Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss ($21.00) is a new gloss formula from Smashbox to debut this summer season. It’s a long-wearing gloss that’s supposed to give you wear of up to six hours. The formula is also touted as being non-sticky and non-drying. It’s definitely not sticky like MAC lipglass, but the texture is fairly thick while the the doe applicator doesn’t let you apply too much gloss at all.

The gloss does have SPF 15 (7.5% Octinoxate, 3.0% Avobenzone) in it, which is always a nice benefit to have. The color range includes six shades, ranging from nudish beige to raspberry pink to deeper beige. The color I tried was Nonstop, which is a raspberryish shade. It has pretty shimmer in it, and it does give my lips some color. It kind of deepens and brightens up the natural color without being too bright. The new Limitless Lip Glosses are great if you’re looking for sheer gloss that’ll wear well for about four to six hours.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bobbi Brown’s Nautical Collection recently debuted, and it featured products ideal for the summer months. It consisted of six limited edition Sheer Color Cheek Tints ($22.00 each) and four shades of Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($20.00 each).

I tried three of the six shades of the Sheer Color Cheek Tints — Sheer Coral, Sheer Pink, and Sheer Raspberry. Sheer Coral is a lightly frosted pink-coral shade with a little bit of shimmer. It’s a warmer pink as well. Sheer Pink is a cooler medium pop of pink with less frost and more sheen. Sheer Raspberry is a sheer, pink with just a touch of raspberry to it that has a nice low sheen. All three are great to use on cheeks to give a sheer, natural pop of color, but they can also be worn underneath powder blushes. You can use these to layer cheek products, so you are able to increase the wear-time of your colors during the hotter months ahead.

The Sheer Color Lip Glosses are all sheer, translucent shades of color with no shimmer nor stickiness. They’re fairly thick, but they go on smoothly and provide a natural glossiness to lips. I really want to emphasize how sheer these are (they are called “Sheer Color” for a reason), because I’d hate for you to think they were opaque and be disappointed. Sailor is a deep red in the tube, but it goes on as more of a “just bitten” kind of color–really quite wearable. Marina Pink is a wine-red in the tube, but it goes on similar to Sailor. Popsicle Pink is hue of medium pink with a little bit of raspberry in it, and it is the most “pigmented” of the four. Cabana Corla is a pink with coral/peach tones in it to warm it up.

Recommended for…

Anyone who loves sheer glosses
Anyone who loves non-sticky glosses
Anyone who likes more natural, everyday makeup
Anyone who likes cream blushes/cheek stains

Availability: Nordstrom.com

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Apparently, this post never got posted… and I meant to have it post in February! Oh well, better late than never…

Two more items from my Sephora.com Friends & Family haul — you can tell it takes me awhile to get through what I buy, LOL. A lot of times when I buy product exclusively for myself, I forget to blog about it, too! Pictured above is YSL Golden Gloss #9 in Golden Garnet ($28.00), and it is sooo pretty! I was really excited when I received it, because it has loads of shimmer and everything that makes a Golden Gloss a Golden Gloss–but it added a lot of color to my lips. (I apologize for not having lip swatches.) It’s this raspberry pink color with golden and pink shimmer. This may be my favorite Golden Gloss ever.

The other lipgloss I purchased was YSL Touche Brilliance in #7 Petal Rose ($29.00), and while it’s pretty, it didn’t do very much for me at the end of the day. It’s fairly sheer, and the shimmer is subtler than Golden Gloss but still noticeable. I found that it had a lot of glossy sheen to it, though, which is a plus. I think what made it less exciting is that I tried it right after Golden Garnet, which just takes the cake for me. This color doesn’t do much for me on my lips, beyond a MLBB kind of effect plus shimmer. I’m also not sold on the lip brush kind of packaging — I think I prefer wands and the like, just because I feel like the brush gets easily gunked up and needs to be cleaned from time to time. I haven’t given up on the Touche Brilliance formula yet, but I definitely gotta look for shades with more pigmentation!

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Monday, April 27th, 2009


PK 369, PK 325N

I recently tried two products from shu uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection, which is a summer collection featuring nine Rouge Unlimited lipsticks and five Gloss Unlimited lipglosses–all pink themed, of course!

I tried PK 325N, which is a light pink gloss with blue-purple undertones. It applied fairly sheerly, but it still gave my lips a nice pink tint along with fuchsia sparkles that kind of cast a blue-violet shade. The shimmer is soft and fine, so it doesn’t feel like chunky glitter in the least.

I also tested out PK 369, which is a bright pink lipstick with blue undertones. This is an opaque lip color that packs quite a bit of pink punch. It’s definitely not for anyone afraid of rockin’ a bold lip! It feels creamy, and the finish is a glossy sheen that works well when worn alone.

Combining the two created a very glossy, fuchsia-ish pout. You could see a lot of the purplish shimmer from the gloss bring o the brightness in the lipstick. The two worked well together, though the combination is extremely bright!

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Monday, April 20th, 2009

Philosophy’s Candy Hearts Duo ($20.00) consists of Pink Bubbly and Angel Food Cake Flavored Lip Shines. Flavored Lip Shines usually go for $12 a pop, but these two aren’t available for individual purchase, though buying together does save you $4. There’s something about Philosophy’s keen ability to flavor/scent their products just as they’re described that makes me want to collect ‘em all. I collect (but I still use ‘em!) their shower gels and these lip shines.

Pink Bubbly is a sheer, glossy silvery pink color. The glitter is mostly silver in it, while the bsae is an extremely sheer pink. It really doesn’t transfer into a lot of color onto the lips by any means. Angel Food Cake is arguably just as sheer, but it has more pop in its shimmer/glitter. The glitter is a bright pop of pale yellow gold and more orange-y gold. The base is a very sheer pale yellowish shade (basically, clear with a tint of yellow). They both smell delicious, which is really my big reason for always having these on hand. (These aren’t designed to be ultra pigmented–so they’re not masquerading as color rich glosses!)

Flavored Lip Shines are undoubtedly high in glossiness and low in stickiness. They’re one of my favorite ways to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day. The low color lets me wear these anywhere, any time.

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Monday, April 13th, 2009


Doug Lipgloss, James Lipgloss

Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Collection recently launched as a spring/summer product naughtily creating some sexy thoughts. Each lipgloss is housed in a flat lipgloss container, and at the top, there are photos of holographic men. If you tilt the lipgloss, the men will show up undressed and just in their boxers/briefs/skivvies.

Collection includes:

  • David Milky mauve
  • Doug Sheer medium pink with iridescent sparkle
  • Eric Sheer true red
  • James Sheer hot pink with ultraviolet glow
  • Jesse Sheer blackberry with warm sparkle
  • Julio Sheer white with iridescent sparkle
  • Kirk Sheer creamy nude
  • Timothy Creamy coral with pink glow

I tried two shades–Doug and James–and both are extremely shimmery/sparkly. It definitely looks like shimmer is in for this summer season, yeah? Doug is a sheer, shimmery raspberry pink with silvery-pink shimmer. James is a sheer, strawberry pink with fuchsia-purple shimmer. Both go on quite sheerly when applied to lips, so don’t expect a lot of color out of these bad boys. The product is pretty gimmicky, but the gloss is non-sticky and sparkly, so the product itself works as a lipgloss should!

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