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).