Wet ‘N Wild’s Perfect Pair: Passion Plum

I got a chance, last week, to make a trip to KMart. They don’t have any Kmart stores South of downtown Denver, which is where I live. And, it’s a bit of a haul to go there now.  I haven’t been shopping at a KMart in over a year, so I was excited to check everything out. After spending (quite) some time checking out the clothing department, I made my way to the makeup.

Besides getting several elf products that I have only found at KMart, I did pick up this Wet ‘n Wild duo lip product…

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Wet ‘n Wild’s Perfect Pair is a lip liner and lipstick all in one. That eliminates me needing to dig in a separate organizer to find a matching liner to work with the lipstick choice of the day. So, I’m saving precious morning moments, right there.

This all-in-one is called ‘Passion Plum’.  Or, as it is numbered at the bottom of the liner cap ‘123’. I couldn’t find the name on the package, itself. But it was on the safety wrap…

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This two-in-one doesn’t need sharpening so, I can throw it in my purse and leave it in there forever…

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We are, finally, getting into the hot season for Colorado. Yep, it’s over 80 degrees! But, it feels like 74 degrees to me after 4 Summers in Orlando. I mean, THIS is what Summers are SUPPOSED to feel likeahhhhhh!!! Nevertheless, I may pare back my eye and face makeup during the hot days, but I can still pull off a pretty look with a lipstick that takes all the attention. And ‘Passion Plum’ makes it so effortless!…

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Both the liner and the lipstick glide on without a bit of tugging. I do use a lip primer (for this swatch, it’s elf’s) and got hours of wear. No migration of color either. The lipstick isn’t tacky or drying. In fact, I found it to be very moisturizing which is something my lips need.

This isn’t the first time I have purchased Wet ‘N Wild’s Perfect Pair lipstick. I have three of their other colors so I knew that this one was going to be a champ. And for $3.50, getting a liner with a lipstick, that makes for sweet Summer success.

Have you tried any of the Perfect Pair lip colors yet? Which one is your favorite?

Vichy Laboratoires: Perete Thermale One Step Cleanser

I have TWO full boxes of empties for the Vanity’s Toss or Trash segment that has been on hiatus for like months. It’s not because I don’t have plenty of fodder! This product that I will be reviewing for you today deserves its own special review so it didn’t have to add to the shame that I’m slacking on sharing my Toss or Trash items.

I purchased Vichy Laboratories One Step Cleanser with a coupon many moons ago. It was my first Vichy product to try out. It has, also, been my go-to cleanser when I have not been doing any makeup wipe product testing. First and foremost, I have loved using this product!…

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Can you tell I squeezed every last drop out of this tube! When I can get a product that does what it promotes to do AND it does more than one job, I will stop complete strangers to tell them they need this product. Not only does it cleanse and tone the skin, but it also removes eye makeup. Yes, it actually did all three jobs…

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And, it did it without any parabens. That would be with no unnecessary chemicals. See, it’s my face and I’m well past the classic age so I have to baby this face. Perete Thermale did the babying all for me in one product. And since my skin is moving from being normal to dry to almost completely dry, this cleanser did its work without making my skin feel like a parched sidewalk.

There is just one problem: I used it wrong!

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The directions clearly state that you wipe it on with a cotton pad and do not rinse. Well, I screwed that up. I used it like I do almost all other cleansers; I wet my face, rubbed the product thoroughly around my eyes and face and then wiped it all off with a wet microfiber cloth. However, I am lucky. It still worked. And it was with the very last use that I followed the directions. Meh. I liked my way better.

This cleanser sudsed up very well. I felt my skin was completely clean when I was finished and there was absolutely no need to use a toner to wipe away any remaining residue…

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It had no distinctive fragrance, didn’t sting my skin and didn’t hurt my eyes either. I think I need to add to the lauds that it really is good for sensitive skin.

While I have a new face wash to test out, I will miss using my Vichy Cleanser. I bought this at Walgreens and the current price is $19.50. While that may seem a bit high for a drugstore facial cleanser, do keep in mind that this one product does three things: cleanse, tone and remove makeup. And, it does it all remarkably well.

If you have tried Vichy’s Perete Thermale One Step Cleanser, how did you like it?

 

BeautyBeam: Putting A Spotlight On Your Polishing

Sometimes, I want to say ‘What will they think of next?’ when I see new beauty gadgets. The BeautyBeam is one that had me wondering why it took so long to come up with this idea. It’s a little flashlight for your nail polish bottle!

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Like a miner’s lamp, you can strap this right on the handle and put a trouble light right on your work…

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And, if you need a tutorial, you can download BeautyBeam’s app…

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Even if you do your nails in a well-lit area, putting some light right at the point of work can make it just a bit easier. This is a tiny gadget, so you’ll want to keep it in a safe spot. There are two pieces to it; the light itself and the silcone sleeve that holds it on the bottle. The little button is the on/off switch…

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I brought out an array of different polishes to test the BeatyBeam on. Here’s the bottles I picked…

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I will admit, it took me a moment of wrestling with the silcone sleeve to stretch it over the polish’s handle and get the light in place. But, after I had switched it out over numerous bottles, I did get it down and was fairly quick with it. Here’s what it looks like on a bottle of polish…

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Once the light is snuggly in place, turn it on and then remove the polish’s top from the bottle…

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You’ll want to make sure that the light isn’t too far down that it gets in the way of dipping the brush back into the bottle too…

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The light wasn’t as bright as I thought it would be. However, as you can tell, I’m taking these photos at a sunny window. There is just enough of a light beam to make it to the end of the brush and shine right where you are polishing…beautybeam on

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As I was removing the BeautyBeam’s silcone sleeve, I noticed that it was quite easy to stretch to hold the light in place. It didn’t slide around.

One thing that I learned when I was in nail tech school was to not hunch over while doing nails. As a professional, doing that every day would be murder on your back! So, I have found that I do sit up straight, but lean into the table while I paint my nails. However, if I leaned my face down even closer to my nails, I did see that the light make a better visual impact on the area I was polishing.

You can purchase the BeautyBeam at their website or, on Amazon. They have a kickstarter going on as well.

 

This product was provided to me for review. These are my own, honest opinions.