Shop the post: Hourglass, Calvin Klein,  Marc Jacobs. 

Haven’t done quicksnap reviews in awhile so here ya go. I’ve been trying out these products for a few weeks now and here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: all of them were sent for editorial consideration either by the brands, by PR, or by VOGUE. This does not impact my opinions on the products. 
I’m really bummed about the MJ lipgloss though. I think his brushes are spectacular, and I enjoy just fluffing them over my face when I’m bored. High-res

Shop the post: Hourglass, Calvin Klein Marc Jacobs

Haven’t done quicksnap reviews in awhile so here ya go. I’ve been trying out these products for a few weeks now and here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: all of them were sent for editorial consideration either by the brands, by PR, or by VOGUE. This does not impact my opinions on the products. 

I’m really bummed about the MJ lipgloss though. I think his brushes are spectacular, and I enjoy just fluffing them over my face when I’m bored.

I’ve tried most colored mascaras on the market — Medua’s Makeup (review), Maybelline’s LE line (review) — and these two brands, butter London and Anastasia, have impressed me the most. I don’t have any time for awhile to do eye swatches of them but I’ve worn each of these for several days for at least 12 hours, and did not experience any racoon eye (even when I cried, and I can SOB), the colors are genuinely pigmented and noticable, the formulations are long lasting and straight up GOOD formulations that aren’t clumpy, need to be built a lot, etc like their competitors. I’m impressed. Powderdoom approved. 
Note: Beauty Brands is having a sale on butter London mascaras so they’re half off (now $10.98) — definitely worth a look. High-res

I’ve tried most colored mascaras on the market — Medua’s Makeup (review), Maybelline’s LE line (review) — and these two brands, butter London and Anastasia, have impressed me the most. I don’t have any time for awhile to do eye swatches of them but I’ve worn each of these for several days for at least 12 hours, and did not experience any racoon eye (even when I cried, and I can SOB), the colors are genuinely pigmented and noticable, the formulations are long lasting and straight up GOOD formulations that aren’t clumpy, need to be built a lot, etc like their competitors. I’m impressed. Powderdoom approved. 

Note: Beauty Brands is having a sale on butter London mascaras so they’re half off (now $10.98) — definitely worth a look.

Sorry I’ve been mostly MIA for a bit, things have been busy. Anyway, lots of beauty products have landed in my life lately so I have these lip glosses to share with you. You’ve likely heard of Armour Beauty before — they’ve got their own Beautylish boutique and are pretty makeup blogosphere famous? Notes: Paraben free and no animal testing. $21 a pop. 

 I have been hmming and hahhing over buying them but I’m always a little suspicious about lip glosses, none have truly won me over, I prefer non-sticky, matte finishes on my lips for the most part. These came into my life by way of my work, for full disclosure.

Anyway, these are very pigmented — all of these swatches are just one layer. But, downsides: super fragranced (I truly loathe fragranced skincare and makeup, I have a very sensitive nose and it gives me a headache and messes with the smell of my perfume!) and supremely sticky. Hard to be an ice queen when your hair is sticking to your lips, you feel me? If you don’t mind fragrance or sticky formulations these are beautifully packaged, super opaque (doe applicator, if you’re curious) but I think I’ll only use them when I’m congested and can’t smell anything. 

My favorites are the orange (Lucy) and After Hours, the plum. My first impression of the black lipgloss (Femme Fatale) was unfortunately a huge disappointment, it is such a sticky formulation that it dragged on my lips, pulling my (decently moisturized) lip skin and…it just wasn’t pretty, and I’m understating that incredibly. It also never quite ‘set’ and has a lot of slip despite being sticky (??) so the pigment is more like, a wash of grey with lines of black. I think the MUFE Lab Shine lip gloss is much better. But — overall, these are really worthwhile lip glosses if you’re on the market for opaque, glossy lip color that is paraben free and you don’t mind fragrances. 

I mentioned the new releases from Maybelline — Limited Edition Colored Mascaras in 6 shades for the month of August — last week or so, and here is an eye look with the “Vision in Violet” shade. I was skeptical from the get go about the quality of the formulation given I’m not a fan of the regular Great Lash formulation, and I wasn’t really surprised at the end.

Though you can see a very subtle change in my lashes in these photos, in reality my lashes are quite spindly and the change isn’t noticeable unless I’m in a certain light. I’m not fond of the brush, either — trying to swatch on my hand a smear of the purple mascara took like 6 tries and just looked like an ash stain on my hand. Trying to get an even, decent coating on my lashes took more than 2 coats and a mascara comb and even then I’m not satisfied. If they gave a different brush, perhaps the story would be different, but I’m disappointed.

For the only readily available drugstore colored mascaras on the market, I’d say skip them. The combination of the non voluminous, mediocre lengthening formula with a dinky wand and hardly noticeable lash color change isn’t really worth even the very affordable price tag. You’d be better off saving your money for the mid-range colored mascaras on the market, like CK and Anastasia. Maybelline does some amazing products that rival and even beat mid-range and luxury makeup brands, but this isn’t one of them. 

Full Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review was sent for editorial consideration, but (quite obviously) the fact it is a PR sample does not change the honesty of my views on the product. 

Review: Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser ($24.00 for 7.1 fl oz) | link is a charcoal-based cleanser that is wonderful for combination, oily or acne-prone skin because of its deep cleansing properties. I have been using this product for the last three months and I am in love with this cleanser for a couple of reasons.

 

Pros:

  • This cleanses everything. I’m talking /everything/ okay. Any dirt or impurity your skin has will be cleansed completely with this cleanser. The nice thing is that you don’t even need that much product to cleanse your face completely – I use a half a pump of product for my entire face when I use cleansing oil beforehand. This will last for a very long time.
  • You don’t have to use a separate makeup remover. The website claims that this will take off makeup completely, and it does. Even my waterproof eyeliner and mascara melt away with water + this cleanser, with a tad bit of rubbing. Truly surprised – although I still use my cleansing oil.  
  • Helps with blackheads and clogged pores. My chin’s pores and I are in a constant battle for dominance and this cleanser is tipping the battle in my favor – even during my period! Definitely helps in keeping my pores unclogged and blackheads at bay in my trouble areas. 

Cons:

  • This can be drying. I was tempted to put in the pros ‘not drying’ because as the weather gets warmer, it leaves my skin clean but not stripped. However, when I first started to use it during the later parts of the winter, I had to make sure not to use the cleanser too much or else I would get some dry spots. Would not recommend for dry skin because I fear this would irritate dry skin further (perhaps try the Honey and Oat cleanser).
  • The price. This is an interesting point, because I will spend a lot of money for my base makeup (foundation #1) and specific skincare treatments, but this is the most expensive cleanser that I’ve ever purchased.

Would I recommend? Yes absolutely. This is quickly becoming a staple in my nightly skincare routine and my skin has taken a turn for the better once I started using it, and I will be repurchasing when I eventually run out. 

Lip products are my raison d’être, they’re the easiest way of pulling together my hair to the rest of my aesthetic and the infinite variations make me very happy! These aren’t new to my stash, but they are products I’ve never gotten around to doing lip swatches for, so I thought I would. These range from indie cosmetics at a super affordable price point (think, <$4) to mid-range and high end. Please excuse my greasy hair and lack of filled in brows, I just came in from the rain and have been busy preparing for a super busy month. Some things I just forget. 

  1. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in KAOS — $5.99 — This gluten free, vegan, cruelty free independent lippie is the most creamy out of the bunch. I’d venture to say it was too creamy. In fact, it was not even really hardened properly because of the heat here, so I used a lip brush. You can see it’s still uneven despite my tries, but it’s still very beautiful.  I would suggest using a purple or grey eyeliner underneath it for a more even and dimensional application. It’s worth trying out, it’s very unique and affordable.
  2. KAOIR Lipstick in Jamaica — $16.99 — Gluten and cruelty free. This is a very smooth, moisturizing application, but you should not apply lip balm beforehand or it just has too much slip and looks terrible. It’s a nice color, I think. You do need several layers to reach full opacity but it’s nice though I would say it wears on the quicker side. Try to use a green eyeliner (or lipliner) underneath. 
  3. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in Hipster Ariel — $5.99 — Gluten and cruelty free and vegan as GCC is known for. Mmmmm…. not a huge fan of this. Looks chalky on the lips and it’s too creamy and spotty to work with. I think the formula could do without some of the moisturizing oils like Jojoba or something because it’s probably why these haven’t lasted the heat wave as well as the other lipsticks. It’s a nice color, and I’ll put this in the freezer for a bit and revisit it. 
  4. Geek Chic Cosmetics Geek Gloss in Banished — $4.99 — I really love this gloss, it’s very beautiful, though it’s not perfect. You want to use this with a lip primer (I have not) and I hate twist up lip gloss packaging. I TRULY, TRULY loathe it. The packaging on this broke after three uses and now it doesn’t twist up. I applied this using a qtip from the broken packaging. Gluten and cruelty free, vegan.
  5. Inglot Pacific Blue Lipstick in 290 — $12 — I have another lipstick from this collection too, damn! Forgot to swatch it. Anyway, I like this one more. It’s the most enjoyable to wear out of all of these, I’d say. It’s creamy, pigmented, only required 2 swipes, minimal touchups, didn’t slip, and is pretty affordable. INGLOT doesn’t publicize their cruelty free stance so I’m unsure.  
  6. Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips — $26 — I haven’t worn my now probably infamous collection of Illamasqua lipsticks for awhile, they’re just a lil bit more drying than I’m here for in the summer. Illamasqua has one of the dryest, but most pigmented, lines of lipsticks I’ve ever tried. This will stay on forever. You want to mooisturize thoroughly beforehand, but primer isn’t necessary. Goes on opaque with one swipe. 
  7. MAC Lipmix — $15 — I know some people think this is a dupe or comparable product to OCC Lip Tars since they are both in tubes, but you’d be wrong. The formulations are completely different. This is a creamier product to Lip Tars liquid, and goes on dry and stays dry while Lip Tar goes on liquid and dries matte. I prefer Lip Tars, but they also cause a lot of people problems with bleeding out through your liplines, or separating in the tube (just shake it up a lot). That doesn’t happen with this product because it’s simply much more of a thick cream that you need to paint on. Super pigmented, 100% opaque on first brush stroke.  

Alright, there you have it! There are plenty of other interesting lip color swatches and reviews in the lipstick & swatches tags if you check ‘em out. Hope this was helpful. 

Full Disclosure: All of these products were purchased by me or were gifts from Chi-Chi! Thank you my dear. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencils & Lipsticks - Swatches and Review 


By now you’ve likely heard about the new formulations of Urban Decay’s lipsticks, and the beautiful new packaging. I was lucky enough to have my choices from the new range given to me to play with, and I had to show you them ASAP! I wore 69 to the Lucky Magazine x Baublebar party a few days ago — here’s an instagram from that event by the way, with my makeup fairy godmother, Eva Chen (the new & fantastic EIC of Lucky, well deserved!) — and I was so, so impressed. I haven’t been so impressed by a lipstick in awhile. I’ll break it down by application, packaging, and formulation. 

In terms of longevity: One application lasted me 8 hours of drinking, eating, and general happy living and didn’t even come off entirely when I came home to wash my face. Here’s what it looks like after 8 hours, if you’re wondering. Looks almost freshly applied. 

In terms of formulation: I applied 69 lipliner all over my lips before the lipstick version. I’m not a huge fan of lip liners in general, I kind of like seeing my lipstick wear into some sort of ombre with my natural lip color throughout the day. However, the liners are all creamy, don’t require much pressure and are very pigmented. You could just wear one of them all over for a lip color and be set, really. As for the lipstick formulations: super creamy, full coverage in two swipes, and moisturizing without slip or bleeding. Usually, with moisturizing lipsticks, I expect some slipping, some movement with the color, but it really just sticks. I really, really hate to sound like an advertisement, but these are some of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried. 

Packaging: It’s really lovely. I love shiny makeup packaging! I’m a total sucker for beautiful packaging in the first place (I’ve definitely bought things I couldn’t even wear just for the packaging) so it’s nice that the product inside is as good as the outside. Some UD products have flimsy caps, like, one of the problems with the Super Saturated lipsticks are that the pencil caps have a tendancy to come off in your bag or what have you. That won’t happen with these. The tubes have some heft to them, and the caps will stay on. It’s along similar design lines to their 50th anniversary palette, so I’m into it. 

Overall? Run to get them, don’t walk. Now, let me note: These were sent to me, but I wasn’t obligated to review them, and I have every intention of buying some of the other shades myself. I am VERY impressed and give these particular shades a gold star with flying colors. I’m not the only one, either. 

Shades mentioned: 69, Anarchy, Bang, Venom, Native, and Jilted

You’ll certainly see these in upcoming FOTDs, but let me know if you want lip swatches of anything in particular. Also, these photos were taken in natural light, and they haven’t been color corrected or edited in any way other than resizing, so they are as color accurate as your computer screen will permit. :)

Primer alone Primer with mascara

There are many monthly beauty boxes available  dabbled in most of them. Here is a product from yet another: Starlooks, which is $25 a month, though you can also purchase items from each box individually. This lash boosting mascara primer is $13 on it’s own and I quite like it, in fact, the packaging is one of the most beautiful makeup related things I have seen in awhile……probably because I’m also a fucking pervert and it totally looks like a vibrator. I’m just….saying….you can consider that unfortunate or funny, I choose the latter. 

The actual primer seems to be a lightweight, fiber cling base. You can’t really tell it’s on your lashes at the root but you’ll notice the fibers clinging to the ends of your lashes. I chose to wear colored mascara (this is “Majestic” by Medusa Makeup, reviewed here) so you can see my lashes more prominently. If you’re wondering about the purple mascara, for like, $5, it’s adequate, but it’s definitely not waterproof as it claims to be. 

Anyway! Back to the primer. I do like it a lot, not only for the packaging, but it also doesn’t dry heavy like other primers I’ve tried, and I do think using it made a difference in this case. This purple mascara is mediocre with no real lengthening abilities, but the primer makes the end results much better color and length wise without ending up spidery. I’ll be reviewing Starlooks more in depth in upcoming posts, as a monthly box and the products individually. For this product, specifically, I give it a thumbs up. You get free shipping on orders under a certain weight, so give it a shot if you’re curious.  

Full disclosure: This product was a PR sample, but quite obviously does not impact my honesty regarding the product.  

I don’t really use my glitters enough, and I have so many! Here’s a new one that BASTAR sent over recently. It’s pretty affordable at $8.75 a pop (compared to the OCC Mirrorball Glitter which is $14). I find this a little more finely milled, and I experienced less fallout. Thumbs up from me on the glitter. The glitter glue didn’t impress me much though, it didn’t get tacky and it was more like a very watery Urban Decay Primer Potion or something. I’d skip it and just buy the glitter and use a tackier primer, like TFSI or Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy

For reference, I’m also wearing: NYX Cake Powder, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, and Revlon Lipstick. 

If you want to try out these BASTAR glitters I have a discount code for 50% off for you: BBGLITZ

Disclaimer: These samples were sent to me but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here

Hello lovely followers - today (Chi-Chi makes her glorious return to posting hooray) I come with my thoughts on the entire Yes To facial towelette line, since Yes To was nice enough to send samples of their entire line for review! Here are my brief thoughts on each line.
Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes | $5.99 for 25&#160;ct | link: These towelettes are supposed to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten the face and complexion, with Vitamin C and Lycopene active ingredients which are supposed to promote healthier and smoother skin. I found these towelettes to have the most product in each towelette compared to the rest of the ones in the line – which I like a lot better. Also, this removed most of my base makeup with minimal rubbing, but struggled with waterproof eyeliner and mascara. After using the towelette, my face felt refreshed, not too sticky, and looked temporarily brighter. I don’t think that this product is strong enough to provide long-term brightening effects, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, I definitely recommend. This is the only towelette type that I would repurchase. Recommended!
Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes | $5.99 for 30&#160;ct | link: These towelettes include cucumbers and aloe vera to provide a gentle cleanse for the skin, and are supposed to remove makeup while nourishing the skin. I am on the fence about this product. On the one hand, when my skin is having a reaction to another product that I am testing, it’s a godsend since it calms down my skin almost immediately. However, when my skin is doing pretty good, the towelettes dry out my skin like no other.&#160;???? Really confused. With that said, I recommend these for people with sensitive skin or for people who are sensitive to the ingredients in the Acne Blemish Clearing towelette version. As for makeup removing properties, these towelettes were decent – can take off base makeup and non-waterproof point makeup with relative ease, but struggled with waterproof makeup. All in all, a tentative recommend.
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes | $7.99 for 25&#160;ct | link: These facial towelettes targets towards oily, combination and acne-prone skin contain acne fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, tomatoes and witch hazel to combat acne and clogged pores. In my experience, these unfortunately broke me out more than when I didn&#8217;t use them; I got little white bumps all over my face the week and half I was testing them. :C Also, the towelette didn&#8217;t cleanse my face as deeply as I expected (it’s supposed to help fight clogged pores but it didn&#8217;t cleanse them????), making it an absolutely necessary to use a separate facial cleanser with this product. When it comes to removing makeup, this took off light base makeup (tinted moisturizer), struggled with foundation and did not take off any waterproof makeup without considerable rubbing.  Not recommended.
Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes | $7.99 for 30&#160;ct | link: Finally, these facial towelettes’ ingredients contain apple and lemon peel to moisturize and cleanse the skin – hoping to nourish aging skin. I like these towelettes when I’m not wearing any makeup that day and I just need to clean my face without using a cleanser. It doesn&#8217;t particularly remove makeup well, but it’s moisturizing, very slightly brightening (less than the Yes to Grapefruit towelette), and refreshing. With that said, I don’t really see the anti-aging benefits and I’m lost on how a cleansing towelette is supposed to ‘diminish fine lines and wrinkles.’ I probably won’t repurchase simply because I like the effects of the Yes to Grapefruits towelettes so much more, but these are nice too. Recommended! 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for editorial consideration, but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Similarly, links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase through them we get a small commission (of less than 10%, so literally pennies). Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here.
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Hello lovely followers - today (Chi-Chi makes her glorious return to posting hooray) I come with my thoughts on the entire Yes To facial towelette line, since Yes To was nice enough to send samples of their entire line for review! Here are my brief thoughts on each line.

Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes | $5.99 for 25 ct | link: These towelettes are supposed to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten the face and complexion, with Vitamin C and Lycopene active ingredients which are supposed to promote healthier and smoother skin. I found these towelettes to have the most product in each towelette compared to the rest of the ones in the line – which I like a lot better. Also, this removed most of my base makeup with minimal rubbing, but struggled with waterproof eyeliner and mascara. After using the towelette, my face felt refreshed, not too sticky, and looked temporarily brighter. I don’t think that this product is strong enough to provide long-term brightening effects, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, I definitely recommend. This is the only towelette type that I would repurchase. Recommended!

Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes | $5.99 for 30 ct | link: These towelettes include cucumbers and aloe vera to provide a gentle cleanse for the skin, and are supposed to remove makeup while nourishing the skin. I am on the fence about this product. On the one hand, when my skin is having a reaction to another product that I am testing, it’s a godsend since it calms down my skin almost immediately. However, when my skin is doing pretty good, the towelettes dry out my skin like no other. ???? Really confused. With that said, I recommend these for people with sensitive skin or for people who are sensitive to the ingredients in the Acne Blemish Clearing towelette version. As for makeup removing properties, these towelettes were decent – can take off base makeup and non-waterproof point makeup with relative ease, but struggled with waterproof makeup. All in all, a tentative recommend.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes | $7.99 for 25 ct | link: These facial towelettes targets towards oily, combination and acne-prone skin contain acne fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, tomatoes and witch hazel to combat acne and clogged pores. In my experience, these unfortunately broke me out more than when I didn’t use them; I got little white bumps all over my face the week and half I was testing them. :C Also, the towelette didn’t cleanse my face as deeply as I expected (it’s supposed to help fight clogged pores but it didn’t cleanse them????), making it an absolutely necessary to use a separate facial cleanser with this product. When it comes to removing makeup, this took off light base makeup (tinted moisturizer), struggled with foundation and did not take off any waterproof makeup without considerable rubbing.  Not recommended.

Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes | $7.99 for 30 ct | link: Finally, these facial towelettes’ ingredients contain apple and lemon peel to moisturize and cleanse the skin – hoping to nourish aging skin. I like these towelettes when I’m not wearing any makeup that day and I just need to clean my face without using a cleanser. It doesn’t particularly remove makeup well, but it’s moisturizing, very slightly brightening (less than the Yes to Grapefruit towelette), and refreshing. With that said, I don’t really see the anti-aging benefits and I’m lost on how a cleansing towelette is supposed to ‘diminish fine lines and wrinkles.’ I probably won’t repurchase simply because I like the effects of the Yes to Grapefruits towelettes so much more, but these are nice too. Recommended! 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for editorial consideration, but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Similarly, links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase through them we get a small commission (of less than 10%, so literally pennies). Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here.