February 13, 2014

MY TOP LIP PICKS: VALENTINES DAY EDITION



I'll be keeping this short and sweet. As we all know, Valentines day is tomorrow, how can you miss the bright red aisles at the grocery stores; registers filled with flowers and balloons that say, "be mine." Anyway, I'm not going to get sappy, here are my top lip picks for Valentines Day.









Swatched from left to right: L'Oréal Color Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lip Stain in Berry Persistent, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart, L'Oréal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Orange Tempo, Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Ruby Valentine, Rimmel Color Rush Balm in Give Me a Cuddle, MAC Rebel, L'Oréal Infallible Lipstick in Persistent Plum, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 11, MAC Russian Red, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish, Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose.


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December 27, 2013

BRAND FOCUS | ORIGINS



Lately it's been all about skincare for me, upon visits to Sephora I've noticed I go straight for the skincare rather than the makeup. It's slowly becoming a new addition to my addictions but the way I see it, despite being costly, it can only be a turn for the best. Here I have four Origins skincare products that I wanted to do short reviews on for y'all. I hear beauty bloggers rave about Origins regularly and I just couldn't resist anymore. Over the months, it's truly become my favorite skincare brand out there.

Origins United States Balancing Tonic - $21.00
The first time I used this I had just got done completely cleansing my face in the shower, or so I though, left on the cotton pad was residue from my foundation and I was in shock! This is what I go to sleep with on my face, now I understand the unexplained breakouts. This toner is supposed to exfoliate the skin, slough away flakes, sweep away debris, sooth rough spots, protect moisture levels, and bring balance between oily and dry, all without stripping or stinging the skin.  After I applied this, the redness on my cheeks significantly calmed down and the texture was immediately better. Since this is an exfoliating toner, it's best to alternate between this and something a bit more plain. The only thing that could pose a problem is that it contains alcohol along with strong fragrant oils, this did irritate me smell-wise at first use, but didn't seem to be an issue with my skin.

Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes - $25.00
This was honestly a blinded buy, I didn't need this, I can't justify the cost, and I don't even have puffy eyes. I just wanted something with a cooling effect for under my eyes during the tired times at work. I also wanted to try something different from Origins for this post, in the name of beauty blogging! I don't know if this de-puffs, I have no puffs. It does feel good and refreshing under my sleepy eyes but if I don't see any dark circle brightening, as it claims, there will be no repurchasing. I have read reviews that it has worked at de-puffing, just over time. I don't think I will dish out any more money on this product to wait for over time, I may be better off doing a cost effective diy.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash - $21.00
When I bought this I had just got a new facial cleansing brush and I wanted a new cleanser. I absolutely love this stuff and I will most likely buy it time and time again. Here are the claims "When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled, or parched." After using this over the past couple months, my skin has become extremely less oily and also less dry. My skin really feels clean after using this, like squeaky clean. It has a comfortable minty smell and a little really goes a long way, the tiniest dollop will make a handful of frothy goodness. I recommend this to anyone with oily skin.

Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment - $39.50
This, in my opinion, is definitely worth the splurge and one of my all time favorite Origins products. I use this when my skin is dull or even irritated, immediately it is soothed and the elasticity is increased. The lychee and watermelon scent is so delicious. After almost using an entire jar of this, my skin no longer feels dehydrated. I don't feel like this can be used in place of a moisturizer because it is so light, but used before your moisturizer works perfectly. My skin texture is so much better now and I will be buying this again, along with placing it upon a golden throne.

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