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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lipstick Roulette v. 6: What I'm Keeping and What I'm Tossing

Time to review the 7 lip items I randomly selected for v. 6 of my Lipstick Roulette series and see what I'm keeping and what I'm tossing! If you are not familiar with this concept, I learned about it from Elle S on YouTube, and it's where you rotate through your collection with the ultimate goal of decluttering the items that are no longer working for you. I'm finding it quite useful, as I'm revisiting lots of items that have been languishing untouched for quite a while.
  1. True Love Lipsurgence Lip Gloss by Tarte
  2. All Gold E'rything Be Legendary Lip Gloss by Smashbox (LE, discontinued)
  3. Bold Blush 420 Pop Balm by L'Oreal
  4. 523 Flash Lacquer by Giorgio Armani Beauty
  5. Venezia Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by stila
  6. Miami Lipstick by Buxom (discontinued)
  7. Julie Lip Gloss by Buxom 
True Love
I acquired True Love ($19) by Tarte in a FabFitFun box if I remember correctly, and it's a sheer but nicely pigmented watermelon gloss with shimmer. I like the formula, as it's glossy without being too sticky, and wears comfortably for a good 2-3 hours. True Love is similar to the Armani 523 Lip Lacquer - perhaps not as a glossy. The shimmer is not super obvious but does make it slightly different than 523, and it's a keeper.
All Gold E'rything
All Gold E'rything over Toujours Heureux by Paul & Joe Beaute
All Gold E'rything is a gold shimmer gloss from the Santigolden Age collection from Smashbox, circa 2014. It works best as a topper over lipstick, as on it's own it does not supply much color. I don't have many gold shimmer lip toppers and I like it, so I will be keeping this one.
Bold Blush
Bold Blush with Julie by Buxom
The L'Oreal Pop Balm in Bold Blush (~$6) is a product that looks only so so on it's own, so I typically top it with a gloss. That seems to smooth out the color better, which has a tendency to gather in my lip lines otherwise. Once it's smoothed out with a gloss it's quite pretty, so it gets to stay :-)

523 Flash Lacquer
I think the Giorgio Armani Lip Lacquer in 523 ($32) is stunning with it's juicy watermelon pink glossiness. It has enough color to wear on it's own, although I imagine it could take lipsticks to another level as well. Definitely a keeper.
Venezia
Venezia Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by Stila ($22) is a neon bright orange red that definitely makes a statement. I quite like it, although I wasn't crazy about it with the darker eye above. I think a natural eye look with Venezia would be a great hot weather look, and I will be keeping it. The formula was relatively comfortable for a matte liquid lipstick and my lips were none the worse for the wear.
Miami
Miami is a discontinued matte lipstick by Buxom, and it's my kind of color. I loved how it looked when freshly applied, but after only a few hours of wear it was a hot mess of patchy, blotchy, faded color. Perhaps it's past it's prime, as it is several years old, and it's getting tossed.
Julie
Julie over Nudite lip pencil (Le Metier de Beaute)
Julie by Buxom is a sheer peachy gloss, and I think the one I have is an older version as the current Julie gloss is described as a juicy watermelon and is a vibrant pink.  My version is rather nondescript and works best over lipsticks, and I've paired it with the Nudite lip pencil from Le Metier de Beaute above. I do love the Buxom gloss formula so will be hanging on to Julie, as it is still good despite its age. So, out of these seven items I'm only tossing one!

Now, here are the seven new items I randomly selected for v. 7 of Lipstick Roulette.
  1. Blanche by Buxom (discontinued)
  2. Crowd Pleaser Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss by bareMinerals
  3. Passion Fruit Luminous Gloss by Chantecaille
  4. Glazed Berry Different Lipstick by Clinique (field casualty)
  5. Scarlet Blaze Color Design Lipstick by Lancome (field casualty)
  6. Sahara Hydra Creme Lipstick by Le Metier de Beaute
  7. Palm Beach by Cargo Cosmetics
  8. Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream by nyx
  9. 400 Lip Maestro by Giorgio Armani
I accidently knocked the table while taking pictures, and Glazed Berry and Scarlet Blaze fell into the dirt. I'm pretty sure I would have tossed both anyhow, although I wore Scarlet Blaze yesterday topped with Blanche and it looked quite pretty, so that one might have made the cut. Sadly, it's now a casualty of my clumsiness. C'est la vie, between the mosquitoes, high humidity that fogs my camera as soon as I step outside, and now this, it's always something :-)
Scarlet Blaze topped with Blanche

Friday, July 14, 2017

NYX Night Glow and Sweet Cloud Lid Lingerie Eye Tints

Disclaimer: I purchased these.
I've got a weakness for cream eye shadows, and the NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tints are reasonably priced at $6.99 and have gotten some pretty good reviews, so I decided to try out a couple.  Specifically, the taupe Night Glow and the rose gold Sweet Cloud. Let's see how that turned out!
To begin with, you are getting a decent amount of product (.13 oz) in the tube, although I can't say I've actually finished a cream eye shadow to date.
The wands have a dip in the tips that collects the shadow, and I typically have to wipe some off in order to not deposit too much on my eye. Alternatively, you could put some on the back of your hand and use it as a palette, which is what I usually do with using a brush to apply shadow along my lower lash line.
The lid tints are described as "seductively sheer" on Ulta's site, and you can in the swatch of Night Glow that it is not completely opaque. However, it did not apply patchy on my lids and I was easily able to get smooth color using a cream shadow brush (Sephora Collection, now discontinued) to smooth out the pigment.
Sweet Cloud does have some glitter in the mix and has more of a metallic finish that Night Glow. It is also more opaque right off the bat than Night Glow, which may be why it translates as more metallic. Gorgeous color and super easy to use!
Both shades wear very well over primer on my oily lids and I experienced no creasing or smudging over the course of a very long day (10+ hrs). Considering you can usually find NYX on sale, I'd say these are a great bargain cream eye shadow!
I'm curious as to how these differ from NYX's previous cream eye shadows that I remember trying about 4 years back (swatches below), but I'm unable to find an ingredient list to compare the two. There were 20 shades of those, although I see that NYX has just released a matte version of the Lid Lingeries, which brings the shade count to 24 (12 shimmers, 12 mattes). Interesting.
From top to bottom:  Suede, Chocolate, Aqua, Pinky Beige

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#365 Days of Samples: Week 17

Time for the 17th week of my #365 Days of Samples series (inspired by Elle S on YouTube), where I'm trying to make a dent in my overflowing box of samples. I finished 7 samples this week, including one deluxe sample and a full sized item that I've been working on quite a while! Some of these products are great and two are duds, so let's investigate.
The Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nector Body Oil ($18) and Sweet Cream Body Lotion ($28) are tried and true favorites, and I enjoyed using both together. I like to use body oils on shower damp skin, followed by a body cream to seal everything in, and these are two I would definitely use again.
Collection Rouge No. 1 by M. Micallef (~$74-$242, depending on site) was launched in 2013 and is categorized as a fruity floral, with notes of peach, tangerine ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, white musk, vanilla and benzoin. While it smells nice at first spray, on dry down it goes both sharp and stale on me. Could be my body chemistry, but this is not for me so I will not be finishing the vial.
The Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum ($38) for fine to medium hair goes way back to week 4 of this series, which was in March. I had a surplus of hair samples to get through before this one, which took a good 2 months to finish. Per the web site, here are the claims for the serum:
  • System MOISTURIZES to help PROTECT chemically damaged hair FROM BREAKAGE during brushing, styling, grooming process by up to 94%
  • System SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES DETANGLING, MANAGEABILITY, and EASE of COMBING WET HAIR by up to 84% or 6x
  • System CONDITIONS HAIR to look and feel HEALTHIER, SOFTER, SLEEKER, SMOOTHER, and REJUVENATED
  • System REDUCES STATIC FLYAWAY by up to 71% in low humidity
  • System REDUCES FRIZZ and IMPROVES STYLE RETENTION (AFTER STRAIGHTENING) up to 28% AFTER 8 HOURS in 70% relative humidity (high humidity)
  • System REDUCES VOLUME, WITHOUT HEAT, by up to 48%
  • System IMPROVES SHINE up to 3x
My main impression was that it did not weigh my hair down at all and did help with detangling. I wash my hair every other day and used about a dime size for my short hair. I also used the amount in the picture above on dry hair and it did not make my hair clump together or look/feel oily.  A con for me was I didn't really care for the fragrance, but it's not a deal breaker.  The price is, however, as I can't see spending $38 for a serum that is primarily silicones (Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hippophea Rhamonoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Fragrance).
The Flawless Skin Fluid by Doctor D. Schwab ($38) is a lightweight natural ingredient based facial moisturizer. I had never heard of it before receiving it in a FabFitFun subscription box, and I've got to say I'm impressed! It has a slight shimmer that helps illuminate the skin and I thought it did a good job of hydrating my oily skin. It wears well under makeup and played nice with my other skincare products, which is something I really appreciate. 
Ingredients of note include shea butter, royal jelly, sweet almond oil, sodium hyaluronate, niacin, grape fruit cell extract, hops extract, sage extract, and rosehip fruit extract (to name just a few). I would considering purchasing this, although I did think the tube was a deluxe sized sample at 1 ounce, but no, that's the full size. I used it primarily in the mornings and it lasted two months.
This shampoo by the Japanese brand DHC is designed to solve oily hair issues at the scalp level utilizing ingredients such as algae extract and licorice while collagen, olive oil and eucalyptus moisturize and condition hair. It says it is safe for color treated hair, but it does containe sodium laurel sulfate as the 2nd ingredients, so.....I did like it and thought it did a good job of removing product buildup while leaving hair soft and shiny. It's a bit pricey at $17 a bottle (although it's a hefty 17.5 oz bottle) so I won't be purchasing, but I would gladly use any other samples that come my way.
The second item that I was not enamored with was the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation.  I wore it twice and used 3 of the colors (light neutral, light medium sand, and medium honey for contour), but it was too heavy for my liking. It's billed as full coverage so that's no fault of it's own, but I'm more of a BB/CC cream wearer.
Now, let's see the next batch of samples I randomly selected for week 17 of #365 Days of Samples! I'll list the new items first, followed by those I'm still working on.

  1. Deva Curl Buildup Buster Gentle Deep Cleansing Serum (deluxe sample)
  2. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream (deluxe sample)
  3. Tarte 911 Under Eye Rescue Patches (1 pair)
  4. Deva Curl Waves Ahead Low-Poo Delight (deluxe sample)
  5. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (foil)
  6. It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ (deluxe sample)
  7. It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream (foil)
  8. Bio Lifting Cream + Aromacologie by Chantecaille (deluxe sample)
  9. Nectarine Rose Moisturizing Body Lotion by Ulta 
  10. Ulta Beauty Mattifying Balm (deluxe sample)
  11. Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack (deluxe sample)
  12. Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel (foil)
  13. Sunshine Oil by Milk Makeup (deluxe sample)

Monday, July 3, 2017

#365 Days of Samples: Week 16

I'm a bit behind with my #365 Days of Samples series, but that's okay. Life has been hectic/stressful and I've been focused on other things, but I'm ready to get back into the swing of things! So, let's see what samples I managed to finish in the past two weeks.
The Ole Henriksen Truth is in the Eyes has me feeling a bit ambivalent. On the plus side the foil sample has enough in it that I got a solid two weeks of use from it, which is enough time to form a firm impression. I really couldn't tell it did much of anything, and I did see reviews that said the pH is too high for the AHA ingredients to be effective, so there's that.  I'm not sure this is even in the Henriksen collection anymore, but I would not purchase regardless.
A surprise hit for me was the Black Opium perfume sample, even though the hot and muggy weather in Mobile right now doesn't really fit the scent. But, I like black coffee, vanilla and white flowers, which are major notes within the perfume. I didn't realize this was a recent launch (2014), and is a more rock'n roll interpretation of the classic Opium. I'd like to try it during cooler weather, as I'm veering towards lighter fragrances for summer time wear.
It's no surprise that I liked both of the Farmhouse Fresh samples. Rainbow Road Shea Butter for Body features a scent of coconut and bartlett pear that I enjoyed. It's not overpowering at all, more a cozy skin scent that puts you in a good mood. The Three Milk Ageless Moisturizer contains a peptide and botanical milks to both hydrate and help minimize wrinkles. The sample was only enough for 2 uses so I can't speak to it's effectiveness, but my initial impression regarding consistency/formula are that it's nice.


The Waterin Gel Cream by Hera contains pinitol extract from carob, which is capable of regulating moisture levels in the plant structure without being affected by changing environment conditions such as cold, stress, or drought. I like gel moisturizers and this Korean brand is new/intriguing to me, but probably out of my price range at about $56 a jar.

The Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels for Forehead by Skyn Iceland were kind of cool - literally. They felt cool on the skin even though I had not refridgerated them, and I like how well they adhered to my skin. I don't really have any forehead wrinkles (yet), and they are pricey at $35 for a set of four forehead and smile line patches. I won't be purchasing, but I did enjoy using them.
Now, let's see what samples I randomly selected for week 16 of my #365 Days of Samples series!
I'll list the new samples first, followed by those I am still working on.

  1. Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation by Tarte (deluxe sample)
  2. Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion by Farmhouse Fresh (foil)
  3. Agave Nectar Body Oil by Farmhouse Fresh (foil)
  4. Bio Lifting Cream + Aromacologie by Chantecaille (deluxe sample)
  5. Scalp Care Shampoo by DHC
  6. Nectarine Rose Moisturizing Body Lotion by Ulta
  7. M. Micallef Collection Rouge #1 (perfume vial)
  8. Ulta Beauty Mattifying Balm (deluxe sample)
  9. Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack (deluxe sample)
  10. Dr. D. Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid (deluxe sample)
  11. Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel (foil)
  12. Sunshine Oil by Milk Makeup (deluxe sample)
  13. Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum (deluxe sample)