Friday, November 15, 2013
Just a quick blurb about a 5-hour 50% off sale! If you've ever wanted to try this cruelty-free nail polish brand now is the time! Unfortunately this doesn't qualify for free shipping and they don't have the shades I've eyed up over the years but check it out, especially if you're looking for a high quality (from what I've heard) gift for someone!
Posted by Hebridean Sprite at 1:36 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I've finally gotten around to reviewing this little gem! I honestly can't believe how long I've had and loved this lip stain without doing a formal review. This is Beaute Cosmetics Liqui-gel Lip and Cheek stain in Fever. As you can probably tell I have loved mine so much that the writing on the packaging has rubbed off.
The liqui-gel stains are quite unique in that they really do apply as a very liquid-like gel, giving you quite a bit of time to move it around- which is great if you are using this as a blush stain. This also means if you screw-up the line slightly if you are quick you can wipe the stain off and fix it. In addition the gel gives the stain a bit of a cushion making it feel nice on the lips- not nearly as initially drying as many other stains. You are still likely to need lip balm after a bit but not right away.
|One coat of Fever|
|Two coats of Fever|
One thing I don't like about these though is the taste. Yes, I'm aware that I'm not supposed to be eating these but some always ends up in my mouth anyways and these taste strongly and unpleasantly of alcohol until they dry down. The other small issue is that if you aren't careful when you apply these you could get some feathering.
But the thing that makes these fantastic is truly in how long they last. These babies aren't intimidated by pretty much anything. Fever may fade a tad but I'll still have a stain after a glass of juice, yogurt and an apple. Most lip items don't last well on me, but Fever does- I can actually get hours of wear with it whereas I get maybe two with some of my more matte lipsticks.
These are a tad difficult to get a hold of as they are a Canadian company but I ordered online through their website and didn't have any problems. They retail for $29 CND, and come in four shades: Harlot a purple-berry, Fever a bright true red, Flouron a medium-bright pink and Neon a bright orange.
I'm actually worried about running out of Fever as I'm more than half-way through it, and I normally don't even make it anywhere near that with all the lip products I have!
P.S. Not sure how long this code will work for but heiress2009 should give you a 10% off discount on the Beaute Cosmetics website.
Hebridean Sprite Rating: 9/10- Fantastic colour, texture, and longevity.
Would I buy it again? YES. Seriously adore this stain and I've been eyeing up the other shades (excluding Neon) for a long while.
Posted by Hebridean Sprite at 5:11 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Thus I decided to show you some of my favourite items, fashions, outfits, objects, scents and products for Autumn. Hopefully this will get you into the spirit of things :).
At first I wasn't sure I would like this, especially going off of the scent description, but blended together these all blend together to this spiced berry decadence. If this doesn't sound like something you'd like Haus of Gloi puts everyone else in the dust for their seasonal fragrances You can check out and find the perfect fall fragrance for you in the Seasonal Autumn release. Plus Haus of Gloi is completely vegan, well priced, and makes great products.
2) Wrist Warmers and Cuffs- This is the perfect time of year for walking, and if it is just a tad nippy out I love my wrist warmers. The ones pictured here are hand-crocheted but there are tons available. Leaves your fingers free to do things but much warmer. Plus I love the moss colouring of these- perfect for Autumn. The wrist cuff pictured is handmade by a local artisan too. You can check out her website here!
They have real feathers inside blown glass with soft stretchy lace- how cool is that?
|Image from Something Swanky Website|
|Some of my favourite fall shades from my stash|
The eyeshadows shown above are: Nars eyeshadow duo in Cheyenne, Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird, Sugarpill Goldilux, Too Faced Poison Orchid, Wet n' Wild Color Icon Envy, Wet n' Wild Color Icon Lagoon, Wet n' Wild Color Icon Holiday palette in Bronze Goddess, Gosh Quad in Jamaica, Urban Decay lounge, Urban Decay Zodiac, Annabelle Lagoon, Venomous Cosmetics Look Your Best, Venomous Cosmetics the Walrus, Venomous Cosmetics Curse of the Werewolf, Fyrinnae Atomic Afterglow, Fyrinnae Pumpkin Fire, Fyrinnae Feisty Fennec Fox, Fyrinnae Polar Bear, Fyrinnae Bonfire Spirits, Fyrinnae Ravens and Writing Desks, Scaredy Cat Cosmetics Nevermore, Scaredy Cat Cosmetics Fomhar, Darling Girl Darling Ghoul Jack's Lantern.
The cream shadows are Hard Candy All Lid Up in Stepping Stones, and two Milani Shadow Eyez pencils in Sand Dunes and Brown Deluxe
5) Dark and warm lips- I love dark lips year-round but I feel it is easier to get away with during this time of the year. For me dark burgundy, dark plum and dark wine shades are my go to. I love Beaute liqui-gel stain in Fever for a dark red. To lighten a dark lip up a bit apply a gold gloss overtop. Completely changes the look but still has the depth and contrast. Warm firey shades are also gorgeous this time of year.
Pictured above is Nars lipgloss in Downtown a lovely shimmery plum (bottom right), Venomous Cosmetics Lip Poison (name washed off sorry!, bottom right above the Nars), Rouge Bunny Rouge Lip gloss in Rumba a rosewood pink (mid-right), Venomous Cosmetics Lip Poison in Hypnotize (middle near top). Annabelle Twist-up pencil in Cherry (top left), Beaute liqui-gel stain in Fever (top left), and finally an old gold lipgloss.
6) Rose, Red and Plum Cheeks- I love the look of flushed cheeks just coming in from the cold this time of year- especially blushes that achieve that look.
Pictured above I've got Darling Girl Darling Ghoul Blush tint in Just Bitten (top left), The Body Shop leaf patterned blush in Berry (just below the Darling Girl blush), Rouge Bunny Rouge cream blush in Cabana (coral-brown, mid-right side) and Nars Sin (top right).
7) Orange Nails- This is the only time of year I wear orange. Normally I'm not a big orange fan, but this time of year orange with a gold glitter or shimmer is just so lovely. Wet n' Wild Inferno nail polish is one of those shades.
|Bum Warmer photo from Honey Bea Design|
9) The Smells- Okay I know this isn't really tangible but I have to include it. I love the scent of autumn. Woodsmoke and crushed crunchy leaves and a hint of frost. It's such a refreshing smell.
10) Sitting by the fire- On especially windy nights and chilly mornings getting cosy in front of the fire is such an awesome feeling. Top it off with a warm drink (with whipped cream!) and it doesn't get much better than that. :)
So does anyone else love this season as much as me? Excited to break out the sweaters and long-sleeved shirts? Let me know!
Posted by Hebridean Sprite at 11:01 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A couple things about application. From my experience (using my finger) these were easier to use the more liquid-like they were. The formula of these is identical between shades but as these come with a tiny vial of liquid primer it is reccommended to drop the liquid into the shadow pots. The amount you add the more liquidy they become. The easiest ones to use were the shades that people had added quite a bit of the primer too but not so much that the shadows became a runny goop. Also though it would be a pain due to the screw-top packaging I can totally see why they chose it because you wouldn't want to have the primer dry-out in the shadows between uses- it would be a huge waste of the tiny primer vial.
I didn't notice any other differences between shades other than the emerald shade stains like crazy. Which is sad because all the other shades were fine and I loved the emerald colour.
These retail for an insane $42 Canadian each (at Sephora) which includes one mini primer vial, one eyeshadow pot and one metal pan to mix in (which isn't really necessary in my opinion).
I swatched these two ways for you all, first on my fingers and then on my arm. Enjoy!
|L-R: Metallic Cobalt, Metallic Emerald, Metallic Laurel|
|L-R: Vintage Black Gold, Comex Copper, Metallic Merlot|
|L-R: Comex Gold, Titanium, Comex Platinum|
|L-R: Metallic Lavender, Kitten, Metallic Dusty Rose|
|All together! T-B: Metallic Lavender, Kitten, Metallic Dusty Rose, Comex Platinum, Titanium, Comex Gold, Metallic Merlot, Comex Copper, Vintage Black Gold, Metallic Laurel, Metallic Emerald, Metallic Cobalt|
|B-T: Metallic Cobalt, Metallic Emerald, Metallic Laurel, Vintage Black Gold, Comex Copper, Metallic Merlot|
|B-T: Comex Copper, Metallic Merlot, Comex Gold, Titanium, Comex Platinum|
|B-T: Comex Platinum, Metallic Dusty Rose, Kitten, Metallic Lavender|
|L-R: Metallic Lavender, Kitten, Metallic Dusty Rose, Comex Platinum, Titanium|
|L-R: Comex Platinum, Titanium, Comex Gold, Metallic Merlot, Comex Copper, Vintage Black Gold|
|L-R: Comex Copper, Vintage Black Gold, Metallic Laurel, Metallic Emerald, Metallic Cobalt|
Overall I think these are really neat. I do think they'd take practise to use effectively as the flakes seem to go everywhere and a brush may be a better option than fingers- you may have to do some experimentation. At the price I'd put them as a luxury item to splurge on but if a shade really calls out to you I can see these making a statement look easily.
What do you all think? Are you intrigued?
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Image from the No Bleeding Lips website|
I so wanted to love this. I read a bunch of reviews about this clear lipliner and how it lasted and lasted. Plus I needed a clear lip liner. I have issues sometimes with my super dark lipsticks not staying within the lines ever-so-slightly. In addition I wanted a clear lipliner for the much raved about OCC lip tars which I am hoping to review soon. They will have to wait however as I seriously cannot use this.
The reason isn't because it doesn't work, it does but due to the ingredients and my super sensitive skin I can't suffer through wearing this for more than a couple minutes. You see the thing is it itches like crazy. I feel like I need to claw it off my lips with my nails. In fact I have to scrub it off with a face cloth. Asking some others the reason for this is due to the plethora of many evaporating ingredients in the pencil. I've listed the ingredients below if you are interested.
Silica, Synthetic Wax, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Polyethylene.
|On my (awkward looking) hand to show size|
|The nicely sized tip|
So for me and other sensitive skin girls this is a fail in my humble opinion. For more tough ladies (and gents) out there it may fit nicely into your make-up stash. And though it doesn't really count I don't like the name of it, all I can picture when I hear the name is chapped, sore, bleeding lips. Those hurt!
Hebridean Sprite Rating: 3/10. It does have an easy application and nice consistency but isn't a good formula for me.
Would I purchase this again? No, in fact I tried to return it but couldn't as I'd used it and I don't have the receipt any longer. Boo.