Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fiery Red & Bold Blush Colour Riche Pop Balms by L'Oreal

I've got two of the four new Colour Riche Pop Balms that L'oreal released not long ago - Fiery Red and Bold Blush.  This are supposed to be a moisturizing lip balm that provides sheer color, and they deliver on both counts!
Bold Blush, Fiery Red
Bold Blush is a medium cool leaning bubble gum pink.  The formula applies smoothly and color can be built up, although balm is the operative word here.  These do no irritate my lips like some balm formulas do, and I find them moisturizing with about a 3 hour wear time.
Fiery Red is a bit of misnomer, as I find the color more of a soft strawberry.  It's a very wearable red for me, and I like the translucent gel like quality to it.  It's less pigmented than say, the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Candy Apple or Cherry Tart, with more of a balm like texture.
Fiery Red
The Colour Riche Pop Balms are about $7-$8 depending on location, and I got mine from Ulta during a 40% off sale.  Très like! 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Golden Black Water Resistant Eyeliner by Jane Cosmetics

Jane Cosmetic's Water Resistant Eyeliner is a budget friendly ($8) liquid eyeliner that is supposed to be long-wearing and water-resistant, both of which are true.  It was also fairly easy to get a precise line with the long, thin brush.
Golden Black is a dirty gold, with gold flecks suspended in a blackish gel base.  It doesn't provide opaque coverage, as you can see in the swatches below, but it does provide color with glints of gold. 
There were times I'd look in the mirror and see gold sparkles, depending on the light.  I quite liked the look, as it didn't scream 'glitter' to me, although I'm sure you could amp up that effect with a thicker line.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

NYX Chiffon

Like most baked formulas NYX's Baked Blushes are designed to be used dry or wet, depending on how much color you want.  Dry gives sheer color, wet more impact.  For blush, I prefer sheer, so that's what I'm showing in the swatches.
Chiffon is a soft mauve pink with shimmer.  I'm somewhat sparkle averse when it comes to blush, but Chiffon doesn't emphasize my pores or make my skin look oily, so it falls nicely into the "glowing" as opposed to "glitter" category.
Chiffon (sun)
Chiffon (shade)
It took some building up to get the color in the swatches, about 4 applications with a dense brush.  Fortunately, you can build color without it getting cakey. 
So how does NYX's baked blushes compare to Laura Geller's Blush 'n Brighten baked blushes?  Pretty darn well, IMO, especially when you factor in the price difference.  NYX baked blushes are about $7 vs. Geller's $26.50, and with the 40% off sales featured frequently at Ulta on NYX products, only about $4.20.  That's hard to beat.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

July Women's Health Birchbox

 Disclaimer:  I purchased this.
July's Birchbox featured the second year of the Women's Health box, which included a free year of Women's Health magazine.  Confession:  last year I forgot to mail my free subscription card in so missed out on that feature, need to do it this year!
July also brought a new feature that Birchbox has adopted:  limited box customization.  I was given the choice of Ruffian polish colors from the Rapture collection, and selected the lovely metallic rose gold Rosary ($10).  This is the second Ruffian Birchbox exclusive polish I've received, but have yet to try either.  Need to get on that.
I love facial oils, so Caudalie's Overnight Detox Oil was a welcome sight.  The sample will probably only give me 2-3 uses, but OTOH, that's perfect for travel.
The Spanish brand Naobay is a new to me, but I'm liking the ingredient list with it's emphasis on Shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera.   Organically grown, to boot.
I have to give props to Benefit for their packaging - they really excel in that area!  What was a little funny was how little of the balm is contained in the super cute container.  Oh well, the swatches of the new Benetint balms I've seen are pretty sheer anyhow, so I doubt it will be a game changer for me.  I did read somewhere that they are meant to be layered over the respective lip/cheek tint, which makes sense.
I've grown fond of Beauty Protector hair products from receiving them as samples in Birchboxes, and the Treatment Mask is another nice item from their collection. I like the scent and it left my hair soft and shiny, so no complaints here. 
I'm too brain dead at the moment to figure out the box total value, but suffice it to say Birchbox continues to make me happy!  They've already sent emails with further customization options for Agust's box, but I decided I wanted to be completely surprised instead :-)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Santa Fe Essential Lip Color by Cargo

Disclaimer:  I purchased this.
Santa Fe ($22) is one of those my lips but better kind of colors that Cargo describes as a "deep apricot", with a barely there shimmer thrown in for good measure.  This is the kind of color that registers as "boring" when you look at it in the tube, but that translates to a flattering natural look when worn. 
Best of all, the formula is moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and fairly long lasting at 3-4 hours wear time.  The formula features Shea butter, olive and Jojoba oils for moisturizing and peptides that supposedly reinforce the connective tissue of the lips to plump them up.  Definitely a solid performer, I like! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gemini Kiss Lip Kaleidoscope by Le Métier de Beauté

Gemini Kiss lip kaleidoscope was Le Métier de Beauté's last item for the 2013 VIP subscription program, which ends things with a bang! 
Gemini Kiss makes my 3rd lip kaleidoscope, along with Bauhaus and Red Rapture.  What makes this one a bit different are the half pans of color featuring eight separate lip shades, four with a softer glossy texture and four with a firmer lip cream formula.  I'm all about variety of choice, so this pleases me :-)
Going from top to bottom, we have:

Now for the swatches:
I'm so looking forward to playing with these with their multiple color combinations!  Based on previous experience, I'm a fan of  Le Métier de Beauté's gloss formula, and find them to be comfortable and fairly long wearing.  Lip Kaleidoscopes are $95 each, and Gemini Kiss is exclusive to the VIP program and not available in stores.  
/Happy Camper.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clinique GWP and Giveaway!

Disclaimer:  This was a GWP.
Clinique had a GWP recently at Lord & Taylor that did it's siren song thing on me, and this time it's going to benefit a blog reader as well!  Why, you may ask?  Well, Lord & Taylor sent me two of the GWP sets, each in a separate box no less.  So, let's take a closer look at what you could win!
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • Repairwear Laser Focus
  • Liquid Facial Soap Mild
  • Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry
  • High Impact Mascara in Black
  • All About Shadow Quad (Angel Eyes, Blushed, Portobello, Morning Java)
  • Two makeup bags
Clinique recently reformulated their eyeshadow formula, and they are much nicer!  More pigmentation, smooth, just all around better than Clinique shades I've tried in the past.  Très bien
Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes provides more sparkle than color, and did have the tendency to migrate beyond where I placed it.  It worked well as an inner eye highlighter.
Blushed is a medium satin salmon pink.  It gives soft color and applies smoothly.
Portobello is a soft. satin taupe.  The satin finish shades are not intensely pigmented, providing more of a soft focus finish.
Morning Java
Morning Java is a deep brown with multi-tonal shimmer.  It is nicely pigmented and applies smoothly.
Glazed Berry is a bright medium pink shimmer.  It's a flattering color on me and does not veer into frost territory.  I find Clinique's Different Lipstick formula to be lightweight and comfortable to wear, and they do not dry out my lips.
Glazed Berry
I'm a big fan of Clinique's High Impact mascara, which I find to be a no fuss performer that defines and lengthens my lashes with a deep black color.  Most impressively, it does not smudge on me, even in Mobile's sauna like climate.
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