Friday, June 10, 2016

Beautylish Haul: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Review

It's been a while!  But summer is here so I have a bit more free time without the stress of classes, finals, home work, and studying!  Being a college student is not easy on the stress levels!  

If you all know who Jeffree Star is (famous from the Myspace days, had a singing career, known for his androgyny and passionate attitude) then maybe you know he is a successful entrepreneur who owns his own cult favorite makeup brand: Jeffree Star Cosmetics.  I've been waiting to try his liquid lipsticks which are a hit in the beauty community for their long wearing capacity, ultra pigmentation, and non-drying formula (unlike other liquid lipstick brands).  I purchased the newly released color on 6/8/16, "Rose Matter" on Beautylish which I heard great things about!  On Instagram, you can find tasteful pictures of their ultra trendy tissue paper, brown gift wrapping, personalized notecards, and burlap bag with a free sample.  With a $35.00 purchase I received free express shipping!  They are located in California, so my package arrived to New York in 2 days!  They shipped out the same day I ordered which is amazing!

A picture of Beautylish's super cute packaging

Velour Liquid Lipstick in "Rose Matter" (Jefree Star Cosmetics);
Duraline (Inglot); Dark  Tone Eyelash Adhesive (DUO)

Let me talk about the Velour Liquid Lipstick in Rose Matter.  I had been patiently awaiting its release for weeks because it looked like such a flattering color.  If you go to his website: you'll see how almost everything is sold out!

I'm not disappointed!  This is a beautiful rosy-pink color.  I tried it on my lips and it has a very wet consistency, allowing me to smooth it over my lips with ease.  It dries down to a nearly budge-proof, matte finish.  It's a stunning color, and what makes this amazing is that it smells like root beer!  Apparently only some shades are scented right now, the root beer is a relatively new addition to the lipsticks.

The one thing I have to warn people about is that liquid lipstick in general, defines lip lines.  The product clings to your lips, emphasizing lines.  It is important to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub (Jeffree sells that too) and use a primer and chapstick to moisturize and condition.  If I ever find a liquid lipstick that doesn't define lip lines, I'll be sure to post it!

XOXO Alyson

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ipsy October 2015 Alter Ego

Hey beauty lovers!  I haven't reviewed the Ipsy bag for a while, so I'm resuming the reviews from this month's bag—the 2015 October bag!  The bag has a gold side, and a glossy black side to reflect the "Alter Ego" theme.  This month's items were slightly disappointing for me, mostly because 4 out 0f 5 of my products were small sample sizes, and because most of the products I felt didn't suit me.

Eva NYC  Therapy Session Hair mask
I first heard of this brand at generation beauty, and I think their products a fairly good!   They have good results, but I'm not a fan of some of the ingredients they use which are not so good for you in the long run.  I did try this, and it smells really good, it has a very sweet scent.  It definitely does make my hair feel soft!

Émite Makeup tweezer

These. Tweezer. Are. Amazing!  These are very precise, and have a great grip.  Stray eyebrow hairs don't stand a chance!  I also really like the color of these—they are bright pink so they will always be easy to spot in my vanity, or my bag.

Peter Lama pumpkin exfoliator scrub
I like the consistency of this—it is a gel like substance with bits of grains to exfoliate the skin.  This really made my face feel soft and even.

The Balm Cosmetics Meet Mat(the) Hughes
This is such a small sample! But it is cute, and easy to carry around.  I really like the color because I've been meaning to get something in a dust pink-nude color.  It is vanilla-mint scented, which I'm glad about because I can tell this would be chemically smelling if they didn't.  This has good lasting power, but I don't like the texture that much.  It feels almost liquidity—it is very wet feeling.

It Cosmetics
Since I'm and It Cosmetics fan, I'm pretty excited for this mascara.  This mascara has a grip, making it easier to control the wand when applying mascara.  This is a great volumizing mascara, it even has a round tip with bristles so you can swipe your lashes vertically to get that flutter-effect.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October Boxycharm 2015 Palmetto Derma, Doucce, Cult Cosmetics, Lord & Berry, Bellapierre

I really liked this month's theme: Faces Of The Moon.  All the items in this box are full sized, and absolutely great!  If you don't know what Boxycharm is, it is a monthly subscription box that costs $21 a month (before tax), and it normally has only full-sized products!

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask $64.00

This mask has an earthy smell with notes of a floral-citrus scent.  The mask contains 99% natural ingredients, and 70% organic ingredients, like hibiscus petals, and organic aloe.  This is like magic in a bottle!  I applied an even layer to my face and waited 20 minutes before taking it off with a damp paper towel.  My skin was noticeabbly softer—it felt supple, and smooth.  I really love the creamy texture of this too, it felt really nice on my face!  This is definitely the best product in the box to me.  Not only is this magical and makes my skin feel baby smooth, this has organic and natural ingredients, which is always a selling point for me!

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara $24.00 and Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner  $18.00

Let me say that the eyeliner is super smooth, and smudge-able,which (in my opinion) is one of the main selling points of an eyeliner.  No one likes a hard eyeliner that tugs at their eyes!  This one is quite the opposite though—it's very soft, making it easy to apply.  I'm curious to see how long this lasts because I find that sometimes, even if a liner has great texture and pigmentation, it doesn't last very long unfortunately.  One time, I was wearing this beautiful deep teal liner, and after an hour, I looked in the mirror and it was all under my eyes!  I'll update with the longevity of this liner.

I actually like Doucce products a lot.  I have 2 lipsticks of theirs, one I received in a glossy box, and the other one I purchased from their website.  The packaging is very sleek and edgy, and who doesn't love a beautiful product?  The bristles are very volumizing; they remind me of Makeup Forever's smoky extravagant mascara.

Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain $19.99 and Cult Cosmetics Nail Polish $12.00
I've used the bellapierre cheek and lip stain before, except in the color pink.  I'm excited for this coral colored one!  The best part about this is that it is oil free, so all us combination skin, and oily girls can use this without worrying about clogging our pores.  This stuff is also long lasting, and creates such a natural looking flush.  

I haven't tried the Cult Cosmetics nail polish!  Sorry if you wanted a review, but I'm probably going to pass this on to someone else since since I already have a polish in this color.  The great thing about this brand is that they are 5-free, meaning they don't add 5 of the top harmful chemicals found in ordinary nail polish brands, like formaldehyde.  I'll definitely look at their site and checkout their other colors.

I hope my reviews help you guys decide if these products are suitable for you!  Let me know if you have tried any of these things! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Glossybox October 2015 — French Box

Hey guys!  This month, glossybox created a box inspired by France, with all products from the land of chic skincare, fragrances, and cosmetics.  When I heard this, I had to buy it!  The box itself is adorable with its illustrations inspired by everything France.  For all of you who don't know what glossy box is, it is monthly subscription box that costs $21.00 a month (before tax), and you receive 5 curated products that range from sample size to full size.

Maybe I've lost the thrill of "unboxings" because I've overdosed on so many (I am a subscription box, and makeup addict), but I wasn't very excited about these items. They are lovely products that are definitely worth more than what I paid for, but I guess I have too much makeup, and haircare products at this point that I don't need anymore!

Phyto phytokératine repairing thermal protectant spray

I was actually hoping I wouldn't receive this because I already have their smoothing cream version of this!  This is a $32.00 product, so no complaints there, but I would've rather have gotten something else.  This is supposed to be a pre-styling treatment that protects your hair from heat and breakage due to heat styling.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis

I'm not sure if I like this scent or not!  It is definitely different, not the typical American perfume.  This has such a unique scent, I'm not sure what I can compare it to, except that it smells floral, citrusy, and woody at the same time.  This was a sample size of .17floz, and I love the fact that this has a spritzer top, rather than one of those wands that many samples of perfume come with.

Nuxe Gentle Exfoliant Gel with Rose Petals

I'm probably the most eager to try this.  This has lychee, rose and walnut dust in it, which are all things that I love!  I have another exfoliator with walnut dust in it, and it works so well because all the walnut pieces are small, and homogenous, making the process very smooth and not too abrasive.  

Lollipops Make Up Paris nail Lacquer in Voyage à Paris

This is a classic and chic red color that will never go out of style.  I got this same color (except it was essie) from my September glossy box in 2014!  Now that I have two, I will have to give my other one away.

De Bruyère Paris Red Lipgloss

I got so many lip glosses from generation beauty last week, that I have no idea what to with them all! This will go to my overflowing collection of glosses in my vanity table. I have everything from mauve, to light pink at this point.  I have lipsticks in this bright red, but not a gloss, so I'm glad I at least got a new color to try for my lipgloss collection, and let me say, this formula is amazing!  This has a high-gloss finish and has some great staying power.  This isn't sticky like most glosses which I love, instead this is smooth, and refreshing.