Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Kiehl's Lip Gloss in "French Rose"

Hey everyone! Don't you love when your rummaging through your makeup and find amazing stuff that you've totally forgotten about? Well that's what happened to me today :D I was searching through my lip glosses and came across the Kiehl's one in French Rose. 
In the tube it fits the name, as it looks like a really pretty, pink, soft rose color. When you put it on, it looks like the same color just much sheerer. Although it's not the most unique or special gloss (definitely dupable) I love how basic it is and how I can just put it on with any daily look. It's not overwhelmingly sticky, smells soo good, and has really nourishing ingredients like apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, and rose extract. 

Kiehl's Lip Gloss runs for $14.50 each 
Thanks for reading :) 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Hey everyone! This is my review on the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. 

Get rid of oily skin.

What is this?
thin, blue rubbery sheets 

What does it do?
removes excess oil and shine from your face without ruining your makeup* 
* because I don't wear foundation, I can't vouch for the product not ruining my makeup, but I've seen reviews that it doesn't 

How much does it cost? 
between $5-6 

Where can I get it? 

How do I use it? 
blot it over the oily parts of your skin and, although it's gross, the blue sheet has see-through spots where it absorbed the most oil so you know it's working 

How many sheets does it come with? 
50 sheets 

Is the packaging practical? 
really practical; the inside flap has a sticky piece of tape that picks up a new sheet for you every time you open it 

Would I buy this again? 
YES! and I already have a couple of times, it removes the oil from my face extremely well and unless I'm sweating, the oil stays gone for the rest of the day. Of course, if you have more extreme oiliness this won't be 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Hey everyone! Here are some pictures and my review on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. I don't have nearly all the popular colors (including Black Bean and Milk :/ but I plan on getting them!) but hopefully this will inspire you to get some colors you might not have yet. Also, I'm really sorry that these photos are so crappy but this is my first time taking pictures of swatches and my camera spazzed just a little lol. Well I hope you enjoy! 

With flash 

no flash 
no flash 

Pots & Pans 

French Fries 

-The jumbo eye pencils are basically thick eyeliners that can serve as bases, liners, and as creamy shadows.

- They run for $4 dollars each at and Harmon drugstores but are discounted at websites like 

-In almost 30 colors, there's no way you won't find what you're looking for. I like them because they are so easy to use and to me, they just seem like easy to use makeup essentials. 

-As you can probably see from the pictures, they don't all have the same amount of pigmentation, but they are all creamy, blendable, and buildable to an extent depending on the shade. 

-I didn't include photos of them blended out because they barely moved (which is a good thing!) 

- Tend to crease somewhat during the day (I reccommend using powder shadow over) 

- My main con with these are that, especially in the warm weather, they are super fragile. Even though I keep mine in a dark cool place, they still sometimes break when I'm using them. Because they are creamy I can blend them back together but it's still frustrating 

-They come off decent with makeup remover 

1) Slate 
- good substitute for Black Bean 
- very dark grey with silver shimmer 
- very good pigmentation (2 strokes in picture) 

2) Pots & Pans 
- metallic silver 
- good pigmentation (4 strokes in picture) 

3) Oyster 
- blue-toned shimmery pinky purple 
- decent pigmentation ( about 6 or 7 strokes in picture) 

4) Lavender 
- shimmery true lavender shade 
- very good pigmentation (2 strokes in picture) 

5) French Fries 
- coppery brown color with gold shimmer 
- amazing pigmention (just one stroke in picture) 

Thanks for reading :)  

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Hey everyone! 
For years and years cosmetic and skincare companies have used animals to test their products. Animal testing dates back as far as the age of the Greek empire! 

Sadly, between 50-100 million animals are used annually in experimentation. But keep in mind that this number is not referring to only the animals used in experimentation with cosmetics. Animals are also used in behavioral studies and biomedical research. 

The use of animals in experimentation is widely debated, I myself feel that it's really wrong when animals are used in testing for makeup and skin products. 

I came across, a website supported by PETA (so you know it's legit lol) and it has a list of companies that do and do not test on animals. The lists are extremely long but I wanted to list for you guys SOME (there are many more) of the popular cosmetic/skincare companies on the lists that stood out to me so here ya go! 

Companies that Do Test on Animals: 
*Note: I am not by any means saying that you should boycott or dislike any of these brands, it is just one aspect of what may be a great quality company 

Procter &Gamble products 
          Head & Shoulders 
Johnson & Johnson products 
L'oreal products 
Shiseido Cosmetics 

Companies that Do Not Test on Animals: 
Amazing Cosmetics, Inc. 
Bare Escentuals 
Bath&Body Works 
The Body Shop 
Burt's Bees 
DuWop Cosmetics 
ELF Cosmetics 
Estee Lauder 
Flirt! Cosmetics 
Hard Candy 
Jessie's Girl 
La Mer 
Physician's Formula 
Too Faced 
Urban Decay 
Victoria's Secret 
wet n' wild 

Ok, well I know this is ridiculously and annoyingly long but you can always just skim through it and I really hope you found this helpful! 
Links: (check this out to see if I missed any brands you use)

Thanks for reading :) 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Luscious Summer Lips

All year round you have to protect your lips, but there are different reasons why during the different seasons. 

During summer it's important to protect your lips because you are more often exposed to a lot of sunlight which can lead to dry, cracked lips. Also keep in mind that your lips are just like the rest of your skin, if they are exposed to too much sun while unprotected they can eventually develop cancerous moles. 

The first thing you can do to get those soft, smooth lips everyone wants is to exfoliate them. Two options are: 

1) Purchase a lip exfoliant/scrub           
Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub
This is the Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub which runs for $15 at Sephora. There are a lot of others out there, but this was the least inexpensive mainstream one I came across. 

2) Make your own lip scrub 
    *Bonus: It's free! 

All you have to do is go to your kitchen, take some honey and some sugar (yum!) mix it up, and with your index finger rub it all over your lips firmly, but not harshly. 
The goal is to remove the dead skin on your lips and prevent chapping, but rubbing too hard can end up hurting your lips, so be careful. 
Then take a wash cloth wet with warm water and remove the scrub completely. 

During the summer days it's crucial to apply and reapply lip balm. I switch off between two that I love: 

1) VS Pink Lip Balm 
These are the Victoria's Secret Pink lip balms with spf 15 they go for $7
This is definitely the most summer appropriate lip balm I have because it has spf in it, which is really important in protecting your lips during the summer. Plus it smells awesome and has the cutest packaging! 

2) eos Lip Balm (full review eventually) 

This is my new favorite daily lip balm and runs for about $3-4 at drugstores or online.

Thanks for reading everyone :)