Monday, June 15, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Anastasia Lip Gloss Petal

I was excited when Anastasia Beverly Hills released their new lip gloss collection a few months ago. While I wasn't impressed with the ABH liquid lipsticks I tried and the powder contour palette was just decent and not mindblowing, I can't resist that brand. 

Unlike the lipsticks, when the lip glosses were released, it seemed like ABH wasn't really pushing them. I didn't see a buttload of rave reviews all over youtube or countless beauty bloggers going apeshit with swatches, and by that, I mean there wasn't an internet saturation campaign going on where all Norvina's approved devotees got freebies. At the time, I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Did it mean that ABH wasn't particularly proud of this product? Were they not promoting it like crazy because it was cheaper ($16) than most of their other stuff? Or did they think that the product was so solid that it didn't need all the extra effort? 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner Review

Since I've been a fan of every product you get in the Blackbox RestorationSkin set, I decided to branch out and try more of their products. I have either loved or liked everything I've bought from them to date, with the exception of this product: the Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner.

I have combination skin, so I thought that this would be my dream toner. It claims to make skin soft and satiny while reducing pore size. Who doesn't want that? Plus, my t-zone is in need of some serious balancing, so I bought it, expecting to be wowed. I... wasn't.

Monday, June 1, 2015

L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara Review

Best drugstore waterproof mascara 2015

Right before I left for my Punta Cana vacation, I bought L'Oreal's Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara since I liked the original so much. I figured the waterproof version would be pretty much the same as the original, but maybe with less flaking. I didn't think it would blow my mind or anything, because with my little lashes, I'd long since given up on finding the perfect mascara. But that was before I tried this stuff...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Little Secret Weapon Review

Best Eye Creams Blackbox Little Secret Weapon Review

So sorry I've been MIA this month. The first week of the month was spent spazzing over my upcoming Dominican Republic vacation and making sure I had all my ducks in a row. The second week, I was in Punta Cana to celebrate a friends wedding. I was going to start blogging again as soon as I got back, but my work decided to have layoffs and everything has been turmoil ever since. So, without further ado, here's a review on Blackbox Cosmetics' Little Secret Weapon.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and Patina

Product: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Review: These are pretty much my staple liquid lipsticks right now. Beso is a gorgeous red. I think it's neutral? but it might lean more towards warm. Definitely not a blue-based red, that's for sure. Patina is a neutral dusty mauve that is my go-to neutral lipstick when I want something long-lasting and am rocking a smokier eye. Which is most of the time, let's be real.

What I love most about these lipsticks is that they go on creamy and opaque. I never feel the need for a second coat, and I can get them to look great with minimal fuss. They're so easy to apply, I rarely use lip liner or concealer for cleanup. I also love that the formula dries matte but doesn't settle into lines. However, because of this, I usually prefer to smile a bit and use a finger to smooth the product and get it into the major creases in my lips. Using this technique prevents me from applying extra product I don't need. Layer on too much, and it starts feeling tacky, which irritates me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Sea-Mask

Blackbox Sea Mask Review

ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Sea-Mask

Review: I've been on a mask kick this year, and I've felt very MEH about a lot of them. The problem with masks for me is that they usually promise the moon and the stars, but all you get is a muddy/masky face, some tingling, and extensive post-mask face scrubbing. Yes, mask makers. Of course my skin is softer now than it was before. I just scrubbed the ever-loving shit out of it with a washcloth trying to get the damn mask off...

Anyway, I was expecting to be underwhelmed by Blackbox Cosmetic's Sea-Mask (why is there a goddamn hyphen in the name? GAH! It irks me!), but it's actually pretty fun to use. It has a very light, herbal scent to it that I don't find offensive, and I need less than expected to cover my whole face. You leave it on the standard 15-20 minutes, and in that time, it really tightens up. It tightens up so much that you can feel your heartbeat in your face, which I find entertaining. I like to think that it's really getting some circulation up in there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Infusion AM Serum

Infusion Am Serum Review

ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Infusion AM Serum

Review: This vitamin C serum from Blackbox is the reason I decided to try and review the whole Restoration Skin line. I got a little sample that I managed to stretch out for a week, and in about 3 days of using it, I could feel a difference in my skin. It was softer, the pores were less noticeable, and my combination skin started evening out. Also, it was super moisturizing. Much more so than a regular serum. I didn't like that the smell of it tends to linger for hours, but since it has a candy orange kind of smell, it wasn't unpleasant and it didn't trigger any headaches. So, I decided the pros outweighed the cons and bought the full size.