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L’oreal Infallible 12-Hour Lip Color in Beyonce Review, How-To & Photos

Posted in Lip, Lipcolor, Rating: B by Anita on November 24, 2010

(Haha, you can see me taking the picture, Yes, yes, I know the photos suck. You may bash me for it.)

L’oreal Infallible Lip Color is a very tempting product, indeed, with all it’s claims about being so long-wearing, transfer-proof AND moisturizing at the same time. It really is one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of things. So I’ll get right into it.

Application

Using the doe-foot applicator, you kind of have to get the hang of it to get it just right. You have to be really careful , because the stuff dries real quick and has a tendency to stain, especially if a finger goes in to smear off excess product from outside the lip line. First make sure absolutely nothing is on your lips, then I suggest applying from the middle outwards, because a lot of product gets on that little thing and if you go for the edges right away, it will get smooshed outwards (a la Beyonce for Glam Shine @ 00:6, if you look real close) which is difficult to correct and ruins the crisp finish.

Wait for it to dry, and while it’s doing that don’t touch your lips together – the stuff is really sticky, and the top lip and bottom lip will pull at eachother and cause the color to tear off. (Yes, I said tear – but it’s not as weird as it sounds, lol. The lip color isn’t a sticker.) When it is dry, which you can tell when it turns completely matte and you can gently touch your lips without color transferring, apply the topcoat gently. Vigorously using the topcoat, after the second or third time, will cause the stuff to start flaking. And flaking is not pretty:

After that

Try to resist reapplying the topcoat because even gently using it will speed up the flaking process. You may want to try using a lip balm that is more emollient that will stick longer so it feels more comfortable for longer – the topcoat tends to disappear into thin air, leaving that dry matte feeling. Also try to resist rubbing your lips together – this really makes it flake.

If you use it right, it works pretty well, but when you start to get hungry…it stands no chance. It will start flaking onto everything and showing patches of exposed lip. Sure, maybe it will last the 12hr mark if you follow all of these guidelines, but who in their right mind wouldn’t eat for that long? The commercial is misleading in a few ways: for one, it shows a dinner scene with napkins and such – this stuff wouldn’t last a chance. Second, it shows her kissing everybody – while this may hold up the first or second kiss, any rubbing or touching of any kind makes this stuff flake so it’s not a good idea. On top of that, the top coat would leave their skin shiny in that area.

Allow me to demonstrate:

And it’s not like a lipstick wherein you can just reapply it – it would look terrible and flake more if you just put another coat right on top. You would need to remove it completely, and that either takes a strong soap or an oil-based makeup remover to do so. Nothing you could do easily at a dinner party.

It’s long-wearing and transfer-proof as long as you are gentle about it. But there are just too many situations where this product would fail.

The verdict: only good for a certain crowd. Let’s say you’re in a play and you want something that just won’t put a huge smear by accident on your costume, and lasts really long under the right conditions – you’d like this. But those looking for the ultimate lip color, you may be disappointed.

Moar photos:

(I was going for the pouty look…lol, messed it up a bit but this stuff is too hard to remove for me to bother redoing XD)

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Vamp It Up, Red Velvet, Think Pink Review

Posted in Lip, Lipcolor, Rating: B, Review by Anita on September 25, 2010

(Vamp It Up, Red Velvet, Think Pink)

Mega Last Lip Color – $3, steal! – is a long-wearing lipstick with a matte finish*. But it isn’t matte. They LIE. It’s semi-matte.

The website claims:

Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn’t cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips. (source)

Four-hour? A bit of a stretch. These last two to three hours on me. *While it says semi-matte on the website, in-stores it simply says “matte finish.” Color is incredibly opaque, and can go on a little bit cakey. Doesn’t feather or bleed, either. However, it is a little drying. I myself never seem to notice whether it “feels” dry or not until the next day when my lips may feel a bit tight. The packaging is cheap. Really cheap. The plastic part surrounding the lipstick refuses to stay in the tube. And that gets a little bit frustrating.

  • Think Pink – a light, pretty blue-based pink
  • Vamp It Up – a dark purple (Note: photo washes out color)
  • Red Velvet- a deep blue-based pink  (Note: photo washes out color)

(Compared to Revlon Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Suede, the only other red matte lipstick I own)

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Vamp It Up

Vamp It Up

Think Pink

Think Pink

Rating: B

Avon Glazewears Complete Set Review & Photos

Posted in Lip, Lipgloss, Rating: B, Review by Anita on August 23, 2010

In hopes of banishing my bad luck for good, I went on a mad rampage, signing up for every single contest that came into my rss reader. And when I did, I would turn to my so-called comrades and bellow, “Look, see? I won my first contest! Haha! Haha, ha! HAHAHAHAH!!”

AND I’VE DONE IT.

Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog held a contest to win the complete set of Avon Glazewears. I’m telling you, the one thing I avoided like the plague were the outrageously awesome contests. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment. I went for the lil things. The only reason I entered this was because she was giving away…like…25 of them? I figured my chances were much better x)

The set includes 16 shades of lipgloss in 4 different formulas; Intense (immensely pigmented), Shine (didn’t find them to be a ton shinier, but they were the more generic types – didn’t really fit into a category), Sparkle (sheer color with tons of sparkle), and a plain clear gloss.

The formulas…they seem to last about 1-2 hours on me. I find that they, particularly the Intense ones, sort of “set.” As in, after a few minutes I rubbed my lips and found that it felt a lot thinner – I thought, “wow, it’s fading already?” but it was actually setting, and still looked the same. That’s a plus – applies thick, but dries thin. It isn’t the most moisturizing formula ever, but it didn’t dry my lips out.

The Sparkle formula…well, maybe it’s just me, but…

IT BUUURNS! I mean like NO SCREWING AROUND IS MOM TRYING TO COOK AGAIN BURNS. It’s probably just me. I’ve never heard of anyone having the same effects. Also, when it fades it leaves all that glitter. Booo 😦

In my set there was three different kinds of applicators, sort of randomly chosen for each shade. We have this weird slanted applicator, which is used in all the shades except for Cherry Liqueur, Clear, (short doe-foot) Iced Pink, and Rave (standard doe-foot):

This shorter version of a standard applicator:

…And the standard doe-foot applicator.

Rating: B

More photos:

(Intense: Intense Plum, Crimson, Cherry Liqueur, Brown Sugar, Sweet Maple. Shine: Mauve, Darling, Tickled Pink, Island Glow, Iced Pink. Sparkle: Mocha Latte, Rave, Apple Cinnamon, Mirage, Dazzling Diamond. +Clear)

Intense Plum

Crimson

Cherry Liqueur

Brown Sugar

Sweet Maple

Mauve

Darling

Tickled Pink

Island Glow

Iced Pink

Mocha Latte

Rave

Apple Cinnamon

Mirage

Dazzling Diamonds

Clear

C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Mentha Tinted Lip Balm in Baby Pink, Poppy Pink, Golden Mint Review

Posted in Lip, Lip Care, Lipcolor, Rating: B, Review by Anita on July 3, 2010

Baby Pink, Golden, Poppy Pink

$7.50 – I’ve never really been extensively impressed by Bath & Body Works lip products. They seem to kind of suck. I do like their “My Favorite Lip Balm” gloss, though…alright, back to the subject of discussion here. These guys. Sigh. I think I’ll go through the colors, then talk about the formula.

Poppy Pink, Golden, Baby Pink
(Poppy Pink, Golden, Baby Pink)

Baby Pink

Baby Pink – on me, this is a very similar color to my plain lips, just a hint darker with shimmer. It’s a really pretty color. As you can tell from how beat up it is, I got this a long time ago.

Golden

Golden – a really pretty ivory shimmer. Might be my favorite of the bunch, for packaging issues (will explain!) aren’t present and it doesn’t slip and slide like the others tend to do. This shade and the following shade I got on sale for 75 freaking cents. But it was originally $7.50, so I’m going off of that for value.

Poppy Pink

Poppy Pink – oooooh man. It makes me so sad….this is such a pretty sheer barbie-pink, why does it have to have such bad packaging? 😦 I might have to melt it down, which stinks, because the packaging is so CUTE!

What am I going on about, you ask? Well, let us first take a gander at the Golden bullet…

Golden

…And now the Poppy Pink bullet:

!@##$%!!

As I’m applying it, it leans around against the tube. It’s way too soft, way softer than Golden and the other ones. I also think this one stains. A lot. I was applying lip balm from a friend at the store a while ago (Victoria’s Secret Double Balmstick) which is pink but supposed to be transparent…it does have some color to it though, which paired with the awkward application is why I stopped using it…but I never remembered the color being THIS intense, and when I looked in the bathroom it was pretty apparent. I rubbed at my lips but only the bit of color from the balm rubbed off.

And on to the formula…the following illustrations were generously provided by my artistic wench, Cait at Watashi no Keki. You may now safely view these images without suffering from retinal bleeding.

It must have a looot of mentha in it. You put this stuff on and it feels like you’re jamming your lips into a freezer.

Brrrrr

To some, like me, what I just described could be considered lip balm heaven. I like intense cooling effects. But, this burns a little bit too, so you might want to watch out if you’re sensitive to this kind of thing.

Another problem…if you look at your lips they look to be in perfect condition, right?

*ding*

Haha…yeah…sure. You put this stuff on, and allllll those little flake things come out of hiding.

*ding*

So you better exfoliate until it HURTS. Some people use wet towels. Some people use lip scrubs. Some people use tooth brushes. I use all three because none of them alone can conquer my hidden lip deformities.

The value? 7.50 is steep for the standard quality of these lip tints. Luckily I got Poppy Pink and Golden on sale for 75c as previously stated so I’m happy with my purchase.

Rating: B

Random Review: Eminem, Recovery

Posted in Music, Random, Rating: B, Review by Anita on June 28, 2010

Eminem - Recovery

Sigh. This album  has received very mixed reviews. I don’t even know why I bother to add to them. Seriously, isn’t this a BEAUTY BLOG? But whatever, I had the idea to have some sort of day for totally random reviews a while ago. Next week: Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries! (I could some that up on one sentence: Don’t waste your cash, the “strawberries” taste like concentrated tangy awfulness)

I go through a cycle with music. I don’t really like one particular genre – it depends on my position on the cycle. When I first started to take an interest in music, I started with the mainstream stuff – Britney Spears, Flo Rida, etc. I started to get bored with the normal stuff. At this point I become interested in Japanese anime/manga, and the songs associated with it. Cycle continues – jazz, alternative (!!), rock, ambient/experimental/weird, classical/orchestra music…and with the most recent obsession, soulful rapping.

How convenient it is, the release of this album – it’s all about soulful rapping, with very soulful lyrics! During the peak of the cycle, I had listened to it all – but the one thing I thought for sure I would never come back to is hip-hop. In my opinion, they were all the same – sleazy, disgusting, crackheaded fools who take pride in their nonessential bling-bling and airbrushed six packs – singing about how all the girls want them and how much money they have. I found it to be incredibly stupid at the time, especially considering how much I appreciate good lyrics.

One of the most annoying things in music reviews is when the reviewer looks at an album with a good reputation, and stares it down from every possible angle, pointing out everything that could possibly be considered “bad” and not ever mentioning the “good.” People eat this up, using the flawed equation of difference = philosophy, setting this random person on a high pedestal as a superior individual, just because this person was able to find some sort of disfigurement and make a fuss about it.

I personally think the lyrics can sound a tad cheesy to some, but if they are truly heartfelt, they are beautiful. Now, I’ll admit I haven’t purchased all the songs from the album – actually, I only have 8. That’s how I like to introduce myself to an album – slow exposure, picking songs not by how popular they are, but how interesting the preview sounds. lol. I’ll go through the lyrics of the ones I do have. 2. Talkin’ 2 Myself (feat. Kobe):

Ayo Before I start this song man
I just want to thank everybody for being so patient
And baring with me over these last couple of years
While I figure this s**t out

He mentions something about his episode and how sorry he is about 5,000 times. It does get a tad old. I sort of wish he would have kept each song an individual story about his life, instead of the album being presented as examples of his stupidity with a billion “I’m Sorry’s.” Aside from that, there is an annoying pattern (unrelated to this particular album) with other artists being feautured in rap songs: They record a few lines, and those same lines are played again. And again. And again. All throughout the song. For some artists I like to hear a bit more from them.

On the verge of going insane
I almost made a song dissin Lil Wayne
It’s like I was jealous of him cause of the attention he was gettin’
I felt horrible about myself
He was spittin and I wasn’t
Anyone who was buzzin back then coulda got it
Almost went at Kanye too
God it feels like I’m goin’ psychotic
Thank god that I didn’t do it
I would of had my *ss handed to me

Hahaha. I would have liked to see this. Too bad. Next is Won’t Back Down (feat. P!nk), but  to me that sounds like a bunch of angry, mindless gabble and I have no intention of deciphering it. So on to 6., Going Through Changes.

Lately I really, feel like I’m rolling for like Philly,
I feel like I’m losing control of myself,
I sincerely apologize if all that I sound like, is I’m complaining,
But life keeps on complicating, an’ I’m debating,
On leaving this world, this evening, even my girls

Again with the apologies…

This song is all about his addiction, his depression, and things pertaining to it. It’s certainly a sad song, one of my favorites. It samples Changes by Ozzy Osbourne. Next is 7., Not Afraid. But do I really need to get in detail about this one? Let me put it this way. This is what renewed my hope in the rap industry. So…on to No Love (feat. Lil Wayne).

I don’t think I’m going to post any lyrics for this one either. The song is rather confusing. These two are like polar opposites – why the heck are they performing a duo? The lyrics are just as explaining as they are confusing – It seems to be some sort of heated argument between the two. I’m no good at song metaphors, so maybe I’ve gotten this all wrong, but…(Eminem in bold, sampled bits in parenthesis)

It’s a little too late to say that you’re sorry now
You kicked me when I was down
F**k what you say, just
(don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more)
That’s right b***h: and I don’t need you, don’t want to see you
B***h you get (no love)
You show me nothing but hate
You ran me into the ground
But what comes around goes around

On to 10., Space Bound! First thing that comes to mind is that whoever sings the chorus is annoying the crap out of me. It’s probably just me. Okay, back to business…this song seems to be about his (presumed) ex-wife, or somebody…I don’t really know. Not a favorite, really. So, to 15., Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna). Isn’t it a tad peculiar that she was chosen to be featured in a song like this? Heh. Jokes aside, this song is one of the best of the album.

And lastly, mysterious tack 17…Untitled. or Here We Go. Or something like that. It reminds me of the catchy We Made You-esque tunes from Eminem. I like it a lot. The lyrics don’t really make a whole lot of sense, but it is very catchy.

Rating: B