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: Oily Skin Routine….

Beauty Blog: Oily Skin Routine….

Hi guys,

I’m back with another beauty blog. This one is all about what I have been doing as of late to combat this new onset of oily skin I have been battling. I have always had combination skin ( some parts dry and some parts oily) but in the last year or so my skin has fared more on the oily side especially in my t-zone area (“The T-zone is the part of your face consisting of the forehead, nose and the area around your mouth, including the chin. It is so named because it’s shaped like the letter ‘T’.” Oil tends to build up in the t-zone, so it’s particularly important to exfoliate.http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=T-zone)  

Now if you know me, I am a product junkie! If I see it, I will probably try it! But over time I have learned ( especially with my skin care routine) If the method ain’t broke, don’t fix it! So I decided to go back to my old routine, old products and see how that would help my skin!

So let me walk you through my routine!

  1. Drink lots of water! Up until a few years ago I never ever drank water. Maybe a glass here or there a couple of times a week. ( I know , I know…. horrible) But now, I’ve seen the light! I drink about 2 litres of water a day! I have replaced my daily pop ( and those who know me well, know I have/had (lol) a serious addiction to Dr. Pepper.) with a glass of water! Sometimes I’ll add a lemon or I’ll make a detox water with lemons, cucumbers and a mint leaf or two. So refreshing! Anyway, water intake is super important for healthy skin( our skin is our largest organ and needs to stay hydrated) 
  2. Remove Excess Makeup: I have tried every single make-up removal wipe possible, but honestly the best wipes that take off my make-up, are good old-fashioned baby wipes! I use the sensitive/eco-friendly ones from the Baby Life Brand! They retail for about 4 dollars Canadian Dollars or sometimes you can get a value pack for about 8 bucks!
  3. Exfoliate: I stick to my old faithful ( holy grail if you will) product: the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Wash  Foaming Scrub. I love this product with everything in me! If they ever discontinue this product, I don’t know what I’ll do! 😛  I use this product with my Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush. Using an exfoliating skin product alongside a cleansing brush really helps give your skin the deep clean it needs. 
  4. Cleanse: I’ve recently returned to one of the first skin care products I ever used consistently in my skin care routine. Its the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser. I love this product. It leaves my face feeling clean and dry ( but not overly drying)
  5. Moisturize: Although my skin has oily patches, It’s still very important to get skin moisturized. I haven’t found my go to product yet so I have been trying out a few. Firstly, I have been using the Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30. It is light-weight and not much product is needed to cover your entire face. It does have a strong sunscreen smell to it however that I am not to fond of. It is a bit pricey at about 20 Canadian dollars.Next, I have been trying the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream from The Body Shop.  It does a pretty good job of controlling my oils. Again, a little goes a long way with this product. This retails for approximately 18 dollars Canadian. #Lastly, I have been trying the 8 hr Mattifying Moisturizer from Sephora. I must admit, I really love this product. It is quite expensive at 27 Canadian Dollars for 1.69 oz of product. However, you don’t have to use a lot of product daily ( just about a dime size) so its serves you well. I find this one wears well especially under my foundation.  So hopefully this method and/or products work for you! I have been doing this routine for about a month or so and I am loving the results. Let me know what you have been using! Any suggestions for me? Let me know!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: Products YouTube Made Me Buy….

Beauty Blog: Products YouTube Made Me Buy….

Hi guys!

Today I thought I would  do a quick and fun beauty blog today! Have you ever watched a commercial on tv and had the product placement  catch you? ! Are you one of those people who sees something on the home shopping network and says ” that looks cool, I should buy it!” Okay… I confess.. I’m one of those people ( hangs head in mock shame) But instead of the home shopping network, its YouTube!. My name is Sophia and I’m addicted to YouTube ( lol) If it’s advertised on YouTube, I will buy it ( LOL) I thought I would share with you a few of the products YouTube made me buy : )

  1. Its Judy Time Palette:  I absolutely love Judy and her family. I enjoy watching their daily vlogs and that’s what led me to her beauty channel. I must say, while I liked the colours, I didn’t “love them”( I only use a few) but I bought it because well Judy made it! This was a limited time offer. Would I ever repurchase it? Probably not!
  2. Every single drug store mascara I have ever bought has been because of YouTube! You know those pesky ads that YouTube has? You know the ones you can;t skip? Well for a period of time, they were all of  mascara products. Check out my blog on my favorite drug store mascaras here!

    My favorite mascara YouTube made me buy! Maybelline Lash Sensational..
  3.  Take Me to Brazil Palette by BH Cosmetics: LOVE this palette! I watched a tutorial of a girl using it and fell in love! I loved it so much, I picked up one for a friend who is an up and coming beauty guru in the making 😉 
  4. Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams: I like them, but I’m not completely sold on the hype! ( shakes fist at YouTube) I have 3 of them: Antwerp, Transylvania and Abu Dhabi. I honestly only ever wear Transylvania anymore…. meh 🙂 
  5. Last but not least: Origins Charcoal Mask: Probably the best thing I bought off of a YouTube suggestion. If im not using my natural Oubel face masks, you can find me using this! I will always have this in my beauty collection. I especially like to use this when I am travelling to hot and humid places ( especially when I’m in the Caribbean) It’s such a convenient product. A little goes a long way 🙂 

Hope you enjoyed this quick beauty blog! Are there any products you have tried solely on the recommendation of YouTube?  Let me know!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: My HORRIBLE Sephora Experience…

Beauty Blog: My HORRIBLE Sephora Experience…

Disclaimer: This post is based on one personal experience I had at one Sephora store. This post is not reflective of all Sephora stores of their staff)

Hey y’all

This month I celebrated my birthday and all my makeup geeks out there know that If you have a beauty insider card from Sephora, each year you receive a birthday gift. Well naturally, I ventured to my local Sephora to receive my birthday gift. While I was there, I decided to consult with one of their beauty experts about some products I wanted to try.

Side note: when I entered the store, the lady at the door greeting customers was very friendly . I walked in expecting to have the same old Sephora experiment I have always had. Wrong!

I approached one consultant that we will call “Jill”. ( not her real name of course.) From the moment I approached her, I could see her attitude and demeanor towards me was not pleasant. Mind you, I had on my sweats, hair all in a bun and no makeup on so I guess I didn’t look like the type of customer that “should” be in there or that would be a viable customer.  I must add I am a black girl of Jamaican descent and my skin is a rich deep cocoa brown,. Jill is Caucasian,The conversation that ensued went a little like this:

Scene One: I approach Jill and for help.
Me: “Hi! I was wondering if you could help me with something?”
Jill: “Yes?” ( as she looked me up and down)
Me: ” Ok, I have noticed recently that my skin has changed drastically. I used to have combination skin and now my skin leans more to the oily side. Do you have any products that you could suggest that could combat this problem?”
Jill: “Well, what have you been using?” ( appearing not interested at all)
Me: ” I use a number of products but I’m looking for something that will take away steps from my everyday makeup routine. Simplify it.” I most recently have been using umm the Bare Minerals loose powder..”
Jill: (looks at me blankly) “Loose powder….”
Me: ” Oh here, I snapped a picture of it,.. here it is ( hands Jill the phone)
Jill : ( still looking uninterested)

Let me pause the conversation right here for a moment. At NO POINT did she offer to show me some products, ask if I had skin sensitivities or exactly which products I had tried in the past. What she did next made my blood boil….

Scene Two: The disrespect ensues…

Jill: ( sees a consultant who is black passing by) ” Adanya? Can you help this,,, ( she paused) customer here, She is looking for a product to combat oily skin. You might be better suited to discuss your guys type of skin. I just don’t know what she’s looking for ,..”

At this point my head did a little snap and a little swivel and I glared at the woman so hard I’m sure her life passed before her. ( she did flinch) I mean its okay if you are really not versed in a certain ethnic groups skin type and you call for assistance.. but to just dismiss someone like that???  Where they do that at???? lol Now it’s not what you say sometimes, its how you say it. The way she said it was in such a derogatory tone that it certainly got my attention in a negative way. What if I was a person with low self-esteem? I would be feeling pretty low right about now…

Now, anybody who knows me ( and knows me well) knows that I would have loved to cuss her out ( not swearing) really tell her about herself. But instead, I just bit my tongue and remembered the journey I’m on to “just love them anyway” 🙂

Jill: ( walks off without even a second glance back)
Adanya:” Sorry about that. ( shakes her head)  Now lets start at the beginning. What exactly are you looking for?”
End Scene

Adanya took her time and listen to all my skin concerns. She suggested a number of products that she knows firsthand have worked for others and herself. She brought me over to a makeup stand and tried a few products on me, did side by side comparisons and asked my opinion along the way! She was patient and kind and overall she turned what could have been a really bad experience and situation into a really positive one.

After Adanya finished with me, I left feeling successful and spent all my dough( well birthday gift cards 🙂 )  on every product she suggested! ( I will do a beauty blog in the future about my oily skin make up products) Now, they don’t work on commission at Sephora but I made sure to ask to speak to a manager after I made my purchase, I explained the whole ” Jill ” situation to her and how pleased I was with Adanya and how she really turned my horrible visit into a good one! She then in return comped me for one of the products I purchased and gave me a coupon for 20 percent off of my next purchase ( Look at God!! Lol)  She also told me that it was Adanya’s first day on the job independently! Bonus points for Adanya!

I really I had to write this to prove that God really can change a person. The old me would’ve caused a scene and made a real stink! I thank Him for instilling peace and grace in me to just brush nonsense like “Jill” to the side. It’s so not worth it!

The tagline scripture of this blog is Luke 6:27-28 and it reads”

27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

So no matter how insulted I felt in that moment, I just have to love her ( and others) anyway! So many people are made to feel unpretty and not worthy by ignorant people! Please don’t let people dictate how you feel about yourself. The group TLC has a song called “Unpretty” that really touches on this topic.

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make up
That M.A.C. can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in the position to make me feel
So damn unpretty
I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Never let anyone make you feel unpretty! You’re BEAUTIFUL!

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