Monday, October 7, 2013

Makeup By Ren Ren's September 2013 Beauty Favorites

Hi Bellas,

So surprisingly this month, I have a bunch of old items and I'm now just discovering how great they are.  I'm glad i'm getting some use out of them!  I've got a range of drugstore, online and pro brands for you all.  Enjoy!


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Graftobian Banana Cream HD Luxe Cashmere Setting Powder 
I picked this up during the New York Makeup Show.  Now that i'm tanner from the Summer, I love it!  Sometimes I find that the Ben Nye Banana Powder can be a little ashy especially on darker skin tones.  This one is a little richer in shade.  Also, it's got a much finer texture so it doesn't get all funky when applied on top of concealer like the Ben Nye version can.

I've had this product for months.  I didn't really give it much attention.  However, I've realized that once you get past the shimmer top coat this is a really nice bronzer.  It does have a sheen to it, but the color is really rich and deep.  It's pretty difficult to find a deeper, richer bronzer at the drugstore so if you're a woman of color in need of one, check it out!  I find that it's deep enough for me to use for a glowy contour.

I actually had this pen for a few weeks before trying it.  I don't know what I was waiting for.  I'm pretty picky about my liquid liners.  They need to be super black, super opaque, last all day without fading or smudging, thin enough to make a wing, but dense enough to be able to steadily and quickly apply liner.  This is all of the above, yay! 

I've been hearing about this product for years on YouTube.  I remember XSparkage talking about it a while back.  I finally picked it up at CVS.  I got the smaller bottle for about $17...a little pricey but it works!  I do like how it has a non-messy spray pump but the product comes out like a creamy conditioner.  After I wash my hair I typically use a detangler/split end mender and then follow with a hair oil.  This leave in conditioner replaces those two products with just one!  I can't believe how soft my hair felt!  It's also not greasy and smells nice.  It really is a miracle!

Sedona Lace Midnight Lace Eyeshadow Brushes - Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush 863 and Synthetic Medium Angled Shading Brush 407
Again I've had these brushes for a long time, but it wasn't until I put them in my filming area for tutorials that I really started using them.  I didn't design these by the way and am not paid to promote them.  I honestly just find these two eyeshadow brushes super handy.  The fact that they are synthetic gives them a bit of density so it's really easy to apply and blend out color.

The crease brush has long thin bristles small enough to fit my small eyes but dense enough to pack on crease color.  I also love the angled eyeshadow brush for my outer v - these kind of brushes I don't usually give a second thought to but man it makes smoking out your eyes so easy!  The angle fits perfectly into your outer v.  Use coupon code renren for $5.00 off your order.  

Okay I think i've had this for a few years lol, but it's still good.  I recently took a class with Renny Vasquez and he's a fan of lighter brows.  I busted this out to lighten my brows and wow it really works.    I'd say it's an alternative to MAC's Girl Boy Brow Tint.  I never thought to use this before because of the color but it's really nice to give a nice soft brow which I'm a fan of.

Not So Favorites

Ofra Gel Liner 
I'm not really sure what this liner is for.  It's gel texture makes it too sheer to be used as a base or a liner.  I even tried using it on the lips but it applies unevenly.  I think they were trying to be innovative with this product but it doesn't perform.  It had potential with the pretty purple color but it's missing its mark.

NYX Jumbo Marker Liner
This marker is actually a little too big for my taste and it smudges.  I was disappointed in this product because NYX usually is always a home run with me.

I'm giving away one Graftobian Banana Cream Powder!  If you'd like to win, make sure to follow my blog and leave a comment below to enter.  Good luck!

Hope you guys enjoyed.  Till next time, Ciao Bellas!


21 comments:

Mal_k25 said...

I would love to win the graftobian powder since i was really interested on the ben nye one. But since you mentioned thi one eas better, i would love to own one. Plus im still searching for the best setting powder for my skintone that would not look ghostly on me. Thank you formthe giveway :)

ariel moore said...

Hey! I would love love love to win the Graftobian powder because I'm a Makeup Artist student and trying to build my kit. but I find that products aren't that cheap so its a work in progress. thank you! :):)

Michele said...

I am NC 42 and have problems with powders being ashy on me. This powder looks beautiful on you, I would love to try it. I need this powder in my life...

kimmy said...

Hey ren! I would love to win the powder! I live in Hawaii and we don't have access to products like this at stores here and shipping costs an arm and a leg!

Lin Angela said...

Hi renren
I would love to win that graftobian powder!
I love your recommNdation and hey I bought ur brush set from sedonalace !
Yaya

MYMY DOLL said...

Hey Doll!!!! Ren, i would love to win the Graftobian Banana Cream HD Luxe Cashmere Setting Powder because tho i LOVE my ben nye banana powder, i would love to try this graftobian powder because like you have said, the ben nye sometimes leaves a chaulky finished under my eyes. I, too, live in Honolulu, Hawaii and yes it's truly hard to have access to these products here. I love makeup and i love the KimK undereye makeup that she always has.. and i am still learning. (: plus, too i honestly signed up on to Blogger to follow you and Hopefully win this giveaway hehe Much Love and Aloha. XO!

kedeeamore said...

I would love to win the Graftobian Banana Creme Setting powder because I've always wanted to try the Ben Nye one. I love your advice and trust your opinion so that's why Im entering your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. :-)

TrailerHood Chic said...

I've wanted to try the Ben Nye forever, but if this is a better alternative, I'd rather try it.

aamanda1288 said...

Hello, I would love to win the graftobian banana cream powder BC just like u I'm obsessed with everything beauty and makeup. I am also building my kit I just started as a makeup artist and my buisness is picking up fast I love ur blogs and videos and u r an inspiration. I also have Ben nye banana powder and its just not working so great and from what u described this stuffshould do the job. I love graftobian.

CosmeticCrazy said...

I would love to be entered for the chance to win the Graftobian Setting Powder powder please ~ I'm always on the hunt for my "HG" setting powder.

maxzac08 said...

I would love to win the Graftobian Banana Cream HD Luxe Cashmere Setting Powder because I do not like the Ben nye banana powder at all. It's so drying and patchy. I would love to try graftobian banana cream powder!

MakeupJunkie said...

I would love to try the banana cream powder b/c although I do own the ben Nye banana (who doesn't? lol) I do find it to be a bit drying at times & I can hardly use it In the summer when I get more tan - just looks like an awesome products thanks for the giveaway <3

jan skob said...

I would love to be entered for the chance to win the Graftobian Setting Powder powder please because I love trying new things, also it might be my "HG" setting powder.

vnssa906 said...

I may have to try the Alcone liner pen. Haven't found the perfect black liner yet :(

Thanks for the giveaway!
Xoxoxo Vanessa
Vnssaa906@gmail.com

Kat W. | Freelance Makeup Artist said...

I would love to win the Graftobian powder so I can compare it to my Ben Nye banana powder. =)

Tifferella said...

Heck yeah! I would love to win the Graftobian powder for my cover fx foundation and it will make a great Birthday present. Hebe.

elisse784 said...

I would love love love to win the Graftobian powder for several reasons. Like many others I too have had my eye on the Ben Nye powder, but unfortunately I am a Grad student (MSW yay social work) so I do not have the extra funds for makeup anymore. I have never found a good powder since I am Latina, and everything always looks chalky. Thanks for being so generous.

jenjen808 said...

I would love to get my hands on that Graftobian powder. I always am on the hunt for a great powder, especially yellow-toned ones. I've also been wanting to try Graftobian products in general, but they're not as accessible in Hawaii unless I pay like 3 times the amount of the product for shipping alone. :( I've noticed a few other girls who've posted also are in the same canoe as me! ;)

RandK H said...

Hello Thank you soooooo much for your videos. You're so sweet and such an Amazing MUA, :)! I have been searching for a banana powder that was this vibrant ever since I had my makeup done about 10yrs ago for my sisters wedding. The MUA used a pressed yellow matte highlighting powder and I loved how it looked on my tan skin. I asked her for the name of it and she said that it was a brand only sold to MUA :(. Soooooooo I would love to try this as I tried the Ben Nye powder and it didn't live up to my previous yellow powder experience. Either way..... Thank you soooo much for your beauty wisdom, xoxo!

jovana ochoa said...

I would love to win because I've been wanting to try this powder for the longest! It looks great for highlighting and setting!

Makeup by Hend said...

I would like to win because I need a nice yellow tone powder for my kit and to try your hilighting techniques. Thanks

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