Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Butter London Aston

I picked up Aston from Butter LONDON a couple of weeks ago at Nordstrom.  I had been looking at it online for quite a while, but seeing it in person, I had to pick it up.  

Aston is a gorgeous color.  At first glance it is subdued, but on a closer look there is a whole lot more going on.  The base is a nudey pink, not too light, not too bright.  But when you take a closer look there is a subtle shimmer in the form of blue microglitter.

(daylight bulbs)


I absolutely love wearing this polish on the days when I have to look very professional and subdued.  The blue shimmer just gives it a pop that keeps it from being boring.

Like all Butter LONDON polishes, Aston contains 11mL of product and retails for $14 wherever Butter LONDON is carried.

Overall: 9/10

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 01 Golden Mink

I know I have mentioned this quad several times, but I just realized that I've never done an offiical review of it.  Ooops!  

I picked up the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 01 Golden Mink last November when I was in Vegas.  Unfortuantely, I don't have any department stores locally that carry the Tom Ford beauty line and I am just not willing to shell out this much money for a quad without trying it out first.  So while I was in Las Vegas, I made a special trip to the Neiman Marcus to look at these quads.

I wasn't disappointed, these quads are stunning!  But I am really glad that I looked before buying because I found the retailer descriptions of this quad in particular to be incredibly misleading.  If I had just looked at the pictures online I would have assumed that all four of the shades were shadows rather than half the compact being glittery pigments.

The Tom Ford shadows have four finishes, sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte.  I can't find any official description of which color is which in any of the quads which is incredibly annoying.  

(I didn't swatch these in the best order.  L-R It's the two shades from the bottom first and then the two shades from the top.)

I will assume based on the name alone that the two across the top in the first picture (and swatched on the right) are the sheer sparkle finish.  They are basically a super finely milled glitter with some sort of liquid component.  They are incredibly shimmery and look just beautiful on the eye.  I don't wear them alone, but layered in strategic places over other shadows, they are stunning.

The lighter brown color in the lower left of the quad is probably a shimmer.  It's a satin eyeshadow with discernable glitter.The darker brown on the lower right of the quad is probably a satin as it contains no obvious glitter.

The two brown shadows are so incredibly creamy and pigmented.  They apply like a dream.  The two sparkly shades across the top are trickier to apply.  I've found that using one of those little sponge applicators works really well.

The packaging is the typically masculine, super sleek Tom Ford packaging.  It is also incredibly reflective.

The quad contains a total of 10g of product and retails for $75 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorff Goodman.  

I will grant you that $75 is a lot for an eyeshadow compact, but you do get a lot of product.  If you look at just grams per dollar, it's actually not that bad.  Tom for works out to $7.50 per gram.  MAKE UP FOR EVER shadows work out to $8.80 per gram.  MAC shadows are $10 per gram.

This is certainly a luxury purchase, but I love it and I think it is absolutely worth the money.

Overall:  10/10

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Lush Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask

I have gotten a lot more into skincare recently and particularly, I've been using a lot of masks.  I've used a lot of Lush products in the past, but I've never tried one of their masks.  

I was under the mistaken impression that all Lush masks were their "fresh masks" and had a shelf life of about a week.  Not so.  The Mask of Magnaminty does have a shelf life, but it is considerably longer than the fresh masks.  It's ultimately going to depend on when yours was first mixed up, but I think it's a 3 month shelf life.

The official Lush blurb on the Mask of Magnaminty says:

Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition.

The consistency is very thick.  It comes in 2 sizes, 11.1oz and 4.4oz.  I picked up the 4.4oz size and I'm betting I can get at least 15 applications out of it.  I've only used it on my face, but it can also be used on the body though that seems like it would be a giant mess.

You just slather on the mask with clean fingers.  To avoid contamination, it's best to scoop a small amount out of the container with a clean spoon rather than just digging in.  When the mask goes on wet, it looks like this:

(It's not the Mask of Magna-Happy obviously.)

The clumpy parts are the aduki beans.  The mask is very pepperminty.  I'm not sure if that really has a beneficial effect on the skin or if it's just to make you feel like it's doing more than it is - like menthol in many cream cleansers, which I HATE.  It seems like the peppermint could be irritating to your skin, but so far it doesn't seem to have done anything to me.

You leave the mask on until it dries - up to fifteen minutes.

When the mask dries, it looks like this:


When the mask completely dries it's hard and it will crack and flake off when you talk and/or smile - which is why I'm looking so darn happy in these pictures - I didn't want to have to vacuum up debris.

Then wet your face with warm water and gently rinse the mask off, gently scrubbing with the aduki beans as you go.  Afterward, my face did feel cleaner and tighter.  It wasn't overly drying.

As far as masks go, I think this is an okay one.  It smells really nice.  it feels all tingly.  It does provide deep cleansing and some exfoliation.  If these are things you like in a mask, I would check this one out.  For me, this isn't my favorite all time mask by a long shot, but it is nice and for a once a week treatment, I do enjoy it even though it is a bit messier than I would prefer.

4.4oz $11.95 from Lush.

Overall: 8/10

Monday, May 28, 2012

Giveaway: Megan Miller nail polish

It's giveaway time again.  This time I'm venturing into uncharted territory with nail polish! 

The polishes I picked are from Megan Miller Collection.  I'll be honest, I haven't used them so I can't vouch for wear, but just look at these bottles.  They are adorable!

(colors L-R: Carribean, Champagne, Coral Bliss)

This giveaway will run until Sunday June 17, 2012.

1 winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter.

You must be 18 years of age to enter because I will need your shipping information if you win.  The winners will be contacted via email or twitter DM (so make sure you have a way for me to contact you).  You can sign up for the contest until midnight EST on Sunday 6/17/12.  The winner will be contacted by 6/18/12.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond.  If there’s no response, the goodies will go back in the pool for a future giveaway.

All prizes are complements of me and my J-O-B.

The contest is open internationally.  Be aware that my parcel tracking abilities drop to almost nil if I have to ship outside the U.S.  Just consider yourselves forewarned.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Butter London The Old Bill

Butter London's The Old Bill is described as a burnished copper with an antique patina.  On the Butter London website, it definitely looks coppery.  In person, it's trickier.  Inside under incandescen lights it is a decidedly warm copper with a tinge of pink.  In sunlight and under fluorescent daylight bulbs it is often straight up gold with almost no hint of copper.

I picked this up in a MUA swap a couple of weeks ago.  It wears well on me.  I get some chipping after about a day and a half, but I can wear it for up to a week before it's so bad (by my standards) that I have to remove it completely.

(under fluorescent daylight bulb)



So I was really wanting this polish to be a rose gold - I'm not sure why.  But it isn't.  So for that reason alone, I'm a little underwhelmed with it.  If you're looking for a warm gold polish, it's great.  I just wasn't looking for that.

The formula applied very smoothly.  It was mostly opaque in one coat, but I always apply two coats regardless along with a base coat and top coat.  As I've said before, I adore the packaging on the Butter London polishes and that is absolutely one of the reasons I am so drawn to the brand.

Like all Butter London polishes, it contains 11mL of product and retails for $14 wherever Butter London is sold.

Overall:  8/10

Congrats to Memorial Day Giveaway winner

Congratulations to Lauren, the GirlieReview Memorial Day Giveaway winner!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  The next giveaway will be posted later today.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Swap with Carly!

So Carly (Carlyjeanx on Youtube) contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I would be interested in doing a swap with her.  She lives in Canada and the idea of the swap was for us to exchange items that are our personal favorites and/or items the other person doesn't have access to.

I have been subscribed to Carly's channel for a while and I just love her videos and of course, I was interested to try out Canadian products so I immediately said yes!  Carly was great to include product information.  She said all of these items can be found in Canada at Wal-Mart, Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart or Loblaws.  Candian prices are included in case you're interested.

So let's go through the goodies I got from Carly!!

First up are items from Annabelle cosmetics:

This blush is just gorgeous.  I am wearing it today and I just love it.  And the shadows are awesome too.  The brown is just the perfect shade, so flattering.  And the green (Vert-to-go) is so incredibly creamy with fantastic color payoff.

All items:
  • Annabelle blush in 48 - $7
  • Annabelle eyeshadow in Vert-To-Go, $5
  • Annabelle eyeshadow in 121, $5

Next up is a brand called Quo.  (The bronzer is available only at Shoppers Drug Mart):

The bronzer is so unbelievably gorgeous.  I am so in love with it.  It reminds me so much of the new Yves Saint Laurent Terre Saharienne Collector Poudre De Soleil Bronzing Powder.  The packaging is cute, the product itself is just gorgeous.

The lip products are fantastic as well.  The lipgloss stick is such a gorgeous coral color and the cream gloss (which is actually Marcelle, not Quo) is sheer, but so pretty.

Quo Items:
  • Quo California Sun Bronzing Powder, $15 exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Quo Luminous Gloss Stick in Glow, $12
  • Marcelle Creme Lux Gloss in Bellisima, $10 (obv. not Quo.  It's Marcelle)

So here are a couple of more Marcelle products.  These are for the eyes.  

First up is the Marcelle Volume Precision mascara which I am SO EXCITED to try.  I have heard so many good things about this mascara.  I'm going to have to wait because I have a couple of tubes of mascara open already and I definitely don't want to waste this one.

Then there is the Marcelle waterproof liner in Expresso.  I swatched this and it is so creamy and the color payoff is fantastic.  It is also really waterproof which is fantastic because so many supposedly waterproof eyeliners are not waterproof at all.


  • Marcelle Volume Precision Mascara, $10
  • Marcelle Waterproof Liner in Expresso, $10

And then last but certainly not least is an argan oil hair mask.  I have been on the lookout for one of these and I am really looking forward to trying this out.

  • Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Conditioning Mask, $8
Again, definitely check out Carly's YouTube channel when you can.  Subscribe too!

Here is my video:

Here is Carly's video:

Review: Milani Baked Blush in Corallina

This is another blush that I picked up in a Make Up Alley swap.  It's the Milani Corallina baked blush.  Given my blush hoarding tendencies, I have no idea how I didn't already have one of these, but I didn't.  

The color is very on trend with the whole Pantone "Tangerine Tango" theme.  It is a stunning coral blush with gold glitter.  The glitter chunks are noticeable so if that's a deal breaker for you, you will want to skip this one.

I love this blush.  LOVE it.  

It applies so smoothly.  It has fantastic pigmentation.  I think it is just perfect for summer.  Since swapping for this blush, I've tried several other Milani blushes and while I think they are fantastic as well, this blush holds a particular place in my heart.

Like the MAC Mineralize blushes, the Milani baked blushes also contain 3.5 grams of product.  But unlike the MAC blushes which retail for $23.50, the Milani blushes retail for around $7.  And depending on where you get them, they may be coupons.

Overall:  10/10

Thursday, May 24, 2012

HAUL: OPI The Amazing Spider-man mini set

Last weekend in Beauty Brands, I saw the "Amazing Spider-Man" polishes by OPI.  I am not a polish collector per se.  I have picked up several more bottles recently, but I probably have a couple dozen bottles total.  I'm a total newbie.

Anyway, I totally understand that if you're a polish collector, this collection may be rather uninspiring.  But for those of us who don't have a lot to start with, I thought this was a great sampler.   I do not tend to go through a lot of polish, so the mini set was just perfect.  It contains half of the collection.  The polishes are:

  • Into The Night
  • Number One Nemesis
  • Just Spotted The LIzard
  • Your Web or Mine

These bottles are the standard OPI mini size, meaning they are tiny.  They contain 3.75mL each.  

I was curious about a couple of the colors and since I have yet to ever finish an entire bottle of nail polish, the small sizes weren't a deterrent.  I was particularly interested about Just Spotted the Lizard as it seems like a budget friendly dupe for Chanel's Peridot.  But all the colors in the question are actually pretty appealing.

I picked this set up at Beauty Brands for $12.50 but I would assume it is available anywhere that sells OPI.  Have any of you picked up this collection?  What did you think?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Milani Shadow Eyez!

I've been on the lookout for the Milani Shadow Eyez for weeks and I finally found them at CVS this week.  I was so excited!

I picked up 3 colors:
  • 04 Green Safari
  • 02 Brown Deluxe
  • 03 Champagne Toast
They also have a white, purple and blue, but I passed on those.  I already have the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk, so I didn't need the white.  And like so many people, I picked up the Urban Decay 24/7 shadow pencil set so I already have a purple and blue.

I was most excited about the Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast.  I thought it looked like a dupe for Urban Decay's 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Sin.  I love that pencil from Urban Decay.  I use it several times a week.

You can still get the 24/7 Shadow Pencils in Sin.  They are $20 for  2.8g of product.  The Milani Shadow Eyez pencils are also 2.8g of product, but they retail for $5.99 at CVS, so they are much more budget friendly.

Anyway, back to the dupe issue.  Here is the Milani pencil and the Urban Decay pencil.

Swatch with no flash:

Swatch in sunlight:

The Milani pencil is pretty much an exact dupe.  I will say that the Urban Decay pencil does wear a bit longer, but the Milani pencil is definitely great quality and it's about a quarter of the price.

Have you guys tried out the Milani Shadow Eyez pencils?  What do you think?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed

This is another of the Revlon PhotoReady Cream blushes.  I already reviewed Coral Reef and next up is Flushed.

These PhotoReady cream blushes are part of the Revlon summer Escapism collection and as far as I know, they are not part of the permanent line.  I've seen them at Walgreens and Ulta in my area, but nowhere else.

The photos are a little dark.  In the pot, the blush looks very neon hot pink.  On the skin, it's much less dramatic.

I just sort of had to glob it on to get the heavy swatch because despite how scary it looks, it is actually pretty sheer.  

Flushed, unlike Coral Reef, didn't fade into nothing after it was applied.  It actually wore really well - at least 10 hours before fading.  It's a very blue based pink, so if that's not your thing you may want to avoid this one.  But then again, it can be really sheered out so maybe it could work.

I still feel on the fence about this entire Revlon PhotoReady cream blush line.  The pigmentation from Flushed (and Pinched too, review will be up soon) was much better than the pigmentation from Coral Reef.  Wear time was good.  

Flushed and Pinched dried down a lot better than Coral Reef.  They didn't go powdery as much as the regular Revlon cream blushes, but they were much close to a cream-to-powder formula than I got from Coral Reef.

Again, don't mind the squinty eyes.  Damn morning sun.  I wore Flushed the other day when I tried out my NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil.

Overall:  8/10