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Monday, January 15, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLust 007 Kit, Version Colour Blitz

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If you are a makeup lover then I’m sure you’ve scoped out the new PAT MCGRATH LABS line. I mean, her list of credentials is impressive and she has seen everything when it comes to cosmetics so it’s only natural for her to come out with her own line.

Since I’ve become the queen of the lippies, I was most curious about her liquid lipsticks. What’s interesting is the way she’s releasing them in these sets. I picked up the LiquiLUST 007, Version: Colour Blitz ($75 @ sephora.com) right before the holidays and finally got around to writing them up after trying them multiple times.

The set contains:

  • Revelation Red Liquid Lipstick (red)
  • Wreckage Totale 1 Liquid Lipstick (bright pink)
  • Nightshade Liquid Lipstick (eggplant purple)
  • Violet 007 Crystalline Micro-Fine Pigment
  • Clear Vinyl Gloss

 

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Kaleidoscope Dream Palette

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In continuing coverage of the URBAN DECAY x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection, we come to this  Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is full of a lot of accent colors and I just love it so far! The pressed powders are all buttery smooth and seem to blend well. I wore Spitfire, a bright pink satin w/purple shift and the holographic green pearl shift shades called Leo, last night and they really kicked my eye look into overdrive.

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As with most UD products, they’re not afraid of bright or bold colors and every color in this palette just seems to go so well with the co-creator. I’m just ecstatic about this palette, if you can’t tell, and the price tag of $39 is so reasonable.

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I do have to wonder about the “stay gold” written on the mirrors of this palette and the other two. Is it a reference to The Outsiders movie? I’m going to tweet her to find out.

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Urban Decay always seems to pay attention to the brushes they include with a palette. This one has a nice blending brush on one side and a crease brush on the other. Nice!

Is this something you will be adding to your collection? Available @ urbandecay.com.

Click the below link to check out the swatches.

 

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Just Out! UD x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection

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Just out from URBAN DECAY is the UD x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection. I previewed the collection on my Instagram Stories and archived them, so please check the pics out and hopefully I can get the items reviewed quickly!

What it is: Kristen Leanne is a cruelty-free beauty influencer known for bright colors, glitter, beautiful tattoos and her full-of-life personality. Her videos range from everyday wearable looks to over-the-top glam tutorials, utilizing her artistry and creativity every step of the way. We tapped into Kristen's amazing makeup talent and discovered what inspires her. Then we bounced color ideas back and forth until we created her perfect makeup collection.

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First up, the ud x KRISTEN LEANNE Vice Lipsticks ($17 @ urbandecay.com). I just love all the holographic colors of the packaging! From the box to the hot pink caps, they really paid attention to detail to make it all Kristen Leanne. And her name on the body of the lipsticks is also a nice touch.

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Colors:

  • Spellbound (deep plum) mega matte
  • Cloud9 (magenta) comfort matte
  • Bun Bun (nude) comfort matte – Bun Bun is the nickname of her bunny, Brixton!

Like all VICE lipsticks, these are smooth as can be with the mega matte lasting longer on lips than the comfort mattes.

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From L to R above: Spellbound, Cloud9, Bun Bun.

Pick up the whole collection on January 6, 2018.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

CoverGirl Melting Pout Mattes

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This review is all about the scale as in 10 being the best and 1 being the worst and how each trait of these COVERGIRL Melting Pout Mattes ($6.99 @ covergirl.com, target.com) tests out. I’m going to rate each aspect of these liquid lipsticks on that scale.

The formula of these liquid lipsticks is a mousse and when it comes to pigment, these were about a 6, which is sometimes a nice alternative since there seems to be a competition between who can out-pigment who these days!

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On the comfort scale, I’d give these a 8 (1 is suffocation and 10 is I’m not wearing anything on my lips).

Like most liquid lipstick, the lighter colors wear better (less streaky) than the darker colors. I did find with a few of the berry shades like All Nighter, that after I apply them, I quickly blot and then it’s even on the lips and looks better.

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On the longevity scales, the lighter shades of these didn’t seem to last past about 4 hours, which is not that great, and the darker shades wore about the same.

Overall, I’d give these a 6 out of 10. So they didn’t fare the best but I really did like the All Nighter “stain” out of the bunch as seen in the picture.

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Shades L to R: 300 Secret, 305 Ballerina, 310 Coral Chronicles, 315 All Nighter, 320 Back Talk, 325 Never Say Never

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Shades L to R: 330 Seismic, 335 Champagne Showers, 340 Current Nude, 345 Paradise Lost, 350 Super Model, 355 Gray Matter

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Serious Glitter & Glow from Stila

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I got my paws on some of STILA’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24 @ stilacosmetics.com, ulta.com, sephora.com) recently and wanted to review and swatch them here since they have quite a buzz around them! I wrote about these recently that are great for when you want to line with a glitter but these are made for when you want to cover more surface area.

What it is: Long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combining the perfect mix of pearl and glitter to lavish eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. With its uniquely lightweight, water-infused texture, Glitter & Glow glides effortlessly, then dries down smoothly, locking in maximum sparkle with minimal fallout, for eyes with a real “wow!” factor.

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My take: Yup these are pretty wow on the eyes! Metallic, sparkle and glittery makeup is all the rage right now and these are a great way to add a little jush to your look, day or night. The biggest challenge with wearing glitter on the skin is always getting it to stay put but since the glitter is suspended in a water-base, there wasn’t much fallout. And with the three that I tried, they pack a punch in the amount of glitter per inch. In other words, they didn’t skimp!

These three shades are from the ‘Written in the Stars’ set that was put out over the holidays so the versions shown here are the 2.25ml sizes but you can buy the full sizes of these, which are 4.5ml.

I tried these on my lids with a primer and without and the one with the primer did a little better when it came to the wear time but not enough to write home about. Overall I got about 6 hours with these.

Now one thing I do want to say about the fallout. While this formula stayed put pretty well, it doesn’t mean that it’s not transferable aka flallout because these do somewhat. Since the glitter is suspended in a liquid, it does set a little when it dries down but it’s not like non-glitter products I’ve tried that dry down and then don’t move at all. Maybe it’s not possible to get a full dry down when a product contains glitter? That would obviously be the most ideal but I think we are one step closer to getting there with these.

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Shown here L to R: Smoky Storm (light pewter w/silver sparkle), Diamond Dust (sheer silver w/multi-color sparkle), Kitten Karma (champagne w/silver and copper sparkle).

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Is this Fenty Beauty Lippie Worth It?

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This is my first product I'm trying by FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA! This line has pretty much been the talk of the town since launched a few months ago so of course I was curious.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unsensored ($24 @ sephora.com, jcpenney.com) is described as the perfect universal red and I must agree. Every woman should have a red lippie in their arsenal and if you don’t, this is one you should pick up tout suite!

Ok, so let’s get into the details. This is a liquid lipstick that that dries all the way down but has some transfer. It’s really pigmented so you only need one swipe with the wand. Speaking of, they really put some extra attention into the application wand. It’s shaped like a typical pointed doe foot but they widened the top and made one of the sides roundish and flat. This totally helps with getting full coverage on the first pass.

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So how does this red compare to other reds in my liquid lipstick collection as far as wearability? It performed better than most but was not the top one. I love how comfortable it is but since it is a tad transferable, I have to make sure I don’t mindlessly rub my nose or something possibly transferring color to it or elsewhere, which I’ve done many times before! That’s why I’m not a huge fan of ones that transfer.

In the handful of times I’ve worn this, it didn’t fair very well when it came to eating/drinking and wore off in the inside lip line, which is pretty typical for most liquid lipsticks. If I didn’t eat/drink anything that touched my lips, I got about 7 hours of wear with this one before needing to touch it up. 7 hours is certainly not the longest but this is red and red seems to be one of the toughest shades for brands to get super longevity out of like lighter colors. The blue-red of Unsensored is just a gorgeous pinup red shade so I’m working with what it offers just to wear it.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Exploring #lipstories by Sephora Collection

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The SEPHORA COLLECTION just released a new collection of lipsticks today called #lipstories and each is only $8!

What it is: 40 lipsticks in 3 different finishes – cream, matte and metal. There are 10 different collections of 4 lipsticks and each tells a story and celebrates a wild adventure or a magical memory on the cap.

First Up …

#Hashtag Throwback

Some days, don’t you just wish you could go back and be a kid again? *raises hand* Dive into that nostalgia with snaps that feel like your own personal #tbt

Shades:

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  • #35 Take a bite
  • #29 Malt shake
  • #22 A little magic
  • #41 Take a spin

Each of the tubes is a full size 4g, made in Italy and the cap is made of cardboard. One thing is, if I open a few at a time and the caps get mixed up, there is no indication of which cap goes with which base. It would have been helpful to have the number of the shade on the base too. A small detail but a detail none-the-less. They are available for purchase through the app and on their website. In stores December 26. 

I’m looking forward to trying more of these out! Are these something you think you will pick up?

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L to R: Take a bite (#matte, coral red), Malt shake (#cream, burgundy brown), A little magic (#matte, red), Take a spin (#metal, champagne).

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kick It Up with Glitter Liners from Urban Decay

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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a pretty big fan of makeup and have probably worn or tried your hand at wearing glitter. It can be tricky for sure as fall out can be annoying if you don’t apply it with a medium. URBAN DECAY probably has your easiest answer with their Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com). It’s a super-fine glitter suspended in a water-base formula that is buildable. There are 13 available here and I’ve swatched 11 of them here for you.

As far as how these performed overall, once they dry down, they set nicely and don’t move, flake or shed.

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From L to R (pic taken in sun):

  • Gamma Ray (bright blue and silver glitter)
  • ACDC (bright purple glitter)
  • Distortion (iridescent glitter)
  • Midnight Cowboy (gold glitter)
  • Grind (lt pink iridescent glitter)
  • Punk Rock (iridescent brown glitter)
  • Pyro (iridescent and silver glitter)
  • Spandex (deep blue-black with iridescent glitter)
  • Glam Rock (silver glitter)
  • Stix and Bones (iridescent maroon glitter)
  • Catcall (pink glitter)

The actual formulas are interesting. Some of them have colored water-based solution and some have a clear water-based solution. Colors like Punk Rock, Spandex, Stix and Bones and Catcall have a tinted liquid with the glitter and the others look to be just colored glitter in a water-based liquid. Both types have a use so see the descriptions above.

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As you can see from the picture above, the brush is super thin, which is great since I tend to like to apply just a hint of glitter liner when wearing but you can run the liner across your skin over bigger areas and these are not just for lining eyes! I’m not sure where else I’d put liner but if you have a way, please share in the comments!

Click the below link to see up close images of these liners.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

What's New from NARS?

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Have you seen NARS Man Ray Les Amoureux Audacious Lipstick Coffret yet? Wow, they really pulled out the stops for this one. Such a uniquely beautiful product that’s so much more than just the lipsticks inside.

What It Is: Four mini limited-edition Audacious Lipstick shades in an elegant magnifying case inspired by Man Ray’s Art of Illusion. $55 only @ nordstrom.com.

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From L to R: Ardon (burnt coral), Ady (dusty coral), Jane (terracotta rose), Barbara (tan rose).

It seems this exact product is sold out right now but hopefully they will come back in stock, but know that you can buy the full sized lipsticks on their site.

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One that is in stock in a few places is The Veil Cheek Palette ($49 @ narscosmetics.com, ulta.com). It contains a bronzer, highlighter and blusher in one palette trio and is part of the Man Ray collection. While the Laguna bronzer is a shade seen in the line before, the highlighter/ and blush are both new. The Lovesick blush is described as watermelon and the highlighter is a bronze rose color.

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Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

REN's Perfect Canvas is More Than a Makeup Primer

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My job here on this site is to tell you if something works and usually compare it to products I’ve tried in the same category but wow, that’s kind of hard with this next one. It’s REN Perfect Canvas ($55/1.02oz @ renskincare.com, dermstore.com, sephora.com) and there’s nothing to compare it to!

When I first looked at this one, the ‘Perfect Canvas” name meant to me, ok, it’s a face primer, but it’s much more than that. They call this one a finishing serum and with a name like that I would assume that it goes on after makeup but I would be wrong in that assumption too! It’s made to go over your moisturizer and before foundation and supposed to matte down the skin that the moisturizer can impart.

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Here are some facts about it: The consistency is more like a serum than a primer, it’s silicone-free (instead it contains a faux silicone called Agave Tequilana), it’s a clear liquid, contains hyaluronic acid, Probiotic Extracts (for epidermal growth), and Glucans (keep the skin in balance), to name a few standouts.

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I actually like the consistency of this one as it feels really slick like a typical primer with silicones but instead of slip, this one provides grip for the makeup, so it will make your makeup last a tad longer than your traditional primer.

This one seems a little pricey but I got full coverage from about 3 drops so it should last you a while and it does have some skin care benefits, so maybe that will help you balance out the cost.

Is this one you are interested in trying?

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