Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Philosophy Lilac Blossom Shower Gel
Philosophy Lilac Blossom Shower Gel

A Swing & a Miss with Lilac Blossom

Philosophy Lilac Blossom 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 fl. oz.) showed up as new, exclusive, and limited edition when I was casually (err, stalking) Sephora’s site, and so it somehow managed to leap into my basket…

Philosophy describes the scent as:

inspired by the alluring essence of lilac blossoms, this shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath embodies beauty and enchantment. the extra rich and creamy formula provides a moisturizing lather that caresses your body as it gently cleanses and softens skin and hair. the sweet floral, alluring scent of lilac blossoms captivates the senses for a charming, mesmerizing experience that makes a lasting impression.

The bottle is so prettily packaged, and I love how the gel itself is a thick, luxurious lilac purple, but the problem with this particular scent is exactly that–the scent.  It doesn’t smell like lilac at all; there’s not even a hint of lilac in it.  Instead, it’s a soft, slightly sweetened floral concoction that’s not at all displeasing, but it’s also not the “scent of lilac blossoms” as described.  It is also notably subtle when Philosophy scents usually burst in the shower with their fragrance.

my thoughts on the formula: They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger heavily beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

final thoughts: Even though the formula itself performs as well as other Philosophy scents, the fact that the scent itself really misses the mark is a downside.  Again, I think the scent is pleasant in a generic, floral scent kind of way, but if you’re looking for lilac blossom you won’t find it in this bottle.

where to buy: Philosophy

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer
butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, dark raspberry red–a gorgeous mix of pink and red–with a cream finish.   I used two coats for opaque color.

my thoughts on the formula: This cream finished polish has such a smooth, maneuverable formula–nicely pigmented (needed only two coats) and applies beautifully without bubbling or streaking. It wore for a full seven days without chipping.  The formula was thin without being watery and made for really easy application.

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Blowing Raspberries

A+
It's been awhile since I've used a butter LONDON polish it seems like, because I was so dazzled by how this shade applied--absolutely flawless!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sugarpill Chromalusts
Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalust ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) recently launched seven new shades, and I have three of them to show you today: Birthday Girl (sweet princess pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkles), Darling (stunning teal loaded with iridescent turquoise star bursts), and Magentric (metallic deep magenta with a dazzling turquoise sheen).

  • Birthday Girl is a muted cotton candy pink with sparkle.
  • Darling is an iridescent, aqua-teal with soft sheen when worn dry and a more iridescent, metallic finish when applied wet.
  • Magentric is a darkened magenta pink with a soft sheen when used dry and a brighter, metallic finish when used wet.

Chromalusts are loose eyeshadows that are extremely soft and smooth because of how fine these loose powders are milled. The three shades featured in this post are vegan, for reference. They can be worn wet or dry, though I tend to prefer them wet as a base, but they do work nicely dry–though better over a stickier shadow base.

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Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The texture of these is so silky--I think that is easily one of my favorite characteristics of the product line--and it's always fun to see new shades get added to the range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant (#143) Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich shade of darkened fuchsia raspberry with iridescent fuchsia-purple micro-shimmer. It delivers nearly opaque color, and it doesn’t settle into lip lines. I love how it is a mix of pink, red, and berry.

my thoughts on the formula: Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. With this particular shade, I was able to get a solid four hours of wear. These glosses are heavily rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.

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Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant (#143) Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
This is one of the best Dolce & Gabbana Lipglosses I've tried--wears a full four hours, doesn't sink into lip lines, and gives lips a really full, glossy look. If only they'd squeeze more than 0.13 oz. into a tube...

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Sara Happ The Lip Slip
Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip ($24.00 for 0.5 oz.) is an ultra rich potted lip balm that will wear as the day is long. Quite possibly one of the longest wearing balms I’ve come across, but also the stickiest product I have ever tried. It has a smooth, glide-on texture, but it is so very tacky. If you thought MAC Lipglass was tacky, you’re in for a surprise. The stickiness inevitably has a hand in how well and long this wears (overnight). Though it looks pink in the jar, it’s colorless with very faint micro-shimmer (that is more reflective than noticeable). Lip Slip smells like roses but doesn’t have a taste.

The outer packaging is adorable, and the bow is certainly a nice touch, but I don’t think the actual potted balm is as decadent as the outer packaging. It’s just a plastic screw-top jar that feels a little clunky when you screw it on. At $24, I would expect more elevated packaging–not just a pretty box.

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Sara Happ The Lip Slip Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
As moisturizing as this balm is, the stickiness is too much for me. It works tremendously well but to me, the texture is too sticky, too thick. It's a pain to remove from cups, and I don't really like how my lips stick together every time I open my mouth to talk to someone. As a night time treatment, it is a lot more maneuverable, but I couldn't wear this during the day.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.60 oz.) was released last year but is still available at many major retailers. After reviewing Shady Lady Vol. 3, which is new for this year, I thought I’d better snag last year’s while I could. The nine eyeshadow shades included in this palette are: Caught in the Act Courtney (shimmering rich brown), Feisty Felicia (midnight black shimmer), Insane Jane (shimmery taupe), Bossy Bobbi (shimmering peacock blue), Makeout Mary (moss green shimmer), Just This Once Jamie (silvery lilac shimmer), Mischievous Marissa (luxurious champagne gold), Tempting Tara (shimmering sugar), and Devilish Danielle (golden peach shimmer).

  • Caught in the Act Courtney is dark chocolate brown with soft red undertones and flecks of copper shimmer. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Feisty Felicia is darkened plum-black with silver flecks of shimmer.
  • Insane Jane is a medium-dark taupe brown with a metallic-frost finish.
  • Bossy Bobbi is a medium-dark teal-blue with a frost finish.
  • Makeout Mary is a yellowed khaki olive green with a golden shimmer-sheen.
  • Just This Once Jamie is a pink-mauve with silver shimmer and sheen. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Mischievous Marissa is a muted orange with a frost finish. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Tempting Tara is a bright white with a frost finish.
  • Devilish Danielle is a champagne peach with a frost finish.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly.

theBalm’s single eyeshadows retail for $16.00 and contain 0.12 oz. worth of product, while this palette retails for $39.50 and comes with 0.60 oz. worth of product. Single eyeshadows work out to be $133/oz. and the palette works out to be $77/oz. The palette is also an excellent deal, because each shade is approximately 0.067 oz. each (the average full-sized eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), so you get more variety.

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Shady Lady Vol. 2

A+
All nine shades performed beautifully and lived up to theBalm's single eyeshadow formula. They were richly pigmented, silky smooth, and blended effortlessly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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