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So many things to blog about, so little time….my schedule is absolutely hectic as it always is during the holidays. Since I returned from New York last week, I’ve been non-stop, with events every evening and working like a crazy person, both at my ‘day’ job and at Clinique. I love being busy, but in my few moments of downtime I’m definitely not inclined to stay up late to whip up a blog post! A shame really, because I have SO many things I want to tell you about! For now, a few pictures will have to suffice…
You can see that as per my wish lists, I actually did pretty well in picking up just what I wanted. There was very little deviation! So while I definitely did some damage to my bank account, I didn’t traumatize it (considering I always imagined I’d need like $5000 to ever travel to NY!) and I feel so. effing. good. about the purchases I made. So hooray to a guilt-free shopping spree! The VERY best kind
I’ve got some swatches ready for the polishes, and just need a day where I have some natural light to get the rest (and some time!). Hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll be able to satisfy you with a few gratuitous makeup shots! Until then my friends…I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday season!!!
So my most excellent boyfriend has been planning a secret trip for the two of us for the past two months, to which I was aware but not privy to our destination. Earlier this week I was finally told where we were headed so that I’d have a little time to plan what I’d like to do…..in NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!! ~jumps up and down excitedly~ We leave this Tuesday!! I am SO EXCITED, GUYS. I’ve never been, and I cannot WAIT to go!
Having a few days to figure out our plan of attack (because I AM going to take on the city in a BIG way), I have a number of things on my list. It should come as no surprise that aside from the usual touristy-type excursions, plus taking in a few awesome cultural events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, and the Moscow ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, my sights are largely set on SHOPPING MY FACE OFF. Oh yea. It’s goin’ DOWN.
And so, I bring to you my next wish list instalment – the NYC edition
The ‘Way Overpriced in Canada’ Wish List
1. Giorgio Armani – prices for Armani products in Canada are hiked way up on almost every single item, which is absolutely ridiculous – especially considering that almost all other brands sold here are near on par with US prices now. I used to order all my stuff from Neiman Marcus, but since they stopped shipping makeup to Canada (WTF!?!?) I haven’t bought a single item from the brand in over a year. I’ve been interested in trying out one of the new(isn) Flash Lacquers ($29US/$38CAD), as well as finally picking up a Rouge d’Armani ($32US/$38CAD) lippie, but I’ve needed a chance to try out shades, so you can be sure I’ll be taking the opportunity this week! Additionally, I’ve been lusting after all iterations of cream/liquid/stain blushes, so I’m gonna eyeball the Blushing Fabrics ($39US/$45CAD) and see if they pique my interest. And…if I’m feeling especially spendy, I might pick up another ETK Intense shadow for good measure – $33US to our $42CAD??? Uh, YEA. C’mon, I gotta take advantage of ‘normal’ prices while I can!
2. Burberry – The markup on Burberry here in Canada is as extreme as Giorgio Armani, if not more so – and as another brand that I enjoy but rarely have an opportunity to shade swatch, I’ve definitely got a few items to seriously investigate. High on my to-buy list is either their Lip Covers ($30US/$40CAD) or Lip Velvets ($30US/$60CAD???????????), and I’ll likely pick up one of their new nail polishes ($21US/$25CAD) as I just can’t resist their packaging. I also wouldn’t mind taking a good hard look at their Light Glow blushes ($42US/$50CAD), the shade Russet which I own having been bought unseen a couple years ago. I’m going to take the opportunity to swatch their eyeshadow singles and palettes ($59US/$70CAD) as well, as I’ve never had the chance, but I’m sort of on mega-shadow overload, so we’ll see if any win me over enough to come home with me.
3. YSL – We have YSL here at our Sephora in Halifax, but I’ve been eyeing their Faux Cils Eyeliners in Sea Black and Cherry Black, and being $6 less in the States ($28US vs $34CAD) I might finally give in. Or I might wait till the next VIB sale – I haven’t yet decided
4. Hourglass - Another overpriced product here in Canada, the Aura Cheek Stains ($38US/$54CAD) have been on my wish list for a while. Again, with my desire to bolster my non-powder cheek products, its likely I’ll pick up one of the two shades at this MUCH better price.
5. Becca - Seems I’m on a blush kick, yea (or I guess it’s just another regular day :P)? Though I’m opting for less powder blushes for the most part, I’ve been dying to try these Mineral Blushes, and again, the price is right ($32US/$38CAD). If nothing else, I want to at least swatch the shades so I know what to order during the next VIB sale.
The ‘Can’t Access in Canada’ Wish List
1. Dolce & Gabbana – This is a brand I’ve been casually interested in over the past few years, but I haven’t felt strongly enough about it to order anything sight-unseen from Sephora. I plan on giving it a good look while away and see if it’s worth a purchase or two (or if anything should be added to a future wish list).
2. Ilia Beauty – I have yet to foray into organic makeup, mainly because everything is only online and I don’t have the option to swatch any shades first, something I try to avoid with makeup. I don’t think I’ll purchase anything while in NYC, but I plan on swatching as much as I can so that I have an idea of what I might like to pick up in the future when the time is right.
3. RMS Beauty – Prices for the above two lines are relatively comparable in Canada as they are in the US; however, RMS does have a somewhat noticeable price increase – therefore I just may have to cave and pick up a few things if they suit my fancy. I’m mainly looking at the “Un” Cover-Up, the Living Luminizer, and the Lip2Cheek colour balms.
4. Tom Ford Beauty - Oh, HECK yea. Without a doubt, some Tom Ford makeup will be coming home with me this week! I have been lemming this brand for what feels like a lifetime, and as they don’t ship the brand to Canada I have been sorely out of luck. I’m getting my chance, bitches!!!! Unless I am totally unimpressed with it all, I plan on buying a blush, lipstick, and nail polish, as who knows when I’ll get my chance again?
5. Givenchy – It may come as a surprise to many of you that I haven’t tried this brand, as it seems like everyone and their dog raves about their lipsticks and polishes. Unfortunately, we don’t carry it anywhere near me and again, I wasn’t comfortable with ordering anything sight-unseen. It is ENTIRELY possible that I’ll be purchasing both a ‘Le Rouge’ lipstick as well as a nail polish, and it is going to be GREAT.
Last but certainly not least is…
The “I Haven’t Bought a Full-Sized Fragrance in Years and It’s About Damn Time / Go Big or Go Home” Wish List
1. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur – I’ve read so many things about this eponymous fragrance house without ever experiencing why it’s so popular, so it’s about time I change that. The first scent I ever heard about was ‘Carnal Flower,’ so of course it’ll get a sniff or two, but I’m more interested in this warm, spicy, vanilla-heavy scent that sounds right up my alley. I’m hoping to be wowed.
2. Love by Kilian - I know very little about this brand though I’ve heard it’s name often enough. My impression is that it’s hit or miss, but I still plan on giving this gourmand oriental – again heavy on the vanilla – a look to see what it’s all about. If nothing else, I like the bottle!
3. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille – While my local Sephora carries a few Tom Ford scents, we do not unfortunately have this one, which is THE one I’ve been dying to smell! It sounds SO my kind of jam – clearly I love me anything with vanilla, but am trying to graduate from sickeningly sweet smells into something a bit more…mature, shall we say. I’ve heard differing opinions on this one, so I’ll just have to see for myself.
4. Diptyque Eau Duelle – Initially certain I was only interested in purchasing a candle from the brand (I tried last year to order one from BeautyHabit only to be told the shipping cost would be something like $36…uh, NO), once I started researching scents I came along this one which boasts – surprise – vanilla, but this time with a hit of boozy bourbon along with spicy cardamom and pink pepper. It also contains ambergris, which if you recall from my review of the fragrance from Sephora’s Ariel collection is derived from whale sperm. YES! How very…sexy. LOL
5. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille – The last contender in my search for a grown-up vanilla-based scent, this fragrance contains sandalwood, an inclusion which I favour in my scents, as well as musk and tonka bean. It may be a touch too summery with the addition of coconut milk, but I’ll give it a whiff nonetheless – I’m rarely discriminatory when it comes to gourmand fragrances
And there you have it! A rather comprehensive look at what I plan on drooling over while away. What’s scary is that this just encompasses my potential beauty purchases – I haven’t even TOUCHED on what I hope to buy for fashion (and jewelry…Tiffany’s, here I come!)!! O_o As Christmas is looming, I’ll also be picking up a few treats here and there for friends and family….so, essentially, I’m coming home very, very broke.
…But also very, very happy!!! New York City, here we come!!! See ya’ll in a week!
Have you been to NYC? Do you have any recommendations on where to go, what to see (and where to shop!?)?
It’s that time of year again, and the bloggers behind the Beauty Envy Bag are bringing you our winter favorites in our winter edition of the Beauty Envy Bag Giveaway! In case you are a new reader, here is a quick look at who is behind the giveaway.
Lola is a Midwest blogger with a passion for polish, science, and music. She is the blogger behind Burb Beauty.
Lakeisha is a nail polish blogger living in Georgia. She is obsessed with polish, fashion, and merging the two together. She is the blogger behind Refined and Polished.
Leticia is a beauty blogger from the Pacific Northwest. She is a dog lover, sci fi nerd, handbag collector, and makeup junkie. She is the blogger behind Cosmetics Aficionado.
Latoya is a beauty blogger from the East Coast of Canada. While she loves all things girly, she also has a serious geeky side. She is the blogger behind Beauty Obsessed.
So what is going into that gorgeous teal bag? Read on! (Links to each bloggers’ reviews included)
- YSL La Laque Couture 18 Bleu Majorelle
- Sephora Formula X in Hyped
- Sephora Formula X in Love Chemistry
- Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick in Provocateur
- Urban Decay Naked Basics
So how do you enter? Here’s the lowdown:
- You must leave a blog comment (just on one blog, doesn’t have to be all four) letting us know what is on your holiday wish list.
Note: We are not responsible for items lost, damaged, or stolen in transit. If the prize is lost we will not be sending a replacement, nor will we provide money for the value of the prize.
We are not responsible for any customs fees you may incur.
- Score additionally entries by following each blog on social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
- Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only (sorry, this is due to issues with overseas mail and nail polish).
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Giveaway closes Friday December 6th at 12:00 midnight PST.
- Winner has 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
- Giveaway is not sponsored by anyone.
Every so often as a blogger you get approached to try some really outlandish or gimmicky items. A lot of the time you ignore those emails; every so often you think ‘why not?’ and give it a go. Sometimes what you receive is a dud, like you expected – and sometimes, it freakin’ CHANGES YOUR WORLD. If you haven’t guessed yet, I have one of those products to show you today Hang on to your hats, guys; this one’s a DOOZY!
About two months ago I received a sample of Almea’s Xlash Eyelash Enhancer, an eyelash serum designed to give you longer, thicker, more beautiful lashes in 4-6 weeks. Developed in Sweden, it’s touted as a ‘natural treatment,’ with a formula that will grow your lashes up to 30-40%. Though my lashes are of reasonable thickness and length, I am always game to PUMP UP THE VOLUME, and as my lashes are so curly often times the look of length suffers. I was eager and excited to try this out and see how my lashes fared.
The method of treatment is really simple. Every night before bed, after cleansing my face and eyes thoroughly of any makeup etc., you just sweep it on the base of the top lashes with the skinny brush – quite similar to applying liquid eyeliner. I found it easy and quick to apply, and it became the last step in my nightly skincare routine. I was a bit nervous at first because in the past some eyelash enhancer have been found unsafe, but the only side effects noted are eye and eyelid redness, itching, irritation, eye dryness, or hyperpigmentation – none of these which I experienced, despite having somewhat sensitive eyes that tend to leak and react to certain mascaras. Not that the above side effects are nothing mind you, but it’s not gonna change your eye colour or anything drastic LOL.
Here’s the ingredient list so you can see just what you’d be putting on your lashes:
So here I am, faithfully applying the lash serum and waiting for results. After a month, I was disappointed – no change in the thickness nor the length of my lashes. However, after 6 weeks I started to notice that when I applied mascara, my lashes were noticeably longer – REALLY long, in fact. And now two months in, my lashes are so long that only a touch of mascara is all that’s needed to give them a boost. The thickness hasn’t changed as drastically, so I don’t have the eyelashes of my dreams or anything, but the difference between then and now is still remarkable.
Of course, I have photographic evidence
Significant difference, right!? No gimmicks here, folks! Just straight up AWESOME. And with mascara on, the effects are even more noticeable – I find the tips of my lashes are a bit fair so once you slap some of the good stuff on there, POW!! It’s really crazy – even my bf noticed my lashes were looking extra long and luscious lately. Oh, and also? My lashes seem super-healthy too, soft and with less shedding then I had before. I am just totally amazed at the effectiveness of this product!
Of course, anything this good comes with a downside, and here it is: this stupendous serum ain’t cheap. Ringing in at $59 online, it’s a serious investment, and the effects will likely wear off once you stop using it, so it’s not just a one shot deal. However, I’ve been using this product consistently every night since October 1st and I think there’s still enough left in the tube to last me till the end of the year. $236 a year ($59 x 4) isn’t exactly a drop in the bucket, but compared to eyelash extensions at a salon (upwards of $100 plus $50 a pop for upkeep) it’s not half bad. Undoubtedly, it’s a luxury item – but if you’re budget can afford it, I say GO TO TOWN. It’s frickin’ amazing and I just might buy myself another one (or two!) when I run out.
Oh, and just to entice you even more – right now online they have a $10 discount code until November 23rd with the code XLASH2013, so you could grab it for a cool $49! That’s only $15-20 more than some of your fave mascaras, right?
What say you? Would you spend the big bucks to have big, buxom lashes? How do you feel about lash serums in general?
*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.
I am terrible at keeping up with these posts…honestly, I should probably just give up! But NO. I will persevere, because SOMEONE has to see that I am not only continuously exercising my strong consumerist muscle, but also actually using shit up (and possibly at a faster rate than I’m buying, which is the ultimate goal). And so here we go again.
Many products means we’ll jump right in lest we be here all night. To begin, let’s start at the exciting end – the makeup.
Left to right: Clinique Lash Doubling mascara (sample), Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment, Clinique High Impact mascara (sample), Make Up For Ever Star Gloss Diamond Collection in S0, Clinique High Impact + Bottom Lash mascara (sample), Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extravagant mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash D’Enfer (sample).
I actually quite like all of Clinique’s mascaras and it has nothing to do with me working for the brand. I just find they go on nicely, don’t dry out too fast, and stay on all day while washing off easily at night. I always seem to have a lot of samples because I get a free gift every time I work a GWP. I don’t mind one bit
After I determined that the fragrance in the Fresh lip balms cause my lips to be perpetually chapped, I hardly used this for close to a year. Then I decided I just wanted to get rid of it, so I used it like crazy down to a nub and then tossed it. Not sorry to see it go, even though the shade was a nice nude that looked good with a variety of looks. The MUFE gloss seemed to finish extremely quickly so I question it’s size, but I’m not complaining – another lip pie down! The MUFE mascara ended up not being so bad as I thought it might be in my original review, but I still didn’t love it and was happy to see that it was drying up. The Guerlain mascara was CRAZY clumpy and annoying and scented and just NO. Buh bye.
Above are two concealers I’ve had for well over 3 years a piece (possibly 4 for one) that I was tired of trying to ‘use up.’ The NYX Concealer in a Jar was decent but the shade wasn’t great except when I was tanned and could use it under eye. The other pot there is theBalm Time Balm, and it was OK but too pink. I checked both shades recently in natural light and was like ‘NO MORE’ so out they go! The other two little pots there were samples of foundation – the one with ‘MJ’ on it was the Marc Jacobs foundation, which I actually liked a fair bit and would possibly purchase. Not right now though, not until I use up at least 3 of the 5 or 6 I have kicking around :S There are some Becca foundation samples in the back there that were just too dark for me – toss. Finally, we have the pièce de résistance - the NARS Loose Powder I bought back in 2010 that JUST WON’T DIE. So very, very done with this!
There’s still some dregs in there but I don’t care, I’m OVER IT. Also finished is the MUFE HD Powder that I got in a kit probably two years ago – POOF! Hence why I was justified in buying the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Ok. that’s it for the makeup. I’m trying to slog through a few other makeup items that I’m hoping will be done in the next couple months. Wish me luck!
Next, we have skincare. Oodles and oodles!
Clockwise from top left: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (sample), MD Formulations Moisture Defence Antioxidant Hydrating Gel, Clinique Even Better Eyes, Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF15 (sample), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, Clinique Moisture Surge (sample)
The Clinique Moisture Surge original is a great aloe-based hydrator that just feels good on the skin. It doesn’t treat dry skin long-term but it’s great for oilier skins like mine that just need a little somethin’ somethin’. However, I DO NOT LIKE the Intense version, and I actually think it does funny things with my skin. If I get any more samples of it I’ll be passing it along. The MD product was great, as previously mentioned; the Even Better Eyes product was OK but didn’t blow my mind so I’d never spend my own money on it. I think I liked the Boscia lotion, but my skin was getting irritated for some reason by something (I think it might be the sample I had of the UD foundation but not sure) and I was using this at the time so I’m hesitant to buy the full size. Lastly, I always like the Neutrogena cream and it’s a cheap and effective retinol product (albeit quite gentle).
Then we have the cleansers and exfoliants:
Clockwise from top: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, Vichy Purete Thermale (sample), Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover (sample), REN Glycol Lactic Masque (sample), Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Another Clinique product line that I enjoy is the Take the Day Off (TTDO) products. Every time I get a sample of the TTDO eye makeup remover I’m glad to have it on hand, as it’s effective and gentle. The cleansing balm is great at getting off all makeup and sunscreen, and rinses off well without drying out the skin. I probably wouldn’t use my own money to buy either, but that’s mostly because I sort of feel like all Clinique products should be free for me LOL. The Vichy cleanser was OK for makeup-less skin, but otherwise meh. The REN masque that everyone loves? Not for me, really…it’s kinda scary on my sensitive skin, and I’ve since used other masques that blow my mind and work much better without any irritation at all (hint: La Bella Figura’s Bio Active Healing Mask. Get it. SOO GOOD. Review forthcoming). Lastly, the Kiehl’s scrub I got in a swap, and it was right around the time that I was over-exfoliating my skin in a bad way, which took a good year and a half to recover from. Once I did, this was a nice product to buff the skin smooth but it is quite intensive, so I’d never repurchase and would caution against it for less hardy skin.
Now for my pile of organic samples and one full-sized organic product!
I’ll start with the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment. This was one big MEH from me. Didn’t do any harm, but it didn’t do anything that wowed me either. It didn’t feel nearly as lovely as the Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum sample I tried (above) which lasted me long enough to know that its GREAT and I will be buying it as soon as I use up my 10238 eye creams (or…5. Still. TOO MANY).
As for the other samples…lets divide them according to ‘awesome and will buy’ status or ‘save your money’ piles. In the latter, we have May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew and the Problem Solver (too heavy / too messy), Lina Hanson’s Global Face Serum (odd smell, too heavy), Rahua Conditioner (odd smell, not heavy enough, and full-size is PRICEY at $34!), and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (didn’t feel it did much of anything). In the ‘awesome’ pile, the Babor body cream felt lovely on my dry body skin, with zero reactions; the One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Cleansing Oil takes off all traces of makeup, and rinses clean away without a cloth or left-over residue (though I still don’t love the strong fruity smell); the Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum felt great going on, with no reactions, and though I didn’t have enough to get a full test, will likely be purchased in the near future; the aforementioned Eye Serum by Kahina; and Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum (which I DID purchase and wrote about here).
You may notice I skipped a few samples….those would be in the ‘what the heck do I feel about these?’ pile – I just haven’t made a full decision on them yet and more samples may be required. I only got one use out of the Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser so I can’t make any kind of judgement on it at all, sadly. I really want to love May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt and I don’t feel like I got a good trial run with it, so I might try it out again and see how I feel the second time around. The OLO Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum seemed great in some ways (it gives a FABULOUS glow), but it was another product I was using while my skin was getting a little irritated a while ago, so it’s possible this was the culprit. Finally, OLO’s Easy Does It cleanser is a nice price at $29 for a big bottle, and can be used on face, body and hair (yay dual-purpose!), but I felt it might have been irritating to my skin (also using during that funny time period). Probably all of those things I was using then I’ll have to re-try separately to weed out which was the baddie.
Wowza! Thats a lot ‘o samples, yes. We’re almost done folks, I hope you’re still with me! We now come to body products.
Clockwise from top left: Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm, Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Creamy Body Wash, Kniepp Lavender Herbal Bath Soak, A-Derma Exomega Body Cream (sample), Haus of Gloi Aether Pumpkin Butters (x3), and Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm
Alrighty. Clinique’s After Sun is a fave of mine that I just enjoy using in the summer after being out in the sun. Soothing, cooling, and repairing. The Organix body wash I liked so much I bought a second which I’m just finishing up now. I probably won’t repurchase though where it’s still quite scented. It didn’t seem to irritate but I should still watch what I’m using carefully. The Kniepp soak I could never actually SOAK in (fragrance is right up with the first ingredients), but I used this for soaking my feet and its was lovely.
More evidence of my Haus of Gloi love with 3 jars gone; the A-Derma cream was actually quite nice, very hydrating and one of the few fragrance-free products from a line that designed for sensitive skin (WTF?! You’d be surprised how often that happens, actually); lastly, my final jar of the Burts Bees cuticle balm, which I always enjoy.
Right, so let’s wrap this up eh? The grand finale – hair products:
Left to right: Living Proof Satin Hair Serum (sample), Bumble & Bumble Texture styling cream, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, TIGI Bedhead Catwalk Curls Collection Curls Rock Amplifier (longest name of life!), Schwartzkopf Extra Care Deep Nutrition Shampoo, OJON Restorative Hair Treatment
The serum – meh. Not notable to me. The conditioner – smelled AMAZING and worked fairly well on my curly mop. The fragrance seemed to be naturally sourced. The TIGI product was actually really great – just a small pea size was needed and it controlled my hair well without being crunchy. Lasted AGES too. But I’m in the process of looking for an organic replacement, so… The Schwartzkopf shampoo was a left behind product by a friend while in NZ. Yes I’ve had it that long and just finished it! What, I don’t shampoo often lol. It was OK but I don’t think they sell it around here even if I wanted to repurchase (I don’t). And lastly, the OJON treatment. I remember getting a full size of this crap back in the day when it was a big deal and thinking it was just great. I am SO over this brand now it’s not even funny, and my aunt keeps giving me more and more of it, ugh. At least this was just a sample!
~nudges self awake~ OK So we’re done, yes!? Woot! Not only are these hard to get through, I know, but they’re hard to write! (at 10pm on a Sunday night, no less!). Nonetheless, I’m glad I got ‘er done. I hope it was *somewhat* helpful/interesting?? If not…well, maybe it will serve as a sleeping aid
And with that, I bid you adieu! Till next time, my friends.
How are your empties coming along???
Last month I lost my mind and ordered a $64CAD body oil.
I mean, OK, so I am a bit obsessed with cosmetics and maybe this doesn’t seem all that crazy to you. But I mean, $64 for a 100mL bottle of Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum was a little bit steep, even for me. If used regularly, it’d probably last me a month, tops. And I do NOT make enough money to spend $768 a year on a body moisturizer (that’s $64 x 12 for those of you paying attention) – especially with my needy, dry, eczema-prone skin. Nuh-uh, no way.
…But godDAMN if it isn’t the most luxurious, wonderful, $64 I’ve spent in a while!!!!
Ok, so here’s the deal. I kept reading over and over about how awesome this oil was, seeing photos of the sleek and classy black bottle, and how delicious it smelled (the rumors are true – JUST like an orange creamsicle, except in the most chic, sophisticated way possible), and I kept stalking it on Fresh Faced, waiting for it to come back in stock just to torture myself. I mean, the product is hand-blended in small batches and is free parabens, artificial fragrance (yay!), silicone and other baddies – how could I resist? Finally, one day while going through my routine ‘click on product, see it’s out of stock, regain sanity, repeat’ cycle, it happened – it was in stock and waiting for me to throw my wallet at it.
So I did.
Oh happy day
Designed to relieve dryness and improve elasticity and skin circulation, the oil is slightly thicker than say, jojoba oil, but spreads relatively easily. However, I can’t make the claim that a little goes a long way – I need a good 3-4 pumps to cover one arm, hence how I could go through this bottle in a mere month. How I’ve been enjoying it without powering through it is adding a pump or two to my usual Haus of Gloi pumpkin butter, reaping the benefits of it’s amazing scent and nourishing ingredients (more on that in a minute). On special days I’ll use it alone, mostly on my arms and shins, to bask in it’s glorious fragrance and really treat myself. I find that used alone, it offers adequate hydration though I could use just a touch of something more in drier areas. Paired with a moisturizer is really the best way to go for my skin anyway, at least during the colder months, and I don’t find I lose much of it’s efficacy that way so it’s a win-win.
Ingredients, for your perusal!
If you’re at all familiar with various oils that are common to organic products, you’ll know that the line-up here is relatively basic but still full of superstar ingredients. As I’ve been in the habit of reading labels for what seems like forever, upon reading this list I was pleased to see oils such as avocado, camellia, pumpkin seed, and rice bran, all of which are occlusive and protective to the skin – which is imperative for eczema sufferers like myself, as it keeps environmental triggers from coming in direct contact with the skin. Additionally, most of these oils are anti-inflammatory, and there is a good mix of oleic and linoleic acids to both moisturize the skin and provide barrier support to retain that moisture as well. Cool beans.
My only beef (aside from the painful price!) – and it’s not with the brand, but rather with the e-tailer – is that the ingredients listed on the Fresh Faced site are not the same as what is listed on the box. It appears that they have replicated the Global Face Serum ingredients for the body serum, which may be a small error, true, but I purchased the oil based on the fact that I was intrigued by the marula and baobab oils, of which there are none in the actual product ~shrugs~ Happily, the product is still great and effective, so no harm no foul…but it’s something to be noted, to be sure!
If you’re feeling spend-y (as I have been lately) and are looking to tie in both hydration as well as a fabulous scent, look no further than this serum. It’s definitely not a necessity, but the added touch of luxury has certainly made both my bathroom counter as well as my bod look just that much better
What is the most expensive skincare product you’ve purchased before?
So, despite the fact that of all the sets I received last month for review, I was MOST excited for Laura Mercier’s Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($60CAD) – it’s taken me ages to post about because I really wanted to do it justice. But DAMN guys, this palette is hard to photograph!
The light shades looked far too bright and almost glowing. The medium shades came out too light and washed out. The glorious sparkling shade, African Violet (which, by the way, I’ve been drooling over forEVER) didn’t come out quite sparkly enough. The dark shades…well, you get the picture. I did 4 different photo sessions with this palette, and suffice to say, I just had to get on with it already. But unfortunately for you, the ‘good’ shots came after I uh, already played around with the palette a bit. You think I could hold off for that long!?! Pfffft.
You’ll just have to deal with it.
In the shot above, the shades Guava and Primrose on the left are lighter and a bit less pink than in they appear. Plum Smoke (SO hard to capture that shade) is a touch warmer and lighter…the rest are fairly accurate. Let’s see a close-up!
Sparkling Dew and Vanilla Nuts (WTF?) are a bit lighter in the pan and are great for highlighting the eyes – the former having a satin finish and the latter being matte. Guava and Primrose would be excellent neutral shades to brighten up the eye, Primrose being a bit more beige-y – both have a satin finish with itty bits of glitter in each (not a fan usually but they pretty much blow away the instant to put brush to pan). African Violet (swoon) is a gorgeous light-medium violet with golden shimmer…I’ve had my eye on this baby for years so I’m pretty stoked to finally get to try it out! Fresco is a perfect matte nude on my lid that is a touch warm to keep it from looking flat – sort of a mix of light brown and peachy-pink (if that makes sense).
See those bits of glitter in Sparkling Dew and Guava? Weird, right? They’re less noticeable in Primrose. Still, odd inclusion – but they aren’t problematic when worn.
Next 6 shades:
Plum Smoke is my fave shade next to African Violet in terms of color – such a beautiful, sultry yet subtle soft matte plum; the name is perfect. Bamboo is a shimmering taupe-y shade that personally falls kinda flat for me – it’s too washed out for my skintone – but I can see others LOVING it. It also contains that strange hint of glitter here and there. Kir Royal is a medium-deep plum with reddish tones – this requires appropriate use an execution to avoid that mega-tired or punched-out look. It has a mostly matte finish but not flat. Truffle is a great matte warm brown that works well as a crease shade to blend out smoky looks. It’s going to be a workhorse for me I can tell. Violet Ink is a deep indigo that would be awesome as a liner shade or smoked out in the crease/outer edge of the eye. Same goes for Espresso Bean, a dark cool brown with a hint of grey. Both are matte.
And again, swatches:
This half of the palette is my JAM. Love the soft smokiness of all the shades, and I think even though Bamboo isn’t the most complimentary tone on my skin, I can make it work.
Ok, so you’ve seen the pretty – how about the formula? Well, each and every shade is super soft and lovely, though this does mean they kick up powder a little bit. They’re more on the sheer side though pigmentation can be built up if so desired. All the shades meld seamlessly with one another and for this palette-phobic girl, they pretty much hit the mark dead-on.
Here’s the thing. I read Karen’s review of the palette and couldn’t quite get what she meant about the shades blending into one another and being a bit aggravating that way. I tend to be a one to two shadow girl, and I didn’t have any previous issues in using them. But when I tried to pull a more intricate look together, I totally got what she meant – it’s like they just muddy together to make one shade; there’s no gradient or definition, and the more I tried to add to the look to build up certain colors, the worse it got. It was almost like they were repelling one another…totally bizarre. So it’s something to keep in mind if you do, in fact, want to be a bit of an artist with this palette. You might have a little bit of trouble on your hands!
Quite honestly though, I wouldn’t let this oddity deter you from at least checking out the palette in store. The shades are all quite nice and it’s extremely wearable. And, hello with that fabulous faux croc case!!! LOVE it. And it fits right into the palm of my hand – perfect for travel or for just storing with your other products, as a few of you mentioned those bulky palettes can be the WORST. Overall, Laura Mercier gets my vote, bizarre shadows be damned. Maybe the ‘artist’ part is that you’ll gain MAD skill at application after using this palette a few times!
OK, what say you? Yay or nay to THIS palette!?
*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.
Ok. So I’ve been going a little crazy with this whole organic beauty thing. Or maybe a lot crazy. I guess it depends on your perspective. For me, I FEEL a little crazy, which is probably the most important opinion, right? Eeep. Oh well. Stockings with coal in them for everyone this year!
Obviously, I can explain my behavior in a variety of TOTALLY justifiable ways. As I noted in my green beauty Part I post, I’ve been using up old stuff and making way for the new. That includes a new facial mist (Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist) and a new exfoliant (Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask - 20% off this past weekend, hel-LO!) to replace the ones I’ve finished. Then, I HAD to buy the Ellovi Butter that both Taylor and Megan raved about, because I was given a $5 coupon for the site. And with the change in weather, my skin has been unusually dry and I needed a booster product on top of my Pai Rosehip oil, so I bought Soapwalla’s Restorative Face Serum – CLEARLY I can’t be walking around with dry skin. The only purchase I can’t justify is Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum, which I bought last month - $64 of pure CRAZY there, yep…but I will say, it’s actually kind of a miracle on my eczema. I’ve had persistent patches on my legs for months, and a few drops of this mixed with my Haus of Gloi pumpkin butter has fixed them right up. Could I have tried a basic carrier oil like avocado mixed with my cream for a much cheaper and likely similarly effective result? ….Let’s not go there, shall we?
Anyway. Like I said, I’ve been a little CRAZY lately, it’s true. What makes me even more crazy, is that I’ve still got a list a mile long of other products I want to try…but thankfully for the moment I’ve put a stop to the madness and am exercising restraint for the rest of the month (and yes…I realize I’ve done most of this damage in 4 days O_o). For the time being, I’m just going to ogle my *little* list here and
lie in patiently wait until my wallet cools off it seems reasonable to purchase something. Which of course is up for interpretation
1) Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum $78CAD – A light eye treatment rich in peptides and antioxidants, designed to alleviate dark circles as well as address fine lines and wrinkles. I had a sample of this that lasted almost two weeks, and in that time my eyes looked brighter and felt HELLA smooth. Sign me up, please.
2) One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil $39CAD – Another product I had a sample of, I found this oil cleanser worked well to remove my makeup at the end of the day and rinse away cleanly without needing a cloth to wipe it off, like many other organic oil cleansers. It also contains papain, a fruit enzyme that helps exfoliate the skin – I love me a good dual product. Though I am not a huge fan of the super-sweet, tropical scent, it’s manageable for a product that’s effective.
3) La Bella Figura Bio Active Healing Mask (may buy soon as there is a 15% off coupon code till Nov 15th) $65CAD - With my skin on the drier side these days, I’m in need of a nice restorative, hydrating mask. I’m currently finishing up the derma-e one I purchased last year (thank god…that heavy floral smell, gah!), and this one sounds just about perfect. It contains honey, which is kind of the be-all in skincare lately, and it both balances, moisturizes, and exfoliates the skin (again with the multi-functional produts!). It’s also chock-full of antioxidants…me likey.
4) Graydon The Balm $29CAD - Here I am again, trying to stock up on the heavy-hitters that will keep my skin hydrated throughout the cold days and the moisture-sucking central heating we deal with during wintertime. I had a sample of Pai’s Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream which I thought may work, but it was a bit heavy and my skin felt a bit reactive after using it. The Graydon Balm (a Canadian brand!) has super-light hydrators that I should be able to apply over oils at night without fear of clogging my pores, and it’s supposed to be ideal for eczema. Perfect!
5) Aster & Bay Glow Facial Serum $32 - Nourishing and moisturizing oil with essential fatty acids and antioxidants to repair the moisture barrier and protect the skin from environmental aggressors. It’s supposed to give skin a great glow and contains a slew of ‘dry’ oils (like hazelnut and macadamia nut) that are great for day use on my combo-oily skin. I plan on wearing this under my Pai Geranium & Thistle moisturizer to get that dewy look I’m losing with the cold weather.
6) Marie Veronique Organics Treatment Oil $82CAD – I’ve only read a few things about the MVO line, but as I like to be well-rounded I started looking into each of the products to see if anything would suit me. Lo and behold, I read the details and the ingredient list on this oil and wow! It’s not terribly suitable for my skin right now where I’m not experiencing any breakouts – more so dry patches – but in the warmer months I think this will be amazing. It’s got a handful of wonderful oils and extracts that are considered especially effective for acne-prone and/or oily skin, such as willow bark (a natural salicylic acid) and watermelon seed oil (which helps dissolve excess sebum), plus gentle ingredients to reduce inflammation.
7) Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream $20CAD – I’m currently using an organic hand cream that contains Borage oil, which is super-high in Gamma Linoleic Acid and hence awesome at repairing the skin’s barrier function (a must for my eczema-prone hands). However, it smells like rotting meat. I’m not even kidding guys, it is the WORST smelling product I’ve ever used in my life!! Its effective enough and the smell dissipates after 5 minutes, so I’m going to struggle though it, but after that I’m gonna get me some of THIS stuff – a lovely rich hand cream that is made by a Canadian brand. You can’t get much better than that (although you can get MUCH worse with this Borage oil cream…blech!).
8) Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner $23CAD – I haven’t been using a leave-in since last winter, and its come time to get on the wagon again. This has jojoba and olive oils as it’s two primary ingredients, both excellent for hair, so I’m giving it a go. Hair care with really basic ingredients is equally important to me as it is in skincare, as most contain a whack of artificial fragrance that kills my scalp and can irritate my face if I’m wearing my hair down. I don’t like to spend too much on hair care but I’ll give anything a shot once. If it lasts for a few months it’ll be worth it.
Innersense Organic Beauty Quiet Calm Curl Control $20 - Designed to eliminate frizz and smooth textured hair, this is one of the few organic styling creams I’ve found on the market so far specifically targeted toward curly hair. Again, it’s a bit more than I like to spend on my hair, but I use very little product, and the TIGI curl cream I’ve been using I’ve had for a good 6 months and am just nearing the end, so I can deal with it. I haven’t gotten my hair professionally cut in over 3 years now, so spending a little extra on my hair is not really all that bad!
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud *not yet released* - I don’t know much about this soon-to-be-released product, but it looks and sounds amazing from what I do know! It’s described as a lush, velvety cleanser that can also be used as a masque (dual-purpose, hurrah!). And just yesterday I heard that there is another new release coming out this month as well, called The Blue Cocoon (a balm)…oh May, I have yet to own anything of yours, and I wasn’t wowed by The Youth Dew (thank GOD…$125 is the height of crazy), but I will get my hands on something of yours yet!
You may notice the title of this post – indicative of a series of wishlists, perhaps?? And…you would be right Though skincare is my primary focus these days, I still ogle makeup and polish on the regular too. Keep your eyes peeled for those wish lists in the coming weeks! (I’m a lost cause, I know)
What’s on your wishlists lately??
Some of you may already know my avoidance of palettes. I think I’m in the minority in my feelings, it’s true…but to put it plainly, palettes have most everything I dislike in the world. Too much choice (anxiety! which shades to choose?), plus more often than not there are several colors that end up never being used, which to me is a waste (HUGE pet peeve). Also, I have generally found that palettes have a lesser formula than their permanent, single counterparts, which just plain pisses me off. Having said all that, I think there is enormous benefit to palettes for the right kind of person – if you love options, playing around with shades and creating different looks, and/or if you’re just building your shadow collection, they’re quite the ideal purchase, and they’re usually a great bang for your buck. If I was to choose a palette for whatever reason, the pre-requisites would be a good array of wearable shades (but not TOO many number-wise), great quality, and, of course, sexy packaging. How does Kat Von D’s Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book ($65CAD) that has come out for the holidays measure up? Let’s take a look.
First of all, the packaging. While I’m not over the moon about it (I’m a big fan of a sleek look with minimal design and perhaps leather or metal (like) encasing….but I already said I was picky!), it’s not terrible. The artistry here is attractive and eye-catching. It’s thin and not too bulky, though all said it’s about the size of my palm spread wide. It’ll do.
On the backside, you get an idea of what shades are contained within, with an additional note that the shades are already ideally paired for you. This is great if you’re someone who isn’t confident in their shadow-combining capabilities.
There is an emphasis throughout the whole schema of the palette on layering and really playing with shade pairings to get unique and interesting looks – once you open the palette, on the inside of the top cover you’ll see more suggestions and diagrams on how to match and wear shades to create your own ‘works of art.’
In the eyeshadow portion of the palette, there is a plastic insert which covers the shadows, that reiterates the shade names for your reference. The ones marked with a star are never before seen shades exclusive to the palette. I have no idea where some of the shade names originate from – such as ‘stupid autocorrect,’ which is slightly humorous if not a bit strange. Each of the pairings do have complimentary themes however, and I do like this consistency.
Below are the shades without the plastic cover, in all their glory:
My first thoughts were that the palette was somewhat haphazard and that there didn’t seem to be much continuity with the shades or the placing of each. However, when you look at them as pairs of twos, they are quite complimentary to one another; and when you look at each row together, you start to see a theme for each column which actually makes sense.
The first column of shades is sort of like your standard, smoky plus pale metallics/shimmers night-out kind of tones – shades you may already have in your possession:
Swatched (note that I stupidly did all of my swatches in this post backward – my bad!!):
Queen is one of a few duochrome shades in the palette, and the one with the strongest duo-coloring. It reminds me of MAC Club, and also of an existing shade within Kat Von D’s Shade Shifter range that Maggie reviewed in the past. While I have neither, I’m kind of excited to try this shade out, as it’s has a lot of interest and I think you can make some great looks with it. It also has a great, smooth pigment. The other shades in this column wow me a lot less: Smile Now is a soft peachy pink with a soft formula that has a slight duochrome finish as well that I just could not capture – I think one someone with fair skin and blue eyes this would be quite striking, but on me I suspect it’ll fall flat. Instaglam and Holy Bible are the kinds of pale frosty shades I hate, as they look very garish on my darker skin. However, the texture of the two is quite good – smooth and creamy. Sunset Blvd is a gold shade with gold glitter that has a stiff texture and a fair bit of fall-out – not my jam. Dark Throne is not quite black but more charcoal, and is a touch patchy, but blends out well and has a soft texture though not as creamy as some of the others.
In the next column, we have a handful of more edgy, eye-catching shades – not your standard fare and great for when you wanna mix things up a bit. For whatever reason, they kind of give me a 60s vibe:
Bukowski is a great medium blue shade with a hint of teal – great pigmentation and a lovely formula. Cry Later is a mid-tone warm brown with fine gold glitter – it has a bit of fall-out, but the glitter is actually quite pretty and its one of the few times that I appreciate it’s inclusion. The formula is more stiff, like most of the shades with glitter in the palette, but only slightly and feels smooth to the touch. Stupid Autocorrect is soft and smooth, but the pigment is lacking which is not ideal with a unique shade such as it is – go bold or go home! Oddfellow is one of those shades that catches your eye – a deep, dark green with bright emerald glitter flecks – but those flecks don’t translate to the eye. The fall-out isn’t as bad as it could be, and the shade had a nice dark pigmentation so it’s not a complete loss. A bit stiff, again, but workable. 8 Bit is a pretty seafoam green with a lovely texture – but not necessarily MY kinda shade, nor is it terribly unique. Finally we have Precious, yet another super-light shade that probably looks great on fair skinned gals but just YUK on me. Formula is good – smooth and creamy – but somehow a bit chunky as well. Weird.
In the third column are what I like to think of as our pastel, girly shades. They have a spring-like quality to them, even though I didn’t notice it until I swatched them:
Aside from Countess, a nice matte (the only one) skintone shade (smooth though a bit stiff), and Geek, a pretty satin peach (soft and smooth), the rest of the shades leave me cold. Again, these light colors on my skin tone – gah!! On the right person, they would likely sing, but on me…ugh. Arcadia is a pale lavender frost with a creamy formula that has that same odd chunky quality like Precious. Galore…ANOTHER pale frost that looks the same-ish on my skintone as a couple of the other shades (smooth/chunky formula). Birdcage is one of those shades I want to look nice on me but doesn’t – kind of a duo-golden green that would rock on a brown-eyed gal. It has a stiffer formula however. Babe is an electric purple with a blue flash that people often seem to go ga-ga for…myself excluded. Stiffer texture and takes a bit to build up.
Finally, in our last column we have a handful of jewel-tone shades – THESE kinds of tones I can get behind!! Come to mama:
Though I’ve previously documented my love of red shadow, I’m not sure about WTF – it might to TOO red? I haven’t yet tried to wear it so I’ll reserve judgement for now. It’s got a stiffer formula which doesn’t endear me to it a ton. Wonderland looks great in the palette, but like Oddfellow, doesn’t translate as well on the skin – the red glitter particles blow away and all you’re left with is a a deep reddish plum. However, the formula is more like Cry Later (smooth) than the other glitter shades, so it’s workable. Hexagram is a lovely taupe-like shade with a khaki lean and a duochrome flash – quite unique I think! It reminds me of a more aggressive NARS Rajasthan (the golden taupe shade), which is one of my faves. Awesome, creamy formula here. Gunner is a forest green and one of the worst performers of the bunch – dry, stiff, lackluster pigment with glitter fallout…just overall a disappointment. Fallen is a great staple bronze shade with a stellar formula and dense pigment – not original, but a great shade for all nonetheless. Piaf is probably one of the shades I’m most pleased to have, as I’ve been needing a nice gunmetal shimmer for some time now but hadn’t made a purchase. It leans cool and has good pigment and a creamy formula.
Ok. So first of all, clearly I have high expectations – have we gleaned that yet? What can I say? I expect the best. Having said that, despite my clear distaste for some of the shadows in this palette, there are actually a handful of really wonderful shades and formulas that I’m super keen to use like crazy: Queen, Cry Later (formula is a tad iffy but shade is great), Bukowski, Geek, Piaf, Fallen, and Hexagram. That’s 7 shades out of…24??? Eeks. See, THIS is why I don’t like palettes so much. I’m pretty much a one or two shade wonder and rarely play around to come up with intricate looks – so all these shades will probably go unused for the most part – and I hate having all these other shades kicking around when all I wanted was a handful! ~sigh~
Anyway, if you don’t have bizarre *excess* issues like I do, I think this palette definitely has some value (speaking of value, the shade costs on their own would total $130CAD, versus the $66 cost of the palette). Though there are a few shades I felt repetitive (namely, Instaglam, Precious, and Galore, which have minimal difference between them), the range of color is quite encompassing, and you really could come up with a huge variety of looks if that’s your thing. There are a few shades that could use an upgrade in formula, but it’s mainly limited to the glitter shades which we all know are more often than not a hassle. If you read other reviews of the palette, they’re mostly positive and are coming from people with NORMAL feelings toward palettes, so there’s that. And I mean…it IS kinda pretty to look at all the colors, no??
Are you a bit crazy when it comes to palettes? How do you (mentally) DEAL with the shades you don’t use??
*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.
Even though Halloween hasn’t yet passed, the holiday push has been full-on now for most of October. While in some ways this really annoys me (and I’m honestly the very SPIRIT of Christmas…when December 1st hits!), in others it does get me a little bit excited for the season, and what better way to usher it in than with a slew of awesome makeup and skincare sets! These are something you can benefit from well before Christmas, or if you’re more charitable than I apparently am, start purchasing for gifts so that you’re good and ready once Christmas hits. Either way: BRING. IT. ON.
After trying out the Buxom lipstick set last week, I was sure that the Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set ($47CAD) wouldn’t even come close in terms of wowing me like those lipsticks did. While the texture isn’t nearly as creamy, these lipsticks still pack plenty of punch in their own right. And with ten shades to choose from, you’re bound to find one or two to rock your world!
Kat Von D’s Painted Love lipsticks are said to be rich, long-lasting, moisturizing, and wearable, and the ten shades in the set have a variety of finishes, from matte to metallic. Paraben-free, each mini-bullet in the set is 0.042oz – full-size lipsticks are 0.11oz and go for $23CAD, so you’re getting quite a deal here at almost half the price (the set is about $112/oz; a single full-size lipstick is $209/oz). With a good range of shades, I think it’s a great opportunity to try out Kat’s line without committing to a full-size lipstick (and a chance to get your hands on a few never before seen shades* as well!).
Left to right: A Go-Go (reddish coral), Underage Red (bright crimson), Bachelorette* (dark fuchsia pink), Mau5* (deep pinky purple) , L.U.V.* (rich violet), Backstage Bambi (hot pink), Lovecraft (berry beige), Ritual (terracotta suntan), Vampira* (deep reddish burgundy), Thin Lizzy* (metallic rusty red)
Thin Lizzy is truly the only metallic of the bunch; the rest are all cremes, which is OK with me as I prefer that finish anyway! Below, I have a few lip swatches of the shades I was most interested in (as well as a few comparison shots) – I would have done them all, but my lips have been seriously flaky for the past few weeks with the weather finally turning cooler, and I didn’t think they’d take too kindly to me trying 10 different shades on top of the swatchapalooza I had last week with the Buxom lippies.
Lovecraft is a great neutral shade that doesn’t look lifeless or flat on my lips, which I appreciate, as I struggle with that at times. A great staple shade, and thankfully part of the permanent lineup.
Ritual reminded me of NARS’ Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More, which I purchased last fall. In truth, Ritual is slightly less brown and more wearable than More, as evidenced below:
Ka-POW!! This is one bold lippie! L.U.V. is eye-catching and fun but somehow remains quite wearable even in it’s brightness – I find it quite flattering on my skintone (remember my discovery of all things fuchsia!?).
IRL Vampira looks a bit darker and more vampy on me (more like the swatch), and I’m loving it. I have a ton of very similar red lipsticks already, so this is a nice addition that brings something new to the table entirely. And it’s kind of PERFECT for fall!
Each of the lipsticks have a very typical ‘lipstick feel’ to them – they are not particularly lightweight or creamy, but they apply with relative ease, feel comfortable to wear, and sit well on the lip. I’m not entirely sure I’d purchase a full-size (although if L.U.V. was permanent, I’d be terribly tempted!), but I am enjoying playing with the set and find I can get quite a variety of looks from them all. If you’re a lipstick gal and love having options, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Do you like lipstick sets? Or would you just rather buy one or two full-sized shades?
*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.