February ‘13 Hits & Misses!
It’s already March?! I’m not sure where the time’s going, but I can’t deny that I’m really excited for springtime! Anyway, it’s time for my monthly beauty product hits and misses… I’ve got a few new products to talk about as well as some oldies. Hope you enjoy!
I’ve got a LOT of hits this month - products that exceeded my expectations, that have just been released, and some that have been in my pile of favorites for months, if not years. Here we go!
Flower Beauty - Cosmetics by Drew Barrymore
I’m mentioning this line of beauty products first for a reason!! If you haven’t been listening to the beauty news buzz, Drew Barrymore recently released a full line of high quality cosmetics this year. Her line contains EVERYTHING… literally everything, from BB cream and lip butters, to eyeshadow quads and nail polish. Everything from Flower is 100% Cruelty Free, and is made from “the highest quality ingredients possible”… but that’s not even the best part! What’s really awesome about Flower Beauty is that these products are sold exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com
Flower products are probably considered to be at the “higher end” of the drugstore makeup scale, and their price reflects that - you should expect to pay anywhere from $6-$13 for each item, but you STILL can’t beat that price for the awesome quality of all these products. Everything, from the lipsticks to the cream eyeshadows, has awesome pigmentation and texture, and all perform beautifully. If you don’t believe that anything of high quality could be sold at Walmart only, read this excerpt from FlowerBeauty.com:
"You no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve.
How do we do it? We do not pay for advertising. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, we do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows us to put all of our resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.”
And a quote from Drew Barrymore herself:
" The reason I have created this makeup line is because… I wanted to give women the finest formulas. They deserve that level of quality, and I wanted to be the brand that gave it to them."
Needless to say, I plan on trying as much as I can from this line, and backing it 100% until I see reason to do otherwise! They’re not in EVERY Walmart yet (including the ones close to me) but they will be soon! And when they do, I highly recommend checking Flower out.
New York Color Liquid Eyeliner
This eyeliner has been around for ages! It was in fact the first liquid eyeliner I ever tried, and even though I’ve used countless others since I first got into makeup, this little cheapie has been a constant in my collection. Lately I’ve been seeing tons of other makeup artists and beauty gurus mentioning/using this as well, and it’s really made me realize how incredibly awesome this eyeliner really is - not just because it’s affordable, but because the quality is there!
But the real reason I wanted to mention it this month is because for the past month I’ve gone without it - and been desperate to get it back! Mysteriously I lost my tube of it, and decided that this was a great opportunity to break out of my box and try all these new liquid liners on the market! I got ones from Wet n Wild, Maybelline, L’Oreal and Urban Decay… and I was disappointed in just about ALL of them! It really made me appreciate my little $3 NYC liner that much more.
NYC Liquid Liner has an awesome, fine-tipped brush that makes the perfect line every time. The formula is really glossy and opaque - never streaky, never dull, and it never bleeds into the fine lines on your skin or transfers onto your browbone after a couple hours of wear. It doesn’t smudge or flake off prematurely, and it washes away so easily at the end of the day! All for $3! You just can’t beat that, and I don’t think I’ll be parting with this liner anytime soon again!
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer
You guys wanted a new, high quality eyeshadow primer from the drugstore, and WnW delivered! In fact, the entire Fergie Collection recently released by Wet n Wild looks absolutely spectacular, but like with Flower, I can’t find it anywhere near me yet! *Cries* However I did manage to find this primer, and I’m really happy I did.
This is a rather thick but blendable, light skintone-colored primer for your eyelids. It is designed to prep your lids for eyeshadow, smoothing the skin and helping the colors show up better. It also helps prevent creasing throughout the day. I think that this primer works really well! It isn’t greasy at all and I didn’t notice any creasing whatsoever when I used it. It helps eyeshadows pop a lot more and blend easily. And of course, because it’s from Wet n Wild, it’s only $5.
Urban Decay The Great and Powerful Oz “Glinda” Palette
Gee, another Urban Decay palette that makes my favorite list - imagine that! At first, when the Oz palettes were released by UD (This and the “Theodora” palette, which contains “bad witch” colors) I was very skeptical, because I assumed these would just be bad promotion techniques for the movie, which will be in theaters March 8th. But when I went to Ulta and swatched them, I couldn’t help but fall in love. Initially Theodora was the palette I had my eye on, but I turned to Glinda because I don’t think I’ve ever owned a really feminine, lightly colored palette like this.
The Glinda palette contains 8 different colors (but there are only 6 pans, what?! Two pans are duos) and also comes with a travel-sized 24/7 Eyeliner pencil in a deep eggplant shade and a pretty peachy-pink Super Saturated lipcolor pencil. The colors are typical Urban Decay - very soft and buttery, but do tend to have a bit of fallout. However the colors themselves are dreamy and angelic - you can create really light, angelic looks or bring in some drama for dark or smokey types of eyes. I laaahhhv it!
Milani Color Statement Lipsticks
Drugstore brands are doing a lot of good with me lately, particularly in the lipstick department. Milani has long been one of my favorite underrated brands (see: Liquif’eye Pencil Eyeliner) and these lipsticks are REALLY impeccable!
The texture of these lippies is divine - they require minimal effort to yield awesome color payoff. The formulas are opaque and pigmented - very soft and smooth to apply on your lips. They feel moisturizing on, and last several hours before they begin to fade away. The colors are great - there are 38 Color Statement lipsticks, varying from deep creamy red, to bright violet, to frosty pink, and include not-your-average shades like gold and almost-black berry. Each only cost $6, and are well worth your money! Beauty gurus and MUAs alike are raving about these across all types of social media, and you need to have them in your life.
Lonjure False Eyelashes
Lonjure is a relatively new brand that produces high quality lashes that are appropriate for any occasion. I was introduced to this brand about a month and a half ago, and have been obsessed with them ever since! I don’t wear falsies every day, although I will pop them on occasionally just for fun - I still haven’t been able to use up all of these gorgeous lashes!
Lonjure has 12 different styles of lashes, with four in each collection - Natural, Length, and Volume. Their lashes are made with natural and synthetic hair, and will fit any sized eye. The lashes don’t come with glue, but it’s probably better that way because I am never satisfied with the glue that comes gratis and it usually affects my overall opinion of the lashes themselves. The only problem I’ve experienced with these lashes is that the glue used to adhere each lash to the packaging is a little excessive and makes the band stiff when you first remove them. With a little bending to loosen them up, they become very easy to apply! I don’t have a single favorite yet, but I haven’t found one that I don’t like yet, either! You can find them on http://lonjure.com for $4.98 a piece!
Well I think that should be it for this month’s hits… if you want to see what products missed the mark for February, please CLICK THROUGH! :)
Maybelline Master Duo Liquid Eyeliner
This is one of several liquid eyeliners I picked up this past month. I had already been skeptical of this liner, but it made the “missed” section for reasons I wasn’t anticipating. This liner has a unique felt tip applicator, that has a flat circle on the end that you can use on the broad side to create thick lines, or the thin side to make delicate lines.
The formula of Master Duo is very opaque, smooth, and glossy. It has a lot of shine even after it dries, and doesn’t require multiple coats to get good color payoff. I’m not usually a fan of felt tips to begin with, because I don’t feel as if I can get as close to my natural lash line as I can with a brush. This was no exception - but otherwise it wasn’t difficult to apply the way I wanted. The theory of turning the applicator on its side did work, but it still didn’t create a really fine point, so it wasn’t ideal for my go-to winged eyeliner look. But my issues with it were that after an hour or so, the color transferred onto my upper eyelid/brow bone area, and also about the third time I used it, I noticed that the eyeliner bled into the small fine lines on my lids, making it look very messy. You are supposed to shake this liner before each use, but this didn’t stop the bleeding from happening. Especially when I tried to recreate the graphic liner look pictured on the packaging, this occurred, and the design was impossible to replicate. Also, when I removed my makeup at night, I noticed that this liner was like rubber, and I could pull it all off in one strip with my fingers. If I didn’t really work to remove it fully, I would notice what looked like eyelash glue stuck to my lashes! Very strange, and unfortunate, because initially I thought this liner was really great.
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2
Unlike a lot of beauty bloggers/gurus/MUAs, I’m not a MAC worshipper. I don’t blindly fall in love with every product and every collection the way it feels so many people do… but I WAS expecting to love this! And I didn’t! For the past two/three months I’ve been obsessed with purple lips of all shades, and I was really pumped to try Nicki Minaj’s second collab with the good-cause Viva Glam line. In the tube, and in swatches, it looks awesome - a really pale pinky lavender. But as soon as I put it on, or see it on *some* people, I lose all love. It is just too light! Too pastel! Too… different! I can’t even figure out what skin tone would compliment it… oh well. If you are one of those lucky, super-confident type divas who can rock this shade, more power to you. Until then, I will still “eep!” over this color!
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum
I received a trial sized tube of this in last month’s GlossyBox, and have spent the past few weeks trying and trying to get this to work for me! And to this day, I still can’t find much to like about this serum. This is intended to be applied underneath makeup (not necessarily in place of a primer, but in the same way) and is supposed to help control oil throughout the day.
I have applied this in many different ways… with and without moisturizer, with and without primer, with powder foundation, with liquid foundation, and even alone - but no matter what I do, I am a greasy mess within three hours. And I wouldn’t even consider my skin to be severely oily! When I saw that this serum retailed for $35, I just shook my head. Even though it is nice to apply, blends smoothly over the skin, and doesn’t make my skin irritated or break out, I would never recommend it or say that its worth the money.
I can’t think of any more misses right now, to be honest with you! Maybe March will be a month of failures, who knows. Until then, stay beautiful!
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