Here are some swatches of the ELF Mineral lipsticks that I got in my haul today.
Left to Right
Cool Coral (Coy Coral on the site)
Nicely Nude, Ripe Rose
Coy Coral, Natural Nymph
Name: Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Rose Rouge
Available: Anywere Max Factor is sold
Max Factor has released a new lipstick called “Vivid Impact” that is filled to the brim with pigment. I normally don’t like using Max Factor because of Andrew Luster. But I may have to rethink my views on the brand, after the awesome-ness of this lipstick. It is available in 20 mouth watering pigmented shades, so there should be no problems in finding five or six colors that fit your life.
The main reaon why love this lipstick is it’s extremely creamy and it applies like a dream. The staying power of this lipstick is pretty good, given the fact that I constantly chew on my lips, that is a great quality for this lipstick. Rose Rouge is a meduim pink color that would look good on most skin tones. It’s very flattering for daytime looks. It can be applied so that there is a lot of color, or it can be sheered out for a softer look. Either way, this lipstick is one that belongs in your collection.
Check out more reviews on TotalBeauty….
Here is my CVS haul from Memorial Day weekend. This haul is all about L’Oreal and Milani products. I ended up buying a backup of one of the L’Oreal eyeshadows – Baby Spice. It is a gorgeous sheer taupe color that is going to be a fave!!!
The entire haul:
Glamorous: (Coral), Delicious (Pink)
Milani Quad: Wild Violets
Milani Crystal Gloss: Innocent (Clear Shimmer), Plush Baby (Mauve Shimmer)
L’Oreal Colour Juice Stick: Strawberry Fields, Plum Crazy, Watermelon Ice, Chai Love You (2x)
(Forgot to take a solo picture of these)
These are my favorite lipsticks. The scent is amazing and they are extremely glossy. These are backups for my favorite colors.
L’Oreal Bare Naturale Eyeshadow: Bare Gold, Bare Lavendar, Baby Spice (2x), Bare Olive
This whole haul came in around $23. I was super excited!!
I have been so freaking busy this past week. I’ve been trying to get all my Christmas presents together. I’ve been making homemade body scrubs for everyone, so that has been a pain to put together. But it’s been cheap – which leaves me plenty (hah) of money left over for my hauls. So I thought I would just make a massive list of everything I have picked up!
Flirt Cosmetics 40 count eyeshadow palette. This is no longer available online, and it’s selling out of the stores. I was lucky to get mine – which was the last one there. Anyway these eyeshadows are the same size as MAC’s so they fit into the their palettes. I have to say that there are some duds in this set, but there are more good eyeshadows than bad, so it’s still worth the $23 I paid for it.
CVS: Last week, CVS had a BOGO Free sale on their L’Oreal Lippies, so I grabbed some of the Glam Shine liglosses, because I had be curious about them. NYC Color was also marked down 50% so, I grabbed a bunch of the Ultra Longwear lipsticks, I like them and they were $1 a piece.
L’Oreal Glam Shine lipglosses in Diva, Prima Donna (MAC Pink Clash Dupe!), Drama Queen and Seductress.
NYC Color Ultra Last LipColor: Air Kiss, Rose Petal, Red Flame, English Rose, Mousse, and Rose Gold
Beall’s Outlet: This place always has a few good finds in their makeup area, and this week was no different.
Revlon Limited Edition Bare – It – All Lustrous Powder: Buff Love, Goldi-Locks, Peachy Tease, and Pink – A – Boo.
L’Oreal Colour Juice lipstick in Cheeky Peach
Walgreens: There wasn’t too much on sale this week, but I did pick up a new Rimmel lippie that was 40% off and I has a $1 off coupon, so I picked up one to test. I love long wearing lipsticks and glosses, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out.
I think I spent around $50 or so for my entire haul. Which isn’t bad AT ALL. I will probably get around to writing reviews for the Glam shines and Rimmel lippies because they are still available on the market. The Revlon and the Flirt goodies won’t be getting a review because of their hard to find status now.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss: Lustrous Nude
My stash is crazy big and I have decided to write down all the products I have, so I can keep up with everything better. This post will be all about my NYX Round Lipsticks which are LOVE. I actually melted down all my Round lipsticks, so they are all in little 5 gram jars now. This saves room in my storage, and in my purse. I have always preferred to apply my lipsticks with a lipbrush, so melting everything down didn’t bother me. This list is in no particular order.
NYX Round Lipsticks:
- Tea Rose
- Orange Soda
- Rose Bud
- Summer Love
- Golden Luster
- Spell Bound
- Pumpkin Pie
- Sun Flower
- Violet Ray
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Frosted Beige
- Indian Pink
- Earth Angel
As of today, 11/22/08 this is my NYX Round Lipstick collection. If any of you have any questions about these colors, please leave a comment. I’ll do my best to answer any question. I however cannot do any swatches as my camera is not working right now.
One thing is certain, I have wayyy too many lipsticks, and those lipsticks tend to take up a lot of space in my makeup stash. So I decided it was time to do something about it. I bought a ton of little 5 gram jars and I took the lipsticks and melted them in a stainless steel ladle and make little lippie pots. I actually prefer potted lipsticks and lipglosses, because it gives me the best opportunity to use lip brushes, which I love.
When I learned the technique for doing this, I followed Enkore’s tutorial on youtube. He made it look sooo easy. And I think I’m getting better at it, now that i figured out the correct way of pouring the melted lipstick into the pot.
So, if doing this will help you, then check out his tutorial
So if you are bored, give this a shot, but just be very careful Dealing with heat and flames is very dangerous. So just be safe .
I found this article at the New York Times website and thought it very interesting, what did you guys think of it?
Hard Times, but Your Lips Look Great
LAST month, Betsy Stein made a beeline for Bloomingdale’s to buy a shirt, but the Nanette Lepore top she found was $280. Ms. Stein, 33, a business manager for a classical music composer in Manhattan, told herself that in the current economic climate, she shouldn’t charge it.
“With the scare of the downturn,” she said, “I decided to cut back on my shopaholic problem and exercise some restraint.”
But the next day at Sephora, she made a substitute purchase. “I could buy one or two lipsticks for about $40,” she said. “That’s far less than $280.”
Ms. Stein’s rationale for buying lipstick echoes a theory once proposed by Leonard Lauder, the chairman of Estée Lauder Companies.
After the terrorist attacks of 2001 deflated the economy, Mr. Lauder noticed that his company was selling more lipstick than usual. He hypothesized that lipstick purchases are a way to gauge the economy. When it’s shaky, he said, sales increase as women boost their mood with inexpensive lipstick purchases instead of $500 slingbacks.
Beauty brands remain true believers in the theory, even though in the last few years the lipstick market has fallen on hard times as its glistening cousin, lip gloss, has had robust sales.
With the specter of another recession, brands like Clinique and DuWop Cosmetics are preparing for a big year in lip color, for two reasons.
First, they would like to see a return to lipstick, which usually costs slightly more than gloss. Second, the companies believe that in down times women will continue to splurge on lip lacquer even as they make do with last season’s dress.
But do economists, and not just companies that need to move a lot of lip color, believe that lipstick sales could skyrocket as the economy tanks? And what’s the draw of lipstick in particular for women worried about having to pay as much for gas as they would a handbag?
Not only is the lipstick theory plausible, “it’s perfectly consistent with all kinds of economic theory,” said Richard DeKaser, the chief economist with National City Corporation, a financial holding company and bank in Cleveland.
Three sorts of products sell robustly during tough times, said Lou Crandall, the chief economist at Wrightson ICAP, an independent research firm.
The first is what economists call traditional inferior goods, what people have to buy when they can no longer afford their favorites. If you’re a salmon lover eating tuna casserole, you’re chewing on inferior goods.
Lipsticks aren’t inferior goods, economists say, but they could be small indulgences, an inexpensive treat meant to substitute for a bigger-ticket item. Or lipsticks could also be morale boosters, like Charlie Chaplin films were during the Depression. A warm shade that perfectly matches your skin tone might make you forget how far your 401(k) has tanked.
Although this relationship exists, Mr. Lauder was wrong about one thing: counting lipstick purchases won’t confirm whether we’re in a recession. “It doesn’t surprise me that lipstick sales go up,” Mr. Crandall said, “but if I had to choose my top economic indicators to take to a desert island with me, I’m not sure it would make my top 20.”
Not the least because lipstick sales aren’t exactly economic indicators used by the news media.
“ABC News samples consumer confidence every week,” Mr. Crandall said. “We don’t have lipstick sales on a weekly basis. This is because they are more granular. The smaller the economic data becomes, the more volatile it tends to be, and the harder it is to extract the underlying signal.”
Indeed, lipstick sales for the first 12 weeks of this year ending March 23 don’t validate the lipstick theory. Sales of lipstick in supermarkets and drugstores have decreased 3.3 percent compared with the same time period in 2007, according to Information Resources Inc., a market research firm that tracks sales of mass consumer products. Sales of lipstick are also down 13 percent in department stores from the same quarter last year, said Karen Grant, the senior beauty industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research firm. But the actual decline, Ms. Grant cautioned, is slightly lower because more weeks were counted in 2007 than this year.
Still, old hunches die hard. Banking on an economic downturn, Cristina Bartolucci, the creative director of DuWop Cosmetics, introduced Prime Venom, her first matte plumper designed to be worn under lipstick. “One of the main reasons we came up with this product is that we’re in a recession, or a difficult time with the war,” she said. “You always think of the classic lipstick and stockings doing well in wartime.”
Prime Venom is the same formula as the company’s 1999 best seller, Lip Venom, which claims to inflate your pout without collagen shots. In the last month, Ms. Bartolucci said, Prime Venom’s sales have been double that of the original Lip Venom.
This spring, for the first time, Marissa Shipman, the chief executive of the Balm, a lip gloss brand, included lipsticks in her line. She hopes that Mr. Lauder’s theory will pan out for her. For their initial order, retailers like Sephora have ordered twice the amount of the lipstick as they did the glosses she started selling in 2003, Ms. Shipman said. She doesn’t have qualms about profiting in an economic downturn, because she’s glad she can provide something for $16 that makes women feel good. “I would feel more guilty if I were taking $400 from someone,” she said.
Ms. Grant suggested beauty companies are engaging in some wishful thinking hoping that if they promote a new wave of lipsticks then customers will come. “The early adopters of trend are getting onto the lipstick bandwagon and are seeing increases in lipstick sales,” she said. “But it’s not an overall trend. This is more like a gut feel, like when you say it’s time for skirts to come back.”
In the last four years, gloss has increased its market share by 2.5 percent, while lipstick has lost 5.8 percent, according to Information Resources. So to lure gloss-happy customers back to lipstick (which tends to cost more), brands are aping the charms of lip gloss.
Last fall, Estée Lauder reformulated its Signature Lipstick by using a blend of oils that had been typically reserved for glosses, and it eliminated the harsher beeswax smell in favor of a subtle fig and vanilla scent.
This fall, Clinique plans to add eight shades to its Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick line, which is a mashup of lipstick and gloss. “It’s a bridge, for when she wants a more grown-up look,” said Janet Pardo, the senior vice president for global product development at Clinique. “We’re transitioning people from gloss into that hybrid place.”
Any woman with a few lines around her lips should be reaching for moist — not matte — lipsticks, said Kriss Soterion, the makeup artist who worked with Hillary Clinton before a New Hampshire debate last year. “No matter how you cut it,” she said, “dewy looks young.”
April Lane Benson, a psychologist in Manhattan who works with compulsive spenders, said there are two reasons why women would want lip color more than other affordable pleasures. Lipstick can be applied as many times a day as you’d like. “It’s very primal,” Dr. Benson said. “The mouth is an organ of so much pleasure. Kissing is what you do with your lips.”
Lipstick also helps a woman look poised, even when her bank account is overdrawn. “When women use lipstick in times of stress,” Dr. Benson said, “they’re doing it to put forward an image that they are more alive and more vibrant, and not as down in the mouth. It’s part of the uniform of desirability and attractiveness. A shirt or a cup of gelato is much farther removed from that.”
Melissa McQueeney, 34, a fifth-grade teacher in Shelton, Conn., refuses to stop buying lipstick, even though her bills have increased considerably in the last year, mostly because of rising gas prices. Her fiancé has a 70-mile commute.
“It’s how I freshen up,” she said. “It makes me feel feminine, even if I’m in sweats and sneakers.” Last month, at a Sephora outpost, she chose a $6 gloss over one for $25, and held it up triumphantly as she walked to the register. “I didn’t even try it on,” she said. “I’m just splurging.”