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.

IMG_7213

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!

IMG_7220

(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!)

IMG_7216

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.

filled in with lip brush

filled in with lip brush

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.

IMG_6518

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.

IMG_7082

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.

IMG_6944

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.

IMG_6946

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.

IMG_6947

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

IMG_6707

Then, not five minutes after application…

IMG_6714

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?!?

Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in Live Pink

I’m not sure how I let this happen but I noticed recently that almost all the pink blushes in my collection are matte.   I have a couple with more of a satin finish but not a one with any shimmer in it.  So, the hunt was on.   When I came across the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Colour Mono Blush in Live Pink AND it was on sale there was no question it was coming home with me.

This is the first Rimmel blush I’ve tried and I’ve been loving it.  It’s just a really pretty, youthful pink with gold shimmer in it.  It’s pigmented, blendable, buildable, and true to it’s name, long lasting.  There’s really nothing bad I can say about it….except…the shimmer in the pan seems to lose it’s luster when applied to the cheek.   When applied to the face it ends up being more of a satin finish than shimmery which is lovely but not what I was hoping for.

IMG_6775

I’ve been wearing this blush almost every day since buying it.  While I love it, I am still on the look out for a pink blush that packs a whole lot of punch when it comes to shimmer and glow.  I want a cheek so glowly it’s almost blinding.   Any recommendations?

IMG_6951

Rimmel London Provocalips 16 HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour in Make Your Move

The latest rage in lip products has been two-step, long-wearing lip colours.  There are a ton of high end and drugstore options available and I knew I wanted to give at least one of them a try.  Lipstick is my favourite part of putting my makeup together but having to reapply multiple times a day can be a pain.   So, when I saw Rimmel London claiming 16 hour wear out of their new Provocalips Kiss Proof Lip Colours I ran out and picked up the shade Make Your Move.

Application is easy.  Apply the colour first, wait a minute until dried (try not to rub your lips together during this time), and finish with the glossy balm.  The colour sets very dry, I wouldn’t wear it alone without the balm, but once the colour has set there is absolutely no transfer whatsoever.  The balm has a very thick, Vaseline like consistency which feels amazingly moisturizing on the lips.  They only thing I don’t like about this balm is the sickly-sweet smell.

Make Your Move is very close to my natural lip colour so it’s basically just a my lips but better shade for me.  It does last for hours on me, through eating and drinking, which is awesome, but 16 hours…not so much.  I find the colour will start fade after several hours and what I’ve learned is that this product does not layer well over itself.  If I try to revitalize the colour by reapplying, the product will ball up on itself and make it feel like I have sand stuck on my lips.  I’ve never experienced that with any other lip product.  Has this happened to anyone else??

I have heard that the formula of these Provovalips varies by shade and that the brighter, bolder colours last longer without fading than the more natural, muted colours.   I still really like Make Your Move and I continue to wear it often, I just expected to be more impressed by the long-wear formula than I was.  So, my final verdict on this particular shade is an underwhelmed ‘like it, don’t love it’.

I’ll definitely be trying out similar two-step, long-wearing lip products offered by other brands.  Any recommendations?