Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks (And Whipped Sneak Peek!)

Hi everyone!
I wanted to do a little blog post to accompany my video on new products from NYX. There are so many makeup-related topics that work really well when shared in video form... but when we're dealing with a full line of lip colors, I think pictures are best for allowing you to compare the colors side-by-side. NYX sent me the full line of Liquid Suedes- as you can see, there are 12 total shades. As I mentioned in the video, each shade has its own unique personality! Some are neutral, some are super bright, and some are just really "out there" :)

Left to right: Tea & Cookies, Soft-Spoken, Sandstorm, Orange County, Life's A Beach, Pink Lust, Kitten Heels, Sway, Amethyst, Cherry Skies, Vintage, Stone Fox

(click photos to enlarge)
You can check out my video for more of an overall review of these, but in a nutshell, they're creamy matte lip colors that you apply with a wand applicator. These shades are quite pigmented-- in the pictures, you're seeing how they look with just one layer all over my lips. If you notice any shine on any of these- it's probably because I was quickly applying these to the lips and didn't allow it to fully dry. The flat nature of the wand applicator allows for a really precise application, which I love. Something important to note about the formula... it doesn't COMPLETELY dry on the lips, unlike certain other liquid lipsticks. You'll notice a bit of a tacky feel... it's not uncomfortable like a sticky gloss might feel, but you can definitely sense it when you press your lips together. 
These lip colors will transfer off onto a cup or skin... but only partially. I still notice a great deal of remaining color on my lips, but I just wanted you to see that they're not transfer-resistant. And if you happen to be eating anything that might be the slightest bit moist- things can get a little messy. It almost re-liquifies the product slightly. All in all, I enjoy the lightweight, velvety texture of these products. The application is easy, and I love the finished look. The reds in this collection are some of my favorites, especially Kitten Heels. It's just the perfect pure red! But just keep in mind that these lip colors- particularly the bold ones- may require some maintenance if you're doing a lot of talking, eating or drinking. 

NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle 
The other line of colorful goodies that I mentioned in the video are the NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle. These are so new, they're not even available at the time I'm writing this post. These feel INCREDIBLY light and creamy. While the swatches below look shiny- they actually do dry a little on the lips and cheeks (my photo was taken right after they were applied). They end up having a somewhat velvety feel - they're just so unique. They're easy to blend onto the cheeks with fingers or a brush. I haven't had any staying power problems on the cheeks, and the staying power on the lips is better with the brighter/deeper colors. I do plan to do a full review with more explanations, because frankly, I haven't gotten to experiment with these a whole lot so far. 
Left to right: Plush, Cocoa Bean, Pink Cloud, Berry Tea, Pink Lace, Dark Cloud, Molten Love, Coral-Sicle
Swatches are in the same order as the products shown above. Again, this was after they were freshly swatted and this creamy formula does dry slightly. There might be the slightest hint of shine, but would probably be best described as a semi-matte finish. I'll make sure to show these on my lips in a future review- coming soon! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Salon Perfect False Lash Starter Kit

Hi everyone! It's true! A new blog post! I'll get straight to the point since I'm not sure how long a certain someone's nap is going to last. I found this Salon Perfect "Perfectly Glamorous" Starter Kit at the end of one of the beauty aisles in Wal-Mart. I believe it was around $5, and when I laid eyes on two separate styles of lashes in one package, I thought, why hasn't anyone done this sooner?? Frankly, I'd love a whole 6-pack of different styles to experiment with. Because lashes are a tricky product to figure out exactly how they're going to look on YOU. Sometimes they're way more dramatic than you thought they looked in the packaging... sometimes they turn out to be more subtle. So MAJOR props to Salon Perfect for putting this together. Demi Wispies are one of my all-time favorite styles of lashes, and I like the #105 style, too. I also saw a more natural duo of lashes in Wal-Mart- I'm pretty sure it included the #101 and #53 styles. 
Wearing Demi Wispies
I dug up this old blog picture of me wearing Demi Wispies just to give you a visual on that. These are really a nice lash for pretty much any occasion. I've used them on multiple brides... they really frame the eye nicely, and the flared out ends give the eyes a nice lifted look. They also include multiple lengths of lashes on the lash strip- giving a wispy look that blends very easily with your natural lashes. 
Wearing #105
Earlier this week I tried out the #105 style from this kit. This style is made up of long lashes all the way across the lash band, with the exception of the innermost corners. Despite the length, I think they look surprisingly natural on the eyes. While the Demi Wispies can give the lashes a thicker, more cat-eyed effect, I find that the #105 style gives a more wide open, lengthened look. I like the Demi Wispies a bit more because the lashes aren't quite so uniform all the way across. Still- both styles are great and if you enjoy one, chances are you'll feel just fine wearing the other style, also. 

This kit also includes a lash applicator, which I think can be hugely helpful to those just starting out with false lashes. One end grips the lashes- almost like a jumbo pair of tweezers. The other side can help you tap down the lashes on the lashline. I've used this tool, and it worked fine for me. However....
I don't prefer it over my BH Cosmetics Lash Applicator. If this little thing looks/sounds familiar- I just recently gave it a shout-out in my Makeup Lifesavers for Beginners video. I've also done a full review on this product on the Express channel. This little $3 doodad is a must-have for those struggling with false eyelashes. I really like how it holds the lashes right off the end- I think it gives me more visibility as I apply the lashes, whereas you have to hold the Salon Perfect tool sideways. Also, this product is metal instead of plastic, and to me, the weight of it just makes it easier to hold. Also the "jumbo tweezer" side of this tool opens much wider, making it super easy to get a grip on the lashes. So while the Salon Perfect Tool is definitely workable, this is the best, in my opinion. 

Now let's not forget the glue. I like that Salon Perfect has included a decent-sized glue with this kit. The .09 oz tube isn't full size, but it's not teeny tiny like the micro-glues that are included in some false lash packages. This is a standard white lash glue that dries clear, and I actually think I used this kind of glue years ago. Then I fell in love with Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive (with the wand applicator) and never looked back. 

Well, since I really wanted to try every part of this kit for you and figured I wouldn't have any issue with this glue- I went ahead and used it with the #105 lashes, shown above. While the application is not as easy to control compared to Revlon's, I was still able to get it all across the lash line, let it get tacky, and then apply the lashes. They seemed to be nice and secure on my lash line. But within about an hour... I thought my eyes felt a little funny. Assuming it was something to do with my contacts, I took them out. My eyes still felt a little off, and slightly itchy throughout the day. When it came time to take my makeup off- I felt amazing relief when I peeled off my lashes... and when I touched my lash line, I did feel some sensitivity. This morning- it was downright puffy. I'm not saying everyone will have this situation! But as always, I just want to tell you my honest experiences. I will not be using this glue anymore, as I'm 99% sure that it's what caused my eye discomfort/swelling. 

Overall thoughts... Despite my not-so-good experience with the Salon Perfect lash glue, I still think this is a worthwhile kit. It's a fabulous idea to include two different lash styles in one package, and I think the applicator tool is definitely useful- particularly for those who tend to fumble with their falsies. I think Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive is much more beginner friendly, and always tends to feel better on my lash line- a.k.a.... I don't feel it AT ALL. Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts! And if you need a complete guide to all things false lashes, please check out my False Lashes: 101 video

Daily Nuggets...
  • Belle is still napping! She fell asleep on the way home from the store. We needed all the random essentials: coffee creamer, toothpaste, toilet paper, and cat food.
  • She continues to love sitting in the cart and sometimes throws her hands up as if she's on a roller coaster. Such a character!
  • I have a new video going up later today... if you're a true makeup junkie like me, I think you'll appreciate it. If you're just kinda into makeup- you'll probably think I have a few screws loose. It's all good! I make no apologies & take no offense.
  • Got an Orange Freeze from Burger King. I was expecting it to be more slushy & less like the glucose test beverage I took last year at the doctor's office. Seriously- there wasn't anything icy about mine at all. Maybe it was over-blended? Who knows! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Collection

Hi Everyone!
TGIF! :) After seeing some of the gorgeous new summer releases from ColourPop, I had to place an order! One of the things that I didn't even have to think twice about getting was the Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix collection. After initially buying the In Bloom collection awhile back (see my haul for details), I got to try several Lippie Stix and was really pleased with the creamy formula, the pigmented colors, and also the slim design that makes precise application really easy. (FYI: I have no connection to ColourPop-- these products were purchased by me & I received no compensation. As usual!) Anyway- at a glance, I really liked the vast selection of colors and finishes in this kit, and the $30 price tag for six shades didn't hurt either! One more thing- I've never tried a frosty (a.k.a. shimmer loaded) Lippie Stix from ColourPop, and that makes me happy. None of these contain any shimmer either. 
This collection comes in a cute box that slides open...
To reveal the six full-size Lippie Stix, all snug in their bed.
Top to bottom: Ace, Parker, Chella, Thirsty, Pasties, Cougar
(FYI- since I needed to charge my digital camera battery, these are all iPhone pics.)
Ace (Cream)
I think the cream formula is my favorite from ColourPop. Super rich, and I love this fully opaque pinky nude. Also looks nice paired with a slightly deeper, neutral lip liner like MAC Whirl. 
Parker (Matte)
I LOVE this shade but I'm having trouble coming up with a good description... it's like a caramel color without too much tan & a bit of rose? That works. The matte shades aren't exactly difficult to apply, but they don't glide on with as much ease as the other formulas. Still, it's not drying on my lips once it's applied. This shade might be fun to blend with Ace. 
Chella (cream)
A full-colored creamy peach! I dig it, especially with this warm neutral eye look. Another tidbit on these... they smell good- especially the cream formula. Kinda like vanilla or cookies or something really tasty like that.  
Thirsty (satin)
A soft berry that has just the teeniest bit of shine on the lips- but not as much as the cream formula. Basically what you'd expect from a satin finish. I have a ton of lipsticks in this general tone, but there's always room for more & I love it!
Pasties (Hyper-glossy)
IN LOVE WITH THIS COLOR. So delightful and bright!! The first Lippie Stix in the Hyper Glossy formula I tried was a lighter color, and I wasn't all that thrilled with it. But I adore the way this fuchsia shade is coming off! So fun! The shiniest of the bunch.
Cougar (Matte)
I feel like I'm channeling some old school glamour in this pic! This is a super rich pinky-red... more red than pink though. And the slim design of the "stix" is MUCH appreciated with colors like this that are so bold! I didn't have to slave over the application and still got it pretty clean. Love!

To say I recommend this collection would be an understatement! If you're just starting with ColourPop, I think this is the perfect sampling of shades. You get nudes, coral, pink, berry, red-- it's perfect! Plus you can see which finishes you prefer and take that into consideration with any future purchases. This isn't the only thing I ordered recently from the site- I also got some bronzers, highlights and eyeshadows as well! Would you like to see a haul video? Let me know! 
 Other key products I'm wearing...
  • Cover Girl Stay Luminous Foundation #842 
  • ELF Studio HD Lifting Concealer in Brightening
  • Milani Bronzer XL in Dolci
  • ColourPop Blush in Birthday Suit
  • ColourPop Highlighter in Lunch Money
  • ELF Studio Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Naked
  • ELF Studio Lash Collection in Everyday (the half lash)

Daily Nuggets...
  • Cannot believe I just completed an entire blog post in one sitting! Thanks for the morning nap, Belle!
  • Just spilled coffee down the front of my white shirt. Fortunately it was a $5 Walmart white shirt. 
  • Life is messy these days- why spend a lot on shirts for bumming around the house?
  • I had a major iMovie fail last night!! For some reason I couldn't export the TydayFriday video. Could not find a solution! Ended up shooting a video of my completed video off of the computer and re-imported, then exported. Yes, I'm an importer-exporter. The quality is not perfect, but it's gonna have to do!
  • I feel like I'm slap happy & they day really isn't even in full swing yet.
  • Bub and I have this thing were we make a silly face at the other person and hold it until they look up. It's quite fun. 
  • I'll have a new beauty-related video coming tomorrow. Clue: ELF-related.
  • Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Can't wait to get out in the pool!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My "Blossom Bright" Lips for Spring!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I'm kicking off the week with some bold lips! This is one of my newest lipstick purchases, as you might have seen in my latest haul video. I only showed a swatch there, and while it was pretty, I don't think it did this product justice. After trying and really enjoying several of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipsticks, I decided to try out the "shine" formula. This shade is called Blossom Bright ($30), and I think it's a great spring/summer lip color. 
It's a nice watermelon shade, if you know what I mean. It's clearly on the pink side, and while I think these pictures are pretty true-to-color, in warmer lighting I see a bit more red come out in this lipstick.   Just a couple of notes on the packaging... I ADORE the magnetic closure. It gives this product such a high quality feel, and from a more practical perspective, there's a pretty low chance of the product busting open in your purse. Also, you'll notice that this lipstick isn't really shaped into a traditional lipstick "point"... the Estee Lauder website calls it "slim shaped to sculpt the curves of your lips." Well, I don't think it's any slimmer than any typical lipstick I own, therefore you are left with the unshaped stick that gives you slightly less precision. Perhaps the shine formula is just trying to set itself apart... but this is an intense color! You might expect something more balm-like or casual compared to a standard lipstick, but Blossom Bright definitely packs a punch. 
Overall, this product is all about the color for me. It's absolutely dynamite! I like how I can pair it with a totally casual and natural face of makeup and just let the lips be the star. I have to be a little careful with the application, but honestly, I'm pretty careful with any bright color I put on my lips, regardless of the shape of the lipstick bullet. Much like the regular Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipsticks, I found this to be long wearing and not drying in the least. I put it on first thing in the morning, and my lips were still feeling great after lunch. I didn't find these to be incredibly shiny (if you're looking for a truly glossy lipstick, try Sonia Kashuk's Shine Luxe Sheers), however it did have a nice creamy finish that just made the lips look quite supple and healthy. 
As always when it comes to Estee Lauder, thanks to my friend David for guiding me to this particular shade (I was originally thinking about a different one!) His number at Bergdorf Goodman in New York is (212) 872-2777 if you need some assistance! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Happy Cinco de Mayo! I actually wrote this post yesterday, but the nuggets are today :) 
  • The lil chunk is napping- so I have launched into "accomplish as much as humanly possible" mode.
  • Making tacos for dinner tonight, also guacamole :) May even take a stab at making my own salsa if there's time. I've gotten so much good out of my Beaba baby food steamer/food processor for things besides baby food! 
  • Not sure if I've mentioned this yet, but Belle now has two lower teeth visibly poking through. Sunday evening was ROUGH with teething fussies. Yesterday and today have been much better (knock on wood). 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Quick FOTD Featuring Balm Desert Bronzer

Hello friends!
Just a quick "Face of the Day" - this was actually from this past Thursday, but I just now had the opportunity to write this post. Cupcake had an early morning vet appointment that Tyler was going to take her to before work... but sometimes getting her in her carrier is a two-person job (cat people, you know what I'm talking about). Anyway, my window of time to do makeup that morning during Belle's AM nap and before the pre-vet cat wrangling was extra short. I used some products that I love, some that are new, and some that I've had for awhile and haven't used enough. The whole look took less than 10 minutes- allowing me a little time to snap a few pictures for this post! :) Here's what I used...
  • ELF BB Cream SPF 20 in Buff - I just spread this all over the face with fingers. Has medium coverage, which was surprising. In the future I would set my entire face with more powder, as I was rather oily by afternoon.
  • Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach - Dabbed around the under eye area to tackle dark circles.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener - Used this on the high points of the face- tops of cheekbones, down the nose, chin. This adds a touch of coverage and some brightness, too.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin Perfecting Veil in Light to Medium - I got a small size of this from Ulta and used it to set my under eye area, and very lightly in the t-zone. It gave a nice, finished look, but like I said above, I either need to use more of this or a more mattifying powder with the ELF BB because I was having oil control issues by afternoon. 
  • The Balm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush - This is the new product I wanted to spotlight, as I think it'll be a great multitasker for me throughout the summer. I used this around the hairline, and also swept it in the hollows of the cheeks and gently pulled the color upward where I would apply blush. I also used it as my eyeshadow. 

At this point, I'm really just experimenting with this product... trying to use it in a variety of ways to figure out how I like using it best. If you're familiar with The Balm's Bahama Mama bronzer, this one is warmer, and also quite a bit lighter. I don't think it's something I'd reach for if I'm wanting a pronounced cheek contour, but it's nice as a soft blush and I really liked it on the forehead around the hairline. Also-- a terrific eye crease shade. 
For this look- I actually used a bit of concealer on my lids (the Pixi product, I believe), and then dusted some of the Bare Minerals Bareskin powder on top of that to neutralize any discoloration. Then I put the Balm Desert bronzer in the cease. Super easy! I love the warm tone, and it's not too dark so application was effortless with my Sigma E25. Here are the other products I'm wearing...
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara... Only on the upper lashes. This doesn't have the best longevity on my lower lashes and I didn't want to take the time to use a separate mascara there. I also skipped eyeliner.
  • ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown... Pleasantly surprised by this new retractable brow pencil from ELF. This color seems to be spot-on for my brows and it was very easy to apply. Includes a spoolie brush on the opposite end. 
  • NYX Control Freak Brow Gel... Since the ELF pencil doesn't offer any hold, I needed some gel and this stuff is the BEST.
  • Too Faced Melted Metal in Melted Metallic Jelly... After being kind of disappointed by most of the light shades in this line (the ones I've tried look so frosty!) I was pretty happy with this color. I actually like how it's catching the light, but it's definitely at its best when freshly applied... as I continued to wear it throughout the day, it wore off in a patchy way, making my lips look dry and uneven. So you'll want to touch this one up to keep it looking fresh. 

 Just wanted to give you and idea of the way I tend to throw things together when I need to do my makeup quickly! Bronzers make great multitaskers, particular this new one from The Balm. I'll continue using it and will most likely follow up with a review either here or on Beauty Broadcast Express.  Also, a bold lip always makes the face look more pulled together and finished, in my opinion. The bold lip is very deliberate, if that makes sense. It makes an otherwise barely-there makeup look seem very intentional and crisp. If you have questions or want to see reviews on anything else mentioned in this post, please let me know in the comments section! :) Thanks!

Daily Nuggets...
  • Are you on Periscope?? It's a live video app! Follow me there- @emilynoel83 - I've done a couple of live streams and it's so fun... it's like Beauty Broadcast Live all over again! :) 
  • I have a growing obsession with orangey-red lips.
  • In other lip-related news - I bought something called a Liptiful... supposedly it's a safe way to develop facial muscles & plump lips in the process. I've only been using it for 2 days so far, but I will definitely review it!
  • Hey oatmeal eaters- this is so good! I think all the flavors are tasty but this one especially: