Friday, August 28, 2009

NYX round lipstick : way too hyped ???

If there is a brand of lipstick that has been talked about on the net and on youtube is gotta be NYX round Lipsticks. Many of their fans say that the price and color range is what attracts them to this particular lipstick. After seeing so many girls posting their swatches and using them on their youtube tutorials, I said to myself " Hmmm...I gotta try these and say if they are all what they cracked up to be". One lesson I learned on my journey of trying items recommended or "highly recommended" by many people is that *just because it works for them does not necesssarily means it will work for me*. Sadly, NYX round lipsticks fit in that category.

Me and my friend purchased 1 tube. I got the NYX RL in Celebrate while she bought Twist. At Ulta these are around 3 dollars or so ( i believe, I could be wrong). The selection is not as big as many online retailers, but atleast they had some nice colors. When I got home I got excited and wanted to try this lipstick on immediately. Well, once I started to apply this lipstick, I felt something wrong. The formula of this lipstick is too, well cheap. I mean once you apply it it feels like Mica and mineral oil together. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MOISTURISING ABOUT THIS LIPSTICK!!!!! NOTHING !!!!!!!! After a minute of so, my lips felt so dry i had to remove my lipstick. I was not the only one either, my friend had the exact same reaction !!!!!!
It says on their website that "
This is a velvet-textured lip cream that covers the lips with rich color and smoothes and moisturizes lips with each application". If by velvet they mean that once you apply it, your lips look like velvet because they (the lipstick) are drying your lips, they are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT about that !
I am not trying to put NYX down. In fact I am a huge fan of their eyeshadows, but they have truly dissapointed me with this line of lipsticks. I will not buy any of their lipsticks again. They fact I URGE them to reformulate the RL. For them to add shea butter and natural oils like avocado. If you are going to be buying NYX Round lipsticks, I urge to apply a nice lipbalm before proceeding to apply your NYX RL. You have been warned !


CELEBRATE: its a nice burnt orange color. perfect for the fall/winter.
TWIST: like a pinkish color. don't get this color. it will fade with your lipcolor.


Round Lipstick
Ceresin Wax, Polyethlene Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Beeswax, Lanoline Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Mineral Oils, Octyl Palmitate, BHA, Propyl Paraben, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, D&C Red No.A1 Lake,
Pearl Powder, Iron Oxide.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wet and Wild lipliners: $1.00 Well spent.

There are many beauty products out there that I have payed a few dollars that I have ended up just throwing away, case in point : max factor cosmetics ( I won't get into which items cause then I'll get even MORE upset about literally flushing money down the toilet). There are some dollar items that are a true gem. Wet and Wild lip liners are without question is one of those few dollar items that you will ever cross that will not disappoint you. My very first lipliner from WnW was their all popular #666. It's been a staple of mine since 1996. Just as they promised, the lipliners are creamy and application is effortless ( no tugging). I have accumulated other lipliners, but after checking their website some of the swatches of the LL I have made, well I believe the colors have been discontinued. But in any case let me share you my swatches (click-able for your viewing pleasure) and a little description.

*** FYI -- I swatched the lipliners over 5 times so you can see the color, however the lipliners are quite buildable. You can achieve a natural or a strong "lipline" with the exception of : #713 and #715. ***

#664B : *this lipliner is no longer available -- they have now shade "663B"
This shade in real life look like a dark pinkish rose with a hint of shimmer. Real nice shade IMO.

#666: "Brandy Wine". In person the color is a pinkish bronze with a hint of shimmer.

#712: "Willow". A nice natural shade of soft brown with a hint of pink. Perfect lipliner for those days you want a natural "day time" look, shade is matte.

#713: *lipliner no longer available* A brick red lipliner, matte.

#714: *lipliner is no longer available, maybe they changed their name (?) They now have 714B* A gorgeous Rose Pink, one of my favorites. This lipliner can easily go with any pink lipstick you may own. Lipliner has a hint of shimmer.

#715: "Plumberry". Color is exactly as the name states, a very plummy color *hehe* Lipliner is matte.

Do give Wet and Wilp lipliners a try. You will be surprised at how well $1.00 can be spent.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tropez Lipstick : well worth your attention.

Have you gone to Walgreens and boom you see this brand and you just absolutely ignore it? I must admit, I was like some of you. I happen to browse those nifty Walgreen's cosmetic specials and just happen to ignore this brand. So what was it that made me pay more close attention? It was the day that my spouse actually bought me a Tropez Ultra Glaze lipgloss. I was won over by their quality and color vibrancy. From there on, I ventured on a few other lippies I am so eager to introduce to you. Now, I don't want to over do this and tell you what their websites already inform you. But I will keep my review simple.

This brand so far I see it in Walgreens. Not in CVS, nor at Target, forget Walmart.
Their prices are reasonable. The lipsticks are around 2$
Quality wise, you get what you pay for. I don't mean this in a negative way either. Literally for the 2$ you pay for these lipsticks their quality is damn good. They stay on a long time. They won't make your lips dry like NYX round Lipsticks (I'll be reviewing NYX pretty soon). They are creamy and moisturizing just as they promise on their website.
They offer a decent selection for the price.
Their packaging is simple, but it works. (I'm not paying for a beautiful packaging, I am paying for their quality).

So next time you DO go to Walgreens and need a lipstick, do give Tropez beauty brand a "GO". They are truly worth your attention.

Luscious Flavors lippie: It does have a little scent, but not overpowering or bothersome. Color I bought "plum passion" is absolutely beautiful and dark. Great for those cool Halloween parties or even to blend other lipsticks with. I use it primarly to blend other colors.

Lip Sheen: If you want to give your lips a little depth without the over powering concentration of a regular lipstick, DO get the lip sheen. It says in their website that its both a liptick and gloss in one. To me it felt like a regular lipstick, just a bit extra creamier. Lipsheens are perfect to use for the day time or in my case to add depth to my lips. A VERY cheap way to make your lips look as if you had those lip injections !!!

Moisturizing Lipstick : Nice and creamy and the color payoff stellar!!!! The color I purchased "palatial pink" is one hell of a pink lipstick. Get this, PRONTO !!!

'til next time, budgetnistas!!!