Gloss Balms Galore!

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Hey Everyone! This post is all about the different types of drugstore lip products that fall under the “gloss balm” category. Gloss Balms and Lip Butters are basically just a lip balm or chapstick with a hint of color and often a glossy sheen. I really like gloss balms because they are super hydrating and sheer. The ones I will be reviewing in this post are the Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms, the Loreal Colour Riche Caress and Colour Riche Balms, the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters, and the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suedes. Here are the descriptions, and pictures and swatches will be below.

*Since these products are all considered “sheer” (compared to a normal lipstick), I will use the words sheer, semi-sheer, and high color to describe them. Sheer means that there is little to no visible color, mostly transparent. Semi-Sheer means that there is noticeable or semi-noticable visible color. High Color means that there is very noticeable color.  

COVERGIRL LIP PERFECTION JUMBO GLOSS BALM : These are pencil style lip balms with a twistable bottom for addition product. They have buildable semi-sheer pigmentation and last for a few hours before reapplication is needed (as most gloss balms do). The lighter colors can slightly settle into lines and accentuate very chapped lips.  The color 225 Rose Twist is an exceptional everyday rosey nude. I would recommend this product.

225 Rose Twist – a pink rosey nude

205 Ballet Twist – a sandy light pink

220 Haute Pink Twist – a hot watermelon pink

LOREAL COLOUR RICHE CARESS : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in luxurious mirrored gold packaging. They are semi-sheer to buildable high color in pigmentation. I feel that they are not very hydrating and the light colors can be a bit chalky though they have a sheen. The color 170 Cotton Pink in particular is very chalky on my dry lips. Though some colors are great, it’s a huge hit and miss. Overall I would not recommend this product.

170 Cotton Pink – a milky baby pink

172 Blushing Sequin – a neutral neon hot pink

LOREAL COLOUR RICHE BALM : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in tinted translucent packaging. They are semi-sheer in pigmentation and are extremely hydrating. Unlike some of the gloss balm style products, these do not accentuate any dryness and actually give an airbrushed effect to the lips. The color quality and shade range is fantastic. I highly recommend this product.

818 Nourishing Nude – a nude toffee tan *favorite*

318 Heavenly Berry – a nude raspberry *favorite*

REVLON COLORBURST LIP BUTTER : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in tinted translucent packaging with a quilted detail. They are semi-sheer and can have a slightly chalky and sticky consistency. I would not recommend this product.

045 Cotton Candy – a slightly purple baby pink with gold shimmer

REVLON COLORSTAY ULTIMATE SUEDE : These are traditional twist-up lip colors and come in clear packaging. They are high-color and in true “color stay” fashion, they last all day. I like to apply a clear chapstick to my lips before applying these because, again like most colorstay products, they can be a bit drying. I would recommend this product.

010 Womanswear – a neutral candy pink

Clinique Acne Solutions Review

Hey Everyone! Today I’m reviewing the Clinique Acne Solutions regimen, as well as talking about my current skincare routine. For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve suffered from breakouts for the majority of my life and have since been on numerous different routines and treatments trying to solve the problem. Before I started the Clinique regimen, I was using the Neutrogena Skin ID system, which really helped my skin a lot, but they discontinued that line leaving me to have to find something else. Yes, I have been to dermatologists many times throughout my battle with acne, but I’ve found that when I use the harsh treatments they tend to prescribe I lose the health of my skin and end up having to quit using any kind of treatment and only use gentle cleansers and moisturizers to get it back to “normal”. That is why the majority of the time I prefer using non-prescription treatments. Now back to the review!

This system has three steps:

1. Foaming Cleanser: The cleanser, as mentioned in the video, is not as thick of a foam as I would like but it does the job with 2-3 pumps of cleanser without over-drying the skin. I like to use it with my Clarisonic to really remove all dirt/makeup well.  2% Salicylic Acid

2. Clarifying Lotion: This clarifying lotion is actually a liquid toner, not a “lotion”. I apply it after the cleanser with a cotton pad all over my face, excluding my eye area, and down my neck. It is excellent at removing excess dirt/makeup and tightening pores. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the size of my pores since the very first use of this product. 1.5% Salicylic Acid

3. Clearing Moisturizer: Although this treatment moisturizer absorbs nicely into the skin, be extra careful 10-20 minutes after applying it if you are wearing dark clothing or have dark sheets as it could bleach them. 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

*4. Spot Healing Gel: You can feel this spot healing gel working on contact. It brings cystic acne to the surface as a whitehead in one to two doses and dries it up within three. Excellent! 1% Salicylic Acid  **optional step**

Overall, I would give this system a 4/5. It was able to significantly clear up my skin extremely quickly without making it look and feel unhealthy. If you have heard bad things about Clinique products and are still weary, I would recommend getting a sample of  the spot treatment first. If you like the spot treatment, you will love the rest of the line!

 

I also use for my Morning Regimen :

1. Cleanse – Aveeno Brightening Daily Scrub

2. Treat – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright

3. Eye Cream – Origins GinZing

4. Moisturize – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Origins Brighter By Nature, DiorSnow UV Shield

5. Conceal – Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

 

 

 

Romantic Makeup – Sigma Resort Palette

Hi Everyone! Today I did a look using the Sigma Resort Palette. I know its not available yet, but I thought I’d give you another preview of its awesomeness at the same time as giving you makeup inspiration for a Date/Valentines Day/Girls Night Out. This look is really easy to achieve, so if you want to see how I did it then click on the video!

As shown in the video, the main colors I used for this look were all from the Sigma RESORT palette including Muse (smokey charcoal), Fawn (warm taupe), Luna (creamy highlight), and Moonbeam (lilac purple). I also used the products in the pictures above!

QUESTION : ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THIS PALETTE TO LAUNCH?!

What I’m Brining to IMATS : The Complete Beauty Edition

Hey Everyone!

As you can probably tell, I am going to IMATS Pasadena this weekend! Last year (2012) was my very first year going and I had a fantastic time! However, before going I searched “what to bring/wear to IMATS” and “what to expect at IMATS” and shockingly found very little. So here is the complete list of what I am going to be bringing with me beauty wise :

SKIN: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream (Fair), Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Siberia), MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW15), MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer (NC15), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Illuminator, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder, Nars Albatross Highlighter, Benefit Watts Up Highlighter, MAC MSF (Light Plus), MakeupForever Blush (#10), Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl.

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette, MAC quad (Espresso, Satin Taupe, Expensive Pink, Shale), N7 Liquid Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil (Zero/Whiskey), Chella Brow Gel, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara,

LIPS: Ulta Lip Pencil (Rose), MAC lipstick (Glamourdaze), Loreal Color Riche Balm (Nourishing Nude).

BRUSHES: (see video)

When you get to the show you will need to wait in line to get your wristband first, then you will get into another line  which is around the other side of the building (you’ll see it). After you get in you want to head to the booth you most want to see first ( I recommend researching which companies/shows/etc will be there before arriving ) because chances are that if you skip the booth you want to go to the most because the line seems too long, you’ll end up having to wait in an even BIGGER line later. Unfortunately lines do not “die down” at IMATS. You’ll also want to research what kinds of discounts the companies are offering and make a budget for yourself.

As far as what to wear, I’ve seen it all. You want to look good obviously because you will be taking pictures and meeting people in the beauty industry, but don’t take that as an invitation to wear a prom dress! Anything from nice jeans and a t shirt to a day time dress would work perfectly. I will be wearing a blousey button down and black jeans with chunky jewelry and cute flats from C Wonder. Speaking of flats, thats exactly what you will want to wear. You will most definitely be waiting in long lines and fighting through crowds all day.

When lunch comes around, there is a nice plaza right across the street with places like PF Changs and Rubios. A bit farther than that (walking or driving is ok) is Colorado Blvd which has tons of places to eat. Just make sure to keep your wristband on!

Thats about all the tips/info I can think of besides to just have fun and take tons of pictures. If you are going and want to do a meet up you can message me or tweet me. I will be checking my twitter and posting pics all day 🙂 hope to see you there!

Best of Beauty 2012

Hey Everyone! I recently saw a blog post on http://www.temptalia.com asking readers to vote for/nominate their favorite beauty products under certain categories. Of course I filled in the survey, but then I thought that this would be an interesting topic to post on MY blog too. So here you go! These are not all of the categories on Temptalia, but these are the ones I felt were strong winners in my opinion. Let me know what your favorites are of this year!

Best High End Brand: Laura Mercier

Best Budget Brand: Maybelline

Most Overrated Product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick 

Most Underrated Product: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Best New Product: Loreal Color Riche Balm

Best High End Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Best Drugstore Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe

Best Cream Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo

Best Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin

Best Eyeliner: N7 Liquid Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment spf 15

Best Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk

Best Lipstick: MAC creamsheen lipstick in Hot Gossip

Best Highlighter: Nars highlighter in Albatross

Best Blush: MAC satin blush in Cubic

Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl

Best Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation

Best High End Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr

Best Drugstore Foundation: Loreal True Match

Best Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

Best Brushes: Sigma

Best Skin Care: Origins

Best Hair Care: Organix

Best Limited Edition: MAC eyeshadow in Jaunty from the Hey Sailor Collection

 

OK, now I am just going to talk about a few products in particular from the list! Lets start with the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (I have the color #13). I voted this most overrated because although it is very pigmented, smooth, and glossy, i found the staying power was lacking. I’m not sure why Beauty Gurus were loving this because unless you don’t mind reapplying every hour or so, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. On the other hand the most underrated product, Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, was not very well received by most gurus, but I found it to be absolutely fantastic! The coverage is great and it looks extremely natural. I also think it delivers the benefits advertised fairly quickly from the first use. Also, I love the fair color because its very neutral toned and matches my skin perfectly.

I was having a hard time deciding which powder eyeshadow was my favorite this year due to all of the new fun palettes that came out, when I stumbled upon the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow and I realized that I’ve worn this shade consistently throughout the year. Its a winner for me not only because of the number of times I’ve used it, but because of its incredible versatility. I’ve used Sin as a lid color, highlighter, crease color, blending color, and probably more ways that I am just not thinking of right now.The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk has been a Holy Grail lip gloss for me every since I got it as a free gift with purchase at Ulta towards the beginning of the year. It is a perfect plumping glossy nude with slight shimmer that looks good with literally everything!

Next I want to talk about MAC’s blush is Cubic. I got this shade after a similar limited edition one was sold out and the lady helping me recommended it as a dupe. If you are fair skinned like me, this is the most natural looking blush you’ll ever find. Its so subtle and feminine, without being bright or glowy (words you would normally WANT to describe your blush). When you look at it in the pan, it looks kind of “blah” to be honest, but once applied, its absolute magic.

Everyone who watches my videos knows that Sigma Brushes are my complete and total favorite, but the stand out of the bunch for me this year was the F84 Angled Kabuki. Its great for foundation, but does a whole bunch of other tricks too. Speaking of foundation,  Kandee Johnson recommended using the Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation as a concealer, and she couldn’t be more right. I picked it up ( I’m in the shade E10) at IMATS in August and the lady told me it was almost 60% pigment, whereas normal foundations are only about 20% pigment. How fantastic is that! Especially for a concealer! Lastly I have to mention MAC’s eyeshadow in Jaunty from their Hey Sailor collection in the summer. I was not thrilled with the collection, or any of their’s this year frankly, but this eyeshadow is a really great neutral for my skin tone. If your fair skinned try to find this on ebay. It’s worth it!

I know this was a long post today, but all the products I listed and or talked about deserved a mention. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to tell me your favorite products.