. I was a member of so many groups, and the spirit of all the women was phenomenal. I wanted so bad to be one of them and belong. I even traveled all the way to Philadelphia to attend one of the talked about Master Classes. It was amazing and I would do it again over and over. I even went on to work at a counter to share my love for these amazing products.

But then, something changed. This amazing customer service changed. The company took a new direction and left all those who loved it so dearly behind, so that they could market to new customers. It happens. We survived. After all, money runs the world. It was a sad day when we learned that the company was letting go of all the people that were so beloved. If you were a believer, you know what happened and where they are now. I still love my products and still have drawers full. This love is what led me to try out the products I am reviewing for you today. From none other than the man that taught at the Philadelphia class. The man that everyone wanted a photo with and to have their makeup done by. This man was the International Makeup Artist for Bare Minerals- Bravon Pascua. And I am so proud to introduce his new company and makeup line- Bravon: Artistry Activated Cosmetics. 

My first order consisted of five pigments and a lipgloss. Bravon so generously included some extras that coordinated with my order. I am amazed at the generosity. I immediately placed a second order that should be here today. I now want to collect one of everything in his line to use professionally and one of everything for myself ;). A third order will have to wait until my husband gets over me ordering these two. :P


The first thing I want to bring to your attention is the packaging of these cosmetics. Not only is the box full of padding, but each bundle of makeup is also put securely into these vinyl pouches with a clear window to see them thru.

The magnetic eyeshadows come secured into a plastic clam shell and then placed into the paper envelope. Another makeup line I love does not use the plastic and the shadows often come with lines all over them where the paper presses into the product. I love how thoughtful Bravon was with his packaging.


The five pigments I ordered are beautiful! The pigmentation is beyond amazing. I did not use a primer in my swatches. If you love sparkle and you loved the Bare Minerals loose shadows, these are even better than those!


Gilded Earth and Ethereal make great liners. I got so many compliments when I wore these with Ethereal as my liner.


The primer was an unexpected love for me. I rarely reach for a primer. In my opinion, a good eyeshadow doesn't need one. But this one applied so smoothly over my eyelid, evened out any pigmentation, and really made the shadows wear well. I can see me reaching for this daily. I really love that it has a skin tint to it.



HD Vinyl Liquid Lipstick- Pink Moscato
When Bravon said these were long lasting, he was not kidding. I wore this for more than 9 hours with no touch up. I snacked and drank soda during the day, but did not have a large meal. This formula is comfortable, non-drying, has amazing pigment, and is long lasting. I can't wait to try more shades!


Lip Spa Aqua Gloss- Rose Petal Tea
This was another gift that I enjoyed. I now carry this in my pocket for touch-ups through the day. It is a great everyday kind of gloss, that hydrates the lips and adds some nice shine. It is not long lasting, but it does feel very good on the lips.

swatches of the lip colors


Single shadows in Oyser Pearl and Aventurine

These shadows were amazingly pigmented, like everything else from this brand. I cannot describe the texture of them. They are not super silky like UD or Dior, nor are they powdery. They are also not dry or gritty. They are much more substantial. They are soft, but they almost feel like a cream, like each particle is coated with pigment. They are like cashmere, compared to cotton. I am so intrigued that I ordered two more colors. 


I wore all of my new babies for a whole day to test them out. Not only did they were like iron, they did not crease, did not fade, and did not irritate or break out my skin. When I say you only need to use a tiny amount, I mean it. Bravon did an amazing job with formulation. But, I expected nothing less than the best from him.

Rose Petal Tea on bare lips

Full face application using the pigments, Etheral liner, Oyster Pearl as brow highlight, and Pink Moscato on lips. I did not have complexion products, mascara, brow, or liners from Bravon so those are other brands.
Four hours after application.

Nine hours after application


I do have another order being delivered today with a blush, an eye liner, lip liner, and some more shadows. I will do another review once I have tried those out. I am overall very impressed by Bravon. I do not easily recommend everything from a brand. It has been a while since something knocked my socks off. But, these are really great! I did pay for these. Bravon doesn't even know who I am, though I did briefly meet him at the Master Class. (I was far too shy to speak.) I am so proud of this line for him and I wish him lots of success. I want to be Bravon when I grow up. I can't wait to try more things.

UPDATE: Order number two arrived. Here are some swatches:

top to bottom: cosmic crystal, virgo, moonbeam

top to bottom: seahorse, enchanted forest, jellyfish

left to right: black cherry sumi ultra matte lipcreme, ebony eyeliner, goji berry lip liner, hyacinth blush

Let me know below if you have tried anything or plan to. You will be so happy you did. I also encourage you to check out his Facebook page. Many fan photos there and swatches to help you decide.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Back in the saddle again....

I know, I have been MIA for a very long time. Is anyone still out there?

I have been super busy with cosmetology school and freelancing. I have worked more weddings than I should have, but I love doing it. I have two booked next month, and I am going to try not to do anymore until I am finished with school. But, I probably won't turn any down if I am able to do them.

I really have wanted to blog and make tutorials, but I am growing out my pixie cut and am at this very awkward stage with my hair, so getting in front of a camera is not the most enticing idea to me.
As for blogging, I am trying to get back into it. I have still been buying and trying new products.

So my question is, does anyone still care what I have to say? If so, what would you like to see on this blog?

Thanks for the feedback!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review




I am no stranger to a powder cleanser or exfoliant. I've tried the Bare Minerals version and the Tatcha version, along with buffing grain type products that mix with a cleanser. What makes this one unique is the addition of chemical exfoliant so that you get a dual exfoliation. I can add a few drops of water and make a paste to scrub my face, or add more water and make a cream and a lighter exfoliation. The salicylic acid is great for my congested pores and acne.




I will probably not purchase this once it is gone, simply because I like a more multipurpose product that cleanses and exfoliates at once. But it is a good product and works well for a light exfoliation. I do prefer this out of the three I have tried. I am a fan of Dermalogica products and would highly recommend the line to anyone looking for a great skincare routine.






Product sent for review purposes as part of the iFabbo team membership. I was not sponsored and received no money for this review.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow Palettes- swatches

Here they are and they are all awesome! I have swatches of all ten palettes and I will tell you some of my thoughts on them at the end.





01 Defiant Nude

02 Ivory Power

03 Provocative Petal

04 Rebel Metal

05 Fiery Saffron

06 Currant Desire

07 Untamed Teal

08 Infamous Sky

09 Fierce Safari

10 Envious Orchid




I will start by saying that I think Estee Lauder does some of the best matte eyeshadow on the market (wild truffle, wild sable, chocolate bliss, etc). These palettes have a great mix of mattes, shimmers, metallics, and satins. They are a bit powdery when you dip your brush into them. But, the pigmentation is great.

My favorites- Fiery Saffron, Provocative Petal, and Infamous Sky. But I also love the metallics in Rebel Metal and Fierce Safari. I actually want them all.

These were taken in a bit of a hurry, but I hope they are helpful enough to help you choose.

Thanks for stopping by!






Thursday, October 2, 2014

Votre Vu Palette Play Eyeshadow Quad- Nude- Review







The Nude quad from Votre Vu has a little something for everyone to love. The shades are not named on the palette, but are gorgeous just the same.

The deep bronze brown has a hint of sparkle, but the sparkle buffs off and it looks practically matte on the skin.

The warm matte camel tone is the perfect transition shade for every eye color.

Of course, there has to be a metallic taupe shade for all the taupe lovers. This one is beautiful and a great addition to what would have been a totally warm toned quad.

The matte cream shade is your typical matte highlight, and makes this quad complete.

You do not need to add anything else to this quad to complete a look. It has everything you need. I love that I can throw this in my makeup bag and not need another palette. It is very versatile and easily goes from day to night.

The formula is soft and pigmented. These shadows are also nourishing to the skin with jojoba and vitamin E.  It doesn't even need a primer, but they do offer one that works amazingly with this shadow.

Do you know what makes this palette even better? It is refillable!!! The refills are available on the Votre Vu website.  I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.

Each shade is free of talc, fragrance, low-cost minerals and other common irritants for a calm, colored canvas.





 I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.




http://www.votrevu.com/corporate/productcatalog?page=productgroup&groupId=18






*sent for review purposes

Friday, September 12, 2014

You gotta try this Lipsense stuff!!

What is Lipsense? Only the most long-wearing lip product on the market. It doesn't feather, bleed, or transfer onto other things or other people. It is amazing!



Lipsense comes in over 50 shades, but can also be layered to create your own unique shade like I did above. Mine is one layer of Fly Girl with two layers of Plum.

I found this product when searching for a kiss proof lip for brides so that the groom didn't end up with lipstick on. This fit the bill perfectly. I like it so much, I signed up to be a distributor and share it with all of you. If you know me, that means a lot because I hate sales.

If you want more info or want to order some to try yourself, please email me at bluegrassbeautyky@gmail.com or go to www.senegence.com and use my distributor number 172810. Be sure to tag me in your photos wearing Lipsense and let me know how much you love it.

My favorite shades- Fly Girl, Aussie Rose, Praline Rose, Kelly's Crush, Apple Cider, Cappuccino

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50- Review



Turning thirty was a wake-up call to my skin. Suddenly, I had dark spots and uneven skin tone. I had always struggled with acne, but never thought I would be dealing with sun damage. Needless to say, sunscreen has become a major staple in my skincare routine. That is why I am pleased to bring this review to you. 

Introducing, Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50.
(Review after pictures)



 

This product is like nothing I have ever tried before. The texture is very emollient, like a gelatinous lotion. It liquefies upon contact to your body heat and melts into the skin without an oily residue.

The smell is also unique. At first I could smell that typical sunscreen smell, but that quickly dissipated into an herbal/spicy smell that reminded me of licorice. It was pleasant and mild.

But, then I got to thinking, will this licorice scented sunscreen sting my eyes? I had to test it, so I applied a nice dollop to my eye area and all around. No stinging, no anything. It was like I had just applied a light eye cream.

But wait, there's more.

This sunscreen is also an anti-aging day lotion!

It is full of age fighting peptides and antioxidants like white tea and vitamin E.

The formula alone is also unique. Dermalogica found a way to turn their SPF 30 formula into an SPF 50 with an advanced Oloesome technology from Safflower seeds that deliver the sunscreens directly to the skin surface and release them over time. How cool is that?

Now we have an advanced anti-aging sunscreen that is powerful enough to give an SPF 50 protection and stimulate collagen while hydrating the skin.

I tested this product the last two weeks while I was on vacation. It worked perfectly without irritating or breaking out my sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an SPF product. I really like it, even better than my Paula's Choice sunscreen, though I will stick with Paula for my body.

Purchase this yourself at Dermalogica.com.




Product provided for review as a member of iFabbo, not sponsored or paid to review.