Monday, March 30, 2015

Mini Mondays - Origins Ginzing Eye Cream

Eye creams seem to be a very controversial topic, with opinions divided between "Yes, totally needed" and "No, just use your face moisturizer". Personally, I was all for the lazy girl routine (which just so happened to mean I used my moisturizer) but then of late I've been noticing my undereye area is drier than the rest of my face, which is really oily.

Ergo, my usual gel moisturizer wasn't cutting it.

I didn't want to rush out and throw my wallet at whatever I saw first... well, okay, maybe I did at first, but then sense prevailed (a rare occurrence I can tell you) and I dug through my sample stash and found the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream.

Which was an absolute coincidence, because I had been giving it some major side-eye. And so I began using it - keep in mind that despite how 'big' the tube appears in the pictures below, it's only the size of my little finger (read: quite small) and so I've been using it for a week and I'm going to run out in another week, probably.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick Review

Confession time - sometimes I go into product testing fully expecting to feel "meh" about a product. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I end up disliking it, and other times... I'm blown away.

Spoiler alert: this is one of those times.

The Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipsticks are a new formula that was introduced for Spring 2015. I'm a huge fan of their original Revolution lipsticks (which just reminded me that I haven't reviewed those! Gah!!) but I wasn't impressed by these. Sheer lipstick? Bah, humbug, Revlon did it first with their lip butters, amiright?

Still, I read reviews voraciously, and I was kind of... well, pretty much... sucked into trying these out for myself.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pick or Purge - Concealers!

Hello there and a very warm welcome to the first in what I hope will be a regular series of Pick Or Purge - where I comb through a particular type of product in my makeup stash and decide what to keep and what to discard.

When I first started makeup, I had no idea what to do with concealers. I thought they were only to be used on blemishes, but each time I tried concealing a spot or two it just looked awful (still does). Then I discovered how they could be used on dark circles and... life was never the same again.

I've been trying out several concealers for a while now, all with the sole purpose of covering my dark circles. It's been a quest, almost. And like any quest, I've had ups and downs... and as a result I have a ridiculous stash of concealers.

My concealer criteria is (1) must be a good shade match, (2) must not be drying (my under eye area tends to run drier than the rest of my face), (3) must have minimal creasing and (4) must wear well through the day.

Pretty simple, right?

I'll be honest and say I haven't found my go-to concealer yet, but there are several that I really like.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mini Mondays - Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Welcome to another episode of Mini Mondays! Today we have a product that's quite a cult classic - the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

This was a deluxe sample I received with an order I placed on the Elizabeth Arden website over the holidays, so, uhh, three months ago (wow, has it been that long already? Where is the time going?). Full size is $21 for 1.7oz.

This is supposed to be a favorite of makeup artists everywhere, and it's supposed to "soothe sunburned skin, rehydrate chapped lips and heal rough elbows and calluses." It's also good for "keeping legs, lips and eyelids shiny; eyebrows in place and cuticles perfectly manicured."

Basically, it's supposed to function as a skin saver, shine factor, eye opener, cuticle conditioner, treat for feet, after-sun soother, flight tool and leg wear. (No, really. You can read all about it here)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bare Minerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil Balm Review

Bare Minerals is a brand that, if you've been following my blog for some time, has some of my favorite eyeshadows (the Ready formula is just so nice!). For Spring 2015 they've come out with a limited edition Pop Of Passion collection. The collection has 3 shades of cream blushes, and 8 shades of a new lip oil balm.

Lip oil balm? Color me intrigued.

My lips aren't terribly dry - yes, they do get dry if I don't apply lip balm, but they're not unmanageably dry. But still, the idea of a product that is supposed to deliver color (as a stain, say what?!) and moisture while being super comfortable on the lips... come on, you can't say it isn't interesting.