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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks Swatches and Review - Wine & Dine, Flutter Kiss, Twisted, Dirty Talk, Feline, Playdate

Hello there,

I hope you are excited to see this post. I know I was super duper excited when I saw the launch of this new lipstick. There are 22 shades available but since I can't justify getting them all I took advantage of Ulta's BOGO sale to grab at least the ones that peaked my interest.


  • As you can see, the tube is long and slim with a clear cap which allows you to see the color inside.
  • .09 oz or 2.5 g


  • Please read below for the description of each shade.
  • The formula is pretty much the same across the board. It's nice and creamy, not too slippery. It's quite pigmented but you still need a couple swipe in order to build up the intensity and even out the coverage. They all have a cream finish with a nice shine to them so your lips look plump and juicy.
  • They did a good job at evening out dry areas on my lips without accentuating them. 
  • They feel very comfortable and are somewhat hydrating for the first couple hours.
  • They last up to 5 hours before showing signs of fading. The darker shades will leave behind a long-wearing stain as well. 
  • They have a subtle sweet marshmallowish scent to them. I didn't find it offensive and it fades fairly quickly.

Final Thought

I believe most people will like this new lipstick line and I think NYX did a pretty good job with the formula. It is long-wearing, creamy, pigmented, and comfortable. The packaging is pretty plain and basic, nothing to rave there. There is a good variety of shades and you will surely find at least one or two shades that will appeal to you. My favorite here are Wine & Dine and Feline.

Rating: 9/10

Price: $6.00
Availability: Ulta, NYX Cosmetics

Wine & Dine - medium dark berry red. This one is gorgeous! If you find red lipstick intimidating, try this one! I think this one will look fabulous on every skin tone.

Flutter Kiss - this is a lovely medium rosy nude. I would call it the perfect nude because it doesn't make you look pale or tired.

Twisted - medium purple with more blue undertone. I hate how it leaves a really bright pink stain behind but other than that, it's a really fun color. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but if you like wild colors, you'll like this one.

Dirty Talk - medium dark warm brown. When I swatched it on my hand I was like ehhh I dunno if I can rock this shade but when I tried it on my lips, I think I can pull it off. 

Feline - medium dark reddish brown. Can look classy or vampy, depending on how you wear the makeup. 

Playdate - medium purple lavender. I like it but don't love it. It's not a color I'd wear often. It needs to be paired with the right makeup look in order for it to look really good, in my opinion.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Beautique Lip Crayons Swatches - Blackberry, Raspberry, Copper

Hello lovelies,

I hope yall had a wonderful and well rested weekend. It's unfortunate how quickly it goes by.

I got these lip pencils when they were on sale for $1.99 each at Sally Beauty Supply. They are fairly inexpensive and does the job. They are creamy and pigmented enough to deliver good color payoff and help make your lipstick last longer. I really wished I'd discovered them sooner.

Blackberry is a dark vampy purple plum with a matte finish. Up close it does apply a bit patchy but from afar looks ok. I'm still digging the color.

Raspberry is a medium berry plum with a matte finish. It looks so nice! It was the creamiest of the 3 and had the most even application.

Copper is a medium shimmery copper. It looks uneven from up close but ok from afar. It's a really pretty color as well.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Essence All About Candies Eyeshadow - Swatches, Review, and Eye Makeup Looks

We got snowed. It wasn't much but still, it has been pretty cold and I am sick and tired of the Winter. I hope Spring arrives early. Too bad this little palette wasn't very uplifting either...Sighh...

  • mall and sleek 6 pan eyeshadow palette.
  • .29 oz or 8.5 g
  • The colors look pretty cute in the packaging and reminded me of cotton candy but they are so pale and sheer that I had to layer them several time in order for them to show on the swatches.
  • The pale pink, lilac, and peach look very similar to each other when swatched. 
  • They last about 6 hours with a good primer.

Final Thought

It's unfortunate that the colors are so pale and sheer. If you can help it, I would say skip this palette, otherwise you can somewhat make it work by using a colored base.

Rating: 6/10

Price: $4.99
Availability: Ulta

1. pale shimmery gold
2. pale shimmery pink
3. pale shimmery lilac. Looks pretty identical to #2 when swatched.

4. pale shimmery peach
5. pale shimmery blue
6. pale shimmery green

I have the pink, blue, and green colors over a nude cream eyeshadow

I used a medium brown cream eyeshadow as base an added the shimmery light gold on top. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beautique Gel Eye Pencils Review and Swatches - Navy, Pewter, Rose Gold

Not sure if the review will be relevant to anyone because I got these from Sally Beauty's Clearance rack and I think they may be discontinued? I don't know but I guess just throwing it out there in case you may still find them in store.

  • I would describe the packaging as simple elegance. It looks nice without looking expensive, if that makes sense. At first glance, I thought these pencils looked unusual because they're slim but the tip is big and wide. Once you sharpen them, the tips do get smaller and take on the shape of a regular pencil. There is one small problem here, the product is a gel formula in a pencil form and the product is pretty soft and will bend or break easily during sharpening. Your best bet is to keep them in the freezer for a few minutes before sharpening. 
  • .06 oz or 1.8 g

  • Navy is a a dark navy blue with a matte finish
  • Pewter is a medium metallic silver grey with a blue undertone
  • Rose Gold is a light metallic beige
  • What I liked about the formula is that it applies very smoothly just like what you would expect from a gel liner. It's hard to get a thin line with these pencils and because the product is so emollient you'd have to be careful not to put too much pressure or you can also break the tip. 
  • They set fairly quickly and once they do they are budge-proof and smudge-proof for hours.
  • I do notice a bit a fading after 6 hours of wear but the good thing is they don't migrate or smear. 

Final Thought

The formula is pretty darn good cause it's pigmented, smooth, budge-proof, and long-wearing. I think the packaging is a bit problematic for this gel formula. It's hard to sharpen without breaking or bending the gel. Overall, you'll like this if you don't mind dealing with the packaging and sharpening.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $2.79
Availability: Sally Beauty Supply

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