Thursday, April 23, 2015

Makeup That Broke My Heart

Hello Dumplings,

I actually was going to blog about something entirely different today, but as I was going through my makeup collection gathering products I started to think all the makeup brands that I used to love. I have ranted and blogged about this stuff in the past, but this post is a bit different.

I am speaking of once cruelty free companies that have sold themselves out to companies that test on animals. Over the last few years I lost them one by one. They claim that even though they are owned by companies that test they will not. It's okay if you still consider them cruelty free. I don't want to judge, but I feel it shows poor morals. How can you care about animals if you're partnering with companies that don't?

For a long time I was really angry at these companies. I felt betrayed. I invested hundreds of dollars in them. And I honestly really liked a lot of the products. I really don't understand animal testing in this day and age anyway. So many companies don't do it. I kinda feel that the ones that do are just sick bastards who want to hurt animals.

A few months ago my makeup got contaminated and I had to throw out more than half of my collection. It really changed the way I felt about makeup. I used to be obsessed with it, always hunting down the next palette of lipstick to try. Now I have some things I like, I know what works for me, and I know what I like.

Here's the hard part, what the hell do I do about the makeup I own from those companies I mentioned. I don't want to use it on my channel or blog about it because I don't want to give them more attention. I don't want to throw it out because I spent a lot of money on it, and I feel guilty when I use it. I feel more guilty because I love it. It just sits there in my collection. It's kind of like having a jerky boyfriend who is really good in bed. You get pleasure but feel crappy afterwards. And then imagine him just sitting in your house staring at you!

I love making tutorials and review videos. I enjoy beauty blogging but at times like this I feel like it would be so easy to walk away from it all. I haven't made a beauty video in months because my space is in transition. I am hoping for a second wind.

Anyway this was a weird post. I would appreciate any feedback you could offer. If you read this all the way through I love ya :)

                                                                    <3 Jen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Best Fuchsia Lipstick For Spring

Hi Dumplings,

     I think a good old standard fuchsia is the best lip color for spring. Not only is it a fun pop of color, but it's very face brightening.I have gathered a collection of fuchsia lip products that I love. I've got everything from drugstore to luxury, and all cruelty free lipstick

Milani,Wet N Wild,Too Faced,Lip Tar,LA Girl

Nouvaeu Pink Wet N Wild silk finish .99
    I will start with the lease expensive of them all. At only 99 cents this lippie is a steal! I have a lot of wet n wild lipstick but, I am making it a mission to get a bunch more of these. Nouvaeu Pink is a classic medium bright pink. This lipstick is very moisturizing, and feels great on the lips. It has a glossy finish. Side note, not a fan of the packaging. It's a bit flimsy.

Wet N Wild Nouvaue Pink

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Liquid Lip Color in Bombshell $4
    I am crazy about these! I will be doing a full on review, but this is a sneak peek. Bombshell is a classic pink fuchsia. The formula is very similar to Occ Lip Tar. It is also a really long wearing lip color. It goes on glossy but leaves a velvety matte stain. It also has a slight minty flavor. Side note, the packaging makes these easier to apply than lip tars.

LA Gil Bombshell

  .Milani Color Statement in Rose Hip $5.99
        I am a huge fan of Milani Cosmetics. There color statement lipsticks are amazing and they have a lot of great spring colors. They are crazy pigmented, and go on really smoothly. Rose hip is described as neon pink, but it's really fuchsia. I also love these because they smell like watermelon. They all have different finishes, but this one is creamy. Side note use a lip liner for an easier application.

Milani Rose Hip

Occ Lip Tar Anime $18
    Anime is a really fun fuchsia. If you love a bright pink lipstick this is your baby! These liquid lipsticks are tricky to apply, but they are worth the trouble. Long wearing, great pigmentation, minty scent, what's not to love. You can also mix and create new colors if you have other lip tars. They go on glossy, but leave a matte finish. Side note, they are worth every penny since a little goes a long way. You only need a drop!

Occ Anime

Too Faced Le Creme Fuchsia Sock $22
     The creme de la creme (corny), Seriously this baby is luxury. From the gilded tube to the sumptuous feel. If you need a good gift for a friend pick up one of these. This baby has decent pigmentation. Feels really comfortable on the lips and pops a pretty fuchsia punch. Super glossy finish and IMO the most wearable if you are afraid of bright. Side note, this is a sot tube. Don't leave it in your purse it will melt easily.

Too Faced Fuchsia Shock

                                                               Thanks for reading,
                                                                             <3 Jen

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

L.A. Color Jumbo Lip Pencil Set

Hello Dumplings,

       I love to review makeup. It's one of my favorite things to do, especially drugstore cosmetics because they are easier to splurge on. I found this cheap makeup set at my local dollar store. Being a sucker for jumbo lip pencils I had to pick it up. 5 pencils for $6 was a major steal. I don't really have anything else from La color cosmetics in my stash. I tried La color nail polishes a while ago and I wasn't to impressed. Drugstore makeup does improve over time so I thought I'd give em a try. I also like the fact that they are one of the available cruelty free cosmetic brands.

       Okay so lets talk about the chubby bastards! The set contains 6 colors which are not named( I hate that). Easy Dumplings, I will artfully make up names for you :) But first I want to talk about the overall texture, smell, pigmentation. . .

      They all have a matte finish, all but 2 (violet & Mauve) are extremely dry and not fun to apply. The pigmentation is fair at best. I had to apply several layers to get the color effect I did. The colors are what really drew me in to buying this lip set was the colors. I love a bright lip, and there were a lot of good looking colors. The worst thing about this set is the smell of the products. Omg I don't even know how to describe it. It smells like a cheap waxy lotion or soap. Almost like citronella. The smell goes away after a while but I don't like wondering what crappy ingredient is causing that smell. BTW they all have that smell. It was a HUGE turn off. Also the staying power is about an hour. I can really only recommend this set to people who are starting a new beauty blog, and are looking for cheap makeup sets to review.

       I hope you enjoyed my little post. Thanks for reading, and what do you guys think of La Color Cosmetics?

                                                 <3 Jen

Here are the swatches!

Soft Peach Peony- matte peach 

Light Pink Blush-matte pink

Mauve-matte neutral pink

Violet-matte bright purple

Fire Engine Red-matte bright red

Deep Ruby Red-matte deep red