The First Ever Laura Mercier Sample Sale

Last week was the first ever Laura Mercier sample sale.  The sale took place at Clothingline and went on for only 3 days.  Prices were good, almost all the products there were at least 50% off however the product selection was minimal.  They had 3 lip glaces, 5 lipsticks, a handful of liners and caviar sticks.  Polishes were available as well, although the color selection was small and shades were not too interesting.  I picked up a couple of items and prices for the items were low, between $8 to $12 each.

I picked up Laura Mercier’s creme smooth lipstick in Tulip, lip glace in Desert Rose, caviar eye color sticks in Jungle and Grey Pearl.  I also picked up just one nail polish in Bare Mocha.  It was a good haul but I hope they have more product selections at the next sale.

Laura Mercier Haul

Laura Mercier Haul

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Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Onyx

Be a Bombshell is a brand that I have never heard until subscription bags.  I think I first heard of them from Ipsy then from Glossybox.  The eyeliner is a product that I have received two of through my beauty subscription boxes.  Not that I mind, this is one of my favorite liquid liners.

Marker liners have been popular in the last few years, and their popularity is rightly justified.  The look of a liquid liner with the ease of a marker form.  No more dipping of the liner applicator into the little bottle of product.  Getting the precise lines with a liquid liner requires so much concentration already.

Be a Bombshell’s marker liner is a thick chubby marker, much like the ones we used to color with in Elementary school.  The tip is nice and short and firm.  Its short and thick tip has not started getting soft on me yet. That is one of the things that happens to me with marker liners that have thin and long tips.  I notice that the tips start getting softer and flimsy.  The pigmentation is also very nice and bold.  Very good staying power as well and most of the liner was still intact after my k-drama sob fest.  Only a bit of winged ends of the liner were smudged. I love this liner and couldn’t be more happy that I already have a back up waiting when my current one is depleted.

 

Be a Bombshell in Onyx

Be a Bombshell in Onyx

Le Metier true color creme eye shadow in champange

I received two of Le Metier’s cream shadows in my September Le Metier beauty vault.  I received the shades Champagne Shimmer and Starry Night.  Since the product touts that it is waterproof and non creasing I decided to bring it with me on my vacation to Florida to test it out.  Since it its suggested that it can be used as a base for eye shadow as well, I figured the product was similar to MUFE aqua pot. However I soon found out that they are not similar.

Le Metier’s creme shadow creased on me in less than an hour! I had finger applied the product on my bare lids early on the plane ride and about an hr in I had checked the mirror and saw that the product already creased horribly on my lids. I had then did a quick fix by smudging out the creases and put on some powder eye shadow on top.  When I landed I checked the mirror at the airport restroom and I had just slight creasing.

When I had used the product again later on my vacation, I had used Tarte’s eye shadow primer first then applied the Le Metier shadow afterwards. This enabled me to wear the product with no creasing.  On my lids, this shadow have it a nice warm almost rose gold like color.  A very pretty natural look, it was just too bad it did not live up to its claims.

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush from August 2013 Glossybox

So last Friday I finaimagelly received the missing Jelly Pong Pong lip blush from my August 2013 Glossybox.  It took about two weeks but at least its here.  The Jelly Pong Pong lip blush is a very balmy feeling chubby lip pencil.  The color shows up slightly frosty on my lips  and the product did not last very long.

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Missha Glam Fit Gloss in OR01

Missha’s Glam Fit Gloss in OR01 is a DELISH smelling sheer orange lipgloss.  The gloss is not very heavy on lips, is quite slick and feels good on lips.  It also offers a good amount of shine and but minimal color.  It doesn’t taste very nice but it does smell amazing like fruits or candy.  The applicator is a sponge tipped flat applicator.

I don’t consider my lips to be very pigmented, but this gloss does not offer much color on them but gives it an INSANE amount of shine.  However it doesn’t last long on my lips at all and I find myself needing to reapply more often than I like.

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Tarte Complexion Brightening Lipstick in Medium to Tan

TarteI got this Tarte lipstick in the much delayed and awaited June American Beauty Glossybox that was curated by Dallas Shaw.  Due to a hiccup with the Bondi nail polish they shipped out boxes later than usual and my box didnt include this item.  I didnt mind too much as they replaced it with a lipstick from one of my favorite brands, Tarte.

This is a lipstick that I have never seen from them before, the packaging is like their amazonian butter lipsticks with the paper containers.  The inner core is a darker berry, and the outside of the lipstick is a cool beige.  It does take a little bit of blending and lipsmacking to get the two colors unified on the lips.  The color is VERY natural on my already summery tanned skin.  I need just a bit more color than the lipstick offers but it is a very creamy and smooth lipstick however I am a bit disappointed in how the sides of the lipstick look blemished as if they had trouble getting the lipstick out of the mold.  More QC would have been appreciated as Tarte isn’t a cheap brand.

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Peripera My Color Lips Lipstick 21 Soul Pink

Peri21I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging and it was this exact reason that I had purchased Peripera’s My Color Lips Lipstick.

The lipstick is housed in a GORGEOUS lace designed cap.  The cap is shorter on one side than the other which gives it an even more organic lace feel to it.  The lipstick is smooth and easy to glide on.  The lipstick looks great in the beginning but after 4 to 5 hours of wear, you can see the color fading away and quite unevenly at that.  Shade 21 looks more natural with lighter skin as now that its summer and my color has darkened quite some bit the color looks a bit to pink to be natural.   Recommend for anyone who is also a sucker for cute girly packaging that might not mind a bit of maintenance with their lip color.

 

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Bite Beauty’s Popup Lip Lab *CUSTOM LIPSTICK*

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I have taken a couple of much needed days off from work and yesterday I finally got to go and check out Bite Beauty’s Popup lip bar.  Its a little popup shop in Soho that sell Bite’s lip products as well as allow you to custom make your own color.

I had the pleasure of Stephanie who is a makeup artist by trade assist me in creating the perfect MLBB shade with a touch of rose and a blue base to help brighten coffee stained teeth.  After I told her what I wanted, she got to work and mixed up a few different colors and applied one for me to try.  Her first creation was a gorgeous rose that really did brighten up my teeth although I felt it was a bit bright for everyday at work.  So she took what I said and muted the color down a bit.  The second color she tried on me was fantastic.  It was very natural without it being too natural and the rosey pink really gave my lips a healthy looking flush.  The color didn’t make my teeth pop as much and she explained that with lighter shades its difficult to pull in the blue without altering the shade too much.  I was satisfied with the color  and gave Stephanie the okay to start cooking up my shade.

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While she started putting together the components of my lipstick color, I went to choose a flavoring for my new lip color.  You have the option of leaving it out, but since I’m paying for a custom color why not do it how I cant normally get it elsewhere??  The flavor options are; cherry, peppermint,

violet, and superfruit.  I chose cherry because it was the most pronounced fruity scent, Stephanie then added a couple of drops of the concentrate scent oil into the lipstick mixture and after the mixture was finished mixing, she poured it into lipstick mold and set it on the frozen plate for 5 minutes to set up.

I am very happy with my custom lipstick creation.  Sure I could have spent forever trying to find that perfect shade in stores, but this saved time and I was able to add the flavor of my choice which wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.  If you are a fan of Bite’s Luminous Creme Lipsticks, but weren’t able to find a shade that you were looking for or a finish that you wanted, check out the shop.  Also while I was there, they were doing construction in the back of the shop as they are going to become a permanent shop.

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Smashbox Waterproof Eye Liner in

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One of my favorite eye liners is Smashbox’s Water proof eye liner. The formula is super creamy and pigmented and really its waterproof making it superb for the warmer weather The pencil also sets quite quickly so smudge immediately if you are intending to do so. My only complaint about this product is that its a chubby pencil so its harder to get a thinner line or I feel like I’m wasting product when I try to make a finer point on the pencil. I do occasionally use an eyeliner brush with this chubby pencil, when trying to get thin lines and it works just as well.

NYX Stick Blush in Magnolia

I received a NYX blush stick in one of my previous Allure boxes but never got around to trying it out until recently.  The cream blush is housed in small twist up tube that looks quite short and measures about the length of my thumb.  I received the color Magnolia which looks like a candy baby pink.  My favorite part of this blush is that the tube is the EXACT same color as the cream blush.  This would make shopping for lower end cosmetics so much easier since testers aren’t as available.  I really didn’t care for this blush as I found it sticky and not easy to blend.  Also the color looks very bad on me!

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