Review: Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor

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I was at Sephora the other day and redeemed 100 of my points to pick up this reward: Bare Minerals GEN Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in the shade called Swag.

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As soon as I opened the bottle and moved the application wand towards my nose, I fell in LOVE with the scent of baked goods that instantly fluttered through my nostrils and flooded my senses. But, it wasn’t until I tried this liquid lipcolor on (and kept it on) that I fell in love with the amazing product that it truly was!

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Before I provide my detailed review of this product, let me share some info that bareMinerals has noted on its website with regards to it (Please note I am NOT being paid or endorsed by anyone to share my review).

The bareMinerals website states that GEN MATTE Liquid Lip Color was formulated in 20 nude liquid lip colours that come in 4 finishes, therefore providing “countless ways to go nude”.

Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Colors are supposed to “compliment every skin tone and lip tone,whether you want an edgy, blanked-out nude look, a natural your-lips-but-better nude, or a deeper neutral contrast color, you’re guaranteed to find shades for any look. Blend and layer colors and finishes for infinite ways to go nude”. The product is Primer-infused so that it shoud give “a gorgeous soft focus effect, and helps with transfer resistance; helps prevent feathering/bleeding” and contains Plant-based waxes so it should feel “moisturizing feel on lips”. This lip color is also reportedly gluten-free, was not tested on animals and is made without petrolatum, parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Usage Instructions

  • Apply with the paddle applicator for full-coverage color in one sweep, or use the slim end of the Double-Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush for a more precise application
  • Finish your look: Use Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner before or after lipcolor to create more definition around the edges
  • For best results, wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking to allow the color to set

I was certainly pleased with the overall look of this product when I applied it with lip primer and lip liner (Not bareMinerals brand), and found that this product fared well in standing the tests of time and talking, in that it did not crease or flake. However, there was nothing to be seen or found on my lips other than lip liner after I drank and ate dinner, despite my best efforts to drink with a straw and to eat without touching my lips with the food I was eating. Nonetheless, I am a fan of this product and will definitely buy the regular 4 mL size when I runs out of Swag, although I am not sure about trying out other colours unless bareMinerals offers a set with various minis, which always takes some of the commitment-fear out of trying new shades and products for me.

Let me know what you think if you’ve tried this product.

For more information on this product and on the company bareMinerals you can click the links embedded in this post as well as visit their social media pages @bareMinerals #SkinSoGood

Blog Post originally featured on: https://empirikalsolutionz.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/review-bare-minerals-gen-nude-matte-liquid-lipcolor/

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Essential Packing Tips For Cold Weather Vacations

Taking a vacation doesn’t always involve sunbathing and hitting the beach. Cold weather holidays are a chance to explore the outdoors and try some adrenaline-pumping activities. If you’re planning a winter break, here are some packing tips to help you prepare.

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Have you booked a climbing trip or are you planning to go cycling, hiking or fishing on your travels? If you’re visiting a cold country, and you plan to spend most of your time outdoors, you’ll need warm clothing. In countries like Switzerland, Canada, and Iceland, temperatures can fall well below freezing. Make sure you have plenty of thermals and warm layers. Protect your extremities with gloves, thick socks, and hats. Choose sturdy footwear, and cover vests, jumpers, and fleeces with a waterproof coat. Keep your neck warm with a scarf. Look out for brands and products that are designed for the outdoors.  You’ll need something more high-tech than your average puffer jacket. Search for reviews and compare prices online. You can often save money on popular brands by making use of offers like Journey coupons.

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Skiing holidays

Are you preparing to whizz down the pristine white slopes of Whistler, St Anton or Val d’Isere? If so, you’ll need to pack carefully. Your winter dog walking outfit is not geared up for the snow-capped peaks. Make sure you have specialist ski gear that will keep you warm and dry. You can hire equipment like skis and goggles out there. But make sure you have appropriate clothing with you. If you’re keen to enjoy the apres-ski, don’t forget to pack some more formal attire. Faux fur is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. It will keep you toasty and ensure you look glam.

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Winter cruises

Are you embarking on an adventure in the Norwegian Fjords, or going whale watching in Alaska? If you’re cruising in the winter, you’ll need a mixture of outfits. On the boat, it’ll be nice and warm. But when you venture out into the wilds, it’s a totally different story. Pack some comfortable clothes to relax on your journey, as well as some smart casual outfits for dinner and drinks. Tracksuits are excellent for lounging around. Go for long-sleeved dresses or jeans, jackets and blouses for more formal occasions. For outdoor pursuits, you’ll need a thick coat, walking shoes or fur-lined boots, and thermals. Wrap up warm with a hat, a scarf, and gloves. If you’re trying out activities like snowmobiling, it’s also wise to take a balaclava.

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Usually, when you think of packing for a vacation, you start digging out bikinis, sandals, and shorts. If you’re going a winter holiday, your formula will probably be very different. Your main aim should be to keep warm and stay comfortable. If you’re going hiking or cycling, you don’t need to look your best. Focus on layering and wrapping up. Invest in outerwear and fleeces, but don’t neglect your fingers and toes. Go for thick socks and thermals, and don’t forget hats, scarves, and gloves.

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The backstage beauty of MISBHV in NYFW

It’s a 2 a.m. in a nightclub vibe around here,” said Michaela Polaco, lead makeup artist for INGLOT at MISBHV. “We’re going natural and even a bit distressed, to mock a long night of partying. It’s cool, deconstructed and fun.”

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Our blog Heydoyou.com was invited to cover MISBHV’s backstage and to see how the beauty fashion comes from. It was very lucky, our fashion illustrator LULU QU drew a live sketch of Michaela polaco when she was doing the model’s makeup, and it is her signature on her drawing!

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About how to get the look, she said, “I rely heavily on INGLOT AMC Liquid Face Blush in shade #92 to create fleshy and natural cheek accentuations. It makes you look like you’ve been moving and dancing, with a gorgeous cool-girl sheen.”

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Then the MISBHV fashion presentation was on. The makeup was successfully brought the right feeling to MISBHV’s fashion style. I one hundred percent admit how important the makeup is for a good fashion show.

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You want to have the same makeup with NYFW? Where to get these beauty stuff, here is it. Just go to INGLOT cosmetics website, and get them there! http://inglotcosmetics.com/

 

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Preorder Your New Fall Essential: Lørdag & Søndag Bag

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Lørdag & Søndag, Norwegian for Saturday & Sunday, is one of Mexico’s hottest breakout brands, merges clean aesthetics with timeless designs and environmentally friendly materials. They have been featured in major magazines such as GQ, L’Officiel, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Life & Style, Grazia, and Esquire.

Designed and made in Mexico under the vision of Salvador Compañ, every piece displays a timeless Scandinavian simplicity, quality, and functionality aimed by Lørdag & Søndag in the creation process to allow both men and women to wear each bag.

All of their pieces are handmade by Mexican artisans, and they strive to use only local raw materials to help support the community’s generations old craftsmanship. Additionally, the Lørdag & Søndag branded dust bags that come with each piece are made by an organization of Mexican mothers of children with muscular dystrophy.

Here is the best part for HeyDoYo fans: As part of the lead up to our launch, they have partnered with HeyDoYou.com to give readers a sneak peek and an opportunity to preorder their bag before they hit any brick & mortar retailers in the United States & Canada!

 

Håndsag is Lørdag & Søndag’s iconic bag. It is an Industrial felt and vegetable tanned leather backpack with inner division and compartment, also both made out of felt. This backpack has reinforced leather straps and its closures are two metal clasps, which allow easy access to the content of the bag.

Size: (40 x 35.5 x 9 cm)

Price: $354

Bucket– Burgundy – Tumbled leather bucket bag featuring details in pinewood. This piece comes with a small interior pocket and solid hide strap. Also comes in Black, Ocean Blue, Forest Green.

Size: (Height: 32.5cm Diameter: 24cm)

Price: $225

Søm is a beautiful black leather clutch. This piece comes with a long leather strap to close it up and its design makes it perfect to be used as a tablet case.

Size: (26.5 x 21 x 1 cm)

Price: $99

Waxed Håndsag – Olive Green is a square backpack made out of one hundred percent waxed cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather. This piece comes with a waxed canvas inner division and a compartment for small items. It can be found in this month’s issue of Esquire Magazine Latin America

Size: (42 x 36 x 9 cm)

Price: $299

Site: www.lordagsondag.com

Global Preorder Site: www.lordagsondagusa.com

Promo Code: HeyDoYou Saves You 10% on Preorder

Promo Period: 9/16 – 9/30

The Folclore (Exclusive US & Canadian Distributor of Lørdag & Søndag): www.thefolclore.com

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INGLOT – How to get the looks from Baja East, Orla Kiely, and more!

Writing to share a breakdown of the NYFW makeup and nails looks created by INGLOT for the SS17 season – Including Baja East, Orla Kiely, Michael Costello and Kim Shui.

image001·        WHO: Baja East

·         THE VIBE:  Glam Guns & Roses.

·         HOW TO GET THE LOOK: “The concept is very rock’n’roll, with a messy, grungy feel but still fashion forward,” says lead nail artist Naomi Yasuda for INGLOT. “The models have messy hair and heavy, smudgy eye makeup. So for nails I wanted to follow with a really cool grunge look.”

·         THE KIT: “I used an oily grey-greenish color (INGLOT O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in #649) as a base for the girls, then did a black ombre (with INGLOT o2M Breathable Nail Enamel #692) – starting at the cuticle with black and the tip is green (INGLOT Nail Enamel #988 and #987). The men’s nails are going to have a clear nail (o2m Breathable Base) with black ombre coming from the cuticle (with INGLOT o2M Breathable Nail Enamel #692). The reason why I did it from the cuticle is because it looks somewhat dirty to go along with the theme but in a fashionable, edgy way.”

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image006·         WHO: Orla Kiely

·         THE VIBE: A Rose-Kissed English Prairie Girl

·         HOW TO GET THE LOOK: “The girl this season was inspired by an English prairie girl. There is a rosy kiss on the eyelid, but with a slight smoldering of dark taupes to add a mystery to her,” said,” said Stevie Huynh, lead makeup artist for INGLOT.

·         THE KIT: Huynh used INGLOT products in unconventional ways (liquid blush on lips, blush on lids and brow gel on lashes) to achieve a uniquely cohesive, blended look.He used taupe-y contour shades, including Freedom System Eye Shadow Matte #305 from INGLOT’s new What A Spice! Collection ($7), to define and sculpt the eye socket, with an emphasis on smoking out the bottom lash line. He used dark brown Freedom System Eye Shadow Matte #299 ($7) to define the top lash line and  a petal rose blush, Freedom System Blush #29, to fill in the eyelid and blend into the crease, making sure that there were no hard lines.

 Huynh swiped INGLOT’s new Brow Shaping Mascara on lashes for understated definition. To finish the look, Huynh added AMC Liquid Face Blush #93 ($15) as color on the lips, to create a pale pink pout.

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image011·         WHO: Michael Costello

·         THE VIBE: Midnight at the Botanical Bash

·         HOW TO GET THE LOOK: “Michael stressed to us a passion for each model’s individual beauty, and challenged us to exude that personality through makeup,” said Edward Cruz, lead makeup artist for INGLOT. “We chose complexion products that are applicable to every skin tone. INGLOT’s high pigment formulations are made to be layered, which allowed us to create a high-intensity look with a seemingly effortless, blended aesthetic.”

·         THE KIT: Cruz created non-traditional, blended-out gold and berry eyes. He used Freedom System Eye Shadow Matte #296 and #299 from INGLOT’s new What A Spice! Collection ($7 each) as the base, and layered on deep gold and berry sparkle using AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow #81 and #24 ($16 each). Cruz layered matte, cranberry Lipstick Matte #438 ($15) with AMC Lip Paint #58 ($14) to create an opaque, berry ombre lip.

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image015·         WHO: Kim Shui  

·         THE VIBE:  “The entire look projects confidence,” said Gianpaolo Ceciliato, lead makeup artist sponsored by INGLOT at Kim Shui. To start, each complexion is perfect, clean and dewy and the lip is nude – But from there, everything is personalized. We created one stand out feature per model: A strong brow, a colored or ombre brow, a bright lip, a black lip, a pop of color on eyes, or clean eyes with colored wing tips. Like every woman and her clothes, it tells a very personalized story.”

·         HOW TO GET THE LOOK: “Only INGLOT’s extensive color range could give us so much freedom and variety. I love the AMC Eyeliner Gel and Freedom System Rainbow Eye Shadow for creating the different looks. We also went bold on nails, with INGLOT’s O2M Breathable Nail Enamel. The enamel allows water and oxygen to pass through, keeping the models nails in good condition.”

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The ‘M’ Word

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Mindfulness has recently been creeping, front-line-and-centre, onto mainstream magazine, newspaper and blog headlines, and is being featured as the panacea for everything from losing weight, parenting more effectively, having more positive and productive social as well as work-related interactions, eating less, managing anger and getting more restful sleep.

However Mindfulness isn’t a ‘trick’ or a gimmick or even anything new, nor is it something mystical, exclusive to those who are spiritually-inclined. Mindfulness is a  process that any human can undertake and one which requires no physical resources.

But that does NOT mean that Mindfulness is easy, especially if  you have never undertaken such a mental and emotional journey before. In fact, the contrary is true! Nonetheless, the strategies required to cultivate Mindfulness are accessible to most of us and, when we stick with it and practise regularly (like with all things), Mindfulness actually becomes easier.

So, what is Mindfulness? In short, it is the ability to be fully present in the moment without wishing or trying to make it different. We often find ourselves functioning on “autopilot mode,” floating from one activity to another without even thinking about what we are doing, predisposed by and preoccupied with the past which is over and/or a future that has not been guaranteed to us. It is no wonder at all that we often find ourselves feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed and simply exhausted!

Mindfulness practices can help to restore and strengthen the connection between our minds and our bodies, which can further contribute to improved health, functioning and well-being, despite and in spite of everything else that is bound to happen all around us.

Try one of these simple Mindfulness exercises today to get you going 🙂

Mindful Breathing

You can perform this exercise while standing up or sitting down. The goal is to be still and focus on your breath for one minute. Start by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth  (Inhale to a count of 3 and exhale to a count of 3).

Let go of all your thoughts as you do this, including that never-ending list of to-dos. Just let yourself be still for one minute and focus on your breath. When thoughts come up (which they will), acknowledge them and then let them pass, do not dwell on them – this is the key.

Watch your breath renew you with life, as it enters your body and fills your lungs and chest, and then watch this same exuberant energy leave your body and release into the world as your breath releases through your mouth.

Mindful Observation

You can also perform this exercise while standing up or sitting down. The goal of this exercise is to help you connect with your environment, something that we easily miss while rushing around in “auto-pilot mode”.

Choose an object (preferably an organic and natural object from your environment, such as a plant, a tree, an insect, a body of water, you get the point!) and focus on watching it for a minute or two. Try not to focus on anything except noticing this object and being aware of what you are looking at for as long as you can manage to. Allow yourself to be consumed by this object, try to connect with its energy and its role and purpose in your world. Look at it as if you are seeing it for the first time and explore every aspect of its presence.

Food for Thought…

Cultivating Mindfulness can help us to cope better with the thoughts and feelings that cause us distress in our everyday lives. By regularly practising Mindfulness, rather than functioning on “auto-pilot mode” (this state, by the way, is influenced by negative past experiences as well as fears/worries of future possibilities), we can teach our mind to be present in the moment. This not only allows us to appreciate our lives a lot more more than we usually tend to, but it also allows us to deal with life’s challenges in a more calm, clear-minded, patient and assertive way. Before you know it, being present in the moment will become as much of a habit as being distracted used to be and even better yet, you can develop a consciousness that frees you from unhelpful, distorted, self-limiting thought patterns and instead enables you to focus on your positive emotions that increase compassion in ourselves and others.

I’m going to start a new tab for Mindfulness posts on this Blog and will strive to post articles on various themes. If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to comment below or email me your suggestions 🙂

 Originally featured on: https://empirikalsolutionz.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/the-m-word-mindfulness/
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