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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hourglass Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hello gentle reader.

This is more of a first impression type of thing than a full on review.

Hourglass Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is an Hourglass product I am not so sure about. Do I love it? Do I not? I don't know...

I bought this teeny-tiny luxe looking travel sized tube (I love that even the minis have gorgeous packaging!) of the Hourglass Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick when I placed a recent Sephora order. I have read a lot of reviews and I needed to try it so I bought the mini. It was only ten dollars and I could choose between Icon, their signature red and Canvas, a soft, rose beige.

Inside the tube is a velvety, extremely flexible elongated applicator. It can apply a very precise line and also fill in the lips quickly and smoothly. Once I got the feel for it, I really liked it.

A quick swatch of the Hourglass Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. It is a thick, creamy smooth, densely pigmented formula that starts out glossy and dries down matte. While it dries quickly enough that you aren't sitting around all day, waiting for it to set, there is plenty of time to work with it before it does. 

On my lips you can see the colour and finish better than the swatch. I applied this thicker, at first and it was just too heavy and sticky. I didn't like how it looked or felt so I blotted off the excess and used my finger to smooth and even it out and once it set, I liked it much better. 

The finish is matte and velvety soft, like a young rose petal. It remains flexible and fairly comfortable. There is a tiny bit of tack when I press my lips together but it doesn't stick, grab or pull apart. It is definitely different. The texture and wear are something to which I am not at all accustomed but it is certainly not unpleasant. I love that this lipstick, once in place doesn't move. It barely transfers, it doesn't run up into the little lines around my lips, I don't have to worry about it. 

Removal is... A bit of a bear. I used a makeup remover wipe to take off the bulk of the colour then I used some balm and a Q-Tip to finish cleaning off my lips to ready them for another lippie. 

I really like Canvas. I think that it works with my skin tone. The formula is densely pigmented enough to stand up against my naturally red lips, even when applied in a very thin layer. I love that it doesn't move or crawl all over my face. I need to wear it more to determine if I am going to want a full size tube. We'll see. So far, I like but I am happy that I am working with a mini, at this point. I'm still not sure if I want to commit to a full size. 

Have you tried the Hourglass Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick? What do you think of it? If you would like to grab one to try, they have a full sized tube available in nine beautiful shades for $28.00 and the mini travel sized tube available in two shades for $10.00. I am seriously tempted to pick up the mini in Icon, next time. That red... It's calling my name. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bargain Beauty Find! Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner

Hello gentle reader.

As you probably know, I am fifty. Yep. Fifty.

One lovely thing about getting older is all of the wonderful lines and wrinkles that come with the passage of time. Especially those adorable, tiny vertical lines that radiate out from your lips... Those are simply the best! They sure make wearing lip products, especially gloss and dark lipstick just so super fun. There is nothing like applying your lippie and looking in the mirror an hour or so later to see it climbing off of your lips, into those lines and forming a lippie-coloured halo around your mouth. Sooo attractive! Sooo youthful!

Happily, there is a product that can help. Clear barrier lip liner pencils are a boon to us 40 - 50+ somethings. They help to corral your lip colour and keep it from crawling all over your face. Today, I wish to share my current favorite barrier pencil, the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner. This five dollar wonder is available from the Milani website and wherever you buy Milani in your area.

The packaging is bare bones drugstore card and blister pack. The pencil is a basic, wood pencil painted in glossy black and trimmed and printed in gold. My only gripe with this pencil is that it has to be sharpened. I hate having to waste perfectly good product in the process of sharpening a pencil! And as this is a soft pencil, it requires frequent sharpening.

The Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner is a soft, white, waxy pencil that applies clear, forming a nearly invisible barrier or "dam" around the lip line to help fill in those tiny lines and hold lip colour in place.

This pencil can also be applied all over the lips as a primer to help lip colour last a little longer. I don't use it in this capacity as my lips don't like it. But, they are a picky pain in my ass, so don't listen to them. Try it for yourself.

As you can see in this macro shot, my lips were pretty heavily lined with this pencil and it is barely visible. You can't see it at all at a casual distance. I am wearing an intensely pigmented lip paint in this photograph and it had been on for about an hour or so when I snapped this shot. There is only the teeniest bit of bleed, at my cupid's bow on one side but for the most part, it didn't jump the barrier and slither all over the place.

I have found that I get the best result if I stretch my lips into a wide, horizontal "smile" then draw the liner just outside my vermilion line, pressing a bit to get it into those lovely little lines of mine then gently pat-pat-pat to kind of set it into place. Then I go over it, again. I relax my mouth, apply my lip colour and if it is a very intense shade, like the lip paint above, I'll run over the line one more time, just to be safe. I will often carry this with me when out and about to refresh and keep my lip line clean and crisp. Getting older is a lot of work, gentle reader.

I like the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner. I have been through a couple of them and will continue to buy them as long as Milani makes them. They are, at only five dollars a piece, a terrific Bargain Beauty Find.

Have you tried the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner? What did you think of it? Do you have a tried and true method to prevent lip colour bleed? Please do tell.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Ipsy Bag

Hello gentle reader.

So... My November Ipsy Bag.

This month's theme is Girl Meets Glitter. Did this girl meet glitter in her Ipsy bag?

Observe. Oh, I got that glittery vinyl bag... I don't hate it. It's actually super sparkly in the right light.

Inside I had a tiny tube of  Sea Rx Skincare Birchsap Moisture Lotion. It was okay... Smelled lovely and was surprisingly moisturizing. My hands liked it. Sadly, there was only about three uses in that teeny-tiny tube. At $32.00 for a full size, I'll stick to my tried and true Curel.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray. This is a purse size can. It's not too bad. I like a lightweight, non sticky, non gunky hairspray that is either scent free or smells good. This one stacks up. I tossed the can in my handbag for windy day emergency hair fixes. I won't buy the full size, I love my old faithful.

Starlooks Gem Pencil Eye Liner Pencil in Ultra Olive. I was so excited about this shimmery, golden olive liner pencil. It is so smooth, creamy and it applies a beautiful line nearly effortlessly. Tragically, it doesn't set and transfers badly. I have hooded eyes, I can't have a liner that transfers. I'm really bummed about this one.

J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter. Boy, do I like the colour of this lippie! It is a cool, juicy pink-berry red. This stuff needs to be applied extremely carefully, with a brush. Don't put on too much or it will travel all over your face! I also used my barrier pencil with this to keep it corralled. I wore it for about an hour, it didn't really jump my clear liner and it didn't feel very drying. It stains lips and skin and it wrecked my favorite concealer brush. Now lip brush. This full sized tube will last a long, long, long time!

 IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Natural Medium. When I saw the box, I was highly annoyed. I thought for sure it would be way too dark from the shade indicator on the box but it turned out to be the right shade to work with my fair skin and to help further correct my Dark Circles From Hell. I will most likely buy this in the full size, once this travel size tube is gone.

Swatches of the IT concealer, the Starlooks liner and the J Cat Lip Paint.

J Cat Lip Paint in Mad Splatter lip swatch. Applied very precisely and with a light hand.

I am not supah-thrilled with this Ipsy bag... Not totally pissed at it. I do feel let down by Ipsy's shilling. They Instagram and Facebook photos of Ipsy bags with Laura Mercier, Nicole by OPI polish and other pretties I would love but I get... This. I seem to be on the Boring Bag List and I can't get off of it, no matter what reviews I give or how I tweak my preferences. I think I'm going to cancel. I'm over it. Maybe I'll get the December bag. I don't know. I have a few days to decide before the next one is ready to go.

If you want to try Ipsy, sign up is free, the bags are ten dollars a month, shipping is free of charge. If you do sign up, they will put you on a wait list. There should be a link to an option to get off the wait list, right away. No sense waiting around for your stuff. I just hope that you do better than I have.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Are you happy with the contents? Over it, as I am? Please do tell.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easy Holiday Glamour with Esqido Little Black Lashes

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Hello gentle reader.

The holiday season is upon us. The hustle, the hurry. Shopping, cooking, baking, parties and gatherings. The whirl can be overwhelming. In the midst of the busy days and festive evenings, we want to look our very best. My favorite holiday makeup look is a classic, neutral eye paired with a great red lip. It's a look that works for just about everyone and is easy to pull off. Especially when you add beautiful, natural looking false eye lashes as a finishing touch.

Esquido Mink Collection false lashes are some of the most luxurious, natural looking false lashes on the market. Fashioned from naturally shed mink hairs affixed to soft, pure cotton bands, these lashes are long lasting; they are made to be worn again and again, up to twenty-five times with proper care and storage. Lightweight and soft, they are comfortable enough to wear all day or all night long.

Esqido lashes come to you in a lightweight snake skin look paperboard presentation box with a flip top lid that has a magnetic closure.

Inside, the ESQIDO mink eye lashes rest securely on their plastic mounts. I received the Little Black Lash to try. These are Esqido's most natural looking false lashes and, I think my favorites.

I followed the application instructions after watching a few YouTube videos to refresh my lash application know how. I suppose I need to confess here that it has been a long while since I last wore false lashes and the experience wasn't the happiest one... Which was probably why I have been avoiding them, since.

I found these lashes to be easy to work with. The bands are soft and flexible but not floppy, they went on without too much drama or fuss. Removal wasn't bad, I used a Precision Tip Q-Tip with eye makeup remover on it and they came right off. Cleaning the glue off was a bit of a pain but not too bad. I lost a few lashes in that process. I need to be a little more careful, next time I use these, as I want them to last the maximum number of uses possible.

Once I had them cleaned off and sanitized with a little alcohol on the bands, I let them dry and tucked them securely back in their little case and put them away. I'm already trying to decide when I'm going to next wear them.

My eyes, with no false lashes. Just a generous coat of mascara. I have pretty respectable lashes, not outrageous but not too bad. Having hooded eyes really overshadows them.

With Esqido Little Black Lashes. I love how these lashes add a bit more length, a bit of volume but they aren't "too much." My application is a bit off. I did okay with the right lash but the left ended up a little too far over toward the outside corner of my eye. But it isn't drastic. I think, for not having handled lashes for so long, I didn't do too bad a job. I'll get better with more practice.

Full face, no lashes. #wethairdon'tcare My eye look is from my Urban Decay Vice 3 palette. On my cheeks, Nars Final Cut, lip colour is Hourglass Canvass.

You think I'm going to... Cook? Yeah. Right. Full face with the Little Black Lashes and I changed my lip colour to Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Pomegranate. Hair dry, up in an easy twist anchored with some old favorite hair sticks. With simple, elegant jewelry, all I need do is change my outfit and I am ready for anything.

I just love the way that these lashes look! They give me the extra lash oomph I crave but they aren't overwhelming. Not too long or too thick. Huge lashes just aren't my personal style. I love how they look on other people but on me, I feel that they are ridiculous. The Esqido Little Black Lash is exactly what I like. Have I mentioned how soft these lashes are? They are. Soft. The hairs feel almost as soft as my own natural lashes. They are not stiff or staring and while they have a natural gloss, they are not artificially shiny or "doll lash" like.

Something else I like about this particular style is that I can wear them with my glasses and don't have any annoying bumping and swishing up against the lenses.

Okay, let's talk price. At $34.00 these lashes are not inexpensive. I get that they may be a bit spendy for everyday wear. But for a special occasion; a wedding, a holiday get together, an anniversary dinner or a night out with your special someone, these lashes will make you look and feel beautiful and special. They are, in my opinion, worth the splurge. I would definitely treat myself to a new pair, when these are past their life cycle. I don't wear lashes often so they will last me a long time. And, if I break it down, these lashes cost just $1.36 per wearing, if they last the full twenty-five uses. So really, the price is pretty reasonable.

You can buy Esqido Mink Collection Lashes here. Styles range in length and thickness from the subtle, elegant Little Black Lash for $34.00 to the full on glamazon Amp it Up for $42.00. There is a style to suit every false lash lover and every occasion.

You can follow Esqido on their social networks: Like them on Facebook, follow on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Google+.

Have you tried the Esqido Little Black Lash? Any other Esqido lash style? Think that you might? Which is your favorite? Please share.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Review

Hello gentle reader.

I received a sample jar of the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask in a recent Ipsy bag and I gave it a go. I thought that I'd share my thoughts on this deep conditioner with you.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is packaged in a 5.25 ounce jar and retails for $26.00 on their website.

What Briogeo says about their deep conditioning mask:

Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin.  This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.  
Who it's for:  Those suffering from dry, damaged, breaking or lifeless hair, often caused by chemical or color treatments, heat tools, or climate changes.
What it does:  Delivers an optimal blend of transformative hair nutrients, such as b-vitamin complex, rosehip & avocado oils, collagen, and silk to restore and replenish damaged hair to a shiny, healthy & lustrous state.
In a blind clinical trial study:

- 80% of women reported a noticeable improvement in the hydration of their hair
- 90% of women reported they would use the product in the future or recommend it to a friend

Cruelty-free. Gluten-free.

What I say:

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is a thick cream conditioner that didn't spread easily or smoothly through my hair. It took the entire contents of the one ounce sample jar to evenly coat my just below shoulder length, no so thick hair. Once my hair was coated, I ran my fingers through it and encountered a lot of resistance. There was just no slip with this mask in my hair. I clipped my hair up, saw to the remainder of my showerly duties, leaving it in a good while then rinsed. This conditioner rinses quickly and easily.

After rinsing, my hair didn't feel sleek or slippy, wet comb out was very poor. My hair felt very grabby and tangly. No bueno! For a chemical blonde, grabbing and tugging leads to splitting and breakage. I let my hair air dry with no leave in or other treatments. My hair dried pouffy, tangly, straw like and staring. There was some shine near the crown, where my hair is less damaged but there was absolutely no improvement in the overall condition or feel of my hair. 

This mask didn't work for me. I had hope that it would be great but sadly, my hair just didn't like it. 

I know that a lot of people absolutely adore this deep conditioner. I have read lots of rave reviews. If you would like to try it for your yourself, you can find Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask on their website. Briogeo will be launching with Sephora, soon, so I imagine that you'll be able to pick it up in their stores, too. 

Do you use and love this deep conditioner? Is there a deep conditioner that you love that I need to try? Please do tell. I like to try new things. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Zoya Pixie Dust ~ Vega

Hello gentle reader.

Sometimes I just need to cover my nails with sparkle. Zoya Vega, one of their Pixie Dust polishes supplies plenty of that much desired sparkle with that matte factor that I have grown to enjoy. These polishes look like the surface of raw granite, broken open and exposed. That gritty quality, that sparkle that rises when the light hits it just right, that potential for polished, gleaming perfection suspended in a moment.

Zoya Vega is a slightly greyed blue with a hint of green. There are different size glitters in that sandy, dries matte base. The formula, while a bit grainy and oddly dry in a funny way none the less applies amazingly easily. Have plenty of the polish on the brush and it will sit down where it is placed, move up the nails without running, pooling or flooding the cuticles. This polish can drag, if overworked. Be deft applying each coat, wait a minute or two in between and it comes out beautifully. I had a perfect, uniform finish in two coats. I did little cleanup, thanks to how easily this polish applies.

Dry time isn't too bad. This polish dries to the touch fairly swiftly but it is still soft and vulnerable to marring until it cures. As I learned when I shot the above photograph and killed my thumbnail dragging it against one of my lamps. Want to know the good thing about polish like this? If you muck it up, it's easy to repair! I just pushed the polish back into place and smoothed it as best I could, grabbed the bottle, filled in a tiny bald spot, let it dry. Once or twice as the nail dried, I further smoothed the area, as it was a tad bumpy. I'm looking at my thumb nail right now and the only reason I can see the repair site is because I know precisely where it is.

I usually get several days out of Zoya Pixie Dust polishes before my nails decide that they have had enough and it starts to chip. That's fine, with me. By then, I'm about ready for a polish change, anyway.

Zoya Vega is available from the Zoya website and other retailers that carry Zoya polish.

Have you tried Zoya Vega or any other Pixie Dust polishes? How do you like them? What is your fave? Please do tell.