Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beauty Sightings: RuPaul's Drag Race, season 6

Season 6 is probably one of my all-time favorite seasons. Even though some of challenges were beyond insipid, and the editing shade was at an all-time high, I really loved some of the queens they brought on. Obviously, my favorite was winner Bianca Del Rio...AND I GOT TO SEE HER LIVE. (Still not over it.)

Click on a picture to expand it and get a better view. As always, if you recognize a product, leave me a comment so I can update the post!

There are a ton of images in this post, so I put all but the first picture under a break. Be sure to expand this post! I actually ran out of room for brand labels, which is why I decided to just remove most of them for this Beauty Sightings post.


ColorEvolution was the sponsor this season. Here are the brand-spanking new kits each queen was provided.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

REVIEW: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks


I cannot believe that I've ranted, raved, and gushed about these liquid lipsticks for nearly a year, but have never written a formal review. Maybe it's because I'm afraid that a formal review will turn people off: the current trend is for weightless, shiny lipsticks, and these babies are anything but. Still, one of my goals is to become the semi-official Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick spokesperson. That requires some writing.

The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks are just what they say on the tin: "indestructible matte" liquid lipsticks with opaque pigmentation and an incredibly long wear time. A full-size tube will run you $28 for 0.10 ounces, which isn't bad for a high-end lipstick. There are several "mini tubes" available at $10 for 0.03 ounces, which is a good way to try the colors without making a major financial commitment. In case it isn't clear in the header image, I have two full-size tubes and two mini-tubes.

The packaging is a mixed bag for me. They come in these long, kinda flat tubes that are clear on the front and metallic on the back and lid. This means they can't stand up on a desk or a vanity, and they get covered in fingerprints, making them kind of unsightly in photographs. However, you can see the exact color of the product and how much you have left, and that's always a bonus. Color names and batch codes are on the back.

EXPAND FOR LARGER IMAGES -- from left to right: Riviera, Muse, Canvas, Icon

The liquid formulation feels slightly thick and very creamy. You apply the product with a doe-foot applicator, which I find relatively easy to control. It's easy to overdo it, so I always wipe the applicator off on the rim of the tube before I apply. Trust me: it's better to have too little than too much!

The lipstick will start to dry almost immediately, and will completely set in about 2-3 minutes, so be sure to fix any mistakes quickly. This product has to be removed with an oil-based remover, so just faffing around with a q-tip isn't going to help you. Also, try not to rub your lips together until the product has sat for a few minutes; this can cause lines and creases.

 I own 4 shades: Riviera, a bold orange, Muse, a bright coral, Canvas, a soft mid-tone pink, and Icon, a blue-based red. The pictures above demonstrate how pigmented and opaque the shades are. I will note that the more neutral/pale shades like Canvas can apply slightly streaky if you aren't careful; again, it's helpful to only use a little bit of product at a time.


Hourglass claims that these lipsticks will last for 14 hours. I think that's a little obscene for the average user, so I try to test products listed as "long-wearing" over a 6-8 hour period. After 3 hours and a light, dry meal, I noticed zero fading or flaking. After 8 hours, many glasses of water, and a big bowl of soup, I noticed some minor fading on the inner parts of my lips, but the majority of the color was still in place. Yes, these are definitely long-wearing! The only thing that might cause a problem is very oily food--the soup I ate was loaded with it, which I believe caused some of the patchiness in the 8-hour photo--but that's to be expected.

Hourglass also claims that these lipsticks are full of emollients, aka moisturizing ingredients. I'm sure this product contains them, because they're in the ingredients list, but be assured that it is not a weightless or moisturizing product. I can definitely feel this product on my mouth. I like that, because I think of lipstick as a kind of "armor" on my face, but if you're only in to super-lightweight balmy textures, this isn't the product for you.

And as the 8-hour image shows, these lipsticks will dry your lips a little and exaggerate fine lines after a long period of wear. The best way to combat this is to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before you apply the product; it helps the lipstick apply and stay better throughout the day. I personally don't find the dry-ness to be anything too terrible--it's easily fixed by a coat of balm after I've cleansed my face--but people with especially sensitive lips will have to give these a pass.

The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick line has become one of my all-time favorites, and it's not hard to see why: the color range is great, the price is right, the formula is easy to use and incredibly long-wearing, and I don't have to worry about smearing or touch-ups. If you're okay with a lipstick that's tangible when you wear it, then definitely give the line a try!

RATING: 5 out of 5.


And now, some quick bonus images!

One of my recent obsessions has been Pittsburgh Popcorn, a local company that specializes in--you guessed it--gourmet, homemade popcorn. The chocolate caramel is a regular flavor and a definite favorite of mine, but their cheddar corn and most of their weekly flavors are also phenomenal. You can order online, so consider checking them out!


Here's a bonus picture of my beautiful kitty!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin GIVEAWAY!


I am of the belief that everybody needs a great eyelash curler. That doesn't mean you have to curl your lashes every day: there are times when the droopy "bedroom eye" is particularly flattering. But having the ability to make your lashes look longer and your eyes look more open? Absolutely a must.

The Kevyn Aucoin lash curler was my favorite for a good 4 years (throughout most of my undergraduate career, basically) until it got broken and I had to replace it with cheaper fare. While I currently use a Shiseido curler I bought about a year ago, I remember my Kevyn Aucoin with great fondness. This is a flatter lash curler, so people who prefer a very curved/round curler may want to take a pass on this giveaway. That being said, I think a lash curler is a relatively universal and endlessly useful tool, which is why I wanted to give one away. :)

Image from Beautylish.com

Entering is super-simple: comment on this blog post with a little message on your eye makeup hero. Who inspires you the most? Who encouraged you to try winged eye liner, or to brave the seemingly-scary world of lash curlers? (I don't recommend just typing up your e-mail; you're just 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 November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. I will use Random.com 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.

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

25 Tops: Lipstick Queen Pink Sinner


Let me get this out of the way: I've been dealing with something akin to face dysmorphic disorder. I obsess over my face, my skin, and my makeup all throughout the day; I look at myself in every mirror in the house, and I'm never satisfied. I'm not 100% sure what's going on with me, but I think it's a combination of aging changing my skin ever so slightly and general stress. Logically, I know there's nothing wrong with my skin, and there are so many people with bigger problems: painful acne, aching rosacea flare-ups, fungal infections...I'm just having a moment. So please bear with me while I try to get myself back in balance.

All of this being said, I'm currently trying to find a foundation that can replace MAC Face & Body. It's still quite beautiful on my skin, but my bottles are getting old (they're from January 2011). While I keep the bottles in the fridge, and while they seem to be functioning properly, I get a little icked out putting a 3 1/2 year old product all over my face. Before I shell out $70 to replace them, I'd like to see if I can find something with medium coverage that matches me out of the bottle.


This flash photograph provides the best representation of the colors. I don't wear Lipstick Queen Pink Sinner very often, but I think that's because I mostly wear bright lips, and if I don't, I wear something strong enough on the eye that I feel better with quite a pale lip. Pink Sinner doesn't fit that bill: it's a slightly warm, mid-tone pink that gives a distinct rosebud look. Really, I should wear it more. It's a KEEP for now! What do you guys think?

I'm going to PURGE NARS Penny Lane, however, because it's too brown for my skin. The Wet n' Wild Nude Awakening palette, I'm...not so sure about. I LOVE the super-pale shade in the top left, and there's less fallout with Nude Awakening than with other WnW palettes. But a lot of the other shades seem really sheer. Hum...that's a MAYBE. I also PURGED my Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder recently. I'd originally bought it for my mom, but she's not wowed by it, and I never really use it.

For reference, here's the FOTD in natural light on a cloudy day (aka, a regular day in Pennsylvania), and with flash on a standard definition camera:




KEEP PILE:
1. Hourglass Muse
2. Hourglass Riviera
3. Hourglass Icon (mini-size)
4. Chanel Dragon [D/C]
5. Lancome Pale Lip
6. Bite Beauty Velvet
7. Lipstick Queen Saint Pinky Nude
8. Lipstick Queen Jean Queen
9. MAC Scarlet Ibis [LE]
10. MAC Viva Glam Nicki [LE]
11. Urban Decay Native
12. MAC Candy Yum Yum
13. Lipstick Queen Sinner Bright Rose
14. Lipstick Queen Sinner Pink

PURGE PILE:
1. MAC Neon Orange
2. MAC Sounds Like Noise [LE]
3. NARS Cruella
4. NARS Roman Holiday
5. Lipstick Queen Saint Berry
6. Bite Madeira
7. Beauty Cosmetics Flouron
9. Bite Pomegranate

MAYBE PILE:
1. MAC Impassioned
2. Elizabeth Arden Poppy Cream

NEW STUFF:
1. MAC Relentlessly Red
2. MAC Sushi Kiss

STOLEN:
1. MAC Please Me

 LEFT TO CONSIDER/TEST:
1. MAC Petals and Peacocks [LE]
2. MAC Party Parrot [LE]
3. Bite Quince
4. Bite Cranberry
5. MAC Betty Bright [LE]
6. MAC Ruby Woo
7. Lipstick Queen Rose Sinner
8. MAC Viva Glam VI Special Edition [LE]
9. Laura Mercier Mulberry lip stain
10. Maybelline Super Stay Non-Stop Red
11. MAC Lady Danger
12. Revlon Black Cherry
13. MAC Girl About Town

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quick-and-Cheap Blogsale! -- CLOSED

THIS BLOGSALE IS NOW CLOSED.

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 I keep my makeup in bags and drawers, so the outer packaging may be banged up. If you want more pictures or information, please contact me and request it.

 Send requests to IdiotBird at Gmail dot com. I will invoice you (no gift payments, please) and will hold items for up to 24 hours after that invoice has been sent. If you have not paid for your items within 24 hours (or if you never respond to my e-mails), I will open them back up for sale. Items are only  officially "yours" after you've paid.

Payment must be done through PayPal. $10 minimum purchase. I charge the actual cost of shipping + $1.50 to cover materials and PayPal fees; this generally amounts to $3 -$5 per package unless you've bought a ton and/or you've gotten heavy items. 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!

Also, 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.


Living  Proof Full Shampoo, mini size, at least half full -- $1



NAIL POLISHES: $1 each OR take all for $3

Zoya Colbie, Orly First Kiss, China Glaze Ick-a-Body, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Revlon Carbonite, Orly Angel Face, Orly Precious Jade


Balenciaga Rosabotanica Vial, tested 1x -- $2
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madeira, mini size, used 4-5x -- $3
Love & Beauty (Forever21) cosmetics: lipstick and blush tested 2x, glosses brand new -- $1 for everything


Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous, brand new -- $2
MAC lipstick in Sounds Like Noise -- $15
Lancome Blush Subtil in Tangerine Tine -- $5

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

REVIEW: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation


I make very little money, so I try to plan my beauty budget accordingly. When I found out that the newest Kevyn Aucoin base product, the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, was going to be released this fall, I made sure to save my pennies and prepare. $65 for something that promises to be pale enough for me out of the bottle, and it's coming from one of my favorite brands? WORTH IT.

Except...not really.

The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation costs $65, which isn't entirely stunning for a high-end foundation. What is surprising is the size of the bottle: you only get 0.68 ounces of foundation, not the standard 1oz. I didn't realize that when I ordered, but I definitely noticed how little I was getting when I opened the box.

image from Style.com

I ordered the lightest shade, SF02, which is similar in depth and undertone to the Sensual Skin Enhancer in Sx02. The shade range is a bit disappointing for this particular base: they run from pale to dark, but there are very few shades available, and the undertones appear to be predominantly yellow. A few of the numbers have been passed over (SF10-12 are missing, for example), so perhaps they'll advance the range at a later date.

The product is packaged in a glass bottle. The foundation is dispensed via a dropper attached to the lid; the push button on top allows you to suck up the foundation, then pump out as many drops as you deem necessary. On the one hand, it's great that you can see how much product you're using, and the dropper is very intuitive and easy to control. (Opaque, crappy packaging was one of my major gripes with another KA foundation, Liquid Airbrush.) On the other hand, it's glass and I'm clumsy. While the bottle seems sturdy, I would personally be terrified of dropping and smashing it.

The actual foundation is incredibly thin and runny--you can see it in action in my first impressions video--and has a very sweet, kind of disgusting smell reminiscent of cheap caramel. It feels light to the touch and has a lot of slip; not surprising, given how silicone heavy the formulation is.

15 minutes after application. Flash on the left, natural light on the right.

I applied the foundation with a damp Beauty Blender, as recommended by several bloggers and Makeup Alley users. I immediately noticed several things:

  • This product feels utterly weightless. It's in no way, shape, or form a heavy product, even if you layer it.
  • It's very easy to blend, and a little goes a long while. I used, in total, 10 drops: 7 drops to put a thin layer on my face, then 3 more drops to add a second layer to the parts of my face that need more coverage.
  • The coverage is sheer, buildable to medium, and the finish is satin or matte depending on your skin type. I still needed concealer on my spots and scars.
  • This puppy REALLY clings  to any texture or dry patches.  
Macro shot of my chin shortly after application.

 That last part? That's what killed it for me. I have pretty good skin with hardly any texture, but the Sensual Skin Fluid managed to find rough patches I didn't even know it existed. I'm serious: the only other foundation I can remember doing this was Givenchy Photo'Perfexion, and it was a much heavier formula. (Chantecaille Future Skin caught on my forehead's clogged pores a bit, but softened up after a while, and worked well on my normal and oily areas.) Adding a second layer took the coverage up from light to nearly medium, but it also enhanced the overall dry look of this foundation.


After 4 hours of wear (left) and 6 hours of wear (right).

While the foundation did get slightly "glowier" throughout the day, the terrible texture on my skin never disappeared. My chin became slightly shiny after 6 hours, but it still looked dry and flaky at the same time. I also noticed that the foundation melted off of my nose and settled in to my pores, which makes it difficult for me to see this as a product for oily-skinned people. That being said, several Makeup Alley users have mentioned that they have oily skin and love this stuff. Priming and powdering would probably help in that scenario. But if you have any dryness or texture? Don't bother, friends.

 My chin after 6 hours of wear. Just disgusting.

As it stands, I am utterly underwhelmed by the Sensual Skin Fluid. And it's a shame, because Kevyn Aucoin is one of the few brands that makes out-of-the-bottle pale shades. What bumps my rating up from a 2 to a 3 is the ingenuity of the dropper; it'll be hard to waste product with such an easy-to-control design.

PS: 100 bonus points to Beautylish.com for incredible customer service, fast shipping, and an all-around pleasurable experience!

3 out of 5.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

BONUS DRAG: Bianca Del Rio at Cattivo


Last night, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite drag queens: Bianca Del Rio. She was hilarious, warm, and every bit the nasty bitch she claims to be. I recommend that anybody considering attending a Bianca Del Rio show definitely make a point to go, because it was one of the best drag shows of my life. Meeting her was an absolute delight--VIP tickets are definitely worth it, at least here in the 'burgh!

I did my best to record most of her set, excluding the lip syncs, but I had just received this point-and-shoot camera at 2pm (6 hours before we left for the show). I didn't realize that most cheaper cameras cut off the sound when you zoom. :( I'm REALLY sorry about that, but you can still hear most of the jokes. Please adjust your volume and enjoy!

WARNING: This video contains very explicit material, including jokes about race, religion, gender, incest, and sex. It is not recommended for people under the age of 18, or for people who dislike insult comics.




Ding! sound effect: SoundFXForFree
Asian Participant's Company: Kimmy's Cupcake Co.
Location: Cattivo
Headlining Drag Queen: Bianca Del Rio
Hosting Drag Queen: Sasha Nolan