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Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass
MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia with purple pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-red with lighter violet and pink sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer on lips with noticeable color that went on evenly but still let the natural lip color come through. The texture was medium-thick with a tacky feel. On me, the gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rollergirl Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude with pink pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with lighter gold and pink sparkle. It is sheer with a little creamy, warming tint but for some, the natural lip color may be darker/stronger and see even less impact. The texture was tacky, thicker, but it was a little hydrating over time. It wore for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is less pigmented. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight, and moisturizing” gloss with “exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence” with “sheer colour.” Dazzleglasses are a very sparkly, longer-wearing gloss that is heavier and very tacky (it’s incredibly thick and noticeable on the lips–it’s not for someone who doesn’t like gloss). The tackier quality helps the wear trend towards three to five hours, and it helps prevent the sparkle from feeling gritty when worn while also keeping it from traveling all over the place. It has a brush-type applicator, and it is worth noting that despite the thicker plastic tube, it actually contains only 0.06 fl. oz. (Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz.). They are typically sheer to semi-sheer with their best qualities being the high-shine finish that’s very sparkly. They’re usually non-drying to lightly moisturizing for me. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow
MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow

MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone brown with gold sparkles.” It’s an almost green-tinged gold set over a warmer, copper-brown base with a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it is sheer and dusty, which made it hard to work with as it diffused everywhere and tended to fade faster. Applied damp, it was much more opaque and smoother, so it adhered better to the lid and wore for seven and a half hours with moderate fall out. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less shimmery. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The texture has a slightly emollient feel, but it is primarily a powder eyeshadow. It’s not really gritty, as the sparkles are flatter and less textured, but it’s not quite smooth like your traditional powder eyeshadow, because it is packed with sparkle. The wear is poor when used dry; there is a fair amount of fall out as well as creasing within six hours, and there’s a tendency for the color to sheer out as it is blended on the lid. Even just applying the eyeshadow with a damp brush improves the wear to eight hours with minor creasing and less fall out but still a moderate amount. I also used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue, which these are harder to blend over (workable but requires extra brushes), but the primer intensifies the base color while making the finish appear more sparkly. I think they’re an improvement as far as your standard powder eyeshadow that has sparkle or glitter in it (think of MAC Lustres as a good example), but it’s not a perfect formula. You’ll still want to use a good, slightly tacky base underneath to maximize the performance of both color payoff as well as wear. Check out part one for a full overview of the formula.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about HOURGLASS!

my answer: They have fantastic blushes and finishing powders, and their foundations and brush ranges are quite nice. I’m not a fan of their newer eyeshadow formula, and I definitely miss their original duos.

Monday, June 29th, 2015

What kind of trip is it?

What you might need for a trip will depend on where you’re going, what you’re doing, and how long you’re going for.  For instance, if you’re primarily going to be outdoors or underwater, perhaps you won’t need much, if any, but if you were going to a more formal occasion, you might want a full arsenal of your favorites.  Cold weather might dictate favoring certain products, while hot and humid weather will have you looking for your longer-wearing favorites.

What are you going to wear?

I like to decide what clothes I’m bringing first, and then I’ll assess what kind of makeup I’m likely to want to do with those clothes (plus, considering what I’ll be doing or where I’m going).  This helps me guide my choices and not bring everything and minimize bringing things I won’t use.  You can really plan out down to the last product, or you can simply come up with a rough outline, like whether you’ll wear mostly neutrals or you’ll need a more subdued lip color to pair with a really electric eye look you want to do.

Are you checking a bag, carrying on, or going by a less restrictive means of travel?

Depending on how you travel, you may need to be more minimalist or you really could bring everything but the kitchen sink (this always happens if I travel by car!).  When traveling with a carry-on, you’ll have to worry about meeting current liquid restrictions and fitting everything in a quart-sized bag, which can get challenging as it includes things like lotions, creams, gloss, mascara, foundation, and so on.  I admit that when I travel, I often impose on my husband’s quart-sized bag to get everything to fit!  Another option is to buy smaller, empty travel containers and take only the amount of moisturizer you might need or to put a week’s worth of foundation in a sample jar, rather than taking an entire bottle.  This is also a great idea for your favorite perfume; I usually try to grab sample sizes in my favorite scents when they’re available for free when you make a purchase at Nordstrom or Sephora.

How you travel may also determine how safely you need to pack your makeup, as checking a bag will require better padding and securing to minimize shifting in your luggage.  I like to put anything fragile sandwiched between softer items, rather than sitting on the sides of luggage, so if something sits on it, it doesn’t get the immediate impact and the clothes around it will help absorb that impact.  You can also lay foam, bubble wrap, or tissues over powder products (like a freestyle eyeshadow palette) to prevent movement and loosening while in transit.  You’ll want to avoid keeping too many glass containers next to each other, and if you have any pumps, a little tape can secure them in place so you don’t open your bag to a mess.  I also like to contain liquids in plastic bags if they’re larger (say a shampoo) or if I have several of them (so if one leaks, it’s not on your clothes).

How I Made My List

I traveled to Boston this past week for about four days for a family gathering, which I knew had a few semi-formal to formal events, so much of what I took was dictated by the four dresses I had planned.  I anticipated doing more neutral-to-warm-toned looks and didn’t expect to use much color, though I took some pops of color that played off colors in some of the dresses I had in the form of eyeshadow and eyeliner. I took more eyeshadow than I normally would, because I knew I was going to be doing my sister’s makeup as well, so I wanted to be able to give us both a variety of looks and finishes, and I also had a mega-sized palette that I felt like, “Might as well fill it!”  I always travel with my favorite cream eyeshadows, as they’re my go-to if I run low on time or end up with a very casual or lazy day, but I didn’t end up using them this trip.  They also work well as an eyeshadow base if desired.

Since I knew I was going for warmer looks, I took one warm-toned blush and one more neutral-toned blush, plus two highlighters that could be worn with either.  If I thought I might have a cool-toned look in the plans, then I’d also bring a plum or berry-hued blush, as that’s my go-to option for cool looks or use a neutral blush.

For lips, I wanted something light, mid-tone, bold, and subdued, and I always use lipgloss as a layering product to give me more lip color variations so I try to go for more dramatically different gloss shades (one that can lighten, one that can brighten, one that can darken, and one that I can wear alone).

When it comes to tools, I pack a few of the different sizes/types that I like, so I don’t have to worry about washing brushes while I’m away, and I can still use them as I would at home (which is typically one brush per color unless they’re really similar).  I actually forgot a pencil brush this trip, so I would add that (I ended up using an eyeliner brush for that function) normally!  If you don’t mind washing your brushes, I’d recommend a solid brush soap to manage the amount of liquids you have or taking a smaller amount of your go-to cleanser into a travel-sized container.

I packed all of my brushes and eyeliners in a medium makeup bag, and then I split any additional cylinder-shaped items between that bag and a second bag.  All of the other non-liquid makeup products fit into the other medium makeup bag.  I keep a third makeup bag for things like deodorant, cotton swabs, toothbrush, bandaids etc.  The large, freestyle eyeshadow palette I took with me fit perfectly within my purse, which I packed in my carry-on (I use a much larger bag on the travel days, then switch to my regular purse while I’m at my destination), and this helped to keep it protected.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss

These are the last four Maybelline Baby Lips Lipglosses ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.), and all four have a jelly finish. The gloss is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. These all looked similar applied, so from a color standpoint, it’s unnecessary to have them all. The jelly finished shades have a slightly thicker texture to them, though they feel very similar once you apply to the lips. The formula feels lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wears for one to three hours, and is comfortable and hydrating. There is a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer (as it is supposed to be) with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

Maybelline Coral Craze Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a subtly, orange-tinted gloss. It darkens and adds warmth to my natural lip color. It lasted for an hour on me, so I ended up wearing it a few times to ensure it was hydrating at least. Maybelline Berry Chic (P, $4.49) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Loose & Lively (LE, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Pink Pizazz Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a barely-there, pink-tinged gloss. This one darkened my natural lip color without altering it with any warmth/coolness, so it appears less reddish compared to Coral Craze. It was gone after an hour, though it was hydrating if you kept reapplying it. (By the by, that is how Maybelline spelled it.) Maybelline Tickled Pink (P, $4.49) is lighter. Maybelline Pink-a-boo (P, $4.49) is lighter. Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $29.50) is lighter. Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $29.50) is lighter. MAC Boundless Energy (LE, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Fab & Fuchsia (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Fab & Fuchsia Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-tinted base with a glossy finish. It was another short-wearing shade at a whole hour for wear, but at least it was still hydrating–I just have balm that lasts longer and is more hydrating, so that’s why it’s disappointing. Sephora Collection Raspberry Punch (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Glow Pink (LE, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Pure Magnificence (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Pink Pizazz (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Berry Chic Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange-tinted gloss (not sure what’s berry about it!). This gloss wore for one and a half hours, and it was hydrating while worn. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented. Bite Beauty Eight (Watercolor) (LE, ) is more pigmented. Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. Maybelline Coral Craze (P, $4.49) is brighter, less glossy. See comparison swatchescompare dupes side-by-side.

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