Review + Swatches: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Paint
What it Is: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Paint
What it Does: A liquid eyeshadow applied with a doe foot applicator with high metallic shine. Claims to be long wearing and waterproof.
What it Costs: $5-$7
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!
Hello, congratulations!! Pregnancy is a beautiful time, and stretch marks are a true symbol for the sacrifice our bodies go through to create life. I wish that I had a miracle product that I could say would 100% prevent these unfortunate scars, but as with all things, the amount or severity of the stretch marks you will get is completely unpredictable. I do have some advice on the subject though!
The good old standby, cocoa butter, is actually a really good option. Cocoa butter nourishes the skin really well, and will help the skin become a bit more supple, so that it stretches better. An even better option is natural shea butter, or coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of my favorite natural skincare/beauty ingredients. Most raw coconut oil actually comes in a solid, and when I use it as a body moisturizer I like to just scrape out a chunk with my finger, warm it up in the palms of my hands, and spend a good amount of time working it into my skin.
Another really popular and effective product is BioOil. This is a really rich, liquid moisturizing oil that’s main purpose is actually to be used for stretch marks. I’ve known people to use this for prevention as well as the healing of stretch marks, so I’d recommend this for before and after your pregnancy! It is basically just a mineral oil, but it also contains nourishing vitamins to improve the skin’s texture.
Use whatever method of moisturizer you choose twice a day, every day. Make a real routine out of it, and stick to it. It’s never too early to start using anti-stretch mark products! Also, don’t forget to apply these products to other areas that may stretch during your pregnancy… it’s not just your tummy!
Hope this helps, and good luck with your pregnancy and journey to motherhood! <3
Review + Swatches: TheBalm Overshadow Loose Pigments
What it Is: The Balm Overshadow Loose Pigment Eyeshadows
What it Does: These shimmery, finely milled pigments have multiple uses for high-shine color
What it Costs: $15
Where to Get It: Kohl’s, TheBalm.com, online, Hautelook sales
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!
I’ve been playing with the Radiant Orchid collection by Sephora + Pantone for the past few days, and I’m completely in LOVE. Radiant Orchid is a GORGEOUS color and I can definitely see myself wearing it in all aspects of makeup, from eyeshadow to blush to lips. Radiant Orchid is a cross between purple and hot pink, making it very bright but extremely wearable on all skin tones!
Products from the line I definitely recommend include the Matte Lipstick, the eyeshadow palette, and the three-color blush palette. They are simply gorgeous and have amazing color payoff that definitely won’t disappoint!
X-RAY: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE RADIANT ORCHID COLLECTION
Inside the luminous lineup showcasing the most-craved Color of the Year.
Set the tone for seasons ahead with mesmerizing Radiant Orchid. In this limited-edition collection of color essentials, the versatile shade unfolds all of its wildly wearable dimensions. Here, we explore the assortment of palettes, polishes, and more that capture the color and heighten the hue to its full, feminine effect. RENEE TRILIVAS, REPORTING BY GENEVIEVE LEON
THE EYE: RADIANT FEMME ARTISTRY SET
This exclusive palette stores a spectrum of 25 shadows, from the irresistible Radiant Orchid to soft neutrals, earthy nudes, and beyond. The high-pigment tones are expertly curated to create six signature looks inspired by the captivating Color of the Year.
GAZING PAINT LIQUID EYELINER
With a flexible applicator brush, this striking liquid eyeliner dashes on eye-catching color wrapped in molten metallic pigments for bold saturation that defines eyes, whether worn alone or layered over black.
VENUS LURE LIP BALM
This effortless tint is infused with nourishing orchid for a refined swipe of shine and color. “Offset brazen eye shadow with an understated slick of this sheer lip balm,” says Sephora PRO Artist Gilbert Soliz, “Its subtle pop polishes off the effect.”
RADIANT RUSH MATTE LIPSTICK
Embrace the color that’s on everyone’s lips with full force. With its moisturizing formula and velvety-matte finish, this concentrated lipstick leaves behind a lasting coat of creamy, pure pigment. Soliz recommends prepping lips by first exfoliating, then applying a rich balm for a soft, smooth start.
RADIANT PAINT GLOSS TRIO
Along with the poised purple plus lilac and nude tones, these three luscious lip lacquers top off this year’s shade with a dewy dose of shine. Each deliver a burst of glistening color—or try layering the trio for a customized ombré effect.
RUSH LUSTER CHEEK SWEEP
“You’d never expect it, but the best way to complement bold, cool-toned eye shadow is a face-framing sweep of rose-gold highlighter—its undertones are slightly cool with a warm sheen,” says Soliz. Swirl the shimmery luminizers in this trio along the cheekbones and upward toward the temples for a lit-from-within glow.
THE FACE: RADIANT FEMME ARTISTRY SET
Stored in a playful pouch, this edited selection packs five travel-ready must-haves. Finish your full-face look with an ethereal glow: “Mix a drop of Flash Dew Luminizer with a dab of moisturizer and glide it down the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and the center of the chin,” Soliz says. “Press any remaining highlighter along the inner corners of eyes.”
NAIL AMBROSIA TRIO
This adorable set of mini polishes features three nail colors, including complementary coy pink and sultry nude, so you can rock Radiant Orchid from fingertips to toes.
COLOR GAZE BRUSH SET
This sturdy, stand-up kit includes seven pro-quality brushes dipped in the iconic purple color. The brilliant brushes—designed for foundation, blush, powder, shadow, smudging, and liner—are perfect for travel or look simply stunning displayed atop your vanity.
If you haven’t taken the time to check out Kat Von D’s Esperanza palette yet, now is the time. Because I’m making you.
This palette is amazingly beautiful. Just give it a chance! The colors are so springy, and at first glance some do seem kind of bright, but they’re actually really really wearable and incredibly flattering on all eye colors. And the pigmentation is on point - they are buttery soft and smooth to blend, not powdery at all. And do you see that top left shade, Dazzle? That’s an almost translucent duo-chrome shimmery pan of magic. You can pop that over the top of ANY eyeshadow and it instantly transforms into some kind of space age pixi dust wonder.
Go to Sephora and touch this, and I bet you’ll fall in love like me!
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