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I am a fan of Black Radiance lip products. They come in a great range of color and have lots of different formulas from matte, full-coverage lipstick to sheer glosses. And they are really, really cheap. I love the shade #5064 Cleopatra Red in The Indelibly Radiant formula. This formula is glossy, packs pigment, and is pretty long-wearing, especially for a glossy formula. This color looks even better on me the more it wears off. It can mimic a berry kissed lip stain and it really reminds me alot of Bobbi Brown’s 2009 Nautical color collection. And I have a Cleopatra complex so I couldn’t find a name that I love more.  Anyways, below is a pic of me wearing this shade. Please ignore me (too humid to wear foundation that day and flashes are rude, I’m not too vain, right?) and just look at the amazing shade. The first picture is of me wearing it straight from the tube. It’s a bit Barbie pink with lots of shimmer. I’ll wear it heavy like this with a pairing of Urban Decay glitter liquid eyeliner or a swipe or navy mascara with nude eyes. The second is it blotted and worn for about an hour. It is a little more “fresh”. It shows a bit of my natural lip color. It looks amazing just paired with a stroke of liquid liner for a cat-eye effect or really with nude shadows and a cheekstain. It looks “healthy” and not overly made up.

The color in the tube looks like a deep raspberry with tons of gold shimmer. It has a slight fruit fragrance. I got my tube for less than $2.50 at Wal-Mart. You can not beat that price for this product. The tube is slim and gold toned. It looks way more expensive that what it is. It is available at most drugstores and super stores like Wal-Mart and K-Mart.

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The picture on maccosmetics.com does not do this product justice at all. It is described as “frosted tarnished gold”, the picture online looks like an antiqued gold, something on an heirloom locket. It looks tame and like it would wear nicely on anyone. It looks like a perfect super shimmery neutral and like the perfect “with a tan” shade. Above the pigment is smeared on my hand dry. It is a really vivid metallic. I wouldn’t describe it as a gold at all. It is more of a melange of rust, gold, blue, green, teal pigment particles. It only looks “gold” under bright light and then it isn’t an antique or tarnished gold but a 24K flake spray paint gold. I like this color. It wears nicely with blues, greens, and orange. It is very metallic and looks good even alone worn as a wash (applied like this, it looks very green on my skin). It is just that this color doesn’t fit the description, so buyer beware if you are purchasing online or sight unseen.

I love MAC pigments, they can be worn anywhere mixed into a gel or cream base, applied wet or dry. I do find that if I apply this like a traditional shade like with an eyeshadow brush worn with other powder shadows, it does crease. This often happens with super shimmery products. After a day’s wear it is creasing big time even with an industrial strength base 🙂 I haven’t mixed this one into a gloss/gel base because I think it has too much green and blue to look OK on the lips or cheeks. I have been using this on the eyes only.

It retails for $19.50 and comes in a generous sized container. I am sure I will be throwing this out before I can use it all up.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

This is one of my favorite finds. Yes, I like Bonne Bell, the maker of soda pop flavored lip gloss from the disco era. I bought this product because I was out of something more expensive (Bobbi Brown) and I didn’t have the money to spend on something that I thought wasn’t a necessity. Now this is a necessity. I love flawless complexions. To me flawless complexions resemble store mannequins or Barbie. I know many people don’t like the “plastic” look. Sometimes you’ll read reviews about how somebody hates something so much because it made them look “plasticy”, this is when I run out and pick this product up. I love “plasticy” not “plastery”. I love dewy and glimmery. And shimmery looks photograph so well. People compliment me on my complexion frequently and it because I wear this stuff.

This product sells for under $10. It contains four shimmery shades ranging from shimmery pale beige to shimmery taupe. I blend them together for a perfect beige look. It is a heavenly pressed powder that wears for hours. I apply it over my cheekbones and down my nose. It really “wakes” my skin up. I wear it on the eyes too. It is a great multi purpose product. I’ve went through so many of these. I always have it in my case and I swear by it.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

Weekly Cheap Secret: This is the first L’Oreal HIP product that I have purchased. I’ve been drawn to it because most drugstore items that claim to have tons of pigment don’t have it. Plus, the ads for this line are a bit cheezy and I always think the models would look better without the makeup. I love loud colors and tons of pigment but something about the application in the ads rubs me the wrong way. It is trying too hard and comes across and crude and brash. Anyways, I stumbled across this item. I was looking for a nice gold and I thought for $6 I’ll gamble. I got this stuff home and loved it. The gold in Gilded is a pure, super pigmented antique gold, so it is a gold with some dirty brown shimmer. It is thick and packs a punch. It looks great under shades and mixed with deep eggplants and rusts and even a matte chocolate brown. The other color isn’t too bad. It is a sooty black with lots of gold sparkled. It looks nice applied wet like a cake eyeliner. It has a nice shimmer. I have worn these two shades together and I wasn’t crazy about it. I felt their textures together wasn’t the best. It looked OK. It just looked like gold smoke. The black makes for a nice smoky eye mixed with bronzes and warm browns. The black doesn’t pack as much pigment as the gold. I just wanted to add that. I’m not disappointed, especially for the price. I’ve bought shadows from MAC that provided less pigment and wouldn’t blend as well. (Yes, I’m calling you out Electric Eel!) I’m very curious about some of the other shades, especially the purples and a few wines. I would love to try a few more.

Smeared on my hand.

Smeared on my hand.

I love this stuff. It wears for a long time and it doesn’t crease! You can’t say that about every cream shadow on the market. This stuff comes in a cool glass pot and a little goes a long way. It is a creamy super shimmery formula that once applied to the lid turns more powdery and budge proof. It looks wonderful with powder shadows layered over and it makes a great shadow base. They do not make the lids feel oily. There are alot of colors to choose from. I have a few. I really like Goldlights which is a super shimmery Gold Finger worthy gold and my favorite. It looks great with my blue eyes and with a tan (which I don’t have). I like Aqua Shimmer which is a medium super shimmery aqua. It looks wonderful alone or used with a liner brush as a fun liner. I have Whitelights which is a silvery shimmery white. It makes a great eyeshadow base and it looks great alone with bold lipsticks. Violet Visions is another nice one that is a medium purple. This one makes a great liner too especially when worn with bright magenta lips. They retail for $23. Keep the lid on them tight so that they don’t dry out. So far all of mine are just as nice as the day I got them, no drying or anything. But, I am a weirdo about keeping them sealed!

I’ve been really impressed with this compact I picked up not to long ago by Physicians Formula. It contains three super shimmery baked, domed eyeshadows that can be worn wet or dry. It contains a super shimmery golden beige, super shimmery medium golden brown and a super shimmery deep reddish copper. Each color wears smoothly, is very blendable and wears all day. I usually apply each color dry. If I do wear it wet, I just wet the deepest shade and wear it as a liner. It wears forever! I have blue eyes and these colors are great “neutrals” for me. Plus, this compact gets my vote for one of the best for redheads. These are a lot like Urban Decays Baked Bronzers and MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows. The compact comes with a sponge tip applicator which I rarely use. I prefer to use my brushes, don’t we all? The lightest shade is perfect with anything. I like to wear it and the medium shade in the crease with bright lips. The deepest shade makes for an interesting smoky eye. It is a really cool shade, a deep warm brown with reddish copper shimmer. These retails for about $7.50. Since they are “drugstore” cosmetics they do go on sale. I would like to pick up a few more of these. I really like the coverage and staying power. It is available at drugstore.com.

I am a fan of Milani cosmetics. They are a great deal and are usually packed full of pigment. I’m not a huge fan of loose shadows because they don’t pack the pigment that I want. I like MAC pigments, but I don’t know if I would classify those as loose shadows. Anyways, Milani Loose Eye Shadows have a little brush built into the handle, they are kind of like those by Bourjois. This does keep the shadow from being too messy. It doesn’t spill out because of the shape of the container. Actually, the brush isn’t too bad. It doesn’t shed and is easy to use. I have Mint Sugar which is a pale lime shimmer. It is pretty sheer but packs a shimmery punch. These can be used wet or dry. I haven’t tried it wet because I thought it would make the brush messy. When used dry, I find that the shadow stays in place and wears fine. I’m not wild about the color but I don’t hate it either. It looks wonderful mixed with other greens like MAC Swimming and Urban Decay Mildew, it looks great with plums and roses such as NYX Hot Pink. I just don’t like the color by itself. It has a tendency to wash me out. These retail for $4.99 which I think this is worth it. You get lots of shadow. There are 7 other colors ranging from gilded bronzes to dollish pinks. These are sold at most drugstores and drugstore.com.