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April 2019

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The Lip Duo You Need to Try

By: Dressed in Blessings

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I don’t think it’s a secret that I am a girl who loves a good bargain find.

Now don’t get me wrong – no matter how much I love a low price tag, I won’t exchange low price for lower quality. I am all about high quality finds at a bargain price and that is why I’m here to share my most recent find with you!

Profusion Cosmetics is a new brand I happened upon in the Target makeup section. When I was walking down the aisle, I noticed this super pretty lip duo and realized that it was a lip liner x matte liquid lip combo. Since I have only tried lip liner maybe once in my lifetime, I really wanted to give it a try (because we all know lip liner has made a MAJOR comeback recently.)

 When I picked up the product, I fully expected to see a price tag of at least $15 or more, and I just wasn’t willing to spend that much for two reasons:

  1. I had never heard of this brand before and wasn’t sure of the quality or longevity of their product
  2. I wasn’t even 100% sure if the lip liner look was for me.

So you guys can imagine my shock when I saw the price tag and it said $3.99 for the lip liner x matte lip combo.

Yes, it’s full size.

Yes, the color was so pretty.

No, I am not kidding.

This is real, and it is really only three dollars and ninety-nine cents. How could I not give this brand and lip liner a try? Target carries it so they must be pretty decent right?


So now for my review:

What I liked:


I really loved the variety of colors this brand offered as well as how neutral they are. You could easily purchase one of these and incorporate it alongside other lip products in your makeup bag. Of course, you can’t beat the price tag either.


I really like how this product applies. It is very very pigmented, so if you are more of a sheer gloss or light lip coverage kind of person, than this may not be for you. But for $3.99, it is always worth a try. The applicator for the product is a great shape, it allows you to apply the lip product in one go, and is narrow enough to get the finer details.


I applied this lip product at about 11:30AM right before I started sipping on my Starbucks iced coffee. I checked in on the product at about 1PM and everything still looked good. At about 5PM (after lunch had come and gone) it looked a tad faded, but overall still presentable (and that was without any reapplication of the product!)

I would say that this product holds well throughout the day/night without too much maintenance needed.

What I disliked:


As far as the application went, I didn’t have any issues!



The longevity of the product was perfectly fine with me, but I did have one gripe about the wear/feel of the product: After application, the product is very tacky and it takes a good amount of time to fully dry into the matte finish.

Also, because it is a matte lip product it is pretty drying on the lips, but I think it could work well if paired with a Chapstick as a base layer!

Overall, here is my consensus:

If you are someone who has never used lip liner but has been toeing the line with it, take the plunge! At such an affordable price point, you really cannot go wrong, especially because you get two products. You could end up loving both products, or at the very least loving one of the two.

If you are an avid user of lip liner, why not experiment with a new brand? It could be your new affordable go-to!

Spring Fairs & Festivals Guide 2019

Spring has sprung in the Ocean State & that means it’s time to get outside & enjoy all that this beautiful weather has to offer!


2019 RI Spring Festival and Easter Parade

The Spring Festival and Easter Parade will be held on April 13, 2019. There will be vendors, parade with Easter bunny, pageant for little cuties and much more. Hours: 12pm-4pm.

West Warwick Civic Center 100 Factory Street West Warwick, RI 2893


2019 Newport Craft Beer Festival


The Craft Beer Festival will be held on April 26-27, 2019. Come sample hand crafted beers from local and regional breweries. There will be more than 30 breweries, live music, vendors and more.

The Great Friends Meeting House, Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co

21 Farewell St. Newport, RI 2840


2019 Cranston Spring Craft Fair

The 12th annual Spring Craft Fair Event will be held on May 4, 2019. It’ll feature an array of crafters and vendors displaying their incredible creations and unique products. Hours: 10am-4pm

VFW 1418 Plainfield Pike Cranston, RI 2920


2019 Newport Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

The Newport Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival will be held on May 18, 2019. It’ll feature popular food trucks of South Florida serving BBQ and awesome food ranging from wood-fired pizzas to zesty tacos to the sweetest treats and lots more. In addition, enjoy delicious beers offered by the regional and national craft breweries. Hours: Noon-5pm

Fort Adams Park 80 Fort Adams Dr Newport, RI 2840


2019 PVDFest

The PVDFest will be held on June 6-9, 2019. Join us for live music, dance, visual art installations, food and much more. It’ll feature more than 1000 artists performing on public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages. It’ll offer a range of eclectic and multidisciplinary arts, culture, and creativity from internationally-acclaimed artists and emerging talent. Hours: Thu 8:30am- 12am; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 12pm-6pm 

Downtown Washington and other streets Providence, RI 02903




Artist of the Month

David Fleurant

  1. Tell us about your work:

I have been a working photographer most of my life (since 1976) after graduation from the Rhode Island School of Photography. Now and for the past 13 years I teach digital photography in the continuing education dept. at The Rhode Island School of Design. Teaching has now allowed me to now concentrate on the fine art aspect of photography, something that I had been away from as my work as a commercial photographer did not leave much time for. As far as my taste in subject mater is concerned there really isn’t anything that I won’t photograph, but I do have a strong preference for people in their natural surroundings. Some may call it Street Photography, I tend to think of it more as Environmental Portraiture since my images are most often processed to meet my pre-visualized ideal of the image and not so-called straight photography. In fact all my images in my perception are more like Photo Illustrations of a moment in time.


  1. Is there a story behind the name of your business?

 I think the eclectic nature of the images on my site pretty much explains the name. I am I guess a professional observer.


  1. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?

 When I was young (in my teens) I studied painting and was sure I would pursue it life long. But in 1967 I went into the US Navy and painting was impossible. That’s when I picked up the camera. After leaving the Navy I used the GI Bill to pay for my photography education and that started my career as a commercial photographer.


  1. Where do you draw your inspiration?

 The world is an interesting and mostly beautiful place and all you really need in a natural curiosity for sticking your nose in other people’s business.


  1. What’s your favorite item to create?

 I love the process. The camera is the instrument for acquiring the necessary information, but it is in processing and finally printing the the minds eye vision is realized. I do not make (almost never) straight out of the camera photographs, the painter in me won’t allow it.


  1. What’s your best seller?

 I think that would be the photograph of a Peruvian mother standing with her child on her back, the child is wearing a cowboy hat.


  1. How long have you been in Rhode Island?

 I am a lifelong Rhode Islander, originally from Cumberland, now living in Warwick near Narragansett Bay.


  1. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?

The wonderful roads and especially the potholes.


  1. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?

A trip around Narragansett Bay and the towns


  1. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?

It’s nice to make money, but you shouldn’t be making art just to make money. The best work ONLY comes from doing what you love. That’s why we’re called Starving Artists!


Author of the Month

Hannah Goodman

Book: Till it Stops Beating


Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear. From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.

Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Though she has previously earned the title author with her first three books of The Maddie Chronicles, the last was released in 2009 and all were self-published. Published by Black Rose
Writing in 2018,  Till It Stops Beating is followed by the box eBook set of the first three books in The Maddie Chronicles.
Twitter: @hannahrgoodman