Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I spotted this new collection at Sally Beauty a couple weeks ago and I liked what I saw in the bottle but oh boy! I wished I had looked up some swatches and reviews before getting them. They are textured nail polishes but they have an odd texture, one I don't like. They have the texture similar to corroded metal like that of an underwater shipwreck. The formula is thick and goopy. Hard to work with and hard to get even application. I did two coats on all the swatches. I also notice that the formula dries very slowly, which drove me nuts.
Underwater Enchantress is a medium green/teal metallic shimmer textured polish.
Sailor's Lure has a soft but noticeable blue and purple duochrome with a textured metallic shimmer finish.
Sea Temptress is a pearly white shimmer with a flash of green shimmers.
Overall, this type of texture turned me off. These colors had the potential to look super pretty if there didn't come with the weird texture. I'm so disappointed.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Great news, my son passed his driving test yesterday. In spite of that, it doesn't make me feel at ease either. New drivers always scare me.
When I spotted this new liquid foundation, I was curious to try it out. Mainly for the lightweight feel. I generally don't really need much coverage. As long as it evens out my skin tone and makes me look refreshed, I'm good with that.
- Glass packaging with a teardrop like applicator. I find the applicator handy dandy.
- .67 oz or 20 ml
- I got the shade Classic Ivory, which is a light beige with neutral undertone. It's slightly lighter than my natural skin tone but not by much and contouring helps giving my face dimension.
- You need to shake the bottle before use. The formula is very fluid and liquidy. It doesn't offer much coverage, light to almost medium coverage if you build it up.
- It does a good job at evening out skin tone but if you have some trouble spots or dark circles, you definitely will need to pair it with a good concealer.
- It dries to a matte finish and personally I don't think it flatters me. Also, I don't even have dry skin but it makes my skin looks dry as it settles into the tiniest lines on my face that I didn't even know were there. I definitely recommend using a primer with this foundation.
- In normal condition, it wears well for up to 6 hours before I notice it fading. On days, I'm running errands and the weather is hot and humid, it will wear off within a couple hours.
Overall, I'm not liking it. I have normal/oily combination skin and this foundation makes my skin look like a dry desert so for best result make sure to use a primer. Secondly, it wears off easily in hot and humid temperatures and it will probably work best during the colder months. And if you are someone who needs more coverage, you will need help from a concealer if you want to use this foundation. Other than that, I like the lightweight and soft feel it has. Lastly, there is only .67 oz in the bottle and for the price, it doesn't work for me.
If you were wondering how it compares to the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, the finish is more matte and looks drier. Check out the last picture on this post to see the swatch comparison. I think the finish on Magic Nude is much nicer.
Availability: Ulta, Walgreens
On the right, see how Maybelline Dream Wonder settles and emphasizes every little creases on my hand? I get the same result on my face. No bueno, me no likey!
Let me know what you think if you tried it.
I stopped by my local nail supply a couple week ago because my sister and mom wanted to check them out. I think they really need to update their products because a lot of the stuff they have are old.
In spite of that, I spotted this gorgeous nail color and decided to bring it home. I don't think this nail polish brand is available to the general public. When I looked it up online. I was only able to find it on Amazon and other online nail supply store.
Precious Coral is a gorgeous shimmery pinky coral with gold and pink small glitters. I love the way it looks on the nail, it's so sparkly and summery. Formula is slightly on the thick side but easy to work with and all I needed was just 2 coats for opaque coverage. It looks much prettier in person.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I am a fan of the Hard Candy Glamoflauge heavy duty concealer so when I spotted this new dual ended concealer, I was intrigued to find out if it is as good as the original.
- Dual ended concealer stick with a clear snap-on cap on each side. You twist on each end to retract the product. I think there's quite a generous amount of product.
- .184 oz or 5.2 g
- I got the shade medium light and I think it works for my skin tone. One side is a cool toned medium light with a peach undertone and the other side is a warm toned medium light with a beige undertone. I thought it was genius incorporating the two.
- When I swatched the concealers, they both feel creamy on my hand but when applied to my face to conceal dark spots or scars, I find them a bit dry. I wouldn't recommend these for under eye concealing as they tug and pull the skin in that area.
- One thing that bothered me about the formula is that it doesn't set. So as I spot conceal and use a brush to blend it with my skin tone, the concealer would blend away, which defeats the purpose of concealing.
- Also because the formula doesn't set, it fades completely within a couple hours of wear.
I like the packaging but these concealers don't conceal the way a concealer should and blend away easily and doesn't last. The coverage is light to medium. I'm pretty disappointed in this product. Their Glamoflauge heavy duty concealer is way better.
Friday, August 8, 2014
ELF Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows Swatch, Review, & Eye Makeup Looks - Party, Celebration, Festivity, and Soiree
I just caught myself snoozing! Boy, I really am more tired than I initially thought. I should probably take a nap. Here's another review for you before I go to Lalaland. Enjoy!
- These eyeshadows comes in a clear acrylic jar with a black cap.
- .11 oz / 3 g
- The texture of these eyeshadows is soft, light, creamy, and cushiony. I find that the best way to apply them is with your finger. They are fairly easy to blend though I have a hard time picking them up with a brush.
- They are a bit sheer but can be layered for better color pay off without looking cakey.
- There is a lot of sparkles in them and they are more appropriate for evening looks or special event, although I think the lighter shades can be wearable for daytime.
- With a primer, they wear up to 6 hours without creasing. After that, I notice some fading.
- Party is a dark grey with sparkling silver, teal, and pink shimmers.
- Celebration is a bright silver with sparkling silver, teal, and pink shimmers.
- Festivity is dark plum purple with sparkling silver, teal, and pink shimmers.
- Soiree is a medium nude pink with sparkling silver, teal, and pink shimmers.
I wished they were more pigmented. They have an interesting light texture but I'm not completely in love with it. The sparkles can be a bit much for day time wear. They wear up to 6 hours without issues and start to fade afterward.
Price: $3.00 each
Tried them? If yes, what did you think of them?
|Party, Celebration, Festivity, Soiree|
TGIF!!! It's been a long and exhausting week for me. I'm so glad the week-end is here so I can finally chill.
One thing I love about oil cleansers is that they are gentle on the skin and are usually effective at removing makeup, even long-wearing makeup. This makes cleansing much easier and quicker for me.
- Simple and clean plastic container with a pump. The pump can dispense too much product if you don't carefully press on it. It's a bit tricky and difficult to control.
- 4.2 oz or 125 ml
- Although this product is labeled for dry skin, I think most cleansing oil are good for all type of skin.
- It contains macadamia and jojoba oil to help dissolve makeup and cleanse skin. I find that it actually does a very good job at that. It's a much more gentle way to remove makeup.
- I usually just do one pump. I find that it is enough for my entire face. I apply the oil over dry skin and rub my face with my hands for a couple minutes and then rinse with luke warm water. The oil emulsifies and looks a bit milky. One thing I really like about this oil is that I feel that it rinses off thoroughly. Some other oils I've tried tend to cling on my skin.
- It doesn't dry or irritate my skin. My skin feels smooth after I use it.
- I personally wouldn't use this alone and mainly use it for removing makeup. I like to follow up with a different cleanser or exfoliator.
- It has a fresh clean scent. I like it.
- I've also used it to remove makeup swatches and it melts them instantly. Making clean up easier.
Does an excellent job for removing makeup. Smells nice and is gentle on skin. Love the price. The only thing I didn't like is the pump dispenser that is a bit difficult to control.
Availability: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Ulta
Do you use oil cleansers? Which ones do you like?
Monday, August 4, 2014
The other day, when I told my son that I was expecting a package in the mail, he asked if it was makeup and I said yes. And he also asked why do we girls have to have so many colors and I said, because of the different texture and formula they come with. And he said "So it's like Pokemon but for makeup, gotta catch them all!" lol.
I am back with the swatches on my recent haul with MBA Cosmetics lipsticks and lip paint products. If you missed the haul post, you can view it HERE for more pictures and other details.
My swatches varies a bit from the seller's swatches. I find them similar in color but their seem to be more opaque, smoother, and more vibrant than mine. Other than that, I am still pleased with the creaminess and color payoff of these unconventional lip colors. Some have a thicker texture than others but they're all creamy and easy to apply and have a dose of shine to them. They are unscented but I can detect a subtle synthetic scent to them. They have no taste. I can't attest to how long they wear since I didn't test their longevity.
They come in a jar packaging (5 g for $5.50), slim tube (3.5 g for $5.00), or lipstick tube ($7.50).
Indigo HD Lip Paint Jar (5 g)- dark bluish purple with a sheen. It looks a bit more purple on me than the swatch on the seller's website. It also looks bold and shiny. Formula is very creamy and has a very good color pay off. This one will leave a pink stain behind.
Kohl Color Rich Lipstick Jar (5 g) - opaque black lipstick with a cream finish. It feels a little thicker but still has a creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply. It's perfect for mixing with other colors if you want to darken them.
Skooldayz HD Lip Paint Jar (5 g) - bright primary yellow with a cream finish. I was afraid that it might apply patchy because of the color but to my surprise, it had a pretty even application. The formula is a little thicker but creamy and very pigmented.
Emerald Color Rich Lipstick sample - It's a medium emerald green with a frosty/metallic finish. It looks a bit darker on the seller's website swatch but lighter on me. Surprisingly, I really liked how it looks but I would prefer it a bit darker. I will have to mix it with Khol or Breathless to get the color I want. Formula is creamy and very pigmented.
Glamazon Color Rich Lipstick sample - a shimmery pale gold with a frosty finish. Color is pretty close to the seller's swatch. Formula is creamy and pigmented. Because it's a lighter shade, I find that it will highlight dryness and creases on lips. Definitely need to exfoliate and prime lips prior to applying this lip color. I've always wanted a gold lipstick, this one is a bit pale for me. I think a deeper gold will look more flattering.
Gunmetal Rich Lipstick sample - black with silver shimmers and frosty/metallic finish. I wished it was lighter. It looks more black than grey and it is just a smidgen lighter than Kohl. I can barely tell the difference between the two. The shimmers in Gunmetal are also quite subtle. Both are very shiny and look too similar I think. If you get one, you probably won't need the other. Formula is creamy and pigmented.
Heliotrope Color Rich Lipstick Slim Tube (3.5 g) - medium berry pink with a purple undertone and subtle pink shimmers. It's not as deep or as intense as the seller's swatch. I had to warm up the tube and swiped 2 or 3 layers in order to get the flow of color going. It's fairly creamy and has good pigmentation. I love the color though I wished it looked more like the seller's swatch.
Breathless HD Lip Paint Slim Tube (3.5 g) - Dark greyish blue with a slight metallic sheen. It's definitely not as blue or as intense as the seller's swatch but it's still a gorgeous unique shade nonetheless. Formula is creamy and pigmented.
Sugar Babies Jojoba lip glaze in the shade Candy Baby (free sample) - this is a light baby pink with a silvery sheen to it. The gloss feels a little thick but applies smoothly, has good pigmentation, and doesn't feel sticky. It has a sweet candy smell to it, like cotton candy. I'm usually not fond of frosty pink shades but this one doesn't look too bad on me I think.
Watchu think? Would you try any of these?