Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Kit

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A couple of weeks ago I hit you all up with my first impressions and demo of the Rimmel London Sculpting Kit, and now I’m here with a 100% certified organic, grass-fed review! These are Rimmel’s first sculpting palettes. They all include a highlighting, contouring, and blush shade made to give the skin a natural glow and fine chiseling action.

There are currently 3 shades available (Golden Sands 001, Coral Glow 002, and Golden Bronze 003). My palette is in the darkest shade, Golden Bronze 003. It comes in ultra-shiny and ultra-scratch ready rose gold lined plastic packaging. Each shade is numbered and labeled, meaning even a contouring novice will be able to follow along.

The shades all blend out nice, but the texture of them isn’t perfect. The contouring shade kicks up a lot of dust when picking up product, which can end up on your clothes. While, the highlight and blush shades do feel fairly creamy, they may skip slightly on the skin when going over grooves, texture, and fine lines. It’s not incredibly noticeable, but I think the application comes out best if you swirl into the product with your brush and then apply with patting motions.

My two biggest concerns with the kits are with the blush and color selection. While the blush looks pretty in the pan and when doing the initial swatch, it does not translate the same intensity when blended out. The shade appears to be a mid tone pink with a golden sheen to it, but when placed onto my cheeks, the pink fades quickly leaving only the golden shimmer behind. It’s almost as if I have 2 highlighting shades instead of 1. The other concern I have is the color selection. I’m not the darkest person on the planet, and while the shading here might be my perfect fit, I’m not sure how the contouring shade will look on people 2 or 3+ shades darker than me.

Overall, though, I am very pleased with this purchase. It’s ranges from about $6-$6.99, which is cheaper than the cost of buying individual highlighting, contouring, and blush shades. At the end of the day, despite my intense oiliness, all shades remain on my face as well. While I am not a fan of the the blush shade at all, I like the natural look of the highlighting shade and genuinely love the contouring one.

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And Liv Loves: Podcasts

It’s like music to my ears, except there’s no instruments and everyone is mainly talking, rather than singing it up. That’s right, today’s post is all about my love for podcasts! A couple of weeks ago I read a post from fellow blogger Michelle about her favorite podcasts and was then inspired to share my own. There are few that I actually listen to on a consistent basis, rather than picking based on guest appearances, and here are my top 3.

Stuff Mom Never Told You

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I have been a long standing fan of the sister YouTube channel to this How Stuff Works powered podcast, and finally took the plunge and listened to this audio adventure as well. While this podcast may seem like it would merely cover the basis of all of the romance and beauty tips that you may have missed from your mother, it actually answers a lot of questions I didn’t even know I had yet. Whether you’re looking to learn about why there’s a tanning salon in every U.S. strip mall, why women join cults, or why you’ve been “ghosted” by your could-be partner, they’ve got you covered.

The Read

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This was my very first podcast obsession! Kid Fury and Crissle are 2 New York transplants who love Beyonce, pop culture, and educating us all about the foolishness of others. Every episode begins with some Black Excellence, moves on to presenting us with the messiest celeb gossip, offers us life advice in response to the Listener Letters, and ends with a read from both hosts on an individual, organization, or topic (my favorites are Kid Fury’s reads of Chase Banks and Uber). Also, Kelly Rowland was on the show once and they’re officially a part of the Marvel universe now, so I think this podcast is definitely gold.

Psychobabble

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Enter the world of YouTube personalities Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl. This podcast is the shortest of the 3, generally lasting about 30 minutes. There’s no particular format or topic to this show, though they usually focus on pop culture news, their exciting life adventures (not just anyone gets to be a contestant on The Amazing Race), and sometimes offer a Queens episode that’s all about their love for various pop icons.

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Eyelure Brow Crayon

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It’s twisty and it’s pretty nifty – it’s the Eyelure Brow Crayon! Now, I personally feel as if  I’ve done my entire brow process in reverse, as I started with creams, moved on to powders, and am finally delving into pencils. I picked this one up from Ulta when it was 50% off and have been browing up it with it ever since!

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Though the product is called a “brow crayon,” there’s no need to confuse it for anything similar to the chunky actual crayon released by Maybelline earlier this year. It’s a full on slim pencil in blue plastic packaging. There is 0.008 oz of product which is less than in the new Benefit Cosmetics pencil, but almost 3 times more than in the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It twists up, so there’s no need to worry about toting around a sharpener. This does carry some downsides. The first is that it’s hard to tell how much product you have left without twisting the pencil up all the way. The second is that because the pencil can’t be sharpened, it’s difficult to ever get a precise point at the tail of your brow.

I picked mine up in the shade 10 Dark Brown. It’s a slightly cool toned deep brown. It’s very creamy, though when applied to the brows adds a bit of a soft waxy feeling to the individual hairs. In fact, it feels a bit as if it coats your eyebrows, making them look a bit fuller. It also shows up very true to color, and looks incredibly natural on ultra-dark hair. It’s also very long-lasting, doesn’t smudge, and my eyebrow tails are still there at the end of the day.

I’m a huge fan of this product. It’s super easy to use and has cut my brow time in half. Unfortunately there are only 3 shades available (tragic, because these pencils are bomb) and they’re no longer carried by Ulta. If you do come across them, though, and they have your shade, I definitely say go for it!

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Skincare Routine

When it comes to skincare, less is definitely more! YouTube “get unready with me” videos had me messed up with this, because the standard appears to be at least 12 products long. Then I realized that the more products you use, the harder it is to figure out what product is the culprit when your face begins to break out or become otherwise irritated. After some tweaking, I’ve brought my routine down to 5 base products, though I usually only use 3 or 4 at a given time.

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1: St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub: I bought this because I am so lit for pink lemonade. Fun fact: pink lemons are not used in pink lemonade, and I feel slightly betrayed. On the bright side, the scrub does a good job as a moderate physical exfoliant, which is what the back of it claims to do. I do not believe it leaves my skin super radiant (minus the leftovers of the product that stick to my face), but I do like to use it as a bit of a boost on my “so dry I’m patchy” days. Plus it smells super nice.

2: DG Body Deep Cleaning Astringent  for Sensitive Skin: This is essentially the generic version of the Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Astringent and I bought this one because I am cheap. It does a great job of letting me know that I am terrible at fully cleaning my face with a regular cleanser. It picks up all of the product and residue that’s left behind on my face and also has salicylic acid to help treat acne. It’s also flammable, so if the power goes out in the winter, I’ll have access to an alternative heat source.

3: Equate Beauty Dry Skin Cream: Another off brand version of a popular brand, this one is meant to be a coin saving version of the Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. I like it for my neck and eyebrow area, though I think it occasionally hits me a little to hard with that dewy glow. This means it’s great to layer under foundation, if you’re looking to get extra-luminous. It also smells like a freshly washed baby and lives up to it’s only claim of “moisturizing for soft skin.”

4: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Bubble Clay Mask: This is the fastest I’ve ran out of any product in my life. I wrote about it in a monthly favorites post, did a demo with it, and wrote a full on review. In addition to being the most fun facial a gal (or guy or gender-non-conforming person) can have, it’s a gentle exfoliator and I love using it as a cleanser when my acne tries to get all intense on me.

5: Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser: I usually use the sensitive skin version of this, and I can definitely say I prefer it over this original version. It burns my face a little bit if I leave it on my face for more than 30 seconds, but I do think it does the job of cleansing, especially when combined with the scrubber pod from the L’Oreal Go 360 facial cleanser.

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First Impressions: Rimmel London Sculpting Kit

If there’s one shopping task that I’m exceptionally terrible at, it is effectively taking advantage of Ulta Rewards points. I never make any purchases during my birth month when points are doubled, I always forget to check my sales emails, and I have a bad habit of consistently letting all of my points expire before spending them. In my diligence to keep the latter event from happening again, 2 days before their expiration I decided to actually spend my points on a product that’s a little out of my comfort zone: the Rimmel London Sculpting Kit.

There are currently 3 kits available, and I got the darkest of the 3 in 003 Golden Bronze. Each kit includes a highlighting shade, a contour shade, and a blush shade that should all blend together seamlessly and naturally on the face. If the product works as intended, all the questions about contouring, highlighting, and color pairing should be removed from your mind with this one stop powder trio.

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Elf Flawless Eyeshadow Quads

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I am an all-around eyeshadow enthusiast. They’re fun to swatch, offer a chance to play around with hundreds of combinations, and I don’t have to sit around and wonder if a shade is “my color.” When I saw these on the little Elf rotator in my school’s bookstore, it was no problem to just pick one up and take it for a test drive. Believe me when I say, it was very smooth ride.

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I own two of these quads: one in Tantalizing Taupe and another in Party Purple. They come in plastic packaging with the 4 strips of shadow laid out in a line and a mirror on the bottom. Each shadow has a corresponding eyeshadow location printed into it, like “crease” or “base,” ensuring that you always have at least one idea of a look that can be put together with them. Because of this, they’re incredibly user friendly making them a safe bet for shadow novices and experts alike.

The shades are all incredibly pigmented. The first one I bought was in Tantalizing Taupe, because it was fairly neutral and bronzy and hard to mess up. It’s not the softest or creamiest feeling formula in the world, but it really does shine through on the lid. After my success with it, I decided to try out a more colorful selection of colors with Party Purple, as I have been wronged by brightly colored Elf shadows in the past. Thankfully, Party Purple is just as pigmented as Tantalizing Taupe. The shades all blend into each other nicely and will stay on the lid all day, though I do always begin with a primer (either the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer or the ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in Crenshaw).

These have easily joined my class of eyeshadow faves and are one of my favorite products that definitely need a lot more affection. They’re only $3 each for the 4 shades and come with a mirror in the palette to boot. Conclusion: the Elf Flawless Eyeshadows are amazing and you should totally go for it if you were thinking about them!

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And Liv Loves: Summer Reading

tumblr_oa2fk25wap1teqtsvo1_1280I hadn’t read a book in 4 years. When I was a growing up my dad would bring my brother and I to the public library every Sunday. While my dad perused the DVDs and my brother hit up the manga, I would spend half an hour picking out novel after novel to read that week. I would carry big stacks, always at least 6 books, in my scrawny middle school arms. I checked out YA novels and kids’ novels. Books about life, about death, about magic, about school shootings, about race, about teen detectives, about people with mental illness. If it had an aesthetically pleasing cover, snazzy summary, and was about people around my age, I would check it out.

In high school I took AP English classes. The complexity is meant to prepare you for college level work, but they also put an additional strain on the enjoyment of reading. I never got to enjoy the texts I read, because the focus is put on proving to other people that you understand every element in it. I was good at that, but it made reading into an unpleasant job, so I stopped doing it recreationally.

Now, it’s 2016. I’m at home for the summer and have spent my money on 4 books that are exclusively for my viewing pleasure. There is no quiz, no potential essay, and no necessity to reference them in class discussion. I’m an anthropology and sociology major, and that definitely influenced the interest I took in these books, but not the express purpose with which I read them. These books are 100% for me.

  • The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong
  • How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit by Joseph Epstein
  • Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People by Charlie Campbell

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