Budget Beauty Find - Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, Tame Tiger

Earlier this summer I shared with you how much I loved the new CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. The mattes have a beautiful, creamy finish and there are lots of great pinks, purples, reds - and even a cool black color.

Swatches below on two different skin tones.

Now there's a NEW shade that's more in the nude zone, - but with a twist.  Katy Kat Matte Tame Tiger (love this name!). This is a brown shade blended with bronze.  Like the other Katy Kat Matte Lipstick's, it has a demi matte finish and shea butter formula, so my lips were smooth, hydrated and comfortable all day.

I loved this shade when I wanted a nude lip with a bit more dimension.  As you can see from the Cover Girl swatches, it also is warm enough to work on different skin tones.  For darker ones like mine, it really looks very close to my actual lip color, so it's a perfect "my lips but better" shade.

Swatches below on two different skin tones.
So if you've tried some of the other shades and want to add a neutral to your collection , or are just looking for a reasonably priced, hydrating matte nude, pick this one up while it lasts! - RLB

This Katy Kat Matte Tame Tiger shade is exclusively sold online, so head over here to buy

Purchase Here: Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, Tame Tiger 

Beauty Find - MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Are you a fan of Cookie Lyon?

Even if you're not familiar with Taraji P. Henson's ultra glam, makeup-loving character on the blockbuster TV hit, Empire, you will appreciate this beautiful, red-copper bronzer created with MAC Cosmetics for the new MAC Taraji P. Henson Collection. It's a multi-dimensional shade that will work with very dark skin tones and lighter ones as well.

MAC x Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, (pictured, above), is the star product in the line up, (which also includes mascara, lipstick liquid eyeliner and highlighter powder).  It has a rich, warm red tone with copper highlights.  The finish is a satin, with medium/full coverage.  This is so rich and pigmented that is multitasks as both a bronzer and a blush. There is no shimmer or glitter.

Taraji P. Henson for MAC
The Skinfinish is extremely pigmented and the texture was smooth and silky, which allowed me to blend it on my skin easily. Just a small tap of the brush was all I needed to get full, beautiful color.  

It was very long wearing - over 8 hours before I noticed any fading. I know this is selling very quickly, since it's launch in early Sept. so order yours ASAP. - RLB

Purchase Here: MAC x Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Beauty Find - IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment

I LOVE products which work beautifully and make me realize there's still so much more in beauty fixes to be discovered.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment is not just a lip balm. It's a color infused lip treatment which gives lips intense hydration without any greasy, oily, sticky or heavy feel.  IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Technology reacts with the warmth of your own lips to create a subtle, natural pink flush.

The feel and cushiony-softness of the balm on my lips was heaven.  The perfect pink on my lips was a great bonus.  The pink shade looked completely natural, with a matte finish.  It was almost same pink tone as my natural lip color, slightly brighter.  The color lasted throughout a few drinks, and the hydration lasted for hours before needing a touch up. On weekends, if I was busy running around I would simply reach foJe Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment  and I was out of the door knowing I still looked polished even in a rush.

My lips felt soft, smooth, naturally plump and hydrated. The pink shade that is produced by the technology doesn't get very deep, and it doesn't intensify with additional layers.  This is really when you just want a hint of color, and/or need all day lip moisture and plan on layering with another lip color product anyway.  When I wore this under other lipsticks, lipstains and lip crayons it worked well and continued to hydrate my lips.

Purchase Here: IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Je Ne Sais Quoi 0.11 oz

For all you packaging junkies this is a beautiful design you'll love keeping with you and pulling out of your bag, or leaving on your vanity at home.  The cap also has a magnetic core, so the top with never fall off in your bag or drawer. Yay! - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of IT Cosmetics PR for reviewing purposes.