November 9, 2014

The Cult Mentality Gets to me....Colourpop Cosmetics

Usually when a product or brand this hyped, I feel sick. For example, NARS as an entirety... 'nuff said.  However, the more and more I obsessively watched hauls from Colour Pop Cosmetics, the more I was convinced that I needed to go out and buy every single thing. The fact that I couldn't find any negative reviews made the temptation all the more real.

I mean, they're indie, CF, and $5... like, it would be a sin not to take advantage, right? (Let me believe my reasoning is legit, okay?) 

The texture is wacky, like a wet powder but not a cream. They're best when you apply it with a finger, which is difficult with some shades but whatevs; I'll live. Also, the whole 'wet powder' thing sounds like a fancy way of saying 'crease city', but I swear that this doesn't crease, fade, or have any significant fallout. It's really bizarre, but I love it! 

Bae... despite my disdain towards the term, I really enjoy this shade. It's a burgundy with a blue/green shift and honey... it's. bae.

As you can see, the blue shimmer isn't as strong as I would like :/

So Quiche-- can we take a minute to comment on all of the confused youtubers that don't know how to pronounce the word quiche?? LORD. 
Anyway, it's like a sage green with pink shimmer. Yeah. I know, amazing

Hammered (of, fucking, course) How could I resist a glittery forest green shade? Answer: I can't, I simply can't.  And with all of the gold, silver and red glitter... It was impossible for me not to put this in my cart...impossible

Cricket is a gorgeous burgundy brown with gold glitter... this one is great, but has a weaker color base. Out of the bunch, it was the least impressive, but that isn't saying much because it was still pretty damn impressive. 

'I <3 This' is a glittery champagne. Nothing more, nothing less. 

Meow is one of their tie-dye shades and it unfortunately looks weird after you've used it for a while :/ Though, the color is a gorgeous purple toned pewter shade that is definitely obsession worthy. 

Do I really need to say anything more?? 

November 1, 2014

because cosmetics and consumerism is making life a little less hectic----Favorites

*the contrast of a classy background and profanity*

I can't remember the last time I did a favorites post. Maybe it was the fact that there is an implied time restriction, maybe it's because I'm not into these kind of posts... or maybe it's because I'm lazy

Yeah, the last one.

Anyway, I'm not up to anything for the first time in months, so lets talk about the shit I rub on face on the daily... mostly lippies....

Highlighted= Cruelty Free
  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Pin Up Girl Blush Palette: This is a powdery mess, but dammit I like it! I'm not blush crazed, but honey; these shaaaaades. REVIEW HERE
  2. Clinique's Pink Chocolate and NYX Lip Liner in Natural: THE LIP COMBO OF THE CENTURY???? For that legitimate 90's lip. I'm talking warm ass brown lipstick with a matte finish. Can't stop, won't stop.
  3. Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Evening Glow: A gloss??? ON LILTING-GRACE??? Yes... a gloss has penetrated this lipstick territory and Ima leave it at that. 
  4. Tarte Glamazon lipstick in Playful: Literally cannot believe that Tarte discontinued these. I don't even want to get into this one... REVIEW HERE
  5. Givenchy Le Rouge in Framboise Velour: The fact that I can't devour raspberries 24/7 still breaks my shriveled-up heart, but I CAN wear it on my lips..... REVIEW HERE
  6. Sally Hansen Lustre Polish in Firefly: Just sheer magic. I've never gotten so many compliments on my nail polish before. 
  7. Besame Red Hot Red Lipstick: For whatever reason, I've been feeling the red lip and man oh man is this one pretty! Just so... iconic
  8. By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Bare Instinct: The best lipstick ever? nah. Still, it's a damn good one and I love the color more and more as I wear it. Super unique and a perfect everyday shade. REVIEW HERE
  9. Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid in No. 1 Cream: Meant to review this... really did.. but, meh. This is like, HG status (even though I hate that term). Blends like butter, perfect amount of moisture, medium-full coverage and you can't even detect it on the skin.. Like, how??!??
  10. Benefit Fake Up Concealer: This sample will never run out... I can't even describe what this does other than it realllly makes me look awake; which is much needed. 
  11. Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow in Abyssinian Catbird: This formulation is so amazing that I can't even comprehend it. Buttery, opaque and just all around perfect. Plus, a bronze/khaki??? you guys know I can't resist ;)) 
    1. p.s I had a RBR haul a month or so ago, still interested in a post?
  12. Wet N' Wild Liquid Eyeliner in Black Brown: I bought this a year ago and just got around to using it... yeah. Anyway, I've been wearing this everyday: so much precision, great formulation and actually lasts on my slippery-ass lids. 
My only 'shit' for the month was that damn NARS lipstick, REVIEW HERE

From left to right: Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow, Bare Instinct, Red Hot Red, Evening Glow, Framboise Velour, Playful, Pink Chocolate, Natural lip liner

And before I go, my (last minute) Halloween makeup:

~Mists of Avalon Reference~

Branch trying to steal my moment, yeah, fuck you too man. 

Anyway, hope you had a decent Halloween... next is Thanksgiving.. the hype is real

October 29, 2014

even THIS is a scary lip color for me-- Review of Hourglass' Femme Rouge in Embrace

You can give me a hundred statement lips and I'd say bring it on. You could ask me to wear all of these statement lips to school and I'd be like, psshh, honey please I wore red lipstick all last week. But give me a metallic lipstick?


What can I say? They're actually terrifying... but being the absolute lipstick junkie I am, I couldn't resist a pretty lipstick and let me tell you, Embrace is absolutely mesmerizing. Like, I couldn't capture the loveliness.. no matter how hard I tried.

The Femme Rouge lipsticks aren't my favorite, but they're decent and still really luxurious (and CF). I mean, they ain't no Givenchy, YSL, or Guerlain but they get the job done. There's nothing overly creamy/borderline ridiculous about this fella... how about, ol' faithful (?)

Embrace is like a reddish plum with a heavy bronze/gold metallic sheen that again, is not showing up. I bet my dog that you own nothing quite like it... and you should really try to get it because it's like, fall heaven. Unlike the pumpkin spice monstrosity that has become the core of american culture.

Okay, maybe it's not that bad? Maybe I'm insane.. maybe metallic lipsticks aren't as disgusting and as dated as I thought they were. Also, for a more in depth review of the Femme Rouge formulation, check this sucker out

Let me know... metallic lipstick.. yay or nay?

October 26, 2014

As if there weren't enough posts about these already-- NARS Audacious Lipsticks

The hype around these lipsticks are legit, unreal. Like, how could the approval rates be so high???? I usually don't give a flying fuck about NARS products, but a holy lipstick? baby you know I can't resissssst 

As for NARS' animal testing policy, I BELIEVE they're ok. Their parent company (Shiseido) has some affiliation with animal testing; however, NARS does not and they don't offer their products in the Chinese/Brazilian I'm A-OK for now

But yeah, back to this fucker :
That's right, you heard me! I'm returning it to Barney's as we speak.

Is it creamy? Well yes. Opaque? Hella. Beatiful? Well.....
It IMMEDIATELY goes into my lip lines.. no if's and's or but's. I tried exfoliating, putting a lip balm on, I even used a damn lip primer. It would also bunch up on my lips and yeah; one of the most unflattering lip products I've ever worn and I usually never have problems like this. 
Now, I have heard a few other people say that the vampy-ish colors had a tendency to go on uneven, but seriously?? Not even close. I just sent it back to Barneys because I couldn't stand looking at the beautiful, yet so ugly color. 

Ignore the makeup less, discolored skin.. It's been a long week
Anyway, this is a fresh lip swatch and you can already see the uneven-ness, and honey, the flash was making it look more flattering that it really was. It only gets worse throughout the day *sigh*

Maybe I'll try a lighter, mid-tone shade but I'm honestly in no rush... Let me know if any of you had this problem with these!

October 14, 2014

Sassy and Spicy-- My fall lip picks

??What is even going on with my title??

We be mixing up dis shiz nit today

Fall is a time for copious amounts of dark lipstick, soup, and Gilmore Girls says I... but, I'm sure you're just as tired of hearing a white girl talk about how great fall is and shit, so let's get moving. 

I feel like I constantly review, review and review.. Don't get me wrong, I love talking and sharing my enthusiasm of random material things that I smear on my face and hands (mostly hands...swatching 25/7), but I wanted to do something else todayyy

Key so you can understand my shenanigans: 
  • ***= this lipstick is the shit, can't stop, won't stop
  • CF= cruelty free 
  • The ones in bold have a link to a review

  1. Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss (CF) ***
  2. MAC's Midimauve
  3. MAC's Spice it Up
  4. YSL Sheer Candy #16 (Sephora Exclusive)
  5. Lipstick Queen Medieval... way more red in real life (CF)
  6. Clinique's Soft Matte Lipstick in Pink Chocolate ***
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge in Brun Vintage
    1. Honorable mention (i.e, I blanked and forgot to swatch it): Le Rouge in Framboise Velour ***
  9. Hourglass Femme Rouge in Embrace...looks shitty in the photo.. wait until I post my review (ooo, sneak peek) (CF)
  10. Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo... might recommend getting this MAINLY because of the name ***
  11. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette... again, review soon (CF)

Annnnnnnnnd because I simply don't already have enough lipstick in my life, let me know about your favorite (cruelty free) lipsticks... so we can obsess and confess together

October 12, 2014

By Terry Rouge TERRYBLY (oh the punss) in Bare Instinct

My search for the illustrious, luxury, cruelty free lipstick that's just as good as Guerlain continues.. le black panties  (excellent name btws ) with her impeccable taste in makeup suggested this to me and well, I can't resist a good lipstick... *sigh*, part of me questions if such a lipstick even exists
But dammit it was pretty and silvery and yeah....I know... just a creature of habit o'ere 
Retailing at $50 meant that I wanted my money's worth. Also while I'm on the subject of price, can we take a minute to talk about By Terry's pricing????

At that price I should be getting a product that will make me permanently look flawless 

Anyway, Bare Instinct is supposed to be the perfect fall shade with a mixture of rose, brown and mauve. Sounds hideous, but I've got a soft spot for da ugly one's 

But enough about the color, how about ya know,  the actual performance of the lipstick? 

The scent is... interesting. It's like wax and eucalyptus oil. I'm not totally digging it, but at the same time I'm not totally against it. It looks great on the lips; smooth, just the right amount of creaminess, good opacity, and wore/ faded nicely 
The packaging is weighty (could have been a bit more weighty IMO), has a magnetic closure and gorgeous etchings... but at the same time I felt it was a bit simple and lightweight for a $50 lipstick

I literally have no idea as to what this is, but it works so..

So I like it.. but I'm not in love. Honestly, the only way I could justify getting another one is if it's on sale Ima go ahead a recommend this to the ladies (and gents) who have sensitive skin and want a cruelty free, luxury lipstick. Basically, I would recommend it to someone with really specific needs.

October 6, 2014

What I bought from the Tarte Holiday Collection (In other words, what did I spend too much $$ on THIS time??)

hola mis chicasssss

I literally have no idea why the Holiday collections are out by Sept/Oct....but I love it. Palettes, value sets, limited edition??? Throw those words together and I'm yours

Also anything tarte is just amazing; not just an onion (typo, but I'm keeping it)

but a fact.
Let's start out with this pin up girl palette..
Last year, they came out with a similar palette and I still (to this day) regret not picking it up (as well as that damn nars palette). Though, the packaging and shades were better this time around if you ask me...

Inspired by the palace of Versaille and shit; it's classy and sassy fo yo inner pin up girl. Also, I will admit those pins are niiiiice. I never pin my hair (or brush it tbh), 

such skills, what hair, wow

but I was inspired with this palette. Also, it's like a clutch filled with blush...basically, it's my kind of clutch ;)

from left to right:
Breathless, Embraced, Whimsy, Bashful, Irreplaceable

Overall, stunning. The frosted shades (embraced and bashful) have the perfect amount of sheen. Meaning you won't look like a chrome plated robot, which I dig. The matte shades are also stunning  and surprisingly more pigmented than the frosts. My only complaint is that these are waaaaaaaaay more powdery than the other tarte blushes in my collection.


Alrighty, I don't think this is a holiday release but it's new and cute (and that's all that matters)
 This is the quintessentially travel chic Palette and I think tarte has come out with a few of these already. Let me just get this off my chest, the packaging is bomb. Like, it's of higher quality compared to Dior and YSL in my opinon.... I'm not one for fake leather, but I dig this sturdy fella (??what am I even saying??)

It comes with 5 huuge shadows (about the size of most singles) and all gorgeous if you ask me ;)
Honestly, not the most versatile and there could have been a lighter shade, but I still liked the looks I've gotten out of it. 

HOWEVER, the shadows have a pretty dry texture; unlike most tarte eyeshadows in my collection. Yes they're still pigmented, but they didn't swatch too nicely. I was so worried I was going to hate this palette (because, such nice packaging and shitty shadows would TRULY be a shame), but they applied fine with a good primer and brushes. 

From top to bottom: 
Moroccan Spice, African Safari (do you see that gold shimmer?? hellloooo gorgeous), Amazonian Rainforest, Indian Henna, and Turkish Coffee

From left to right:
The Balancing Act (foundation brush),  the Contourtionist (contour/ cream blusher brush), the Buffer (airbrush finish foundation brush), Undercover Lover -who came up with these names??- (concealer brush) and a Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush

Okay. This. is. my. favorite. 

Like, I was specifically looking for a new brush kit and then tarte comes out with this Brushed with Destiny Kit. What did I do to please the makeup gods because things have been working in my favor lately?! This is a $150 value for $44... hell yes.

Also, the foundation brush in here is my HG, so I know I was getting da good stuff based on my impressions of that brush, Basically from my  first impressions, they're all really high quality CF brushes that you SERIOUSLY need in your life. 

Also it comes with a pretty bag... it's funny, when brands thrown in a bag I always think I'm getting such a great deal... when in reality, it probably didn't cost that much extra to produce.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend picking up something from the Tarte Holiday collection! What can I say? They know their shit!