Sunday, January 31, 2010

Make your own Blushberry Shine!

Like I said a couple days ago, I found out that Cover Girl's TruShine Lipstick line is being discontinued- including my most favorite shade in the whole world- Blushberry Shine! It's a hybrid shade of sorts, so I don't really know how to describe it. I tried it on a whim about a year and a half ago. I'd read a lot online and in magazines about how good this lipstick was- sheer, shiny, and flattering. And the little tool on the Cover Girl website matched my skintone with Blushberry Shine. I usually don't trust that thing (it always picks out nasty purple shades for me), but I decided to go for it. And it was AWESOME! Sheer, glossy, buildable, ultra-flattering, and face brightening. I used to apply this while taking notes in the back of a class, it was that easy. Easy, breezy, beautiful- Cover Girl....

Wow, what a diatribe. My point is, this is the only lipstick I've ever found that could be called "every day." It went with every eyeshadow and outfit color I could think of. Bah. Still upset (can you tell??).

So what I decided to do, in a moment of brilliance, was to mix up my own. This decision was spurred by my finding an old tube of lipstick in the back of my cabinet. I received it last summer when my mom's Mary Kay representative was giving away freebies. The color is just awful for me. It's
really dark and really matte, two of my not-so-favorite things. Here's what's left of the lipstick after I decapitated it:

It's called Rose Petal (wtf??). I would've named it Bordeaux, or something. Anyway, since it's so matte and opaque, it showed up really dark on me. I decided to mix it together with one of my MANY too-clear glosses that I just haven't thrown away yet (above). This is a GREAT thing to do with those too-sheer lip products. I never EVER wear them, because why would I want my naked colorless lips to look watery and shiny?? Anyway....

As you can see, Mary Kay's Rose Petal is pretty close in color to CG's Blushberry Shine:

right: Blushberry Shine
left: Rose Petal

Pretty close, right? Well, I guess all I did was dilute it and add some shine. I picked this gloss (Sally Hansen Satin Shine gloss- it's discontinued now and I got it at Dollar Tree) because it's tingly and smells good. I guess that's something the original Blushberry Shine doesn't have. Here's what I ended up with:

Here's my Blushberry Shine Remix next to the original: Pretty awesome, huh??

The color and sheerness are very VERY similar, which is good news for me. If you can't get your hands on Mary Kay's Rose Petal, there are several shades that I think might work:

Maybelline Color Sensational- Warm Me Up
Maybelline Color Sensational- Warm & Cozy
Maybelline Color Sensational- Blushing Brunette
Revlon Super Lustrous- Rum Raisin
Revlon Super Lustrous- Sparkling Cider

The cool thing, though, is if these shades aren't quite right, you can correct it by mixing in other shades too. Or you can dig through some old lipsticks that haven't got any wear because they're not quite right, mix them together, and see what happens! What you will need to make something akin to Blushberry Shine are:

Something brown
Something berry
Something clear and shiny

Find some lip products you already have that fit into the above categories, and go crazy! (Send me pics if you end up with a winning combination!)

Even though this particular mix turned out good, it's kind of hit-or-miss. Not to mention a hassle. So I'm still on the hunt for a new replacement. Neutrogena's MoistureShine Sheers in Plum Kiss is looking pretty promising right now- I'll let you know as soon as I buy it and test it!

Monday, January 25, 2010


That's me, in case you were wondering. Things just got too crazy with school and, you know, life in general. Plus that eyeshadow challenge was a little too umm...... challenging. Ha. I really like my neutral eyeshadows lol. Anyway, I may do a few more- maybe some of the color families I haven't attempted yet. I think a lot of them are pretty similar though.

But in other news, I found out something that will seriously change the course of my life (or at least my face) for the worse. CoverGirl's TruShine Lipsticks are being DISCONTINUED!!!!!!! I found this out on the lovely Internets and was legitimately upset. That was the only lipstick I ever completely used. That was the one shade I could literally throw on in the car without a mirror and know that it would simultaneously match anything I was wearing and brighten up my tired face. SOOO upset.

I have browsed online for a worthy substitute, and the only similar shade and sheer formula I could find was Neutrogena's MoistureShine Lip Sheers in Plum Kiss. Not that I've tried it yet because they're almost $10 for a stinkin tinted lip balm. But they are tingly. Hmmm....

Anyway, I have found another tinted tingly lip balm that I like. Although the colors are a little hit-or-miss. It's Wet 'n Wild's Natural Wear Lip Shimmers:

They are $1.99 at most places, they have an amazing tingle, and are SUPER pigmented. I tried 106 and 101- 101 is definitely my favorite. The cap looks kind of spice-colored (I actually think the name is Spice- but you know how Wet 'n Wild products have a name but it comes off with the plastic wrapping so then you can never remember it), but it's kind of a peach shade. This is what it looks like on me:

It's just enough darker than my actual lips to brighten up my face and make me look "finished". I really like it a lot. My only beef? I feel like these peachy shades look clashy when I wear green, blue, or teal shirts, which is only like every day. Still looking for a new fave.... Sigh.