Hauled It: HauteLook + swatches!

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A while back, HauteLook had a sale on some items from theBalm and you know I jumped on it!

Two for the price of one?! I originally just picked out what I wanted – came out to $100 >________> – so, I narrowed it down to two items.

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I picked up Bahama Mama and Mary Lou-Manizer. I heard really good things about these products but I couldn’t lay down $20+ bucks for each >_______> forever a cheapie?

At first swatch, they are sooooo buttery smooth. OMG. I love them already T^T

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xo,
Lorraine

At First Swatch: Milani Power Lip, Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, Milani Lip Intense Liquid Lip Color

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*purchased

Milani recently came out with new products for this season. From what I’ve seen around the internet and in store, they’re really stepping up their game and I’m liking it!

I’ve yet to try their new eye stuff! *ever on the lookout for sales*

I picked up three of their new lip products – one of the Power Lips, one of the Liquid Lip Colors, and one of the Brilliant Lip Shines. I tried to get different shades, but…old habits die hard, I guess. Haha

If you’ve tried Milani’s lipsticks, you know they have a candy/watermelon scent to them. It’s sickeningly sweet (in both senses of the words) but their lip products tend to smell more like…pastries.

The Lip Intense Liquid Color in Red Extreme smells a lot like NYX’s Soft Matte lip creams. Like a vanilla cupcake. Or the icing of the vanilla cupcake. Mmmmm~ the texture is very soft and when I swatched it, there was a little bit of a stain. No guarantees when eating or drinking though.

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This color runs a little cool toned in my opinion, though it could definitely be a true red. I feel most skintones would be able to pull this color off. It’s universally flattering. As I mentioned previously, the texture is a little soft. So, be careful when you apply this product, it could get away from you really quick. You might want to line your lips before application.

This next lip product is probably my favorite of the bunch. It’s the Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Ravish Raspberry. For a lipgloss, it’s very pigmented. I haven’t come across many lipglosses, only because I’m not too fond of lipglosses (I’m more of a lipstick girl). This smells more like, milk tea with boba, if that makes sense (I’m craving it, can you tell?). The wear of this product is typical lipgloss wear time. One to two hours at best without eating or drinking. Blotting off the product will result in a less pigmented look – maybe if you just wanted a hint of color on your lips.

The lipgloss is very hydrating and moisturizing so even if it comes off, your lips will feel soft. On the lips, it’s not very sticky, but it is a little tacky. Once it wear a little on your lips, there’s a little slip to it. Your lips aren’t necessarily gliding over each other but it feels nice. A little tacky and a little slip.

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This color leans a bit more purple, given what a raspberry looks like, it’s more purple than it is pink. But of course, you could sheer out the color for a softer lip color. I have a medium complexion and I like how this looks against my skin tone. Darker skin tones could pull this off better and I think for lighter complexions, just be a little wary. The blotted technique might look better than the full pigmented look.

The last product I picked up was the Power Lip, a lasting and moisturizing gloss stain in Raspberry Tart. This product doesn’t have a scent to it. It’s the type you have to ‘click’ up to release the product, so, warning: please click slowly as to not release a lot of product at once. I’m sure we’ve all done that before and there’s no way to dial back the product. I’ve tried.

On my lips, this is moisturizing as it states on the packaging. From online photos, I imagined it to be a lot more longer, along the lengths of the Mayelline and L’Oreal concealers but it’s tiny. It’s about the length of a Fergie lipstick from Wet N Wild (and that tube is a little big for a lipstick, itself). Application is pretty smooth. I love how the brush tapers at the end, so that it comes to a point because that makes for a really precise application. This isn’t a matte formula. but fingers crossed Milani does come out with matte shades because this stuff is really good. This does leave a stain however, when it’s blotted out it doesn’t perform as well when it’s left alone. When it’s blotted, I end up having a the ‘ring around my lips’ on my lip line. Without blotting, I get a nice stain. Wear time is around 3-4 hours before I notice any fading.

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This shade is pretty similar to the lip gloss. I just put on the gloss and omg, those two together give my lips a little berry/vampy look. Most perf for autumn/fall.

Overall, I’m super impressed with these products. I would definitely pick up more of the glosses and the Power Lips. My Walgreens didn’t have a super wide range of colors, though to my understanding there are 14 lip gloss shades, 8 Power Lip shades, and 4 Lip Intense shades. Good things these are all under $10 at the drugstore!

As always, these products are available at CVS and at select Walgreens (I believe). I haven’t seen Milani at my local Rite-Aid but swoop these up wherever you see them and give them a try! Definitely worth it.

xo,
Lorraine

February Favorites 2014

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I kept my makeup pretty simple for February.

A biiiiiiig friend of mine was the L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Lashes mascara. Absolute love! Dry formula girls will totally like this. Girls with short lashes will too.

The UD Naked Skin Beauty Balm is so good! I know I just posted a review but I had for a good couple weeks. Definitely has a, like your skin but better quality.

Bourjois Flower Perfection primer, is something I just barelyyyy mentioned in my haul from January but it’s fast becoming one of those products I just want to have on hand forever. I know I promised a Maybelline Baby Skin review but, ugh! This primer just makes me fall in love.

The Anastasia dipbrow in Dark Brown is the first pomade product for eyebrows I’ve tried. I’ve had experience with pencils and brow powder so I was a little hesitant to use this but with practice, this becomes the most easiest product to work with. Review is forthcoming. :)

Lastly, the Milani Ultrafine liquid liner has grown on me! I wasn’t too fond of the texture, and I’m still not, it’s not what I would prefer but the brush makes it so easy to make a cat eye. I don’t have to stay in front of the mirror for 15 minutes trying to even out my wings. It might be because of the short tip but whatever it is, it’s magic. Haha

Any favorites you had for February?

xo,
Lorraine

Hair Growth Diary II

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Hi there! Time for my second hair diary for the month of February.

I’ve been pretty low maintenance on my hair this past month. I’ve repurchased my Organix Biotin and Collagen, shampoo and conditioner since they have been making my hair feel so luxurious. But recently, I’ve been using the Garnier Sleek and Shine Morrocan Argan oil treatment after showers. When my hair dries, it definitely feels a lot more softer than just using the shampoo and conditioner alone.

As for fall out, the in-between period I had of not having my shampoo (but still having enough conditioner), I noticed that I had more fallout. As I run my fingers through my hair now, there’s no fallout at all.

One more thing before I end this diary. I can now do this.

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It’s always exciting, isn’t it?? A short haired girl being able to tie her hair back? Though, if I make my ponytail any higher, my shorter strands don’t get tied but I’ll take a ponytail over no ponytail. Haha

Long hair, here I come!

xo,
Lorraine

At First Swatch : Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Nude Lust

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This lipstick came out with the Buffs collection, a permanent part of their lipstick line-up, if I do believe.

Maybelline came out with a wide range of nude lip colors (not including the two limited edition lip colors). I was initially intrigued since I’m juuuuuust getting into nude lip colors. I’m all for an MLBB, but I’ve been trying to find the perfect nude.

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This lipstick is like most Maybelline lipsticks – very smooth, very creamy, and while I haven’t worn this out I imagine it has the same wear time. For me, I can get 3 hours, two at the very least without eating or drinking.

Nude Lust comes off as a pale pink on my medium skin tone. I don’t quite think this color is for me, but I’ll definitely be checking out the other colors available.

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Maybelline is available at all drugstores, and as always, will have the occasional coupon. I do believe they retail up to $7.99 in CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid though it may vary depending on the store and the region.

xo,
Lorraine

Review | Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm SPF 20

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*purchased

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(4 hours after application)

Part of my birthday haul, I bought this a couple days before school started with the intention of using something so…low maintenance. I didn’t want to fuss with a full face of makeup, I didn’t want to look like I have a full face on, and I didn’t want to worry about touch-ups. The other extended shades (Light, Medium, and Dark) weren’t available when I bought this but they should be now.

A little about my skin type, it’s combo-oily. Medium skin tone. I have my fair share of pores, broken capillaries, and acne scarring on my face. My face is far from perfect but I wanted something light, so I wouldn’t have to worry about splotchy coverage, and easy to put on. So, over the course of two weeks, I wore this in all ways possible. With primer, without primer, with setting powder, without setting powder, touch-ups and no touch-up (for the oilies) and where’s what I can report back.

If you like very light coverage, low maintenance, no-makeup makeup look – this product is for you. If you’re on the go all the time or want a no-makeup makeup look, totes buy this.

Full coverage gals won’t like this so much, but this can be used as a primer for foundation.

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This comes in a squeeze tube form, so you can control how much you want. There is a scent to this product – very minty, like toothpaste.

The product comes out tinted but it sheers out and let me tell you the magic of this sheering. I won’t tell you that this makes me pores disappear, because they don’t. But it does make my pores appear smaller and it does make the redness on my face a little less noticeable. As I look back on these pictures, it kind of makes my skin tone look a little more even. Again, this is a sheer coverage kind of beauty balm.

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As for blemishes, when I wore this I had a very bad blemish on my cheek and unfortunately, it didn’t cover as much as I would have liked. But given the nature of this product, I’ll let it slide.

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(#angryblemishsideeye – without)

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(With Urban Decay Beauty Balm)

For oil control, I have to say my oilies came back after 3-4 hours after wear, however, the type of primer applied is the important factor in having longevity with this product. I wore this with two different primers, and one did out perform the other by a good couple more hours. Without a primer, I got a good three hour wear time before I noticed oilies. Any longer than 8 hours, with and without primer, you’ll start to notice this product fading away.

There’s not much else to this product, other than it’s light coverage and great for lazy makeup days. I love using this when my skin is at its best. I typically use this with a setting powder (Rimmel’s Stay Matte Translucent powder or Revlon’s Nearly Naked powder).

I’m disappointed in it’s price point, though. This product retails for $34 at 1.18 fl oz. So, .18 oz more than the standard 1 fl oz for foundation. I love this product but not the price. Currently, I’m on the lookout for a nice drugstore replacement.

Would I repurchase? If I had the extra cash, I would. I feel like the drugstore should have something similar to this, but I just haven’t found it yet. This is a very good product to try out but, OMG, but I would suggest getting the $14 (the smaller version of this) instead of the $34 one. Better price for how this works, in my opinion.

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(Bare face)

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(With Urban Decay Beauty Balm)

xo,
Lorraine

At First Swatch: Flower Cosmetics Velvety Lip Color in Rosey Garden

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*purchased

This is only my second Velvety Lip Color purchase since I was so impressed with the first one (Tender Tuberose). I haven’t had the chance the wear this out yet but here’s a quick swatch.

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I can tell you right now, it takes a little time to warm up. It dragged a little as I was putting it on. Once it’s warmed up, it goes on smoothly. It has a matte finish and it can feel a little drying.

As with Tender Tuberose, I am going to assume its staying power is the same – weak against food and drink. But damn, is it a pretty color ;)

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Flower Cosmetics can be found at Walmart.

Today’s Face 2-19-14

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Face:
*not pictured Clean and Clear Morning Burst Gel Moisturizer
Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer
Barry M’s Matte Foundation in Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder
Smashbox Contour Palette

Eyes:
UD Brow Box in Brown Sugar
*not pictured Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel
L’Oreal Butterfly Lash Out Mascara

Lip:
*not pictured
Maybelline’s Baby Lips (medicated) in Soothing Sorbet

Hauled It: Target and Walmart

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*purchased

Hi there!

I recently hauled over the (last) weekend. I gave my coupon organizing a makeover, so, now I keep them in a tiny file folder. The excites! I can bring coupons wherever I go (much more travel friendly that a binder ;) ). Most of everything you see here, has been purchased with a coupon.

First up, Target haul. I only bought one thing from Target, as I was on a non-makeup related Target mission.

I picked up the new Maybelline Master Glaze blush in Just Pinched Pink. I haven’t swatched it or wore it but the color looked very…everyday appropriate.

From Walmart, I hauled the rest. Haha. I purchased two lip colors – a Flower Velvet Lip color in Rosey Garden (AFS coming up!) and Maybelline’s Nude Lust from The Buffs collection (AFS coming up!). I took a look at the brush section and found this new thang, the Ecotools Skin Perfecting brush. I just washed this, so I’m excited to try it! I haven’t tried any Ecotools products yet, so, fingers crossed I picked up a good one!

For skincare, I picked up the L’Oreal Age Renewl Glow Oil. I’m only in my twenties but I gotta start investing in my skin. I’ve been interested in facial oils, and while I was originally set on buying the Texture Perfector stuff from L’Oreal, I can’t wait to see the results from this. I’ve used this twice so far.

Lastly, I purchased the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. I really enjoy highlighted skin. I like a glowy makeup look and hopefully this will do the trick! I test swatched it on my skin and it gave a very beautiful, luminous finish.

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I have AFS posts coming up on the lip products from this post, so, that will be coming soon. As well as the Milani AFS post!

xo,
Lorraine

January 2014 Favorites

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Such a late post! OMG! I have no real excuse other than school is definitely kicking my ass right now. >_________________>

But anyway! Here’s my belated monthly favorites for January.

First up, is the Organix Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner for full and thick hair. As you guys know, I’m currently on a mission to grow out my hair. My last shampoo and conditioner wasn’t making my hair feel like how I wanted to, so I purchased this after being recommended by my friend. Her hair is long and luscious and ya know, I want that too. This has definitely exceed my expectations (my adventures with Organix has been hit and miss). This is a hit! I absolutely love this! My hair feels soft and my scalp feels clean.

My next favorite is something that has been in my possession for some time now. The Boscia Balancing Facial Toner was something I received in a value set from Sephora. While the whole set didn’t work for my face, this toner was something I definitely liked. I stopped using it for a while to use the Clinique cleansing system (Clinique just does some weird things to my skin, I dunno). I picked this back up and gah, it’s like my face went back to normal. I have oily/combo skin, by the way. I typically use this after cleansing my face and I feel like my face gets a but softer from using this. It doesn’t dry out my face or cause any breakouts for me. I’m running out though, :( I do have a back up plan when I run out of this though.

Lastly, is the Muji Cleansing oil. I purchased this on one of my trips to the PI (at the Mall of Asia) and OMG. I kick myself every time I use this for not buying the larger bottle. Silly me, ‘Oh, what if I don’t like it? I’ll just get the small one.’ No! No, Lorraine. That’s not how we do things! Ugh! I love this. It removes all my makeup, stubborn waterproof anything. I use about four pumps for my whole face and I just rub it in circular motions. It’s pretty fun to see the makeup just dissolve under this product. I don’t get any breakouts from this and I am still kicking myself. My eyes are totally peeled for drugstore cleansing oils! I saw Garnier had one but for dry skin. And I am just….*sigh* I know a new will come out. I just know it!

Those are all my favorites for last January. No makeup products unfortunately, still in testing mode!

xo,
Lorraine