Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I have heard a whisper...and fallen in love!

Maybelline recently came out with a new line of lipsticks/lip balm hybrids. I must say I am totally on board with the trend toward more comfortable, hydrating lipsticks! Finally, the beauty world has heard our pleas! Needless to say, I couldn't wait to try these new Color Whisper...because Maybelline is totally right...sometimes a whisper is better than a shout!

The formula is very creamy, but not heavy on the lips (or too slick). They are on the sheer side, but the colour is buildable, which I LOVE! A light sweep on the lips will give you just a veil of colour (aka no need for a mirror to apply...did I just hear you go "woo hoo!"? Oh no wait, that was totally me!), but if you reapply a few coats, you get a gorgeous shiny lip. 

Because these are a cross between a lipbalm and a lipstick, you do have to reapply often (staying power is not that great) but if that means not having to deal with a drying formula (and flaky not cute), I am all for reapplying!

Who Wore It Red-er, Orange Ambition, Lust for Blush, Coral Ambition, Pin Up Peach,  Cherry On Top

Berry Ready, A Plum Prospect, One Size Fits Pearl, Petal Rebel, Who Wore It Red-er, Orange Ambition

Isn't that a pretty bouquet?  

In a nutshell, lightweight lip products that can give off a range of colors depending on how much you build them up. Non-drying, comfortable to wear, moisturizing and all over good for your lips (they smell good too). If you are as big of a lipstick junkie as I am, these will quickly become a staple in your makeup bag...until the next lip innovation comes out that is (said in my best lipstick addict voice). Get one, you will want them all. Consider yourself warned.

Available in 20 shades, these retail for 9.99$ CAD.


*PR sample. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen these already. My latest Trade Secrets haul!

Saw the movie with the family (loved it, the lip gloss crew did too) and had to get my hands on a few...ok ok I fess up..missing just one - When Monkeys Fly - the only glitter that received bad reviews (taco glitter). Too bad because the holo glitters looked gorgeous in the bottle!

I have tried/worn 3 of them so far and I have to say that this one (What wizardry is this?) is my favourite. The only liquid sand in the collection. Absolutely STUNNING!

The creamy shades are quite sheer (think OPI Barefoot in Barcelona). Personally, I prefer more opaque polishes so I am a tad disappointed. Glitters are to die for pretty. If you are a glitter lover, you will love these! My must: definitely Lights of Emerald City!

The collection includes 7 shades: 3 glitters, 3 "nude" shades and "What the Wizardry is This?", the only textured polish in the collection (liquid sand) which is the one I am showing you today.

Have you gotten any of the polishes from that collection? Which ones are your favourites?

My next mani will probably be Lights of Emerald City over I Theodora You, aka princess nails! ;) I have a feeling that my little ones will want to rock the same nails as mommy... ;)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Swatches and Review

When Spring comes I love to wear bright hues on my lips. No...wait....scratch that...what am I saying? I love to wear bold lips ALL the time!

And I think I have found the boldest hues EVER from the drugstore (to this day anyway): the new Color Sensational Vivids by Maybelline!

From Maybelline: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids gets treated to a new technology using neon coated pigments produce Color Sensational’s brightest most vibrant color ever. The end look is intense and bold, but never garish. Color is rich, luscious and bright – and wears for up to four hours! Formula with honey nectar keeps lips feeling smooth, nourished, never dry, chalky or cakey.

Let me show you! 

No Flash

With Flash
Shades (left to right): 895 On Fire Red, 875 Vivid Rose, 865 Fuchsia Flash, 860 Pink Pop, 900 Hot Plum, 870 Shocking Coral, 885 Vibrant Mandarin, 880 Electric Orange

Highly pigmented - 2 swipes and opaque coverage is achieved. Great staying power, but be careful as the darkest shades tend ot stain (On Fire Red is still on my arm). The formula is lovely: cream finish, and on my uber picky lips they are not drying. 

Here I am wearing On Fire Red #895. My new favorite bright red (if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this picture before as it's currently my avatar).

p.s. Eyeliner I am wearing on the picture is the new Maybelline Master Duo in Black Lacquer.

Overall- I am in LOVE! The colours are outstanding! If you are not a nude lip only kinda gal, then you definitely need to give these a try! 

Which Vivids shade will you be rocking this Spring?

Signed: Mel, the lipstick junkie.