I May Just Get Addicted To… Dior Addict Lip Glow

I haven’t been on this blog for a very, very long time.  I’m sorry.  I also haven’t been trying anything worth talking about.  But mostly I have been lazy.  Anyway, I’m back now, and I hope to update more often, even if I can’t do so regularly.

If you know me, you’ll know that I am kind of addicted to lip products.  I am, and have always been.  I have tried dozens over the years, and have only found a handful that I love.  One of my obsessions is tinted lip balms, because they’re part makeup and part skincare and you convince yourself it’s actually good for you.   I have finished up several tubes of Fresh’s Rost Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, which is an extremely rare occurance for me.  To finish up a product is rare enough; to re-purchase it when there are countless choices out there is almost unheard of.  So there you go.  It tops my list as one of my favourite go-tos.  But as of now, I don’t own one.  So I thought it’s time to try another.  The contender is Dior Addict’s Lip Glow (in pink, as the limited coral one is no longer available).  Actually I meant to try it long ago, but it’s just way too expensive.  It still remains the most expensive lip product I own to date.  I can’t tell you whether or not it’s “worth it”, but I’ve never had anything quite like it.

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The balm itself is slightly pinkish, but it goes on clear, then morphs according to the heat on your lips, apparently.  It becomes a pink tint that is MLBB (actually, MLBMB, My Lips But Much Better), because it literally glows, like it’s lit from within.  Not glossy, not shimmery, but glowy.  Result: supple and healthy-looking lips that brightens up your complexion.  It’s a tad sticker than normal balms, but I wouldn’t call the consistency sticky at all.  If anything, it adheres to your lips better and moisturises your lips better.  And the colour transfers less than your ordinary lippie, because it is basically a clear balm.  Okay… so I don’t get how it works either.  But it does.

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The one concern I had before purchasing was, how on earth is it different than, say, the colour-changing balm from Lip Ice, which is about a tenth of its price?  First off, the Lip Ice one turned bright pink, which is ok when you want bright pink, but not when you want MLBB and have no control over how the colour will morph.  It has the potential to get scary.  Also, this is Dior.  I suppose a lot of money goes to buying the brand name (there’s actually very little product, I hope my tube doesn’t run out so soon), but it makes me happy to use a lipbalm from a pretty tube.  Well, packaging isn’t everything, but it is important.

The bottom line is, it’s a very decent, multitasking (moisturises & colours) product in a cute case.  It’s probably not worth the money, but I can see myself using it a lot on days when I’m not wearing makeup, or when my face is in desperate need for some subtle perk-me-up.  Oh, and I’d also like the coral one if it ever reappears : P

Pretty as a petal- Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treament

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I’ve tried a fair share of lip balms, and I especially love a tinted balm because it adds a bit of colour to your pout without having you worry about the colour bleeding, transferring… that sort of thing.  Fresh’s Sugar lip balms are pretty hyped up, but I think they deserve every bit of their popularity.  They now have lots of colours to choose from (aside from the non-tinted version), but Rose is by far my favourite.  It is a soft but very moisturising lip balm in a petal pink shade, housed in a sturdy metal tube (actually the inside is plastic).  Each tube contains 4.3 grams of product.image

Here’s what the balm looks like when the tube is twisted open (twist caps are the best.  They may not be the most convenient but they won’t get loose inside your bag).  It originally contains a full tube of product, but mine is down to a few millimetres.  It looks pretty bright in the tube but is a sheer wash of colour on your lips.  If you want a deeper shade you can get Plum or Passion.  I’ve read that if you put the tube in your pocket it melts, which makes sense as the balm is quite soft.  I would suggest you to only twist it up a little bit when you use it, and also don’t press too hard on your lips, otherwise you’ll smash the lippy up.  image

As you can see, the colour is a very barely-there tint.  It’s natural enough to use without other makeup on.  And, coming from me who’s got dry lips, it’s also super moisturising.  The texture is somewhere between Vaseline (too slippery, doesn’t mositurise my lips at all) and Eight Hour Cream (too thick and gooey).  It doesn’t have much shine,  but just enough to minimise the appearance of lines on your lips.  And you get SPF 15 as well, without the yucky feel of sunscreen. 

A great all-rounded lip balm, the only downside being the price (on the company website it’s advertised as USD $22.5, but being in faraway Hong Kong it costed a bit more for me).  However, it didn’t stop me from purchasing it over and over again- I’ve used up about 3 tubes in all, which shows how lovable this product is.  Have you tried Fresh’s lip balms and which shade is your favourite?

Creme of the creamy lip colours- Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream

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First of all, sorry I haven’t been reviewing nor recommending anything for so long.  I have been snowed in with work and haven’t got time to try anything new!  Anyway, here’s something I tried recently- Too Faced’s new (not so new) lippy.  It claims to be moisturising, creamy and drenched in colour.  It’s also pretty expensive (17 GBP for 1 lipstick!), but since reviews on other sites and blogs seem to rave about it, I got one to try.  And I wasn’t disappointed.image

The colour I got is called “Spice Spice Baby”.  It comes from the “Spice” family and is a creamy brick/ mauve/ latte shade with a kick.  Some people describe it as MLBB (my-lips-but-better, if you aren’t familiar with this type of makeup language), but I find it more MLBD (my-lips-but-darker, and this one I just made it up).  And bear in mind that I have medium skin, so on pale people it would look pretty solid.

The tube is metal, and a luxurious gold colour.  It’s heavy to hold.  It also has a transparent plastic stopped on the inside of the tube cover to give it some grip.  Initially I found the feeling weird (when you close the tube it feels like you’re squishing the lipstick), bu I’ve since got used to it and I like it because it keeps the cover from undoing itself.   

The lipstick itself is indeed very creamy and the colour comes out quite solid, although you can easily apply it over lipbalm or just use your fingers to dot it on and it will become sheer.  I personally can’t be bothered to apply lipsticks with my fingers so I apply it over balm sometimes and just press my lips together and that works fine as well.

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This is the product on my lips.  You probably can’t tell from the picture, but my lips are usually quite dry, and for the benefit of this photo I haven’t applied any lip balm beforehand, just the Lip Cream.  It works decently in covering wrinkles on the lips, although I still prefer wearing it over balm.  The staying power is decent but I can’t really tell as I normally don’t go hours with drinking or eating anything.  But it kind of fades into a softer stain, then eventually all fade away, which I think all lipsticks should be like (but most aren’t, instead choosing to collect in clumps on your lips).

All in all, a lipstick which balances out colour and comfort.  With more than a dozen shades to choose from, I’m sure you will find some one you like.

Bursting with goodness- Innisfree Jeju volcanic pore clay mask

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This is a clay mask, but no ordinary clay mask.  The clay comes from volcanoes in Jeju Island in Korea, which is a scenic place with funky looking stone people (Google it for yourself.  I visited the place almost 20 years ago and I still remember the live octopus that we ate… anyway.  Enough of this.), or so I’m told by the packaging of this mask.  The tub looks kind of little but actually holds 100mL of product. 

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Judging from the appearance, it’s quite similar to most of the clay masks I have tried- slightly greyish tone, in a paste, slightly watery looking but undoubtedly will dry to a cracking texture.  But alas, I was wrong.

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The first thing that struck me when I first put it on was how smooth it is.  You’d think that volcanic clay would be slightly gritty, but it isn’t.  It feels really smooth and pleasant on.  It also doesn’t dry into a cracking mess.  I have used it several times, sometimes in a thin layer and sometimes I just slather it on.  It does dry up slightly but won’t overly draw water from the face.  It’s also easy to wash off.  All you need is a wet washcloth to wipe your face, and it comes off easily.  Finish off with water, and it doesn’t leave your face tingling and dry.  It does, however, draw out minor impurities.  I feel that my blackheads come out more easily after using this mask.

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And here’s the Korean written on the tub, for those of you who can read Korean (I can’t)!  For the price I paid ($110 HKD, which is about $14 USD), I think the mask is good value for the money.  Although it is a bit hard to scoop it out from a tub, I don’t mind using a spatula (or fingers… hehe), and I’d purchase it again, in a heartbeat!

So much time, so little done! Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit

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Today I’m going to review this blackhead 3-step kit from Holika Holika, which is one of the first products I tried from this Korean brand.  I got sucked into buying it because the saleslady told me this would clear blackheads much better than normal pore strips, so I figured, why not give it a try.  Did it live up to expectations?  Read on…

 

As the product name suggests, this is a 3-step system to clear blackheads off noses.  Each of the little nose masks stay on for 15 to 20 minutes a time, and you use them one after another, which means it takes a minimum of 45 minutes.  I’m not kidding you.  And that’s just the nose.  image

Step 1 is an essence-soaked mask sheet which smells a bit funny and tingles a little.  From what the saleslady today me, it is supposed to suck out the blackheads to make them easier to adhere to Step 2.  I have no way to verify what she says, as the packaging and every single word on the packet (except for the brand name) is in Korean, and I don’t read a word in the language.  So let’s pretend the beauty people know what they’re talking about.  This Step 1 took up 15 minutes of my time, but didn’t open up my pores or anything.  I can’t really tell what it did, to be honest.image

Now onto Step 2, which is basically a regular pore strip.  Nothing much to tell you, except that it doesn’t fit my nose that well.  It works like every other pore strip.  I don’t think it sucked out more blackheads than usual, even though I used Step 1 beforehand.image

The final Step 3 is a gel-like mask which is supposed to hydrate the pores and sooth (or something like that).  I can’t ascertain if it hydrated my nose, and to be honest, after 45 minutes, you just want to get the dang things off your nose.  You don’t really care anymore. 

I don’t have the end result here, but I can tell you I don’t look that much different than when I use a pore strip after washing my face.  But there’s a huge difference in the execution.  The cost of each Holika Holika pack (with 3 steps, single use) is the cost of one box of pore strips (that’s 10 uses).  In other words, for each use, you spend 10 times the money and at least 3 times the time.  I don’t mind spending that money if the result is amazing; however, the result is exactly the same.  So sadly, I don’t think I will be purchasing this product again.  The question now is what to do with the 9 remaining packs I bought…

Liquid exfoliator- Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex

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I recently tried out a new (new-to-me) brand, Peter Thomas Roth.  This product appealed to me because it’s not glycolic acid in the form of an additional serum, but in your toner.  I also love that they tell you it has 10% glycolic acid, as opposed to some brands which just tells you there is glycolic acid in it but no indication of the concentration.  It feels like I’m getting a more potent product, although obviously I can’t compare with companies which don’t disclose their concentration (like you, Mario Badescu!).  Aside from the glycolic acid, it apparently has other nice stuff like lactic acid, citric acid, vitamin C… (you can read the bottle in the picture above and below).image

Here’s a look at the back of the bottle for you who may be interested.image

The toner is clear (as you can see from the lack of apparent colour inside the bottle- and it’s full), and doesn’t smell much.  I expected a stronger smell (because of all the acid in it I suppose), but it doesn’t smell of anything at all.  After I smoothed it on with a cotton pad, it tingled a little (not a lot, but obviously use it sparingly, and don’t rub), and it made my cheeks a little red.  It stayed reddish for quite some time (I don’t know exactly how long because I headed to bed), but it can be because my skin is on the thin and sensitive side.  Therefore, I only use it at night so far, which means the 250 mL bottle will last me quite some time.

After using it every night for 2 weeks, I think my acne scars have faded slightly. Pimples also seemed to heal slightly quicker. However, one thing that kind of bothers me is the design of the bottle cap. It is quite leaky when you pour the content out onto the cotton pad, which means you waste a little product each time you use it. For those of you who have used it before, did you encounter this problem!

Glamour at a price- Rodial Glam Balm Lip

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I love lip balms and have tried an awful lot, but the fact is a lot of them are just really average. Seldom do balms offer enough moisture for me, and I hate to admit, I usually want yummy scents too, so those without.fragrance are not really my thing. This lip balm is the first product I have tried from the brand Rodial, and it is one of the products from its Glam Balm series (a balm similar to Elizabeth Arden’s Eight-hour Cream but smells nicer- I may write a review about it sometime). In fact, this lip balm came in a box set I bought last Christmas, which contained also the Glam Balm and a hand cream. (I only wanted to buy the lip balm initially but got sucked into buying this whole set which apparently helps me save 50% off the rack price…)

imageAs you can see, this balm is slightly tinted in the pot (a kind of peachy, pinkish tint) but has no colour whatsoever on my lips. It claims to be rose- flavoured but this is misleading- it is rose- scented but has no flavour when ingested. It doesn’t taste medicinal or odd. It just has no taste. The balm feels a little bit oily but in a good way- like a slightly thick gloss but it is surprisingly non-sticky.

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This is is the balm on my lips. It provides a bit of shine and stays for quite some time.  I don’t really know how to explain it, but its pillowy texture makes it seem almost luxurious to use.  Having it in a tub is slightly inconvenient, but I suppose if you don’t want lip products with lots of beeswax (which I personally don’t find very moisturising) you will have to put up with it being in a tub.  One thing to note, though, is that the product melts a little when in heat, so you probably won’t want to keep it in your pockets and you definitely don’t want to heat it up then tilt the pot- you will get a smeary mess and you will lose a lot of product.  This is why Glam Balm Lip is now my favourite bed-time lip balm, but otherwise I won’t be bringing it out with me anytime soon.