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14 Aug

But First Coffee (58)

Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, deep red-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which glided effortlessly across my lips and delivered a smooth, even application. The texture felt lightweight, creamy without being too slippery, and was comfortable to wear. It stayed on nicely for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

Vacation Goals (59)

Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage that adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips. The consistency was lightweight, creamy without being too thick or too slippery, though I had some product sink into my deeper lip lines. Thankfully, the settling wasn’t noticeable in person, just in the close-up photos. It wore well for four and a half hours and felt lightly moisturizing while worn.

Backstage (60)

Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep taupe base with green and gold shimmer and light sparkle. It was an interesting, complex color that was harder to dupe, partially because this combination of color and shimmer is hardly ever released! The texture was lightweight, creamy with some slip so it glided on without tugging on my lips but felt a little slippery during wear. There was some product that sank into my deeper lip lines, though the shimmer camouflaged some of that in person. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that could have applied more evenly. It lasted well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

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13 Jul

I Need a Vacation

Sydney Grace I Need a Vacation Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium purple with cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more–I was almost able to just buff it into place and it looked opaque from all the sheen in the finish. The texture was lightweight, spreadable, and quick to dry down, so I had the best luck working one eye at a time and with a flat, synthetic brush (if precision was the goal). The edges remained blendable enough to soften after dry down, but I wouldn’t expect to sheer it out. It wore well for 10 hours on me before fading noticeably.

  • Huda Beauty Electric #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • NARS Tonic (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Gemstone #5 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Totally Worth It (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Violet Impact (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Mythical (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • LORAC Dream Girl #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Hex Remedy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Jingle Bells

Sydney Grace Jingle Bells Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium silver with neutral undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was lightweight, spreadable without being too fluid, and fairly easy to work with as a more pigmented eyeshadow; to sheer it out, I’d recommend applying some onto the back of your hand or onto a metal palette, then using a fluffy, synthetic brush to pick up and buff product onto your lid. It stayed on well for nine and a half hours on me before creasing very faintly.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Rendezvous

Sydney Grace Rendezvous Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a deep navy blue with cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had a blacker base color, so the more it was sheered out, the more muted and black-blue it appeared. When worn at full opacity (as it was in one layer), it was definitely more blue than black in hue. The texture was thin, fluid, and spreadable, though it seemed ever-so-slightly more fluid compared to other shades in the range. I didn’t have any issues applying it to my lid and getting even, opaque coverage nor did I have trouble diffusing the edges as it dried down. It lasted well for nine and a half hours before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Spiced Cider

Sydney Grace Spiced Cider Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. The texture felt lightweight and forgiving as it dried down–thin, not prone to emphasizing lid texture, and just very comfortable. The product spread easily across my lid and dried down fast, so it didn’t gather in any fine lines. It wore nicely for ten hours on me before fading a touch.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

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09 Jul

The sun is shining; routines have changed (read: I can sleep in just a little), and the kids are ready to play all the live-long day! Some may call it Summer Vacation, but I’m over here trying not to call it Summer Cray-cation.

While I really do love the shift in schedules and the freedom to come and go as we want, life with five kids—my youngest ones being 2 1/2 year old twins—working from home, and managing the house can get a little crazy. To keep my kids from saying “Mom! I’m bored!” 4,829 times a day, I’ve made an executive decision that we are going to create a recipe once a week together.

FRIDAY CREATIVITY DAYS!

I’ve designated Friday as our creativity day, which means we step away from all the day-to-day tasks of life (read: Legos recklessly scattered across my house) and we get together to cook.

Getting my girls involved with baking and cooking really teaches them life skills, fights off boredom, and I’ve noticed they’re more likely to expand their little palates if they’ve helped make the dish. Also, have you ever seen just how big a kid can smile when they step back and realize that they actually made brownies? Or watched their eyes grow wide with excitement as they sip a smoothie full of fruits and veggies and then they shout, “Whoa! This tastes SO GOOD!”?

It really is a magical moment to watch their sense of accomplishment!

12 RECIPES FOR A HAPPY SUMMER

Since I want us all to have the happiest of summers, I’ve picked 12 ridiculously fantastic recipes that can be made with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or basically anyone you just want to spend a little more time with!

These recipes come with only a handful of ingredients and take minimal time. I find that when I have extra help in the kitchen, recipes can take a smidge longer than usual, but that’s okay!

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