Wednesday, 27 August 2014

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Review in Carbon Black

Hi lovelies! Today I am doing a review on something that is an absolute staple in my makeup routine - liquid eyeliner. Over time I have become hooked on liquid liner. I just find that it opens and defines your eyes in a way that no other product can.

Almost every makeup look I create gets finished off with liquid eyeliner. And there are so many great ones out there to choose from, that it's hard to know which is best. Well, I love a lot of different brands of liner, there's a ton of awesome ones out there that perform really well and are quite easy to use. But there are certain ones that really stand out for me and I'm gonna tell you what I think of the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner!

Here we go!

 L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liners come in 3 shades:

Black Mica
Earthen Rock Brown
Carbon Black 

I love very rich black liquid liners so I chose Carbon Black, which is an extra super intense black. It says on the packaging that it creates 2 times the intensity. The color is gorgeous, it's so black and I love it.

 L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The other 2 shades of the Linuer Intense Felt Tip have gold tubes, but the Carbon Black shade has a black tube. This is one way to know it's Carbon Black, and the same goes for other Carbon Black products throughout L'Oreal. 

What do I love about this eyeliner? Oh my... everything! For starters, I love how black the shade is. It also doesn't really go on shiny (which I don't like) and doesn't really go on matte - it's kinda inbetween once it dries (which takes no time). Also, the liner will not budge whatsoever once it is on. This stuff won't move. It stays on me all day long and still looks just as intense and vibrant. Nothing flakes off, or smudges, or fades.

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The number one thing I love about this liner is the applicator. It makes lining your eyes so easy! Mastering liquid liner is something that definitely takes practice and it takes getting used to. It's tricky and you need a steady hand. This liner really makes it easier to get the job done. I highly recommend this one to new users of liquid liner, because the applicator is so long and thin. It really allows you to get in close to your lashes and start out with a thin line even if you want to make it thicker as you go. There is a less chance of messing up. The felt tip is also soft and flexible, not like some liners that look and feel like a marker (they are great too! Just not as easy to use in my opinion). This is delicate and bends with you as you use it. I also love this for creating wings. I have the easiest time doing winged liner (which I do most of the time) with this. Love love love this applicator!

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

Something that has surprised me about the Lineur Intense is just how long it lasts. I have had this stuff for almost a whole year, and it's still going strong. I don't even know how that's possible because I use it all the time. Not only is it still lasting, but the texture and consistency of the liner has not changed at all. It's still black as ever and smooth and liquidy. You shouldn't keep liquid products too long so I eventually will have to get a new one, and I know it must soon be coming to an end, but it's nice to know how long this will last and that it still works so great and doesn't change.

Swatches: Carbon Black

You can see how dramatic and rich the color is in the swatches. I absolutely love this eyeliner. It's so black and intense and the formula is just perfect.

I highly recommend this liquid liner. It's amazing. It's also great for newbies to liquid eyeliner because it's so super easy to use. The flexible applicator tip is so thin that you can easily make a thin line, and you can also make them thicker just by applying slightly more pressure or using the tip at an angle. This stuff will stay on all day without moving or fading. If you haven't used this liner before, I'd say you should go out and try some! If super black liner isn't your thing, you can always try the brown one. It's beautiful too. This is by far my best and most favorite liquid liner of all time!

You can get this eyeliner HERE

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyesters-5, Alcohol Denat., Trilaureth 4 Phosphate, Acacia (Acacia Senegal Gum), Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben

Have you ever used L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liner? What is the liquid liner that you absolutely couldn't live without? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below!
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow Review

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow Review in Rose Quartz

Hi my loves! Today I am reviewing a gorgeous Stila eyeshadow. There are so many Stila shadows and palettes, and out of all of their beautiful eyeshadows I'd have to say that the Jewel Eyeshadows are my absolute favorite. 

Stila is a fun, "whimsical" cosmetics brand and they're known for high quality, high pigmentation and excellent performance. I couldn't wait to pick up one of the Jewel Eyeshadows and here's what I think of it!

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

There are 8 shades in total from the Stila Jewel line:

Black Diamond
Blue Sapphire
Golden Topaz
Rose Quartz

I chose Rose Quartz, although it wasn't an easy decision to make because they are all stunning. Here are all 8 colors:

 All 8 Stila Jewel Eyeshadows

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is described as a "mauve pink with silver pearl". I almost completely disagree with this description! To me, this eyeshadow is purple, not mauve or pink at all. It's a lighter shade of purple. I do agree with the "silver pearl" part as there are tons of silvery sparkles and lots of beautiful shiny pearl. But this eyeshadow is definitely purple! Not rose or pink. Purple is my favorite color and I just love this shade. It looks amazing on anyone but especially those with green eyes.

This eyeshadow is sparkle and glam to the max. I actually don't consider it a regular eyeshadow, I see this as a pressed pigment. It is so super saturated with color and so glittery and shimmering. There are little tiny micro sparkles and because there are high levels of pearl, it's soooo shiny and beautiful. It gives a gorgeous pearly glow. When the light hits this shadow it is absolutely amazingly stunning. I am so crazy in love with it.

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

The texture of this shadow is very different. I was almost a bit disappointed at first because it's kind of hard. The actual texture itself is hard and dense. Just another reason I see this as a pressed pigment. But once you actually get the color out of the pot though, it is buttery smooth and soft. I use both an eyeshadow brush and my finger to apply this. I think you get the most color payoff when using your finger. I just keep patting it on with my finger and it gets more and more sparkly and shiny and oh my goodness, at the risk of sounding dorky, it really is like wearing jewels on your eyes... Ha!

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

This eyeshadow is incredible on it's own all over the lid, and when applied lightly it could also be used as a topcoat over other shadows to give them some sparkle and shine.

This shadow is designed to last all day (it really doesn't fade whatsoever) and can be worn dry or wet. If using wet, when wetting your brush before dipping in (or your finger) it makes the color intensity climb up a notch and look even more shiny and rich. It also creates a metallic-like finish. This eyeshadow is also very buildable, so you can add as many layers as you want, and it will look different with each layer. The good thing is that it still feels very light on your eyes.

 Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

Don't be fooled though by the apparent dense texture at first, because these are some of the most smooth and creamy eyeshadows I have ever worked with. They also contain Vitamin E for antioxidant protection of your delicate lids.

Another bonus: I don't notice any fallout with this (which is a shocker, since it's so sparkly!).

Swatches: Rose Quartz

I tried to get a normal swatch and then one with light reflecting off of it so you can see how shiny it is. Isn't it just gorgeous?

I honestly couldn't be happier with this eyeshadow (or pressed pigment, whatever you wanna call it!). I have no purple eyeshadows of this exact shade, and it's the most beautiful color. I really am amazed at the amount of pearly shine and shimmer that this eyeshadow gives. You can get away with wearing this during daytime to work or anywhere, and also to really liven up your eyes for a night out (you can just add more layers to up the intensity). It's truly stunning!

You can get this eyeshadow HERE

Ingredients: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, May Contain [+/- ] Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Manganese Violet (Ci77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)

Have you tried Stila's Jewel Eyeshadows? Do you own any Stila Eyeshadows? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color Review

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm Review in Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

Hi lovelies! Today I'm doing a review on Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms. There is also a Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color in the bunch, but I didn't want to add that in the title, because it's already a mouthful as is!

I really like Clinique products. If you are familiar with me and my blog you'll also know that I am abnormally picky about lip color products, because I won't use anything with too many chemicals. I actually try to avoid chemicals entirely when it comes to lip products, but that is not always possible. I got these lip colors because although they are not advertised as being natural or better for you, they are actually made with pretty much all natural ingredients. This is what drew me in! I also loved the color selection and wanted something that wasn't quite a lipstick, but had lots of pigment.

Here's what I think of my Chubby Sticks!

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms

There are 16 shades in total of the Chubby Stick colors. And there are 8 shades in total of the Chubby Stick Intense colors.

I got four shades. Curviest Caramel (which is the Intense one), Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms in Super Strawberry, Heaping Hazelnut, Mighty Mimosa and Curviest Caramel

The difference between the regular Chubby Sticks and the Intense Chubby Sticks, is that the Intense ones are a little more rich and pigmented. Since they are still considered a "balm" they are somewhere in the middle between being sheer and opaque. The regular ones are described as being more of a "tinted balm". I however think they have great color payoff.

These look like big fat crayons, and I just love it. I think they are so cute. The packaging is great. And they are so easy to use, and also quick. When they start getting used up you just twist the bottom and more product comes through.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms in Super Strawberry, Heaping Hazelnut, Mighty Mimosa and Curviest Caramel

These balms are infused with Jojoba Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to moisturize and nourish lips. I love lip colors that help to soften and hydrate my lips. I do find these very moisturizing and they also give a nice shine.

I chose a nice assortment of colors. My favorite shades for lips are pinks and nudes. I got those and also a berry-like shade. I just love every color. They are beautiful. All of the shades in this line are gorgeous and also very natural looking.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms

I'm very happy with these (which is why I got four of them!). They go on creamy and smooth. They are wonderfully pigmented for a balm. In fact, if I am going for a really sheer lip I sometimes don't use these because of the fact that they are so pigmented. To me, they are more like a buttery sheer lipstick. I have some tinted balms by other brands, and I barely get any color from them. That's certainly not the case with these. I also don't have to reapply very often.

Here are all 4 shades with some swatches at the end. I will start with the Intense Curviest Caramel.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Curviest Caramel

I admit I noticed a little difference in the formula of the Chubby Stick Intense vs the original. You do get more pigment, but I find that it's not quite as moisturizing as the other Chubby Sticks. 

Curviest Caramel is described as a "nude pink". I however see it as more of a rich brown-nude with a little touch of pink when on. It's gorgeous. It's a little darker actually than I thought it would be, but I love it. I oftentimes mix a light pink shade in with it to tone it down a little (but that's just me).

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mighty Mimosa

Mighty Mimosa is my very favorite of the bunch. It's described as a "sheer natural pink". To me it's kind of a bright (but not too bright) punchy sweet pink. I just love it. It goes with so many eye looks and it's one of those colors that I just grab when I don't know what I'm gonna use or what I'm in the mood for, because it always makes me happy no matter what look I'm going for. Love love love.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Heaping Hazelnut

Heaping Hazelnut is described as a "sheer nude" and that is exactly what it is. It's more sheer than the others, and it's your perfect nude. This is a color that I also grab for all the time (it would be my second favorite of them all). It is quite a browny nude, no pink, and I prefer some pink in my nudes, but yet I still love this. It adds just a nice hint of color to the lips and it also goes perfectly with anything I'm wearing on my eyes. I love the shade and love the sheen and shine it gives. It's so pretty.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Super Strawberry

Super Strawberry is gorgeous. It's described as a "sheer berry pink". It's definitely a berry-hued shade. Very pretty. It's darker than Mighty Mimosa and there is less pink and more berry. I love berry shades but I don't wear them as often as my pinks and nudes. I love having this color for when I'm in that mood for a bright berry lip. This shade is quite rich and deep so I tend to use it when my eye makeup is not as dramatic.

Swatches: Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

As you can see, the Curviest Caramel really is more intense, as the title implies! 

These lip colors are so beautiful and so pigmented, I couldn't be happier with them. I love how buttery they glide on. The formula is just perfect. They have a sheen, but not too much, like a gloss would be. They are not heavy on the lips at all. They last for many hours on me without having to reapply. I don't find that the colors bleed at all, they stay put. You could even get away with applying these without a mirror (as long as you don't go too heavy since they are quite rich). The packaging couldn't be any cuter and I just LOVE the shades. Aren't they gorgeous?

I definitely recommend these lip colors.

You can these HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE

Ingredients: castor seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, candelilla wax, beeswax\cera alba, ozokerite, shea butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol, mango seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, sunflower seed oil.

Do you have any Clinique Chubby Sticks? If so, what is your favorite shade? What Clinique products do you love? Let me know in the comments below!
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