Friday, October 09, 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

Spotted at Rite Aid - Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 
HD Temptation(the most tempting shade to me), Love, Seduction

Devotion, Obsession and Addiction. The packaging (despite the vibrator resemblance) feels rather nice and sleek. I will probably pick one up just to see how it goes, even though I don't tend to reach for bold matte shade for everyday wear.
Another Colorstay display with duo packs
Eyeliner and brow pen
Colorstay Overtime lip color with free gloss stain (I never tried that range since it's release last summer).
More Colorstay eyeliners.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon and More Japanese Stuff at TJ Maxx

Spotted at Rite Aid - Burts Bees creamy matte lip crayons.
Sedona Sands, Redwood Forest, Niagara Overlook
Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smolder and Napa Vineyard
And look at what I found at Tjmaxx! Beside the B &C lab Collage-Rose mask (which is an ivernight/massage mask that I have two tubs myself)there are Ichikami haircare $11 (bought the shampoo myself) and Oshima Tsubaki oil (priced at $14). Wouldn't it be so nice if they keep stocking them? Well, I guess there is always Mitsuwa...

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Lunasol Three Dimensional Eyes in Deep Beige

Lunasol Three Dimensional Eyes was released in Fall 2011. The whole range of eyeshadow has four pans each, and in the highlight/base and liner pans are each split into three. You get a whooping eight pans that...make absolutely no difference to me, as I always use my palette the same way (as soon as I find an arrangement I like the best).

So why did I end up with one when I don't like multi-pan (they are just too confusing)? I was thinking about getting the lilac-and-taupe Mysterious Beige as a cart filler (you know, to "save" on shipping) but Dalenna told me to get Deep Beige instead, so I did what she said...To think of it, it's a miracle I never got kidnapped growing up.

 We all know what a Lunasol compact looks like (well the shadow are in a black slot this times, versus the copper in Sheer Contrast Eyes and Silver in Vivid Clear) so let hop right on to the shadow.
The upper left pan is the highlighter pan (although I like using any light color as base, as long as it's not too sparkly). They are the same golden off-white and the level of bling decreases from left to right. All of the colors are pigmented and tightly packed so it's easy to grab without leaving a bunch of fly-out. To me, they more or less all look softly shimmer once blended. I usually pick up the middle and right shades as a highlight/base, mainly because it doesn't make sense using a detail brush to pick just one (when they more or less look the same).

1. Clear non-gritty golden sparkly top coat.
2. Shimmery-Satin (with smaller shimmer particle)
3. Satin that shows up rather glowing under direct/setting sun.
 The upper right shade is a gorgeous golden champagne that's meant for allover the lid, the lower left is a medium gray taupe intended for shading (crease/half way through lid to lash line). Both lid shades have superb pigmentation, complex shimmer (although dulled by Ginbudou in comparison) and are less firmly packed so that they are easier to grab with a brush or sponge tip applicator. There isn't any texture variation between the two but I guess it doesn't matter, as I layer them anyway.
Being a taupe-lover, I found the gray-taupe a little too cool on my lids (it shows up straight up gray when used alone) so I need to make sure to always layer with the champagne to warm it up, and to never use it in large area or over-blend, both turn the look muddy. When I finally the area and dose right, the result is a clear and sharp look. 
Lastly, there is the liner pan with three shades of black with greenish golden base. All three are infused with shimmer particles (going from small sparkly to shimmer then to bigger glitter on the right) but on the eye all three colors more or less function like matte.
 Swatches with eyeliner brush (a freebie from Laura Geller that works great with powder) - The difference is noticeable on macro but it becomes negligible on the eyes, especially how I always blend it out with the champagne shades afterward. Just like the white pan, this one is tightly packed with great pigmentation and smooth texture. If you are the type to prefer western brands' level of pigmentation and want to venture into Japanese brands (for the shimmer!), this is a good one to go for. 
 Eye Ball of the Day with Lunasol Deep Beige (sorry for the really dry eye area. On the bright side, I just started using this brow color that looks uber-natural). I will remember to use moisturizer next time I take a close-up of the eye...

 White beige as base, champagne 3/4 of the lid, taupe 1/2 through lid to lash line (the cardboard instruction said from the crease to lash line but that's too little of an area in my case) and the black (one with least shimmer) to line. 

Overall: This is another one of those bright-and-clear that Lunasol does so well, except it also happens to be very pigmented (more pigmented than what I am comfortable with actually). I like the effect (though I should have used a more smoothing base/start putting on eye cream) but I needed to be very careful with the black and taupe, as they turn muddy easily with over-blending(I always over blend).  Anyway, this palette should pair well with fall/winter clothes so I will be loved.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sinful Colors Truly Madly Sparkly

Spotted another Sinful Colors display at Rite Aid. This seems like a holiday collection called Truly Madly Sparkly.

The one with Bling it On seems new. I already have the purple and other looks like they are from the permanent range anyway. After all these years, I finally realize that they release this kind of collections because many drugstores (like Rite Aid) doesn't carry the full Sinful Colors display.
The turquoise glitter one might be new as well.
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