Reds, Nude & Mint: Lime Crime Lip Colors Review

I'm admittedly not a beauty expert, but I've been getting more into experimenting with makeup colors. Of all the cosmetics brands I've seen, Lime Crime is by far the best when it comes to lip colors with a collection of highly pigmented, vibrant, and unorthodox colors. At this point I'm the proud owner of five of them--a nude, three reds and a minty green--so I thought I'd share my experience with them. Overall I'm stoked on them, but there are a few drawbacks.

I first discovered Lime Crime while looking for a Tiffany blue lipstick color for the wedding of my good friends Dominique and Ron Pruitt of the fabulous wedding photography company Love Me Sailor (and future recording artist!). With the Royal Wedding happening around their own, my friends and I planned to make some crazy hats for the event--but turned out I was the only one, boo. But no bother, my idea was to dress up Tiffany-themed (because that's my name, duh), with a gift box as my royal wedding hat, as many Tiffany blues as I can, and wear the Tiffany necklaces I had (though not really much of a fan).
I searched high and low for the closest lip color to a Tiffany blue and Lime Crime came through!

Since then I've been wanting all of their colors and splurged on four new ones recently. I'm Asian and my skin has a golden undertone, so luckily they have a helpful guide to which of their colors are suited to your skin tone. Along with my Mint To Be color, I bought Cosmopop, Glamour 101, Retrofuturist, and their Candy Apple lipgloss (seen below right to left).

I'm no makeup artist, so you're seeing these lip colors just swiped on with no lipliner, primer, or so forth. These are just the pure colors! Lime Crime's products are all vegan, cruelty free, and lead free. All the photos you see were taken by me, many of which you can find on the KidViskous Instagram, look us up!

Oh no, looks like it's discontinued! It was a limited-edition color along with a canary yellow and black, but looks like they'll bring it back. The color is truly opaque, applies smoothly, but you can see every crack and detail in your lips so you kind of have to put a lot on to fill them all in. It's super opaque so the lipstick feels pretty chalky and comes off easily with any lip pursing or eating/drinking. On, it doesn't look like a definitive mint green, leans a little to the baby blue side. Personally, I think with my skin tone it makes me look pretty ashen (I would go as far as to say a little corpse-y), even though the guide says it works with golden undertones. I also don't care much about that. But it definitely does the trick if you're looking for a great pastel color and I'm convinced it's a better quality than any pastel lipstick from another company. Plus it has a yummy vanilla scent (as do all the lipsticks!).

A light creamiscle, I was especially stoked on this color because I was looking for a light orange/coral color for BBQs, pool parties, and other daytime activities. But when I tried it on, it blended so much with my skin it looks more nude than orange. In the product photo it looks great, but I would recommend this color only for those with very pale or tanner skin so there's more of a contrast. I might have to go for their tangerine color My Beautiful Rocket to get my orange fix.

Another limited-edition color, Glamour 101 is an opaque wine red lipstick reminiscent of classic Hollywood. It's brown-based so not as rich a red as some, but is dark, matte and looks great with porcelain skin and a bold brow. To me, this is a "formal dress" color to be worn with something elegant and black. It's a lot less chalky than Mint To Be, but since it is matte and opaque it still has an element of thickness to it, but no more than another lipstick brand. I won't wear this much, but when I do, BAM!

The must-must-MUST-have color for everyone, Lime Crime's Retrofuturist is a bright, glossy red with a tinge of neon for an extra pop. This is my go-to color whenever I go out. It's not 100% opaque so it will match anyone's lips and comes out like a race car red (much bolder than the photo!). This lipstick is very pigmented so it glides on, stays on, and doesn't clump or buildup around your lips since all you need is a thin swipe. You'll have a bit of red on even the next morning!

 
Part of their 'Carousel' collection, this gloss is intense. It's "semi-opaque" but is so ridiculously rich it's like pouring red molasses on your lips. In my photo you can't see much, but the glitter shows as much on the lips as you see in the tube. Candy Apple is like the gloss complement to Retrofuturist in its vibrancy, but its red is a little deeper. With the gloss being so rich, it's hard to make it look even on the lips. With every swipe you can see the trails of the brush bristles, giving it a smeared look. It's also so thick that it clumps easily and don't even try putting your lips on anything. I can't imagine wearing this over another color because the stickiness would just rub the underneath color off during application. I haven't yet worn it out, but I definitely will use a good red lipliner since its hard to get a clean border. But be prepared for constant maintenance throughout the night!

Have you tried Lime Crime before? I'd love to know your experiences, leave your comments below!

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Day 3: neuLash Active Eyelash Growth Serum (RECANTED)

UPDATE, May 2012: I raved about this product last winter, but a friend who had been using it longer than I had came down with a case of blepharitis. She was told by her doctor it was because of the neuLash and had to take antibiotics and fish oil supplements. It took a few weeks for it to go away! Now I'm not saying everyone will catch blepharitis, but knowing some close to me who did caused me to stop using this product. I've actually paid up to get Latisse, and a month later I'm stoked with the results!

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Just a quickie Saturday post for Day 3 of our 12 Days of Xmas Gifts countdown. While I'm not much of a beauty expert, my friend Danielle of hot D.C. band Shark Week turned me onto neuLash saying it worked for her and others she knew. And guess what, worked for me too! But it'll cost you.


Read more about my experience after the jump:



It's hard to rave about this product without sounding like some ad, but it really does work. As an Asian girl, my lashes are naturally pretty short and sparse, so I've been looking into eyelash enhancers for a while. I've tried Idol Lash to no avail, and I hear castor oil alone helps (it's a main ingredient in most eyelash growth serums). But for my $85.00, (and no prescription like Latisse requires) neuLash has been one that actually showed me results.

To a clean, makeup/mascara/moisturizer-free face, you apply a thin layer to the base of your lashes before bed and that's it. I've only been using it about 5x a week (supposed to use each night, but you know, I come home late, and I've been partying, whatevs) for two months and so far it has noticeably lengthened my lashes, but not made the growth thicker. You'll have a weird in-between time where one lash is way longer than the others, but the rest will catch up eventually.

neuLast comes in 0.11 fl oz size for $85, and 0.2 fl oz for $150. Sounds so expensive for so little, right? But my $85 tube has lasted still this long. I haven't had any irritation, but I have noticed it's a little harder to open my eyes when I wake up in the morning due to slight puffiness and some darkening around the eye where the product is applied. The darkening is very slight, and happens where I'd put eyeliner or eyeshadow anyways, so it blends in in my opinion.

I purchased from Dermstore.com, they're offering free 2-day shipping plus a ton of other deals if you just click around. And they send you cute little free samples with your order, which I of course love. They also have a holiday 3 pack of neuLash, neuveau Brow serum (haven't myself tried, geez getting crazy with the faux French) and a brow definer pen. So what are you waiting for, get winking! A holiday gift for yourself is a holiday gift nonetheless, right?





Fendi's Mall Madness; Chloe's A No-Show



One of the leaders in designer handbags for decades, Fendi’s newest retail location opens in a most unlikely location: the mall. Their official opening party last Thursday night--hosted by Chloe Sevigny in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Avant-Garde members--had the rare absence of car-to-door valet service that most designer openings have, because, well, patrons had to park in the Macy’s section of the expansive mall parking lot. But this is not just any mall: the Beverly Center houses the usual Panda Express and Banana Republic, but also has Louis Vuitton, Burberry, D&G and Christian Dior for local Beverly Hills consumption. Still, it was a bit unsettling to take the escalators dressed to the nines alongside regular mall shoppers, children, pretzels and all.

 Champagne and wine flowed while waiters with model-good looks carried trays of minuscule appetizers and desserts.

Despite the questionable location, the intimate gathering attracted an eclectic crowd of hipsters, fashion elite, celebrities, art patrons and serious shoppers to the small yet chic boutique bursting with an enviable range of covetable leather, sequin and beaded bags plus some of the fiercest six-inch heels I’ve seen in a while. One woman in a sore thumb turquoise velour sweat suit reportedly dropped over $10,000 in a matter of minutes--normal. Luckily, twenty percent of sales that night will go to benefit LACMA. 


Celebrities included stylist Brad Goreski (who tweeted a photo us wearing our bow ties!), a bespectacled Abigail Spencer, a very chilly Jeffree Star and an all too brief appearance by the now super svelte Kelly Osbourne and an exceptionally tight-skinned Sharon Osbourne. But the big no-show of the night was the host Sevigny herself. Speculation says she skipped out in favor of the Elle and Express ’25 at 25’ event, and perhaps came back to the boutique later to help sweep up.

Fendi, Beverly Center, Level 7, 8500 Beverly Boulevard; 310-289-1704

Stylist Brad Goreski (The Rachel Zoe Project) and I having some bow tie love. He was really the nicest, most gracious TV/fashion celeb I've ever met and he made sure to ask everyone's names and was happy to take a photo with us. P.S. He's 10x cuter in person.

More Fendi opening party photos...






Alas, Chloe Sevigny was nowhere to be seen...