Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Profusion Feline Lip Luster in Purr

Profusion Luxy Lips in a strong red (L) and Feline Lip Luster in PURR (r)
Pigmented and opaque, Purr is a pinky beige that will probably suit ladies with less pale lips, but personally it washes my pigmented lips out in a very unflattering, chalky manner. 

It makes a pretty good concealer, probably thanks to a decent amount of white pigment.  It acts like my Shu Uemura WH 001 lipstick.  The Feline Lip Luster cream formula is pretty flat - there's not really any shine, although it isn't matte or drying.  The color visibly sinks into lines a bit, but since it isn't too emollient, as a concealer it works pretty well.

One of the more standard pinks probably would have been a better choice for a wearable color, but I prefer beiges to pinks.  I will be using this to tone down my strong lip colors, including the red Profusion Luxy Lips, which is a lot of fun.  Look for these products at the beauty bins in Walgreens - $1 plus tax is hard to beat.  I believe this product is made in China.

I'm going to start ending posts with music videos.  I'll start with my current favorite, the new song from Ameriie, "OUT LOUD":

You may remember Ameriie from when she spelled her name Amerie.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monetizing privilege

Have you heard about the new service welldeserved.me?

The original pitch cracks me up:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Profusion lip gloss

Profusion lip gloss can be found at some Walgreens stores in their beauty bins.  The glosses that I found were not labeled with prices but turned out to be $1 plus tax.
I tried out the red gloss - it is a comfortable cream formula with high opacity and highly pigmented.  It does sink into lines but doesn't seem to bleed so far.  It is a true bright blue-ish based red.
The formula seems to be the same in the squeeze tube and hard tube packaging.  There is a bright red orange also available - I am tempted to pick it up also, but I doubt that I will find much occasion to wear it.

I'll update when I try out the more subdued Purr color.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mini Review: Juniper Ridge Desert Pinon Incense, etc.

Juniper Ridge Desert Pinon Incense is not bad, but it wasn't memorable.

By the way, if you come across some resin Pinon incense sticks, be careful.  I got these hand-dipped incense sticks for about $10 and they are terrible at burning - probably all the resin gets in the way.  Also a forgettable smell - no pinon.

So far, my favorite incenses are:
  • Aomori Hiba incense - a great smell, burns easily, and great value.  After a year we've got more than half a box left.
  • Shrinivas Sugandhalaya Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Incense Sticks - again a great smell, and they burn well.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez

Review by Luca Turin.

Gardenia?  Sign me up!  I need a sample!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Update on Addiction "Last Scene" lipstick

I'm still in love with the warm red color of Addiction "Last Scene", but I have come to realize that I like a slightly glossy finish.  Not a fan of matte.  While the lipstick looks great topped with a gloss, the drier texture of this lipstick just doesn't appeal to me.  I don't think I'll repurchase this.  Maybe I'll let myself buy the Revlon Balm in Romantic after I use up "Last Scene".
 
I love the way glosses look, although I've come to realize that it's easier to apply lipstick than apply gloss.  Yes, those few seconds really matter, somehow.  So, liquid lipsticks really work for me - the gloss factor and the color factor.  Right now I only have 2 liquid lipsticks:
1) Shiseido Lacquer Rouge 資生堂ラッカールージュ RD 413, the perfect bright, warm red
2) Coffret d'Or Bright Up Rouge (Creamy Liquid) コフレドールブライトアップルージュ(クリーミィリキッド)OR-110, a cheerful coral-orange that I think has a good amount of white pigment in it.

As I use up some of my beige lipsticks, I'll probably add a nice tan color to my liquid lipsticks.  Sigh, the road to a new lipstick purchase is quite long, but it has been fun to find out ways to use my current, less beloved lipsticks.

* Note, these mint m&ms are pretty tasty.  I do like mint chocolate...  Interestingly, the dark chocolate m&ms are not as yummy as the regular chocolate ones.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mini Review: BareMinerals Lash Domination

Love the brush!  It coats lashes and separates them nicely.  But what's the point of a formula that smears?  Is there a waterproof version of this?