Sunday, September 7, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Review and Swatches

Talk about procrastination. I bought this when the Revlon Lacquer Balms were first released... last year was it?

I'll be honest. I NEVER, EVER reach for it. I'll be more honest, it is not a good product.

What's makes Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure less than stellar? Let me count the ways:

1. Incredibly sheer. I can put on ten "layers" and it's still sheer. It's definitely does not have buildable coverage.
2. Staying power is abysmal. Maybe two hours maximum... if I don't do anything but sit prettily and not move my mouth. Yeah, right. In real life wear it's gone after an hour.
3. Highlights lip texture. Self explanatory. I have naturally wrinkly lips, so I'm pretty critical on this one.
4. Glitter. It's chunky, sparse, gritty silver glitter. Gross. Plus, it sticks around long after the color has faded. Look you can even see it in the product, flecks of chunky glitter!

5. Insanely expensive. Of course the price varies by location, but expect to pay around $7-10 dollars. For what? A small amount of product that barely shows up and fades after an hour? NO THANKS!

It has one redeeming quality. It's a gorgeous nude milky warm petal pink... when swatching. If Revlon was smart it would revamp this color by taking out the glitter and upping the pigment. I would definitely buy it then. As is, this product is an utter failure.

See the pretty color? Too bad it doesn't show up.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Swatch with Flash

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Swatch in Natural Light
Harsh review? Yes, but I like to tell it like it is!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Whip Shea Butter Without Heat

I suppose I could title this, "How to Whip Cocoa Butter Without Heat" or "How to Whip Mango Butter Without Heat", since I use equal parts of all three.

This is basically a tutorial on how to whip hard butters without heat.

(This is for Shea Butter that comes in hard chunks. If you have the kind that comes in a paste like consistency, then yes, I know you can just whip it no problem.)

This doesn't take any longer than if you do use heat, but it does take a lot more elbow grease.

2oz each of Cocoa Butter (chips) Mango Butter (white colored) and Shea Butter (cream colored)
There are literally dozens of DIY butter recipes in the beauty world. However, pretty much all of them say to use heat. A lot of them even say to nuke the mixture in the microwave. This has never made sense to me... what is the point of buying an unprocessed product only to process it (and probably much worse that a regulated company would do) in the microwave?! AH!!!

Anyway the method of no heat is pretty simple. The idea came up into my head from watching how the women of Ghana knead the Shea butter they make.

First you scrape. I scrape with a bamboo spoon. It's that simple. You can see in the below picture I just scrape along the edge of the butter and the softened bits of butter paste collect along the sides of the spoon. Easy.

If you are like me, and have Cocoa Butter in chips, then fear not. All you have to do is take the chips, and mix them with a bit of the butter paste (just enough to act as a sort of gluey base), then you mash!

Yes, all you have to do is scrape and mash.

This is a good arm workout, if you do it my way and just use a spoon. If you don't want to, a potato masher works splendidly, and though I don't own one, I imagine a mortar and pestle would definitely suffice (probably the best tools for this method).

Keep mashing the mixture until it looks like mashed potatoes, this helps smooth it out. Make sure there are no chunks! Then all that's left is to whip it.

It whips up easily. The above is after only a few minutes of whipping. So while the scraping and mashing take a while depending on your arm strength, the whipping is very fast. This is opposite of the heat method, in which it melts in just a few minutes, but takes a long while to whip up.

Let me know if this helped you out!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cocoa Pink Haul

Look how adorable the box is packaged!!! I ordered from Cocoa Pink last Thursday, and it arrived today, Monday. SO FAST!!! Even though this is my first time trying out the products, I know from frequenting bath and body boards, that if you wait to order during a sale from Cocoa Pink, because of how crazy popular this brand is, the turn around time can increase exponentially. Literally, this past weekend she did a 15% off sale, and the turn around time on the site increased to at least two weeks. I've seen it be even longer than this during other sales, which is the reason why I never ordered (I have this obsessive habit of only ordering etailer products when they have sales, I'm one of those weirdos that gets a thrill from the feeling of saving money, haha).  But I'm also crazy impatient, so the thought of waiting up to a month for products, THEN on top of that waiting for products to cure... I just can't. 

My haul! From left to right:
-Dram Perfume Vial in Hazelnut Napoleons
-Shine+ Conditioner in Strawberry Noel
-Princess Poo Shampoo in Ruby Sand Beach
-Ends with Benefits Hair & Body Fragrance Mist in Violet Pound Cake
-Soft Bubbles Foaming Sugar Scrub in Coconut Sugar
-Anti-Frizz Styling Serum in Tres Leche

First, I have to mention that the Princess Poo and Soft Bubbles Scrub were FREEBIES. I asked for a sample of the Princess Poo because my scalp is crazy sensitive, and as you can see the samples sent are super generous! I'm very impressed from the samples alone, since I will definitely be able to properly gauge how I like these two products over several uses. A+

I'm not going to write a review since I just received the products today, want to let them cure, and also want to properly evaluate them. BUT I will say I was impatient and couldn't resist trying out the Ends with Benefits and Anti-Frizz Styling Serum after my shower, and ahem, I'm already plotting what scents and products to get in my next order. Yes, I'm already plotting a next order. I'm that impressed.

More thorough reviews of each product to come in the future!

Oh, P.S. Very awesome in the fact that exact shipping is charged. So if your order ends up being under the standard shipping charge, Cocoa Pink refunds the difference. Excellent service right there!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Candle of the Moment: Diptyque Jasmin Review

Diptyque Jasmin Candle. Mine is on its last burn. :(
     The Diptyque Jasmin candle is a beautifully simplistic offering by the House of Diptyque. It has a a pleasant, soft realistic jasmine scent. It has a lighter ambiance than other Diptyque candles in my opinion, but the scent throw is just as strong. I can smell fragrant wafts of a straightforward floral throughout the room I'm burning it in. If you are one to often find scents overpowering, this is a nice airy option. The jasmine is definitely a crowd pleaser for the masses, there is no presence of indolence in the aroma (avid fragrance hounds might find that last observation disappointing, but fear not, it's still undeniably a gorgeous scent). It's a light floral that is on the verge of almost being sweet and clean, definitely a year round, any occasion type of scent. Win!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Makeup Stash Inventory -Cheeks

This is to hold myself accountable to keeping a "smaller" (small for a beauty junkie) stash. Since April (when I last updated) I have reduced my stash by A LOT. All areas included: make up, skincare, hair care, body care, tools, whatever else there is. I used products up, gave them away, donated them, or or sold them off (I still have some left to sell, so stay tuned for an upcoming blog sale!).

Reminder to self: Probably reduced my stash by over 80% since the beginning of the year. SO MUCH STUFF!!!!! And even so, this 20% left is still quite a bit for one person. Shopping habits need to change!

The following documents the current cheek products in my stash.

My Highlighter Stash

From top left, going clockwise names/colors:
RBR Sea of Clouds: Beautiful stark white micro-shimmer
Dior Amber Diamond: Strips of varying shades of warm peach shimmers.
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight: Very natural champagne glow
Essence Bella's Secret: Finely milled light gold powder
MAC Perfect Topping: Opalescence melange.

My Beauty Powder Stash
 [These have too much color to be highlighters, but not enough pigment for a blush]

From left to right:
MAC Veronica's Blush: Gorgeous silvery pale pink shade
Milani Hermosa Rose: Bronzey beige color. Works more as a bronzer-ish type product. (sidenote: this product sort of bugs me, because of how the surface beads up. Despite using clean brushes and regularly scrapping off the bumps they ALWAYS form. Irks me!)

My Blush Stash

From top left, going clockwise
MAC Light Year MSF: Beautiful light peach with golden shimmers.
NARS Amour: Warm watermelon coral shade. My favorite for summer.
MAC Starwonder: Purpley pink with silver shimmer. Very shimmery. I admit I love the design of this more than the product. This is one of those products I just couldn't give up, though admittedly I use it the least.
Essence Renesmee Red: Literally a true bright red. Unique color and great formula.
MAC The Perfect Cheek: Super subtle beigey greyed light pink. So pretty and natural.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Empties 2014. Would I repurchase?

Bath and Body Works Citrus Orchid Chill: Now I know it's not technically 100% empty, but the sprayer stopped working.
Repurchase? Nope. Tired of the generic perfumey smell.

Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong Conditioner. Such a bad product. Not moisturizing, and I have to use a ton to get any detangling effect.
Repurchase?  Definitely not.

Bath and Body Works Rainkissed Leaves lotion. This lotion smells exactly like wet leaves/grass. I love it!
Repurchase: Yes!

Vaseline Rosy Lips: It's just rose scented vaseline with a tiny tint of pink, but it so cute!!!
Repurchase? No, as cute as it is, it's $3 for that tiny tub! You can get 10x the amount of plain Vaseline for $0.99.

Philosophy Pistachio Meringue Glaze Body Souffle: Review here.
Repurchase? Yes, yum!

Dr. Jar Ceramidin Cream: review here.
Repurchase? No, I like the serum much better

H20 Hand and Nail Creme: This is a basic hand and nail cream. It is very moisturizing, and doesn't leave the hands greasy, but has a really strong smell.
Repurchase? No, the smell is too strong for me.

So, not too many products this month. What products did you finish this month that you plan to repurchase?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Body Moisturizer of the Moment: Korres Body Butter in Vanilla Guava

Seriously, doesn't Vanilla Guava sound absolutely scrumptious?! This body butter is so good it's almost ridiculous. 
1. It smells amazing, fruity and sweet, not artificial in the least. It has an edge of tartness that keeps it from being too sweet, and once applied on the skin the scent fades to a light lingering essence of fruity goodness.
2. Spreads across the skin easily and has a nice texture.
3.Doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. Which is amazing, because it leaves behind a noticeable sheen of shine on the skin. Once applied my skin looks so healthy and pretty.
4. Dries quickly; this is the big thing I really look for in a moisturizer. I don't want to spend more than ten minutes waiting for my body to dry. This dries down in about 5, which is awesome!

Definitely recommend this!