Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nicka K's Absolute Lip Balm in Grape

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $5.99 for two

THE SKINNY: This may be my new favorite lip balm. It might be because of the flavor.

I'm not a grape person. But there's something about this balm's scent and slight hint of grape taste that makes me giggle every time I use it.

The product itself is creamy, slick and comes with a little bit of shimmer. It doesn't get gritty on your lips, and it moisturizes for hours.


CHECK IT OUT: This balm comes in four flavors.

-- Tested by Shay

Monday, September 1, 2014

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb cologne

RATING (out of 5 stars): 1 star

COST: $90 for 1.7 ounces

THE SKINNY: Viktor&Rolf's Spicebomb is the cologne designed to match the company's Flowerbomb perfume.

Sephora describes the scent as "explosive." I describe the scent as "Christmas." If my man wore this cologne, I would send him back inside to shower.

Don't get me wrong. The scent is nice and heavy on the cinnamon and what I thought was licorice. But this is the scent of a Christmas candle, not a person.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss. I just couldn't stomach the scent.

CHECK IT OUT: Spiecebomb cologne also comes in a deodorant stick, if you're so inclined.

-- Tested by Shay

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $18

THE SKINNY: Lord & Berry's Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil is an OK black eye pencil that came in a recent Ipsy bag.

It's "dark black" and goes on smoothly. It lasts a few hours.

It doesn't inspire me to write much more.

The reality is that I have half a dozen other black eyeliners that are better. Start with Urban Decay's 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil.


CHECK IT OUT: Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil comes in six colors.

-- Tested by Shay

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $7.99

THE SKINNY: I like Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara for a drugstore mascara. I just happen to be a bit of a premium mascara snob.

The formula was thick and seemed to have little fibers that made my lashes long and separated nicely. But I wasn't a fan of the wand or bristles. They just weren't designed well enough to coat without having to go across lashes multiple times.

Revlon claims the mascara adds shine, but I did not notice any shine at all.

The waterproof formula did stick to lashes well without flaking.

Seriously, if I was not so snobby about mascara, this would be a great option. But I am just too addicted to bareMinerals Lash Domination right now.


CHECK IT OUT: This mascara comes in Black, Blackest Black and Blackened Brown; find a retailer near you.

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bliss Triple Oxygen Cleanser

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $28 for 5 ounces

THE SKINNY: This is a nice foam cleanser that packs a good punch against makeup and mascara.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Cleanser smells fresh, goes on clean and leave skin feeling pretty good. (I really am a fan of foam cleansers.)

But I can't see where it really stands out over other products. And $28 seems a bit much for a cleanser that really is not any better or different than some much less expensive alternatives.


CHECK IT OUT: Bliss has a whole line of Triple Oxygen products that you can find at Sephora.

-- Tested by Carrie