Beauty, Makeup

Pretty Vulgar – Bury Them With a Smile Lipstick 

I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! Recently, as I browsing Sephora’s website, I came across the Bury Them With a Smile Lipstick from Pretty Vulgar and was just enamored with the fun name and adorable design on the lipstick tube. I couldn’t help myself – I just had to buy it. But I’m so glad I did! This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $24.

Not only is this a fun lipstick to look at and carry around in your handbag, it actually performs really well too. I purchased the shade, “Darling, Be Daring,” which is a great cool-toned fuchsia. It applies pretty opaquely and very evenly in just one or two swipes. The finish is matte, and I’ve been so impressed by how this holds up throughout the day.

This is a long-wear lipstick, and it wears very well. There is minimal transfer when eating and drinking. After a big meal, you can tell that it’s faded a bit (and not completely evenly if you look closely at the inner portion of the lips), but it still looks pretty good after eating. Still, I tend to reapply after a meal, although I think I could get away with not reapplying and it would still be passable.

The product description of this lipstick claims to keep your lips moisturized with hydrating butters and oils, and I do disagree with this claim. While I’ve been pleased that it doesn’t seem to dry my lips out too much and never settles into any lines, it is certainly not moisturizing. My lips are definitely a bit dryer at the end of the day (as is normal for any long-wear lipstick) and I require a thicker balm in the evening to remedy this for the next day.

Overall, I’ve been really pleased with this lipstick. The shade is so pretty, and it’s been so easy to maintain throughout the day. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried anything from Pretty Vulgar? If so, please let me know in the comment section. I don’t know much about the brand, and I’d love to try another of their products.

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Fashion

Trend Alert: Off-the-Shoulder 

Spring and summer are seasons filled with fun fashion trends. One that I’m really loving right now is the Off-the-Shoulder look (and the hybrid cold-shoulder tops). Here are my favorite picks from New York & Company:

 

First up, we have the Floral Ruffled Cold-Shoulder Top, which retails for $44.95 (but is currently on sale for $24.99). I love the color of this one, plus the pop of color from the floral design is really cute. Best of all, I love the ruffles, which are a fun twist on this trend.

 

Next up, we have the Black Stripe Off-the-Shoulder Top, which retails for $42.95. I love the bohemian vibe from this top and the whimsical fringe detailing. Plus, the stripes look super slimming!

 

Here we have the Flounced Cold-Shoulder Blouse, which retails for $44.95 (but is on sale right now for $26.97). I love the sweeping romantic feel of this top. Also, the white is perfect and can be paired with any fun patterned skirt or pants.

 

Next, we have this bold Cold-Shoulder Halter Blouse, which retails for $44.95 (but is on sale for $26.97). Not only is the color amazing, but the cut of the neckline is fantastic. I love the combination of the halter and off-shoulder trends here.

 

Finally, we have my very favorite pick of the bunch: the Floral & Stripe Cold-Shoulder Blouse, which retails for $49.95 (but is on sale for $29.97). This pattern is just adorable, and the structure of the top looks forgiving for curvy gals like me.

How do you feel about this trend? It something you’d want to rock? Feel free to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 

I finally found it! After going so long feeling ambivalent towards most mascaras, I’ve finally found one that takes my lashes from lackluster to luxurious: the Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara. This product is available from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I love the tight brush with sturdy bristles in this mascara wand. They seem to comb through my lashes so well to create a dramatic (and not spidery) look. I don’t know how this formula does it, but my lashes are finally keeping a curl and staying nice all day. Typically, I would avoid using a waterproof formula daily since that can lead to damage of the lashes, but I just can’t get over this one. I think I’m going to have to try the non-waterproof formula to compare the two. Still, even with the waterproof aspect, it’s been easy to remove with my normal eye makeup remover. This truly is the best of both worlds: it lasts all day but is easy to remove. Plus, my lashes are looking fantastic.

Have you tried this mascara or the non-waterproof version? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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shopping

All About Poshmark! 

I have a weakness for fine things. I adore designer items, luxury skincare/makeup, and well-crafted clothes and accessories. Of course, a lot of these things are a bit out of my budget sometimes. Thankfully, I’ve discovered Poshmark, a resale site for designer goods and other fashion.

I am so in love with this site! In the above picture, you can see my GORGEOUS new Chanel tote. It’s just perfect! Using Poshmark, you can find designer items that are new or gently used, and you’ll be paying a fraction of the original price. I’ve seen bags that cost over $1000 go for a few hundred. I’ve also seen shoes that were originally a few hundred dollars go for under $100. In my case, the Chanel bag I purchased was originally a VIP giveaway to select Chanel customers. So, I essentially purchased someone else’s gift with purchase – but that’s totally fine with me because I never could have afforded that originally purchase, and now I have a cute Chanel tote bag!

If you love both bargains and designer goods, you should definitely check out Poshmark! (And if you decide to sign up, please consider using my username “tiffyrenee82” as your referral).

Have you purchased anything on Poshmark? What did you get? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Health

Namaste – A New Direction

Never fear – I’m not abandoning Cincy Couture! I adore sharing my reviews of makeup, skincare, and fashion with you. However, I have decided to start a new writing project called No Place Like Om. Here’s an excerpt from my first post there:

Welcome to my new blog: No Place Like Om. This website is where I’m going to chronicle my transformation on and off the yoga mat. I hope to connect with others along the way so that this journey can be a shared experience. While I have nothing profound to impart, I do have a lot of honesty and openness. So often, lifestyle and yoga blogs show you the perfect. I want to show you the perfectly imperfect.

Focus Photo Pink and White Lotus Flower

My yoga journey began 14 years ago when I was starting 8th grade in a new school. Gym class was the part of day I dreaded most. Awkward in my newly-pubescent body, I loathed changing in front of others, but even worse was the class itself. I’ve never been very athletic or coordinated, so I’ve always known the shame of being picked close to last when it comes to choosing teams. One day, the gym instructor decided to start an alternative choice – girls who didn’t want to participate in the sport du jour could choose to instead follow a yoga or pilates video in room adjacent to the gym. Knowing that I wouldn’t face the same rejection from a DVD, I joined a handful of other girls away from the noise of kickball and competitive screaming. That’s where I first fell in love with yoga and pilates. In that quieter space, I started connecting to my body in a way I never had before. I felt stronger and more confident – at least for the 30 minutes or so that I was focused more on the DVD than the social structure of school. Continue Reading this post at No Place Like Om…

I wanted to share this site with my Cincy Couture readers in case you’re interested in following No Place Like Om too for motivational musings, information about yoga and yoga philosophy, and reviews of all-natural products. If you’re not interested, that’s okay too. Stay tuned for tomorrow when I’ll return to my regular Cincy Couture content!

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Beauty, Skincare

Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 

I’m such a sucker for a face mask. They feel luxurious, but they also pack a powerful punch of skincare benefits in one concentrated treatment. Recently, I tried the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask. This product retails at Sephora for $62 (with a mini version available for $25).

I loved this mask! According to its product description, it’s supposed to help with: dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion. I can honestly say that it does what it claims. Using this mask a few times a week has definitely improved the overall state of my skin. My acne was reduced and my skin looked smoother for sure! It’s definitely worth the price. It’s also packed with some great skincare ingredients like seaweed, red algae, and lotus flower. I can’t believe that a mask so gentle on the skin can give such great results too. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried this one or do you have a face mask that’s great for acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Anastasia Lip Gloss 

I adore lip gloss, but I’m very picky sometimes. I have a cool-toned complexion, so I limit my color choices. Plus, I hate sticky things. But a good lip gloss is a great confidence booster. Recently, despite my aversion to corals, I tried the Anastasia Lip Gloss in St. Tropez. This gloss retails at Sephora for $16.

I was pleased that I could pull this off, even though it has some warm coral undertones. It’s still pink enough to be kind of neutral though, so that works in my favor. It’s a truly stunning color with a high-shine finish that is a bit metallic.

The consistency of this gloss is delightful. It’s thick enough that you really only need one coat for a beautiful, opaque look. Best of all – it’s not sticky at all. It feels almost like a mousse on the lips, which never completely dries down. The good thing about that is you get all the color of a lipstick without any dryness.

Have you tried this gloss? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream 

Recently, I’ve been trying to take better care of my hands, especially the nail bed region. My cuticles get so dry and tear easily, so I wanted to try a product just for them. I ended up selecting the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream. This product is available at most drugstores and online for just $5.

First off, this product smells amazing. It’s fruity with top notes of apricot. That was definitely my favorite thing about the product. Other than that, I was a little disappointed. The formula felt so stiff, which surprised me. I was definitely expecting something creamier. As it was, it was a bit hard to use since you kind of have to dig in to get the product out. I suppose it wouldn’t be as difficult if you just wanted to rub your fingertip over it and use the light residue. That would definitely make the product last longer, but you also wouldn’t get as much moisturization power that way.

The product just didn’t moisturize as much as I had hoped. I’ve used cuticle oils in the past that worked much better, so maybe I should go back to that instead of using a cream like this one.

What do you use for your cuticles? I’d love to know! Feel free to tell me in the comment section.

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Beauty, Skincare

Degree MotionSense Deodorant 

I tend to wear a lot of black. What can I say – it’s classic and slimming! There’s nothing worse than getting white streaks of deodorant on a black garment. We all have to wear deodorant, but no one wants to see it on their clothes! Thankfully, I’ve found Degree MotionSense Deodorant. This is available at most drugstores for under $4.

This is a fantastic antiperspirant. It keeps everything dry, smells amazing, and doesn’t leave any white streaks on my black clothes. It truly lasts all day (although the 48 hour protection advertised seems pretty impossible for any deodorant!)

The scent pictured is “Pure Rain” and it’s a wonderful neutral scent. I also really love the scent “Sexy Intrigue” which has warm undertones of vanilla, jasmine, and amber. It doesn’t go with all of my perfumes though. I don’t care for the “Shower Fresh” scent which smells too baby powdery for my tastes.

Do you have a favorite deodorant? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip 

I love lipstick, but I tend to hate most longwear liquid lipsticks because they can be difficult to apply and very uncomfortable as they tend to really dry out the lips. It’s not a good look at all when you have patchy, flaky, cracked lips, and that seems to be the result of wearing too much liquid lipstick. However, on a whim I picked up The Healthy Lip from Physician’s Formula while I was grocery shopping, and I was so incredibly impressed! This product is available at select drugstores for just $8. Pictured below is “Vitamin Beet” but I loved it so much that I also picked up a true red called “Fight Free Red-icals.”

There are so many positive traits with this product. It’s opaque and easy to apply – just one little swipe and you’re good to go. The tear-shaped doe-foot applicator makes it easy to swipe along the natural curves of your lips, so the application is a cinch. The formula applies smoothly and evenly in just one coat.

The product wears so evenly throughout the day, although there seems to be a difference in wear depending on the shade. The berry shade I purchased fades more evenly and doesn’t seem to transfer as much when I’m eating versus the red shade that I purchased. I don’t know why reds are always messier! Still, I was pleased with both shades in how they wear because I only ever had to touch up when I had a full meal. Other that that, this would stay in place all day.

All-day wear is usually very drying in a liquid lipstick, but this one was so much better than I expected. While my lips felt a bit dry by the end of the day, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. Best of all, my lips didn’t look dry. The formulation has a velvet finish, so it’s pretty matte but soft and comfortable.

The one big drawback that I have with this product is that the shade range is extremely limited. Of the 13 shades that they offer, 9 of them seem like a variant of berry. I would love for them to come out with some more colors in the future for sure.

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

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-XO Tiffy

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