October 21, 2014

Milani Limited Edition Matte Lip Art (matte lipsticks from their fall Bedazzled Collection) - all 3 shades: swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

Milani's Bedazzled collection has some gorgeous items - including the Constellation Gel Eye Liners that I posted about back on September 23rd. I have wanted to blog about the three shades of lipsticks that came out with this collection, called their Matte Lip Art, but I had a hard time finding one of the shades - Enchanting Amethyst. After a lot of wasted gas money driving around to countless CVS and Walgreen locations, I purchased it online for way more than retail - but at least I have all three shades now to share with you in this post!

These matte lipsticks are phenomenal! I like the formula so much - they're creamy, smooth, richly pigmented and non-drying. Even though these three are limited edition, I have heard rumors that Milani is coming out with matte lipsticks that will be part of their permanent line of lipsticks. Crossing my fingers they are, because I already love their Color Statement Lipsticks and would love to see more like these Matte Lip Art lipsticks!

Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

Milani - Matte Lip Art
Bedazzled Collection Matte Lipsticks
Shades: Enchanted Amethyst, Enchanted Topaz, Enchanted Ruby
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.

Milani - Matte Lip Art
Bedazzled Collection Matte Lipstick
Shade: Enchanted Topaz

Milani - Matte Lip Art
Bedazzled Collection Matte Lipstick
Shade: Enchanted Ruby

Milani - Matte Lip Art
Bedazzled Collection Matte Lipstick
Shade: Enchanted Amethyst

Milani Matte Lip Art Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $4.19 (0.13 oz full size). Available on the Milani website (currently they only have one shade left - Enchanted Ruby), at CVS and Walgreen locations. Other locations that carry Milani may have some of these, but from what I know the Bedazzled collection is exclusive to CVS and Walgreens.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

Product Info...

Bellissimo! You know how some (lesser) matte lipsticks are dry and streak when you apply? Matte Lip Art is completely different. This super-luxe, grown-up girl lipstick delivers true instant color in a single swipe. Pair with Constellation Gel Eye Liner for the perfectly scrumptious fall look. These beauties are limited edition, so be sure to snap them up.

My Review...

With these lipsticks being limited edition, that means these are harder to find. For me, I could not find Enchanting Amethyst anywhere. I must have went to at least 15 to 20 CVS and Walgreen's within 2 hours of me in various directions. For almost 3 weeks straight I searched for Enchanted Amethyst. I finally gave up and turned to eBay. I had missed one for sale for only $6 the day before I purchased mine, and I ended up paying $12 with free shipping. Had it been either of the other two shades and I likely wouldn't have been on such a search, but this purple shade looked way too pretty. Plus, I kept seeing how it was a dupe for MAC's RiRi Boy Lipstick.

I don't own RiRi Boy but I love a good drugstore dupe! From swatches I've seen online, it does look pretty close. Some comparison photos I've seen it looks spot on, a 99.9% match. But some other comparison photos I've seen made Enchanted Amethyst look lighter in tone. For those that have both Milani's Enchanted Amethyst and MAC's RiRi Boy please leave a comment below letting me know how close of a dupe you feel they are... especially on the lips.

The packaging on these lipsticks is different from their Color Statement Lipsticks. These are in a round tube with a clear lid. The shade name is only listed on the sticker that is on the lid, which I'm not a fan of - especially because I can often mix up lids. I'd rather have the name displayed on the bottom of the lipstick just like the Milani Color Statement Lipsticks have (plus, they have the coordinating color bottoms; I just love that lipstick packaging!). I do hope they are coming out with more matte lipsticks in their Color Statement Lipstick line, with this same formula.

These glide on so smooth and have a creamy, non-drying texture. For a matte lipstick, the formula is one of the best I've tried - especially from the drugstore.

In terms of shades, I do really love Enchanted Amethyst. It's a really pretty purple shade that's still wearable for me. Enchanted Topaz pulls a bit brown on me when I swatch, but on my lips goes on lighter. I like it on my lips but think it may be a bit too peachy brown to be an everyday nude shade for me - but it is really pretty. Enchanted Ruby is pretty but I'm not the biggest fan of that sort of lipstick shade. I like that on my lips it pulls more of a pink undertone cranberry rather than a darker, deeper red.

If you can find these, they are worth the buy - both for formula and shade selection. I only wish there were more... or maybe I don't, because if there were more I'd need them all!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these limited edition lipsticks? Have you tried them or are they on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

September 30, 2014

TATCHA The Ritual Discovery Kit for Normal Skin: swatches, reviews!

Hello, Beautiful!

If there is one word I could think of to describe the skincare brand TATCHA, it would have to be glow. I feel like my skin always has a healthy glow whenever I use TATCHA products. I've been a fan of TATCHA for over 2 years now. I published my first review back in August of 2012 of their POLISHED Deep Rice Enzyme Powder - which I actually still have some of, and still love!

They now offer a discovery kit for $59 - which is available in four skin types: Normal, Oily, Sensitive, Dry. I chose the kit for combo skin -- which turned out to be for Normal Skin (so ignore that the photos say Combo Skin... when I told the TATCHA people combo, they sent me this one; they don't have a combo skin option).

The discovery kit is a perfect way to try the TATCHA brand. You may be thinking that $59 is a lot for a 2-week discovery kit, but if you add up the value of each individual item it comes out to about $97.12! Plus, I did get more than 2 weeks of use out of this kit (in fact, I'm still using some of the products - I'll explain in my reviews).

Check out my review for each product and all the product info after the pics!

TATCHA - The Ritual 
Discovery Kit: Normal Skin
(choose this if you are combo skin)
Includes: deluxe sample sizes (enough for a  2 week + supply) of PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (14 single use packets), RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum, and SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual product.

This kit comes really cutely packaged! Would make a great gift - to someone special or to yourself!

One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Deep Brightening Serum

Moisture Rich Silk Cream

TATCHA The Ritual Discovery Kit Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $59.00 (for the discovery kit). Available on the TATCHA website.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

Product Info...

A two-week introduction to your essential four-step ritual. The Cleansing Oil removes makeup and melts away the day, while the Enzyme Powder exfoliates to reveal polished skin. The Brightening Serum evens out complexion. Nourish Skin with the anti-aging moisturizer tailored to your skin type.

The Ritual Discover Kit is available in four skin types:
  • Normal (also choose this if you are combo and not too dry or too oily)
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Dry

Each Ritual Discovery Kit includes:
  • 25ml PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • (14) 1g packets of POLISHED Rice Enyme Powder (you will receive "Classic" if you selected Normal skin, "Deep" if you selected Oily skin, "Gentle" if you selected Sensitive or Dry skin)
  • 10ml RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum
  • 10ml SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Value Breakdown:
  • PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil - Full Size is 150ml/5.1 fl oz @ $48 -- deluxe size is worth $8
  • POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powder - Full Size is 60g/2.1 oz @ $65 - all sample packets together are worth $15.12
  • RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum - Full Size is 50ml/1.7 oz @ $185 - deluxe size is worth $37
  • SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream - Full Size is 50ml/1.7 oz @ $185 - deluxe size is worth $37

My Review...

I love TATCHA! It is one of my favorite skincare lines, and although it can be pricey, it's worth every penny! Yes TATCHA did send me this discovery kit to test drive, but that in no way effects my opinion, especially when I have been a long time fan of their products.

If you're new to TATCHA or maybe just haven't tried more than one of their products, then their Ritual Discovery Kit is a great way for you to get started on an amazing skincare regime. It is $59 for a 2-week kick start, but I found I got way more use out of mine than 2 weeks - but then again I did slack on using this routine twice daily just due to my crazy schedule.

First, let's start with the PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. This stuff is great! Doesn't contain mineral oil and no double cleansing required! It melts away all your makeup, even waterproof makeup, leaving skin fresh and pure. Great for all skin types.

I love it because it's such an easy, quick and effective product. You apply it onto dry fingers and onto a dry face, massaging it all over your face. Be warned it will feel like a greasy oil slick all over your face - so if you're not used to cleansing oils that may freak you out a bit. But don't worry - after you've massaged it into your dry skin you'll add water and it will lightly froth up a bit, turning into a gentle cleanser that takes away all your makeup, dirt and excess oils - leaving your skin soft and clean. You don't need to follow up with a cleanser or any other double cleanse; it just won't be necessary. You certainly could, but you'd just be wasting product.

I have tried several cleansing oils, and this one from TATCHA ranks up there as one of my favorites. I still have product left in this bottle - so this lasted me far longer than the 2-weeks of use. I find I use this once a day on average. I love it to remove my makeup, but if I don't have any makeup on I usually use another facial cleanser just so I can make this product stretch even further. Once I'm out I definitely want to purchase the full size - which is $48, I have fallen in love with it as my makeup remover cleanser!! Just very, very effective!

Next, let's talk about the  POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powder.

I did a review on this powder over 2 years ago; at the time I had the one for oily skin but my skin is more combo now so I have the one for normal skin in this post. I do love this product!  It's a just-add-water type of powder exfoliator. You don't feel anything harsh on your skin, yet it magically works to remove dead skin and leave you soft and smooth.

The single use packets that come in this discovery kit make it really simple to use, especially if you are traveling. I travel from time to time for my job, and these were especially handy in the more recent months to just throw in my bag and go. For those that don't know, aside from being a beauty blogger I also work for a hard cider company and I'm often working outdoor events - which leaves my face feeling really icky and gross at the end of the day. After I use the PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil I'll just use one of the little packets and they make my skin feel amazing - almost like the entire hot, sweaty day of melting makeup never happened!

I personally couldn't feel a difference between the one for oily skin and the one for normal skin, but I'm sure it's all in the ingredients and how it benefits your face. I don't have any more of the packets left but I certainly loved them while I had them!

Now let's talk about the RADIANT Brightening Serum. This is brightening serum of time-tested Asian botanicals +HADASEI-S Bioactive Complex for radiant looking skin. Hydrates while making the skin appear more luminous. For all skin types. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing.

This serum sinks into skin quickly and gives you that signature TATCHA glow! It has a noticeable effect, and my skin just seems to love this serum; no negative effects at all! I'll be honest and say that I'm a slacker when it comes to keeping up with skincare, especially serums - since I mostly use them at night, so I actually still have some of this serum left. But I love to use it. It really does give you a glow.

And finally, the SUPPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream! Luminous yet weightless feeling gel-cream of liquid silk, squalane, royal jelly and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. A long lasting anti-aging moisturizer without heavy oils. Ideal for oily and normal/combination skin. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing.

This moisturizer is so lightweight yet packs some heavy duty moisturization! I love the texture - very silky smooth, gel-cream. Sinks right into my skin and leaves it perfectly hydrated all day!

I did find that one super hot days when I had to work outside and wanted my makeup to last the an extreme length of time, this moisturizer was a bit too heavy to wear - but normal day to day was just fine, and I especially love to use it at night! I don't have anymore of the moisturizer because I did use it up completely, but it was great while it lasted. I don't have any plans to purchase the full size at the moment, only because I have several other moisturizers I'm trying to work through, but it's one that I'd consider re-purchasing in the future -- although it does have a steep $150 price tag, so that is something to consider as well.

Overall, I think this discovery kit is a great value and an amazing way to try the TATCHA line of products. You just may find some favorites just from this 2-week kit! I know I found a new favorite cleansing oil!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this skincare discovery kit from TATCHA? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Have you tried any of the individual products within this kit? Discuss in the comments below.