Friday, October 24, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Matte in Black Dahlia

RATING (out of 5 stars): 1 star

COST: $18

THE SKINNY: Halloween came early for me this year. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Matte in Black Dahlia is a lip color that asks not to be judged by the color in the tube.

But I should have.

This lip product was super dark and no fun to apply. The tube comes with a small brush where you dab a bit of product on it. (This needs to be a super small drop or the black color does not had to red.)

It's difficult to apply and keep from looking messy. The consistency is a bit drippy even.

And it sticks with you. The "tar" formula is almost a stain and the color stays for hours after application (and even attempted removal). It's supposed to have a lot of moisturizers but the sticky goo was too much for me to leave on for any extended period of time.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss. Unless you are using it for dress up or typically wear very dark lipstick.

CHECK IT OUT: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar comes in more than 40 shades.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $9.50

THE SKINNY: Tea tree oil can do wonders for skin if you are not bothered by the smell. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is an afforable option that works very well.

The light oil can be applied on skin to relieve irritation, heal blemishes and generally soothe skin. I recently used it to help heal some light scarring from a horrible case of poison ivy and my skin started looking and feeling better almost immediately.

Granted tea tree oil does leave quite a scent behind. I recommend taking a sniff test before purchasing, because the aroma lingers for quite a while.

This oil also does a good job without actually feeling oily. It fades into skin quickly so you don't have to worry about it staining clothes.


CHECK IT OUT: You can find this product online or at stores like Ulta (make sure to look for BOGO deals; they are common for this brand.)

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hikari lipstick

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $13

THE SKINNY: Hikari's lipstick in the shade "cabernet" came in a recent Ipsy bag, and it's one of the driest lipsticks I've tried in a while.

This is billed as a long-lasting matte lipstick, and it is that. It's just not very comfortable on the lips.

The color lasted for several hours, even with multiple coats of Carmex (which didn't help as much as I wanted them to).


CHECK IT OUT: Hikari lipstick is available in six shades.

-- Tested by Shay

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Makeup Forever Rouge Artist lipstick

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $20

THE SKINNY: Makeup Forever's Rouge Artist is my new favorite lipstick. This uber-creamy formula feels great on my lips. The color lasts an hour or two, but the moisturizing effect lasts most of the day.

I like that this lipstick is easy to apply, too. It glides on but doesn't ooze outside your lip line, like some of the more-buttery lipsticks.

The color, Copper Pink, that came in the birthday month bonus from Sephora this year is my new favorite, too. It's vibrant, but still neutral enough that it looks OK with a lot of the bronze eye shadows I've been wearing of late.

I really must have more of this. It's really not that expensive.


CHECK IT OUT: Rouge Artist comes in two formulas: natural and intense. Both formulas come in 51 shades separate.

-- Tested by Shay

Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie Nail Polish (She's Pampered)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $8.50

THE SKINNY: Every girl needs a go-to red nail polish. She's Pampered from Essie could be just that shade.

The red is bright -- but not obnoxiously so -- and the polish goes on easy and sticks to nails. It's not easy to chip either.

Plus it looked great and had a nice shine for more than a week. What more can you ask for in a polish?


CHECK IT OUT: Essie polishes come in hundreds of shades. And they are giving some away during the month of October.

-- Tested by Carrie