Month: December 2013

New at the Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

There have been some awesome drugstore products released lately, and it seems that one of the most highly anticipated is Maybelline’s newest companion to their popular Baby Lips line, Baby Skin! I have to admit that saying (and writing) “Baby Skin” makes me feel a little gross, but I suppose I get what they’re driving at– a primer that will make your skin look so smooth and youthful it rivals that of an infant. While I’m not sure this product magically erased 26 years off my face, it did hold its own as a good pore filler and foundation primer.

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Baby Skin is an unscented clear gel that spreads over skin easily with a slightly siliconey feel. It has less slip than something like Smashbox Photo Finish in my opinion, with a  more balmy consistency. I welcomed the balm feel on my dry skin, but this may cause those with oilier complexions to look a bit too dewy, so be careful. I found that after applying Baby Skin my foundation glided on so easily, I had to do much less blending and could get away with using less product than usual. I’ve only tested it out for a few days so far, but one of those days included a fairly intense two hour private yoga class, and after that experience I can attest that Baby Skin definitely helped my foundation to stay put through a combination of sweat and a few faceplants into my mat during some balance poses gone awry.

Overall I give Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser two thumbs up for its texture, ability to prolong foundation wear, and drugstore price point and availability. I spotted it at my local CVS for around  $7.00, and I believe it should be rolling out at other drugstores at a similar price soon. If you’ve given Baby Skin a try I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section too. Until next time…

-LMC ♥

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My Collection: Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers

Welcome back to another “My Collection” post, where I share all of the colors/finishes I have from a certain product line. Today I’m featuring the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers.

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Previously released in the UK as the “Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer,” these hit US drugstore shelves as Show Off Lip Lacquers in Spring 2013. The Show Offs are available in 14 shades ranging from nudes and pinks to plums and reds, some with a cream finish and others containing shimmer. They truly live up to their “lacquer” name, going on rich and opaque with a gorgeous shine. These products have a great staying power, although their creamy consistency never really sets, so you may notice them transferring on to cup/utensils or migrating a bit outside the lip line as the day goes on. I find that quick reapplication and touch up with my finger around the edges of my lips helps to sort out any problems though. After seeing a tip on anther beauty blog I’ve also taken to dotting a bit of the lacquer on my cheeks and blending out with a stippling brush to wear them as a perfect cream blush. A little goes a long way, so be careful though. Overall, if you’re looking for a beautiful liquid lipstick (or cheek tint!) at a drugstore price point, the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers receive my highest recommendation.

Currently in my collection are:

  • Celestial (101) – a cool mauve perfect for a neutral daytime look
  • Apocaliptic (303) – a shockingly bright fun fuchsia
  • Aurora (401) – a coraley pink, great for a fresh spring/summer look
  • Big Bang (400) – a bright true red that I’m loving for the holiday season
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Note that the lighting makes these appear more cool toned and muted than their true colors. See the swatches below for a more accurate representation of each shade.

Left to Right: Celestial (101), Apocaliptic (303), Aurora (401), Big Bang (400).
Swatches on the left have no flash (which shows the truest colors) and swatches on the right have flash (which shows the glossy finish).

You’ll notice that I’ve kept my collection to all cream colors (no shimmer) and have skipped out on the lighter colors and nudes, which aren’t really my taste. If you’ve tried any of the sparkly or lighter shades though, I’d love to know what you think of them!

Do you have any Rimmel Show Off (or Apocalips) Lip Lacquers in your collection? Leave a comment and let me know what shades you’re loving.

-LMC ♥

Birchbox- December 2013

It seems like I was just telling you guys about my November Birchbox, and my December box already showed up in the mail yesterday. Three cheers for on time delivery! I’d say this was a decent month of beauty samples, so keep reading to find out what goodies were in my December Birchbox…

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FusionBeauty Lash Fusion XL Mascara – This mascara has a nutrient infused formula and dry formula that’s supposed to enhance length and volume. It is definitely dry, so much so that it’s difficult to build up much product on your lashes. If you’re looking for a natural look this would be a good mascara to try, but it doesn’t deliver dramatic volume or length. The brush has fluffy natural bristles that I typically enjoy, but it’s so huge that it’s difficult to use on my slightly smaller eyes. If you’ve been blessed with doe eyes and gorgeous natural lashes, maybe this mascara would work for you, but I need something that packs more of a punch.

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Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray – This texturising spray has a light fresh scent and gives a little grit and piecyness when sprayed into my dry hair. I haven’t tried it on damp hair yet, but I’m excited to give it a go.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – It seems like no matter how good my Birchboxes are, they usually come with one dud, and this month it’s Dr. Lipp’s balm. For all I know it could be an amazing product, but the sample I received was completely dried up and congealed inside the tube. I had to squeeze with all my might to even get a small amount out to show you. From what I can tell it’s a colorless unscented balm, but given that my sample definitely seems past its prime, I have no idea how the product should actually look/smell/perform.

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Twistband Hair Tie – I don’t use hairties very often since I sport a chin-length bob, but I do use the occasional one to throw my hair half up before washing my face so I suppose I’ll get some use out of this. I’ve used Twistbands before, and I do prefer them over traditional hair elastics since they don’t pull as much or leave a dent in your hair. I also appreciate that it’s a neutral color like black, which is more my style than their brighter offerings.

Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Perfecting Polisher – This product is another example of Birchbox giving scant instructions on how to use a skincare item and leaving me totally stumped. It’s a clear gel with a light fragrance that felt slightly soapy when I put a bit on the back of my hand. The card included with my box says, “Massage a dime-sized amount into clean, dry skin for 30 seconds. Perfect for on-the-go use.” Calling this product a ‘perfecting polisher’ made me think it was an exfoliator, but the directions say nothing about rinsing off, and I can’t imagine using an exfoliator on the go. I’m going to check out other reviews on the  Birchbox website to see how others are using this and maybe I can get a better idea of what the heck to do with it!

As usual there were a few hits, a few misses, and a few “meh”s in this month’s box. If you have a Birchbox subscription, what did you get this month? Leave a comment and let me know!

-LMC ♥