Not Selling Out: An Honest Le Keux Cosmetics Review

A couple months back I was approached by Le Keux Cosmetics asking if I would be interested in being a brand ambassador. Let me begin by saying I was completely flattered! I loved the brand that I mainly knew from the salon and Diablo Rose, so when I found out they had a makeup line I was all ears!

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Here is how it worked:

  1. If I was interested I would get a one time code for 50% off MSRP of the cosmetics to go ahead and try.
  2. I could review the ordered products through any social media channel I desired.
  3. I then could give my readers a personalized 10% off code that they could use to order products. That code would also give me 10% of the sales back.

Sounded pretty great, so I went ahead and signed up. Over the last couple of months I have thoroughly tested 3 of the adorably packaged products:

1. Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint : ~$16 USD

 

Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint

2. Lip Paint in shade Cherry Bomb : ~$16 USD

 

Cherry Bomb Lip Paint

3. Lip Paint in shade Whistle Bait : ~$16 USD

Whistle Bait Lip Paint

The Tests:

I decided to really put it to the test and line one eye with the Cadillac and the other with my favorite NYX Matte Liquid Liner.

Here is what they looked like at the beginning of the day. Both photos are completely unfiltered and I do not have any mascara on at this point. (Yes, I went out like this. I hardcore test. All environmental conditions the same.) I will say that the Cadillac never gets quite as dark as my NYX liner.

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The Results: Liner

This is where I was conflicted. Of course I wanted to rave and rant about how amazing everything was! I mean that is what most pinups do right? Promote things? Well, I just couldn’t do that with the Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint. Here it is unfiltered, (besides black and white so you can really see the wear). The Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint has completely worn off on my lid above my lashes, but the drawn out point has stayed nicely.

Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint Results

I think that this liner paint is really affected by body heat and oils in comparison to my usual NYX Matte Liquid Liner. Unfortunately this one was a no-go for me after 4 separate tries.

The Results: Lip Paints

As for the Lip Paints, I really LOVE them! They are not like a lipstick, so beware. It takes quite a bit of product to reach a deep saturation like the ones in the ads, but I have found they are a perfect winter lippy. Just as with the rest of my skin, my lips get extremely dry in the winter time and I have a hard time finding a lip color that wont dry them out even further. I also really hate straight lip glosses. It’s a texture thing. These lip paints are the perfect recipe of hydration and color for the winter. You do need to re-apply a few times a day, but I believe they are worth it. I would definitely buy the Le Keux Cosmetics Lip Paints in the future. Here are a few photos of me wearing the paints.

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If you would like to try any of these lip paints out or any of their other adorable products, feel free to use PENNYLAPECHE10. We will each get a deal out of it  😉 Until next time…

The Always Honest,

-Pennywise Pinup (Penny La Peche)

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Keeping dem Claws [Acrylic DIY]

If you know me, then you know if there is a surface or medium to get creative with, i’ll use it! No lack of funds will stop me!

Growing up I was always into having funky nails but I wouldn’t say obsessed. The polish took waaaaay too long to dry and it chipped after a day of me working on some other creative outlet. So it was really a love/hate relationship as you can see. Then about 2 years ago I was introduced to gel polish. It was love at first swipe ❤ Once I saw how quickly it cured under the lights and how forgiving it was to blunders, I knew I needed to invest in my own kit. $30 each session at a salon can add up quick! I decided on the Gelish Complete Starter Kit from Amazon. The one linked comes with 2 full size polishes while mine only had 2 small ones, so you are getting a better deal 😉

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After purchasing, I spent a time sticking to plain colors and the occasional polka-dot but soon got bored. I once again decided to make my way back to the salon and try out acrylics. I was hooked! Just check out my wedding nails by Alex at Red Carpet Nails!

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Well after a number of trips to the salon and not wanting to ever go without acrylic nails again, I realized this too was too much for my budget, so back to DIY I went! I purchased the KISS French Acrylic Starter Kit from a Fred Meyer here in town. I read through the instructions and remembered back to everything I noticed the technician at the salon doing when I was in the chair. Here is how it went down…

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  1. Trimmed my natural nails down and filed them a bit to remove any left over acrylic from previous salon application.
  2. Picked out the appropriate size nail tips and glued them to each nail.
  3. Clipped each nail down to size and to make desired points.
  4. Filed to smooth points.

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5. I then did the acrylic application as per package instructions.

Here is how it turned out after I applied my gel polish and witch inspired nail art. Not too shabby for my first attempt!

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After this first try I learned a few things. #1 I desperately need that little dremel tool the nail techs use. I couldn’t get my nails as smooth and perfectly shaped only using hand files :/ #2 I knew I couldn’t spend $100 bucks on one. That is when I began hunting and ended up with this: AGPtEK Professional Nail file Yes, most of what I purchase comes from Amazon. We have Prime and they have everything. Nuff said.

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I realized I wanted adjustable speed and good user reviews. Budget was $40 or less. This guy was only $31.99 with 4 stars out of 70 reviews. SOLD! It works very, very well. The one complaint I have is that one of the tips does not fit, but for only $32 and 5 other tips to choose from, who really cares. The foot pedal I have not used and probably wont since I never need to “leave my station” as I am my only client haha. This tool leveled up my nail game 100%! The acrylic was now smooth and with the smaller tips I could get the shaping just right. Here is my second go at acrylic nails with gel polish. They go with my Halloween costume that I am so excited to reveal this upcoming Saturday!! Follow @thepennywisepinup if you want to keep up with my shenanigans in pin-up style creativity!

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Happy almost Halloween!!!

-Penny La Pêche

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Makeover Monday!

It’s Monday and I am not at work. Wahoooooo! I decided to use today to get some stuff done around the house and to share with you my daily makeover. Get excited because you are about to see some CrAZy faces! Normally I get ready in about 40 min, including hair, makeup, and clothes and being in the apparel world, it’s the clothes that end up taking the most time!

Let’s get started!

Here is me right out of bed, (I showered last night). I have eaten breakfast and brushed my teeth but that is it. A good thing to point out is that my hair is naturally stick straight. I have a lot of hair but it is fine and silky and definitely not the what I am going for! Haha.

First thing I do is put my hair up & take some gentle eye makeup remover and with a few q-tips, get rid of the excess mascara that has migrated under my eyes as I have slept. This stuff is Almay Oil Free gentle eye makeup remover.

Next I take some Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On. This helps with bags and doesn’t contain any harsh perfumes or dyes. It also feels really good if you keep it in your fridge! I roll it on the top lid as well as the under eye area.

Step 3 is foundation. My current favorite is Mary Kay TimeWise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation. I use color Ivory 3. When putting on foundation always make sure to blend it down on to your neck and into your hair-line. Nobody wants to look like they are wearing a mask!

Step 4 is cover up. I always go one shade lighter than my skin, as it can double as a highlighter as well. This stuff is Covergirl Fresh Complexion Concealer in color Classic Ivory. I dot it under my eyes, on any blemishes and red looking areas. Thankfully my skin has been pretty nice to me lately so there aren’t too many. When applying anything to your face, make sure you are being gentle. Constant rubbing and pulling causes wrinkles. Be nice.

On to the powders! I try to stay as matte as possible throughout the day and this really helps! This stuff is Covergirl Professional Loose Powder in Translucent Fair. I use this to set my foundation and concealer. I am also not brand specific when it comes to translucent powders. I’ll buy which ever brand is on sale. “Pennywise” remember ; )

Seeing as it is summer and I buy my makeup in bulk during sale times, my current foundation is a bit too light for my summer sun-kissed skin. In order to balance it back out with the rest of my body I take a little bronzer and lightly brush some around my jawline, neck and temples. This is ModelCo Bronzer.

The final powder in my foundation trio is blush! I splurged and bought myself the Urban Decay Afterglow in color Score. It’s $26 and totally worth it! I sweep it from the apples of my cheeks up to my temples.

Step 8 is eye shadow. I am constantly running out of my pale pink colors in my eyeshadow palates, but I picked up this little individual one from Sally Beauty Supply a few months back and it has really come in handy! My normal palate is theBalm NUDE’tude. I dust the pale pink all over my lid and up to my brow.

Next I take the “Seductive” color from the NUDE’tude palate (which is a medium gold/brown color) and dust it in my crease and a centimeter above, blending it into the pale pink.

Highlighting! I take Sephora Aspen Summit No. 23, which is just a bright white shimmery eye shadow, and brush some right under my brows, next to my tear ducts and on the highest part of my cheekbones.

Step 11 means it is time to blend. I take my little blending brush without anything on it and lightly brush it over my lid blending the highlighted area with the darker shadow that I have placed in my lid’s crease.

One statement piece of a pinup’s wardrobe is her brows!! I recently switched to Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in color Ebony and my life has changed. With this stuff you never run the risk of sweating your brows off and with an angled brush it goes on so smooth and even, it is very easy to control. You also have to use so little of it at a time it lasts forever! $18 at Ulta. If you do happen to mess up, just grab a couple q-tips and wipe the area clean.

Step 13 is the other pinup staple; cateye winged liner! I have been using NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner for about 1 year now and I love it. If you want to know more about this stuff, checkout my review HERE!

14…So close!! My future Mother-in-law actually introduced me to this one! I have been really loving the Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express. $7 and works great! I put it on top and bottom lashes.

Step 15 is key to keeping it looking fresh all day! I recently started using NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray and I can really see a difference! What is setting spray? Well I would describe it as a kind of hairspray for your face. When I use this stuff I don’t have to blot away oils until around 3pm each day after applying the finish at 8am that morning. That is pretty good if you ask me!

Step 16! All that is missing is the BIG, BOLD Lip!! Since this is my favorite and to keep my clothing stain free I always save my lipstick as the finishing touch! My go-to as of late has been Maybelline Color Sensational in color 635 Very Cherry. I first line my lips in a clear wax liner. This is handy because it goes with any shade of lipstick and keeps color from bleeding during the day. I use Rimmel Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Liner.

Thanks for reading! Check back later this week for a picture tutorial on how I do my basic hair set as seen here!

Happy Monday!

-Pennywise

The Lipstick List

Lipstick: A pinup necessity that can transform you into the bell of the ball or yesterday’s road kill. Let me start by saying that I have a butt load of lipsticks, and by that I mean around 30. I often refer to my purse as my “lipstick holder” as I am constantly carting around new brands to find that perfect red, perfect matte, or best buy. I have chosen my top 5 go-to’s and decided to put them to the test to see which one rose above the rest. I devoted a full day to each and made note of the following…

Judging Criteria: [Rated 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.]

  • Texture- How did it feel? Was it heavy, slimy, light, dry etc…?
  • Bleeding- Did I end up looking like the Joker at the end of the day?
  • Long Lasting- How often did I need to reapply?
  • Easily Removable- Scrub-a-dub-dub, is it still there?

The Culprits:

  1. NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick, Color: LSS511 Chaos
  1. Milani Color Statement Lipstick, Color: 20 Uptown Mauve
  2. Covergirl Lipstick, Color: 305 Hot Passion
  3. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Matte Collection, Color: 111 Kiss of Life
  4. Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lipcolor, Color: 645 Red Revival

The Results

Conclusion

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Matte Collection out performed the rest. This little number had great coverage without feeling too thick or slippery and there wasn’t much bleeding. I only needed to reapply once after lunch and once again at 5pm. Another great thing about this lipstick was at the end of the day it was fairly easy to remove. I highly recommend it and at $5.49 its a smokin’ deal!

Happy Smoochin’!

-Penny-wise

Step 1: The Purrrfect Cat Eye

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The staple to any well-done pinup look is a clean cat eye. I have searched high and low trying many different mediums including pencils, gels, pens and cakes, and for the price, the NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner is by far the best. You can find it at many local drug stores and online through companies such as ULTA.

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At $6 a bottle, this stuff really does the trick! The extremely thin brush works great for getting in the small gaps of your lashes. The fact that this liner dries quickly is also a plus if you tend to blink a lot while putting on eye makeup. It dries a nice dark black that is not too shiny, not too matte and lasts all day.  I have tried many others like gels for instance that will keep their rich dark color but by the end of the day I was wearing ½ of it on my upper lid! The NYX liner doesn’t smudge but is very easy to remove. To clean up any unevenness just take a q-tip and moisten with a drop of water. One bottle lasts me well over a month using it everyday and for $6 it is well worth it! Give it a try and feel free to leave me your comments below.

Happy Lining!

-The Penny-wise Pinup