Jun 27, 2013

What's New at the Drugstore: Revlon Summer 2013

I've been using all of these products for quite a while now, and I can honestly say that I'm enjoying them all! Revlon has definitely impressed me the most this summer, especially with their lip products. I feel like I almost can't keep up with the amount of lipsticks and glosses they are making right now! Anyway, let's get on to the haul!

Here are the items from left to right: Superlustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop, Fatal Apple, and Fuschia Finery. Colorburst Lipgloss in Atomic Pink and Killer Watt, Revlon Lash Potion Mascara, and Superlustrous Shine Finish Lipsticks in Fuchsia Shock, Berry Couture, and Rich Girl Red.

I'm sure you're all well aware that the Superlustrous lipgloss line got a makeover. Fortunately the formula is still the same, but some old shades have been discontinued which I'm not happy about, and we are also getting less product now (I will fully explain this in my upcoming review on these). The Colorburst glosses are sadly limited edition, but  the colors are gorgeous! The new Lash Potion mascara is now my favorite Revlon mascara, and I've been wearing it almost everyday. These Superlustrous lipsticks are all 'Shine Finish' , Revlon's latest lipstick formula. It's shiny, but not glossy and it feels like silk on the lips. I really love this new finish!

Swatches from left to right:  Superlustrous Lipsticks in Fuchsia Shock, Berry Couture, and Rich Girl Red, Colorburst Lipgloss in Atomic Pink and Killer Watt, and Superlustrous Lipgloss in Fatal Apple, Pink Pop, and Fuchsia Finery.

I filmed a video talking about this haul of new goodies as well, but I haven't had the time to edit it, so I will link to it here when it's finished. Or you can subscribe to my channel!

I will review all of these products individually as well!

Jun 25, 2013

Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara

Covergirl mascaras aren't my favorite, but that doesn't mean that I wasn't excited when I saw this at the drugstore! I always enjoy trying new mascaras, and new products in general. In my What's New at the Drusgtore for Covergirl post, many of you also said that you were excited about this mascara, and I can understand why. It's actually better than I expected, and so far it's the only Covergirl mascara that I enjoy using! 

The packaging is a bit different from what Covergirl usually does, I'm liking  the colors! 

The wand is made entirely of traditional bristles that taper in the middle, creating an hourglass-like shape. The end is blunt, and has excess mascara, but I never had any problems with it. I found that this wand reached all of my lashes and didn't over coat them.

Here are the results! I love the way that this mascara gave amazing volume and curl to my lashes (even my straight ones).The overall look is natural, but still noticeable. My lashes didn't feel heavy or droop at all during the day. It also does a nice job on lower lashes! 

Claims: "Ignite every lash. Make a bold statement with winged lashes that curve up and out. The unique wire brush coats your lashes for an instant volume boost."
Formula: The formula is volumizing, and it gives great definition and length. It feels like I'm not even wearing mascara, and it gives a very natural finish. It doesn't feel wet or dry, it's perfectly in the middle. 
Wand Type: The wand is made of traditional bristles that are pinched in the middle, creating an hourglass-like shape. Since the wand is quite bulky, people with smaller lashes or eyes may find application difficult with this mascara.
Price/Availabilty: My mom bought this for me:) it was $6 at Walmart

  • Lashes feel weightless
  • Gives definition, length, and dark color 
  • Lashes have a fluttery, natural finish
  • Traditional bristles 
  • Lasts all day, no flaking/drooping
  • Layers well (meaning you can do multiple coats without getting clumps)
  • Works nicely on lower lashes too
  • Formula isn't too wet or too dry
  • The wand may be bulky for some people
  • The wand end has extra mascara goo
This is the first Covergirl mascara that I actually like! I found that all of the claims that Flamed Out made to be true, which is rare with any mascara. It gave my lashes excellent curl and volume that lasted all day. It even made my straight lashes stay put! It also managed to feel weightless and make my lashes look perfectly defined and fluttery. The wand may be bulky for some people, but I had no problems with it. I enjoyed the traditional bristles and the unique shape of the wand, which I believe is what really fanned out the lashes.

 I absolutely love this formula, and the wand does a great job. I will be getting lots of use out of this mascara! 

Jun 23, 2013

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

I'm not familiar with liquid to powder products, I guess that's why I was so compelled to give this stuff a try! L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder claims to give the skin a 'perfect bare skin finish'. Even though this is an interesting product for the drugstore, it left me unimpressed.

The bottle reads: Magic Nude Liquid Powder. Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup, Octinoxate SPF 18, Broad Spectrum SPF 18.

Claims: "Perfect, flawless complexion- minimizes appearance of imperfections. SPF 18"
Formula: The formula isn't exactly liquid to powder. It's really a liquid that doesn't set at all. A powder is needed. The consistency is very runny.
Finish: The finish is dry, it made certain parts of my face look very dry (please refer to my video review).
Coverage: The coverage is very light, it can be built up to almost medium if you play around with it, which isn't exactly practical for me.
Lasting Power: This started to melt off right after I applied it, it wouldn't last a minute without being set with some kind of powder.
Scent: This has a strong alcohol/sunscreen/baby powder scent.
Packaging: This bottle is made of glass that is frosted at the top. There is a twist off cap, and tons of product can be wasted when pouring, so be careful! 
Price/Availability: I paid $10+ at Harmon's in Bed Bath and Beyond.

  • Color matches decently
  • Interesting idea for drugstore
  • Coverage is too light
  • Scent is strong
  • Packaging is wasteful
  • Lasting power is horrible
  • Finish makes my skin look unflattering
  • Doesn't live up to claims
I think that the idea L'Oreal had was nice, but the formula doesn't live up to it's claims at all and really needs improvement. This foundation never exactly set to a powder finish for me, even when I tried applying it with my fingers, which is the recommended way! I waited over 30 minutes for it to dry with each method that I used to apply it, and it  accentuated my pores. The lasting power is a joke, the scent is too strong, the coverage isn't enough, and the price just isn't worth the quality. It made my skin look awful, and my current foundation works perfectly fine. It was nice to try something new, but all in all Magic Nude Liquid Powder is definitely not magical. 

Please watch my video review to see how I applied it and what it looked like on my skin. I tried to use this foundation in multiple ways, fingers, sponges, and brushes, but none of them worked for me. I really didn't want to post a picture on here, because the results were just awful, haha! 

Have you tried this foundation yet? 

Jun 20, 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Collection

I finally found the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro collection! Baby Lips are my favorite drugstore lip balms. I have been using all six colors non stop these past few days. I absolutely love everything about this collection-let's get right to the details! 

There are six different shades to choose from in this collection. From left to right: Pink Shock, Fierce N Tangy, Berry Bomb, Oh Orange, Minty Sheer, and Strike a Rose.

Maybelline switched it up with this collection and made the tubes black with neon writing. I'm really loving this change, it's adorable!

The actual lip balms in the tubes are very bright looking. Only some colors appear to be that bright, I swatched every color on my lips in my video review.

From left to right: Berry Bomb, Minty Sheer, Strike a Rose, Fierce N Tangy, Pink Shock,  and Oh Orange. Berry Bomb is a sheer medium purple. Minty Sheer has a slight green tint but is  clear on the lips. Strike a Rose is a sheer coral-pink. Fierce N Tangy has a slight yellow tint but is also clear on the lips. Pink Shock is a sheer hot pink. Oh Orange is a sheer medium orange. All of these swatches are 2 swipes, except for Minty Sheer and Fierce N Tangy which are 3 swipes.

Claims: "Our exclusive formula moisturizes lips for a full 8 hours. Lips renewed in 1 week* (*Based on panelists’ self-evaluations)" I explain this more in detail in the video.
Finish/Texture: The finish of these is shiny and the texture is very smooth and silky. 
Lasting Power: The tinted colors last about 3 hours, but they leave behind a pretty stain which can extend the wear time by two hours or more.
Scent: Each Baby Lips has it's own unique scent, I explain this more in my video review.
Packaging: I love the black tubes! Baby Lips have twist up applicators with long caps. I love the long caps because they help me prevent scraping the lip balm when I'm in a hurry.
Price/Availability: I paid $3 each for these at Harmon's in Bed Bath and Beyond.

  • Cute new packaging
  • Fun colors to choose from
  • Great scents, each has a different one
  • The color payoff is long lasting for a lip balm
  • Pigmented and clear options
  • Leaves lips feeling soft and supple
  • Lives up to claims
  • Inexpensive

  • No sunscreen
  • You will need to reapply throughout the day for moisture

This is my favorite Baby Lips collection by far! I'm not too sure if these are limited edition or not, but either way they are going to sell out fast. Baby Lips are a great option for someone who wants a pop of color in lip balm form. The formula isn't the most moisturizing in the world, but I feel that it lives up to the claims and leaves my lips feeling soft and supple. They smell great, the packaging is adorable, and last a decent amount of time. Some of the brighter colors will stain your lips, but it stains evenly and looks nice.

If you don't have a Harmon's beauty department near you, or if you don't feel like hunting them down like I did, you will have to wait until July for this collection to be at other drugstores. I asked Maybelline directly via Twitter, and that's what they told me, but they might pop up in some places towards the end of June. I also asked them if these are limited edition or not, but they haven't responded yet. I'll just say that if you want these, get them, because it's better to be safe than sorry! 

Each color is so pretty on the lips, but my favorite two are definitely Strike a Rose and Pink Shock. They are the most pigmented in the collection, and the two that I think will flatter everyone's skin tone.

Here's my video review, be sure to watch this if you want to see lip swatches and hear about the scents that each one has! I felt that describing these tings would be easier in a video. 

Do you plan on getting the Electro collection? Let me know your thoughts! 

Jun 17, 2013

Lime Crime Japan LA Event!

JapanLA, a cute little store on Melrose, had a birthday party for their seventh year in business.  LimeCrime, one of my favorite makeup brands, had a 'pop up shop' which is basically a little display full of products! Of course I wanted to go because the founder of LimeCrime Doe Deere and her cute crew was there, and I loved meeting her at IMATS LA. Plus, I will always take advantage of being able to swatch all of their bright, playful lipsticks, glitters, and lipglosses...  ok I just wanted to swatch everything!

Here's me standing in front of the Lime Crime 'pop up shop'! 

Here are some of the Lime Crime Opaque Lipsticks! (There were tons of people at the event, also swatching things so that's why some items are missing from the picture).  I currently own two shades, Airborne Unicorn and Retrofuturist. They are amazingly pigmented and super creamy. I can't wait to get more shades! 

This is me with Doe Deere and Katie! I love their dresses, I feel like I should have worn something with a bit more poof! Haha, but I still love this picture. 

The lovely Traci Hines was also at the event! I'm happy that I had the chance to see her again too! We talked all about Disney and her singing career. She is so nice, like I can't even begin to explain it. I really hope we get to talk again soon! 

Here's a photo of Doe and I that I found on the Lime Crime blog, which you can check out here for more photos of the event! 

I was so happy that I had the chance to talk with Doe again! The first time we met I could only think of a few questions to ask, I was so overwhelmed at with the fast-paced environment at IMATS. I asked her about what Lime Crime has planned for the future, and it sounds like there are some exciting new products in store! As we talked, I found out that she is huge Dita von Teese fan like me! We also talked about music, hair color, and how we both think Airborne Unicorn lipstick is universally flattering. 
Basically, Doe couldn't be any more awesome in my eyes! She is such a fun, sweet person to be around. I can't wait to see her again! 

I love how interactive that Lime Crime is with their fans. I have never had the chance to talk with someone so openly about their products before, and I honestly think that more companies should be as hands on. Doe was so kind to me! It really makes me feel valued as a customer, as a blogger, and as a long time fan. Doe even posted a picture of us on her Instagram, and if you follow me on there you know I was so flattered! Plus, I kind of freaked out that Lime Crime and Doe are now following me, AHHHH! :D 

I promise that I will review the two Lime Crime lipsticks that I have soon. I've been wearing them non-stop, so I will have a very detailed review for you! I also wanted to quickly mention that I found and bought the entire Maybeline Baby Lips Electro collection yesterday! I will have a review coming on those soon as well! 

Hope you all have a great week! I have many exciting posts/videos coming up, be sure to stay in touch with me! ♥ 

Jun 15, 2013

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

When the Falsies Big Eyes hit the shelves, I was beyond excited, since I'm a huge fan of the original Falsies and Falsies Flared. I have never seen Maybelline release a double-ended mascara before. What makes this Falsies Big Eyes unique is that one of the wands is specifically designed for lower lashes. In general, I'm a huge Maybelline mascara fan, but Big Eyes is one of their worst yet.

The packaging reads "360 false lash effect. Lift upper lashes. Magnify lower lashes." The eye that you see in the bottom right corner is the 'result' that Maybelline is promising..which of course is nothing like the actual result! 

This is the Upper Lashes wand, the bristles are spaced far apart and are covered in extra mascara goo. I'm not very happy with this wand, it makes my lashes stick together into a scraggly mess. It's one of the worst wands I've used in a while.

The lower lashes wand is definitely the best part of this mascara. This wand is small enough to coat each tiny bottom lash, and it isn't overloaded with mascara. It's easy to use and defines the lashes, but the formula smudges easily.

Here are the results. This is about three coats. I had tons of clumps towards the tips of my lashes, no length, no definition, and very little volume. My lashes actually drooped down considerably (you can see some of the lashes are actually pointing straight down). I also had major smudging on the bottom lashes (I'm not wearing any eyeliner) and lots of flaking happened throughout my day. Absolutely dreadful.

Claims: "Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam. Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes. Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place"
Formula: The formula is super wet. I tried to dry this mascara up by using it as much as possible, and it never happened! The heavy formula weighed my lashes down, causing them to feel heavy and look droopy.
Wand Type: Both wands have traditional bristles. The upper lashes wand is too gunky to work with, but the lower lashes wand is much easier to use.
Price/Availability: I paid $7 at Wal-Mart

  • Bottom lash wand is nice
  • Innovative idea (especially for the drugstore) 
  • Tint comes in Blackest Black, my favorite! 
  • Doesn't live up to claims 
  • Flakes and smudges rather quickly
  • Feels heavy/thick on my lashes
  • Bunches the lashes together/no definition
  • Upper Lashes wand is extremely messy
  • Both formulas are too wet

Big Eyes did nothing for my lashes, other than make them black. I was expecting the double ended wand to really give my upper and lower lashes a defined, voluminious look, but that didn't happen. Instead, it gave me messy, clumpy, flaky, and droopy lashes. I was impressed with the lower lashes wand, it was tiny enough to coat every lash. However, the formula smudged very quickly. I wasn't impressed with how heavy that both formulas (which I believe are the same) made my lashes feel. I believe the wetness of the formulas is what caused my lashes to look droopy. 

It's too bad that this one didn't work for me, I really wanted to like it! I even tried wiping off each wand with a tissue before applying, but believe it or not, I still got the same results. The double ended wand isn't a new concept, but a lower lashes wand is something that I've never seen at the drugstore. If the formula wasn't so heavy and wet, I think Maybelline could have had an innovation on their hands.

You can watch my video review here!

Have you tried this mascara? Let me know your thoughts! 

Jun 10, 2013

Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil and Shadow Pots

Hi there everyone! Today's reivew is going to be about two products that I mentioned earlier in my What's New at the Drugstore for Covergirl post. As you all know, I'm not usually a fan of Covergirl. I feel that these products really highlighted the so-so feelings I have about the brand. I was eager to try the Flamed Out  Shadow Pencils and Shadow Pots when they first released, but now I realize that they aren't anything special.

330 Melted Caramel (left) and 335 Scorching Cocoa. 

Claims: "Flamed Out Shadow Pots pack a punch of vivid color in perfectly sized pots so you can mix, match, and blend to customize blazing hot hues."
Pigmentation: At first the pigmentation seems great, but within a few hours the color fades. There are big chunks of white glitter that leave fallout everywhere.
Finish/Texture: The finish is so shimmery that it's almost metallic. The texture is somewhat gritty due to the large pieces of glitter. 
Lasting Power: These shadows only lasted a few hours with and without primer. I was so disappointed by the wear time of these, because the pigmentation looks great at first. 
Packaging: I have two major issues with the packaging. First, the shade names aren't listed on the bottom sticker, only the number which is always annoying. Second, the plastic lid is so flimsy, that it can easily twist off at any moment. 
Price/Availability:  I paid $5 for one and $2.50 for the other (BOGO 50% off) at Rite Aid 

  • Good selection of colors
  • Color fades quickly
  • Fallout is inevitable
  • Texture is gritty
  • Overall bad quality and value
  • Packaging is flimsy

350 Melted Caramel Flame

Claims: "Two versatile products in one brilliant pencil! With Flamed Out Shadow Pencil, you get vivid, creamy color plus the definition of eyeliner for the bold eye looks you crave.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation is ok. The color  is more frosty than I would like. I feel that the brown tone is overwhelmed with silver. Definitely something I wouldn't wear alone.
Finish/Texture: The finish is too frosty for my liking. The texture is very smooth, but it isn't creamy.  It also gives a cooling sensation when applied.
Lasting Power: I had about four hours wear before this started to crease and fade on me. When I tried to use it as a base, the color still faded around four hours but it didn't crease. Used as an eyeliner, it smudged around two hours. 
Packaging: This is a pencil that you will manually have to sharpen. Which I hate!
Price/Availability:  I paid $7.50 at Rite Aid

  • Smooth texture
  • Cooling sensation feels nice on the eyes
  • The color is masked by white frost
  • Pencil needs to be manually sharpened 
  • Doesn't work well as a base or eyeliner
  • Bad value for the quality
  • Doesn't live up to claims

From top to bottom: 350 Melted Caramel Flame Shadow Pencil, 335 Scorching Cocoa Shadow Pot, and 350 Melted Caramel Shadow Pot. 

Melted  Caramel Flame is a cool taupe with white frost. Scorching Cocoa is a warm medium brown with white sparkle. Melted Caramel is a warm light brown with white sparkle. These swatches were all taken without primer.

At first glance these products look promising, but when it comes down to performance, they don't deliver. I felt that the shadows were too gritty and had too much fallout for my liking. The color fades quickly throughout the day, and the glitter just seems to somehow get all over my face no matter how many times I wipe it off. The shadow pencil is more pigmented than the powder shadows, but the color wears off during the day just the same. When used as a base and an eyeliner, it creases and smudges terribly. The cooling sensation that it gives is great, but it only lasts during application. Both of these products also have major packaging issues! The shadow pots are unnamed on the sticker (one of my biggest pet peeves) and the lids pop off with the slightest twist. The shadow pencil is really a pencil, so you will need to have a jumbo pencil sharpener in your collection in order to keep using it.

I am usually not a fan of Covergirl eyeshadows because I feel that the poor quality is never worth the price they ask. If you could somehow get these products on sale, or clearance rather, they might be worth it. There are much better options at the drugstore that are better in quality and in price! 

I also made a video review of these products, which you can watch on Youtube, here.

Jun 7, 2013

What's New at the Drugstore: Maybelline Summer 2013

Maybelline is releasing countless products this summer! I'm very excited, because as you know Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands. New shades on old favorites are happening, as well as complete drugstore game changers! 

Here are the items that I have so far (left to right): ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Shocking Coral, ColorSensational High Shine Glosses in Coral Heat and Fuchsia Sparks, Falsies Big Eyes Mascara, and Color Tattoos in Lavish Lavender and Blue Paradise.

There are so many other new items coming out, including a gel stick foundation, a new Baby Lips collection, a new line of lipsticks (coming out in November), Color Tattoo Pure Pigments, a new eyeliner, and a new line of glosses called Color Elixer. Many of these items have been spotted in Canada, and in Harmon's. Sadly, I haven't come across any of them yet, but when I do I will get them to test and review. Especially the Baby Lips Electro collection, which I'm freaking out about! 

Swatches from left to right: Color Tattoos in Lavish Lavender and Blue Paradise, ColorSensational Lipstick in Shocking Coral, and ColorSensational Glosses in Fuchsia Sparks and Coral Heat.

I also decided to make another video! This one is just like the last, but with Maybelline products. I'm still have some getting used to talking to the camera, but it's so much fun. I really enjoy making videos, and it's something that I want to do regularly! 

I already have received many sweet comments from readers who enjoy my blog to keep it up. I never  thought I would make videos, but I always wanted to! I'm happy that I finally pushed myself to do it. Thank you again to those of you who are supporting me!

I will post reviews on all of these products soon! 

Jun 5, 2013

What's New at the Drugstore: Covergirl Products Summer 2013

If you can't already tell, I love drugstore makeup. When new collections release at the drugstore, I get crazy hyper. I'm that person who's constantly reading Nouveau Cheap for the latest 'spotted posts'. I'm always making never-ending shopping lists of the newest products, you get the idea. Today I'm announcing the beginning of a new series on Eating Lipstick, What's New at the Drugstore! 

I'm starting this series off with Covergirl, one of my least favorite brands at the drugstore. Even though CG products are hit or miss with me, I decided to buy quite a few of their new Summer items to try, I just can't help it!(:

The products above from left to right are: the Flamed Out Eyeshadow Pots in 330 Melted Caramel and 335 Scorching Cocoa, Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in 350 Melted Caramel, Lipslicks Lip Smoochie in #Luv U, and Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black.

 I skipped out on the new Whipped Foundation and the blush/bronzer duo, since all of the shades are too ark for my skintone. I've been playing around with all of these items since I bought them a few days ago, but I'm still testing them out and forming my opinion. So far I'm really liking the mascara and the Lip Smoochie!

Swatches from left to right: Shadow Pots in 335 Scorching Cocoa and 330 Melted Caramel, Shadow Pencil in 350 Melted Caramel, and Lip Smoochie in #Luv U

I made my first YouTube video today swatching these products! I think that this 'What's New at the Drugstore' series is going to be so much fun to both write, and talk about! I'm planning on doing one for Maybelline and Revlon soon as well, and L'Oreal once I start finding more of their new items! 

I can't wait to start making more videos.  Please let me know what you think of my first video! I would really like to hear feedback since I'm quite new at this. Trust me, it's nothing like blogging! My channel name is HollieEatsLipstick if you would like to take a look.

I will post individual reviews on each product soon!  

Review on Flamed Out Shadow Pots and Flamed Out Shadow Pencil here.
Review on the Flamed Out Mascara here.
Review on the Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balms here.

Jun 3, 2013

Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch

The Rimmel 'Wake Me Up'  line is something that I had never actually seen in U.S. stores before, until my recent encounter at Wal-Mart. I nearly hit the floor when I saw these! The idea of a drugstore mousse highlighter intrigued me. There were only two shades available, along with a concealer, (which I also bought but it was too dark for me). 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch 

Flush of Pearl and Radiant Rose

Flush of Pearl (left) and Radiant Rose (right) 
To the left of each concentrated swatch is a blended swatch. Flush of Pearl is a champagne with white shimmer. Radiant Rose is a mauve pink that also has white shimmer. I find that the base color disappears easily when it's blended out, basically leaving you with white shimmer on the cheeks.

Claims: "Lightweight, ultra blendable mousse formula gives an instant touch of radiance and illuminates the skin. Wakes up skin with a healthy looking glow and a long lasting flush of colour."
Finish/Texture: The finish of these is shimmery, but it doesn't actually brighten. The texture felt more like a cream than a mousse. 
Lasting Power: I started to see color fading after two hours of wear.
Scent:  They were unscented.
Packaging: I love the way the squeeze tube controls how much product comes out! 
Price/Availability:  I paid $4.47 each at Wal-Mart

  • Nice Packaging
  • Easy to blend
  • Doesn't brighten the skin
  • Color fades quickly
  • Many layers are needed to see actual color
  • Looks like white glitter when blended out
  • Not a mousse formula
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I bought these. I just went out on a limb because I was so excited to see something that usually isn't available in my area. Unfortunately, these don't live up to any of their claims. I felt like the formula was more of a cream than a mousse. The color disappeared when I blended it into my skin, leaving me with  unnatural white-glitter cheeks- not a good look! Overall, these were disappointing, I'll be sticking with my Physicians Formula highlighters!

Jun 1, 2013

NYC Kiss Gloss in Spring Meadow and Pink Flamingo

NYC Kiss Gloss are some of my favorite glosses from the drugstore. The formula is so smooth and hydrating that you can hardly feel it on the lips, plus they're only three dollars! When I saw new colors available in their 'Let's Paint the Town' display, I had to buy them!

 NYC Kiss Gloss in Pink Flamingo (left) and Spring Meadow  (right)

 Pink Flamingo (top) is a light peachy shade that is perfect for a more natural lip look. Spring Meadow (bottom) is basically a clear gloss with tiny green sparkles. The sparkles are barely noticeable, and both glosses are very sheer. On the right I'm wearing Pink Flamingo on my lips, and as you can see it looks a bit pinker from my natural lip color that shows through. 

Claims: "It comes in a cute squeezy tube that makes mirrorless application as easy as pie. Choose subtle sweet shades for understated sexiness-"
Finish/Texture: The finish of Pink Flamingo is a cream and Spring Meadow is a sparkle. The texture is super creamy, and non-sticky. Both are very sheer and wearable.
Lasting Power: I only get an hour of wear with these.
Scent: There is a subtle fruity-banana/bubblegum scent with these two colors. I've noticed that different colors have different scents.
Packaging: The packaging is a squeeze tube, no fuss and I love it!
Price/Availability: I paid $3 each at Rite Aid

  • Inexpensive
  • Smooth formula
  • Non-Sticky
  • Pretty colors
  • Easy to use packaging
  • Limited edition
  • Strong fruity/bubblegum scent (not a bubblegum scent fan)
  • Only last an hour or less
I love Pink Flamingo! I think it's the perfect daytime gloss for when I don't feel like wearing lipstick (which is a rarity for me, but we all have those days). Spring Meadow is just a clear gloss, but I love the fact that it looks green in the tube! The formula is smooth, hydrating, and non-sticky, which compensates for the short wear time. I'm not a fan of the fruity/bubblegum scent, but it's subtle. The packaging is super easy to use, and even though these two glosses are limited edition- there are many permanent colors to choose from!