Studio Gear True Whipped Stain Glosses | Review & Swatches

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Liquid lipsticks have never been a favorite of mine. For the most part, I consider them to be messy and too much trouble to apply. The applicator has to be just right. So many companies are coming out with highly rated liquid lipsticks and lip stains that something must be different about these new products. 



I have True Wine, True Burgundy, True Red, True Fuchsia, and True Pebble. I appreciate that each shade is appropriately named and sums up the shade description.


What in the world is a whipped stain gloss? Here's what the package has to say about it.



The whipped stain glosses come with a doe foot applicator that has a curve to it. The curve helps dispense more product in one dip into the tube. You don't have to keep going back for more product to get a full application. The tube closes securely and snaps shuts. You don't have to worry about it making a mess in your makeup bag.


The product itself does have a whipped texture to it. There's not a smell or taste to the product. I wouldn't be able to wear any of these if that was the case. There's the word gloss in the name, but the finish isn't glossy. It's more creamy. It does have a bit of shine right after it's applied, but that goes away after you blot or after it wears for a bit down to a demi-matte. The formula isn't drying on my lips, but I would not call it moisturizing either. Don't use any kind of a lip stain if you need moisturizing. The most I hope for in wearing any kind of long-lasting lip product is that it is not drying. These aren't uncomfortable, but I can feel them on my lips. Even though it does stain, this product is not smudge-proof or budge-proof. It will transfer to what your lips touch. This is probably why they aren't drying like other lip stains. Even with all of the color transfer, the color lasts all day on the lips. 

Left side: True Fuchsia
Right side top-bottom: True Pebble, True Red, True Burgundy, True Wine
As for the colors, I'm surprised to say that I like all of them. I wear colors like True Fuchsia and True Red all the time, so those are my favorites. I thought True Pebble was too gray for me at first. If I blot it once after I apply it, I really like the shade on me.  I didn't think that the dark shades, True Burgundy and True Wine, would look good on me, but I like them more than I expected. The weather has felt a bit like fall lately, so I can still get away with the dark lip colors. Not that I follow any sort of rules! You should wear whatever you feel like wearing!

The Studio Gear Whipped Stain Glosses are $17 each at StudioGearCosmetics.com. Studio Gear has offered a 10% off coupon code to my readers to use on their site. My code, SingforMakeup, can be used for anything on the StudioGearCosmetics.com!

Have you tried any of the Studio Gear True Whipped Stain Glosses? What's your favorite lip stain?


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When Masks Review

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Sheet masks aren't new, even in the US, but they are relativity new to me. You see, I didn't like the first sheet mask I tried, and that pretty much led me to think that maybe these sheet mask things weren't for me. Luckily, I had the chance to try some sheet masks from When that had me take another look at them!



Here's a little about the brand from When:

BRAND STORY

When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin at anytime, anywhere, in any situations. High-quality and unique, our face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, we have successfully started our international expansion in November 2012 by launching in the US via the world's largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. We have further expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. We strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

BRAND CONCEPT

When’s core target consumers are active modern ladies who have multiple roles and responsibilities to juggle and are always pressed for time. We aim to provide our customers with simple, hassle-free yet fun experience in skin care for the special ‘me-moments’. 

BRAND PHILOSOPHY & MISSION

Our mission is to develop and deliver sustainable, high value-adding products with innovative functions and creative design. We want to offer reliable products with:
1) low irritation risk and 2) high effectiveness that consumers can buy with 3) confidence.



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The instructions for each mask are the same. After you've washed a dried your face, you peel off the paper and the cloth side of the mask, and smooth it over your face.  Leave on the mask for 30 minutes, and rub in the extra product. 

The first product I tried was the Snow Magic mask, and (spoiler alert!) of the masks are similar. Here's what I noticed about all of the masks:

  • lots of product in each mask
  • The mask itself feels gel-like and cool on the face.
  • Even though there's plenty of product, it doesn't feel sticky or heavy when the mask is removed.
  • product massages in easily and absorbs quickly
When Snow Magic - When you want to lighten up, put on When Snow Magic. When bio-cellulose sheet mask for face contains gentle, moisturizing ingredients to help your skin find its radiance and charm.

  • I'm not sure if this made my skin brighter, but it did feel hydrated and more radiant in that way.
When 10:00 PM - When your skin feels tired, find comfort with When 10:00 PM. When bio-cellulose sheet mask for face contains gentle-moisturizing ingredients to help your skin look refreshed.

  • This felt a lot like the Snow Magic mask. My skin did feel refreshed and hydrated.

When Glamour Base - When you want to look beautiful for that special day, prepare with When Glamour Base. When bio-cellulose sheet mask for face contains gentle, moisturizing ingredients to help you look glamorous.


  • This mask was very moisturizing. I put on makeup after I used this one, and I liked how my skin looked. You can use any of these masks before applying makeup, but this one was the most moisturizing.
Any of the When masks are a good idea when you are tired and need a relaxing treat. I prefer to recline when I use a sheet mask because I'm afraid they're going to fall off of my face if I'm up moving around. These masks won't fall off of your face if you have things to do, but why waste a perfectly good chance to relax? When masks are perfect for an at-home spa day, or in preparation for a night out, or just because you have some extra time to treat yourself.

You can find more information about When masks at http://whenmask.com/. They can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, Anthropologie, BeautyChoice, and Birchbox.

Do you like sheet masks? Which ones are your favorites? I love your recommendations!


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Spring Favorites

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Doing a monthly favorites post is something I usually aspire to do, but most of the time it isn't realistic for me. I try so many products, and while I usually like almost everything, most aren't what I would consider a favorite. The products I have today are items that are more like surprise spring favorites - products I wasn't expecting to like quite as much as I did! 


YSL La Laque Couture - 07 Peace Green - Okay, so this first one isn't a surprise favorite. Peace Green is part of the YSL spring collection. I saw this on Instagram and knew I had to stop by the counter to see it in person. It's a light green with a pink duochrome. I've been wearing this color nonstop.

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder - 01 Stay Buff - I bought this on a whim, but it turns out that I really like this powder! It's nice as a matte setting powder, but I also really like it on its own. Applied with the sponge applicator, it gives pretty good coverage. The sponge washes really well, and it hasn't started to break down at all. I have used this so much that I've already hit pan on it!

Benefit Coralista Blush - Your guess is as good as mine as to why it has taken me this long to try the Benefit boxed blushes, but I'm loving them! This coral shade is right up my alley right now. I like my coral and peachy shades for spring.

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation - If I could describe what I want out of a foundation in one word it would be easy. I want a foundation that is easy to apply, easy to wear, and has easy to use packaging. This one does the trick for me, and being from Covergirl, it's also easy to find and easy to afford! It's easy to apply with your hands, a brush, or a sponge. The coverage is medium, and it has a natural finish. This is a foundation that you can wear, and it won't wear you. I was not expecting to like this as much as I do.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme - Nurturing - This is a limited edition shade that I got in a set, but it's still available. I never really gave the LipSurgences any thought because I'm not a fan of minty flavored lip products, but this isn't strong at all. Nurturing is described as a nude pink, but it looks more like a peach shade to me. Either way, I like the way it looks and feels on my lips.


Loving my coral & peach shades!
What have you been loving for spring? Do you have any surprise favorites?

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Glossybox | April 2016

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It must be spring because I have been doing some spring cleaning! I have been cleaning out stuff to donate to my church's yard sale, and I think I might be happier about cleaning out than I usually am about buying stuff. It feels so good to clean out some space in my closet. Don't worry, though; I'm still as addicted to beauty products as ever! Here's my April Glossybox to prove it!


What is Glossybox?
  • Monthly beauty subscription service
  • Delivers 5 deluxe and/or full size products
  • $21/month - 6 month & 12 month options also available
  • Subscribe to Glossybox, and get points for referring people and for taking surveys on the products included in the box. Here's my referral link for anyone interested. 

Biossance The Nourisher, Precious Rose Face Oil - I got a Biossance Face Oil in my first Glossybox, and I liked it. This is a different one that has rose and vitamin C. I enjoy skin care products that use rose, so I will give this one a go.

Norell New York eau de parfum - Fragrance samples aren't every one's thing, but I love getting them, especially if it's one I've never heard of. Norell is in the green floral fragrance category. The opening is really sharp to me -- the "green" notes in it, I enjoy the fragrance once it dries down and the base not come forward. This isn't a fragrance I would wear regularly, but I'm glad I have a sample.

Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Pillow Talk - I've never heard of this brand before, but it seems to be based in the UK. Pillow Talk is a berry pink nail polish. I wore this last week, and it lasted on my nails for about five days before chipping. That's really good for me!

Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner - This is a brow pencil that also has a highlighter. I prefer to use brow gels just to keep my brows in place. I have thick eyebrows, so I don't need to fill them in with anything. I'll be passing this along.

Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask - This is a hydrating face mask for sensitive skin. I've already used this twice, and I like it. Aloe is the main ingredient, so it feels cool when you first apply it. It's a nice treat for your skin, but I don't understand why a product formulated for sensitive skin has added fragrance. It didn't irritate my skin at all, but fragrance can be a skin irritant.

The April Glossybox was pretty good. I'm really happy that they did not include another hand cream or lotion in here. Glossybox has been keeping my body extra hydrated lately! While there isn't a product in here that I think is amazing, my favorites are the nail polish and the hydrating mask. Those are quality products that will get a lot of use.

What do you think of the April Glossybox? 

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Derma E Plant Powered "Non-Prescriptions" for Eczema, Psoriasis, and Scalp Issues

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It hasn't been a secret on this blog that I have scalp issues. If you've read some of my older empties posts, then you'll notice quite a few bottles of dandruff shampoo. From trying every dandruff shampoo out there, I can tell you some are better than others. For my scalp, shampoos with salicylic acid seem to help much more than pyrithione zinc or coal tar. Recently, my concerns haven't been just my scalp, as I have had a flaky and dry patch under one of my eyebrows. This package from Derma E came at just the right time for me to properly test these products!



Most of us are familiar with Derma E through their Microdermabrasion Scrub, but they have so many more products that are made with natural and more health-conscious ingredients. Products can be found at dermae.com and health food stores.



Scalp Relief Shampoo 

  • has salicylic acid and tea tree oil to treat flaking and itchy scalp
  • The tea tree oil gives a slight tingling sensation.
  • My scalp has felt a lot better since I started shampooing with this.
  • I still have some flakes, but the itching has decreased a lot.
Scalp Relief Conditioner 

  • has the consistency of a conditioning balm
  • very moisturizing
  • I was surprised by how much I like this. Other natural conditioners don't work for me, but I like how the Scalp Relief Conditioner moisturized my hair and made it feel soft.


Psorzema Body Wash 

  • Gentle body wash - doesn't contain any dyes or fragrances
  • leaves your skin feeling clean without drying it out
  • Great option for people sensitive to shower gels with added fragrance!



Psorzema Crème 

  • made for dry, scaly, flaky, itchy skin
  • light, moisturizing cream that doesn't have a fragrance
  • sinks in really quickly
  • Derma E has a video explaining this product in detail.
  • Good option for anyone who suffers from skin problems or has extremely sensitive skin.
  • I've been using this on the dry, flaky spot under my eyebrow, and it has been working really well. The small spot doesn't flake off when I use this, and it helps to reduce the redness. It has almost gone away completely now. I've changed a couple of things in my skin care routine, so I'm not sure exactly what has helped the most. I can say that I did tell a difference after I applied it. 
Derma E is offering 3 samples of the Psorzema Crème to the first 10 of my readers to sign up for it here.
I'm really happy with every product. My only complaint is that they're not available in as many stores as I would like. I'm really happy that Vitacost has all of these products available because I shop there quite frequently, and they have competitive prices.

What have you used from Derma E? 
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Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

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It's time for a confession. While I love trying every new product that has been released, I often don't feel the need to try every new high end or even mid range mascara. Drugstore mascaras are such good quality that many professional makeup artists will give you a recommendation of something you can find at Target. Most of the time, I get samples of new high end mascaras before I commit to purchasing a full size, but sometimes I want to try something new and see how it goes. That is the case with the Smashbox X-Rated mascara.



I'm not sure what exactly is x-rated about it. My only guess is that Smashbox is trying to keep up with the likes of Benefit's They're Real and Too Faced Better Than Sex mascaras. Personally, I'm a little creeped out with the overly sexualized names. Can't I just have nice lashes without them being deemed something overtly sexual? At any rate, this mascara is in my possession, so I guess the joke is on me!



The brush has a triangular shape, or as Smashbox calls it, triangular tripod fibers. The 3 rows of bristles are supposed to isolate, amplify, and extend each lash. It also claims to be smudge, flake, and clump-resistant fro up to 12 hours.



I typically don't apply mascara in coats. I tend to work on a set of lashes until I'm satisfied with the result or out of time to keep worrying with it. For review purposes, I have both ways pictured below. With one coat of this mascara, I have long, separated lashes with a little bit of volume but mostly length. 
1 coat
With the second coat, I get more volume, but the mascara starts to clump a little. 

2 coats
The third coat produces a lot of length and volume, but there's still clumping, mostly at the ends.

3 coats
Here's the result I get when I apply it like I normally would, just layering it on until I'm satisfied. My lashes have length, volume, and some separation. There may be some clumping, but it isn't major.

Built up at once on other eye

L: 3 coats; R: applied all at once

I put this to the test, wearing it a full day and not touching up anything to see if there would be any smudging or flaking. I even kept it on during my workout at the end of the day to see if the mascara would hold up to that. There was no smudging or flaking even after all of that. Before getting in the shower, I gently rubbed my lashes to see if anything would happen. Not much did. I had one fake land on my right eyelid which was the eye that had three coats and some clumping. Other than that there were no flakes or smudges to be found. 


At the end of the day and after a workout - No touch ups!

While I don't think that this is a mascara that everyone needs to run out a buy, I do think this would be worth it if every mascara smudges and flakes on you. I couldn't even make this smudge on me! I also want to give an extra shoutout to the Clinique Airbrush Concealer (review here) because that seemed to hold up really well under my eyes. 

Have you tried the Smashbox X-Rated mascara? What are your thoughts on more expensive mascaras in general? 
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#MAKEYourself | Make Beauty Review & Face of the Day

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Finding and discovering new beauty brands is one of my favorite things, so I welcomed a chance to try some samples from a makeup brand I don't know at all. MAKE is a brand that is entirely new to me, but I'm enjoying getting to know a couple of the products. Before I get into the products, here's a little bit about the brand from their site
MAKE believes there are no beauty rules. That each individual is driven by
an artistic approach to their own personal reality. That it's beautiful to be
inspired by your imagination. To embrace a whimsical approach to life. To
be outspoken, intelligent, confident and un-self conscious.
MAKE encourages creative self-expression as individuals everywhere
color their world. Our beauty products are designed for personal experimentation
with rich formulations and rare palettes in an unconstrained range of colors,
finishes and textures. The line is professionally formulated but user-friendly
and can be applied as layers to give as much or as little impact as you feel
like on any given day. Whether the look is perfect no-makeup-makeup
or modern minimal alongside a more pigmented finish is entirely up to you.
MAKE is made in our hometown, New York City. It is paraben-free and
never tested on animals. 10% of sales are donated to the We See Beauty Foundation,
supporting women-led, worker-owned cooperative businesses across the Americas.
I really appreciate that the products cruelty free and paraben free. MAKE products can be purchased from http://makebeauty.com/.


I received the Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy and the Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster. The lipstick shade, Taffy, is described as a medium pink with purple undertones. This lipstick feels comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. I don't find it to be particularly long-lasting, but it is a cream finish. I really like Taffy. It's a great everyday shade for me and one that I would wear quite often. 

The Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster is a soft eggshell with peach undertones. This eyeshadow is pigmented and blends easily. I didn't have any problems with it being patchy, like mattes can sometimes be. This shade almost blends into my skin. In the pictures below, I used it as a lid shade, but it's almost light enough to use as a highlight shade.



On my face:
Foundation - Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation - Classic Ivory 105
Setting Powder - Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder - 01 Stay Buff
Concealer -Clinique Airbrush Concealer - 04 Neutral Fair
Blush - Benefit Hervana
Bronzer - Benefit Dallas
Eyeshadow Primer - Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Eye Primer
Eyeshadows - MAKE Matte Finish Eyeshadow - Alabaster on lid, Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette - nougat in crease & Coconut Creme under brows
Mascara - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Lipstick - MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick - Taffy




Have you heard of MAKE before? What's the newest beauty brand that you have tried?

MAKE is offering a 20% off code -- MAKEYOURSELF -- that is good site-wide until 5/31/2016. 
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