Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dior Total Matte Smokey Eye Palette REVIEW and swatches

I love the holidays because there are just so much festivities and love all around. One of my favorite things to do is to shop for presents. I love opening presents with my family on Christmas Day almost as much as I love shopping for them! As mentioned in my post before, I purchased the Dior Total Matte Eye Palette. Holiday packaging is also so much prettier! I've used it for about a month now quite consistently so I would like to share my thoughts on it.

The Dior Total Matte Eye Palette comes with 3 shadows, 1 eye brow shade, and 1 wax. The 3 shadows are all matte and are your basic shades. There is a cream/white shade, a black shade, and brown shade. They are all housed with a dual end applicator - sponge and angle liner. All of that sits in a faux leather zip box that can easily be carried on the go. The little mirror makes it easy to apply your makeup without being too bulky or heavy.

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, though not as pigmented as my Tarte eyeshadows but still get things done. The staying power is pretty good. Though I haven't used the wax, the eye brow powder works great and stays nicely.

Application/texture: The eyeshadows are finely milled and easily apply onto the eyelids, lash line and brows.
Scent: None
Staying power: About 20 hours.
Overall: It is a bit pricey for an eyeshadow palette. $62 isn't something to just throw around. I definitely think there are cheaper options out there and I don't think the faux leather is all that great. It certainly is dazzling, but it is a little more bulky to just throw into the purse. It feels sturdy and I definitely would recommend it if you were planning on splurging on anything.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sephora 2016 VIB Rouge Holiday picks

Hello all! The holiday season is arriving soon and I am so very excited to be getting a list together for the Sephora VIB Rouge sale. It started November 4th 2016 for VIB Rouge members and will start very soon for VIB members as well. If you qualify under either of these two tiers, you get 20% off your entire purchase as many times as you want during the few days the event is opened.

This is a great time to stock up, try new items, or get the cute holiday themed products to give as gifts. See below for the top 10 on my list this year. I definitely will be getting more than this, but wanted to share what I must have in my cart.

1) Sephora collection House of Lashes HOLiday Gem lash set, $24
This is a great set for traveling! It comes with a beautiful brushed/rose gold compact that can house up to 3 lashes. It also comes with glue that fits inside the container! For $24, the lashes alone is worth that price.

2) Miu Miu Mini Gift Set, $28
This little set is so adorable. It comes in perfect packaging - ready for gifting! The rollerball alone is $28 normally so this kit basically gives you the extra perfume for free. It also smells great!

3) Too Faced Mr. Right - the Perfect Powder Brush, $36
This brush is the cutest thing! It has a blue handle with a gold ferrule and super soft bristles! This is great for powders, finishing powder, and blushes. I have used Too Faced brushes in the past and they are one of the softest I have ever used. I have high hopes for this one!

4) Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital Lotion SPF30, $49
This is an oldie but a goodie. It isn't exciting or cute, but it does pack a good punch. I use this every morning as my moisturizer and skin protector. I love how light it is and also that it doesn't have too much of a scent. It is a staple in my getting-ready routine. If you are looking for a light moisturizer, I would suggest this one.

5) Drunk Elephant Dayglow, $23
This comes with 0.27oz of C-Firma Day Serum and 0.27 oz of B-hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. Full size is normally 1 oz and costs about $80. I have been wanting to try this brand, but didn't want to drop $80 to try. This set is a great way to see if you like it!

6) Sephora Favorites, Scouted by Sephora, $44
This set is a great introduction to many of the best skincare products. It comes in an array of items such as lip balm, day serum, lash growth serum, face mist, face polish, mask, night gel, and a glycolic facial treatment. It is basically your home face spa in a box.

7) Dior Total Matte Smokey Eye Palette, $62
Dior anything is always luxurious and pretty. This one is also very useful. It comes in a beautiful zip pouch and has 4 shadows and a wax. The shadows are matte so you can use it to line your eyes, fill in your brows, or as eyeshadows. It comes with a small brush that has a liner brush and a sponge applicator. The light shade can be used as a brightener, while the black and brown shades are great for a smokey eye look. Highly looking forward to using this palette!

8) Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl set, $29.50
This is a set that comes every holiday season and I always get it. I love the Iconic Overcurl mascara and the set basically gives you the small eyeshadow for free given the price. The eyeshadow is very pretty and is a great travel companion.

9) It's Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream, $10
This tub of cream smells exactly like ice cream. It is also very moisturizing. Choose from Strawberry, Mint, and original flavor. For $10, what else can you ask for? Perfect stocking stuffer!

10) Guerlain Meteorites Illumintation Powder Pearls, $62
I am getting this in the clair 02 shade. Beware that this does have a strong floral scent. I get past that because of how pretty the pearls are. It comes with a powder puff and I have been told that this lasts you 7 years. So what appears to be very expensive for some illuminating finishing powder actually isn't that bad when spread over 7 years usage. If you are afraid of spillage, it also comes in a compact form!

I hope you found this list helpful. I personally will get more than these 10 items, but I wanted to get this out there asap so you can take advantage of the sale. Let me know what you guys also purchased! I would love to know if I am missing something good :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick in Chihuahua REVIEW and swatches

I purchased a kit with a ton of lip products lately and the Too Faced Melted liquefied lipstick was included. Normally, I shy away from liquid lipsticks because I don't like the feel of them. They are generally more sticky and feels like a layer of product on your lips. This one, however, was easy to apply and wear.

Too Faced Melted liquefied lipstick in Chihuahua, sephora, $21
Chihuahua is a mauvey nude shade that leans a little brown. On my lips, it looks like my-lips-but-better. It isn't really matte, but doesn't look shiny or glittery. I think it just looks very natural.

It comes with a very fluffy sponge applicator and was easy to apply. You just squeeze the tube and product comes out shortly.

Application/texture: The product was light and airy on the lips and was easy to blend. It didn't feel heavy or tacky.
Scent: I didn't notice any strong scent that lingered.
Staying power: this lasted 4-5 hours if I didn't eat or drink.
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this liquid lipstick. It had a fairly decent staying power and came in a very natural shade. It also felt very light and was easy to wear. The applicator makes it easy to apply just the right amount of product.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz REVIEW and swatches

Becca is very well known for their awesome skin brightening powders and blushes. I had used their blush once a long time ago and found it too shimmery for my taste. However, lately I have found my skin to be a little more dull and wanted to experiment with a highlighting powder again. This time, instead of going with a blush with shimmery effects, I decided to go for a highlighter with a hint of color. The purpose of this product is not to give a rose cheek look, rather I wanted it to add some light to my face. See below for my review of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz, Sephora, $38

Rose Quartz is a beautiful pink champagne shade. I desperately wanted it to not be limited edition! Unfortunately, it is listed as LE on Sephora's website. If you are very interested in trying it, I would jump on this now before they sell out!

The highlight is amazing. It doesn't leave you with a disco ball look. It highlights in the most natural way. It doesn't add glitter or just lifts. I can't describe how it does it. I love that this has a hint of pink so it is almost like wearing a subtle blush as well.

The container is a sturdy compact with a mirror on one side. It looks like a space saucer, haha. It actually comes in a rose gold metallic bottom and a silver top. I think their regular skin perfectors come with the silver top but a brown bottom.

Application/texture: So buttery soft! With my fingers, I easily picked up product and it easily blended into my skin.
Scent: none
Staying power: This lasted about 7-8 hours on my face.
Overall: I would highly recommend this Shimmering Skin Perfector. I haven't tried their regular shades, but their Rose Quartz is so beautiful. The highlight is perfect indeed and adds just a hint of pink so that I can skip my blush if I want a subtle look. I am able to use this on my brow bone, down my nose, and cupid's bow as well. So versatile! I'm in love! For $38, this can last you a long time and be used for so many things.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lancome Juicy Shaker lipgloss in Boom Meringue REVIEW and swatches

Lancome has come out with a lipgloss that you have to 'shake' to activate the ingredients. What an intriguing thought! While I think lipgloss is lipgloss, I do get suckered in every once in a while for interested packaging and application. The packaging/way of applicating is certainly interesting for the Juicy Shaker lipglosses and the product is actually quite nice. A lot of the times the packaging is all that there is going for a product, but in this case the lipgloss is actually moisturizing as well.

I purchased the Juicy Shaker lipgloss in the shade Boom Meringue, which is a bright shade of pink in the bottle. On the lips, it looks like no color and if I wiped it off it does have a pink tint to it.

Lancome Juicy Shaker lipgloss in Boom Meringue, $21, sephora

The applicator is a large sponge and you can dab the product onto your lips. I found it quite moisturizing but it is from a oil like feeling rather than a cream. The tube of lipgloss comes separated with color and oil as you can see above. Then when you shake it, it becomes a milky consistency. On the lips, it is sheer and feels more like oil.

Application/texture: The application is quite easy - you dab this on your lips with the sponge. The feeling of it is like oil and is very moisturizing.
Scent: smells fruity
Lasting power: This lasts about 3 hours on me.
Pigmentation/finish: The finish is very sheer and shiny. This shade doesn't give much color on my lips.
Overall: I like the different application in this product. It is fun to have to shake your lipgloss and apply your lip product like a sponge! It gives enough moisturization but not much color. This works best for a very sheer hint of color and moisture. If you are looking for color perhaps try a darker color or a different product. For good moisturization, this little tube has got you covered.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's nail polish 2016 hoilday REVIEW and swatches

The Breakfast at Tiffany's OPI collection was one that I kept my eyes out for since the summer. I am a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Audrey Hepburn so this collection really spoke out to me. Not only are the shades posh, glam, and feminine at the same time, they are also quite appropriate for fall. I only picked up one shade in this collection due to finding this OPI display at a random beauty store. I will likely go back and pick out a few more when I have time! In the meantime, take a look at this shade "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

OPI 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', $9.49
Breakfast at Tiffany's (BaT) is the name of the collection, but also happens to be the shade I picked up. BaT is a champagne pink pearl shade and is definitely a shade I tend to gravitate towards. However, I didn't find anything like this in my collection. I can think of one that might be similar and that is Rescue Beauty Lounge's Pizzicato, but that one leans more purple. I like that this doesn't wash out my hands and brightens my skin instead.

Application/texture: The applicator brush is wide and applies easily. One side of the brush did have a bristle that curved the wrong way and I had to remember not to use that side. I don't know if I just got a defective brush, but other than that it was easy to apply. Though there is a ton of shimmer, I don't notice any gritty feeling on its own.
Coats: I applied 3 light coats to get the coverage seen above. With just two coats, you can see visible nail line.
Staying power: So far after 4 days, it is still going strong. I have four coats of polish plus one coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Topcoat.
Finish: The finish to this polish alone is more of a matte. It is actually quite funny because it is also very shimmery. It does dry matte and I tried to show that in one of the photos above. However, after a topcoat is added, it becomes the shiny nature you would expect with a topcoat.
Overall: I love Breakfast at Tiffany's and I am so glad OPI did this collection. There are a couple more shades I will try to get, but I think this one is my favorite from just looking at the bottles. The application was easy and the color was unique. I can see this as a great bridal nail polish. It brightens your hands and is still very subtle and neutral.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm REVIEW and swatches

As promised, here is another lip balm review. I believe I definitely have enough lip balms to keep one in every purse! For some reason, lip balms like hair ties have a way of disappearing every so often. So despite my collection of them I also never really have too many. Today's review is on yet another lip balm. This one is by Givenchy and is in their Le Rouge collection. Givenchy have a few lipsticks that look very much like the Perfecto lip balm in that it has a leather casing and sleek look. The balm has a pink leather case and is slimmer than the lipsticks. I quite like the packaging like I did with the lipsticks and I also really like the moisture it provides. Continue reading to see close-ups of this product.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm, 0.07oz, sephora, $36

Givenchy's Le Rouge perfecto lip balm offers no tint, but it does moisturize your lips. It doesn't lather on top of your lips, but gives a thin layer of comfort. It does very well to let your own lip color shine through. The case is wrapped with a pink leather and sleek silver metal. It looks very sophisticated and posh. I really like having it in my purse as I feel like it elevates my look when I use it. 

Application/texture: It applies with no tugging and the texture is a very thin silk layer on the lips.
Scent: It does have a slight floral scent, but dissipates quickly. However, I can see how someone might find it annoying at first.
Staying power: I do feel this moisturize my lips, however, I also know of better lip balms with longer staying power. I find myself needing to reapply every 3 hours depending on how hydrated I am.
Overall: For $36, this lip balm is definitely pricey. However, it is in a leather casing and looks super cute. It also is moisturizing and feels sturdy to be tossed around in your purse. I think if you wanted something with color, this isn't for you. However, if you are a lip balm fanatic and love a luxurious product, I would definitely check this out.

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!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville REVIEW and swatches

Lancome's 2016 spring collection consist of two very pretty blushes, one of which I purchased and will review here. These blushes are "gel" to powder consistency. It allows for more natural application and better staying power.

Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville, $39, Macy's, Nordstrom

Corail de Ville is a very pretty deep/burnt orange coral shade. It could be used very nicely as a contour color as well. It is "squishy" when you touch the blush, but it becomes a powder when you blend it out. 

Application/texture: Starting off as a gel texture, it quickly becomes a smooth powder when you spread the product onto your cheeks or back of your hand. It is very soft and does not dry your skin at all. It also blends quite nicely. I found applying with my fingers the easiest way to get product onto my face.
Staying power: 8-9 hours.
Scent: None detected.
Overall: I really like this blush. The gel-ish feeling upon touch is very refreshing as you spread onto your cheeks. It quickly becomes a powder and creates a very natural application. It also blends well and has a long staying power without being drying. I like using this shade to contour as well. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac 006 REVIEW and swatches

Another Dior lip product that I find myself using a lot lately is the Addict Lip Glow in Lilac 006. This is more of your traditional lip balm in a twist up tube. This product is moisturizing and is supposed to give a tint, but I didn't find it on my pigmented lips. See below for swatches and review.

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac 006, $33, Sephora

Lilac has a more purple hint rather than the other two permanent shades of pink and coral. I found that the color didn't really show up on my pigmented lips, but did give me a moisture that lip balms tend to. It comes in a twist up tube that is on the bulkier side, but looks very cute and sturdy. 

Besides being in a very pretty tube, there really isn't anything else special I found with this product compared to other lip balms in drug stores. 

Application/Texture: Similar to other lipbalms, it glides on very smoothly and feels soft on the lips. 
Staying power: This lasts about 2 hours.
Scent: none detected.
Overall: Although I really like the design of the tube, I feel there are other better Dior lip products out there that are both more moisturizing and pigmented. For the price, I would probably not repurchase this item, however, if given as a gift I would definitely treasure it and use it. Another Dior product that I would suggest splurging on instead would be the Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss in Bonheur 468 REVIEW and swatches

The wonderful lipgloss by the name of Bonheur is part of the Rouge Brilliant lipglosses that Dior offers. This lipgloss not only hydrates, but also provide a nice hint of color for your lips. I purchased this product a month back and found it very luxurious to use. With three lip oils, this liquid balm also comes in many different colors for everyone's tastes. I tend to like the pink/nude shades so of course I am here to review Bonheur 468!

Dior Rouge Brilliant Bonheur 468, $35, Sephora

Bonheur is a pinky nude shade with a hint of light sheen. The fine glitter particles you see in the tube does not translate over to the lips, which is a relief for me since I hate glitter migrations. It is extremely moisturizing and I find myself not needing to re-apply even well after the gloss is gone. Despite being so moisturizing, it does not feel sticky nor does it fill into your lip lines.

I noticed the doe foot applicator for this gloss comes with a hidden pocket for more gloss per application (see photo above). This helps to avoid needing to re-dip into the container per application.

Application/Texture: The doe foot applicator has a hidden pocket that carries more product than your traditional wands. This pocket allows more gloss to be picked up and easily spread over your lips. It glides perfectly and feels like a traditional lip balm.
Scent: none detected.
Staying power: It lasted 3 hours on me, but the moisture lasted hours beyond that.
Overall: I really enjoy Bonheur and really like the moisture it provides. The sleek tube is very pretty and nice to carry in your purse. If you are looking for a colored lip balm to splurge on, this would definitely be one of my top recommendations!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment in Raspberry REVIEW and swatches

I've tried this product a few weeks back, but had been having troubles making the collages to show you the product. Finally getting past the technical difficulties and here we are! I am here to show you the Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment in Raspberry oil infused. They come in a few different 'shades' and flavors and are more oily in texture than most gloss or balm. However, they do moisturize and do not feel like you ate a big basket of fries. Keep reading for some swatches and my take on them.

Milani Moisture Lock lip treatment in Raspberry, CVS, $8

Not much color show up on my pigmented lips, but they were very moisturized.
There is a slight hint of fruity scent to this. Though it is more oily than usual, it doesn't feel like you smeared oil all over your lips. It is a good balance of the more protective feeling and glossiness.

A closer look at the applicator. It is quite humongous, but you don't get over application with it. It worked quite nicely on me and allowed the perfect amount of product per application. 

Application/Texture: Application was very smooth. The applicator, though large, held enough if not slightly less than enough product per usage. The applicator is very soft and the 'oily' texture allowed for good spread of product. It felt substantially moisturizing, but not overwhelmingly greasy.
Scent: fruity! but didn't linger for too long.
Staying power: The glossiness lasted for 2-3 hours, but the moisture lasted 5+ hours.
Overall: For $8, you get quite some products for moisture! I love that it isn't too greasy, but still allows for a stronger protectant for your lips. I just wished it actually gave your lips some tint since it looks pretty in the tube.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Maybelline Colorblur Cream Matte pencil I like to Mauve it (50) and Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Flash (10) REVIEW and swatches

It has been a while since I bought something and loved it in terms of lip color. I am an avid user of lip balm, but I use lip color a lot less often. I love the idea of lipgloss, but they are usually too high maintenance and usually do not show up on my lips. These new Maybelline lip products changed the game. Both the Colorblur Cream Matte pencil and the Vivid Matte Liquid show up nicely on my lips as a my-lips-but-better and natural shade. A few of the liquid matte lipsticks in the past have always looked odd on me due to the stark and washed-out color it gives me. This one, however, looked quite natural.

I picked 'I like to Mauve it' (50) for the Colorblur and 'Nude Flash' (10) for the Vivid Matte Liquid. Both are similar colors of a rosy mauve shade.

On my hand, the Vivid Matte liquid looks a bit shiny, but on the lips it is a true matte.
Colorblur Cream Matte pencil ($6.99), Vivid Matte Liquid ($7.99)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Guerlain KissKiss Roselip in Morning Rose REVIEW and swatches

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope everyone's holiday went well and that your 2016 is going great so far. I have been extremely busy with the holidays (hosting) and have been traveling. In fact, I am traveling as I type up this post. This post has been a long time coming. It must have been photographed back in the beginning of December. What I am talking about is the Guerlain KissKiss Roselip in Morning Rose. Guerlain's lipsticks are very luxurious in packaging and I just love the balms they came out with. As of the time of this post, the Morning Rose shade is sold out on Sephora. Hopefully, they will restock it soon!

Guerlain KissKiss Roselips in Morning Rose, Sephora $37

The KissKiss Roselips are encased in a white sturdy container that resembles die stacked up. It has a twist up mechanism to bring up more product. It does weigh fairly heavy.
The swatch on my hand does not show much color. However, I found that on my lips, it turns more pink over time. It could be working with my body chemistry to change. 

Texture/application: It was very smooth and easy to apply. It had no sticky feeling or a heavy feeling.
Moisture: It kept my lips very moisturized, but only lasted about 3 hours. It came off very easily during eating or drinking.
Scent: It had an old-fashioned lipstick scent to it despite not having much color in this shade.
Overall: I think for the price, you are paying a lot more for the brand and the case. As for the actual product itself, it is nice but can be cheaper elsewhere. I personally don't like the old-fashioned lipstick scent even though it dissipates quickly. If I had not gotten it on sale from Sephora, I don't know if I would purchase it again. Overall, it is a very luxurious and fancy product, but if you are on a budget a cheaper option for moisture can be found at drugstores (aquaphor).