YBB Monthly Favorites

YBB Favorites For September 2019

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Hey, beauties we’re back with our favorite beauty products for the month of September. For our September YBB monthly faves, we tested Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner, Lime Crime’s Velvetine Liquid Lipsticks, the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, and Wander’s Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil  – here is our take.


Natassia’s Picks

Kat Von D – Tattoo Eyeliner 

Kendo - Kat Von D Beauty
Retail Pricing: $20.00 (US), $26.50 (CA)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

The Kat Von D tattoo eyeliner is an intense, highly-pigmented eyeliner pen that won’t smudge. The long-lasting formula is waterproof, vegan and animal cruelty-free. The pinnacle of this eyeliner is its ultra-precise tip, made with synthetic hairs to allow for smooth application and perfectly thin lines, great for winged eyeliner looks. It is available in two colors black (Trooper Black) and chocolate brown (Max Max Brown). The pen contains 0.019 oz/ 0.55 ml of product.

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating 

Kat Von D ‘s tattoo eyeliner is by far the best liquid eyeliner pen I’ve ever used. It is extremely pigmented and gives you intense color payoff. The precision tip gives you ultra-thin lines and makes it so easy to get a sharp winged eyeliner look. The application of this eyeliner is so smooth it is great for makeup enthusiasts of all skill levels. During application there is zero tugging or skipping on the eyelid, which makes for a perfect line. I tested the eyeliner for a 10-hour day, by the end of the evening there was no smudging and the eyeliner looked exactly the same as when I applied it. The tattoo eyeliner has officially become my new favorite, I highly recommend trying this eyeliner.

Intensity: Highly pigmented, intense color payoff

Finish: Satin

Application: Extremely smooth application, glides on with zero tugging or skipping

Lasting power: Very long-lasting, (10-hour wear test)

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Intense color, long-lasting, smooth and easy application

Cons: None

YBB Rating 5 out of 5


Lime Crime – Velvetine Liquid Lipsticks

Lime Crime - Velvetine Liquid Lipsticks | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $20.00 (US),  $27.17 (CA)

Where to buy: Lime Crime, Amazon, Ulta, Nordstrom

Lime Crime’s velvetine liquid lipsticks are a velvety kiss-proof, touch-proof matte lipstick that lasts all day. The highly pigmented formula is infused with french vanilla to give it a lovely scent and prevent it from drying your lips out. Lime Crime’s velvetine lipsticks won’t bleed or transfer throughout the day. The velvetines are available in 37 shades, 29 flat colors and 8 metallic shades. These lipsticks come with a generic doe-foot applicator, and 0.08 fl oz / 2.6ml of product.

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating 

I lucked out and stumbled across a Lime Crime velvetine lipstick at Winners last month. The formula of these lipsticks is incredible, I’ve never tried a long-lasting lipstick that felt as hydrating as this one. The first time I tried the velvetine lipstick, I noticed it took about 2 to 3 minutes to feel like it was dry. I am so used to the Stila lipsticks which dry within 30 seconds to a minute, so I wasn’t sure I was going to like the velvetines. The second time I tried this lipstick, I realized that it had dried faster then I realized it just has a slightly tacky feel on your lips; but if your touch it with your fingers it feels dry. Interestingly, the tacky feel is was keeps it from drying out your lips. This is the first liquid lipstick I’ve tried that doesn’t make my lips feel noticeably dry by the end of the day. The consistency of the lipstick is thinner, much like the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. In terms of how well it wears, it wears amazing with zero transfer, whether you’re eating or drinking. The only thing I noticed is that by about nine hours it does wear off a little bit in the center of your lips. However, it usually has a bit of an ombre look which looks good still. The application of this lipstick is very smooth. Some lighter colors may require a second swatch to ensure the color looks consistent with no opaque spots. Either way, I would definitely buy more of the velvetines.

Consistency: Thin consistency

Finish: Matte

Color payoff: Great color payoff, light colors may need a second swatch in some spots

Application: Smooth application

Transfer: Zero transfer

Drying: Not at all

Lasting power: Long-lasting, wear great for at least 9 hours

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Very hydrating, zero transfer, long-lasting

Cons: Wears off a bit in the center of the lip after about 9 hours

YBB Rating 5 out of 5


Sunday Riley – Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Sunday Riley - Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $65.00 (US), $86.00 (CA)

Where to buy: Sunday Riley, Sephora, Ulta

The Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is designed to brighten, refine, plump and hydrate your skin to make it appear more youthful. It is supposed to reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. The tidal brightening enzyme water cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid, tamarind extract, papaya enzymes, and Alpha-arbutin to increase and improve the retention of hydration. The light aqua colored cream comes in a glass jar that contains 1.7 oz/ 50 g of product.

Here’s Moira’s YBB Rating for dry skin 

If you struggle with dry skin, then the Sunday Riley tidal brightening enzyme water cream is a great option for you. I received a full-size jar of this cream in my September BoxyCharm subscription. The consistency of the cream is thick but still very creamy; Surprisingly it feels very light and creamy when you apply it. It has a smooth buttery feel when you apply it and a nice cool, refreshing sensation. Once applied the tidal brightening cream gives you a dewy finish and makes your skin a glowy appearance. I absolutely love how hydrating this cream is, my skin feels hydrated all day. When I touch my face at the end of the day, it still feels slightly dewey to the touch. I’m not wild about the scent of the cream, it has a light, but odd green tea scent. The only downside to this cream is that it’s a bit pricey, however, a little goes a long way. So although it is pricey, you get a lot of product, and you don’t need much, so that offsets the cost.

Consistency: Thick, creamy consistency

Feel: Refreshing, cooling sensation

Hydration: Very hydrating, even for dry skin

Scent: Odd green tea scent

Lasting power: Hydration lasts all-day

Value: Decent value, pricey but a little goes a long way

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Very hydrating, great for dry skin, refreshing feel

Cons: A bit pricey, but a little goes a long way

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

 

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating for oily skin

I received a full-size jar of the Sunday Riley Tidal brightening enzyme water cream in my September BoxyCharm subscription. Finding a good moisturizer is always a bit of a struggle with oily skin, and we all know the key to dealing with oily skin is to find water-based products. I was really excited to receive this cream because I knew it was water-based and hoped it would work well with my skin. I definitely recommend this cream if you have oily skin, it makes my skin extremely hydrated without feeling greasy, or looking oily or causing breakouts. The consistency is a medium to thick consistency, but when you apply it it feels very lightweight. The hydration lasts all day, and my skin feels soft and hydrated to the touch by the end of the day. When you apply the cream, it has a cool and water light feel that makes your skin feel amazing. It has a light aqua color with a weird tea-like smell. I’m not in love with the smell of it, but it works amazing, and the scent is light, for those of you that have a sensitivity to fragrances. The only negative to this cream is that it is pricey, but again it is an amazing cream. This cream would be great for any skin type.

Consistency: Medium-thick, creamy consistency

Feel: Cooling, water-like feel

Hydration: Extremely hydrating but not greasy

Scent: Weird tea-like scent

Lasting power: Hydration lasts all-day

Value: Plenty of product, and a little goes a long way

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Extreme hydration that lasts all day, great for oily skin

Cons: Pricey

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


Moira’s Pick

Wander – Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil

Wander - Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $42.00 (US), $50.40 (CA)

Where to buy: Wander, Sephora, Amazon, Nordstrom

Wander’s Glow Ahead Illuminating face oil is designed to hydrate, brighten, illuminate and improve the appearance of skin. It is formulated with light-diffusing pigments, castor oil, black currant seed oil, and niacinamides. The paraben, phthalate, mineral oil, and fragrance-free formulate make it great for all skin types. The shimmery pink oil comes in a pink squeeze tube that contains 0.84 oz/ 25 ml of product.

The Wander Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil is another product I received in my September BoxyCharm subscription. As someone who struggles with dry skin, I’m always on the hunt for products that can help hydrate my skin. I like to apply the illuminating face oil underneath my makeup to prevent my makeup from drying out my skin. I noticed when I wear the oil underneath my makeup it makes the application of foundations and concealers much smoother. When worn alone, it does a pretty good job of hydrating my skin, however, you do have to use a fair amount of the oil. I didn’t find that the oil kept my face hydrated all day. It has a very runny consistency, with really fine shimmer, that is not very noticeable. I only noticed a slight illumination of my skin and a bit of brightening. The price of this product is a bit steep for how much product you receive, I definitely think there are other oils and serums on the market that do a better job for the price.

Illuminating: Somewhat illuminating

Hydration: Fairly hydrating, better hydration when worn under makeup

Brightening: Slight brightening effect

Scent: Rose oil scent 

Lasting power: Moderate lasting power

Value: A bit pricey for the amount of product you receive

Worked as expected: No

Pros: Product makes makeup apply smoother, prevents makeup from drying out skin

Cons: Not the best value, only slight illuminating and brightening effect

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

Well, that’s another wrap for our September YBB Monthly Favorites, don’t forget to check out our August 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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