9.28.2012

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black Review and Swatches

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black
Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black 

A perfect stroke of black eyeliner looks so beautiful, but it can be surprisingly difficult to achieve. Pencils often lack intensity and liquid liners can be hard to use. With Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black ($14.85, reg. $16.50), it's easy to get precise, inky black lines in a smooth, budge-free formula. 

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black
Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black

I know it's what's inside that counts, but I still can't help but love the cute packaging of Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black. The tall, thin top screws apart to reveal a liner brush and the pot at the bottom contains the gel liner. The whole thing reminds me of a quill pen and ink! This is eminently appropriate, since Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black is a deep, inky shade:

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black Swatch
Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black Swatch

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black has a silicone-based formula featuring jojoba oil and Vitamin E for super smooth, moisturizing application. I'm not very good at applying eyeliner, but I find this formula very easy to apply for a neat, eye-opening line.

Here's me wearing Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black with eyeshadow from the Dior Au Natural Nude Look Palette:

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black Swatch
Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black

I experience no noticeable smudging with Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black. It lasts all day, though I do think the intensity starts to fade around the 8 hour mark.

I typically wear brown liner, but I am loving Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner in Black so much that I find myself wearing it everyday! The sultry, wide-eyed result is irresistible, and the price is right too.

Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner is available in purple, navy and teal shades for your sassy liner needs ;) Laura Geller products are available on the brand website, Macy's, ULTA, and QVC.


Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the product and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.

9.27.2012

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky Review and Swatches

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky
CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky

Maybe it's just the particular shade pairing I selected, but I'm not too thrilled with CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky ($7.99).

This dual-ended lipstick includes two different lip colors with great color payoff that can be mixed and matched for different looks. It's a good idea in theory, but I'm still not in love with this product.

Granted, the pigmentation and staying power are amazing. I applied CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky in the afternoon, washed my face in the evening, and my lips still had a just-bitten stain the next morning.

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky Swatches
CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky Swatches

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky includes a medium peach pink shimmer and a bright reddish pink matte. The peach has some frost to it that I dislike, and I find that it accentuates lip lines somewhat. The reddish-pink shade is more appealing to me, but I think it looks a little tacky on me!

In this photo, I applied the peach pink shade all over and added some of reddish pink shade in the center of my lips. The resulting look is not that exciting. I devised a more attractive look by applying the bright reddish pink all over and accenting with the peach, but no pictures of that yet.

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky Swatch
CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky

One final point: CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky has a fairly strong scent that I can't quite place. Sorta like fruity Play-Doh? It's not terrible, but I'm not exactly in love with the scent.

Bottom Line: While CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color in Cheeky has some good points, this product is just not for me. The shades, finishes, and scent leave me cold. I could try one of the other 12 shade pairings, but I have lost some enthusiasm for this product and I'm in no rush to do so.

What about you? Have you found a CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color that suits you?


9.25.2012

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige Review and Swatches

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige
Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige

Including their popular loose powder mineral foundation, cruelty-free brand Youngblood has a total of FIVE foundation formulations to meet every woman's preferences. I tried Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation ($56), a 2-in-1 creme foundation with a luminous powder finish.

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige applies with a supremely smooth, creamy texture. It practically melts into your skin's surface, allowing for easy blending and a natural finish. Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation offers medium coverage, and the creamy texture makes it very easy to build up over problem areas. This foundation applies beautifully with Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blending Brush, another cruelty-free fave!

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige Swatch
Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige Swatch

I love the look of Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige, which sets to a long-lasting, soft matte finish with plenty of luminosity to give your face a gorgeous glow. However, I notice that this foundation can accentuate flakiness and other irregularities of skin texture, particularly around the mouth. Not too noticeable, but it's still something to look out for. I mitigate this by making sure that my skin is well-moisturized and primed.

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige Swatch
Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige

Available in a total of 8 shades, Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige is a fair color for people with slightly warm undertones. While it's a close match, Barely Beige is a little light for my skin at the moment. I think it will be a better match as we move into the colder weather :)

Bottom Line: Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Barely Beige is a great foundation option for people with normal to oily skin. The cream texture allows for wonderful blendability and a natural look, while the powder finish keeps oiliness at bay. One drawback is that this foundation can accentuate flakiness and other skin irregularities, so take that into account if you are considering a purchase.




Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the product and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.

9.24.2012

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis Review and Swatches

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis Swatch
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis

I may be vegan, but I love Butter!

Butter London, that is. The non-toxic, high fashion British nail polish brand is swiftly becoming one of my very favorites thanks to its gorgeous shade selection, impeccable formula and top-notch wear time.

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis ($14) is named after Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who married Edward VIII of the British monarchy in the 1930s. He had recently ascended to the throne as King when their romance began. On top of that, both Wallis and Edward were married to other people, resulting in major S-C-A-N-D-A-L. He even abdicated his kingship to marry her! 

It seems to me that there must have been something about Wallis, and all accounts seem to indicate that she was a total HBIC. It's only fitting, then, that Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis is an unapologetically badass shade named after an undeniably fierce lady (Note that Butter London didn't opt to design this polish in Wallis' signature shade of Blue. Too demure, I think).

Filled to the brim with tarnished glitter, Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis is an irresistible olive gold metallic shade that's perfect for unleashing your inner vamp. I could see it paired just as easily with matte red lips for a retro Hollywood look or with a worn-in leather jacket for cool girl downtown glam. I knew this polish was a total winner when my Dad couldn't get over how awesome it was.

Plus, it applies like an absolute dream: beautiful coverage, fast drying, and no streaks whatsoever. Even with my cheapest base and top coats (I'm trying to use them up, okay?), I get five days of good-looking wear with Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis.

One last heads up -- I actually got Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis for free thanks to a special deal I got by signing up to preview Coterie, a new beauty flash sale site. It was a one time deal and I have no incentive to promote the site, but I love Coterie's concept and interface so I just wanted to mention it. It's like Hautelook for makeup (i.e. dangerous yet oh-so-alluring)! They have a Stila sale coming up so keep an eye out if that's your bag.


9.23.2012

Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate Review

Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate
Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate

I can't remember a time that a skin care company has gotten me more excited than Own. With a focus on clinically proven, effective ingredients AND natural, non-toxic formulas, San Francisco-based Own is a cruelty-free, forward thinking company that's well-attuned to what women want for their skin. After trying Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate ($24.99), I believe Own has what it takes to become a serious player in the skin care game.

The keystone ingredient in many of Own's products is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA is a fatty acid found in safflower oil that has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It also helps to regulate skin cell structure, which prevents and reduces signs of aging. 

Along with conjugated linoleic acid, Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate only contains three other ingredients: capric triglyceride, which is a moisturizing extract from coconut, coco-caprylate, an esterized version of coconut oil, and tocopherol (Vitamin E), an antioxidant that reduces signs of aging. That's it. No water, no fragrance, no parabens. The result? A supremely elegant, simple-yet-effective serum.

Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate has a silky smooth texture that sinks into your skin beautifully. No uncomfortable filmy finish here! Your skin is left looking plump and radiant the moment you put it on, and the results get even better the following day.

With Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate, my skin looks more clear, super soft, and glowing. I don't have any wrinkles yet so it's hard to evaluate this product's anti-aging properties, but I feel confident using Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate as a preventative measure thanks to its scientifically proven set of age-fighting ingredients. 

The only drawback I can identify with Own Renewing Firming Silk Concentrate is the packaging. While I love the dropper bottle format, the dropper is a little leaky so I have to be super careful not to drip product on the counter. This serum is too good to waste!

If you're interested in trying Own, the products are available for purchase on Own's website, Drugstore.com, and Amazon

P.S. -- Own also has an iPhone app that photographs and analyzes your skin. The app allows you to track progress of wrinkles, acne, age spots, etc. and see what's working for your skin and what isn't. How cool is that? 



Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the product and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.