June 24, 2012

Lips & Tips (the parody edition)

A couple of days ago, Larie of Eye Heart It posted about summer's "new" trend of matching your makeup. Companies like MAC have been attempting to make it even easier by creating matching sets (Fashion Sets in MAC's case) of lip and nail products. Larie shows us, though, that you can easily (and imo more successfully since half of the MAC sets don't even match...) do this using lip and nail colors you probably already have at home.

I've never been one to get too matchy matchy with my nails and face. I like my fingers and toes to match and sometimes I will make my nails OR my makeup match a certain outfit I picked out, but more than that is just too... I don't even know. That said, I couldn't pass up Larie asking us about our own lips and tips combos. Here is my only and very favorite one:

China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard + Kryolan Aquacolor in UV Green

So there you have it folks, the only time I will intentionally match my lips and nails. It may happen by chance in the future, but never so awesome as this.

June 18, 2012

The Mascara Chronicles (part 11)

There are some mascaras out there that I have been really antsy to try, but they never seem to be available in mini/sample size. It's really senseless for me to buy the full sizes if I'm going to be "trialing" so many, but sometimes it's hard to resist. That's why I was super excited when Sephora had a 500 point perk of an entire Lancome kit for eyes (shadow, liner, mascara and remover) as it gave me one of my lemmings in mini-form - Lancome Hypnose Drama.

The Manufacturer Claims:

Hypn├┤se Drama creates full body, high-volume lashes in a single stroke. The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. It works magic on tiny lashes. Even dramatizes corner lashes other brushes miss—or worse, mess.

The Product:

The tube for this mascara is "normal" looking, though the full-size comes in a more fun curvy tube. The lettering on mine wore off super fast, I can't even read any words on mine now (I took these pictures about a week ago) The brush is pretty cool, it's this helix-type deal which os course wouldn't photograph to save my life. 

The application for this one was a little tricky. The brush picked up too much product and caused a lot of clumping. After wiping off some on the top of the tube, I was able to brush through the mess and it looked pretty decent. I didn't find my lashes to be be overly thick or long looking. 

For this one I decided to do a close-up after my full day of wear. I don't see any flaking, but I am still seeing the clumps I thought I got out in the morning brush-through. The color is still decent, though, no real fading. 

My Conclusion:

This one is a total miss for me. It's not hypnotizing, not dramatic and it is certainly not a single-stroke product like the manufacturer claims. I was totally bummed because I have been wanting to try this mascara for a while now. As always, though, your experience may differ. You can get the full-size of this mascara at Sephora for $26 or through Lancome for the same price.  

June 9, 2012

Oats are for faces

I've been getting back into more LUSH products lately (I think it's a summer thing for me) and I thought I would share a good one since my last official post about them was a little on the negative side.

I've talked about a couple LUSH face masks in the past, but today I want to share with you my very very very favorite one. I wish I could link you to an official page, but they don't actually tell you about the masks on the LUSH website because they are considered "fresh" and can't be shipped. You're supposed to refrigerate them always (a rep told me once that you should get it home and in the fridge within 12 hours, so don't freak if you're at the mall a couple of hours with it) and use them within a couple of weeks. You'll just have to work with my own account of the wonderfulness that is the LUSH Oatfix mask.

Unfortunately I can't share all of the ingredients with you because some smart guy slapped the expiration sticker over half of them, lol. It's basically a moisturizing mask of oats and banana, though. I can also see the worlds Vanilla and Almond peeking out from beneath the sticker. The smell is more oatmeal cookie dough than banana bread. Seriously this stuff smells BETTER than when I bake cookies. The top of the jar says, "A delicious blend of bananas, vanilla and oats to cleanse, soften and moisturize dry and sensitive skin. Apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes and rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled." 

I'm personally really confused what my skin is. It's not really oily, not really dry. It's certainly not normal/ideal. I have huge pores. I get breakouts sometimes, but not so much that it's an acne problem. I get dry flakies around my nose a lot. I have a lot of red, presumably both because of my paleness and inherited from my mom who has rosacia. My skin isn't particularly sensitive, though I have found a few things don't agree with it. I don't find products from any certain skin spectrum are more effective. I have things for both oily and dry skin in my arsenal and have my best results keeping things mixed like that. I tell you all this because it's hard for me to tell you what the products I use are good for and what aspects of your own skin needs they might properly address.

In the case of Oatfix, this is obviously being marketed as a moisturizing mask. When I am done using it, I definitely can feel some extra moisture on my skin. It will also give a little exfoliation if you rub it while rinsing. I'll be honest, though, I mostly just use it because it smells delicious. 

It does not taste as delicious as it smells. Not at all. If good smells make you need to eat something, have some cookies on hand when wearing this mask. 

I think the masks sell for something like $6, but I'm not certain. I always get mine free for turning in 5 black pots of other various used-up LUSH items. I actually had enough empties this past trip that I got 2 free masks (one for me and one for Kristen) You get a decent amount in each pot, though, enough for several uses. I never use mine up within the expiration time. My own thoughts on that? Same as with makeup. You need to know the texture and smell if your items. They don't magically turn bad on the last day of expiration. Some people are sticklers for such things, but I'm a stickler for not wasting money (free or not!)