Diving Into Cosmetics: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display Review

Hello my fellow Beauty Kings and Queens!

Welcome to another entry in my Diving Into Cosmetics series. Today I have a review. If you haven’t gathered from my previous entries, I’ve acquired a lot of makeup-lipstick to be exact-so much so I needed an effective way of storing it all.  Enter Amazon once again to save the day with my first makeup storage case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers)

Manufacturer: Sorbus

Purchased from: Amazon.com; 88% positive reviews

Price: List price is $49.99, but I paid $31.99 with free shipping via Amazon Prime.

Remarks:

After keeping tabs on the price point since January, I finally purchased the product last month.  As I embarked on my search to locate a make up storage item within my budget, my eyes set their sights on Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display.  The things that appealed to me were storage space and the color options-7 to be exact varying a bit in price-available for the product.

Storage wise, this product is excellent. It fits all of my lipstick, lip gloss, lip linear, nail polish, etc. And there’s still room for more items.  I ordered my storage unit in purple with the option of 4 large and 2 small drawers. There’s also an option for 3 large, 4 small drawers which is available in the 7 colors.  The top part of the storage unit fits neatly on top but it can also stand aside on its own.

So far I have no issues with the product, though the negative reviews (3%) have stated that the product may crumble and fall apart due to being damaged. I’ll keep my eye on that for future reference.

Overall the Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers) meets my expectations and is a good quality product.  4/5  stars

 

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Diving Into Cosmetics: The Return

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written about my journey into the world of makeup… it’s been three whole years since I last made a Diving Into Cosmetics post…

Well life got in the way and my focus was on other things, but my resolve to learn more about makeup remains and I’ve decided to bring back this feature on my site! As I play catch up you can play along and read my three previous posts below.

All caught up? Good.

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon.  Until then take care.

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: Wonder Woman and Star Trek Cosmetic Lines Are Coming!

And welcome back to Diving Into Cosmetics, the column in which I write about my experiences with makeup. It’s been a while since I’ve written about my adventures, but have no fear there will be more to come. Let’s start this first entry of 2016 with some awesome geek related news!

Wonder Woman and Star Trek are getting cosmetic lines!

In the past, Wonder Woman has had lines before but this time it’s Walgreens who’ll be debuting a new and inexpensive line. The news comes to us via a Twitter post by comic book artist and writer Ming Doyle who attended WonderCon last week and posted the following tweet:

OMG! I’m definitely getting the lipstick, nail polish, and of course the makeup tote! According to the pic, the line will be available in May.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer for MAC cosmetics’ Star Trek’s line though.

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In honor of the series 50th anniversary, MAC cosmetics will launch a 25-piece special deco collection that will feature lipstick, eyeshadow, nail polish and other products inspired by Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and Vina the Orion slave girl. According to Robot 6 (a blog on CBR.com), the collection will debut first  on July 21st at the MAC Cosmetics store in the Gaslamp Quarter at San Diego Comic-Con before arriving online on Aug. 25 and in stores on Sept. 1.

mac-star-trek1From the character pictures, we can kinda tell what the makeup colors will be. Though it’s a bit of a wait, my excitement balances out my anticipation. I’m looking forward to both of these collections.

Diving Into Cosmetics: Lipstick Part 1

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When I left you last, I wrote about how my curiosity about makeup has led me to take small steps into the world of cosmetics. I’ve watched a couple of videos and read a few things and learned some terminology that I didn’t know before (You can read my previous post about makeup terminology). Those of you who aren’t makeup savvy like myself will learn right along with me and those of you who got your makeup knowledge down can help us out (seriously I need somebody, help!). Also in my previous post, I talked about how I wanted to focus on lipstick, nail polish, and-to add to this short list-eye shadow.  Let’s start with lipstick.

A few weeks back, I bought my first lipstick at a local beauty supply store, and only cost me .99 cents (yeah you read that right)! After wearing the color everyday to work for a few weeks, I’ve decided I needed more colors. Today, I headed back to the store and bought me a few more colors, five to be exact.

The lipstick is by Nicka K New York,  a brand that has been around since the 90’s and their prices for their products are really affordable, I mean really affordable.  The type of lipstick I bought in store retails on Nicka K.’s site for $1.49! Honestly I can’t afford makeup that costs $10 or more right now, so to discover this brand makes me extremely happy.

Today I went back to the beauty store and bought four more lip colors.  I just finished doing my first swatches and I tried each of my lipsticks on. All of five of these lipsticks are Nicka K New York Lipstick with Vitamin E. They are not matte, they’re very creamy. I tried all of these without a lip pencil (since I don’t have any).

First up is the first color that I bought Violet Red #807. It’s a pinkish red color. Pink is not my favorite color purple is but I do love this lipstick.

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Next is Bordeaux #905. It’s a reddish brown color.  My mom picked it out she has good taste.

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Next lipstick is Ruby Red #100. It’s an orange red. I like it there were a couple other reds that I was thinking of getting next time I go to the store so I can compare.

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These last two colors are nontraditional and I most likely won’t wear them to work but you never know.

First up is Smalt #999

This is a blue color. When I put it on my lips it first appeared purple but after a few times of going over my lips it came out blueish purple. My mom didn’t like this color she thinks it’s too dark, also she’s worried folks will make fun of me. I’m not worried about what others think. I like it though.  At least it matches my outfit.

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Last but not least and in honor of Friday the 13th, here’s Black #306:

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I like this one too, mom didn’t though she thought it was better than Smalt. Perhaps if I wanted to wear a black color to work I will have to get another lipstick.

And that’s it for now. I’ll be wearing these colors for sure and when I return to the store next month I’ll buy a few more shades. I want to get yellow and green lipsticks.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: Terminology

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Last time I talked about my cosmetics background-or lack thereof-and experience. I have a lot of questions that need to be answered, most of which are about the words used when talking about makeup. For instance the words ‘matte’, ‘swatch’, ‘satin’ etc., what do these words mean? Today we’ll answer those questions and more as I discuss makeup terminology.

Let’s start with the basics:

Swatch: this is when the product-lipstick, eyeliner, nail polish, etc.-is rubbed onto the skin or finger in order to show the color or texture of the product.

Dupe: a lower product that’s similar or a copy of a higher end product. Both products can also be lower end or high end.

  • Low-end: those that are affordable or can be purchased at the drugstore.
  • High-end: department store or exclusive products.

Collection:  Set of makeup products from a brand that is out for a limited time. Usually associated with a theme or a sponsored event.

Haul:  Large collection of makeup shown at once, which has been bought over time or at an event.

e/s: eye shadow

e/l: eyeliner

l/s: lipstick

l/g: lip gloss

T/M: Tinted Moisturizer

FOTD: Face of the Day

  • A picture collage of eye makeup, blush and lip product used that day.

LOTD: Look of the day

  • A picture collage of the complete look

LE: Limited Edition item

MUA: makeup artist can also stand for MakeupAlley.com

MA: makeup artist

HG: Holy Grail, the must have product.

NIB: product is new in box

BOGO: buy one get one free

DC: discounted item

GWP: Gift with a purchase

Here are some product terms:

Matte: product doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter

Satin:  product is somewhat a matte but has some shimmer

Frosty: product is shiny or has a duo-chrome finish

Metallic: product is shiny like metal but not glittery

Bleed/Bled: a lip product that can leave residue on the outer part of the lip after wear

Fall-out: a powdery eyeshadow that transfers flakes and dust to other parts of the face

Chalky: product is powdery but its low quality and hard to blend

To “foil”:  using an eye shadow with a damp or wet brush in order to create a  more vibrant or pigmented effect.

“Runs”: This is when mascara is transferred under the eye area or down the face. This happens sometimes when a person wearing mascara cries.

To “stipple”: using a duo-fiber stippling brush with a foundation to create an airbrush look

Palette: a set that includes various colors of eye shadows, lip colors, or blushes

Resource: How to Learn Makeup Lingo

 

Finally, here’s a list of makeup brands that I’ve heard of:

Nicka K New York

MAC

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)

Victoria’s Secret (VS)

Urban Decay (UD)

Covergirl (CG)

NYX

Maybelline

Loreal Paris

Revlon

Avon

Estée Lauder Companies

Max Factor

Mary Kay

Carol’s Daughter

Iman Cosmetics

TYRA (Tyra Banks’ cosmetic line)

 

And that’s all for now! A few weeks back I bought my first lipstick and this week I’m about to go buy a few more. I’ll tell you all about it in another post. Have a great weekend!

P.S.

I just found this resource:

Introduction to Makeup Artistry for the Beauty Professional

Now I’m not going to be a beauty professional, but this looks like it has a lot of topics to cover and will help newbies like myself. I’ll take a look at it this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: So many questions

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Cosmetics or makeup as it’s also called, I’ve always been curious about it. I enjoy watching fashion shows or videos that show models-ladies and gentlemen-having their faces painted in a creative masterpiece.  It’s a part of our culture and it’s history goes as far back as about 5,0000 years ago.

Though I was curious, I didn’t see the point of makeup.  What was the point of going through the hassle of putting all this stuff on your face only to go through the hassle of taking it off? Why do you put on concealer, blush, and all of that other stuff? Why are crimping your eyes? What exactly does an eyeliner do? I could never see the difference it made.

For the majority of my life I’ve never worn makeup.  I couldn’t afford it and the very few times that I was able to buy cheap makeup didn’t make a lasting impression on me.  There have only been two times in my life where I’ve worn makeup. The first was in middle school, I was in sixth grade and I decide to try on my mom’s makeup and go to school with it on.  Nobody noticed anything different about me and it took me a bit of time to take it all off when I returned home.

The second time was when I was in my twenties (I can’t believe I’m saying that) and my mom and I went to the mall.  One of the stores was having an event and at one of the booths they were doing free make overs.  When I did my makeover, I learned from the makeup artist that I really didn’t need to wear a lot of makeup.

After that, makeup wasn’t even a thought. I just went about my daily life scaring folks with my makeup free face and nobody bothered me. And I never have understood the fascination with seeing a celebrity without their makeup, I mean really what’s the point? Some look the almost the same without it and then others look drastically different, what’s the big deal?

I’ve got so many questions about makeup.

What’s is it about makeup that we put it on almost everyday and some of us sleep with it on?  What is the proper way to apply lipstick, what is it made off, why do people use that crimpy looking thing on their eyes, why do you have to put on layers, how many shades of red are there, why do you have a makeup bag, what is it about makeup that we love it some much?

Well starting this year, I’m going to find the answers to these questions and more.

My curiosity has finally gotten the best of me and this year I decided that I would wear makeup.  I won’t be putting on concealer, blush, or eye shadow, let’s not get crazy here.  I’m starting out with lipstick and nail polish.  I’m on a budget so I won’t be doling out cash to buy a whole bunch of stuff, one thing at a time if you please.  I hope to document my journey of learning more about makeup on here so bear with me as I dive into the world of cosmetics.