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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed in blushed copper review

Ahhh, Becca. Highlighter royalty, y'all. If you haven't heard of Becca's famous Shimmering Skin Perfectors, then... I don't know what to tell you, man. Suffice to say that these are some of the nicest highlighters you can find, and the liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors are considered among the best of the best liquid illuminators.

Anyhow, they've been releasing limited edition versions of their pressed (or, powder) Shimmering Skin Perfectors. First was Rose Gold, which was then made part of the permanent line. and then for Holiday 2014 they released Champagne Gold. And now, they've come out with Blushed Copper.

I'll admit, the name got me intrigued. I expected a rose gold shade, except if that rose gold was pumped full of adrenaline and endorphin. And since I love me some rose golds, I had to try it out. For science!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Khaki - a great alternative to browns!

I've been on a huge khaki kick lately. There's something about a golden khaki shade that makes brown eyes - and brown skins - really pop. I've actually been neglecting my (many!) neutral palettes in favor of khakis, and it disconcerted me a little bit to know that I lack in options in the khaki department. Somehow I can predict myself rectifying this situation in the near future ;-)

Friday, March 13, 2015

5 pretty pink lip colors from the drugstore for spring

I'm greatly taken aback with Texas weather right now. It just can't seem to make up its mind; gloriously sunny with bright blue skies one day, intensely gloomy and overcast the next. I'd insert a joke about Mother Nature being on her period but I won't because I'm legitimately terrified she might lose her cool and make things far more unpleasant!

Still, despite the weather fluctuations, I'm going to go ahead and scream SPRING! because 1. We've set our clocks forward and lost one hour of sleep, 2. I want to and so I'm going to and 3. Let's face it, most cosmetic companies are moving into summer collections so that must mean something.

Spring usually means pastels, which I love but also hate because I can never wear them (pale shades + brown me = ce n'est pas possible). Still, not being able to wear pastels doesn't mean you can't welcome spring, so I'm going to tell you about my favorite pretty, blush-toned, girly pink lip products that are perfect for spring. Bonus? They won't hurt you where it matters (your wallet, I mean.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette Review

The Innerstellar palette was (is?) part of the Spring 2015 collection from the Kat Von D makeup line. (On a related note - if this was released last December, how is it part of the Spring collection?)

I'm a fan of the Kat Von D palettes, and I've already reviewed the Monarch and Chrysalis palettes here on the blog. I was a little on the fence about this palette, seeing how cool toned it looked, but the taupes got to me! And, I was sucked in, of course.

This is by far the most cool toned palette I've ever come across. Seriously. If you're cool toned, you pretty much need this in your arsenal. If you're warm toned, keep reading!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Budget blushes worth the hype

Ahhh, blush. One of the few products that did - and does - legitimately terrify me each time I use it. I'm constantly walking the tightrope between "down with consumption" and "mad clown" territory. Okay, I jest... with my skintone I doubt I'd ever be mistaken for someone with consumption. But the whole clown cheeks fear is real.

The thing about being brown skinned, though, is that sometimes blushes just aren't pigmented enough (which totally puts a torpedo into my clown cheeks theory, but let's not get distracted here). The one thing I've noticed is that a lot of drugstore blushes tend to be lower in pigmentation, and more often than not, appear chalky on deeper skintones. Which is a total bummer, because believe you me, there's nothing like a gorgeous flush on the cheeks  to visually demonstrate to the world just how healthy, happy and amazeballs you are.

But - isn't there always a but? - there are a couple of blushes that are actually worthy of your investment. These blushes were with me when I first started my makeup journey, and these are the few that have survived along the way, and I still use - and enjoy using, might I add - on a regular basis.

Now there's no reason to not flaunt your cheekbones.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mini Mondays - Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Hello and welcome to the first post in the new series, Mini Mondays! This is where I review mini and trial-size versions of products, because, well, why not? I'll try to keep this as a regular feature - at least until I run out of sample sizes, hur hur hur.

Today we have the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask ($10 during the Sephora Black Friday sale, $34 for the full size version). I'm always so enthusiastic about face masks, I love using them. And while I haven't found my holy grail of masks yet, I have a few that are very close to me and serve as my benchmark.

Now, more about this mask. It's a peel-off mask, with calcium montmorillion clay (supposed to have 67 minerals), vitamin C, and witch hazel. Vitamin C is great for reducing hyperpigmentation (when used over a period of time, mind you) and witch hazel is good at controlling acne.