Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers

I had first heard about Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers on Noveau Cheap a month ago, but just recently spotted a display of them in my local Walgreens. I would of grabbed them all up, but since my bank account wouldn't like that I limited myself to two shades, Big Bang and Apocaliptic. At first, Rimmel originally released this lip line in the UK as Rimmel Apocalips. I love that name way better (maybe because I love puns) than Show Off but I guess I'm just being nit picky. I should just be glad they arrived in the US!

Top: Big Bang / Bottom: Apocaliptic

I love the packaging of these lip lacquers. They're original, sleek, and cute without being too gimmicky. The brush is a usual doe foot applicator with only one slight difference. There is a slit in the middle of the applicator that provides a little holding area for the gloss. I find that this helps really saturate the lips with color.

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers in Big Bang (Natural & With Flash)
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers in Apocaliptic (Natural & With Flash)
As you can see from the pictures above these glosses are ULTRA pigmented and the color you see outside the bottle is pretty much the color that is going to be applied to your lips. Big Bang is a bright red that really pops and Apocaliptic is a bright magenta pink. I only swiped the brush once on my hand to get this color. These lippies are not for the faint of heart when it comes to lip color. I love a bold lip so these are so wonderful! Rimmel doesn't advertise Show Off/Apocalips as lip glosses or lipsticks and I wouldn't categorize these as either of the two. The texture is very creamier and smoother than lipstick and not overly sticky like lip gloss. This may be my favorite lip product when it comes to consistency and texture! I really recommend applying this in front of a mirror. You want to be as precise as possible with a bold lip like this!

Now onto how long it really lasts. I have never tried a lip product that has lasted me the whole entire day without some lip liner/primer/setting powder. That being said, Show Off Lip Lacquers do a pretty good job of lasting longer than most lip glosses out there. The color is so pigmented that fading isn't too much of a problem, but it will happen. I wore this for a few hours with no bleeding or feathering.

So Basically...
I love this lip product. In the past Rimmel has never been my go-to cosmetics brand because there displays are always in little hidden nooks in the drugstore. However I have been finding myself loving the quality of their makeup for the price I pay. I recommend these lip lacquers to anyone who loves bright, bold lip colors.

Where To Buy
I bought them at my local Walgreens for $4.99 each. However, many colors are sold out on the Walgreens website. They are also available at Drugstore.com for $5.49 and as of right now all 14 shades are available!  

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June Ipsy Glam Bag 2013

June Ipsy Glam Bag - "On The Wild Side"
My Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a couple days ago and I thought I'd share the contents with you all today. If you're not aware of what Ipsy is, it is a monthly makeup subscription service. It costs $10 a month and they send you four to five products in a cute, reusable cosmetics bag. They say that your Glam Bag is "personalized" using their beauty quiz, but I don't know how much that really affects the products you receive. However, it could affect the shades you get.

This is only my second Ipsy Glam Bag and I like it so far. Some of the items are hit or miss. However, most of the items are full size and both bags I have received were valued at least four or five times what I paid for them. Overall, this June Ipsy Glam Bag was worth over $45!

The contents are usually cosmetics, i.e., lip liner, eyeliner, mascara. However, they do include the occasional hair product, perfume, or nail polish. I definitely recommend Ipsy to any makeup junkies like me! Ipsy also lets you view the items that you'll be receiving a little before they ship them out :)

Anyways, here are the little beauties:

Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo

Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Travel Size
I know a lot of people get overly hyped about dry shampoos nowadays but for some reason I can't follow suit. I have only really tried one other dry shampoo which was Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. I only got it because it was on sale at Publix for $1.50 a while back and I'm glad it was because I wasn't too fond of it. Psssst! has the same consistency as the Suave dry shampoo and it disperses the product at just about the same pressure. There are complaints on Makeup Alley about the strong smell of the Suave one so I can say that Psssst! has a milder scent which might be more pleasant to those with sensitive noses.

I don't really know how much use I'll get out of this. Maybe I just haven't been using dry shampoos the right way or something. Psssst! does come out clear with no white residue and completely blends in with any hair color so I was pretty impressed with that part. (To be honest I was very disappointed that this got chosen for me instead of the Chella Highlighter Pen, which I was aching for due to my obsession over highlighting/illuminating products.)

NYX Rouge Cream Blush

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Diva
Swatch of Diva
I have usually strayed away from cream blushes due to my oily skin but I'm so glad they put this in my bag. As you can see in the swatch above, the color is super pigmented! Even though the shade looks quite dark in the pan, it blended soooo smoothly on my cheeks. When fully blended into my skin, my cheeks looked naturally flushed and it lasted all day. It is VERY easy to go overboard with this blush so unless you want to look like a clown I suggest only using a dab on each cheek. Using your fingers is the ideal method of application since this is a true cream blush. I never thought I would love a cream blush so much but I have now been converted. I have a couple of NYX products that I'm in love with and this is just another winner from them!

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple
I had never heard of Cailyn before but hen I saw I would be receiving this gel eyeliner I was really excited. Eyeliner is one of the products I can never have enough of and I have many in my collection. At first I was disappointed that I didn't get this eyeliner in black, but it forced me to mix up my makeup game. Purple would of been my second choice since it's my favorite color however. The purple shade is a dark eggplant/plum color, very pigmented, and creamy (did not tug at my skin at all!) The packaging is also very intriguing since it had a built-in brush and breaks up into three parts. The bottom part is the pot that stores the eyeliner, the middle part acts as a lid and as the brush holder, and the top part is the brush.

Swatch of Purple
As you can see from the above swatch, the liner brush included does a pretty good job of creating a thin line or thick line depending on which way you turn it. Though, I'm torn about the brush. While it's great for applying a thin or thick line of eyeliner in a straight line, I much prefer my own Coastal Scents Small Angled Brush to create a more precise wing.

Now onto longevity. Does this eyeliner live up to its claim of water resistant, smudge-proof, and 24 hour wear? Yes and no. This eyeliner did last most of the day and it was very hard to fix when I would mess up during application. I haven't tested out the water resistant aspect of it, but this eyeliner did smudge a little bit on the outer corners of my eye so I wouldn't say this was 100% smudge-proof. All in all this is a good eyeliner but it costs $21 which I think is way too expensive for just an eyeliner. (However it does make me love Ipsy more!)

Starlooks Lip Pencil

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink
Swatch of Tickle Me Pink
Along with Cailyn Cosmetics, Starlooks is a brand I have never heard of before. I got the lip pencil in Tickle Me Pink, which is a dusty rose but it might appear brighter on lighter skin tones. Out of all of the color options for this lip liner I'm glad I got Tickle Me Pink because it's the most workable with my skin color. The pencil only slightly tugs at my lips and has overall the same consistency as other lip liners (slightly more creamy though). The color lasted all day for me but the pencil sharpens poorly. I lose a lot of the product just by sharpening it.

J.cat Sparkling Cream Palette

J.cat Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie
Swatch of Suzie
This may be the most disappointing product I received. Many Ipsy subscribers just flat out didn't like the glitter in these cream palettes. I was more disappointed about the density of the glitter. There is more cream than glitter in the pans and I had to dig out most of the pan to get a consistent line of glitter. The colors are so gorgeous and I love the mix of gold and bronze in the Suzie palette. I'll most likely use this palette up quickly but that's not necessarily a good thing :(

Where To Buy
Ipsy Glam Bag $10/month
Pssst! Dry Shampoo Travel Size $2.99
NYX Rouge Cream Blush $6
Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner $21
Starlooks Lip Pencil $12
J.Cat Sparkling Cream Palette $4.49

Here is a look I did using some of the products in the June Ipsy Glam Bag!

Products Used

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream SPF 20
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Diva
Benefit Watt's Up!
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray
Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer
Benefit Browzings in Medium
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple
J.Cat Cream Palette in Suzie (First Color on Left)
Diorshow Maximizer Lash Primer
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara (Top)
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes (Bottom)
Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dr. Jart + Black Label Detox Beauty Balm

So it seems like there are thousands of BB creams out there in the market. I have not tried many of them out there. Mainly because having so many options really overwhelms me! If you have been living under a rock, BB creams are beauty balms or blemish balms that are suppose to be an "all in one" cream that are an alternative to regular, heavy foundations. Most BB creams claim different things, i.e., acne coverage, skin smoothing, color correcting, or SPF.

BB Creams really intrigued me when they first started popping up here. I have never really been a fan of regular liquid foundation. Foundations are usually always heavy and the texture does not go well with my oily skin. A friend of mine suggested the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream a couple of months ago, but it did not control my oil at all. It would usually dissipate quickly through the day.

Fun Fact!
BB creams were originally created by a female German doctor in the 1960s. They were introduced to the Korean and Japanese markets in the late 1980s, which is why they were extremely popular in Asia before Western companies started to produce them.

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm
The past few days I have been testing out the Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm. I got a little 10mL/0.33 Fl. Oz. sample in Sephora Summer Starter Kit 500 point perk a few days ago. Dr. Jart+ is one of the most popular Korean brand of BB creams.

It claims to:
  • Treat with high levels of active skin care ingredients
  • Moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin
  • Prime and perfect skin’s surface
  • Camouflage and color correct the skintone
  • Protect skin from the sun with SPF

The Good
So usually after I'm done putting my face on in the mornings, I use a setting spray and/or setting powder. However, the other day I was in a major rush and quickly applied this BB cream. I did not put a primer before it or set it with anything so I was super worried it would just melt off. To my surprise, it lasted all day for me!! My skin STILL looked moderately matte at the end of the night after I had been out all day in the Florida sun. My skin also looked brighter and more radiant which may be linked to the SPF 25.

This BB cream provides medium coverage, which more than a tinted moisturized but less than regular foundation. This does an amazing job of smoothing out my skin, making my pores appear smaller, and covering the small red patches I have around my face. I LOVE the lightweight feel of this BB! My skin doesn't feel cakey or unnatural which is a problem I had with the Maybelline Dream Fresh. It does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so that's always a plus.

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB (Against White Paper To Show True Color)
The Bad
This Dr. Jart+ BB only comes in one shade that is "Light to Medium", (pictured above). As you can see, this BB is not translucent. I wanted you all to see the true shade when it is against white paper. The shade looks pretty dark but seeing it against my skin below provides a more accurate swatch. When I applied this BB onto my face, it gave my skin a grayish and unnatural tone. This BB is suppose to blend in with most skin tones. It took a while to really settle into my skin...but even then, it only sort of settled. I still felt like it was a little off, like my skin look too white.

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB (Swatched On Olive Skin)
Then I remembered Dr. Jart+ was a Korean brand of cosmetics, so this might have a "whitening" component that is common in Asia. I am Filipina and there are so many products out there that promote this idea that whiter skin is better. (I'm doing some serious eye rolling right now.) I have olive, moderately brown skin and I'd rather keep it that way. This BB might blend a lot more naturally on lighter skin tones, but it didn't fully blend on me.

Before and After Application On Cheek (Photo Cropped But Not Altered)

So Basically...
As you can see in the picture above this BB does a great job providing light to medium coverage but the coloring still looked unnatural no matte how much I blended it in. I love the staying power of this BB cream. It's so hard for me to find a face product that can withstand the oiliness of my skin without some type of primer and setting product. This BB does a great job if you are looking for light to medium coverage but want something lightweight. I don't mind the "one shade" BBs because they take out the guessing work. However, I wish this BB blended more naturally for ALL skin tones, light or dark. At the very least, I would like to see them release a shade for medium to dark skin tones. I plan on trying the other Dr. Jart+ beauty balms to see if they blend better than this one because I love the quality of the product brand.

I recommend using your fingers or a hard brush to apply this BB cream. The texture a lot more creamy than a liquid foundation so using a sponge, like the Beauty Blender, may not be able to blend this evenly.

Where to Buy
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauy Balm (Sephora: $36 for 1.5 oz/$18 for 0.66 oz)