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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Chocolate Soleil Review

ProductToo Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Review: This is another "Seriously? I forgot to review this?" product, because I use it all. the. time. Omg. How have I failed this hard? I don't even know. Anyway, I kinda have a ladyboner for Too Faced products. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea depending on eyeshadow texture preferences (Too Faced's shadows tend to be pigmented but prone to fall-out, especially the glitter shades), but I've had awesome luck with them and have loved every Too Faced product I've tried thus far, with one exception.

Their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is THE bronzer I use on a regular basis. It has replaced all my other bronzers in my daily makeup rotation. I think I used it almost every day last year, and the only reason I stopped was because I bought the Anastasia Contour Palette. Even now, I find myself grabbing for my Chocolate Soleil in the morning, because I never have to worry about it looking too orangey and I love the smell. Actually, I love pretty much everything about it. It's a lovely bronzer that isn't too warm-toned. It's not too light or too dark, and it has a matte/satin finish. No glittery sparkle!! So you can use it for contouring, which I do fairly often. It's very pigmented, the powder is finely milled, and the wear time is excellent. Plus, it smells like chocolate, which makes me happy. Keep in mind, it's definitely a bronzer shade, not a specialized contour shade, but I still use it for contouring when I want subtler definition and all over warmth.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream

Product Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream

Review: I have a hardcore love/hate relationship with this stuff. I bought it a while ago to see if it was a workable alternative to my Dr. Jart's BB and NARS Tinted Moisturizer. Aaaand... it's not, really. It's not good fit for my dry skin at all. It's not moisturizing, so I definitely need to slather a moisturizer on beforehand, and it settles into every fine line and highlights every single imperfection. It's very easy to look cakey with this product. I also don't think it does much for your skin other than provide some SPF, and it's got a strong, perfumey scent that lingers for ages. It's not a bad scent, but I don't like being able to smell my face for hours.

On the other hand, this little CC cream does an AMAZING job evening out my skintone and eliminating redness. It only comes in 2 generic neutral shades, so I have it in both Medium for summer and Light for the winter. It's more of a medium-coverage foundation than it is a CC cream, and man, does it make the color of my face look great. Plus, it has awesome staying power. My face always looks just as color-controlled at night as it did in the morning. The price doesn't hurt either. It's so cheap compared to the other foundations and CC/BB creams I have, and since it's a drugstore product, it occasionally goes on sale.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Skincare Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

sulfate free face wash

ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

Review: I have 3 basic qualifications for facial cleansers. They need to get every bit of makeup off my face, rinse clean, and not dry out my skin. I feel like that should be pretty easy to accomplish, but I can't tell you how many times I've been bummed out by cleansers. That said, the Frost Face Wash by Blackbox Cosmetics is a solid choice. Here's what they say about their product:

"Our face wash truly is unrivaled in its category. Containing so many nutrients and super anti-oxidants (like all of our products), it must be packaged in an airless container. "FROST" Face Wash is definitely at home in our family of Cosmeceuticals. It is a powerful product on its own and is full of Vitamin C, Niacinamide(B3), Beta Carotene(Vit.A), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Panthenol (B5), Organic Aloe Vera, Willow Bark, Coconut oil, Pomegranate extract, Green Tea extract, and Tea Tree oil. Not only does it leave your face feeling cool, clean, and soft... it has a large dose of natural skin bacteria killers and it is non-comedogenic. Frost does not contain harmful sulfates or parabens. It is organically preserved."