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What it is:

A tinted lip balm from the Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balm range.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) website,

Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balms have all the color and pigmentation of a lipstick, varying from sheer to completely opaque, but are made with skin-loving moisturizing ingredients.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, has launched a new website and shop, and the Sugar Rush lip balm listed there has been reformulated to be more pigmented than my swatches.

My impressions:

“WHY IS MY LIP BALM BRIGHT PINK?!” was my initial reaction when I saw the colour of Sugar Rush in its tube. When I put it on however, I was relieved.

Sugar Rush is a warm-toned, sheer baby pink lip balm with fine gold shimmer. My pre-reformulated (I made that word  up :P) lip balm is so sheer, it barely shows up on my lips. Believe me when I say it took many coats to get the swatch to look like this. Based on the swatches on the DG website, it looks like the pink in the new Sugar Rush would be just a tad more visible. I think I would like the reformulated version, as I prefer my tinted lip balms to be sheer yet give a hint of colour at the same time.

I love that the gold shimmer in the lip balm is extremely fine and doesn’t stay behind on the lips. There is nothing I hate more than finding huge chunks of sparkly stuff stuck on my lips after a meal. The gold shift really complements warm tones and I find that it helps to polish up my look. This is a great everyday colour, and it is perfect for ladies who do not like wearing a lot of make up. I put it on whenever I need to go downstairs to buy food or run some quick errands. It just adds that extra little something and makes me feel less sloppy in my t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

The texture is quite waxy, and I have to glide it over my lips a few times to coat them. I honestly do not know if the lip balm is long-lasting, because I keep licking it off my lips! I know the website states that it is bubblegum flavoured, but it smells and tastes like burnt sugar to me. Absolutely delicious!

I do find that I cannot use this for many days in a row, as it causes the edges of my lips to become really dry, like they’re about to peel. I have never had this problem before and I have no allergies that I know of. I’m not sure what causes it, but I’m not too worried as the lip balm has been reformulated, and the ingredients seem to be slightly different.

I adore the see-through packaging, the vintage label and the oval tube is just too cute. However, I do prefer slim tubes as my lips aren’t thick, so I tend to end up with lip balm on the skin around my lips (might explain the dry ring around my mouth).  I’m happy to read that the reformulated lip balms will be packaged in slim tubes instead.

Size (reformulated version):

0.07 oz or 1.98 g

Price (reformulated version):

USD $5.25

 

Ingredients (reformulated version):

Prunus Amygdalus Dulics (Sweet Almond oil), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima oil (and) Hydrogentated Vegetable oil (Avocado Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (and) Ethylene/ Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/ Ethylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Sunflower Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin E

I know, I know. What is the point of doing a review of a product that has already been reformulated? Well, I only realised it after I’d already done most of the work, so I didn’t want the blog entry to go to waste! 😛 No doubt the reformulated version will be more pigmented than what you see in my swatches, but I do think that the new Sugar Rush will still be sheer – just perfect for me.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
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What it is:

A dry oil spray for the skin.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) e-crater site,

Dry oil sprays are so quick and easy to use and leave your skin silky smooth in one easy step. I find the best time to apply these is right after bathing to lock the moisture in, of course you can use these whenever your skin needs a drink. Just spritz on and give a light rub for smooth lightly scented skin.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, wrote on her blog that,

These are made with light carrier oils that soak into the skin quickly. Darling Girl are different because we do not use silicones in ours like many other companies use. We use Grapeseed oil which is so awesome for dry skin, Apricot Kernel Oil another great oil for dry skin and Fractionated Coconut oil which is the lightest of all carrier oils and gives these such a light and airy feel.

My impressions:

As far as first impressions go, I like the high quality vintage label used. The label is waterproof, which is really important because the bottle tends to get quite oily after some time. After handling the bottle with my oily hands for a few months now, the words on the label have not rubbed off, nor has the label peeled off.

Despite living in a climate with high humidity, I have very dry skin from spending most of my time in an air-conditioned environment, and I find that the dry oil spray leaves my skin feeling moisturised and silky smooth. When I first sprayed it on, the Skin Quencher seemed quite oily because it was literally a puddle of oil coming out of the nozzle, but after a light rub, it sunk in quickly and did not leave a greasy layer on my skin.

The passionfruit rose scent smells amaaaaazing. The passionfruit and rose combination works really well together, and I like that it is strong and sweet. After applying this product, I do not need to apply perfume as the fragrance is long-lasting. I don’t think this is for people who are sensitive to smells though. I can only use this when my husband isn’t home, because he finds the scent overpowering.

I must say that while I like the aesthetics of the packaging (the black bottle with the spray nozzle looks rather classy), it leaves much to be desired in terms of usability. When I spray the oil on my body, I have to work quickly because the oil will start to stream downwards. At some point, I have to switch the bottle to the oily hand in order to moisturise the other side of my body. I do understand the concept behind the spray bottle, and it does make sense – spray and rub. However, it’s not that easy to hold a slim and smooth bottle with an oily hand, while trying to press down the nozzle with an equally oily index finger!

To be fair though, oil is a difficult liquid to package properly. Even the Johnson & Johnson baby oil bottles are terrible, with oil running down the sides. Perhaps a pump bottle or a bottle with a pointed mouth would dispense the product better than a spray nozzle?

Size:

2 oz or 59.15 ml

Price:

USD $5.75

Ingredients:

Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed oil, Apricot Kernel oil and fragrance

I will definitely repurchase the Skin Quencher despite my views on the packaging. I like the texture of the oil, and I like how it makes my skin feel. Shopping at DG is always a pleasure, and Susan’s customer service is fantastic.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Sorry folks, it’s been awhile, I know. My camera died just in time for me to receive a spanking new camera for my birthday in July, courtesy of my hubby who thankfully understands that not every girl lusts after diamonds, and some of us want practical gifts. Before I get into my post, let me just take a minute to gush about MY FREAKING AWESOME NEW CAMERA. Seriously, it takes INCREDIBLE photos. In fact, I’m thinking of redoing all my swatches and stuff, so that the photo quality would be better (thus making up for my woeful, sporadic updates).

Okay, now for the whole point of this post. Darling Girl Cosmetics (DG) has at least 200 readers! I say at least because let’s face it, not everybody subscribes. Some just like to bookmark blogs (guilty as charged) so that they can access their favourites without logging into somewhere. Secondly, I concur with Susan on her pet peeve of using the word ‘follower’. DG isn’t a cult, and neither are we brainwashed. Don’t even get me started on people using the word ‘fans’ to describe their supporters like they are a famous celebrity… Ahem, I’ve digressed. So, CONGRATULATIONS Susan! May your business flourish, and may your mind never cease brimming with creativity and ingenuity!

Darling Girl Giveaway

Here’s your chance of winning not only some AMAZING Darling Girl products, but a bunch of stuff from other indie companies as well! I’m really crossing my fingers for this one, because man, I WANT EVERYTHING SO BAD. I really want those pink earrings and the pink tote and the pink keychain and those eyeshadows and the scents and… ARGH. Oh well, here’s hoping!

 

xoxo

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What it is:

Holo-gloss, which is basically loads of natural glitter suspended in clear/sheer lip gloss.

What it claims:

The Darling Girl (DG) website states that,

Raspberry Beret is a sheer pink with pink, gold and copper glitter.

Holo-glosses are perfect for the ladies who don’t like a lot of color but still want something a little special to wear. While these are sheer shades they have a fantastic sheen/finish to them… I think these will be great for ladies who don’t really like a colored gloss or lipstick but still want something a little special to put on.

What is noteworthy:

These were inspired by Lorac Multiplex 3-D lip glosses, but the owner, Susan, had improved on the texture and added her own little spin on them. On her blog, she explained,

While I loved the shades which are essentially clear with loads and loads of natural glitter, so no gritty feeling on the lips, I hated the super thick sticky feeling.

Susan also offers an alternate formula for ladies with Shea allergies.

My impressions:

I was blown away by Raspberry Beret. It is sheer (I like sheer!), full of shimmer (I LOVE shimmer!), and the texture is just wonderful.

The pink in Raspberry Beret is not obvious, but it is very flattering when the holo-gloss is used on its own. The star of this product though, is the glitter. Oh helloooo, glitter. It seemed like Susan held nothing back, and kept packing that tiny amount of pink gloss with all kinds of crazy, multi-coloured glitter! 

I am happy with the colour of my lips and well, the shade suits me perfectly (as it should), so I always gravitate towards sheer and shimmery, sparkly glosses to let my natural lip colour show through. The pretty glitter in Raspberry Beret adds an extra dimension to my lips and gives the illusion of a fuller, sexier pout.

I’m sure they’d be great as layering glosses too, but I haven’t tried them that way. I don’t like getting the doe-foot wands stained by other colours lol. I know, I have issues!

Size:

3.5 ml in a lip gloss tube with a doe foot applicator.

Price:

$4.25

Ingredients:

Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Bee’s Wax,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide and Silica.

Alternate Formula (for ladies with allergies to Shea):
Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soybean Lipds, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba Wax, Candillia Wax. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer.

I love the sizes of DG’s lip products because let’s face it, how often do we actually use up anything?! I want to be able to buy new colours and new collections, and trying to finish up a huge tube of something is a chore. Makeup is supposed to be fun!

The one thing that slightly bugs me is the packaging. DG’s lip glosses come in a small tube, and it is hard to get the gloss out because the applicator only deposits a tiny amount at a time. In order to coat my lips, I had to stick the applicator into the tube more than 10 times.

Susan has acknowledged on her shop that the tubes aren’t the best quality. When I asked her about it, she explained that these are the only wands available to her at this time, but she’s keeping an eye out for alternatives.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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What it is:

An iridescent smokey lavender mineral eyeshadow.

What it claims:

The Darling Girl (DG) website states that,

Whimsy is an interesting color…It’s an iridescent smokey lavender, but in certain lights you see flashes of gold and green. This is one of my favorite one color washes paired with a great liner and you are ready to go.

What is noteworthy:

The DG colours minerals have other uses too. The owner, Susan, offered these suggestions,

You can use lip approved shades as lip gloss that are incredibly long wearing, as well as beautiful. You can also dip a clear finger nail wand into the minerals and use as fingernail polish.

My impressions:

Another gorgeous duochrome eyeshadow from DG, Whimsy is a really complex shade. Depending on the light and angle, the eyeshadow changes from lavender, to gold, to green. I could have sworn I saw some blue, teal and pink shimmer too.

I think this was one of Susan’s earlier products, as the swatch photos are really tiny and hard to see, unlike her recent crystal clear swatches.

Now here’s the part that left me confused – The official description is smokey lavender, yet the colour from outside the ziplock baggie did not look like the description; my arm swatch looked nothing like the DG swatch on the site. I’m not sure if my skin tone had affected the colour (it shouldn’t though), but to me, Whimsy looked more like a plummy taupe with a little bit of grey in it.

Size:

Full size – 3/4 tsp of product in 5g jar
Petit – 1/4 tsp of product in 3g jar
Sample – 1/8 tsp of product in ziplock baggie

Price:

Full size – USD $4.00
Petit – USD $2.00
Sample – USD $0.60

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Stearate and Carmine

I’m not sure why there was such a big discrepancy in the swatches/colour, or if the colour I had gotten was indeed Whimsy. Nevertheless, it’s a really pretty shade and the duochrome effect is pretty awesome.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
  

 

xoxo

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What it is:

Mineral eyeshadow in gorgeous iridescent teal green with copper duochrome

What it claims:

The Darling Girl e-crater shop states,

Think outside the box multi-tasking minerals compliment and accentuate your eyes to make them Darling Girl gorgeous. They can be used dry for a lighter color, foiled for more dramatic effect, or as a liquid liner that will last indefinitely.

What is noteworthy:

The DG colours minerals have other uses too. The owner, Susan, offered these suggestions,

You can use lip approved shades as lip gloss that are incredibly long wearing, as well as beautiful. You can also dip a clear finger nail wand into the minerals and use as fingernail polish.

My impressions:

Helllooo teal, oh how I adore you. Mardis Gras is a teal that is almost a green. Depending on how the light hits, the intense copper duochrome coupled with the teal creates the illusion of multi-coloured sparkles.

It’s interesting, because Susan had paired a cool teal colour with shimmer that is completely warm. The result is an eyeshadow that would no doubt flatter any skin tone, be it pink, peach or yellow.

I’ve tried Mardis Gras both with and without a primer. The shadow blended wonderfully with little to no fallout, and the vibrancy lasted all day with a primer. Even without a primer, the shimmer held fine, though the colour was somewhat muted by the end of my long day.

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Size:

Full size – 3/4 tsp of product in 5g jar
Petit – 1/4 tsp of product in 3g jar
Sample – 1/8 tsp of product in zip lock baggie

Price:

Full size – USD $4.00
Petit – USD $2.00
Sample – USD $0.60

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide and Magnesium Stearate

Customer service was great and Susan was very generous with her samples, which were already beyond reasonable at USD $0.60! She wrapped everything up beautifully in this white tissue with multi-coloured polka-dots.

I would definitely buy from DG again.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Grey over at Le Gothique has a DG contest up! The DG colours are absolutely to-die-for. Go check it out.

Darling Sakura

Good luck everybody! (I hope I win… hehe :P)

 

xoxo

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