Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss

Product Tested: pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss – Light Pink 7598

What is it: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss asserts that it is 1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex designed to transform into your perfect shade within 60 seconds of application. The product also claims to last up to 10 hours.

How it works: Under controlled conditions, fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts to your personalized color. Photochronic powders use light adjusting pigments to adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.

Special Features: LED-powered wand lights up to allow for easy application in dim lightning and also features and a mirror or the side of the bottle, making quick touch-ups a breeze.

What I like: The gloss goes on clear, but really does change color right before your eyes. The hue matched well with my skin tone and was surprisingly pigmented. The color also lasts a long time; after I wiped away the gloss to get a more matte effect, my pout was still tinted with the color. The gloss feels silky and conditioning, and isn’t sticky.

Cost: $9.99 at and drugstores.



Tropical Eye Makeup Tutorial

A few months ago, when I was nominated as a finalist for the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards, I received a fabulous goody bag filled with amazing products from Revlon. I absolutely fell in love with Revlon’s ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Inspired. The pigments are bright, playful, fun and long-lasting. I was preparing to go away on vacation, and the colors in the quad inspired me to create the below eye makeup look. Keep scrolling to learn the steps to follow, so you can get whisked away to the tropical islands with this easy-to-do multi-colored eye makeup look.

Products needed
*Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad, Inspired
*Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener
*Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner – 001 Onyx
*Angled liner brush

Step 1: Apply the eye primer all over the eye area

Step 2: Line your upper lids and waterline (optional) carefully with the lash liner

Step 3: Using the wand that comes with the quad or another eye shadow brush, apply the champagne color all over your lids all the way up to the brow bone

Step 4: Using your eyeshadow brush pick up a good amount of the green pigment onto he brush and apply on the inner edge of the eye, stopping before the color reaches the center

Step 4

Step 5: Apply the teal pigment, where the green ends and extend the color to the center of your lids

Step 6: Apply the purple pigment where the teal ends and extend to the outer edge of the upper lid

Step 7: Using an angled brush liner, repeat the same color pattern on the bottom lid right under your eyelashes

Step 7

Step 8: Pick up some more of the champagne color and dab it onto the inner corner of each eye in a V shape

Step 8

Step 9: Apply mascara

When you’re done, your eyes should look like this:

I also have a video tutorial on this look, I can post upon request. xoxo

High Performance Pigment Makeup

It’s very difficult to find vivid, rich, long-wearing makeup, especially for women with darker complexions. High pigmented makeup is great for all skin tones because it will show up under harsh photo and camera lights, and usually lasts longer than other types of makeup. If you crave brilliant hues then read on.

Black Up Cosmetics is France’s #1 brand for women with ethnic skin colors. The products are highly pigmented, and were developed in 1999 by a team of professional makeup artists with women of color in mind. Now, the line has a variety of products that look great on different skin tones, regardless of ethnicity.

NYX Cosmetics was started by Toni Ko in 1999, and is now available in 40 international markets. The products are high quality and most importantly, affordable. The eye pigments are offered in an assortment of intense colors including Ocean Blue, Mocha, Lilaz, Pearl, Fanta, Sky Pink and Black to name a few. The brand also has a line of glitter pigments, bronzer, blush, and lips products. NYX is also a cruelty-free makeup line.

Mally Beauty was started by Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, whose client list includes Beyonce,  Celine Dion, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. She launched her own brand of makeup in 2004, and is a staple on QVC. The makeup colors are buildable, long lasting and dramatic.

L’Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments are probably the cheapest high performance makeup products you may be able to get your hands on. Unlike the other makeup brands,  you don’t have to travel any further than your local drug store to get them. Personally, I’ve found it hard to find a good variety of the product line available in a lot of the stores in the city. Since the line caters to women with darker complexions, you would have a better chance of finding good options in ethnic neighborhoods. When you do find the L’Oreal HIP line it includes ultra intense shadows and rich color combinations for lips. The high intensity pigments perform well, and are great if you are on a tight budget.