Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage these days so when I saw some affordable options at Joe Fresh ($8CAD) I picked up a couple to try out.  I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks.  I find many of them can be too drying once set on the lips but these Joe Fresh lipsticks claim to have a velvet finish rather than stark matte so I was hopeful.  I picked up Kiss which is a subtle pink shade (which I thought would be really pretty for every day wear) and Grapefruit which is a bright, bold, coral-red pink .

To start I’ll say I love almost everything about these lipsticks.   They apply like a dream.  They are very creamy and the doe foot applicator comes to a bit of a point at the end which really helps to get a nice precise application.  The colour payoff with these lipsticks is amazing.  You can easily dab a bit of product on the lips for a light wash of colour or you can go for full pigmentation with just one swipe of the lipstick.

The packaging claims these liquid lipsticks will wear for 6 hours.  Without eating or drinking these lipsticks would definitely live up to that claim.  They do last quite a long time and even after eating, while the lipstick faded, there was still a decent stain of colour hanging in there.  This product also feels really comfortable on the lips.  It’s not drying at all which can be an issue with other long wearing liquid lipsticks.  To show how well these wear, the photos below show me wearing Grapefruit right after application and again several hours later, still looking pretty good!

One thing I will mention is that since these lipsticks don’t dry down fully matte there can be quite a bit of transfer so I had to keep an eye on that, especially with the brighter Grapefruit shade.  But other than that, there’s not one bad thing I can say about these lipsticks.

Now, here comes the bummer.  While I’m so impressed with the formula, wear, and pigmentation of these liquid lipsticks I just don’t think the colours I picked suited me.  As you can see from the photo above, Kiss was just all sorts of wrong on me.  Grapefruit was a bit better but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I think these shades are just too cool for my skin tone.  Luckily, these shades looked amazing on my sister so my Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipsticks have found a new home with her.

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks?  Or any Joe Fresh makeup? I was so impressed with these lipsticks that now I want to try more Joe Fresh makeup products.

OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel*

I’m very picky when it comes to eye creams.  I’m constantly trying new ones to figure out what works best for me.  I’ve been using the OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel for about a month now and there are many things I like about it and one really weird feature I just can’t get over!

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This Super Youth Eye Gel is 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free and claims to be “the most effective eye treatment designed to eliminate dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.”

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To start, I really like the packaging of this eye gel.  It comes in a little pump bottle which I much prefer to a squeeze tube or jar.  The product itself is a thick clear gel.  It absorbs quickly into the skin, feels nice and moisturizing, and doesn’t irritate the eye area at all.  What I really like about this gel is that it feels cooling on the skin when applied.

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As for the claim to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles I can’t really say.  This gel definitely helps to keep the eye area hydrated but I haven’t noticed any change in appearance of my under eye bags or wrinkles.

Now, on to the strangest thing about this product…it smells like PICKLES!  This eye gel does contain a lot of plant ingredients including cucumber hydrosol so maybe that’s where it’s coming from but I just can’t get past the smell.  I feel like I’m applying pickle juice to me face every time I use this.  Sadly, that alone would keep me from buying this product.

Anyone else tried the OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel?  Do you smell pickles?!?

* Sponsored Post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Sample

Charlotte Tilbury is officially in Canada!  The Bloor Street Holt Renfrew in Toronto had an event yesterday so celebrate the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line to the store with free makeovers and samples.  The store was blocked but I did manage to push my way through to pick up a few free lipstick samples.  They come in a cute little envelope and the application of these samples is something I haven’t seen before so I thought it would be fun to try out here on the blog.

The lipstick comes on a little piece of cardboard you’re supposed to fold in half and press your lips onto.  Like blotting your lips except with this you’re putting product on the lips instead of blotting it off.  I went with the bright red colour so we could really see it in action.  These samples unfortunately don’t have product names on them so I have no idea what shades these are.

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I cautiously pressed my lips onto the cardboard sample because I was a bit scared of ending up with red lipstick all over my face.  I was impressed with the colour payoff even if I only managed to get the lipstick on half my lips!

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(I forget to take a photo during my first application so I took this after I already had the lipstick on. But, you get the idea!)

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first application

After this initial application I used a lip brush to apply the rest of the colour.  There is quite a bit of lipstick included in the sample and it was really easy to pick up with the brush.  I had to clean up the corners of my lips a bit with some concealer after the initial blot but other than that it went on nicely.  While this new application process was fun to try, I would definitely recommend just using a brush to pick up and apply the product.

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As for the lipstick itself, I quite like it.  It feels really nice on the lips, not drying at all, and the colour is just so beautifully bright and bold.  Lasting power wasn’t all the impressive and there was a lot of transfer when I ate dinner but that’s to be expected with a creamier formula.  I also picked up a nude-pink sample lipstick which I would have also shown you but it literally didn’t show up on my lips at all.

Are you a Charlotte Tilbury fan?  Any recommendations on her products?

Review: L’Oreal Hair Expertise Fibralogy*

I was really excited to try out the new L’Oreal Hair Expertise Fibralogy system when I received it in a recent Influester Box because who doesn’t want thick voluminous hair?  L’Oreal claims this three-step Fibralogy treatment will thicken hair wash after wash and expand the diametre of hair fibre for voluptuous looking hair.  I have very fine, limp hair so I was interested to see if I would notice a difference in the look and feel of my hair.  I ended up having a bit of a love/hate relationship with this Fibralogy system.  Keep reading to find out my final verdict.

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Included in the box were the Fibralogy shampoo and conditioner along with the Fibralogy Thickening Booster.  The booster is a clear liquidy serum that is applied after shampoo.  You distribute a dime-sized amount of the booster throughout your hair and leave it there.  Don’t rinse!  Apply conditioner over top the booster and then rinse thoroughly.

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Let’s start with what I loved.  First, these products smell great – kind of a light, fruity, delicious smell.  Yum.  But, onto the important stuff.  The performance.  I noticed some additional volume at my roots which I loved.  I attribute this to the fact that, despite being generous with the conditioner, these products left my hair feeling quite dry.  Now, most people would hate this, but for me this isn’t actually a bad thing since my hair gets greasy very quickly.  So, drying it out a bit reduced the oils at the roots which not only helped to add volume and also made it easier for me get away with second day hair.

What didn’t I love?  Well, let’s start with main claim of this system which is that it’ll thicken the hair.  I, unfortunately, didn’t notice a difference in either the look or feel of my hair in terms of thickness.  Incredibly disappointing seeing as that’s the whole point of the system.

Not only did the Fibralogy system not deliver on it’s thickening claim but the process left much to be desired as well.  I liked the idea of a thickening booster that you leave on the hair and apply conditioner to over top.  What I hated about this thickening booster, however, was that it made my hair extremely tangled.  As soon as I applied the booster my hair turned into a big, knotted, tangled mess.  It was a huge pain to try to brush out afterwards.  Not fun.

Overall, I’m not a fan of this L’Oreal Hair Expertise Fibralogy system.  I did like the shampoo and condition on their own but the thickening booster, the star of the show, just didn’t perform.

Anyone else had better luck with this stuff?

* This product was sent to me for review.  All options are my own.

Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Color in Always Delicate

I know I just wrote a blog post about a two-step long-wearing lip product a couple weeks ago and I’m probably breaking beauty blogger etiquette by writing about something so similar so soon but I had to post this review (rant) as soon as possible.   Max Factor isn’t available where I live so I was excited to pick up some of their products not long ago while on vacation.   One of the lip products I chose was the Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Color in Always Delicate.

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Unfortunately, to say this Lipfinity Lip Color was a huge disappointment is an understatement.  To start I will say that I love the colour of this lipstick.  It’s the most perfect pink nude for me.

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But, that love quickly turned to hate about five minutes after applying this product.  Like all other two-step lippies, you apply the colour first, let it dry for about a minute, and then top off with the moisturizing balm.

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Here’s how it looks right after application…not bad right?

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Then, not five minutes after application…

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What is this?!?!  Almost immediately this product turned into a disgusting, cakey, dried out mess.  I’ve tried everything I can think of to try to make this product work – exfoliating my lips beforehand, layering the colour step, using more of the balm – no matter what I do this happens every single time.   So, sadly, this Lipfinity colour is going to end up in the garbage.

A small silver lining is that I do really like the balm in this set so I’ll keep that and use it as my night time lip moisturizer.  Has anyone else had trouble with these Max Factor Lipfinities?  Is it just me?!?