Drugstore Buy of the Week - CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick, Monarch

CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick in the new shade, Monarch, was one of those shades that I just knew would be a knock out even before I used it.  *It's also featured in the new CoverGirl Queen Collection ad with Janelle Monae and looks spectacular!

The CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick is a new, ten shade collection of lipsticks that launched with the new CoverGirl Queen Because We Rule Collection for Spring 2016. The difference between these Queen Collection Stay Luscious lipsticks and similar CoverGirl Outlast Long Wear Lipstick are that these feature deeper, richer and warmer shades created for warmer and darker skin tones.  These shades are loaded with pigment, smooth and hydrating with gorgeous colors.

If you're looking for a glamorous, sexy warm red, look no further than the Monarch shade. The texture and weight are just right.  It felt light, but very creamy on my lips.  I could immediately feel how hydrating and comforting it was.  The pigment was incredible.  With just a light swipe of the tube, I got full, opaque color and the beautiful, deep berry red shade.

The finish was semi-matte and did not smudge or bleed through (but there was transfer to cups, straws when drinking as this is not a stain or long wear formula).

Monarch is a must-have deep red (& under $8!), but if you're looking for  beautiful deeper pink, fuchsia and purple shades, CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick line has plenty of those as well! - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of CoverGirl PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer

I mentioned last week on Twitter that one of my favorite concealers was discontinued in my local Sephora, but a lovely associate recommended Anastasia's new concealer -  and boy was she right on the money.

What I love about Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer is that the texture and consistency both in the bot and on the skin is like creamy silk.  The color match, which I was a little concerned about based on her color system (it's broken into warm/cool shades with red, yellow, peach, golden, pink or rosy undertones), turned out to be perfect.  My color match was 6.25 (shown, above), which is considered a cool shade with red undertones.  

Since this is a pot concealer, I used it with my concealer brush, but if you don't mind using your fingers, it also works by pressing it slightly with your fingers and patting on under eye circles, etc.  I would use the brush to put a small amount on the back of my hand the then move the brush over it for a few seconds to warm it up.

The coverage is full, to very full depending on how much you layer.  However, Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer is so pigmented that a pea-sized amount may even be too much for the average under eye concealing.  Even better, it not only works for the under eye area, but on any dark patches, scars or uneven pigmentation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer is creamy and hydrating, so it's perfect for those with drier skin or fine lines   It is also very long wearing - it did not fade or smudge on me at all during the day.  It also worked well over any of my favorite foundations, BB Creams or tinted foundation products.  My skin looked natural, flawless and even. This is now 1 of my top 5 concealers in my makeup arsenal. 

Good things can happen when you least expect it!  - RLB

Purchase Here: Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer

Beauty Find - MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Finally Free Lipstick

Finally Free is the first product from Caitlyn Jenner X MAC Cosmetics. One hundred percent of sales from Finally Free lipstick will go towards the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative, which provides funding to organizations and programs that help the trans community. 

The lipstick is an easy-to wear, medium-dark rosy pink with warm undertones and a subtle sheen finish.  Cailtyn envisioned this precisely because she wanted as many people as possible to be able to buy it (and wear it) - and thus contribute more to the MAC AIDS Fund. I think this was a brilliant strategy and the resulting shade is beautiful and versatile. 

Finally Free (which is an online exclusive), is going to become a staple in my nude-easy pink lipstick shade collection. The texture is smooth and glided easily across my lips. There's quite a lot of pigment and it was deposited evenly. It has opaque coverage which can be layered for a bolder lip. There's no shimmer and a natural shine.

This was perfect for an every day look, a natural, feminine weekend look or days when I wanted a pink lip that I knew would work with anything I was wearing, etc.  Finally Free was hydrating, but not overly oily, and while not a long wear formula, it sat very well on my lips and left a nice stain even after drinking/eating, so my touch ups were very light during the day. 

Word in the beauty industry is that Finally Free lipstick is just the beginning and there are more makeup products from this duo on the way. I, for one, am eager to see what else is on the horizon for MAC x Caitlyn Jenner! - RLB

Purchase Here: MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Finally Free Lipstick