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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Snapdragon - Review and Swatches

Few days ago, I saw a new Revlon lipstick and lip gloss display. Most of the lipstick colors didn't really call out to me but I was intrigued about this new HD formula so I had to pick one of each to satisfy my curiosity. 

  • I was not thrilled with the packaging from first glance at the product. The silver tube and clear plastic cover looks plain and cheap but the bright side is you get to see the color of the lipstick inside. Also I didn't like the fact that the lipstick doesn't twist all the way down so you'd  have to be very careful when removing and replacing the cap. 
  • .1 oz or 3 g

  • Snapdragon is a warm medium nude brown with a cream finish. It looks dark in the tube but it's actually a very flattering shade.
  • The first thing I noticed when I applied the lipstick is that it is very soft, creamy, and slippery. Even with a gentle pressure, it almost felt like it was gonna melt. I'm guessing that may be due to the wax-free formula. 
  • The pigmentation was alright. You can get sheer to medium coverage when layered. It like that it has a smooth coverage.
  • It was light-weight, comfortable, and slightly moisturizing.
  • It wears about 2 hours and is completely gone in 3 hours.
  • It has a very weird scent. Kinda sweet, kinda fruity, but in a very artificial way. The scent fades fairly quickly and it doesn't have a funny taste. Doesn't really bother me but can't say that I like it. 

Final Thought

I'm not a fan of the packaging. The formula has a decent pigmentation and is smooth, creamy, a little slippery, and slightly moisturizing. My main disappointment is how quickly it faded. A few sip of water and 50% of it is gone. 

Rating: 8/10

Price: $8-$9
Availability: Walgreens

What do you think of this shade? Have you tried these yet?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Second Sephora VIB Haul

We got some light snow yesterday! Sure came down early this year. Normally, we don't see the first sign of snow until almost Christmas. It's freezing...Brrrr! The snow didn't even melt.

Here's my second haul from the VIB sale. Still did some damage but most of the stuff I got was things I needed like skincare.

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel ($28) - I got a little sample of this and decided to get the full size bottle. It feels more like a gel but has the slipperiness of an oil cleanser. I'm not crazy about the scent. Almost smells like Windex. Perhaps not as strong. Will do a full review when I get a chance.

Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($25) - Yep, another oil cleanser. The reason I like oil cleanser is because they are effective at removing makeup while being gentle and non-drying. I did a smell test and it has a much more pleasant scent than the Boscia Tsubaki oil gel. It smells fresh and mild.

L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub ($24) - This scrub contains sugar with shea oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil. This is a must have for winter. My hands get extremely dry around that time and this helps tremendously. I use it every night before bed and follow with hand cream and cuticle cream.
This is a repurchase. If you'd like to read my review and can check it out HERE.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48) - I was looking for a night cream. The brightening element makes this attractive and the positive reviews made me want to try it. As usual, I had to smell it and wheweee! It has a lovely rose scent but it is very strong and overpowering. It's like perfumed lotion. If you're sensitive to scent you probably want to skip this.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($14) - Awesome remover. Very effective and won't break the bank. Just had to grab one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Super Strawberry (100 points) - I redeemed my points for this lip pencil.

I received a packet with fragrance samples, which is nice.

Also received some product sample. Definitely look forward to the UD Revolution lipstick samples. There's 4 different shades.

Friday, November 14, 2014

How To Rock a Grey Makeup Look Like A Badass

Because sometimes, you wanna feel or look badass...Right? Or it is just me?

A smoky grey eyeshadow look is no doubt a very common and overdone look...BUT if you want to make it a little more interesting, pop some red contacts on, add some blue false lashes, and smack on some grey lipstick...Yes, I said grey lipatick, and voila! No longer a common look anymore!

What I love about this look is that the eyeshadow is not a flat grey but a greyish purple with some gold shimmers. The blue lashes and liners add some contrast and dimension. And lastly, the grey lipstick gives this more of a futuristic flair. I know it may not be for everyone but if you dare to wear grey differently, I hope this look inspires you. Don't have a grey lipstick? I bet a bright orange lipstick would look fabulous as well. Otherwise, if you wanna look normal, you can pretty much wear grey with any of your favorite lip colors and still look gorgeous. Then again, if badass is what you're going for then grey lipstick is the way to go and the one featured on this look is pretty inexpensive.

Products Used

  • Sally Hansen Luminous Matte Pressed Powder Deep
  • Sephora+Pantone Color of the Year Blush Duo



Thoughts comments? Would you try this or what would you change about this look to fit your comfort zone?
What is your badass look?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Orly Sparkle Holiday 2014 - Explosion of Fun, Steal The Spotlight, Bling

Here comes more holiday nail collection swatches. These are from Orly and I also got them from Sally Beauty Supply.

Explosion of Fun is like a party on my nails. It's got fine pink and purple shimmers and sparkling red glitters. You can get almost full coverage with 3 coats. I suggest you layer it on top of another polish if you don't want to do 3 coats. It's not too thick or thin and was easy to even out. It looks amazing on the nails and the red glitters are very reflective and look like they're glowing. It's the kind of nail polish that doesn't go unnoticed.

Steal the Spotlight is a lovely teal glitter with slightly larger holographic pink glitters. You can get good opacity with two coats but it's very thick and hard to get an even application. I highly recommend you thin the base with a nail polish thinner. I'm also wearing a clear topcoat on the swatches.

Bling is a gold scattered holo. It's very similar to Sparkling Garbage. The base is slightly thick but I didn't have any issue working with it. It's also a bit sheer so you need at least 3 coats if you're going to use it alone. I love the depth and dimension it has. I used a clear top coat on the swatches.
It wanted Mirrorball from the collection but they didn't have anymore at the time so I'll have to check back later or see if I can hunt it down at another Sally Beauty Store.

Monday, November 10, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Collection - December to Remember, Dancing & Prancing, Chillin' With My Snow-Mies

Sally Beauty has the new China Glaze holiday collection in store now. I picked this up last week and it was by 2 get one free.

I'm actually underwhelmed with this year's collection.

December to Remember is a pearly dusty blue with pink shimmers. Formula was easy to work with, not too thick or thin and needs 3 coats for opacity.

Dancing & Prancing has a clear base with multi-colored glitters. There was a Finger Paint nail polish that looked exactly like it. I probably wouldn't have picked this one but since it was freebie and the rest of the collection didn't appeal to me, I had no other choice. The base wasn't too thick or thin and easy to work with. The brush picks up a fairly good amount of glitter as well. I did one coat on the swatches below.

Chillin With My Snow-mies has a clear base and a mix of small, medium, and large white glitters. The base is not too thick or thin but you really gotta fish for the glitters so application take some work and patience to get the glitters where you want them. Other than that, I love how it looks like snow.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Haul - Sephora VIB Sale & Revlon Ultra HD lipstick and Lip Lacquer

Hello everyone,

I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I'm happy just having a weekend off to myself even if I'm not doing anything.

Sephora VIB sale started couple days ago. There was some trouble with their website but eventually I managed to order some more stuff but for now, these are a few products I picked up in store.

Here's the new VIB bag...yeah another bag but I like the design though. I wished they would switch things up a bit and give us something different for a change.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($23) - I chose the color Ebony, a deep neutral dark brown.

Anastasia Brush #12 ($18) - I've been wanting a good brown brush. This one has a spoolie attached which is quite convenient. The bristles aren't scratchy but firm. I tried it the other day and I'm not sure if I like it yet. I find it a bit too thin for my liking. I'm gonna keep trying it out for the next few days and see if I can get use to it.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15) - this cleanser had a pretty high rating so I hope it doesn't disappoint. I picked the 1.7 oz to try out.

Jack Black Lip Balm ($7.50) - My favorite lip balm because it has the perfect texture. Not too thick or thin and non-sticky. Keeps my lips moisturized and comfortable for hours. I was gonna get the holiday trio pack but I didn't care for the mint flavor so I decided to just get these individually. I got Lemon & Chamomile and Black Tea & Blackberry.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Delights ($16) - I like their hand creams but I was particularly interested in the 100% shea butter cream in this set. It's been getting cold and my skin is feeling dryer. I wanted to try out the 100% shea butter for my cuticles and dry hands. I'm still debating if I should get the 5 oz tin but dang it's so expensive.

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation Light ($28) - I was in the market for a new high-end foundation. After doing some research, this Sephora foundation had pretty good reviews and the price won't break the bank so I just had to give it a try.

I redeemed 100 points for this Origins Ginzin eye cream.

Oh and the other day, my friends got me this L'Occitane hand cream and lip balm set. I was thrilled. It has a nice vanilla scent but the lip balm kinda taste like soap, haha.

I stopped by Walgreens yesterday to stock up on cough drops...Ughh...I'm sick and tired of this cough that just won't go away.
While I was there I spotted these new Revlon Ultra HD lipstick and lip lacquers. They were on BOGO 50% off sale. I was intrigued and the fancy name made me more curious to try. The packaging for the lipstick is meh a little disappointing, but the lipgloss looked nice!

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Citrine

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Snapdragon

What did you get from the VIB sale?

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