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Review: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Buttercream Lipgloss

So for my birthday I let myself buy 2 things from bareMinerals.  I purchased the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Buttercream Lipgloss in Must Have Pink and the bareSkin Perfecting Veil.  Today I thought I’d let you know what I thought about the lipgloss.  They are available exclusively at Ulta for $18 and come in 12 shades (so a little something for everyone).


The packaging is really cute and almost luxe feeling.  I love the gold components.  I do worry that the gold writing will wear off eventually, but I suppose that it wouldn’t matter as the color name is on the bottom of the tube.


The formula itself is absolutely amazing!  I do really love the original Marvelous Moxie lipgloss, so if you like that I can guarantee you’ll love this.  The scent on these are different from the original since the original uses peppermint oil for some light tingling.  These smell kind of like lipstick.  Luckily the scent doesn’t last very long on the lips because it’s an awful scent to me. 

As I stated before, these also don’t have the peppermint oil stinging, so that’s good news for all of you that can’t take the tingle.  I don’t mind either way, but I do appreciate that they took it out for all those sensitive lip people.

The lipgloss is so smooth and great.  I feel like they’re even smoother than the original because I don’t think any of them have any shimmer, glimmer, or glitter particles.  This is the part that I like the most since I’m not a huge fan of glitter chunks.  The formula itself is about a sheer-medium coverage, depending on the color of course.



The color I got, Must Have Pink, is just perfect for my everyday color.  It’s about a medium pink color with a warm-neutral undertone.  I really love this color and I’m glad it’s what I went with for my first color.  Now I want them all…

Overall Grade: A, really the only thing I can really deduct for is the scent.  I don’t like it at all.  It’s not sweet or vanilla-like to me.  Everything else is completely on point.  Now I just need to win the lottery to buy all the other colors 🙂

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Review: L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipstick


I just found these at CVS, but I think they’ve been around for a little while.  It’s a permanent range, so no need to rush out (although I did buy this on Project Pan 3.0 as I can’t resist lip products).  I got mine for $10.49+tax.  I’m pretty sure it’s cheaper at Target though.  There are 16 shades in the range with a wide variety of colors.


I like the packaging well enough, although it does bother me that there’s no view window to see the color that’s in the tube.  It has a color representation that’s relatively close, but I would check out swatches of everything before buying if you’re wary like I was.  The doe foot applicator is pretty standard.  And it seems to put quite a bit of product down at a time so there’s no need to dip back in for more layers.

There is a slight scent to this.  It’s kind of fruity.  I enjoy it, but I know some people don’t like scent in their products so I thought I’d mention it.

Bare Lips

Bare Lips

L'Oreal Extraordinaire in 103 Blushing Harmony

L’Oreal Extraordinaire in 103 Blushing Harmony

The formula on this is quite lovely.  It’s smooth and creamy.  The pigmentation on the one I got (103 Blushing Harmony) isn’t ultra pigmented, but it’s the level of pigmentation that I enjoy.  It’s about a medium pigmentation level, although I think the darker colors would of course have a much higher pigmentation.  The finish is a bit glossy in the beginning, so no need for an extra gloss on top.  The wear time on these is about 1.5 hours on a color like this (a bit light).

Overall Grade: A.  While the color variety is quite good for a first launch, I only found 5 colors that I would be interested in.  I hope they come out with other colors, but I won’t be buying any more for quite a while as I’m still on Project Pan 3.0 and I have way more lip products than I should own.

Now for a few comparisons:
vs. L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain
Long name, that I’m not entirely sure I have right.  Anyway, since these are a stain they do last quite a bit longer.  The doe foot applicator itself isn’t all that different.  I do slightly prefer the Wet Shine’s applicator though as it gives a more precise application.  The formula is quite a bit different.  The Wet Shines start off really liquid-like, then dry down to something that feels okay as long as you don’t rub your lips together too much, and then once it’s wearing off it becomes a sticky mess.  I definitely prefer these new Extraordinaires better.

vs. Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color
SAM_2720These are actually quite comparable to each other.  As with the Wet Shines though, I do prefer the applicator on the Color Elixirs as it allows for more precise application.  The wear time between these two is very similar.  I think the Color Elixirs last a little bit longer, but that may be a difference in color pigmentation as I don’t have a comparable color in both of these lines to truly say.  As for the moisturization, I find the Color Elixirs to be superior to the Extraordinaires.  And the moisturization seems to linger after the Color Elixirs wear off where as the Extraordinaires leave your lips wanting more when it wears off.  I also think that the color selection of the Color Elixirs is much better.  I prefer the Maybelline Color Elixirs more, but I do find the formulas and prices to be comparable.

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2013 Holy Grail Beauty Products

So this year is going to be just 1 “massive” post.  In the past I used to break it up into a mini series of sorts, but that just seemed unnecessary.

For Face:


Primer – Smashbox Photo Finish.  I haven’t had this for a while as it is quite pricey, but I love the feel of it and the performance is fantastic.
Concealer – Lancome Maquicomplet is my absolute holy grail concealer.  I have it in Camée and it is the most perfect match for my skin.  As an affordable alternative though I do enjoy the Maybelline Dark Circle Corrector enough to mention it here.
Foundation – bareMinerals READY Foundation (I wear R310 Medium Tan).  I find this to be easy and not too heavy.  I really enjoy it in the winter as it is a little hydrating.  It’s not too hydrating for summer use though.
Cheeks – MAC Sincere will forever hold a place in my heart.  I know it looks like absolutely nothing in the pan, but trust me it’s gorgeous.  It just works with my skin tone and helps diminish my hyperpigmentation on my cheeks.
Powder – bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil.  I love all of the mineral veils from Bare Escentuals, but I enjoy the pressed version quite a bit for its convenience and portability.

For Eyes:


Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  I’m not sure what it is about it, but I do really enjoy this primer.  It just works.
Shadow Palette – Maybelline Eye Studio Silk Plush Quads.  I’ve had a few of these and they are just outstanding.  I find them to be fantastically blendable and easy to work with (although some have a bit of fallout).  I have also fallen in love with the bareMinerals READY eye shadows.  They are nice and blendable and come in such pretty color combinations.
Singe Shadow – I don’t have one for this year *gasp*
Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Eyeliner.  Almost all of my eyeliners are these ones.  I just adore them.  They don’t smudge once they set and they come in every color of the rainbow.
Mascara – Clinique High Impact.  I’m not sure what it is about this mascara, but it does some really nice things to my lashes.  I also love the Maybelline Great Lash BIG.  It’s so much more affordable too.  I think maybe $5 at most drugstores, but don’t quote me on that.

For Lips (my favorite!):


Lipliner – I enjoy the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipliners when I use lipliner (almost never).  They just glide on and stay there perfectly. 
Lipstick – I really love my Revlon Lip Butters.  I reach for these the most often when I reach for lipstick.  They’re just well pigmented and creamy and moisturizing.  Staying power isn’t great, but I love everything else so much more that I don’t care about the staying power.  I also really enjoy my bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipsticks.
Lipgloss – NYX Butter Gloss.  The formula on these is amazing.  Now if they would only make more colors that I can wear it would be perfect.  I’ve actually moved away from most lipgloss.
Tinted Balm – This was the hardest category to choose for.  I did narrow it down to the Clinique Chubby Sticks and Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm.  Both of these perform great for me.  I do wish they both had more of a color selection though.  Clinique is getting better with that, but Almay doesn’t have too many colors.

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Review: Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Lip Balm EDITED

Man, I was so excited about these.  I absolutely adore my Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balms, but they just don’t have a great color selection.  I first heard about these on NouveauCheap’s blog and I thought they were going to be the answer to my prayers.


First off, the packaging is so adorable.  And despite the fact that most people were complaining about it’s small size, I think it’s perfect.  It means a greater chance that I could use it up before it expired.  It’s a clear acrylic that has the product itself in a cavity that is the shape of a lipstick bullet.  Absolutely adorable!

The scent is a little off-putting.  Like floral plastic to me.  And I do find it quite strong for about 5 minutes and then it goes away.  It doesn’t bother me enough to just toss it, but I just wanted to let people know in case they are sensitive to scents.

The color selection is amazing.  There are 20 shades, most of which are without shimmer!!  Seriously, I am so against shimmer in lip products right now.  There are a few with shimmer though if you are a shimmer kind of person.  Of the 20 shades I picked up 2, but I’m only opened Rose Redefined.  I really like this color.  It’s a nice pink that is wearable for every day despite the fact that it looks a bit bright in the tube.


The color payoff of course will vary with each color.  Rose Redefined just looks like my lips but better.  It isn’t all that pigmented, but it certainly does give a tint and a slight sheen like a light lipgloss.  In the beginning anyway.

Bare Lips

Bare Lips

Lips with Rose Redefined

Lips with Rose Redefined

And now the most important factor, the formula.  When I first apply it it feels really nice, although a tad thick.  I actually don’t mind the thickness.  For me, a thick feeling lip balm does make me feel like it will be moisturizing.  And I think perhaps that’s why I like the Almay version.  The difference is that the Almay one actually seems to moisturize my lips and leave them feeling soft while the Maybelline one feels good while it’s on (and it only lasts an hour for me at most), but it doesn’t feel like it leaves my lips soft at all.  In fact, it may actually be sucking some moisture out as it leaves.

I’m not sure what I expected though.  They were just so cute looking and I got sucked into the packaging.  I just need to stop trying to get any Maybelline lip product to work for me.  Unfortunately the bottom line is that the only exciting thing about the Color Elixir Liquid Lip Balms is that there are a lot of colors.  Come on Almay, make more colors of the Color+Care Liquid Lip Balms!

Overall Grade: C.  And really, it probably shouldn’t be even that high.  It’s fine as long as you don’t need a lot of moisture, color payoff, or staying power.

EDITED 12/11/13: This has impressed me over time.  I am still not a fan of the scent.  I just don’t know what it is, but it’s not good.  I don’t know if it needed to “dry out” a bit or what, but now I can say that these are a solid B+ for me.  The moisture and color are pretty good, which is what I bought them for.  They no longer feel like they are sucking out the moisture from my lips.

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Review: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks & Lipliners

I purchased both the Lipstick in Break Away and the Lipliner in Thrilled from my local Ulta.  The lipsticks retail for $18 and the lipliners retail for $15.  Thank goodness for 20% coupons, right?  Not that I wouldn’t purchase them at full price, but coupons are always good.

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Anyway, the packaging for both is this sleek black color that bareMinerals seems to be using quite a bit on all their new stuff lately.  The lipsticks feature the nifty little locking mechanism button and a coordinating color label on the bottom of the lipstick with the name on it.  The lipliners have a fun little rubber grip and the color displayed at the end of the pencil.  These liners are the twist up version, no sharpener required thank goodness.  At $15 for 0.01 oz/0.4 g, this is not something I want to waste in sharpening it.

Both products smell faintly of peppermint, but they don’t have that tingling sensation at all.  The lipglosses that are also a part of this range do tingle however.


L-R: Thrilled lipliner, Break Away lipstick

There are 18 lipstick colors and 10 lipliner colors in the permanent collection.  And I think I’m going to want almost all of them.  Break Away Lipstick and Thrilled Lipliner are both a great mauve color.  Definitely in the MLBB range, but for fall as they do lean a tad cool.  I’m not entirely sure why I picked these colors since we’re in the heat of summer, but I will definitely be getting a lot more use out of them when fall rolls around.


Bare Lips

Lips with Thrilled lipliner

Lips with Thrilled lipliner

Lips with Thrilled lipliner and Break Away lipstick

Lips with Thrilled lipliner and Break Away lipstick

The lipstick is perfectly creamy.  So creamy and smooth in fact, that I enjoy wearing it all on its own, without even a tiny bit of lip balm underneath.  It definitely doesn’t dry out my lips.  I almost think that it leaves my lips in better condition than when I put it on, if that’s even possible with a lipstick.  Without any primer or lipliner underneath I find this color lasts about 2-4 hours depending on how much talking I do.  That’s pretty comparable to the other lipsticks that I own.  The deeper colors probably wear for longer though.

The lipliner is also really creamy and smooth feeling.  There’s absolutely no tugging on the lips here.  It’s fantastic.  This product also doesn’t dry out my lips, although it doesn’t seem to moisturize them either so I do tend to put on a lip balm and let that sink in before I put this on.  For me, this liner lasts about 4 hours on its own unless I’m eating something.  That’s loads longer than the other liner I have (which admittedly is drugstore and wasn’t worth it).  I never used to wear lipliner, but I feel like with the smoothness of this one, I’d actually be inclined to use them.

When combined my lip color stays on for 4-7 hours depending on how much talking/eating I’m doing.  To be fair though, I don’t mind reapplying this stuff at all so longevity isn’t really an issue for me.  They both just feel so nice gliding on to my lips.

Lipstick Overall Grade: A.  My only complaint is the cost and lack of a large color range, but even that isn’t a big deal for such a great product.  I can’t wait to test out some deeper colors.

Lipliner Overall Grade: A+.  I can’t find one thing to complain about with this product.  If I was getting really nitpicky I suppose I could say that the cost bothers me, but even that doesn’t really bother me all that much.

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Review: Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint

So, this is another one of the pencils that I picked up during the holiday season, the last of the formulas that I’m going to review. The one I’m showing is called Elite. It’s a nice, warm coral shade. In a swatch it leans more pink, but on the lips it does lean a bit more true coral. Each pencil is typically $24, so if you like them you should always buy them in a set.


The Natural Lip Tint formula is nice and creamy and smooth. It feels really nice going onto the lips. It can be built up, but I wouldn’t suggest putting more than 2 layers on at a time. Any more than that and I’ve experienced massive lip peeling. This is my favorite of all the finishes of the LipSurgence Lip Tints. This one just goes on so smoothly and leaves a beautiful stain on the lips.


Lasting power is pretty fantastic considering that I can wear it and it doesn’t immediately dry my lips out like a stain typically does. I would say that on my lips (with constant eating, drinking, and talking) it lasts 3-4 hours. For me, that’s pretty good.


Overall Grade: B+. I like them, but they’re not holy grail for me. This particular color isn’t great on me and while I like the formula, it doesn’t make my lips feel extra nice or anything. And after the first hour, it just feels like a regular lipstick on me.

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