Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil
Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil ($0.99 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark olive green with olive, gold, and forest green micro-shimmer finished with a satiny sheen. It’s a little greener than Urban Decay Stash, but not as green as Stila Moray.

The coverage and pigmentation is good; it doesn’t quite deliver fully opaque coverage in a single pass, but it’s close. I recommend dulling the point of the pencil by swatching it on the back of your hand, because how it arrives is very, very sharp and uncomfortable to use on the lash line! It’s creamy enough to glide with very minimal tugging on the lash line, and it takes awhile to set, so it can be smudged if you so desire.

It lasts about six hours on the lash line, and it’s mostly faded by the eighth hour. It’s not a particularly long-wearing eyeliner on me, and it will smudge if the weather is warmer or if you accidentally rub your eye–it’s not forgiving at all, because it never completely sets in place. If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn’t a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it’s worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

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Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn't a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it's worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-pink with iridescent purple-fuchsia shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It’s similar to MAC Show Orchid, which is brighter. NARS Schiap is a little brighter and has no shimmer.  There’s a lovely glossy shine that’s not as high-shine as a lipgloss, but it’s just shy of it–definitely glossier than most lipsticks.  The glossiness works with the more opaque color to give lips a really full, luminous look.

The formula is supposed to combine the feel and shine of a balm with the color of a lipstick while still being moisturizing. The color coverage is designed to be sheer to medium. Lollipop has more opaque color coverage–it’s almost full color coverage.  I know it seems counter-intuitive, but because Revlon describes the coverage as sheer to medium, and this is really closer to opaque, I took off a point.  What make Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butters such a popular formula is surely the way they feel on the lips; they’re slick and almost wet-like, so they glide on easily for even color application and feel comfortable when worn.  They remind me a bit of MAC’s Slimshines with less creaminess (but that’s not a bad thing, since Slimshines had a lot of slip).

With the amount of slip the formula has, this color doesn’t wear as long as I’d expect a shade this dark and fuchsia/red-based would (five to six hours)–I get around three hours of good wear and need a full reapplication after four hours.  The wear is more like a lipgloss than a traditional lipstick from the shades I’ve trialed thus far, including Lollipop.  After an application, my lips still felt soft and hydrated, though it’s not as good as a full-blown lip balm would be–it’s right where a good, moisturizing lipstick is, but I find I still need my regular lip balm after an hour or so of this product being removed/worn away.

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Lollipop

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters are definitely one of the best mass lipsticks on the market right now--the only downsides to Lollipop were its shorter wear time and that it was too pigmented (based on how Revlon positioned the product)--but at least the latter may be a bonus for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

NYX Rose Lipstick
NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an ultra frosted rosy pink with lighter rose shimmer. This is one of the frostiest lipsticks I can remember trying. MAC Whirls & Twirls has a similar frost level, but it’s sheerer (and the colors do not compare). Revlon Carnation is pinker, darker. Rimmel Dizzy is pinker, less frosted. MAC Hot Gossip is warmer, lighter.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, but because of the high level of frost present in the formula, it is very dry and difficult to apply. It does not want to slide on, so the color deposits unevenly and the shimmer tends to look chunky. I found this particular shade to be drying when worn as well, which is a huge downside. It was hard to wear for the full four hours that it clung to lips, and afterward, I really had to race for the lip balm to rehydrate my lips!

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NYX Rose Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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The formula of this shade needs help--if you apply balm underneath or have a hydrating gloss on top, it's workable, but it's not a pleasant shade to wear on its own.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

NYX Pink Lyric Lipstick
NYX Pink Lyric Lipstick

NYX Pink Lyric Lipstick

NYX Pink Lyric Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened magenta pink with cool, blue undertones. The finish is creamy with very minor settling into lip lines and opaque color coverage. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker and brighter. MAC Love Forever is a touch darker and less pink (more purple). NARS Schiap is darker, pinker. Milani Rose Hip is pinker, brighter. MAC Florida looks similar.

This one has a lot of creaminess, but it doesn’t slip around as much as Stella or Haute Melon. The consistency allows for really smooth application with excellent color payoff. Pink Lyric applies smoothly, though, and it doesn’t slide around and slip over itself. When I trialed the wear of this shade, I was able to get four hours out of it, which is average for lipstick for me.  I really liked the natural sheen of the finish, because it gave lips a more luminous look.

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Pink Lyric

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If you've been on the hunt for a bright, blue-based pink that won't break the bank, NYX Pink Lyric is a great option. There's a balance between brightness and level of color--it's not fully neon, but it'll still be the star of any look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 6th, 2012

NYX Stella Lipstick
NYX Stella Lipstick

NYX Stella Lipstick

NYX Stella Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a creamy medium pink with yellow undertones. The finish has a natural sheen to it that gives it a nice luminosity, and the color coverage is mostly opaque. MAC Joie-de-Vivre is slightly yellower. MAC Hot Gossip is darker.

Like Haute Melon, there was a fair amount of slip in the creamy consistency of this particular shade that made it slide around during application. It was also easy to move around the applied product and get lines of color. Again, this shade didn’t wear for long, about three hours, when I typically average four hours of wear on a regular lipstick (not one touted as long-wearing). Mine didn’t have any scent, but other NYX lipsticks I’ve tried have almost been vanilla scented. I’ve had this for some time before opening it, though, so it’s possible the scent faded away over time (a lot of my budget-friendly lipsticks lose their scent very quickly).

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Stella

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The yellow undertones are subtle but noticeable, so if blue-based pinks don't work for you, this might be an option. If you like the idea of a warmer pink but often find they're too warm, this may also be something to consider.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub ($8.00 for 6 oz.) is described as “straight French lavender and a heapling spoonful of pure muscadovo sugar.” Haus of Gloi’s Bubbling Scrubs have a lightly foaming base with both fine and medium grain sugars, and then they add shea butter so you feel moisturized post-scrub, too.  I love that you can buy a sample size (2 oz.) for $3.50; sample sizes are probably the best part (my opinion, of course) about shopping with smaller companies.  I picked up the full-size myself, but if you like to hop around scents, unsure if you’d like one, and so on, smaller sizes are often available.

If there’s one scent that I really, truly love and tend to love and gravitate towards in body products, it’s lavender. I am the type of person who can’t relax; like I get stressed out just trying to relax. The only time I ever feel totally relaxed is about forty minutes into a massage–and that’s when I finally can let go of my five mile long to-do list and twice as long worry list. Lavender helps me get there, even if I so rarely achieve perfection in relaxation, the scent always reminds me to relax, to focus, and to breathe in long and deep and slowly.

Lavender Sugar is just right for someone who loves an herbal, earthy lavender with just a faint hint of sweetness. The sweetness of the overall scent kicks in a few hours later, making it less herbaceous. If you tend to prefer sweet, more vanilla-like scents with a hint of lavender, the lavender in this will be too potent. It’s definitely the note at the forefront. The scent isn’t very nuanced, but it’s beautiful in its purity. It does linger throughout the day–about six to eight hours for me–but it clings, so it’s not a scent that will waft, but you’ll be able to smell it on your skin.

I like scrubs that have a good grit that gets dead skin sloughed off but with a little lather so it glides and melts against the skin. A lot of sugar scrubs seem to use a larger grain, and while I wouldn’t describe my body’s skin as sensitive, it’s not always the most pleasant. This scrub has a nice mix of sugar granules that really do melt while you’re massaging the product against the skin, but it doesn’t melt instantaneously–about thirty to forty-five seconds of massaging and most of the granules have dissolved.

It has a milky lather that helps the scrub glide across the skin–I hate when a scrub is so thick that it sticks and doesn’t cover the entire area–and leaves skin with a light moisturizer. It’s not enough hydration to cure dragon scales from infrequent body moisturizer application, but if you regularly moisturize already, you could probably get away with skipping the moisturizer after using this scrub.  You’ll never feel dry, tight, or oily post-scrub, though!

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