Friday, November 6, 2015

Another Look: Maybelline Lip Gloss Palette

Hi Everyone!
Second blog of the week, yay! Actually, what prompted this blog were all the comments and questions about a palette that I featured in an "Under $25" palette/gift set video a couple of weeks ago. More recently, fellow YouTuber Tati a.k.a. GlamLifeGuru did a video on this palette. She's an awesome reviewer, not to mention absolutely gorgeous! While she enjoyed this palette, I did not, and I noticed many of you asking me for clarification, new swatches, a second try, etc. So I thought I'd do that for you in this blog post... as I merely swatched this palette in my video and didn't show each color on my lips. Please keep in mind- different people are going to have different opinions on products. I've been on YouTube for 8 years and there have been many occasions (and probably even more than I'm aware of) where my opinions were different from people who I admire and respect! No big earth-shattering revelation there. We are going to talk about products based on the way we're going to use them! The key is really staying consistent with your criteria as you review products of a similar type. That being said, here's another look at the palette. 
This lip gloss palette sells for $11.99 at Ulta. In my video I was talking about the fact that many of these colors came off similar to one another, and with the way I'm willing to apply them... they do. I didn't really scoop the product out for my swatches or application, and I never do that with lip palettes. I'm generally not a fan of building up a gloss-type product on my lips to achieve more color. The thick feel isn't something I enjoy... and frankly, with so many products in my collection that apply with ease and look great with a swipe or two- I don't have a ton of patience for something that is going to take added work in application. Just my personal take. 
In these swatches, I layered two swipes per color... basically the equivalent of doing two layers over my lips. Could you go much thicker and achieve more color? Absolutely. However for my preferences in texture, I do not like to wear these thick on my lips. As I've stated often in my reviews, a thick amount of a shiny finish product- paired with a bright color- can be a bit more high maintenance to keep track of... for example, I'm more likely to wear a matte red out and about as opposed to a shiny red gloss. It's less upkeep & less worry about something drifting outside the lips, onto teeth, etc. This is purely personal preference. And I appreciate many of you suggesting that I wear these thick to achieve more color- because, naturally, that would be the thing to do if you want more color! However if I don't like the feel of the product piled on my lips, I'm not going to wear it that way. 
The top row is the first four shades in the palette, and the bottom row is the last four shades. I built up two layers of the product on my lips- again, that's the way I'm willing to wear it. As you can see, the deeper shades have more intensity, and overall, the top row (and the first on the bottom row) look like rather similar shades of pink, and the final three are similar reds. I don't think these products look bad on my lips! But as I mentioned in my video, these colors don't come off drastically different one to the next, and for around $11 I'd like to see more variation in shades and more pigmentation. Maybe some deeper neutrals? Plums? Also, there is no mirror in this palette and I think that's pretty important for touch-ups. Bottom line: I adore lip products and I have loads that I love. Just keeping it real with you though-- I'm probably not going to reach for this palette very often. But as always, I'm just here to share my 2 cents and everyone is entitled to make their own decisions! Everyone doesn't have to think the same, and I think we should ENCOURAGE unique perspectives :) 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Buxom Leave Your Mark Collection

Hi everyone!
The blog is back! This time, with a review on a huge holiday lip collection. There are so many products to show... I thought it'd be easiest to compare all the shades in a blog post as opposed to a video. The Leave Your Mark Collection from Buxom is $59 at Sephora. Getting a set of Buxom glosses has practically become a holiday tradition for me. It's kind of like when you find a shirt that fits great... so you want to get it in every color. I absolutely love this lip gloss formula, so I'm always open to trying new shades! 
(The 15 glosses are packaged in a plastic tray)

This kit particularly interested me because it's a set of both the Buxom Full-On Lip Polishes and Full-On Lip Cremes... 15 products total (in mini .07 oz sizes). Also, the set is made up of best-selling shades- which I prefer over limited edition colors. That way if you happen to fall in love with one particular shade, you can purchase the full-size. And in case you're not familiar, these glosses are basically like tingly lip plumpers. They don't sting... but they do have a cooling tingle on the lips, which I really like. They are thick glosses with a lot of shine, so the texture alone makes lips appear fuller and smoother. They are slightly sticky, but I don't find them at all annoying or uncomfortable... and I've always thought that a gloss needs at least a little tackiness to help it adhere to the lips and last for a prolonged period of time. Even with periodic eating and drinking- I can get several hours of wear out of these glosses! Another aspect that I majorly love about these is that even though some shades are more sheer than others, they are NEVER streaky in their application. They always hang together and give an even look across the lips. 
The Cremes
Left to right: White Russian, Hot Toddy, Dolly, Pink Lady, Berry Blast, Cherry Flip, Purple Haze.
While the standard Lip Polish formula has more of a gel-type consistency, these are- as you would expect- more creamy. They don't contain any shimmer, and some shades are more opaque than others.  They have the same overall feel on the lips as the Lip Polishes and just as much shine. I had only tried a couple of shades from this line in the past (White Russian & Berry Blast), and I loved them- so I am so excited to have more! 

White Russian 
This is a super popular nude gloss and while it's not fully opaque, it still has quite a bit of coverage on the lips for a gloss. I tend to like my nude lip colors to have some shine- as I think it brings a bit more life to the face and makes them more wearable. 

Hot Toddy
This sheer beige is much more see-through than I was expecting. I feel like I'm seeing my natural lip color with a clear gloss on top in this picture. Not terrible, but I was hoping for a bit more color payoff. 

This one reminds me of a slightly deeper, more pink take on Hot Toddy. Where Hot Toddy was "my lips" - this is more like "my lips but better" :) Loads of shine, but still very natural-looking. 

Pink Lady
I was so surprised with how much this soft pink showed up on my lips! Judging by the other colors, I was expecting this to be even more faint- but I love the amount of pink it gives off. There aren't a lot of baby pink shades that I find to be really wearable for everyday, but this is one of them! :) 

Berry Blast
Isn't this color absolutely juicy? I've had this one before and I love it. One of the most opaque, full-color glosses of the entire set. It really brings life to the face!

Cherry Flip
This is Berry Blast's red partner in crime and a perfect holiday lip color! I don't often feel comfortable wearing super shiny reds because I fear that they'll become sloppy and run outside the lips. That's not a concern with the Buxom formula, though, because they have enough tackiness to stay in place. 

Purple Haze
Fully prepared to turn my lips straight up purple (as this gloss appears in the tube), I was slightly disappointed. This definitely sheers out to a sheer berry on the lips. It still isn't streaky and I love the color... I was just expecting more purple. 

The Polishes
Left to right: Sandy, Bunny, Sophia, Olivia, Taylor, Jennifer, Zoe, Starr.
As I mentioned earlier, if you were to get an up-close look at the Full-On Lip Polish formula, you'd notice that it appears to have a gel-like consistency. These colors have varying amounts of shimmer in them, ranging from barely detectable to very sparkly. But even the most sparkly shades don't have any rough texture on the lips whatsoever, which is great. The sparkle is so fine that in some cases you can't see it on my lips unless you get up really close- but it still has an effect... these glosses catch the light even more, making them slightly more shiny than the Lip Cremes. 

I actually LOVE this shade. It might even edge out White Russian for my favorite nude of the bunch. I love how just enough of my natural lip color shows through... but the gloss still has some soft beige color of its own. Not everyone's perfect nude is actually an erase-your-lips nude color. I love the way this one looks! 

This looks VERY similar to Sandy on the lips... but very different in the tube. I was expecting a light peach, but couldn't pick up on much of that coming through on my lips. Like I said, I like Sandy- but I'd love each shade to be it's own special color, you know? 

This shade seems a lot like Dolly, shown above, but with a bit more pinky-mauve. An incredibly natural pink for those who rarely wear color on the lips but just want a little something. 

This is a deeper, slightly brighter pink with a LOT of sparkle (though you can't feel it at all on the lips). It's beautiful! But a very similar overall look to many of the berry glosses I already own.

This orangey-red was a refreshing twist in a very pinky-berry lip collection! I love it! It's a little less intense than Cherry Flip, and I think it's nice to have that option. Gorgeous color!

This is a pretty pink with a hint of purple tone. The sparkle in this is extra fine, and maybe I'm crazy, but I think it seems extra shiny on my lips. I was hoping it would be a bit more opaque and come off a little closer to the color in the tube.

This shade makes for a rather unique addition to my lip gloss stash. I'd describe it as a sheer brick red with a very multi-dimensional shimmer. It's just a fun gloss to look at in the tube, and fun to wear as well. 

This is a sheer plum with gold sparkle. It wasn't as dark as I hoped it would be. A pretty color nonetheless, and it will probably look awesome paired with some of my deeper lip liners or lipsticks. 

My Favorites: Pink Lady, Berry Blast, Cherry Flip, Sandy, Taylor & Zoe

Bottom Line: 
The Leave Your Mark collection is a really fun set for lip gloss lovers, particularly fans of the Buxom Lip Cremes and Lip Polishes. Small sizes are great for those of us lip product addicts who rarely burn through a full-size anyway. For me, every single shade in here is wearable and every shade is pretty. There are just some that I like more than others. If you're not a fan of lip glosses in general or dislike any sort of tingle or cooling sensation on your lips- you might want to side-step this kit altogether. I could see this being a fun set to split up several ways with friends or family... everyone could get a few to try! I think fans of sheer pink and berry tones have the most to enjoy in this set... as there's not much to speak of in terms of dark neutrals, corals, or super rich & vampy tones. I hope this post was helpful to those of you considering this kit! If you've tried it yourself, let me know you thoughts in the comments section! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • It feels GOOD to be writing a blog post!
  • Belle helped me look through the holiday stuff from ColourPop earlier... details on Snapchat! I'm emilynoel83 on there in case you don't follow me :) 
  • I would like some nachos right about now.
  • I would also like some sort of beverage. A diet cherry-limeade sounds about right.
  • A foot rub. A foot rub would also be nice!
  • That's all for now :) 

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!