Thursday, March 19, 2015

I've picked up a few beauty products in anticipation of Spring. Not that we have seasons here, and not like I really need an excuse to shop for cosmetics but that's what I like to tell myself anyway. Being that I'm a lip junkie, three of my new goodies are products I can slap on my pucker.




This is also referred to as "one luxe balm" and that is an accurate description! I first heard about it a few months ago on a beauty blog, and made a mental note that I wanted to try it. While scrolling through Nordstrom's website, I stumbled across it and knew I had to make my purchase. I've been wearing it ever since receiving it in the mail. It literally melts on the lips and saturates every little dry patch. It smells slightly floral and slightly sweet, but I can't put my finger on the exact note. Whatever it is, it smells rich as obnoxious as that sounds. I will never be without it now. By far the most beautiful product I own. 




I'm not much of a lip gloss fan these days, as I prefer wearing lipstick. It seems to last longer, and my hair never gets caught in it. I bought this on a whim while at Ulta, and this is probably the closest I'll come to a gloss. It's non-sticky and moisturizing, and the coral color gives me naturally "juicy" looking lips almost like I've just eaten a popsicle. The wand is wide and flat, so it covers a good amount of my lips in just one swipe. It's also a small tube, which I appreciate because I know I can actually get through it before the product goes bad. I'm tempted to try it in another bright shade. 




I'm also not a huge fan of lip liner either, but I decided to give this one a try after seeing it on a YouTuber. Urban Decay is probably my favorite makeup brand, and if I ever want to experiment, I usually look to them first. "Native" is a neutral pink lip liner that is a great base for any lipstick you put on top. It's one of those "my lips, but better" shades. As you can see, I need to sharpen it again because I've been using it daily. I not only line my lips with it, but I also fill them in and then put either the lip slip or the lip lover on top for a great everyday look.




Now a couple of non-lip products:


I love Real Techniques. The brushes are affordable, well-made, and carefully thought out. The Bold Metals collection is a bit more expensive, but this brush in particular is so worth it! It can be used to apply a variety of powders, but I've been using it to apply blush. The shape is perfect for sweeping color across my cheeks. The bristles are ultra soft, and the handle is nice and sturdy. 





This was also in my Nordstrom order along with the lip slip. I have very mixed feelings about this nail polish. The color is a beautiful whitish - pink, a shade I think many women love because it goes with everything and doesn't show wear as noticeably as bright colors. However, I was disappointed with the actual formula. It was a bit clumpy, and although it only required two coats to look opaque, it chipped within a few hours. I can't justify the price either. I linked it above, but I don't exactly recommend it. Try Essie's "Urban Jungle" instead and save your money. 




12 comments:

  1. the brush looks great :)

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    1. It is! I've been using it every day. The domed shape is really a great way to apply powder.

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  2. Ooh, that Lip Slip looks totally luxe... the way you described it, I can basically imagine applying it on myself, haha. Disappointing about that polish too. I've tried other Nails Inc. polishes (the Nail Kale ones from Alexa Chung) and I really liked those.

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    1. Thank you :) These reviews can be so hard to describe! I used to be much better at it I think, but I'm trying. Yes, I was surprised by the polish too because I have two gel effect polishes by Nails Inc. that I adore. I was shocked at how quickly this one chipped. Just not worth the price in my opinion.

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  3. I was wanting to try the VB polish and I am still skeptical. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

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    1. You're very welcome Tiffany! I hope it helped.

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  4. I keep hearing great things about the Lip Slip and will have to try it. I love Real Techniques brushes. Loved the look of the new collection but only picked up one. Always love your beauty reviews :)

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    1. You would love the lip slip! For some reason, the scent reminds me of something you'd like if that makes any sense! I know we've never met in "real" life, but I imagine you would enjoy it ;)

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  5. Ooh, thank you for the review on Nails, Inc! Naturally I was curious about it because of Victoria, but I think I will skip it and stick to Essie on the regular, Chanel for special occasions. :) I will also be trying out that UD lip liner on my next visit to Sephora! It sounds nice and I'm definitely a liner person.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Yes, skip it Gina! You can borrow mine if you'd like ;) It's a pretty color but nothing a million other companies haven't done. And the lip liner is great if you're into them. It's the perfect color!

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  6. Love the Essie recommendation instead of the Victoria one...it'll be good to get the same color but with a different formula. I'm a huge fan of lining my lips and then applying gloss and colour...have you tried any Jordana lipglosses? I heard a lot about them on Youtube - so when I found them in store (they're cheap but not widely available in Canada) I had to try them - you might like it - definitely lasts longer than other twist-up liners (L'oreal and Revlon ones don't last too long on me). Loved all your reviews <3

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  7. I love good beauty recommendations too and my lips being chapped are my number one complaint. Even when I double my water intake it doesn't help my poor lips out. I will for sure be giving that balm a try!

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