Sunday, May 28, 2017

Indie Spotlight: B'ellegant Cosmetics

I've got a ton of liquid lipsticks to review and I'm getting behind on them but in this post and in this week's YouTube video, I did a review of B'ellegant Cosmetics' matte liquid lipsticks and a single eyeshadow that I got. I picked these up a few months ago when they were having a birthday sale and everything was 40% off. I believe this is a black owned company and since they are such a small brand, there aren't a lot of swatches available on the Internet so I just eyeballed it and picked up 3 matte colors and 3 metallic matte colors for the liquid lipsticks. 

Both the solid colored and metallic ones are under the "Liquid Matte" section of the website and they are $14.50 each. There is no weight or capacity indication on the tube or website but since the packaging is very basic and similar to other indie brands, I managed to find out that the fat tubes for the solid colors are 7ml and the skinny tubes for the metallic colors are 8ml. The fat tubes have a paddle foot applicator and the tip of the tube doesn't really strain any product from the wand. The skinny tube has a doe foot applicator and the opening is quite small so there isn't a strainer.


The color range is amazing in terms of uniqueness. I don't have dupes for any of the colors that I picked out and I have a ton of liquid lipsticks so that says something about the colors. They just released 4 new liquid mattes and I really really want to get them - Pretty Natural, Mauvelous, Stargaze and Black Cherry - but I'm broke af so they will have to wait. They have nudes and pinks for everyday wear and they have fun colors like pastels, blue, green and purple for those special occasions. 

The solid matte colors have one swipe pigmentation. They have a creamy texture and they do take 1-2 minutes to dry completely. They are relatively transfer proof but they are not smudge proof. They come off quite easily especially if you are eating or even drinking from a cup. However, they are very comfortable and hardly drying. The metallic colors are a liquidy/watery formula and apply sheer so they will require a couple of layers to achieve full opacity. They are more transfer proof and quite smudge proof. I haven't put them to a longer wear test yet but they seem relatively comfortable to wear. 

One improvement I would like to see from this brand would be more swatch photos on different skin tones and more accurate representations of the colors on their lip swatches. If you compare my lip swatches to the ones on their website, you can clearly see how different they look. I actually got quite mad that a couple of them turned out so different from what I thought I would be getting. 

My score and ranking for the solid matte colors are as such:
Overall: 4.375/5
Pigmentation: 5/5
Application: 4.5/5
Comfort: 4.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (I put 4 in the video but I have since decided to reduce it because it does come off when I drink water from a cup)

For reference, I am a fair skinned Asian Chinese with neutral undertones. I am approximately NC15-20/Kat Von D Light 45 Neutral. Side note: I've been working on my lip swatches and I think I'm improving! Everything is taken under natural light. It started raining and got gloomy so I had to change my photo spot for the metallics. 

Rose Petal - Dusty Rose
This is my absolute favorite dusty rose shade out of all the rose and mauve shades that I own. I have yet to find an exact dupe for it. They are either more pink or more purple, lighter or darker in shade. Rose Petal has been my number 1 pink shade ever since I wore it in my ColourPop Highlighter Trio video. I just find it so flattering on me and it makes my lips look fuller. It really complements my skin tone.

Berry Chilly - Deep Berry
I was expecting this to look a lot more purple since it looked very purple on their website. I think it's discontinued at the moment.You can see that this shade is slightly patchy but it won't be too bad from afar. A second layer will definitely fix it but since they take so long to dry, I just settled for one layer.

Brambleberry - Plum Deep Red
Again, I was expecting this to look a lot redder like the swatch on their website but the color leans more brown on me and even in the tube itself. I searched other customer photos for this and their swatches look similar to mine even on dark skin, so I'm pretty sure they're not representing their colors correctly on their website. This color looked the most different and I really wanted that shade of red so I was very pissed that it looked so brown. The owner wasn't very helpful too because she just said that the colors will appear different depending on your skin tone and natural lip color. From what I can see, it looks the same in the tube and on my lips so that reasoning is invalid.

Ablaze - Metallic Red
This shade seems to be discontinued at the moment too. It's just a metallic red and it appeared much richer on their swatch photos. I'm using two coats here and it's still very sheer. It seems to have hot pink reflects though.

Sugar Plum - Metallic Plum Purple
This is the most pigmented metallic shade of the trio that I got. This swatch is only one layer but I could have used a second because the sides of my lips are still sheer. It's a really nice shade of purple though and it looks very juicy and shiny. It's a flattering kind of purple so I wouldn't hesitate on this one too.
Glory - Metallic Deep Blue
This looks more blackened on the webiste but it's still a really nice metallic dark blue. I did have to go over it 2-3 times to fix any uneven spots. It didn't get too uncomfortable but I did notice it flaking a bit as I wore it for longer. I've been searching for a good metallic blue so I guess it is hard to nail these sort of colors. It's still gorgeous to look at and definitely a statement lip.

Tidal Wave - Teal Blue with a Green Shift
This is the single eyeshadow that I picked up. It came in a 29mm pan which is larger than the average 26mm pan you get with most other brands. They cost $5 each so that is quite a good price for a 29mm pan. The shadow that I received was filled to the brim so I'm quite impressed with that. It picks up really  nice on the finger but it doesn't apply as pigmented as I thought it would. This is one swipe on my hand. It is also not as blinding and the shift isn't as strong. I applied it with my fingers on my eyelids and it really didn't translate very well (I'm wearing it throughout my video). A primer will definitely help to bring out the colors or a black base will also allow the colors to pop.

Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable).

Personal Overall Ranking

  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying, accentuates lip lines
  3. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  4. *Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet) $15 - $1.875/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wearable everyday colors
  5. Give Me Glow Matte $13.25 - $2.03/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some colors transfer slightly, accentuates lip lines
  6. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | a handful are slightly streaky and tacky
  7. Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - $2.07/ml, comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | not very transfer proof
  8. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented, flattering shades | $4.87/ml
  9. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml, flakes, accentuates lip lines
  10. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | some streaky shades
  11. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - comfortable, pigmented | $3.73/ml, limited shade range
  12. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky, drying, accentuates lip lines
  13. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  14. Kylie Cosmetics $17 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $5.23/ml
  15. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying, flakes
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, accentuates lip lines, tacky, slightly streaky
  17. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky

Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)

  1. Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet)*
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  4. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  5. Bellegant Liquid Matte
  6. JCat Lipfinity
  7. Give Me Glow Matte
  8. Palladio Velvet Matte*
  9. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  10. Stila Stay All Day
  11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  12. NYX Liquid Suede*
  13. Kylie Cosmetics
  14. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  15. RealHer Matte
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie
  17. Jordana Sweet Cream
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Friday, May 19, 2017

Daisy VoxBox

I got my first VoxBox from Influenster about a week ago. Influenster is a review platform where you can rate and review almost anything - from beauty to cars to hotels. VoxBox is what their beauty box is called but unlike it being a subscription, they handpick people every month to receive these boxes. It's free of charge and in return, you review the products on Influenster and your social medias so that you continue staying eligible for the boxes.

I got the Daisy VoxBox and it's my first box so I'm excited about that. However, I'm personally not so excited about the things in the box. This is the card that was included in the box that shows what is inside. Unfortunately, my greek yoghurt is missing but I'm not missing that because I do not like yoghurt.
There are a bunch of tasks to complete and badges to unlock on the app so that is quite fun to do.
The item that I've been enjoying the most in the box is this Nature's Bounty Probiotic Gummies. I'm thinking it's like Yakult but in gummy form because it's good bacteria for the digestive system. I love gummy vitamins so this is a nice sweet treat.
This is a detoxifying charcoal paper mask from Yes To Tomatoes and it's like a normal sheet mask but feels thicker (even though "paper" might sound like it would be thinner). It's a completely black mask with a nice fragrance and there are eye flaps that you can use to cover your eyelids but I found that the mask stung my eyes so I kept them down. Overall, the mask stung a bit at first but I got used to it and I wasn't bothered much about it. The instructions did mention that it might sting so if it's too painful for you, then remove it. I'm not sure why it stings but the ingredients contain a ton of fruit extracts so that sounds really really good. I can't tell what effects it gave after a single use but I only received one mask to try. Oh well.

Then we have some popcorn from Skinny Pop and these claim to be guilt free! They only contain 27 calories so I guess you really can binge on these while watching a movie. Just pop them in the microwave and wait for it to pop! These are sea salt flavored and it seems to have some movie trivias around the box. Can't wait to try them!
Unfortunately, my period is over so I won't have a chance to try out this pad until next month. My flow isn't super heavy though, but I do appreciate thin pads as they feel more comfortable.
Lastly, an item that I wish I could try but can't, is this Live Clean Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. Most shampoos cause my hair to shed so I'm thinking my scalp is sensitive to some particular ingredients. I'm not sure what ingredient it is but I don't want to risk it. I'll use the conditioner though, since that is applied on my hair ends instead so it won't affect my scalp or roots.

I really want to get a beauty filled box with makeup or skincare because that is what I'm really into. So, I'm hoping my next one will be better!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

J.Cat Lipfinity Matte Liquid Lipstick

I'm so excited to review this brand of matte liquid lipsticks because they are amaaaazing! These are the JCat Lipfinity Matte Lip Colors and they are $4.99 for a massive 12g of product. You can find them on the JCat website or on Ulta's website. This is the most product I've seen in a liquid lipstick so if you look at the cost per grams, it's really a steal. These are made in China but they are not tested on animals. I'm not sure why they don't have the cruelty-free stamp on their website but if you contact them directly, you'll get a response.

Colors
There are 24 shades in total and the color selection is mainly a bunch of reds, oranges, pinks and browns. Some of them look very similar to each other so there isn't much of a variety. Still, if you can find a handful of shades that you like, these will last all day on the lips!

Pigmentation & Formula
These liquid lipsticks have a minty chocolate scent, similar to TheBalm's liquid lipsticks. They also have a slight minty menthol feel on the lips but it disappears shortly after application. These have a creamy texture and most of them are pigmented. It's not the super intense one-swipe pigmentation that you would get with say ColourPop but it's still pretty good - more like Wet N Wild's Liquid Catsuits. Some colors require two coats to even out any patchiness but these layer very well so it's easily fixable and remains comfortable to wear on the lips.

Packaging & Application
The tubes are relatively plain and simple. They come in a clear plastic tube with a black cap, which feels very hollow. The color that you see on the tube is the exact color of the liquid lipstick because there is no colored sticker label on the tube. The doe foot applicator is skinny and more elongated than the usual doe foot. It's relatively easy to use and the pointed tip allows me to reach the corners of my lips and line my lips. However, it doesn't really pick up enough product most of the time. I find myself having to re-dip which is something I rarely do with liquid lipsticks. For this, one dip is only good for one half of my lips.

Comfort & Longevity
Some shades dry down a little tacky but it doesn't affect the color or wear when you press your lips together. They do not feel drying at all even after 7-8 hours of wear. These are 100% waterproof, transfer proof and smudge proof. If you need a liquid lipstick to last you all day through eating and talking, this will do the trick. It did wear off a bit in the center of my lips after my meal of rice with fish and sauce plus some ice cream - not too bad considering what I ate. But there is absolutely no bleeding, no feathering and no need to constantly check your lips in the mirror. Watch my video and you'll see me do a smudge test under running water. It's simply amazing for the price!! The only thing that really took the lipstick off is oil so when I had ramen for dinner, the lipstick got patchy and I decided to use the oily soup as a remover LOL.

Overall: 4.5/5
Pigmentation: 4.5/5 (some patchy colors)
Application: 4/5 (did not pick up enough product)
Comfort: 4.5/5 (fairly comfortable and not drying)
Longevity: 5/5 (only oil is going to remove this baby off)

Champagne Buzz
This is a warm nude pink that is perfect for everyday use. No issues with pigmentation and comfort here. 

Tiara's Stolen
This is a neon pink with shimmers in it. It is very very sheer and streaky so I had to use 2-3 coats, and even so, it's not fully opaque. This one also felt particularly drying on the lips. I would not recommend getting this.

Day Club Chaos
This is almost like a brick red. It's a really nice red without being too red or bright so if you are exploring reds or you just don't want something so in-your-face, this would be nice. This applied evenly with no patchy spots.

Tonight, My Name Is..
This is a nice light milk chocolate brown. Perfect for those everyday looks too. Pigmentation is decent and I only used one layer for my swatch, but you might want to add another one to deepen the color. 

Bottom's Up, Ladies!
This is a really bright orange but pigmentation is full coverage here. 

Party In Progress
This is a bright coral. It's got a good balance of orange and pink in it so I can't tell which side it leans more towards. It's ever so slightly streaky but totally unnoticeable from afar. 

Last Night, Single
This is a blackened purple. Really nice vampy color but it's quite streaky. I used two coats for my swatch but it still needs some touch up.

Wandering Eyes
I like to call this dead lips but it's like a dusty pinky brown. I could definitely use another coat to even out the color. You can see some of the pink base pigments on my cupids bow. 

Late Night Rebels
 This is a pastel pink that went on surprisingly well. Not my kind of color though.

Lost & Found
 This is a really nice mid-toned red. I got even pigmentation with this. 

Call Me, Maybe?
 It looks really brown in the tube but it pulls more of a dark red on my lips. It's very patchy though but I only used one layer here. Just add on a second coat to fix it and deepen the color. 

5 Inch Heels
 This is another bright coral but it's clearly more on the pink side. This was a very pigmented shade.

Sin City Light
This is a really pigmented blue based pink. Can't go wrong with this color!

Vegas Before Vows
This is a bright warm red shade. It's very pigmented as well.

Early Morning Mimosa
Another orange shade that is very similar to Bottom's Up, Ladies but not as bright.  

Single, Mingle Tonight
 I usually need 2 coats with this shade to even the color out but I'm only wearing one here. It' s a nice muted red and adding a second layer will help to deepen the color a bit. 

Flashback Memories
 This is a hot pink shade and it's quite pigmented so only one coat is needed.

Flirty Talks
 I wanted to love this shimmery navy blue but it was very sheery and streaky. I needed 2-3 layers to build up the color and because there's glitter in it, it made the lip color feel very drying.

Girls Night Out
 This is a bright purple that is slightly streaky. A second coat is required to even out the color.

Bottles Left & Right
 This is like a bright coral red. It's quite pigmented though.

Spunky Showstoppers
 Not as bright as Flashback Memories but still quite a bright fuschia pink. My lips were either drying out or the color is a tad patchy and clingy.

Final Fling
 This is a deep chocolate brown. It's slightly streaky but you can easily fix those spots.

Ca$h Money
 This is a warm nude shade or you can also call it a peach. I'm surprised at how well it worked with my skin tone. 

Wild Limo Rides
This is a true black shade although I think it pulls a little green on me. I might just be tripping though. This was crazy pigmented and I only needed one swipe to achieve full coverage. However, it smelled different from the rest of the colors - like slightly fruity but still minty. It also seemed to be quite thick in consistency because it was extra drying on the lips.

Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. My list may vary from post to post as I try out more colors from each brand. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable).

Personal Overall Ranking

  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying, accentuates lip lines
  3. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  4. *Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet) $15 - $1.875/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wearable everyday colors
  5. Give Me Glow Matte $13.25 - $2.03/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some colors transfer slightly, accentuates lip lines
  6. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | a handful are slightly streaky and tacky
  7. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented, flattering shades | $4.87/ml
  8. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml, flakes, accentuates lip lines
  9. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | streaky
  10. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - comfortable, pigmented | $3.73/ml, limited shade range
  11. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky, drying, accentuates lip lines
  12. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  13. *Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - $2.07/ml, comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | inconsistent formula, not transfer proof despite claims
  14. Kylie Cosmetics $17 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $5.23/ml
  15. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying, flakes
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, accentuates lip lines, tacky, slightly streaky
  17. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky

Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)
  1. Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet)*
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  4. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  5. JCat Lipfinity
  6. Palladio Velvet Matte*
  7. Bellegant Liquid Matte*
  8. Give Me Glow Matte
  9. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  10. Stila Stay All Day
  11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  12. NYX Liquid Suede*
  13. Kylie Cosmetics
  14. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  15. RealHer Matte
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie
  17. Jordana Sweet Cream
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss