Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Colormates Lipstick & Lip Liner Duo

This lip stick and lip liner duo from Colormates was purchased at Dollar Tree for $1; it did not have a color name sticker on it anywhere I could find.

This was a lip stick I did not have high hopes for from when I had used it in the past. I remembered it as very frosty and sinking into the lines in my lips; turns out only part of that memory was accurate. The liner that comes with this lip stick is a completely different color from the lip stick itself and that turned out to be a positive because it gave me the idea to try it with different lip liners to see how the color transformed.

The liner itself is very dry and does not apply well over lip balm if you use one as a primer for your lips. It really needed to be applied directly to the lips in order to have any chance to adhere. When I tried the lip liner with a lip balm over the top, it did alright as it does give a good amount of color, but really needs something to help moisturize the lips as it is so very dry. 

The lip stick is very moisturizing so when applied over the very dry liner, no lip balm is needed. The lip stick is not completely opaque in color, but does give its color to the lip liner which results in ending up with a pink that is slightly more red and slightly deeper than the pink in the tube. This allows for some variations in the way the lip stick appears depending on what liner you use with it, something I like, as I often find myself wishing for a shade slightly different from the ones I have in lip stick form. When I first applied the lip stick, it did sink into the lines in my lips, but quickly smoothed out once I rubbed my lips together.

The wear time on this duo was good, it survived from when applied after first meal until second meal, which is as long as I typically wear any lip product. It survived drinking with a straw and blowing my nose a couple of times. Some color would transfer to the straw or tissue, but when I would check my lip stick afterwards the color still appeared the same and fully cover the lips. I could not recommend eating with this lip stick on, but that is not something I do with any lip stick. One thing I noticed with this lip stick/lip liner duo was that the lip stick stayed in place much better with this dry lip liner provided than it did with other lip liners. This also occurred with the other lip stick from this brand I tried. When worn with the lip liner provided I never had a problem with lip stick getting on my teeth. When I used a lip liner from another brand that was not as drying, the lip stick got on my teeth. This is something to consider when deciding what lip liners might work best for it. If you have drier liners already that you do not like to use, they may work better with the Colormates lip sticks duo to the moisture content provided by the lip stick itself.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Keep In Mind: March 2015

M.A.C. Charged Water and Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro 002

Between these two products, my face products have been lasting a lot longer on the skin. They both individually improve the staying time of my foundation, highlighter, blush, and bronzer. When used together the staying time is even greater.

I was a little disappointed in the Charged Water packaging as the top broke after only a handful of uses and I found the mist generated by the nozzle was not very fine. We ended up getting a travel sized spray bottle from Walgreens that has a very fine mist to it, so I am much happier with the distribution of the product from the new bottle. 

When I use the Charged water, I generally try to remember to use it before moisturizer and after the last step in my makeup that involves a powder, this also seems to yield the best results for length of wear of the face products.

Empties: April 04, 2015

I just had an empties, but I didn't want to wait another month to post these.

Lotta Luv Lip Balm for Jelly Belly

I love the smell of this and primarily use it as a primer for lip stick. The consistency of it is kind of thick and that seems to help some of the softer lip sticks that tend to melt into the wrinkles of my lips to stay looking smoother in color.

I have about a dozen of these waiting to be used because once I told my husband it was helping some of my lip sticks work better he went a little nuts buying as many as he could find. 

Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss in 579A  Seedless Watermelon

This is a lip gloss that was only shown recently in the daily makeup, even though it was used two to three times a week since it was originally purchased.  This was a my car lip gloss, meaning the lip gloss that was left in the car so that if I forgot to bring my purse, I had something that wouldn't melt that I could apply in place of lip balm. It served its purpose well. Not sure what I am going to replace it with yet as I have lots of lip glosses, I just have to figure out which one is most likely to survive in a car all summer.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Empties: March 23, 2015

Almay Smart Shade perfect & correct primer

Instantly smoothes and color corrects skin. Lavender to even out and brighten skin tone. Green to reduce redness.


This did not smooth out my skin, although my skin is pretty smooth to begin with. As to the color correcting, definitely did not do that. If anything the application of this product left my skin slight pinker most days, and never more even or brighter.

Would I buy again?

No, I was so happy when this finally emptied I did a little dance in my chair.

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set

The first setting spray I ever tried. Did it help keep my makeup in place all day? Not really sure, I don't actually think it did, but for me it was more about adding another step to the process of applying makeup. For me, the more steps I can add to my skin care and makeup application, the happier I am because the process is very relaxing for me. This may be because there are days when I cannot even use my hands so when I am able I want to do as much as possible. It could also be because none of these things are truly necessary to live and so it feels like a luxury when I do them for myself, which makes me think that even if I didn't have my health problems, I would still be into creating the most involved skin care and makeup routine possible.

Would I buy this again?
Probably, though I would want to transfer the contents into a bottle with a better spray on it because this one didn't work half the time.

On to mascaras, these were used over the course of at least one year, each mascara got three months of use, roughly. These were originally intended to be reviewed, but things happened, my spreadsheet was lost when the laptop died

Kirkland Borghese Advanced Lash Defining Mascara in Black

The main thing I remember about this mascara, which I am not even sure you can buy anymore, is that I was surprised just how light it was in application. I like natural looking mascaras, I mainly use them to tint my lashes black, I have fairly long lashes and plenty of them so I don't need mascaras to add to the appearance. This mascara really only did tint the lashes black and did absolutely nothing else. I cannot remember how it did with moisture.

Wet N Wild Mega Protein Mascara in C137

First let me state that I love Wet n Wild, I own a large percentage of their permanent makeup line, and if possible, I would like to own the rest of it. The rest except for the mascaras. I have several of these because my husband found eye shadow trios packed with mascaras during one of there limited edition runs and he bought all of the twin packs, because it was like getting one thing free. I have put all of the backup mascaras of this into the night makeup bag. The main reason for this, I have watery eyes. They water from allergies, they water because I am super sappy and movies and tv shows make me cry sometimes, they water when I laugh, they water a lot. In fact, it is not usual for me to find salt building up on the outer corners of my eyes over the course of the day without me even realizing my eyes have been watering. This mascara, while having no claim of being water proof, would run down my face at even the slightest bit of moisture. It was also a very wet formula and stayed that way for the entire time I was using it. In fact, I just opened it again to see if it ever dried out, and it is still very wet.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara in Black Organics

I remember vaguely liking how this looked, but I don't remember loving it. I think it also had a problem with running regularly down my face.

Wet N Wild Mega Wear Mascara in C136

This mascara had the same problem as the Mega Protein Mascara, although this formula is a little drier. By the time I finished this one I actually told my mom never to buy Wet N Wild mascara. This one didn't quite get the full three months but I have no problem stoping its use now because it only had 7 more days to go before I ended the test of it. I also didn't like it because the mascara had a strange smell even though it was a new tube.

Wrap up of the mascaras: 

I am seriously considering that I may have to only use water proof mascaras because my eyes water so much. But before I start investing in those, I must work through all of the ones I currently have. So far my favorite is an e.l.f. mascara that had both a regular and waterproof end to it. I only ever used the regular side and it never ran with the one exception of when I watched a super sappy movie that made me cry for a couple hours. The mascara that I will be testing for the next six months, because the little symbol on it has a 6 is the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in Black because I was given the sample to use today and I don't like having two mascaras open at the same time. First impressions were good, although I was only able to wear it for a couple hours because I had to take a nap shortly after the Mary Kay consultant left because my brain was trying to shut down.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Never Used: 03/11/2015

Normally when a makeup product ends up not being used it is because I either waited too long to use and it expired or I ended up being allergic to it. In this case I just couldn't get into it in the first place.

While rearranging some eye shadows today I was randomly opening things to swatch them because that is just something I do whenever I am looking at my makeup and when I tried to open the e.l.f. eye shadow duo in black licorice it didn't budge. Now I do have shoulder pain currently going on and my fingers are not always cooperative, but I did feel like this was unusually tight for a screw on lid on an e.l.f. eye shadow duo, because I have several from this line and normally I can open them with no problem so long as my fingers are working well.

So I sat the duo aside to let my husband try since he is better at opening things like that and might have tools to help it open. Well, he tried pliers, screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, pipe wrench, and then banged it a little too hard and broke the light grey shadow. Once the first shadow was broken he took a hammer to it to try and figure out why it would not open, which broke the darker grey shadow, which resulted in the mess you see in the picture above. Since these were not particularly unique colors I told him it wasn't a big deal because I have more grey shadows, I even have more grey shadows from e.l.f. My husband did feel bad about breaking the shadows and I am sure if I asked him to he would replace it, but I am not going to because as I said, I have more grey eye shadows.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Keep In Mind: February 2015

Kirkland's Angled Liner/Spoolie brush

This brush was in a kit Costco occasionally sells but not consistently so I am not sure if it is currently available. What I use this brush for is to fill in my eyebrows. In the past I primarily used an e.l.f. flat liner brush to fill in my brows, but one day all of those brushes were dirty and so I picked up this one to use and found that it did a better job of making my eye brows look more natural/not too dark as they would on occasion get when using the e.l.f. brush. I generally just use the angled liner side as I have a separate spoolie brush I use to brush out my brows because I always forget this brush has a spoolie built into as well. Other than occasionally going outside of my brow line because of my coordination issues, not because of the brush itself, I feel like this brush give me better control and applying brow powder over the e.l.f. brush and I wanted to remind myself to continue using it.

I know there was something I wanted to post about that didn't work well for me, but I cannot remember what it was right now; hopefully I will remember by next month. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

One Note: Wet n Wild Kabuki Brush

Not a full review because I am still trying to make this work, but I wanted to talk about why it is taking so long to see if I can make it work.

My husband picked this out for me, probably because I had been watching a video that talked about how great Kabuki brushes were at making some aspect of makeup easier and my husband is all about making things easier for me. Because it takes me a while to start using new things when I get them, it sat unused for a few months. When I finally opened it I found it to be very scratchy against my hand so I set it aside for washing to hope that would soften the bristles. I then forgot to wash it for a while because it was off to the side and not where I normally store the brushes to wash. I finally washed it.

First thing to note: This brush has a smell and it is not a good one. I don't remember it smelling before I washed, but afterwards it smelled like wet dog or maybe horse, I am not really sure which, and not a nice clean smelling wet, but a stuck out in the rain and mud and probably rolled in something it shouldn't have wet. I actually washed it about four times and soaked it for a while which I will explain my reasoning for in a minute, but it does appear that the smell is dissipating so from that aspect, it may eventually be usable against my face.

Second thing to note: It did get a lot softer after the first washing. I used Johnson and Johnson's baby shampoo just incase you have this brush and are trying to find something to help soften the bristles.

Third thing to note: The reason why I soaked the brush for several hours on the day that I washed it was because it leaks dye. It leaks a lot of dye actually. Every hour I would ring out the brush and replace the water in the bowl I was using and every hour when I went back the water was dark brown again. I still haven't gotten it to stop leaking dye. This problem is actually what is preventing me from actually using the brush against my face with makeup. I plan to continue washing it with my regular brushes once a week to see if it will eventually stop leaking dye. If I do manage to get this to stop leaking dye I will try and remember to update this post, but no promises. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sample: L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream in 01 Light

This sample was received when my husband bought me some L'Occitane skin care.

This was not a case of saving the best for last it seems with my run through all of my foundation samples. The fact that the BB Cream was too dark wasn't really the big problem for me, although it would have been enough to tell my husband not to buy it. My problems with the BB Cream were as follows: 

It dries very quickly. I tapped it on my skin, then tried to blend it in, I had an orange circle in the exact shape of the tip of my finger. I thought the damp beauty sponge would help, I had a bunch of round circles now on my face. I filled in all the gaps with more BB Cream and used a brush, my arms were very sore afterwards but I eventually made most of the round circles disappear.

It doesn't cover anything. All this did was make my skin that is not red or freckled looked like it had been stained orange. Any bits with discoloration appeared to repel the product even when it was applied directly over that area because if you touched it again it immediately disappeared. But it clung to the bits of skin that looked fine normally, only making them look like I was using a really bad fake tanner.

It sunk into the pores on my nose. My nose is where my most obvious pores are and if something is going to give me a problem with how it looks, this is always where it happens. My nose looked like it had been stained orange and that I had tiny bright orange poka dots all over it.

I would never buy this. I know L'Occitane is supposed to be well regarded for their skin care, I think that is probably all I will ever want from them in the future. Also as I type this I have the sample sitting next to me, and I can smell a fragrance that I had not noticed while applying but does appear to be coming directly from the product. That probably would not have gone over well for me over the course of the day because this has been open for a few hours now and it still has a scent. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sample: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

The sample of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 30 Beige was pulled from a magazine.

This foundation claims to be ultra-light skin perfecting sunscreen makeup. I did not see any skin perfecting going on, although I was able to blend it into my skin enough to feel like even though it was too dark it wasn't very obvious that I was using the wrong shade.

On the back of the sample it says: 

Before opening, shake or press sample to blend. Apply with fingertips or foundation brush and blend gently.

I first shook the sample and then pressed it a few times to make sure it was well blended before opening. I opted for applying it with my fingertips. There was enough in the sample to get more than one use out of but I was only able to apply it once because after about 20 minutes of wear the skin on my face started to tingle and I had to remove the makeup.

This foundation did not cover my freckles or the redness of my cheeks which is the main thing I look for in a foundation. Also the two blemishes on my face didn't look like anything had changed in their appearance and my under eyes actually looked worse when I blended the foundation over the light brown circles I had which changed to looking like I had bruises under my eyes. Even if I was not having an allergic reaction to it, I would not be impressed with this foundation. Have to remember to tell my husband I am allergic to it.

Follow up note: When I cleaned the small jar I put the sample into so I could use it again in the future, I discovered that the Foundation left something behind that made where it had touched very sticky and no amount of soap would get it off so I ended up having to throw the jar away. I need to figure out where to buy more of these jars.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sample: Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory

This sample was received through Sephora; this sample lasted several days.

The first time I applied this I used my fingers and had a hard time blending it out and getting finger marks out of the tinted moisturizer. Also, for a product labeled as Ivory, I was surprised how much darker than my skin tone it is, keeping in mind that I am very pale and rarely get any direct sunlight and when I do I am covered in sunscreen because I burn in 15 minutes or less. The rest of the time when I applied this I used a knockoff beauty blender instead and the appearance of the tinted moisturizer on the skin does look less obvious when using a sponge of some sort. It does not cover redness on the cheeks if you have very much or it, nor does it cover blemishes, but it did very slightly even out skin tone. On the days when the normal redness of my cheeks was already less noticeable it did look very nice. This product was kind of predictable for me in how it worked because on the days I didn't have red cheeks it looked really good and on the days when I did, it did almost nothing for me.

Due to how much this costs normally and how little coverage it gave I would not buy this or ask for it. The redness of my cheeks comes and goes depending how a variety of factors so having something that isn't going to cover that really isn't helpful for me.