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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!

Today I have a very conflicted review for you on the Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream. You can find it at any drugstores for around $12, but I bought mine for $3 at Grocery Outlet, so hopefully they’re not being discontinued.


LOOVE the packaging! 


Naked Skin:

Whole face:
Finished look:

Here are some pros and cons of the product:

Pros:
  • The package is very sleek and user friendly. You can easily get the exact amount and every last bit of product.
  • The refreshing scent! To me the scent is a bit like powdery-floral note; I like it. ßI know the scent is quite subjective though.
  • The luminous finish!! My skin looked so glowy when I wear this!

Neutrals:
  • The coverage is light to medium. Granted, most US BB creams are more like tinted moisturizers than foundations, so I’m leaving it as neutral.
  • The longevity is better than most BB cream, but I’d definitely recommend blotting and re-powder after around 5 hours if you have combo to oily skin.

Cons:
  • The shades are extremely limited. There are only two shades: Light and Medium. Luckily Light matched me really well, but you might not find your perfect match if you’re fairer and a bit darker.
  • Oil control isn’t the best. Due to the luminous finish, this is not the ideal product for people with oily skin.
  • Clogged my pores and caused a bit of break out. WHYYYYY?!! L 


Overall, this gets a B- in my book. It looked BEAUTIFUL on, but I just can't have a product that threatens to ruin the skin I worked so hard to get clear. 

I hope this was helpful to you. Please let me know if you’ve tried this product and how you liked it. Please leave any request down below! :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone! See you next time!

XOXO,

Tao

Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks | PIC HEAVY


Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Today I’m reviewing the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks.
As many of you know, I don’t really fall in love with lip products too easily as most of them feel too heavy/sticky.

Now, listen to me carefully. I. FREAKIN’. LOVE. THESE.

These are available at any drugstore that carries Almay. The lipsticks on in 12 shades that are broken up into three skin tones: Light, Light-Medium, and Medium. There are Pink, Berry, Nude, and Red for each skin tone. I own 8 out of the 12 shades.

The packaging definitely is similar to Revlon Lip Butters, but they are way more balmy and shiny. Almost all of the shades are crème-finish and extremely moisturizing. While the colors are classic (some might call boring”, they are extremely wearable and universally flatter. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of pigmentation they give off for being so moisturizing. They deliver a tremendous shine, and are by far some of the most comfortable lip products from the drugstore (and dare I say high-end).

However, there are a couple things that boggle my mind:
  • All of the colors are universally flattering, so why confine the colors into skin tone categories?
  • If you were to put them into different categories, why stop at Medium tones?  Wouldn’t Almay miss out on some major demographics because there are no med-deep tones?
Pink light, Berry light, Red light

    Pink light, Berry light, Red light
Pink light medium, Berry light medium, Nude light medium 
Pink light medium, Berry light medium, Nude light medium 
Pink medium, Red medium
Pink medium, Red medium
My natural lip color for reference.
Pink light: A light neutral baby pink. 

Berry light: Cool toned berry pink

Red light: Orange based bright cherry red.

Pink light-medium: A bright coral pink.

Berry light-medium: Neutral mauve.

Nude light-medium: Neutral with a slight tinge of brown. My FAVORITE!!

Pink medium: Bright Barbie pink.

Red medium: Medium-deep berry. Sorry for how jacked-up the lip swatch looks, my lips were so rough from all the wiping.

I hope this helped you decide to try out these lipsticks. If anything, just try out Nude Light-Medium. Totally life-changing.

Please let me know what your favorite shade is if you’ve tried it. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Thanks!

XOXO,


Tao

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Flower Beauty Shine On Lipgloss

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all staying warm. I am forever freezing for some reason; guess my body just can’t adjust to the weather in the PNW. I have so many burn marks on my body from sitting too close to the heater L

Today I’d like to review and swatch the Flower Beauty Shine On Glosses by Drew Barrymore.

Drew Barrymore’s cosmetics line Flower Beauty has been getting a lot of attention from the online beauty community. While I wasn’t active for the most part of 2012-2014, I’ve used Drew’s line (mainly lip products) for a while, so I figured it that it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and review the items I have.

I have several shades from the Flower Shine On lipglosses. All of them are crème finish. They contain no shimmer/glitter, nor do they give off any taste. They do have a faint floral (maybe rose?) scent though.
  • What a Dai-sy!
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Iris I Could Fly
  • Hibis-kiss

What a Dai-sy!, Baby's Breath, Iris I Could Fly, Hibis-kiss

Aren’t the names so cute?! They are all flower inspired.

What a Dai-sy is a creamy peachy-nude shade.  It nudes out the pigments of my lips quite nicely. It’s not my personal favorite as it sinks into my lip lines and the light shade washes me out.

Baby’s Breath is a light baby pink. It’s semi-opaque. While the shade looks better on me than What a Dai-sy, the same issues remain. However, with a bit more color to my skin, I think I could actually pull this color off.

Pretty in Petunia is a great reddish coral shade. It’s a perfect spring/summer shade.

Hibis-kiss is a face-brightening cool-toned bright pink. This shade makes my teeth look so white! Love it!

The glosses come in with a doe-foot applicator in a clear container. I like how clean the white top looks. However, I hate HATE how the name is not written anywhere on the tube once you peel off the barcode. You have a number indicating what that shade is, but let’s be honest, no one could remember that.

The texture of the Shine On glosses is quite nice. They are a bit thicker than my favorite NYX Butter Glosses but definitely not sticky. The lasting power is a lot better due to the thicker texture, and my lips look well moisturized and plump.

Overall, I think these are great drugstore glosses. I would highly recommend these if you’re looking for a gloss that gives off that watery mirro-like shine. For $8 apiece, it’s a good buy in my opinion.

Have you tried the Flower Shine On glosses? What do you think? Please let me know down below.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

XOXO,


Tao