YBB Monthly Favorites

YBB Favorites For May 2019

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Hey, beauties we’re sharing our May YBB Faves with you and letting you know if we think each product works on different skin types, as well as if each of them meet the needs of the under 30 and over 30 crowds (as applicable).

Let’s get started!

For our May YBB monthly favorites, we tested a lip treatment, liquid lipstick, a gel nail polish, and a new concealer – here is our take.


Algenist – GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $35 (US) or $40 (CDN)

Where to buy: Algenist Get Free Ground Shipping on all orders!

Algenist’s GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip treatment is a unique product that uses botanical extracts to enhance the appearance of your lips. The vegan formula uses plant-based collagens to hydrate, plump, and visibly smooth fine lines on your lips. The formula is composed of beads of Microalgae oil in collagen water, which is supposed to give you smoother, fuller lips in 10 days. Algenist’s GENIUS liquid collage lip treatment improves the texture of your lips for better application of lipsticks. It comes in a sleek 10 ml/0.34 fl. oz. bottle with a ceramic applicator tip.

Here’s Moira’s YBB Rating for mature skin

Algenist’s GENIUS Liquid Collagen lip treatment is a unique product because it claims it will improve the appearance of your lips in 10 days. During a 10-day trial I noticed a reduction in the appearance of fine lines on my lips and an improvement in the hydration of my lips. It also made lipstick application smoother and reduced how much lipsticks settled into the lines on my lips. There was a plumping effect but not on the same level as a lip plumper. Once applied the treatment has a refreshing, cool tingle, much like applying a lightweight watery gel to your lips. For the price, I think it has good value, a little goes a long way so it will last quite a while.

Feel: Refreshing, water like feel, lightweight

Results: Less fine lines, softer lips

Value: Good value for the price

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Refreshing, hydrating feel, less fine lines

Cons: None

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star Rating YBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating for youthful skin

During the 10-day testing period of Algenist’s GENIUS Liquid Collagen lip treatment, I noticed a reduction in the appearance of lines on my lips. When I applied it on very dry lips, I noted that it hydrated my lips quickly and provided a slight plumping effect too. The texture of the treatment was amazing, it felt cool with a slight tingle that made your lips feel like they were plumping. I typically applied it 10 minutes before lipstick application to smooth out lines and improve the appearance of my lipsticks. I would definitely buy this product again, you don’t need to use much product, so it goes a long way.

Feel: Refreshing, hydrating feel

Results: Softer lips, slightly fuller appearance

Value: Good value for the price

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Hydrating, improves the appearance of fine lines and application of lipsticks

Cons: None

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star Rating YBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

 


Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $22 (US) or $29 (CDN)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a pigmented, full coverage lipstick that offers 12 hours of wear. Available in 36 shades, and three different finishes, matte, shimmer, and satin. The stay all day lipsticks have a creamy texture that provides rich color payoff, with a comfortable, lightweight finish that doesn’t bleed or transfer. It is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, the formula contains vitamin E and Avocado oil. You get 3 ml or 0.10 fl. oz. of product.

 

Here’s Moira’s YBB Rating for mature skin

If your looking for a liquid lipstick that isn’t drying and has a weightless feel, this is the one for you. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks have excellence full coverage with great color payoff. They work best if you apply one thin layer, which means they will last longer. The lipstick goes on smoothly and drys to a lightweight matte finish that doesn’t feel super drying. Stila’s lipsticks last all day without transferring unless you eat oily foods then you may notice a slight transfer. The only downside is that the shimmery shades and the lighter shades can crack a bit or settle in the lines of your lips and the color payoff isn’t as good as the vibrant colors. For the lighter shades, you may need to apply a slightly thicker layer.

Coverage: Full coverage, highly pigmented

Finish: Matte

Feel: Lightweight, not super drying

Transfer: No, only slight transfer if you eat oily foods

Lasting power: 12-hour wear

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Lightweight, not drying, pigmented

Cons: Light shades settle into fine lines and sometimes crack

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4 Star Rating YBB Rating 4 out of 5 stars

 

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating for youthful skin

As an avid lipstick lover and lipstick junkie, I have a vast collection of liquid lipsticks. I can be quite picky about the lipsticks I buy because I don’t like products that transfer, bleed, or require multiple touch-ups. Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipsticks have been one of my top two lip products for years. They have a smooth, creamy formula, that is very pigmented. It drys to a beautiful matte finish that doesn’t feel drying and wears all day (I mean literally all day). I haven’t tried any of the shimmery shades though because I am not a fan of shimmery lipsticks. You only need a thin layer to get great coverage, and it doesn’t bleed or transfer. Side note, it does transfer a tiny bit if you eat oily foods, but if you blot it with a napkin your right as rain. The only con is that some of the nude colors can settle in the lines on your lips, and that bothers me, but the bright or dark colors wear perfectly. My favorite shade is Bacca a beautiful deep berry red, which you can see below.

Stila Lipstick in Bacca | Your Brand Of Beauty

Coverage: Highly pigmented, great coverage

Finish: Matte

Feel: Soft texture once dry, lightweight

Transfer: No

Lasting power: Looks almost the same as when first applied, 12-hour wear

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Looks beautiful all day, lightweight creamy formula, highly pigmented

Cons: Light shades don’t apply dry as smooth as darker shades

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4 Star RatingYBB Rating 4 out of 5 stars

 


Natassia’s Pick

China Glaze – Gelaze (Gel Polish)

China Glaze Gelaze Polish | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $11.69 (US) or $15 (CDN)

Where to buy: Sally Beauty

China Glaze’s Gelaze is a gel polish that is a highly pigmented, full coverage gel with a high shine finish. The formula includes both the base and the color, so all you need is the color and a top coat. It is supposed to give you 10 days of wear without chipping. Gelaze polishes can be cured under either a UV light or an LED light for 30 seconds. There are approximately 94 shades available, however, you can’t buy them from China Glaze directly unless you are a professional, you can buy them from salons or beauty supply stores like Sally’s beauty supplies. It comes in a 9.76 ml, .33 fl. oz. bottle.

My guilty pleasure each month is getting my nails done, even before I started going to nail salons I used to paint my nails every week. One brand of nail polish that has always been in my collection is China Glaze. Initially, I used their regular nail lacquers, now I prefer their Gelaze gel polish because it lasts longer. The packaging says it will last for 10 days without chipping, I find it lasts much longer when applied to acrylic or solar nails. The formula for these gel polishes is great, they apply smoothly, without streaks and you only need two coats to get the right coverage. China Glaze has an amazing range of colors (94), and they cure with a beautiful high-shine finish. The formula is great, I have jammed my nails before, and the color doesn’t crack or chip as easily as other polishes. The one major issue with this product is that you can’t buy them directly from China Glaze unless you are a retailer. You can find them at some salons and at beauty supply stores like Sally’s beauty supplies or on Amazon. Another issue is that it can be hard to find some colors because they were released in past collections, but they do release new colors every season.

Coral Coffin Nails | Your Brand Of Beauty

Coverage: Great color payoff, only need 2 coats for the perfect color

Finish: High-shine finish

Application: Smooth, non-streaky application

Lasting power: Lasts longer than 30 days without chipping on acrylic nails

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Long wearing, pigmented, base included in the formula

Cons: Can only buy from a few stores, can’t find every shade

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star RatingYBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars


Moira’s Pick

Huda Beauty – The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer

Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $30 (US) or $38 (CDN)

Where to buy: Huda Beauty, Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Huda Beauty’s Overachiever Concealer has a creamy formula that provides full coverage with an illuminating matte finish. It’s designed to hide the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, age spots, discoloration, and redness. There are 20 shades ranging from fair to deep with beige, neutral, and golden undertones. It comes in a 10ml./0.34 fl. Oz. tube with a zamac applicator tip for a cooling effect.

If you struggle with dry skin like me, then you know it can be difficult to find a concealer that doesn’t look or feel drying. I have tried numerous top brand concealers, and Huda Beauty’s Overachiever Concealer is my all time favorite (I wear the shade Sugar biscuit, for light to medium tan skin tones). This concealer is one of the best I have ever tried, its hydrating, lightweight (feels weightless) and it doesn’t crease or transfer. Huda’s concealer gives me full coverage, and a little goes a long way. It has a semi-matte finish, with a slight sheen but it looks more luminous. It wears great all day and lasts even longer if you use a setting powder or spray. If you don’t set it, it can transfer a tiny bit.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Semi-matte

Feel: Feels weightless

Creasing: No

Transfer: Slight transfer if it is not set

Lasting power: Looked the same as it did when applied at the 12-hour check-in

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Weightless, hydrating feel, full-coverage, no creasing or transfer

Cons: None

YBB Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Well, that’s another wrap for our May YBB Favorites, check out our April YBB Favorites. Check back near the end of next month for our next list. If you want to share your experience with these products, add your comments below. Also, if you want us to review any other products, just drop us a note in the comments below or on our contact page, we’d love to help you find Your Brand Of Beauty!!


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