Review & Swatches: Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquers in Coral, Orange Crush, and Legendary

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquers

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer are the new glossy stain on the market. With vibrant pigmentation, and the ability to tint lips, these apply like a high-gloss liquid lipstick, but last like a stain. I picked 3 of 20 shades - an extensive shade range that includes more subdued shades than those you see here, along with those that are even bolder, if you can imagine. Here are the shades I picked up:

Coral: A cream finish peach-coral 
Orange Crush: A bold, opaque orange with orange shimmer
Legendary: A deep cream finish cranberry

Each shade applies smoothly and opaquely with one swipe. The wand has just enough product to get complete coverage without having to go back for more - something that often means going overboard, and over lip lines during application for me. While on, these feel so comfortable and have a lot of slip without being sticky - that translates into minimal wear when eating and drinking! I found the glossy finish for these lasted around two hours with eating and drinking. The stain lasted for another 3 hours or so beyond that! What's more is that unlike other stains, my lips didn't feel deprived of hydration once the glossy finish wore off. No need to incorporate an extra conditioner with these - they do the conditioning themselves with built in Vitamin E! For an all-in-one lipstick, lipgloss, and lip stain, these make the grade and are well worth the $24 they retail for individually!

Something I forgot to mention in the video, but really wanted to given what a natural comparison it is, is how these stack up against the Revlon Moisture Stains. Revlon's have a slightly thinner, more gel-like consistency. With some shades, it takes a little bit of layering to get the pigmentation seen in the packaging, while the Smashbox require one swipe. The Moisture Stains have a distinctly chemical smell (to me) that the Smashbox Lip Lacquers lacked, and they were definitely more drying than the Smashbox lippies. While Smashbox's Lip Lacquers are over double the price of Revlon's, I think you pay for what you get. The Revlon Moisture Stains definitely get the job done, and look great doing it, but they aren't without shortcomings. The only thing you need to worry about with Smashbox's Lip Lacquers is which shade to get!

Speaking of, which shade will you get?

Review & Demo: Lancome Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara

Lancome's Grandiose Wide-Angle Effect Mascara is making waves in the beauty world with it's innovative Swan Neck Wand and high impact formula. With so much hype surrounding it, I had to give it a try! 

The intriguing new wand serves not only to make application easier - no more worrying about grazing your nose with the applicator, creating a black, smudgy mess - but also swirl the product around inside the tube when opening and closing the packaging, ensuring the formula is well mixed. So, this funny little wand has some functionality! But does it pass the wear test? In the video above, you can see the wand in action, applying product effectively to both eyes. Once on the lashes, the formula coats them evenly, filling out the base and separating the tips. It also helped curl them considerably (as a reference, I don't curl mine before applying mascara). The real clincher happened when I looked at my lashes 12 hours after applying to find that the formula was fully in tact - not a smudge or flake in site! While you might worry it's hard to remove after that kind of wear time, it's actually very easy to remove. I find I don't even need need makeup remover to get the job done - just my everyday cleanser.

So, not only is the wand practical, but the formula is top notch. Despite the $32 price tag, I would have to say this is a must-try - especially for those who struggle with mascara application. I find there's little to no learning curve, and a huge payoff from the formula. 

Have you tried Lancome's new Grandiose Mascara?

August Ipsy Unbagging

At just $10 a month, Ipsy is one of the better monthly subscription services I have subscribed to. In fact, after all that I've tried, it's the only one I'm currently subscribed to! August's theme was Back to School, so in addition to a nice pencil case, there were great basics to make getting ready for class (or work) a piece of cake. See which products came in my bag this month, and don't forget to take advantage of the promo codes!

Products Mentioned & PROMO CODES!

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner - Get 50% off with code IPSY50
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo - Get 15% off with code IPSYAUG
  • Lord + Berry Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil - Get 25% off with code LAB@14091
  • Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion - Get 20% off your purchase and a FREE sample of Liplocked with code IPSY20

From left to right: Tini Beauty Shadow Tint in Ambrosia, Lord + Berry Liner, and Manna Kadar Sheer Glo

Makeup Wars: $30 Face Challenge

This week on Makeup Wars, we are challenging ourselves to create a $30 face. I've done a few $20 makeup challenges and was surprised to find what a $10 difference can make! Check out what I picked, the look I created, and what all the other Makeup Wars ladies came up with in their posts below!

What I picked:

TOTAL:  $28.50

Get the Look:

  1. Apply Wet n Wild's Coverall Foundation with the UBU Face on Foundation Brush.
  2. Use the sponge applicator included to apply the lightest shadow from the City Color Color Basics Palette to the inner corner, the satin brown to the crease, and using the Concealer Brush apply the shimmering olive to the outer half, and the matte emerald to the outer third of the eyelid. 
  3. Sweep a couple of coats of NYC's Sky Rise Mascara over lashes.
  4. Use the UBU Sponge to press foundation into the undereye area to act as concealer.
  5. Apply the satin brown shadow to the hollows of the cheeks using the UBU Blush Brush
  6. Use your fingers to apply City Color's City Chic Lipstick in Je t' aime to the cheeks.
  7. Apply the lipstick directly to the lips.
  8. DONE!

Review & Swatches: NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Subra, Cassiopeia, and Callisto

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Subra, Cassiopeia, and Callisto
 Yet another prize from my recent Sephora haul, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

Subra: A black orchid
Cassiopeia: An iridescent electric pink - great for wearing alone, or layered over other shadows as a tranformer. Check out the layered swatches at the bottom of the post!
Callisto: An icy mauve silver

All of the shades within the line can be used both wet and dry. While I didn't find much of a difference in my swatches when using them each way, it definitely made a different during use.

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