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Battle of the Blue Liners: Revlon Versus Wet n Wild

Earlier this summer I got stuck on the idea of colored liner, and even though I usually try to avoid trends, I feel like blue liner keeps coming in and out of vogue enough to make it worth the plunge. I picked up two liners to see which one I could see myself wearing through the rest of summer (and then some).

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Wet n Wild MegaLiner in Indigo Blue // This is the first one I grabbed because I’ve been a fan of some other Wet n Wild products and it’s hard to say no when it’s so cheap (only $2.99). The first thing I noticed was the brush tip which I’m not a fan of. It wasn’t too hard to get the liquid liner evenly on the brush, but I prefer fine felt tips. The color is a shimmery navy that needs a few strokes to come off opaque.

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Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric // The second liner I got my hands on was this newer one from Revlon because I’d heard good things about it and it was closer to the color I’d originally pictured. It was a bit more ($7.99) so I had much higher expectations. I love felt tip applicators so I had a very easy time applying it evenly. The color is pretty much exactly like the lid and it comes off opaque with one stroke, so it’s easier to not mess up a good line but having to go over it over and over.

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On the left is the Revlon and the right is the Wet n Wild. They both have good staying power and are smudge-proof, but they aren’t waterproof so don’t push your luck if you’re going to be swimming or sweating profusely.

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Oh lord the close up eye photos. This is the Wet n Wild liner. It looks a little brighter on the eyes in natural light. It’d be good for someone looking to ease into colored liner because it’s buildable so you can start sheer and work up to something bolder.

bluebattle4Of the two, the Revlon was my winner. Mostly it was the applicator and the color’s opaqueness and matte finish. Both were pretty but I wanted something that would really stand out on an otherwise bland makeup day. I’m just now reviewing it, but I’ve worn it a lot this summer and I can see it being worn for fall and winter as well.

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Blue Eyes

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I’d been feeling very blah about my nails the past month or so. I’d let them chip and fall into disrepair, go days and days with naked nails where before I was switching colors every few days and just generally didn’t care, but then I remembered this slideshow on Refinery29 awhile back and I suddenly needed to not just paint them, but freehand little circles and dots as well. This was my end result.

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Zoya in Kristen // Chanel in Quartz // Zoya in Raven

I don’t know what colors they used for the mood ring spread, so I used what I had that was similar.

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blueeyesnails3I didn’t photography my right hand because it didn’t turn out as nice and because I had to hold the camera, but it actually didn’t come out half bad. They just look like little spooky blue irises to me. From a distance Mark thinks it looks like I have little holes in my fingernails which is terrifying to imagine, but I like creepy stuff so I’m also kind of okay with it.

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

I was lucky enough to be chosen for an Allure survey to try out L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color (what a mouthful). They sent me a tube in Coral Encore, and I’m really pleased with it. The packaging is really nice and makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am. The doefoot applicator makes putting it on easy, and the formula is opaque and glossy without being sticky and gloopy. It also has a faint fruity smell, no if you don’t have an aversion/sensitivity to scents it’s a plus!

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The pros are that the color selection is very broad, the formula is saturated so it only takes a swipe or so, and it lasts a couple of hours (if you don’t eat a lot with it on – that’s a downside). The cons are that it does have very fine bits of glitter that are more apparent once it’s worn off and it doesn’t leave much of a stain. There’s no dreaded ring of color around the lip line, but if you don’t have a chance to reapply you’ll be without gloss after an hour or two.

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I got so tired of trying to take serious photos of the color, so have a smoldering outtake with my unfilled brows for your trouble.

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Black Dahlia OCC Lip Tar Swatch & Review

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blackdahlialip4OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia // Silk Blouse – Everlane

This was part of a set with the lip tar and the matching nail polish (an early birthday gift from my sweet Becca), and I love it. These lip tars aren’t everyone’s favorite because they aren’t the most convenient form of lip color. Carrying the little brush and tube in your purse isn’t as easy as just touching up with a swipe of lipstick. Luckily the staying power of this lipcolor makes it easy to forgo touch-ups.

I’ve worn this to work without bringing it with me and by the end of the day I had a nice, even (albeit lighter) stain. It started as this dark berry color and finished as a reddish pink. After drinking coffee, eating breakfast, and having lunch, I’d say that is pretty impressive.

I’d recommend exfoliating and priming lips beforehand because if you have dry patches sometimes the darker pigments can settle or fade unevenly, but it wasn’t hugely noticable. If you can’t or don’t want to bring the little plastic case with the tube and lip brush, I think Revlon’s Black Cherry is close enough to use for touch-ups.

Bottom line: It’s everything I hoped for and I’m so happy it’s finally mine. Thanks again Becca! I’ll try to do a swatch and review of the matching nail polish soon.

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MOR Hand Cream in Lychee Flower

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This is probably not a good time for this review since they’re apparently not carrying it anywhere other than random TJ Maxx’s and a few clearance sections of Ulta. I’m hoping that it’s just a momentary thing and it’ll be back. If not, I’m gonna be sad.

This brand has the most beautiful packaging, and the product is excellent too. They have it in several scents, but I had my heart set on this or the Honey Nectar one. Luckily my sweet Becca found this one at an Ulta by her for an awesome $9 instead of $20, but that’s probably the only good part of it being discontinued for whatever reason. You can still find them on amazon for the time being, so there’s that.

On the MOR website they say:

  • Contains Shea & Cocoa Butters for superior moisture
  • Glycerin helps improve & hydrate dry skin
  • Infused with Sesame Seed Oil & Allantoin for soft skin
  • Irish Moss to keep the skin hydrated
  • Carries Vitamins A & E to moisturise the skin
  • Free of Parabens, Mineral Oil & Synthetic Dyes
  • This hand cream product is not tested on animals

One big note for this is that a little goes a long way. The Lychee Flower scent is very strong, and that’s good for me but it might be too much for someone who’s sensitive to strong fragrances. Another thing I like about it is that it absorbs fast and doesn’t leave your hands greasy. Nothing fun about slimy hands when all you want is to hydrate those dry digits.

I feel so fancy when I pull this out of my purse because of the beautiful black and gold, and I wish they weren’t being discontinued because I wanted to give them as gifts to some of the fancy ladies in my life. Hopefully it’s just temporary and I’ll get a chance to try the Honey Nectar and some of the other scents too!

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