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, 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, Makeup

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

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

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Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Pretty Easy Eyeliner 

I love a dramatic eye look, and what better way to top it off than with liquid eyeliner? There are so many good ones on the market, but I recently tried the Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen which retails for $21 at Sephora and similar retailers.

With a name like “Pretty Easy” the expectations become high, especially since applying liquid eyeliner can be a time consuming challenge. I’m pleased to say that this one really lived up to its name though. One swipe on each eye resulted in a pretty even lining on both eyes, plus the pen tip is narrow enough to get really close to the lash line. The tip allows for a lot of control, and it is perfect for a cat eye too. Overall, I was really impressed by how easy this one was to apply. It was a cinch and the product also lasted all night.

My one complaint is that you have to be careful not to touch your eye because it never dries down completely and will transfer. I wore this when I had dinner with a friend, and we ended up laughing so hard about something that my eyes started watering. When I wiped my eye, a whole lot of liner came off on my finger. However, it didn’t looked smeared around my eye nor did it migrate anywhere, so that’s good.

Overall, I really recommend this product, especially for those who struggle with eyeliner application. The pen tip on this product makes it very easy to apply.

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite liquid eyeliner? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation 

I really like the Hourglass Brand blushes and highlighters. The powders are so fine that they feel silky, and they’re so easy to blend. So, I was excited when I was given to opportunity to try a sample of one of their other products: the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation. This foundation can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $46.

I’ve got to be honest – I didn’t love this one, and I wouldn’t recommend it. It does blend well, and it has a lot of coverage, but it’s a little dry and requires a lot of product to cover your whole face. Honestly, after a few attempts at using this as a foundation, I gave up and started using it as a concealer. That seemed to work much better for this type of consistency, which might be why it’s marketed as a two-in-one foundation and concealer product.

Overall, I wouldn’t purchase this one. While it worked well as a concealer, there are a lot of cheaper concealer options that work way better. Sadly, this one was kind of a disappointment.

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Beauty

Electric Toothbrushes for Dental Health and Beauty 

People notice smiles. They show so much: friendliness, openness, confidence, happiness. A dazzling smile leaves a good impression, and maybe that’s why I’m kind of obsessed with dental health. I brush my teeth about four times a day, but I’m always searching for a deeper clean. Recently, I asked my dental hygienist what I could be doing better, and she gave me some great advice: No matter how good you are at brushing your teeth, an electric toothbrush is always going to do even better.

I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on an electric toothbrush, so I headed to my local Walgreens to see what I could find. I was surprised to find the Walgreens Oral Care Power Toothbrush Kit for only $9. This kit comes with a toothbrush, 2 batteries, 2 replacement heads, 20 floss heads, and a gum stimulator. That’s a lot of stuff for under $10, so I thought I’d give it a chance.

I’ve had the toothbrush for about a month now, and I love it. The small brush head is great because it can really get into any crevice of the mouth. I really do feel like I get an even better clean with this toothbrush set. My only complaint is that I’ve already had to replace the batteries (and 2 batteries every month will eventually get pricier). If you’re interested in seeing if an electric toothbrush will work better for you, I definitely recommend this starter set, but I think in the future I’m going to get a rechargeable option that I can just plug in.

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Beauty, Makeup

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

I am a sucker for pretty eyeshadow palettes even though I seem to always gravitate towards just 3 or 4 shades even in a big palette. However, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. This palette can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $42.

First, this palette is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a blend of neutral and more dramatic shades, and it also has several cool toned and warm toned shades. I feel like this palette allows you to explore so many different types of looks. You can probably tell from the picture that I use the two neutral shimmery cool toned shades the most, but I do enjoy shaking it up and making my eyes look more dramatic too, especially with that beautiful purple shade near the middle that really brings out my green eyes.

The bolder shades are very pigmented, so it’s hard to build them up gradually like I’d prefer. Instead, you have to just be careful when applying since it’s going to be an immediate high-pigment amount that you’re putting on your lids. I will also admit that the texture of these shadows are not all the same. Some seemed more buttery and others seemed drier. The drier ones tended to be the bolder ones unfortunately, and this made them a bit harder to blend.

Overall, this is a beautiful palette. I was a bit disappointed that the bold shades weren’t as easy to use as I hoped, but they’re still very workable. I’m glad I made this purchase and I look forward to my continued experimentation with it.

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Maybelline Master Contour 

I am such a sucker for contouring. I love the idea of making my cheek bones look higher and my nose look thinner with this fun makeup trick of creating highlights and shadows. I’ve used some high end products as my staples, but I thought I’d give a drugstore palette a go to see if it could stack up against the Sephora favorites. I decided to go with the Maybelline Master Contour Palette which comes with a blush, highlighter, and bronzer. This set can be purchased from Target or other drugstores for $9. Since I’m very pale, I purchased the palette in Light-Medium shades.

Overall, I was impressed by this product. The brush that it comes with is pretty much worthless, so I used my other brushes. While the texture of the powders was a little chalky and not as finely milled as I prefer, it did blend really well. The blush was a nice shade that had just the right amount of pigment and was easy to use for a natural finish. The highlighter was the star here, and I loved the light shimmer it gave me. The bronzer wasn’t bad. It could have used a bit more pigment, but it was very buildable so it still worked. If you’re on a budget, I would definitely give this palette a chance!

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