a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Monday, January 27, 2014

Prettiest Makeup Products.

Like most girls, I am an absolute sucker for anything that comes in a pretty package, and makeup is certainly included in that. I've gotten more into makeup within the past year or so, and many times what draws me to buy something is the packaging. Silly, I know but I am a hoarder and displayer of beautiful things. I wanted to show you all some of my prettiest makeup products, BUT let you know--do they really do the job? Don't stumble into the pit fall I often do and see if these products are more than just a pretty package ♥

 I bought this over winter break, interested in trying out the seemingly popular lip gloss to lipstick finish that a lot of cosmetic companies have been presenting lately. I didn't want to spend a lot on one, and the shimmery gold top and beautiful peek of the product in the tube sold me on this lip gloss from Forever21. It's nice, I do like it for the $3.80 I paid for it. But is it phenomenal? No, not really. It does apply nicely with the doe foot applicator and goes on smoothly which I like, but when it dries it is quite...well, dry on your lips. The taste if it accidentally gets in your mouth isn't the greatest, but it's a pretty nice product for the price tag.

 I've had this product for a few months now and went on a spree of watching Youtube videos about it before I bought it. I was enamored by the thought of having something smell and taste like chocolate...and it would be makeup! I was weary of bronzers though as I know they can be fickle to look good, but this bronzer had good reviews for not looking muddy. It's beautifully packaged with the sweetest details and comes with a gorgeous little 'flatbuki brush' that I find handy. I thought the milk chocolate shade was actually going to be too light for me, but it turns out that's not the case! I don't know, I'm not 100% in love with this bronzer. I hardly dip the brush in the pan and when I put it on my cheeks, it's so dark. I've watched a bunch of bronzing tutorials so I know I'm applying it right, but perhaps my skin is just a bit too pale for it in the winter. Looking forward to trying it when I have a much darker complexion!
Got my first taste in the wonderful world of Lime Crime cosmetics when I was in high school and have been hooked ever since. To me, they have the prettiest, most unique packaging out there. Seriously, follow their instagram (@limecrimemakeup) and it will blow you away. I have six of their lipsticks which all come in bright purple tubes with an iridescent unicorn on them.  Lime Crime is very reminiscent of MAC where they have phenomenal opacity, a sweet smell, and don't taste 'lipstick-y.' I chose the prettiest shade of them all-- a lovely lavender called Airbourne Unicorn. I've never come across anything like it, so if you're looking for something unique this one is it. I find the color hard to wear, but I do like to sport it on occasion like here. I really want one of their newer colors, Babette, and am saving for it!

A relatively new product I picked up over break, but will never go without having again. I've never really understood highlighting and the task of achieving a glowy face, but this is my holy grail product! Seriously amazing for a drugstore item. Hard candy has a line of liquid bronzers, but in it is this one which is an illuminator. It is such a pretty, light pink shade that I put on the apples on my cheeks to have a glow, or put it underneath my blushes for a dewy sort of look. The packaging was what totally sold me on this at first, but at the end of the day the actual product makes me love it even more. 

Another Lime Crime item! The Carousel lipgloss stays true to its name in adorable packaging made to resemble a carousel. The lipsgloss is beautiful with super high quality and the smell...oh the smell! If I could have purfume in this I would. Heavenly. I do find it a very thick and somewhat gloppy lipgloss, but that just means you have to apply less. Someday I'd love to try out the 'icicle' one of these which is clear with sparkles. 

I got this little sample size of a Benefit concealer in a Birch Box early this year and was excited because I love Benefit products. I think they work really well, are unique in their product design, and have quirky cute vintage style packaging. Have to say I was disappointed in this one though and glad I didn't spend the money on the full size. The stick has concealer in the middle surrounded by a moisturizer so I thought it would glide on smoothly, but I found trying to do my under eyes it just wouldn't flow or blend in nicely. Maybe the sample size is too dried out or something because I have a friend who swears by this stuff, but for me the beautiful packaging isn't enough to make up for a lackluster product.

Do you all have any products to recommend me to look into that look pretty and work well? I'd love to try out some of your suggestions! x

With much love, Lauren.


Ruby Sterland said...

That red lipgloss looks lovely! I've never really felt brave enough to pull off a glossy red lip, I usually go with a matte one, but this looks lovely! x


Unknown said...

Lime Crime definitely has pretty products and packaging but I just can't get on board with that brand after hearing about all the crazy crap their founder pulls. Talk about violations of free speech. She and her lawyers were going after bloggers for saying anything negative about her products in a product review.

Lauren | Chic Éthique said...

I'm so with you. I am a serious sucker for cute packaging...I have a blush from Kat Von D that I bought mostly for the package, but it luckily turned out to be my favorite blush ever. I also love the packaging of the YSL lipsticks...so dreamy. :)
I hope you have a great week!

Unknown said...

You like Lime Crime?! I absolutely love that brand! I have some of their strange colors though, like Serpentina and Mint to Be. ;)

Some of my personal favorite makeup products are the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks, Maybelline Color Elixirs, and the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.
For eyes, I like L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows and anything by Urban Decay.

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