Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review | Stila Convertible Color in 'Lotus'

Product: Stila Convertible Color in 'Lotus'
Cost: $9 on Hautelook | $25
Link: Order from Stila
Review: This is another Stila product that I ordered along with my after light lip color. I've always wanted to try the convertible colors from Stila since it's a multi-use product, you use it on your cheeks and on your lips. So of course, when I saw that Hautelook was selling it for a huge discount on their site, I had to buy it. I don't need to buy gas THAT badly. I was sad that they didn't have the deep berry shade, 'Poppy' but the one I did end up buying is a shade that looks very natural on my cheeks and on my lips. If you want the same shade that I have, they don't sell the shade on the Stila website so it might have been a Hautelook exclusive. Anyway, I really, really love this product. When I first received it, I used my finger tips to apply it to my cheeks and again, I used my fingers to blend the edges out and it resulted in a pretty and natural flush across my cheeks. I looked like I had just been out in the sun. As a cream blush, I don't use cream blush so this was my first experience with a product like it and I really enjoy it. It's really easy to use and it smells like vanilla. The finish isn't sticky like I'd assume, it left a very nice velvety finish on my cheeks. As a lip color, it was very natural looking on my lips, only better. The only downside is that it's not too hydrating, which I expected. As a lipstick it IS creamy and it does feel nice on the lips once I was applied it to my lips after I had lip balm on. I do love this product though and I look forward to getting 'Poppy' for that perfect berry blush. I highly recommend this product to someone who is building up their makeup bag because of the multi-use aspect of the convertible colors. Since you'll be paying for a beautiful cream blush AND a pretty lipstick, this is a very good investment. I can definitely see myself buying multiple colors of this product.
Rating: 5/5
This is the blush and lip color on me. Pretty natural, eh?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Inspiration | Kailey Flyte of Mermaidens

I originally had this post up but because of my blogspot inabilities, but I accidentally deleted the post so here is the post again! With better and bigger pictures!

Anyway, Kailey Flyte of mermaidens is a favorite blog of mine. Kailey is the most delightful and adorable human ever. The way she dresses is so perfect and fun. I heavily admire Kailey for being able to pull off styles that I wish I could wear but don't have the confidence to attempt to. I know that she used to write about how as a shy person, it makes her nervous to dress in "loud" styles, but I just admire her so much. Despite being a shy person, Kailey still manages to look every bit the confident and cool blogger that she is. Her blog is such a delight. The way it looks is just so pleasing to the eye. Kailey also does graphic art and her art style is just as cute as her personal style. Sometimes, when Kailey posts, I literally cannot believe that this is a person who follows me on instagram and tumblr. I'm still baffled that she even found me, but I also feel very fortunate to have someone as cool and talented and fae-like following me. If you want a dose of pretty and urban fae queen, follow her blog which I've linked to in the above, follow her instagram, or follow her on tumblr. I promise you won't regret it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review | Stila After Glow Lip Color in 'Vivid Violet'

Product: After Glow Lip Color in 'Vivid Violet'
Cost: $6.00 on Hautelook | Normally $18.00, on sale now for $9.00
Link: Order from Stila
Review: As a lover of plummy lips, when I saw this during the Stila sale on, I knew I had to get this. At the time, I didn't realize that this particular product was on sale on Stila's website. Despite that, I still got this three dollars cheaper than the Stila sale price. Anyways. This is one of their After Glow Lip Colors so named because they reacted under UV Light the same way that a white t-shirt reacts, which is kind of cool and stuff but it's not my thing. Despite not wanting this product for the rave feature, I wanted it for the color and balm purposes. I already have a fairly purple balmstain (as you can see in this post here), but I wanted something a little bit lighter for when I'm not feeling particularly confident enough to wear that shade of purple. Enter 'Vivid Violet'. While it is quite a vivid violet when layered, it is quite a pretty plum when swiped once or twice on and then blotted. When it's blotted, it does take away some of the moisturizing properties but it gives a very nice stain effect that looks pretty on. If you just apply it once or twice, it really is quite moisturizing. It smells like vanilla and cherry (on the site, it says that it's cherry flavored) and if you know me, then you know that I adore the scent of vanilla so I really loved the outcome of the combination of vanilla and cherry scents. I've only used this product 3-5 times but I really like it so far. And of course, like most of Stila's products, the packaging for this is so cute and in keeping in line with the whole "works under UV light" schtick, the tube is black with the lettering on it being the shade of the lip color. It's cute and kind of clever. The only reason that this isn't getting a perfect 5/5 is because of the twisting mechanism. Like with the Stila lip color and eyeliner that I reviewed, the twisting mechanism feels very fragile which is worrisome. Thankfully, those haven't broken or anything, so I have high hopes for this one's longevity.
Rating: 4/5

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