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I have more makeup than I know what to do with, but I’ve been pretty effing lazy lately when it comes to mixing and matching colors. On a day-to-day basis, chances are I woke up late and don’t have much time to put more than little effort into making my face, so I slap on an eyeshadow, sometimes eyeliner, mascara, and run out the door. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I received a bunch of Motives makeup to try that I realized how severely I’ve been neglecting one of my only real passions: playing in cosmetics.

Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger is a fairly new line that isn’t huge, but certainly should be. It’s not super pricey, and many cosmetics companies don’t understand that quality doesn’t have to be directly correlated with price. This, however, is not one of those companies.

The Pressed Eye Shadow ($12) feels literally like velvet. It picks up on a brush pretty easily, but I prefer to use my pinky finger to blend the colors. I tried on a bunch of different shades over the course of a week to get a feel for all of the colors. They aren’t super-heavy, so it’s probably not best as a stage makeup brand, but it works well for wearing to parties and the like. You can also blend the colors with a little water to get a heavier look. The Kohl Eyeliner ($14) goes on smoothly and also makes a good base for a liquid liner, if you plan to be out for hours on end and don’t want your makeup wearing out before you do.

I’m normally not a fan of powder foundation at ALL (it makes my face look dry and gross), but the Liquid Powder Foundation with SPF 15 ($24.95) went on smoothly and didn’t have a cakey finish. While I won’t wear it every day, it’s got great coverage for Saturday nights and times I’m on camera (High Definition is a bitch! Hmph.). Last Saturday I was headed to a party, so I thought it would be cute to layer their new gloss (coming soon on the site!) over the Rich Color Lipstick in Venetian Red ($14). I got a lot of compliments, and the boyfriend liked it, so when I woke up the next day still slightly tipsy and ready to wear a fun outfit for Sunday Funday (read: delicious breakfast and unlimited mimosas, amen), I wore it again for added oomph.

Lastly, I’ve been wearing the Pressed Blush in Runway ($13.50) for the past few days instead of my usual cheek stain. It hasn’t made a big difference, but that’s kind of the point, right? I wore it to a recent “Drinks With…” interview I did with Ginuwine this week, so when it’s up on, I’ll be sure to post a video here so you can tell me if I look like a total clown or not.

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