Thursday, January 30, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: FINALE!


Hey everyone!
It's finale time! Every year I try to make the Emily Awards finale bigger and better, and I think we definitely succeeded! If you haven't yet watched the video, I have 3 words for you... HALF. TIME. SHOW. Tyler deserves some sort of award himself for going along with all of my crazy plans! Oh, and thanks to Cupcake too for her cooperation. 

I'd love to hear your suggestions for next year! Are there any new categories you'd like to see? Feel free to let me know in the comments section and I'll jot them down in my notepad! I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who watches and gets excited about these videos! :) Below I've posted all the products mentioned in the finale video, as well as links for where to buy them, and links to related videos that I've made for more information.

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. 

Best Brushes
  • High End: Sigma F80** (Buy) & Sigma Sigmax Precision Set (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Small Stipple Brush (Buy, More Info), Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush (Buy), and Sonia Kashuk Small Shadow Brush (Buy)
Outstanding Tool
Most Innovative Product
Cutest Packaging
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Buy, More Info 1, 2)
Needs to Be In Your Purse
  • TRESemme Tres Two Mini Hairspray (Buy)
MVPs (Most Valuable Products)
  • Face: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Buy)
  • Eyes: Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eyeliner (Buy, More Info)
  • Lips: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick (Buy, More Info)
Best Skincare Products
  • Olay/Equate Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths**** (Buy)
  • Clarisonic Luxe Satin Precision Contour Brush Head (Buy)
  • ELF Studio Daily Moisture Stick (Buy, More Info)
Best Body Products
  • Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs** (Buy)
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (Buy, More Info)
  • Hempz Coconut/Watermelon Body Wash (Buy)
Best Hair Products
  • TRESemme Tres Two Hairspray*** (Buy)
  • Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (Buy)
  • Vidal Sassoon Sure Grip Velcro Rollers (Buy, More Info)
Best Nail Products
  • Mally Beauty 24/7 Gel Nail System** (Buy)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish** (Buy)
  • Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat (Buy)
(some links are affiliate links)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: LIPS!


Hello there! It's already time for part 3 of the Emily Awards! I love, love, love lip products and it feels like I've tried tons of new stuff this year. This part of the Emily Awards is a big mix of old and new favorites. Hopefully this listing of the products is helpful to you! And don't forget- there's still one more video in this series to go... the Finale! In that video I'll be talking about makeup MVPs, best brushes, skincare, body, nails, and lots more! :) 

As always-- just a little reminder to subscribe to my Emilynoel83 YouTube channel if you haven't already! That way you'll see the newest Emily Awards videos in your subscription feed. And I've heard from a few people that their subscription feeds have been a little unreliable lately, so please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, because I'll always let you know when there's something new to see on those sites! :) 

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories. 


Best Lip Balm

  • High End: Fresh Sugar Lip Balm** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Nivea Kiss of Smoothness** (Buy)
Best Tinted Lip Balm
  • Drugstore: NYX Butter Lip Balm (Buy, More Info) & ELF Lip Balm Tints (Buy)
Best Lip Liner
  • High End: Too Faced Perfect Lips** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: NYX Retractable Lip Liner (Buy)
Best Jumbo Lip Pencil
  • High End: Tarte LipSurgence*** (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick** (Buy)
Best Lip Plumper
  • High End: Buxom Lip Polish****(Buy)
Best Lip Stain
  • High End: It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush** (Buy)
Best Lipstick
  • High End: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Milani Color Statement Lipstick (Buy, More Info: Pt. 1, 2, 3, 4)
Best Lip Gloss
  • High End: Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick (Buy)
  • Drugstore: NYX Mega Shine Gloss**** (Buy) & Maybelline Color Sensational Gloss (Buy)
Best Pinks
  • Lipstick: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Fruit Punch (Buy, More Info)
  • Lip Gloss: NYX Mega Shine Gloss in Beige** (Buy)
Best Berries
  • Lipstick: Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick in Mulberry (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Fuchsia Finery (Buy)
Best Reds
  • Lipstick: NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama (Buy)
  • Lip Gloss: It Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss in Ruby Slippers (Buy)
Best Neutrals
  • Lipstick: Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer in Sheer Pink Lust (Buy, More Info)
  • Lip Gloss: Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Endless Summer (Buy)
(some links are affiliate links)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: EYES!


Hi everyone!
I hope you're enjoying this year's Emily Awards so far! The eye category brings so many first-time winners this year, but you'll notice a few old favorites staying in the game as well. Also, being an eyeshadow palette addict, it was so hard to decide on my top palettes of the year! I hope this condensed list is helpful as you refer to the winners, and just like my post for top face products, I've included links for where to buy these products- as well as "more info" links to any additional reviews or tutorials that I've done on the products. 

Don't forget to subscribe to my EmilyNoel83 YouTube channel if you haven't already, so you can get updates when new Emily Awards videos are posted! I'll also notify you on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. Also, throughout the Emily Awards I'm still posting quick reviews 5 days a week on Beauty Broadcast Express! Check out that channel for your daily dose of beauty reviews. 

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories. 

Best Eye Primer
  • Drugstore: Milani Eyeshadow Primer (Buy)
Best Cream Eyeshadow
  • High End: Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks*** (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks (Buy, More Info)
Best Small Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: Bare Minerals Ready Quad in The Happy Place (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild Silent Treatment*** (Buy)
Best Large Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: LORAC Pro Palette** (Buy, More Info) & LORAC Unzipped (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Shimmer (Buy)
Best Overall Eyeshadow
  • High End: LORAC (Buy) & The Balm** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild**** (Buy) & Coastal Scents (Buy)
Best Eyeliner Pencil
  • High End: Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last (Buy, More Info)
Best Liquid Eyeliner
  • Drugstore: Milani Ultrafine Liquid Liner in Black Vinyl (Buy, More Info)
Best Cream/Gel Eyeliner
Best Mascara
  • High End: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (Buy)
Best False Eyelashes
Best Brow Product
  • High End: It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Skinny Pencil (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: ELF Studio Brow Kit** (Buy)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: FACE!


Hello friends!
Can you believe it's time for the Emily Awards again!? This is the 6th year for my annual awards series, and the more products I try, the harder it becomes to decide on the "award" winners! :) It's also tricky to try to come up with a creative theme for the intros. It's become a tradition to pull Tyler and Cupcake into the Emily Awards madness, and this year was no exception. My sister, Pup, was also in on the brainstorming session where we decided on a "pre-game" sports theme, with Tyler taking on a Ron Burgundy-esqe persona. It's deliberately cheesy and goofy :) 

My first video in this 4-part series is focused on face makeup... foundations, powders, blushes, etc. I like to compile all of the winners in an easy-to-refer-to list here on the blog, so if you're browsing the stores, you don't have to pull up my video remind yourself of the winning products. This post is something you can print and take with you, or easily pull it up on your phone. On this list, the "buy" links will take you to a retailer that sells the particular product (none are affiliate links), and if there's a "more info" link, that will take you to one of my videos with an extended review/tutorial using the product. 

Make sure you're subscribed to my EmilyNoel83 YouTube channel to be updated on new videos in this series, and I'll also update Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram when there's something new posted. To see Emily Awards videos from past years, check out my Emily Awards playlist. Thanks for watching!! :)

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories. 

Best Primer
  • High End: Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro*** (Buy)
Best Light Coverage Foundation
Best Full Coverage Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Cover Girl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 (Buy - More Info
Best Concealer
  • High End: MAC Pro Longwear** (Buy) & Bare Minerals Bisque*** (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Pixi Correction Concentrate** (Buy)
Best Loose Powder
  • High End: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Mineral Booster in Sheer (Buy)
Best Pressed Powder
  • Drugstore: L'oreal True Match Pressed Powder**** (Buy)
Best Powder Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder (Buy)
  • Drugstore: NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat (Buy)
Best Bronzer
  • High End: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer*** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer** (Buy)
Best Blush
Best Cream Blush
  • Drugstore: Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick (Buy - More Info)
Best Highlight
  • High End: Laura Geller Baked Highlight in French Vanilla (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Physicians Formula Happy Booster in Translucent** (Buy)
Best Mattifier/Touch-Up
  • High End: Mally Poreless Face Defender*** (Buy - More Info)
Best Setting Spray
  • Drugstore: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (Buy)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Dry Skin Solutions!

Hi everyone!
Sorry it's been awhile since my last post. I hate making excuses, but I've been very busy with the Emily Awards while also uploading daily to the Express channel and my main channel... quite frankly, I'm kind of stressed out! But I really wanted to get this post up, in case anyone else has been having really dry skin like I have! And if you've been with me for awhile, you know that I often talk about having combination skin... I tend to be a bit more oily in the t-zone, and normal to dry everywhere else. Well, last week I went a step beyond being "normal to dry" everywhere else... my skin was more dry that it has EVER been. I was extremely dry and flaky around my mouth and cheeks. Not cute! And I really didn't have the products on hand to deal with this level of dryness. Fortunately, my pal Kristin was staying with me for a few days and she said CeraVe is her dry skin must have. So I picked up several of her recommendations as we made the local drugstore rounds! :) And guess what-- this stuff worked AMAZINGLY to tackle those patchy, dry, flaky areas! 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14, Drug/Discount Stores)
This 16 oz. vat of moisture was probably the MVP for my most severely dry areas. The feel of this is so thick, I decided to confine my application to only my really dry patches, and I noticed quite a difference overnight. This contains Ceramides (help repair the skin barrier), Hylauronic acid (attracts needed moisture), and Glycerine & Dimethicone to prevent moisture loss. No, I'm not a dry skin genius, that's the information on the back of the tub :) I only used this before bed, and I put my usual night cream everywhere else on my face that didn't require special attention.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($12, Drug/Discount Stores)
I also didn't feel like I had a day cream that was moisturizing enough, and also contained SPF. So I got the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, and even though my extreme dryness has subsided somewhat, I continue to wear this under my makeup. I think this has done a great job keeping me hydrated throughout the day, and it's definitely not TOO heavy for me. It's not so thick that my makeup is melting off. A very good find!

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($10, Drug/Discount Stores)
Finally, after questioning all of my moisturizers... I also started to wonder if my morning cleanser was causing some problems for me. So Kristin suggested CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser to get my skin clean without stripping it of moisture. I must say, my skin doesn't feel the least bit tight or dry after I use this, yet I feel like it's cleansing my skin quite well. FYI- CeraVe seems to be revamping their packaging... I think the first two products are in the newer packaging, and this cleanser is the old version-- just so you know what to look for. 

So basically, if you're having a dry skin emergency, these are some drugstore solutions that really turned my problems around. I'll probably continue using the hydrating cleanser and the AM Facial Moisturizer on a daily basis-- only reaching for the tub of moisturizing cream if my ultra dry patches start cropping up again. I'm sure there are many CeraVe fans out there, so this post might not be telling you anything new, but I just wanted to share my experience in case it helps someone! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • I could use a back rub.
  • IMATS this weekend!! ahhh!!! My first trip to LA!
  • Kristin & I shot a fun tag video together and it'll be up on each of our channels later this week!
  • Meanwhile- just posted a new ELF Favorites video!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sigma Enlight Collection Review

Hi everyone!
Hope you had a great weekend! Settle in for a long blog post... this is all about the Sigma Enlight collection! It launched last month on SigmaBeauty.com, and I've finally used these products enough to do an all-encompassing review of the collection. These products are all about neutrals, and everything in it is new- even the brushes! A little disclaimer to kick things off: This collection was sent to me by Sigma for review. I'm a Sigma Affiliate, so any links in this post will be my affiliate links. I was not paid to create this blog post and these are my own, honest opinions. 
This is how the products arrived- and for $165, you can actually buy the entire collection at Sigma's website. While I think that's a cool option, I don't love each and every part of this kit. Therefore, I also like the fact that every product in the kit can be purchased individually as well. In this post I'll review the eyeshadow palette, 3 glosses, 3 brushes, 3 blushes, 3 eyeliners, and 3 eyeshadow bases. Let's dig in!  
Left to right: Cream bases in Awake, Neutralize, Composed
Sigma introduced 3 new cream eyeshadows with the Enlight collection- there's a pearly pink called Awake, a peach called Neutralize, and a medium brown called Composed. These bases are $13 each, and I'm definitely a fan of the consistency. They're smooth, pigmented, and just very easy to spread across the lids. These don't "set" to a point where they're completely smudge-proof... reinforcing the fact that these are bases for powder shadows, not necessarily something you'd want to wear alone on your lids- particularly if you have oily lids that are prone to creasing. I definitely love the Awake shade. It's a sheer pinky-toned color that's really pretty and brightening around the inner corner and as a base all over the lid. I don't own anything quite like it. While the other shades also have really nice color payoff, I just don't see myself reaching for them often. I'm more likely to use a peachy shade in a powder shadow form to blend something out, and the brown isn't anything too crazy different from other browns that I already own. 

Top row: Oyster Sand*, Sugar Milk, Mild Mannered, Dove*
Middle row: Fawn, Cinnamon*, Russet*, Balanced
Bottom row: Cozy*, Innocent*, Optimistic, Warm Stone
*= my favorite shades

The Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow palette ($39, sigmabeauty.com) includes 16 neutral eyeshadows and comes in a palette that's roughly the size of one and a half iPhones-- so it's definitely not over-sized, and it comes with a mirror. I've always been pleased with the quality of Sigma's eyeshadows, and this palette is no exception. The shadows are creamy in texture (comparable to LORAC, in my opinion), and blending is a breeze. Four shades are totally matte, and the others range from satin to metallic finishes. The lightest 2 shades aren't showing up well in the swatches (Sugar Milk is really the exact color of my skin), but they come off nicely on the eyes. I love the shade selection, and the balance between deep, mid-tone, and light shades. (I've marked my favorites above with an asterisk*). 

Any time I talk about a palette, I get asked how it compares to a number of other palettes. If you already own the LORAC Pro, this might not be a necessary palette for you. I think the mauve, brown, and taupe shades in LORAC Pro can give you a very similar look to what this palette gives. This palette has a gorgeous deep burgundy, and LORAC Pro has a dark plum, and this palette also has a warm pink... so there are differences, but if you're really trying to minimize your makeup purchases, I think the LORAC pro can give you the kind of looks this palette can and more.

Left to right: Eyeliners in Nutmeg, Vintage, Eclipse
There are 3 Eye Liner Pencils in Sigma's Enlight Collection. The shades Nutmeg (brown shimmer), Vintage (matte brown), and Eclipse (black), sell for $9 each. These liners go on easily with full color. However, they are not the same as Sigma's Extended Wear liners which set to a smudge-proof state. These don't last long in my waterline, and are prone to smudging/fading when worn elsewhere on the eyes. The shades aren't super unique, so I don't see these as an essential part of the collection by any means. 

Top to bottom: E52 Soft Focus Shader, E54 Medium Sweeper, E34 Domed Utility
I'm loving the three new brushes that have been introduced with the Enlight Collection. They are the E52 Soft Focus Shader ($14), the E54 Medium Sweeper ($12), and the E34 Domed Utility ($12). I don't always warm up to new brushes instantly- sometimes I have to use them for awhile to really get comfortable with their uses and decide if they're "must-haves" (I feel like I'm describing what it's like to make friends- LOL!) Seriously though, I think a couple of these brushes have been needed in Sigma's lineup for a LONG time. The E52 is a nice large, flat brush and I've been enjoying that to apply my highlight. It's nice and I really like it, but it's not ground-breaking. 

The other two are total must-haves, in my opinion. The E54 is an AWESOME size for so many things. It's a lot like my Sonia Kashuk small shadow brush, only a little bit more full (you can't really see that from the pic- should've shown another angle). Not only is this little guy great for getting a very controlled shadow application on the lids, but it's awesome for working shadows into the crease. The brush hairs have some flexibility to them, but aren't SO flexible that you can't pack on some color. It's so easy to work with and would be great for someone with small eyes who struggles to get a "neat" application of eyeshadow. The E34 is a terrific little size for building an outer V with your shadow. It fits SO nicely into the crease, and then you can use a more fluffy brush to buff out the edges. I remember early in my YouTube days when I first tried Sigma and had emailed back & forth with the team... I mentioned that I thought the collection needed a smaller-sized crease brush. Now it's here! LOL :) 

 Left to right: Blushes in Mellow, Serene, Peaceful
Time to talk blush! These new blushes sell for $12 each, and there's a matte tan called Mellow, a matte dusty rose called Serene, and a champagne highlight-type color called Peaceful. I think Mellow could practically be used as a contour shade- although it might be a bit warm for some people. Serene is my favorite of the bunch- it's really pigmented and such a classic shade that I think would be gorgeous on anyone- even if you have a deeper tan skintone. I see myself reaching for this one a lot, and I honestly think it would be stunning on fair skin, too (I'm picturing Lady Mary from Downton Abbey wearing that kind of a shade). Peaceful makes a nice highlight, but there's nothing that really sets it apart from other highlights in my collection.   

 Left to right: Glosses in Hint, Tint, and Tranquil
I'm very excited that Sigma is making Lip Gloss, but not super excited about these particular shades. I put each of these on today and took some pictures, but earlier I had a very vibrant lip on from my RuPaul Glamazon kit and these are so sheer that too much of that leftover pink was showing through. But I think my swatches give a pretty good indication of the consistency of these glosses, and I'm also wearing one in the look I'll show below from this past weekend. These cost $10 each, and Hint is a dusty mauve/lilac, Tint is a soft coral, and Tranquil is a dusty rose. Hint is a no-go for me. It gives my already mauve lips a gray-ish look and it doesn't bring any life to the rest of my face. It's just not my color.  The coral color in Tint is too sheer to show up much on my lips at all. I think this color would be awesome if it came off on the lips the way it looks in the tube. Tranquil is my favorite of this trio, because it actually looks how I would expect it to on my lips. I still don't think it's something I'd repurchase. These all have a lot of shine, but compared to other $10 glosses on the market, I don't think these are worth it.

What I'm wearing in this look...
-Blush in Serene
-Lip Gloss in Tranquil
-Shadow base in Awake
-Shadows in Oyster Sand (inner lid), Dove (outer lid), Russet (outer crease), Cinnamon (lightly to blend  out Russet), Sugar Milk (highlight), Warm Stone (lower lashline)
-Eyeliner Pencil in Eclipse

Bottom line: As you've realize if you've read through this whole post, there are some hits & misses for me in Sigma's Enlight Collection. I love the overall concept, but I definitely don't see every single thing as a total must-have. Fortunately each part of the collection can be purchased individually. Here are the products I'd recommend from this collection:
Thanks so much for checking out this post, and I'd love to hear your opinions on the Enlight Collection if you've tried it! Have a great day and I'll see you on the blog again soon! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • After yesterday's snow, now we have some bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills. It seems like everything has shut down- including courthouses and the law firm Tyler works at. So he's been home watching TV and doing laundry (thank you Tyler!!)  It looks like there's more winter weather in the forecast as the week goes on- yikes!
  • New video coming later to my main channel- the topic is new drugstore products!
  • I need to get a workout in today! I've been sitting too much lately.
  • Saw Wolf of Wall Street over the weekend... while this movie is full of debauchery, it also has some hilarious moments as well as some painfully sad/dramatic moments. I really wanted to see this because I love movies that are based on true stories, and Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors. I think this was some of his best work!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FOTD: Soft Color

Hi everyone!
I mentioned this morning on Beauty Broadcast Live that I'd probably do a Face of the Day post on the makeup I was wearing, so here it is! :) I was shooting a review on the Too Faced Joy to the Girls palette today, and I just felt like doing something a little lighter than usual. I hope you enjoy the look, and you'll probably notice that I use a lot of new products... so this is kind of a sneak peek of things I'll be reviewing in the near future!
Face products...
-NYX Pore Filler
-Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer
-Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup (Buff)
-Amazing Cosmetics Concealer (Fair)
-Bare Minerals Summer Bisque
-Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder (Light)
-Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer
-La Femme Blush-On Rouge (Coral)
-Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light)
Lip Product...
-Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Petal to the Metal
Eye Products...
-Too Faced Joy to the Girls Palette (click the pic to enlarge)
-Essence Gel Eyeliner (Midnight in Paris)
-Too Faced LashGASM Mascara
-IT Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Skinny Pencil
 The eye look...
-Apply eye primer (I forgot to show a picture)
-Pat Too Too (pink shadow) all over the lid
-Use Chimney (bluish charcoal) on the outer part of the lid & in the crease
-Also add Chimney on the outer part of the lower lashline
-Use Snow Angel (matte cream) as a highlight under the brow
-Use Joy (light blue) on the inner part of the lower lashline
-Line the upper lashline with black 
-Apply mascara to top & bottom lashes

Just a very simple, everyday look! There's nothing too fancy about it, but I'm trying to get into posting more Face of the Day blogs on here. Also someone had an idea during BBL to do a daily "makeup I'm wearing" instagram post. Let me know if that's something you'd enjoy! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • It is crazy windy right now. One of my little trees outside tipped over & the pot is broken. I think mother nature is telling me to put the Christmas decor away.
  • I need more hangers. 
  • Tyler has another bathroom-related review coming tomorrow on the express channel... it was quite entertaining to edit! Cupcake makes a great contribution at the end.
  • Did anyone watch the bowl games yesterday? I kept an eye on the Rose Bowl. I kind of love Stanford's crazy tree mascot.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sephora Color Wand Lipgloss Trio

Hi everyone! 
Happy New Year! I hope you're having a great day! It's great to be back on the blog after a brief Christmas break :) I wanted to share some details on one of the gifts I got for Christmas-- it's the limited edition Sephora Color Wand Lipgloss Trio. I showed it in my Christmas/Birthday Beauty Haul if you want to check that out! This set is $16 on Sephora's website, and after hearing some good things about the Sephora brand glosses, I thought this might be a good kit to check out. 
The set consists of three separate wands, and each contain four different gloss colors. There's a nude wand, a pink wand, and a red wand. They all smell like grapefruit and have a slightly sweet taste. The formula isn't sticky at all... it applies evenly and is very comfortable on the lips. It's not so thin that you're worried about it sliding off or getting messy.
You just twist the wand above whatever color you want to use, and apply it with the doe foot applicator. As you can see, you're not getting a large amount of each gloss, but if you're just wanting to sample different shades and don't find yourself burning through lip glosses very quickly, I think this is a good way to go. I like the way they're separated into three different color families, allowing you to easily eyeball different color combinations, or adjust your look as the day goes on without toting lots of separate glosses with you. I think it's a great travel option as well- giving you lots of lip gloss variety without taking up much space. 
My bare lips
Now the fun part- all the different colors! Some of these glosses are rather sheer, so I wanted to show you what my natural lip color looks like, so you can see how much of that ends up showing through underneath certain shades. There aren't names for each individual shade, or at least they're not pointed out on the tubes or packaging, so I'll just try to briefly describe them as best I can. I'm not positive if these correspond with existing Sephora Lipgloss shades, but if you fell in love with a certain one, I'm sure you could take your wand into Sephora and try to find a color match.  

(Click on any of these pictures to enlarge them)
Nude Wand
Creamy pink, creamy nude, iridescent pearly pink, sparkly rose gold
Overall, this wand surprised me. I figured if any of the wands contained sheer, barely-there shades, this would be the one. But the first two creamy colors are actually kind of buildable, and I was pleased with the way they came off on the lips. I figured the third shade would be clear, but it actually shows up as an icy, iridescent pink-- very pretty! And I love the last shade in this wand... it has a gorgeous rose gold shimmer. One thing to be aware of with the sparkly shades-- sometimes the shine wears off before the glitter does, so for the best possible look, be prepared to re-apply.
Pink Wand
Sheer light pink, sheer pink shimmer, creamy pearly pink, sparkly hot pink
This was the most disappointing wand of the bunch. I thought the first three shades were SO sheer. They still had nice shine, but I just felt like i was seeing my natural lip color through those a lot. The third shade gives more of a pinky tint, and the last shade has the most color payoff-- it's really pretty. I'll probably use the first three shades as layering glosses- on top of tinted lip balms or lipsticks, since they don't supply much color on their own.
Red Wand
Sparkly coral, creamy red, shimmery berry, sparkly mauve
I'm loving the red wand! These shades are so pretty. Even the ones that I point out as sparkly (on any of these wands) don't have a heavy glittery look on the lips... they just have a little extra shimmer. I think this wand is so wearable- giving you a softer red lip compared to an actual red lipstick. I love the creamy red shade, and the shimmery berry appears a little deeper in person than it does in the picture. These shades definitely give you a "classic glamour" look. 

I tend to be a fan of really full-color glosses. I love it when the color shows up on my lips the same way it appears in the tube. Many of these glosses are more on the sheer side, but I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful they come off on the lips. I really enjoy the red and nude wands, and even though the pink wand contained especially sheer colors, I'll still get use out of it. The more I use these, the more I love their citrus/grapefruit scent, and the feel is soooo not annoying. Gotta love a non-sticky, yet non-greasy gloss! One little disclaimer-- since there are some sheer shades, you might end up with a different look if you have very naturally pigmented lips. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun & safe celebration last night! :) 
  • We stayed in, played Scrabble and watched TV in our pajamas. I still feel a little worn out from Christmas and all the traveling so it was nice to relax.
  • Cupcake has been basking in the sunbeams this morning & loving life.
  • I love jalapeno poppers.