Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

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Liquid lipsticks are everywhere! It seems like every high-end brand has one, and more drugstore brands are getting in on the action! Influenster kindly sent me a couple of the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors to try. I received Nude Flush and Rebel Red.




The first thing I noticed is the rather long doe-foot applicator. I didn't think it was going to work very well at first, but because it's at a slight angle I was still able to get a precise application without getting it everywhere.




The product is named Vivid Matte, but I have to say that it's not really matte. Neither of the colors are super glossy or shiny, but they never really dry down to a true matte. The Vivid Mattes are opaque and are pigmented, but I would say these are more like a lip cream in terms of finish. They feel comfortable on the lips, and they don't leave your lips feeling dried out like a lot of matte liquid lipsticks. While there aren't any claims to the Vivid Mattes being long-lasting, these last almost all day on me. The lip color will transfer a little onto a glass, but it stays on very well and leaves a stain. 

While I do like these and have worn them like crazy since I got them, I do have a gripe, and it's not a new one with Maybelline lip products. They have a floral smell and taste! Back when I had only been blogging a few months, I got one of the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Colors and had to return it because I couldn't tolerate the taste. (You can read that review here.) Thankfully, the amount of fragrance in these seems to be dialed in, and I can wear these without gagging. I would prefer if Maybelline stopped adding that awful fragrance to lip products altogether. If you have an intolerance to strong fragrances in your makeup, consider this your warning!


I enjoy wearing both of these shades. Of the two, I have worn Nude Flush the most. It's a pink nude, and it goes with everything. This is a shade that I can apply without having to give much thought. It's a good everyday lip color. I'm a huge fan of red lips, so you know I like Rebel Red. It's a true red; it doesn't pull too orange or pink. If you're looking for an affordable red that will last all day, this is one to try.

Nude Flush                                                               Rebel Red

Find out what's on the rest of my face here!

I was a little leery of these because of my bad experience with the Color Elixir, but luckily, they worked out! What do you think? Have you tried the Maybelline Vivid Mattes, yet?


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Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Eye Collection

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If you hang out with me on Snapchat, then you'll know that I went to see my parents recently. Knowing that I probably wouldn't wear makeup every day, I wanted to only pack just enough. I took some items from the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster collection with me for my eye makeup. I ended up wearing makeup almost every day I was there, and I was able to use all of the products in different ways like I normally would. 

Much of what Physicians Formula does can seem like a gimmick wrapped up in adorable packaging. What Physicians Formula says makes it seem that way: 

Sexy Boosting Formula: infused with the scent of warm vanilla, pheromone-mimicking ingredients including clinically tested Androstadienone, Cocoa Extract (aka "the Love Chemical") and ancient aphrodisiac Horny Goatweed to enhance your sexy side. 

umm -- okay. Let's see how well they wear!



First up, I have the Sexy Booster Oh So Sexy Eye Shadow Quad. Physicians Formula does a great job coming up with the cutest packaging. At the same time, I really don't like their packaging because it breaks so easily. This broke the first time I opened it. At least this one can be glued back together, but come on! Moving on. There are four shades in this palette with silver oversprays on each shade. All of the shades have a bit of a shimmer to them. They aren't all that pigmented, but they are smooth and blend easily. I wasn't expecting much out of this palette, but I do like the look I get when I use all of the shades. The vanilla scent isn't too strong, so it's not bothersome to me. This palette comes with a weird sponge-tip applicator that I haven't even tried to use. I almost wish companies would stop including those and just make the packaging sleeker. It might be just me, but the applicators get in the way and end up falling on the floor anyway.



Next up, I have the liners for you! I wasn't sure about the Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Liquid Eyeliner at first. I'm not much of a liquid eyeliner person because I find a lot of them to be messy. This one has a long felt tip applicator that makes it easy to get really close to the lashes. I like to wipe off a bit of the product before I apply it to keep from making a mess. Because I do that, I have to dip the applicator back into the product a couple of times in order to get the liner to look even. If I try to go in one swipe, where I begin looks much darker than where I end up. (You can see what I mean in the swatch below.) I'm happy to say that I haven't made a complete mess using this liner, and it isn't as difficult to use as I was expecting. 

I have the eye kohl kajal from the Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio. (I got all of these eye products in a different set that doesn't seem to be available anymore, so I don't have the other items in that set. I'll gladly get it and review it if anyone wants to know about the other two items.) I've seen kohl kajals in a couple of different drugstore brands but haven't used them before. I had no idea what to expect. The kajal isn't super black. If I had to name the color, I would call it a soft black. It applies smoothly and evenly; there's no tugging at all. Also, this works really well in the waterline. I don't feel like I'm hurting my eyes trying to put this on my waterline, and it will stay. Another expected dud that seemed to work out! 


The Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara has a large brush with short rubber bristles. The formula is more on the dry side. When I use this I get a lot of length and volume with separation. A lot of mascaras can give volume, but at a certain point, they start to my lashes clump like crazy. This doesn't do that, and I think it's because of the brush. The short bristles seem to get in between the lashes to keep them separated.


As you can probably tell, I had fairly low expectations of Physicians Formula's products. In the past, I've found a lot of their items to be just okay, and I've had issues with packaging that breaks too easily. The Sexy Booster line is a fun concept, and the products are interesting. Everything has the vanilla scent to it, even the eyeliners and mascara. I think that's a bit strange, but the vanilla isn't strong and hasn't caused a reaction. 

I've gotten a lot of Physicians Formula products recently, so I challenged myself to a mostly Physicians Formula face of the day below! 

top shade under brows
2nd shade on lid
brown shade in crease
black in outer corner


Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls - Beige Pearl - highlighter
Kohl Kajal in Black from Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio - in waterline
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color - Rebel Red* - review coming soon

If you have made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! The lip color was sent from Influenster, so I'll post a review soon. If there's anything else here that you want reviewed, please let me know!


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Glossybox | May 2016

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I got another Glossybox toward the end of May! I am still thoroughly enjoying Glossybox, but as you will see, I did give away some of the items in this box.



Rituals Cosmetics Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel - Shower gel isn't something that I give much thought, but this is a really nice shower gel! It makes me think of shave gel in the way that it foams up, but I feel really clean when I use it. The soft cherry blossom scent is really nice, too.

Talika Photo-Hydra Day - This is a daytime moisturizer that claims to "use energy from light to intensely moisturize the skin." It sounds like a really interesting concept, but this isn't for me. I need my daytime moisturizer to have a decent amount of spf, and this one doesn't have any. I did use this one evening, and it didn't feel like anything special on my skin. It was night, so I didn't go out in the sun and cannot tell you if that makes a difference at all. I know that I'm not going to use this, so I would like to pass this along to one of you! This is a full size product, and I've only used it one time. Just email your address to me, and you can have it. That's it. You don't have to send me anything in return or do anything else. Email me at willsingformakeup@gmail.com! I will edit this when I have someone that wants it.

Adore Cosmetics Cellmax Elite Facial Serum - Another product that just isn't for me. The first time I tried this serum, I had to wash it off because it felt so heavy on my skin. Mineral oil and silicones are listed in the ingredients, and I can really feel them! I wanted to give this a shot because a full size costs $750, but I think we can all agree that more expensive does not always mean better! I went to see my parents last week and gave this to my mom.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - I am thrilled to have a sample of this mascara! I've heard a lot about it, but I haven't purchased one for myself. There are so many open mascaras in my stash right now, so I haven't used it yet. I will not be giving this one away.

Nioxin System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner - Nioxin products are for thinning hair and are really effective. I gave these samples to my aunt. She has only tried them once, but she said that she did think that it gave her more volume to her hair. Nioxin used to make a dandruff shampoo that I used for years until they discontinued it. It was the only product that I could find at the time that made my scalp feel clean. If you're having issues with thinning hair, then take a look at what Nioxin has to offer. They have a few different systems that might be able to help you.

It may seem like this month's box is a bit of a dud given the number of products I've given away, but I really like this box anyway. There were products that somebody else would want and use, even if I didn't. I would consider the box to be a complete failure if it had a bunch of products that I couldn't even give away. As a blogger, I have more than one person could ever use, so I don't want to keep things that I just going to take up space. I'm sure many of you understand that! 

Do you pass along beauty products? Is there anything that you've given away that ended up being the other person's favorite product? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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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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