11/11/11

Maybelline Baby Lips


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Baby Lips. First, these lip balms melt nicely on my lips when applied, and it didn't feel greasy, waxy, or sticky. Shea butter is exceptionaly great for your skin and when I found out that Baby Lips contained shea butter I was definitely looking forward to trying them. They also contain anti-oxidants, a vitamin complex (that helps in preventing the oxidation of lip molecules and restore damaged cells), Centella (an Asia plant that hydrates while replenishing elasticity), and SPF 20.

My current lip balm has SPF 15 and I've had a hard time finding a different lip balm that: (1) works, (2) has a higher SPF, and (3) is reasonably priced - as I refuse to spend a fortune on anything. So I was really glad that Baby Lips has SPF 20 and actually works in healing my lips. The company claims that it will renew your lips to your natural condition in four weeks, giving you baby-smooth lips. But mine only took three days! It made my lips super smooth and kissable, and gave them a nice sheer shine.

The only downside would be is that I thought they would be flavored, but they're not (well, I couldn't taste anything). They smell quite nice though, but I did find myself having to reapply it after eating or drinking, but that's pretty normal among lip balms, so meh.

As a BzzAgent I received 5 of the 6 Baby Lips varieties. They come in 2 clear varieties (Quenched and Peppermint) and 4 tinted varieties (Cherry me, Pink Punch, Peach Kiss, and Grape Vine).

Here's a small breakdown of what I thought of each: (I don't have the best sense of smell, so bare with me).
  • Quenched - To me it smells like a cross between watermelon and bubblegum.
  • Peppermint - Gives your lips a nice minty feeling.
  • Cherry me - Nice cherry smell and enhanced the color of my lips. 
  • Pink punch - Smells like bubblegum/punch. A nice light Barbie doll pink color. I usually avoid pinks since they tend not to look so good on me, but not this one. 
  • Peach kiss - The first applications felt somewhat grainy. Gave my lips a very light peachy sheen. In a way it just slightly toned down the color of my lips which I liked since I'm a fan or nudes. 
  • Grape Vine - ?

The only one I haven't tried out yet is Grape Vine. But of course, as soon I purchase it I will share my thoughts. My skin tone is on the light side but I do see the some of the tinted ones being more noticeable on darker tones.

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11/9/11

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes



Lots of Lashes. The first thing that drew me to this product is the applicator. From the moment plastic applicators have been out in the market they have become my essential beauty product. If a mascara wishes to draw my attention, it must have a plastic applicator or I will simply move on. I received this product in the mail as a BzzAgent, and wanted to let my readers know what I thought of it.
 
I like the plastic applicator and the shape of the wand is an added bonus. It really helps getting those lashes in the corners of your eyes without having to worry about accidently smearing formula on your eyelids (something I do a lot). I don't care how good the formula might be, if you don't have the right applicator it will not look good. It's like trying to apply foundation - the wrong tool will make it look streaky.
 
The color I received was Very Black (141), and black masacaras are my favorite. The formula is a bit on the wet side, but that's not an issue. I don't particularly care about the smell of mascara but in case anyone wonders, I could barely smell the formula. I literally had to hold the bottle up to my nose to even smell it. So it's good for anyone who's picky or sensitive to aromas.
 
The packing says to not let it dry between coats, so I did exactly that. The formula gave me some volume, but it definitely did make my lashes noticeably longer. Also, the formula and wand do such a good job of coating each lash from top to bottom that the wiggle method isn't necessary. If you apply it using the wiggle method it will clump. Usually the wiggle methods works wonders but for this mascara I found that applying it the old fashion way (straight up) worked best. As in personal preference, I prefer the soft feathery look, and this somewhat worked but not to my standards. It didn't necessarily clump, but rather made a few lashes stick together into one.
 
Also, the tip of the wand tends to hold more product, so make sure to wipe off any excess there. Results: At the end of the day I only had one tiny flake, ONE flake! And don't forget, DO NOT let it dry between coats, apply while it's still wet for flake free lashes!
 
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