Top 5 Favs from Motives by Loren Ridinger

Hello beauties!

So I realized I haven’t really done a review in a while and that’s because the next review that I wanted to do was a review of Motives by Loren Ridinger. This review is going to be on all motives cosmetics products which I have received as a gift from a great friend who works for the company. I wanted to make sure that I really used most of the products and got a feel for them and adjusted them into my regular make up routine. 

About a month ago, I received a whole bunch of gifts from Motives Cosmetics through a friend of mine Marium Kabir, who is a  Motives Beauty Advisor, who provides color consultation, and helps match the right products with the right person. Marium specializes in helping people feel better from the inside out by providing customized health solutions. I just wanted to thank Marium for allowing me to try out all these new products, some of which I am obsessed with. Everything that I am going to be talking about in this post can be found on her website:

Here is everything that I received in the package:


I’m going to talk about my TOP 5 Favorite products that I received from Motives. Basically I’m discussing these 5 products because these are the products that I found worked best for me and my specific skin type, tone and texture. I have been using all of the products but these 5 are the ones that I have found myself using all the time and reaching for constantly when I’m doing a full face of make up.

1. Motives “Little Black Dress” Gel Liner

 Well, well, well, I NEVER thought I would actually fall in love with another gel liner other than my MAC Blacktrack. However, I had heard a lot of good things about this liner and so when Marium asked me if I wanted anything specific this is the first thing that came to mind. I absolutely LOVE gel liner, I feel like the color payoff, the consistency, and texture of gel liner really shows up on my skin tone, and I also find that with a bit of practice, using gel liner is SO much easier than using liquid or pencil liner. ANYWHOO, Motives Little Black Dress Gel Liner is one of the best I’ve ever used. The color is SO DARK, I really think it might even be a darker black than my MAC Blacktrack. The consistency of this gel liner is a lot less runny than Blacktrack, which is actually something that I don’t mind because it really shows up darker and is a bit easier to apply cause of its thickness. I usually use this with a angled liner brush and it works great. The only thing that kind of makes me sad about this gel liner is that the color sometimes transfers to my crease and over my eyelid if I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, but the same problem also occurs with my MAC blacktrack liner as well – and I really just think that it’s because I have really oily eyelids which unfortunately leads to color transfer. :[ REGARDLESS of this minor issue, I really do love this gel liner and it’s probably my most favorite thing that I received in this whole package and it’s definitely something that I’m going to continue purchasing once I’m finished with this container! This gel liner costs about $15 on the motives website, which I find to be a decent price because the product is really absolutely amazing.

2. Motives Eye Base (Eyeshadow Primer)

This is a product that I really didn’t like at first because I had a hard time adjusting to the consistency of it. This eye base is actually a bit more liquidy than the primer I usually apply, so at first I wasn’t really impressed. But I realized that I was applying a bit too much to my lid which lead the base to crease on my eyelid, so once I figured out that I only had to apply a very little amount all over my lid, I found that I actually really liked this product. This eyebase is actually an opaque white color when applied to the lid, which allows it to work as a great primer. Everytime I use this eye base, my eyeshadow pops and the color pay off of my shadow is amazing. I really love this eyeshadow base and it’s another thing that I actually use more often now. I love using this all over my eyelid because the color is not too white and it actually helps hide the veins that show in my eyelids (annoying!). The Motives Eye Base is about $14 on the website, and I really do recommend this product because it works great and really does what its supposed to.

3. Motives Gem Dust – 24K (color)

This is one of my favotite things that Marium sent me! The Motives Gem Dust is basically a sparkly gold pigment powder with fine glitter in the product. It really does apply like a light dust, and you can make the pigment as bold or as subtle as you’d like. I love this product because it’s so versatile. I can use this for any occasion because I can control how I want the final look to be. This glittery dust can be used all over the eyelid as a subtle dust of color or packed up the inner corner of the eyelid to go for a more intense look. I was so excited to get this product because I LOVE glitter and this is the perfect color for me as well. I’m actually going to be ordering more of these soon in different colors so that I can have them in stock. The Motives Gem Dust runs for about $12 and it definitely a great tool to have when trying to achieve some bold and girly looks.

4. Motives Lip Crayon in “Naked”

I absolutely love this lip liner especially because it is the perfect nude for a girl with tan or brown skin! This is something that Marium just sent me and I never specified that I wanted a lip liner but I’m so glad that she sent it to me because I really do find it to be amazing! The liner is creamy and glides on to my lips without flaking or causing me any irritation. This lip liner goes perfectly with my nyx nude lipstick and it pretty much matches most of my nude pinks as well so it’s very versatile with what it can be paired up with. The color is great to blend with any other color and can also be used all over the lips as a base with a lipgloss applied over. I definitely recommend this lip liner for anyone who is searching for an awesome nude colored lip liner and it runs for about $15, which is a bit on the expensive side but if you’re willing to spend the money, this is definitely a great product to have on hand.

5. Motives 10 Years Younger Makeup Setting Spray

Last but not least, the setting spray. I absolutely love this setting spray, because it does exactly what is says. It allows my makeup to stay put for quite a long time, and it really hydrates my face and allows my makeup to look more like skin less cakey. The mist is perfect and I just spray it about six-ten inches away from my face twice to make sure it’s covering the full surface of my face. The spray says that it’s supposed to hold makeup for up to 16 hours, I don’t know if it’s actually true, but for me, personally it holds my make up all day long without any issues or problems which is perfect for me. This is one of the first make up sprays I’ve ever had and so far I really do love what this one does. I was so excited to get this because I was in desperate need of a setting spray and this is one that doesn’t dry out my face but in fact hydrates my skin and makeup and allows my skin to glow and look more radiant overall. This setting spray is $30, which I know is quite a lot of money for a setting spray but personally I really do find this setting spray to be amazing and I totally understand why it costs a bit more than usual.

There are a few more things that I received from Motives Cosmetics and Marium that I’ll be writing about in my next post, but I just really wanted to get my favorites out to you guys who are interested in this company in case there’s anyone looking into Motives products and doesn’t know where to start.

I really do appreciate my friend Marium sending me all of these goodies in the mail and allowing me the opportunity to try and explore these new products, Thank you SOOO MUCH Marium!!! Feel free to contact Marium through her website if you’re interested in purchasing any Motives Cosmetics products that I reviewed or if you have any questions you would like her to address. I also just want to let everyone know that all the reviews I have posted above are completely my own personal opinions and by no means have I been urged to say anything that I didn’t believe to be true. Overall, my experience trying all these new products from Motives Cosmetics has been wonderful and I’m really enjoying all the things that I received. There are some things that definitely made a difference in my makeup routine and I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and exploring some new products from different companies.

Until next time,

xoxo – Preksha :] 

Liebster Award – First Award Nomination as a Blogger!

I’m so happy that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Shazia from Itsshaziaa – one of the cutest blogs I have come across. Shazia takes a creative spin with her blog writing about her thoughts about everday life as well as make up and beauty! (DEF check it out! She is adorbable!)

I’m so surprised that Shazia decided to nominate me, simply because I didn’t really expect it! But this definitely means that there are some people who actually enjoy reading what I have to say (YAY!) Thank you so much Shazia and the rest of my followers for being such great fellow bloggers and giving me your opinions, comments and positive feedback. You guys rock! ❤

About the Award: 


The Liebster Award is specifically for bloggers with less than 200 follows, but for some reason it can be used to nominate bloggers with under 2,000 followers as well (I really don’t know how so bare with me). This is great because it gives bloggers from all over to discover new bloggers and become more connected within the blogging community.


1. Bloggers who are nominated must link back to the person who originally nominated them.
2. Nominees must answer the 11 questions given to them by the blogger who initially nominated them.
3. Nominees must also choose and nominate 11 of their favorite bloggers with under 200 followers  to answer their questions.
4. Bloggers nominated for the award cannot nominate the person who originally nominated them for the award.5. Nominees must inform the bloggers they wish to nominate about the award and that they have been nominated.

* (2000 followers loophole as mentioned before)

My Nominations:












Shaziaa’s Questions for Me:

1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Hmm, that’s a tough one because I’ve done a lot of crazy things and most of them cannot be written out on the internet (LOL seriously tho).  I guess the craziest thing (PG Rated of course) would be running around all of North Philadelphia trying to get to the DayGlo Concert with my best friend Debbie and totally failing at life. We ended up not going because it was just a disasterous night but it was still one of the best memories I have with her.

2. Why do you blog? What is your main inspiration?

I blog because I want to share what I know about make up, my thoughts and ideas with others. I also find that blogging is a great way for me to unwind and relax especially because I love to write. My inspiration are my friends and family who have been telling me that this is something that I am great at and have a natural talent for and have always supported me.

3. What superpower would you want and why?

If I could have any superpower it would be Teleportation. I could be in Philadelphia in one second and France in the next. That would definitely be the best superpower ever! Plus I’d never have to drive or take public transportation ever again!

4. Are you superstitious? If so, what is the superstition you believe in?

I guess I kind of am, I always knock on wood if I say something that I don’t want to jinx. (seriously I do it all the time).

5. Are you a coffee or tea person?

I’m actually a little bit of both… probably a little bit more of a coffee person though.

6. What is one of your new years resolutions?

To learn to let things go and move past certain things that I can’t change.

7. If you can only eat one meal all your life, what would it be?

Hm.. that’s really a tough one. It would definitely have to be Thai Basil Noodle with Chicken and Shrimp (Preferably from Banana Leaf – the best restaurant ever)

8. If you could be born in a different time period, when would it be?

I’d want to be alive in Ancient Egypt just because I’m fascinated by the idea and I would love to see it in person rather than what I’ve learned in my text books.

9. What is one place you are absolutely looking forward to traveling to?

Italy and Spain – probably next year!

10. What is one thing you would like to try in 2014 that you have never done before?

I really want to go sky diving. I’m terrified of heights, but its something I really want to do!

11. If you can go back to being 13, what is one advice you would give yourself?

Think with your brain, not with your heart, it’s going to help you in the long run.

My Questions for My Nominees:

1. What’s the first think you do when you wake up in the morning?

2. Who’s your celebrity crush?

3. Why did you first start blogging?

4. What is your dream job?

5. What was your favorite book to read when growing up?

6. What do you do to relax?

7. Who is one person you can’t live without, other than your family?

8. What are you top 3 make up products?

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

10. If you were stuck on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?

11. What is the meaning behind the name of your blog?

Thank you Shaziaa and Missjoannaalonzo for nominating me again! You guys are the sweetest! ❤

– Preksha ❤