Stitch Fix Review #2!!!

Ok, second Stitch Fix. I didn’t learn from last time, so the pictures still aren’t great. Sorry about that.

This time I was REALLY excited about all but one piece when I pulled it out of the box, but it wasn’t as exciting once I got everything on. Even so, I kept two things from this box, so that’s an improvement on last time. I also got a different stylist this time. The first box was styled by Jennifer and the second was by Ishara. I wonder if they work on a rotation, or if every stylist is supposed to style you at least once? I think they have five stylists, so we’ll see who I get next.

So let’s start with the WTF item. This is a sheer, sleeveless, colorblocked hi-lo blouse. First, the fit was HUGE and billowy. Second, I am really over colorblocking and I have never been a fan of the mullet shirt/dress/skirt trend. Too gimmicky for me, plus the tail on this thing is ridiculously long. Third, The quality was very poor and the black panel at the bottom would NOT lie straight no matter how I tried to adjust it. At least the color is pretty. This was an easy no for me. $48, Halseyan.
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stitch fix review ayden hi-lo mullet shirt sheer blue sleeveless button up halseyan
Pictures censored to protect me from blackmail.

Then there’s the sheer button-up blouse with contrast trim. It was nice in theory, but when I put it on it made me think of some kind of uniform (albeit a flattering one). The pockets seemed really cheap, too. I might have kept it if not for those pockets. Like, we’re talking Charlotte Russe quality. :/ $48, Ellison.
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stitch fix review shipman white blouse contrast trim Ellison

I did keep that necklace, though! It’s a long silver chain with little beads that hang off it. You can loop it at different lengths for different looks and I know I’d wear it a lot, so that was an easy yes. $45, Marlyn Schiff.

This dress. Ugh. I loved it in the box. The fabric was so soft and it felt great against my skin, but it just looked… weird. It’s a half size too small, but I think it looks strange on me regardless. I’m not even posting a full picture because it was so unflattering, here it is under the sheer, white top. Two no’s don’t make a yes.
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I mean, I’m not a small girl, but this added at least 10 pounds to my frame. I guess I just like this look better on models than on myself. Go figure. $68 by Mystree.

Finally, here’s something I really loved! I’m into prints in a big way and I couldn’t get enough of this houndstooth print long sleeve top. The fabric is nice, the colors are different and it’s perfect for work without having to resort to a boring button-up. Just like last time, Stitch Fix redeems themselves with one item that just NAILS IT. $48, Sweet Rain.
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stitch fix review houndstooth print sweet rain
Dat print.

So once again, the box wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but if they can include at least one thing I like each time, then it’s still worth it. I suppose out of 5 items, it would be pretty hard not to include at least one awesome thing, right? And like many reviewers, I’m finding some cost v. quality issues. I’m still surprised that they can’t find a nice shirt for $30 (it is NOT that hard), but the prices are at least better than last time. To compare the boxes, check out my first Stitch Fix review here. Stay tuned for box #3 sometime this summer!

Simple but polished. Liquid liner and sheer red lip gloss.

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It was getting late and I didn’t want to wash a lot of makeup off my face at the end of the night or risk having it smudge after a hard night of lounging, so tonight I tried a deconstructed version of my beloved retro makeup. To keep it light, I used an off-black liquid liner and no mascara. No mascara! I lined my upper lashline with Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Spectrum ($22) Which is marketed as black with rainbow sparkles, but which ends up looking like a deep gunmetal that lightly sparkles when the light catches it. I kept the line very tight but thickened it at the outer corners to fake the same kind of optical illusion mascara creates but without all the product.

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See the liner flare?

For the lips, I used Be a Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess ($14), which is a true red that builds from sheer to opaque. Kevyn Aucion always cited sheer red gloss as one of his favorite universally flattering products, and I take his word pretty highly. I learned about this product line through Ipsy, and so far I’m enjoying the gloss a lot. The color is completely flat (no shimmer whatsoever) which lends itself to vintage looks. I like how well the color can build from sheer to opaque. It has a pretty standard texture and I didn’t notice any smell. Most importantly, the color is really pretty!

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Yay! I like finding new ways to streamline my application when I need to look polished quickly.stilla sparkle waterproof liquid eyeliner spectrum

BB Cream Review and Comparison!

I’m not into wearing foundation, but I always wear a moisturizer with SPF and I love products that do a little extra. Why not get some added benefit for a product I’m already using every day, amiright?  BB creams (AKA Blemish Balms, AKA Beauty Balms) promise to be a slightly more nourishing version of tinted moisturizer, with a sheer coverage that falls somewhere between tinted moisturizer and full foundation.

I hate the feel of MAKEUP makeup on my face. The color cosmetics I wear tend not to feel like much, but foundation feels suffocating to me. Until now, the only thing I could stand has been Bare Minerals, but I don’t really trust it to provide sun protection, so I generally have to double up on sunblock + powder. BB Cream seemed like a godsend.

So what do I think now that I’ve tried a few? I think they can be great, but you really have to shop around. They vary WILDLY, but that’s good because everyone needs something different. Here are my thoughts on the four I’ve tried so far:

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ ($39)

I really like this one. It’s got the highest SPF of any I’ve tried and it feels pretty light. I can still kind of feel it just a little, but it provides a pretty natural finish and the color matches my skintone really well. Unfortunately, it only comes in one shade, so keep that in mind. It also takes a little practice to use effectively- it needs to be shaken the first few times you use it because it can settle in storage and then it will look weirdly grey and ashy. Clearly I made the mistake of not shaking it the first time and really freaked myself out. You also have to be careful not to use too much, because you can easily layer it up into foundation territory (unless that’s what you’re going for), but it is nice that the coverage is buildable and versatile. I tend to use one and a half pumps.

Before and after:
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I look like I’ve been crying or something, but really my face is ruddy from being freshly washed.
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By the way, I’m not photoshopping any of these other than to adjust the lighting. I retouch most of my images (just a little, not to blatantly lie), but I thought it was important to really include all of the skin imperfections here to give a more accurate representation.

Next up, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light ($39)

This one has very high coverage, it’s super thick and super opaque. It felt way too heavy and makeup-y, but it might have been better if I’d applied less. It’s just really thick in general, so who knows? A good one to go for if you wear normal foundation, though. If I were a foundation girl, I think I would definitely prefer this to a normal liquid. I thought the color matched really well, and it comes in a really nice range of shades. It has a nice, semi-matte finish, too.

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You can totally see the makeup, though.
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Then comes the token drugstore brand. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Light ($10.99)

I often like these “find your shade” makeups that supposedly adjust to your skintone (Almay’s is pretty decent and is actually one of my favorite liquid foundations), but this one apparently adjusted to someone else’s face. I probably should have tried it in Fair and not Light because OMG ORANGE. Mismatching shade aside, the coverage is pretty sheer. If I’m going to bother wearing a tinted product, I want a little more coverage than this because my skin is a little blotchy and I have intense dark circles. If your skin is close to perfect, this would be a really nice product. It isn’t ideal for me, though.

loreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B
It’s very, very thin and it starts out white with grey dots.
loreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream texture

As soon as you start to blend it in, the grey beads break and release the color.
loreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B

loreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. cream coverage
Natural-looking finish. Maybe TOO natural-looking.

Finally, we have Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Vanilla Glow ($34)

This is another one I got in the wrong color. I’m not sure if Snow Glow is a new color or if I somehow missed it when I bought this, but I probably would have been better off with that shade. This product feels great, though. The one I got is just barely too dark on me, but again, I think that’s my fault. It has pretty light coverage and dries weightlessly. I switch between this and the Dr. Jart BB depending on what kind of blotchiness I’m dealing with. I prefer this one on days where I’ve had a good night’s sleep because it feels a little cleaner, just at the expense of some opacity. Makes sense.

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Lipstick Queen Look of Love and Sephora’s Disney Princess Jasmine Collection

I’ve been overhauling my makeup wardrobe lately, and a ton of makeup went in the trash. It’s important to toss expired products because they can dry out, the chemicals can break down or they can just get unhygienic from bacteria. Yuck.

There’s a silver lining, though! To soften the blow of losing some favorite products, I’ve bought some shiny new box sets for myself!

I got the Lipstick Queen Look of Love lipstick Vol 2 ($45) with 3 different lipstick formulas, which was exciting because I’ve heard great things about the brand and this let me try a few different varieties. It came with the sheer “Saint” lipstick, shimmery “Butterfly Ball” lipstick and the “Oxymoron Matte Gloss.” I thought the colors would be a lot darker than they are, but they’re still so pretty and definitely worth the money.

lipstick queen look of love set

As a packaging nerd, I liked the “book” the lipsticks were packaged in, but I was even more impressed with the Sephora x Disney Princesses collab. I bought the  Jasmine edition Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 2 ($55). It has 15 super bright, awesomely fun eyeshadows, a blush and a bronzer in a super-cool box with die-cut latticework and gold foil accents. The box even has a hidden compartment to go with the theme of secrecy. I go crazy for this stuff.

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The Sephora eyeshadow formula has improved a lot over the years; they used to be hit or miss, but now they blend really nicely and have good pigmentation. The shimmery shadows were a little powdery and had some fallout issues, but they looked SO PRETTY in person and it didn’t matter much when they were applied

I did two looks with these products, here’s what happened:

The first look was a desert sunset inspired red and creamy orange look. I used all of the warm tones from the pallete, then lined with Urdan Decay 24/7 Pencil in zero ($19) and used my Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20). I also lined the inner rim of my eyes with the flesh-toned NYX wonder pencil ($4.49). It’s meant as a concealer pencil, but I think it makes a great waterline color to brighten eyes a little more subtly than a typical white pencil. I used the bronzer and blush from the Jasmine kit, but had to blend them waaaay down because they’re too dark for someone as pale as me. Good news for darker skinned girls, though!

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I also used the Saint Pinky Nude lipstick from the Look of Love set, with a little bit of the Butterfly Ball in Smitten layered over for shimmer. These lipsticks are so pretty and so smooth BUT they’re really light. I was disappointed because I was hoping for a darker berry color based on the picture online, but what I got was still really pretty. They feel like creamy lip balm rather than lipstick and look really natural. Like my natural lips, just better. I don’t know if I would have bought the set if Ihad  known what it was, but I still don’t regret it since I know I’ll use them. It’s sort of like a little black dress that sounds kind of boring until you realize how useful it is. The matte gloss in the kit is awesome, but more on that in a minute.

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The Saint Pinky Nude on its own. The perfect nude color for me, which is actually something I’ve had a tough time finding (they can look so chalky)!

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Next, I tried a blue and champagne oasis-inspired look. I used all three blue shades, plus three creamy colors. I really, really love the “Cosmic” color, it kind of reminds me of MAC Gleam. It’s a great rose gold color that would look good on anyone. I used the same mascara, but went for a layered eyeliner look. I used NYX Liquid Crystal liner in Crystal Onyx ($4.49) on the upper lashline, extending into a thin wing and mirrored the look on the bottom with NYX Glam Liner Aqua Luxe in Lagoon ($5.49).
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I used the Oxymoron Matte Gloss on my cheeks and lips, and it’s super weird and awesome. It’s really solid, I pressed pretty hard with my finger and felt like I was barely picking up any product. To my surprise, the color showed up nicely. It’s like a solid version of your standard, creamy lip and cheek stain, but I think the hardness is what makes it actually work on lips. Most products like that are great as a blush, but have kind of a funky, irregular finish on lips. I’ve found this with liquid lipstains, too. This seems to get it right. I only got the product today, but I might be obsessed. Lipstick Queen is living up to the hype, I would definitely recommend them.

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Check out those nicely stained cheeks and lips!

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And here we are with the Butterfly Ball Smitten Lipstick on top.
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Ta da! I should throw out all of my makeup more often.