Oxymoron: A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
Lipstick Queen scores again with her incredible Oxymoron Matte Gloss!
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Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss contradicts itself with a smooth, sheer formula that wears like a gloss but has the finish of a matte lipstick. With incredible vintage Gorey-like illustrations on the packaging this matte gloss is chic and multitasking for cheeks and lips.
I know I’m one of those that falls into the category of being deadly scared of matte lipstick…well ok..I admit it…matte anything scares the hell out of me. Matte colors be it shadow, lipstick, or other proves a difficult medium to work with as it’s particularly a daunting task to blend and apply correctly. No worries Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Gloss is creamy, moisturizing, blends flawless onto cheeks or lips, and leaves behind pigmented color that’s flattering, healthy, natural, and very pretty. Possibly one of the best matte formulas I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Not unlike that of Stila Convertible Color compact these glosses are long wearing on your face for a fresh burst of color. The formula is slightly tacky and holds a certain stickiness to it but applies like a dream to cheeks leaving behind just the right amount of color. That tack in the formula allows the product to remain on cheeks for a nice, long wear especially in humid, hot weather!
As for lips, the gloss comes with a decent enough lip brush (if you have your own you might like to use that) for application. Shhh I tend to apply with a finger tip, gives me more control, just be sure you use nice clean finger tips before dipping it into the compact! The gloss smooths onto lips easily leaving behind very pigmented color with a tiny hint of subtle glossiness that contradicts that of the very matte finish. I noticed the formula was a bit drying on my lips but not over much however those with VERY dry lips should probably prep well prior to use and perhaps add a bit of gloss on top to prevent the gloss from feathering or drying lips out further.
The shades I tried are quite similar in color with very slight differences. Free Ride is a nude peach where as Honest Politician brown rose shade. On my lips and cheeks I didn’t notice much difference between the two shades but regardless both were flattering.
In the photos below I am wearing the gloss on my lips and cheeks!
Overall, with it’s ability to act as a blusher and a lip gloss (or lipstick if you please), Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss is worthy of a check out. As with many of her products I’ve tried I find I’m not disappointed and quite impressed. Very good stuff and worthy of my Muse Approval.
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Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss is available via Lipstick Queen’s website for $20 each.
Urban Decay is in no way new to the eye primer world but this is the first time they have introduced one on it’s own and not paired up with a mascara. You remember don’t you? Urban Decay Lingerie & Galoshes for Lashes
Take the idea behind that duo, break it up, and you’ll end up with the best part with the new Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion. Loves it!
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Magically make lashes thicker, longer, and stronger with this heavily fiber based mascara primer. Tiny fibers in the formula band together to cling to lashes and strengthen while prepping for mascara. The results? Longer, thicker lashes!
This paraben-free lash primer comes housed in pretty lilac tube with a long, straight edge brush for application. Application can prove tricky at first as it does have a tendency to clump lashes together but with proper care and patience you’ll reap the rewards once mascara is applied on top. I normally hate fiber mascaras and primers because they give me an irritating lash in your eye feeling but luckily I experienced none of that with this. Lashes are pulled upwards and out and turned white (but no worries once your mascara is on no one will be the wiser) with little fibers. After applying mascara on top you’ll notice lashes are thicker and juicy (I just needed an excuse to use “juicy” in a post ha!).
I took three photos of my lashes to show the difference between a bare lash, using the primer, and just using mascara. I think you can see a noticeable different in my lashes with the primer in place. Hope you find these helpful!
My lashes are a good length and aren’t prone to breakage so I’m unsure about stubbier, small lashes and how they will react to this. If you like heavily fibered primers this should appeal. If you already have long lashes and want even longer ones this should do the job well.
I really liked this and it’s one of the better lash primers I’ve used. Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion is Muse Approved for purchase.
set out to create primer he though of filling the pores of beautiful girls everywhere, of taming their oily skin, of creating a perfect canvas for makeup. During this creation process the Muse thinks he might have forgotten the rare few of us who don’t really have a problem with oily skin or large pores……those of us who have dry skin, sometimes flaky bits on our face, and feel the need for a moisturizing primer that isn’t silicon in nature.
Although he forgot much of this Korres remembered that we were around and in turn created the exact primer we need.
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Korres Primer makes my day all the brighter with it’s silicon-free formula. If you’re looking for a primer that makes your foundation easier to blend, allows your foundation to apply easier, and offers extra moisture to your face, Korres Primer is the way to go.
Although debate could arise that a creamy, moisturizing primer is basically the same concept as using a facial moisturizer, not the case. Facial moisturizers on a whole compared to primers are vastly different as they are a bit more greasy, aren’t as dense, and don’t offer that smoother feel that allows foundation to sit on top of skin rather than blend into the skin.
The formula is a moist, dense cream that adds extra moisture to the skin while prepping and priming for foundation. I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for oily skin but dry and normal skin types should rejoice at the prospect of a silicon-free primer. It’s lightly scented with orange which I think is very nice although some may find they don’t like it if they are sensitive to smell, as for me I think it just adds to the appeal of the product. The product absorbs upon contact with skin but still manages to cast an invisible barrier on top of skin so that foundation doesn’t oxidize or absorb away completely into skin. It keeps foundation fairly fresh but I didn’t notice extended wear when using this.
Overall, if you’re not a fan of silicon based primers and just seek a simple, effective way to prep and prime your dry skin (or normal) prior to foundation Korres Face Primer is a great choice. I liked it alot and will purchase it again when I’m through. The $28 price tag could be a bit much for some if you are just wanting to test out so it’s nice that Korres has a smaller size for a mere $10 which should get you a few uses prior to indulging in a bigger size if you end up loving it.
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I recently got a chance to try out L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara thanks to the gorgeous Helena over at Lipgloss Bitch. I haven’t seen this outside of Sweden and the UK but I have heard the whisper of a rumor it’s available within the US, where? I haven’t a clue but people have been lucky to get their hands on it.
I imagine I wanted the mascara for a few reasons one of which was the fact that it mimics that of Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara. Indeed, the medieval torture device that makes up the end of this applicator proves popular in the mascara world with junkies like myself. With it’s round ball head and tiny little spikes one would wonder is it for applying to the eye area or torturing it?
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I will say I loved Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara and the excitement of a cheaper alternative on the horizon seemed quite nice. I also loved that drugstore brands were taking risks with a unique design (even if it was a copy from a posher brand).
But where as Phenonmen’Eyes works well at lengthening, volumizing, and making lashes fuller, L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara fails, miserably. Explosion indeed, explosion of mess all over my bloody lashes.
Although the applicator is about the same size as Givenchy’s it seems the formula is the epic fail in this mascara. The applicator picks up way too much of the inky black gel like formula and proceeds to glue lashes together, clumps them up, and creates havoc in the form of a hot mess. The mascara formula is the only thing I can blame as the applicator is an exact dupe of Givenchy. The formula turns my many lashes into one uni-lash by gluing them altogether in a terrible mess of product. On the up side when applied slowly you’ll see decent results although lashes will need to be combed out to prove any worthy results with this. Applied to quickly or incorrectly and you’ll end up with mascara all over your eye and a gooey, sticky, wet mess of lashes.
As you can see in my after shot my lashes are a bit clumpy (this is after a comb through! They’d be glued together in one lash if I hadn’t combed eep!) and there is mascara all over my lash line yak. It’s impossible to apply this mascara without getting it all over the place.
The potential to create longer, fuller lashes is there but the formula is just to runny to succeed.
Overall, a complete and utter waste. Best bet is running out and splurging $28 on Givenchy, some times it pays to go the expensive route.
Final results? No likey. Bit hot mess waiting to happen.
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One of my most prized collections is that of my Jill Stuart cosmetics particularly my Jill Stuart Eye Shadow Palettes.
You’ll see why after the jump!
Jill Stuart Cosmetics have that certain beautiful packaging that makes us forget most of the makeup world and just stare in awe (and possibly drool while doing so) and excitement at the beauty that makes up this makeup. Much of the packaging is unique to anything I’ve purchased before and very, very beautiful. I’m a fan particularly of the eye shadow palettes whith house soft shimmering shades of color. I started out my collection with a single palette and soon after hauled five more. Since that time I ended up with near 20 palettes but only nine now make up my collection as various ones were handed over to friends who fell as in love with them as I did.
Although expensive and at times repetitious the brand holds a very special place in my heart. Hope you enjoyed my stash spotlight of Jill Stuart Shadow Palettes!