Thursday, July 9, 2015

Baby Lips Gloss in Berry Chic: Swatch and Review

More lip product reviews coming your way, and today I am reviewing the new Baby Lips Lip Gloss in the color Berry Chic. These retail for around $4, but I have seen them for less and more (Ulta is having BOGO 1/2 off Maybelline now so this is a good time to get some!).

These things have been blowing up the beauty world. I swear, they are like Pokemon! Gotta catch 'em all! While I was like that with the Baby lips balm, I was a bit more hesitant here. Early swatches from other bloggers didn't seem promising, so I chose the pretty red color from the 'jelly' collection, which I heard performed the best. 

Baby lips lip gloss in berry chic swatches and review

The tubes themselves are very cute, each with a fun contrasting color and a small doe foot applicator. This formula really is jelly-like. To me, it smells a bit like floral Jell-o, but it isn't too strong. I have heard that some people can't stand it, but I don't mind it.

Baby lips lip gloss in berry chic swatches and review

As you can see from my swatch, there is barely any color to this gloss. If anything, a very faint coral/orange red, but definitely not 'berry'. It does ever so slightly darken my natural lip color.


This is glossy and seems to blur the lines on my lips. It is a great topper gloss and if you want to wear it alone, well it is very moisturizing! For the past week it has replaced my lip balm! It just feels good on...non sticky, a little thick and jelly-like, and gives me moisture.

But the bottom line? You only need one, if any. These won't give you more than a whisper of color, but they are comfy, cute, fit well in a pocket, and are good on the go or to top off other lip colors. A fun idea from the Baby Lips fam, but I'll be passing by the display next time.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

L'Oreal Le Matte Lip Colour Stick in She's So Matte: Swatches and Review

Hey friends!

Loreal She's So Matte Le Matte swatch
 
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my vacation pictures on my Instagram, but I am back. And I picked up a ton of makeup goodies there, which I will be showing you as I get through testing.
 
The L'Oreal Me Matte Lip Colour sticks have piqued my interest because I am all about the matte finish (as is seemingly everyone else), but I am still on the lookout for a comfortable matte. Colourpop comes close, as does Nars, but my lips are very very sensitive to dryness even with proper moisture and prep. Still, I am a sucker and picked up the Le Matte color in She's So Matte ($9.99), which is a muted, very slightly brown-toned pink.
 
Loreal She's So Matte Le Matte swatch
 The stick is a very thin, twist up, domed lip crayon, which makes application a breeze. There is no tugging or pulling upon application. 


It does emphasize lip lines, as do most mattes. It wore very well for about 4 hours through talking and food/drinks. It was mildly uncomfortable after the first hour, but not so much that I wanted to claw my lips off. It played well with Chapstick brand balm as well as Jack Black balm. Neither took away the color, but the matteness will dissapear with any balm application.

Loreal She's So Matte Le Matte swatch
 
What I do absolutly love about this product is that it stains! I had the most gorgeous stain still on my lips the morning after I wore it, and it continued to hold strong for a few hours more. This product does not claim to stain, but it was a nice surprise!

Overall, I probably won't be picking up another color of these because I don't see another that I HAVE to have, but as far as mattes go, this is wearable and the stain makes this a great lip to wear for going out. It fades evenly and color sticks around.

Have you tried these? Thoughts?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Next Stop Adventure: June Birchbox

Hey Pandas!

I took advantage of the offer to get a Birchbox for only $1.29 including shipping, so I thought it was a great deal to try out this subscription service again. I was with Birchbox a few years ago but wasn't impressed. Was I this time around?

June 2015 Birchbox
The theme of the June Birchbox was "Next Stop: Adventure" and is full of summer products. I received 6 items that I will take you through.

Vasanti BrightenUp!: The full size retails for $34, making this 20g size worth roughly $5.60. This is a microdermabrasion scrub that has a very nice texture and is 99% natural, paraben and sulfate free.

Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm: Full size is $38, so this tube is worth about $3.80 (.17oz). There is really only enough in here for a few uses and it comes out as clear beads that self-adjust on the skin. It is supposed to be gentle enough to sleep in while providing sheer coverage and fighting signs of aging. Last time I checked, I don't need coverage while I sleep!

Coastal Scents Revealed 3: The full size palette is worth $19.95 and this little sample is worth about $1.50. There is a matte brown, a gold, a deep rose, and a nude but I find the pigmentation sorely lacking. I've heard good things about this palette so maybe the sample formula is different?

Marcelle Waterproof Liner: Full size is $11 and this is over half size worth $6. The shade I got is a matte navy with an odd smattering of sparkle here and there. A little patchy but passed a waterproof test!

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37: The full size here is $45 making this sample worth $6 in theory. But I feel it is mostly full of air! This was the sample I was most looking forward to as I am always looking for eye creams with SPF and it is nice so far.

Bonus: Emi Jay Hair Tie: A pack of 5 is $13, making one worth $2.60. No way would I pay that much for a piece of colored elastic but hey, it was a nice freebie!

Total value: $25.50!

Overall, I got a lot of product for that $1.29, but I did end up cancelling my subscription. For $10 I am still not that impressed! Haha, call me crazy, but if I felt the samples were even worth the price (had that amount of product instead of air), I would be more inclined to stay. Did you get a Birchbox this month? Have you tried any of these products?
 
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