Monday, December 12, 2016

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip - Viper

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have another Colour Pop review; this time, it's for the Ultra Matte Lip in Viper!

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(Not my photos, photos from here.)

This is drying, as are pretty much most matte lip products (especially ones that actually dry to a dry finish) but still pretty decently comfortable to wear (and my default preference is to have lip balm on).




This dries rather fast so if you need to fix your application I'd suggest doing so quickly.  It can be fixed afterwards but it's more of a pain after it's already dry.

Great staying power and *almost* completely transfer-proof (I think there will always be a bit of transfer possibility in the areas where the lips meet due to moisture and the product breaking down a bit with spit), BUT!!! if you eat something oily (like something with butter) it can start to dissolve the makeup (like oil makeup removers).  I had some butter popcorn and forgot that I was wearing lip products and oooeeee did it ever start smearing haha (so just a warning!).

This retails for $6 USD.




Really great product, and I recommend it!!

Have a wonderful morning!

-Ash

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip Review - Notion

Good evening, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Colour Pop's Ultra Matte Lip in Notion.

Notion Notion
(Not my images, images taken from here.)

According to Colour Pop:
"We are pretty positive you are going to love this rich red violet"

This is a gorgeous colour!!  I found it tricky to get right on my lips so I used both the doe foot applicator along with a lip brush.  This does dry fast though, so it can make using a lip brush a bit trickier.






As I used a light box, the image of the tube looks brighter than it does in regular room lighting.  I adjusted one of the photos online to try to get it a bit closer to how the tube looks in my bedroom without the lightbox:



I did find that this dried darker on my lips than expected.  The photos below were taken at night indoors, either with bedroom, bathroom or reflected light box light.  







Apologies for the blurry photos, my phone's front camera doesn't always take the clearest photos indoors.

To me it looks like there is more brown in this when it's on the lips (I also find that several of the Colour Pop colours dry darker than they look in the tubes, but I've noticed that acrylic paints can dry down darker too).

The last image in this post looks like there is either a bit of staining around the corners of my mouth or my skin is red from rubbing off extra pigment.  Reds can be a bit tenacious, but with a good oil cleanser it comes off pretty well.

I really recommend Colour Pop's lip products.  I do find these drying, and normally I dislike drying lip products but these are still great.  I find lip liner more drying on my lips, and the colours, pigment densities and near smudge-proofiness of these make them a pleasure to wear.  

Thank you again to my sister for the Colour Pop gifts!!!!! :D

Have a wonderful night! :D

-Ash

-Ash

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Colour Pop Lippie Stix Review - Brink

Good evening, and happy December, dear readers!

I want to make a bunch more posts this month as December is my favourite month of the year, and I LOVE CHRISTMAS THINGS!!

This isn't related to Christmas per se, but it was a gift so that works, right??

This is Colour Pop's Lippie Stix in Brink.  (Also, every single Colour Pop cosmetic I own was generously gifted to me from my sister!! :'D)

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(Not my images, images taken from here.)

According to Colour Pop:
"A warm dusty taupe in a matte finish. Curated by @brittanysuleiman. Inspired by the insta-famous Kylie lip"

This is a really gorgeous colour, and it's almost like one of those 'your-lips-but-better' shades on my skin.  The formula is very creamy but after some time it looses its creaminess and gets more dry.



I've had this for a while now so it's a little beat up after being stuffed in my purse.

I really like this product.  I wouldn't say it's super long wearing, especially if you eat and drink while wearing it, but I like applying lipstick to I don't mind if I need to re-apply it.

The packaging is handy and I like that the product is on a slant so if you keep using it in that way then it keeps a bit of an edge on it which I find helps with lip contours (especially getting around the edges).



(This was evening bathroom lighting.)

Here is a photo with some light from my light box:


In this photo below the lighting washed out some of the colour in my face and the lipstick and turned out like this (!):



The Lippie Stix name reminds me of something Bonne Bell would have come up with in the 90's-early 00's (they had some great makeup!) so it has a bit of a nostalgia factor to me.

This retails for $5 USD.

Again I will have to say that I adore Colour Pop and I am going to have many more reviews up for them soon.  Their prices and the quality of their products still impresses me a lot, and they have so many gorgeous shades to choose from!

What are some of your favourite cosmetics brands?

Have a lovely evening!!

-Ash

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip - Marshmallow

Good evening, dear readers!

My sister introduced me to Colour Pop, an indie makeup brand with some fantastic makeup at amazingly good prices.  I am a big fan of this brand now, and thank you soooooooooo much to my amazing sister who got me a LOT of Colour Pop makeup (all of the Colour Pop I own were gifts from her!)!! :D

Today I have a review of Colour Pop's Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow.

Marshmallow
(Not my image, image taken from here.)

According to Colour Pop:
"Marshmallow
We weren’t fluffin’ around with this greyed out lavender. It’ll make you want s’more."

Marshmallow
(Also not my image; image taken from here.)

This retails for $6 USD.

This shade is gorgeous!!! O_O  Can I also say that the name is adorable?
However, this is a tricky colour to photograph (for me, anyway!  I tend to have problems with pinks and purples in photos.)

I had to colour correct the images to a closer match than what my camera picked up:




(For reference, this was what the un-touched photos looked like before):



Close, but much more brown-pink than it actually is.

The photos of Marshmallow on my lips aren't the clearest as I mostly used my front camera on my phone, and depending on the lighting it turned out vastly different.  I think this is pretty close to the actual shade though:


(I think it's a bit warmer toned than the photo right above this sentence.)


I really like this very much!!  I adore the colour, the name is adorable, the pigment is strong and while it will transfer if you get it on something, most non-matte lipsticks will do that and this feels like a creamy lipstick.  Because it's creamy, if the pigment starts to wear off around the middle of the lips you can just rub your lips together to redistribute it.  You can use the doe-foot applicator to apply this directly, or a lip brush.  This isn't like the Ultra Matte products which start liquid and then dry to a matte finish (and are harder to transfer), but this also means that this feels more moisturizing.

I think it's definitely worth the price!!

Thank you again to my wonderful sister for all the Colour Pop presents!! :'D

Have you tried Colour Pop before?

-Ash

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Yankee Candle Winter Glow

Good evening, dear readers!

I started writing this post earlier in the year, so there are some comments and edits in the post that reflect that.  This is for the 2015 version of the candle.



Today I have a review of Yankee Candle's Winter Glow; a gorgeous fragranced candle that I picked up at the beginning of the 2015 holiday season (the semi local Yankee Candle store had just gotten in a shipment of holiday candles even though the holidays were still a wee ways away, and my sister and I went in there to check them out (my sister knows how much I love Christmas!)).  Most of the scents I actually was not a huge fan of, as I'm really picky with fragrances and a lot of them I don't like.  But this one is beautiful, and the packaging is also really beautiful (I really hope YC doesn't go through with fully converting all of it's labels to the 1/2 size vertical ones).

This is one of my favourite candles and it has such a refreshing comforting fragrance that I was a bit disappointed that I didn't pick up another one because now I feel like hoarding it and only using it rarely to make it last a long time.

(Altered photo, increased contrast, shadows and clarity)


It has a very peculiar (in a positive way) fragrance that I can't exactly figure out.  It feels both cooling and warming, and a lot like a refreshing scent from a laundry dryer.  I can get a lot of comfort from the scents of fabric softener and this gives me that feeling.

The scent description from Yankee Candle is: "A crisp scent of frosted leaves on snow-covered trees with a stand of evergreens nearby, all warmed by golden amber sun rays."

A beautiful description although I don't smell something that says "TREES!" when I smell the candle.  Other than warm+cool+laundry+possible light floral the scent is very homogeneous to me and difficult to pick out certain things.  The warming factor I smell may be the amber note.

The label on this is goooorgeous!!!!  Winter is my favourite season by far and the image on this label is magical.  Gorgeous snowflakes with a warmly lit lantern = cozy!!!  It is also very elegant looking to me with the golden tones mixed with the white.

I really hope they bring this candle back as it is truly very lovely.  I also hope that they bring it back with the bigger labels because I think it would be a shame to crop this one.

Edit: They DID bring it back this year, woohoo!!  Unfortunately it's with the new labels, but I'm very glad this lovely scent has returned.

Winter Glow
(Not my image, image taken from here.)

Monday, November 07, 2016

Golden Wonder - Lush Review

Good afternoon, dear readers!

I really thought I had done a review before of Lush's Golden Wonder bath bomb, but when I searched my blog to link it in another post, I couldn't find a review of it on here.  So, now I'm putting one up!  I started a post on 24/10/2013 and now I'm finally publishing a Golden Wonder review.

My sister got this for me and I am so happy!!  :D Thank you so much to my sister!!!!! : D This is one of my favourite Lush bath bombs ever. : D

This comes out around the winter holiday season, and it has been out often (so if you don't try it this year but would like to in the future, there's a decent chance it will be back next year or the one after that).

The Golden Wonder has an adorable present look to it, with a shimmery gold box and a white bow shape.  It's hollow inside, and has different coloured mini bath bomb half-spheres (hemispheres?).


   

(The first two Golden Wonder images are from the most recent one I tried, the other two are from a few years ago.)

According to Lush.ca:

"A wonder to behold
Fancy an uplifting cocktail? Cognac and zesty lime oils get this bath party started with mood-brightening scents while sweet orange oil refreshes the senses. In the water, this present-shaped fizzer unwraps itself to reveal glittering golden luster and a sparkling turquoise explosion. Don't wait until Christmas day to bathe yourself in festive luxury."

Their older description was:
 "LUXURIOUS CHAMPAGNE SOAK
Golden Wonder is back again this year and we can’t wait to hop in the tub with this fizzy golden gift! It simply wouldn’t be a LUSH Christmas without soaking in its soft citrus fragrance; a gorgeous, uplifting blend of sweet orange, lime and cognac oils. Drop this best-seller in your bath and watch it put on a colorful show as the vibrant gifts inside reveal themselves and leave you with soft, champagne-scented skin."

Here are the ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fragrance , Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Cognac Oil (Vitis Vinifera) , Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia) , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , Dipropylene Glycol , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Benzyl Benzoate , Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , *Citral , Orange 4 , Yellow 8 , Red 27 , Blue 1 , Golden Stars; Golden Lustre (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Propylene glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides) . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

This is a beautiful bath bomb that also smells delightful!!  The water turns such a lovely greenish blue, and the golden shimmer adds that extra gorgeousness.  There are also the cutest little golden stars that get released when the bath bomb dissolves:



EEEE THOSE STARS!  THAT COLOUR!!

I really, really like the scent this has!  It's very lovely and light and fruity, while being very strong at the same time.  I also adore the colour the bathwater turns, and that generally bath bombs make the water and my skin feel smoother to me.  I didn't notice if this one made my skin feel smoother as I was thinking of other things, but I love the feeling the bathwater gets with it and I'm guessing this did make my skin feel nicer as bath bombs usually do (when I pay attention to that). There is also a lovely golden shimmer in the water, but my photos didn't pick it up as well.

I think this will always be a favourite Lush product of mine. :D

Have a wonderful day!

-Ashley




Sunday, November 06, 2016

YAY Bath and Body Works and Lush Gifts!!

Good morning, dear readers!

This past week my sister got me some wonderful gifts (thank you so much to my amazing sister!! :'D)!!  She knows how much I love winter, and she got me some Bath and Body Works and some  Lush products to enjoy!  We also like giving each other Christmas gifts before Christmas. : D





Ahh these are fantastic!!  The soap smells so lovely and the packaging is gorgeous!!  I'm going to reuse these bottles in the future because they are so beautiful!!




 



YAY!!  These smell sooo good!!  My sister know how much I like the Golden Wonder, Magic of Christmas and the Salt and Peppermint scrub, so she picked those up for me along with a Shooting Stars to try (which is gorgeous and smells wonderful!!).  Also, as this was a gift, she sent a message with the package for me that came on that adorable Warmest Holiday Wishes card.  EEE!!!!  Thank you so much to my sister!! :'D!!!!!!

Thank you thank you!!!!!!

-Ash

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