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Review + Swatches: NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Trio “Caipirinhas on the Beach”
This colorful little trio caught my eye during a recent trip to Ulta - the shades scream summer, and I’m not quite over the warm weather and sunny days! This is an eyeshadow trio full of bright blue shades that are buttery and soft.
I am completely torn when it comes to Maybelline Baby Lips. For the longest time I just couldn’t justify spending four dollars (yes I know that’s kind of sad) on a lip balm that performed, in my view, the same as any other. But the more I’ve used them, the more positives I’ve found.
The scents of these are rather strong – for some this could be a bad thing, and I’m not one for smelly makeup products, but I’ll have to admit that the smells aren’t bad. There is peppermint, fruity, and everywhere in between.The scent does fade rather quickly, but it makes for pleasant application.And I must say that although there is a scent, these are not flavored, and are tasteless, for the most part.
Out of all six, four of these lip balms are tinted. The tints are actually pretty surprising, and go on quite bright and true to the color of the product itself. However the tint fades within a half an hour, which is sad. Although I wasn’t particularly in love with the colors of these at first, that all changed when I picked up Baby Lips in Pink Punch… it’s a bright, neon pink, for which I have a serious soft spot in my heart.This is the only one that I found is really pretty and unique.
(Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch)
When you apply these, initially they are absolutely lovely.They feel moisturizing, and don’t feel waxy at all.They even have a slight gloss finish, which is really pretty on the tinted versions.They’re light and don’t feel greasy or sticky, which is a huge plus for me. But do they live up to Maybelline’s claim that they’ll make your lips “baby soft” in a few weeks? No, not really. In fact, after a few hours my lips feel like they’re just coated in dead skin and need to be exfoliated! Not chapped, necessarily, but kind of gross.
These do require reapplication, if you want to keep the “baby soft” feel and the color intact. They fade unfortunately quick, but as they are only a lip balm, you have to anticipate that. But I must also stress that reapplying any lip balm constantly is not actually good for your lips. Most contain waxes that actually draw moisture out of the lips, instead of locking it in. For truly soft lips you must keep hydrated!
The packaging of these is quite tacky, in my opinion… it reminds me of the Babies-R-Us logo, and although I really have no aversion to bright colors, I’m simply not a fan.The packaging is sturdy though, and the balms retract completely and click in place, so you’ll avoid the whole “chapstick-stuck-in-the-lid” dilemma.
But the final super-plus of these is that they contain SPF 20! So many people forget to protect their lips from the sun, even though our lips are very sensitive to UV rays and often get burned and chapped.
Overall, how do I feel?I’m not sure.I love them and yet I don’t at the same time.I suppose I’ll have to give Baby Lips overall a Thumbs Up.
It’s finally here! My review of Maybelline’s BB Cream has been requested almost every day since it’s come into the market, and now I finally feel that I have a good enough opinion of it to publish.
Firstly, I need to mention the true kicker of this “BB Cream”… the fact that it’s not! Western (that is to say, American) BB Creams are nothing more than tinted moisturizers. True BB Creams took off in Asia, and are MUCH different from this Maybelline version… they have a lot more coverage and a more matte finish. THIS IS A TINTED MOISTURIZER.
This product surprisingly comes in five different shades: Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep, and Deep. In most tinted moisturizers you will only find about three shades, so this is a definite plus.
On the back you will see eight claims that this product supposedly does for your skin (hence the 8-in-1 thing).
I’m not a fan of cosmetics that make outrageous claims like this, because it’s impossible to live up to them. Come on, why are “enhances” and “brightens” two different things? It’s a bit of a stretch. Well, on to the nitty gritty:
This BB Cream provides VERY light coverage, which it advertises on the package as “Sheer Tint”. The formula itself is incredibly thin and liquidy, and if you’re not careful it will just pour right out of the tube. Since it is so thin, you don’t need a lot to cover your whole face. I definitely recommend applying this with your fingers as well.
It is easily blendable, but is definitely not suited for anyone with any skin conditions that they’d like covered, such as blemishes, dark circles, or significant redness. However I must say that the coverage looks much better when set with a powder foundation, it still isn’t enough to cover anything that really needs it. I always use concealer with this.
Another downside to this is the staying power. Of course this is a tinted moisturizer, and there isn’t much to stay… since it is so light, it doesn’t take much to make this wear away. A bit of sweat is a death sentence for this. If you peel back the Drug Facts panel, the “Directions For Use” even state that this should be reapplied every two hours… of course that is to keep your skin as protected from the sun as possible, but I suppose you would need to reapply it throughout the day to keep some coverage as well.
On the plus side, this feels really nice on your face. It hardly feels like you have anything on. It does hydrate a little, but it’s not enough for a person with dry skin that needs a lot of moisture.
The finish isn’t matte - it’s slightly dewy, and gives your skin a little bit of glow. If your skin is already oily, however, this might not be ideal. But it is very soft and natural, and I certainly can’t complain about it. It makes your skin feel like velvet.
There is also no real noticeable scent… I’ve seen several people say that it smells like sunscreen, but I didn’t recognize that. Perhaps I just have poor nose skills! This product is NOT fragrance-free, nor is it paraben-free or dye-free. It does contain silicones, which make your skin feel soft. Personally I haven’t experienced breakouts because of this, but I can’t speak for everyone.
Alright, after all that, I have to say that I do like this. There has been a TON of hype surrounding it, and I can’t say that I agree with all of it. But if you’re looking for a nice base for your makeup, this will provide. It contains SPF 30, which provides protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays (which you should be protecting yourself from every day!). Wearing this is definitely much better than wearing nothing at all!
This is best for people with normal skin. It is not hydrating enough for those with dry skin, and too dewy for those with oily skin. It does require setting.
Overall, I will give this a Thumbs Up - and a 7.5/10.0 - because it’s nice. Just that, nice.
BYS Neon Eyeshadow Palette is a 5 pan palette containing neon yellow, green, orange, and pink and a bright violet. I purchased this from Gloss for about $6 AUD. The shadows have a soft, blendable texture and a matte finish. The Yellow and Violet shades are a tad powdery, but generally they’re very smooth. All of these shades are very pigmented and so bright they appear to be glowing. This is definitely my favorite BYS product I’ve purchased, but its hard to get much use out of such an intensely bright product. But the use I do get out of it, I thoroughly enjoy. The application of these shadows takes a bit more work than your average shadow. Its best to pat these colors on with a stiff brush or sponge tip applicator, over a sticky base. The only real downfall of this product is its lack of availability. BYS is only available online, or in stores in Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. However you can find dupes from Sleek and Kryolan, though they aren’t exact. I recommend this palette to anyone who appreciates bright, intense, neon colors
LUSH Sweet Lips Scrub reviewed by new VIP Emily!
"When I walked to the Lush counter at Macy’s and smelled Sweet Lips, I was in heaven. In fact, I could leave this review right here and that would be enough to make anyone who has ever tried Sweet Lips Lip Scrub nod their heads yes.
It’s simple, and that’s one of my favorite things about it.
I’m a sucker for anything sweet and Sweet Lips is a pleaser. It is the perfect lip scrub. Not only does it smell like chocolate heaven, it also helps exfoliate before you put your lipstick on. If you happen to get a little extra, no worries! Because the scrub is made with sugar and other vegan products, you don’t have to worry about licking it off. It’s certainly one of the few guilt-free chocolate treats!
For those worried about the abrasiveness of this scrub, don’t be. It is made with castor sugar which is less abrasive than cane sugar. The jojoba oil in the scrub allows it to be light and softening. Sweet Lips performs well and helps get rid of chapped lips. You don’t know how rough your lips really are until you try this product. The best way, in my opinion, to apply this scrub is to lick your lips to moisten and then rub the scrub on them.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking to get softer, sweeter lips. Sweet Lips is one of the more affordable lip scrubs on the market at $8.95 USD and each jar comes with enough to last for months!”
My name is Emily, my age is 15, I’m from Indiana, I like MAC, Lush, Clinique, Maybelline, probably a bunch of others that I can’t think of right now. I love music and Panic! at the Disco, The Brobecks and My Chemical Romance are my favorite bands. I try to go for a natural makeup look but sometimes I like to change it up!
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Summer Trends: Bright Makeup and a Coral Obsession!
L’Oreal Eversleek… is amazing. I have really fine hair but I have a fair amount of it. It’s always getting frizzy and I’ve never been happy with my hair no matter what style. But on a hopeful buy I got the Eversleek shampoo and conditioner. It’s amazing my hair has never looked or felt better! I blow dry it and TA-DA! Shiny amazing poofless hair =)
I’m not sure how many of you consider NYX a drugstore brand, as it’s not sold in as common places as CoverGirl, Revlon, etc. However, I’d just like to say that this is - in my opinion - one of the best low-end brands out there. The pricing is that of typical drugstore products, yet the quality of some items can match that of high-end products. This picture, in particular, shows two of my favorite NYX purchases - the Smokey Eyes palette and the Champagne & Caviar Palette. They retail at about $8-10, though Ulta is known to have sales of up to 50% off NYX. The color payoff on these palettes is absolutely wonderful! I often wear NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base, which are a steal at ~$2 each. Again, the shadows in these palettes are very pigmented and long-lasting. (Though, they are somewhat less pigmented than the single shadows, it seems.) Plus, the shades in each palette coordinate so well - you could pull off a number of looks using just one palette. As for the cons, I will say that there is fallout when applying, though I have this issue with eyeshadows of all sort of textures, so it’s not a big problem for me, personally. And yes, a couple of the colors in the palette are similar to the others in it. But I always find a dud or two in a palette, so again, not a big enough con to affect the likability of this palette. All in all, I find these palettes very versatile. They come in a variety of colors including those suited for certain eye colors. So yes, if you’re in need for a sleek, portable, pigmented palette, maybe pick this one up on your trip to town! :)
I really like this lip gloss for the fact that it makes your lips nice and shiny without being sticky or gooey. It’s minty and also acts as a breath freshener(yes… lol), it comes in a bunch of different ‘flavors’ aside from the mint ones, but my favorites are the minty ones. I like this, and it was a popular trend at my school a couple years ago, plus it’s on the cheaper side!
Hello Drugstore Divas, today I am going to talk about some of the best deals you can find right now. I was just rummaging through my makeup collection to find my favorite products, and I stummbled upon the NYC Ultra Moist Lipwear in the color Violet Shine, and my E.L.F. eyelid primer.
First, I will talk about the NYC lipstick. I bought it in the color Violet Shine (319B). It costs about 99 cents in America, and can be found anywhere NYC products are sold. It is a pink color with a small hint of shimmer. I personally do not like lipsticks with shimmer, and this is fine for me. The color payoff is very good, you certainly get the color you see. It goes on nice, does not feel too thick, and feels moisturizing. It looks very natural, and works great with pale skin. I definitely recommend checking this product out! It comes in ten shades total.
My second beauty must-have is the E.L.F eyelid primer. As most of you probably know, ELF products are only $1 unless from their studio($3) or mineral ($5+) lines. This primer goes on smooth, lasts me all day, and actually has a nice pigmentation. It conceals any darkness or imperfections on my eyelids. When comparing it to Urban Decay Primer Potion, the UDPP is .34 fl oz., and the ELF is .17 fl oz. Now $18 versus $1 definately makes up for the size difference. I also recommend you check this product out in your local Target, or look for a retailer at www.eyeslipsface.com .
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New Discovery! A High-End Foundation at a Drugstore Price! Check it out:
So last night, I went to Target in search for a new foundation - the last I had was M.A.C. but I can’t afford it right now. I hate not being able to try them on, but I found a brand there that does have testers and is actually very reasonably priced. The brand is called "BOTANICS The Power of Plants" and what I bought was the Complexion Refining Foundation In 20 Cumin, only $11.99 for .84 fl. oz. It’s made with plant extracts and has clarifying ingredients, so since I’m prone to break outs, it works really nice. It also has Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Microbial properties which can help clear skin. I tried it on and I didn’t even need to put concealer over blemishes, although it claims to only have medium coverage. It doesn’t look cakey, its definitely oil-free, and even though I made the mistake of falling asleep with it on, my skin looks better today than it did last night for sure. I’m normally not a fan of drugstore foundations, but this one really seems to work nicely!
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FOUNDATION: I was actually very surprised that I liked this product - perhaps it was because it is a ‘silk’ foundation, or because it is made with jojoba oil and cucumber water, but it felt great on my skin. It actually covered my skin, matched my skin tone, and lasted the majority of my day (about 7 hours). However, like most CoverGirl foundations, it has a weird, oily shine to it that makes it look like you’ve got lots of makeup on. It wears off your blemishes pretty quickly, and although it is branded ‘nature luxe’, there is nothing natural or organic about it, other than the fact that they added cucumber (nothing special or benificial about that) and made the packaging pretty and green.
Gloss Balm: This is just glorified CoverGirl Lip Slicks. It is supposed to be a balm, but it doesn’t moisturize. It is supposed to be glossy, but it makes your lips look like you just mowed down a greasy hamburger. The color, in the tube, is GORGEOUS, but it looks almost like nothing on your mouth. Once again, there’s nothing remotely natural about it, other than the flower on the tube. Good thing: it has 15 SPF and is very thin, so it would work well as a cheap lip balm. Sadly, I was disappointed, and I’ll have to flunk it.