July 22, 2014

Lip Product Addict Tag

Lately I have been loving trying out new lip products and I don't think an explanation is needed as to why I am doing this tag (I own way too many lip products).
My favorite lip balm is a recent find obsession,  the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. Being a UK brand it is a bit hard to find, but I ordered mine from the Birchbox Shop. This a thick waxy balm that absorbs quickly into the lips without leaving any residue to replenish and nourish your pucker (flakes, cracks, and all). I also love the light citrus, lemon scent and how it doesn't linger on the lips.

The best eye catching red is the Tarte Glamazon 12 Hour Lipstick in Wild, which I sadly cannot find being sold anywhere. But, nonetheless, it is a smooth and creamy bright blue red. It also has a long wear time and does not transfer, making it the perfect formula for a bold red.

My favorite drugstore lip brand is Revlon. Their lip butters, jumbo lip crayons, lipsticks, stains, and glosses are all great. I love their variety, affordability, and ratio of duds to studs (a.k.a lots of gems).

A high end favorite brand, it is a tougher choice since I own only a few lip products from a bunch of different brands, but my favorite luxury brand is YSL. I know very expected and not too original, but their quality, packaging, and ability to make you feel like a queen surpasses most other brands.

The best Mac lipstick I have tried, and. Haven't tried too many, is Creme Cup. It is the perfect mixture of pink and nude and no matter what other similar shades I have tried, this one remains supreme.

The Maybelline Color Elixir in Hibiscus Haven is quite a disappointment. I know many people love these, but between picking an unflattering shade, user error, patchy pigmentation, and a drying formula made this a turn off.

I am not a liner fiend, but do use it once in a while. If I reach for a liner, it is the Mac Lip Liner in Dervish, a pinky nude that is very natural, works with a variety of lipsticks, has a creamy yet waxy formula, and lays nicely on the lips. I have a review here.

The best gloss is unexpected, as I don't talk about it too much. I love the Buxom Lip Gloss in Katie, a sheer, clear, glimmering, pink. Buxom has a cooling minty feel/scent, are not sticky, moisturizing, and come in an endless selection of colors.

For the something extra category, I decided to feature Bite Beauty, a brand catering to lip lovers as they offer tons of lip products and lip products only. I own only a handful of products from them, but from this small sampling I can guarantee high quality products.

July 21, 2014

Elf Baked Blush in Pinktastic

The Elf Baked Blush in Pinktastic is part of their studio line and though it is advertised as a blush, I use it as a highlighter.

The packaging is a little cheap, but you get what you pay for and I only paid $3.

The product is swirled with 2 different shades, a champagne and a pink, which appears very bright in the packaing. However when swatched and applied the pink tones disappear and you are left with a beautiful classic champagne.

July 20, 2014

Online Summer Shopping// Birchbox and Sephora

Birchbox is a great place to purchase otherwise difficult to find brands. The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, $19, is one thing I have been wanting to try but haven't picked up until now. It seems high quality and very moisturizing.

I also picked up the Laqa and Co Lil' Lip Kit, $32, which comes with five smaller lip crayons. They come in a variety of shades and I will probably be doing a whole separate review on them.

July 18, 2014

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil in Endless Guava

The Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil Tint for Cheeks and Lips, released earlier this year, is a unique product. Costing $18 each, they come in a clear tube with silver accents. The tube is more sanitary than most cream blush products that come in a compact.

This cream is argan oil infused, as most Josie Maran products are, and claims to be hydrating without looking greasy. The formula starts as a smooth cream but when blended transforms into an oil that looks naturally dewy, lasting forever. I feel the oil is light enough to work well for all skin types.

July 16, 2014

Four or More Tag

After seeing this tag repeatedly I finally decided to do it. It truly shows what you love when you are willing to purchase that many.

Cream blushes can be hit or miss for me but I love the Stila Convertible Colors since they look natural, the formula is amazing, and they last all day. Out of all the beautiful shades they offer I have Lillium, Peony, Petunia, and Poppy. I have actually repurchased Lillium once and have my eye on a few of their other shades, especially Gladiola.

July 14, 2014

Birchbox July 2014


This month Birchbox has collaborated with Women's Health to create a box made to inspire and energize you. In honor of the collaboration, Birchbox revamped the exterior of the box for July and made it look fun and motivational.

The first product I recieved is the Coola After Sun Lotion. I have tried quite a number of things from Coola via Birchbox and so far this one is my favorite. It smells natural, is a whipped cream texture, and claims to calm and moisturize your skin. The sample is a good size and seems to be full of product.

July 13, 2014

Carry On Bag Essentials

Packing a carry on bag can be difficult because of liquid requirements and limited space. No matter what bag I carry as my "personal item", any item that can fit underneath the seat infront of you, usually my Large Longchamp Le Pliage, there are always a few essentials I like to have.
In my quart size bag, which is an extra durable plastic one from Target, I always make sure to have a good face/body lotion, my favorite 2 in 1 being the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. It is hydrating and nourishing to the skin, making it perfect for the dry and recycled air on the plane.
This product works well as a hand cream, but lately I have been loving the Soap and Glory Hand Food because it smells amazing and makes my hands feel smooth.

July 12, 2014

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Touch of Berry

This product came out with the release of Rimmel's Stay Matte foundation and primer. Unlike the foundation, these are hard to find in America.

The Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint costs around $8. They formula is a lightweight gel cream. It is easy to blend and lasts all day. It is a little dewy, but I don't find that affects staying power. The white tube looks classic and allows for very sanitary application.

The shade I have, 002 Touch of Berry, I anticipated it being darker, but I am satisfied with the shade. Rather than a berry, it is more of a plain pink, still very pretty. It comes across very sheer at first, but is buildable. The formula and shade looks natural and allows you to make adjust the heaviness for your skin tone. I find it slightly stains, but nothing major.

I suggest checking out this product as it is good quality, especially for the price, but if you can hunt it down.

July 10, 2014

Chapstick Hydration Lock

Awhile ago in a Birchbox I received the Chapstick Hydration Lock and after finishing it up I went on the hunt for a second one. I finally found it at Target for $2.99.

I usually think of Chapstick as mediocre and basic, doing the job but without anything extra. At first whiff the vanilla crème scent sets this product apart.

The formula is also incredible with a smooth, lightweight feel that not only leaves lips feeling good, but also looking good. It has a gel/waxy texture that feels velvety. It also locks in moisture, meaning you don't have to keep reapplying it.

I highly recommend trying this lip balm. Even though Chapstick seems like a plain brand, this balm is luxurious at an affordable price.

July 9, 2014

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Bare Rose

Jouer is a quality brand and the Moisturizing Lipglosses, so far, are no disappointment. Costing $20 each, they are loaded with vitamin E, jojoba oil, and shea butter to make them nourishing and hydrating. I find all of Jouer's claims to be true. Lipgloss is not season specific, but this one is especially perfect for those dry lips that you often encounter in Winter.