Friday, August 26, 2016

Tarte Energy Noir palette REVIEW and swatches

Let's take a break from all of the lip balm reviews! Today's review is on a palette. I am quite surprised that I actually purchased a palette because I tend to like buying either individual shades or just dig into my collection. I have so many palettes over the years that I am pretty sure I can find a shade that works for any look. Palettes are usually very difficult to buy because they are preset. You may find you like half of the shades, and then the other half goes to waste. This palette, however, did surprise me in that I actually used all that it had to offer. The item I am referring to is the Tarte Energy Noir palette.

Tarte Energy Noir Palette, Sephora, $26 (on sale!)

I was pleasantly surprised to find this palette on sale on Sephora's website. I purchased it about 3 weeks ago and didn't think too much of it. I found the shades to be neutral enough and mainly matte, which is what I normally wear. I don't do too much eyeshadow, but I found that eyeshadows are great to line my eyes with because they get so oily. Most of these shades will line my eyes just fine.

When I played with the palette, I found myself really liking all of the shades and pigmentation. Tarte has usually been my go-to mid-range priced blush brand. The few eyeshadows that I have gotten from them in the past hasn't wowed me very much. This palette actually made me want to try more Tarte eyeshadows! As you can see, the swatches above are fairly pigmented with one swipe of application.

Note that this palette does come with a mirror, but no travel sized brushes. The packaging is very sturdy and doesn't easily leave finger prints. Also note that there is a plastic film that has the names of each eyeshadow/blush and can be removed.

Application/Texture: All of the eyeshadows (9) and one blush is very smooth and easy to pick up. They are also very easy to apply.
Staying power: I used a couple shades to line my oily lids and they stayed all day. There was some smudging near the 5th hour, but it just softened the look a bit. After 9 hours, I still see my eyes lined.
Scent: None detected.
Pigmentation: Fairly pigmented! The blush was the only thing that didn't seem pigmented, but I think it just blends into my tanned skin. Once my skin color lightens up a bit it will show up more.
Overall: I really enjoy playing with this palette and the long lasting eyeshadows were a big plus. The shades were all up my alley and were so easy to apply. I can see myself using this a lot and will definitely bring it on vacation! For $26, this is a steal!

Hope you found the review helpful!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MAC cosmetics Tendertalk lip balm in Candy Wrapped REVIEW and swatches

Although Summer is about to turn into Fall, I still am addicted to my lip balms! Lip balms have been such a savior during the hot and dry summer that I found myself continuing to search and use new ones. Today's post is yet another lip balm post and this one is from MAC cosmetics. MAC cosmetics is generally more known for their colors and more made up looks, but I found this Tendertalk  lip balm in Candy Wrapped to be just the moisture and subtlety that I need.

MAC Tendertalk lip balm in Candy Wrapped,, $20

Candy Wrapped is a light pink color and does change based on your body chemistry. The Tendertalk line comes in other shades that are darker than the one above. Candy Wrapped is the lightest shade and doesn't show up on my lips very well. However, it is very moisturizing. I also found that if I were to wipe my lips, the pigment from the lip balm is there, as seen above.

Application/texture: Tendertalk is very easy to apply. It comes in a twist up tube and glides easily on the lips. It doesn't lay down a thick layer, but does get the job done.
Scent: There is a slight vanilla scent, but goes away shortly after application.
Lasting power: Though this shade doesn't show up on my pigmented lips, the moisture does stick around for about 2-3 hours.
Pigmentation: While the color does darken and is there, I can't really see it on my pigmented lips. Perhaps if I tried a darker shade it will show up. However, for my purpose of this product, I mainly just wanted moisture and pigment was just a plus.
Overall: I would definitely purchase this again. It will be a while before I finish this tube of lip balm, but if I ever do I know I will try a different shade. For $20, it is a great color changing lip balm to have in your purse. The packaging is sleek and sturdy and the lip product doesn't try out your lips!

Hope you found this review helpful!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm Glow in My Pink REVIEW and swatches

This is my second product from Maybelline that I purchased from Walgreens. It has been a while since I found anything at my local drugstore that seemed interesting enough to purchase. The product that I am reviewing today is again from the Baby Lips collection. It is the Balm Glow in My Pink. If you would like to see my previous review of the Baby Lips Balm Ball, click here.

Balm Glow comes in only one color, My Pink. The reason for this is because there is a special color changing material in the balm that reacts with your body's chemistry. Many people may have already tried things similar to this from Sephora and Dior etc. This one does come at a much lower price point and does change colors.

My Pink applies clear and switches to a bright pink shade on my skin. I don't see it very much on my pigmented lips, but it definitely shows up better than the Balm Balls. Below you can see the darker swipe on top and a lighter shade on bottom. There is about a 3 minute difference between these swipes. I notice that the color changing is completed after about 3 minutes.

Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm in My Pink, $4.99, Walgreens

Application/Texture: The application is exactly like the other Baby Lips in tube form. There isn't much tugging, but it also does not deposit a lot of product. It feels cushion-y when you rub your lips together after application.
Scent: Smells a bit sweet, sort of like vanilla.
Staying power: This lasted 2-3 hours on my lips.
Pigmentation: On my pigmented lips, you can see slight enhancement of red. However, nothing to the effect of a lipstick is shown. It does have a bright pink color to it if you were to wipe your lips on a tissue.
Overall: I really like the color changing aspect of this. I have tried Sephora and Dior's version in the past and they were fun to use. The Maybelline version is nearly the same except at a much lower price point. If you like Baby lips and have always wanted to try the color changing lip balms, this would be a great product for you! Also, for $5 it is a great product to just keep in your purse for a pick me up.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm Ball in Pretty in Peach REVIEW and swatches

It has been a while since I found something at my local drugstore that intrigued me. Naturally the item to get me back into the game was a lip product and from Maybelline. I purchased it almost immediately, along with another Maybelline lip product that you will see reviewed soon.

Today, I am going to give my two cents on the Maybelline Balm Ball, which is part of their Baby Lips collection. Balm ball is listed as limited edition and comes in 4 colors (at least at my local Walgreens).

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm Ball in Pretty in Peach, $4.99, Walgreens

After using Balm Ball for a while, I found them similar to other baby lips except more moisturizing. Unlike the tube form Baby lips, these ones deposit more balm per swipe. I definitely feel them last longer and therefore feel more moisturizing.

The color I chose was Pretty in Peach, which in the packaging looks like a bright peach. On my lips, however, it looks like a regular lip balm. I do notice that there is pigmentation if I were to wipe my lips with a tissue.

Application/texture: There is no tug during application. With such a big round sphere for application, it was very easy with one swipe. The texture feels very similar to Baby lips, but slightly more product gets deposited each time.
Scent: There is a slightly sweet vanilla scent.
Lasting power: They are fairly moisturizing and I found the need to reapply after 3-4 hours of use.
Pigment: On my pigmented lips, I don't notice any peach color showing through. However, I do see it when wiped on a tissue.
Overall: I think this is a fun and interesting way to sell Baby lips. The applicator is somewhat difficult to hold sometimes and I even dropped it once due to the small handle. Knowing this issue, I hold it more tightly during application now. I like that I don't need to dip my fingers into the product to apply and that they do last longer than regular Baby lips. For $5, I would say this is a great lip balm to keep in your purse!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade in Backstage Pro 001 REVIEW and swatches

With the weather well into the summer months, I feel the need to keep hydrated. My lips get the most chapped next to my hands and I find myself trying many new lip balm products to alleviate the thirst. Today's review is on just that. Dior came out with a lip balm type of squeeze tube that is cute and practical. I am sure you will be seeing a lot more lip balm products in the near future.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade, Sephora, $33

This Dior Lip Glow Pomade does not remind me of the other Lip Glow in Lilac that I reviewed earlier. The Pomade is very gel/liquidy whereas the original Lip Glow is a solid tube. This makes the application and moisture level better for the Pomade. I can squeeze more product from the Pomade and lather it on my lips. The applicator is also very soft and malleable, making the spread of product very easy as well. 
In terms of packaging, the Pomade definitely is a step down from the Lip Glow. It doesn't look as luxurious, but it is definitely more practical. With a liquidy tube, you also don't have to worry about your lip balm melting in the hot summer heat. 
Though pink in the tube, the product that comes out is quite sheer. Once on my lips, it is practically just clear.

Application/texture: The Pomade is very light and gel like. It spreads very easily with the curved applicator and glides nicely on the lips.
Scent: It smells faintly like minty vanilla. However, no tingly sensation is felt.
Staying power: After about 3 hours, I find myself wanting to reapply.
Moisture level: It feels quite nice on the lips. I can feel it penetrating into your lips rather than just sitting on top. It feels more moisturizing than the Lip Glow, but I still know of other lip balms that are more nourishing.
Overall: I love how practical the tube is. Though it doesn't have the frills of the Lip Glow, this glides, stays, and nourishes the lips. It is quite a steep price to pay for a lip balm, and without any color to add to this product I definitely think there are better drugstore lipbalms out there for moisture. The applicator and ease of application definitely does draw me into purchasing this product.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dior Addict Lipstick in Wild About Pink 292 REVIEW and swatches

I have been holding off posting this shade of Dior Addict lipstick because it is an exclusive shade for Sephora VIB Rouge members. At first glance, the shade online doesn't look like something I would wear. However, on a whim I purchased this and I am loving it. The shade is a very 'my lips by better' and looks very natural for day to day use. If you really want this shade, I am sure ebay has sellers. Otherwise, make friends with a VIB rouge!

Dior Addict in Wild About Pink #292, $35, 0.12 oz

Wild About Pink is a pastel light pink, but without the washing out effect. It is fairly moisturizing being a lipstick and all, but I wouldn't replace my lip balm with this product. The application is very smooth and it is weightless on your lips. I especially like that it gives me a slight baby pink lips look but without washing me out. 
The packaging is gorgeous. It looks like the other Dior Addict lipsticks and has a very sturdy case. 

Application/texture: Very soft and easy to apply. No tugging. Nicely blends between lips.
Staying power: I found this to stay about 2-3 hours on my lips. If it stays longer than that I will have to reapply due to drying feeling.
Scent: none detected
Moisture: Average. Needs balm or reapplication after 3 hours.
Finish: Matte or slightly sheen.
Overall: I really enjoy a baby pink shade on my skin tone that doesn't wash me out. It is quite expensive in the lipstick world, but the packaging does look very pretty. I would probably only get this when I want to treat myself. These lipsticks do last a while for me so it isn't too bad in that sense. However, compared to some of the other lipsticks out there, moisture and staying power is only average. 

Have you tried Dior's Dior Addict lipsticks? Which is your favorite shade?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maybelline Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara REVIEW

I know this Maybelline mascara came out a while back, but I have paused on mascara use for a while now so haven't gotten enough uses out of it to do a good review. Today, I wanted to write about the Maybelline Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara. I got it in black and waterproof. Since the summer is coming around again, I need a strong mascara that doesn't bleed or run in hotter weathers. I recently found this in my drawer and decided to give it a try. See below for my take.

The Falsies Pushup Drama (FPD) mascara has a tube that looks sort of telescopic. At first sight it looks dual ended- but it is your traditional one end mascara. The brush is very sparse and is a silicone like material rather than brushes. It deposits mascara quite heavily and easily coated mine. There were even times that I saw slight clumping of lashes due to this wet-ish application. Over time, however, it got better. This mascara lengthened, volumized, and held the curls of my lashes without any smudges for 12 hours.

Maybelline Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara, $8 CVS

Application/Texture: It was very easy to apply. No tugging or anything from the mascara. Once dried, it also didn't 'glue my lashes' together. I have had problems with mascara causing top and bottom lashes to stick together.
Scent: None
Staying power: 12 hours without smudging. Haven't tried putting them in water.
Overall: I love how this holds curls, volumizes, and lengthens my thin, straight lashes. I did notice that the cap was a little loose on my mascara, but I could have gotten a defective one. I got it for $8 so this was a nice waterproof mascara that did everything I needed!