Bouqet of roses (Or maybe just rose-stained lips)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Note – this review is crazy old, so the photos aren’t of my “current standards” :P Sorry about that!

Product:
Benefit’s BeneTint lip stain.
Physical properties: (That’s right. I’m bringing you back… all the way back to when you were ten and sitting in Science class, learning irrelevant facts about rocks and shit.) Great smell – just like roses! However, despite the rose smell, the taste is less than rosy – in fact, this stain tastes terrible if it’s wet, but it’s not like we regularly lick our lips before our stains dry (it was ONE time! One!) And when they said “liquid stain”? They meant it. This is as thin as water!

Colour: Pretty good payoff; see below. It’s pretty, but I’d like more blue in a stain for my cool-toned skin.Ease of use: Works well on lips (see below, but keep in mind that this was taken is some pretty wacky lighting that makes my skin look very…yellow) but not so well on cheeks. I can’t figure out how to make it stain my cheeks; all I end up with are very red fingertips (bonus points for still being there, though, about four hours after my failed attempt to use as a blush!) It’s not even a blending problem, it’s a “why won’t you go on at all?!” problem. Maybe it blends too well?The Verdict: Worth (most of) the hype! I really like this stain; however – my search for the perfect stain continues. It is still a little too warm for me, and doesn’t really work well to stain my cheeks. That said, though, I totally understand why this is basically the most popular lip stain ever! I’m very low-maintenance through the day (surprising, I know) so this is great for someone who doesn’t want to touch up every hour :P

Aww, you’re making me blush!

Friday, May 29, 2009

I planned on posting this much later on, but figured hell, why not?! It’ll be nice for you guys to be able to compare this to Tess’ Just A Pinch review from yesterday.

Product: Tarte‘s Blushing Bride cheek stain. I have the mini of this super-hyped stick/gel blush, but fear not! It’s the same product, just with cuter packaging.The good stuff: Aside from being cute and portable, this stain definitely has other positive attributes. Like how it smells freaking fantastic! Berries? Raspberries? Plums? I’m not sure, but it’s great. It’s also — as I’ve just learned — paraben-free, and I know this will be great for my sister. Why? It’s super simple, and very easy to blend. Like a cheek stain for dummies!
One layer

The bad stuff: Though this is the perfect dark-red in the tube, I found it to show up more orange-red than the blue-red I was expecting. It’s on the sheer side, especially for a stain, but again: that’s definitely a positive for a makeup newbie! The one thing that really turned me off this product, though, is that it’s incredibly sticky. Even when given plenty of time to set, it left a tacky finish.

Two layers — all that “dewiness” is making it super sticky!


The verdict? Honestly, in my opinion, this product isn’t worth the hype. It’s overpriced at $28/tube, and I only wear it if I’ll be layering another blusher on top of it (the stickiness is great for picking up powder pigments.) I’d definitely give it a better rating if it was less sticky and more pigmented, but alas! it is not.
It takes a LOT of setting powder to stop the stickiness, toning down the already sheer colour.


However: if you have the cash, you’re allergic to parabens and want to try a gel blush, or if you’re always on the go, this would still be a good thing to consider! It’s so easy to toss in your bag or apply quickly, as you just need your fingers – but you’ll have to set it, or live with the stickiness. And with eleven shades (plus their berrylicious, natural beauty, and a perfect whirled versions) you’ll definitely be able to find the right colour for you!

Just a note: like most cream blushers (MAC’s Just A Pinch and Blushcremes have been said to do this a well, though my Lancome cream blusher doesn’t!) this will sweat a little. Just wipe it off and continue on your way — it’s not a bad thing, it just is!

Worth the Hype?

Friday, May 2, 2008

That was the last post in the Worth the Hype? series. (click on the link to see them all) I hope you liked!

Now, I would like to say that I wrote those posts because I enjoyed it. And it would be true, because I did. But why did I start? I mean, I didn’t begin as a beauty blogger, I began as a personal blogger. I still am, I just…don’t want to think too much about my life right now.

Though, I’m starting to think that maybe I should. So, I’m off to go write that, and I’ll post it tomorrow.

Worth the Hype? Vaseline

Yes! Vaseline is your cure-all beauty product, it is your holy grail! Good ‘ol pure petroleum jelly has been around for years, and for good reason. This has fulfilled every promise 8-hour has made and has come short upon, and more.

But what can you do with this super-cheap holy grail? (Which can be even cheaper, by buying a drugstore brand, which is literally the same! …er, just don’t buy scented. Remember, some of the come smelling like baby powder!)

  • Make lipgloss. Like, actually. I have a tutorial (my first!) in the works, but I have to get my act together.
  • Use it, pure, as a nice, shiny, clear gloss. Moisturising as hell, and super-cheap, not to mention non-sticky!
  • Put it on cuts to help heal them.
  • Slather it onto dry elbows and knees to plump ‘em full of moisture.
  • Rub into hands, cuticles, and feet – put on cotton socks/gloves, go to sleep, and wake up soft as a baby!
  • Use as a clear mascara or brow gel.
  • Gloss eyelids – not recommended, gets pretty gross pretty fast.
  • Smooth on a thin layer to give sheen to cheekbones, accentuating them…
  • …or to give a gloss on your shin bone, making calves look more toned and supermodel-like!
  • Put on pre-home-dye-job to help form a barrier between your skin and the dye, keeping you clean and making it easy to wipe off the messy dye.
  • Use as a cuticle balm.
  • Heap on your lips to moisturise them
  • Feed super-dry skin. It’s said that it won’t clog pores, to which I cannot support or rebut, but it does feel gross!
  • Remove makeup

Wow! I think I’m done – anyhow, what my point is, is that it’s great. Please do share any other Vaseline tips in the comments!

The verdict: A resounding “Worth the hype”!

Worth the Hype? 8-hour

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Elizabeth Arden‘s Eight Hour Cream is often called the “cure-all”, and is advertised as so.

However, I hate it. I mean, sure, it packs a punch. But it also packs a pungent odour! It’s not the type of smell to fade, either – it’ll hang around for as long as it moisturises, I promise you that! It is a hardcore moisturiser, but with the department store prices and the aformentioned smell? Not for me!

A great alternative to this would be Vaseline – but hey, we’ll get into that later.

The verdict: Not worth the hype.

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