Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Va Va Voom Volume Mascara

While I can't help buying cheap clearance craps at drugstore, I think I really need to put a stopper on these gimmicky products by Physicians Formula. I mean, even they were free (or closed to being free), 90 % of my previous went straight to garbage and even the good products (powder blush) tend to be the same colors (a pink then a coral one) repeated in various range. Before I implement my plan, let me show you the this sexy piece of ...
The Sexy Booster Va Va Voom Volume Mascara comes with a big red plastic tube with lace sticker allover. There is a cute high heel charm with a bow (just like their glossy stain) and while I have read some reviews saying this smell great, I thought it's just smells like the glossy stain (sweetened Playdoh).
 The applicator is the prickly one...In fact, the formula also seems the same (maybe not the same, since I tossed all of them after single use)as the other Physicians Formula mascara I have tried (the ones that are flat): It's a tad waxy but neither too dry or goopy. On the lash it gives some clean definition, not a hell lot of length or volume...It would make a decent everyday formula if it didn't start flaking and smudging 2 hours into the wear (and as soon I stepped into the snow...).
Oh, it also managed to wilt my curl right away...

Overall: Saved for next garbage collection day.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Gosh Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow

Gosh Waterproof Mineral Eyeshadow were from part of my Penn station clearance discoveries (my project stop-buying-crap is not going anywhere). Naturally, I picked up two taupe as I am boring like that. The shadow come with retractable twist up stick, in sleek matte plastic tubes. The packaging seems fitting for the price point, but I personally would never pay 13 for a drugstore eyeshadow.

Golden Brown is a light glistening champagne taupe, it's a great subtle highlighter that doesn't make the eye puffy. Brown is s warmer, deeper brown taupe with a bit of mahogany undertone. I wouldn't expect to like it as much but it's a great subtle definition with very delicate shimmer (Reads: Not boring or aging than your standard shimmery brown taupe!).
I haven't splash water on my eyes to test the waterproof claim but I can say that these do not last well at all. If I swipe them across bare lid, I would notice them starting to fade within 20 minutes (mind you, it's very cold and dry here). I wasn't expecting magical wear time when I only paid 3-4 bucks for each of them, not to mention, I do have two tubes of primer to be used up (I don't know how long I had that Too Faced for...7 years? I guess if it still works and I need it, I would keep it).

 Overall: I love what I get for the price I paid so I went back to get more (Penn Station got rid of the display altogether but I found them at the bus terminal!). I have also seen Gosh at the Walgreens in State Street (downtown Chicago) if you want to try your luck there.
Swatch of golden brown and brown on wrist(I will spare you the eyeball close up for now)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lipstick Queen Medieval

I remember the first time I heard about Lipstick Queen Medieval was from Nylon magazine back in 2007 (or maybe 2008?) and I am a little surprised that it took me this long to get this, given how I always have a thing for sheer red. (By the way, it took Nylon no time to sell me a Nars blush. "Who needs orgasm when you can have super orgasm?" I whipped out my credit card as soon as I read that line.)
Anyway, the article features the story we have all heard for a gazillions times: How it was sinful for women in medieval times to wear red lips so they rubbed lemon on their mouth instead. The story inspired Poppy that she ended up sitting with a chemist for a whole afternoon (That's it?) and ended up with this: a universally flattering (well, that can be said about anything super sheer) red that's barely detectable...and minus the sting.
The packaging for most of Lipstick Queen products is simple and distinctive. Medieval has a small red metal tube with just the brand name (and by Poppy)stamped on. I quite like the design in general (as it goes well with my granny-print dresses, tortoise shell glasses and the rest of my hipster fantasy) but the metal closure (friction fitted so the lid rubs/scratches the paint) is bugging me a little. Anyway, I have another two lipsticks from the brand, the lids come with rubber sleeves inside so those close without scratching.
Now to the product - Medieval  (to my eyes. I think my color perception is out of whack because for that stripe dress that was allover the internet. I see it as blue and poop brown...). Instead, it looks like a slightly brownish red in a light gel-stick formula. I mean, I think the brown tone is quite apparent (especially it looks more brown than Lunasol "brown red"). 
Lunasol Full Glamour Lips in Brown Red, Wild Watermelon, Medieval, Maybelline Color Whisper Red Around Town, Mac Crosswire, Revlon Candy Apple, Revlon Super Lustre Shine Lipstick Rich Girl's Red, Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic

From my personal experience, it seems that my lip color enhances both the warm and cool. Orange tend to look extra yellow, neutral red usually turn very bright (and cool-toned) on my lips. I find slightly cool cherry tend to the most flattering so I kept going back to those. 
The unique part about Lipstick Queen Medieval is that on my lips, it looks neutral and stays neutral! It also happens to be the sheerest of all of my sheer red tints (pigmentation level is probably similar to a red gloss and I don't have to deal with stickiness). The gel-stick formula is light-weight and somewhat hydrating (by don't count on it for your winter in the Northeast)and lasting power is just a little better than other tinted drugstore balms. 

I think it's a great bare-bone basic that does everything it promises (it doesn't promise much though). I personally enjoy it a lot because not only it's light enough to be a slap-on-and-go color, it's the only red that I can wear with eye makeup (without feeling like a show girl) comfortably.
Medieval as a base for LA Girl Lip Paint in Pin Up (turned way too cool on me).

Bottom line: Wait for a sale (I think 16 dollars seems like a more reasonable price for what it does) or you will end up feeling like you are paying for their poetic marketing. After all (even it's unique), the formula is different, but not necessarily better than lipsticks by Maybelline or Revlon (actually I think the finish and level of pigment reminds me of Essence Glow Neon Glow).

 I bought it off a set (after reading it on Dalenna's blog) that went on sale, that's why I am not whining about the price point. Anyway, can't wait to play with the other two shades (and venture more into the brand, Endless Summer range is totally my thing).

Friday, February 27, 2015

New from Wet n Wild, Milani, Burt's Bees and More

Collective spy cam post again: First there is this Wet n Wild palette called Camouflage Couture. I like that greenish metallic taupe on top right. Not sure about how to use the other shades though.

La Vie en Rouge Around the Clock Blush
Correcting concealer palette
Three of the previously limited Milani rose blushes made it back.
Kajal eyeliner and fierce foil liner
Ardell Black Tie Lashes
Masque Bar by Look Beauty
La Roche Posay Mineral sunscreen
Burt's Bees Wild Cherry Lip Balm
The Vanilla Bean and Hydrating ones also seem new

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