Beauty, cosmetics

My Current Favorite Urban Decay Lippies!

Hi all!  I hope you are having gorgeous spring weather like I am.  I think it’s going to be in the 70’s today in Kansas City.  Although my allergies are bad and I don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy the nice weather!

I’ve received some wonderful Urban Decay products for my honest review lately, including some gorgeous lip products. I wanted to share my favorites!

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Such gorgeous packaging!  I love Urban Decays innovative packaging.  Here’s a shot of the lippies open:

IMG_0609 HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS –($20 each) The top shade is Fuel (light neutral nude cream) and the bottom is Rapture (rose-mauve cream)

LO-FI LIP MOUSSE–($22 USD) The shade is Halo (warm baby pink)

VICE LIPSTICK–($19 USD) On the left is Lovelight (pale peach w/pink shimmer – sheer shimmer) and Oblivion (gray-taupe mega matte)

As you can see, I like lighter shades.  These are all very different, though.  Close up photos below, followed by swatches.

img_0616.jpg The top and left is Fuel and bottom right is Rapture.  These are both beautiful and semi-sheer.  These are gorgeous on their own or over lipstick.  They are shiny, but not sticky at all!  Which I love!

IMG_0614 This is a bit messy, but I have been testing it out.  This is more of a putty formula than a mousse.  This does take a little bit of work to get good coverage, but a lip liner and using the little applicator sponge helps.  It is very matte on.  I’m not the biggest matte fan, but this looks pretty.  It also is nice with one of the glosses layered on.

IMG_0612 The left is the Ultra Matte in Oblivion and the right is the Sheer Shimmer in Lovelight.

Oblivion is very matte, but it’s comfortable on.  Even a bit moisturizing.  Plus, it looks amazing with the Rapture gloss over it!  Lovelight is gorgeous all by itself!  Very sheer and shimmery.  Perfect for spring and summer.

IMG_0617 Here are the swatches — Fuel, Rapture, Oblivion, Lovelight and Halo.  Such different formulas — but all really fun!  I’ll probably be picking up more glosses, lipsticks and if they put out lighter shades in the Lo-Fi, I will be trying those, too!

You can purchase Urban Decay online at http://www.urbandecay.com and at Ulta and Sephora.

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Do you love Urban Decay lippies?  Which are your favorites?

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Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care

New Makeup For Fall!

Hi all! Fall is just around the corner and I’m starting to do my fall makeup reviews.  I’m so excited because this is one of my favorite times of year!

Below are new fall products that I have been sent for my honest review:

jane iredale's NEW Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks
jane iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks

Just launched is jane iredale’s NEW Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks ($35 each). there are 15 fresh “power colors” in a breakthrough luxury, clean formula. From electric pink (Natalie) to fine wine (Ella) to bold red (Gwen) to made-for-you nudes (Gabby, Molly, Sharon, Tricia), each lip-loving shade uses antioxidant-rich Moringa Oil to soothe and nourish, plus Tahitian Vanilla and Blackberry for subtly sweet, natural flavor.

I love how these feel on. They are hydrating but feel really light on.  I do have to layer them to get an opaque look. I have these in Jackie (peachy pink), Rose (light merlot) and Ella (deep rose brown).  I love nude and lighter colors and Jackie is so pretty on!  I will wear the other two in the fall when I deepen my lip color.

 

Morgan Taylor Fall Safari Swatches
Morgan Taylor Fall Safari Swatches

Morgan Taylor Lacquer has just launched their African Safari collection for Fall 2018. Inspired by the sweeping landscape of a safari, the Fall collection embodies the rich earth tones of this destination. Brilliant pearls of sapphire, pewter, and garnet compliment saturated crèmes giving the entire collection the uninhibited feeling that anything can happen under the starry skies of the Serengeti. Here are the shades:

·        Are You Lion to Me? – Pewter Shimmer

·        Off The Grid – Black Brown Crème

·        No Cell? Oh Well! – Sapphire Blue Pearl

·        Wanna Share a Tent? – Garnet Red Pearl

·        No Sudden Mauves – Rose Mauve Pearl

·        Neutral by Nature – Warm Nude Crème

These are all gorgeous for fall! I find that Morgan Taylor Lacquers apply easily and stays on for days! I love deeper polishes going into the cooler seasons and am exited to have these shades to play with!

 

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I just received these these gorgeous Hard Candy eye shadow palettes and have been testing them out.  The shadows are nice, but they do take some building up to get pigment. When I do build them up, they look so pretty all day! And there is little kick up in the pan or fall out on the eyes!

The Neutral Eyes are new for fall, so I don’t know if it is available for sale now, but the Hard Candy Pro Palette Glitter ($10 USD) and the Hard Candy Pro Palette in Mauve($8 USD) are available at Walmart.com.

What do you love about fall?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Gorgeous Lippies for National Lipstick Day on July 29, 2018!

Today is National Lipstick Day! It’s time to wear your favorite lip product — or maybe buy a new one!

I thought I would spotlight some of my fave lip products. Need some ideas? Lipstick-Method-In-The-Madness-Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick ($25, on sale today for $17.50) Lipstick Queen invites you to experience the magical chaos of Method In The Madness as swirls of ultra-luxe creamy hues combine into one bold lip color of its own.

Featuring several uniquely stunning shades, this rich and hydrating formula is infused with vitamin E leaving lips soft and supple to the touch.

The entire Lipstick Queen brand is on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.  Also check out another fave, the Nothing But the Nudes collection each shade is $16.80 today!

 

Rimmel London has amazing lip products!

Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99) — Intense long lasting color for up to 8 hours wear.  +25% color impact, smooth creamy texture and all day comfort

Stay Glossy ($3.99) –These are high shine lip gloss.  Gorgeous alone or over a lipstick.

Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick ($4.99) — A new vivid satin liquid lip color with superior color payoff! High-intensity color that delivers a bold satin finish in one stroke,lasts up to 8 hours and is comfortable on the lips. Available in 14 bold shades

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks out there!  The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a hit and is on sale today at Ulta!

This liquid lipstick features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades. It features a flawless matte finish, highly-pigmented color and is a long-lasting, saturated matte.

Select Maybelline lip products are on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.

WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER

Define your glossy lip look with our ‘first of its kind’ WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER ($11.95) to be used specifically with your favorite lip gloss! Use our unique glossy formula on the outside of the lips to create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. Available in 3 shades to perfectly complement the WUNDERKISSLip Plumping Glosses, create the most precise & perfect pout with gloss-rich lips.

What are your favorite lip products?  And what are you wearing today for National Lipstick Day?

 

 

 

 

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallics and Powder Matte Lipsticks

I recently received some gorgeous Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipsticks to for my honest review.  I love Maybelline New York.  The products are really nice quality and affordably priced.

I want to focus my review on two of their lipsticks lines — the Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick and the Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick:

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So pretty!  Doesn’t this make you want to play with lipstick? This is almost the full shade range of the Metallic Mattes ($7.49 USD).  I am only missing the shade Silk Stone.  The shades I have are from left to right — White Gold, Pure Gold, Copper Spark, Hot Lava, Copper Rose, Molten Bronze, Smoked Silver, Gunmetal and Serpentine.

Here are the swatches:

 

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This give a very matte finish with a subtle metallic gleam. It feels comfortable on even though it is matte. It does have honey in it for hydration.

I really love most of these shades and can see myself wearing the first three. They will be especially gorgeous in the summer time  The others are a bit bold for me, but maybe for nights out.  But if you want a bold metallic matte, try one of the more fun colors like Copper Rose or Serpentine.

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These are the shades available in the Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick ($7.49 USD).  These colors are cool, concrete colored shades: Cruel Ruby, Nocturnal Rose, Carnal Brown, Concrete Jungle and Smoky Jade.

Swatch time:

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You can tell that this is an extreme matte finish. It goes on matte and stays matte for hours.   Cruel Ruby looked the best on me, which is strange because I usually only wear nudes and pinks.  This is a gorgeous shade, though.  Really rich.  I think I can pull it off because it is a matte.

I think both of these collections are really different and fun. I think that if you like unusual shades along with pretty reds and pinks, you will enjoy these lipsticks!

What’s your go to lipstick brand and shade?

Beauty, cosmetics

New Lippies from essence makeup!

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I’m a fan of essence makeup!  Their products are affordable and generally pretty amazing!  They has recently released some fun new lip products. I was sent a few to test for my honest review.

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essence ultra last instant colour lipstick ($4.99): This is a long-lasting lipstick with a  creamy texture.  It does last for a while, and leaves a stained lip after eating or drinking.  I like that it doesn’t dry out my lips. Available in 20 shades.

Here are swatches of the lipsticks:

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From left to right: 16 Fancy Blush, 5 Un-Grey-Tful and 17 Bur-Berry.  Fancy Blush is my favorite and one I can see myself wearing a lot.  I usually wear lighter colors, but this will be nice for goring out.

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essence butter sticks ($3.99): These are very pigmented and hydrating, even the matte ones!  The modern retractable stick is super convenient and easy to apply. Available in 5 glossy love & 5 matte love shades.

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The first two are matte and the third is glossy. It’s hard to tell from my swatch, but the glossy one is shinier.  The shades are matte 2 Hot Cocoa, matte 5 Betty Gold and glossy 4 Dark Syrup.  Dark Syrup is really the only wearable color for me, but I would wear the matte one in a different shade. These are all really hydrating and easy to apply.  I find they cover well, too!  Probably my favorite of all three products!

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essence vibrant/metal shock lip paint ($4.49): Bright and metallic lips are so popular right now! These claim that one swipe gives an instant high color impact with a semi-matte finish.  Available in 6 vibrant and 6 metallic shocking shades.

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Left to right are vibrant in 3 Red Viper, metallic in 5 Arsenic and 3 Lilly of the Valley.

These are probably my least favorite of the products.  They are sheer and need a few coats to build up.  I’m also not the biggest fan of drying liquid lipsticks.

Have you tried any of the essence lippies?  Which ones are your faves?

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 21–27, 2017

It’s cooled down a bit in Kansas City, which is awesome. I’ve haven’t been feeling the best this week, but I’ve still been testing out some wonderful products!

This week I am loving a serum that mattifies my face, some new potent anti-aging products and a fun matte liquid lipstick:

Tu’el ABSORB Mattifying Serum
Tu’el ABSORB Mattifying Serum ($48 USD) — Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Absorb. Powered by natural plant extracts of burnet, cinnamon, ginger and green tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts and leave your skin looking fresh and matte all day while Sodium Hyaluronate locks in hydration. Give yourself glow without the shine.

What I think: it’s not as hot here as it’s been. But it still is very humid. So my face gets oily fast. I apply this on clean skin and put my moisturizer over it. It helps keep my skin matte all day. It’s sinks right into my skin and I really love that it doesn’t leave it slick like a lot of serums do.

Purchase at Tuelskincare.com

Meaningful Beauty Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen – ($65 USD) — Today, the blue light emitted by our phones, TVs and computer screens, and pollution are all sources of environmentally induced skin damage that can be just as harmful as the sun’s rays.This new multi-tasking moisturizer helps reduce damage and premature aging with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Meaningful Beauty Overnight Retinol Repairing Créme – ($68 USD) — Renew and repair skin while you sleep with this intensely hydrating overnight moisturizer that features retinol, and hexapeptide-9 to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve the firmness of skin.

What I think: these are both new to the line. I love the SPF moisturizer because it helps with environmental pollutants. I love having my skin protected when I go outside. It feels nice and light on the skin, too.

I think retinol is so important for aging skin. The night cream sinks right into the skin, and in the morning my skin is smooth and glowing. I like to use intense anti-aging products at night, so my skin can be repaired while I sleep. This is a great option!

Purchase at select ULTA stores/Ulta.com

Wet’n Wild Lipsticks Matte Liquid Catsuit
Wet’n Wild Lipsticks Matte Liquid Catsuit ($4.99 USD) — What glides on like butter, feels like a second skin and won’t budge? Our Catsuit Matte Lipstick. Made with glammed out superpowers, it goes on glossy yet transforms into a high-pigmented matte finish with some serious staying power. Read our lips: This color is going nowhere.

What I think: this was kind of an impulse buy. I have seen reviews online and when I visited Walgreens I went looking for it. I chose the color RebelRose. I like the color, but it’s a little dark for me. The formula goes on smoothly, but it is a bit drying on my lips. I have a lip primer that I’m going to use under it. I recommend this for those who love matte liquid lipsticks. It’s affordable and it comes in a really pretty array of colors. And I really like the packaging too!

Purchase at Walgreens and other mass market retailers.

What are you loveing this week?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Gorgeous Lippies For National Lipstick Day

It’s National Lipstick Day, Hooray!  For me, lipstick it the finishing step to a complete

From the classic lipstick bullets, to tints and balms to the popular liquid lipstick — there are amazing formulas and brilliant colors for everyone! Buckle up, everyone — here’s a long list of amazing choices!

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick ($6.99 USD) — Color Counts! This CATRICE lipstick is highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades.

essence matt matt matt lipstick
essence matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, longlasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. Available in 8 shades.
Purchase at at Ulta and essencemakeup.com
Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes ($24 Each) –The rich texture delivers the perfect amount of pigment with an ideal sheen to show off your nude. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and antioxidant Vitamin E, these smooth, luxe and comfortable nudes are super-charged with hydrating nutrients to impart a modern, vinyl-like look and feel to the lips.  Effortlessly chic and universally flattering, this is a collection for the nude obsessed and the nuances that go into a beautiful nude experience. The shades available are The Truth – Pretty pinky nude, The Whole Truth – Perfect peachy nude, and Nothing But the Truth – Beautiful beige nude

Available at lipstickqueen.com on August 1st
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection ($25 USD) –Encapsulated within every lipstick in this collection are gold flecks and a single wild chrysanthemum flower.The lipsticks turn to different shades of glossy pink and fuchsia and vary according to your body temperature.

Jelly-like texture feels soothing and hydrating, it offers the high shine of a gloss with the comfort of a lipstick. Gold flakes inside impart a subtle shimmer to your lips.

Available at www.sassylips.us

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain
LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19.00 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration.
Available at loraccosmetics.com
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT ($14 USD) — Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades.
Available at AlimaPure.com, CredoBeauty.com
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip ($7.95 USD) — Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.
Available at BlackOpalBeauty.com
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Ultra matte budgeproof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color! High coverage long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.

Available at CargoCosmetics.com

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers ($24 USD)  Introducing FAMOUS LAST WORDS in CHEERS! Cheers contains the same non-drying properties as the other shades in the Famoius Last Words Collection with an added mesmerizing sheen. It glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet matte finish, leaving your lips moisturized and pigmented down to the very last word. Cheers!

Purchase in October at lipstickqueen.com

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