Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lipstick Queen Medieval

I remember the first time I heard about Lipstick Queen Medieval was from Nylon magazine back in 2007 (or maybe 2008?) and I am a little surprised that it took me this long to get this, given how I always have a thing for sheer red. (By the way, it took Nylon no time to sell me a Nars blush. "Who needs orgasm when you can have super orgasm?" I whipped out my credit card as soon as I read that line.)
Anyway, the article features the story we have all heard for a gazillions times: How it was sinful for women in medieval times to wear red lips so they rubbed lemon on their mouth instead. The story inspired Poppy that she ended up sitting with a chemist for a whole afternoon (That's it?) and ended up with this: a universally flattering (well, that can be said about anything super sheer) red that's barely detectable...and minus the sting.
The packaging for most of Lipstick Queen products is simple and distinctive. Medieval has a small red metal tube with just the brand name (and by Poppy)stamped on. I quite like the design in general (as it goes well with my granny-print dresses, tortoise shell glasses and the rest of my hipster fantasy) but the metal closure (friction fitted so the lid rubs/scratches the paint) is bugging me a little. Anyway, I have another two lipsticks from the brand, the lids come with rubber sleeves inside so those close without scratching.
Now to the product - Medieval  (to my eyes. I think my color perception is out of whack because for that stripe dress that was allover the internet. I see it as blue and poop brown...). Instead, it looks like a slightly brownish red in a light gel-stick formula. I mean, I think the brown tone is quite apparent (especially it looks more brown than Lunasol "brown red"). 
Lunasol Full Glamour Lips in Brown Red, Wild Watermelon, Medieval, Maybelline Color Whisper Red Around Town, Mac Crosswire, Revlon Candy Apple, Revlon Super Lustre Shine Lipstick Rich Girl's Red, Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic

From my personal experience, it seems that my lip color enhances both the warm and cool. Orange tend to look extra yellow, neutral red usually turn very bright (and cool-toned) on my lips. I find slightly cool cherry tend to the most flattering so I kept going back to those. 
The unique part about Lipstick Queen Medieval is that on my lips, it looks neutral and stays neutral! It also happens to be the sheerest of all of my sheer red tints (pigmentation level is probably similar to a red gloss and I don't have to deal with stickiness). The gel-stick formula is light-weight and somewhat hydrating (by don't count on it for your winter in the Northeast)and lasting power is just a little better than other tinted drugstore balms. 

I think it's a great bare-bone basic that does everything it promises (it doesn't promise much though). I personally enjoy it a lot because not only it's light enough to be a slap-on-and-go color, it's the only red that I can wear with eye makeup (without feeling like a show girl) comfortably.
Medieval as a base for LA Girl Lip Paint in Pin Up (turned way too cool on me).

Bottom line: Wait for a sale (I think 16 dollars seems like a more reasonable price for what it does) or you will end up feeling like you are paying for their poetic marketing. After all (even it's unique), the formula is different, but not necessarily better than lipsticks by Maybelline or Revlon (actually I think the finish and level of pigment reminds me of Essence Glow Neon Glow).

 I bought it off a set (after reading it on Dalenna's blog) that went on sale, that's why I am not whining about the price point. Anyway, can't wait to play with the other two shades (and venture more into the brand, Endless Summer range is totally my thing).

Friday, February 27, 2015

New from Wet n Wild, Milani, Burt's Bees and More

Collective spy cam post again: First there is this Wet n Wild palette called Camouflage Couture. I like that greenish metallic taupe on top right. Not sure about how to use the other shades though.

La Vie en Rouge Around the Clock Blush
Correcting concealer palette
Three of the previously limited Milani rose blushes made it back.
Kajal eyeliner and fierce foil liner
Ardell Black Tie Lashes
Masque Bar by Look Beauty
La Roche Posay Mineral sunscreen
Burt's Bees Wild Cherry Lip Balm
The Vanilla Bean and Hydrating ones also seem new

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring 2015 Haul - New Toys and Repurchases

I reckon the string of drugstore spycam posts can be quite boring (but I like looking at new drugstore collections...and maybe I just like make fun of them) so here is a little haul post as a break. I don't do haul (I mean I don't hoard a bunch of product at once) but I make small purchases at difference places all the time, and I open them right away (so they are not haul-post-worthy).

 Anyway, it seems that I have accumulated enough "craps" (what my mom and friend call them) to make a post out of them. So here you go...I don't feel too bad (who am I kidding, I feel good buying them!) since many of them are repurchase  that I love and finish up in the past.
So, here is the group picture. Not too intimidating.
Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser - Gentle night time cleanser that actually removes makeup. Reformulated (at least the fragrance is further down the ingredient and doesn't seem to be as bothersome).

DHC Moisture Fruit Foaming Wash - Random find at Marshalls. Grabbed it right away since it was 5 bucks and Japanese cleansers don't go wrong on me. 

Shiseido White Lucent Foaming Cleanser - This is like my 5th or 6th tube? It's gentle, effective (at cleansing and fading hyperpigmentation) and lasts a long long time. I think this is reformulated this past year or two but at least it still smells the same.
These are kind of sort of repurchase as I have purchased from the same category of the same brand, now venturing into something new. Koji Curving Curler ("specifically designed for Japanese women for radial lashes"  and stuff) - Loving it so far. Pretty much gives me the comfort of Maquillage Edge Free curler and actual strong curl that I get by a Koji No.74.

 Kiss Me Sunkiller (tried their liquid one years ago) gel formula sunscreen - I like the icy blue tube.
Physicians Sexy Booster Formula (new toy) - This is going to the trash (but I need to take some glamour shots first, it's an OCD thing).

Gosh Mineral Eyeshadow (and a new eyeliner)- Technically repurchase (but I just didn't get the review up yet). Fun color that's easy to apply. It doesn't last well like the Milani/Maybelline cream shadow though.

Prestige Marbleized brow pencil - Repurchase. I didn't finish my old one (more like I finished it off by sitting on it). It's very natural looking, not too waxy and the spoolie is handy. 

Now here is the lippies. Some older limited Maybelline Babylips, a  new Tutti Frutti Lip butter, Maybelline Color Whisper Rose of Attraction (those were all on clearance at Rite Aide). The LA Girls Glazed Lip Paint was an impulse purchase at Harmon (paid full price. Regret every bit of it).

 Then there are the pretty ones: Maquillage Essence Glamorous Rouge (it's red, it's LE and it promises to fill up lip line on the spot. I am SOLD)...Lipstick Queen discovery set (on sale, couldn't resist).  

Anyway, here is my recent haul. I hope you find a pile of unused (OK, I totally used the Lipstick Queen Medieval and tucked it back) makeup interesting. If you want to see something reviewed, feel free to drop a comment...I will try my best to take glamour shots while the snowy backgrounds are still here.

Sally Hansen Limited Complete Salon Manicure 2015

Spotted at CVS - Sally Hansen Salon
Pink Shell, Pale Sand, Tupelo Honey
Marooned, King of Shadow, Indigo Wave, (can't see it). OK, I missed the entire back row but those are the colors that I really like...
Blush of Dusk, Sheer Force

A bunch of (not new shades but just displays) Miracle Gel...This chick looks like Jenn Im....

Another complete salon manicure display

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