Wednesday, May 25, 2016

GIVEAWAY! Kevyn Aucoin Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Minimal

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I'm a huge fan of lip liner for various reasons, and recently, I've fallen in love with the Kevyn Aucoin Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Minimal. So I bought an extra one and I'm giving it away! :)

Entering is, as always, super-simple: comment on this blog post and tell me about your summer plans. Make sure your name is on the comment, because that's how I'll announce the winner. (I don't recommend just typing up your e-mail; you're asking for spam.)

Please be aware that there are some rules for this contest:

  • You must be at least 18 years old and located in the US to enter.
  • You must be prepared to provide me with your full name and address if you win.
  • You may only enter once.
  • Entries will be finalized on June 29th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. I will use to pick a winner.
  • You do NOT have to be subscribed to this blog to enter, but I will announce the winner in a blog post, so it might help to bookmark BOGL for the next month if you've entered. If you do not respond to that blog post within a week, I will draw a new winner.

Also, I want to remind everyone that I pay for these giveaways out of my own pocket. That's not me trying to guilt you, that's just me saying that I have to have the money available to send the products out. Hence, it may take me a few weeks to get the goodies sent to you after you win. But they will be sent! :)

Best of luck, and thank you for supporting Bad Outfit, Great Lipstick!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

REVIEW: Kevyn Aucoin Flesh Tone Lip Pencils

Kevyn Aucoin was one of many famous makeup artists who loved the "heavy neutrals" supermodel look of the 90s. While he passed away in 2002, both his legacy and the impact of the 90s live on in the Flesh Tone Lip Pencil. There are currently 7 shades in this pencil, ranging from beige to bright red, but I own the two originals, the shades that have existed for a decade and harken back to Aucoin's roots: Minimal and Medium.

Here I've swatched both shades side-by-side. Also, check out the shape of my swatches, get it?! Ha ha ha ha this is why I don't have friends.


Minimal is a mid-tone mauve, while Medium is a soft brown. I'd say both are relatively neutral, though they lean more cool than warm. I don't generally believe in saying color cosmetics "suit all skin types," since that logic is usually centered around how well things look on light to medium skin, but these pencils come pretty close: Minimal would likely suit anyone very fair to medium-dark, though the darkest skintones may find it too ashy/white, while Medium is a bit too brown for the fairest skin, but will likely look wonderful on light to very dark skintones. Also, I wear Medium anyway because I'm stubborn, so make of that what you will.

These are traditional wooden pencils with a slightly hard formula, meaning they aren't too smeary or greasy-feeling. That being said, they're soft enough to give you full, even pigment without scratching or tugging on your lips. The harder formula means they'll need sharpened less as well, since it takes a while to wear down the point; I always recommend refrigerating your pencils for 15 minutes before sharpening, but it's not entirely necessary with a formula like this.

Both shades are optimal for lining the lips to make them look fuller and more three-dimensional. In the lip swatch on the left, I've lined my lips with Minimal, then filled them in with MAC Faux lipstick. This has become a favorite lip look of mine, neutral and plump and pretty without looking too harsh on my skintone. And you can absolutely fill your entire lips in with these pencils, maybe topping with balm or gloss, and wear them on their own.

The one part where it gets a bit fuzzy is when you fill in your entire lips with a pencil, then apply a less-than-opaque formula on top; for instance, the lip swatch on the left shows Medium all over the lips with some Flower Beauty Sweet Peach lip butter over it, and the lip butter has done little more than soften the color and add some shine. These are so pigmented that they can and will alter most lip shades you apply on top.

These are absolutely rave-worthy pencils, but I will mention that my NYX lip liners perform similarly for a mere fraction of the cost (and they come in more colors). Still, these two shades are stand-outs that I haven't found exact dupes for, and at $25 for 0.04oz of product, they match other high-end pencils for cost-per-ounce and out-perform almost every other pencil I've tried. In short, Kevyn Aucoin's Flesh Tone Lip Pencils could definitely become standards in most collections.

RATING: 5 out of 5

Pssst--if you're interested in trying these, stay tuned for a giveaway. ;)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quick and Dirty Blogsale

Updated 5/22: added a few new items; some prices lowered.

I have attempted to show usage/condition via photos. Please Google swatches or ask for more information if you are curious about any of these products, the exact color, etc. Please be forewarned that the outer packaging may be banged up.

 Send requests to BadOutfitGreatLipstick at GMAIL. I will invoice you (no gift payments, please). Items are only  officially "yours" after you've paid. These prices are already extremely low and have shipping and PayPal fees factored in, so I do not haggle. $15 minimum purchase.

US ONLY SALE: I do not ship outside of the US because of issues with customs. I apologize for the inconvenience. Payment must clear before shipping. I use PayPal ship, which comes with a built-in tracking system. :) I package as carefully as I possibly can, but I am not responsible for packages once they leave my hands. With that being said, if you receive your items and feel that you have been mislead about their condition/usage, please contact me and I'll see what I can do to rectify the situation. I'm a very honest person, and the last thing I want to do is appear dishonest!

 I clean my entire collection about once a month with an alcohol spritz. However, I will not sanitize these items before shipping them out unless you ask me to, because I know some people are very particular about how they sanitize their products. Be forewarned that some of the cream products may have very tiny brush hairs in them, as creams are wont to get, but again, I have kept them quite clean; I'm very, very fussy. If you ask me to sanitize items, I will sharpen pencils and spritz blushes, lipsticks, and foundations with alcohol. I always wipe down the outer packaging with alcohol before sending.

NOTE: The words on the paper are for Reddit purposes.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Intense SPF20 24-Hour Rehydrating Moisturizer, used about 5-6 pumps. $20

NARS Matte Multiple in Anguilla (LE). $20

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral. $18

BN Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (DS). $2.50

8x Glossier Priming Moisturizer sample packets. $2.50

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC Tint in Y0. $12

MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna. $12

Glossier Generation G lipstick in Cake. $8

MAC lip liner in Beet, sharpened once. $10

BN Marc Jacobs Highliner eye pencil, DS. $2

Milk Makeup Eye Marker in Black Sheep. $10.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in Sx01, depotted for a friend who then changed his mind in to a sanitized jar. Probably 20% of the original jar. $10

Colourpop Brow Pencil in Dope Taupe; can include box. $2.50

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon; can include box. $18

NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna; can include box. $22

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in Siberia; sponge never used; can include box. $20

Yaby Daisy corrector; received in swap. $5

Glossier Stretch Concealer, can include box. $10

Stila Convertible Color Minis in Petunia, Lilium, and Tulip. $4 each OR take all 3 for $10.

BBIA Downy Cheek cream blush in Downy Apricot. $4

Canmake Cream Cheek in CL06. $4

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Liquifuchsia. $15

Hard Candy Cheeky Tint in Ballerina. $2

Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere in Sheen. $20

Catrice eyeshadow single in Starlight Espresso. $1

Wet n' Wild Fantasy Makers glitter. Free with any $30+ purchase--just ask.

MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20; sharpened about 3 times. $5

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Ash Brown; cap is slightly messy from me dabbing off brush; can include box. $10

MAC 210 brush; brush is clean, but slightly stained. $8

Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore; tube has some scratches and markings. $15

Bite Beauty lip primer; brand new. $5

Bite Beauty duo lipstick in Lingonberry and Tangerine. $5

MAC lipsticks in Candy Yum Yum, Pink Nouveau, and Viva Glam Nicki Minaj I. $10 each.

Buxom mini lipsticks in Mistress and Hooligan. $2.50 each.

Blue Lizard Face Sunscreen SPF30; masking tape on back shows date opened (and can be removed). $5

BRAND NEW DELUXE SAMPLES: Cover FX Mattifying Primer, Fresh Soy Eye Makeup Remover, Clarins Lift-Affine Visage Serum. $2 each or take all 3 for $5.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrait; can include box. $10

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Masks. $3.50 each or take both for $6.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

No Foundation Redux #1: Test Phase

As mentioned in my recent post that explained how I have been hating on my face a lot, I think a No Foundation challenge do-over is in order. This is especially timely for me because I managed to jack up my skin's moisture barrier something fierce, so my skin has been quite sensitive, red, and splotchy. What better time to forgo foundation and avoid testing too much new stuff?

I decided to start with just a few products to get a feel for how a no foundation look will read on me right now. I quickly realized that just spot concealing and putting on eyebrow pencil already makes me look and feel a dozen times better, probably because the parts of my face that frustrate me the most are "fixed." I think I'll feel even better with blush, to be honest, but I just used highlighter today because the lower parts of my cheeks is still extremely sensitive.

Here's what I used on my face today. Now, I know the three base products are very suspicious, but let me explain: I only used the D&G powder foundation on my nose, because my nose and my eyelids get oily while the rest of me is Sahara dry, and this powder provides sheer coverage without caking. I mixed a few drops of the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer because NARS Chantilly is my "true" shade match...but without foundation, my face is two to three shades darker than my neck and chest. So I needed something to sheer out and darken the concealer. I applied the mixture to part of my chin, under my eyes, and on a blemish near my eyebrows. Honestly, it wasn't entirely successful; take a look at the FOTD picture and you'll see that my chin looks unnaturally smooth compared to the rest of my face. I think this is the concealer's coverage and the tint's blurring properties working together.

In other words, if you have a recommendation for an under-$20, relatively fair and neutral, very skin like, kind to dry skin concealer I can use for no foundation days, leave it in the comments! (I'm thinking MAC Select Cover, but I don't recall it having a very neutral shade range, and Maybelline Fit Me was too dark.)

The other stuff is the basics. I went for the Hard Candy Cherry Blossom lipstick because I figured it would brighten up my blush-less face without highlighting my surface redness. The Colorpop brow pencil is a cheap, quick, and easy addition to this look. And I'm currently testing out the Tarte mascara and the Makeup Revolution highlighter.

Overall, this look would cost $154, assuming I was using the full-sized mascara. A little over a third of that price is the D&G powder, and I could easily lop off another $25 or so if I found that ideal "no foundation" concealer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stupid Little Things: Body Glide

Stupid Little Things is all about the random cheapies, odd tricks, and miscellaneous things that make my day.

I spent a lot of my adolescent years feeling constantly frustrated by the trappings of traditional femininity that were forced on me. Friends and family didn't suggest that I highlight my hair, pierce my ears, or wear skirts because it would help me express myself, but rather because they wanted me to fit a certain mold. As I got older and learned more about socialization and gender politics, I got even more angry when I had to do ridiculous things like ask for permission to wear pants under my graduation gown. (The standard for girls was a white dress--I didn't own one.) I didn't like that. And so, for many years, I hated dresses.

Then I got a little older, and for the most part, my family came to accept that I am who I am. (They also got tired of me ranting about feminism and politics at the dinner table, but that's another story.) Suddenly, I didn't feel like I was being forced to wear a dress. Instead, I could wear a dress because I wanted to...slash, because I don't always want to wear pants, slash, because a dress makes it look like I tried hard when in reality I rolled my butt out of bed 30 minutes late.

But I soon discovered a minor problem with wearing dresses: if you have any sort of weight on your thighs, they'll likely rub together, and that can be pretty painful after an hour or so of walking. So when my boyfriend came back from Norway, newly in love with long hikes and armed with a product that would prevent the dreaded Thigh Chafe, I made sure to steal it from him. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present...Body Glide.

Body Glide is a glycerin-based balm with an incredibly smooth, silky texture and a clear finish. You can rub it on to problem areas before you set out for your long walk or your marathon run, and the balm will give you a sort of "cushion" that prevents chafing. I've used it not only on my inner thighs, but also under my armpits to prevent bra burn on hot days.

While Body Glide is very effective, it's also got a rather basic, fragrance-free formula. I've yet to experience any breakouts or irritation from continued use. It's also super-cheap: a tube costs around $10 on Amazon. Lastly, this tube is about the size of a deck of cards, making it relatively travel-friendly; I always keep it in my purse when I wear a dress or in a pocket if I'm taking a long walk.

I know it seems kind of like a silly product to love. When I visited in a friend in New York, I offered the stick to my traveling companion before we began an 8 hour trek around the city, and he just shrugged. When he finished the night with some pretty nasty thigh burn, he changed his tune and tried some Body Glide the next day. By the end of that trip, he was a convert; last I checked, he was still using it for dance and stage performances.

It's truly a stupid little thing, but it's a stupid little thing that works.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Anti-Haul (aka, "What I'm Not Going to Buy"), First Edition

I have often tilted my head at the products that get hyped up on the internet, that sell out within thirty minutes and generate so much traffic that the website crashes dozens of times in a single day. But I've always had a hard time expressing my confusion over this hype without feeling like an uber-bitch.

Enter drag queen YouTuber Kimberly Clark, who has quickly gained popularity for her Anti-Haul videos. A traditional haul video involves a YouTuber showing off their recent purchases, probably swatching them and almost certainly squealing over how excited they are to try them. (No judgment, by the way; I have absolutely done Hauls before.) By contrast, Kimberly Clark's Anti-Haul videos revolve around her examining different products with a critical eye and explaining why she won't be spending her hard-earned coins.

Please note that videos and blog posts like these are not meant to shame you for spending your money on certain products. They're simply meant to evaluate our consumerist culture and encourage you to think carefully about how you spend your money. Also, they explain why I won't be buying certain things, even if they are really cool or all the rage.

FYI, I originally intended to go to the mall, find some of these products, and take pictures of myself holding some of these items while pulling truly beautiful faces. I ended up getting a head cold and not doing that, but let me know if that was a bad idea from the get-go.

1. Beauty Blender Surface Simple, $30 -- Let's be clear about what you're buying here: it's a plastic palette with a metal spatula. That's it. For $30. Oh, and it has the Beauty Blender name on it! Isn't that great?! ...yeah, no, this is ludicrous. If you're a makeup artist who needs a palette for product mixing, you can easily get one at an art supply store for a fraction of the price; here's one for about $14. If you really want a set designed specifically for beauty, this Morphe duo has both a palette (this one made from stainless steel!) and a spatula for $13. I get that a name can sell, but $30 for a plastic sheet with a spatula and some Beauty Blender text on it? Please. (PS: If you're not a makeup artist, you probably don't need this thing at all--just use the back of your hand.)

2. Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio, $62 -- Normally, Hourglass making cream blushes and highlighters would make my little heart beat faster. But after that initial "OH MY GOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL" moment, I had to stop and check myself. Yes, this is actually a decently priced product, since you get 0.21oz of blush and bronzer (bigger than many standard-sized cream products) and 0.17oz of highlighter (the same amount as a pot of RMS Living Luminizer). However, I don't wear bronzer. I mean, I saw this thing and thought to myself, "Well, I could just use the bronzer as eyeshadow." No, I won't, I know that's not going to happen. So right there we've nixed a third of the product. Furthermore, the highlighter looks like it has a distinct golden hue, which always ends up looking meh on me. In the end, $62 would net me a very nice cream blush, an unusable bronzer, and a just-okay highlighter in a pretty compact. Nooooo.

3. MAC Vibe Tribe Collection -- MAC has made so many missteps with their recent collections, you'd think they'd re-evaluate how they come up with and design their products. Nope, didn't happen here! MAC claims that this collection was not inspired by Native American culture, but rather, by music festivals and the desert. Okay, so let's ignore the fact that the collection is called Vibe Tribe and you even have a product named Arrowhead: do you really expect us to believe that when the packaging is covered in faux Navajo prints? Furthermore, even if that were the case, music festivals like Coachella have become a breeding ground for half-assed cultural appropriation. (The headbands and the feathers-in-the-hair and the "warpaint" and uuuuugh.) Acting like we don't know this stuff is almost more insulting than creating the collection in the first place. Just fess up, MAC, and next time, consider hiring one of our great Native American artists or designers to collaborate with...I'd respect that so much more. On the bright side, it gave us this hilarious video.

4. Pat McGrath Skin Fetish, $72 -- I'll fess up: I've looked at tons of reviews for this product and have had a hard time tamping down my lust for it. But there are two issues here that prevent me buying this much-hyped highlighting set from the renowned makeup artist's line. First, that packaging: you have to open a bag full of sequins to get to the products. Yes, I get it, it's different and kind of fun, but what a goddamn mess. What a waste of space and product. You know damn well most people aren't going to do anything with those sequins once they open the bag. Second, how much of this set am I really going to use? I don't need another brush, and as pretty as the powder highlighter is, I know myself: I don't use powder highlights anymore. What really draws me to this is that dual-ended "balm" and cream highlight, which is not worth $72. If Pat McGrath would break this set up and sell the products individually, I totally admit that I'd jump right on that bandwagon.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with me? What are some products you're not going to buy?