Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers in Pink Diamond, Petalite, and Smoky Topaz REVIEW and swatches

I can't say I have been hunting for the Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers ever since I saw them popping up from people's blogs. They first came out in Bed Bath and Beyond beauty departments and I've been poking my head into the CVS, Walgreens, and Target Revlon display since. Surprisingly, I haven't been obsessing to get my hands on these...perhaps it was because it was not limited edition? or maybe it was that I was spending too much money on the Ulta Friends and Family sale....gahhh. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised when I did come across a display at Target for the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers. They look very pretty in person- check it out!

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers, $8.99 Target

The lip lacquers come in a sleek tube, similar to the colorburst lipglosses. They have a silver cap rather than a black one and have a very cool looking square crystal at the top. This adds just the right about of oomph without looking too overstated. 

Swatches is with one swipe of lip product. I even had to scrape some onto the tube edge because the wand carried so much product at a time.

Unlike the other lipglosses that Revlon has, the applicators on these lip lacquers are brushes. I actually prefer the doe foot applicators over this, but I guess the brush can pick up more products in this case. 
Pink Diamond is a metallic frosted pink
Petalite is a melon pink with a hint of fine shimmer
Smoky Topaz is a almost-nude mauve with the slightest sheen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KISS InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron REVIEW

I love curling my hair, but I always happen to either burn myself or have my curls not last. Lately, I have been using the NuMe curling irons and they work wonders. However, they are also clipless and require you to place your hands close to the iron and also wrap around it to keep the hair on the barrel. I have burned myself a couple times when I was in a hurry and I have to admit it really makes me think twice before using it. 

If you would like to see a video of how to use the KISS InstaWave curling iron, see my video here.

When I heard about an automatic curling iron, I was intrigued. Not only does it have the ceramic plating, it also has a diamond coating. This helps make your hair shiny, prevent frizz, and also is less damaging for your hair. The KISS InstaWave has a max temperature of 420F and also has a low and high heat option. Of course, there is the curling contraption. 
The InstaWave was fairly easy to use. You take a clean strand of hair, size to your liking, and you insert it into the curling contraption. Then you press either left or right on the dial and it will automatically take the strand up into the barrel. You hold it here for 30 seconds or so and voile! It depends on your hair type, but for me this lasted a whole night and day without any hairspray or mousse. 
After using the curling iron

I have tried to tangle my hair around this barrel, but it seems to always be able to unravel and put your hair nicely around the iron! Amazing. The dual rotation option allows you to curl your hair to the left or to the right. This means you can hold the curling iron the same way and still get opposite-twisting curls, no matter which hand you use! I know with other curling irons, I have to twist my arm to get my hair to curl a different way.  Another thing I noticed that was different was traditional curling irons with and without a clip ravels your hair quite snug around the barrel. This creates a very tight curl in your hair. The InstaWave does not ravel very tightly, but you still get that nice curl. I feel like this allows curling without damaging your hair. If you wrap your hair extremely tight around something really hot, it can definitely break your hair. Though the InstaWave does not wrap tightly, you can get hair curled tightly if you take smaller strands at a time. Likewise, for looser curls, either take more hair up at a time or run your fingers through the curl once it is off the barrel. Lastly, it heats up super fast (less than 1 minute).

2nd day after curling, no hairspray

The KISS InstaWave goes for $59.99 and more info can be found on their website. You can't purchase it directly from them, but they do sell at Amazon, Target, and Ulta. Target currently has it on sale for $49.99 so get it here! I don't know how long the sale will last, but I would definitely give it a try if you love curling your hair, want lasting curls, and don't want to burn yourself in the process. 


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



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sara Happ Lip Slip REVIEW

I discovered the Sara Happ Lip Slip product when JCREW had a sale and this was one of the items with additional discounts. My lips are always on the more chapped side and I love constantly keeping them moisturized. Happy lips means happy smile.
Anyway, I purchased these with the intention of just using it as another lip conditioner. To my surprise, it quickly became one of my favorite lip products. I am particular about my lip products. I don't like things that are overly sticky or overly thick or thin, but want something that doesn't need reapplication constantly. The scent definitely has to be nothing or good. I don't like the chemically scented ones.
Lip Slip is one that checks off all of that! I love using it before bed because when I wake up I find myself still with it on. It isn't annoyingly sticky, which a lot of lip products tend to be if they are long lasting. This one does feel tacky, but only if you press your fingers onto your lips and rub them.

I don't know if it is just the box that I received, but the cap is extremely difficult to open. I mean not only is it small and round, but I am sure there is some pressure that kept it closed. I had to pry it with scissors and throw it on the ground. Just when I thought my hands were torn and too sore to try to open it, it finally popped open. I hope this is just a rare occurrence because it was a big draw back. I don't know if I would buy another jar of this if the next one was just as difficult to open!
Other than that, it comes in a bow-tied box. It is a rose gold color and is extremely precious and cute.

Sara Happ Lip Slip, $12

Application/texture: It is a creamy consistency with a slight hint of shimmer, but you can't feel any of that on the lips. It doesn't feel sticky or heavy, but does have a "slip" when you rub your lips together.
Lasting power: These last all day and night. Unless I really eat something and wipe my lips, they can last a long time.
Scent: It smells like sweet bakery treats!
Moisture: It is very moisturizing.
Overall: I love the scent, longevity, non-sticky, and moisturizing features of this lip conditioner. However, I do wish there was another way to apply it. I can use this mainly at night because I know my fingers aren't dirty, but I wouldn't feel comfortable digging my fingers in there throughout the day. 

Hope this helps you decide if you want a lip product like this! What is one of your best lip conditioners?

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder in Bronze, Navy, Charcoal, Purple REVIEW and swatches

Like I mentioned in my previous post, my internet has had issues for a week, which left me to no blog posting :(
Now that it is back, I am flowing these reviews out as fast as I can.

What I have today to review is the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder. It appears that Milani has stepped up their game once again and has really liked the idea of gel and eye products. My previous post reviews the Constellation Gel Liners, which I also enjoyed. Unlike the Constellation Gel Liners, the Bella Eyes Gel Powder is definitely in their permanent line. I actually found these on the permanent Milani display in stores.
$4.99, cvs
I purchased these during CVS's bogo 50% off and got myself 4 of the many shades you see here. 
These Gel Powder products aren't as pigmented as the Constellation Gel Liners, and I didn't expect them to be. They are definitely more powdery and less glittery. 

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liner in Enchanted Lapis and Enchanted Emerald REVIEW and swatches

My home internet has been out for a whole week. It is amazing actually to see how dependent I have been on the internet. A lot of the work I needed to do rests on that mysterious, invisible web and without it has left me so inefficient. I apologize for not being able to get this review out sooner, especially since it appears to be limited edition and also have been popping up at most drugstores already. 
I purchased the Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liner almost 3.5 weeks back and spent a long time trying to decide how I felt about it. I have extremely oily lids and I want anything that has to do with an eyeliner to also be long lasting and pigmented. However, I don't like glitter, which this product also seems to come with. See below for some in-store displays. The displays do indicate the collection is limited edition, but if you look at the actual products themselves, they do not list limited edition; rather, they say "new".


As you can see, the Bedazzled collection is indeed "limited edition", but the product themselves show "new" on the packaging. There are also nail polishes and lipsticks, which I did not pick up. I will be reviewing two shades of the Constellation Eye Gel: Enchanted Lapis and Enchanted Emerald. There is one more shade that looks like a grey graphite, but I couldn't get my hands on that. The Lapis shade is a deep navy blue with a slight hint of glimmer, whereas the Emerald shade has a metallic, deep forest green and some glitters.

The product comes in a small round jar and also a mini brush for application. The brush is actually pretty good, but you can easily use an angle eyeliner brush if you had one too. This brush strikes me more as a small concealer brush, but can nicely apply the product as liner or shadow.