Viseart Warm Mattes

Prettypackages, this is for you:

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I LOVE THIS PALETTE. The warmth of these colors is such a nice contrast to the cool palette (which is my least favorite from Viseart), and even better than the neutral one (my former go-to). The colors work perfectly with my warm skin tone, and I love the texture. I’ve been using them to make the Natasha Denona Star Palette more user-friendly. I’m not a fan of the other new Viseart offering (petit pro), so I don’t recommend it. The colors all kind of run together and the gorgeous purple matte just ends up being brown on me. Not good. Anyway, this one IS good. Keeper.

IMATS Stuff

So I dragged my tail to IMATS this year to see if anything had changed. It has. I ditched the show a few years ago after it became more of a blogger meetup than a professional convention. I know there had been some rigamoro about people getting kicked out for holding meet and greets and what not. Besides being a damn fire hazard, vendors who paid good money to be there were overrun by people whose sole interest was to see their favorite whozit. Anyway, it was much more business as usual this year. More education, more makeup, more art. Anyway it’s not like anyone is displaced…

There’s always Beautycon.

So I went back, and had an actual good time. I did a couple of interviews, a lot of scouting, and paid special attention to brands that are doing more than shitting out shoddy product for a quick buck. I noticed that all the pedestrian activity took place outside the convention center, and the appearance of a few vloggers garnered a squeal and a hug, but no mobs and no shenanigans.

And no I didn’t get the Anastasia Lip Palette. Yes, I hear it’s amazing. But that show discount… no ma’am. I’ll just get it from Naimies.

Anyway, those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I ended up with some essential brushes (I had to replace my base set) from Hakuhodo, a random Sugarpill shadow, a whole stack of colorfix pigments from Danessa Myricks, highlighters and lipgloss from Jouer, and an insane lipstick and lipgloss set from LORAC.

I got the highlighters because they are a ‘dry’ cream and I found that they buff out subtle and beautiful on skin. I tried it over foundation and they worked fine with a synthetic brush. They are not super obvious though so if you’re into a major reflective highlight they won’t work for you.

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From the left, camellia, tiare and champagne. The lipgloss, Frostbite, is on the far right.

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These pigments from Danessa Myriks are INSANE. I bought four, then went back and bought four more.

From the left: Rustic, Iconic, Truth, Chocolate, Primary Red, Fireworks, Wild Orchid, and Blackout. I tried to swatch them but I ended up smashing color everywhere. These drops primary-redare honestly too big. you need a pin-head sized drop to cover the surface of an eyelid. You can use them everywhere, so I tried Primary Red as lipstick. Worked like a charm. And because it’s so weightless and you need such a little bit, it kind of outdoes your average matte liquid lipstick. I am over the moon about them, but they DO require a learning curve. All of the shimmers work fine with no real effort, but the mattes are more loose and have to be used sparingly and with a good precise brush. I did a real life text with two of them (through hot yoga) and they performed beautifully. They really do last, and you really have to take them off with an oil based sugarpill-1cleanser or the strongest micellar water on the planet… like from Natura Siberica. Suffice to say I’m in love.

I got ‘The Inventor’ shadow from Sugarpill, because my sister was on the phone with me and insisted on the colors from the Edward Sissorhands palette (which is no more). Anyway, that’s how that happened. I like it BUT it’s not as dark as I thought it would be. I’m going to use Myrik’s Blackout as a base and see if that changes things to my liking.

The LORAC swatches are coming. 20 colors (10 lipsticks and 10 lipglosses) are gonna take me a minute. Plus warm mattes and what not.

Ciao for now!

 

 

Hey…

…YES I know I’m raggedy. Listen, between y’all emailing me and hitting me up on Specktra and sending me Facebook messages…

I’m here.

Habibi has been taking me to TASK! Let me tell you, it’s an interesting thing when your company is like HAHAHAHAHAPHUCKYONEEDTOSLEEP and decides to grab hold and breathe on its own. In what seems to be ‘out of the blue’ – I have requests and upticks in business sales (and customer ones), inquiries, distribution plans, production shows, professional interest and use, and private labeling…

LISTEN.

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I started Habibi 13 years ago, and always wanted it to be 100% honest in terms of ingredients, claims, and longevity. That means I moved incredibly slow to make it well known. I was hesitant to reach out, slow on the uptake of reactions, and kind of minimized its actual impact. There are a crap-ton of companies out there who promise to change your skin and your life from the very first application. Trust me, as a reformed product junkie I have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into those claims. I’m sure I’m not alone. It took me a long time to make the switch from product victim to product innovator. And for that I had to leave these borders. US skincare is lacking for me… always has been. And it honestly wasn’t until I got eyebrow deep in Asian skincare that I really started to understand synergy… particularly without the use of chemicals or harsh (even natural) ingredients. I made friends with several Chinese Herbalists and learned about the value of ‘balance’ and ‘harmony’ between the user and the product… much like the balance of organ function to harmonize the entire body. Sound esoteric? It probably is. But you know what? It works.

That’s why the serum changed into the awesome sauce that it had the potential to be. That’s how GAIA was born (body care is coming people!), and that’s how subtle upgrades (from the elimination of shea butter in face moisturizers to the addition of tremella mushroom in the face and body serums) began to form and take tangible shape. I pulled back, moved some pieces around, and came up with a whole new level of awesome. Add to that streamlined packaging from bottles to shipping…

…all while continually filling orders…

…and it’s been a busy season for ya girl.

SO. I’m back. I am. Viseart Warm Mattes has been making my life beautiful and a full review is coming. So is the foundation one I promised because honestly I’ve been using the same stuff for more than a year, and I think it’s fair to say they are actual favorites. I love and miss you, and I haven’t forgotten about you!

Love & Light and Ciao for now!