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Lipgloss Lowdown!

I understand why makeup companies put out palettes with exclusive shades in them- but it really sucks when you fall in love with one of these shades and then run out of it! I recently went looking to find a stand-in for one of these shades, a gloss I had been wearing daily. While buying and trying various things I rediscovered how freakin’ great lip gloss is! Really- it can have as much color as a lipstick but it’s easier to apply. Red lipstick is tough to apply and to wear- it can bleed, feather and smear but a red gloss is foolproof.  If you have lipsticks you never wear because they are too dark, applying a pink or gold gloss over them makes them wearable. Gloss is fun- it only takes a few seconds to swipe on and can be wiped off just as quickly, it can change a whole look, pull it all together.

This is a sample of my growing gloss collection. When I was shopping I wished there was a way to take the guesswork out of the process- so I’m listing the ones I’ve picked up recently at the drugstore and the mall and adding what the texture is like, the amount of shine, the amount of color, how long it wears and whether there is a scent.

L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm- This was the one that worked as my replacement! It’s thick like a balm, as labeled. The shine is more natural than with most glosses, the color is sheer and as for how long it stays put before wearing off, it’s average. Nearly undetectable scent.

TokiDoki Prisma Lip Gloss-  The Consistency could be described as syrupy- it’s very high shine, the color is very sheer-only a tint actually. Longer than average wear. Very strong fruity scent.

Kat Von D Lightening Sheer lip gloss-   These are hard to categorize. The consistency is light and non-sticky- it feels nice on lips. The name says it’s sheer but the color is noticeable on lips. One of the shades is a shimmery black- worn over a color it just makes the color look darker but not like you have a black gloss on however it’s black enough that it looks a little weird worn alone on lips. I have four shades, all look shimmery on. I love these glosses honestly. They need to be re-applied often if you are drinking anything/eating/ etc though.  They have a pleasant fruity scent.

Laura Gellar Lipgloss- This gloss has the consistency of a liquid lipstick. It’s on the thick side, color is opaque/full coverage, has a little shimmer and shine like a moisturizing lipstick but doesn’t look like a gloss on lips- very flattering and natural, lasts longer than average.

Revlon Mineral Lipglaze-  The consistency was average, the two colors I tried were opaque, medium shine, average to above average length of wear. Not unpleasant fruit scent.

CG Wetslicks-   Medium thick, high shine, average wear-time and the color I picked was too close to my natural color to tell if it was full coverage or not but the color did have some golden shimmer and is really pretty- esp. layered over a dark red or purple lipstick.  (shade 505)  Strong fake fruity/candy scent.

NYC Color Extreme Lip Glider- Med thickness, med opacity, some shimmer, a little below average wear time and a strong fake fruit scent.

If you’re looking for a new gloss to try hopefully one of those may fit the bill. The standout best of the bunch are the HIP jelly balm, Laura Geller and Kat Von D- in my opinion. One that I expected to be great and was let down by is TokiDoki- for nearly $20 I expected to see the color on my lips.   I am not bothered by scent or taste when it comes to glosses but I know some people are so if you’re one of them and you usually don’t like how inexpensive drugstore lipglosses smell avoid CG Wetslicks and NYC Color Extreme Gliders. Also, please consider that your experience with how long glosses wear may differ from mine as I smoke and almost constantly am drinking water and whatnot.

One more thing- I love my primers but I used to think Lip Primer was probably unnecessary. Now that I’m going gaga for gloss I want to get more mileage and I’ve got to say, Too Faced Lip Primer does help prolong the wear of all the glosses I’ve paired it with. It doesn’t dry out my lips and mine chap just thinking about winter. Even though I have the nasty habit of smoking and the healthy habit of drinking a ton of water, my lips don’t call for constant re-applying thanks to this stuff.


A WIN on my Black liner quest!


OKAY, I apologize if you are starting to think my entire blog is reviews on black eyeliners. It really isn’t, I swear! I think this is one of the last for the time being.

Now, I don’t know why I haven’t just stuck with cream liners since the first one I tried.Cream and gel liners give the sharp look of liquid with no mess. They are so easy to work with,Truly foolproof! My mother purchased me a Smashbox black cream liner when they were newly available to the masses. I absolutely loved it and was quite sad when it ran out. This place was somehow barren of Sephora and buying another online didn’t even occur to me as I wasn’t as makeup obsessed then.

I picked up a HIP cream liner along the way but never used it. I got the Smashbox Cream Liner Palette and wasn’t as impressed with the product as I remember- perhaps the tiny amount in the palette wasn’t exactly right for some reason? I don’t know but I had almost forgotten the pure bliss of a good cream/gel liner formula. Then- it’s like the heavens parted  when I first tried out my new liner that I purchased on impulse. Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in blackest black is pretty freakin’ good. It may even be great.

It lasts all day. I tried sans primer and still had great results! Without primer it still looked good after ten hours. With, It survived a splash of water to the face (9 hrs after application) without smudging even a little. It still looked perfect untilI removed it 14 hours  after applying it! It is easily swiped off with proper remover though.  It feels and looks oh-so-nice. The little brush that comes with it actually works well for the job. Also,I swatched a couple shadows over it on my arm last night and I loved the effect! I am just exploring the possibilities of colored bases. The swatches stayed put through sleeping all night! They were a little muddled looking because of getting rubbed up against constantly but not very faded. They wouldn’t be going through that on my eye but lids are different and more oily than an arm obviously. I don’t have pics of those at the moment, sorry bout that!

Here it is on my hand, I swiped it and then went over it once more  but even a single coat is black enough!

The second pic is Jordana’s black pencil liner compared to Lasting Drama gel, just to put it in perspective.

Jordana pencil vs. Maybelline gel

Bottom line is that it’s a great product, good value and gel/cream liners are nice  in general!

Review- A FAIL on my “Perfect Black Liner Quest”

Ah, Sephora. I love this store. They sell so many of my fave brands. Unfortunately the Sephora-brand product line?…. Not my favorite stuff.

I am on a constant quest to find the perfect black eyeliner(s). I already found my perfect pencil- Urban Decay’s 24/7 Zero. I haven’t found the perfect liquid liner pen yet though.  My most recent eyeliner purchase was this Sephora liner,“Sephora Collection doe-eyed felt liner pen.” I went there to try/buy the TokiDoki Perfetto liner but they were all out and I needed something right away.  I went about swatching various liners that had good reviews on the net. I landed on this one which I hadn’t seen reviews of but it looked so nice on my wrist!  It was very dark black & easy to apply a thick to a thin line. The tip was stiff but not so stiff that it wouldn’t bend at all. You know when an eyeliner tip is so hard that it creates a streaky uneven line? Not pretty!! I liked the way this liner worked from swatching it better than any of the other, more expensive ones I had tried. I decided it might even be more what I needed than the liner I set out to buy in the first place!

I got it home and really enjoyed using it for about a week.It went on nicely and stayed on. No flaking or smudging! Wonderful!  The next couple days I noticed that it worked when I did one eye but when I got to the second it was kind of dry, like if it was a brush it would need to be dipped back into the tube. I tried shaking it and putting the cap back on for a few minutes before using it again but nothing helped much. The next day, same thing. . The problem didn’t go away and after a couple weeks the intensity of the black faded noticeably. I don’t think it was dried out either.   When I got it, it was sealed. It also was not under the lights in the display because the display was empty so an SA brought it from the back.

Overall, I say this liner is a fail. Not worth it! If you have used this with different results please share your experience.

And…just so this post isn’t all negativity- I’m not as big into lipstick as I am into eye colors but I’ve been trying all kinds of lipstick the past 6 months. I recently found a formula that I am totally, completely smitten with! Morgana Minerals vegan lippies are A-MAY-ZINGG!! I cannot believe what this lipstick can last though. And it feels so nice! Full review to come.  😀

Review-Urban Decay Setting Spray- De Slick

I had been putting off reviewing this for about 2 weeks after getting it because I had a hard time making up my mind as to whether I liked it or not. The weather in New Orleans in the summer can be brutal with humidity index matching the temperatures number value-ecchh. A full face of makeup does not fare well in those conditions, let me tell you! When I first heard about the new Urban Decay setting sprays I placed an order immediately.

This is the first two paragraphs of the product description from  Urban Decay’s website-

“When the oil production of your face rivals a small OPEC nation, you need a mighty ally. De-Slick uses innovative oil control that both absorbs excess sebum and controls surface shine. The problem-solving formula mists on, feels weightless, and sets makeup so it lasts ALL DAY. Its light dispersing particles deflect shine and deliver a matte look for up to 16 hours. Really.
De-Slick also contains powerful temperature control technology, which keeps your makeup from melting down when it’s warm and humid, and dehydrating when its cold and windy. Simply mist on before, and again after, your beauty routine to prevent loss of color, melting, sliding, excess shine, fading eyeshadow and lip color disappearance. AND it’s formulated to resist moisture, so you can fearlessly sweat, cry, or get your Jacuzzi on… while your makeup remains looking just-applied.”

While I thought the claims may be a bit far-fetched (16 hours…a JACUZZI?)  I figured it would at least help me a little during the mean Louisiana summer. I also figured that if it worked here in the summer for me that it would work for anyone anywhere!

I noticed that it did exactly what I expected- it helped a little. I’m sorry to say this is just not a holy grail product for me. I want to love everything Urban Decay puts out and I usually do. I think the only other FAIL I’ve had from them was a liquid foundation they put out like seven years ago. The spray helped in the humidity by not making the powder products I use on my face look all cakey and nasty the way a little moisture on your face can do.  It also helps with non-waterproof mascara that during humid days can end up all around your eye instead of staying put on your lashes. It did help keep my oil in check a little more than usual, but I already use a couple oil-control products daily & I didn’t get a chance to use this alone without the help of the other products so I cannot say how much it helps on it’s own. I found better results if I used it before my makeup over primer, then again after with two coats- spray in a cross formation over your face then an X, wait for it to dry then repeat.  Overall, I’d say it helps enough with oil and assisting makeup to stay put that I will continue using it. On the days I haven’t used it, I haven’t missed it though.  I feel pretty “meh” about it honestly.

I think that different people will see different results with these sprays. Depending on your climate and your skin traits I think the results will differ.  I’m curious to hear what other people think of them because  no one on the blogs I read has reviewed them yet. If you are reading this & have tried any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Review-Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Face Primer in 0-Neutral

Taken from the product description-

“What it is:
A lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector that enhances the skin’s texture and primes the skin for makeup application.

What it does:
HD Microperfecting Primer deeply nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. Creates a protective layer on the skin allowing foundation to glide on easily and last longer.

What else you need to know:
The Sephora-exclusive primer comes in six color-correcting shades and one transparent shade.”

Let me state before beginning that I have combination skin. My skin can get dry but my T-zone is very oily and I suffer from breakouts as well. I’m telling you that to give you an idea of what I’m dealing with because your skin may be different and products may work differently for you.

I had tried two face primers already and was starting to think maybe primer wasn’t for me. The first primer I ever tried was Laura Geller’s Spackle. This was before primers had saturated the market and before the average cosmetics consumer had any idea what primer even was.  My mother being the QVC addict that she is, ordered this for both of us. She liked the brightening effect it had on her (mature) skin where I just thought it made me look way too shiny. What was supposed to add a dewy look or a glow translated to oily-looking in my opinion. The second primer I tried was  from Revlon.. It was a gel that felt smooth between your fingers and almost like a fine powder. That one made my face look & even  feel oily unlike the spackle which just made me look overly “dewy.”  I hated what it did to my face, it made my skin look dull, it seemed to emphasize my combination skin problems and even altered the color of my foundation a little. Major FAIL.

I didn’t actually decide I wasn’t going to use a primer ever again but I ceased looking for one that suited me for awhile. Then about a month ago I was in line at Sephora and they had the little tube (pictured above) of the Mufe HD Primer in neutral for $15. I grabbed it as an impulse purchase, hoping maybe it would help my foundation last a little longer and that since it was a higher-end brand it would work better than Revlon. Also it looked whitish but clear, not pearly like the LG Spackle which had an opalescent look to it in the jar.

With my combination skin, when I tried to put on foundation right after showering  it didn’t look right. It would cake up in spots and look patchy and even emphasize the light flakiness I had around my nose.

The first time I used this primer I noticed the difference. I used it after moisturizing before any makeup. I did it within 30 minutes of getting out of the shower which normally would be a problem. I was amazed at how it went on completely clear, had a very faint scent that simply smelled clean and actually made my skin look better. If I put it on and didn’t put on makeup over it my face would still look good. When you put foundation over it, it smooths on easily and you actually need less foundation to cover your face. You can build up coverage and blend with a sponge without any pilling or flaking off of the primer. It seemed to smooth down any little flakes I had and totally got rid of my caking-around-the-nose-problem I had before. I realized after a few uses I didn’t need as much moisturizer when I use this primer. Another thing I noticed was that if I used my concealer over the primer it stayed put much better than on bare skin. My makeup definitely lasts longer-now I dust some powder on during lunch and touch up the foundation before going out after work, as opposed to touching up foundation at lunch. The product does not claim to help with oil-control so if oily skin is a problem for you, you will need a mattifying gel like Urban Decay’s De-Slick in a tube, or a transluscent mattifying powder such as Urban Decay De-Slick powder, Laura Geller’s Matte Maker or Hard Candy’s version, I apologize for not knowing it’s name because I have it as part of a palette. This primer also comes in different color-correcting formulas. Handy, no?

I will be picking up a full-size when my 15 ml tube runs out. A full size retails at $32. I have been using my tube for a month and have about 1/3 left. Not bad!

Review- Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Liquid Liner Pen

I am always looking for the perfect black liquid liner. Recently, I started purchasing pen or felt-tip style liners instead of brush-type liquid liners. I learned how to use liquid liner on brushes, I thought the formulas with brushes seemed to have truer darker blacks (I still do) and they created a thicker line. I like a thicker line if I’m skipping eyeshadow (I know, Blasphemy!)

I started taking a medication  that is necessary, but has the side effect that it makes me twitch. Not anything major and not all the time but enough that when I am putting on liquid eyeliner, I notice it. A poorly-timed twitch while putting on makeup can really mess me up and it costs me time as well.

My most recent purchase on my eyeliner quest is Wet N Wild MegaEyes Liquid Eyeliner Pen. I used to associate Wet N Wild with the cheapest makeup in the drugstore and the quality was always  pretty much  what I expected for the price. Recently they have stepped up their game, offering a line of “natural” makeup in recycle-able packaging and palettes named after the seven deadly sins with colors that are supposedly dupes of mac both in color match and quality. Shocking, no? I don’t have the palettes yet so I cannot back that up, however some of my fave beauty blogs have reviewed and compared side-by-side to mac and I see purchasing them in my near future.

Anyhow, that was a bit of a ramble, I tend to do that, let’s get back on track! So, Mega Eyes…Not bad, Wet N Wild, not bad at all. One of the good things about it is that it seems to glide easily, it feels like there’s a lot of product in there and you don’t have to shake the pen to coax and cajole the product out in a reasonable amount. The tip is soft but not so soft that when you press down on it you get a big blob of liner. It’s easy to control the thickness of the line and it’s possible to get a very thin line with this pen. The liner dries quickly and does not flake or smudge.

Now, the faults. There isn’t anything majorly wrong with it. You will need to probably go over the first line to make it darker. Also, this formula isn’t great with oily lids. If you suffer from oily eyelids you will need to use a primer that will create a nice matte canvas for the liner to adhere to or else it will travel. My lids are oily by the end of the day but I found that using a primer underneath kept the liner in place, looking good until I wanted to remove it. Honestly though, for $3  I don’t mind having to apply primer first besides I do that almost daily anyhow!

Here is a swatch. I drew the line and then went over it with a second swipe.

Not bad, right? For $3 it’s not a bad everyday liner.