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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$23.99 Pinup Swimsuit Review

2 girls, 1 suit….

Today I am going to review the “Cocoship Flora Polka Vintage High Waisted Bikini Swimsuits Swimwear(FBA)” (absurd name, right?), which I recently purchased from Amazon for a whopping $23.99! Now the suit was awarded 4 Stars by 836 customers so I was pretty hopeful that it would be at least wearable. With prime, I received it in 2 business days. The suit was shipped in a clear poly bag with a simple sticker and sanitation liner intact. No frills, no tags, just a suit in a bag. Once I tried it on I was in love. I immediately sent a picture to one of my girlfriend’s and told her to order one ASAP and this last Thursday we reviewed the suit together. Let me preface this by saying that we are both in the apparel industry so we are pretty picky when it comes to clothing fit and construction. I am 5’9″, a 33in bust, 26in waist, 38in hip and around 132lbs. My friend is 5’5″, a 33in bust, 26in waist, 37in hip and 125lbs. We both ordered a size Small.

Here we are…

Let’s start with the top. While the cups are a nice shape and thickness, they are spaced much too wide. If you take notice of my top vs. Ashley’s, her’s is post alteration. She has sewn a tiny seam between the cups underneath the decorative tie to bring the cups closer together. I am planning to do the same but thought it would be wise to give you a true “before & after”. This 1 alteration does wonders for the girls if you know what I mean ; )

The bottoms. They are WONDERFUL! During the photo shoot Ashley made a comment that it feels like you are wearing sweatpants! The ruching is very flattering and the full booty and front coverage makes you feel free to dance, do cartwheels or jump off a high-dive without worrying that it will find it’s way up your bum. These bottoms are also truly “High Waist”. It is so high in fact that I even needed to scrunch it down a little to hit at my natural waistline.

The construction can be seen below and looks fairly decent. The seams are surged with little to no seam grin or loose threads.

All in all, this is a smokin’ deal! Here is the link again….go buy it. You won’t regret it. Now for a few more fun shots from Thursday…

Happy Saturday!

-Pennywise

DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 2

In this Part 2 I will show you how I use all the ingredients from Part 1 to create long lasting sexy jet black hair for around $20. I wanted to start this new year off fresh so I decided to do my roots. Since I have already made my initial investments my current cost of upkeep is down to $5.99. That probably wouldn’t even cover the tip in a salon!

The Dye Process:

  1. Important: Read all labels and warnings with regards to skin allergies and safety.
  2. Make sure your hair is clean and doesn’t have any products or conditioners in it.
  3. Put on the old t-shirt.
  4. Lay your old towel across the sink with all your supplies ready to go.
  5. Set up a trash that you wont have to open once your gloves are all covered in dye.
    • I just use a plastic shopping bag.
  6. Clip up your hair and take your petroleum jelly. Outline your hairline and tops of your ears.
    • This will protect your skin from any dye that might get out of line. It feels awful but by golly is it worth it!
  7. Put your gloves on.
  8. Dump the 2 oz bottle of the L’Oréal Permanent Hair Color #1 Blue Black into your squeeze bottle.
    • I really like the squeeze bottle I have because it has measurement lines that really come in handy when you need to work with different quantities.
  9. Add 2 oz of 20 vol. Cream Developer and screw on the cap.
    • I was recently told that 10 vol. developer can be used as well. The 10 will be even less damaging to your hair than the 20 but I have chosen to stick with 20 for now as this hair color calls for 20-30 vol.
  10. Place your fingertip firmly over the nozzle of the squeeze bottle and shake until thoroughly mixed.
  11. Part your hair, (I normally start down the middle), and begin dispensing a line of dye along the part and brush dye in.
  12.  Repeat step 11 down the right side, left side and back of hair.
  13. Use the rest of the dye to saturate hair making sure all hairlines in back, front and sides are covered but not messy.
  14. Once finished set timer for 25 min.
  15. Cover hair with bag, do some clean up of any dye that may have strayed.
    • This is where your stain remover comes in handy.
  16. Eat something sexy like instant oatmeal and wait.
  17. After the 25 min., rinse your hair until the water runs clear. Once clear, take your after-color care deep conditioner and saturate hair. Let sit for at least 5 min. Rinse, then dry using your old towel. Voila! You are done!

The Final Outcome!

My friend Ashley and I on NYE. I'm on the left ;)

My friend Ashley and I on NYE. I’m the one with the black hair ; )

Tips & Tricks:

  • Do not wash your hair for at least 24 hrs after dying. Let the hair have time to rest.
  • To keep the rich dark color, limit hair washings to every 3rd day. I know it may sound gross. I used to wash my hair every morning and by the end of the day my hair would be greasy. Now I only wash it every 3rd day and by day 3 it is barely even oily. Amazing really. Also, shower caps are sexy. I don’t care what anyone says ;P
  • To keep it looking shiny you can use styling products such as waxes and creams but never ever start at the roots! Putting product at your roots will cause your hair to get oily quickly. Always start at the ends of the hair.

 -The Penny-wise Pinup

DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 1

I was going to save this post for later on in January but as it so turns out, it is once again time to dye my roots. I get asked all the time how I get my hair so dark, (even from people currently with black hair), so I have decided to share with you my low cost (under $20), time tested method that will give you salon results from your very own bathroom.

Here are a few pics of my hair over the last few years, all DIY dyed.

My natural hair color is a medium to light brown but I have always loved the look of rich, dark, midnight black. Throughout the years I have gone back and forth but I just keep coming back to black! Is it the glamour? The mystery? The seduction? Whatever it is, raven-haired beauties have been making jaws drop for millennia.

[Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine, © 2014 Condé Nast]

Dita Von Teese [Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine, © 2014 Condé Nast]

Elizabeth Taylor c.1951 [Photo Credit: IMDb, Image courtesy mptvimages.com]

Elizabeth Taylor c.1951 [Photo Credit: IMDb, Image courtesy mptvimages.com]

Miss Victory Violet [Photo Credit: Miss Victory Violet Blog 2014]

Miss Victory Violet [Photo Credit: Miss Victory Violet Blog 2014]

Take a good look at those 3. You won’t see any dusty, dry, faded wigs among this bunch! You see rich black tar, sleek and shiny, and I am here to tell you that for around $20 you can have exactly that. Here is my time tested recipe…

INGREDIENTS:
*Note: If you have long or very thick hair, you will want to double this recipe for items 3, 9 & 11.
  1. 1 Old Towel
  2. 1 Old T-shirt
  3. 1 2oz bottle of L’Oréal Permanent Hair Color #1 Blue Black [$5.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • Make sure it is Blue Black, as the blue/purple tones resist fading and will give you the richest deepest back color that will last the longest. This is key.
  4. 1 Bottle of stain remover [$4.49 Sally Beauty Supply]
  5. 1 Squeeze bottle [$1.50 Sally Beauty Supply]
  6. 1 Jar Petroleum Jelly [$1.79 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • I use this to protect my skin from any drips, slips or fumbles with the dye.
  7. Balls
  8. 1 Applicator brush [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
  9. 2oz of 20 Cream Developer [$1.69 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • No need to use anything harsher as you will be darkening your hair, not trying to lighten it.
  10. 1 Pair latex or vinyl gloves [6 pairs for $2.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
  11. 1 package after color care deep conditioner [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • This will help seal in the color and bring some moisture back into your hair.
  12. Some sort of hair clips & a couple plastic grocery bags.

Total: $20.43

$11.76 spent in reusable products…i.e. the stain remover, brush, bottle, more gloves and petroleum jelly. After the initial dye session the price drops to $8.67 for each session after! Holy cow! The average salon price for an all over color is around $60+ in my area! Stay tuned for DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 2 where I will post a step by step of the dying process, and offer tips & tricks for long lasting rich color!

-The Penny-wise Pinup

Step 1: The Purrrfect Cat Eye

[Photo Credit: My Eye][Photo Credit: My Eye]

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.

[Photo Credit: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4141559][Photo Credit:ULTA]

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