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Studio Gear Cosmetics {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Try as I might, I’m not incredibly adventurous when it comes to my makeup.  I’ve pretty much used the same natural colors to create the same natural look since high school.  In the past year or so, though, I’ve been drawn to some fun new colors and some great products that can make quite the difference — all thanks to my endless research on Pinterest!  While I’m still not overly experimental, I have been happy with the new products that I’ve tried and the outcome from most of them.

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I was thrilled to be offered a review for Studio Gear Cosmetics, and I have LOVED using these products over the past week!

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I’ve used all sorts of mascara with different colors and brush shapes, and I haven’t found one that I especially love more than anything else.  The brush on this Impactfull Pro TLS Mascara, though, is probably one of my favorites — I love that it provides full, even coverage on the top with a couple of coats but also separates and gives color to my very small, blonde bottom eyelashes that can either be non-existent or look like spider legs if I’m not careful!  The mascara generally stays put and doesn’t run throughout the day, so I’ve actually had to remember to take it off before I go to bed every night.

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Of all the makeup I’ve tried and owned over the past 15 years, I’m pretty much a brand-snob when it comes to eyeliner — I don’t usually mind switching up anything else, but I can be pretty specific about my eye liner.  The Invincible Gel/Crème Eye Liner in Earth, though, was a fun addition to my makeup routine this week, but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to for me since I don’t have the steadiest of hands!  I’ve never really thought of applying eye liner with a brush rather than using it in pencil form, but I was pleasantly pleased with the results.  I have to say that the staying power is amazing!  We’re in humid coastal North Carolina, so it’s saying a lot when makeup doesn’t fade or smudge by the end of the day.

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I rarely use more than Chapstick on my lips, but I notice such a difference when I put on something with a little more color – I feel like my whole look is more finished.  I’m not a huge fan of dark colors or, frankly, colors that are too light, so I was incredibly impressed with the Luscious Lip Shine in Desire that I was sent to try.  It glides on easily and stays on for hours, and I especially love the cinnamon-y scent I smell (but don’t taste, thank heavens!) each time I apply it.  This is my absolute favorite product of the bunch, and the color is probably the closest to my natural color while still providing a pop of extra pink.

If you’re wanted to try a new look or tutorial that you saw on Pinterest or are hoping that a new product might give your “same ol’ same ol'” makeup routine a jumpstart, I’d suggest taking a look at Studio Gear Cosmetics for some inspiration!

Studio Gear Cosmetics is offering Dandy Giveaway readers a special coupon code:  DANDY13 will get you 10% off at checkout at their online store!

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Mía Mariú {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I remember my first experience buying real make-up.  It was for my junior high showchoir, and we each had to buy the same colors of eyeshadow, liner, and lipstick so that we would all match on stage.  Before that, I would pick up cheap make-up at walmart, or I am embarrased to admit, even the dollar store.  With my new compact of high-end, (expensive), and shimmery make-up, my eyes were opened into the world of good quality make-up!  I started to see what makes the difference between excellent and poor cosmetics.  Based on my experience with some good and some pretty bad, I can give my Dandy stamp of approval on a new line of make-up called Mía Mariú!

mia-mariu-logo-300x180Mía Mariú focuses on healthy products that reflect themselves through youthful, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality.  Each product combines the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and peptides.  A far cry from the el cheapo stuff you find at the dollar store (cringe!).

Every product Mía Mariú sells looks like it would become a favorite in my makeup bag.  I was attracted to the mineral foundations, eye shadow duos, intense eye liner, and luminous lip glosses.  I picked out three products, and am so pleased with each of them.  First, I was sent a sample of hydrating moisturizer to apply before the foundation.  I thought it had a great consistency, and a nice light feel.  It wasn’t greasy and it didn’t take a lot of rubbing to massage it in to my face.  The first product I tried out was some PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Loose Powder Foundation in Savanna.

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It has a great amount of coverage, and doesn’t look clumpy at all in the container.  I appreciate the holed cover on top, since butterfingers over here has a tendency to drop her makeup all over the carpet.  I loved how it melted into my skin!  It glides on smooth and actually contains Vitamin A, C and E.  Next, I tried out a Loose Mineral Shadow Liner in Rosa.  I was attracted to the color as one that wouldn’t be obnoxiously noticeable at first glance–something I could wear on a daily basis and not look like date night.

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It has a great shimmer to it, but nothing sparkly.  It is silky to apply and lasted all day.  My old makeup tends to slip into the creases of my eyes over time, and I sport a nice dark line above my lid.  Not my favorite look.  This liner was great, and stayed where applied, highlighting the upper accents of the space under my eyebrows.  This liner can also be used wet, and I’m excited to try that out for a thicker look.  The lid with holes on this little jar were a little too small for my liking.  I’m afraid to take it off because, again, I’m prone to dropping precious jars of cosmetics, but I think it might be necessary to get enough on my makeup brush in the amount of time I’d like.  To go with my liner, I also tried out Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Luna de Miel!

141These eye shadows are made from pure minerals and luxurious color pigments.  Again, I was looking for a duo that would look natural and nothing too drastic for an everyday where.  This was perfect.  I’m planning on leaving it out on my makeup table as my stable until its gone!  It slides on with ease, blends well, and stays on for hours!  At the end of the day, my face looked like I had just done it.

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The thought that kept entering my mind all day was, “Wow, it feels like I’m not wearing any makeup at all!”  I hate that ‘masked’ feeling of a thick, painted products that you feel every time you change your facial expression.  No clogged pores with Mía Mariú.  Behold the beauty of healthy products!

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Are you a cosmetic connoisseur yourself?  Another fabulous thing about Mía Mariú is that you can become a Mía advisor and launch your own health and beauty home based business and combine the power of ecommerce, social networking and personal service behind exceptional natural health and beauty products!  For more information about becoming a representative of Mía Mariú, check out the details on their site about this home based business opportunity.

One lucky lady is going to be able to pick out the same products I got to review!  You can choose your own shade of loose powder foundation, one loose mineral shadow liner, and one mineral eye shadow duo!  What makeup bag boost!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Saturday, February 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mia Mariu, but all opinions are strictly my own

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