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Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Review and Swatch

Makeup, Product Reviews, Beauty Product ReviewsAnnisa DavilaComment
 Nars Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm, Photography by Jeff Delacruz for Kitsune Beauty 

Nars Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm, Photography by Jeff Delacruz for Kitsune Beauty 

Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm 

If you're as big a NARS fan as I am than you have probably been patiently awaiting the release of the Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm for months. They teased the new product back in early March along with some other special edition products from the cult favorite Orgasm range.  All the products looked super intriguing but being the lipstick addict that I am I couldn't resist the Afterglow balm. I picked it up the day it was released for $28 (US) AT Sephora. 

Now that its in my collection my honest opinion is that I should have probably saved my coins for the upcoming release of the Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer because The Afterglow balm is pretty much nothing. Before I go on about what I didn't like let me quickly cover what I did. First off the packaging is super luxe and gorgeous. I mean the rose gold tube is half of the reason I bought it, what can I say I'm a sucker for packaging. The only other thing I liked about the product was that when on the lips the formula felt very nice and buttery.

Now on to why I think I should have skipped this product. As you will see in the swatch below this product has an extremely sheer payoff. Even after 5/6 coats the color did not build significantly. My lips are naturally berry pigmented so this product had close to no color payoff while on the lips. However I can say that my lips did look quite pouty and hydrated on. 

While my lips looked hydrated they didn't actually feel very hydrated. Like I said before the texture feels very lovely but it doesn't feel like it helping treat my lips in anyway. In fact once it wears off I find my lips to be a bit flaky. With that said I my lips are typically pretty dry so if your lips are normal this might be a great lip balm for you. A super sheer very expensive lip balm.

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Orgasm Afterglow lip balm swatch

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm : Rating 2/5 

Pros:

  • Gorgeous Packaging
  • Light texture, not sticky 

Cons:

  • Sheer Coverage 
  • No build up 
  • Very Expensive
  • Not very hydrating 

An Intro To Japanese Drugstore Mascara

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 R to L: d.j.v Fiber Wig Mascara, d.j.v Little Sniper, KOJI Dolly Wink Long Mascara, ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

R to L: d.j.v Fiber Wig Mascara, d.j.v Little Sniper, KOJI Dolly Wink Long Mascara, ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

An Intro To Japanese 'Film-Type' Mascara

For years before I even had a proper beauty routine I always I lived by only one rule, Never leave the house without mascara. Even on days that I couldn't be bothered with wearing any other makeup. Just a few stroked on the lashes and I instantly felt more empowered to take on the day. Now that my beauty routine has diversified I still make up sure my lashes are fully coated before I step outside. I like for my lashes to be full and long but never clumpy. To achieve this look I typically go for a volume mascara.  I have tried several over the years but I tend to always go back to the Voluminous line by L'oreal. 

While a part of  me will probably always stay devoted to L'oreal I decided  it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and try something new. After hearing amazing things about the drugstore mascaras from Japan I thought I'd see how they stack up against there U.S counterparts. 

 

 

 DollyWink Long Mascara 

DollyWink Long Mascara 

 

DollyWink Long Mascara

Pros

  • Long Lashes
  • Removes with Hot Water
  • Doesn't Smudge
  • Long Wearing 

Cons 

  • Clumpy 
  • Terrible Brush 

The Dolly Wink Long mascara has a lot of good qualities. Its gives you long but natural looking lashes. If you are someone with greasy lids or water eyes you don't have to worry about this mascara running or smudging. This stuff stays put all day!    

The problem I have with this mascara is the brush applicator. Its a very thin spooly that when used alone applies a clumpy wet coat. When using this mascara I very lightly coat my lashes with a few strokes then go over my lashes again with a fuller spooly to separate and remove clumps. 

While I'm not a fan of the brush I do love the formula and the results. This is one of two mascara on the list that I would consider repurchasing. However I think next time I will go for the 'Volume' variation. 

Rating 4/5

 

 D.J.V FiberWig

D.J.V FiberWig

D.J.V FiberWig 

Pros

  • Long lashes 

Cons 

  • Flaky 
  • Stracthes eyeballs 
  • Smudges 
  • Hard to fully remove 

This Mascara was the biggest disappointment of the batch. I had heard about this FiberWig mascara a few years ago when they were making there American Launch. They claim that this is Japanese top selling mascara and that a tube is sold every 20 seconds.  After using this Mascara everyday for a week I honestly have no idea how that can be possible. 

I don't know if I maybe got a bad batch or something but I found this formula to be quite dry and flaky. The tiny fiber particles kept falling into my eyeballs throughout the day making them itch like crazy. Even though this product kept falling into my eyes all day ironically I also found this stuff was close to impossible to remove! I tried hot water and many different types of eye makeup removers but it wouldn't budge. 

Overall I hated this stuff and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I gave it a rating of 2 because I liked the brush and it does give you long lashes. 

Rating 2/5

 

 D.J.V Tiny Sniper

D.J.V Tiny Sniper

D.J.V Tiny Sniper 

Pros

  • Small Brush 

Cons

  • Smudges 
  • Itchy 

The Tiny Sniper seems like the perfect addition to anyones mascara arsenal. Its small brush is the perfect size to get into those hard to reach areas like the lower lash line or the corners of the eye.  As someone who usually just avoids those areas all together in fear of smearing, I thought picking this mascara up would solve that problem. However its cons are very similar to its partner the Fiberwig mascara. I found that the fibers were getting caught in my eyeball throughout the day an itched like hell. I also noticed that after a few hours the product smudged a gave me raccoon eyes. 

Rating 3/5

 

 ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara 

Pros 

  • Long Lashes 
  • No Smudging 
  • No flaking 
  • Removes with Cleansing Oil 

Cons 

  • Brush 

 

The Heroine Make mascara is another super popular product in Japan and I would say its for good reason. This stuff lived up to all the hype, it made my lashes look super long without looking clumpy or piece-y. The product didn't smudge underneath my eyes or flake into them which was a lovely treat after the dreaded fiberwig. I also found that while it was a bit hard to remove it wasn't nearly as difficult as other fiber mascaras. I would recommend removing this with a cleansing oil or balm. 

The only thing I didn't like about this mascara was the wand. If it wasn't obvious by now a fluffy or full wand is important to me. It might in someways be more important to me than formula. The brush of the Heroine Make is fluffy at the base but then gets skinnier at the end to form a point. I found that excess product would just gather at the point and would make my lashes clumpy if I didn't remember to clean the off the excess with a napkin before using. 

Aside from the wand concerns which is a total personal preference I think this is a great mascara. I think next time I might go with the Long variation next time. 

Rating 4/5

 

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Dupes

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 Colourpop My Jam, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Revlon Rosy Future, Bite agave lip mask Champage 

Colourpop My Jam, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Revlon Rosy Future, Bite agave lip mask Champage 

I've been lusting after Fenty Gloss Bomb since the day it dropped! I've been getting back into glosses lately and Gloss Bomb is just my taste. A nude with just a bit of shimmer and lots of shine! The only thing that held me back was the price tag. At $18 (US) a pop, its more than I usually like to spend on lip products. So of course the first thing I did was search all the blogs and groups for some dupes. 

With the Fenty Gloss Bomb being rather new there wasn't a huge list of similar products but I did find a couple that looked promising. The first dupe I picked up was the Coloupop Gloss in the shade My Jam. This product retails for about $6 (US) and while this product is slightly more glittery/metallic than the others its still a pretty close shade match. Even though it has more glitter in it I find that it still feels great on the lips and the color pay off is a bit more opaque than the other two. When the color fades away your lips are left with lots of glitter but its not the chunky kind it actually looks pretty good and feels like nothing. If you like nude glosses but want a bit more shimmer to your look Colourpop My Jam is for you! 

The next dupe I picked up is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Rosy Future which retails for $5.89 (US). When it first arrived I immediately fell in love with it. The shade is a lovely slight rosy nude with a bit of shimmer. It feels great on the lips not sticky or runny just a lovely constancy that offers a pretty good color pay off alone or looks even better over a lipliner.  The only think I didn't like was that Revlon decided to place a big ugly white sticker with the ingredients on the tube. I find it to be an eyesore. 

Even though I loved Rosy Future and wore it often I still desperately longed for Gloss Bomb. What can I say I'm a sucker for packaging and good branding campaign so I finally purchased it during the Sephora VIB sale. It arrived a few hours ago and while it smells like candy and feels very luxurious on the lips it 100% looks exactly like Revlon Rosy Future on the lips! If I'm being honest I think I might even like Revlon better it has a better color pay off in my opinion.

So if you are like me and really want Fenty Gloss bomb but don't want to pay almost $20 for a single gloss than pick up Revlon Rosy Future its a straight up steal at $5.89.

Take a look at the swatches below and let me know if you think! Also please forgive my over grown mustache and acne scars.

 Top: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Middle: Revlon Rosy Future, Bottom: Colourpop My Jam 

Top: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Middle: Revlon Rosy Future, Bottom: Colourpop My Jam 

 Top: Fenty Gloss Bomb, Bottom Left: Revlon Rosy Future, Bottom Right: Colourpop My Jam 

Top: Fenty Gloss Bomb, Bottom Left: Revlon Rosy Future, Bottom Right: Colourpop My Jam 

Update 5/8/2018: 

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Champagne is another color dupe y'all! The color is very similar to Gloss bomb but might me slightly less luminous. The lip mask is on the pricer side at $26 which is actually more expensive then Fenty but it doubles as a lip treatment. Its very thick and moisturizing so I've been using this in the pits of winters when my lips are super dry and cracky but I still want to look cute.  

If You're Over Matte Lips, Try Juicy Lips

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Missha Glam Fever, Hollika Hollika Volip tint,Secret key tint glow

Missha Glam Fever Oil Tint - Rating 4/5

This was the first oil tint I ever used so I tried to keep my expectations to a minimum.  However, after testing these out at home when they first arrived I knew they would become a summer staple for me.  

Texture
First up lets talk texture, the oil tint glides on the lips easily leaving behind a shiny wash of color.  As someone with dry lips I found the formula to be extremely hydrating and light.  I've also found that after the tint wears off, my lips are left soft, smooth and flake free.

Color
Second is color, As you can tell from the photos above the color pay off it not exactly bold.  It's really just a slight tint that adds a major shine. I find it to be the perfect amount of color for daytime wear. 


The reason these babies don't get a perfect rating is because unfortunately I find they don't last on the lips very long. You have a solid 20 minutes before you will need to reapply. Another issue I have is that when both shades dry up they leave behind a bright pink stain. However, this is a typical problem I come across with most Asian Beauty tint/stain.

 

 

Hollika Hollika Enamel Volip Tint - Rating 4/5

After falling in love with the Missha Glam Fever I decided I needed more oil tints in my life. For some reason when I came across the Hollika Holikka Enamel Volip Tint I was under the impression that they were also oil tints.  I can't remember why exactly I came to that assumption, but after using both its safe to say this is not an oil tint.  

Texture
The texture is a bit more sticky and thicker then Missha but definitely not as heavy as a traditional gloss. Hollika Hollika is calling it a 'melting gel formula'. Not as weightless or moisturizing as the Missha but it has an overall nice consistency on the lips.  

Color
As you can see in the photos above these tints are incredibly pigmented. If you are looking for bright, shiny, juicy lips this is the tint you want. You have the ability to go for a gradient look or work your way up to a bold more opaque shade. In the photos above I have built the color up with two coats. Also please note that Citrine Pitch reads more orange in person. Both shades also stain the lips bright pink after the shine fades.

 

 

Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow - Rating 4/5

I purchased these in the hopes of finding a dupe for the Dior Addicts Glow tint.  While the packaging is an obvious copy thats where the comparisons of the two end. The texture of the Sweet Glam is thicker and the color pay off is more opaque than the Dior. 

Texture
Initially I was disappointed in the creamy texture and quickly tossed them aside.  However, after a few weeks of ignoring them, I tried them out again and started to see them in a new light.  

Color
Of the three brands compared today, these are the only tints that leave a stain true to their color (Mishha and Hollika Hollika stain bright pink). The Chic Burgundy shade looks especially gorgeous after the satin shine wears off. It leaves a berry stain that looks natural and is long lasting.  

While I do have a new found respect for them these tints are not as fool proof as the others. You must make sure your lips are in great shape before applying. Use a scrub and add a thin layer of balm because these formula will certainly enhance any dry or rough patches on your lips. 

 

Overall 

I like them all for different reason. One of them has amazing pigmentation one of them is long lasting but which would I choose if I could only have one? I would go with the one that feels best on the lipS which would have to be the Missha Glam Fever Oil Tints. I just love the amazing oil tint texture. I can easily apply these to even the most dry and chapped of lips and they will hydrate them while adding shine and slight color. Perfect for low  maintenance everyday use. 

Are any of you lip tint fans? Leave a comment below with your favorite brands and shades!

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My Experience with the Honest Beauty bundle subscription

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WHY I CHOOSE HONEST BEAUTY?

When it comes to purchasing new beauty products, I'm a complete sucker for chic packaging. It's one of my greatest flaws. I can't help myself. I must collect cute things! My lack of self-control is how I ended up with so many products from Glossier. Yeah, sure, the products never produced great results for my skin, but the adorable powder pink and white packaging displayed in my bathroom made the money spent well worth it. So, it probably goes without saying that I knew I wanted to try Honest Beauty at first glance. The sophisticated minimalist packaging seemed to be calling to me.

I was also intrigued because while promoting the new brand, Jessica Alba mentioned that part of her reason for creating the line of cosmetics was because she found it hard to find makeup that matched her skin tone. It's a problem that has plagued me for years, so I appreciated the fact that Honest Beauty made it a point to celebrate diversity by offering a wide shade range.  

The average price of one product is around $25, but you can also choose to make it a bundle and save up to 50% off the retail price. If you choose to go the bundle route, you get three products of your choice sent to your door for $50. Never being able to resist a good deal, I decided to go with the bundle and picked the products I wanted. 

Please note that if you choose to purchase the bundle, you are also agreeing to opt into their subscription service. The bundle subscription will ship automatically every four weeks with three items of your choice. However, you do have the ability to change the ship dates easily on the Honest Beauty App. You can also easily cancel your bundle subscription with a quick phone call if you decide.   

The entire collection consists of 83 pieces ranging from skincare products to makeup. With so many different items to choose from, I was certain that I would keep the bundle subscription for a while. However, after receiving my first bundle, I quickly began to wish I had paid closer attention to the organic and cruelty-free claims. 

The fact that this collection is considered "all-natural" or "green," quite frankly, went in one ear and out the other. But, please, if you only take one thing away from this chat, let it be that those phrases do actually mean something. While this line is great for people who are specifically looking for a green approach to beauty, overall, I found the texture and consistency of these "natural" products to be very different from mainstream products. 

Keep reading for insights on individual products. 

EVERYTHING PRIMER ($27)

Honest Beauty Everything Primer Review

The Everything Primer, in my opinion, is the shining star of the collection. This primer is packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera to keep skin plump and hydrated. I have used this product as a base for my foundation but have found that I prefer to use this product alone, on my good skin days. The Mica in this primer adds a subtle, luminous glow. 

I only have two gripes with this primer. The first is that it has a strange smell, but it dissipates over time. The other problem I have is that it comes in such a small tube. While I do like this product, I'm still on the fence about re-buying. 

RATING 4/5

EVERYTHING TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF 20 ($28)

Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer .jpg

I picked this product because I was looking for a summer alternative to foundation. Hoping to find something with sheer coverage and solid SPF, I thought choosing this item was a no-brainer. After using the Everything Tinted Moisturizer for a few weeks, all I can say is that this stuff is THICK. The consistency of this tinted moisturizer is very dense and is best applied with your fingers. The coverage is medium-to-full. Depending on what your needs are this might be a good thing, but since I was looking for something more sheer and build-able I was not pleased. This stuff just felt like a mask on the face. 

RATING 2/5

TRULY KISSABLE LIP CRAYON – SHEER($18)

Honest Beauty Truly kissable lip crayon
 Truly Kissable Crayon, Coral Kiss

Truly Kissable Crayon, Coral Kiss

Being a lipstick addict, this was the item that I was most excited to try. I chose the color Coral Kiss because it looked like the perfect color for everyday summer wear. This product, however, was a letdown for the same reason as the tinted moisturizer. The thick consistency of the crayon did not sit well on my lips. However, I will say that the crayon had a great color payoff and was not sheer at all. 

RATING 3/5

Before I go I should say that even though I did not love the products I received from Honest Beauty I hope it does not stop you from trying them out. Everyone is looking for different things in there beauty purchases and just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean someone else won't love it. Have you tried Honest Beauty? Comment below with your favorite or least favorite products.