Saturday, October 18, 2014

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains in 030 Milan Moment and 005 Parisian Passion

Some months ago, I went through an anti-Revlon phase and decided not to get any more drugstore lip stuff. So, when Revlon Canada extended an invitation for the launch of these new ColorStay Moisture Stains, I was all, 'NAW' like a noble idiot. And now here I am with two that I couldn't help but to pick up on a sale, because REGRETS and ADDICTION. Can you believe it's not actually the formula that enticed me but the weirdly angular square packaging? They just stack so neatly and there's none of that silly lolling about on the makeup counter. Compulsive issues, I have a few.

I think you can easily guess which of these is just a mere "moment" and which is the "passion." Shade names often make me snort, especially the alliterative sort. I do like the travel-inspired theme though.



Reductionista-friendly shades here, my friends. An orange-peach and plum-wine. If the formula appears to be on the goopy side, it's because IT IS. But stay with me! Buuuuuut.

Not so goopy on the lips in the end, although that takes a little practice to achieve. And by "practice" I mean that you just stroke the applicator back and forth until desired evenness results. These have a visibly squishy texture that at first alarmed me because I thought that meant they were going to glide around all over the face, but they do sort of "set" on the lips after a while. It's best if you don't press your lips together again after the product has been evened out. They feel like a cool jelly at first, not unlike the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks that everyone has now forgotten about. In real life, colours are much more vibrant than they appear in these pictures, and they wear comfortably for hours between meals and snacks. (I like to remove products from my lips before chowing down and just reapply after the meal. Or at the least, blot down any excess first.) Of the two, Parisian Passion leaves a nice stain while Milan Moment just comes off like any old regular gloss. I can pretend that I've been passionately drinking red wine all day in France and had just hopped over to Milan for a moment, ha!

I was kind of surprised by how much I ended up liking these Moisture Stains. They're a little tricky but interesting, and I like the colour range that's available. I recently received Stockholm Chic, which is nice, and have my eye on India Intrigue next (see it on the lovely Lena of Lenallure). I was also a little obsessed with Cannes Crush for a while after seeing it on Janine of BEAUTYGEEKS, but the entire world also seems obsessed with that particular shade because I can't find one in any of the stores that hasn't been opened and molested. Such is life in the drugstore aisles.

These start at CAD$12.99 at Target, up to $15.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, with Rexall somewhere in between, I suppose. I think that I picked them up at $9-something on a Target sale. Do you have one? Which is your favourite shade?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More Plum Lip Colours for Fall

Because, you know, I can't help myself. Once I fall in love with a colour, I start to collect variations of it and end up with too much. Readers benefit from this madness.

So, we're in full swing of the season, trees are starting to lose leaves, scarves and socks become mandatory, that glowy summer tan is pretty much gone and you need to switch up your makeup colours. Plum lips, I tell you. PLUM LIPS. And the lipstick needn't be $30+, although I'm featuring another Hourglass option just because it's also a good one to consider for the season.

Our options here today: (1) MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Zen Rose, (2) Sonia Kashuk Moisture Luxe Tinted Lip Balm in 44 Hint of Berry, (3) MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel, and (4) Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Empress.

1. MAC Zen Rose - Arguably, it's not quite plum (or... at all), but it straddles the line between pink and purple in such an enticing way that it makes a good transition shade if you're reluctant to give up bright pink and fuchsia lips. Sheen Supreme Lipsticks basically wear like comfortable gloss on lips, so not only is the colour brightening and pretty, the formula keeps the lips rather well protected and hydrated as temperatures dip.

2. Sonia Kashuk Hint of Berry - If you're shy about sporting full-on opaque berry lips for whatever reason, picking up this Sonia Kashuk option is a great way to participate in the season without making a full commitment. The bullet looks like a ravishing shade of mulberry but the effect on lips is just a whisper of berry with plenty of shine. Personally, I think it's head and shoulders above that overrated Fresh Plum Sugar Lip Treatment that goes on patchy and visibly settles into cracks. I haven't looked at a Fresh Lip Treatment ever since I finished off Plum and actually eye their bazillion holiday sets with HORROR.

3. MAC Rebel - Classic autumn weapon. You pull this out on the days you don't want anyone to mess with you. Something about the colour just screams, "Get out of my way."

4. Hourglass Empress - Empress makes you feel like the queen of the universe the moment it's applied. If Rebel says, "Get out of my way," Empress says, "BOW, BITCHES." Hourglass Opaque Rouges are super long-lasting and will last through multiple dry meals and cup-sips. Unfortunately it does feel a bit dry on the lips, but that's to be expected from any long-wearing liquid lipstick. Depending on how much you apply and blot off, there is slight transference at the beginning but the formula fully sets and requires micellar water/makeup remover at the end of the day.

And as bonus, here's one that I don't have yet but do want: Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum.

Alyssa Miller by Danny Cardozo for Harper’s Bazaar Spain, September 2014

Won't someone please review it soon? THANKS.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Perfect Everyday Fall Lipstick: Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Nocturnal

I hate to be predictable and fall in line with standard autumnal favourites like berries, plums and wine, but those shades endure year after year for good reason. They just look so damn appealing against grey skies and complexions divested of summer tans. The best part about this sort of colour is the exaggerated "just bitten" effect and the ability to control how natural or dramatic you want it to look.

Read my review of the shade Raven, and it's clear that I'm a big fan of the formula. After eyeing Nocturnal for a while, I decided to take the plunge and do whatever it takes to make autumn an enjoyable season. If it's cold, I'll wear Nocturnal. If it's raining, I'll wear Nocturnal. If I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, I'll think of Nocturnal and drag my ass out from underneath warm, cozy blankets and go put on the war paints. (And then sometimes I'll crawl back into bed after swiping on Nocturnal, LOL.)

Described as "plum wine" by Sephora and "deep berry" by Hourglass, no matter what deliciousness it's inspired by, I find that Nocturnal is perfect for everyday wear precisely because it isn't fully opaque in one pass. I feel like lately everyone is demanding hyper-pigmented makeup that screams immediate drama, which I like well enough on certain days, but it's also nice to have easy colours that you don't have to work too hard with. Nocturnal fits the bill. I really like its versatility since the colour is easily built up to a deeper wine-stain that adds just the right amount of drama without going overboard.

I guess what Hourglass Nocturnal to me is what MAC Plumful is to a lot of others.

Speaking of MAC, I was a little anxious that it was too similar to MAC Rebel which I've grown to love fiercely. Luckily, the swatch test reveals that Rebel is a deeper reddened purple while Nocturnal maintains that slightly muted dusty rose quality. Both lipsticks are fantastic for the season. Lipsticks in general are just so wonderful.

Do you have a "go-to" plum/berry/wine shade for fall? Aubergine??? What is it?

CAD$35/USD$30. Available at Sephora and Hourglass. [I'm using an affiliate link on the blog for the first time. Don't hate me.]

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to Remove Revlon Gel Envy Nail Polishes

I keep getting blog hits from this inquiry, so it's turning into a Q&A post.


How do you remove Revlon Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel from your nails?


Any regular old nail polish remover will do. These aren't actually gel, so anything from 100% acetone to Sally Hansen to Zoya should do the job.

See my review of the Gel Envy line here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Speedy Blush Post (Dior, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Essence, MAC)

I'm thrilled to announce that the winner of my recent giveaway is none other than Emma Bovary! Emma and I have been following each other's blogs for a long time and I'm always pained to see how the Aussies are gouged when it comes to beauty selection and pricing. Congrats, Emma!

And now: blushes galore!

Dior DiorBlush Cheek Creme (871 Bikini) (limited edition) - I nabbed this from a blog sale with great anticipation because I was unusually slow to hunt it down here back when Dior first released these Cheek Cremes and totally missed out. Blush woe -- can that be a thing? Bikini is a really strong colour and quite a peppy one at that. But... as nice as it is, I don't see any difference in texture between this and one of those Maybelline Bouncy Blushes. Kind of glad I didn't pay full price after all.

Essence Beach Cruisers Blush (01 I <3 Summer Break) (limited edition) - I resisted this one all summer long because I thought I was done collecting these stupid LE blushes once and for all and patted myself on the back. Then I spotted one in good condition in a Shoppers clearance bin in mid-September and logic went out the window. These suckers are hard to quit because the quality actually tends to be decent. BUT NO MORE, I SAY.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush (035 Florita) - RBR is one of those brands I would never have known about but for beauty blogs. And RBR blushes are legendary. I finally bought one from a blog sale and realized... the legend is true! It's one of those crazy perfect blushes that deposit just the right amount of colour on cheeks and leave an ethereal glow without noticeable shimmer/sparkle. MAGIC.

MAC Satin Powder Blush (Modern Mandarin) - My MAC Fairy was all, "WHY DON'T YOU HAVE THIS YET?" and threw it into a loot bag. And I've been loving it. It's an unabashed orange: not peach, not coral, not red. I also really like MAC's satin blush finish because it doesn't leave the face looking flat or unfinished. There's a subtle glow to it that's not noticeable until swatched. (Translation: not as scary on the face as it may appear in pan.)