Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review + Swatches: Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lipsticks

I'm kind of excited to share today's post for several reasons: 
  1. We're talking lipstick and I love lipstick. 
  2. The products are from an indie brand and priced affordably
  3. It's high time I shared some swatches of items I bought at IMATS
The opportunity to discover new (or new-to-me) brands and products is one of the best things attending makeup trade shows. (So are the savings opportunities) And IMATs definitely delivered. One of the new brands I discovered (though I'm not claiming to be Christopher Columbus here) was a little indie company called Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics whose main area of focus (at least right now) is lipstick.

The owner, Emanuela deFalco, decided to launch her own lipstick line hoping to bring customers quality products in an array of colors that would satisfy the daring (think rainbow lips) and demure (think easy-to-wear shades) without totally breaking the bank. The result was Dirty Little Secret, which currently offers 20 different lipstick shades that pack a pigmentation punch and smell yummy. They retail for $10, which I consider to be on the higher end of the drugstore price point -- but certainly more affordable than your typical prestige brand. 

I picked up three shades from the collection: Hopeless, Poison, and Guilty Pleasure. 

After playing around with them, I've gotta say, they're rather good. I've put a noticeable dent in Hopeless and Guilty Pleasure and received a compliment or two while wearing Poison. 

Here are a few things I think you'll benefit from knowing about all three lipsticks I tried and then we'll go into each shade individually:
  • The formula is creamy, glides onto lips and feels moisturizing
  • They smell like bubble gum -- although they don't really taste like anything (the smell makes you lick your lips to check)
  • The three shades I purchased have a glossy finish (but they varied in opaqueness) 
  • Longevity is pretty much what you would expect with your typical glossy lipstick (these do not make any claims about being long wearing)

Guilty Pleasure

Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Guilty Pleasure, @girlythingsby_e

Guilty Pleasure is a violet-hued pink that would've been a perfect orchid inspired shade when orchid was Pantone's color of the year. It has medium coverage that can be built up to medium-full. 

It looks more violet in the tube,  but ends up more pinkish lavender on the lips, making is a super wearable shade. I reach for it much more often than I anticipated. The tube has actually started to take the distinctive curvature of my lips. 

Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Guilty Pleasure, swatch, @girlythingsby_e


Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Hopeless, @girlythingsby_e

Hopeless is a peach-toned sheer nude that's super easy to wear and perfect for every day. You can build it up from sheer to light-medium coverage and it has a nice glossy finish. 

Not surprisingly this shade is pretty fool-proof so it's been on heavy rotation. We're nearly past the lip-curved indentation phase and inching closer and closer to flattened tip. 

Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Hopeless, swatch, @girlythingsby_e


Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Poison, @girlythingsby_e

Poison is a bright barbie-like fuchsia and if you know me, you know I love a bright fuchsia. So I was drawn to this shade like a magnet. The site describes this a a full coverage shade and while it offers fabulous color pigmentation, it feels more like medium-full coverage to me. As you can see from the photo below, the color pay off is great but it doesn't look fully opaque to me. Still, the color is pretty and definitely noticeable. 

Dirty Little Secret lipstick in Poison, swatch, @girlythingsby_e

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Release: OCC Spring/Summer 2015 Cosplay Collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Cosplay

Heeeeeyyyyy everybody! I'm back. Sorry for the disappearing act. It'd be easy to lie and say I was super busy. But really, I was just choosing to spend my time doing other things. You can read that as -- whenever I had time off, I chose to go to the beach instead of film videos and blog. I'm in Florida. I have to take advantage of the main attraction. Can you really blame me? You can't spend all your life in front of a computer screen, because YOLO. 

(Wait, are people still saying YOLO?)

But anyway, I'm back today with a little announcement for all of you Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics fans. They released their spring/summer 2015 collection and it's a fun array of bright colors inspired by world of cosplay. Gotta be honest, I'm totally out of the loop when it comes to cosplay. But, I'm totally digging on this new collection which includes six lip tars and six lacquers. 

But before we jump into the colors and stuff, can we just take a moment to admire how gorgeous Willam Belli looks in the promo pic (wearing Cosplay on lips and nails)? I'm jealous. He needs to come help me look more like a girl on the daily because my lazy ass is always in yoga pants and t-shirts. 

Ok, now let's check out the collection in the photo below, along with pricing and color descriptions.  

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay Collection, @girlythingsby_e

I didn't receive any press samples, so I don't have much to share in the way of swatchs (except for Memento which I already owned from some time back). But that's totally ok. Window shopping (computer screen shopping?) is still fun. So instead of swatches, I'm sharing which items I'd pick out of the crowd if I were shopping the collection. 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay Collection Favorites @girlythingsby_e

As a neutral-loving gal, I'm totally amazed by all you brave beauties who rock fun rainbow-colored lips. Seriously, kudos to you! The most daring lip shades I wear are violet hues. And even then, the shades still fall squarely into the "wearable" category. And by that I mean they might be bright, but they're still on the safe side. If I wore them to the office (with subdued makeup), no one would alert the dress code police. So it's probably no surprise that my lip tar choices are the two pink shades in the collection. 

Femme, described as a true baby pink, looks like a fun way take your humdrum every day pink and update it for spring and summer. It's light but still looks brighter than your every day office pink so it can serve a fun pop of color that's safe but not too boringly neutral.  

Memento, described as a mid-tone pink/plum neutral, has to make it into my top picks because I already own it. How could I not pick it? It falls squarely in the safe-bet selection. It's neutral undertones and subdued shade make it a perfect everyday lip color for those of us who like wearing pink. As you can see from the swatch below, this looks more like a mid-tone pink (at least on me). I'm not really seeing the plum tones. This leads me to wonder, did OCC reformulate Memento or am I just not very good at seeing and describing colors? The second option isn't that far fetched. I've been known to muck up a color description from time to time when left to my own devices. I'm human.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Memento, @girlythingsby_e, swatch

Choosing only a few nail polishes was much more difficult. I'm a bit more daring with color on my nails than I am with it on my lips, so I could easily see myself wearing almost every color in the collection. But I limited my selection to four shades.

Femme -- Clearly I chose this one because I have a weakness for pink nail polish. It's easily the most abundant shade in my collection with more duplicates than I care to admit. I just gravitate to them. I can't help myself. And a creamy light pink? Done. I love it for both fingers and toes.

Cha Cha -- This fun pale tangerine shade screams poolside pedicure to me so I would just have to have it. Seems like a fun alternative to my go-to coral during the spring and summer.

Belladona -- While pink is my most purchased nail polish shade, purple (and blue) are a close second. And this electric violet would simply have to join my polish club. I love it for nails and toes. But depending on how bright it is in real life it may end up on my toes more often because grown up stuff sometimes demands subdued manicures. Those are the times that being grown is the pits.

John Doe -- I love a taupe manicure. It's a nice way to do neutral when you're not in the mood to wear nude polish.

Now you tell me, what are your top picks from this collection?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Haul + Mini Review | Freeman Beauty Face Masks

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. A beauty fanatic's job never ends. Ha! My life is tough, eh? Well, thank goodness for sales because otherwise, I'd be facing a mountain of debt. Thankfully, strategic shopping keeps my fanatical obsession with beauty products from putting me in the poor house. In fact, I'm a smart gal, I stash money away every month in savings because: beauty and brains people. I can't actually live inside Sephora and ULTA shipping boxes. And planning for the future is important and stuff. But enough financial lessons, there are plenty of blogs out there dedicated to that topic. 

Speaking of smart shopping (although in my case still mildly exaggerated), I was watching a Youtube video over at Minimeeshie21's channel when the urge to buy everything hit. Isn't that the way it always goes? Youtube made me do it. I should probably limit my Youtube watching just to avoid temptation.

What am I saying?! You know I won't.

Anyway, she was talking face masks, which got me thinking that the only ones I have are my three mini GlamGlow masks. I've long since run out of my Queen Helene drugstore standbys and it was high time I tried out some Freeman Beauty masks since they get such great reviews. Plus, they have so many options. And they're cheeeeaaaaap. Add to that Mini Meeshie's BOGO coupon (Buy 3 Get 3) and it was like the shopping stars aligned in my favor. By the way, if you want that code, there's a link in my video that'll help you out. But you have to watch. How's that for incentive?

Check out which masks I bought and what I thought of the ones I've tried out so far. And don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe because you know it makes my day.

Items purchased: 
All masks purchased retailed for $4.29. If you spend $25 you get free shipping.