Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss – Goliath Grape 

I am so picky when it comes to lip gloss! I like high-shine, shimmery colors that are mid-opacity and never ever sticky! That’s a tall order for a lot of glosses, but I found one that I really love: the Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Goliath Grape. This product can be purchased from Clinique’s website and select retailers for $17.50.

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There are so many great facets to this product. Let’s take a look at them:

*Color – I like this purplish shade that’s a fun mix between a berry and a violet. It’s relatively sheer but still is very noticeable. I love that it’s not too opaque because I think that makes this one more versatile. Also, it has a lot of shimmer, which is perfect for me!

*Texture – This one is not even a teeny bit sticky, which is so ideal for a gloss. It goes on smooth and lasts for quite a while. You’ll need to reapply after eating, but that’s really standard for a gloss.

*Benefits – While this product claims to plump the lips, I didn’t see this any more than I do with any other lip gloss. Any shiny, glossy product is going to create the illusion of fullness. However, it is noticeably moisturizing, so that does set this product apart from some glosses. After a day of wearing this product, my lips still feel supple and smooth. So, this one scores some bonus points for not drying out my lips.

Overall, I loved this gloss and I would definitely try more shades in this range. Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite gloss you want to share? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Color Therapy 

My manicure preferences change a lot. Sometimes, I want really bold pops of color. Other times, I just want a sweet, feminine neutral that won’t show chips so easily. It’s hard to find a natural-looking pink shade that is kind of sheer instead of opaque. I feel like I’ve searched everywhere, and finally I’ve found one that’s nearly perfect: Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $6.

I’ve been so pleased by how feminine and sheer this pink shade is. It makes my nails look natural but polished and professional. I like that I just need one or two coats to get my desired look. It’s also shiny enough that I don’t always feel I need a top coat. Overall, I’m very pleased by the aesthetic of this product.

That being said, I don’t love how long this one takes to dry. This product contains argan oil to nourish the nails and fix existing nail damage. I think that’s great, but it also seems to take well over an hour for this one to dry completely (and I suspect this oil is to blame). If I don’t allow it to dry for at least this long, I know I’m still at risk for smudges and gouges to the polish. Sometimes, I’ll use a quick-dry top coat to speed things along. That seems to help significantly.

Have you tried this polish? Did you like the sheer quality or were you disappointed that it wasn’t more opaque? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Dior Glow Palette 

It’s no secret that I adore Dior! Whenever they have a new product, I immediately rush out to get it. Recently, they launched their backstage collection, and I was really excited to try the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette. This product will cost you $45 at Sephora and similar retailers.

So, first things first, this is NOT a contour palette. It’s not marketed as one either, but I know some people get confused when it comes to bronzers. To truly contour, you need an ashy-toned (preferably matte) bronze or brown shade. Anything with shimmer (like these shades) will make the hollows of the cheek look swollen rather than sunken. So, products like this one are designed to be applied just to the apples of the cheek (for color) or the highest part of the cheekbone (for highlight).

I was so impressed by these shades. They’re all really pretty and very pigmented. The top two shades are a white and a champagne highlighter. I was initially a bit scared of how white the white one was, but it blends so well and has a very luminous, ethereal finish. It wasn’t chalky or garish at all. The champagne one was lovely and added a nice glow without being too warm. The bottom two shades were blushes: one rosy and one bronze. They’re also really pigmented but blendable and will compliment most skin tones with a bold pop of color.

As far as texture goes, these are very smooth. However, they contain some rather chunky glitter, and I know that’s not what everyone prefers. However, I love this palette when I want to really stand out. It’s not the most neutral, daytime palette. This one is geared towards night drama instead!

Overall, I adored this palette, although I admit the price is a bit steep for something that’s a special occasion and not a daily palette (still, powders last a long time before they need replacing).

Is this one you’ve tried or are interested in trying? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Shiseido Eyelash Curler 

I sometimes dream of long, luxurious, perfectly curled eyelashes. Of course, what I have are lackluster and stick straight out. Because of this, I thought I’d try the Shiseido Eyelash Curler.

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This eyelash curler is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $20. I must say that while this doesn’t make my eyelashes look perfect, it does make them significantly better. It’s a sturdy curler with a strong grip, and that makes a big difference. It also is shaped well and allows me to get really close to my lash line for the ideal curl. Overall, I’ve been really happy with this product. I would say it’s one of the best I’ve tried.

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyelash curler? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Fashion

The Big Re-brand

Hi Everyone!

You may have noticed that Cincy Couture has recently undergone some changes. What started as a tiny beauty blog is growing into something more exciting. While this website will still remain a blog, we’re expanding into a monthly magazine as well (publishing details are still to come, but if you’re an aspiring fashion journalist, there will be many options for collaboration!)

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With this new global outlook comes another change – a name change! “Cincy Couture” is where we started (small and in Cincinnati) but we wanted a name that would better reflect who we’re connecting with – fashionistas from all over the world. So, from now on, we’ll be called “Haute Couture Society.”

Thanks to everyone who has connected with Cincy Couture. We’re not disappearing, we’re just evolving. As we enter this period of continued transition, we’ll still be posting lots of reviews, but starting in January of 2019, we’ll have even more to offer with the launch of our magazine!

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Beauty, hair

OGX Bonding Plex Shampoo and Conditioner 

I use a lot of heat when it comes to styling my hair, and this has resulted in quite a bit of damage and frizziness. While I have decided to try letting my hair air dry completely and using a styling cream for texture instead of using any sort of heat for a while, that still won’t correct past damage. Truly, nothing besides cutting off damaged hair is the real solution, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still try the occasional quick fix. That’s why I decided to try the OGX Bonding Plex shampoo and conditioner in order to see if my split ends can look a bit better until I can sneak away to the salon. This product is available at Walgreens and similar retailers for about $7 a piece.

First, I really love the scent of this product. It really smells like a salon, and the scent lingers too. This may not appeal to everyone because it’s a bit chemical-scented, but I really love it for some reason.

The real goal of this product is to improve the cuticle of the hair and bond split ends back together while protecting from future damage. I will say, when I use this product, my hair does feel smoother and softer. However, if I do blow dry my hair, my hair looks a bit frizzy. But if I use these and then let my hair air dry completely, I think the overall texture of my hair is improved.

I do wish that the shampoo was easier to lather. It feels like it takes a lot of product to get the ideal lather going.

Overall, this product is just okay. It makes my hair a bit better but not dramatically so. I like the scent, but that doesn’t make up for other performance issues like a lack of lather. I’m glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one.

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Beauty, Makeup

Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss 

The other day, I got a fun surprise in the mail from Allure: the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Gloss in Moonglow. This product is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

This is a fantastic gloss! Moonglow is a very soft pink nude shade, which is pretty much universally flattering because it just adds a glossy boost to your natural color. I don’t know how the more dramatic shades perform, but this one really is the perfect neutral.

From a texture standpoint, I love how smooth this gloss it. It’s not sticky at all! I really hate sticky glosses, so I’m thrilled by this one. There’s also a teeny bit of tingle and plumping action, which is a nice bonus. Plus, the scent is very minty, which I love.

Overall, I adore this gloss. It’s definitely a bit pricier than I would normally go for when it comes to a basic, sheer lip gloss, but I’ve still been really enjoying this product!

Have you tried any Marc Jacobs makeup products? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation 

Summer is in full swing, and with this extreme heat has come a change in my skin texture. Every year, it seems like my skin gets very dry in the winter and very oily in the summer, and this year has been no different. As I’ve worked to keep the oil at bay, I’ve found a new favorite powder foundation: the Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

I don’t always love powder foundations – they often look cakey and the powder can settle into pores and fine lines. Some also tend to wash me out, which sucks since I’m already so pale. Thankfully, this powder performs like a dream. The texture is very fine, which makes it feel very lightweight. It also applies very smoothly and seems to instantly blur my imperfections. The shade range includes the shade “light” which matches my skin tone perfectly.

This is actually a relatively hydrating powder, which is one of the reasons that I think it balances my skin out so well. The powder absorbs the oil, but the hydrating quality (caused by the aloe ingredient) prevents the product from settling too much and looking overly noticeable.

The coverage of this product is also fantastic. I can’t believe how much one swipe can cover. Occasionally, I use this over a lightweight foundation, but it also works really well by itself. I find that most powder foundations really can’t stand on their own, but this one truly does what it’s supposed to do.

I have no regrets about this purchase, and I definitely plan to repurchase when I’ve used this one up!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite powder foundation? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss 

I have given up on getting a tan. Over the years, I’ve realized that I must be at least a quarter vampire because really nothing can make me look less cadaverous. I literally repel the sun (I don’t even burn!) Still, sometimes I find myself desiring to look a bit less ghostly, so I was excited when I received a sample of the St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I have tried self-tanner before. It’s so hard to get even, it always fades in strange ways, and it has a propensity to turn me either orange or yellow. This product, however, isn’t actually self-tanner. It’s a bronze gloss that washes off and doesn’t stain your skin or clothes. Unfortunately, this one was still not a winner for me.

I was glad that I did not look orange with this product, but I also didn’t look bronzed either. It took a huge amount of product to make a difference, and after using a bunch, at best I looked really shiny with a bit of bronze glitter mixed in. The product did smell like plastic though, so I didn’t like how I smelled after I used so much of it.

I will admit that it did not transfer, but that could be because there was very little tint to transfer. Keep in mind, I’m extremely pale, so I imagine that most people could use a ton of this product and not see any difference at all.

I think that this gloss might do a good job at enhancing an existing tan, but it’s not going to do anything to create the illusion of one.

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat 

When doing an at-home manicure, it’s so important to use a base coat and a top coat. The base coat will protect your nails from staining if you’re using a dark color, and it will create a nice, smooth canvas for the nail varnish. The top coat will add some shine to the manicure and will extend the life of the manicure by preventing chipping. Recently, I was walking around Walgreens and I found the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat for only $4, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I loved the concept of this product: why not simplify and have just one bottle that can do both jobs? Unfortunately, this one really fell flat for me.

My biggest complaint about this product is that it takes FOREVER to dry. Every time I used this product, I would try to be as patient as possible and let it dry for over half an hour. However, hours later, I would find strange smudges on the polish. I am not completely certain how this happened, but my theory is that the topcoat re-softens with heat, so you’re susceptible to smudges again after a hot shower or blow drying your hair or doing the dishes.

This has happened to me with other top coats as well, but it doesn’t happen with all of them (The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat and the Seche Vite top coat are two of the best, in case you were wondering).

I was pleased with the level of shine that this top coat offers, but it did not seem to harden the nail or prevent chipping. I frequently still had same-day polish chips, which is just not manageable.

In terms of how this performed as a base coat, it was okay if you applied just a thin layer. It did smooth the nail and, even with very dark polish, there was no staining on the nail bed.

Overall, I was very disappointed with this product, and I won’t be repurchasing. However, I think this might be okay if applied to the nail by itself. After buffing the nail, this would add some shine to enhance a natural nail. It’s also an okay base coat, but I would not recommend this as a top coat over nail polish.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite top coat? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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