Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MAC The Matte Lip Review - Part Two: Kinda Sexy + Velvet Teddy

I'm not going to give too much of an introduction to the MAC The Matte Lip collection since I spoke about them enough in the Part One post.

Today I'm talking about two nude shades that I picked up from this collection. I have to admit these were 'inspired' buys - I'd heard Shrutilaya talk (okay, rave) about Velvet Teddy and so of course I had to get it. And one of my favorite Youtubers, Sharon lists Kinda Sexy as something she adores, so yeah, I had to try that too.

Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy is a study of how undertones in a makeup product really matter. You'll see what I mean later in the review - the differences are slight, but quite noticeable, even to my untrained eye.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette Review

(Apologies for the slight delay in posting this! I had some things to take care of.) 

It's rare I come across a product where I just can't make my mind up as to whether I like it or not. I like to think of myself as someone with strong opinions (when it comes to makeup, at least) and it's easier for me to work with a product once I know how I feel about it, you know? 

The product in question is the Too Faced Natural Matte palette, which is supposed to be the all-matte version of their Natural Eyes palette. This palette got me all excited because 1. I love me some good matte eyeshadows, and 2. Lord knows I can't get enough of neutral shades. This just seemed like absolute perfection to me.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care Review

Earlier this year, YSL came out with a lip product called Tint-in-Oil. IT was touted as this revolutionary way to wear your lip color - essentially a "lip tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil". I was really curious about this product, but it cost quite the pretty penny. So when I saw the Sephora Oil Infusion on the Sephora website, ping! A lightbulb went of in my head, I knew I needed to try them.

The Sephora Oil Infusion ($14 each) is touted as a "translucent balm-in-oil formula". It also promises a "new sensorial experience", whatever that means.

I don't have the YSL Tint-in-Oil, so I can't make any comparisons between that and this Sephora version. I will be reviewing this product by itself.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Changes, changes everywhere!

Hey everyone!
As you might have seen I'm making some changes to the blog. So far it's a mixed bag of tricks and I'm trying to iron everything out, and I hope that all these issues work out by the end of the week. Let me know is something is off/not working/totally wonky and I'll get right to sorting it out!

Your patience and continued support is highly appreciated :D

Dupe Or Dud: Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution vs Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

I have no idea how everyone came to know of Bioderma's now-infamous micellar cleansing solution, but I do know it was raved about because it was a gentle, soothing way to take off makeup, making it perfect for sensitive skins. Since then, there have been numerous other such micellar solutions offered by so many other companies. The first company to essentially "dupe" the Bioderma version was Simple, and this has been praised in it's own merit. However, the Simple micellar water is rumored to be a dupe for the Bioderma, and I wanted to test this theory out.

I have been using the Bioderma version for many months last year, but decided to switch to the Simple version because (1) it was cheaper, and (2) I was curious to see how it performed. Since my bottle of Bioderma ran out, Jules very generously offered to send me a sample of it.

What is a micellar water? A micellar solution is one that has a dispersion of micelles in a solvent (the solvent usually being water). But what is a micelle? A micelle is a molecule cluster. Each molecule in the cluster has two regions: the outer "head" and the inner "tail". The "head" of the molecule is hydrophilic, i.e it loves water, while the inner "tail" hates water. These molecules orient themselves in a sphere, so that the outer region is exposed to water, while the inner region is hidden away from water. Basically, this allows two chemicals that don't mix, to be mixed - especially oil and water. The oil is present in the inner region of the micelle, while the outer region allows interaction with water. Pretty neat, huh?

Monday, July 20, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows Review (Summer 2015 shades)

You know the usual spiel - ColourPop came out with some new shades for summer. At first, I resisted. "No" I said, "I don't need them". Next thing you know I ordered four of them! (You'll see why). I meant to review them, "Immediately". I even took pictures and everything!

I meant to have this review up, like, two weeks ago. And then I don't know what happened. I was worried that they were no longer available, but upon checking the website, I discovered they still are available, so yay! All hope is not lost.

So that being said, let's talk about ColourPop Summer 2015 eyeshadows!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pick or Purge - Mascara

Hello and welcome to the ongoing series Pick Or Purge - where I comb through a particular product in my makeup stash and decide what to keep and what to discard.

Last time I went over my concealer stash and drastically edited it; today I'm going to be tackling my mascara lot!

I actually only started wearing mascara around the middle of last year - so, for about a year now. I've never really felt the need for mascara (it's funny how I find myself saying that about a lot of makeup that I now "can't do without" :P) because I think I have decently long lashes and sometimes just curling them seems to do the job.

Still, I wanted nice, lush lashes like in the adverts - of course, I know now that it's all due to false lashes and Photoshop! - but I got hooked along the way and now if I want to look really nice I have to wear mascara.

Since I have fairly long lashes, I'm not too particular about a lengthening mascara, but I do look for one that will give me volume.

I have a couple that I really like, but few that I really like enough to fully commit.