April 22, 2014

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

If liquid gold was a lip product, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso would be it. This product costs $22 and the little amount of product you truly need makes it relatively affordable.
Stila claims their liquid lipsticks to have full coverage pigmentation, moisturize lips, feel weightless, and last for up to 6 hours without bleeding or transferring. All of these claims are true, except that it is hydrating. It doesn't dry out your lips, but does not provide any moisture. The formula seems thick, but since it is so pigmented and opaque, you only need a thin layer. Beso does stain your lips and any skin it comes in contact with and I find it to be long wearing, once it dries, and doesn't easily transfer onto things like teeth, drinking glasses, and skin. This product has a rich vanilla scent that diminishes after application.
The one I have is a smaller size, but it has the same doe foot applicator as the full size. The application is difficult. The intensity of the shade makes it almost impossible to apply precisely with just the doe foot applicator. I recommend using a lip brush to apply it or having q-tips and heavy duty makeup remover nearby. I find the quality, staying power, and overall look of this product to make it worth the difficult application. Once you apply there is minimal need to reapply throughout the day or night.
Beso is described as a true red, which is as good as anything I could say. It surely is a statement lip product, but I feel would suit most skin tones.

April 20, 2014

Benefit Fake Up Concealer

A little while ago Benefit released a new concealer, Fake Up, $24. It has high standards to live up to, as Boi-ing and Erase Paste are nice and well loved.

Fake Up comes in a stick that has reflective packaging with purple and black accents, which I find cute. Unlike most other stick concealers, this one has a pigment core and a hydrating ring. The formula is thick and blends well with the warmth of my fingers. It is very hydrating and I don't find it creases. Some people claim the hydration lessens the coverage, but I think it covers well mostly because of the thicker, more concentrated color.

Fake Up comes in three shades; I have medium. All of the shades have a strong yellow tone, which makes it perfect for covering redness and under eye darkness.

April 19, 2014

Light Spring Makeup

Today I was studying a lot and doing a tiny bit of shopping. I went for a very casual outfit and a fresh and light makeup look.

I began by applying the Almay CC Cream in Light, an illuminating tinted moisturizer like product that feels great on my skin. It is light coverage, great for spring and summer, and looks natural fresh. To cover up my dark circles, I used my favorite, that I always talk about, Bobbi Brown Corrector. I set everything with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent and skipped bronzer. I then applied the Nyx Blush in Peach, which is an extremely soft light natural pink. Even though the CC Cream leaves a dewy finish, I added a little more glow with the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl.

I started my eyes by applying the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue, a slightly tacky base. I then used the Almay Intense i-color smoky-i for browns, applying the light lilac, crease shade, on my lids, the bronze shade in my crease, and the vanilla shade on my browbone and inner corner. I love how light and fresh this looks with the lilac, without being too bright. I then used the Naked 2 Double Ended Eyeliner, applying Pistol to my outer lower lashline and Perversion to my tightline. I topped off my eyes with the Maybelline the Falsies.

I went for a nude lip and applied the Too Faced La Crème in Nude Beach. To top off the moisturizing lipstick I applied the Nyx Butter Lip Gloss in Crème Brulee.

April 18, 2014

Favorite Coral Blushes for Spring

Tarte makes wonderful blushes and one of my favorites is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy, $26. It is a bright orange matte coral. It blends beautifully and lasts all day. The shade, itself, is
darker with more red tones than the rest of the shades included in this post.

Milani Luminoso, $7.99, is an amazing quality blush, especially for being more affordable. It is smooth in texture, pretty shimmery, but it is not too noticeable on the cheeks, and is a light coral that has tones of orange while still looking pink.

Benefit Coralista, $28, is one of my favorites, as evidence by the big spot of pan. It is semi-shimmery, smooth, soft, and smells wonderful. I love how the shade has strong tones of pink and brightens up a complexion.

Wet n' Wild Pearlescent Pink, $2.99, is a cheap option. It is soft and pigmented. The blush is  a deeper pink, with peach tones and golden shimmer.

Nars Orgasm, $29, is a cult favorite. It is a peachy pink with strong golden shimmer. This blush is less coral and more peach. This is not for those who don't like a glow, however the glow it gives is beautiful.

Mac Peachykeen, $22, is  a medium warm pink with subtle golden shimmer. It is high quality, has a wonderful formula, and I think it would suit all skintones. It is a great blush for those with deeper skin tones that want to wear a peach/coral shade.

Jouer Peach Bouquet, $23, is a wonderful texture and formula. The pink coral is brighter than the other blushes I have mentioned and I think it too would suit deeper complexions well. 

I love all these shades, each for a different reason. They all offer different qualities and are great coral blushes for spring and summer

April 16, 2014

April 2014 Birchbox

The first product is the Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Lumiere d' hiver Clarifying Shampoo, full size is $32.This travel size shampoo includes and mediocre amount and smells okay, a little too perfumey for my liking. It is unique, as it claims to purify hair and restore moisture and shine. I have some favorite clarifying shampoos for a significantly lower price, but I will definitely use this product up.
From the same brand as the shampoo is the Number 4 Lumiere d' hiver Reconstructing Mask, full size is $58. This claims to repair and leave your hair healthy. Although it is in a foil packet, I love trying out new hair masks. I will not be purchasing this, as I like other ones that perform the same, if not better that cost more than half of the hefty price tag.
I also received the Bija Body Daily Body Serum, full size is $34. This is interesting as I don't often come across body serums. It feels like a lightweight oil, it absorbs quickly, and leaves skin looking healthy and luminous, which will be great for Spring and Summer. I like how the plastic bottle has a pump and the amount of product is nice, especially because a little bit of serum goes a long way.
Additionally, I got a Color Club Art Duo Pen in White, a set of three is $25 (making the one I received worth about $8). It has a metal squeeze tip dotting tool and a striper brush in one bottle. The formula seems to be opaque and dry quickly. I actually don't own any striper polishes and am excited to play around with designs.
My box also included a deluxe size of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, $22. I love this brow gel; it holds your brows in place forever. I own the full size, but am still glad to have this one for on the go. A little bit of product goes a long way, so I am sure this one will last a while. 
As a lifestyle Extra, Burchbox included the KIND Healthy Grains Bar in the flavor Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, a box of 15 is $11.88. Not only does the name sound unusually unique, so do the ingredients. Oddly enough, I didn't mind the flavor, I kind of liked it. I didn't taste any salt specifically, but it definitely toned down the sweetness of the maple flavor. I never would have thought to pick this certain flavor up and try them and I may just catch myself purchasing a box in the near future. 

April 14, 2014

Nyx Butter Lipglosses

Everyone has been talking about the Nyx Butter Liglosses for quite some time and like everyone else, I am in love with them. They cost $4.99 and are sold at Ulta, Nyx online, select Targets, and select CVS.

The color of the packaging coinsides with the shade of lipgloss. They each have a doe foot applicator and all smell sweet, but each one smells slightly different.

The formula is smooth, not sticky, almost like a metled lip balm, hydrating, and shiny. They don't last as long as some lipglosses, but stay on a relatively long time. Thy all apply smooth with even pigmentation and coverage. None of the shades have shimmer or glitter.
These come in 22 shades with a variety of tones and since they were originally released, I have acquired 6 shades, (Shades in picture above are listed top to bottom below).
Crème Brulee is a natural pinky nude.
Éclair is a light cool toned pink.
Vanilla Crème Pie is a pink rose.
Maple Blondie is a light pinky coral.
Peaches and Cream is a brighter coral pink.
Strawberry Parfait is a magenta pink.

Whether you love lipgloss or absolutely despise it, barely wear makeup or love to sport dramatic lip colors, I would suggest picking up one of these glosses. In this case, the question is less, Who would like this product?, but rather, Who wouldn't like the Nyx Butter Lipglosses?
Have you tried these before? What do you think?

April 13, 2014

My Favorite Makeup Removers

I think a good makeup remover makes your life much easier. My eyes are very sensitive, so it is a challenge for me to find a good eye makeup remover that doesn't irritate them. I have included 5 makeup removers that I am in love with. I do not currently own the Garnier Cleansing Oil, review here, but that one would be included in this post as I love it.

Starting from left to right, a recent find, is any Contact or Saline Solution. This is amazing for the most sensitive eyes, as it is made for them, and removes makeup with ease.

The Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover, $10.19, is an oil and water formula that activated when shaken. It does leave a slight residue around the eyes, but it removes all traces of even waterproof mascara.

The Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner, $2.99, (review here) is more of a cleansing water. This one is better at removing foundation and face products. I love how inexpensive it is and how it leaves your skin feeling fresh, clean, and free of any residue.

The Clinique Cleansing Balm, $28.50, may be expensive but it is worth it. It is a solid texture that melts in your hands and when applied on your face. It creates a milky lather when washed away. It removes everything even thick, heavy eyeliner, full coverage foundation, and waterproof makeup. It also nourishes and moisturizes the skin without leaving it feeling greasy afterwards.

Lastly, and the most convenient, are the Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Pads, $4.99. These presoaked thin pads are perfect for your eyes. There is another version that has an oily feel, but these do not, feel much better and they work just as well.

April 11, 2014

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Eyeshadow in Smoky-i for browns

I have always passed on Almay products, but recently I have been trying some of them. After seeing their eyeshadows for awhile now, and hearing someone rave abut this specific shade, I decided to give it a try.
Almay eyeshadow trios cost $4.99 and come in plastic packaging with designated shades for a complete eye look. The mapped out trio is easy to follow for beginners, but who says you can't switch up the arrangent on the eyes.
This kit offers 3 shades that claim to intensify your eye color and enable you to achieve an easy, mistake proof smoky eye. The shadows, themselves, claim to be a lightweight powder finish, blendable, easy to apply, have a soft pearl finish, intensify and brighten your eye color, are crease proof, lon wearing, are hypoallergenic, and ophthalmologist tested.
The top shade is light yellow-toned champagne with a little touch of shimmer. It is perfect for the browbone, as the shimmer is subtle, and the inner corner. The intended crease shade is a light shimmery lilac. It is not too bright, making it perfect for a neutral look. The medium bronze shimmer shade is perfect for the lid and the crease.
Almay's claims are surprisingly true and make for an overall great shadow. I love the look of them on my lid, and they have incredible pigmentation with all day lasting power. Sometimes I use the middle light lilac shade on my lid and the bottom shade in my crease. While other times I use them as intended.

April 9, 2014

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

I love Cleansing Waters, but unfortunately the drugstore doesn't offer a wide variety, or any variety for that matter. However, awhile ago, I found the Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner, $3.39, and have recently repurchased it.

Though this product is marketed as a cleanser, but the lightweight feel and ability to cleanse and remove makeup from your skin without leaving any residue behind, makes this a perfect cleansing water. It claims to soothe your skin with aloe.

The cheap price tag, makes this the perfect solution for cleansing, makeup removing, and toning, separately and/or together.

April 8, 2014

Revlon Pink Pop

For some time, Revlon has had a line of Super Lustrous Lipglosses, $5.99, in 12 shades. I have heard about Pink Pop for awhile and was amazed by the quality once I gave it a try.

These lipglosses claim to give moisturizing shine without a sticky texture. The brand emphasizes the hydration and gloss, a standard I feel these glosses live up to. I find the texture is thick without being sticky.

The clear plastic container, black top, and thin accent of gold makes the packaging very sleek. The doe foot applicator dispenses the right amount of product and allows for precise application.

The shade I have, Pink Pop, is a sheer glossy fuschia. The formula has the potential to make this color very unflattering, but the sheerness gives for a nice natural look with a bit of brightness. This gloss is perfect for applying without a mirror, as it is mistake free and also works wonderful for those who are too timid to wear a full on bright color, without being too out there or intimidating.