Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lush handmade Cosmetics Lipstick review.

Hello, it's been a while.
The review I have today is for the Lush Cosmetics Emotional Brilliance lipsticks. Before we get to that here is an update about what I've been up to, don't worry it will be fast.
Latest thing I did was participate in the VIB rouge sales event (Future post of what I got.) Then I went on a last minute planned New York trip. Mom asked if I would like to accompany her, went, saw stuff, shopped, and loved it. I've been busy with my job, life, and sleep or lack there of.

Now for the review, I've seen this line before but never had the chance to explore the Emotional Brilliance line till now. If you've seen Lush products before you know some what of the surface of what Lush really is. If you shop there regularly you know much of the products. Yet if you've worked or currently work there you know how amazing of a company it is. When I was younger I didn't care for the store, I just thought it smelled too strong and the people there a little to friendly. Then a couple years later I applied there for a seasonal job, now it wasn't my first choice Sephora was. Sephora rejected me, in fact they rejected me a total of 3 times then had the balls to ask me to apply a 4th time. Lush hired me, trained me, helped me grow, and allowed me to fall in love on my own time. After the season was over I was hooked, but they didn't keep me. 3 years later I'd be working for them and being one of those same friendly people. I actually enjoying the smell now. After working at A&F for 5 years believe me it's a way better scent and less strong then Lush is.

Here is a list of products:
1. Vibrance - Sheer shimmery orange
2. Strong - Warm tomato red cream/matte
3. Perspective - Lightly shimmered dusty rose
4. Glamorous - Cool pop pink
5. Confident - Lightly shimmered plum with red tones

Lush Lip colors.

Lush lipstick are pretty unique because of the packaging. Some get confused thinking they are nail polish but no. These are liquid lip colors. Highly pigmented, hand made, and have naturally derived ingredients. These are moisturizing and easy to build. One thing that I find is that the list of all the ingredients are on the tag that have the name of the lip color. The basic ingredients are rose wax, jojoba oil, and candelilla wax. Unfortunately sometimes the rubber band holding the tag snaps off and takes that info with it. Luckily they have a sticker on the bottom of the lipsticks with the names and catch phrases to inspire emotion. Because there is actually a color game  called Emotional Brilliance that goes with the Lush's entire makeup line. I could go on about it but I got to focus more on this review first. So without anymore delays here are the lip colors.


Lush lip color - Confident.

Like any other plums, grapes, berry shades. I don't usually wear these types of shades but when I do I feel bold and daring which is exactly why this color was named as such. What naturally attracted me to this shade was the blue opalescent shimmer in it which is like no other lipstick I have ever owned or seen. With a deep brick red undertone and a cool berry mix is great for falls and winters. I find with this shade I did have to blot some of the moisture out because it had a tendency to slide around. To reach full opacity just give it two coats blot the first and you'll be set. The vamp color does require a little confidence to wear but it's not impossible to pull off.


Lush lip color - Glamorous.

Glamorous is a sweet Barbie pink color with a cream sheen to it. This color was a little hard at first to work with because it can clump when not dried for a second coat. But once you get that full opacity and some great lighting it becomes an electric pink. IF you want to turn it into a matte shade just blot the excess moister and finish with translucent finishing powder. Either way your lips will be nicely conditioned. This shade is a hint of what a glamorous pop star life includes.


Lush lip color - Perspective.

When I first saw this color I didn't really think much of it, in fact I didn't even want to get it at first. But one day at work I forgot to put blush on and I looked particularly washed out that day. So I used the tester as my blush and it looked good. As a lipstick, I felt like I have so many of this type of shade already. Which is that pinky peach with some luster mixed in. Yet this lip color is pigmented enough to give me that lipstick look with a hint of your lips but better. As a matte it is a great everyday color and even a great cheek tint. It gave me a new perspective about natural beauty.


Lush lip color - Strong.

This was the first color I got, the second I saw it I knew this was a killer red lip vixen color. A bright rich tomato red that can become a luscious matte lipped vixen. It is so easy to use and any lipstick lovers dream to work with. Opacity can be pretty much reached with a single thick coat. Unlike usual mattes though this condition your lips well. Yet I will say you need to blot this shade because it does have a tendency to run.  Strong is exactly the feeling it conveys while you wear it, bold, bright, in your face as well as on it, and lovely. Wonder Women would approve. ;)


Lush lip color - Vibrance.

At first I thought this was an eye shadow shade, because the eye liners, and eye shadows all have the same packaging. But when I looked at the catalog I felt pretty dumb since it turned out to be a lip color. Probably wont stop me from using it as both though. This color looks like a wet orange peel for your lips, making them juicy and Vibrant. I have quite a collection of shimmery orange color lip products. Vibrance was nice to work with and no blotting necessary. Even sheer it out for a little shimmer on your lips. You might get glitter left on after removing it, but nothing like glitter nail polish.

Until next month stay tuned, kidding I will make a recent up date post which will included the Haul I got from New York.

So whether you're late in the game or ahead of the trend, just do it cause it makes you happy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon review.

Lip product lovers alert! If you like lip crayons and moisturizing lip colors this might be your cup of milk tea. Lip crayons are one of my favorite forms of lip color application. Though the packaging can get bulky depending on the design, over all they make it fun. So here is my take on these fun lip products.
Burt's Bees products are pretty much everywhere, these fairly 'new' matte colored lip crayons have been making their round on the beauty blogs. Figured I'd give them a try, I do love a good matte color. Matte colored lipsticks are notorious for being drying on the lips, the reason is because they hold more pigmentation then regular lipsticks. It's also what gives it that dry looking texture which is flattering on a lot of people.
So far in this collection there are only 6 colors to choose from. Tailored mostly in the range of pinks and reds. They are designed this way for the purpose of everyday wear. The ingredients which makes them moisturizing are Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. The other ingredients are beeswax, candelilla wax, olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, rosemary leaf extract, and various other preservatives.

List of products:
1. Burt's Bees Lip Crayon - Hawaiian Smolder (429)
2. Burt's Bees Lip Crayon - Napa Vineyard (435)
3. Burt's Bees Lip Crayon - Redwood Forest (411)

Photo reviews:

Cute honey comb design - check, moisturizing lip product - check, easy to wear shades - double check. Like most lip crayons they have a mechanical twist up to get more product. They have no fragrance added in them which makes it good for people who don't like scented lipsticks. Some of them are sheer coverage but are easily build-able for day to night use.

The colors they carry are:
1. Sedona Sands - Chalk pink
2. Redwood Forest - Brick red
3. Niagara Overlook - Tea Rose
4. Carolina Coast - Lavender pink pastel
5. Hawaiian Smolder - Hibiscus pink
6. Napa Vineyard - Wine red

Hawaiian Smolder:

This shade was sheer at first swatch, yet I went over with it a few times and was able to build a full colored lip. As for being a matte color? I would not consider this a matte color unless you blotted and finished with translucent finishing powder. The moisturizing ingredients make it more or less a moisturizing lip stick. The color is adorable and flattering for warm to neutral under toned skin. With it's hibiscus petal pink coloring it can pass for a your lips but better kind of deal.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon - Hawaiian Smolder.

Napa Vineyard:

Like a nice red wine this rich red shade was both highly pigmented and moisturizing. It does become matte over time and feels more or less like a true saturated lip color. With both warm and cool under tones it's the perfect wine red lip color for just about anyone. This was one of my favorites out of the whole color range.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon - Napa Vineyard.

Redwood Forest:

It does resemble the red wood bark of the tree. With that earthy red color it has a brick red appeal to it. As the same application and moisture as Hawaiian Smolder with a build-able coverage. Not highly pigmented of a matte lip color yet still packs a punch. Being more of a muted warm tone red it is best tailored to olive toned skin types if you have freckles though it compliments them well.

Hope this helped and stay tuned for a lip review of a rather Lush experience. ;)

So whether you're late in the game or ahead of the trend do it cause it makes you happy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks (review)

I have a short but sweet review for you, in regards to the *New* Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks. Sephora kindly clued me in to the new summer launches for lipsticks and even though at first I was all lipsticked out from the Macaron lippies/MAC hauls. When I saw the new look of the Kat Von D vintage matte lipsticks I thought "I could get into that... I like studs on things, why not my lipstick?" Lets be real though. Even a lipstick connoisseur like I have not scratched the surface of the many brands, shades, and cute packaging out there. But these shades and textures where too good to pass up. So with out any time to waste.

List of Products:
Studded Kiss Lipstick - Kat Von D
1. Gothica (Brick red copper infused with gold glitter.)
2. Coven (Cool lavender pastel.)
3. Wonderchilde (Shimmery warm orchid.)
4. Sexer (Pink fuchsia with blue shimmer.)
5. Poe (Metallic navy with purple undertones.)
6. Slayer (Matte black.)

Will you just look at that hard-ass packaging! It does tend to make it bulky, but I still love the detail. Also her initials printed in old english text for that tatted look. All these lipsticks were amazing.

Kat Von D - Studded Kiss Lipsticks: Gothica, Coven, Wonderchilde, Sexer, Poe, & Slayer.


Studded Kiss Lipstick - Gothica
Studded Kiss Lipstick - Gothica

Gothica was not one of my intentional first buys at first. Yet when I swatched it on my hand in the store I fell head over heals with how wonderful it was. It is a brick red with gold glitter infused. Even when I swatched it on my lips I did not feel that glitter at all. So smooth, comfortable, moisturizing and was absolutely beautiful.



Studded Kiss Lipstick - Coven
Studded Kiss Lipstick -Coven

Coven, was not what I expected at first. I thought this would be my 2nd chance to grab a lavender lipstick since I wasn't able to for the MAC Osbourne Kelly one. Almost borderline gray on me in certain lighting. The pigmentation on this lipstick is crazy good. Hardly had any patches and makes my brown eyes pop. A matte moisterized lavender feild for the lips.


Studded Kiss Lipstick -Wonderchilde
Studded Kiss Lipstick -Wonderchilde

Wonderchilde was one of those 'I have purple hair but no purple lipstick to match,' purchases. But I think I did good on this one because it is gorgeous. Not dark like Lime Crime's - Poisonberry, but rather light and warm. The feel of this is just as effortless and smooth as the first two. The warm undertone of the orchid balances the cool shimmer that catches light. I loved this more then I knew I would.


Studded Kiss Lipstick -Sexer
Studded Kiss Lipstick -Sexer

Sexer was the first one I got out of the first color launch. I was going to go safe with the orange shade but thought I need to get out more. Plus a matte fuchsia is what I've been wanting for a while. This is what got me hooked on all the other shades was the application. Flawless, smooth, and just divine. A pink fuchsia with blue shimmer to make it look cool, the blue shimmer mattes out so it's only easy to see on the bullet.


Studded Kiss Lipstick -Poe
Studded Kiss Lipstick -Poe

Poe was the color I was most interested in. I've never owned a navy blue lip product before and since I couldn't get the Illamasqua one off the internet (It's a US can't get this sorry not sorry.) The bullet is a dark purple which threw me off at first but I remember reading the description so I swatched it anyway. A dark metallic navy blue, glided on nice, yet was a little hard to get an even consistency. In regular lighting though you can't see the patches.


Studded Kiss Lipstick -Slayer
Studded Kiss Lipstick -Slayer

Slayer makes me think of Faith from Buffy the Vampire slayer TV series. Although her lipstick was more of a blood red brown (Gotta love the 90's). This made me think of that character the dark slayer. I have never owned a matte black lipstick before and always wanted one (That wasn't MAC). So this was a collectors purchase. It does have a tad resemblence for patch work like Poe. Yet it's manageable with the right lip primer and liner.

I have been on the fritz lately sorry, after I got hired at my new job they have been working me hard. Don't get it twisted though I love the job, yet with this new Manager it's been kind of hard to gauge their emotions. I don't post or make videos often anymore but hopefully with time and money I can get back to sharing my findings with you. <3

Whether you're late in the game or ahead of the trend, do it because it makes you happy.