December 31, 2014

Nyx Wonder Pencil (Light): Review & Swatch

A "wonder pencil" sounds very appealing doesn't it? When something claims to be multi use, and it is affordable(~$3)...it almost seems too good to be true. 
Non retractable, wood pencil.

  • Dry texture
  • Blendable, so blendable it blends away
  • Doesn't conceal spots well
  • Disappears as soon as placed on my waterline
  • Only purpose that sort of works is sharpening edges of a lip, but even then it can be a bit difficult to blend in or conceal the sides
Overall, I say skip it. The idea behind it is good but a liquid concealer and a nude eyeliner are much better. Or if you want a concealer type pencil try a matte eye crayon. The ]ordana made to last shadow pencils are much creamier and cover better. 

December 29, 2014

Elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round: Review & Swatches

This  is a $3 lipstick from e.l.f that claims big things. 

Claims:
 "Velvety, satin texture glides on lips with vibrant color and luminous shine." 
"Enriched with Shea and Vitamins A, C, & E to nourish and hydrate the lips."
"The rich, creamy formula seals in moisture for long-lasting wear and comfort."

Lipstick tube comes wrapped in cardboad displaying color name. 
"Rosy-Go-Round" is the shade name.
Layered a few times for vibrant color.
  • Does glide easily
  • Very waxy, not creamy feeling
  • Buildable color
  • Satin, not glossy finish
  • No scent
  • Sits on the lips, doesn't hydrate but also doesn't dry out the lips
  • Bright rose color


December 28, 2014

Nyx Fortune Cookie Butter Gloss: Review & Swatches

Butter glosses, the favorite among youtubers. I have heard the lighter shades are not as good and let me tell you why. These retail for only about $4, and nyx can be found at Ulta, Target, CVS, locations to name a few. 
Round tube packaging. 
Doe-foot applicator. 
Slightly peachy-brown toned nude.
Lip swatch. 
  • Very patchy on it's own
  • Does even out and look better as a lipstick topper
  • Feels more like a balm then a gloss on the lips
  • Non sticky, but hair does still stick!
  • Not long wearing since it has no tackiness
Formula is wonderful, this color not so much.

December 2, 2014

L'oreal Glossy Balm in My Babydoll: Review + Swatches

I bought this as soon as it came out since I love chubby lip pencils. This one's main claim is that is is a glossy balm. These got a bit of hype when they came out, but none since. I only bought one shade, at Target, for around $6.
Standard tube in the color of the product, with silver accents. 
Slightly pinker than the tube color, more cool toned. 
Sheer and then a layered swatch. 
When wiped away it only just barely leaves a stain behind.
Lip swatch.
  • It is very glossy, and that finish does not seem to disappear
  • Since it is glossy, it does not set...which can lead to getting on your teeth 
  • It is a lovely cool toned baby pink, the shade range is wonderful
  • Not longwearing, really only wears the short length of a balm
  • Can leave the weird ring around the center of your lips...
  • No scent, but it does have a slick texture



December 1, 2014

Sephora 10hr Foundation (ivory): review

Some hyped products just don't work out for everyone...I had heard this was a good (even longwearing) foundation, and they had a shade seemingly light enough for me. It is probably the least expensive foundation in sephora, only $20.

  • Pump bottle
  • Thick, creamy consistency 
  • This particular shade is very yellow toned, one up is very pink. They seem to be extreme in undertone, even though it claims to be neutral. 
  • Not full coverage, light-medium. Does not cover any blemishes.
  • Dewy finish
  • Not extremely long wearing (not 10hr)
  • Does not contain an SPF
  • Did not include a picture of me wearing this foundation since it really did not flatter my skin.
I have returned this foundation since it did not work out for me. If you have great skin and can find your color match I would recommend it since it is only $20 which isn't too bad for foundation.