Monday, October 31, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters Part Two

In my original post (click for the link) about Revlon's new ColorBurst Lip Butters, I didn't get into too much detail about the actual colors. And since I'm impatient, I decided to post all of the LOTDs together, including two new colors that I found at Po'Dunk's Walgreen's. That's right. Po'Dunk actually got something cool. And had I waited three more days, I wouldn't have had to drive to another county to get my initial haul. Oh well. :)

Strawberry Shortcake; Peach Parfait

Strawberry Shortcake; Peach Parfait - swatched a couple times a piece.

Strawberry Shortcake - a pale petal pink that is definitely on the cool side. I think it's ok on me, but it might look a little Barbie-ish on darker skin tones.

Peach Parfait - a peachy pink MLBB color. This one has golden glitter in the formula, but it doesn't look like a disco ball on your lips and it doesn't feet gritty at all.

Berry Smoothie - I think this one is the ultimate MLBB color. It's a nice neutral pink (sorry, I don't get any "berry") and it's one of those colors I can just slap on and go without having to worry about it clashing with the rest of my makeup.

Pink Truffle - a pretty pinky/nude/brown that I think would be flattering on several different skin tones. It looks more brown in the picture, but in real life I think it's prettier.

Raspberry Pie - a super bright raspberry fuchsia.

Candy Apple - I was kind of disappointed with this one. On me it's a warm, sheer red and I kind of wanted a brighter, cool toned red (I think the Cherry Tart color would have been a better pick for me).

Red Velvet - a deep cranberry color.

I still really like wearing these, but I will say that I tend to reach for the lighter colors more than the dark. The only reason for that is because the way the lipstick/tube is shaped (round, as opposed to having the traditional "pointed" tip) and it's kind of hard to get super precise application. It's much easier to "swipe and go" and lighter color than the darker ones.

Also, some other bloggers said they got a vanilla scent from these, but I didn't find that to be true. There's a slight scent of "lipstick" but it's not like "Oh, that's an Estee Lauder lipstick." or "Oh, that's a L'Oreal/Lancome lipstick." And I certainly didn't get any sort of taste/flavor with these.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

NOTD Sinful Colors Easy Going

Sinful Colors is a new brand for me. I was in Walgreen's, looking for a really pale opaque pink, when I saw this baby. For $1.99, I figured I'd give it a whirl.

The formula was on the watery side (I had a couple cuticles "flood" with color, which was a pain to get rid of) and while it looks really opaque, like pink-tinged White Out, there were patches of uneven coverage even after three coats.

Like I said, for two bucks, it's a decent nail polish. I know opaque pinks are hard to do. So while I'm still on the hunt, I'm not entirely disappointed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

LOTD Maybelline Bit of Berry

Fall finally came to Po'Dunk, so I felt it was time to bust out one of my favorite berry lipsticks. Maybelline's Color Sensational lipstick in Bit of Berry is a perfect, true berry color that fades to a really pretty stain.

Nekkid lips.

Bit of Berry, full on.

One swipe; three swipes.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters

Ever since I heard about the new fan-dangled ColorBurst Lip Butters by Revlon, I've kinda been obsessed with finding them. All of the early reports from people lucky enough to have a cool Bed, Bath and Beyond (cool = has a beauty department inside) or a Rite Aid were posting pictures and regaling us with tales about Lip Butters' awesome pigment and balmy texture.

Well, three Targets, one Walmart, one Ulta and another three Walgreen's later, I finally got my hands on some. This particular Walgreen's had them for $7.49, but it was also "buy one, get one 1/2 off," so I should have bought six, but I couldn't decide. I knew from swatches online that these five would probably be the best bet. And besides... I already got enough funny looks from the cashier when I plopped five of these bad boys on the counter. I practically decimated the tiny display they had. Which was not very well organized to begin with. Pinks were mixed with reds, browns with berries. It was chaos. But I was ecstatic.

L-R: Red Velvet, Candy Apple, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie and Pink Truffle

L-R: Red Velvet, Candy Apple, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie and Pink Truffle
Inside with flash.

L-R: Red Velvet, Candy Apple, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie and Pink Truffle
In sunlight.

L-R: Red Velvet, Candy Apple, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie and Pink Truffle
Sorry for the blurry picture. I guess I inadvertently moved. Anyways, this was what was left on my arm after wiping them away. As you can see, Red Velvet and Raspberry Pie had the best "stain" effect. But they all did to some degree.

As far as wear goes, I got 1-2 hours of true color before they started fading. But I don't mind reapplying more than a traditional lipstick because these feel soooo smooth. Early reviewers weren't lying. It's like applying a super-pigmented lip balm. I feel comfortable leaving the house with only one of these in my pocket and not having an anxiety attack over my lack of balm.

Hunting these babies down was definitely worth it for me. These were what I wanted Cover Girl's Gloss Balms to be like and I can already tell that they're going to be a staple in my daily looks from now on. So stay tuned for some LOTDs!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Before I found my beloved Cover Girl Lash Blast, I swore by Clinique's High Impact Mascara. It's $14.50, compared to Cover Girl's $7, and I can honestly tell you that I prefer Cover Girl now.

The problem with High Impact is that it's just kind of ... meh. It's a very wet formula, even a month after opening the tube. I find that I really have to scrape the excess off before I use it or I'll end up with globs of black on my upper lash line.

The brush is your typical nylon bristle brush, not the rubberized spiky kind that I've grown accustomed to. I found that I did have to follow up with either a lash comb or a clean rubber spiky brush to make sure I got all of my lashes separated. It's not that they "clumped" together, but the wet formula made a couple of them "stick" together, if you know what I mean.

If you can try this mascara as a gift with purchase, I'd say give it a whirl, but I wouldn't specifically run out to try it. Unless you're in the mood for a natural looking mascara that won't smear on you throughout the day.

Ah! Scary naked lashes!

One coat. Not very "high impact" if you ask me.

Looks really good from the bottom, though...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NOTD Sally Hansen Commander In Chic

Just a quick NOTD, featuring one of my absolute favorite fall shades: Sally Hansen's Commander in Chic. It's what I call a "mushroom" color, which is a gray/purple/taupe color that is just awesome, but by no means completely unique. It's a close dupe for Sephora by OPI's Metro Chic, which was supposedly a dupe for Chanel's Particuliere that generated huge nail buzz early last year. But for $7 a bottle, it's the cheapest of the mushroom bunch.

Please excuse my tip-wear (this was actually taken on Day Two, after I'd done some housework) and the fact that I took the picture with my cell phone. As I said, I was in mid-cleaning when I realized I hadn't taken a picture yet and since I was upstairs and the camera was downstairs, I improvised. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Travalo, the refillable perfume atomizer.

Being an American who unfortunately doesn't travel a whole lot, I had never heard of the British company, Travalo, until last night when I was watching Sam, one of the Pixiwoo sisters (who are also British, in case you didn't know).

Travalo is just what the title says, a refillable perfume atomizer. It's an ingenious concept that I was thrilled to find. All you do is pop the spritz-top off of your big bottle of perfume (so the little white stick is all that's left) and then you press the Travalo on top of the stick and pump it, like you'd be spraying perfume. The silver/clear version pictured is the one I bought, so you can see how much liquid you've transferred from the big bottle to the little atomizer, and on the solid Travalos, there's a "window" on the side that you can see through.

Ingenious, right?! Especially for perfumes that don't come in the handy-dandy "purse size" version, like my beloved Pure DKNY. The Travalo is 0.4 oz and it hold 65 sprays. It's a little bigger than your average lip balm, but fits easily in your purse or pocket, or wherever. And it's been TSA approved, for those of you that are frequent travelers, so you don't have to worry about it exploding with cabin-pressure or leaking in your carry on.

I found mine at my local outlet mall in one of the perfume stores for $13. They're also available online, ranging from $11-16 (on the Travalo site they're $15.99).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Smith's Rosebud Salve

To close out the week of lip balms, I thought I'd share one of my new favorites. I always liked the C.O. Bigelow rose salve in the pink tin (versus the blue/white Smith's), but when I saw rosebud salve in a tube....! I had to make it mine. The tins versions are great, but I love the convenience of having a tube. It fits better in my pocket and it alleviates the whole issue of contaminating your tin and the dilemma of what to do with the sticky residue on your finger after you've applied it.

But it's so much more than just a rose-scented balm. Sephora says "This beloved multi-purpose essential not only moisturizes and soothes dry lips; it also calms and heals irritation, soothes the sting of minor burns, helps heal cuts, tames mangled cuticles, helps fix ashy elbows and knees, and minimizes diaper rash."

It's $6 for a 0.5 oz tube (the tins are also $6, but you get 0.8 oz of product - in case you were wondering). I find that if I have the tube in my pocket, the product gets warmer and thus easier to squeeze out versus when it's "cold" or room temperature. I find that I have to reapply this more often than a thicker balm, like the Jack Black or Clinique, but it's not a deal breaker for me. I like that it's shiny enough to wear on its own, instead of having to worry about a lip stick or gloss, too.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment

Since I mentioned Clinique's Superbalm in my Jack Black Therapy Lip Balm review, I figured I'd post a review for this one, too.

As I mentioned before, you only get 0.25 oz of product for $12.50, which makes it more expensive than the Jack Black. But if you don't like flavors or scents to your lip balms, the Superbalm might be a good fit for you, since it's the same thick texture but minus any scent or taste.

Some people have complained that it's just petroleum jelly in a tube, but I think it's more than that. I use this before bed in the dead of winter and I wake up with super soft lips. If you want to use it during the day, you certainly can, but just note that it doesn't have any SPF.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

My lips have been so, so, so dry lately it's not even funny. I've been desperate to find something to make them better. Surprisingly, my search led me to a men's skincare line at Sephora - Jack Black.

There's five flavors: Natural Mint & Shea Butter, Lemon & Chamomile, Vanilla & Lavender, Black Tea & Blackberry, and Grapefruit & Ginger. While they're flavored, the balm itself is clear and thick, but not goopy.

They're available for $7.50 for 0.25 oz tube (for comparison, the C.O. Bigelow tubes give you 0.5 oz for the same price). So it's a little more expensive, in theory, for not a lot of product, but you only have to apply once or twice a day, versus several with other lip balms. They're fantastic as an overnight lip balm, but they're also really good during the day since they have an SPF of 25.

Of the two I own (Lemon & Chamomile and Vanilla & Lavender) the Lemon is my favorite. It's a nice subdued lemon, probably thanks to the chamomile. The lavender completely overpowers the other one. I don't smell or taste any vanilla, which was kind of disappointing to me.

I definitely want to get the Natural Mint and the Black Tea flavors next. I'm not too keen on Grapefruit or Ginger, so I think I'll just skip that one.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bath & Body Works Shea It Isn't So Foot Cream

True Blue managed to redeem itself with their Shea It Isn't So foot cream. It's rich and thick, but on the greasy side, so it's best to use at night with a pair of cotton socks to help absorption. It smells like eucalyptus and feels refreshing, especially after a long day. The best part is that it really does soften your heels (or any other dry spot you have). My feet weren't necessarily that dry, but I used my husband's feet in my experiment to see how well it worked and the results were impressive. The downside? One tube will set you back $20 for 8 oz (or $6 for 1 oz). Again, it's not the cheapest option out there, but it is nice to splurge on yourself once in a while.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bath & Body Works Look Ma New Hands Hand Cream

Like the Shea Cashmere hand lotion, Look Ma New Hands is available in two different sizes: $12 for 2.5 oz or $6 for 1 oz. This is hand cream has paraffin to "lock in essential moisture," which it does, but it leaves your hands really greasy. I don't recommend using this during the day, unless you want to leave smudge marks all over everything you touch. It's much better as a nighttime cream. And the apricot smell might be off-putting for some people, especially those that don't like heavily fragranced lotions (like me).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bath & Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream

One of my friends is head over heels in love with this stuff (and the matching body cream), so I figured I'd give it a whirl since the weather is getting colder here in Po'Dunk.

Bath & Body Works says:
  • Revolutionary spa formula combines rich, moisturizing African shea butter with luxurious cashmere extract to envelop skin in supreme silky softness
  • The ultimate softening treatment for hands
  • Deeply penetrates and absorbs quickly, leaving hands cashmere-soft and non-greasy
  • Creamy vanilla fragrance evokes warm, soft, luxurious comfort
It's available in two sizes: $10 for 2.5 oz or $6 for 1 oz. It smells delicious and feels good when you first put it on, but within a few hours my hands hurt. I put it on at night and woke up with hands so dry I was afraid they were going to crack. So... I don't know if it's just my weird body chemistry or some funky ingredient, but this one was a dud for me.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bath & Body Works Grin and Bare It Body Lotion

As I've said before, I'm really quite partial to my Aveeno body lotions for a multitude of reasons. That being said though, the Grin and Bare It is a good lotion.

Bath & Body Works says:

Here's a good reason to smile. No more worries about showing skin. The Essential Mineral Blend, Macadamia Oil and antioxidant Vitamins C & E in this exclusive formula soothe, smooth and protect skin, so you can grin and bare it proudly.

$15 will get you an 8 oz squeezable tube, which isn't the cheapest lotion out there, but it isn't outrageous either. It's a lightweight, white lotion that has a light orange/orange blossom scent. It absorbed quickly and left my skin soft without being greasy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bath & Body Works Creamy Cleansing Bar

This week I thought I'd focus on Bath & Body Works' True Blue Spa line. While on vacation I was able to sample the Creamy Cleansing Bar ($6.50 for a 7 oz bar) thanks to my hotel. It's a hand-milled bar of soap with shea butter for added moisture. The bar I have has little knobs on the bottom (I'm not sure if the full-size one does, but I imagine it would as well) that felt good when you massaged it over your skin.

It lathered nicely with a clean, subtle scent and most importantly it didn't leave my skin dry or tight like some bar soaps can. I used my sample bar for the week I was on vacation and it still looks like a brand new bar, so you'll definitely get your moneys worth out of it. I'm usually a body wash kind of person, but this soap might make me re-think that.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

NOTD Finger Paints I'm a Survivor

This hot pink pretty is another color from the 2010 Cancer Awareness campaign/collection. I'm a Survivor is, as you can see, bright pink with a ton of silver micro glitter. It's not super opaque (after 2 coats, you can still see some of the white part of my nail) but it's pretty nonetheless and is one of my favorite summer colors.

And in case you didn't know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several cosmetics companies donate a portion of their proceeds to various cancer research groups, which means you can get some really pretty stuff and not feel guilty because it's going to a great cause.