LUSH Chilli Tingle review, photos, swatches

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While getting ready to review Chilli Tingle, I learned three extremely important things, and one less important thing:
  1. When flashing a lip swatch, do not, under any circumstances, forget to close your eyes.
  2. In particular, do not accidentally look right at your camera’s flash when it happens.
  3. Because that fucker is bright and it will burn itself onto your retinas for the next five to ten minutes. Do not, under any circumstances, be fooled by the innocuous appearance of your built-in flash.

As for the less-important-but-more relevant thing, I also learned that:

  1. I hate the smell of chilli.

The product: LUSH Lip Tint in Chilli Tingle

In case you hadn’t already figured it out for yourself, I’m not exactly Chilli Tingle‘s biggest fan. But, of course, that’s just me being ridiculous – it’s simply not what I’d expected. The product itself, however, really isn’t actually half-bad!

My initial reaction to this lip tint was huh, cool – you don’t see chilli in lip products too often, you know? The market’s mainly just full of peppermint and cocoa butter and vanilla and shea. While Chilli Tingle certainly is interesting, though, I should probably have thought about the fact that I hate chilli (and orange lip products, actually) before giving it a go.

(Yes, alright, you can take a moment to laugh at me.)

(Okay, moment’s over, stop it!)

Chilli Tingle Lip Tint, swatched

With the dry texture of this Lip Tint, I find that I have to put quite a bit of it on when I wear it – too sheer of a layer and it goes rather patchy, clinging to dry patches and otherwise just sliding about. With the amount that I have to wear, the resulting colour is a lot more full-on than I had anticipated: instead of a sheer coral, it’s more of a medium-opaque orange-red.

For beauty junkie with normal (rather than, erm, extremely dry) lips, though, and for lovers of orange lip products? I would definitely recommend giving this a go. There’s way more pigment in this product than you’d think, and the colour wears for quite a long time (especially for a “tint”!)

Swatched L-R: LUSH Lip Tint Chilli Tingle, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Delirium, Annabelle Volumelip gloss in So Sanguine.

The verdict?

Steer clear of Chilli Tingle if (duh) you’re not a fan of chilli or orange lip colours, and/or if you have dry, sensitive lips. (Sometimes I think I need to have my brain checked out. Are you sure all of this perfume-sniffing hasn’t damaged my frontal lobe?)

However, if you’re looking for a natural (and we mean this in terms of production and ingredients, not colour) orange lip colour, don’t miss it! Just – make sure to think of it like a lip colour, not a lip balm, which was one of the many, many mistakes I made while writing this review. Remember to layer it on (too little product and it’ll shift around) and you should be good to go.

Ingredients, a full-face swatch, and another photo » | A second year for this beauty-based initiative

Monday, November 28, 2011

I keep forgetting to post this, but – it’s here now! Hurray! has just opened for its second year of auctions, and it’s looking just as good (or maybe even better) than last year. Bloggers and brands have teamed up with the site to raise funds for Doctors Without Boarders, donating items to be bid on from now until December 12th.

So – get your bid on, my dears! At the very least, have a look around; there are a ton of great buys (and LE items) to be snapped up ;)

Not sure where to start?

Here are a few of the items at the top of my lust list…

P.S. Worldwide shipping is free on all items, so non-US beauties need not shy away!

Back to your roots: a random violet EOTD

It occurred to me that I haven’t done a violet eye look recently, which – well, I mean, seriously? I feel like I’ve accidentally broken one of the key rules of engagement for real life.

Anyhow. Just a simple, wearable violet eye look for you today. Clinique Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia (of course) as the base, Lancome Angora eyeshadow in the inner corner, Korres Plum for most of the colour. Plus, my secret to any violet smokey eye – just a tiny, tiny bit of Make Up For Ever 92, buffed overtop with a fluffy blending brush and feather-light movements. I’ll have to do a before/after with it one of these days; a little bit of 92 makes so much of a difference.

Finish with black liner smudged into the upper lashline (probably L’Oreal HiP Creme liner, just because I’m attempting to use mine up) & Imju Fiberwig (which I adore) on the lashes themselves. Keep reading »

Clarins Gloss Prodige: Spring 2012

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Can it be next Spring right now, please? Pretty please?

(And on that note – I could spend a ridiculous amount of time watching Clarins videos. They’re just so well-done! I love the light, upbeat instrumentals in the background; the models–what amazing complexions, good lord!–they’ve chosen; the not-too-bright but not-too-dark way they’ve filmed them. Well worth a watch, if you have the time.)

Six lip shots to paint a picture of this love | theBalm “Prom Queen” Stainiac review, swatches

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Have a bit of a re-review for you today, rather than an… actual review. Of, um, new things. That we haven’t already covered to death. (Stay with me, I promise this’ll start making more sense in just a sec.) Anyhow, I’ve been wearing theBalm Stainiac more or less every other day, for the past few months, and I wanted to give it a re-review in time for this weekend’s US sales! So, um, yes.

The product: theBalm Stainiac cheek and lip stain in Prom Queen. (Which, incidentally, is phenomenal on the lips but only sort-of-okay on the cheeks.)

I fall in and out of love with lip products on a pretty frequent basis, so when I find something that I actually stick to, through multiple seasons? It’s a pretty big deal.

Prom Queen, described as a “light rosy pink,” gives just the perfect natural flush of colour to my lips. It looks rather coral in the tube, and even in the swatch, but for whatever reason – it really doesn’t read coral on my lips. The colour is very much just an intensification of my natural lip colour, and it’s by and far the most natural-looking lip product I own, both in the shade and the bare-lip finish.

theBalm Stainiac swatch: Prom Queen on dry, bare lips

With the number of stains on the market today, I guess the most important part of this review is not how is the formula? but, rather, how does the formula stack up?

In short: it stacks up well. Very, very well.

Of all the lip stains I’ve tried, be them gel or liquid or cream, this one measures up the best in all categories. There’s no flavour, scent, dryness, or stickiness in the resulting colour; it’s never a fight against the clock to get it on in time (I accredit both the formula and the the doe-foot applicator for this one); and, of course, the colour looks really natural – not overly bright, like many lip stains.

Oh. And did I mention: it barely catches on my dry bits, and fades like a watercolour? That is: it fades in the centre first, of course, but does so in a very ombré sort of manner. There’s never a hard line of demarcation, and it can bet me from breakfast to lunch without touchups, no problem.

L: theBalm Prom Queen only // R: theBalm Prom Queen + Annabelle Coralicious (seen also in: this pink lip comb)

How to apply

(or, “if you’re not doing it this way, you’re not allowed to bitch about the results!!“)

To start, I’ll 1. exfoliate my lips, making sure they’re free of any lip balm or gloss. Then, I’ll 2. carefully apply a layer of product with the doe-foot applicator. After maybe 10-20 seconds, I’ll 3. take a damp q-tip over the entire lip area. It picks up a lot of the colour, yeah, but it’s integral in 4. leaving you with an incredibly even, long-wearing wash of believable colour.

To finish the lip, 5. top with some lip balm, sheer lip stick, or gloss (petroleum-free works best to keep the colour on), and you’re good to go. (The formula isn’t stripping, but it’s like having bare lips! You’ll want something on them, for sure.)

theBalm Staniac in Prom Queen + Annabelle Volumelip gloss in Coralicious

A few last-minute notes…

Stainiac usually retails for $17US, but theBalm is doing 40% off sitewide for Black Friday. Use code BLACKFRIDAY from 9AM PST to 11:59 PST to pick up your Prom Queen for a measly $10.20. That’s practically drugstore prices, people! (Actually, in Canada, I’m pretty sure we have some drugstore lipstains that cost more than that.)

The ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol. (+/- pigments and dyes)

(P.S. Check out this theBalm Stainiac review for more photos, swatches, plus my initial impressions!)

Two midweek launch rambles

(To keep you occupied while I try desperately to get my arse in gear and finish a post with actual!content in the meantime…)

Essie, at Nordstrom

No real reason for including this one. I just really, really like that they’ve sorted them into such easily-accessible colour families and wanted to share :P (Oh, hello there, OCD! I didn’t see you there. OCD, meet theNotice’s readers. Readers, please meet my OCD.)

Gareth Pugh x MAC

This year’s MAC Holiday collection features the dark, lacquered colours and slightly “off” vibe typical to fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s collections. To me, Pugh’s work feels rather like a very structural interpretation of the dominatrix look: clean, unapproachable lines and a sort of space-punk atmosphere.

The collection is (thankfully) more wearable than the runway looks, and sees the re-release of Strada, which was discontinued from the regular line a year or two back (though it is still available through PRO shops).

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