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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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Zoya – Ginessa

What it is:

A metallic polish from Zoya’s Ooh-La-La collection.

What it claims:

The Zoya website describes Ginessa as,

Soft, silvery white glitter flakes against a sheer winter white base. A clean shimmering white that’s universally flattering.

What is noteworthy:

Not only are Zoya polishes vegan, but they are also 4-free, meaning they do not contain the toxins formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.

My impressions:

Elegant and beautiful, I personally think this is one Zoya’s hidden gems. While many pearl white polishes apply sheer and streaky, and tend to lean towards silver or gold, Ginessa is a true white which has adequate coverage in just 2 coats. It dries to a shiny finish, so there is no need for a top coat if you’re lazy like me. The polish is packed with little silvery sparkles which are extremely fine, and the effect is stunningly pretty when the flecks catch the light. It is understated and subtle, yet intense and eye-catching.

I have reviewed Zoya polishes many times already, so I won’t bother to describe the formula – Zoya polishes are pretty much perfect. The texture seems quite different to the other Zoya polishes – this might sound weird but it’s light and fluffy! It kinda reminds me of clouds or whipped cream. Application-wise, Ginessa is very forgiving and would be good practice for nail polish novices.

While Ginessa looks good on its own, I find it is fantastic as a base for layering other polishes over it. Fine shimmer, coarse glitter, multi-coloured sparkles, holographic flakes… you name it! I haven’t tried a crackle polish over it though… I wonder how it’ll turn out?

This is without a doubt, one of my favourite Zoya polishes!

Size:

15 ml

Price:

USD $8.00

It’s ironic, because I’m doing a lot of free publicity for them as a non-US customer, yet Zoya is out of my reach as the polishes are only sold within the US. I really wish Zoya ships internationally. 😦

 

xoxo

 

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

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What it is:

A neutral highlight colour from the Holiday 2011 collection.

What it claims:

The Silk Naturals (SN) website describes Demure as,

A light, pinkish lavender shimmery pearl… The lavender tone is so light that it’s nearly neutral and it makes a fabulous one color wash with a little winged liner.

What is noteworthy:

For the first time ever, SN introduced eye wands – eyeshadows packaged in the same applicator tubes as their lip glosses and lip stains. SN’s owner, Karen, described the eye wands in her blog as,

Travel friendly, and super easy to use – with pre-designed looks to make your life easier. To use them just pull the wand out of the vial, give it a little tap and apply. It’s not a product that everyone is going to love, and it might take you a little bit to warm up to it. BUT that first busy morning when you needed to leave the house 5 minutes ago – you’ll fall in love.

My impressions:

The packaging is perhaps the most obvious new thing but I want to talk about the least obvious first – the addition of Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride to an SN eyeshadow. More commonly known as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO), this ingredient is odourless, adds slip and has a very long shelf life, thus making it highly desirable in the cosmetics industry. In the forum I frequent, FCO is a popular pressing agent. 

Karen had stated on the SN forums that to make the eye wands easier to use and also to minimise flyaways, she had added a few drops of FCO  to keep the minerals clumped together on the wand applicator. Thus, the result was an eyeshadow that applied like a dream come true. The texture of Demure is creamy and very easy to blend. As the eyeshadow is slightly ‘wetter’ than loose minerals, those who do not use a primer would notice that the eyewand shadows are more vibrant, with similar colour payoff to foiling. However, I strongly recommend using a primer even if you don’t have oily lids, because otherwise, you are wasting the full potential of the eyeshadows, and SN eyeshadows are stunning!

I am not going to bother describing Demure other than declare it GORGEOUS. Instead, I’m going to bombard you with swatches so you can see for yourself. There is something very special about this colour. These are the same swatches but every time I tilted my arm differently, the light would hit the swatches in varying angles and the shadow would morph from white to off-white to lavender.

In order to be a better blogger, I am constantly learning from other bloggers to improve my own skills. Aud once mentioned before that most blogs tend to show swatches applied very intensely, and I totally agree that it is completely unrealistic as we don’t apply them this way on our eyes. Therefore on the left, I’ve applied the eyeshadow the way a normal person would on their eyes – lightly and blended out. On the right, the eyeshadow was applied very thickly, the way one would perhaps during Halloween.

I couldn’t resist including a blurry close-up of Demure. Check out the pink and green shimmer! As Barney Stinson would say in his falsetto, AWESOME!

Okay, so the eye wand. I HATE IT, yes I do. It may be travel-friendly, but so is a jar with a cotton ball stuffed on top of the sifter, and I get lesser mess with the latter. After reading scathing reviews about the eye wand on my forum, I was prepared and ready. I held the tube upright and tapped it to settle the minerals to the bottom. I then gingerly unscrewed the cap over a large sheet of paper with my right hand while holding it steady with my left, and slowly inched the cap upwards with my first 3 fingers, while holding onto my last 2 fingers with my left hand so that the cap didn’t separate too quickly from the tube. All was good. When I felt the wand applicator hit the stopper, I slowed down and used a little bit of force to pull the wand out of the stopper, all the while maintaining an iron grip with my left hand. Despite the care I took to prevent a powder explosion, that little bit of force caused the minerals that were coated on the cap tube and wand applicator, to fly everywhere. I had sparkly things on my arms, my thighs and in my nostrils. That was not cool.

I also tried applying Demure with the doefoot, and it was an epic fail. I had to use a brush to apply and blend it properly, which defeated the purpose of the wand applicator. For a product that was supposed to save time, this took me a lot more time than it normally would. The concept was good but the packaging just did not deliver. It reminded me of a certain blacklisted company and their brilliant eyeshadow roll-ons.

These eye wands cost more than a normal eyeshadow, so I was very glad that Karen generously allowed it to be picked as our free eyeshadow. I wouldn’t have gotten it if I had to pay for it, because of all the reviews I’ve read about the impractical packaging. I will most probably empty it out into a 10g jar, as one of the ladies from my forum who emptied hers out mentioned that the eye wand tube contains more product than a 5g jar can hold.

I completely adore Demure, it is utterly gorgeous and I will be reaching for this colour often. While I do loathe the eye wand packaging with a passion, I am willing to overlook the absurd doefoot applicator because the colour and texture of Demure makes up for it. If I were to buy Demure again (and I definitely will!), I intend to write to Karen to request that the eyeshadow with the FCO addition be put in a jar instead, and to forgo the eye wand.

Size:

3.5 ml

Price:

USD $4.50

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

You can request for these eye wands as your Gift with Purchase if you spend $30 and above.

 

xoxo

 

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

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What it is:

Eyeshadow palette in the Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio collection.

What it claims:

According to the Wet n Wild website,

Coordinating trio shades takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The “how to” palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.

What is noteworthy:

If you don’t know which colour you’re supposed to use on each section of your eye, the Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio takes the guesswork out for you. Each eyeshadow has a text imprint telling you exactly where to place the colour, and just in case you don’t know what a crease, eyelid or browbone is, there is a labelled drawing of an eye at the back of the palette. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but I really did find it quite amusing!

My impressions:

Cait, from Swatch Storm, organised a contest on the MMF and Silent Treatment was the prize. This was the first time I’d ever heard of Wet n Wild, as this is a US drugstore brand and it’s not available in Singapore. After doing some research, I discovered that this product has a huge fan base, and many beauty bloggers who are used to high-end stuff have raved about Silent Treatment.

Browbone

The browbone colour is a pale and shimmery light pinky-peach shade which is absolutely glorious. In fact, I’d even go as far to describe it as the perfect highlight. It blends wonderfully into my skin to give it that slight glow, and is extremely flattering. 

Crease

The crease colour is cool-toned dark brown with tiny bits of gold glitter. The glitter is utterly pointless actually, because it didn’t show up on my skin. That being said, I experienced no fallout from the glitter flecks either, so no undereye cleanup was necessary. While the texture is great, dark brown is dark brown so it really wasn’t anything special, and I wasn’t impressed by the hide-and-seek glitter.

I should point out though, that I did not particularly appreciate the eye diagram that came with the palette, because it implied that it’s the ‘normal’ eye. I have monolids, meaning I don’t have a crease at all. Yup, and on top of that, I have tiny, tiny eyes. In my part of the world, my eyes are extremely normal, yet girls like me have trouble using eye makeup because we are born single-lidded. Thank you, Dad (my mum is double-lidded and my dad is single-lidded). I can’t even blame recessive genes, because it was a 50-50 deal.

Oops, didn’t mean to digress. Anyway, my point was that because I don’t have a crease, I had to improvise. Therefore, I used the crease shade as an eyeliner, and it was decent. It would probably have turned out better if I’d foiled it, but I didn’t want to contaminate the eyeshadow.

Eyelid

The eyelid colour is a silvery, plummy-taupe colour and on my skin, looked purplish-brown for some reason. It had been hailed by some as the best taupe of all time, and I did find it quite pretty. However, the colour was unflattering on my skin tone and it made my eyes look bruised, like I’d just been punched in the face. Also, the colour payoff was pretty bad. I had to really pack on the shadow to get it to show even the slightest hint of colour.

The Eyeshadow Trio palette comes with a squee-worthy sponge-tip applicator and an angled eyeshadow brush. These mini things are the cutest little brushes I’d ever seen! They’re useless, obviously, and it’ll be a pain trying to blend with them.

Size:

0.12 oz or 3.5 g

Price:

USD $2.99

For the price, the Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio shades are surprisingly complex. The colours are interchangeable and versatile, and can easily be layered to create several different looks ranging from subtle to dramatic. The texture of the eyeshadows are also smooth and easy to blend. My makeup lasted for many hours… what more can one ask from a USD $2.99 product?

 

xoxo

  

Disclosure: I won this product in a giveaway.

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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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Zoya – Shivon

What it is:

A metallic nail polish from Zoya’s Flourish collection.

What it claims:

According to the Zoya website,

Zoya Nail Polish in Shivon can be best described as: A dark rose gold with hints of purple and bronze and strong gold duochrome shimmer. This color flickers and changes with light and movement so you’ll never be bored.

What is noteworthy:

As stated on their website,

Zoya’s 300-plus stylish nail polish shades are all formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate(DBP) and camphor free. The cutting-edge formula has also won a Women’s Health Magazine independent panel award for longest-lasting polish.

With flash. 3 coats of Shivon on middle fingernail.

My impressions:

In person, Shivon is a pinkish mulberry with plenty of gold shimmer.

The website described this shade as a cool-toned colour, but on me, it was definitely warm. I think this could be due to the gold shimmer.

Sadly, this wasn’t a winner in my book. I didn’t really see much purple or bronze, and there were strong hints of pink in it. The formula pretty much sucked too. It was gloopy and the more I tried to fix the application, the worse it was.

Size:

15ml

Price:

USD $8.00

The reason I was drooling over Shivon for so long was because I’d seen some gorgeous swatches that blew me away. I’d never imagined that the real thing would be so disappointing. Either I had a defective bottle, or the google swatches were misleading.

 

xoxo  

 

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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