Product Review: Deborah Lipliner 06

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Name: Lipliner #06
Brand: Deborah
Price: €5,95

From Deborah’s website:
A creamy lip pencil for defining and enhancing the lipliner with the utmost precision.

What I liked:
- beautiful and rich colour
- defines the lips well
- average staying power
- the price

What I didn’t like:
- texture doesn’t glide on very smoothly and feels drying and uncomfortable on

I’ve never been a big Deborah fan. I’ve been burned so many times that these days, whenever I need a new makeup product, Deborah, despite its low prices, is one of the last brands I look too. But the Italian drugstore brand has recently revamped some of its formulas, so I thought it was time to give it another go.

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First up, their new lip liners. Available in 12 shades, the range is unimaginatively called Lipliner, and is said to have a creamier texture than its predecessor. Well, it’s that true, the old formula must have been as hard as a rock. When I line and fill my lips with #06, a pretty and rich mauveish pink shade, the pencil doesn’t exactly glide smoothly on my lips.

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A few times, it tugged too. Not good. It performs a bit better if you apply a thin layer of lip balm beforehand. That way, the tip goes on more easily, without tugging and pulling. The lip balm will also keep your lips moisturized. You surely can’t count on the pencil doing that. On its own, it feels really drying and uncomfortable on.

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Does it last long, at least? Average, I’d say. About three hours, more if you use it as a base for lipsticks. It also helps define lips well. When used together with a bright pink or mauve lipstick, it helps make application more precise and prevent the colour from feathering.

But the best thing about Deborah Lipliner is its colour payoff. I can’t fault that. The colour is rich and beautiful, and a little goes a long way. Because of how uncomfortable the texture feels on the lips, though, I’d recommend it only to teenagers on a budget.

Available at: Douglas

Summary
Deborah Lipliner #06 defines lips with a beautiful rich colour that lasts for about 3 hours. However, the texture isn’t creamy, tugs on the lips, and feels very drying and uncomfortable on.

Rating: 3.5/5

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New Catrice Makeup Products For Fall 2014

Catrice has released lots of new permanent makeup products for the upcoming fall. Here are my top picks for eyes, lips, face, and nails.

catrice eye products fall 2014
LIQUID METAL EYESHADOW (€3.99)
This silky, pigmented eyeshadows conjure-up a glossy shimmer like liquid metal on your lids. Now available in Petrol and Deep Blue.

CAKE EYELINER WET & DRY (€3.79)
The deep-black powder eyeliner can be used moist for an intense, matt and deep-black look, and dry for a more natural look.

MULTI STYLE MATT EYELINER (€3.49)
Its innovative applicator features a wedge felt-tip and rounded edges that allows you to create both thin and thick lines easily.

EYECONIC EYE OPENING MASCARA
Available in Black, and Black Waterproof, this double-ended mascara contains two different fibre brushes: the Maximum Volume Upper Lash Mascara and the Perfect Precision Lower Lash Mascara.

MASCARA ABSOLUTE COLOUR LASH & HAIR (€4,29)
Available in Good Li’Lack (purple), Bluenos Aires (blue) and Petroller Coaster Ride (petrol green).

INSTANT EYE BRIGHTENER (€3.99)
Available in a delicate rosé shade, it lightens the lower eye area and gives it a flawless radiance.

FIXING BROW WAX (€2.99)
Its transparent, wax-like texture shapes your brows into a perfect arch and keeps them in shape without leaving a sticky feeling behind.

For a complete list of new eye products, click here.

catrice face products fall 2014

VELVET FINISH FOUNDATION WITH HYALURON (€7.99)
Available in four shade, this velvety-matt foundation minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and ensures a flawless complexion.

RE-TOUCH LIGHT REFLECTING CONCEALER (€3.99)
Llight-reflecting pigments and high coverage combined with moisturizing ingredients cover dark circles under your eyes as well as other small imperfections in a flash. The soft texture feels wonderfully pleasant on the delicate skin around your eyes. Available in one new shade.

CAMOUFLAGE CREAM (€2.99)
Available in one new shade, this highly pigmented cream covers imperfections such as dark spots and red veins.

ILLUMINATING HIGHLIGHTER PEN (€3.99)
The liquid highlighter with a silvery-pink texture ensures a radiant complexion with a silky-soft shimmer.

BRONZING HIGHLIGHTER PEN (€3.99)
A liquid bronzer for a natural tanned shimmer.

PRIME AND FINE HEALTHY LOOK PRIMER (€4.49)
Its soft apricot texture, which contains light-reflecting pigments, provides an instant wake-up effect.

PRIME AND FINE ANTI-RED COVER STICK (€3.99)
The delicate green cover stick neutralizes redness and covers-up impurities of the skin.

PRIME & FINISH ANTI RED BASE
The green tint neutralises red patches in the skin.

ILLUMINATING BLUSH (€3.99)
The Illuminating Blush combines two different colour-intensities with a subtle shimmer and a light pearl. Available in 3 shades in coral, pink, and mauve tones.

COLOUR CORRECTING MATTIFYING POWDER (€4.99)
This silky-matt powder features four shades to even out the skintone and give it a healthy look: pink freshens-up tired complexions, purple gives dull skin lustre, green neutralizes redness and beige supports the natural skin tone. Available in one shade for all skin types.

SUN GLOW SHIMMERING BRONZING POWDER (€4.99)g
Available in a new colour combination for darker skintone, this bronzer gives skin a fresh and radiant look.

LASH APPLICATOR
This applicator has a unique design and a soft-touch finish that makes it easier to apply false lashes.

MAKE-UP BLENDING SPONGE (€4.49)
The rounded side is for applying foundation on larger surfaces while the tip is ideal for accurately distributing it around your nose, eyes and lips.

For a complete list of new face products available, click here.

catrice lip products fall 2014

PURE SHINE COLOUR LIP BALM (€4.99)
Available in one new nude shade.

PURE SHINE TINTED COLOUR LIP BALM (€4.99)
It combines the shine and the smoothness of the Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm with an intensive color and durability of a tint. Available 4 shades: fresh coral, subtle brown, bright raspberry pink and intensive retro red.

BEAUTIFYING LIP SMOOTHER (€3.49)
The Beautifying Lip Smoother completes every natural makeup-look: a subtle color dispersion in pastel rose and gentle nude shades with a glossy finish ensure a soft, well-groomed appearance. The Lip Smoother visibly evens out fine lines around the lips for flawless results. Available in 3 shades.

MATTE TO STAY SMOOTHING LIP POLISH (€4.99)
The color of a lipstick, the durability of a lip stain and the shine of a lip gloss. Available in six shades.

VELVET MATT LIP CREAM (€4.99)
Available in six shades, these lip creams have a velvety matt finish a creamy mousse texture that’s longlasting with a high coverage and won’t dry out the delicate skin of your lips.

For a complete list of new lip products available, click here.

catrice nail products fall 2014

LUXURY LACQUERS MILLION BRILLIANCE (€3.49)
The new lacquers have an intense glitter shimmer to create special reflections of light on your nails. Available in 8 exclusive colors.

LUXURY LACQUERS LIQUID METAL (€3.49)
These new nail lacquers will be exclusively available in the 2ndmetre at Müller. Modern Metallic. This effect polish unites great coverage and awesome effects in one product.

OMBRE TOP COAT (€2.99)
Simply apply a pastel or light nail colour polish, leave to dry and then reach for the new Ombre Top Coat. With each application of the top coat, the colour nail polish becomes one shade darker. Start off with your thumb in the original color, then apply one layer of the Ombre Top Coat on your index finger, two on your middle finger. The top coat dries extremely fast.

MILLION STYLES EFFECT TOP COAT (€2.99)
Available in four versions, the new Million Styles Effect Top Coats create the most diverse effects with their multi-reflecting pearls and colorful pigments.

COLOUR BRIGHTENING BASE COAT (€2.79)
The fast-drying white base coat offers great coverage and intensifies the color of any nail polish applied on top.

For a complete lists of new nail products available, click here.

What products have caught your eye?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.148

Hello gorgeous,

will this be the last instalment of the random ramblings series? Only you can decide! Take this survey to let me know what features here on BWB you’d like to stay and which you’ll be glad to see disappear. To anyone who has already taken the survey, thank you!

Without further ado, here are this week’s ramblings:

Follow Me On Google +

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Are you on Google +? If so, come and join me at http://google.com/+Beautifulwithbrainsblog. I feel a bit lonely out there. I know that Google Plus isn’t the most popular social network out there and, if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure it out. But I’ve started posting more regularly on there, mainly about skincare and cosmetic news, so if you want to keep up with all the latest developments in the cosmetic science business, follow me. I’d really appreciate it! Thank you!

What I’m Reading Now

a bend in the road
A Bend In The Road by Nicholas Sparks
I usually love Sparks’ novels, but I just couldn’t get into this one. It tells the story of widower Miles Ryan, who lives alone with his son Jonah after his wife Missy has been killed in a hit and run, and Sarah Andrews, the new schoolteacher who has just moved into town after a nasty divorce. They obviously fall in love but a secret in their past could part them for good. I really enjouyed the romance part even though it was quite cheesy, but things for me started going downhill when Missy’s case was reopened. Then, Miles turns into a jerk. Besides, I don’t really like the way Sparks writes about crimes, thugs, and all that stuff. He excels when talking about emotions and when he veers from that, and he did that a lot here, it became too stereotypical and boring. The end was quite predictable too, but sometimes that’s just what you need, isn’t it?

The Links

The easy and free trick for beautiful hair - Hair Romance

Why your skincare isn’t working – Truth In Aging

The best foundations for pale skin - Beautifille

Does sunscreen make you Vitamin D deficient? - The Beauty Brains

Is oxygen in skincare good or bad? - Future Derm

Sunday Survey, Vol.216

1. What’s the “wildest” animal you’ve seen in your neck of the woods?
A couple of months ago, while I was driving, I saw a small fox crossing the street. It was so surreal, I never knew they lived so nearby villages.

2. Do you still wear a full face of makeup even on days when you’re not leaving the house?
It depends. If I’m in the mood to experiment with makeup, then yes, I’ll do a full face. Otherwise, I don’t bother with makeup at all.

3. One thing you absolutely must finish today?
I really need to reply to all my emails. For too long now, my inbox has never been empty. If I owe you a reply, sorry! :oops:

4. Are you sultry or cute?
Definitely cute. :)

5. What do you think of boots with fringe?
I saw a couple that were very cute, but I don’t think that’s a look I’d be able to pull off.

It’s your turn now!
1. What’s the “wildest” animal you’ve seen in your neck of the woods?
2. Do you still wear a full face of makeup even on days when you’re not leaving the house?
3. One thing you absolutely must finish today?
4. Are you sultry or cute?
5. What do you think of boots with fringe?

Know Your Ingredients: Tripeptide-32

estee lauder advanced night repair

What it is
Tripeptide-32 is a synthetic peptide made with 3 amino acids: proline, serine, and threonine.

What it does
Tripeptide-32 has water-binding properties. That means it keeps skin hydrated by preventing water loss.
According to its patent, this peptide can turn on and off genes responsible for repairing the skin at different times of the day and night. However, there is no independent research confirming it does this when applied topically to the skin.

Side effects
Tripeptide-32 is generally considered to be safe.

(Source: paulaschoice.com)

Are They Dupes?: Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Softening Treatment Masque VS L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

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Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Softening Treatment Masque is touted to be a godsend for colour-treated or damaged hair, giving it the nourishment and softness it needs. But at $54.15 a jar, this stuff isn’t cheap. What’s a girl on a budget to do? Look for a dupe, of course.

But where to start? With L’Oreal. The brand owns Kerastase, so there’s a big chance one of their product will be very similar to this mask. Corporations like L’Oreal rarely take the trouble to come up with original formulas for every brand they own. It’s cheaper to just create the one and tweak it to give it a different scent, colour,  consistency, or “miraculous” botanical extract to suit the different image of each brand and the tastes of its customers.

As it turns out L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm has a similar formula to the Kerastase mask. Sure, it has a lot more ingredients, but it’s only the first 5, which are the ones that make up most of the product and give it its beneficial properties, that matter. And these are the pretty much the same in both formulas. Let’s take a look:

Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Softening Treatment Masque Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Trideceth-6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Candelilla Cera/Candelilla Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Trideceth-6, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cetrimonium Chloride, Serine, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 15985/Yellow 6.

Ingredient Analysis

cetearyl alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol, ie a good type of alcohol with hydrating properties. It is often used in shampoos and conditioners, especially those designed for damaged hair, in concentrations up to 20%. It lubricates hair, making it soft, but also gives the masks their creamy and rich consistencies.

behentrimonium chloride

Behentrimonium Chloride

Behentrimonium Chloride is a cationic surfactant widely used in haircare and, particularly, in deep conditioning treatments. It works by coating hair, creating a protective barrier that makes it smooth, manageable, and less prone to breakage. Cationic surfactants do this better than silicones. Why? Because cationic surfactants are positively charged, while hair is negatively charged. Therefore they adhere better to it.

amodimethicone

Amodimethicone

Amodimethicone, which is short for amine-functionalized silicone, is a smart conditioning agent. It is able to provide selective conditioning to the areas most in need of it through electrostatic attraction. Basically, “highly damaged areas of the hair cuticle possess higher negative charge density, which enhances the affinity of the cationic polymer to that specific area,” allowing it to provide targeted conditioning. In addition, it also gives hair shine and protects it from heat damage.

Avaibility

Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Softening Treatment Masque comes in an eyecatching bright pink jar that contains 6.8 oz of product. It’s available at Walmart for $54.15. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm, which comes in a more subdued yellowish green jar that contains 8.5 oz of product, retails only at $5.99. It’s available at Target.

The Bottom Line

Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Softening Treatment Masque and L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm aren’t exact dupes. Chances are one of them has a texture or scent that appeals to you more. But the active ingredients are the same so, if you’re on a budget, the L’Oreal mask will nourish, soften and protect your hair like the Kerastase one at a fraction of the price.

Have you tried these masks? If so, which one is your favourite?

Summertime Bad Girl

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Sorry for the lack of looks lately, ladies. I’ve been so lazy! But I’m trying to fix that, so, finally, here’s another colourful but wearable look you can wear during the day to transition from summer to fall. I hope you’ll like it.

Products used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Sleek Makeup I-Divine Original Eyeshadow Palette
- Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
- Sleek Makeup I-Divine Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette
- Neve Cosmetics Pastello in Liquirizia
- Senna Voluptulash Mascara
- Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
- Neve Cosmetics Blush In Summertime
- Senna Lip Lacquer in Blush Wine

EYES
1. Prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. My favourite is Too Faced Shadow Insurance
2. Sweep a medium purple shade (I used the one in the Sleek Makeup Original Eyeshadow Palette) on the crease.
3. Darken the outer corner with a dark matte purple (I used Stallion in the Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette). Apply the same shade gently along the outer part of the upper lashline too and smudge it. Finally, apply it on the lower lashline too.
4. Pat a light matte coral shade (I used Oh So Special in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on the lid.
5. Highlight the browbone with a shimmering off-white shade (I used Bad Girl in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette).
6. Apply a shimmering nude cream shade (I used Storm in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on the inner corners of the eyes.
7. Line your upper lashline with a black pencil eyeliner (I used Neve Cosmetics Pastello in Liquirizia) and apply mascara.

FACE & LIPS
1. Apply foundation all over your face and concealer where needed.
2. Apply a bronzy pink blush with a gold iridescence (I used Neve Cosmetis Blush in Summertime) on the apples of your cheeks.
3. Apply a shimmering rosy lipgloss shade with peachy undertones (I used Senna Lip Lacquer in Blush Wine) on your lips.

What look are you wearing today?