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e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

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I have a Beauty Quickie for you today.  Let’s talk about the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not.  For those who haven’t seen my Beauty Quickies before, they are much shorter product reviews that I usually do.  It’s kind of a down and dirty look at products that I feel don’t need a lot of explanation.  In this case, I have talked extensively about the e.l.f. Smudge Pots here on BiBB, so you already have my thoughts on their formula and performance.  Check out my full review to get all the details.  Wine Not is a new shade that e.l.f. released for Summer 2015, and this post is here to show you what it looks like.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

Wine Not is a brown based plum shade.  As with all of the other e.l.f. Smudge Pots, it has some shimmer and is a great option for a single shadow look.  The shadow can be sheered out on the lid and then built up in the crease, and the shimmer adds dimension.  It is a very lovely shade, though there is more brown in it than I had anticipated.  I don’t know why I expected a more red-based plum, the swatch on eyeslipsface.com is pretty accurate.  I guess with a name like Wine Not, I thought that it would be more wine colored, but that is not the case.  Regardless, I do like Wine Not, and it looks beautiful on my eyes.  It is a great shade.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not

You can see in the swatch that the shadow pulls pretty brown, but hopefully you can see that the shimmer pulls more purple-ish.  E.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Wine Not performs just as well as the other e.l.f. Smudge Pots in the line.  If you like darker shades, then I’d say it is a great option.  If you haven’t tried the Smudge Pots yet, you really need to.  They are very good cream shadows and I think that they are very easy to use.  The e.l.f. Smudge Pots retail for $3.00 at eyeslipsface.com.  At that price, what do you have to lose?  Wine Not give them a try.  (See what I did there?)

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Beauty Quickie: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

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I have a Beauty Quickie for you today.  Let’s talk about the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.  For those who haven’t seen my Beauty Quickies before, they are shorter product reviews that I usually do.  It’s kind of a down and dirty look at the product.  The setting sprays that I enjoy the most are the Urban Decay All Nighter and NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.  They both perform very well.  I was really curious to see how L’Oreal’s version stands up, especially with a $16 price tag, a bit much for the drugstore.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

Here is the blurb from L’Oreal: “Keep your makeup looking fresh hours after application: no melting, fading or touch-ups necessary. This lightweight, oil free setting spray locks in your total makeup look, Face, Eyes, and Lips, preventing color from smudging or settling into fine lines for all-day staying power.”  I have dry skin, so I usually don’t have too many issues with fading throughout the day.  My main reason for using a setting spray is to get rid of that powdery look when I am finished with my makeup.  But I did put Infallible Pro-Spray & Set to the test on long days in warm weather.  I tried it over several foundations, and to be honest, I didn’t see much of a difference in how my makeup wore.  I tried to give Infallible Pro-Spray & Set the benefit of the doubt, but it just didn’t seem to do anything.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

In addition to the lackluster performance, I have two major complaints with Infallible Pro-Spray & Set.  The first is that the spray comes out a little too hard for my taste.  I use the recommended T and X motion to evenly distribute the mist, but it sprays too much.  My face ends up feeling too wet and a little sticky.  The other major complaint that I have for the Infallible Pro-Spray & Set is its horrible smell.  My husband says that it smells like glue.  I think it smells like cheap generic lotion from the 80’s.  It’s sort of a powdery, chemical, perfumy smell.  It is so gross, and not something I want on my face (or anywhere else).  L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray has gotten some great reviews online, but for me it is a total dud.  Save your $16, and put it towards the $30 Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, or even better, spend $7.99 on the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray and get some Starbucks with the rest.

Beauty Quickie: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

It’s time for another Beauty Quickie, and today I am looking at Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice.  Untainted Spice was released at the beginning of the year as part of The Buffs collection, which is part of the permanent line.  The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick line is one of the best in the drugstore, and Untainted Spice is a gorgeous shade, perfect for the Fall.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick formula wears really well.  It is comfortable on the lips, and has great staying power.  You can easily get away with four or more hours of wear with Untainted Spice.  I don’t find that it dries my lips out at all, and it doesn’t settle into fine lines or feather.  Untainted Spice is a warm brown shade with red and plum undertones.  You can sheer it out a little bit, or build it up for a deep, dark, opaque lip.  Darker brown tones are right on trend for lips this season.  Untainted Spice has a subtle retro 90’s vibe, but still remains sexy and current.  This is such a beautiful color for the Fall, and a very flattering color for those with a neutral or warm skin tone.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice is definitely one of my favorite fall lip colors this year.  I grew up in the 90’s, so I can’t resist a brown lip.  I love that the warmer tones keep Untainted Spice so wearable while still giving that rich brown color.  It’s a keeper.  The combination of a really great formula and a lovely rich shade, makes it a product that you are going to want to check out.

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Today I want to show you Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, a perfect Fall lip shade.  Maybelline released the Color Elixir line for Spring 2014.  They started popping up at the end of 2013 and were out in full force by the beginning of the year.  Here is what the company has to say about them: “A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss. Our exclusive smoothing angora brush delivers a polished, even application and smoothing sensation to lips.”  You may think that these Color Elixirs look a lot like the L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stains, and you would be right.  They are very similar, except that the Color Elixirs do not claim to be stains, and they are more hydrating than the L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stains.  It is a very similar product, though.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice goes on like a gloss.  It has a rather thick formula during application that loosens up with your body heat.  Once you get past the initial few minutes, you are left with a comfortable, just slightly sticky formula.  It’s not quite as creamy as the NYX Butter Glosses, but it is hydrating and feels good on the lips.  The applicator is very soft, and a great shape.  It’s wide enough to get most of your lip in one swipe, but the pointed tip allows for more precision along the edges of your lips and your cupid’s bow.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Intoxicating Spice is a reddish brown cream shade.  It looks more brown in the tube than comes off on the lips.  The pigmentation is sheer, which I think is true across the line, though I can’t be positive because Intoxicating Spice is the only Color Elixir I own.  It can be layered, but won’t ever be completely opaque.  It lasts on my lips for a few hours before needing to be re-applied.  The glossy shine does not stick around for very long, though.  If you are looking for a high-gloss finish, this isn’t for you.  I do not think that it emphasizes lines, but because it is a gloss, it can tend to migrate.  If you have a lot of fine lines around your lips, you may want to use a liner to keep things in place.  I am not wearing a liner in the swatch below.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Overall, I really like Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice.  It is perfect for this time of year as we move into Fall.  It’s not too dark, but has those warm Fall tones.  I think the Color Elixir line is worth checking out if you like hybrid glosses.  I think that I may pick up another shade or two.  Though I don’t wear glosses nearly as much these days, I think the Color Elixirs are really nice and worth a go.

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Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

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Today I have a Beauty Quickie review of the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion for you.  If you have been a long-time follower of this blog, you know that I completely swore by the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment until they discontinued it, despite a very vocal public outcry.  I still have not forgiven Neutrogena for taking it away.  The Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion was suggested by Neutrogena as a replacement, so I decided to give it a try and see for myself.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

In essence, the Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a 2% salicylic acid treatment.  I bought it because I wanted a decent BHA exfoliant.  Here is what Neutrogena has to say about the product: “Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion contains maximum-strength acne-fighting medicine with botanical extracts to fight existing acne, help prevent future breakouts and leave skin feeling soft. This lightweight, daily lotion fights the multiple symptoms of acne. A powerful formula contains soothing natural botanicals to help prevent irritation, peeling or dryness. Powerful Salicylic Acid fights acne fast, penetrating deep into pores to unblock dirt and oil while sweeping away dead surface cells that can cause future breakouts.”

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

The bottom line is that though Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a pretty good salicylic acid treatment, it is nowhere near as good or as hydrating as the Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  I found it a bit drying, and I was not able to use it all over my face on a daily basis.  I do think that it makes a pretty good spot treatment for me, though.  I tend to get breakouts on my chin because of hormones, so when that happens, I use Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion just on my chin area and it works pretty well.  If you have normal or oily skin, I think it would be a great BHA to use on a daily basis, but it is too drying for those with dry skin.  Neutrogena definitely lied about it replacing the Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, and they were fools to take such a good product away.  But despite my bitterness (and I admit that I am totally bitter) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a good option if you are looking for that kind of product.

Beauty Quickie: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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Hi everyone, today I want to introduce a new series here on BiBB.  I am going to start doing “Beauty Quickies” occasionally.  A “Beauty Quickie” is a truncated review on a beauty product, like a 60-second review.  As you know, my usual reviews are pretty detailed and sometimes a little long, which is great for brand new products with a lot of characteristics to tell you about.  However, if there is a product that has been out for a bit, or if there isn’t a whole lot to say then a full review is a little much.  So, from now on, I’m going to be doing “Beauty Quickies” for these products to give you a short and sweet mini review with the important facts and my opinion, but with less details.  These may happen once a week, or once every two weeks, depending on what products fit the category.  Don’t worry though, the bulk of my reviews will still be the full length detailed reviews that you are used to.  To start this series off, my first “Beauty Quickie” is going to be the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is a silicone based primer that many people have compared to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Benefit The Porefessional Primer (which I personally don’t get because they aren’t the same at all).  Ingredients-wise, it is pretty similar with one notable exception.  There is an absence of Cyclopentasiloxane in Maybelline Baby Skin, but it does have Dimethicone as the main ingredient.  I don’t know if that means anything to you.  It It didn’t mean a whole lot to me at first, but now that I’ve worn it several times, I’m thinking that missing ingredient may be more important than I originally thought.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know hat the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my all-time favorite.  It works perfectly for my skin.  Unfortunately, it’s pretty over-priced, and I am always in the market for a dupe.  That’s why I bought Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser in the first place.  I like silicone primers because they fill in my large pores and even out the surface of my skin.  Maybelline Baby Skin does do that.  The application is somewhat unpleasant because the formula is thick and it pills up as I spread it on.  I really hate that, but it does even out as I continue to blend it onto the skin.  The main selling point of Maybelline Baby Skin is that it is supposed to blur the look of pores for a smoother, younger appearance.  It did not erase my pores, but it did give me a blurred out, soft focus look to the skin.  Unfortunately, my skin seems to reject the formula, because I could not get any good wear-time for foundation when I wore this primer.  I never have a problem with foundations fading or breaking down on me, but with Maybelline Baby Skin I was losing them only two to four hours in.  I find that it sits heavily on my skin and breaks down my makeup.  I know that Maybelline Baby Skin is popular, but for me it was a bust.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Here is a pic so that you can see what the product actually looks like.  It looks similar to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, but it just doesn’t do the job for me.  If I did not prefer liquid or cream foundations it may do better.  If my skin was good enough to simply top the blurred out effect of Maybelline Baby Skin with a powder foundation, I may love it.  As it stands, though, Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser does not work for me and I can’t recommend it.

Thanks for reading my first Beauty Quickie, though this particular post wasn’t as quick as they will be in the future.  Let me know your thoughts on the series.  I am hoping it will be a good place for things like single lip product reviews, nail polish reviews, or maybe swatches for new LE shades of existing products.  Comment below and tell me what you think.  🙂