Making My Unofficial Hiatus Official (but not for much longer!)

Hi everyone!

Dain’s comment about graduation on the post below reminded me that I need to tell you guys what’s going on, and why I’ve been AWOL for a while. It’s my final term of uni and exams and mini-dissertations (but the big dissertation is done – woo!) are looming, so I’ve been focusing on those for the past couple of months. I’m itching to return to blogging – I have so many post ideas – but it’s a big commitment that I can’t really make at the moment. As the infinitely wise Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec says:

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Thanks Ron.

So I am going to whole-ass uni for a little bit longer (exams end mid-June) and then I can finally get back to blogging (frankly I can’t wait) and I’ll hit you with posts that will blow your socks off and we’ll all weep tears of joy and stuff.

In beauty news I am still obsessed with the YSL Glossy Stains, I’ve been wearing #10 pretty much every day, and every time I look in a mirror I’m still surprised at how long the colour lasts. I really love these! I guess the hype about them in the beauty world has probably died down by now (I’ve forcibly removed myself from beauty sites as well so I’m not sure :( ) but I’m still in love with this product.

I hope you’re all well, I can’t wait to get back to blogging again, and back to reading blogs! I’ll end with another piece of sage advice from Mr. Swanson.

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(from here)

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Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains (#4 and #10): too much for my brain to handle

Hello all! Thanks for being patient during my week off!

I am a special snowflake

If you were to ask me my least favourite make-up product, I would say lip gloss. I’ve just never really liked it. I have a collection of about 30 lipsticks (and I still want more) and 3 lip glosses (and I think it’s too much). It’s not that I’m against their juicy sheen, they’re just so high maintenance – they hardly last, and if they do last a while they’re too sticky, and they’re messy. No thank you.

But.

Glossy SpoonsI love lip stains. To me the two are the complete opposite: you put minimal effort into a lip stain, and get so much out of it – pigment, long-wear and reliability; in comparison lip gloss is kind of labour intensive.

So

My little mind is blown by the idea of the glossy stain, and when I saw the promotional pictures I pretty much assumed it would be terrible.

Good things

YSL Glossy Stain 04But actually, the YSL Glossy Stains are the perfect balance of lip stain and lip gloss, the liger of lip products, if you will (I don’t actually know if ligers are cool, wikipedia is down because of the SOPA thing so I just have to assume that they are awesome). The YSL Glossy Stains combine the insane lasting power and layerability of a lip stain with the sheen of a gloss. And the sheen lasts almost as long as the stain.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Because Kate wears and likes these, I’ll assume they’re non-drying (my lips don’t really dry out so I can’t tell).
  • They do have a scent – I believe it’s rose – and it’s quite nice, but quite strong so if you’re sensitive to smells that may be an issue.

Bad things

I love that Glossy Stains layer so beautifully – not only does the coverage build up, but pigment layers so well that it’s like having three or four shades in one product (see how #10 is a candy pink when sheer, but a cool vibrant red when built up). However, Glossy Stains layer so well that if I reapply after a meal, the bits that haven’t faded (ie. the outer edges – parts that haven’t come in contact with food) build up to that vibrant dark colour, while the bits that haven’t stay one or two steps sheerer. It looks…patchy. It’s not a huge deal – it just takes a minute or two to sort out, but be aware.

The Applicator

I actually like the applicator a lot, but I invert it when I use it. That is, I believe you’re meant to use the side on the outside of the curve to apply, whereas I use the inner side (so that the applicator fits to my lip).

The Magic Wand

The Myspace Angles

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Swatches

Kate has paper swatches of the whole range (apart from 19) here.

Number 4 (Mauve Pigmente) Paper Swatches

4 Paper swatches

Number 10 (Rouge Philtre) Paper Swatches

I can make swatches cute

Number 4 Arm Swatches (sorry goosebumps etc. etc.)

Goosebumps by RL Stain

Number 10 Arm Swatches

YSL Glossy Stain 10

In Action

Number 4 Sheerly Applied

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Number 4 Heavily Applied

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Number 10 Sheerly Applied (Sorry the light was terrible on the day of Number 10 Lip Swatches, so I had to use flash. I colour corrected to get accurate colours though. Also I was lazy and didn’t do a full face, just Shu Stage Performer, Concealer, Blush and Eyeliner)

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Number 10 Heavily Applied

YSL Glossy Stain 10 Layered

Lasting Power

And now, an exciting timeline of the Glossy Stain’s life. It features multiple outfit changes, much like an awards ceremony, but sexier because I get out the dressing gown. Meow. The lighting on these pictures gets progressively worse, so don’t scrutinise them too closely for colour accuracy. (Also, that’s not perspective, the cup is really as big as my head)

Glossy Stain Lasting Power

  • Time of Full Fade: 18.59
  • Wear time: 7 and a half hours – no touch ups
  • Cause of Full Fade: 3 cups of tea, a sandwich, two biscuits, supper

Verdict: These are truly amazing, get one.

Review: Canmake Nudy Glow Rouge Lipgloss

I want to start with a disclaimer that I am not a lipgloss expert. When I review other products on this blog, I am usually pretty au fait with the strengths and pitfalls of the product type and similar products on the market. With lipgloss I am most definitely an amateur, so take this review as that of a lipgloss rookie.

A while ago I bought two Nudy Glow Rouge lipglosses in shades 01 (Rose Macaroon) and 02 (Strawberry Whip). As I’ve said before, I am not a lipgloss person: usually I find them sticky and a little too high maintenance for daily wear. I bought the Canmake Nudy Glow Rouge glosses because when I swatched them they actually seemed very creamy and hardly sticky at all.

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The Nudy Glow Rouge glosses come in a pretty standard bottle, much like the MAC dazzleglass packaging. This is good because you don’t have to squeeze for ages to get the gloss out but it does mean that the top can end up being kind of goopy. The gloss is applied with a brush applicator. The bristles of one of these applicators are already starting to splay out so that’s irritating, but I’m not sure if there’s a way to prevent that…?

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Applicator

The glosses have no detectable scent. I say this with some trepidation because sometimes my brain fools me into thinking a scent is natural/coming from somewhere else, but I think in this case I’m right.

These lipglosses – while they are ‘nudy’ – are not sheer. In fact they are very pigmented and when I use them I just apply a little bit in the middle of my lips and then blend out with my finger. If you used the applicator all the way round your lips would end up with a thick, shiny-plastic finish.

As for how they look on lips, I’m still undecided on whether I like it or not. Some days they look great: shiny but not in-your-face-oh-my-god-I’m-wearing-pvc-pants-covered-in-glitter shiny. Other days I feel they highlight every single thing wrong with my lips. Despite exfoliating my lips before hand, it still seems luck of the draw as to how they’ll behave. They seem to highlight imperfections in my lips that I didn’t even know were there. This happens more often with the paler shade (Strawberry Whip) than Rose Macaroon.

Here are close-ups of both glosses. As you can see with Strawberry Whip, it makes my lips look kind of bad, and they’re actually fine to begin with.

Strawberry Whip

Strawberry Whip

Rose Macaroon

Rose Macaroon

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In general: the lasting power is really good if you’re not doing anything mouthy (don’t be crude). I wore Rose Macaroon for a while without drinking or eating and 4 hours after applying my lips looked the same: shiny and tinted. After this I had to eat. But I think the effect would have lasted longer, and even when this lipgloss starts rubbing off/fading it still gives a pleasant sheen for a long while.

After food: these glosses stand up to food surprisingly well. After a meal a lot of the gloss had been rubbed off but I could still feel it on my lips and a tint (with a slight sheen) still remained.

After drink: they didn’t fare so well against liquids. I could still feel the creamy texture on my lips but hardly any visible trace remained.

Some people have said the glosses tend to settle into the tiny vertical lines on your lips. I have noticed this once and haven’t noticed it since. It seems these lipglosses are unreliable in terms of daily performance: one day there’s no trouble at all but the next the lipgloss is all stringy when you put it on.

Here are full-face pictures of both glosses because I find posting disembodied mouths a little creepy, and also unhelpful in the whole context of how the gloss looks.

Strawberry Whip

Strawberry Whip

Rose Macaroon

Rose Macaroon

I like Rose Macaroon much more than Strawberry Whip because I am not too enamoured with skin-like gloss colours. I’d guess colours like Rose Macaroon, Brownie Chocolate and Sugar Milk Tea  would make nice MLBB colours, and the others (Peach Milk, Honey Latte and Strawberry Whip) would be better if you’re looking for a pale lip.

I’m not sure I would buy any more of these, but not because there’s anything wrong with them per se, just because they haven’t managed to convert me over to wearing lipglosses daily. In general though, I think they are quite nice as lipglosses go: they have good lasting power and they’re not sticky. The colour range is pretty limited, but wearable.

So: Lasting power is good and when the gloss does wear off it does so without leaving any marks or lines. On rare occasions the lipgloss settles into lines so 16/20 in all.

Application can be tricky depending on how the lipgloss is feeling that day, so that’s about a 10/20.

While the glosses don’t hydrate, they also don’t dry out my lips, but like I said before: if you have any lip issues to begin with (dry-ness, flakiness etc) these glosses should probably be avoided.

So altogether that averages to 13/20.

I’d say that’s a fair score, but I am a little biased against glosses I think. It seems I’ll have to stick with my illamasqua sheer lipglosses as they are more like a gloss/balm hybrid.

Friday Round-up

Ok so I’m working on a pretty mammoth post right now so it’s taking up a lot of time! But I don’t like getting slack on updates so I thought I’d do a round-up of the past week.

Okay so everyone always talks about ‘shopping your stash': looking through all the products you own and seeing them with fresh eyes. This week I rediscovered Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Lily-Rose. The Illamasqua Sheer lipglosses are the least sticky lipglosses I’ve tried. They still have a little ‘tackiness’ to them but I can actually wear them without getting my hair glued to my face. I can’t say the same for the Intense Lipgloss formula – I find that pretty sticky. I would use lipgloss a lot more if someone could invent one that wasn’t, in effect, tinted glue. In fact I thought that Japan would have a bunch of perfect lipglosses considering that glossy lips seem to be pretty important in most Japanese looks. Alas Alack, no such luck. But I’ll keep trying!

I have a very low patience threshold – I like my make-up to be low maintenance, I don’t want it to actually make my life worse. For example, fake nails. I’m sure there have been many times when someone’s fake nails have been so natural that I haven’t even known they were fake, but one instance comes to mind every time I see them in shops. I used to work for a cinema, selling hot dogs, popcorn, cleaning up sick – you know, rewarding kind of stuff. Anyway I was on the retail counter one day and witnessed a lady leaning down to get a bag of sweets and being physically unable to pick them up. Her fake nails were so crazy that she actually couldn’t perform simple movements like…um…grasping. That, to me, is too much. Make-up should be fun and should make you feel good, not impaired.

Oops, that was a little longer than I had intended. I just have a lot feelings (Is it wrong to quote Mean Girls on your blog?). Anyway so it was Illamasqua’s new collection that made me dig out Lily-Rose again, this picture to be exact.

I love this look. Ok I wouldn’t exactly wear the eyebrows out but I still think they are pretty cool. It makes me think of a grown-up version of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies (I used to love those books! The iris fairy was my favourite).

Reading a look breakdown, I  saw that Lily-Rose was used on the lips, so I immediately fetched mine. It’s not quite the colour I wanted (like the one in the picture) but I do have a renewed appreciation for it. Also it looks great over liner to make a 50s red lip (I use MAC’s Cherry liner under it).

The pictures aren’t great (not sharp enough for my liking) but you get the idea. Also I look a bit like Tobey Maguire in the 2nd one. Is this a look I should cultivate?

So here are some interesting posts I’ve found this week: some aren’t very recent, but I’m posting them because I like them.

Beauty

Deconstructing Winged Eyelinera thorough and I’d say scientific post on the uber difficult  (for me anyway) winged eyeliner.

September Favourites – Matryoshka Doll beauty has a post of her september favourites, I’ve always meant to do one of these but now I guess I’ll have to wait until next month!

Tubing Mascara Info – packed with information on Tubing Mascaras, I thought it would be particularly useful after my post on Mascara Smudging – check out the tubing mascara reviews as well!

General

For the grammar lovers – my boyfriend introduced this post to me, and I’m so glad he did: this entire blog is amazing.

A catchy internet meme – I’m not usually such a fan of internet memes (especially when people say them in real life) but I actually find this one funny. Even my mum likes it.

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Here’s Matsujun advertising Fasio mascara. I wonder if it’s any good – or tubing…

Don’t know who Matsujun is? Then you should be watching more Japanese TV shows!

Check out Hana Yori Dango!

And for another drama that everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved, check out Hana Kimi – it’s beyond amazing.

So that was my week! I hope you’ve had a good one!


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