Wednesday, November 13, 2013
How often does a drugstore makeup product blow your mind? Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain is one of these rare gems, and that's for less than 5 bucks. To be honest, I would never have bought one if it hadn't been for the rave reviews I read on the blogosphere. To me Jordana just looked like a cheap, old-fashioned drugstore brand - even their logo made me frown. After trying this balm stain I have completely changed my mind!
The Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain is one of these now standard jumbo lip crayon that have invaded department stores as well as drugstores in the past 2 years. The packaging is as practical as always, easy and safe to carry around in your purse or even pockets, requiring no painful sharpening.
Friday, November 8, 2013
This beautiful palette is not a new release since it was part of Sephora+Pantone Universe summer collection, but it's now on sale on Sephora's website for $19. With the 20% VIB code around these days, I thought it was a good time to review it in case you're looking for ideas of products to order.
Day Break is one of the 2 Full Spectra Eyeshadow Palettes, with earthy soft shades, while the other option, Night Fall, offers brighter pops of color. Sephora describes these shadows as multi-dimensional and color-shifting, and promises an "aurora borealis" look. The compact is the signature Sephora+Pantone Universe design, which I personally love: clean, pure lines of white and transparent plastic, with a sturdy magnetic lid.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Dior Holiday 2013 collection inspired by the Versailles castle, a masterpiece of classical architecture, features new shades of Diorific nail lacquer, including Frimas. So far, I only spotted Frimas at my local Neiman Marcus, where I bought it, while other stores had either not yet received the collection, or only had a couple shades available (usually Marilyn, a bright red, and Minuit, a plum with golden sparkle).
The bottle of these limited edition lacquers is a real eye candy: it looks like a Christmas ornament you could hang in your tree! (great, now I'm fantasizing about a tree decorated with Diorific lacquers...). The rounded glass bottle is topped with a golden plastic cap. It looks quite luxurious, although a metal cap would have been the perfect finishing touch.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I like using loose shadow powders, because I feel like they generally have good pigmentation and apply easily, unlike some pressed that might be stiff and dry. There are not very many actual loose color pigments to be found at the drugstore (unlike sparkles) so I was pretty excited when Maybelline recently released the Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Loose Powder. The name Pure Pigments sounds so promising!
I decided to go for Never Fade Jade, which looks in its little pot like a deep jade, a medium green with a hint of turquoise. So was it worth the purchase?
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Almay is one of these drugstore brands that I had never seen before moving to the US. For some reason I wasn't particularly attracted to their products, and it took me over a year to finally test one, the Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm. I'm really glad that I did!
The fact that I have dry lips all year round makes me reach for comfortable and moisturizing products as much as I can. I love a good gloss, and since this one was promising to soften and hydrate my lips, I decided to give it a try. I was instantly convinced, so much that, as you can see, I bought multiple shades - the $5.99 price tag helped, especially after sales and with coupons.
This liquid balm feels creamy and cushiony, but not heavy, sticky or greasy at all. It's very comfortable and it does bring some extra moisture to the lips, although I would not count on it to repair severely chapped lips.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I've just encountered the worst beauty product I've ever had the misfortune to try. It was so, sooo bad that I actually returned it - something I NEVER do. I was so shocked by its piece-of-sh*tness that I felt I had to share!
So here's how the story begins: I was making an order on sephora.com, and before checking out, as usual, I took a quick look at the Sales section. There, I found the cute Hello Kitty Charmming Eyeshadow Stick for only $5, and the reviews were pretty good (that's the part that blows my mind the most). I decided to pick up Kimono, a navy shade with shimmer. A few days later, the order arrived and I was all joy! That didn't last too long...
Before I start the actual review, let me give you some valuable background info: I love shadow sticks/pencils because they're so easy to use, and I've owned and tried a lot of them, from a variety of brands. I've come across pretty bad ones, but nothing as nasty as this "Charmming" catastrophe.