Friday, June 30, 2017

Kate Moss & Rimmel: Look Over Quality

My least favorite thing about chapstick has always been the packaging. Yes, of course, it's fully functional and does its job, but when comparing lipsticks to chapsticks, lipsticks always have cuter tubes. So when I found the Kate Moss and Rimmel London collaboration, I was ecstatic. With a lipstick tube-like look, I was convinced I'd found my new favorite chapstick.
And as far as the look and glamour appeal goes, I had. But as far as the product goes, I hadn't. Sure, the lip balm gives me a nice shine, but that's pretty much all it does. With very little moisturizing going on, it's safe to say the Kate Lip Conditioning Balm is far from conditioning. I actually felt like my lips might have been drier after I used it. I think I'll stick to my Burt's Bees when winter comes around.

I'll give the lip balm 3 kisses.


It's available on www.ulta.com for $5.49.




Monday, June 26, 2017

I Don't Want Jessie's Girl

There are advantages and disadvantages to every liquid eyeliner, as we all know.

One of my usual quarrels with liquid liner is getting a thin, straight wing, but I can't say that's a problem with Jesse's Girl Liquid Liner. With its felt tip, there's no wing this liner can't master.

That being said however, you better hope you get even coverage the first time you drag it across your lid because if you go over the liner again and again, it wipes itself off. Like most liquid eyeliners, it's like your eyelid is a dry erase board and the liner is a marker. The more you try to fix it, the worse it gets and the less it shows up.

So I'll admit, when I use Jesse's Girl, I usually use a pencil liner to fill in the gray areas. I suppose you  really do get what you pay for.

But I really, really love the lines I get with this felt tip. They're easily the best I've gotten out of any liquid liner so I'll give this product 3 kisses.



It's available on www.JessesGirlCosmetics.com for $6.99.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bobbi Brown Gave Me that Sun-Kissed Glow

Because I don't get out in the sun too much anymore, I've been using the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. But I was worried about using the mousse on my face because I didn't want it to come out too dark or look splotchy so I decided to invest in a bronzer.

I was always hesitant about trying bronzer. I'm not sure why, but my makeup artist-friend always finished off every look with bronzer so I figured it's worth a shot.

So I splurged on Bobbi Brown's Bronzing Powder in Natural and I completely love it. And I got the perfect blend with my BlendSmart brush. Plus, if I ever put too much on, I can dust it off with my brush.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com for $42.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beach Day Revised Thanks to St. Tropez

First things first, it's a self-tanning product, which automatically means it's not the perfect shade for your skin. For me, St. Tropez's Self Tan Bronzing Mousse was too dark, but it did look a lot better after a few days, as was expected.

It's hard to work in the mousse around your knees, elbows, and feet without making them orange so it might be a good idea to keep a damp cloth near you during application to pat away some of the product.

This self-tanning product surprised me with how fast it dried! It didn't get on any of my clothes or sheets, which is definitely a notable aspect for self tanner!

Ultimately, it's great for quick color.

I give it 4 kisses.



It's available on www.jet.com for $41.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bobbi Brown: A Rosy Kiss

I've always found that on my olive skin, some blushes look completely different in different lighting. In other words, I love it in the store, but I hate it when I get home.
So this time at Sephora, I had an associate help me because those individuals know their makeup. We picked out Bobbi Brown's Blush in Sand Pink.

And I absolutely love this color! It works amazing with my BlendSmart brush and looks beautiful on my skin tone. I definitely recommend it for anyone who shares my struggle to find a great blush for olive skin.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.shop.nordstorm.com for $28.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not So Crepe-y Crepe Cream

I usually don't buy anything off of informercials, but as I was lying in bed, this crepe cream called me somehow. And of course, knowing it won't fix crepe-y skin, I bought it anyway.

So my TruFirm Complex Crepe Erase cream comes in the mail and the directions instruct me to use only a pea-sized amount. And I was glad I read the instructions. This cream is incredibly moisturizing, it has a similar consistency to Crisco, which doesn't sound appealing, but this cream is definitely the fix for dry skin!

Naturally, it does nothing for crepe-y skin, but at least it smells like magnolia flowers.

I give it three kisses for false advertisement.



It's available on www.QVC.com for $120.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Simple Human The Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View: A Poorly Lit Reflection

I went into Neiman with a gift certificate from a client. I didn't necessarily need anything, but don't we all need something from Neiman every once in a while? I was ecstatic to find Simple Human's The Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View because it's supposed to adjust to different lighting. So in theory, if I want to look in the mirror and put on my makeup with lighting that reflects dawn, I could.

But in reality, I can't. While the lighting does change, it's not significant enough to justify this product's cost.

It does have some major pros, though, I must add. The light can be controlled with an app on your phone or tablet! Plus, it functions without a plug. It has a rechargeable battery that you just need a USB port to juice up again, but unfortunately, the mirror is heavy, which makes it a little difficult to move. So while the idea is not to have to move it, you might need to to charge it.

And the mirror itself tilts, which is perfect for applying mascara or false lashes!

But yet again, I was disappointed by the magnification in the mirror. I could've used a more significant magnification than the mirror gave me. Not to mention, the side mirrors don't stay angled unless you hold them. When I grow a third hand to hold my BlendSmart brush and the mirror at the same time, putting on makeup will be easier to manage.

But at least it looks gorgeous sitting atop my vanity.

I give it 3 kisses.



It's available on www.neimanmarcus.com for $400.00.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Marc Jacobs: the Right Choice Brought to You by The Informed Choice

I've had my quarrels with Marc Jacobs. I mean, that giant (and neon yellow) cloth tote that everyone had in 2010... Really? But alas, I have dismissed my prejudice and was happy to find his lipstick at a routine Sephora visit.

Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick is his peace offering (after I had to see that neon yellow bag every day of my high school career) or at least, that's how I'll take it. This creamy, hydrating stick is easily a new favorite. I picked up the shade known as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which is a baked rose, and was happy to find there was no running or smudging after application. Of course, there was transfer of color around the top of my beer bottle, but the lines on my lips were crisp and remained so.

So Mr. Jacobs, apology accepted. I give your lipstick 5 kisses.





It's available on www.sephora.com for $30.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Chella's Eyebrow Pencil: A Savior or a Tease?

I love doing my eyebrows, they're probably my favorite part of my makeup ritual so when I came across Chella's Eyebrow Pencil, I was, naturally, over the moon.

I was surprised to learn there were only 3 colors--taupe, ebony, and auburn (sorry blondes!)--none of which seemed to match the dark brown look I was hoping for, but I decided to give the taupe shade a chance.

And somehow, it matched my hair! The mechanical pencil (thank God) is thin enough to give you constant control of your shape. Whether you like your brows thin or extra thick, this pencil can do it all. And of course, let's not forget, if you're going for the most natural look possible, you can always smudge and blend the pigment for a lighter look.

It's fair to say I ended up more than please with Chella's eyebrow pencil.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.chella.com for $18.