Meal-proof lipstick search: L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color

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The hunt continues for a lip color I can eat a meal with and look dignified after! I most recently tested L’Oréal’s Infallible 2-Step Lip Color in Passionate Petal. This color reminds me of a darker bubblegum pink, and costs $12.99 at Ulta. Like the Revlon lip color I tried this is a two-sided product. First is the lip color, then comes the “color lock balm”. The product  claims up to 24 hours of lip color that lasts with no compromise. Obviously 24 hours is a bit insane; all I want is a single meal!

I applied lip primer and lip liner as I did before (although a pink liner this time!) then applied 3 coats of the lip color. I do like this color and formula, but it had a certain sheen/glossiness to it that made it to where I don’t think it was ever going to be 100% opaque. So I stopped at 3 coats, waited 5 minutes, then applied the color lock balm. Unlike the Revlon gloss side this balm was awesome! It went on smooth and after the application of the balm the wear felt great. No lip color transferred on to the balm. My lips were soft and comfortable, and any time they started to feel dry I just applied more balm. So far things were looking up! Wear/feel score for this lip color is a 7/10. Not as heavenly comfortable as the Stila product, but I was seriously impressed for this bargain price. I did like the way it looked on me; I get nervous about pinks since I have some prominent many pink undertones in my skin. Note I’m not wearing any makeup here except the lip color.

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I didn’t have any plans to go out soon but wanted to test this lip color ASAP, so I just applied it and wore it around the house while doing chores. Then came dinner. I made chicken fettuccine alfredo and ate that with a glass of water. Again, I don’t think alfredo is as challenging as a chicken biscuit (did I give Stila a fair chance?!), but its certainly not a delicate food. Sadly after my meal my once glorious lip color had faded to a chunky mess. A significant portion came off the right half off my top lip, and I was left with the middle portion of my bottom lip mostly covered but the meal had certainly eaten away lip color on my bottom lip towards the top and bottom of my lip line.

Interestingly what lip color was left was *extremely* difficult to take off! Maybe there is an application technique I need to perfect to make this work? While this was a definite fail, with a meal-proof score of 2/10, I may try this one again and pay more attention to how I applied it in the areas it came off in.

Do you have any tips/tricks for application to increase the likelihood of making it through a meal?

Rankings so far (note: the high meal-proof score is only 2/10, so we have a long way to go!)
1. Stila Stay All Day
2. L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color
3. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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Meal-proof lipstick search: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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My second attempt at a meal-proof lipstick was using Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lip Color in Forever Scarlet. Another very true red. Who doesn’t yearn for the perfect red lipstick?

This lip color runs about $11, compared to the $22 for Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick that’s a huge steal! It comes with both lip color and gloss and claims up to 16 hours of comfortable wear without any feathering, bleeding, or touch-ups needed. I applied the same primer and lip liner as before, and followed it up with 3 coats of the lip color. This time I really do think 3 coats were necessary. This gloss really is glossy so in order to achieve opaque color multiple layers are required.

Applying it was easy enough but as it started to try I felt like it was getting a bit clumpy. It also stayed rather sticky throughout the wear, and my lips felt dry. Application of the gloss helped with the dry feeling but seemed to only exacerbate the clumps.While I do like the gloss part of this the gloss clearly also takes off some color, as my gloss wand is now red instead of white. Wear/feel for this Revlon lip color is only a 3/10 I’d say. It wasn’t miserable, but especially compared to the comfortable wear of the Stila lipstick I wasn’t very happy. This color was less impactful than the Stila’s, but I still like how it looked on (maybe just not as much).

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I went out with friends to grab dinner and drinks at a local Bar Louie. We split appetizers of chips and dip and calamari, a pitcher of sangria, and I had a chicken quesadilla. This meal certainly was not as intense as chicken biscuit, but I was still drinking out of a wine glass and eating a quesadilla without using a fork. After the meal was done and I arrived home I saw some lip color left but also some definite patches. Particularly on my bottom lip a lot had flaked off and part were visibly looking chunky.

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While more color overall did stay on than my first attempt with Stila, I preferred how the Stila came off evenly as opposed to this chunky mess. I would not be happy if I was working and grabbed lunch to return with lips like this. Meal-proof score: 1/10.

For now my rankings are:
1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
2. Revlon ColorStay Overtime

I’m excited to try out other formulas and hopefully land on better results! On to the next lipstick + meal adventure.

Do you think this $11 lipstick is a better buy than the $22 Stila one?

Meal-proof lipstick search: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick review

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I love lipstick. There’s something about wearing it that makes me feel powerful. However, I don’t love planning my entire day around lipstick. Only eating tiny bites of foods via a fork and only sipping through a straw. No one has time for this! I want to go about my day as usual while also wearing lipstick without the hassle of constant reapplication. Thus, I am going to test a bunch of lipsticks I already own plus buy some others that promise long wear to see how they do. Now I know most or all of these lipsticks will look amazing if you’re careful about it and touch it up. I’m looking for a lipstick that can stand up to my life that I don’t have to worry about touching up.

First up is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. This is a beautiful true red that is not too orange and not too purple. I applied Ultimate Ozone primer to my lips, lip liner, then finally 3 coats of the Stila Stay All Day, waiting a couple minutes to let each coat dry. 3 coats is probably a little overkill but I like my lipstick to be very opaque.

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I love this shade of red and this lipstick actually dried pretty well. It wasnt cracking or flaky, my lips didnt feel thirsty, but it also wasn’t sticky. The feel of this liquid lipstick is a 9/10.

My partner and I took a lovely stroll around the UNC Chapel Hill campus for about 2.5 hours, then we decided it was lunch time. We went to the legendary Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (seriously it’s been featured on Food Network). I got a regular, plain, but spectacular chicken biscuit. Now I know this isn’t really fair to the lipstick! This thing is huge and my lips have to touch it to eat it. Its also a chicken biscuit so obviously some grease is involved. But that is precisely the point! I want to see what, if any, lipstick can really live up to eating a meal without being delicate about it.

I enjoyed my chicken biscuit; it is easily the best one I’ve ever eaten. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a magical place. But alas while eating I noticed I was eating a lot of lipstick. After every bite there was clearly lipstick on my biscuit. By the time I was done and had smacked my lips together a few times to try to even out what lipstick was left this was the result:

stila2This is… pretty dramatically different from where I started. There was a bit left giving just a hint of red, my lips definitely aren’t normally that colored. But largely this was a fail. Again, a chicken biscuit might be the toughest test but this lipstick did not stand a chance. Meal-proof score: 2/10.

While I love the color impact and feel of this liquid lipstick, it barely left remnants of itself after a meal. I’ll probably keep wearing this for drinks, but not for meals. Or at the very least I will be ready to re-apply throughout the day!

On to the next hope for a meal-proof lipstick.

Review: charcoal masks

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I try to use a face mask 1 to 2 times a week. I love the ease of sheet masks, but have recently ventured into charcoal based masks.

Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is pretty amazing. Apply it once to twice a week for 20 minutes while I’m relaxing (usually taking a bath), and my pores are smaller, my t-zone is less oily and I usually have less breakouts. My skin feels tighter and is visually more glowing–as if my dull outer layer of skin is gone and the mask has revealed new baby fresh skin. I love this mask. But $69 for 1.7 ounces is pretty rough. And being a product junkie I am always looking for a new favorite to dethrone the old.

I tried a sample of Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. While it was on it felt eerily similar to the Glamglow mask. I eagerly awaited results. This mask is only $27 for 3.4 ounces! Economically much more of a steal. But much to my chagrin the results just weren’t the same. My skin did have that satisfying tightening feeling, but otherwise the results were lackluster in comparison. My t-zone remained the same and my skin didnt have that nice new skin glow.

On to the next product!

Rothy’s shoes review: 1 week in review

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After my mishap of ordering the Rothy’s round toe ballet flat a size too small, I received my exchange and I’ve had these now for about a week. Where I’ve worn them:

  • Out to dinner and drinks (2 times)
  • To walk around the mall (1 time)
  • To work (2 times)
  • Out to run various errands (grocery store, pet store, etc) (2 times)

I remain extremely pleased with my purchase. I haven’t had any red spots or evidence of rubbing anywhere! Most important not the heel or top of my foot/big toe. The first time I wore them out I did have some slight pressure on my big toe, but I trimmed my toenail and that solved the problem. They haven’t gotten dirty enough to need to be washed yet, but generally this is now my go-to flat. I haven’t worn any of my other flats since I purchased the correct size in Rothy’s. I’ve even chosen them over flip flops once for style since the comfort is about the same.

If you’re interested in getting a pair of Rothy’s you can use my referral code through August 16th, 2017 for $20 off.

Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

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I recently received a sample of Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. I have run of out of the Origins night cream I was using so I used this sample for two nights.

The smell was a bit strange. I’m not sure if this was just the sample and if the full size differs? But certainly my sample pod had a weird sort of expire lotion smell to it. As if you had bought a standard unscented lotion and let it sit for years and it absorbed some of the plastic smell. It very vaguely reminded me of plain greek yogurt, but that was not the primary scent I got. Usually smells for face care arent that off putting to me; those weird natural plant smells just dont bother me. But this one felt like a kind of synthetic smell and I was more bothered by it than normal.

I liberally applied this on my face and neck and went to sleep. The next morning there was still a distinct layer on my face. I washed it off and went about my day. This sleeping “facial” did fine but nothing fantastic. Yes, my face felt moisturized but nothing substantially more than what I get with other products. I personally am not a big fan of the next morning still having a distinct layer of moisturizer on my face–it makes me feel like it didnt seep into my skin.

This sleeping facial was a perfectly fine product, but for $46 dollars I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Off to the next product adventure!

Review: Origins compared to Sunday Riley night skin care routine

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I am a skincare product junkie. I have a couple tried and true favorites, but generally I switch things up when I run out of something. I have just finished the Origins night cream after several months of use. I was using this in conjunction with the toner and the night oil. The toner ran out first, which makes sense as this isn’t a night specific product so I was using it morning and night. Then the Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream ran out, and I still have some Night-A-Mins Renewal Refining Oil left.

I liked all of these products. The scents are lightly citruses, but nothing too intense. I enjoyed the consistency of the cream — it was dense. It reminded me of a cloud cream. You could tell when you put it on that this is for night and should be absorbed into the skin over hours. When I woke up there was no trace of residue left and it did in fact absorb nicely throughout the night. The face oil is light and absorbs pretty quickly. I assume this is because it is designed to be followed by the thicker cream. Part of me thinks that for $44 the oil isn’t worth it. The cream alone I think would probably do its job well. The toner was nice, but nothing outstanding. For a $25 price tag though I think it performed well and have no complaints.

The Night-A-Mins oil and creme combined come to $88, which isn’t anything to snicker at. While I do feel like it maintained my skin well I didn’t see any improvements. The fine lines I have are still there, my outbreaks came at about the same frequency, the texture of my skin seemed about the same. I am only in my mid twenties so my skin care is aimed to prevent signs of aging, and certainly my skin didn’t get worse. I also have relatively sensitive skin and find that many products are irritating and none of the Origins products bothered my skin at all, so thats a plus! However, for $88 there were no miracles.

Prior to this I was using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and while that is even more expensive at $105 I did feel like my skin was more plump, more radiant, and just had a glow about it when I woke up. It does have quite an odd smell, very planty, but its not so strong that I couldn’t use it. I intended to use this in conjunction with Good Genes, but my skin is so sensitive that Good Genes made my skin pretty dry/flaky/red so I couldn’t use it more than a couple times a week. I bought the Luna oil and the Good Genes treatment in a set, where they were each half size but the set was only $78 (it’s $85 now; a $105 value) at Sephora, so keep an eye out for the value sets if you’re interested in Sunday Riley.

Results for these things are so subjective, but I will say I don’t have anything especially lovely to say about my skin after using the Origins routine. I certainly have nothing bad to say, but I probably won’t be repurchasing. While I did really enjoy the Sunday Riley line I’d like to see if I can achieve these results for less money.

On to the next product adventure!