Beauty Blog: The Perfect Pink Pout…

Beauty Blog: The Perfect Pink Pout…

Hey y’all!

It’s been quite some time since my last beauty blog! I thought in honor of my favorite makeup product ( lipstick) I thought  would share with you a few of the pink lipsticks I  love.  I did the same thing a few months back with my fav nude, purple and red lips, so I thought I would just round out the series with the pinks!

Now anyone who really knows me, knows I do not like the colour pink. I’m not the conventional “girly girl”. I never wore( or wear lol) pink so naturally I stayed away  from pink lipsticks .  But…. alas the winds of change have led me to despise the colour pink less and less and I have begun to embrace pink… slowly…. a nail polish here, a pink sweater there… and of course a pink lipstick.

The first pink lipstick I purchased was the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the shade 220 (Showy). I bought this because It was a dupe for the infamous MAC shade “Candy Yum Yum”.  That lipstick came out when I was just getting into lipstick and I just couldn’t fathom ( at the time) spending 20 dollars on a lipstick.. and a pink one at that!(lol) I was able to jump on the good old internet and track down a dupe which is the lipstick I purchased. Here are the pros and cons of this product:

Pros:

  • Very inexpensive ( 6-8 dollars Canadian)
  • Lots of product in the tube
  • A little goes a long way
  • Extremely pigmented

Cons:

  • It has a very “chalky texture
  • The colour stains your lips but the actual product does not last long . You constantly have to reapply.
  • Must be worn with a liner if you are of a darker complexion. Believe me I’ve tried it without and I looked a little crazy!

I like this lipstick well enough but I probably wouldn’t repurchase it!

“Showy”

Next up: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in the shade Bauhau5.  A raspberry pink shade that has matte finish.

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • Extremely pigmented
  • Easy application
  • Lots of product

Cons:

  • A little on the more expensive side( 24 dollars Canadian currency)
  • Can be drying on the lips

I absolutely love this product I wear it any chance I get! So flattering especially on women of color! ( my opinion)

“Bauhau5”

Girl About Town:  The lipstick that made me actually fall in love with a pink lip! This lipstick is a Amplified Creme lipstick. A beautiful fuchsia pink lippie with a blue undertone. This is a definite repurchase!

Pros:

  • Very pigmented
  • Creamy consistency
  • Long lasting
  •  Wearable during the day and the night

Cons:

  • Price: about 20 dollars Canadian

 

Flat Out Fabulous: My all time favorite pink lipstick of all time! I wear this lipstick all time! I reach for this lipstick so often that I always have one in my  makeup case as a back up! This is part of MAC’s Retro Matte Collection.

Pros: 

  • Super pigmented
  • Can really modify to suit your needs with a plethora of  different liners ( ie: Chestnut, Vino or Nightmoth from the MAC brand)
  • Flattering on all skin tones ( my opinion)
  • Easy to apply. One coat gives complete coverage.

Cons:

  • Super drying
  • Price ( 20 dollars Canadian)
  •  Has a tendency to smear/fade over the course of the day

I have one more pink that I have yet to explore. Mac Captive. Let me try it out and I’ll keep you updated!

What pink lipsticks do you guys use? Which ones should I try? Let me know!

Till next time!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: I May Have A Purple Lipstick Obsession….

Beauty Blog: I May Have A Purple Lipstick Obsession….

Hey y’all

I’m back again with another beauty blog! Awhile ago , I did a post on my favorite red lipsticks. I figured I would continue the trend with my other lipsticks focusing on my purple, pink and nude shades of lipsticks. Today, lets focus on the purples.

While going through my collection of lipsticks and compiling my purple ones, I realized that I might have an obsession with purple lipsticks! I have 8 of them in total. 6 of them are from MAC, 1 from Stila and 1 from the Kat Von D line. So lets jump right in an discuss them.

Let’s start with the MAC shades: Rebel, Up the Amp, Heroine, Men Love Mystery, Smoked Purple, and Cyber.

Rebel: This was one of my first MAC lipsticks and my very first purple shade. This lipstick is purple with a red undertone. It has a satin finish that dries semi matte. It’s a shade I usually wear as a stand alone but it can be paired with a lip liner like MAC’s Currant. This is a shade I reach for more in the fall season.

Heroine: I LOVE this lipstick! It’s probably in my top five favorite lip products ever! I reach for this lipstick at least once a week (lol) It’s a vibrant purple shade. I usually pair this with Currant , Chestnut or Nightmoth Lip liners from MAC. It is a retro matte formula so it is super drying ( similar to the effects of Ruby Woo) but that can be rectified with properly moisturized lips and a lip primer.

Up the Amp: Love this shade. It’s the  purple I tend to reach for the most in the springtime. Its an amplified creme finish. Super pigmented. I wear this with Chestnut lip liner religiously. I particularly love this one because it has a pink undertone, which I find to be extremely flattering on those who are of a darker complexion like me.

Men Love Mystery: Pretty similar to Up the Amp but this is a matte formula. It’s actually a pretty close dupe to MAC’s RIRI Boy lipstick that was a limited edition release. Chestnut lip liner is my go to for this lipstick. I like it well enough but Up the Amp still reigns supreme for me 🙂

Smoked Purple: The perfect vampy purple. I must admit I was a little timid about trying this shade. But boy oh boy when I did …. sold! I like to line and fill in my lips with Nightmoth lip liner before applying it. It is a matte formula so it is another super drying lippie. One of my favorite lipsticks to pull out in the winter season or one a day I’m going for a Gothic glam look 🙂

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Cyber: Cyber is essentially Smoked Purple with a different finish and maybe a tad bit darker. While Smoked Purple is a matte finish, Cyber is a satin finish. This is my least favorite lipstick in my purple collection and I probably wont ever repurchase.

On to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick purple that I have in the shade Como. It’s from the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection. I LOVE this shade. It’s like a mash-up of all my favorite purples in a super long-lasting formula. Truly, it’s very similar to Heroine. I really need to repurchase this one because I have been using it allllllllll summer long so far. I love the packaging, the formula just everything about it!

Last but not least, Kat Von D’s L.UV from her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line. Super drying formula, but this lipstick is truly ever lasting! I could eat, drink, skydive and this lipstick is not going anywhere! Another lipstick that is very similar to Heroine.

If I had to pick a favorite lipstick out of these ones it would be too hard! I love them all for different reasons. If I had to narrow it down,  I would have to choose Heroine with Como as a close second. Como is a pretty similar in shade but I love the long-lasting durability of the formula for those days that I don’t necessarily have time to touch up my lipstick.

What’s your favorite purple lipstick shade? Are there any others I should try? Let me know!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: Battle of The Red Lips!

Beauty Blog: Battle of The Red Lips!

Hey guys!

I’m back again with another beauty blog! In this blog I am going to discuss my absolute favorite and timeless beauty trend: The Red Lip! The first lipstick I ever purchased with my own money was a red lipstick. I know pretty bold for someone who up until about 2012 NEVER wore anything but lip gloss from Bath and Body Works or EOS lip balm or the tried and true Vaseline (hangs head in shame)

But then one day, I collected six empty containers from MAC ( MAC has a recycling program. If you return 6 empty containers , you can choose a free lipstick!) and I said let me step way out of my comfort zone and try a red lipstick. Growing up with Jamaican Christian parents, big bold lipsticks like the red one I chose was totally out of the question as a teen. But in 2012 as a twenty something year old woman, their opinion no longer mattered LOL.

So, I asked the lady at the counter which red lipstick she would recommend for me and she led me in the direction of the gorgeous and timeless shade of Ruby Woo!!!  I fell in love! That started my lipstick junkie journey! I now own over 20 MAC lipsticks 😛 . But, it really started my love affair with red lipstick. I actually don’t own that many, just 3. ( I’m not including MAC Diva because its more of a burgundy/ brown to me even though its classified as a red)

The three red shades I have all come from different companies. I have of course the shade “Ruby Woo” by MAC Cosmetics. I also have “Fiery” from the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Collection and “Outlaw” from the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick” line. Each one of these products has its pros and cons. Let’s go through them together

Let’s begin with Ruby Woo: Ruby Woo is a very pigmented matte red shade with blue undertones. The pros of Ruby Woo are as follows:

Pros:

  •  very long-lasting
  • super pigmented
  • fantastic coverage
  • compliments all complexions
  • makes your teeth look super white! 😛

However it does have a few cons:

Cons:

  • Extremely drying formula ( must exfoliate lips well before using this product)
  • Has a tendency to feather and fade after a few hours of wear. ( nothing that can’t be rectified with a lip liner or lip primer)

Next up “Outlaw” by Kat Von D. Outlaw is a described as a brick-red shade. A true “pin-up” red.

The pros and cons for this product are as follows:

Pros:

  • super long-lasting ( I mean it takes divine intervention to remove these!)
  • extremely pigmented
  • non-transferable
  • compliments all if not most complexions

Cons:

  • very drying formula ( easily rectified with a lip scrub/vaseline primer prior to application. If you don’t moisturize your lips beforehand, it will show every crack and crevice on your lips.
  • You need a very steady hand to apply because if you make a mistake, you will have to start all over. It will stain your face too lol
  • really need a lip liner to help keep this from feathering
  • Will rub off if eating something especially greasy.

Lastly, “Fiery” from the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick line. The pros and cons are as follows:

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • very pigmented
  • feels very light on the lips
  • Doesnt need a lip liner

Cons:

  • fades easily if eating food that is greasy
  • will stain if not applied with a steady hand.

Okay now that I’ve laid out my pros and cons for these products let me rank them from least favorite to  most favorite. Drum roll please ( insert drum-roll lol)

3. My least favorite is “Outlaw” . I’ve tried to manipulate it by using lip liners and a lip primer but I just don’t like the formula of this particular Kat Von D Shade. ( all the others I own I absolutely love) I would probably never repurchase this lip product. I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

2. The one that lands right in the middle is “Fiery”. I love the way it feels so light on my lips. I love that is super pigmented. I guess i’m just kind of indifferent towards this shade. I wouldn’t lose any sleep if this shade was discontinued,but I would reach for it randomly if it was around 🙂 4 out of 5 stars.

1. That of course leaves my beloved Ruby Woo! I love everything about this lipstick. I love that I can wear this as a stand alone or I can pair it with a brown or plum lip liner and change the appearance. Ruby Woo is a lipstick my makeup kit can never be without. As long as the shade is in production , I will own it. Ruby Woo is fierce! Fantastic! 5 out of 5 stars.

You may stray away but you always come back to your first love! Ruby Woo, you my boo!! 😛

What’s your favorite red lipstick?

red lips

xoxo

Are They Worth The Hype? : Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

Are They Worth The Hype? : Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

**Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by this company. All products mentioned were purchased by me. This review is solely my opinion.**

Hi guys!

I’m back again with another beauty review! By now you all know I’m a lipstick junkie. ( see my blog post: Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie)

I used to stick to my Mac lipsticks and a few drugstore brands. Then I ventured into the world of Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and I was sold on the whole liquid lipstick phenomenon! Now, I’m a person, when I find a brand I love, I wear the heck out of the brand. But with Kat Von D, I think I have purchased all the shades that I know I will wear and wear well! Being the YouTube addict that I am, ( lol) I do watch a lot of beauty vloggers and it appears that everybody (and their mama)  had something to say about the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. Some were positive reviews and some not so positive. I’m the kind of person who likes to try something and form my own opinions. So recently, I went out and purchased three of the Stila liquid lipsticks to try. Before I share my opinions, lets discuss the product itself. (These details were found on the Sephora.com website.)

What is It: 
A highly pigmented, liquid lipstick that’s weightless on the lips and delivers long-lasting coverage.

What it does:
This creamy, full-coverage lip color provides intense hydration with bold, long-lasting pigment that stays put for up to six hours of continuous wear. Featuring an array of matte and shimmer shades, this lip formula imparts a comfortable texture that feels lightweight on lips, and its color-rich formula does not bleed or transfer. Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick hydrates and softens lips so they look and feel beautiful.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What’s is also cool about this product is that they are free of synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs, and triclosan!

So the first shade I purchased was Patina. Patina is one of the most popular shades that Stila has. It is always sold out online and when my local Sephora carried the Stila brand ( they now do not 😦 ) it was always sold out there do. However,my local Shopper’s Drug Mart ( that’s a Canadian drug store similar to a CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid for my American subscribers) has a beauty boutique inside and alas my beloved Patina was there! Score!

Patina is described as a dusty rose shade with a matte finish. I must say on all the beauty blogs this shade attracted me the most as I saw many women of colour ( similar to my complexion) wearing this colour and rocking it! I swatched it on my arm and loved it… then I put it on my lips with no liner and my lord was it AWFUL! So I tried it again, lining and filling in my lips with MACs chestnut lip liner and voila! I was in love! This shade is similar to Kat Von D’s “Lolita” but where Lolita has more of a brown undertone, Patina has more of a pinky mauve undertone. Both are equally gorgeous.

Patina

The next shade I purchased was “Fiery”. Fiery is described as a deep red shade. I struggled with choosing this shade because there is another shade called “Beso” which is described as a “true red”. Upon some discussion with my awesome Beauty consultant Kat, we decided that Fiery would suit me better. Again I lined my lips with my chestnut liner and was pleased! I found that this shade had a little more of an orange undertone, but I do believe if I line my lips with Mac’s cherry lip liner or with the Ruby Woo lip liner, this lip would be perfect! I do think I would like to try Beso at some point 🙂

Fiery

Finally the last shade I purchased was totally on a whim! Stila recently released five new summer shades and one of those shades was a BEAUTIFUL violet shade called “Como”. Now you all know,I am a sucker for a purple lip! When Kat swatched that on my hand I was sold! This shade reminds me of an even more pigmented version of Mac’s Heroine lipstick. ( Yes I know all of my references are Mac! What can I say, I’m a Mac girl at heart!) It’s also, really similar to Kat Von D ‘s  L.U.V. . I’ve worn this shade twice already! Once I paired this with Mac’s Nightmoth lip liner and I also wore as a stand alone! Love it! I do reckon I’ll be wearing this shade for most of the summer! 😛

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Como
Como on the top, LUV on the bottom…

Now that I’ve shared which colours I picked up, I would like to share the pros and cons of the product.

Pros
– super pigmented
– formula is not too drying
– easy to apply because of the doe foot applicator
– long-lasting to an extent ( meaning if you are not eating anything greasy lol)
– true to colour ( what you see in the tube is actually pretty accurate to the colour of the product).

Cons:
– stains easily ( if you mess up, you will have to start over)
– if you lips are not moisturized prior to using them, they show every imperfection and your lips will flake.
– expensive  ( Canadian Dollars $29)
-Stila stay all day is actually more like Stila stay until you eat pizza 😦  or drink from a straw 😦
– Takes quite awhile to dry

Bottom line: I’m not super in love with these lip stains. Perhaps I didn’t let them dry enough before I tested their durability. Maybe I’m just partial to the Kat Von D formula which I find can literally last through anything, greasy pizza and all lol! I do love how pigmented they are and I also love that the formula is a little less drying than Kat Von D’s formula. I do love Como though, But other than that, I’m not super in love with them. Would I purchase them again…. meh…. LOL! I do want to try Beso though, I feel like that shade is the perfect red lipstick that I have been looking for! 🙂

Beso

Have you guys tried the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks? What do you think? Let me know!

xoxo

Are They Worth The Hype?: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Are They Worth The Hype?: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

**Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by this company. All products mentioned were purchased by me. This review is solely my opinion.**

Ok guys, you know I’m a lipstick junkie. But I don’t really ever branch out from the world of MAC cosmetics or the occasional drug store lip product. But then.. Oh then, I was introduced to Kat Von D’s liquid lip stains and man where have they been all my life????!!! I am 150,000 percent completely obsessed with this lipstick line!

This line includes 12 shades that range from a light dusty rose shade to a deep reddish-burgundy shade.I started out with buying one shade and ended up returning to purchase 3 more. This will be a quick and honest review on this product line. The Everlasting Lip-stains are described on the Sephora website as such:

.What it is:
A long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.

What it does:
This innovative Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is infused with vitamins A, C, and E for added hydration. The next-generation formula gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color with a smooth matte finish.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

The first lip stain that I purchased was Lolita. Lolita is described as a dusty rose shade. Basically its your quintessential pinkish nude. If you are trying to achieve the “Kylie Jenner” lip this is a product that can help you do that. This can be worn with or without a lip liner. I wear it with Mac’s chestnut lip liner because I am of a darker complected skin tone, it helps to transition this colour better. I absolutely love this shade. It is a shade I can wear seamlessly in the day or glam it up with a va va voom eye and transition into night.

Lolita
Lolita
The next one I purchased ( because I’m a sucker for a purple lip) was L.U.V. This is a rich violet shade very similar to the ever so popular shade by Mac “Heroine”. This needs no liner. Applies seamlessly 🙂

L.U.V.
L.U.V.
Next, I purchased  Bauhau5 ( yes I spelled that correctly and no I have NO IDEA how to pronounce that correctly 😛 ) Described as a deep raspberry shade very similar to MAC’s  “Flat Out Fabulous”  which is probably one of my favorite lip shades ever! This shade can be worn independently but i like to play around with it and occasionally i pair it with Nightmoth lip liner ( MAC) or Vino or Chestnut lip liners ( also by Mac)

Bauhau5
Bauhau5
Lastly,i purchased Outlaw a brick-red shade. I was a little conflicted on this shade. It was pretty similar to Ruby Woo but even more drying ( if that is even possible. Anyone who has worn Ruby Woo  will find this hard to believe.) It wasn’t my favorite purchase. I then tried it again using a red lip liner all over my lip first  before applying it and it was a little bit better. 

Outlaw
Outlaw
So let me break down the pros and cons of this product

Pros:

  • super long-lasting ( I mean it takes divine intervention to remove these!)
  • extremely pigmented
  • non-transferable
  • compliments all if not most complexions

Cons:

  • very drying formula ( easily rectified with a lip scrub/vaseline primer prior to application. If you don’t moisturize your lips beforehand, it will show every crack and crevice on your lips.
  • You need a very steady hand to apply because if you make a mistake, you will have to start all over. It will stain your face too lol
  • Really wasn’t a big fan of Outlaw( brick-red shade) didn’t last very long, the only one that feathered and faded.

I like these lipstains much more than the NYX lip creams which have a similar formula. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone to try.  I would like to add “Vampira” to my collection but that colour STAYS sold out online in store… le sigh lol :p I do have the shade Vampira in the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick- same shade different formula. I want the Everlasting Lipstick formula… yeah so that’s that! Two Thumbs up on this product!

xoxo

Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie…

Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie…

Would you believe me if I told you that 18 months ago I didn’t even wear lipstick?? Just a tinted gloss here or there and good old faithful Vaseline.( chalk that up to a good old-fashioned Pentecostal upbringing 🙂 )  However, here at my local Mac store, if you return 5 empty plastic containers , you receive a free lipstick as compensation. It is part of their recycling project. ( pretty sweet deal and a pretty clever way to keep you buying their products) Enter the lipstick novice… I mean aside from creeping in to my mothers bathroom to sneak and use her Wet n Wild 508a lipstick at approximately age 12.. I had no experience in lipstick choices. ( side note: I didn’t even wear any makeup other than powder, eyeliner and like and the occasional smoky purple eye up until a year ago  lol 😦 ) sigh…. So as I’m standing there looking at least 100 lipsticks, I just picked one... the most obnoxious, bright and bold red… Ruby Woo! I didn’t swatch it ( because I didn’t know what that meant lol) I just took it home and tried it on and from that moment on I WAS HOOKED!

Enter YouTube. The reason i know anything about makeup and how to apply it. Shout out to some of my favorite “gurus” : Itsjudytime, Itsmyrayeraye, vickylogan, jamaicanmakeupartist, beautybyjj, jaylakoriyan, loverforfashion, michellephan, misscharmsie, msroshposh, patricabright ( the list goes on and on) Check them out! show them some love over there in YouTube world !

So in the last year and a half ,ive grown quite a healthy collection and maybe a unhealhthy obsession (just kidding 🙂 ) of lipsticks/lip stains. Most of them come from the Mac family. So I’ve compiled a summary of some of my faves! Hope you enjoy!

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( l. to r. ) MAC Fresh Brew, MAC Smoked Purple, Kat Von D Vampira, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Rebel, Mac Heroine, Mac Flat Out Fabulous, Mac Girl About Town and Mac Up The Amp

Fresh Brew: Described as coffee coloured. Lustre finish. I usually pair this is with a brown lipliner such as MAC chestnut

Smoked purple: A deep dark, eggplant purple shade ( one of my favorite fall/winter shades) I always pair this with Mac Nightmoth lipliner

Kat Von D Vampira: A rusty reddish-brown matte finish lipstick. Worn as a stand alone colour.

Ruby Woo: A blue based vivid red. Matte finish. ( Ruby Woo has an extremely drying formula so please moisturize before you use) Best results come when a lip liner is used. Really gives a red lip a crisp finish.I suggest the ruby woo lip liner or chestnut or nightmoth.

Rebel: My first purple! Satin finish.Very flattering when paired with Vino lip liner from Mac.

Heroine: YASSSSSSSS! ( sorry i had to go there lol) Matte finish. Probably in my top 3 favorite lipsticks ever. Matte finish, bright purple lipstick. I wear alone and have also paired it with chestnut, vino or nightmoth lipliner

Flat Out Fabulous: A bright pink lipstick with plum undertones.Matte finish. It seems to be my lipstick of choice these past few months 🙂 I’ve recently begun pairing this with nightmoth as well and I really like the results.

Girl About Town: A blue based fuchsia pink. One of my originals. Nice day time pink. Amplified creme finish.

Up the Amp:  Another amplified creme finish. A lavender purple shade. I usually wear this alone. ( Also another one of my top faves)

I think these lipstick shades compliment all skin tones from very fair to very deep. Any lipstick can work on anyone. It’s all in how you modify it to fit you!

Until next time,

XOXO

Flat Out Fabolous
Flat Out Fabolous
Ruby Woo
Ruby Woo