Thursday, December 22, 2016

LOTD: Kat Von D Poe

Wanted to bring you a quick LOTD. So I must be in a blue mood, today is the third day in a row that I've worn blue lipstick and Kat Von D's Poe is one of my favorites. It's a purple tinged navy blue with multicolored shimmer. One thing that bothers me about the lipstick is that its not opaque on initial application. It has to be built up. But I love the matte texture and the shimmer just takes the color over the top.



I don't have much more to say about the color other than its fierce, dark, and gorgeous. It's not a color that you can wear everyday, but I wish I could. If you don't have it, and want a blue lipstick I would recommend it. However, the $21 price point is a bit much for a color that lacks opacity. 


Anywhoo that's it for today!! Enjoy all

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dupe or Nah: Melt DGAF and Kiss NY Sausalito




Hey guys, I'm back with another dupe or nah and I must say, I outdid myself with this one! I have a color that is super close to the discontinued and infamous Melt DGAF lipstick and its only $4.99 in your local beauty supply store!! The color is called Sausalito and it's from the Kiss NY Egoism Matte Velvet Lipstick line.

Both colors are royal blue, very matte, and extremely comfortable and long-wearing. Melt Cosmetics has one of the best matte lipstick formula's and I truly believe they are worth every single penny of the $19 dollars they retail for. However!!! Yes, there is a however, the Kiss NY Egoism formula is pretty comfortable also and it's much cheaper. I also think its a bit more longer wearing than the Melt formula. Unfortunately, I don't have my own tube of DGAF to truly compare it to Sausalito. But what I can say is that I own Space Cake and Blow lipsticks (also from Melt Cosmetics) and they wear pretty much the same. They last about 5-7 hours without needing to be touched up and I wanted to see if the Kiss lipstick could compare. Let me tell you...HONEY, I had this lipstick on from 11am to 7pm and it did not budge. It does transfer, but the color stays pigmented on the lips. I ate a Sofritas bowl from Chipotle and everything!!! Don't believe me? well let me show you the proof!!

Here it is! And peep the Chipotle in the background lol!


Here is Sausalito on my lips, remember I ate:


Look, I have seen swatches of DGAF on other women of color and I have to say that Sausalito is a dupe! And I am happy because I wanted DGAF badly. But it was always sold out and eventually Melt discontinued the color altogether. If you want a great alternative, visit your local beauty supply store, or google the brand and color and they should definitely have Sausalito available for sale online. This line of lipsticks allow you to indulge in colors that you may not normally wear or feel comfortable paying high-end prices for. When I was in the store, I saw a nice green, a black, grey, and a teal color! I am on a lipstick diet so I can't go back for more, but the colors are all matte and pretty! There is definitely something in the Egoism line for everybody. Enjoy guys till next time!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

TBT LOTD: MAC PINK FRIDAY LIPSTICK 


Pink Friday resulted from a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and was sold for four or five friday's during November 2010 (I think...don't get me to lying). Anywhoo it was highly sought after and hard to get, but guess what ladies? I got it and I still have it! Now this lipstick was highly controversial when it released because it would sell out in seconds and resembled some other popular MAC lippies (cough cough, Snob, Pink Nouveau, Saint Germain). Also, some people were upset and even posted videos about how unwearable the color was...I personally didn't have a problem with the lipstick, I think it looks the prettiest on dark skin and I will show you guys that the color truly is dupeable. I know its like years later, but I wasn't blogging when I was younger, and I also know for a FACT, that some people are selling Pink Friday on eBay for like 80 plus dollars. Girl don't you dare do that, you will be upset, there are too many other popping pinks to pay so much for this one!

Pink Friday Lipstick with Nicka K Coffee Lip Liner
So here she is. Just a really basic, blue based, pastel pink lipstick. I am an nw47, pretty much chocolate, and think that it looks fine. I lined it with a basic brown liner and in the picture below I have it topped with MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass.


Now unto the comparisons. Pink Friday (which is in the very center of all the other colors), is nothing like Pink Nouveau. Pink Nouveau is much darker, has almost a hot pink base, and even seems a bit warmer in tone. The closest to Pink Friday is Saint Germain, but I think it might be a tinge deeper. On the lips, they look very similar, the only thing is that Saint Germain is an amplified, so it can look a little patchier on. But if you want the exact same color and texture as Pink Friday, mix Snob, and Saint Germain together...the color is almost identical!! Saint Germain is close enough though, if you don't want to go through all of that. Enjoy all. Talk to you later.

From left to right: Revlon Primrose, Mac Pervette, Mac Pink Nouveau, Mac Pink Friday, Mac Saint Germain, Mac Snob, and Rimmel Pink Blush



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Inglot LOTD and Product Review

Described as a thin and stylish gel lipstick with vitamin E, evening primrose, and avocado oil for extreme moisture on the inglot website, the slim gel lipsticks are supposed to combine a cream gel formula with long lasting shine and color. Well that was a mouthful! These lipsticks normally retail for $14.00, but I caught a 50% off sale on the inglot website, and only paid $7.00 for the product, which I preferred, as you only get 1.8 grams of lipstick.

Now, I cannot speak to my slim gel lipsticks longevity (because I am just trying them out today), but what I can speak for is its moisturizing formula and color payoff. This lipstick feels like a mixture between lipstick and gloss, has sheer to semi-opaque color coverage (just a few swipes provided me with the coverage I was aiming for) and is comfortable and non-sticky. These remind me a lot of the mac slimshines (which I loved but of course MAC discontinues everything) and is perfect for the winter time. My lips get really dry and crack. And so far (been wearing for about an hour), these lipsticks do appear to be moisturizing.

Although I purchased a few colors, the color I chose to wear today is #54. The slim gel lipsticks don't have names, which is okay for me, but when ordering online, I found it difficult to choose a color because there were no descriptions of the colors on the website. Although they had computerized swatches on the site, I couldn't gauge how accurate the swatches were and ultimately chose colors based on them being on sale and appearing dark enough for my skin tone. 

Here is what #54 looks like on me topped with MAC Sugarrimmed dazzleglass. I think the color is bomb for dark skin...I'm just saying. I want to describe this color as a rosy brown, but it also seems to have a bit of a peach tone to it. Like a nice, nude, warm, pinky brown. Lol I hope that color description is accurate.


This is what the color looks like in the tube and swatched on my ashy hand. Although the lipstick looks pink in the picture due to the flash, it looks more brown without flash. And on my lips, the brown, peachy tones definitely show more than the pink.


These are the other two items I purchased. I got another Slim Lip Gel in the color #42 and a Lip Paint in the color #65. These two retail for $14 but I got them for 50% off as well.




#42 is a medium orange coral and it is so pretty! Same texture and pigmentation as #54. I like these, and honestly have nothing negative to say about the product. I give the Inglot Slim Lip Gels a 4/5. My only harp is that Inglot didn't give their products names. 65 is a light, plum, almost nude (on me) color. This Lip Paint is even more moisturizing than the Lip Gels. It's basically a tinted lip conditioner, with really decent color payoff. I'll do a lip of the day with this baby soon! Overall, Inglot has excellent products and like the Lip Gels, I give the Lip Paint a 4/5.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sephora Color Lip Last


I just want to start this post by saying, "Why have I never tried these lipsticks?!" The Sephora Collection lipsticks have thus far been some of the best lipsticks that I've used. From the Cream Lip Stains, to their Rouge Matte Lipsticks, I have had nothing but pleasant experiences with their lip products. But, for some odd reason (one that slips my mind), I never tried their color last lipsticks. And they are my type of product, long lasting, matte...I mean I either wear a very matte lip or a glossy lip (I really don't have an in between), and they come in three different finishes: matte, metallic, and shimmer. Moreover, they are touted to last 10 hours without the need for reapplication!

So anywho some how I found myself in the mall, (I swear I am like a sleep walker when it comes to makeup shopping, I get in my car, pick out items, and don't become conscious of my behavior until I am paying for items...psych I am totally lying) looking at a bunch of red lipsticks. Around this time of the year I kind of stick to nudes and reds. I first began at mac, swatched Ruby Woo, which I have had multiple times. I swatched a new permanent color called Red Rock, and I swatched Brave Red. None of them gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling so I headed down to Sephora and went directly to their products. I have a rule to always start at Sephora brand because they are more affordable than any other brand in the store. Only after I look through their products am I allowed to branch off into other brands. Also, because I love a matte red lip, I thought the Color Lip Lasts would be worth a try. AND THEY WERE ONLY $14!!!

The colors I settled on are called Wanted Red, Orange Rocks, and Pure Red. I also purchased a liner for $6 called Deep Ruby that I am going to use to line them. It is also pretty cute.

Sephora Wanted Red
Wanted Red is described as a Dark Red and has a super matte finish! I mean it's as matte as Ruby Woo type matte, once set.

Sephora Pure Red
Pure Red is just described as a red. I find that this lipstick is a bright, blue-based red with some slight warmth to its tone. It is bright and also very matte which I love!

Sephora Orange Rocks

Orange Rocks is described as an orange red. In the tube it definitely looks more red but on my lips it looks very orange. It is one of the most wearable oranges that I have tried. Literally every time I've attempted to wear orange lipstick it has been a fail. I end up looking like Jamie Foxx as Wanda...no exaggeration.


HAHA!! So here are the swatches on my arm. I can't even pick a favorite. All three are beautiful. What I like the most about these lipsticks is that they apply so creamy! When initially putting these on it's hard to believe that they could even be categorized as mattes, but baby when I tell you these set...they set and do not budge. I had to use jojoba oil and scrub the heck out of my arms to get them off. This is why I haven't provided lip swatches because once you put these on you better be planning to wear them for the long haul, they do not come off unless you want them off!


Sephora gets a thumbs up from me! These are the bomb and the liner matches perfectly!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Yesterday's LOTD (because I fell asleep before blogging): Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Motorhead 



Motorhead is a deep, blackened cherry with a matte finish. Many people claim to have issues with the formula of the Studded Kiss Lipsticks but I love them! Motorhead is very, very matte. And I find that I'm okay with both application and wear, if I put a thin layer of lip balm underneath it. It lasts all day without having to touch up (yesterday I had it on from 1-10:15 and it only faded a bit in the middle) and is very comfortable for a matte. This lipstick reminds me a lot of Mac Talk That Talk from the Rihanna collection (but better wear and quality) and can deepen in intensity depending upon how many layers you put on.


OOOH I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK! Vampy colors hold a special place in my heart because they make me feel dangerous and edgy!  And a matte vampy lip is even freaking better. Seriously, every time I wear this color I feel the need to put on a biker jacket or some type of leather. You can definitely see how deep this color is in the photo above without flash. It's perfect.


Here is a full face with the lip. I used flash so the color looks a lot lighter than it actually is but do you see the attitude?! I apparently thought I was hot stuff! and P.S. how edgy is the packaging? Anywhoo enjoy guys, till later! Mwahs.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Small Black Friday Haul at the CCO and the Last of the Sheen Supreme Lipsticks!


Holla!! Lol I should truly be ashamed of myself. I shopped even though I wasn't supposed to! Look guys, it was Black Friday, a friend of mine asked me to take her to the outlets, and I barely ever have the opportunity to go to the CCO. For those of you who may be unaware, the Cosmetic Company Outlet aka the CCO is like the absolute greatest place on earth for makeup junkies. They have limited edition and discontinued products for 30% off and because it was Black Friday I got an additional 10% off as well. If you could see my eyes in that store...I was like a small child in a candy store or at the lunchables aisle at the supermarket. Y'all know kids love lunchables!

Although my CCO had tons of items from different companies, I stuck with Mac, which probably isn't the most surprising. But what was most exciting about my trip is that the CCO had a few Sheen Supreme lipsticks left over. I have not been able to find these lipsticks anywhere! I've called several MAC stores, checked online at Retailers and nobody had them! So, when I saw these babies I scooped them up so fast! I settled with a peachy nude called Tea Ceremony, got two (yes two) Asian Flower lipsticks (lavender and gorgeous), and a limited edition nude lip gloss (from the Alluring Aquatic collection) to match the nude lipstick called Seducing Sound! 

Here they are:




And here are some lip swatches:
Tea Ceremony
Asian Flower
Seducing Sound
Makeup shopping makes me so happy! What I like the most about the Sheen Supreme lipsticks is that they are creamy and apply like a dream. Why on earth would Mac discontinue these? I haven't checked the longevity of these yet but I have heard people say they last anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours. I will definitely provide an update once I wear these for a prolonged period. Now for the bad! THEY ARE DISCONTINUED!!! WAAAAAAAH!! If you want any of the sheen supreme's please check your local CCO. You may even have luck finding some left over at mac counters. For now I am so happy I found Asian Flower because it is gorgeous! Two should be more than enough to hold me over because there is about 3.6 grams of product in each tube. I am so excited! 

Till next time loves,
S.C.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

LOTD: MAC Liquid Lurex

Hey! So its been a minute. I had a seven day vacation. Actually, I went to the Bahamas, and although I planned to blog while there, it didn't happen. I had so much fun that I didn't really wanna ruin the moment with taking pictures. Have you ever felt that way? Like sometimes we get so caught up in social media, that we forget to actually socialize with physically present people, we forget to experience the moment. So, yup decided not to blog! But now I'm returning some two weeks later with a lip of the day! YAY!!


So Liquid Lurex is a beautiful tarnished gold with a green hue and pink sparkles. It is a dazzle finish lipstick, which means its just completely blingy and sparkly. Its basically like having micro glitter on your lips. I love this lipstick. However, I don't like how the glitter ends up all over my face when I wear it. I have pretty large lips...and I end up with glitter on my chin, glitter on my cheeks. I even ended up with glitter on my nose once when I wore this. But because it's so pretty I deal with it.


As can be seen in the picture above, it gives me a nice nude sheen to my lips. I have it lined with Wet n Wild Simma Down Now liner. By golly! The pink sparkles in this lipstick just make me so happy (even though it didn't show in the picture they are there). This lipstick is a re-promote, recently re-released in the MAC It's a Strike collection. It originally released, I believe, in the Fabulous Felines collection and I was so excited when I saw it was coming back. The color is still available on the MAC website but is limited edition. I wish MAC would bring back all the dazzle lipsticks, they were so glittery and perfect for topping. Liquid Lurex looks beautiful on top of magenta and purple lipsticks, give it a try. It is so versatile. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in "Boy"


Chanel "Boy" is supposed to be a cult favorite lipstick amongst lipstick aficionados and at first I couldn't understand why. It's sheer and smells florally. The only thing I initially thought this lipstick had going for it was the beautiful chic packaging. However, guys it's grown on me!

Okay, so color wise, Boy is a Rosy-Pinky-Nude. It's extremely sheer but it has some really pretty shimmer in it that just ups the ante. 


When looking at the color in the container, I was like blah blah...but then I wore it on my lips and throughout the day the color just grew into something gorgeous. As I wore it, it got pinker and pinker and I was like hmmmm...is this some type of magic?!


It turns into the perfect my lips but better color. My lips are extremely pigmented and this color gives them a natural pink tone. Here I have it lightly lined with Jordana Coco Loco and I just love it. The staying power isn't great, which is to be expected and you have to reapply a lot (maybe every two hours and definitely after eating), but it is such a wearable and universal color. It gets an A in my book I just hate the price!! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Little MAC Cute-ster Dupe For Us Hello Kitty Fiends that Cant Let Go

Otay, for a show of hands how many of you love the MAC Hello Kitty Collection? How many of you were totally into makeup in like 08-09? And how many of you got your beloved Hello Kitty lipsticks and were in makeup heaven? Wow wonderful...well me...I can't raise my hand to any of those except the first! I was still in high school and only wearing lip gloss!!


Once I got into MAC I literally wanted to cry because everything from the Hello Kitty Collection had been discontinued and my only solace were the Youtube videos showing off everyone's purchases. Still, the one lipstick I never truly got over was Cute-ster, a sheer peachy-pink lustre finish lipstick with pink and gold shimmers. The color was so sheer that it looked like a gloss on many, the pink was really hard to see on deeper complected lips, and it truly just gave a nice juicy look. Let me see if I can find pictures...brb.


So it looks really dark in the release photo but in real life it actually looks more like this.

This pic came from Karen from Makeup & Beauty

These are Temptalia's lips by the way
So fast forward to now. I have been mixing lippies, adding glosses, doing all sorts of stuff but still not being all the way happy with the combos that I have been coming up with. As you can see from the pic above, Temptalia's lips look really neutral, with just a lighter tone and some shimmer. So, due to this I think I found a really close dupe. It isn't as pink as I would like it to be but I swear it's the closest I have come to duping Cute-ster!! It has the gold and pink shimmer and the neutral looking base! It's glossy and comfortable, the finish is perfect...I mean where has H&M been for the last nearly 10 years that I have been dying for this lipstick?!

The color...dun dun dun is H&M's Sheer Lipstick in Nostalgic Haze!! And you know how we sometimes don't wanna wear a lipstick and just wish that a lip color could come in lip gloss form. Well I think I found another little baby (also from H&M) that fulfills that request! It's called Papaya Pop and its gorgeous! For some reason my pics aren't showing the pink in these colors good enough. Especially the lip gloss, it is definitely more pink visually than the lipstick.

H&M Nostalgic Haze, not Nostalgia...excuse
my short attention span and inability to focus on detail
H&M Papaya Pop
H&M Nostalgic Haze
Left: Nostalgic Haze, Right Papaya Pop

What do you think? I had to swatch it on the inside of my hands so you can really see the pink tones and the glitter. I think the color is on point. And its cheap. The lipstick is $10 and the gloss is $7, much cheaper than MAC!! I am happy for now. The only thing that would be better is if Cute-ster were re-released! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

LOTD: Maybelline Power Peony

Alright, I took a couple of days off but wanted to return with a pretty lipstick from Maybelline, Power Peony. I don't even know how to describe her. She looks pink in the tube but on the lips has more of a lilac tone. Loving it!


For today's look, I lined and filled my lips in with NYX Suede Matte lip liner in Run the World. It is a light magenta purple with somewhat of a white undertone. Ha that sounds crazy but it looks pale pinky purple on my lips. Anywhoo the lipstick is really creamy so it can apply streaky and really needs to be built up on the lips to get a substantial amount of color. I don't happen to be a fan of wearing a bunch of thick lipstick so I of course opted for liner underneath. The liner changes the color of the lipstick a bit (not much). I think it makes it more wearable.


What do yo think? For some odd reason I am drawn to these types of colors. You know, not quite pink, not quite purple. I think they flatter brown skin nicely. I decided to wear my little bo peep hijab today too! Isn't it just the cutest? Alrighty that's it ladies. See ya!