Friday, November 21, 2014

The Lip Product Addict Tag

I lifted this from The Gloss Menagerie, because it sounded like easy fun, and I did a tag for my birthday last year, too. This is just a casual, for-fun tag, with iPhone photos and cheesy filters. Because sometimes you need to satisfy your inner hipster.

(Here's the original tag. Have I done this before? I thought I did, but I couldn't find it. So. Maybe not.)

1. Favorite balm/lip treatment:
For daytime, Epic Blend's More Moisture in Unflavored. For nights or when my lips are very dry (for example, after wearing a matte lipstick all day), Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair.

2. Best eye-catching red:
This is a hard one - I like so many reds! Let's say, for high-impact, NARS Pure Matte in Mascate. For something classic, Rouge d'Armani 400. For bold yet elegant, Dior Trafalgar (I did actually buy a full-size, and am not still dabbing at the little card, thank you very much).

3. Best drugstore & best luxury:
Drugstore: Maybelline's Color Elixirs! Lots of shades, slight staining from darker shades, and a not-sticky, glossy formula. I have several. My favorite is Intoxicating Spice - I'm wearing it here.
Luxury: I'm a Dior girl. I like their Rouge Diors and Addicts. And, uh, everything else. Except...(see 5).

4. Best MAC lipstick:
I don't really have any of the "easy to wear" or natural MAC shades, because I don't necessarily find the formula to be my go-to for everyday lipsticks. I like MAC for its interesting shades - usually bold ones - so I pick MAC Lady Danger - #ladiesdanger time!

5. The most disappointing lip product:
The Dior Fluid Stick! It was pretty at first, but as time wore on, it became FAR TOO TACKY. Do not want.

6. Liner - yes or no?
Mostly no. I have a red one, for um, credibility reasons, or something, and I keep a clear one around to help fix lines when I wear a really pigmented lipstick. Or one prone to bleeding. But it's an as necessary kind of thing.

7. Best gloss:
Dior Addict Gloss, hands down.

8. Something extra:
I squee for minis.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comparison: Lip Hybrid Thingamabobs

[Products were purchased by me, except *, which was a gift from a friend.]

I thought I'd do a comparison post for these "hybrid" things, because there are a lot of them now, but I don't think they're all the same. Case in point, these three:
L-R: Lancôme Lip Lover in Framboise Étoile, Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, Dior Fluid Stick in Vie d'Enfer*.
Now, I like lipsticks, and I like glosses, so I'm open to hybrids. My favorite glosses are Dior's Addict Glosses, and I also like Shu Uemura's glosses and MAC Cremesheens (only cremesheens, though); I like my glosses to be hydrating and not sticky. Preference for opacity and the presence of sparkle depends on my mood - texture is the deal breaker in every case. Same is true for the lipstick-gloss hybrids featured here.

So let's talk about texture, and the claims of each product.
Lancôme: "Alluring lip color meets the moisturizing effects of a balm in Lancôme’s Lip Lover’s three-in-one formula. The moisturizing base provides up to eight hours of hydration, a smoothing layer supports the reduction of fine lines, and the saturated pigments leave lips with intense color. "
Maybelline: "A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss."
Dior: "A spectacular lip formula that packs the benefits of shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product. This stunning hybrid imparts high-impact shine with maximum color to offer a new kind of lip color. It’s lightweight in texture, boasts sensational color payout, and delivers long-lasting wear and a no-makeup feel with coverage that is between a gloss and a lipstick.

Basically, they all claim to be balm + lip color + glossy shine. OKAY THEN. 
Sorry, I didn't  have super similar shades across the three formulas.
Nice pigmentation, check. Glossy shine, check (these all lose their spectacular shine after an hour or so, though the color remains, and they never dry down to a matte or satin finish.). But how do they feel? 

The Maybellines are nice; they're thick but slather on nicely. They're comfortable to wear and I actually pull them out quite often. The Lancôme Lip Lover is similar - it's a little thinner and hugs lips a little more (clinging to them in one nice coat), but it remains comfortable, and my lips don't feel dry afterward.

BUT THE DIOR. Vie d'Enfer, for serious.

It's the thinnest and least cushiony as it goes on, and it was tolerable for the first ten minutes or so. Gradually it felt stickier...and stickier...and stickier. Like you went too long without reapplying your gloss. Like you put double-sided tape on your lips and kept smacking them together. Every movement of lips made them stick together and pull apart. ON FIRE. My lips were ON FIRE. I don't know how people are wearing them! And, you can't argue that they stay put - I still managed to get some on my teeth while I was talking to S. 

Verdict: Maybellines are $5-10 and fantastic, along with the color range (some are more sheer, I think, but they are meant to be). The Lancôme Lip Lovers are also good; they don't have as strong a scent as the Maybellines or the Dior Fluid Stick, but at $23, I'd need to love a specific shade to opt for it over the Color Elixir. SKIP THE DIOR ($35!). Unless you really, really love tacky formulas. But honestly, at that price point, it needs to be so much better than it is. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

An All-In-One Smokey Eye Palette: Marc Jacobs The Parisienne

[Product was purchased by me.]

I didn't exactly rave about my first Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con Palette (The Siren), but as I used it more and more, my opinion improved. So when I saw the new holiday 2014 palette, The Parisienne, with all of its sultry shades, I knew I was probably going to get it. One Sephora F&F sale later, it was here, and I am very pleased.
The palette itself is a dark, sparkling navy blue, not the black of the permanent range palettes. It's sleek and I really like the color stories for the MJ palettes, I have to say.

(Um, I may have also ordered The Enigma. What can I say? I'm having a palette moment, here. Also, it's hard to pass up a good pun in a beauty world that usually takes itself very seriously. Icon, indeed.)
The left two shades are similar, but on lids, Shade 1 is more of a pewter gray without the brightness of Shade 2. Shade 3 is a vibrant, cool silver. Shade 4 is completely matte (hurray!) which makes it excellent for blending out the dark shades; the pigmentation is good, but it's very close to my skintone. Shade 5 is a lighter, pearly white-gold. Shade 6 is an olive brown, more emphasis on the brown, and 7 is a reddish plum with glitter specks. The specks do make it to eyes, but it's not fallout city, surprisingly.

I think the beauty of this palette lays in the middle shade (4)- it's a completely matte nude, with easy pigmentation that makes it perfect for blending out the darker shades. A lot of smokey palettes lack this, I think, but it's a crucial shade. You could also just use 4 & 6 to do a neutral eye (especially over a cream shadow base), so the versatility is nice to see; you could travel with this, especially if it's for a wedding or another event that calls for more dramatic makeup.
Shades 4, 5, 7 over a NARS primer. Blush is Shiseido Camellia and gloss is Maybelline Intoxicating Spice.

I really like that plum shade. Maroon? Whatever. The palette runs cool, but is still very wearable for those of us of a different persuasion.
Shades 4-6 over NARS primer. 6 can be a bit muddy, but I think that's often the case for olive browns. Also, sorry for the color changes. I shoot in front of my window, so natural (mercurial) lighting rules all.


The white shade also helps brighten up smokey looks, and it can be used lightly as a highlight. I like palettes that are all-inclusive, because to me, that's the beauty of a palette. I know others worry about repeat shades, and while I don't want multiple palettes with the same color schemes, I also like having fully functional ones that can be used for travel without having to bring additional items. Personal preference.
Shades 1, 2, 4, 5. I think it's Illamasqua Zygomatic + Tarte Stellar on cheeks, and just Epic Blend More Moisture (Unflavored, of course) on lips.

Overall, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one - all the smokey shades, collected in one convenient place! And the quality is nice; the darker shades don't pill up and though over-blending can make them muddy, that can be avoided by patting them nicely into place.
This look is still my favorite (same as the first). I'm going to have to repeat it over and over, haha. I also really love that Maybelline Lip Elixir. Goes with everything!
This one is limited edition, I believe, but so was The Siren, and that one is still available, so it doesn't seem like it will sell out all that quickly. Of course, I could be wrong - their experience with The Siren could have made them make a more limited quantity, this time around. What with the VIB sale and all right now, if you want it, I'd get it now - the 20% off discount makes it $47.50 vs. retail $59, which is always nice.

(Also, could you please like my look at Savvyist? If you do, I mean. It's the Jewel-toned Eyes Challenge! Thank you!)

Ingredients (from the back of the box):
Shade 1: mica, oryza sativa (rice) extract, calcium sodium borosilicate, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, magnesum myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470), silica.
Shade 2: mica, oryza sativa (rice) extract, magnesum myristate, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470), silica.
Shade 3: calcium sodium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, oryza sativa (rice) extract, mica, silica, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, magnesium myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, tin oxide, sorbic acid, stearic acid, carmine (CI 75470).
Shade 4: mica, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, magnesium myristate, oryza sativa (rice) extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, silica.
Shade 5: mica, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, oryza sativa (rice) extract, magnesium myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, silica.
Shade 6: mica, oryza sativa (rice) extract, mica, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, magnesium myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, silica.
Shade 7: mica, boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, calcium sodium borosilicate, silica, magnesium myristate, oryza sativa (rice) extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Makeup Addict Tag

I don't really like to think about just how much stuff I have, but the lovely Sharlynn tagged me for this, so here it is. A moment of truth.

1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
Um. I think the correct answer would be, "Everything." But since it's too early for wine, let's just say, most of my collection is lipstick. (Speaking of which - Tracy, Liz and I are doing #30daysoflipstick on Instagram - check it out and join us!)



2. What's the one product you can't live without?
Eyeliner. Liquid liner, to be specific. I like having stronger, more defined eyes, and I don't have time to toss around with the pots and gels and brushes and cakes (this should be food, no?) and what have you.
Current favorite liquid liners.
3. Favorite makeup brand?
I have an assortment of many brands, but I guess I have favorites per type of makeup. Eyeshadow, definitely Shiseido. Bases, I like Dior. For blush, MAC Mineralize blushes are my favorite. Lipstick, again Dior or Shu Uemura. Gloss - definitely Dior. 

4. How big is your makeup collection?
Muji 2-drawer + 5 drawer + daily tray big.

5. And how do you store it?
See #4.

6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment?
Blotting papers (Boscia) + whatever lip product I'm wearing that day (if any).

7. If you could raid another blogger's stash, who would it be?
DENISE, hahahahaha. (Girl, you are not getting away without doing this tag). I want to raid an MUA's stash!

8. How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use?
I've never timed myself, but if it's just the daily thing, probably ten minutes: two types of concealer (or foundation + undereye concealer), brows, eye shadow + liner, blush, highlighter. Spritz with a facial mist, and ta-da!

9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn't use it?
No, I'm not a collector. Everything I buy is going on my face.

10. Tag a few other makeup addicts to do this tag!
Lessee. I feel bad tagging people because I don't want to make them feel obligated, so feel free to ignore me, ha! But, just for fun: Monika of Rocaille Writes, Lily of ChloeAsh, Lena of Lenallure, Denise of Circuits of Fever, and Vita of Making Up 4 My Age.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Birthday/Holiday Wishlist

Birthday/Holiday Wishlist

I know the Sephora VIB sale starts tomorrow, but everyone else has done brilliant posts and it's dangerous to look at any more makeup. I wanted to do a skincare post, but the photos are bringing me down, dudes. So I am now, instead, procrastinating and talking about the items on my birthday/holiday wishlist. This is the birthday month! And the holidays come tumbling after. I'm trying to think big, in an effort to save up and get some of those bigger items I've been looking after; I've been feeling the quality vs. quantity battle a little bit lately, and this probably reflects those thoughts. I've also been feeling cluttered and want to start replacing things around our home, like furniture (I want a nice big sofa piece, and a new coffee table), as well as new dishes and cookware. One at a time, I know, but that makes my wishlist more focused, and less beauty-oriented, this time around. All the little lipsticks add up, and I want a new couch!

Clockwise from top left (no affiliate links):

1. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille ($215 for 1.7 oz): every time I go to Nordstrom, I make sure to get a spray card of it. It still smells magically enticing, and I love the dark smokiness that melts into sexy, sultry vanilla. This is the ultimate perfume on my wishlist right now.

2. Sorel Joan of Arctic wedge boots, in Grill/black ($240): I tried these on in Nordstrom when I was in Seattle, and was sold. They're waterproof and they have this cute wedge, but also these grittier details and a sturdy sole. My old Cole Haan waterproof boots finally disintegrated beyond all repair (I wore them basically for six months straight every year in Seattle) and I need a new pair. I've got other knee & ankle boots - and frilly boots and colorful boots - so I like these for their in-between height and nice arch support. Spoilers: S. said I could have them for my birthday. *fistpump* Dry feet are important, y'all.

3. iPad Mini 2/3 ($299/$399): I don't think I need the newest one. Does anyone have an opinion on this? I sometimes just want to browse stuff and don't want to pull out my laptop for this. So. Tablet it is.

4. The Chemistry of Fragrances ($48): It's a chemistry book about perfume. I'm not an organic chemist, but I love reading about this specific kind of chemistry, and I want to have this to look at and read through.

5. Conair Pro Styler Ionic Conditioning Hair Dryer ($21.99): Seriously, I don't know jack rabbits about hair dryers. But, we go to the gym in the early AM, then shower, and then I'm left with wet hair at that point. My hair dries pretty quickly if left to its own devices, but I just want to have something on hand, that I could use sometimes (or never, ha). If you have thoughts about hair dryers, let me know.

6. Tashi Feather earrings ($74): I love Tashi jewelry (and they're from Vancouver, BC!) for their simple, clean designs. Also, I like birds and feathers. And statement earrings. Always earrings.

7. Bobbi Brown Porcelain Pearl ($52): I have been feeling like my highlighters are a bit too, lately, and I wanted something subtle and barely there. I also don't own a finishing powder (well, I have the NARS light-reflecting powder, but I think this is a bit of a different effect) and this one is so pretty to look at!

8. NEST Vanilla Orchid & Almond candle ($34): I don't have many candles or burn them that often, but it's nice to have at least one or two. Right now I just have a small Voluspa Chestnut & Vetiver (courtesy of the grand Liz-Bob), and it's almost reached the end of its beautifully fragrant life. I keep smelling this NEST one every time I see it in store, so I think that means I have to have it. Plus, it's pretty, and I might even try one of those ubiquitous tutorials about cleaning it out afterward to store other things.

Well! If you have thoughts about any of these (as in, it sucks, Larie, don't buy it), please let me know! Or recommendations for a couch set. Or DISHES. Or pans and skillets. Being a grown-up is both hideously depressing and wildly fun, isn't it?