On The Rotation: Lipglosses

Hi Pretties!

If you missed my On The Rotations on Lip Balms and Blushes click and read! Today I will share with you the lipglosses I’ve been loving and reaching for the most over the last little while. Maybe you’ve tried some of these… maybe you’ll find out a bit more about something you’ve been wanting to try!

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L'oreal Infallible leGloss in Sangria

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria

L’oreal Infallible 8hr le gloss – Sangria

Besides slight stickiness, this is a really good gloss. Long-lasting, decent formula and easy to apply. The colour is a deep pink, almost berry shade with a brown neutral undertone. I did a review on this previously HERE.  This shade enhances the deeper pink in my lip tone, almost leaning towards a deep berry shade. I know I’ll be reaching for this one more often this winter.

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Heartbeat

This is an all time favourite of mine. I love the MLBB colour this shade gives me and the formula goes on smooth, not sticky and smells like cake. What more could you want! I think this shade is very natural that it would compliment any lip/skintone as it gives only a hint of warm pinky-brown colour.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm – Truffle Kiss

I’ve raved about these lipgloss/balm hybrids before and I’ll rave about them again! Truffle Kiss is a nice neutral brown, slightly peachy shade that just adds enough colour to warm up my liptone. I can’t get over the Almay lip balm formulas — probably the best in the drugstore market in terms of providing amazing hydration and colour. When I need moisture on my lips and want something a bit more exciting than just a plain lip balm, I will reach for this. Click HERE for my review on these little wonders.

NYX Butter Gloss – Tiramisu

This is my first NYX lip product and I can assure you it won’t be my last! Love this formula — smooth, glossy and comfortable to wear. This one is a bit more opaque than the other glosses; colour pay-off is awesome for such a little amount used. Great nude-pink shade that wears well alone or overtop another lipstick. Read my previous review HERE!

Starting from wrist: L'oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Starting from wrist: L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Have you tried any of these lippies?  Likes or dislikes?  Suggestions? What do you reach for the most?

Thanks for reading Pretties!!



L’oreal Glossy Balms

Hey Pretties!

My thoughts today are on the new-ish L’oreal Glossy Balms. It seems in the last year or so, almost every makeup brand out there — from drugstore to high-end — are coming out with  lip balms/sticks/glosses in that crayon-type applicator packaging. Very clever and convenient, if I must admit!

I saw these recently at my Shoppers Drug Mart for around $12 Cdn regular price — I passed on that price point. Luckily, a trip down to the U.S. found me at Target where I spotted these for $5.99 USD, so I decided to pick up two:  260 Vintage Rose  (L in photo above) and 220 Innocent Coral (R in photo above).

As the name implies, these are definitely glossy and balmy!  The formula is very slippery and easy to blend. The finish is glossy, but not overly shiny — like a lip balm with colour. Although I find the formula a bit too slippy & slidey around on my lips, the colour pay-off is pretty amazing for such a light feeling gloss. I am able to build up the product on my lips from a very sheer wash of colour to a semi-opaque (yet glossy) finish. I imagine that depending on the shade, the colour pay-off will vary.

The wear of these Glossy Balms are not long-wearing by any means, however, once it does wear off I don’t feel like they’ve dried out my lips. These also seem to be fragrance-free.

Application is genius. I really like the idea of crayon applicators for lip products because they give the most control and you can’t really mess up. These Glossy Balms have twist-up bottoms so when the lippe gets a bit low and nubby, a couple twists and you’re on your way again!

Innocent Coral (220) is a sheer, yet quite vibrant coral (bordering more on orange) shade. For me personally, I like to swipe on a 2-3 layers of this on my lips and then use my finger to sheer out the colour. When I do this, it gives a subtle, yet brightening effect on my lips that lights up the rest of my complexion.

L'oreal Glossy Balm in Innocent Coral

L’oreal Glossy Balm in Innocent Coral

Vintage Rose (260) is a natural, pinky-brown shade — I can see this looking quite nice on most skin tones. On my lips, I get a hint of mauve coming through. This would be a nice everyday colour.

L'oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose

L’oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose


Right: Innocent Coral; Left: Vintage Rose

Right: Innocent Coral; Left: Vintage Rose

I like these Glossy Balms for quick hits of moisture and colour on my lips, but I don’t see myself reaching for these too often for the simple reason that the staying power is not there. (If you ask me, the best “glossy balms” are the Almay Colour + Care Liquid Lip Balms)

I give the L’oreal Glossy Balms: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried these L’oreal Glossy Balms?  Like or dislike?  What are your favorite crayon-type lippies?

Thanks for reading, Pretties!



NYX Butter Gloss and Blush

Hey Pretties!

So, since starting my beauty blog, I had never heard of the NYX Cosmetics brand. I know right? What kind of weirdo am I? Well, since reading many reviews on NYX products and seeing my Instagram account flooded with NYX photos, I thought I’d better go see what all the hype is about around NYX!

I picked up, what seems to be, the most popular NYX products in their range — a butter gloss and a blush. The butter gloss I have is in the shade Tiramisu and the blush I have is in the shade Pinched.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

The NYX Butter Glosses come in a crazy amount of shades, but for my first taste I opted for one of the more natural/nude shades – Tiramisu. This is a nude-pink shade, which I think would compliment any skintone if looking to acheive a very natural look. First off, the scent of the butter gloss is very sweet! Like candy or vanilla, but not sickly sweet. Once on my lips, I don’t really taste anything. The formula is very smooth and quite glossy, but not overly glassy glossy, if you know what I mean.

It glides on very smooth and stays on pretty well. Not sticky feeling at all. I’ve worn this alone and it wears nicely over bare lips; however I prefer to use this shade over other lipsticks, preferably matte ones to give a nice, natural sheen to my lips. The formula is nice in that you can wear a light, sheer layer or you can build it up to make it more of a medium-opaque finish on your lips.

The applicator is your typical doe-foot which makes application easy peasy.

I believe I bought this for around $5 Cdn at my local London Drugs retailer.

I would definitely repurchase and I am already anxious to try out some new colours!

I give the NYX Butter Gloss: a STANDING OVATION

NYX Powder Blush in Pinched

I am in love with this blush. Firstly, the formula: it’s silky and glides on smooth onto the cheeks. It’s very pigmented, so careful with picking this up with your blusher brush! The shade I have is called Pinched — it’s a medium pink colour with a very subtle (barely there) gold shimmer dispersed throughout.

I believe there are about 24 shades in this range, however, I only came across 5 shades at Target (darn!). The colour on my medium skin tone gives me a natural flush, but with the right amount of pink pop.

Every time I use this blush, I am amazed at how long it lasts on my skin. By the end of my 8-hour work day… through humidity… through sweat… this blush stays put! Over top any foundation or base I use, this seems to hold up well and long-wearing.

I bought this at Target for around $7 Cdn and I would definitely repurchase — although I can see this little pot of blusher lasting me a very long time, given the high quality of pigmentation and long-wear formula!!  What a deal! But I really want to pick up more shades!

I give the NYX Powder Blush: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried any of these NYX products?  Like or dislike?  What other NYX products have you tried and what do you recommend for me to try out?

Thanks for reading!!