Category Archives: COVERGIRL

stuff from (l’il) steph: cover girl stay brilliant glosstini nail polish

Is it just me or does the rainy weather suck? What happened to sunny days and clear skies? It’s supposed to be summer!! That being said… what better way to brighten your day with a pop of colour on the nails?

The CoverGirl Stay Brilliant Glosstini in Orange Oasis is a creamy bright orange nail polish, but not so bright to the point where it hurts your eyes. Orange Oasis is one of 9 shades in the CoverGirl Glosstinis collection.  It comes in a mini “fun size” bottle that I’m quite fond of. The large lid can be snapped off to reveal a more workable, rounded cap.

I found the formula a little hard to work with as it is slightly thick. It provides good opacity in 3 coats and lasts 3-4 days without chipping. Regardless of the my slight dislike for the formula, I very much appreciate the colour. It’s like a ray of sunshine!

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea. 

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spied: covergirl+olay eye rehab

Okay. So, part of my “to be a better blogger” resolution is to do more posts with swatches and pictures of me wearing the product. I actually do lots of said swatching and wearing on Instagram which gets posted to tumblr and then shared on Twitter … but I’m sure you all want a full on review in one happy place.

So let’s do this.

Today, I decided to share with you my thoughts on COVERGIRL+Olay’s Eye Rehab 2in1 Brightening Concealer and Hydrating Serum. First – this product has all the words I live for: hydrating, concealer, and 2in1 (which is more a phrase/term than a word, but whatever …). These three words/terms alone are enough for me to want to “try” it.

This is a pretty ugly shot of my hand but you aren’t supposed to focus on that – focus on the blob of product I carelessly pumped out. I really like pump tops on skincare products. I find they are less messy than squeeze tubes or open mouth bottles and despite my overly enthusiastic pump shown above, the dispenser for this product is pretty controlled.

The colour provided to me for review was 330 or “light”. I’m your typical asian girl with a darker complexion for being Chinese and a lighter complexion for being Filipino. Normally I wear a NC30 in MAC foundations if that gives you a better idea of my skin tone. I think for most ladies of my descent, opting for “medium” or “beige” named concealers and foundations are more common, however, I found “light” to be just right for me. It blended away almost immediately and without a trace.

And here’s the money shot!

This is me wearing Eye Rehab underneath and around the eye. (Do not ask what is happening with my hair – you want real reviews and this is as real as it gets … a photo when the makeup was applied but while the hair still needed work!) I used my ring finger to apply and blend the product and I required two thin layers. In my opinion, you cannot detect a thing, right?  Right! The product feels like water over the skin and sinks in with very little effort. I do find it to be more of a hydrating serum than a coverage based concealer.  While it did brighten, I believe that if I had darker circles under my eyes it may not have been enough to mask and conceal … but I do think it did a great job to liven up my face a bit and give me a very youthful glow around the eye area.

Throughout the day, I continued to feel very smooth and lifted around the eyes and was pleased with how I looked when I got a glimpse in the mirror.  I felt that even at the end of the day, my eyes looked rested, even if I didn’t feel rested.

I think COVERGIRL+Olay Eye Rehab would be a key product to have when all you need to wear is a bit of a pick-me-up or polish-me-pretty product. For example, I would use this for a quick trip to the grocery store, for lazy days when I want to look pretty but have no reason to wear full-on makeup, for when my eyes are feeling lazy or tired, or for travelling and looking effortlessly ah-mazing as I land and the non-existent paparazzi is waiting at the gates to snap my photos …

I also think that this a product worth having on hand in the makeup kit. I can see myself using this on mature skin to perk it up a bit before applying the heavier stuff. I see it filling in lines and smoothing the skin to allow for a seamless makeup application.

And there you have it: my review. my photos. my swatches. 

-s-

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stuff from (l’il) steph: flamed out mascara by COVERGIRL

Mascara… The product I love to hate. A little insight into my relationship with mascara… my Asian genes have blessed /cursed me with stubby, stick straight, stubborn lashes. I have three options in the matter:

Waterproof mascara. This consists of a tedious struggle of removal at the end of the day. After the struggle I end up with fewer lashes than I started with.

Non-waterproof mascara. This includes droopy lashes and black smudges all over my face in places I never knew mascara could be.

No mascara. This option isn’t even feasible. My natural lashes lack the volume and length that any mascara provides.

… Since the beginning of time, I have not found mascara that works perfectly for my picky lashes. Every time I open a new tube, I ask myself “is this the one?”

The CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara in 300 Very Black Blaze claims : “The Volume Igniter Brush from COVERGIRL is specially designed to add volume to every lash for bigger, thicker, and fuller lashes to help maximize volume.” 

I always curl my lashes before applying mascara and upon coating my lashes with the Flamed Out Mascara, my curl immediately droops. This is due to the slightly wet consistency of the mascara. However, it does create volume and makes my lashes look like there’s at least 3x more than what actually exists. The hourglass shape of the brush makes it easy to target specific areas of my lashes to add more product by holding the brush vertically, but it’s a bit bulky to apply mascara to the bottom lashes. The best part about this mascara is how it wears throughout the day.  Although it isn’t advertised as waterproof, the Flamed Out Mascara lasts the entirety of a 12 hour day without smudging and it’s still easy to take off with a bit of eye makeup remover.

Is this mascara the one? Unfortunately not…however, if you already have wonderfully curly, long lashes that just need a little boost without being overly dramatic, the CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara would be a fair option for you.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea. 

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test lab: may 22, 2013

for more info, check out these sites:

demeter fragrance library

vaseline spray and go

 stila after glow lip color

smashbox heatwave collection

marykay lash love lengthening mascara

covergirl flamed out collection

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inside the lines: crayons for grown women …

clockwise from top left:
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $8.99 (usd)
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint, $29.00
COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
, $6.99 (usd)
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense, $19.00 (cdn)

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