Category: Beauty

Victoria’s Secret Glossy Tint Lip Sheen – Review

I am an absolute sucker for lip products.  Whenever something new comes out I always want to try it.  Problem is, I am a nude lip kind of a girl.  I have dozens and dozens of nude lipsticks and have many favorites, but rarely do I spend money on other color simply because I don’t wear them.  

Several days ago I was shopping at Victoria’s Secret and while waiting to pay there were several beauty products for customers to browse.  The standard beauty products are only four for $20.  As I was browsing, I saw these pretty lip tints in great colors and decided to not by four different nude products but rather buy four different shades and start mixing up my mundane lip routine a bit.

I purchased the four colors offered.  They are as shown below and can also be found on the Victorias Secret website here:
1) Knockout Red
2) Better Than Bare
3) Manic Pink
4) Boudoir Pink

I was most impressed with the pigmentation of the Knockout Red and Manic Pink.  Although these are marketed as tints, I did feel that these did provide a light stain effect to my lips and could easily last at least a couple of hours without application.  The other two more nude colors (Better Than Bare and Boudoir Pink) are the ones I would most likely wear on a day to day basis, but did not have a very long lasting effect.  I did enjoy the ability to rotate the bottom to get more product, so no messy lip sharpeners needed.  This is especially good since the formula is very creamy and moisturizing.

I did find some of the following celebrities on the Glaamspot website with makeup that looked very similar to these lip tints.  Here are some similar looks:

Olivia Palermo with a Boudoir Pink Inspired Lip

 Jennifer Lawrence with a Manic Pink Inspired Lip

Jenna Dewan-Tatum with a Knockout Red Inspired Lip

In a nut shell, I would not refer to these as a  holy grail (HG) product, but they are very good and worth a try especially for the very reasonable price tag.

Pros:                                                                               Cons: 
Low Cost                                                                         Product doesn’t wear for a very long time
Moisturizing                                                                      Limited color selection
No Pencil Sharpener Needed

Review: L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipgloss

I was at my neighborhood Rite Aid and saw these pretty glosses in gold tubes and was super excited to try them.  They had three pluses right away:  pretty colors, pretty packaging and the were from L’Oreal whose makeup I tend to think is consistently above average in terms of quality.  Rite Aid was having a BOGO deal on all L’Oreal products so I picked up three of these new glosses and one of my tried and true favorite felt tip L’Oreal eyeliners.

I have to say since swatching these and trying these on once, I haven’t used them any more. I am not impressed with anything regarding these glosses.  Unfortunately they are one giant disappointment.  The two things I was looking for in these glosses – pigmentation and smooth feel, they just don’t have.

Let’s start with pigmentation.  I love me some Carmex and if I need a slightly glossy look my natural lip color is pigmented enough where with a bit of Carmex I am good to go.  If I see a lip gloss that looks to have a pigmented color I want some color payoff.  The coral color does give a bit of a color, but the two pinks are hopeless.  They will blend right into your lips and basically be unnoticable.  See here (the color I had on is Rose On and On):

The product claims are as follows,  “Colour Riche Caresse Liquid Lip Lacquer by L’Oreal is a water based stain formula with high shine. The luminous lip color is more comparable to a traditional lipstick, although this product too is lighter weight than a traditional lipstick.”

Unfortunately I found these to be nothing like a true lipstick, just a watery, slightly sticky mess that did not apply with much pigmentation or last very long at all.

In case you were curious, here are the colors I tried on:

Hopefully I will have better luck on my next set of products.  Until then…

The Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Celebrities have been wearing the winged eyeliner look for some time now.  It amazes me how a line of black ink can transform a look so much.  Ah, the beauty (no pun intended) of makeup.   Below are four of my favorites eyeliners to achieve a perfect winged eyeliner look:

Items one and three are excellent dupes for their more expensive counterparts.  Truth be told I have only purchased a couple of Lancome Artliner’s, to the countless Lineur Intense Brush Tip Eyeliners and I have found them to work exactly the same.   Not surprising since L’Oreal owns Lancome.   I have to say that when it comes to liners 1 and 2, I actually prefer the more expensive MAC cosmetic version.   The wand for the MAC eyeliner is much shorter and I find it easier to control.  However, the MAC version is so tiny that it tends to run out much faster than the L’Oreal version.  The brush tip on eyeliners 1 and 2 are also so fine it works best when creating a modest winged eyeliner look.  I find this to be especially perfect for the weekends when I am looking for a more natural look. 
So…for a more dramatic look I recommend liners 3 & 4, and for a softer look, I would recommend liner 1 or 2.   All are excellent, have amazing staying power and will provide you with the exotic cat eye look. 
Celebrities from Angelina Jolie, Rihanna & Taylor Swift have rocked this timeless look.  Checkout for more awesome makeup looks. 

Khroma Nude Lip Set – Review

 I was in Ulta the other day browsing for nothing specific when I cam across a new line of cosmetics from the Kardashian sisters.  I have to admit that I do watch the Kardashians.  I love their hair, makeup and clothing and well, as far as mindless, trashy tv goes – it is pretty awesome.  I didn’t know that they were coming out with their own line of cosmetics, but when I saw this nude lip set, I decided to give it a go.  Let me start by saying that I am a nude lip junkie.  I probably have close to a hundred lipsticks and the better part of them are some sort of nude.

What drew me to this product was that it was a liner, lipstick and gloss all in one.  The retail was $14.99 and Ulta had a buy one get one 50% off deal going so I decided to try the mascara out as well – more on that in a later blog post.  I have to say that I there are aspects that I really like this product.  I got the “In The Nude” shade and it really is the perfect nude.   I found with this product you really need the set to achieve the perfect nude lip as the liner and lipstick are both very matte and the gloss is very sheer.  Here is a picture of what my lips looked like:

The biggest con of this product would have to be the smell of the gloss.  I can’t describe it, but it is a mix of perfume and chemicals.  The smell does not linger, so after several minutes it does dissipate.  
Overall I wouldn’t re-purchase because I feel that it is a bit pricey for what you get and I am skeptical regarding how long the product will last.   I will continue to use the product as the shade is quite lovely and like I said, I am a nude lip junkie.