Beauty Misfit

Benefit Eye Bright

This week’s misfit.

The accused: Benefit Eye Bright is a very light pink  jumbo sized eye pencil which is supposed to brighten eyes and camouflage dark circles. It can be used on the waterline to reduce redness in eyes, as well as on dark circles and in the inner corner of eyes, to give an impression of a more awake look.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this pencil on Amazon, not because I was looking for it, but only because I had gotten a bunch of other beauty products, and I was given a deal for this eye brightener. Oh, well, I guess I’m weak like that… So I didn’t have much expectation for this item, but I had wanted to find a light pencil to put on my waterline and make my eyes appear less red. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that I didn’t dream of this item before buying it, because otherwise I would have been very disappointed!

First of all, when I use it on my waterline, the result isn’t natural at all! The pencil, even if I use the littlest amount, clogs up around my eyelashes, and so it is very obvious. It looks so fake that I can never use it. Then, when I try to use it on my dark circles, which are definitely there but not major either, the pencil is very far from my already very fair complexion, so I have two options: either I put very little and it doesn’t cover the darkness, or I use too much and it looks much too light and pink. So there is just no way to make it work. Finally, when I’ve used it in the inner corner of my eyes, it has sometimes gotten into my eyes, and it burnt my them. So I had to try to wash my eyes, and I had to redo my makeup all over again.

The verdict: Seriously, Benefit? Why such a bad product? Because of all its unkempt promises, I declare Benefit’s Eye Bright:

And so justice is done!

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Star of the Stick

The Cure For Lipstick Virgins

 

Do you regularly moisturize your lips and really enjoy wearing clear or very sheer lip balm? Do you never wear too much color on your lips? Then, you are what I call a Lipstick Virgin.

But you don’t have to be afraid of color and shy away from more traditional lipsticks, thanks to the wonderful Clinique Almost Lipstick range. Trying them will let you get used to color and can help you in your apprenticeship of wearing a more colorful, grown-up lip. Plus, it will keep your lips moisturized thanks to its rich and comfortable texture. A real win-win!

Swatches of Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and Luscious Honey.

I own two colors, Black Honey (left on picture) and Luscious Honey. Black Honey is a dark red with a berry-brown tone. Personally, I find it too brown for my fair skin. I don’t use it very often. The other one, Luscious Honey (right), I use a lot. It is a sheer red with cold, pink undertones. It is an easy way to get used to red lipstick progressively, or to wear a red hue during the day.

Swatches on my lips:

Black Honey – the flash makes it more red. In real life, it is browner.

Luscious Honey – the flash makes it look more pink. In reality, it is more of a sheer red.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

 

Etsy Shop On A Stick

A Life Without Etsy Is Like A Life Without Sun

I must confess something: I spend way too much time on Internet shopping websites… Mostly to dream shop. But still…

And one of my favorite websites to browse is Etsy. You can find all types of objects there. It is the best place to find unique objects that no-one else you know will own. It is also a great place to buy custom made items such as clothes to your measurements, spice blends to fit your tastes or soaps that will have the wacky smell you always dreamt about. I have already bought jewelry, clothes, craft supplies, wall art and makeup there. There is just so much choice. Most items are either handmade or vintage. Some of the handmade items look very amateurish, but other look perfect to every detail, with the quality of something you’d buy in an expensive shop.

Because I love Etsy so much, I’ve decided to spill my secrets and let you know about my best finds and my favorite shops. Stay tuned, some beautiful shops will be revealed soon.

What about you, do you shop at Etsy? And do you have favorite shops or items there?

How I Got Nailed This Week:

Chanel 495 Mica Rose

 

In a previous post, I shared with you my terrible experience with a pink Dior nail polish. Now, I’ve found the same beautiful color which made me purchase the Dior polish in the first place, except this one is actually easy to apply and gives beautiful results!

May I introduce you to this beautiful find, the Chanel Nail Color nail polish in 495 Mica Rose! Its opacity is optimal, which means that I am done with only 2 coats. The consistency of the polish is very fluid and is very easy to apply! Overall, a real winner if you are looking for a light pink shade!

 

So, if I may ask, how did you get nailed this week?

Star of the Stick:

Revlon Lip Butters!

About a year ago, everyone, all over the internet, began talking about Revlon Lip Butters. Bloggers were getting completely crazy over them. I was soon intrigued and bought my first two balms on Ebay. This Summer, when I was in America, I bought three more. That’s how much I love them! The first I got were Berry Smoothie and Peach Parfait. This Summer, I got Candy Apple, Sweet Tart and Tutti Frutti.

My Revlon Lip Butters: 015 Tutti Frutti, 025 Peach Parfait, 035 Candy Apple, 050 Berry Smoothie, 090 Sweet Tart.

Now, not all of these Lip Butters are created equal. Some are more pigmented, some have little shimmers in them. This makes for a very different application according to the color you’ll choose. Overall, they are a hybrid between a lip stick and a lip balm. This makes for an easy application, a nice sheen, minimal awkwardness from fading and still some good pigmentation. Here are my thoughts:

015 Tutti Frutti: This was THE color of this Summer! Orange was everywhere and this lip balm/lip stick really helped me rocking the trend without looking too weird. Because, you know, orange is not an easy color to wear. I really liked this balm which sometimes doubled as a blush, thought you must be aware that the blush effect if highly temporary: it rapidly fades on my skin. This balm is less pigmented than darker colors, which sometimes led to awkward streaks when I applied it directly from the bullet. I would definitely advice to tap it on the skin either from the bullet, or with your fingers.

025 Peach Parfait: Even though this is maybe the most talked about balm of the lot, being worn by Emma Stone on the Revlon adds, and being also worn by the actress in numerous premieres or photo shoots, this is the balm that has really disappointed me. It contains little shimmers, which make my lips drier and leads to awkward fading. The shimmers remain on my lips when the color and the sheen of the balm are gone, and it gets me crazy! Overall, I really didn’t like this balm, and I never wear it anymore.

035 Candy Apple: Hello bombshell! I love this balm so so much! For those of you who would like to wear red lipstick but are afraid to look weird, this is the one product to use! It is well pigmented when applied directly on the lips, but if you prefer a subtler effect, you can pat it on with your finger. It fades well, which is very important for me, because I don’t want to touch my lips up every 10 minutes. Overall, a real winner!

050 Berry Smoothie: A smart shade for fall and winter, Berry Smoothie is a cold dark pink. It is highly pigmented, and slightly less balmy than Candy Apple or Tutti Frutti. No particular problem with this one, but it’s not my favorite either.

090 Sweet Tart: The other treasure out of the whole range! This pink color is neither too light that it makes you look like a Barbie Doll, nor too flashy that it makes you conscientious. It looks fun, yet not too crazy. The heavy pigmentation and the super comfy texture give a beautiful result. Definitely one I’d repurchase!

Swatches, with flash, of : 015 Tutti Frutti, 025 Peach Parfait, 035 Candy Apple, 050 Berry Smoothie, 090 Sweet Tart.

And so, the star of the week are… Drumroll please…

Runner-up: 090 Sweet Tart: Because it feels and look perfect and makes me feel fun.

Winner: 035 Candy Apple: Because it looks beautiful and makes me feel grown-up: