Monday, January 18, 2016

L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Shadows Review - Pain Au Chocolat & Sunset Seine

It's a rare occasion when I read about a hyped up product, fall for the hype hook, line and sinker, and end up with decidedly meh feelings about it.

That was kind of a spoiler for this post, eh? Let me back up a little.

The L'Oreal Color Riche Mono eye shadows were first released in the U.K. last year, where everyone seemed to rave about them. Folks this side of the pond were gritting their teeth, anxiously waiting for the day these would drop here... okay, maybe not everybody, but I for one was certainly looking forward to giving these a try.

And so when they were released, I was all over them. I demonstrated remarkable restraint and picked up two shades that I knew I would get a lot of wear out of.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Review

A friend once described Bourjois as the "poor man's Chanel". Now, I'm not sure if I can compare them to Chanel (because, well, I don't own any of their stuff) but what I can say is that the quality of Bourjois products is very, very good, especially for the price.

Now, the sad part is that Bourjois isn't readily available in the States, but you can get it online at Asos, and I believe the Walgreens website carries a few of their products as well. Or you could always latch on to someone in the UK and plead with them to send you stuff.

The Aqua Laques I have were a birthday gift from a lovely Reddit friend of mine (seriously, she's so sweet!). I've enjoyed all the Bourjois products I have and this is yet another one.

The packaging is similar to their Rouge Edition Velvets, albeit in a shiny finish. The plastic tube is sturdy and transparent, allowing you to see the product inside. The caps are also color-coordinated to the shade of the gloss. They're easy to toss into a handbag, and you don't have to worry about the caps coming loose and/or any product spills.

They come with a standard doefoot applicator. The applicator itself is a little on the hard side, and tends to not apply the product evenly (although the product is self-levelling, so you won't have to worry about patchiness). I find that it doesn't pick up enough product to cover the lips in a single pass; I have to build it up.

There are eight shades in the range. My gripe with the color range is that they all seem kind of similar, and if you have pigmented lips (which I do) they can also look similar.

The shades I have are:

Brun'croyable - this is a mid tone brown pink with a glossy finish. It is slightly deeper than the natural shade of my lips, and is a great everyday wear shade.

Viens si tu roses - this is a deep rosy pink shade with a glossy finish. It looks almost similar to Brun'croyable on me, except that this shade has more pink in it.

Fuchsia perche - this is a bright, deep hot pink-red shade with a glossy finish. It's very flattering on my skin tone, and brightens up my face. This shade is noticeably different from the other two.

Let's talk about the formula - the first few times I wore these, there was a nagging feeling at the back of my head, as though these were familiar... which they are. I find them similar to the Dior Fluid Sticks (which I personally did not like, and ended up giving the one I had away). These are what I wished the Dior ones were like - light on the lips, and not gloopy or sticky. I've seen them compared to the YSL Glossy Stains, but since I don't own any of the YSL ones I can't compare them.

These reflect their name - they feel like water on the lips, they're so light. They are also moisturising, and your lips will feel better after you wear these! They do not bleed or feather, so you don't have to pair them with a lip liner or a lip primer.

They have a very glossy finish, but it isn't like a lip gloss (which I really, really like). However, because they're so glossy and not very tacky at all, they don't last very long. I get about two hours wear (no eating or drinking) after which the glossy finish disappears. There is a stain left behind - however because my lips are so naturally pigmented, the stain left behind by Brun'croyable was undetectable, and Viens si tu roses left only a mild stain. Fuchsia perche stained well, and the stain lasted another  hours on me, which was impressive. They are not transfer-proof, which is to be expected.

Here's how they look on me:

I really like these! If you've been curious about the Dior Fluid Sticks or the YSL Glossy Stains but don't want to spend the money on them, the Bourjois Aqua Laques are a good alternative (at about half the price!). If you're not a huge fan of glosses, but want something that will give you a glossy finish, these are something you should check out.

BGMM Rating: Brun'croyable - B
                      Viens si tu roses - B+
                      Fuchsia perche - A-

Monday, January 11, 2016

NYX High Voltage Lipstick Review

Last year I was all about matte lipstick. I can't help it! I'm kind of a sucker when it comes to mattes. That being said, they're not the most comfortable to wear all the time (even though I wanted to). It's always nice having more comfortable formulas in one's collection - to get you through those times when you just can't do mattes, but you want lipstick - do you know what I mean?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm going to be talking about the NYX High Voltage lipsticks, and they're not a matte formula.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Top 5 in 2015 - Makeup Brushes And Tools

Phew! We're finally at the end of the top 5 lists! I've already spoken about my favorite eyeshadows, must-have blushes, best-loved lipsticks and preferred face products - both bases and powders. But you can't use any of those without any application tools now, can you? And so, I bring you my favorite, most reached for, most-liked makeup brushes. These are the ones I use every single time I do my makeup.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Top 5 in 2015: Face Products - Powder

We're almost at the end of the Top 5 lists! I can't go without mentioning some of the face powders I've been reaching for on a regular basis, since some of these I use on a near-daily basis.

I'm including bronzers and highlighters in this category. While I like to switch up my blushes, I tend to be a bit more nitpicky with my bronzer and highlighters - bronzers because it's difficult to find one for my skin tone that doesn't have a red undertone to it, and highlighters because, well, pores.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top 5 in 2015: Face products - Bases, Concealers & Mascaras

I can't create Top 5 lists without mentioning about my favorite face products now, can I? I wanted to talk about some of my favorite complexion-related products. I consider them my favorites because 8/10 times I will reach for these over the others I have (the 2/10 is for when I force myself to use the others).

Disclaimer - I don't use foundation on a daily basis, but I do use concealers and mascaras almost daily (about five times a week).

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top 5 in 2015: Lipsticks

Today's Top 5 list is another weakness of mine: lipstick! I can't deny last year was all about the matte lip, which was just fine by me - I love me some matte lipstick! I've also really been enjoying the trend of liquid lipsticks - especially because of how long lasting they are. I can totally see why they're not for everyone, though - most of them can be a bit drying.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Top 5 in 2015: Blushes

Continuing on with my Top 5 lists, let's talk about blushes! I love me a good blush, there's nothing quite like a blush to make you look all bright and perky.

I'm probably cheating a wee bit since one of my favorite blushes isn't really a blush but... more on that as we go into the post.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 5 in 2015: Eyeshadow Palettes

Happy New Year, everyone! I thought we'd kick off 2016 with some of my favorite products from 2015. I wanted to condense everything into a "top 15" list of sorts, but that... didn't work out. Instead, I'm going to be talking about my top five favorites from a given category.

To start off, my favorite category: eyeshadow. I love eyeshadow, and eyeshadow palettes, so it's only fair I start off with this, right?

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping that the new year brings all the joy and happiness you desire! Here's to new chances, new opportunities, and new friends!