28 Sep 2015

Review: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven

Lipstick can become an expensive habit, and today I'll be reviewing what is the single most expensive lipstick I own. I don't know what possessed me to buy it this past March break, and I don't even wear it as often as I should. That lipstick is the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven. It was 33 dollars Canadian, and I am out of my mind.

I bought it mostly because the shade was gorgeous and liquid lipsticks were just starting to gain hype. I saw a fellow blogger posting about it and went “OMG. MUST. HAVE.”

The applicator pisses me off- it's a doe-foot applicator that is flat on both sides (no slanted edge) and a rounded top. What rustles my jimmies about it is that it's flexible. It bends, which makes it so hard to apply. Not enough product is distributed on the applicator in one pump, so you do have to apply pressure to the lips in order to get the product on them. It's way too easy to go overkill, and then the applicator goes all wonky and before you know it, you've got bright red lipstick all over your face and you look like a character from a Twilight fanfiction. You need about two or three pumps to apply this lipstick to all of your lips. It's a chore to apply, and it stains pretty much on contact, so you've gotta get it right.

Raven is a bright, yellow-toned red the colour of fresh blood. It's opaque in one swipe. It's not drying, but not moisturizing either, obviously. It doesn't sink into lip lines, as it has a pretty thick texture (much thicker than, say, Kat Von D Everlasting Love liquid lipstick, but not quite as thick as the NYX Soft Matte lip creams) and I don't find that it feathers, but since it's so hard to get a crisp line with the rounded applicator, I still use a lip liner with this lipstick.

After applying, you have about a minute before it starts to get tacky. It takes about an hour to fully dry down to a mostly transferproof finish, but it only stays that way for a couple of hours. The longer you wear this lipstick, the more transferable it gets. Another problem I have with it is that it doesn't wear off nicely- it crumbles off my lips, starting at the inside. And if you eat anything oily with this on, say, salad dressing, or a grilled cheese sandwich, it breaks right down and gets everywhere. To reapply, you have to take it all off, because if you apply a second coat on top of an already-dried one, it gets clumpy and uneven.

It is a gorgeous colour, though. Just far too high-maintenance for my liking. I much prefer Kat Von D's liquid lipstick formula, and I actually kind of hate this lipstick for how much it cost combined with all the problems I have with it.

Does anyone know of a dupe for this colour? Share with me in the comments!

27 Sep 2015

Plum Eyeshadow: 3 Ways!

Keeping with the CBB's September Plum theme, I had a serious brainstorming session to come up with plum-related posts. Eventually I settled on detailing three different ways on how to wear plum eyeshadow! Let's get going.

#1: As a Sheer Wash of Colour

Plum shadow is surprisingly sophisticated when used as your only eyeshadow, especially as a sheer wash of colour. For this look, you're going to want to take a fluffy brush and a warm, pinky plum shadow with some shimmer to it. I chose this shade from the Wet N Wild Silver Lake Thrift Store Chic palette.

Dip your fluffy shadow brush gently in the shadow, then begin patting it on your lid. Keep going to just above your crease and around the outer corner. Make sure you have any dark circles covered, and make sure your brows are well-groomed but not too bold. This will make your eyes stand out, without being too distracting. Alternatively, start by dabbing the shadow into the center of the eyelid, diffusing outwards. Pair with brown mascara (I didn't have any, so I just used black.) This creates a distinctive, trendy, and romantic look.


#2: To Line Your Lower Lash Line

Unexpected pops of bright colour on the lashline are so trendy right now! Use a small liner or concealer brush to line your bottom lashes with a bright shimmery royal plum shadow. I used Urban, from the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment palette.

I used my liner brush to line my bottom lashlines, keeping the rest of the eye look neutral. I made sure my face was fully made up to create a flawless canvas for this look- I wanted the purple to be the first thing people saw on my face, with no dark circles or blemishes to distract. I contrasted the look with bold brows.

#3: A Soft Matte Look

For this last look, I used my LORAC Pro 2 palette to create a light, soft matte brown and plum eye.

 I honestly can't remember exactly what I did for this look, but I really like it, so have a whole whack of pictures. I do remember that it involved a whole lot of blending.

I used the plum as the crease colour and the final effect was very nice. The matching plum lipstick really brought out the plum tone in my eyeshadow.

Yay! Blatant narcissism!

I hope this post provided you with some fall eyeshadow inspiration! Link me in the comments if you do a plum look you'd like me to see!

25 Sep 2015

Plum Lip Picks!

Plum is a favourite of everyone's when it comes to a fall lip. Not necessarily so for me, though- I prefer to break out my reds. Regardless, I can still appreciate a good plum lipstick now and again. Here are some of my top picks for evoking that autumnal, plum feel.

L-R: Revlon Plum Velour, Too Faced Melted Fig, MAC So Be, Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy.

Not all of these are truly plum, but they're good purpley shades for when the weather gets chilly. 


Out of order from the previous picture, sorry. Top to Bottom: Revlon Plum Velour, Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, MAC So Be, Too Faced Melted Fig.

Here's MAC's So Be on my lips. It's a grey, cool-toned purple.

Revlon's Plum Velour is a sheer sheen the colour of sparkling plum juice.

Wet N Wild's Sugar Plum Fairy is a true, opaque, rich plum with a mostly matte finish. It looks amazing on camera.

Too Faced's Melted Fig is a subdued, dusty mauve. 

I'm going to try and wear plums more this fall than I have in the past. What are your favourite fall lipsticks? Are you a fan of plum? Any recommendations for me?

24 Sep 2015

Nail of the Day: Plummy Iridescent

The CBB's theme for the month of September is Plum, so I've prepared a few plummy posts just in time for the month to end (whoops)! The first are these nails. I'll have to admit, they're not extremely plummy, but I felt like experimenting with neutrals and rich tones.

I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Greige, and Zoya Margot for my plum(ish) accent nail.

Then I applied this Revlon Iridescent top coat to the nails painted with Greige. It has little purple iridescent shimmers in a pearly glaze.

I finished the whole thing off with the Pro-FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat.

How did it turn out?

I'd say pretty well! Not the most thought-out colour pairing, but I like the way the iridescent topcoat looks over Greige.


Well? What do you think? What's your favourite plum nail polish?

20 Sep 2015

My Skincare Routine: The Play-By-Play

Today I'm going to talk to you guys about something I rarely do: skincare. More specifically, my facial skincare routine as it exists on the daily, step by step, excluding special treats like masks and scrubs. Let's get right into it- here's the breakdown!

Step 1: Makeup Remover Towelette. 

I use these Up&Up ones (the Target house brand)- I bought them in bulk after Target closed and the overstock got sent to Dollarama. I snatched about 15 packs of these for a buck twenty-five each, hell yeah. They're effective and don't irritate my eyes, and remove my makeup with efficacy.

Step 2: Rub-in cleanser.

Okay, this Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is a treat for me. I love this stuff. I actually usually use this or the towelettes, not both- but if I'm wearing heavy foundation then I'll rub this in before or after the towelette. It's a makeup remover/cleanser that you rub on to dry skin and it melts your makeup right off. I love it.

Step 3: Face Wash.

Okay, now time to actually wash my face. I've been using the Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash for a while and I'm not completely sold, but hey, it works, I guess. It doesn't even out the blemishy blotchiness of my skin tone but it seems to be working okay to prevent any huge breakouts from forming.

Step 4: Blemish Cream. 

In case the face wash didn't do enough to clear my skin, I use the accompanying Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion. I like the tingle it gives my face.

Step 5: Toner.

Since I fear that the tea tree oil might dry out my already chronically dry skin, I use this hydrating Vitamin E Toner from the Body Shop. I apply it to a cotton pad and dab my whole face.

Step 6: Moisturizer.

I already have wrinkles at 18, as well as extremely dry skin, so I have no excuse to not be using a moisturizer. Right now I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream. I haven't been using it for that long, so I'm not sure if it works well or not yet. I apply it mostly to the areas of my face that get dry and flaky- my forehead, my nose and my chin, with a thin layer around my eyes and on my cheeks and neck as well.

So, that's my skincare routine! Do you have any recommendations for me? Products I should try out? Let me know in the comments!
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