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!