Archive | September 2009

Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo

I put Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo in my online shopping cart, took it out, and put it back in several times, dubious that this product would be worth much. Finally I decided to give it a try, tempted by the lipstick/lipgloss combination. I ordered the Purple Pout duo, but it’s also available in Latte Love, Pink Fizz, and Wine ‘n Shine.

When my order arrived, I tried the lipstick first and was surpised how much I like it. Many plum colored lipsticks look intense in the tube but are watered down pinks on the lips. This one is very nice, not too dark, not too subtle.

The lipgloss part was also a pleasant surprise. A lot of pink lipglosses end up looking clear and not particularly interesting once applied, but this one is a nice, true pink, and applied sparingly, it is not sticky or gooey like a lot of lip glosses.

The Color Duos are also available in eyeshadow/eyeliners, but I haven’t tried those…yet.

My verdict: 5 stars out of 5, for a well-priced ($3.25) item with 2 pretty, flattering colors that fits easily in my purse.

P.S. One reviewer on Avon.com commented on the way the lipstick smells like coconut, but I didn’t detect any noticable scent of either the lipstick or lipgloss.

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Wet ‘n Wild Idol Eyes Cream Eyeshadow

Another impulse beauty buy: I spotted Wet ‘n Wild’s Idol Eyes Cream Eye Shadow at Walgreen’s, and I picked up the color called Techno, a slightly iridescent purple.

According to Wet ‘n Wild’s website, these eye shadows are “easy to apply, blendable color in rich, vibrant shades”. I applied eye shadow primer first, then stroked on some of this product.

It creased almost immediately, even with primer, and with such a deep color, it just looked like I barely walked out of the bad end of a nasty fight with ugly purple creases across both lids. NOT attractive. The color is intense in the pencil, but it took several applications to build up a decent color on my lids, and it had no staying power whatsoever. The longer I wore it, the worse it looked.

I’m not a fan of Wet ‘n Wild and should have known better than to bother trying this. It was wildly disappointing. After one application, I dug out the receipt and returned it today.

My verdict: 0 stars out of 5! Can I give negative stars?

How to Choose Your Lipstick Color

Chrissy K on associatedcontent.com offers this advice for choosing the best lipstick color for you:

Choosing the best and most appropriate lipstick shade may not be the easiest thing to do – especially one that will compliment your looks and your lips. While there are many different shades that you can go for to get a different style and look, if you are opting for a neutral shade that will generally compliment your lips on any given day, there are a couple of tips that will help you find the best shade for you.

When choosing a lipstick shade, do not rely on the color sticker on the outside of the box because they cannot accurately depict the shade and color of the lipstick. While they may look like that when they are in the tube, they may not necessarily have the same shade and color when it’s on your lips. Applying the lipstick on your lips for the best way to determine how it will look on you; not everyone is comfortable with applying lipstick on their own lips so the back of your hand is also a good area.

As a general rule, fair skin looks best in pink and coral tones, and deeper mauves and berry tones compliment the medium and darker skin tones. Of course, with different styles and tastes, you may want to switch up the colors, and it can still suit your look. The best colors to choose for lips are nude colors that have a high shine or gloss.

Keep in mind that when you tone the shade of your lips down with a neutral lipstick, you will need to highlight and enhance your eyes. If you do highlight and enhance your lips, do not add a lot of color to your eyes; you only want to draw attention to one of the two. If you draw attention to both features, it draws too much attention to your face. By drawing attention to only one, it will enhance your better features. Decide which feature you believe is the best on you, and enhance it. If you decide to go with your eyes, opt for a neutral color; however, if you decide to go with your eyes, a nice shade is important. Usually if you’re going for a smoky-eye look, it is best to opt for a neutral shade.

Generally, if you pick a color that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip color, it will do just fine. If the color is too light or too dark, it can look terrible, and give you a pasty look. A neutral color that makes your lips pale is best for a night club look when you plan on enhancing your eyes with bold colors or having a smoky look.

Did You Know…

…that the average human face has 20,000 pores?

…that the #1 selling cosmetic product in America is Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara?

…that Avon, in 1989, was one of the first major cosmetics companies to announce the end of animal testing in the safety testing of its products?

…that the world’s best selling fragrance for men is Armani, and for women is Chanel No.5?

…that M.A.C. stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics?

Check out Diva Girls Parties and Stuff Beauty Trivia page for more essentially useless but sort of interesting facts and trivia!