Category: Swatches

Too Faced’s Melted Lipsticks Get Matte at Ulta

Too Faced Queen B and Unicorn Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick

You ready to go matte? I sure hope so! Sephora’s reign over the new Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks is finally over which means they’re not available online and in stores at Ulta. Yaasss! There’s still a few shades that are exclusive to Sephora but the rest of the gang is now sitting pretty at Ulta which gave me an excuse to finally give them a try. ‘Cause you know me. I love a good liquid lipstick!
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Urban Decay Gets Razor Sharp!

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Long-Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion and Retrograde

In life, there are certain things that some people are just better at than others. There are people who are great at sports. Or math and science. Or applying liquid liner. There’s a special set of skills you need for sports, math, science and liquid liner. I have none of them. Physically, I’m the laziest person you’ll ever meet. You’ll never see me kick a ball or run a mile. And math and science? Forget about it! I need a calculator and cheat sheet next to me at all times to be at least halfway decent. Liquid liner is no different. You’d think it’s not as complicated as sports, math or science but applying liquid liner is always a struggly situation for me.

There’s either too much product on the brush. Or not enough product on the felt tips so it streaks. Or my favorite (insert sarcasm) when I try to create a wing and it skips and drags or globs all over the place. Liquid liner is just the struggle for me! I like to use the felt tip ones, like Stila’s and Too Faced’s, for a quick swipe to help my falsies blend in but I can never quite master the regular ol’ brush ones.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit

“Fancie, you don’t need another highlighter for life. Don’t buy it!” Chile, if I had a dollar for every time I said this to myself I would have enough money to buy this Glow Kit and another one with money still left over. I just can’t control myself when it comes to highlighters! It seems that Anastasia Beverly Hills is well aware of my weakness (along with every other makeup junkie) because she just keeps cranking out these damn Glow Kits like they’re going out of style. You’d think after the first 2 versions we’ve had enough. But nope! Anastasia whipped up 3 more of them and I ended up buying 2 of them for good measure. Aka because they were shiny, new and cute so I needed them.

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New NYX Matte Suede Lip Liners Now at Ulta!

NYX Subversive Socialite, Prune, Oh Put It On, Club Hopper Suede Matte Lip Liner

Literally every time you blink there’s something new at Ulta. Rather it be Mass or Prestige, there’s a new collection or product popping up everyday that’s bound to catch your eye. One of the most innovative brands at Ulta that’s constantly churning out new products is NYX. This year, they’ve been on a serious roll this year releasing entire lines of new products every season. For fall, NYX has added 2 new gloss formulas, extended the Liquid Suede Lip Cream shade lineup, revamped the High Voltage lipsticks and came out with a new line of lip liners. Trust me when I say it’s a lot!

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Hello, Again Smashbox!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation 4.2, Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Dark

There are a lot of brands out there that don’t always get the love and recognition they deserve and Smashbox is certainly one of them. After discovering the magic of Smashbox recently, I decided to start paying a little more attention to the brand and trying out more products. If their blush and eyeshadow is good stuff then there has to be other hidden gems too, right? Right! Smashbox is actually a solid brand all around in terms of both color and complexion. But what Smashbox really excels in is complexion. For years, Smashbox has received the most love for their extensive collection of primer for all skin types and concerns. However, Smashbox isn’t all primer. They’ve got some other great complexion goodies too!

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Tint Your Eyes with Armani This Fall!

Giorgio Armani 12 Gold Ashes, 24 Nude Smoke, 21 Fur Smoke Eye Tint, Eccentrico Instant High Volume & Definiton Mascara

The eyes are the window to the soul. Whether they’re smokey, natural or winged, your eyes say a lot about you before you even speak. Most days, I like to bust out a quick wing to add a little flair and quick glimpse into my glittering soul. Sometimes, though, I love to go all out with eyeshadow to boost my creativity and express my style. I usually just pick up the eyeshadow palette pick of the day and get to blending but Influenster has given me a new way to play up my eyes–with liquid.

Liquid eyeshadows aren’t new to the makeup world but they haven’t become a huge hit just yet. It seems that this will change very soon as we’re starting to see more liquid eyeshadow formulas from brands like Maybelline and now Giorgio Armani. The Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are a new collection of liquid eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from beige to green in shimmer and matte finishes. Armani describes the formula as a long lasting tint with the smoothness of a cream that yields intense, vibrant eye looks. The Eye Tints have a very thin, lightweight formula that’s creamy but not too emollient so it doesn’t slide around much at all. Instead, it seems to offer a precise application that’s easy to blend with a pat of a finger or a synthetic brush.

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Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Review

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown is famous for her extensive foundation line and amazing Correctors and Concealers. But a flawless complexion isn’t the only thing she excels at. For years, Bobbi has quietly been killing the highlight game with her iconic Shimmer Bricks that can also be used as a shimmering eyeshadow palette. Before Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca hit the scene and brought strobing to life Bobbi Brown was chilling in the background making magic happen with her gorgeous Shimmer Bricks. It wasn’t until I became a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown that I discovered the beauty of Shimmer Bricks but it didn’t take me long to appreciate them at all. Bobbi’s Shimmer Bricks are highlight heaven!
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Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Review

Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is a must have for those early mornings when I just need a quick, intense liner to blend in my falsies and go. That’s it though. I just can’t get with using liquid liner to create my signature cat eye. After years of practice, I can make it happen but it takes a lot more effort and time. Liquid liner is just too messy, too hard to control and sometimes too streaky to give me that sharp, steady wing that fiercely slices through. Every time I try to do a wing with liquid liner, it ends up all over my lids and in the inner corner of my eyes as my hand lightly shakes with anticipation. So much stress!

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Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss Review

Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss

When I was growing up, I used to be so self-conscious about my big, full lips. I was a very slim girl with a small face and small features. My ears and nose were tiny and cute. But my lips? They stood out like a sore thumb. I was teased a lot about my lips as a kid and as a I grew into a teen I began to hate them. I used to wish my lips were smaller and more dainty. Man, those days were rough!

Now, I look back and laugh because full lips are so in style that people are paying big bucks to have them. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice I’d say, “Girl you better flaunt them lips!” Having big lips isn’t a flaw or imperfection. If anything, it’s a blessing because there’s more room for bomb lipsticks and glosses. Just look at Kylie Jenner. She got lip injections and bam! Now she’s a social media sensation with a successful makeup brand. The possibilities of big lips are endless!
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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 26 Rose Libertin Lipstick

There’s a lot of things that can easily put a smile on my face and pink lipstick is pretty high up on the list. I can be in a really funky mood and then pull out one of my favorite pink lipsticks or buy a brand new one…..and bam! My mood is instantly lifted as if nothing ever happened. It’s one of the many reasons I love makeup. A little lipstick just makes me happy as a kid opening a box of crayons for the first time. That’s why I often to try to pull out a good pink lipstick every Wednesday to get me through those mid-week blues and carry me happily into the weekend.
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