lip color

GIVEAWAY: Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set (INTERNATIONAL)

Flower Lip Chubby set

Time for another Friday giveaway! This week I’m giving away a Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set, containing three popular shades: Life’s a Peach, Berry-More, and Red-dy to Bloom. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open internationally through next Friday and you can earn extra entries daily by sharing the giveaway on social media. :)

And while you’re at it, there’s still time to enter my Pacifica Wanderlust beauty set giveaway (here) and my giveaway for a copy of ‘The Magician’s Lie’, by Greer Macallister (here)–both giveaways end tomorrow, so don’t wait!

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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage collection giveaway!

Who’s up for a giveaway?! I liked the new Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection so much, I wanted to share some of the beauty goodness with you via a giveaway. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and will run through March 31 2013.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • One To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Golden Goddess (approximate retail value $6)
  • One Photo Op Eyeshadow in Maldives Sky (approximate retail value $5)
  • Two Perfect Pout Lip Colors, in Penthouse Sweet and Old School Glam (approximate retail value $3.50 each)

These bright colors are perfect for spring and summer!

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After that you can earn extra entries by following me via GFC, Twitter and Facebook, and by tweeting daily about the giveaway. And because I love ya: everyone gets one bonus entry! Please read through the full terms and conditions of the giveaway before entering. Good luck!

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Product review: Flower Beauty Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color

Continuing in the series of reviews of my Flower Beauty haul, I have four lipsticks to show you from the Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color collection.

The product: Flower Beauty Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color; assorted shades; $8 at or in Walmart stores

The claim: Rich, creamy; intense color payoff; extreme shine

Flower Kiss Stick Coral Floret

I tried it: I initially picked up just one tube: Coral Floret, which looked exactly like the lovely coral shade I’ve been searching for as a springtime addition to my beauty bag. The black and gold packaging looks very luxe and I love that the lipstick twists all the way down into the tube so you don’t nick off the tip with the cap (a pet peeve of mine). I also have to add here that I’m very happy Flower lipsticks are cruelty-free, since so many lipsticks (even from cruelty-free brands) still contain animal ingredients.

Flower Kiss Stick lipsticks

This lipstick is very creamy and moisturizing and applies like a dream straight out of the tube. As promised the color payoff is quite rich and shiny, though not mirrored like a gloss, so it doesn’t look too wild. I won’t lie and say it’s long-wearing; you’ll need to reapply after a couple of hours and definitely after eating, but I find that the wear is fairly even: no rough patches or “ring around the mouth” left behind, at least on the lighter shades. I would be comfortable wearing these lippies out to dinner.

A closeup lip swatch of Coral Floret

Because I loved Coral Floret so much, I went back for three more shades. Ginger Lily looks deceptively similar to Coral Floret in the tube, but as you can see they actually perfectly hit both sides of the coral coin, with the Coral Floret leaning more orange and Ginger Lily leaning more pink. Love!

Swatches of Flower Kiss Stick Coral Floret and Ginger Lily

I wavered over grabbing Rose Bud because I thought it might be a dupe for a tube I already own, but finally grabbed it anyway. It’s actually a touch more of a true Hollywood red than my Wet n Wild Old School Glam, which has slightly pinker undertones (not so visible in this photo); and it’s warmer than my Urban Decay Gash, which has cooler undertones. (And yes, I realize that for some reason I labeled the Flower lippie incorrectly in this photo–it’s supposed to be Rose Bud, not Rose Petal). If you’re just starting out on the red lipstick train I highly recommend picking up a Kiss Stick in Rose Bud!

Comparison of Flower 'Rosebud' to UD 'Gash' and WNW Fergie 'Old School Glam'

Black Rose was a vampy pick that turned out to be a bit sheer and buildable—whew! I was also wondering about this shade being a dupe for an existing lippie, but as it turns out, this Kiss Stick fits in perfectly with the rest of my “vampy” lipcolors without being a dupe for any of them.

Vampy cruelty-free lipstick swatches from Flower, WNW, and more

My verdict: This is my new favorite lipstick, and I really want to go back for the rest of the shades. (Calm down, wallet, I don’t mean this instant!) Congratulations, Drew Barrymore, you have officially turned me into a lipstick girl!

What lipsticks can you not live without? Fave shades/brands? Have you tried the Kiss Stick lippies? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Product review + swatches: Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color

Another installment in my Wet n Wild haul test series! I mistakenly identified these as glosses, but they’re actually liquid lipsticks. Not sure what I was thinking there. I think I’m still in a post-holiday daze!

Anyway, I have a love-hate relationship with liquid lipstick; I’ve tried some good ones and some bad ones.But since many long-wearing lipsticks have a matte finish, liquid lipsticks can be a good alternative if you want that satin/gloss finish. I picked up four colors; here are my swatches and thoughts on each one.

The product: Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color; $2.99, drugstores

The claim: Long-lasting color.

I tried them: I’m going to run through my swatches and then go into the formula with more depth afterward.

First up, we have I Can Bare It, a nude color. This one wasn’t bad, but I felt like it was a little too brown for me. I think it would be better if you had darker skin; for myself, I prefer my tube of Fergie Daily. I might get some use out of this over the summer if I’m wearing bronzer, though, because as I look at my swatch photos I have to admit that it is a nice shade; it’s just a little too dark to qualify as a true “nude” on my lily-white winter skin.

Next we have Raisin’ The Roof. I was really hoping this would be a dupe for my old Revlon Mineral Lipglaze raisin shade, but no: it’s a weird purple, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. My initial response was “ick”, but somehow, I think this one will grow on me. However, the application on this shade was really patchy, and this color felt very drying, so I would definitely have to wear it over lip balm and some sort of base color.

Third is Do I Make You Blush?, a pink shade. Nothing special here; it’s pink. For some reason, I don’t really care for how this shade looks on me. I have a lot of trouble with pink lippies, it would seem. I think it’s time to toss in the towel on this color, at least temporarily.

The fourth shade is Coral Me Bad, and this is probably the color I liked best…though the application was not that great. More on that after the photos.

The verdict: These lippies are very drying and the application is really patchy. I think using them over a lip liner and balm, or possibly over a lipstain/balm, would help with this issue.However, I definitely wouldn’t use them straight out of the tube.

Another thing: pressing my lips together gave me the unsettling feeling that my lips might actually get stuck together. These lippies feel like glue! I hate tacky lipcolors and these are among the worst I’ve tried.

Removal is another issue. I’m used to scrubbing away at long-wearing lipcolor, but scrubbing these off is like removing dry paint. Seriously: it comes off in flakes. It’s so weird. And keep in mind, this is with my super-duper makeup remover wipes from Giovanni (which, it comes to mind, I need to review shortly).

Overall: since I bought them, I’ll find a way to layer them and use them. But while the colors are great, the textures are not. Unless you’re really a hard-core fan of liquid lipstick, I would pass on these.

Product review + swatches: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks (plus one Mega Last matte lipstick!)

You guys might remember I recently brought home quite the haul of Wet n Wild products! Among everything else, I picked up two new lipsticks from the Fergie Centerstage collection and a new matte lipstick from the Mega Last line. I know you’ve all been waiting for swatches and a full review, so here it is!

The product: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lipstick; $3.49, drugstores

The claim: Longwearing and yet not drying, in 10 highly pigmented shades.

I tried it: I picked up just two shades from this lipstick line, but–spoiler alert–I think I need to go  back for more! I was really impressed with how creamy these lipsticks felt on application. Most long-wearing lipsticks are incredibly drying and leave me lips feeling shriveled, to put it mildly. I think you might still want a lip balm over the top of these, but altogether, they have a pleasant feeling and apply very easily. I would recommend using a lip brush for the most precise application.

Here is a swatch of Fergie Daily. I bought this with some reservations; it’s the color Fergie is wearing on the display, but I really didn’t expect to like it, since I have a lot of trouble with nudes. However, as I discovered, it actually has enough pink in it to be just right for my skin tone. Fergie and Wet n Wild both just shot way up in my personal estimation for crafting this shade. I think I’ll try to pick up a second tube of this, because I’m going to be wearing the heck out of it and I don’t want to run out!

The second lipstick is Old School Glam, which is a very bright red with just enough coral undertones to feel different. It’s a really fresh color for spring and I’m super-pleased with it. This is a super-saturated color with a very silky finish, and I see it finding a heavy rotation in my spring beauty wardrobe. It doesn’t look nearly as bright in these pictures as it does straight out of the tube; you can blot it down a bit for a calmer poppy color or make it more intense as you like.

The verdict: I love this new collection! I can’t recall ever finding another lipstick at this price that I enjoyed so much. I’ll definitely be running back to Walgreens to try to pick up more shades soon.

I also picked up another Mega Last shade ($1.99) and wanted to swatch it for you guys so you could see how it looked. I have a few of the Mega Last lipsticks and I feel that they’re hit and miss. They’re matte, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about matte lipsticks. I think they’re okay with a bit of balm, but without, they can be really drying.

This shade is Think Pink, and I thought it would be a softer pink. Wrong! It’s just not the right shade of pink for me. I should also note here, I feel that I have rather puffy lips and some lip colors seem to exaggerate this fact. I am not a fan of how this lipstick looks on my lips! Color aside, this seems to be giving me Nicki Minaj duck lips. You can see that it’s also highlighting my chapped lips–always a problem with mattes, but this shade seems worse than some others.

So, what do you guys think? Are you excited about the Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks? I can’t remember the last time I found a budget lipstick that was quite this wonderful. I just hope the display hasn’t emptied out by the time I get back to Walgreens!

Wet N Wild drugstore haul! (Including new Fergie items!)

I finally spotted the new Wet n Wild Fergie display at my local Walgreens! I’ve only been waiting for these new products to launch for, um, forever–so I was pretty excited about finally getting to scoop up some new products!

I also found a sidekick display of new Wet n Wild products, so I picked up some new lippies for spring. Okay, enough jibber jabber, on to the photos!

First is this pan of highlighter, To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($5.99) in Rose Champagne Glow. I particularly love marbled highlighters and blushes because I feel like the color is more natural than solid, one-tone pan color. The huge pan and the cheetah-print marbling is so luxe and this looks much more expensive than a mere $6!

Next we have three lipsticks, two from the new Fergie line and one from the regular Wet n Wild line.The Perfect Pout Lip Color lipsticks ($3.49) are supposed to be long-wearing, so we’ll see about that. I wavered around and finally bought Fergie Daily, which is the nude shade she’s wearing in the display photo, and Old School Glam, which looks like a tomato/poppy red. The third lip color is one of the matte long-wearing lipsticks, which I really like; they retail for about $1.99, so they’re very affordable. This one is Think Pink, and I’m really hoping it fulfills my need for a pale pinky nude matte lipstick.

I mentioned new lipglosses, and here we go: a new line of Megalast Lip Glosses. There are several new shades but I splurged on these four to replace my old Revlon Mineral Lip Glazes. From top to bottom we have Coral Me Bad, Do I Make You Blush?, Raisin’ The Roof, and I Can Bare It. My biggest gripe with glosses is their lack of staying power, so I’m really eager to try these and see how they perform. These retail for $2.99 apiece but all had $1 off coupons attached, so I really got a good deal on these!

Finally, mascara. It’s hard to find a good waterproof mascara as is, and with switching to cruelty-free brands I find it difficult to find one that isn’t too expensive. This appears to be a new product: MegaPlump Waterproof Mascara ($3.99). We’ll see how “plumping” it is later in the week.

So there we are! Have you picked up any new Wet n Wild products? Anything here that catches your eye?

Product review: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil (swatches in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee)

It’s been quite a while (almost two weeks) since I picked up these lip pencils from ULTA, but I just wasn’t ready to post a review quite yet: I really wasn’t sure what to make of them when I first tried them, and I didn’t want to just post something negative without giving it a little time and thought.

So, here at last is my review, plus a few swatches.

Product: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil ($4.49), shown here in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee

Claim: “It’s double or nothing with this lip liner and lipstick in one. Our masterful Jumbo Lip Pencils infuse lips with alluring, nourishing color, and help you create a precision pout. That’s line, define and color with one jumbo pencil. Plus the mineral oil formula does not dry out your lips and it goes on smoothly.” (From their website)

I tried it: The product sounds great, and the packaging is pretty. I picked up a couple of pinky-nude shades in the hopes of finding a good everyday lip color that I could apply on the go–no liners, brushes, or gloss toppers needed.

First, I have to say it: that pretty packaging disguises the fact that this pencil does not twist up or sharpen. What you see at the tip is what you get. Unfortunately, what you get is not a whole lot of product, which makes the price seem a little high.

On to the formula itself: I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks, pencils, and glosses in my time, and I don’t think I’ve ever found a formula this slippery! It really feels like I’m slicking vegetable oil onto my lips. I appreciate that the formula is supposed to be non-drying, but this is taking it a bit far.

I don’t like the coverage level, either. It goes on like a full-coverage lipstick, but it’s very smeary and splotchy. Consequently, the color looks really patchy and poorly applied.  I feel like my lip lines and chapped lips look extra bad with this pencil.

I don’t really have a lot to say about the two colors I bought. I thought I would really like the Irish Coffee, but it just doesn’t look right for my skin tone. In the picture it looks okay, but in person it has an odd peach undertone that highlights the yellow in my skin, and I just don’t like the way it looks. (This pic came out really oddly–I’m wearing a black shirt, not a blue one, and my hair is NOT green. Odd lighting today!)

As you can see in the close-up pic, the coverage is very splotchy; it looks worse in person. Lip lines ahoy!

The Pink Nude is loaded with shimmer. It’s a pretty color in the pencil, but it’s so frosty I don’t think I would wear it for every day activities. It might be nice as a highlighter over lipstick.

I’ve tried these a few times, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether I prep with lip balm or not: the lines still show up and the oiliness cannot be beat. After you’ve worn it for awhile the oiliness goes away, but so does the color. It’s not long-lasting and rubs off very easily.

One more thing: lip liner? I don’t think so! This formula is way too slick and smudgy to properly line your lips. It might be good as a topper for regular lip liner or lipstick, but on it’s own, it’s just too smeary to look good. I can’t imagine what it would look like in a very dark color.

My vote: Meh. I’m really disappointed by these lip pencils; they don’t perform at all like I thought they would, and the skimpy product size is a turn-off. I’m sure somewhere out there are people who like these pencils, but I’m not one of them.

My Urban Decay order arrived! Lipstick swatches + mini reviews (photo heavy)

My Urban Decay order arrived, and I’m so happy with it! This was my first time ordering from them, and I was super-impressed with the speedy delivery–I placed my order on Sunday, and the box actually showed up on Thursday.

Can I just note that this box was stuffed to the brim with padding? Very nice. I get really irritated when I order something and it arrives poorly packed and poorly padded.

Since there are so many pictures in this post I’m going to insert a post break and let you keep reading after the jump!