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Colourpop haul and swatches

colourpop kiddo, echo park, dopey, cami, bossy, bangin brunettecolourpop-haulIt’s been over a year since I’ve ordered anything from Colourpop, and I really wanted to try some of their newer formulas, namely the Ultra Satin Lips and the Matte X. I did a little research and decided on one Sheer Lippie Stix in Kiddo, two Ultra Satin Lips in Echo Park and Dopey, a Matte X in Cami, and a Lippie Pencil in Bossy. I also really wanted to try out their brow pencil, so I picked out the shade Bangin’ Brunette. Here are some hand swatches in natural daylight and with flash:

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Swatches in natural light

Swatches with flash

Swatches with flash

I also took some pictures so you can see what they look like on my (very tired-looking) face. Note that I’m wearing Bangin’ Brunette in my brows in all the pictures:

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Colourpop Kiddo


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Echo Park

Colourpop Dopey


colourpop cami


colourpop bossy


After using each product only once or twice, I can only give my first impressions. So far, my favorites are Kiddo, Echo Park, and Cami. I wanted Kiddo for minimal makeup days when I needed only a sheer wash of color, and I’m happy to say it’s perfect! Echo Park is basically the same color as Kiddo, but obviously a very different formula, and much more opaque. I love the Ultra Satin formula, it’s so comfortable. Dopey even got an A+ on Temptalia. They really are that good. Strangely, my two Ultra Satin Lip applicators seem to be different! Dopey has a typical sponge tip, but if you look closely at Echo Park, its applicator is shorter and spikier. I have no idea why this might be. So far, I haven’t noticed any difference in how they apply the product, so I can’t complain too much. My favorite of all of these might be Cami. The Matte X formula is probably the most comfortable and most matte lip product I’ve ever used.

The only two products I feel so-so about are the Lippie Pencil in Bossy and the brow pencil. The lip pencil, while being very opaque, was a little difficult to apply. It tugged at my lips quite a bit and was pretty time consuming to put on. I’m also disappointed that it’s not a twist-up pencil. Fortunately, I won’t be wearing it often. I really only got it because I have absolutely zero red lip pencils since getting rid of a bunch of makeup earlier this year, and I needed one for a red liquid lipstick in my collection that’s a little patchy on its own. The brow pencil is alright, but I think it’s just a tad too warm and doesn’t match my hair perfectly. It’s also a little too soft and deposits too much color for my taste. I prefer a harder, waxier pencil.

I really love Colourpop. The quality of the products is generally amazing, and I’ll admit I’m already looking to get more Ultra Satin and Matte X colors!

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Current favorite lip products & a dupe for Kat Von D Lolita

current-favorite-lipsticksAs I was going through my lipstick collection yesterday trying to figure out which products I’ve been wearing the most, I ended up discovering a dupe! Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita has been a cult favorite for a while, and for good reason. It’s one of those one-of-a-kind shades that looks good on everyone. As I swatched my other favorite lipsticks of the moment, I was pretty surprised to see that NYX’s Liquid Suede Lipstick in Soft Spoken looked really, really similar. As the two swatches dried side by side, they looked even more similar, so much so that I almost forgot which was which. Take a look:


katvond-lolita-nyx-softspokenThe difference is unnoticeable when worn on my lips. Of course this will depend on the natural color of your lips. I did a little bit of Googling, and it seems like a few people have noticed the similarity before.  The two lipsticks did look slightly different on another blogger who posted about them. One thing that is very different about these two products is the formula. Lolita is much thinner, and closer to a true liquid lipstick. Because of this, I find that I have to be careful when applying it because any overlapping of the product will show up as a dark patch. It’s also a lot dryer, and it can be uncomfortable. I actually prefer the formula of the NYX Liquid Suede. It’s thicker, and it dries a lot slower to more of a satin finish, so it never becomes uncomfortable. It also doesn’t have the same patchiness problem as Lolita. Depending on your skin tone, these may not look 100% identical (I would say Lolita is the tiniest bit warmer than Soft Spoken) but for $7 compared to $20 for Lolita, Soft Spoken is an amazing alternative.

My other favorite lip product of the moment is an old standby, the Jordana Twist & Shine Balm in Honey Love. These came out shortly after the wildly popular Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains that everyone raved about around four years ago. I did have a few of the Revlon balms, but I much preferred Jordana’s version, which didn’t dry out my lips like Revlon’s. I’ve been wearing Honey Love to job interviews and on days when I want my makeup to look a little more finished, but I don’t want something high maintenance like a liquid lipstick that I have to constantly check on.

That’s it for my favorite lipsticks right now! I definitely want to pick up another Liquid Suedes. I have my eye on Sandstorm.

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A comfortable liquid lipstick

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So far, I’ve completely avoided the liquid lipstick craze. I’m all for long-lasting lip products, but I’m not a huge fan of super-drying, ultra-matte lipsticks that crack off when you smile. Enter The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipsticks. Out of all the formulas, drugstore and high-end, I hadn’t heard that much about these except for one or two good reviews, so I decided to try them out for myself. I picked out the shade Committed, a warm-toned mauve. The formula is slightly mousse-y, and it smells exactly like Thin Mints. The applicator makes it easy to be precise, and I would say the formula gives you a good minute or two to correct any mistakes before it dries down.


First application

As you can see, it does dry down quite matte. I was waiting for that tight, drying feeling, but I was pleasantly surprised that it never happened. After a few minutes, it didn’t feel like I was wearing anything on my lips at all. Now the big question, is it really long-lasting?


After four hours, eating and drinking

It does wear off slightly after eating and drinking, mostly in the center of the lips, and it does transfer a tiny bit onto glasses/mugs while you’re drinking, but all in all, it is definitely long-lasting. My main issue with this lipstick, and you can see it from the pictures, is that it really emphasizes the lines in my lips. My lips weren’t particularly dry on the day I took these photos, and I do have naturally line-y lips, so keep that in mind if it’s something you’re conscious of with your lipsticks. Thankfully, this is a liquid lipstick formula that is easy to reapply. I can apply two or three more layers throughout the day on top of the original application, and it looks fine.



A couple more things: You can mash your lips together with this lipstick, and the color won’t peel, crack off, or transfer onto the other lip. I’ve heard other liquid lipsticks tend to do this. Also, I should point out that I’m one of those people who is constantly checking my lipstick in a mirror to make sure it looks good. Last night I went to a show and wasn’t able to check how it looked for about four hours, and at the end of the night (after about nine total hours of wear), it did start gathering in a gross line at the center of my lips and cracking off. But if you check on it periodically and touch it up when needed, you should be completely fine. So, other than emphasizing the lines in my lips, I love this lipstick! I’ve already gone out and picked up another color!

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Three current favorite lipsticks

threelipsticksLast week, I wrote about getting rid of three quarters of my lip products (and a lot of other stuff). I may love makeup, but I’m not the kind of person who wears a different lipstick every day. I find that almost every lip product, no matter the brand or formula, is too high maintenance for me. I’m always drinking something (usually coffee or water), and I hate having to constantly check my lipstick in a mirror and touch it up. So, I’m trying to have some will power and stop buying lip products once and for all. Of course, if something really catches my eye, and I’m confident that it’s a good formula and that I’ll wear it often, I won’t feel bad about buying it.

Here are three of my favorite lip sticks that made it through the purge.

threelipsticks2The first is L’Oréal Le Matte Lipcolour Stick in She’s So Matte. This is a warm, neutral shade; it’s one of the few peachy lipsticks that I think suits me. As far as formula, this one of pretty long-lasting. I don’t have to reapply that often, and it continues to look alright on the lips as it wears off. The second two products are actually quite similar to each other. Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix in Lumière and Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft are both matte mauve colors. Lumière is just a touch more purple and Lovecraft pulls slightly grayer on the lips. The lasting power of both is also pretty similar. My tube of Lovecraft came in a sample bag, and if I ever run out of it, I don’t think I’d purchase the full size since it’s $21 and the Colourpop Lippie Stix are only $5 and so similar in formula.

I’m really surprised that three of my most-worn lipsticks are matte; I tend to hate the way matte products feel on the lips, but these are all comfortable and long-lasting.

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Review: Milani Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatments




Even though I wasn’t in the market for more lip products, I was intrigued by the Milani display in the new releases section of Walgreen’s. I suppose since my lips (whole body, really) have been frustratingly dry lately, “moisture lock” sucked me in. The colors and the packaging looked pretty, so I picked out the two shades I thought would be most flattering on me, 06 Revitalizing Grapefruit and 07 Protecting Pomegranate. According to Milani’s website, each lip oil has Jojoba, Avocado, and Tsubaki oils, and each one is infused with its own added oil to target specific concerns.

Straight home I went to test them out, and I was immediately disappointed. These have no color on the lips whatsoever! Maybe I’m crazy, but I expected some color, or at least some way to tell them apart. Aside from both being completely clear, they smell almost identical, and they both feel exactly the same on the lips. Of course, I didn’t want to count them as a total loss, so I did decide to keep them for a bit to test them each out, and there are definite pros and cons.

Pros: They are moisturizing. They give the lips a shiny gloss look without being gloopy or overly sticky. I also wouldn’t say they feel “oily” either; they’re like a normal lip gloss in most ways. Personally I like the scent, which to me is dead on for strawberry Jolly Ranchers. There is also no noticeable taste, which I prefer because it prevents me from licking my lips leading to more dryness. The packaging is quite pretty, and I actually like the extra wide applicator, which seems to be the same, or very similar to that of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils. They last on the lips a decent amount of time, about two to four hours if you’re not eating and drinking a lot. Milani is a cruelty free brand, and these lip treatments are all vegan.

Cons: To me, these seem like a gimmick. I like the concept of lip oils for sure, but if you’re going to come out with eight “shades”, make them distinguishable from each other in some way. Each of the eight lip oils is supposed to do something different for your lips, but if you read the shade names, they’re all synonyms for the same thing: moisturizing. The two I have look and feel exactly the same on my lips, and really, what else do we want a lip oil to do for us?

In conclusion, I don’t think these are bad at all for a lip gloss. They’re moisturizing, pleasant on the lips, and smell nice. If you’re in the market for a moisturizing, clear gloss, definitely pick one up, but just one!

Purchased at Walgreen’s for $8.49 each.



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Tarte Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set – Photos, Swatches, and First Impressions


During the recent Sephora VIB sale, I treated myself to the Tarte Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set. I totally did not need any more lip products, but I’ve never tried any from Tarte before, and it seemed like a really good deal ($34 for a $100 value). I decided to do some lip swatches (my first time trying this) and share my first impressions in case you were thinking of picking this set up as a gift for the holidays.

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