What the hell is a Lip Lacker Plexi Glass? It’s Thierry Mugler-verse speak for lipgloss. You didn’t know that Thierry Mugler did lipgloss? Well Clarins better get on with promoting that make-up line pronto. (more…)
What’s better than a birthday present ?
A load of birthday presents. Thanks BFF2, you’re a LEGEND for knowing what a greedy cow I am. None of this “less is more” crap for me. MINE… ALL MINE.
I love Koren Zander a.k.a EnKoreMakeup from YouTube. He’s one of the most important and best beauty gurus on YouTube and one of the first I ever subscribed to. Even more than Lauren Luke (aka Panacea81) he is the reason that the whole YouTube beauty guru thing took off. One of the reasons I love him is that he’s extremely generous with his knowledge of pro or insider product knowledge. He puts it all out there for free on YouTube. Yes he’s a partner and probably rakes in lots of money from the advertising and click-through ads on his channel but he didn’t in the beginning and some of his most helpful and practical videos are the early ones.
Watching a YouTube video doesn’t even being to replicate years of hands-on experience, artisitic vision or talent that a make-up artist needs and I’m not suggesting that anyone who watches a few YouTube tutorials can go out there and be a professional make-up artist. But for in-depth product knowledge, hygeine and sheer ingenuity when it comes to make-up storage and organisation he’s unbeaten. I’ve worked with so many brilliant make-up artist who have shoddy working practices when it comes to basic kit hygiene, maintenance and product knowledge. You’d be shocked at how sloppy some top names in the industry are when it comes to double dipping lipgloss and mascara wands, working on a shoot all day without washing or sanitising their hands and even (I died a little inside) licking Q-tips and then cleaning up around a model’s eye.
It’s Enkore’s DIY make-up storage ideas that really got me hooked on his channel. I actually prefer DIY solutions to storage as they can be adapted to any room, space or change of situation. My stash is always growing, changing and often moving homes so I need flexible solutions. Like any obsessive collector I’m also picky about how my precious booty is stored and displayed and I want to know where everything is for when I need something particular for a look. This video is currently what I use to look after my lipglosses.
Today’s review is for Missha Liquid Real Rouge lip colour which is a product I ‘ve changed my mind about in the past year. It was one of the first lip products I bought when I arrived in Korea and discovered the brand. I bought a pink shade, loved it, used it up until I broke the tube (twisted it a little too enthusiastically when closing, literally broke the cap and the wand snapped off inside). It was really cheap so I wasn’t too fussed and put it on my repurchase list where it lay forgotten for glitzier more glamourous products for over a year.
I’ve recently bought all four of the Etude House Lip Perfumes after swearing I wouldn’t get them when they first came out. The idea of “Lip Perfume” is a bit hit or miss because your lips are right under your nostrils so anything fragranced on your lips will smell very strong, linger persistently and can interfere with taste as taste and odour in the mouth are so closely tied. However a recent bout of extreme dryness of my skin and lips revived an interest in richer lip balms and so I’ve been exploring some new products.
Etude House has just launched some new products including a new collection of mini sized products. It’s a Hello Kitty themed collection of minis including lipglosses, tints and mascara which are small enough to attach to mobile phones, purses or anything with a loop. I’m not gonna haul because I’ve never ended up using mini products when I’ve bought them but Hello Kitty megafans should keep an eye out. The products are really similar to the Bourjois minis range.
Head over to Blogdorfgoodman for their annual lent “40 days and 40 nights” series…. this year on lipsticks. It’s enough to make me give up lipgloss for lent.
I’ve had a few questions regarding what I bought in Duty Free on my way back to Korea, and the answer is I didn’t! Having browsed and shopped in London to my heart’s almost content, Duty Free at Heathrow T3 looked like more of the same. I wasn’t drawn to any travel retail specials, and despite that MAC Dazzleglass Trio winking at me (the same set as I’d seen in Inchon duty free on my way out), I decided the shades weren’t perfect enough for me to blow £30.00 on.
Turns out I’ll be rewarded for my restraint as look what I just read on Temptalia…..
Dazzleglasses are baaaaaack! In more shades! YES YES YES.
For those that don’t know, Dazzleglasses were a limited edition range of lipglosses released by MAC last year which caused a mad stampede and rampage at counters. It’s no secret that grown women will run to anything twinkly sparkly and shiny and Dazzleglasses are true to their name. They are some of the most shiny, glittery and yes dazzling lipglosses ever seen.
I bought 4 at the time, and now only have one, Bare Necessity, left. The other three were prised out of my hands by friends who started salivating at the sight of them. As a lazy beauty addict I managed to miss the repromote of a few shades at Christmas in the Red She Said collection but this time, I will be fully prepared. Glitter gloss addicts, start saving NOW.
For anyone who is looking for an alternative available right now, the only things that come close are the Chanel Glossimer lipglosses. Not all of them are glittery but there are a few which come close to the brilliance and sparkle of the Dazzleglasses.
Anyone shopping in Korea cannot fail to notice the numerous Face Shop branches everywhere. Everywhere. On shopping streets, malls, inside Subway stations, underground malls, in hypermarkets….as I said, everywhere. The Face Shop (TFS) products are only sold within their own stores (and online) and they only sell their brand. Despite the name, TFS sells make-up, bodycare, fragrance, skincare and beauty accessories. The crap name is what actually got my attention. The Face Shop, I ask you…. as well as being a weak copycat of The Body Shop, it just makes me think of a costume shop where you can buy rubber masks of different caricature faces.
Once you get past the crap name, The Face Shop is an interesting brand because the products are really cheap! Overall the products are much better quality than their cheap prices would lead you to believe. And despite the low prices, the stores are clean, well lit and well organised so you still get the convenience and experience of shopping in a higher end store. There are always lots of clean tester units, tissues and remover on hand and they are well stocked.
Products themselves… a lot of the skincare and body products have a pseudo natural image. I don’t wholeheartedly buy into “natural” beauty products but TFS is no worse than others on the market. I haven’t tried any of their skincare or bodycare products but I have explored their make-up line and have some favourites.
The review today is for their newest lipgloss, Diamond Shine Lipgloss. I bought three different shades: (in images, L to R)
-OR202: a sheer coral with fine gold shimmer – it’s not as bright as it appears in the picture. It’s a good dupe of NARS Orgasm lipgloss.
-BR801: a warm apricot/beige with silvery fine glitter reflects
-PK103: a sheer fuchsia with bright pink glitter reflects – it’s not as blue toned as it appears in the picture.
The colours are all sheer with low level of pigment. The glitter and shimmer is more noticeable than the colour on the lips. Unfortunately it’s not as beautiful as MAC’s Dazzleglass which I hoped it would dupe, but the shimmer is definitely noticeable and very pretty. There are different levels and types of shimmer in each shade: some have only shimmer, others have fine glitter particles.
The texture is smooth and comfortable, not at all sticky or tacky but not watery or thin either. As such the lasting power isn’t great but that’s what you get with most smooth lipglosses. I think sheer lipglosses are easy to reapply so that doesn’t concern me but I can see myself getting through each tube very quickly.
The gloss is quite strongly scented with a rose fragrance.
The applicator is a slim doefoot with a loop in the middle which holds a good amount of product, basic but does the job.
It’s a nice gloss and I don’t have any real complaints but it’s not special enough that I would repurchase. The colour range is great, mostly sheer pinks and reds (no nudes). The main selling point is the price: 5500won. A bargain in my book.
Overall rating: 3 out of 5