Monday, June 30, 2014

Jason Wu for Lancome Pre-Fall 2014 blush in Pressed Rose and brush REVIEW and swatches, free Jason Wu clutch!

I have always loved Lancome's cosmetics and skincare. When I found that they are doing a Jason Wu collaboration and a pre-fall release, I was all over it. What I also found out was that if you purchase $50 worth of products, they also throw in a free Jason Wu designed clutch. What a great deal! I purchased a Blush Subtil Duo in Pressed Rose and a Mini Precision Cheek Brush. See below for swatches and review.

Jason Wu for Lancome

The packaging came in a way I don't normally see them packaged: in plastic wrap. In addition, the box is not a silvery color, rather a sleek black with floral designs.

Turns out that the black boxes are just sleeves and underneath are the usual silver boxes. I placed them side by side. 
$30 (blush duo), $20 (brush), Macy's/Nordstrom

Another layer in, we see the products. The blush duo has a beautiful black shiny surface with a rose on the top left. The brush does not have anything that indicates Jason Wu's collaboration, but does have the Lancome brand and rose.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner REVIEW and swatches

When I saw the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner appear on Sephora's website, I purchased it immediately. I have used their They're Real Mascara and found that it does last all day. I especially love the drier textures and the way the product was made. I had high hopes for this new liner especially because I have oily lids. I need something that can hold all day without smudging, flaking, or budging. The Push-Up Liner is a gel liner that has been made in the form of a twist up pencil. See below for more review and swatches.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner, $24

The applicator has a twist off cap and inside is a pointed tip that has an orange plastic stopper. You remove this to get product going.

Upon removal of the orange plastic, you can see the tip has an oblong slant dispenser.

The material of this tip is silicone-like and can be very flexible. Does not feel tugging or poking on your lids.

After many clicks, some of the black gel product finally peeks out.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

E.L.F. cosmetics Ariel collection: bronzer and brush collections REVIEW and swatches

So I have heard about the Ariel collection that ELF cosmetics has released at several Walgreens stores already across the country and I wanted to see it for myself. After hunting down a few stores over a course of a few days, I finally found them! I was so ecstatic that when I asked a store personnel to bring down the displays for me, I was sure he thought I was a little crazy. Anyway, I have played with them and reviewed it for you here!

ELF Ariel Bronzer and Brush collection. $4.99 and $9.99, respectively

Let's start with the brush set.
ELF Ariel brush set, $9.99

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lanolips Lemonaid lip balm REVIEW and swatches

Sorry for being MIA! I have recently traveled outside of the country where internet wasn't always readily available. And to be honest, I was so busy taking in all the new food, people, and sights that I just didn't have time to write a post. However, now that I am back, I have tons to share. One of the things that I have purchased on my adventures was the Lanolips Lemonaid.

Lanolips Lemonaid

Lanolips also has another lip/nail product that is unscented. The one I chose to purchase, Lemonaid, has a lemonade scent as well as some shimmer for your lips. The shimmer doesn't really show up as shimmer, rather just a glossy look. A little blurb I found on the packaging: Lanolin is very good for your skin because it is very similar to the lipids that are present in your body. Lanolin is the product that Lanolips uses in their products. With that thought, this product should more likely infuse with your lips and hydrate them.

One thing that I really liked about this product is the ease of application. It has a slight slant with a big nozzle for dispersing product onto your lips. Since it is in a tube, you don't need to worry about contaminating the rest of the product with your finger like the ones in jars.

Lanolips Lemonaid, tip of applicator and swatch on hand

There isn't any color in this product. The main idea is that it should hydrate your lips and keep them hydrated throughout the day. I found this product to hydrate for a long time without the need of reapplication. I also found it very lightweight so it doesn't feel like something heavy is sitting on your lips. Though it appears to have slight shimmery properties, I don't see it on my lips. The scent, lemonade, is outstanding. I love lemonade and this definitely smells like it. The scent doesn't linger around too long, but just enough to make me smile as I apply it on my lips.

The only problem is it is not readily available in the US. This product is Australian made and I found it on my trip in England. It was pretty expensive for a tube of lip balm, but it does work. I searched ebay and found that this is sometimes for sale. 

With the difficulty of obtaining this product, I don't know how far I would go to get it. However, I know the next time I am in the UK or Australia, I might just grab it if my lips are feeling dry!

All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.