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Friday, July 27, 2012

Rediscovered Goodness 1: NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in Sponge Cake and Plum

TGIF everyone!! 

First of all, I've jumped on the bandwagon and got Instagram. My username is iamgrape1119 <--how creative. Please follow me if you'd like nothing but pure awesomeness! :)

Now I had just received all the stuff I left in CO, so as I was going through boxes of stuff (most of which contain makeup, but what else is new). I found a lot, and I mean A LOT, of goodies I had forgotten about. As I restarted using them, I never really understood how I had forgotten about these gems in the first place. So this will be a series of Rediscovered Goodness as well as a series called New Found Love. Please stay tuned. 

First items featured are NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Sponge Cake and Plum. 

Sponge Cake (left) Plum (right)
Sponge Cake (top) Plum (bottom)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Plain, simple, and economical. While they might not be the classiest looking containers out there, it's pretty sturdy and you get a lot of bang for your buck. They come with a sponge tip applicator that makes application a breeze. Once in a while I'd get one that has gloss that gets stuck in the top and gets all goopy, but other than that, it's been smooth sailing. 

Pigmentation/Colors: 5 out of 5
These puppies are PIGMENTED! What you see is what you get.  Depending on the color/formulas you choose, they range from shimmery, creamy, glittery, and sheer. The choices are massive! I love it. 

Plum is the mauvey/rosey color with gold and silver shimmer. Very my-lips-but-better. 

Sponge Cake is has a bronzey rose undertone with gold shimmer. It's a dead ringer to MAC VG6 lipgloss in my opinion. 
Lasting power: 2 out of 5
The lasting power isn't the best, about 2 hrs on me. It's a gloss though, so what do you expect? :/ 

Texture: 5 out of 5
Amazing! Not too think and not too thin, just perfectly creamy. You don't feel the glitters/shimmers, and your lips will be perfectly moisturized. These are one of the few lip products that DON'T dry out my lips. 

Conclusion: 4.5 out of 5
I hoard these glosses like they are going out of style. They are inexpensive, well made, and have a expansive color selection. I love them! Now if only they could get rid of the cherry cough medicine smell... *daydreams*

Coming up next: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation review. 

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Tao

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: L'oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks

As many of you know, L’oreal has added new additions to its Colour Riche family by releasing the Colour Riche Caresse lipsticks in Europe. Every European beauty blogger and their grandmas have been raving about these little gems. I’ve been waiting patiently for L’oreal to launch the Caresse line in the US, and sure enough, just a couple months later, I stumbled across these at my local Walgreens.


If I remembered correctly (but most likely not), there were 10 colors in total. I currently have 3 colors: Fiery Veil, Blushing Sequin, and Sunset Angora. Theses three caught my eye the second I saw the display. Fiery Veil and Blushing Sequin are very bright and summery, while Sunset Angora seemed to be more of a wearable pink that I can rock on a daily basis. I wanted to test these out before making the invenstment of getting every single color (*cough* Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains *cough*)

After wearing them for a few times, I figured it was enough for me to come up with an informed opinion.

Packaging: 4 out of 5
While they still retained some characteristics of the original Colour Riche lipsticks, the reflective mirror-like packaging added a little more pizazz to the look. Unlike the original Color Riche lipsticks, a sample of the color is shown on packaging, making it easier for the user to differentiate all the colors. However, as shown in the picture, the packaging shows fingerprints quite easily. The cap snaps shut, so you don’t have to worry about it coming off when carrying it in your bag.

Pigmentation: 3.5 out of 5
Depending on what colors you go for, the pigmentation vary greatly. For example, Fiery Veil and Blushing Sequin are somewhat pigmented while Sunset Angora is more on the natural side. You can definitely still see your natural lips through the color, so it’s more like a gel-like color (I hope that makes sense). However, even they are pigmented, the color still come off less intense than appeared in the tube.

Fiery Veil appears to be an intense orange and shows up as a gorgeous coral that has a tinge more orange.
Blushing Sequin appears to be a bright hot pink and shows up a medium tone cool toned pink.  
Sunset Angora appears to be neutral light pink with a tinge of beige and shows up as warm rosey pink.
Lasting power: 2 out of 5
These are moisturizing, shiny, and balmy. I went in knowing that they won’t last forever and a half on my lips, so it didn’t surprise me when they faded within 2 hours. C’mon, these are NOT balm stains (review coming up soon)

Texture: 5 out of 5
This is where these babies will rock your socks off. The texture is a-freakin’-mazing. I’ve heard that they are very comparable to YSL’s Rouge Volupte, and in my experience, they are really similar. These lipsticks are very balmy, but not in a thick, goopy, or waxy way. While very pigmented, they still impart an intense shine that last about half an hour. They feel extremely moisturizing and provide a great slip to the lips, almost reminding me of the texture of those Jack Black’s lip balms.

Conclusion: 4 out of 5
The lipsticks are great for people who put more emphasis on moisturization and comfort as opposed to intense color payoff and longevity. I personally really enjoy these because my perpetually dry lips need all the TLC they can get. The texture of the Caresse lipsticks makes it a dream to reapply and provide more than enough pigmentation for someone who’s in the in the office 24/7 (like me) or prefer something not so loud.

Hope that was helpful if you are looking to give these a try. Please let me know if you have any questions. :)

Take care,

Tao 

Proof that I'm not dead....

Wow, before you know even realized, it's been almost a month and half since I've last made ANY attempts at blogging/YTing. It's very ironic that I'm updating my blog from the SeaTac airport flying eastbound back to Atlanta for a week-long intensive training (yep, just when you think you are done...). I'm flying out today, returning Friday the 13th (?!), and fly out on Sunday the 15th to NorCal for work for a week again. Trust me, it's not as glamorous as it sounds. 

There's only ONE word I would use to describe my current state of my life: HECTIC

I'm learning and processing all these new knowledge from work (it's like drinking water from the fire hose), attempting to make new non-creepy friends, and making sure that I'm getting enough alone time to decompress and stay sane. 

I know that you are still here and didn't leave me hanging, so for that, I'm very grateful. 

I've been accumulating some new makeup items, and took a lot of pictures on 4th of July, so please expect a lot of reviews/swatches posts coming up. I haven't made any videos yet, but once I get back to Seattle and get everything settled, there will be so many videos from me you won't even be able to handle it. 

Here's me just in case you forgot what I looked like...
I actually got A LOT tanner but the lighting in this pic is kinda screwy. I've been spending a lot of times outdoor, so I have a lot more color to my skin now. :) I actually quite like it. It makes me look healthier. 

...and OMG I love where I live. I'm renting a mother-in-law type room from a duplex house in Bellevue. Yeah, it's not hip and happening like West Seattle, but Bellevue is so quite and peaceful. I literally don't have lock my door when I leave the house. I love the view when I walk out of my room. 
There's an amazing trail and a little cute farm by my house. I really enjoy taking a jog a few times a week just to get all my aggression out. I find that spending some time jogging alone really calms me down. 

I will post more pics about what kind of activities I've been doing. I also have an Instagram account but haven't really figured out how to use it yet, LOL! I fail at this. :(

Anyway, gotta board soon. More review posts coming up later today. 

Thanks for being awesome! See you on the East side.

Tao