Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Makeup

Spotted at ULTA - Physicians Formula's new Shimmer Strips Collection Extreme Shimmer  
Shimmer Strip Extreme Shimmer (this is like almost metallic) in Nude Eyes and Smokey Eyes. The phone camera/artificial lighting doesn't do it (mainly the nude one) justice but the various shades of taupe are so inviting. The surface reminds me of a blinged-out version of Maybelline Caffeine Rush. I will definitely grab it during next promotion.
Gel Cream Shadow and Liner Trios  - Totally thought they were loose shadow. If this is anything like the older Shimmer Strip Liner Pots , it would be another skip.
Extreme Shimmer Eyeliner Trio - Seems like it would just be eyeliner with glitter bits. I am annoyed at these Up-to 24hr claims (reads: It's theoretically possible to last 24hr but it would be always less than that). Why don't they use something like "At Least"...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Paul & Joe Lipstick in Once Upon a Time

 So I take that the related widget is not going to fix itself, eh? Anyway, I was holding off the review for weeks, thinking it will start working again pull out all my pretty Paul & Joe pictures as related post. I guess that's not happening for a few months...So let me insert an abrupt "Ha! Look! My previous Paul & Joe lipstick" .
 
 Paul & Joe Once Upon a Time was a limited edition release from the fall 2013 Fairytale Collection. I totally planned to get it (because I need another orange-red lipstick like I need a third love handle). Then something stopped me.

The name of the collection kept reminding me of that song from Eurovision, every time I think of  it, Alexander Rybak (is it just me or does he looks like Annabelle?) would start wailing "I am in love...with a FAIRYTAeeeele" in my head. It was all too much for me to handle so I didn't think of the collection much. I need help...

Fast forward to present time. Dalenna (you all should know who she is by now, the blogging friend for I-don't-remember-how-many years? Anyway, here is her reviews on Paul & Joe lipsticks)  read that I like opaque orange. She added the barely-used (and sanitized) lipstick among the pile of tea baggies...I became a happy old lady with new toys(Did I mention I just bought more needles and alpaca yarn?).
Back to the lipsticks - Paul & Joe basically keep the formula (while revamping the packaging). Each swipe is lightweight but watery. Near full coverage can be built up with a few swipe and there is very fine shimmer through out the whole stick. The shimmer isn't chunky or frosty and it just create a polished and glowy finish.
Some of my brightest oranges side by side (I didn't include ones with red lean) Shiseido Day Lily, Once Upon a Time, Revlon Siren, Revlon Rendezvous, Maybelline Oh Orange, Revlon Tutti Frutti. The reason that the shade didn't work for Dalenna was that the color turned out to be an in-yo-face yellow orange on her (I totally thought it was reddish coral from all the promo and blog pictures)... Well, the same thing happened to me as well. Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise because the color, as yellow as it is, actually ended up being quite flattering.

The formula is moisturizing, even thought it wasn't marketed as a watery/jelly formula (there are some flakes on the lower lips but it was quite friendly towards the vertical lip lines). I think I will enjoy both the color and formula a lot for cooler days. This would go well with windblown skin, bulky brown sweaters and clear sky (I think I am trying to cosplay those Scawaii model, or just persimmons).
One more shot of the lipstick case. Cause it's cute.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed

Note: The condensation was crazy as it was taken back in late September (which was still part of the the extended summer down here).
 
Charmed is the fourth and newest shade of the Revlon Potted Cream Blush (There are Pinched, Flush
 and Coral Reef, which I didn't bother to get since reddish coral cheek stain tend to look like sunburn on me). For this shade, they got rid of Photoready (because the blush barely shows up in picture?) and the Revlon logo turned into a golden emboss (from the white label).
Anyway, the shiny black lid is as scratch-prone as ever, which you can tell from the picture (taken not too long after the purchase). Anyway, I love the big hefty 14g pot. However, I also wish they would condense the same amount of pigment into a smaller pot...
 Charmed is (hard to photograph) a dusky, plum rose with silver shimmer (which doesn't show up on skin). It must has something to do with aging (or it was the polar cold front that struck everywhere) , because I have been really into this kind of shade. I learn to appreciate this kind of fun-neutral, in which you can find both warmth (in the duskiness) and a bit of coolness (in the plummy base).
A swipe and blended out (of course, with a little bit more rubbing the whole thing was gone from my wrist). The formula is the same as the other Revlon Photoready Cream Blush that it applies slippery but in a dry way. I get frosted glass finish on the skin (due to the high -cone content, number 1 in the ingredient list), that reminds me of those pore-blurring primer. Pigmentation is as poor as the other two, the color is deeper so layering is less frustrating...So it shows up very well but the foggy finish builds up far more quicklythan the flush.

While I would have prefer a translucent-yet-strong dose of pigment, the frosted finish has its own appeals. It down plays textural imperfections like pores, adds a teeny bit of coverage with the fogginess (so that the blush doesn't look out of place being worn alone) and gives a fairly unique kind of cute sorbet look, which I like in Flush (I am guessing if they have a bright carrot orange the texture would also work)...But not with this shade (which looks like the kind of color you get on your cheek when you doze off on a hard surface. Instead from within, it's floating on top...
One last picture with dim lighting (the most product pictures in the post are little warmer/lighter than what the color is). Overall: It's an usable blush that's natural and easy to wear. I am still on the fence about if I like it or not (consider I got it for less than 5 bucks)...Anyway, it;'s definitely a rip off at $14+, the CVS regular retail price.
Speaking of CVS - I saw these Revlon Love is On Gift Set (I like the lip version) with 5 items for 20 bucks, which seems like a really good deal. Then I saw it on other site that the same kit retails for 15 at other drugstore (I think it's called Harmon?).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rimmel Wonder Lash & Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Spotted at Walgreens - Rimmel Smooth Operator Wonder lash Mascara (clump free volume and definition with argan oil)
There are 001 Black (waterproof and regular) and 003 Extreme Black (there is probably a 002 somewhere in the back)
Again a way-up-there display (because of all the holiday sets out) with Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
The pink looks quite cheerful but that floral printed looks like the designer just want to stamp on some pattern and call it a day...
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A (so I don't know what is new about this) new look for Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream (available in 2 shades). The lightest shade of the normal BB cream (no anti-aging claim) in Fair is on clearance (thinking about getting it since the light-medium works well enough for my need but run too dark/yellow for me), along with the skin renew sheet mask (made in China yet quite expensive, which made me a little concerned...) 
A holiday (?) display of Neutrogena Mascara, Lip Balm and Nourishing Eyeliner... It kind of sort of surprise me that Neutrogena makeup is still kicking it because I barely seen people buy it/talking about it online (as we all know, everybody has a blog now...).
Random Sally Hansen Mani Must-have display (nothing new I guess)
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