Saturday, February 1, 2014

Brand Insight: Take Two! Lip Gloss

Brand Insight: Take two! Lip Gloss



Drugstore Lip Gloss:

NYX Butter Gloss:

The formula of these lip butters is amazing!! The gloss goes on to the lips like butter and they even smell sugary sweet, like vanilla! The gloss is well pigmented with just the right amount of shine. It also doesn't feel sticky on the lips at all. The butter gloss line involves 22 shades, and they just recently added three new shades to the collection! The wear time isn't as long as some brands, but you can easily apply another layer of gloss to your lips to get the pigmentation back to where it was when you first applied it. Some of my favorite colors in the line are crème brulee (nude-pink), strawberry parfait (fuchsia pink), tiramisu (brown-mauve), maple blondie (deep peach tone), and one of the newer colors, angel food cake (deep mauve). You can purchase these lip butters from Ulta or online at NYX Cosmetics ( At $5.00 these butter glosses are never a miss!

High-end Lip Gloss: (2)

Buxom Lip Polish and Lip Creams:

Whenever I want a sheer gloss to go over any lipstick I am wearing, these are my go-to glosses. They go on extremely smooth on the lips and don't settle into fine lines. The lip polishes are sheer and shimmery (some more shimmery then others) and are the perfect amount of shine to make your lips really pop! The three colors I own and love from this collection are Dolly (mauve-plum), Katie (light bubblegum-pink), and Amber (peachy-pink). The lip creams in contrast, have no shimmer at all. The formula is very creamy and pigmented. The color I have in this collection is White Russian, which is the perfect nude color with just the right amount of pink in it. Overall, both these collections are amazing and I would love to own every shade, because they are just that good! They are said to have a plumping effect and the shine in the gloss truly does highlight the lips and make them appear to be larger. The glosses smell like vanilla in the tube, but when applied smell like mint. You can purchase these glosses at Sephora or ( for $19.

 Dose of Colors Lip Gloss:

These lip glosses are extremely opaque, dramatic, and incredibly pigmented!!! They have a luscious mousse-like texture to them. I find that they are best applied under a lipstick, but they can be worn alone as well. My favorite shade is Sunshine Kisses (a warm orange shade that looks amazing when layered over a nude lip gloss). Some of my other favorite colors are Wild Child (a bright fuchsia pink color) and Burning Love (a dramatic red color that is perfect for an evening out). These colors add the perfect amount of drama to a makeup look, whether paired with a neutral eye or a dramatic smoky look. I can't stress enough how opaque and pigmented these glosses are! You can purchase a gloss for $15 or you can purchase the lip gloss bundle, which includes all nine shades for $115 online at Dose of Colors ( . (This would make an incredible birthday gift!)


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Brand Insight: Take one! Concealer

I have decided to start a new series called Brand Insight! In this series I will feature the top high-end and drugstore products for a certain domain of makeup. This will feature tried and tested makeup findings for you to explore and enjoy! First up: Concealer!


Drugstore Concealer:


1) Maybelline Fit Me Concealer:

This is an amazing concealer that I have been using for about 3 years now! A lot of drugstore concealers tend to be waxy to the point that blending is a nightmare!! This concealer however, is so creamy!  It blends into the skin flawlessly and doesn't look cakey at all! It works perfectly to high dark circles under the eyes as well as redness or hyperpigmentation and acne scars on the face. I've found that the best way to apply this concealer is to pat it in using your ring finger rather than using a brush. The concealer comes in 6 shades and can be found at Target, Wal-Mart or your local drugstore for  as cheap as $4!

Fit Me™ Concealer

High-End Concealer:


2) NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer:

This concealer is hands-down one of the best high-end concealer I have ever used. The formula is light-weight but buildable, and conceals like a dream. It is also very hydrating to this skin and gives a luminous, radiant finish as the name suggests. It is perfect to use not only to conceal imperfections but also as a cream highlighter as it has great pigmentation! Also, the line has a great color range from fair-tones to darker-tones as well as shades with pinker undertones and yellow undertones. This concealer can be found on the Nars Cosmetics website ( for $28. It may seem a bit pricey, but it is completely worth it as the concealer is completely crease-proof.

Chantilly Radiant Creamy Concealer