Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review - Physician's Formula Flatliner

Time for another awesomely positive review!  ^_^

In the Brown Liner Showdown last month, I'd left two out.  Two of the big bunch I had just stood WAY out from the rest.  So much so that I didn't feel it would even be fair to pit them up against those other ones.  Here's one of those two:

This is, hands down, the coolest and most unique eye liner I've ever used.

This is Physician's Formula Flatliner in Dark Brown.  I rarely meet a product of theirs I *don't* like.  They are my very favorite drugstore brand.  No, I'm not getting paid to say that, but I wish I was!

Just check this puppy out - it is exactly what it sounds like.  A FLAT liner.

The top swatch is the liner used to just swatch straight across.  So easy to apply and it takes almost a concerted effort to get it on crooked.  The only con I could see is that it does go on in a rather thick line and there isn't the option to get a teeny pencil-thin one for tight lining and the like.

The bottom swatch, I used just the corner of it so you could see that it does still glide on and is very easy to control, despite the odd shape.

This stuff is awesome.  It goes on well, it wears well, and the uniqueness of it just kills me.  Definitely one I'd buy again (only in black!) and recommend.


Listening to:  "Hell to the Heavens" - Leaves' Eyes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipsticks - Swatches and Reviews

Time for another great review!  I always love doing reviews like this.  Even though I started the whole 'makeup breakup' name to try to make the shit reviews a bit more fun to do, I still don't care for doing them.  It doesn't bother me as much if the product just isn't for me, but if it is something I feel is just truly shoddy quality, then I don't like to write the reviews!  In the interest of being honest about everything I try, though, I do it anyway.  For, like, all 3 of you who actually read this.  LOL

As per usual, the gorgeous 'EL' embossed onto the tops...

...but in a different color tube than usual!  I do adore that clean white and gold packaging over their normal navy!  So much brighter and happier, yet it still smacks of something a bit luxurious.

The colors here are Pure Color Rose Envy Shimmer Crystal Lipstick (20) and Pure Color Tiger Eye Shimmer Long Lasting Lipstick (86).

While they are both sort of sheer, I also found them to be buildable and they do have a lovely shimmer.

You can see they are a bit darker here after another swipe across.  The Rose Envy is my favorite as it looks very natural on the lip with only one coat, or at least it does for my lip color.  It more gives you this nice flush to your lips instead of an in-your-face color.  While you'd still have to pry my red lipstick from my cold, dead fingers, this stuff has been nice for summer.  When it is too hot to do a full foundation routine without it melting off, you need something a bit more natural as I don't personally care for the look of a super dramatic look with a mostly-bare face.

Pros: They had a super creamy consistency and weren't drying at all, which is a plus!  Consistency and moisture-wise, they rather remind me of my Maybelline Baby Lips, which is a good thing.

Cons:  I didn't find either one of them to be particularly long-lasting.  They're not unusually bad, but they just require a periodic re-application.


Listening to:  'Dead Tree' - Dir En Grey

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wookie Wifey's Top 5 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat!

Teh fine print:
Since this is obviously all in good fun, I debated long and hard for a whole minute or two over what wing to plunk it down into.  I decided this wing was the most fitting.  Because, that's why.

I don’t know about your corner of the world, but here it is the absolute dog days of summer.  Around my neck of the woods, that means temperatures soaring over 100 degrees, a sun that is trying to bludgeon you to death, plus humidity that makes all your clothing adhere to you, melts off any makeup you apply, and ruins any hair style with insta-frizz.  Most days, all I want to do is lie on the floor in nothing but my underwear and cry.  Since I have plenty of experience with summer heat, here are my tips for beating it:

1 – Lie on the floor in my underwear and cry.

Sometimes, it is best to go with your initial instinct and just have a good cry.  The heat sucks.  Global warming is making it suckier.  People suck.  The sun sucks.  Everything sucks.

2 – Convince the neighbors I may be swelling from a horrid allergic reaction.

On the truly horrible days, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, up to and including posting yourself up over the nearest window unit whilst holding your shirt over the vents, thus allowing that sweet, sweet cold air to inflate said shirt and dry out your underboob.

3 – Fill my tub with lukewarm water and pretend I have a pool.

This is for us poorer folk, but I suppose anyone could try it, though why you would WANT to if you can afford a pool is completely beyond me.  While it is actually more effective to use hot water and point a fan at yourself, some days it is *so* damned hot that even air blowing in your face can make you want to throw a tantrum a la terrible twos.

4 – Try to finish a drink before the ice melts.

So maybe this one is more of a game than a way to cool off, but when your ice melts at astonishingly alarming rates, leaving your drink lukewarm and no longer doing its job of actually helping you be cooler, sometimes it is interesting to see if you can beat the melting ice.  
*Spoiler alert: you can’t, and trying too hard will result in paying homage to the porcelain gods.
**Bonus: this is actually effective if the drink is vodka, but it also makes the above addendum doubly-true.

5 – Develop a braver fashion sense.

Okay, so the only truly serious one on the list (except for maybe the underwear-and-cry one), when it gets so damned hot that you just really don’t give a fuck anymore, you find yourself becoming crazy brave with what you’re willing to leave the house in.  Suddenly you’re less embarrassed to go out in that sheer top or the shorts that put your cellulite on display.  Suddenly, those options seem more and more appealing and anyone who disproves of your back fat in that sheer top can just travel downward a few inches and kiss your ass.

<3, \m/, and so much insomnia,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Boscia BB Cream Review (Makeup Breakup)

**This product was gifted to me via a friend - while I appreciate the gift and LOVE trying new products, I don't let that get in the way of providing an honest, objective review since every product is different for every person!

Unfortunately, its time for another makeup breakup post.  *Cue sad music*  I hate writing bad reviews.  I really hate it.  I try to be a positive person (though I fail a lot because...person), so when I find something I don't like I'll usually try it several times JUST to be sure.

This is the case with Boscia bb cream!  I love bb creams and wanted to love this so much that I used it a good half dozen times before I finally gave up on it.  This one was *almost* perfect, what with its sun protection, cute packaging, and good coverage, but the one thing that was wrong with it is a SERIOUS deal-breaker for me.

On the back, it says it creates a "lustrous" finish.  Okay.

When you first put it on, it looks deceptively like a normal bb cream.

Now, it is hard to tell in these photos, but it is "lustrous" because it has freakin' glitter in it.


Not shimmer.

Glitter.  Silver glitter.

If anything, this made fine lines *worse* on my face.  I'm creepin' on 29, so while I do have a few fine lines starting to show in my laugh line areas (damn you, genetics!!), they usually are completely un-noticeable to anyone but myself...Except when I put this on.  I swear, it aged me 10 years, because the glitter that is supposed to create that "lustrous" look actually settles into fine lines you didn't even know you had!

You can see a few sparkles on my hand in most of these photos.  Since my camera doesn't like to pick up shimmer or glitter for crap, then you can just imagine how many there are.

It isn't disco ball proportions, but it is still a lot of glitter...Enough that I kind of felt like 13-year-old me would have swooned.  In this photo, you can even see how it makes my HAND look older.

As you can probably tell from the way it covered the veins in my hand versus the top photo, it does have good coverage.  It didn't break me out and when I'd remove my makeup at night, my skin didn't feel dried out at all, it felt rather like I'd had a moisturizer on it all day long.

Why, when there are loose glitters, shimmer powders, and every other alternative for when a girl WANTS glitter, would you try to force it on us in something as routine as a foundation?

If you like shimmer or glitter in foundations and moisturizers, then this is for you and, due to all its good qualities, I highly recommend it.  Were it not for the glitter, I'd be almost as in love with this stuff as I am my Skinfood.  It just wasn't for me, though.

How about you?  Do you love the glitter and shimmer in foundations and moisturizers trend?  Am I the only one not enjoying this trend and thinking it actually ages you more (or just makes you look ridiculous) instead of giving you that promised, dewy, youthful glow?


Listening to:  "Hellraiser" - XodiaK