Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lip of the Day #LOTD: MAC Young Attitude. Mac Done Made Teal Lips Wearable!!

Yes! I got a new camera. Solely because I am trying to take this blog and my IG swatches to the next level. And the only way to do that is with quality photographs. The cam isn't fancy or super expensive (because your girl is on a budget), but its definitely better than my smartphone camera. So, I thought I would test it out with a little lip of the day with this very edgy MAC Young Attitude.



What do you think? Much better than my older photo's I hope. I still have to learn how to best use it for recording video, but I really like the way my pictures have been coming out. My skin looks popping, my lighting looks good, I feel popping. What more can a girl ask for?

Young Attitude is bomb. MAC done made teal wearable y'all.  I love it and wear it whenever I want to feel like a Rockstar. I wear it when I want to irritate conservatives...I just wear it. 



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hmm. Pat McGRATH LABS LiquiLUST 007

                                  


So I was supposed to be on a no buy until next year. Lets just say this years Black Friday and Cyber Monday sells destroyed that. I ordered stuffs from Limecrime, I order one lippie from B'ellegant Cosmetics (Black owned), one from Aboni Cosmetics (Black owned), one from Black Moon Cosmetics, I purchased books for school, I bought a gorgeous Rainbow Cardigan from Dollskill and I got this lip kit thinga majig from Sephora. I went ham...but I don't think I spent anymore than 120-130 dollars in total for non-school related things.




                                 
I honestly don't know how to feel about all this shopping I did. The guilt is overwhelming. And the even bigger stinker is I don't know how I feel about this lip kit. It was the most expensive makeup Item I purchased. I think its gorgeous, but I also have purple glitter and sequins all over everywhere and because I'm not much of a gloss girl I don't know if I'll truly get wear out of the whole kit. Going to try my darnedest though...because its so pretty that I can't bear to take it back.



The Sephora Website (I got the kit in store) describes the kit as a lustful duo of cool mauve Divine Nude Liquid Lipstick and Bronze Astral Vinyl Gloss that elevates lip artistry to create opulent ombres and surreal shine. I hate to be negative, but I was reading the package like wtf? I am a college educated, current graduate student and I thought the verbiage was a bit much. If you are not a makeup artist or molecular scientist, you may have to investigate exactly what's inside the kit, because the products are somewhat covered in sequins. However, I will say that I do like both products. I'm just not sure if they were worth the 38 dollars and I'm tempted to return it. I probably won't because I already swatched it but based on hand swatches, the lipstick wipes off very easily. I plan on doing a wear test to see if it performs differently on the lips, but because the product is very creamy and comfortable I fear it won't dry down completely.




I will say, the lipstick is definitely a mauve color (like I needed another one...eye rolls). It also has very faint glitter in it. It reminds me of a more toned down Sugarpill Trinket, but lighter in tone. The formula is also reminiscent of Sugarpill's because its more mousey than liquidy. I hope you get my drift. I like the lipstick, its growing on me more and more as I write this. The gloss is gorgeous but the glitter is really chunky. After my wear test I will come back and edit this to talk to you guys about wear time. I like it. And I am always willing to support Black business. Sayonara and salams. Have a great day.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

LIP OF THE DAY: Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Midnight

I am a fanatic of color. And blue has always been one of my faves. For a long time, I was on the hunt for the perfect deep blue. I tried Kat Von D Echo, I tried her Poe lipstick, I even tried a couple drug store deep blues...but they were just BLAHHH.
Then, I saw Jeffree Star Cosmetics Abused and I fell in love. But it was never in stock! That was some time ago, and though I have it now, I'm really iffy about supporting Mr. Starr because of all his shenanigans (see my previous blog post on Jeffree Star Cosmetics), so I rarely wear it (can't bare to part with it). I opted to find a dupe, and though it isn't exact, I still really like the color, a beautiful navy blue from the lovely Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in the shade Midnight.


Now the flash is taking away from the deepness of the color, but you can see that the lipstick is a deep pure blue; no purple undertones, just plain old blue. Here is Midnight compared to Abused as well as Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Transylvania, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Potion. I wanted to compare it to some of the colors that people often claim are dupes. As you can see, Midnight is in a class of its own. The Jeffree Star abused is still my favorite blue, but it could almost pass as purple. What do you think? Are you loving Midnight as much as I am? 



Friday, September 29, 2017

Letting My Soul Glow in Coloured Raine, My Favorite Liquid Lipstick Brand!


I have and wear a lot of lipsticks. I also tend to claim a lot of things are my favorites...all the time. Howevereeeddddd, Coloured Raine is hands down my absolute favorite liquid lipstick brand and the formula is BOMB. I used to think sugar pill cosmetics liquid lipstick formula was my favorite and I think its quite close, but Coloured Raine trumps Sugarpill as a brand in terms of liquid lipstick (in my opinion) because they have a greater variety of colors. I think Sugar pill has 2 or 3 colors while Coloured Raine has like 20...shoot maybe even more.
Top to Bottom: Coloured Raine Soul, Coloured Raine Marshmallow 
Left to Right: Coloured Raine Soul, Coloured Raine Marshmallow
Now, I probably have about 6 of these. But I chose to feature these 2 today because I'm just in a taupey, griege mood and these colors fit that category perfectly. They look a lot alike but Marshmallow is clearly lighter.


The formula on these two lipsticks in particular are so comfortable that I tend to forget I have them on for the first couple hours. At about the 5 hour mark they start to feel a little drier but they stay looking nice all day. Unless you eat something greasy, they stay put. If I could compare them to anything it would probably be a mix between Anastasia Beverly Hills and Limecrime. They aren't as creamy as the ABH or as liquidy as Limecrime but somewhere in between.
Soul on my lips with Jordana Coffee Bean Eye Liner
I cannot recommend this brand enough. And they're black owned which bumps them up a few notches in my book. Call me bias but I'm here for my people doing big tings. So go and get you some. They have a red in cherry blossom that IS TO CRY FOR (NOTHING IS WORTH DYING FOR IN MY BOOK)! Try them out. And Coloured Raine if you ever see this, send me some lippies y'all... wink wink! Bye now!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

When The Color is Nice, But the Formula is Butt: Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

                                       


I just want to start out by saying that I am normally very pleased with Kat Von D's liquid lipstick formula...however, I went through hell to get this particular color to work. It was patchy, I had to put on multiple layers, and if my lips even went as far as to gently pat each other during the drying process...the color would lift from one part of my lip and transfer to another...leaving a hot mess of patchwork behind.


Now what I will say is that blue lipsticks are often hard for companies to pull of...and I was able to make it work, but for $21 I am disappointed.



Its really a shame about the patchiness of this lipstick. I mean lmbo, imma wear it. I am definitely going to wear it. But Kat Von D needs to reformulate this. 

Now the color is a little deeper than what my pictures show because I use flash photography. Echo is like a navy blue with very slight purple undertones. Like a liquid matte version of Mac Royal from Mac Cosmetics. 


I don't know. I guess I can give her a 6. Just cause she's cute? But no boo boo. I shouldn't have to spend 15 minutes trying to get a lipstick to work. Do you sense the ambivalence? Ugh, the escapades of a lipstick junkie.
Till next time. Peace Out

-Nead 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Lippie Looks: Weekly Edition

Im back with some more lip looks boyyyyy. Just to prepare you, I tried to do something new with some powder one day this week and let me just warn you, I looked like a dead raccoon. HAHA. But in the moment, I thought it was a good idea. Lol never again!


Anywhoo here's Monday's lippie:

This one here is Sephora's Black Cherry. Love me a nice dark berry/burgundy lippie on the Cusp of Fall.

Tuesday:
Tuesday is my day off so I get to go crazy with my lip looks. This gorgeous blue is called Wipe out from Makeup Monsters Cosmetics


Wednesday:
Sephora Polished Purple, oldie but goodie!


Thursday:

Umm...yeah this was the day of the travesty. But I wore Anastasia Beverly Hills Sepia. I thought I was cute till I saw the flashback from my camera...


Friday:
It was Eid ul Adha and I went all out!! Wearing Lime Crime Serpentina on my puckers. I love this color it is one of the prettiest green lipsticks ever created. And I hear they're coming out with a Velvetines version!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lippie Looks Weekly Edition

Okay, so I haven't been posting. I feel terrible, but the passion just isn't here at the moment. Working on it though! I at least tried to get a couple pictures of my lip looks for the week. I probably won't feel really good about blogging until I get a decent camera...but thats a whole other story! 

Guess it'd be best to do this by day. So here it goes.

Monday: Mac Esspresso Liquid Lipstick...Cute right? I was all about the taupey vibes this day.


Tuesday: Mac Young Attitude Liquid Lipstick. It was my day off from Practicum and I was feeling a little bad and bougie. Don't mind the wrinkled hijab...I just didn't have it in me to iron.


Wednesday: It was all about red so I wore Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom Lipstick to match my outfit for the day. Love a red lip with winged liner!


Thursday: I went with red again. This time it was Stila's Fiery. My second favorite red after Cherry Blossom


Friday: I ombre'd Sugarpill Trinket Lipstick with Kat Von D Roxy Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. I legit felt like a powerpuff girl!
 With Flash:


I loved every single look this week. So much for not being motivated to blog...
Enjoy.


 -Nead

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Lime Crime Goodies Arrived! Yeah Boy!!



Lookie! A white box!

The Venus 2 Palette has been calling my name for months, shoot maybe over a year. And I finally bit the bullet. While biting the bullet I accidentally took a few shots from some Velvetines too!

The colors in the palette are all beautiful. I'm not really a fan of the blue, but blues of almost any kind on my lids scare me. Do y'all remember Mimi from the Drew Carry show? Yeah...she traumatized me. 




PIGEON (pearl): Brown/green shift
FILTER (glow matte): Luminous cornflower blue
MARSH (glow matte): Mossy grey-green
MUSTARD (creamy matte): The color of corduroy
FLY (pearl):Ivory/green green shift, like the wing of a fly
JAM (creamy matte): Pumpkin spice creamy matte
MUD (creamy matte): Rich burgundy-brown, the color of spoiled fruit
BOOT (sparkle matte): Nebula black with multi-color sparkle





Hold up wait a minute lemme put some lipstick in it!




Top to Bottom: Teddy Bear, Riot, Bleached.
Bleached is struggling y'all. I gotta put it on my lips to see if its going to crust up like it did on my hands. Y'all will definitely see some lip of the days with these colors. I'm loving the palette and actually have it on my eyes today. Jam on the lid and Mustard in the crease.



Over and Out

-Nead


Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Last Makeup Purchase of the Year :(

Its time for a no buy yall's. I went ham hocks this week. I hauled some Lime Crime that I'm waiting for in the mail and today I went to Sephora and picked up 3 more lipsticks in addition to the 3 I purchased online. I feel bad...so going on a makeup no buy till 2018. 5 months...this should be challenging.

I got Sephora Cream Lipstain in Frozen Strawberry,
 Kat Von D Roxy, and Kat Von D Plath
Top to Bottom: Plath (Rusty Brown), Frozen Strawberry 
(Purple Tinged Taupe), Roxy (True Purple)

I wanted to do lip swatches but my face was ashy, the lighting was bad (its 11:30pm) and I honestly didn't feel like it...so sad. Maybe I'll upload the lip swatches later. But as can be seen, these lipsticks are bomb. I can't wait to wear Plath!




-NEAD

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lime Crime Riot Dupe: Milani Loved


DUPE ALERT!! DUPE ALERT!! DUPE ALERT!! DUPE ALERT!!



I have been fawning over Lime Crime Riot for years. I really don't know why I'm doing this to myself. I know that I'm eventually going to get it. But as for now, I don't have an excuse to, because I have this Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Loved. The colors are so similar. I like the Milani formula, and Riot is always in stock...so, I'll wait until I can get to an Urban Outfitters to pick Riot up.  

On my lips


Now I can't say that Riot and Loved are identical twins, but you can bet your bottom dollar that their at least Fraternal. From swatches that I've seen on Instagram, they seem to be exact. And Loved is much cheaper than Riot, its like $8 dollars in the Drugstore while Riot is $20 dollars. So if you like to save money and you want Riot, I would suggest you try Milani.

UPDATE: JUST BIT THE BULLET AND GOT RIOT, LOL I HAVE A PROBLEM. SO ONCE IT COMES, ALONG WITH TEDDY BEAR AND THE VENUS 2 PALETTE, I WILL BE SURE TO DO SWATCHES!!



-NEAD

Lip of the Day #LOTD: MAC Young Attitude. Mac Done Made Teal Lips Wearable!!

Yes! I got a new camera. Solely because I am trying to take this blog and my IG swatches to the next level. And the only way to do that i...