Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lancome Piha Lipstick Set Review and dark lips

So in late August I added myself to the Bloomies waiting list and finally received the set in late November. ( I know what a wait!) I usually don't like Lancome products, something about the smll and the texture just doesn't click with me. But I'm a sucker for dark lips. I love it. There is nothing sexier than looking like you just gnawed on someone's neck (lol, can you tell I'm a vampire fan?) Yes I love Twilight. I read all the books whoohoo. Anyway, going back to the dark lip look. It's harder to acheive the look on the lancome promotional picture than I thought. But I figured it was worth a try even for the hefty $48 price tag. Aaron's Red lipstick is really nice. It's a bright sheer red. The Piha Black gloss is not very sticky, but doesn't wear for very long. It's full of multicoloured microglitter and when removed leaves slivery glitter behind. Eww. The gloss is very sheer and gray looking, you really have to pile it on to make it look dark. I ended up applying it with a brush because when used directly over the lipstick it will turn the doe's foot brush red and that's never good. Anyway. I'm adding pictures to show the outcome of my hunt for sexy dark lips.
I took that picture without flash, you can see how sheer the colors are in the center. I had to really pile it on, on the sides for the colors to show. The gloss looks kind of gray, you can see the sparkles clearly too.

Where did the gloss go? The red doesn't look very dark. It's sexy though, ummm man eater.
The picture on the right is without the flash. The lipstick looks deeper and shimmery but where is that black go?

This one is my budget friendly version using Mac's mattene Chockful and L'oreal Hip lipgloss in Jubilant. I like it. Looks dangerous. he he. The picture on the Left is without flash.
So, my camera sucks. It's a cannon powershot sd950. I've had it forever. I'm too poor to buy a new one. So if any of my friends and family are reading my blog I like Nikon cameras. Hopefully one will make it under my christmas tree so I can post real pictures lol. O:)

My poor Laptop :(

After years of abuse. (I got my laptop in 2003) My charger stopped working. First it wouldn't charge the battery then it completely died. One of the wires on the end of the adapter that connects to the laptop popped off. So I'm still waiting for my replacement. But my roomie was nice enough to lend me his. (Yay) So I can finally update. This has been quite a week. Our trains are going haywire too. Super packed, late and sometimes not even running at all. At this rate I'll probably be fired from work for being late. I'm going to start leaving my house two hours earlier and bringing something to read. I think that will work well. All is good and dandy and I can finally get started on my posts. (whoohoo)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

So here we are...

I finally decided to start a blog :) I'm pretty excited! At last I'll have some organization. (hopefully) I recently completed Esthetics School at the Lia Schorr Institute in Manhattan. Before that I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor in Science from Rutgers College. I still haven't taken the test for the New York State Boards But hopefully that will all be under my belt within the next two months. The Written exam is scheduled for January and who knows when they'll decide to invite me to take my practical. I'm not currently working at a Spa (though the good Lord knows I want to), but I am working at a well know cosmetics and skincare company. I am not including the name because I don't know how they will feel about me blogging about them (ha ha!) Mainly I'm starting this blog because I want to investigate products sold there, write my reviews and keep them organized so that I can commit them to memory better. I find myself mixing things up and that's never fun. I love anything to do with beauty; Cosmetics, Skincare, Spa treatments, heck I'm even starting to cross over to hair and fragrance. I'm also a Certified Make-up Artist. I also do Bridal, Fashion Editorial, and Air Brush make-up. So now that you know all about me, I hope some of you will join me in my adventures in the world of beauty. I promise to try my best to keep reviews honest though I understand how subjective beauty products are. Keep in mind that I am mainly writing for my own organization, while I appreciate constructive criticism please keep foul language and hurtful comments out of my blog. Also I am in no way an expert (yes, I know I went to school etc, but I believe experience trumpts theory) and the suggestions/reviews here are coming from my own personal experience. Thanks again for stopping by!