This is. Amazing. This is now my favourite drugstore lipstain. I now own a multitude of drugstore lipstains (from Revlon, Maybelline, Cover Girl, and NYC) and I have to say: this is, by far, the BEST. First off, all the drugstore lipstains seem to be similar in quality (though Revlon's still strikes me as particularly bad), and all generally apply a little unevenly, have a tendency to settle into the dry patches on your lips, and fade very strangely. What sets NYC's apart is the price! It's about $4.99 Canadian at Walmart (it came to $5.65), which is substantially less (about half) than what you'd pay for the other brands, and does the same job. Zero transferring, vibrant colour (I have this in shade 494 "Smooch-proof" apparently, though I think it was fuchsia something or other at the store), fruity scent (not incredibly pleasant at first sniff though), more moist than the other lipstains, mostly matte finish (though I do still prefer the finish of Maybelline's), and the price!!!! The price cannot be beat. Can't really go wrong if you need something that won't transfer and might actually stay put for awhile ('bout 6 hours I'd say).
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Lip Stain- 65 Cranberry Crush
MajorWin 4/13/2012 3:08:00 AM
Love, love, love the colour!! I'm really not a pale, frosted, muted neutral kind of girl (my neutral is always a dark or medium brown), so this intense, vivid magenta-y shade was absolute perfection (Plum Flushed is great too!). It works great on medium toned people for everyday use; I'm a relatively pale South Asian, but I tan easy so I vary between near white with a yellow undertone, golden and a deep golden-brown, and this lights up my face in any given season!. I was worried, given the packaging, that the colour wouldn't be all that strong, but thankfully the caps are all far more muted than the actual colours (beware! :P). Apply some balm to this for moisture and to tone down the colour if necessary. Pros: -Great. Colour. Vivid, intense, vibrant, great. -Matte finish -Stays alright (not great, but good enough) -No colour transfer (don't have to be concerned about covering a boyfriend in lipstick) -Goes on smoothly if properly applied -Best applicator out of the drugstore lipstains -Most hydrating, by itself, out of all the drugstore lipstains (not counting the Revlon one...although that balm is terrible) Cons: -NEED to exfoliate: as with all lipstains, if you don't, it seeps into the dry spots and looks really ugly. Keep them moisturized daily and exfoliated often, you should be good to go. -Silver part on packing scrapes off easily -Colours are not what they appear to be
Conditioner -Dove - Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner
MajorWin 4/12/2012 10:20:00 PM
Looove this. Leaves my frizzy, dry hair smooth, moisturized, and soft. They were out of the shampoo when I was there, so I use it with the Herbal Essences Smoothing shampoo, and it works great. Only thing is, it's not a miracle worker; for those of you with puffy (bushy) hair, If I let my hair dry while sitting in one place without a breeze (or without sleeping on it), it still "puffs up". But it puffs up worse without it. Overall, brilliant, essential product. I like it better than the Nexxus Moisturizing conditioner.
Lips -Cover Girl - Outlast Lipstain - 440 Wild Berry Wink
MajorWin 4/12/2012 8:53:00 PM
I found this product, surprisingly, not that bad! I now own lipstains from Maybelline, Revlon and Covergirl and I have to say Maybelline remains my favourite, but this doesn't seem that bad (based on the 2 hours I've been wearing it). I bought it because I've been looking for a red lipstain, and everyone was complaining that this looked red, and luckily on my tan skin (though I have very pale lips) it was! Top it off with a balm, and you're good to go. Pros for Me -Great, vivid, bold red colour -Matte finish -Decent applicator...though it is a bit thick, need a mirror and a steady hand -Seems to be staying well.... Cons -NEED to exfoliate beforehand! As with all lipstains, if you don't, it'll seep into the dry spots and look terrible. Maybelline appears to be the best for not doing this as much, and Revlon appears to be the worst. -Still pricey (like all brands) considering the quality -It got on my teeth somehow, little bit messy