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Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Avon Moisture Seduction Lipstick

"The sexiest thing to touch the lips since the kiss" -Avon

Around the same time each year Avon introduces a new lipstick. Last year brought us the oddly shaped Mega Impact that claimed to be the most pigmented- which was released right around the same time Maybelline introduced their Colour Sensational that was very similar. This year brings us Moisture Seduction Lipstick that *surprise, surprise* is also pretty similar to Cover Girl's newest: Lip Perfection.


"Ribbons of rich moisturizers intertwine with seductively smooth clolour for a sensuous serge of deep hydration" - brochure

These lipsticks automatically reminded me of my very first Bonne Bell lip balms I got for Christmas in first grade. They had the same sort of swirled look. I loved those! As usual, most of the shades in this line are red toned or just too dark. I find that with a lot of Avon's new lines. They don't tend to offer my type of shades.


I ended up going with Pink Taffeta a brighter light pink, Perfect Pink a more neutral pink, and Mocha Plum a mid tone plum with a hint of nude. Mocha Plum is waay out of my "comfort zone" and it will most likely go to my mom, but I thought I'd live a little and give it a go. I was tempted to get Nude Perfection but it looked very brown and not really a nude at all.


Pink Taffeta- In the tube this looks shockingly pink, but it ends up being a very pretty, girly pink on.


Perfect Pink- This shade is pretty close to my actual lip colour, but it is just different enough. This pink is more muted as it has a tint of nude.


Mocha Plum- This shade is a bit more blue based in person (the photo has too much of a red cast) and is very pretty but a bit dark for me. For fans of more vampy shades I am sure this would be great. It isn't so dark that it looks costumey and it is a nice blend of a darker nude and plum.

sample... a girl's best friend!


Nude Perfection- I bought samples to give out to my customers, so I took that as a chance to try out this shade. It was exactly as I expected... too brown to really be a nude. It isn't a dark shade, so it could be worn by a lot of different skin tones, but not a nude in my opinion.


All of these lipsticks contain sparkle ( I do wish they had skipped that) and are a bit less opaque than your average due to the moisturizer that is swirled in, I would guess. They feel very smooth on the lips and don't require any balm before application. These would be great for anyone who isn't a lipstick lover or wants a non-drying formula. The moisturizer in them actually moisturizes, so another plus. These might not be for anyone who wants a really intense opaque colour or a long lasting formula, as I have noticed they do need reapplying more often than your average lipstick since they have a bit more slip on the lip.







Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review:Cover Girl Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation



As promised (a few days late, but hey...) today's review is Cover Girl's newest foundation Natureluxe Liquid Silk. When I first saw the commercial for this I was intrigued by the fact that they claimed to have "removed a harsh synthetic and added a touch of cucumber." I am a former user of Cover Girl foundation -way back to elementary school- and I remember that terrible scent it had. I picked up a bottle of Cover Girl's Clean foundation and while the product is actually not bad, it has that same old CG scent that makes me want to *belch*. I am happy to say that this one does not have a terrible scent.

CG Comparison shade chart

I have the second lightest shade 310 Flax. This line has odd names compared to what you usually see when foundation shopping, which I can't help but think will confuse the average person more so than be helpful.


While I like that this is in a squeeze tube with a fine tip as opposed to the stupid bottles most drugstore foundations come in, I don't like that there is only a small viewing window. When I bought mine there was no tester for any shade and the display showed Flax as the lightest shade available. I really didn't want to have to make a return due to the wrong colour choice, so I ended up opening a tube in the store. I know that is a technical "no-no" but it worked out because I bought it. But, not everyone who opens one will buy it. I'm rambling... In short there should be a better way to see the colour of the product and some sort of safety seal on the tubes.

From tube, and slightly blended

"Foundation, with a hint of jojoba extract and cucumber water, gives a flawless, luxurious coverage with a barely there feel." -from tube.

I have to start by saying that this foundation really is light. It feels like nothing on and application for me was as easy as applying a tinted moisturizer. The colour match is as perfect as I could ever want, and that in itself makes application that much easier. To apply this I have used a typical foundation brush, my hands and my new absolute fave a stippling brush. I don't think it really matters how you apply this, you probably won't run into any issues. I found the coverage to be a light/medium but I can be built a bit without getting gunky. I have had no issues with this "sticking" on my dry skin areas -dry skin gals know what I mean by that. Although they don't use it as a selling point, this foundation is almost 100% transfer proof as well. It passes the Kleenx test for sure. Not sure what that is? To test the transferability of a foundation, gently rub it over dry foundation (that has not been set with powder.) This leaves only the slightest hint of colour.

Overall I am really happy with this foundation. I do wish I hadn't bought where I did (at $17.99) because I am seeing it everywhere else for a fair bit cheaper, so shop around. If I had to grade it I would give it a solid B+. It looses a few marks for still having a slight scent (nothing offensive or lingering mind you) and for having no protection on the tube.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?



Sunday, January 23, 2011

2010 Year In Review (Pic Heavy)

The whole gang

I am probably the last blogger to get to this, but I knew it would take me some time to put together, and I honestly was putting it off. Over the past few days I have slowly been filling a big storage container with all of my nominees for this list. It was hard! Considering I haven't been doing this blog full time for a year yet, I still have quite the little collection of products.

Some items are not shown, simply because I forgot to add them with their group photos, and some are currently not in my possession. Also, in preparing this I have found a ton of things that I haven't reviewed yet, I didn't realize how much stuff I'd passed over. For items I've reviewed there will be a link, for items I plan on reviewing, there will nothing but the name, and for things I don't think I will do a full review on I'll have a little description. On to the categories!

Bath and Body

Cake Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse

Cake Desserted Island Supremely Rich Bat
h and Shower Froth (Double Bubble size)
Uremol 10 Hand an
d Body Lotion
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Brazilian Coffee Bean Shower Cream
This body wash has the most amazing coffee scent! It is a perfect morning scent and the formula is really moisturizing. This also comes in an orange juice type scent if you aren't a coffee fan.
Yves Rocher Organic Vanilla Body Exfoliant


Mascara


Maybelline XXL Pro 24 Hour Bold
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion
Revlon Grow Luscious
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening (not shown)

Gadgets


Clarisonic Mia Facial Cleanser

Oral B Vitality

I got this tooth brsuh free from my dentist, and have never been more excited about brushing my teeth. I love this tooth brush! The ads for this all mention the "from the dentist clean" and it is so true. This tooth brush makes your teeth feel so clean. I love that it has a built in timer that lets you know when you have brushed long enough.

Concealers


Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Cream
Revlon Colour Stay Blemish Concealer in Light
Benefit Erase Paste in No. 2 Medium

Foundation

I tried quite a few foundations in 2010, and while I haven't found a true favourite just yet the following aren't too bad:
Revlon Colour Stay Foundation for Combination/ Oily Skin in Sand Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte + Skinpure Complex in Warm Ivory
Revlon Age Defying Makeup for Dry Skin in Bare Buff

Finishing

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Pure Natural Mineral Finishing Silk
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent


Perfumes


Yves Rocher Vanille Noire
Aquolina Pink Sugar
Yves Rocher Flower Party
Unlike what the name would suggest, Flower Party isn't really a floral perfume. The scent has a light fruity top note with a lightly sweet vanilla dry down. It claims to have rose notes, but I don't detect them. This is a perfect spring/summer scent.
Lancome Tresor (not shown)
Over the past few years I have had (and finished) many bottles of Tresor. My mom fist bought it for herself, but it soon became shared and eventually all mine. To me, the scent is indescribable, but it is described as being a "warm floral-oriental (that) has a very fine and elegant composition made of rose, heliotrope, orris, apricot and iris." -Fragrantica

Skin Care- Face


Mario Badescu Orange Tonic Mask
Spectro Derm Cleanser for Dry Skin
Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer
Pur Minerals Mineral
Mudd Masque
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean
Caffeine Eye Cream
Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Daily Exfoliating Gel Cleanser (not shown)

Eye Sh
adow


Annabelle Custom Quad filled with Ebony, Divine Diva, Indigo Glow, and Vanilla Chilla.
Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Victoria
n Lace, Minx, Tiki and Retro Peacock ELF Mineral Eye Shadow in Mysterious
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Q
uad in Give Me Gold

Primers


Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer
Isomers High Definition Primer


Hair Care

Got 2 B Styltini Double Shot 24 Hour Hair Thickener
I picked this up on a whim when it was on sale and am very happy I took a chance on it.I don't often blow dry my hair, but when I do this is a must. I apply a little dab and it makes my hair look thicker and feel softer.
Garnier Fructis Detangling Double Care Nourish + Shine Leave-in
Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Hairspray
Herbal Essences
Body Envy Weightless Volumizing Gel (not shown)
I am a pretty low maintenance type of girl when it comes to my hair, but I do use products to help keep it in check when it gets unruly. I use this gel, mainly for my bangs, as a way to keep them from being too fluffy or pointing up. I apply this on damp hair and set it with a bobby pin. After a few hours I remove the pin and brush. The gel disappears without a crunchy look and gives great hold.

Eye Liners


Mark No Place To Run Long Wear Eyeliners in Steely Gaze, Foxy Brown, Ultra Violet, and Grassroots

Annabelle Smudgeliner in Oh My Goth

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Very Black

Blush and Bronzers


Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Prettied Up
Joe Fresh Blush in Nude (used for highlighting)
Skinn Colour Touch Eye Cheek and Lip Glow in Teen Tone
Joe Fresh blush in Plum

Lip Care


Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub

Blistex Lip Medex
This has to be at least my 20th tin. I have been using this since 8th grade and I will use it until they stop making (good god I hope they never do!) This comes in a tube too, but I don't like the tube version as much as the pot.
Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment with SPF 15
This is very similar to Lip Medex, but a bit less intense. I love that it has SPF and minimal shine. I wear this under lipstick quite a lot.


Lipstick

I have only recently started to get "into" lipstick, but the ones that were most loved in 2010 were:
AvonUltra Moisture Rich Lipstick in Cherub
This is relatively old, and no longer available, but I love the colour. It is a pale pink with a slight nude undertone. I already have a MAC replacement lined up for when this used up.
Mark Lip Click in Sweetie Pie and Bare Hug
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Airy Fairy (not shown)

Lip Gloss



Vapour Organic Beauty Lip Gloss in Enigma
Mark Juice Gems Lip Gloss in Pomegranate
Avon Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss in Natural Glow
Joe Fresh Lip Gloss in Sheer Pink

Nail Polish


Joe Fresh Nail Polish in Fog
OPI Nail Polish in Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Tickle My Francey
Avon Nail Experts Pearl Shine
This isn't your typical nail polish... it applies like one but dries in an instant and leaves your nails with a really subtle glowly sheen that is natural but better. Great for when you want a put together look but don't have a lot of time.
Essie To Dry For Top
Coat (not shown)
I originally just picked this up because I needed something and it was on sale. After one use it was love. I went back and got three more bottles. I have just started my second bottle and can't say enough great things about it. I makes your polish dry faster, last longer and it has a great shine.

Misc.


Sophi Hair Accessories
If you have long hair (or any hair at all really) or are like me you keep elastics, clips, headbands and bobby pins everywhere. I am super fussy about what I use, but I have come to love the Sophi brand. I get them at dollar stores (most in my area carry the brand) and have a ton of different items. I particularly like their thick metal free elastics, since they last a very long time before they stretch out or bust. They also have some really cute headbands. Best part, everything is about a $1.

Foot Care


Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream
Ped Egg
Luxuriant Cracked Heel Repair

Nail Care


Revlon Nail Files
I don't always file my nails, but when I go through a stage where I do I usually use a Revlon file. They are inexpensive ($1.99) and have the perfect amount of grit. They come in a ton of patterns too. I always have a few on hand.
Sally Hansen Miracle Cure
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
I just replaced my old tin with a new one. The new one (pictured) was a few dollars cheaper than my last one and is a bigger tin. How great is that?

Wow, that took forever. Now I get to put everything away... fun! Did you have any of the same faves as I did? What was your fave product of the year?





Friday, January 21, 2011

Review: Cover Girl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in Hibiscus




Another lip item, I promise this will be the last one for a while. I picked this up a week or so ago when I got the Nature Luxe Foundation (review of that tomorrow) and had a coupon, but you had to buy both. To be honest I wasn't really that into this product when I saw it, but now that I've been using it, I quite like it.

"Get the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft, lightweight feel of SPF 15 balm. Fortified with mango and shea butter, this feel-good formula leaves your lips feeling decadent and delicious.
Luxurious, sheer color with a hint of shine; contains decadent mango and shea butter. Soft, lightweight feel. SPF 15"

Hibiscus Gloss balm on hand

This product is a pretty much a frankening of lip balm and lip gloss. It glides on like a balm and leaves a nice tint of colour (more than I expected) and a nice shine without being sticky. It feels the same as wearing a light lip balm, so it really feels like nothing on. I picked up the shade Hibiscus, a mauvey pink. In my Shopper's all of the colour options they had seemed too dark except for this one. When I looked up the product online however, there are actually a lot - 16 to be exact- colour choices. I guess it depends on where you buy it.

Hibiscus Gloss Balm on lips

Like I mentioned above, I was happily surprised at the amount of colour this has once applied. After seeing so many darker shade choices in the store, I wondered if it was because it applied super sheer. It doesn't though, which is great. It is more sheer than a lipstick, but it still has a pretty good pop of colour.

This gloss/blam is super easy to wear and apply (no mirror needed) and it does leave your lips moisturized. If I was able to find more of the shades I would buy this again.

Have you tried this? What did you think?





Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: Revlon ColourBurst Lipstick in Mauve

"Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. It always means that they have a history." - from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

Well, I don't know if that includes lipstick, but if it does I guess I am not to be trusted. Take that as your warning. I first saw a review of this on Kali's blog The Makeup Drawer. I've said before that lipstick and I have a love/hate relationship, but in the past while I have been reaching for it more and more. I find it hard to buy in the store though, they all start to look the same as what I already have at home, so I like to go prepared with a list of what I am looking for (read: nerd.) Today I was in Shopper's Drug Mart (surprise, surprise) to get a few Revlon Super Lusterous lipsticks (on sale for
$3.99) and had my handy list with me. I couldn't find what I wanted so I didn't get anything. Shocking! I know.


Where was I going with this... Right, this is not only a great colour but the formula is everything you could ever want in a lipstick: smooth, light feeling, non drying. That has to be my biggest peeve, lipsticks that glide on smoothly and feel great at first then end up leaving your lips dry and ugh-ly. This lipstick feels moisturizing, I wouldn't go so far as to say it will moisturize but it feels great and doesn't dry your lips out.


The colour is perfect, a mauvey pink that isn't too purple. I find mauve type purples work well on me, but it can be a hard colour range to find the right type. This shade isn't too dark, but still has a bit of a pink undertone to it. The finish has a slight shine to it, which I like. Wear wise... I find it wears away a bit faster than other lipsticks I've used, but I am no expert in that department and I don't mind reapplying.

The tube on this is great too, it is sleek black and silver with a quilted pattern on two sides of the tube. The cap clicks tightly, so there shouldn't be any possibility of purse "oh no's". I would pick up more Colour Burst shades, but I would wait until they go on sale. At $11.99 a pop they are tad steep. I have noticed that Revlon lipsticks are almost always on sale somewhere if you take the time to look.

Have you tried this lipstick? What other Colour Burst shades do you like?



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review: MAC Kissable Lipcolour in En-Chantee



The next two posts (today's and tomorrow's) were brought on by swatches I saw at Kali's blog The Makeup Drawer. Sometimes you see a swatch or review and you know you just have to have it. The item today is super fantastic, and I love it! Okay that is out of the way, anyway for review we have MAC Kissable Lipcolour in En-Chantee.

"Luscious in pay-off and application, Kissable Lipcolour applies with the smooth glide of a lip gloss, then finishes with creamy pigment rich look of a lip stick. New slimline vial complete with doe-foot applicator." - MAC website


Kissable Lipcolours are limited editions that were recently released as part of the Peacocky Collection. Lipcolour really is the best way to describe this as isn't a lip gloss (more pigmented) and it isn't a gloss (not as slipery or shiny) but it is the perfect balance of the two. En-Chanteee is a light blue pink creme that (I think) would suit a large range of skin tones. I was very tempted to also pick up Woo Me, a light pinky nude but I was trying to behave myself, so I stuck with one.

with flash

without flash

I know I said it already, but I love this product! It is creamy and glides on perfectly. Since it is gloss like in texture, you don't have to be as concerned with the condition of you lips when you apply it, but it is a lighter colour so I like to apply a thin base to cover my natural lip colour, then apply a second layer to even it out. It isn't sticky, yet it does last a fairly long time. A hint of colour stays even after the shine has worn away. The tube is super slim and long, giving it a sleek sexy look and making just that bit different from your average lip gloss tube.

It doesn't look like any colours are sold out yet online, but if you are thinking of picking up on these don't wait too long, as mentioned they are limited edition. Have you tried these? What did you think?