Monday, October 19th, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic:  SHOWER GEL!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about shower gels and all that those entail.

Monday, October 19th, 2009


NYX Jumbo Lipstick Pencils: Hot Red, Hera

NYX Jumbo Lipstick Pencil ($3.50 each) is available in thirty different shades, as listed on the brand’s website, from browns to pinks to reds. I recently tested out two shades: Hot Red and Hera. Hot Red is a vibrant shade of orange-based tomato red, while Hera is a shimmery pink raspberry color.

I found Hot Red to apply quite opaque and has a very solid look to it. Hera, on the other hand, was sheerer and applied unevenly when used as an all-over lip color. Ironically, I didn’t find that the Jumbo Lip Pencils were stellar as lip liners, but they did make for quick and easy lip color. I’m not entirely sure what their official purpose is – is it to line lips and make them look defined? I want to say no, it can’t be, because they’re just too jumbo to work well for that purpose. The size alone makes them more suited for filling in lips entirely than actually providing definition. Plus, it is a Lipstick Pencil, so I think the idea is more of a two-in-one lipstick and liner combination, but it works better as a lipstick.

I found this to be true through trial as well, because neither shade I tested gave me clear, crisp definition. In fact, Hot Red feathered quite a bit, and I’d definitely use a lip liner before applying the pencil itself in the future. Hera didn’t feather as much, but it was decidedly uneven compared to Hot Red as well. I think the shimmer/frost of it makes for a less opaque product. The product itself feels fairly soft and creamy, with Hot Red definitely creamy and Hera only mildly creamy. I do, personally, detect a bit of “plasticness” to the taste/feel of the products, but it’s not really noticeable.

I really wish NYX’s website had a better showcase of color swatches, because the majority of the lip pencils actually look unappealing (seems like a lot of browns/mustards almost!), so I’m not sure if I’ll try additional shades or not. I also didn’t like how messy the pencil itself got when you use it directly – lip color kind of smudges and smears on the pencil edge, so it looks fairly dirty.

Bottom Line: For the price, I don’t think you could go wrong if you were looking for a product to use to create layered lip color. Alone, they didn’t have that precise application needed to really pull it off, but they could certainly be layered or used in conjunction with a lip liner for better definition.

  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been curious about more opaque lip color, NYX Jumbo Lipstick Pencils are an affordable way to try out different shades. For those with naturally defined lips, these are an excellent choice for lip color. Others may want to double-up and use a lip liner for more intense shades like Hot Red.

Availability: NYXCosmetics.com

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Monday, October 19th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you give yourself a beauty budget? Or do you just eyeball it? Or do you not set a budget?

Temptalia's Answer.

It’s a combination of eyeballing and not having a budget, I’d say. I’m good about living within my means, IMO, so I have a good idea of what I can and can’t afford!

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Choose or Lose

What's your favorite type of foundation?

  • Liquid (56%, 846 Votes)
  • Mineral (17%, 252 Votes)
  • Powder (15%, 232 Votes)
  • Cream (9%, 137 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Loose (1%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,510

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What’s your makeup going to be like?

Temptalia's Answer.

I actually don’t really do anything for Halloween, so I won’t be dressing up. It’s not really my thing – I think the last time I dressed up, I was 13!

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Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Will you be partaking in Sephora’s Friends & Family sale this year? What’s on your list?

Temptalia's Answer.

I haven’t decided yet. I’m sure I’ll find something to buy…

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