Saturday, November 8, 2014

♡My Favorite Fall/Winter Lipsticks お気に入りの秋冬リップスティック♡

Hi all! Thought I would write this up as we are now well into fall and almost into winter time.

Everybody is hopping on the dark lip trend that happens every year around this time, and I thought I would talk about some of my favorites that I feel are very complimentary for fair skinned girls and boys. I've included one lipgloss, nine lipsticks, and three lip liners.

So can you tell I'm a bit obsessed with MAC lipsticks? Yes, it's true and quite tragic since my bank account doesn't like me buying MAC very often haha. I'm at the point where I own every single MAC lipstick that I find really matches my skin tone. As I said in my last post, I've been in this mindset that dark lipsticks aren't really what I like right now, but the more I see them on people the more I am going back to liking dark lips. In celebration of that, I wanted to show you what I find to be my favorites (sans my ultimate favorite MAC dark lippie called Diva, which I cannot find!)

From left to right starting at the back row
  • MAC Rebel (mid-tone cream plum; satin; permanent)
  • MAC Underworld (deepened red-based brown; satin; limited edition)
  • MAC Viva Glam I (intense brownish blue-red; matte; permanent)
  • MAC Flat Out Fabulous (bright plum; matte; permanent)
  • YSL 07 Le Fuchsia (bright fuchsia; satin; permanent)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass Full Speed Ahead (bright pink magenta; permanent)
  • MAC Heroine (bright purple; matte; permanent)
  • MAC Lickable (bright clean blue pink; cremesheen; permanent)
  • MAC Faux (muted mauve pink; satin; permanent)
  • Bite Beauty Bite For VIB Rouge (darkened red; satin; limited to VIB Rouge)
  • MAC Lipliners in Soar, Brick, Nightmoth (mid-tone pinkish brown, intense golden red, blackened plum; matte; all permanent)

Soar, Brick, and Nightmoth---all great for helping line your lips and keep the lipstick on longer. Pair Soar with Faux, Brick with Bite Beauty + Viva Glam I + Underworld, and Nightmoth with all the darkener purples/plums. For brighter colors, you might want to mix Soar with either Brick or Nightmoth depending on the color. 

Full Speed Ahead, YSL Fuchsia, Heroine, Lickable

Lickable and Faux

Bite Beauty for VIB Rouge, Rebel, Underworld, Viva Glam I

Viva Glam I and Flat Out Fabulous

Depending on the kind of style you want and color exposure, choosing the type of lipstick is important---whether it is a satin, cremesheen, lustre, matte, and whatnot all affects the payoff of the lipstick. If you want your lipstick to stay a long time with great color payoff, stick to satins and mattes. If you want not too intense color but average wearability with a glossy finish, stick to cremesheens. If you want a light wash of color, stick to lustres. Keep in mind that if you have dry lips then mattes might not be the most comfortable. Be sure to exfoliate your lips and use a creamy lip primer beforehand, it will help tons! As well with lustres and cremesheens, you really need to exfoliate before or else it will highlight all of your lip imperfections. Satins are great because you can get away with anything, really, since it is 100% opaque coverage and just glides on over whatever is in its way. It really does matter the finish of the lipstick!

These are my picks, what are yours?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

REVIEW: YSL Rouge Pur Couture 7 Le Fuchsia Pure Colour Satiny Radiance SPF 15

Happy Wednesday!(*^^*)♡

I thought that I would upload a review about one of my favorite lipsticks from YSL Rouge Pur Couture: 7 Le Fuchsia. It's a perfect fuchsia shade for all year long, but especially during FW time it is on trend with all the dark lips. For myself, I'm not a vampy lip wearing person, so this is probably the darkest I'll go!

The Sephora website describes this lipstick:

What it is: A highly pigmented lipstick that gives medium to full coverage in a radiant, satin finish.

What it does: This luxurious, multitasking lipstick is Yves Saint Laurent's makeup must-have. Color saturates the lips while protecting them from the sun with SPF 15. A powerful cocktail of hydro-spheres and natural extracts comforts and hydrates lips throughout the day.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.

What else you need to know: Rouge Pur Couture is available in a palette of pure, highly pigmented shades. The three Yves Saint Laurent emblematic colors--red, fuchsia, and orange--have been reinterpreted to offer each woman a unique and tailor-made experience.

I bought this lipstick after they had changed it from their old packaging. I didn't realize it was new until I came home and compared it to one of my lipsticks that still has the old packaging. I love the gold packaging, so classy!

I actually find that I like the new packaging because that way the red coloring won't come off as easily, since the opening of the lipstick is right where the lettering is. I'm hoping with it being higher on the tube that the enamel won't chip away or rub off like my old one. I also like that the indenting of the lipstick that separates the bottom and top is lifted, instead of being a groove like the older version. It ensures that it won't easily slip off if it gets hooked on something in your makeup bag or storage.

One swipe! Wow!

Seriously look at this color... it is so beautiful! I think it might depend on the computer monitor, but mine is coming out a semi-bright and semi-dark fuchsia color. Not as dark as Girl About Town from MAC, but just enough 

It has the creamiest texture and glides on so easily. It definitely is a satinIt's not as sloppy as a Rouge Volupte lipstick, but just enough. I really think that to make this lipstick application cleaner than it is, you should use a lipliner. As you can tell, I found it hard to get to the insides of my lips, and it would have gone way beyond my lip definition to fill them in. I wanted to show how the application might look if you're just using it straight from the tube. Possibly, if you have a lip brush, I would use that if you don't like lip liners. It is 100% opaque, also! 


( ´͈ ᗨ `͈ )◞♡⃛ I really am so happy with this lipstick, I currently only have four from the Rouge Pur Couture line, but I hope to add more to my collection!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

REVIEW: Canmake Candy Wrap Lip: Mellow Berry Milk [13] + Pinkholic Syrup [05] キャンメイクキャンディラップリップ:[05]ピンクホリックシロップ、[13]メロウベリーミルク

Happy Autumn!٩(∗ ❛⃘ ᗜ​ ❜⃘⃘ ∗)۶ It's finally my favorite season and I couldn't be happier. Although Southern California still thinks that it is summer (102F yesterday!), I am looking forward to the cold weather.

I have been thinking of doing some Japanese cosmetic brand round up posts reviewing items and such for everybody...
 I find that it is very hard to find Japanese cosmetic reviews online, especially ones that aren't so often spoken about. A lot of times I have to search for reviews in Japanese to at least try to imagine what the product looks like outside of what product image that the brand supplies for advertising. I also intend to do other cosmetic brand reviews as well, not only Japanese, and get more involved in talking about trends, etc (๑´ڡ`๑)

My first post I thought that I'd start with is Canmake's 
Candy Wrap Lip products #13 and #05  Out of all of the colors, I found these ones to be more to my liking based on my skin and eye color. You can easily buy them on ebay or use a shopping service to buy them as well.

Canmake's Candy Wrap Lip sells at 580YEN per lipgloss, and on their website they list 10 shades:

  • [01]Sugar Love, [02]Navel Drop, [03]Peach Shower, [04]Lady Strawberry, [05]Pinkholic Syrup, [07]Hot Marmalade, [09]Dark Night Plum, [10]Mauve Bonbon, [13]Mellow Berry Milk, and [15]Cinnamon Rose Tea. The colors range from baby pinks to dark reds. 

Here is the description from their official website in English

Colorful and sweet like candy. Color looks the same on your lips as it does in the tube. With masses of beauty essence to moisturize your lips. 
Vivid color x moisture retention● Achieve vivid color and moisture simultaneously!!!A moist finish, as though you have wrapped your lips in a colorful veil of moisture. 
Restrained use of lamé and pearl● A rich, jelly-like♪ finish, without being dazzling.There's no need to be worried about lamé particles making your lips feel rough or leaving a residue on your lips after removing your make-up. 
Smooth, non-sticky texture● Contains a light-feeling oil that reduces the stickiness usually associated with lip gloss, achieving a light, smooth texture on application.Just one coat will spread evenly over your lips. 
Packed with moisturizing agents and beauty essence!!! 
Moisturizing agents・Hyaluronic acid・Squalane・Honey and royal jelly extract 
Oils of plant origin:shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, persic oil (apricot kernel oil), mango seed oil (Emollient agents).
Abundant color variations: a lip color that dramatically changes the impression of your face.We have carefully selected four shades that will make your complexion look brighter.Choose the perfect color according to your make-up, fashion style or even just how you feel that day!
* I'll base my review on what Canmake says about the products, and whether they meet their requirements listed above or not.

On the skin is where their true colors can be seen. Top is #13, bottom is #05.

[13] Mellow Berry Milk

  • Description: A milky pink with an exquisite translucence for an innocent impression.

Ingredients, labeling of Mellow Berry Milk.
The packaging of Mellow Berry Milk.
Swatched on my lips.
Mellow Berry Milk truly does live up to the description, it is a milky pink with a jelly-like glaze on the lips. My original lip color is a darkened mauve pink, so Mellow Berry Milk turned it into a nude mauve pink and lighter than my original lip color. The color is very flattering for pale skinned ladies, and I found that I didn't need to apply any lipstick before putting on the lipgloss. It is a very sticky gloss but untraditional to sticky gloss because of the jelly-like feel on the lips. I did feel a bit of a sting when putting it on first, so be careful if you have any cuts on your lips. The tube looks a bit peachy, but it comes out a light pink. 

[05] Pinkholic Syrup
  • Description: A vivid color that you'll want to try at least once. A trendy pink in a clear tone that's easy to use, even with your usual make-up.

Swatched on my lips--sorry about the lower quality, using my iPhone while my camera is needing to get fixed!

Pinkholic Syrup is the perfect color to add to your lips that provides a vibrant and outspoken fuchsia pink color. It's great with a neutral or smokey eye look. To amp up the color, you can add any fuchsia lipstick under it and you'll create a great look. You definitely can wear it on its own--it totally covered my lip color! This color is definitely suited for all skin types, even fair skinned ladies can rock this color and you're set. I found myself reaching for this color more than Mellow Berry Milk because of the simplicity of creating both a night and day look with it. The color of this lipgloss is a lot more vibrant and long lasting than Mellow Berry Milk.

What do I think of Canmake Candy Wrap Lip...?

  • Vivid color x moisture retention: 
    • It was very moisturizing and both have strong, vivid coloring. It really felt like a veil on my lips.
  • Restrained use of lamé and pearl: 
    • Definitely no lame particles, and the jelly-like finish definitely was noticeable. Lips felt very moisturized after taking it off.
  • Smooth, non-sticky texture:
    • It encased the lips like a vacuum seal, and looks very VERY glossy. A very oily feeling on the lips. I gave it one less star because I had a burning sensation on my lips.
  • Comfort: 
    • A burning sensation while wearing the product made me a bit uncomfortable, however I could wear this up to 1.5 hours and be fine, but at the 2 hour mark I had to take it off.
  • Lip Application: 
    • Very easy lip application, be careful to not pick up a lot of product or it will get everywhere because of the oiliness of the product. You DEFINITELY don't need to dip back into the product, maybe only when you need to apply to both top and bottom lips. There is an abundance of product from one swipe due to its oily texture.
  • Overall: 
    • Very pleased with the product, I might buy more if I feel inclined to, however I do prefer thicker lip glosses.

Hope you guys liked this review! More to come~( ´͈ ᗨ `͈ )◞