Best Ipsy bag yet! The contents were great again this month. I got a pink bag with a white zipper that contained a Pop Beauty lip gloss in Peony Petal, a Martini shadow tint in Spiced Rum, a Zoya polish in Odette, a Nume hair mask, and a City Color matte blush. Swatches below!
I’m a big fan of Lorac products and I’ve been wanting to try the Cobra mascara and the Liquid Lustre in the Diamond color, plus I love the Lip Lustre and the shadow, so I definitely wanted two new colors. I hadn’t tried Lorac blush before but I’ve been on a blush kick lately, so this set was pretty much ideal for me.
This photo shows the blush, shadow, the free sample that comes with each order, the mascara, lip lustre and 3d lustre. I have to say, I love all of these products except the blush. The blush is highly pigmented and I applied way too much the first time, but I found it to be slightly splotchy and difficult to blend.
The Cobra mascara has a really great brush that makes it really easy to get to the root of the lash and also into the corners. The formula is great too, super rich black and smooth with no clumps, very easy to apply.
The 3D Lustre did flake a tiny bit but I used it with no primer and no setting spray so I could test it out on its own first. It is such an amazing glossy, glittery, frosty, metallic product, it is really hard to describe or photograph. The set of four colors is on sale right now for $18 so I’m going to order it.
The Lip Lustre is one of my favorite lip products of all time. I have three other shades and I didn’t see this one available on its own, so I would have purchased this set just for this if I had to. They’re so smooth and glossy and taste/smell like cotton candy, which is the best thing ever!
I did not use the shadow with this look but I have several other Lorac shadows and I love them.
This is a great set, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a set of colors and products that work well together or for someone new to Lorac.
Swatches are of 3d lustre and mascara (eyes), lip lustre (lips), blush, shadow, lip lustre and 3d lustre.
Cost: $23 and free shipping. Available for a limited time.
Available at: Lorac Cosmetics
Maybelline Color Elixer is supposed to produce a rich, saturated color while leaving lips soft and cushiony. I believe this comes in 20 shades, each place I’ve looked has had just a sampling of them, but I know there are at least 20.
I loved the look of these in the ads and commercials. I’m really picky with my lip products because most lipsticks dry my lips out by noon and glosses are usually so tacky that my lips stick together and pull until they hurt. I picked up two of these in the shades Mauve Mystique and Celestial Coral. The mauve shade seems true to name, but the Celestial Coral is really more of a bright pink. I picked those colors based on the way they looked, not what they were named, so I’m fine with that, but the name is a little misleading.
These literally do everything they claim to do. They make my lips feel soft and cushiony, they’re not tacky at all, even when they start to wear off. The color payoff is super rich and pigmented, just as shown in the commercials. They’re comfortable to wear all day and I love that it fills in lines rather than collects in them. The scent/flavor is somewhat odd, fruity and perfume-like but not unpleasant. I found myself getting sort of addicted to it and if I couldn’t catch a strong whif of it, I would re-apply so I could sniff often. I used them alone, with no primer, base or liner and experienced no bleeding. The only downside is that the tips of the applicators on both of mine were bent even though the package was sealed. That’s a quality control issue, as I checked to make sure they weren’t supposed to be that way (hey, weirder things have happened). As it starts to wear off, the color becomes more sheer but the comfort level stays the same and a hint of color remains. I find these to be most comparable to Chanel Glossimer, and honestly they are slightly more comfortable as they wear off. Chanel Glossimer tends to be a bit thicker, which makes it tacky as it begins to wear off.
I’d like to pick up at least three more colors for now and am hoping for some glitter colors in future releases. These are a great find and well worth investing in. They are much better quality than I expected and the feel of the formula is unique. I am highly impressed with these and after wearing them for a week, I really don’t want to use anything else.
Pros: Rich Pigmentation, Comfortable, Moisturizing, High Gloss Finish
Cons: Quality Control Issues with Applicator, Some Colors are Hard to Find
Cost: Around $7
Available at: Drugstores, Walmart, Target
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If you’ve read any of my previous posts on the brand Tokyo Milk, you may know that I am obsessed with some of their products and hate others. This tends to be the trend for me when it comes to fragrances, as companies try to make products for everyone, and fragrance is a matter of very personal, specific taste. Dead Sexy is my favorite fragrance from Tokyo Milk, but there are also five more that look very interesting to me. Their return policy just says to contact customer service in the event of a return, which I did, asking for a more specific explanation of the return policy and if samples were available. They basically replied and told me to contact them if for some reason I needed to return something and that samples are not offered. Ok, so no help. Thanks. The freebie samples I get with my orders are never anything I want so I decided to go on the hunt for some type of samples for these five fragrances I was interested in.
Enter Surrender to Chance. This company offers thousands of perfumes that they decant into smaller sample sizes and sell at a fraction of the price of a full bottle. Most samples are around $3, depending on the purchase price of a full size bottle. And yes, they’re legit. The fragrances are not reproductions, they are the actual product.
This company offers a ton of impossible fragrance finds. Discontinued, rare items that are no longer available can be found here and are offered until they’re all gone. They have options to search perfumes by recent releases, celebrity favorites, sample sets, curated collections, notes, etc. For example, I looked over the section for notes and chose “almond”. I was then given a list of all the perfumes offered with almond fragrance in them. I found several items using the “notes” section that had interesting descriptions that I ended up purchasing or wishlisting for later.
Weekly specials are also offered and if you sign up for emails, you’ll get discount codes. This gave me the perfect opportunity to try the five Tokyo Milk fragrances (they came in a set and I could pick any fragrances from that brand) at a cost of $13.99, rather than the $30 per bottle price on the brand website. Not to mention, I can now try all sorts of new perfumes if I am unable to find samples elsewhere for free.
This is what I got:
Tokyo Milk Five Fragrance Set in Age of Aquarius, Sugar Sugar, Eden, Marine Sel, I Want Candy
Guerlain Terracotta Voile d’Ete (saw this in Lucky magazine years ago and forgot I wanted to try it!)
Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau (found this when browsing and the description looks delectable)
Guerlain Les Voyages Olfactifs-New York (another found while browsing)
Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache (wanted to try based on YouTube review)
Nest Fragrances-Set of Five in Amazon Lilly, Dahlia & Vines, Passiflora, Midnight Fleur, White Sandalwood (another YouTube review)
I chose the smallest of the sizes for each, with plans to purchase full sizes of the items I really like. I’ve also found several more samples I’d like to try, which I’ve added to my wishlist on the site for future purchase. Shipping was less than $3 and I had a welcome code for 10% off, so all those samples, 14 in all were under $40. That’s less than the price of one higher end bottle and I’ll get as many uses out of these as a full bottle would offer. For me, this is a great deal so I don’t get stuck wasting money on fragrances I don’t like and I also don’t have to go through the hassle of dealing with customer service and shipping something back that I don’t like. I feel guilty doing that anyway. If there’s nothing wrong with the product and it simply isn’t my taste, that’s not the company at fault.
I will let you know how I feel about each of the fragrances once I’ve had the opportunity to try each of them a few times. For now, check out their website!
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