Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush Angelic Radiance REVIEW and swatches

Guerlain Meteorites are one of the makeup items that has always been on my list of things to try. They are just so precious- the round pearls, different colors, packaging...just everything. I have always steered clear of them because they have always been some sort of shimmer or highlight item. I don't like highlighting items too much and I felt like I wouldn't be able to get enough uses out of it. When the Perles de Blush version of Guerlain Meteorites came out, I was ecstatic. I knew this would be my opportunity to purchase the Meteorites and actually use it. So that is how I ended up writing this review. To get a more in depth look at the Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush in Angelic Radiance, read below.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush in Angelic Radiance, Sephora.com, $53

A mix of pink, peach, and radiant powder. 
(see the spill over in the right middle picture? That is from lifting the powder puff)

I have had this item for about a month and I am only writing the review now because I have been having mixed feelings. The print on the box is very pretty. I love the soft puff that comes with the container and the colors of the pearls are gorgeous. They lit up my face and not in a shimmering way. The scent was floral, but in an elegant way. The lasting power was amazing. 

However, there is a downside to each one of the good characteristics I listed. Though the box was pretty printed, it is made of a soft cardboard and did not feel sturdy enough for me to bring anywhere. The powder puff though soft was extremely difficult to pull up from the box. It also dispersed a lot of powder during each lift and each push back into the container. The scent is nice and I like it, but I can see how people more sensitive to smells would be turned off by it. The blush lasted a long time on my face, but I don't feel the shade was overwhelmingly unique. 

Now you see why I have been back and forth on my take on this product? I think depending on the person, one can love it or can leave it. Personally, for $53, I feel like I need to love it, but I don't. I feel for me to love it I need this to hold more product, have a better applicator placement so I don't loose a good amount each time I remove and replace the powder puff, and the container needs to be more sturdy. The powder puff already comes saturated with blush which makes it extremely difficult to apply to the face as it will cause you to over apply.

Application/Texture: I would not be able to use the over-saturated powder puff to apply blush, but using a stippling brush, I was able to nicely create a glowing flush on my cheeks. The powder is finely milled and easy to blend.
Staying power: This lasted 8-9 hours.
Scent: Floral. Quite potent, but does go away after a minute of application.
Pigmentation: Quite pigmented and not shimmery. It still does give a nice natural glow.
Overall: I really do like the product itself because it gives me a very natural glow without shimmers. However, for $53, there are a lot of things that are not good enough. The amount of product is a mere 13g. The container is very flimsy and not good for any travel. The scent is on the stronger side, but the blush does have very good pigmentation. The powder puff is badly designed as it takes too much product and displaces too much blush when you replace it. It is also extremely difficult to lift the puff as there are no pull or handles. Overall, I think there are better blushes out there that are worth more of your money. However, I can see if you are a meteorites fan, this could be a must-have.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Sky Pink REVIEW and swatches

I spotted a new display at my local Walgreens earlier this week and noticed a very simple, but pretty pink shade. The Revlon's Spring 2015 Sahara Escape display contains 4 different lipgloss colors, 4 nail colors, an eyeshadow quad, and a bronzer palette. I am a sucker for light pink shades and this one was with no shimmer or glitters! I don't like lipglosses with glitters because I feel as the lipgloss fades, the glitters migrate all over my face.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Sky Pink, $9.99

Sky Pink is a milky light pink with no shimmers or glitters. It lightens my red pigmented lips a little and gives it a nice shine. This does not feel heavy or settle in the lip lines.

Application/Texture: The doe foot applicator allows smooth application of this lipgloss on to the lips. Upon rubbing your lips together, they don't feel sticky, but also don't feel very cushiony like other lipglosses. There is no grittiness since there are no glitters.
Scent: I don't really detect any scents.
Moisture: It isn't drying, but I didn't find it overly moisturizing. As long as the product is on your lips, you don't feel that it is drying.
Staying power: Without eating or drinking, this can last up to 3-4 hour on my lips. 
Overall: Though I do really like this color, it isn't anything too special. The shade itself is pretty standard, but I do like that there are no glitter or shimmers to deal with. Fairly lightweight and unscented, I really enjoy a nice lipgloss that isn't drying. I wouldn't say this is a must have product due to it not being very unique, but I will say it is a nice one to have for everyday in your bag.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid (130) REVIEW and swatches

Gahh! I am so excited to get my hands on the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid! Black Orchid is a limited edition color tattoo for Spring 2015. I have seen some photos of it online and have been hunting for these to grab them as soon as they displayed. Since the limited edition displays are so small, each only holds about 2 of Black Orchid. I am proud to say I was the first one there for this display! See below for my review on the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid, CVS, $8.99

Black Orchid has a lavender purple tone with some gunmetal sheen. It looks gray in some lights, and more lavender in others. This is a very multidimensional shade and very pretty!

Application/Texture: Like other Color Tattoos that Maybelline released in the past, this one is smooth to the touch and swatches very easily on the lids and on the back of my hand. It requires quick blending, but is able to do so. 
Scent: none
Staying power: It lasted on my oily lids for about 7 hours before creasing, no primer. 
Overall: I really, really am in love with this shade. The color is neutral enough for me to wear almost daily, but has that unique pop of grey metal and purple to wear for nights out. Love it for the spring! I can also see it being very versatile for other eye looks as a base. It is limited edition, so be sure to keep an eye on it if you want this in your collection!

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

Maybelline Spring 2015 Color Elixir gloss in Citrus Evolution and Passionate Peony REVIEW and swatches

I am so glad this post is finally going up. I have purchased 2 of the 4 Maybelline Spring 2015 Color Elixir lipglosses and have been trying to hunt down the other two for the last week or so. When I came across empty handed, I decided I need to review the two I currently have. Maybe I will get lucky and find the other two, but in the mean time, here are Citrus Evolution (115) and Passionate Peony (120)!

These new Spring 2015 shades come in the same container and packaging as the other Color Elixirs you have seen before from Maybelline. The colors are more pastel and bright, reminiscent of Spring! 

Maybelline Color Elixir in Citrus Evolution and Passionate Peony, Walgreens, $10.99

Citrus Evolution is a bright orange shade. It reminds me of a tangerine! There are no glitters or shimmers, but that doesn't mean it shows matte. (Shown on my lips above.)
Passionate Peony reminds me of a medium pink. It is a little sheer, but again no glitters or shimmers.

Application/Texture: This wears very similar to other Maybelline Color Elixir glosses. It has an airy feel so it isn't heavy on your lips. When you rub your lips together, it feels very cushioned.
Scent: It has a slight sweet floral scent. Same as previous Elixirs.
Staying power: I found this stayed on my lips about 2-3 hours until disappearing. If I drank or ate before 2-3 hours, it will fade sooner. 
Overall: I really like these Color Elixirs like I did with the previous ones. Though the shades look very pretty in the bottle and swatched, I don't notice too much change of colors on my lips. I do have pigmented lips, however, so this might show up better on people with slightly less pigmented lips. Another thing you could do is apply a nude lipstick, then this gloss on top to pop. Being limited edition, I would definitely run out to grab them before they are gone!

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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in Florence REVIEW and swatches

Milani Cosmetics has released some awesome and new makeup products. The Fierce Foil collection includes the Eyeshine palette, which I will review below, and the Fierce Foil eyeliners, which I will review later. The Fierce Foil collection has very metallic properties and are shiny and bold. Depending on the shades you pick, the boldness can be sultry if it is more deep and earthy in tone. The Fierce Foil eyeshine palette I chose was the Florence. I saw three other palettes, which all consists of 4 shades each. You can check out the other palettes on Milani's Website.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in Florence, $10
Click photo to enlarge.

Florence comes in 4 shades: A copper, bronze, gold, and champagne color.
All of these are very metallic and shimmery. 

On my lids, you can see that there are flakes of gold-like particles. These actually adhere quite strongly on my lids and was very hard to remove. The eyeshines are not meant to be a regular eyeshadow, but rather a gloss. To me it isn't as sticky as some people would refer to as Mac Cosmetics' eyegloss (Cinderella collection), but it is enough to feel odd applying to my lids at first. 

Application/Texture: It is more on the glossy side and when you press into the product you can definitely feel it is slightly wet/damp. On the lids, however, they apply dry and do not feel sticky or heavy. The eyeshines do not transfer and are natural feeling.
Staying power: I notice slight creasing on my oily lids with no primer after 5 hours of wear. If I apply more product, then it will start creasing sooner. I feel that if you don't have oily lids, you may not have this problem.
Scent: none detected
Removal: The removal process could be tough as the small gold-like particles are hard to budge. However, with waterproof makeup remover, I was able to get it off with just spending slightly more time on it.
Overall: Though I like the idea of a new eye product, I feel like this gloss is a little too intense for me. Also, the gold-like particles make it very hard to blend and remove. I don't wear very intense eye makeup so I feel like this isn't really up my alley. However, if you love to play up your eyes, I could see this product as a great summertime wear!

What are your thoughts?

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Peach Poppy REVIEW and swatches

Maybelline has released a ton of new lipsticks, color tattoos (a post on that later!), and lipglosses. These Spring 2015 lovelies are popping up at my local CVS and Walgreens. I love the spring bright and pastel shades and I decided to pick up a lipstick to share with you. To clarify, there are a lot of limited edition Rebel Bloom products. The one I am reviewing, the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Peach Poppy, is part of their permanent line. I found it in their permanent displays and it doesn't have the 'Limited Edition' tag on it. It is a new product, but don't feel like you have to drive out there now to grab it...well unless you are in need of a pretty lipstick asap.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Peach Poppy, CVS, $9.99

Peach Poppy is a bright orange shade. It isn't shimmery but it is also not matte. It has a bit of shine to it, but not from glitter. It is a very nice shade and nice wear. The color swatched isn't as bright as the shade in the tube. 

Application/texture: The application was not tugging, but did not melt into my lips. When I rubbed my lips together it felt smooth, but not silky. It wasn't heavy on the lips .
Staying power: This lasted about 3 hours on my lips without fading. If I were to eat or drink, however, it would start fading upon usage.
Scent: The scent reminded me of traditional Maybelline lipsticks. It has a light floral lotion scent, but disappears after application.
Overall: I enjoy a pop or orange color. I don't usually purchase mainly orange tint shades, but somehow this one made me want to try it. Perhaps it was the name. Though I can see others really liking this shade, I am more of a balm type of person and will only use this on special occasions.

What are your thoughts? Have you grabbed any of the new spring Maybelline products?

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Buds in Petal Rebel LE REVIEW and swatches

Flower buds immediately bring me to feeling like spring has sprung. Though we are only a few weeks from spring, I feel like having the new Maybelline Baby Lips Buds already brought me there. These new shades of Baby Lips (I believe there were 4-5 colors in the display) are limited edition, so make sure to go seek them out if you want to try them. Today I will review one of the shades: Petal Rebel.

Maybelline Baby Lips Buds in Petal Rebel, $4.75

Petal Rebel is a very light and sheer peachy pink and is perfect for giving you that extra shine and hint of color. In the tube, it looks more of a bright pink with a hint of neon orange shade. On my pigmented lips, they don't really show color unless I pack it on, but they do shine a little in the most natural way!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

L'Oreal Gloss Balm in Ginger Candy 210 REVIEW and swatches

The second item I picked up on my CVS run was the L'Oreal Glossy Balm in Ginger Candy (210). To see the L'Oreal Infallible 8hr Pro Gloss in Coral Sands review, click here.

The L'Oreal Glossy Balm reminds me of many of the lipbalm or lipstick sticks. Though they have been around, I feel like you can never have enough spare ones in your purse, car, or office. These are like lifesaver lip products and does not require a separate applicator!

L'Oreal Glossy Balm in Ginger Candy 210, $5

This particular shade, Ginger Candy, is very light and looks like a sheer orange sherbet cream. It isn't shimmery and definitely not glittery, but I noticed a shine on my lips. It is very subtle.

Application/Texture: This balm melts into your lips so it doesn't require much efforts to apply. There is a twist up option so sharpening is never going to get in the way. The product is lightweight and does not feel like you have something on your lips. When you rub your lips together, it feels smooth and not sticky.
Scent: I don't detect any scent.
Staying power: This lasted about 2 hours on my lips before fading. It is even faster if I am eating or drinking. The Glossy Balm definitely needs reapplication throughout the day.
Moisture: It kept my lips moist when it was on. Once faded, I feel like my lips need another swipe of balm.
Overall: I really love the convenience of this balm and the temporary moisture it provides. It does give you a bit of color and has a great twist up option to deliver more product. For just $5 a pop, it is worth having an emergency one in your bag!

Have you tried any of the Glossy Balm shades? If so, which is your favorite?

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

L'Oreal Infallible 8Hr Pro Gloss in Coral Sands (405) REVIEW and swatches

CVS was stocked with tons of lipglosses from brands like Revlon, Covergirl, and L'Oreal! I didn't know which to pick to try and found myself overwhelmed by gloss. Good thing a couple weeks ago, CVS also had a sale on L'Oreal products so it made my purchase easier. I picked up two items: Infallible 8hr pro gloss in Coral Sands, which I will review below; and Glossy Balm in Ginger Candy, which you can find the review here.

L'Oreal Infallible 8hr Pro Gloss in Coral Sands, $7

Coral Sands is a beautiful nude mauve gloss that does not have any shimmers or glitters. I dislike lip products with too much of glitter/shimmers because they will eventually migrate to every corner of my face. 
This gloss held up well for the lightweight feel on my lips and also did not settle into lines on my lips. It wasn't exactly moisturizing, though I definitely did not find it to be drying.

Application/Texture: The applicator is a doe-foot like sponge with a heart shape point. This allows easier reach into small areas. The gloss itself is very smooth and easy to apply. It doesn't stick and does not make your lips feel closed shut. The feel is lightweight, which is great for barely noticing it was on at all! 
Staying power: Without drinking or eating, this lasted about 5 hours on me before drastically fading. If I were to eat or drink, it would quickly start coming off. By the 8th hour, there would still be traces of the lipgloss, but definitely have diminished. With this shade being very close to my own lip color, it is also harder to detect when it exactly started fading.
Scent: It has a very light medicinal scent. I don't know how to put it...sort of herbal? It is very light and the only reason I smelled this was because I nearly jammed the applicator up my nose for trying to detect a scent.
Overall: I love this shade! It is a 'my lips but better' shade and goes well with any outfit or makeup look I want to wear. It is also not drying and lasts much longer than your average gloss. For $7, I would definitely pick up one to try!

Have you spotted these yet?

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