Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tarte Pure Delights Lipsurgence Lip Set for Holiday 2013

I love chubby sticks. They're so easy to apply, and they make me feel like I'm playing with crayons. 

The best part, though, of chubby sticks is the formula they have. Most of them have a very comfortable, weightless formula that's pleasant to wear.

Tarte Lipsurgences, I believe, are the first chubby sticks to hit the market. They're the first generation! I adore Tarte as a brand, and I believe that they have some great stuff, and this is definitely seen in their lipsurgences.

The Tarte Pure Delights set contains 8 mini-sized lipsurgences, of which 4 are matte shades, and 4 are glossy/shiny shades.

The shades are:

Matte lip tints:
  • Generous
  • Glee
  • Cheerful
  • Destined

Glossy lip tints:
  • Grateful
  • Lovely 
  • Believe
  • Enamored

They all have a minty smell and taste which isn't unpleasant - there's a little bit of tingling, so if you're allergic to smell or taste, you might want to test it out first.

The formula on these is lovely. Both the matte and glossy shades are a smooth, soft formula that glides onto your lips. The glossy shades are lightly moisturizing, while the matte shades are not; however the matte shades do not dry your lips out. I would recommend prepping lips before wear, just so that they sit easier and look better on lips.

The matte shades are definitely more pigmented than the glossy shades!

Cheerful is a pretty coral shade shade.
Glee is a pink watermelon shade. I love it!
Destined is a raspberry shade that has warm undertones.
Generous is a beige nude. This is the only shade I had to make work for me, it was a little too light.

Grateful is a nude shade that is very close to my skintone, however because it is sheer, it's very wearable.
Believe is a coral shade. I prefer this shade over the matte Cheerful, as it leans more orange than pink on me.
Lovely is a dusty rose. Gorgeous for a daily color!
Enamored is a cool red, but wearable for all skintones.

The lipsurgences last about 2-2.5 hours on me, and fade away evenly leaving a light tint (the intensity of the tint depends on the intensity of the color when first applied - darker colors leave deeper tints).

L-R: Grateful, Lovely, Believe, Enamored

L-R: Grateful, Lovely, Believe, Enamored

L-R: Generous, Glee, Cheerful, Destined

L-R: Generous, Glee, Cheerful, Destined

If you're new to Tarte and want to explore their products, or if you're new to lip products in general, this is a great set to start with. It has a variety of shades and finishes, ranging from lighter, everyday colors to deeper colors, with a formula that is easy to wear. 

Definitely something worth exploring this holiday!

BGMM Rating: A

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush

I have a confession to make - I'm not a huge fan of blush. Primarily because I just don't know how to apply it, but also because the large pores on my cheeks make for a very difficult and frustrating application process.

Still, I have always been fascinated by blush, because of how it looks on other women (who know how to wear it properly, unlike me). It makes them looks so cheerful, rosy-cheeked, and alive! I wanted to look like that too, but several drugstore blushes that I tried just never showed up on my skin, no matter how many layers I applied.

I first came across the Wet n Wild blushes when I read online that one of them was a very good dupe for Nars Orgasm. I was intrigued, so when I next went to Walgreens, I picked them up.

The ones I picked up were:

  • Pearlescent Pink
  • Mellow Wine
  • Heather Silk

Monday, November 11, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review

The frenzy when the Naked Basics palette came out was... interesting. A lot of people were effusive about the addition to the Naked line, while others bemoaned the limited selection of shades.

I was never particularly interested in the Naked Basics palette, because (1) it's an all matte palette and I wasn't particularly interested in mattes and (2) having read reviews about how its shade selections weren't flattering on duskier tones made me shy away.

What made me change my mind, then?

Well, for one I have been getting into mattes of late. I've finally figured out how well they can factor in a "no-makeup makeup" look. It's so easy to use a matte eyeshadow, some eyeliner and run out the door looking respectable!

Also, the hubby was getting it for me, so, why not, eh? *wink*

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wet n Wild LE Beauty Army eyeshadow trios

I've beem MIA. And what's worse, I've been terrible at it. It first started out as a "okay, taking a break to catch up on stuff" and went to "meh, I need another break from the stuff" to "Oh God I've been away for so long I'm ashamed to go back".

But quitters aren't winners... or something like that.

I've been meaning to put this up for a while now, but, err, circumstances. Better late than never!

So, I'm a pretty big fan of Wet n Wild eye shadows. For a drugstore brand, they are insanely pigmented, and good quality. They are also easy to blend, and if you're not careful, easy to overdo.

I have, I think most of permanent trios and 8-pans that they have out, so when these came out, of course I had to snap them up.

The trios include:

  • Zero Dark Flirty
  • Soldier in Charms
  • Enlisting for Beauty
  • I don't do Camouflage