The Ultimate in Stealth Weaponry?! Rolling for Perception with Benefit Posiebalm…

Greetings from a surprisingly tiny chamber in the dungeon, fellow rogues!

Gird your loins, fellow adventurers! The process of wading into that enormous pile of miniature loot continues today as we stumble into the fourth chamber of the dungeon. There is…not a lot of space in here, to be honest. Especially with the paladin and his massive, uh, pauldrons, getting in everyone’s faces! For some reason, though, it’s getting hard to see the other party members, despite how close they are…time for a perception roll, everyone – who knows what’s going on in here! To keep everyone in the loop on the context for this post, you can still hear the echo from the first chamber of this dungeon:

I should mention first off that a large number of the minis came in the form of the Sephora Give Me More Lip holiday special set, which contains 17 lip products in three loose ‘colour schemes’: red, nude and pink. I ordered this set from Sephora through the indomitable Jaa, who was kind enough to wrangle all the goodies into a parcel small enough that it wouldn’t cost me the contents of Erebor to ship it here. Jaa was also kind enough to take me a couple of pictures of the set before the packaging had to go…

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

The 2014 Sephora Give Me More Lip set (photo courtesy of Jaa)

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

…and here the inside! So much miniature lip goodness *drools*. The Tarte pencil at the left centre is the only full-size product. Yet more photographic awesomeness from Jaa!

 ‘I was rather excited when I saw what this set contained, because it was basically a laundry list of brands I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. Since there are so many products here, and because I’m a rogue and we’re funny like that, I’m going to review the contents in spearate posts (or in small groups) so that I can devote proper attention to obssessively photographing each miniature lip product with other miniature things ❤

Soooo then, let’s find out what in the name of Moradin is going on – with Benefit’s Posiebalm artefact! Fittingly, for this product, this review is going to be relatively short… 😀

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

SHINEH *rogueish eyegleam*


Inkeeping with my recent trend, I’m going to talk about packaging first. It makes sense, since the packaging is the first thing you see, and in this case is also very nice indeed. The bits in this set are supposed to be deluxe samples, and in terms of the case, Posiebalm is holding up its end really well. The packaging is a cute, chubby little version of the full size, peachy chrome effect and everything. It has a strong snap closure (almost too strong) so you don’t have to worry about the goblin ratriders actually getting *into* your lip balm, even if they do manage to steal it (it is very shiny after all).

Where things get kind of interesting is on the inside….

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

A tiny pink nubbin – not inappropriately accomapnied by nipple-shaped mushrooms (it’s a unique sort of dungeon, this one…)

As you can see, this ‘deluxe’ sample contains precisely bugger-all product. I think this is why there was such confusion when we entered this chamber of the dungeon – everyone was having to do perceptions rolls (and failing most of them), because this artefact is enchanted with some serious stealth in terms of its contents. If you were looking quickly, you might assume it had been incorrectly filled in the factory, or made in honour of some sort of headless spirit, or attacked by extremely neat orcs with special decapitation scimitars. Or raised from the dead by a really, really distractable necromancer who never finishes the job and leaves partly raised corpses all over the landscape like mouldy mushrooms… 

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

A closeup, just to confirm that the amount of product in here is actually on the same millimetre scale as the miniature backdrop 😉

OK, I’ll stop now. Suffice it to say that I (and many others, I see) gave an involuntary snort when we saw the contents of the ‘deluxe’ sample.  It wouldn’t even be quite so arresting if the other samples in the box weren’t significantly more generous, and we didn’t all know that the price of the full size (relative to its pigmentation) is something that can be a bit hard to swallow in the first place. This is, perhaps, the first time I will be able to bring you a review of a product that is brand new to me…that I have already used up! 😀

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

You should have seen the gymnastics I did to get this to show up in a photo on my arm… I was using ALL THE DEX, people. Also, I forewent (?) the base makeup, so you get random dry flakes and pores, as my special gift to you 😉

This is the point where I have to wheel out the caveats and such. If you take a look in the picture above, you may be persuaded that this is a nice, gently tinted pink balm, and you wouldn’t exactly be wrong. It’s just that my natural lip colour is approximately zero, meaning that (inadvertently), I am the perfect person to showcase this product, from Benefit’s perspective. If you have any lip pigmentation or blush at all, this product may not show up on you. I will say, after going through the whole sample, that it has, vaguely, the feel to it of one of those ‘colour change’ lip products – you know, it goes on clear and then claims to tailor itself to your skintone or whatever (*snort*). Posiebalm goes on with colour, but it has that vaguely fluorescent edge to it that reminds me of the ‘pH’ lipsticks/balms. I think the other three shades (I kind of wish this sample had been Benebalm – red – or Lollibalm – lilac ) are all somewhat more pigmented, so those with rosier or darker natural lips may have better luck there. Benefit does seem to push the idea of wearing these balms over their matching ‘tints’, and I do own a sample of Posietint, but since the tints are plenty pigmented, you could just wear a  clear lip balm over them for the same effect. These balms shouldn’t *have* to be supported by another product underneath for colour; Benefit might as well just have released the balm formula in ‘clear’. In terms of that ‘balm’ part, it’s pretty nice. It feels soft and jelly smooth going on, it makes my lips feel soft and hydrated, but it only lasts about an hour. This wouldn’t be a problem, except that the full size is $34 here in NZ, and $18 in the US. That’s a lot for a not-very-long-lasting, very-slightly-tinted lip balm. There’s also the matter of the smell, which is…rose? Now, I quite like the rose smell on my Benetint, but this one, as Sunny found recently with another Benefit product, smells like the roses are past their best, with a somewhat sour note. It’s not unwearable (the scent doesn’t last much on the lips), but it doesn’t polish my daggers, if you know what I mean.

Basically, I wouldn’t be opposed to trying one of the other shades, if, (like with the Fresh Sugar balms), I was feeling flush in the gold purse department. To sum up in pros and cons (or chests and mimics, as I prefer):

Chests:

  • Smooth and hydrating
  • Pretty colour (technically)
  • Fabulously shiny packaging
  • Rogue-appropriate stealth-theme

Mimics:

  • Expensive (for what it is)
  • Sour-rose smell?
  • VERY SHEER
  • Only lasts ~1 hour (on me)

What do you think, fellow adventurers? How miniature is miniature? Would you try (or have you tried) one of these balms? What’s your favourite SHINEH packaging?

The practicalities: Benefit Posiebalm (and its sisters) is usually 0.1 oz / 3 g, and costs US $18 / NZ $34 for the full size. These balms may be acquired from Benefit’s own website, www.sephora.com, the and, in New Zealand, from the Benefit counter in Smith and Caugheys and online. The Sephora Give Me More Lip set does not, sadly, appear to still be available on the Sephora website. It was ~$60. There is, however, the Give Me Some Lip set for $25, which contains a shiny Bite lip pencil, as well as some other goodies.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

The Freshly Sugared Rogue: Exploring New Lip Balm Frontiers with the Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment!

Greetings from the second chamber of the dungeon, fellow rogues!

Gird your loins, fellow adventurers! The process of wading into that enormous pile of miniature loot continues today as we break into the second chamber of the dungeon. This chamber is in a similar colour family to last time, but on the other end of the spectrum in terms of pigmentation and delightful smooshiness ^_^ Trust me, ‘delightful smooshiness’ is not usually a phrase you hear bandied about with regard to dungeons, but here I feel it applies. But I’m getting ahead of myself! To keep things organised, I’ll start all these posts off in a similar fashion, to whit:

I should mention first off that a large number of the minis came in the form of the Sephora Give Me More Lip holiday special set, which contains 17 lip products in three loose ‘colour schemes’: red, nude and pink. I ordered this set from Sephora through the indomitable Jaa, who was kind enough to wrangle all the goodies into a parcel small enough that it wouldn’t cost me the contents of Erebor to ship it here. Jaa was also kind enough to take me a couple of pictures of the set before the packaging had to go…

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

The 2014 Sephora Give Me More Lip set (photo courtesy of Jaa)

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

…and here the inside! So much miniature lip goodness *drools*. The Tarte pencil at the left centre is the only full-size product. Yet more photographic awesomeness from Jaa!

 ‘I was rather excited when I saw what this set contained, because it was basically a laundry list of brands I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. Since there are so many products here, and because I’m a rogue and we’re funny like that, I’m going to review the contents in spearate posts (or in small groups) so that I can devote proper attention to obssessively photographing each miniature lip product with other miniature things ❤

Alrighty then, let’s dig into the next little gem on the list (yet another popular choice for review from my fellow adventurers) – the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treament in Berry! 😀

Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Berry review and swatches

*bling* How jewel-like is that brushed metal, boysenberry-coloured packaging? *grabby rogue hands*


Can we just take a minute to talk about the packaging here? I realise I’m not the first to do this by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it warrants serious consideration. This tube is made of metal. It has heft. Heft! It has a screw closure at the base of the lid that I spectacularly failed to photograph. A screw closure. This is possibly the most securely packaged lip balm in the multiverse, and I am a fan. There’s nothing worse than pulling your roll of lockpicks out of your kitbag, only to discover that they have all become glued together with strawberry Chapstick or whatever (especially given how horrible that stuff smells). this lip balm will not do that to you. The packaging has your back. And this is just the miniature version.

Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Berry review and swatches

It even has sunscreen. Sort of. For those sunny dungeons, don’tcherknow….

Speaking of smells, let’s start with a whiff of this. I had read various reviews likening it to everything from lemon cheese cake/lemon meringue pie to lemon Pledge, so my expectations going in were pretty much restricted to ‘lemon, probably?’. In this respect I was not disappointed, as the product does indeed smell lemony, with a sugary sweet but still fresh edge to it. Aptly named! It doesn’t have a flavour, per se, but there is a sweetness to it on the lips that is totally inoffensive. The perfume does hang around on the lips for quite a while, but since it’s a decent one I don’t really mind. It’s not like you turn away anything that obscures ‘dungeon musk’ while you’re adventuring, right? 😉

Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Berry review and swatches

Some of the product…

While we’re on the subject of questing (yes, you may call me Queen of the Obvious Segues): you might not want to take this into the next magma cave/dragon’s lair/lost desert temple you visit. It’s currently residing in the refrigerator at Rogue HQ, standing very incongruously in the egg tray, because this is possibly one of the softest, smooshiest lip balms I have ever experienced. To be fair, the little bullet is always going to be dinky (and ADORABLE), but the susceptibility of this stuff to even relatively mild heat is incredible. I’d heard this was a bit of a characteristic of these balms, and the Internet did not lie: I opened it yesterday and pulled the whole bullet out, as it had glued itself to the inside top of the lid. No worries – I just dropped it back in and put it in the fridge to re-set, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. Even when it was not leaping (slithering?) out o the tube, it is very soft to apply.

Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Berry review and swatches

…all of the product! I decided to keep it on ice, because, you know. Smooshy. 😀

On the topic of softness (sorry, I can’t stop now), Fresh certainly haven’t gone soft on the quantity if product they give you in this deluxe sample size. Matching the substantial packaging, there is a whole 2.2 g of smooshy goodness in here! This may or may not seem like a lot depending on your expectations from samples, but I was well pleased with it. Certainly, next to the Posietint sample, it is gargantuan 😉

Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Berry review and swatches

Gargantuan Lips! OMG It’s Lipzilla! Et Cetera…

 

On to some pictures of my lips that make them look equally gargantuan! (broken cymbal noise). I’ve been dithering around talking about everything *but* the details you probably want to hear, but I thought I’d keep them down here near the lip swatch pictures, for the adventurer in a hurry ;-). This lip balm is, in short, really nice. Smooshiness and all. Meltiness and all. It has a lovely, smooth, almost jellied coating feeling on the lips, which is something I rather like in my balms when my lips are feeling dry. It lasts quite a long time on me for a lip balm (close on two hours, colour intact), and my lips feel better after using it. The colour is a moderately sheer berry pink that changes (on me) depending on the light. In cooler, darker or cloudier conditions, it takes on much more of a berry tone, while in brighter, sunnier, warmer ones it has a distinct pink edge. The difference out and about is even stronger than in the pictures, but it looks nice either way, so I’m not complaining. The only issue I have with the smooshiness, coupled with the sheerness, is that sometimes it can take a bit of work to get the colour even. Most of this work can be done by mashing your lips together a few times however, no mirror required.

So! All in all, I rather like this little balm, and it certainly lives up to the nice things said about it (and others in the line the line) by people whose opinion I respect. If you live in a hot climate and are looking for something to toss in your handbag, however, this is not the balm for you, and the full-size price tag (for a lip balm) is substantial (~$22) which may be a deal-breaker for some. I have, at last count, 1726431724 lip balms to get through, and I can honestly say that I have enough other ones that are also nice that I don’t feel the need to go out and get the full size immediately. Should the occasion arise, however, I would definitely consider it!


What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried any of Fresh’s lip balms? What’s the most you’re usually willing to spend on a lip balm? Are there any other products you find particularly smooshy?? 😀

The practicalities: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments are usually 0.15 oz, and cost $22.50 each for the full size. Berry is a permanent shade, and they can be acquired from www.sephora.com. The Sephora Give Me More Lip set does not, sadly, appear to still be available on the Sephora website. It was ~$60. There is, however, the Give Me Some Lip set for $25, which contains a shiny Bite lip pencil, as well as some other goodies.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Want Glowing Coral Lips, Ranger-Style? Ooly Has You Covered with Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral (#004)

What ho, folks. Ooly’s back from her latest recon, bringing you the world’s cutest little mini-haul from a recent trip through the mystical forests of Versailles: Dior Vernis in Perlé (#187) and Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral (#004) from the Trianon Collection, Spring 2014.

 

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

The loot. And some rocks.

 

 

This is PART ONE, in which I talk LIP GLOOOOW. I’m not usually a big fan of lip products that aren’t balm. You know, when you’re out and about in the frosty mountain air all day, you don’t want hair getting stuck in your pretty lip gloss. You want balm. ALL of the balm. Because wind chill is a bitch.

 

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Dior Addict Lip Glow (etc) in Coral, complete with original shiny shell casing.

 

So how did I end up with this lip glow bullet in my ammo bag? Well, see, there’s this rogue called Syl, and she will. not. shut. up. about the lip thingies… Plus, this glowy one said “color reviver balm” on it. BALM. 🙂

In the little booklet, it promised rather a lot: “customized color”, “complete lip care action” (!), and “an extremely long-lasting result”. Ahh, but in addition, to win my approval, it would have to tick several essential boxes: wear-time; hydration; nice smell; no weird taste; solid, non-melty formula; good mechanism. I’m not picky, really.

How did it do?

 

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

On my arm!

 

“Customized colour result”? No idea. Since the mage fixed me up after that little run-in with the cranky sorcerer, I only have the one set of lips. But it sure makes them look pretty and healthy, without being too colourful. I like it! Also, no problem if you happen to colour outside the lines. I love this because I usually need my balm to go outside the lipline for comfort.

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Lip swatches, because the magical colour-changey thing doesn’t show on my arm.

 

“Complete lip care action” (!). Apparently, it contains extracts of wild mango and luffa cylindrica (the stuff they make loofahs out of). Whatever’s in it, it’s divine. Smooth to apply, comfortable to wear (not greasy or watery), and I am totally satisfied with the hydration levels.

 

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Lip Glow with its pretty cap. Also, a freshly-captured wild mango.

 

“Extremely long-lasting result”. I’m insanely picky about this – unless I’m feasting on a tasty, roasted something, balms must stay put, but my lips drink the stuff like it’s the last barrel of cider in the cellar. The Lip Glow passed this one with flying colours – great wear-time, and it even fought off some frozen yoghurt.

Taste? None, which is just fine with me. Smell? LOVE. Honestly, I would wear it for this alone. I think it’s meant to be toffee, which sounds ghastly, but it’s really sort of caramel-y, minty, and not-too-sweet. Mmmm! Great for staving off thoughts of one’s stomach when food is scarce.

Formula & mechanism? Well, the tube is Dior-pretty, with the usual silver knobby thing. I love the formula. The balm feels good on. It doesn’t move on your face or feel like a layer of something goopy. Added bonus: it doesn’t wobble in the tube, or melt if kept in a bag too close to the campfire by accident. I’ve had it for over a month, now, and of the three (yes, three! because variety is the spice of life) balms in my bag, it’s the first one I reach for.

Verdict: Big Ooly Tick! IF YOU CAN STILL FIND ONE, BUY ONE. #004 Coral is LE, but if you prefer a pinker tone, there’s another shade (#001) that’s permanent and equally lovely. I might get one of those, too…

Dior Addict Colour Reviver Balm in Coral (#004): about US$30 or NZ$50-60, from the usual places.

As I always say, until I learn to spit gold, no one’s gonna pay me for my opinions! Sad but true. And so, until PART DEUX, mes chers amis… good hunting. And always look up.

Thanks Ooly for the fabulous review! 🙂

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to hydrate your lips! (Also check for traps).

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (unless otherwise stated – in this post they’re Ooly’s, for example) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send toxic beetle swarms after you. They’ll be in your sock drawer, in your shoes and under your pillow…

The Bees! OMG, The Bees! – Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in #233 Rosy Dawn and Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

Greetings from the scene of an accidental beehive disturbance, fellow rogues!

You know, when you spend a lot of your time in forsaken crypts and forgotten ruins, fending off eldritch horros from beyond time and space (and gelatinous cubes), you can forget the simple, everyday dangers. Like bees. And dry lips.

Susie the Bard managed to trip over a beehive the other day, and all of my worries about chapped lips from rooftop chases were temporarily superseded by the desire to run very fast in the opposite direction. As we were escaping from the buzzing mob, I did manage to snag some loot from an unexpected hoard: Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn, and a Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus.

 

Burts Bees Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn

Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn, being assessed as fortification material by some skeletal necromancers. They’re very MacGyver-y like that.

 

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus, also being investigated as a defensive structure. This one might work better, actually, because of the ridiculously large (here partly opened) cardboard tube the lip balm comes packed in.

 

I’d never tried Burt’s Bees before, because (as lip balm type stuff goes) it’s very expensive here. Ooly swears by it, though, so when I spotted a GWP happening at Smith and Caugheys, I decided to take the plunge. The total haul also included a cute bag and a hand cream (which I will be reviewing separately when I’ve had more time to see if it works!).

Let’s start with the lip balm, actually. It’s a nice smoothing, creamy lip balm, with a sort of melony orange tint to it. On the lips, this translates to a nice coral effect, but the tint is manageable, so you can apply it without a mirror or worrying about looking uneven. It kept my lips nicely hydrated for a few hours, and didn’t have a strong smell or taste (just slightly ‘natural’. It doesn’t smell strongly of honey or anything). Below are the ingredients, for your perusal:

 

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

The ingredients list for the tinted lip balm in Hibiscus.

 

As you can see from the photos, the packaging of the actual lip balm is just your standard Chapstick type packaging. It works perfectly well and has a nice smooth twisting mechanism, so nothing to complain about there. The cardboard tube it comes packed in, however, puzzles me a bit. It’s a very nice, sturdy tube, attractively designed, and provides space for the ingredient list. However, it is rather wastefully large, in a way, and there’s certainly a bit of an anticlimax when you open it up and a tiny little lip balm tube rolls out :-P.

Right! Onto the Lip Gloss!

 

Burts Bees Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn

The doe foot applicator. As you can see, it doesn’t exactly come out loaded with product, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. The skelemancers seem to be arguing about it as well.

 

I chose the shade Rosy Dawn, because it was such a pretty, sparkling medium pink in the tube. There are several other colours, and they all look lovely and have dreamy, day/night/seasonal related names. Applied, the lip gloss is relatively sheer, but provides a pretty hint of colour and a nice layer of soft gloss with tiny shimmers. The overall effect is not ‘shimmery’ unless you view it close in direct sunlight, but it’s a perfectly respectable sheer-pink ‘MLBB’ lipgloss, and I’m happy with the shade I chose. Partly, I chose it because I wanted to make sure (for $20 and no returns in this country) that it would be fairly easy to make it work. I’m quite keen to get my hands on one of the ruby red toned ones, as they look glorious – I would have gone for one of those initially, but sometimes darker/brighter colours can be streaky or difficult, so I wanted to play it safe!

The ingredients:

 

Burts Bees Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn

Ingredients for the Lip Gloss in Rosy Dawn. The risen dead appear to be a bit confused, but they don’t have lips, so worrying if the ingredients are skin/ingestion safe is probably a bit pointless for them…

 

My favourite part about this gloss is that it is beautifully hydrating. While I have it on my lips, aside from the slight tack that develops right toward the end of wear, I don’t really notice that I’m wearing anything (feel-wise). No dryness around the edgess, no sliminess or stickiness. Just soft, glossy, hydrated lips. The gloss doesn’t really have a strong scent or flavour – if anything it smells a bit like what I would call ‘natural wax’. Once you have it on your lips, though, you don’t really notice anything. I would say, however, that if you’re looking for GLOSS! or SPARKLE!, this isn’t really it. It’s more like a slightly glossy balm-in-liquid-form with very fine sparkles for me. Since I like that, I’m happy, but your mileage may vary.

The only quibbles I have with it come on the packaging front. The tube is sturdy and secure, that’s totally fine. It won’t leak in your bag or anything. The doe foot applicator is also totally functional in and of itself. The main issue I have is that the doe foot applicator comes out with almost no product on it – maybe enough for one lip on a good pull. It’s hardly difficult to dip back in for more, but I feel that although there isn’t a strong ‘pull’ to get the applicator out, somehow there’s very little product on it. The other issue that I have is that very quickly, the printing on the tube started to wear/scratch off. This is also not really a huge deal, but I get twitchy about stuff that looks battered even when I’ve taken care of it 😛

Finally, some swatches:

 

Burt's Bees lip gloss in Risy Dawn and tinted lip balm in hibiscus

Left: Rosy Dawn lip gloss. Right: Hibiscus tinted lip balm. You can see the very fine shimmer in the lipgloss quite well in this photo.

 

And a lip swatch comparison! *Gasp* Since I believe that lip balms and sheer lipglosses should work when you’re wearing no other makeup, you get my rather mottled facial skin into the bargain! Lucky you 😉

 

Lip swatches Burt's Bees lip gloss in Risy Dawn and tinted lip balm in hibiscus

Swatches of both products on my lips, with my bare lips for comparison in the centre. As you can see, the lip gloss doesn’t come across as overtly ‘shimmery’ on the lips, so if you’re worried about shimmer or frost, fear not!

 

Just as a quick note: this was the adorable little bag I got the gift in (I bought the lip gloss for $20, and received the bag, full-size hand cream and lip balm for free!). It’s canvas, lined and has a sturdy zip. Love!

 

Burts Bees GWP canvas bag

The little canvas bag from the GWP. Cute and cheerful, just what you need in a dungeon.

 

Have you tried any of the Burts Bees line? Stay tuned for my review of the handcream, coming to an adventure board near you soon!

The Verdict: The lip balm is lovely and hydrating, with a nice, even tint. I’m not sure I’d pay full price for it on a regular basis, considering how much lip balm I go through, but that’s partly NZ prices. It’s definitely well worth your time if you’re looking for a nice coral-tinted lip balm, however, and there are several other shades in the range! The lip gloss is a winner for me: soft, hydrating and smooth with a hint of glossy shimmer. The Rosy Dawn colour really is a lovely medium pink, MLBB colour, and I’m very happy with my purchase. I’m keen to try some other shades in the range!

The Practicalities: Burts Bees Lip Glosses cost NZD 20.00 / USD 8.99 each for 0.2 fl. oz / 6 mL, and may be acquired from chemists/drugstores, Farmers, department stores and similar, as well as www.burtsbees.co.nz (Yes! They actually have a dedicated NZ website that you can buy from!) or sixteen other countries’ Burts Bees websites, including the US and UK. The Tinted Lip Balms are NZD 18.00 / USD 6.99 each for 0.15 oz / 4.25 g.

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (unless otherwise stated) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send minotaurs after you. Crazed ones.

Rogue Tricks: How to Stay Beautiful (and Comfortable) When You Have a Cold

Greetings from behind a small mountain of tissues, fellow rogues!

I disappeared from view for a couple of days because I’ve had that bane of every change in seasons, the scourge of every advenuring party that’s trying to get something done…a cold.

Yes, I realise that that might have been a little anticlimactic – I can hear the scoffs now: ‘Pfft, a cold? Suck it up, Syl! It’s not like you have the ‘flu or anything, jeez!’ 😀 Leaving aside for the moment the fact that there are a lot of people out there who claim the ‘flu when they have nothing even remotely near it (fortunately!), and that colds are sucky enough as it is, this post is not about whinging! No, this is about tried and tested rogue tricks for staying on top of your game, even when you have a temporary hit to your Constitution score (Cold: -1 pestilence damage per turn for 5 turns, no saving throw).

Anyone who’s squeamish about references to the types of personal gelationous cubes your body seems to manufacture during rhinoviruses can look away now, but you’ll be missing all the tips!

My horrifying Gelatinous Cube, complete with partially digested adventurer. A more colourful rendering can be found here.

My version of a horrifying Gelatinous Cube, complete with partially digested adventurer. The ones that come out of your nose will hopefully be smaller and more manageable…

I’ll start with the number one tip: Lip Balm for your Nose

That’s right, lip balm is for your nose (and upper lip) today. Because you’re a smart rogue, you know that one of the best ways to get rid of a cold quickly is to make sure that you blow, cough, hack up and generally expel all the gelatinous substances as soon as your body makes them available for you to do so. Not to mention that keeping track of what your gelatinous cubes look like is a great way to track what’s going on and figure out whether you *actually* need to go to the doctor or not!

Since this means that you’ll be blowing your nose a lot over the course of a few days, the skin in that general area is going to get red, sore, and possibly even cracked – you know the drill. What I want you to do is get a non-tinted lip balm, preferably one that comes in stick form, and stick it up your nose. Swivel, remove and repeat with the other nostril. Run it over the edge of your nostrils, under your nose, and over your top lip. Every. Single. Time. You . Blow. Your. Nose.

Do It.

I can hear the squeals of ‘EWWWWWW! GROSS!’ as we speak. But I want you to consider: you’ve just blown your nose. Because you’re not four years old (or a goblin), you’ve used your tissue to properly clean up and remove any gelatinous cube remnants, so your nose is clean and dry inside and out. The lip balm, therefore, isn’t going to get dirty, but without it your nose will get too dry. If you’re really particular, or want to perk yourself up a bit, you can use two balms – a clear one for your nose, and a different, maybe tinted or flavoured one for your lips. I promise you that if you use the lip balm(s) exactly as I’ve mentioned, the skin of your nose and lip will look, feel and be perfectly normal the whole time you have a cold, which will improve how you feel about how you look, as well.

This applies, actually, to any situation in which you blow your nose a lot – allergies, dusty environments and bouts of crying are also fair game for this rogueish lip balm hack.

So which lip balms are rogue approved for this purpose? You can use whatever you prefer, but remember to stay away from strong sunscreens, irritant flavours/scents (like mint, lavender or citrus) and tints/shimmers (for your nose, anyway). Also keep in mind that you can go through up to a lip balm a day using this trick, so gauge your price tolerance accordingly. I have tried, tested and loved the following:

Lip Balms for your nose

Nose champions! All images taken from the respective manufacturers’ websites: Nivea, Badger, Elizabeth Arden.

So there you go – the ultimate in rogue-approved, adventure tested cold beauty tricks. You’re welcome 😉

Additional Cold-Beauty/Comfort Tips (in no particular order):

  1. Stay home from adventuring for a couple of days. Your party with thank you for not infecting them, dungeons are draughty and damp (hello chest infection!) and if you just relax a bit, it will go away faster.
  2. Forgo mascara unless you like the waterproof stuff – instead, maybe just curl your lashes to help yourself look a bit more fresh and awake.
  3. I don’t bother with foundation/bb cream etc – I wipe my face too much for that when I have a cold, especially round the nose/mouth area! Instead, if I have to go out, I might just conceal any particularly egregious blemishes and maybe put a little bit of powder on any shiny spots. Or I might not bother at all.
  4. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise well – I try to do this anyway, but it’s particularly nice when you have a cold to feel clean and plumped up in the face department! Do a face mask. Treat yourself nicely!
  5. Do your brows. I find it just helps me to feel a bit more tidy and awake if I have to go out when I have a cold.
  6. Drink as much water and herbal tea as you can stand, but go easy on the coffee and soda. Ginger beer (one with real ginger) and Apfelschorle (clear apple juice mixed with fizzy mineral water) are nice if you’re feeling a bit bleh in the stomach department.
  7. A Whiskey health potion – but only a small, medicinal amount. Good for soothing the throat, staving off colds in the early ‘scratchy throat’ stages and clearing the nose. Seriously, I’m talking about one shot or less, well gargled with and swallowed, or made into grog with your tea, and not more than once a day. Generally, alcohol will just dehydrate you and make you feel worse, and it won’t ‘kill’ any viruses (unless maybe you inject it into your bloodstream or sinus tissue, in which case enjoy your hospital stay/funeral!). My favourite whiskey for this purpose is Johnny Walker Black Label (not so expensive you feel like you’re wasting it, not so cheap it tastes like paint thinner). You can also substitute another medicinal spirit of choice, such as rum (for traditional grog).

Right! Those are all the best rogue cold survival tips off the top of my head – if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go continue doing battle with the gelatinous cubes, wielding my trusty lip balm. Got any tips of your own? Share them in the comments!

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (unless otherwise stated) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send minotaurs after you. Crazed ones. 🙂

The Bigger the Loot, the Better! Clinique Chubby Sticks in Chunky Cherry and Grandest Grape

Greetings from the depths of the darkest dungeon, fellow rogues!

Sometimes, it’s worth delving onto the deepest depths of the dankest dungeon. Usually, this is when the promised treasure is biggest – or, in this case, chubbiest. I’ve previously reviewed Clinique’s holiday set (featuring three other shades in the Chubby Stick range), and this time I’m bringing you two full size treasures – Chunky Cherry and Grandest Grape.

Now, we’ve all probably taken a moment to step back and consider what the ettins in Clinique’s marketing department did with the names for this line of lip products, so I’m not going to harp on it again here. Suffice it to say that while Grandest Grape isn’t too bad, I feel the word ‘chunky’ shouldn’t appear anywhere the name for a cosmetic product, even when associated with cherries (mmmm…cherries…).

 

Chubby Sticks

Flog and Skeletor were initially adversaries, but bonded while laughing about how odd Clinique’s Chubby Stick names are.

 

As i mentioned in that previous post, Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are a favourite of mine. They apply smoothly and easily from their charmingly crayon-like packaging, and their texture is balm-like and hydrating to wear. There is a very light fragrance and no discernible taste. Chunky Cherry is somewhat sheer, but the pigment it contains is a bright enough pink that you still get an excellent effect, coupled with the advantages of being able to apply it safely without a mirror (essential in most dragon-related situations, I find).

 

Bullets

Flog and Skeletor couldn’t decide which better represented the colour they associated with the inside of those pesky, fleshy humans – the deoxygentated purple blood of Grandest Grape (left) or the more oxygenated pink hue of Chunky Cherry (right).

 

Grandest Grape is actually (I believe) a newer release, part of a ‘Chubby Stick intense line that Clinique brought out, presumably in response to complaints about the modest pigmentation of the original shades. The pigment is indeed more prominent, and as you can see from the picture above, this rogue tends to reach for Chunky Cherry more often for an everyday shade. I should probably mention here that one of my favourite things about the rather waxy, balm-like texture of these is that, in addition to lasting most of the way through your campfire rations, you can easily top them with gloss, without the lipstick dissolving or smearing or clumping or generally looking like you hired some sugar-hyped goblins to do your makeup. This is, I find, an underrated virtue of many lipsticks.

 

Daylight swatches

Daylight swatches of Grandest Grape (left) and Chunky Cherry (right). Do not adjust your screen – I am indeed that vampirically pale. Comes from all that time spent underground – I promise I’m not actually a vampire…OR AM I? *waggles eyebrows*

 

Grandest Grape is a deep, purplish pink – almost a red wine colour, which suits the name.  Chunky Cherry is a warm, medium pink, that leans a little coral on me, but does come up more pink on the lips. I think I’ve only ever seen this colour associated with white cherries, but I promise I’ll stop quibbling about the names soon 😉 Both Chunky Cherry and Grandest Grape will impart a soft stain (adding to their ~3 hour wear time normally), the latter being, of course, more noticeable.

The packaging is excellent, I find, with a twist-up action (so you don’t need to worry about cluttering up your kit with a sharpener or wasting product) that is very smooth and a snug fitting cap that doesn’t pop off in your bag. The product doesn’t get scraped off on the aperture as you wind it up or down, and the twist up action is smooth. You’ll have to pardon my focus on this – when you spend half your life disarming traps and picking locks, the smoothness of mechanical actions becomes somewhat of a preoccupation…

 

Artificial light swatches

Artificial light to show the sheen. Grandest Grape really is impressively pigmented when you contrast it with previous shades like Voluptuous Violet!

 

Like the ones I reviewed previously, these Chubby Sticks impart a sheer to medium wash of colour with a soft sheen. Chunky Cherry is perfect as a ‘my lips but better’ colour with one or two passes, while Grandest Grape will give Flog and Skeletor more pause for thought with only one pass of its deep, pigmented crayon. Both can be used as an ’emergency’ cream blush, just mind that the finish might be a little dewy. If you have a deeper skintone, you might not get as much value in this respect out of Chunky Cherry due to its sheerness, but I’d be interested to know the result if anyone less vampiric than I gives it a go!

The verdict: These two shades from the not inconsiderable Chubby Stick line are worthy additions to your kit, whether you’re looking for a medium, natural pink finish or a more striking autumnal/dungeoneering shade. I am a fan of Chubby Sticks in general, and can only recommend these to any rogue who likes a hard-working, attractive lipbalm/stain/stick/paladin.

The practicalities: Clinique Chubby Sticks cost NZD 40.00 / US 17.00 each for 3 g/0.1 oz. Clinique products may be acquired from assorted chemists, department stores and Spehoras around the globe, as well as www.clinique.com. I actually purchased these two Duty Free in Singapore Airport, where they cost (I believe) ~ SGD 20.00 each (about NZD 20.00). The lesson to take from this, is you live in NZ, is to either buy all your cosmetics duty free, or find someone to bring them from duty free (or the US) for you! 😛

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!

Three Times the Treasure: Clinique ‘Whole Lotta Candy’ Holiday Set – Chubby Sticks in Pudgy Peony, Voluptuous Violet and Two Ton Tomato

Merry lurking, fellow rogues!

I hope you’ve all been having an enjoyable festive season, with much quaffing, feasting etc. With some of the madness over, i’m checking in at the last minute (according to my schedule) to bring you a review of a wonderful gift I was given yesterday! To whit: the Clinique ‘Whole Lotta Candy’ holiday set.

The Clinique Whole Lotta Candy holiday set. Three times the usual Chubby Stick treasure! Also pictured – a slice of the village this rogue did most of her holiday feasting in…

The set contains three mini Chubby Sticks, in the shades Pudgy Peony (a bright, sheer, pink), Voluptuous Violet (a nearly transparent red-based purple) and Two Ton Tomato (a bright, sheer warm red), all in limited edition ‘candy’ patterned casing. The size of the whole stick isn’t dissimilar to a full size Chubby Stick, but there is less product (just under half) in the tube, hence ‘mini’. Attached below is the ingredients list, for your viewing pleasure.

The ingredients list/product details. I still have to wonder who came up with some of the names for these things. It's more original than 'Rose pink' or something, but 'two ton tomato' makes me giggle like a goblin at a rat race. Don't even bet me started on 'chunkiest chilli'...

The ingredients list/product details. I still have to wonder who came up with some of the names for these things. It’s more original than ‘Rose pink’ or something, but ‘two ton tomato’ makes me giggle like a goblin at a rat race. Don’t even get me started on ‘chunkiest chilli’…

 

Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are actually already a favourite of mine – I have two other shades, full size, that I will bring you at a later date. I find the texture to be smooth, easily applied, and very moisturising. They have a balm-like texture, a very light fragrance and no discernible taste. On me, they wear a good three hours or so, enough to get you through a couple of rooftop chases (where you’ll need the balm against the wind) and a celebration in the tavern afterward. Because of the slightly waxy texture (not in a bad way) I find that these last quite well through modest drinking/eating. Some of the shades can leave a soft stain.

 

From left to right: Two Ton Tomato, Voluptuous Violet and Pudgy Peony.

From left to right: Two Ton Tomato, Voluptuous Violet and Pudgy Peony.

The packaging is structurally identical to the full size Chubby Stick – there’s just a pattern on the barrel and the cap is transparent plastic instead of silver. The Chubby Stick packaging is excellent, I find, with a twist-up action (so you don’t need to worry about cluttering up your kit with a sharpener or wasting product) that is very smooth and a snug fitting cap that doesn’t pop off in your bag. There’s nothing more embarrassing than whipping out a dagger to fend off a rabid harpy, only to have the creature burst out laughing because your weapon is smeared with multicoloured gunk.

 

Closeups

Left to right: Pudgy Peony, Voluptuous Violet and Two Ton Tomato

 

In general, Chubby Sticks impart a sheer to medium wash of colour with a soft sheen. They’re perfect as ‘my lips but better’ colours with one or two passes, while some shades will yield definite and distinctly bright colours with a third or fourth pass. I can’t speak for all of them, as I’ve only (now) tried five shades out of what seems like about twenty, but every one I’ve tried has been at least useful as a ‘shade I can quickly dash on to perk me up while being pursued by orc hordes’ – seriously, never underestimate the power of a lip product that’s hydrating, imparts a soft, pretty colour, and can be applied without a mirror. The shape of the chubby crayon also makes application very easy. Even when it gets ‘blunt’, I still find it precise enough to get a good even line.

 

Swatches

Swatches in natural daylight, from left to right: Two Ton Tomato, Voluptuous Violet, Pudgy Peony.

 

In the above swatches, Two Ton Tomato and Pudgy Peony were two or three passes each. Voluptuous Violet was the result I got after, effectively, scrubbing at my arm with the crayon. The shade is, shall we say, rather sheer. However, when applied to the lips, especially if you don’t have a strong natural lip colour, it gives a slight berryish stain – I’m guessing that if your lips are more pigmented, it will probably just somewhat deepen the colour you already have. This can be very pretty for an effortless ‘pick me up’, but I’m not sure I would purchase the full, individual size of Voluptuous Violet at the price Clinique are asking for it!

 

Swatches 2

The same swatches under artificial light to show the sheen. Interestingly, Two Ton Tomato takes on a much more orange tone in this lighting!

 

One of the reasons that I like Chubby Sticks so much is that they are yet another multitasking product. The ones with medium pigment (like Two Ton Tomato and Pudgy Peony here) can be used as an ’emergency’ cream blush if you need to put a bit of colour in your cheeks at short notice! Obviously, because of their texture, you will get a slightly dewy effect, but you’re never in danger of applying too much, and if you have a few seconds to blend a bit more of the sheen away, then the stain is actually quite pretty and lasts for a little while. Mind you, this probably applies more if you are as ghostly pale as I am. Deeper skintones might find the exercise a bit pointless? Let me know if you try, I’d be curious to know if it works for those less vampiric than this rogue!

The verdict: All in all, this is a great little set of Chubby Sticks, perfect for those looking to try out a few shades, or those looking to expand their collection cost-effectively. Voluptuous Violet is very sheer, but sometimes that’s just what you need. I am a fan of Chubby Sticks in general, and can only recommend them to any rogue who likes a hard-working, attractive lipbalm/stain/stick/paladin.

The practicalities: Clinique’s Whole Lotta Candy set costs  NZD 40.00/US 25.00 for a set of three 1.2 g/0.04 oz (each) lip crayons. The same shades, and many others, are available in full-size Chubby Sticks in the permanent line, which cost NZD 40.00 / US 17.00 each for 2.8 g/0.1 oz. Clinique products may be acquired from assorted chemists, department stores and Spehoras around the globe, as well as www.clinique.com.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!