Portland Black Lipstick Company Review

So, you’re thinking has my affinity for dark lipstick taken me totally to the DARK side, as in BLACK lipstick?  Not necessarily.  Portland Black Lipstick Company offers more than just BLACK lipstick!

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Portland Black Lipstick Company Packaging

Their specialty is indeed a true, black lipstick.  However, they offer a range of really beautiful colors, as well as the avant-garde!

The hubs and I were flying somewhere on vacation, and we were talking to another couple in a bar at the airport.  The lady was wearing the most interesting “metallic” copper lipstick.  I asked her about it, and she turned me onto this company.

Once we got home, I googled the company, and perused the shades of lipstick they offered.  And ordered a few tubes.  They are, from what I could gather, a small company.  They make all of their lipsticks on site.  Using all natural ingredients.  As you can see from the above photo, the lipsticks come in a tube, much like your friendly lip balm.  The tubes are .15 oz, like your usual balm, and cost $10.00 each.  They offer black, blue, green, and any color you can imagine.  I liked the fact that their website had a lot of personality and humor.  Anyways, on to the colors I chose……dark, of course…..

I picked “Irony” (said lipstick of my airport beauty advisor), “Artificial Amethyst” (a metallic purple), and “Undead Red” (an oxblood, maroon color).  Love the names!

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Irony (l), Artificial Amethyst (c), Undead Red (r)

Swatches (Bottom to top: Irony, Artificial Amethyst, Undead Red):

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Bottom to top: Irony, Artificial Amethyst, Undead Red

Below, colors on me:

picture of Portland Black Lipstick Company "Irony"

Portland Black Lipstick Company “Irony”


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Portland Black Lipstick Company “Artificial Amethyst”

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Portland Black Lipstick Company “Undead Red”

Bottom line, these lipsticks wear like your loyal lip balm, but with the punch of pigmented color. They have a fresh, minty taste/smell. Comfortable to wear.  The color lasted on me, but needed re-application after eating/drinking.  If you’re having issues with dry, chapped lips, but don’t want to give up having a colored lip, this may just be your thing!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical and Enticing Review

Hey my beautiful peeps!  I’m a bit late to the party, but I just watched “Silver Linings Playbook” last night.  I SO loved it!  I believe Jennifer Lawrence is quickly moving up on my favorite actress list.  I love movies, but unless it is a must-see in the theater (“Gravity” in 3D IMAX for example), I generally wait until it comes out on DVD or On Demand.  I knew nothing about the movie.  It was so quirky and unexpectedly sweet.  A definite must see if you are behind the eight ball like me.

Anyways, onto the subject at hand – my Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm “Whimsical” and “Enticing” Review!  I’ve been a big fan of the Colorburst balms.  I was very excited when they ventured into mattes and lacquers.  They sold out quickly in my area when they first came out (or the packaging was busted open and product squished to hell and back).  I finally found a decent selection at Walgreens.  I chose a purple and red shade ($8.99, but you can find great sales now that they’ve been out for a bit).


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Enticing and Whimsical


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical and Enticing


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm swatch (top to bottom) Whimsical and Enticing

First up is Whimsical, a purple/pink, but not fuschia.  I love this color!  As you can see from the swatch above, it does have some bling to it.

It looks very disco ball, but on me, it is just super shiny and gorgeous.  You cannot see the glitter at all.


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical lip swatch


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical



Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical

Next up is “Enticing”.  It is more of a brick red.  I don’t know whether it has less glitter than “Whimsical”, or if it just doesn’t show as much because of the color.  Note in the arm swatches it does not have appear to have any sparkle.


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Enticing


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm


Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Enticing

The Lacquer Balms have the same wonderful minty scent, and are very moisturizing on the lips.  Perfect for winter weather!  Plus the convenience of a crayon!  My shades were very pigmented and buildable.  LOVE.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

PS my lovely readers – sorry for the photos being all over the place.  One of my goals for this new year is to figure out how to edit my pictures so everything will be the same size.  I apologize for the GIANT product photos :(



it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Review

I went on a long, extended, wonderful vacation to LAX/Australia for two and a half weeks.   Took a while to get back in the swing when I got back (jet lag on top of our daylight savings time anyone?).  It’s all good now.  And I am SUPER excited to share this fabulous product with you!!!!  A little background:

I have lived my whole life in tropical climates where I would bake my body and face without sunscreen.  As a result, NOW, I have melasma (kept at bay by a Fraxel laser), and REDNESS. Broken capillaries on my cheeks, jaw-line, sides of nose; new blotches pop up every day.

*(I did get a bit more melasma, as the sun is so strong in Oz, despite having SPF 50+ dermatologist sunscreen, floppy hat, ball cap. I still got brown patches).*

So, in my photos, I have chopped off the melasma areas so we can focus on the redness, as that is the culprit at hand.  I have tried many products to cover it, reduce it, diffuse it, eliminate it.  They were “okay”.  Until:

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it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correction Cream!  I’m sorry my box is a bit crushed.  I bought it on the way, and it had to endure being squashed in my makeup bag two times around the world.


it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream

Now here’s the deal.  It only comes in one color.  The color works on me!  Apparently, it is supposed to work on your skintone, as it is a CC cream.  If you are NC40-ish, you’re good.  From what I understand, if you are lighter, it will still correct to cover your redness.


it Cosmetics texture

The texture is pretty thick.  A little goes a LONG way.  I use it as a “concealer”.  I dab it on my extremely red areas, and use my Beauty Blender to stipple it in.  I understand there is an actual brush that accompanies this.  I only use this product on my “bad” broken capillary  areas.  Things that regular concealer will cover, I use regular concealer.  From there, I go onto my normal foundation routine. Perfection for me!

It is a bit pricey ($32.00) at ULTA, but again, a teeny bit is all you need to cover your red.  I’m not really sure what magic makes it cover up redness, but it is the BEST thing I’ve ever come across.


it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Swatch

This is a swatch of the color.  So, okay, enough about the product.  Here are some pictures to prove it!!!!

Again, I did cut off my forehead in some shots, as that it where the melasma occurred (to not distract from the red).  I am only posting these icky shots to help those of you who suffer with the embarrassment of redness to know there is a solution!!!  Brace yourselves!


Me, no makeup, no filter


My left side has the most sun damage


Oh, the right side too!

Abracadabra!!!!!  A little bit of the Bye Bye, and here are those same photos:


Ooops, my forehead is showing!


My left side (there is some melasma mixed in on this side).


My right side

That was just strictly covering up the red with the CC cream.  Then, I do my normal foundation routine, and this is the finished product!

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it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correction Cream

The Redness Corrector wears all day for me (I am not oily).  I never cakes, and it is chock full of healthy botanicals to help maintain your skin.  This is the ONLY product I’ve found that I sort of feel covers up my red.  Of course, through my critical eye, I still see the capillaries underneath, but that’s just me.  If you suffer from redness or rosacea, you might want to give this a try.  I have not been without this baby since picking it up at Ulta.

Please be kind on my bare faced shots.  As I was posting the photos, I thought, “Damn, I look like shit”.  That is why I love the power of makeup, and I blog about beauty.  The photo at the end of the post makes it all worth it!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Benefit The Rich Is Back Palette

Hey Everyone!  I hope y’all had a fabulous Halloween!  The trick or treaters were a bit scarce in my neighborhood.  So now I have all this candy left over that I will have my hubby take to work.  Except for the Starburst.

I am a bit late to hop on the bandwagon for the Benefit “The Rich Is Back Palette” by Matthew Williamson.  When it came out in the spring, I thought the colors were too dark (really? me????).  So I decided to skip it.  I kind of regretted not getting it, so when I placed my last Sephora order, I checked to see if it was still available.  It was!!!  And on sale!  From $34.00 to $24.00.  I love all things disco, and this palette is the embodiment of all things sparkly and funky (like disco!).


Benefit The Rich Is Back Palette


Benefit The Rich Is Back Palette contents

The packaging is the standard Benefit box with a mirror in the lid.  It contains four super shimmery eye shadows, a deluxe sample of “They’re Real” mascara, a sample size tube of “Inferno” lip gloss, and a “Gimme Fever” shimmer powder/highlighter (with a cute little brush, perfect for using the powder!).

First off, the eye shadow colors are awesome, especially for fall!  Very pigmented, but easy to apply/blend.  My photos don’t do it justice.  They are very vibrant with a touch of iridescent sparkle!  The “Solid Gold” and “Feel So Teal” are my favorites!


The eye shadows, bottom left, Solid Gold, bottom right, Disco Dust.  upper left, Get Down Brown, upper right, Feel So Teal

The lightest color, “Disco Dust” is a barely there sparkle/glitter, so it hardly shows up in my swatch.  But it is there!  REALLY.


The swatches

I will skip over the mascara, as I know the blogging community are in a divided camp over this product.  I am in the “I love it” camp ;)

The highlighter has a fabulous scent to it (as the Benefit blushers tend to have).  It is very glittery, so I would save this for a special occasion where you want to be a Disco Queen.


Gimme Fever highlighters

As you all know by now, I am not a fan of lip gloss.  The one included in this kit is very sheer, sparkly, and has a great fragrance.  Those of you who adore lip gloss will love this one.  If I don’t use it in a reasonable amount of time, it will go to my niece.


Inferno lip gloss/swatch

Overall, I am happy with this purchase.  I will definitely use it this fall. I tried to take a “look” photo with my point and shoot, but they are very limited in what they can do.  So, here is a collage of my best effort.


My look for the Benefit The Rich Is Back palette

Oh, if I’m very good, hopefully Santa will bring me a Cannon DSLR camera!  Then, I will go on to conquer YouTube!  Heck, it’s only a month and a half.  Let me start working on MY Santa now!

Again, thanks for reading!!  kxoxo


Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel/Remedy Review

As I was preparing this post, I realized that I had never reviewed a foundation on my blog before!  Wow.  Of course, my blog is nearing four months old, and I’m just sort of getting the hang of things.  So I present the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel/Remedy review!  Marc Jacobs Beauty is a new launch for the acclaimed designer, so it is fitting for it to be my first review as a fledgling blogger!


Marc Jacobs Beauty sample card from Sephora

I received this as a deluxe sample card with my last Sephora order (the order was paid for by me).

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel and Remedy

I was sent shade 26 Bisque Medium in the Genius Gel ($48.00/full size), and shade 1 Rendezvous in the Remedy ($30.00/full size).  The Genius Gel is a “super-charged” anti-aging foundation, loaded with complexion enhancers, and the trademarked “buoyancy gel” (available in 16 shades).  The Remedy is a concealer pen containing a ”lifestyle and anti-aging remedy complex” to erase/brighten deyhdration, fatigue, or just the aftermath of last night (available in 9 shades).

Swatch of the 26 Bisque Medium Genius Gel:


Marc Jacobs Genius Gel
26 Bisque Medium swatch

The shades available for the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel:


Marc Jacobs Genius Gel shades

Swatch of the 1 Rendezvous Remedy Concealer Pen:


Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen in 1 Rendezvous

The shades available for the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen:


Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen shades

The shades in my sample were a bit off for me.  In the Genius Gel, I would have picked 42 Golden Light (four shades darker), and the concealer I will rate as an under eye concealer, as it was a good shade for that.  Heaven knows I have an army of other spackle for the tough spots on my face ;)

So when you see my photos, bear in mind the makeup shade is a bit light, and I have also used a bare minimum of eye shadow/blush/lipstick to showcase the foundation.  Also note, I did not use any other concealer, primer, or setting powder.  What you see is it!  (Sorry Marc – I love you, call me!)

As far as the Genius Gel, I applied it with my fingers to get a true feel.  It was a bit on the “thin” side, but it does build, but if you are looking for a full-coverage, camouflage my flaws, this won’t do it for you.  It does apply well, and sinks into your skin, giving it a smooth appearance.  I wore it for 10 hours, and it did not settle into my fine lines/wrinkles.  And the color stayed true.  The Remedy was perfect for concealing under-eye flaws, but was not heavy enough to cover my other complexion flaws (redness, pigmentation).  Again, I did not use anything on my face but the Genius Gel and Remedy.  Not bad I think?


Marc Jacobs Genius Gel 26, Remedy

And for a full view, I pulled my hair off my face:


Marc Jacobs Genius Gel/Remedy review

When you all see me full faced on the blog, I always conceal the red blotches on my cheeks, and the discoloration on my nose.  I’m a bit torn on this review, as I really like the formula of the gel foundation.  Perhaps if it was in my shade, it would’ve worked better.  As far as the concealer, if all you have to hide is “the aftermath of last night”, this would be perfect for you.

Overall, I see this as a great foundation for young women under 35 (over, if you have great skin!).  It does apply very well, and looks fabulous on your skin, as long as you don’t have a lot of flaws to hide.  It lasts, and doesn’t creep into lines.  Oh, I long for the days when I used concealer only to hide the aftermath of last night.  Now it’s the aftermath of 5/10 years ;)

Thanks for reading! kxoxo





More Acrylic Makeup Storage

Hello my gorgeous people.  I have successfully managed to not get sucked into the Candy Crush craze (if that’s still even a thing).  I did enjoy Words with Friends, Song Pop – any game that had interaction with others.  My new thing is Trivia Crack.  My husband’s work people are notorious for finding the new “it” game.  So, in my spare time, you can find me playing trivia against my friends.  If you play, leave me your user name or come find me!  If you don’t play, and you like trivia, definitely download it onto your phone!  It’s a lot of fun.

I had been on a hunt for more acrylic makeup storage.  Namely, to hold my foundations.  They were all in the top drawer of my Alex unit, laying flat and settling in weird ways.  I wanted something tall enough to accommodate my bottles in an upright position, but with a lid.  I LOVE my Muji storage, so I checked there first.  No dice.


Acrylic Makeup Storage

Then, I was in Marshalls, and happened upon a huge selection of acrylic makeup/vanity storage.  And they had the PERFECT thing!


Acrylic Makeup Storage Cube With Lid

Ta-Da!  I picked up two of them.  And the price?


Acrylic Makeup Storage Cube

Can’t beat that!  I also picked up a couple of other pieces.


Acrylic Makeup Storage Sectional With Lid

This guy has four separate compartments, and a lid!  I will put the smaller things from my current rotation like lashes, glue, primers, etc in there.  It’s also the perfect size to fit a couple ColourPop shadows in each section.

The price?


Acrylic Makeup Storage Sectional

Not bad at all.

The reason I like “enclosed” storage (like Muji, and stuff with lids) is because I hate having to dust/clean each individual item, as well as the inside of the open container.  Plus, my kitties are always underfoot in my bathroom, and cat hair would get all into it.  I would love to keep my makeup brushes out on my counter, but have to keep them in the cabinet under the sink to avoid feline fluff.

The last piece I got is open.


Acrylic Makeup Storage Open

This is perfect for storing palettes.  This will get chucked in the cabinet also, but at least everything will be in one place.

The price?


Acrylic Makeup Storage Open


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Acrylic Makeup Storage Cube With Foundation

And here is my cube filled.  The BECCA full coverage was a touch too tall, but it worked just fine leaning it over.  Now I can have my foundations out and within easy reach.

Do you use acrylic storage?  What is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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Latisse Lash Growth Serum Review

Happy first day of summer!  It has definitely been feeling like summer around here for sure!  This past week our temps have been over 100 with the heat index.  I’m kind of envying you all that are having winter now!  I have been meaning to do this Latisse Lash Growth Serum Review for quite a while now, but have been too distracted by all the pretty makeup that’s been coming out.  But this product is definitely worth a review!


Latisse Lash Growth Serum

I normally like to have before/after results photos of items that I review, but I have been using Latisse since it first came out in the early 2000s.  So, unfortunately I don’t have before pics to share.  So I guess you know I am a fan!!!  Two words – IT WORKS.

I definitely have longer lashes, and some thickening.

Latisse is a prescription only serum designed to make eye lashes grow.  It is manufactured by Allergan who produces many products for ophthalmic use, including contact lens solutions.  One of the eye drops they make is for the treatment of glaucoma.  Patients using it began to notice that their lashes started growing and thickening.  So the brilliant people at Allergan decided to get approval to market the drops for eyelash growth (in a less concentrated formula than the glaucoma treatment).  A star was born!

You can purchase Latisse at Medical Day Spas, Dermatologist offices, Plastic Surgeon offices, or get your doctor to write a prescription to get filled at any drugstore.

It basically comes in a box with the bottle of drops and brushes for application.  Lots of brushes.


Latisse Lash Growth Serum Brushes


Latisse Lash Growth Serum Brushes

The brushes come in sets of two to use each night before bed – one for each eye.  You simply add a drop to the brush, apply to the base of upper lashes ONLY, and repeat for the other eye.  Do not use on the lower lash line.


Latisse Lash Growth Serum

The basic price is $120 for a 30 day supply (60 brushes), and $180 for a 70 day supply (140 brushes).  This post is my last purchase of the 70 day supply.  They do run promotions occasionally, so be on the look out if you want to try it.  However, as a long-time user, I have some tips to share that will lessen the sticker shock and make the product last longer.

It does take four to six weeks to get your full results.  So you will have to make the initial investment.

Now this is my experience.  I am not a health care professional, and this goes against everything in the patient instruction pamphlet.  But it has worked for me for all these years.  The first place I got Latisse from gave me these tips, and it has worked like a charm.

Do not use a fresh brush every night.  Even when you first start.  The brushes are designed to absorb a certain amount of product.  My personal belief is that it is to make the bottle last the said 30 days (ie – waste product – have to buy more).  Those seemingly innocent bristles are thirsty!!  You will see when you start.  It takes about 3 precious drops to get one brush full enough to apply to your lash line.  But it is enough for both eyes!!  Use one brush for both eyes (storing it in a sanitary place), replacing it every week when you first start.  That should make your first bottle last long enough to get your full results, and then some (over 30 days).  We use mascara wands over and over.  I don’t see how this is different.

So by now, you should see lovely, longer, thicker lashes.  When you purchase the next bottle, you only need to apply the Latisse every other night to maintain your results (though the instructions say EVERY night).  At this point, I use the same brush for two months at a time (storing it sanitarily).  By “sanitarily”, I mean in a Ziploc snack bag.  By doing this, I maintain my lashes for six months.  So my bottle goes a long way.

Some of the side effects you might have read about are changes in iris color, and darkening of the skin on the lids.  If you know anything about pharmaceutical companies, they have to warn about every conceivable thing.  Those warnings apply to people using the glaucoma drops.  As long as I’ve been using Latisse, I have not had any of these problems.


Rapid Lash Eye Lash Enhancing Serum

Now, I am all about finding a less expensive alternative.  Latisse will not go generic anytime soon.  I have tried many different lash serums.  Rapid Lash worked on one of my besties, but she already had beautiful lashes.  As the photo above shows, it is an “enhancing” serum.  I had zero results with it.

Latisse will make your lashes grow.  I have had to trim mine.  However, I do need to use volumizing mascara, as I didn’t experience as much thickening as I would have liked.

If you have scant lashes, and want longer, lush lashes, I definitely recommend this product.  As we age, our lashes become thinner.  This will help with that as well.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



My MAC The Matte Lip Collection Picks

Hello my Beautiful People!  I hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day.  Ours was a bit hectic, but really fun.  Picked up a few things during Black Friday and Cyber Monday that I will be sharing soon!  Can’t wait to see/hear what y’all got.  I’ve been absent for a few weeks, so be prepared for an onslaught of reviews!  It appears I have collected a lot of lipsticks – therefore, you will be subjected to many posts featuring my mug.  I will try to mix it up a bit though to spare you.

Speaking of lip stuff, I decided to do a post about my MAC The Matte Lip Collection picks.


MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick Collection

I think MAC has been going a bit crazy with their Limited Edition collections lately.  I do love me some MAC, and wish I could get something from every new release, but come on.  It’s been a bit much.  Everything sells out wicked fast online.  So you trudge to your local MAC counter (3 days after the online launch), and find the same thing.  Consequently, I do not blog about LE things I’ve snagged because by the time I’ve tried them out, they no longer exist.  However, the lipsticks from “The Matte Lip Lipstick Collection” are still available on the MAC site or retailers like Nordstrom.  And quite possibly your local counter.  So I thought since they are still around, why not talk about them?  Especially since they’ve been road tested by Yours Truly.


MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick Collection

My picks were (bottom to the top) “Styled in Sepia”, “Damn Glamorous”, and “Living Legend”.


Top to bottom: Styled in Sepia, Damn Glamorous, Living Legend

I really love matte lipsticks because I am so lazy about reapplying.  I think I am actually immune to the drying effects of matte formulas because I have worn them for so long.


MAC Styled In Sepia, Damn Glamorous, Living Legend Matte Lipsticks

However, I did not find these lipsticks to be super drying at all (a la Ruby Woo).

picture-of-Top to Bottom:  Styled in Sepia, Damn Glamorous, Living Legend Swatches

Top to Bottom: Styled in Sepia, Damn Glamorous, Living Legend Swatches

As you can see, they do have a bit of “sheen” to them.  That may be what made them comfortable to wear.  I found these mattes to be easy to apply, non-drying, and the lasting power was pretty impressive.  So here we go, shade by shade.

Styled in Sepia:


Styled In Sepia lipstick

I love brown lipsticks.  This is a bit dirty beige-y, but I love it.  It has a bit of a gray cast to it – for some reason, I am really into gray lipsticks (?).


MAC Styled In Sepia Lipstick

It’s sort of a gray/beige/brown.  It applied really easily with no skipping.  And, as you can see, it has a teensy bit of sheen to it.  Lasted pretty much all day on me.

Damn Glamorous:


MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

This is a full on, bright-ass red.  Seriously.


MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

It is a more blue-based red, but I love, love, love it!  Again, as you can see, it does have a teensy bit of sheen.  Lasted all day for me.

Living Legend:


MAC Living Legend Lipstick

Though it looks very purple in the bullet, it is more of a berry color.


MAC Living Legend Lipstick

Since this shade is very dark/vampy, it did apply pretty patchy.  But I smoothed it out with my fingers, and after that, it stayed in place all day.

I really love MAC matte formulas, and I am extremely happy with the 3 I snagged up.

Let me know what you scored during the holiday sales!!!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Loreal Collection Privee Evas Nude

Hello my gorgeous people!  Earlier this evening, I went outside to water my flower pots, and got totally eaten up by mosquitoes.  They love, love, love me.  I usually spray up with OFF! even for a 5 minute jaunt outside in the evening.  Totally forgot this time, and I was the equivalent of a Las Vegas deluxe buffet for those stupid bloodsuckers.  I honestly got about 15 bites in 15 minutes.  Ugh!  You know how we stash lip balm/hand sanitizer/gum all over the place, and always have some with us?  That is how I am with mosquito repellent.  Seriously.  I get gigantic welts all over my body from their bites, and they itch like crazy!!!

Sorry for the whining, but the struggle is real.  Onto my review at hand – the L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude!


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

Or, Private Collection.  L’Oreal occasionally does collaborations with various celebrities to create a shade to match different skintones/complexions/ethnicities.  This go round was a range of nudes.  The packaging:  A sleek, black, matte lipstick case with gold accents.  Really glam!


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

I chose Eva’s Nude (Eva Longoria), created for light to medium skintones.  Is it not gorgeous?


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

JLo also created a shade for medium/olive complexions (more me), but when I saw it in person at the drugstore, it looked a bit cool/beige (so can’t do beige).  Eva’s looked more warm/pink, so that’s what I chose!


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I struggle with nude lipsticks.  I think it is because my lips are not very pigmented.  I think all of the color on my face is in my skin.  I have a true medium/olive complexion, and my lips are pretty pale in comparison.  Therefore, nude lipsticks wash me out.


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude Swatch

Generally what you see on my arm is not what you see on my lips (pigmentation!!).


L’oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude Closeup

See what I mean?  The formula is what I would consider a satin – good pigmentation, though not opaque, with a bit of shimmer.  The lipstick is very soft, and easy to apply.  It does have the “signature” Colour Riche baby powder scent that some people find offensive.  Doesn’t bother me.


L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

See, it doesn’t really do much for me.  I think it washes me out, as most nudes do.  There was a nude for “deep” skintones, but you know me.  I’d rather wear my usual vibrant, dark colors.  Because they work for me.  I do have some “lighter” colors I like that may qualify as nudes for someone with my coloring.  Future post!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Review

Happy First Day of Winter Darlings!  I have seen many of you posting pictures of snow, icicles, and general all-around signs of winter.  Brrrr!  Here in Georgia, we had a high of 80 degrees today!  I am not in the least bit complaining.  Speaking of warm, I thought I would bring you my Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Review!!

I was super excited when this bad boy arrived.  I was even more excited when I opened up the package.  This is honestly a gorgeous palette ($39.00).


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette

It comes in a sturdy cardboard case with a mirrored lid, housing twelve beautiful shades (matte, frost, sheen, duo-chrome, shimmer).  Are you ready?????


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Shades


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Shades Closeup

It has a great blend of different hues of creams, pinks, and browns.  Swatches are left to right in order of the rows:


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Swatches


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Swatches


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette Swatches


Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Palette

The shadows are very pigmented and easy to work with.  They blend like a dream!  The shimmer shades do have sparkle, but do not have the fallout that usually comes with glitter/shimmer shades (I did use a glitter primer).  I LOVE this palette, and I know I will be using it a lot.

My favorite shade is “Russet”, a beautiful cranberry shimmer.

I also took this opportunity to order a few Sigma brushes, as I do not own any (?).  I ordered a pencil eye brush, crease eye brush, and face brush.  Will review once I try them out.  They send a gift with orders over $30, and I got a sweet eyeliner brush in pink:)


Sigma Beauty Brushes

If you are looking for a versatile palette, I highly recommend this one.  The colors would be flattering on any complexion.

Have you tried anything from Sigma Beauty?

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo



NYX Butter Gloss Praline, Red Velvet Review

Hello my lovely peeps!  I’m gonna just jump right in to my NYX Butter Gloss Praline, Red Velvet Review.  Let me begin by saying I am very, very late to this party.  Like, “maybe-my- invitation-got-lost-in-the-mail” kind of late.  If you are a regular here, you know I am not that into lip gloss, but have been trying to find a couple that I might be able to tolerate.

Boy, am I glad I crashed this party!!!


NYX Butter Gloss Praline, Red Velvet Review

Though highly praised in the blogosphere, I never paid them any mind because they were a gloss.  The last time Ulta had them on sale, I thought I’d try a few out to see what the fuss was about.  I chose shades in the darker/deeper end of the spectrum.  I wanted to do them all in one big post, but to keep it short, I will do a part 2 for the other colors.


NYX Butter Gloss Praline, Red Velvet Review

NYX describes Praline as “Deep Nude” and Red Velvet as “Deep Red”.


NYX Butter Gloss Praline, Red Velvet Swatches

For my complexion, warm browns with a tinge of pink undertones work best as a “nude”.


NYX Butter Gloss Praline Review


NYX Butter Gloss Praline Closeup


NYX Butter Gloss Praline Review

This is a totally wearable nude for me!  If you are medium/olive toned, and can’t seem to find a nude to suit you, I would suggest giving this one a try!

The Red Velvet is a gorgeous, blue toned red.  But since it’s in a gloss formulation, it’s not at all vampy.


NYX Butter Gloss Red Velvet Review


NYX Butter Gloss Red Velvet Closeup


NYX Butter Gloss Red Velvet Review

These “glosses” are almost like a liquid lipstick.  They are very opaque, but shiny.  Not sticky.  They do have a very sweet smell, but not cloying.  I love them.

In case you were living in a cave like me about these glosses, they are $5 each, but you can find them on sale occasionally at Ulta, BOGO 50% off (like I did).  That is a REAL value!  Even at full price, these babies are awesome!!!  So chalk these in the win column in my gloss quest!!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

There is a part 2 of this series!


Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Sleek Review

Hello All!  I have finally purchased my first Illamasqua product!  I haven’t used a cream blush in ages, and was anxious to try the new formulations that are out there now.  I figured this was a great opportunity to try something from Illamasqua, as their blushes always get a huge thumbs-up.  So, here is my review on the Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Sleek (


Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Sleek

This is a matte cream blush.  The color is sort of a muted coral/rose shade.  It is also available in another color that appears to be more of a mauve/pink.  I think “Sleek” would be flattering on a variety of complexions because it is totally buildable.


Illamasqua Sleek shade


Illamasqua Sleek swatch

My swatch above was one swipe.  I tried this cream with my bare fingers, BeautyBlender Sponge, and a dense foundation brush.  All methods gave a great result.  I will most likely use a brush going forward.  It lasted pretty much all day on me.  What I love is that it truly is buildable without getting cakey.  It blends so well into the skin and is really smooth to apply.  Like velvet!  On my face, I used two applications.  I know it’s a bit of cheating, but I happened to have it on for my photos for my last NARS lipstick review.  So I am using a photo from that bunch to give you an idea of how natural it looks.


Illamasqua Velvet Blush in Sleek

I am looking forward to trying other things from Illamasqua.  What are your favorites from this line?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Drugstore Bargain Lipsticks Review

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Drugstore Bargain Lipsticks Review

In my drugstore bargain lipsticks review, I am going to cover 2 lipsticks by Wet n Wild, 1 by Milani, and 1 by Maybelline.  The photo above was in the discard pile, but it had such a sweet shot of my babies, Fiona and Sheldon, I thought I would use it as the feature photo.  In it I am wearing the Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, reviewed below.

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Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, Purty Persimmon; Milani Chilled Brandy, Maybelline Brazen Berry

The lippies, from left to right, are Wet n Wild Mega Last lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy and Purty Persimmon; Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Chilled Brandy; and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Brazen Berry.  Swatches below, in the same order:

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Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, Purty Persimmon, Milani Chilled Brandy, Maybelline Brazen Berry

Packaging, in the same order:

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Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, Purty Persimmon, Milani Chilled Brandy, Maybelline Brazen Berry

First up, the Wet n Wild Mega Last in Sugar Plum Fairy and Purty Persimmon ($1.99 each).  They are a semi-matte finish with great pigmentation, and they DO last.  It is not drying on me like some long lasting lipsticks are.  In a typical day, I only have to reapply after eating lunch.  And I am a copious water drinker from my Nalgene bottle all throughout the day.  At two bucks a pop, it really is a bargain!  I am a sucker for luxe packaging, but the WnW  tube holds up, and you can easily see the color.  Again, at two bucks, who’s to complain?  If you are someone just starting out in makeup, Wet n Wild is a great brand to experiment with until you know what colors suit your complexion.

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Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy

Again, with my baby Fiona.  This is the Sugar Plum Fairy.  On me, it is a great dupe for MAC’s Rebel.  It is a plummy purple, but pulls more plum/pink on me.

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Wet n Wild Purty Persimmon

The Purty Persimmon is a orange/coral shade.  I bought it because I read reviews that it was a good dupe for MAC’s Sail La Vie, which was in their LE “Hey, Sailor” collection (on which I missed out).  I also think it is a good dupe for MAC’s Lady Danger, but not quite so orange.  I like corals on me better than I do oranges.


picture of Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Chilled Brandy

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Chilled Brandy

Next up, Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Chilled Brandy ($5.49).  The Color Statement line comes in 6 finishes.  This shade is in the “shimmer” category.  The website says it is a “pearl red-mauve shimmer”.  I don’t notice any mauve.  I think it is more of a pearl lightred on me.  Of course, since it is a shimmer finish, it didn’t last as long as a matte finish would.  It had decent staying power and didn’t end up on my teeth as most shimmers do.  The only bad thing was the fragrance.  I don’t know what they put it it, but it smells like a sour lychee fruit drink.  Not pleasant at all.  You can smell it as soon as you pull the cap off, and as your are applying it.  The smell does wear off after a few minutes, but it is kind of a turnoff for me.  This is the first Milani lipstick I’ve tried, so I don’t know if that is something that all their lipsticks have, or if it’s just specific to the shimmer?  If you’ve used them, let me know your opinion on the smell.

picture of Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Brazen Berry

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Brazen Berry

Eeek!  This is so not a flattering color on me!  I look like ’80’s night gone wrong!  It is the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Brazen Berry ($7.99).  I had such high hopes for it, and it looked so pretty in the tube!  Nothing against the actual lipstick!  The color just isn’t flattering on moi.  I share the good, the bad, and the UGLY with y’all!  I do love the Color Sensational line.  Though the lipsticks are rather “glossy” and don’t wear for very long, they keep my lips moist and soft and never feeling dried out.  And it smells yummy too!  I thought this might be a dupe for MAC’s Violetta.  If it is, I will steer clear.  There are other colors from this line that DO look good on me.

Would love to know what drugstore lipsticks you are loving!  As you can see, I do better with darker shades!

Thanks for reading! kxoxo



NARS Eye Shadow Galapagos, Strada, Goldfinger Review

Hey guys!  Happy Friday!  My commentary of the day is, “I am so over Justin Bieber”.  Period.  End of sentence.  Let’s be done with this.

So, onto beauty!  The blogosphere is a buzz with the new NARSissist nude palette.  I ADORE all things NARS.  I am still on the fence about said palette.

As I’m deciding, I thought I’d do a post on my favorite NARS shadows – my NARS Eye Shadow Galapagos, Strada, Goldfinger Review!


NARS Galapagos, Strada, Goldfinger eyeshadows

My favorite shadows from this line are in the “Shimmer” category.  They are highly pigmented, buttery soft, and super easy to blend.  They retail for $24.00.

The color descriptions are purely my own interpretation, based on my skin tone.

First up, “Galapagos”.


NARS eye shadow “Galapagos”


NARS “Galapagos”

Galapagos is a cinnamon/bronze shade, with quite a lot of gold glitter.  It is such a beautiful shadow!  As you can see in the above photo, it does have a great amount of fall out, even in the compact (right on to the mirror).

It is such a gorgeous color though.  When I wear it, I use a glitter primer (Too Faced Glitter Glue).  However, the fall out is only during the application.  Once you have it on, it’s there to stay.  You could probably do your eyes first, then your face, and have no problems once you sweep the glitter from your face.  Love!!!  This sparkle is not just for special occasions.  It will actually work for every day.

Second up, “Strada”.


NARS eye shadow “Strada”



NARS “Strada”

Strada is a muted purple/gold shade.  It is a lavender purple shade combined with a gold shimmer.  Very little fall out during application with this one.  It is so pigmented and pretty!

Last but not least, “Goldfinger”.


Nars eye shadow “Goldfinger


NARS “Goldfinger”

Goldfinger does not have any glitter/shimmer.  When applied, it actually looks like a cream shadow.  Very dense, pigmented, and uniform.

Arm swatches:


NARS eyeshadow from top to bottom: Galapagos, Strada, Goldfingerpur

I use these eye shadows quite a bit.  If you’ve gotten the NARSissist palette, please leave links in the comments!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo



Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hey there my lovelies!  I am still flying high from my Bruno Mars experience last night!!!!  Post coming soon.  I wanted to share a quick Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review with you!


Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Yes, I have fine, flat hair.  If you are one of those lucky people blessed with a glorious mane of thick, luxurious hair, feel free to skip right over this.  Or stay with me because you simply cannot tear yourself away from reading what I have to say.

Anyways, back to my limp ass hair.  I also color it, so I have the double indemnity of damage. I now only blow dry occasionally.  I shower at night, and wash my hair then, and sleep with it wet.  You girls with that hair I envy can’t do that (you know who you are).  I wash my hair every 3-4 days.  I also try to limit heat styling. I have always sworn by Redken Extreme (it smooths my hair without flattening it out.  Good stuff!).  I saw an ad in a magazine about this new Dove hair care line (advanced hair series – so fancy!!!), and the tagline of “Volume & Bounce” convinced me I needed to try this out.  And it just so happened Walgreens had BOGO 50% off!!  Way cheaper than Redken.  Yay me!!!


Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo

See?? Bounce and natural volume.  Let me tell you, volumizing shampoos/conditioners usually dried my hair out.  Not this line!!!  I love it.  The shampoo smells so good, and takes care of business.


Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner

This conditioner is awesome!!!  It really does moisturize and doesn’t weigh my hair down – just like it says!!!!!

I can only imagine how full and voluminous my hair will be when I actually blow dry it using these products.  I already get great results without the dryer!

“Oxyfusion Technology” – whatever you are, I love you.  So does Murphy.

My man Murphy.

My man Murphy

My people with fine hair, definitely try these babies out.

Again, thanks for reading!!!  kxoxo



Wet n Wild Sun Set To See Eyeshadow

Hey everyone!  Today and the past weekend involved redundant errands.  Why can’t I find ONE store that has everything I need?  Target is one of my favorite stores.  It is my go-to for everyday staples (from toilet paper to laundry detergent), and I love shopping there, as they always have such cool stuff!  But there are two or three items they don’t stock that require a separate trip to Walmart (can’t get it all there either).  Today was the Walmart trip (why, Target, why???).  I noticed they had a huge display outside of all things Fall – gigantic pots of Mums, scarecrows, etc.  Hard to get into the spirit of Fall when it’s still 80 degrees and HOT here in Georgia.  Those poor Mums on display will be obliterated by tomorrow.

So, as hard as I find it to get into the spirit of Autumn, I did notice that my Wet n Wild Sun Set To See Eye shadow might be a great segue!!


Wet n Wild Sun-Set to See Trio

Wet n Wild released some Limited Edition Trios late summer.  Most of the trios were bright, happy, end of summer shades.  Out of all the trios, I loved the one with the orange shade!  Not surprising, as y’all know I lean towards warm colors.


Wet n Wild Sun-Set to See Eye Shadow

And this trio did not disappoint!!  To be honest with you, I have never bought a Wet n Wild eye shadow!  I love their lipsticks, but never paid much attention to the shadows.  Shame on me, because at $3 a trio, they are a steal!

Swatches below are over primer:


Wet n Wild Sun-Set to See Swatches

The “Browbone” shade to me appeared to be matte.  The “Crease” and “Eyelid” shade were more like a satin matte. But the pigmentation!!!!


Wet n Wild Sun Set To See Eye Shadow Swatches

I actually used this trio on it’s own this past week (without any other colors), and loved it.

If you love warm tones, go to your local drugstore, find this baby, and take it home with you.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo


Anastasia Lavish Palette Review

Hey everyone!  The cooler fall temps have yet to arrive here in Georgia (not that I am complaining!).  It is always hard to get into the spirit of autumn when you are still wearing shorts and flip flops (again, not complaining!).  So while I may not be digging out the flannel sheets and changing out my home fragrances to anything pumpkin/cinnamon scented, I have been checking out all the pretty makeup collections being launched for the season. I LOVE the new Anastasia Beverly Hills “Lavish”eye palette!!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette

It is a well constructed cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid and magnetic closure.  The bottom layer holds a pair of tweezers, small brow pencil in brown/black, waterproof eyeliner crayon in black, and a dual sided shadow brush.  The next layer is the eye shadow palette (10 shades) enclosed in a plastic sleeve, as well as an instructional booklet to create various eye looks for the season ($38.00).

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette

I prefer brow powder to pencils, so I have not tried the brow pencil.  The eyeliner is creamy and long lasting, but nothing “rooftop singing” worthy.  The tweezers are actually very well made with a slanted tip and a nice heft to them.  Will they replace my Tweezerman?  No.  But they are a good backup.  The brush is nice.

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Top to bottom: Eyebrow pencil, tweezers, waterproof eyeliner crayon, dual ended shadow brush.

The standouts of this palette are the eye shadows!  I hate my camera can’t capture how rich and beautiful the colors are.  I’m hoping if I’m extra good, Santa will bring me a better camera :)


Anastasia Lavish Palette Colors

If you have been curious about this palette, definitely try to see the colors in person.  The three matte colors are Cream, Orange Soda, and Sienna.  Antique and Rum Cake are more of a shimmer/frost.  Ballet, Moss, Truffle, Pink Sapphire, and Black Diamond are definitely extremely sparkly, flecked with gold sparkles, especially the Black Diamond.  There really wasn’t heavy “glitter fallout” on me when I applied.  Swatches are top row of palette to bottom row.  Again, my photos are not great.  I considered not including them, but thought, “What the heck?”.

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Colors correspond from bottom to top on photo to left to right on top row of palette.

Bottom row of palette:

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Colors correspond from bottom to top on photo to left to right on bottom row of palette.

Ballet is a very pale pink.  It is more sparkle than color, but if you look REALLY hard you can see the sparkles.  The shadows are not super pigmented, but easy to build.

I look forward to experimenting more with this palette.  Hopefully I will do a post soon featuring a look created with this palette.

Again, thank you so much for reading!  kxoxo



ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils

Hello my peeps!  I have spent the better part of this week still trying to get over this crud.  I mean, seriously, how much snot can one person’s head produce!! Where does it come from?  My head and sinuses are still so full of pressure.  Ugh.  Thank goodness someone invented the Neti Pot.  If they hadn’t, I think my noggin would have exploded leaving behind something akin to ectoplasm!  As in “Ghost Busters”.  Me, sink, saline solution, warm water, Neti, and kleenex have been one these past few days.


ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils

Despite all my congestion issues, I wanted to share my thoughts on the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils.  Afterwards, I have a date with my sink.  And Neti.


ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencils (top to bottom: Bichette, Dalia, Creature)

My picks were Bichette, Dalia, and Creature. All three are matte formulas.

As with my last ColourPop Eye Shadow review, my pics are all over the place (thank you head cold and meds).


ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencils Swatches (L-R: Bichette, Creature, Dalia)

I ordered both the Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Bichette and Creature.  I got the Lippie Stix only for Dalia.  I figured the Lippie Pencil for Creature would work for Dalia, and it did!

I thought about doing different photos for pencil alone, pencil with stix, stix alone. But it would have been way too photo heavy and I would have had to spread it out into several posts.  So I will consolidate it for you.


The Lippie Liner is an exact match for the Lippie Stix.

ColourPop describes it as “deep red wine”:


ColourPop Bichette Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Closeup


ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Bichette

On me it is a lighter, cool toned red.  I lined my lips with the pencil, and filled in with the stix.  You could fill your lips with the pencil first, then apply the stix; but it is so pigmented, there’s really no reason to.  The pencil keeps the color in check from fading/bleeding.


Again, the Lippie Liner is an exact match for the Lippie Stix.

ColourPop describes it as “deepened blackened burgundy red”:


ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Creature Closeup


ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Creature

On me, it is more of deep berry/burgundy.  In this photo, I also lined my lips with the pencil, and filled in with the stix.  Again, this shade is so pigmented, you really don’t need to double dip.


The lippie pencil for Creature actually works for this color.

ColourPop describes it as “deep warm burgundy wine”:


ColourPop Lippie Stix Dalia

My lips aren’t lined with the Creature pencil, but it does work.



Honestly, Creature and Dalia are very close in color.  Though it’s hard to tell in the photos, Dalia has a bit of a copper/brown tinge to it, as you can see in the swatches.  But they can share a Creature or Dalia lip pencil interchangeably.

Since matte formulas and darker shades are my favorite, I am really happy with my choices from ColourPop.  They have performed great on a day-to-day basis with bold colors that last.  Matching lip pencils are always a plus.  Since I do tend lean towards bolder shades, having a lip pencil to help keep it in line is awesome.

I am very impressed with the matte formulas that I chose.  They were very pigmented, easy on the lips, and had great staying power.  After eating/drinking, you do need a touch up.  The lipsticks were never drying/uncomfortable on the lips.

If you do use a lippy pencil all over your lip, and apply the lippy stix, your color won’t budge.  A bit of overkill for my color picks, but in lighter/neutral shades, I would recommend it if you are needing a bit of extra staying power.

Again, thank you for reading!  xoxo

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur Review

Hello All!  One thing I was after during the Sephora VIB sale was a Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Gel in “Little Pretty”.  It had sold out online.  So, I decided to venture out to my local Sephora store during the sale to see if they had it in stock, and to check out a few other items that I had missed out on.  I struck out on my shade of choice, but was able to take a look at the other colors offered.  I found one I liked!  So, here is my Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur review!

The packaging is total luxe.  It is very sleek, and the little silver disc is a magnet that snaps the tube closed.  No worries about this one losing it’s top in your purse!  (Ignore the camera that is reflected in said disc).  ;)


Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur packaging

The shade is described as a “deep maroon”.  I was hoping for an oxblood tone, but it is more of a deep berry on me.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur swatch


Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur

It does look maroon in the tube, doesn’t it?  Here is the swatch on my lips:


The lipstick is easy to apply, pigmented, and very comfortable to wear.  It is not matte, but rather a soft/shiny formula.  It wore about 4 hours for me before I needed to reapply.  When it fades, it does leave behind a stain, so you still have color on your lips.  I also loved that it did not bleed/feather.  No fragrance to speak of.

I am still waiting on “Little Pretty” to get back in stock.  I will definitely purchase it, as I love this formula.  It is sold exclusively at Sephora, and retails for $30.00.  Here it is on me:


Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel Saboteur

Have you found a true maroon or oxblood lip color?

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo


Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review

Hello my lovely people!  Tiny confession – I tried to take photos to encompass this post along with my last post about the BEST redness camouflage in the world (I usually nail it, as I take photos in bulk).  Um, it didn’t work out so well (I’m generally a good multi-tasker?).  I wanted naked brow, half-brow, and full-brow pics for this post (got some, not all).  So, to make up for what I didn’t get before, I ran outside to my front porch to get “fill-in” photos.  In a ratchet sweatshirt.  Didn’t do my hair (slept in it wet last night).  I thought I could just do a quickie brow photo.  NO.  So, there is a bit of disconnect from last post photos to this one.  I know you’ll forgive me.  Please????  Because I really want to share my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review!!!!!! (This was purchased before my trip, and it also got banged up in my luggage!!!!).


Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18.00) comes in 5 shades, from Blonde to Ebony.  Chocolate worked best for me, as I am a natural brunette.  I know for you blonde/combo girls, you may have to mix a couple of shades.  There are a couple three options for brown brows.


Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Chocolate

“Chocolate”. I usually take photos before I test product out to get a pristine picture, but this product was already on the road with me.  So there are dings in the pot.


Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate.

I also picked up the Anastasia brow/spoolie brush, as this was my first non-powder brow cosmetic.  I chose it because I have eyebrow brushes for powders (that need washing on their own).  I wanted one just for the Dipbrow, as it is a “cream” formula, much like an eye liner gel.


Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade brush

It does take working with it to get a feel for how it works.  If you have spare brows like me, that need “painting” on, this is perfect for you.  If you are blessed with naturally shaped, full brows, this would be over-kill for you.

So, my bare, sparse eyebrows before:


My sparse eyebrows!

Filling in one of my eyebrows with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade:


Half of my eyebrow filled in with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Full brows!!!!


My brows filled in!

I must say, the Dipbrow is more “work”.  You really have to practice with it to get a handle on it.  Once you do, It is a color, shaper, wax, all-in-one product.  It lasts all day on your face, and is waterproof!  Well worth the effort.

I LOVE Anastasia’s brow products.  My usual go to is the “Beauty Express for Brows” (a powder).  It has two shades of brow powder in the compact.  They really work for me.  I have been meaning to do a review on the powder – sit tight!!!

I DO love this pomade.  When I use the powder, I still have to set it with a gel. This is a one-stop-shop. But there is a learning curve.  If you’ve been on the fence, just do it!!!!  Ipurchased my Dipbrow at my local Ulta.

Also wanted to share how my cats love to participate in blog photos.  They see me drag my stuff out, and they think it’s fun time, and it really gets crazy.  This is my Murphy, who gets the most in my blog photo shoots.  He was batting around my brow pomade.  That’s probably why my pics were so out of sorts!!!


What is this crazy woman doing?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo