Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick in Medium/Tan Review

Contour products are starting to become as addictive as concealer to me. I’m always up for trying something new, especially from the drugstore. I’m not into buying contour palettes because I feel like I’d end up using only a couple of shades, so I’m always gravitating towards products like the Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick. It comes in Light/Medium and in the shade I got, Medium/Tan. While the Burberry Contour Pen is nice, I’d still prefer to find something cheaper and it doesn’t include a highlight shade.

Here are my thoughts.

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NYC Liquid Eyeliner Review

 

I’d recently reviewed the pen style liquid liner from NYC, which only made me more intrigued to try the original. The NYC Liquid Eyeliner is an item I’ve heard good things about many times, but I just prefer the pen style liners better. But I was actually pleasantly surprised with their liner pen, so I figured I needed to see for myself if this was worth the raves.

Packaging. Again, I’m not a fan of this bottle and brush type liquid liner, but I will say that compared to others I’ve tried in the past I do like this more. It’s a brush instead of a felt tip applicator and the brush is small thin enough to get a more precise line. Rating: 4/5

Performance. I have to say I love the formula in that it’s very black and almost creamy in consistency. It dries matte and is so opaque. On the other hand, it’s not waterproof so if your eyes tend to tear you wanna be careful with this one. Although it’s not waterproof, it doesn’t smudge into my crease and lasts until the end of the day. I’ve been using artificial tears like crazy lately and I noticed some of my wing rubbed off when I dried my eyes. It also doesn’t get watery like the liners you have to shake, it just stays the same consistency all the time.

If they could instill the formula into a pen I’d like this so much more. For me, I just have a harder time using it. I always end up bumping the brush against my lashes and getting a whole lotta product all over them. And I take for granted not having the load the brush, get off the excess, apply and repeat as needed when I use a pen. It’s just not as neat and clean of a process as with a pen liner. But I can still get a good result with it despite those difficulties. Rating: 3/5

Price: This was $2.82 at Target and definitely worth the money. I like it better than any the drugstore version I’ve tried. Rating: 5/5

Overall rating: 4/5

I’d definitely recommend this liquid liner to anyone looking for an affordable drugstore option. If the formula was waterproof and came in a pen I think it would be perfect. I noticed a few more drugstore brands that I want to try before I’d repurchase this, but I would repurchase.

 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation Review

There are so many new products coming out at the drugstore that it’s been hard to resist buying any of them. I’d watched and read a few rave reviews about the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, so when I saw it at Target I just had to pick it up. The shade selection didn’t include the full range, but Sandy Beige looked like a pretty good match. It was the only one left on the display, so I took it as a sign that I had to try it.

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Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in No Poem Review

I went back to my usual spot to get my eyebrows done and couldn’t resist picking up a new Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer. The one I’d purchased last time was a pale pink shade and I wanted to get something dark for the winter. The owner directed me to the newer shades released for the season and I immediately gravitated towards No Poem.

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Tony Moly Skinny Touch Brush Eyeliner Review


Liquid eyeliner is one of my makeup must-haves and the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner has been my favorite for the past 3 years. I still like to try other alternatives because you never know when you’ll find something even better. I’ve used a couple from the drugstore, but nothing has compared. I bought the Tony Moly Skinny Touch Brush Eyeliner during my late-night UO beauty spree on the off-chance it could be my new fave. Here’s how it stacked up.

Packaging. It’s a pen style liner with a brush tip and it’s finer than the KVD. You don’t need to shake it up before you use it either. The pen is also a bit shorter than the norm, but not a big deal. I am more a fan of this style liquid liner, versus the inkwell type where you need to dip the brush into the bottle. Rating: 4/5

Performance. It’s not as pigmented as the KVD-I swatched it in comparison to give a visual. I had to swipe it three times to get it as dark as the KVD. Which is unfortunate because it’s even easier to get a good wing with it! I think the brush tip and the way it dispenses the liquid just makes it glide on super easy and I get a nice, smooth line. You can get a more delicate line from it and then build it up as much as you please for a more dramatic look. It’s supposed to be waterproof, so I was surprised to see it smudged away during a workout which doesn’t happen if I’m working out with the KVD on. I wouldn’t wear it on a super hot day, swimming, or to a wedding. But for a regular day I think it’s good. Rating: 3/5

Price: This is $7 cheaper than the Tattoo Liner at $12. It’s not a bad product although it’s not completely waterproof. I wish the pigmentation was better, but it is buildable. And it draws a wing perfectly. Rating: 4/5

Total rating: 3.7/5

Overall, I wasn’t won over by the Tony Moly Skinny Touch Brush Eyeliner. If it had a love child with the KVD Tattoo Liner that combined it’s brush with the KVD formula it would be golden. I think it’s a good liner for someone starting out with liquid, but for now the KVD is still my #1.

Please share your affordable liquid liner faves, I’d love to know!

Holika Holika Wonder Drawing Eyebrow AutoStick Review

 

Since essentially going back to my natural hair color (for now), I wanted to get a darker eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows. So when I saw the Holika Holika Wonder Drawing Eyebrow AutoStick while browsing the Urban Outfitters Website, I threw it in my cart. I got it in grey/black and hoped for the best. It’s less than half the price of my go-to Anastasia Brow Wiz, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt too bad if it ended up being terrible. I’ve also been wanting to try more Korean beauty products and this filled the need.


Packaging. This pencil is a bigger than the ABW because of the shape of the product. Instead of the superfine pencil of the ABW, this pencil is a thicker ‘dash’ and angled at the tip. It does have a spoolie on the end that works well and is a twist-up so no sharpening required. It’s functional, nothing overly fancy, but the plastic does feel a little cheapie. But it’s cheap so makes sense. Rating: 4/5

Performance. The shape and size of the pencil was a little hard to get used to because I’m more used to the precision of the ABW. I decided to insert pictures of the products side-by-side as part of this review for reference. Because the end is a thick ‘dash’ shape, it’s harder to fill in at the arches of my brows and the ends because it’s more bulky. It’s also a little drier, but once the product warms up on your skin it glides a bit easier. It can seem to clump a little on my brow hairs, but using the spoolie alleviates that. I do like the color, it’s pretty much what I was looking for. I think it gives a more natural look, if you like a sharper brow, I’d go for the ABW. I think the trend in Korea is thicker, straighter brows with no arch so I can see how this pencil would work well for that look. It says ’24hr’ on the side of the packaging, while I didn’t wear it that long, I did work out with it on and it stayed put. Rating: 3/5


Price. At $8, I think it’s worth it. I’ll definitely continue to use it, but I do prefer a fine point to my brow pencil. I think that’s pretty comparable to drugstore eyebrow pencils and it comes with the spoolie and is retractable. Rating: 5/5


I realized the next day that I should have included a picture of what my eyebrows look like without any help. They tend get more sparse as you get closer to the tail end.


Total rating: 4/5

Overall, it’s not a bad brow pencil for those who don’t need a lot of product and just want to fill in a few sparse areas. If you have very little brow hair, I’d stick with something like the ABW that will allow you to draw in individual brow hairs.

Hope you’re having a great Sunday! Christmas is just days away and I’m so excited!

It’s So Big! Volumizing Mascara by Elizabeth Mott Review

I was browsing through Urban Outfitters online and figured I’d check out the beauty section. And I couldn’t resist. This is the first of 5 products I bought, and I think the only non-Asian beauty brand. Well, it’s made in Korea, but I believe the brand is based in the US (correct me if I’m wrong). I find that UO has a knack for finding up and coming brands. After reading the few reviews (6 total) and it’s ‘no smudging’ claim I just had to try the It’s So Big! Volumizing Mascara by Elizabeth Mott. And it’s supposed to be easily removed with water, provide length and volume. Sounds too good to be true, but I was willing to shell out $20 to find out.

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Burberry Face Contour-Effortless Contouring Pen Review

I tried a drugstore cream contour over the summer, but unfortunately it did not agree with my skin. I watched a review about the Burberry Face Contour Effortless Contouring Pen and the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen and wanted to give them a try. I went to Sephora to look at them because I wasn’t sure if I wanted the Medium or Dark contour shade. I went with Medium to keep it more natural. I didn’t end up getting the highlight shade because there are micro-glitters in it (nothing crazy, just not my thing).

Here’s what the brand has to say about it.

Enhance, define, and sculpt the face with this runway-inspired contouring pen. It creates soft shadows to enhance, define and sculpt the face. With a perfect design for precise application, the lightweight texture blends on seamlessly for subtle, natural-looking shadows and contouring without leaving behind any harsh lines. Its domed tip ensures precise, mistake-proof application, making it the ultimate on-the-go contouring pen. There’s a pen for all skintones: one for light-to-medium complexions and a darker shade for medium-to-dark tones. Sweep it under the cheekbones, jawline, and along the nose to sculpt, shade, and define features, or apply it to the eye socket for a wide-eyed effect.

Packaging. Simple and sleek. It’s a gunmetal twist-up tube with a smooth matte finish. The brand and shade is printed along the side. I’m not super wowed by it, but it is functional and I like that it’s a pen style versus being in a pan for ease of application. Just swipe, blend, and go. Rating: 4/5

Performance. The consistency is velvety and applies very smoothly. It blends nicely with a brush or your fingers. It’s also buildable, I like to do two layers, because one is a little too sheer. It does look like there is a sheen to it when swatched, but it’s not evident after it’s blended. If you want a really strong contour this might not be for you, or give the darker shade a try. In a way it’s a good thing because unless you go ham on it, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it and having an obvious striped effect. There is an insert that gives application instructions (the YouTube video will help too!). I think the color is actually quite nice too, it’s not as grey as the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder so it just looks more natural. It also wears well through out the day and I don’t need to set it with a powder. It also doesn’t break me out (insert sigh of relief here). Rating: 5/5

L to R: application from tube, blended with brush, after blush & highlight

Price: This retails for $37 USD for 0.5 oz of product. I know you’re paying in some part for the name cause this isn’t cheap and obviously the packaging is well made. It does perform well and I’m not against paying more for a really good quality product, but for some reason I’m having a hard time fully justifying the price on this one. I did mentally debate a little before I bought it, but since I knew I could return it if it was completely awful I went ahead with it. I wish it were more in the $20-30 range. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.3/5

I’ve been using this alone lately without even bothering to use any bronzer. With the Kevyn Aucoin powder I feel like I need to use a bronzer to balance it out a little. I think the kicker on this one is how long it will last, if by next month I’m already almost done with the whole half ounce of it, I probably wouldn’t repurchase. If I can get a few months use from it then I think it would be worth buying another tube. It just seems like so little for so much, but I do like the natural definition it gives.

What do you guys think? Anyone else give this a try yet?

Review x 2: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral & Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita


So when I mentioned in my last lipstick review that I wanted the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral at Sephora, I went home and added myself to the email list since it was also sold out online. About a week later it was available again and I put it in my cart, but then I said to myself, “Too soon. You just bought two new lipsticks. Just wait on it.”

I went back to later that night to empty my cart and it was already sold out.

Now I felt like I’d missed my chance and I’d be waiting for months before it was available again! I resolved that I would buy it as soon as it came back and put myself back on the email list. Well, guess what.

It was back in-stock the next morning. Is this some super sneaky sales ploy Sephora is using to boost sales? Whatever it is, it’s working because I bought Cathedral right then and threw in the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (another best-seller) for good measure.

Let’s start with Cathedral. It’s described as a ‘matte coco rose’. The Studded Kiss Lipsticks are supposed to be long-wearing, have good color pay-off, and comfortable on the lips. I feel like it hits the mark on all points. For a matte lipstick it has a creamy texture that isn’t super drying. It gives good coverage in 1-2 swipes and lasts for several hours as long as you aren’t eating anything super greasy. The feel like of reminds me of the Maybelline Creamy Mattes. I know they expanded their color selection so I do wonder if there are any dupes in that line. So far I’ve been happy with both my Studded Kiss Lipsticks (I reviewed Lovesick here) and would buy more of them (not any time soon, I swear). BTW, I don’t think it’s like MAC Whirl, is definitely more on the red side and Whirl is more brown.

Her liquid lipsticks have been raved about, especially Lolita. I’ve read many a blog post about it and they have all encouraged me to try it. It’s never in-store, so I’ve managed to hold off until now. They’re again supposed to be long-wearing, well pigmented and comfortable, infused with vitamin E and other conditioning ingredients. I think it hits the first two points well, it applies opaquely with the doe foot applicator and dries down to a matte finish pretty quickly (it takes a little longer towards the center). It’s pretty much on there unless you’re doing a lot of eating and doesn’t transfer once fully dry. But it wasn’t as comfortable as I’d hoped, I did use a lip balm underneath as well. I felt like I needed to put a lip balm over it by the late afternoon because my lips just felt so dry. I’m not sure if I’d get more of these, although I love the broad color selection, I wish it wasn’t so drying. I’m going to keep giving it a chance and see.

Also, the color is described as a ‘chestnut rose’. I was actually expecting it to be a little more mauve for some reason, based on some of the swatches I’ve seen. Apparently this is the third color reincarnation of Lolita, the one before it was the one I had in mind. Despite that, I do think it’s a gorgeous color. I’ve definitely maxed out on the rose-brown lipstick shades this season and I’m cutting myself off.

If you’ve tried either of these, or have color recommendations for any other Studded  Kiss Lipsticks, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Also, I held myself back from buying the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks at Target today-has anyone tried them? I’m really curious about how they wear since I’m sure they’re much cheaper than the $20 I paid for the KVD. If they’re more comfortable and long-wearing, I might have to try one (or two).