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.

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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.

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MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick Collection

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

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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.

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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).

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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:

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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 (?).

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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:

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MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

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

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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:

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MAC Living Legend Lipstick

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

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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

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A Few Products From The Balm

Hello my Gorgeous People!  It appears “cough and cold” season is creeping up on us.  Do you get a flu shot?  I never did until a couple of years ago.  I just realized it’s mid-November and I still haven’t gotten mine yet.  I noticed that a lot of drugstores offer them.  Who gives them, the pharmacist?  If so, how is he qualified to give me a shot?  Do I just stand in the prescription pickup line, and he pops a syringe into me?  I just don’t know??  It does sound like a great convenience showing up at your local Walgreens for a vaccine, but I think I will call my doctor & schedule an appointment!

Enough about the flu and needles.  Let’s get to the good stuff!

I got a few products from The Balm when they were on Hautelook.

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The Balm Bahama Mama, Mary-Lou Manizer, Instain Blush Houndstooth

I’ve gotten a lot of deluxe samples from this brand in some of my beauty box subscriptions.  Everything I’ve tried, I have loved.  I really like the cutesy names they give their products, and the packaging/illustrations are adorable!

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Mary-Lou Manizer (catchy name!) is mainly a highlighter, but can be used as an eye shadow as well.

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

It is a warm golden shade, but super intense!!!!

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Swatch

Whoa!  The pan is a bit deceiving, isn’t it?

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Swatch

I think it gives the most beautiful glow to the skin!  Just a little goes a long way.  I used a heavy hand for the swatches to give you an idea of the pigmentation.  Of course you would never put this much on your face!!!  It is really gorgeous though, and I think it would look great on many skin tones, especially medium and darker.

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The Balm Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama is a bronzer/contour/eye shadow powder.  It is a matte formula, and actually works great on me as a contour shade.  It comes in a cardboard compact with a full mirrored lid (not sure why I didn’t take a pic of the full thing???).

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The Balm Bahama Mama Swatch

{That icky spot on my finger is not some kind of fungus or anything.  Murphy (my cat) and I were in an intense wresting match, and one of his claws harpooned me, and he won.  Took forever to heal.  Just FYI.}

When I first opened up the compact, I worried it would be too light.  It is a tad darker than NARS Laguna bronzer, as a point of reference.

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The Balm Bahama Mama Swatch

It does not pull orange or look muddy at all.  So easy to apply/blend.  Love!!!  If you are fair complected, this may be a bit too dark.

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The Balm Instain Blush in Houndstooth

So far, my favorite items from The Balm are their blushes.  “Instain” comes in several different shades (same packaging as Bahama Mama, but again, I didn’t take photos of the full compact).

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The Balm Instain Blush in Houndstooth Swatch

This blush is a mauve-y/pinky/peach shade that is so gorg!

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The Balm Instain Blush Houndstooth Swatch

It has the creamiest, dreamy texture!  Applies so smooth – almost like a cream-to-powder blush, but it’s a powder!  And it does last.  It has a tinge of shimmer, but not glittery.  Applies as a soft sheen though very pigmented.  Perfect for any season.

So far, so good for me on The Balm makeup line!  These products are talc & paraben free, and made in the USA!

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Hello Everyone!  Hope your weekend is going just peachy keen!  I am going to just jump right into my thoughts on the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (not really – I find I have to ramble a bit first).  But in short – I.LOVE.IT.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

In Augusta, GA (where I live), we do not have access to an Armani makeup counter (or Chanel, or Cle de Peau, etc – any super high end makeup).  In short, we don’t have a Nordstrom.  But hey!  We just got a Whole Foods and a Homegoods and a DSW.  So I shouldn’t bitch.

Anyways, when I was in New York with my blogger friends, I visited the Sephora in Times Square (duh!).  I was so excited that they carried Armani!  So I got matched, exchanged some cash, and he came back to Georgia with me.

As a rule, I am pretty faithful to my foundations.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will see all sorts of posts on a variety of makeup, but not the stuff I put on mah face!

My Holy Grail foundation has been the Chantecaille Future Skin, and my review is here.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

These days, I only use high end foundations.  Why?  Reason #1 – I am old.  Reason #2 – I am hard to match (Japanese/White), and higher end foundations have way more shade options for a true match.  Reason #3 – I think you get what you pay for.  This foundation is available in 24 shades!!!

So, rambling done.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75

I am a NC40 in MAC.  I have a rather dark medium/warm/olive/yellow/skin tone, and normal/dry skin.  I was matched to 5.75 in the Armani foundation.  PERFECT!!!

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This baby comes with a pump and  is a dream formula to work with!!!  I apply it with my favorite Shiseido brush (I am half-Japanese after all!!!).  It buffs so easily into the skin, and gives a dewy, flawless finish.  Coverage is medium, but buildable to full coverage.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75 Swatch

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75 Swatch

I am not a regular user of face primers.  But with this foundation, you do not need one.  It is so awesome, I think a primer would just get in the way of it’s wonderful-ness.

It does have a teeny bit of fragrance, but nothing that lingers once you apply.  It lasted pretty much the whole day on me, and didn’t oxidize to a weird color or settle in to my fine (and not so fine) lines.  I set it with an Hourglass Ambient Light Powder (not that it needed it).  However, since it is a “luminous” foundation, if you are oily, this may not be a great fit for you.

I love, love, love this foundation.  It is in my rotation with my beloved Chantecaille.  If you are in search of a new somethin/somethin, I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Review

Hello my beautiful people!  The extreme weather swings we have this time of year in the Southeast really wreak havoc on me.  I’m talking you use your seat warmer/heat in the car in the morning, and then the air conditioner in the afternoon.  Evenings may or may not be cold.  My seasonal allergies may or may not flare up, depending on how warm things get.  So, in short, everything is very confused.  My skin is dried out when I start my day, back to normal at the end of the day.  My poor nose area and lips really suffer.  In short, totally dry out and get flaky (especially if my allergies kick in and I have to blow my nose a lot).  Not cool.  I have been trying out different products to relieve all my dry patches, and wanted to share with you my Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Review.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

I am a huge fan of Bite Beauty’s lipsticks.  I have had the Agave Lip Mask for a while, and busted it out to get relief for my poor flaky, dried out lips.  Like all products in Bite Beauty’s line, this is all natural/food grade.  The mask is made with organic agave nectar and vanilla CO2 extract.  Gluten and petroleum free.  It smells very pleasantly vanilla, and has a slight vanilla taste.  Not overwhelming like a flavored lip balm.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

And like the lipsticks, it is packed with Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

I am not crazy about the packaging.  It is a metal tube, and I can only imagine what it’s going to look like once I get about halfway through.  Not pretty.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

The formula is very thick and emollient.  The opening in the tube is very narrow, so I find it a bit difficult to squeeze through sometimes.  I have actually plunged a toothpick into the tube to try to – I don’t know???  Maybe break up some air pockets?  Something to make it flow a bit easier out of the container.  It’s sort of hit or miss.

I have applied this every night before bed for the past week.  It is heavy, so when I wake up in the morning, it is still on my lips like the night before.  I don’t know if that is good or bad?  It’s almost like it provides a barrier (hence, mask).  Since my lips have been so dry, I’ve also reapplied after washing my face, brushing my teeth, etc.

Has it helped/healed my dryness/flakiness?  Yes.  However, for the hefty price tag ($26.00), I would have expected better/faster results.  I think my Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue provides the same results at a fraction of the cost.

My intention is not for this to be a negative review.  It did help my lips, but I personally didn’t find it to be anything extraordinary, especially for the price.

Have you tried the Agave Mask?  If so, what are your thoughts?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Kat Von D Lovecraft, Sexer, Hexagram Lipstick Review

Hello my lovely people!  I hope y’all had a fun Halloween.  Hubby and I sat on the front porch handing out candy in long sleeved Ts, jeans, and flip flops (with an adult beverage).  It was a really nice evening.  Woke up the next day to a high of 38 degrees and blustery winds.  Welcome to Southern weather!  If sudden overnight cold temps wasn’t bad enough, enter Daylight Savings Time!  I don’t care if its backwards or forwards, it really messes with me.

Climate and time change aside, I finally got my Kat Von D Lovecraft, Sexer, Hexagram Lipstick Review together.  This is the last of my 3 part series of the Studded Kiss Lipstick Set.

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Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

You can find my first 3 lipsticks here, and part 2 here.

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Kat Von D Lovecraft, Sexer, Hexagram Lipstick (top to bottom)

The final colors are Lovecraft, Sexer, and Hexagram.  A shot of the packaging.

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Kat Von D Lovecraft, Sexer, Hexagram Lipsticks (left to right)

Up close and personal!  Notice how Sexer just seems to glow!!!!  How beautiful is she?

Descriptions from Sephora:

Lovecraft – “Matte Mauve Pink Nude”

Sexer – “Iridescent Florescent Pink”

Hexagram – “Matte Blood Red”

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Kat Von D Lovecraft, Sexer, Hexagram Swatches (left to right)

Descriptions right on target!

Again, I have to apologize for my sucky swatching skills.  I try really hard to keep a steady hand and get really precise swatches, but I think I am too impatient.  I just grab the lipstick and go to town.  Will work on that.

So I will start with Lovecraft:

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Kat Von D Lovecraft Lipstick

This “nude” shade worked for me actually.

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Kat Von D Lovecraft Lipstick

This is a super creamy, easy to apply matte (as all of Kat’s mattes are in this set).  For a nude, I found this to be very pigmented, and though I dreaded trying it on, I was pleased it didn’t make me look like a dead person.  If you are someone that looks good in beige-y nudes, this would probably be too dark for you.  However, if you are fair complected, this might be a perfect “Kylie Jenner” shade.  What the obsession is with her lipstick (or her for that matter), I just don’t understand???

Sexer:

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Kat Von D Sexer Lipstick

She glimmers and she glows in bright pink with silver-y iridescence!

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Kat Von D Sexer Lipstick

As with the other iridescent shades in this set, this one applied more like a satin finish lipstick.  It does have lasting power, and fades into a pink/silver loveliness.  Funny thing is that pink is my favorite color, but I really don’t like it on me as a lipstick.  Sadly, pink is too cool for my skin tone.  But this is a great lipstick for you gals who can rock a hot pink lip.  Don’t get me wrong, I will use this baby because she is too pretty not to.

Hexagram:

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Kat Von D Hexagram Lipstick

This is a red red.  Very blue, and oh so gorgeous!

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Kat Von D Hexagram Lipstick

Yep. The blood red is my favorite.  I know my upper lip looks messy in this picture, but it was the last shot after rubbing all of these ULTRA LONG LASTING lipsticks off between photos.

I am now a huge fan of the Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks after testing out this set.  I love the yummy Creme Brulee scent, and how long they last on your lips without drying them out.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Kat Von D Agatha, Countess, Adora Lipstick Review

Hey my lovely people!  A couple of music observations, tied to two of my current favorite shows – “The Voice” and “American Horror Story”.  #1 – the new Gwen Stefani song/video – utter disappointment.  I’ve tried, but I just can’t.  #2 – Jessica Lange covering the fabulous “Gods & Monsters” by Lana Del Rey – yeah, give it to me Ms. Lange.  I loved it.  Despite the fact that AHS has used two current songs that are totes anachronistic.  My trick-or-treat bag runneth over with that one.

So, onto my Kat Von D Agatha, Countess, Adora Lipstick Review!

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Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

This is actually part 2 of my Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set trilogy.  Stay tuned for the final three!

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Kat Von D Agatha, Countess, Adora Lipsticks (top to bottom)

I had to include another photo of the cool packaging.

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(L-R): Agatha, Countess, Adora Kat Von D Lipsticks

Here they are up close!  Again, totally beautiful colors.  Descriptions from Sephora:

Agatha – “Matte Pale Peach Nude”.

Countess – “Matte Hot Orange Red”.

Adora – “Metallic Golden Red”.

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(L-R): Kat Von D Agatha, Countess, Adora Lipstick Swatches

Again, the descriptions are right on!

I am starting with Agatha.  This color is definitely swoon-worthy for all of you nude lipstick fans.

If you are a regular reader, you know I cannot wear nudes.  So keep that in mind!

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Kat Von D Agatha Lipstick

I had a hard time even seeing where I was applying this.  I actually think the shade is lighter than my skin tone.

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Kat Von D Agatha Lipstick

!Boo!  I think this is pretty scary (just in time for Halloween).  This looked so gawd awful on me that did not even wear it long enough to see how it performed.  I will say it applied very smoothly and did not skip at all considering it is a matte.  I think it is a gorgeous shade (though not for me), and if you can pull of these types of nudes, I would definitely check this one out.

Countess:

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Kat Von D Countess Lipstick

Aaaah, now you’re talking!  My favorite out of this bunch!

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Kat Von D Countess Lipstick

I have come back to life!!!  This is a super gorgeous color, and I think it would actually work on most skin tones, as it is not totally cool or warm.  As with the other super pigmented mattes I’ve tried so far, this was very comfortable to wear, and lasted through eating and drinking throughout the day.  Probably my second favorite behind Motorhead.

Adora:

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Kat Von D Adora Lipstick

I do like Adora, but I wish it was a tad more red.

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Kat Von D Adora Lipstick

It is metallic, but not over the top.  It has the most beautiful gold flecks throughout.  You can see it better in the arm swatch.  This is more of a satin finish, but it does have lasting power, and fades to a really pretty red/gold.

So far, I am in love with these lipsticks!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Kat Von D Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Motorhead Lipstick Review

Hello My Lovely People!!  For those of you who watch “American Horror Story” – what about this creepy season?????  I am really into it, especially since Halloween is right around the corner.  I have always had a crazy fear of clowns, even before Stephen King’s “It”.  I really enjoyed last season, since it was witch-y (homage to my favorite Anne Rice novels, starting with “The Witching Hour”), and my gal Stevie Nicks was on it (and her songs!!!!).  I’m excited that this year looks like it’s  going to be more scary, and, well, creeeepy!!  Damn clowns.

Again, I am going to jump right into my Kat Von D Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Motorhead Lipstick Review!!!

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

I purchased the “Studded Kiss Lipstick Set” from Sephora that includes 9 fabulous mini-lipsticks that are a part of Kat’s permanent line.  I knew there was no way I could do a single post and feature all 9 lipsticks (too much of my mug at one time), so I randomly picked 3 for this post.  I will do 2 more posts of 3 shades to cover the rest of these babies.

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Packaging of Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks

The lipsticks come in a “studded” black case, as you can see.  Awesome packaging!

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Kat Von D Motorhead, Wonderchilde, Bachelorette Lipsticks

And these colors!!! DOPE.  Meet “Motorhead”, “Wonderchilde”, and “Bachelorette”.  The descriptions from Sephora:

Motorhead – “Matte black cherry”.  I know it looks black in the tube, but it is not.

Wonderchilde – “Iridescent neon lilac”.

Bachelorette – “Matte reddish fuchsia”.

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Kat Von D Motorhead, Wonderchilde, Bachelorette Swatches

For once, I completely agree that the written descriptions are right on.  I cannot believe I’ve waited so long to try these!  They are truly one of the best lipsticks I’ve ever used with the sweetest Creme Brulee smell (not overwhelming at all).

Motorhead:

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Kat Von D Motorhead Lipstick

Of course, this is my favorite of the 3!

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Kat Von D Motorhead Lipstick

Being the darkest out of the whole set, this did apply a bit patchy, like most super dark lipsticks do (on me at least).  I think you can sort of see from the arm swatch.  But with a little smoothing out with my fingers, it was all good.  I can honestly say this is the most comfortable matte formula ever.  You can’t even feel it on.  It applies without skipping and feels like a lip balm when you’re applying.  The staying power is unreal.  This actually lasted through eating lunch and drinking (water) all day.  When it finally does start to fade, it leaves behind a nice stain.  L-O-V-E this one!

Wonderchilde:

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Kat Von D Wonderchilde Lipstick

I worried this would pull a weird pinky/lavender craziness on me.  You might be thinking, “Um, yeah it did Karen”.  I don’t think so though.

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Kat Von D Wonderchilde Lipstick

I actually like this one!  This is more like a satin formula.  It actually retains it’s iridescence after applying.  This was just as great, but naturally it didn’t last nearly as long as the matte formula.  Don’t get me wrong, it has great longevity considering the formulation, but didn’t last through eating.  It faded evenly, and left behind a nice shimmer.

Bachelorette:

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Kat Von D Bachelorette

Another fantastic matte!  And it truly is a “matte reddish fuchsia”.

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Kat Von D Bachelorette Lipstick

Bachelorette has the same wonderful-ness as Motorhead.  So ditto that paragraph.  I think this color would be flattering on many different skin tones.

So there you go.  There are 2 nude shades in this set that I am not sure will be great on me.  Stay tuned!  I really did just pick 3 tubes out of the bunch, and I think it just so happens I got the vampy-est/crazy colors out of the way.  So far, I am really in love with these!  I noticed they are no longer available on the Sephora site, but if you find this in your local store, definitely check it out.  It’s a great way to test out a bunch of different colors and a great formula.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Anastasia Amrezy and Tamanna Palette Comparison

Hello My Beautiful People!  I hope you have been having a great weekend so far.  I have caught up on all of my DVR’d shows, and have been enjoying college football all day.  Go Dawgs!  So I finally had a break to post this Anastasia Amrezy and Tamanna Palette Comparison.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy and Tamanna Palettes

ABH has released three limited edition eye shadow palettes pretty much back-to-back.  I was on the fence about the Amrezy palette because I thought it was a little too cool toned for me, but was extremely fortunate enough to win mine from the lovely Tanya from Leopard Lace and Cheesecake for her blog anniversary giveaway.  I had already planned to get the Tamanna palette as I thought it would be better suited for my complexion.

My photos do not do these gorgeous palettes justice.  Really.  I think the swatches that follow will be a truer representation of how beautiful these shades are.  So hang with me!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette

The Amrezy palette was created in collaboration with the renown makeup artist Amra Olevic.  Really beautiful mix of neutrals and colors.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Tamanna was also conceived in conjunction with a world famous blogger/makeup artist, Tamanna Roashan.  These are stunning colors as well, with a mix of neutral/color.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy and Tamanna Palette Comparison

I thought the best way to compare the two was to swatch the first row of each palette on my fingers, then do a collective arm swatch; same with the second row.  I realized when editing the photos that I put my thumb in the first pan, pinky in the last, but when I turned my hand over to photograph, it is opposite of the order of the palette.  Same with the arm swatch.  I’m sure you will be able to get the gist of the colors, but please bear with me!  I usually don’t realize this stuff until I edit.  Just go from right to left on the swatches below.  Again, I am happy with the swatches representing the colors rather than my pics of the palette.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette Swatches

Thumb to pinky: Legend, Glisten, Topaz, Iridescent Purple, Emerald.

The top row of the Amrezy palette is a mix of satin/frost formulas.  Very pigmented, creamy, and super easy to blend.  I did find the purple shade (Iridescent Purple) took a bit of work to show up on me.  If you are fairer complected, it will be dynamite!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette Swatches

Thumb to pinky:  Fresh, Blush, Venezia, Gilded, Custom.

The top row of the Tamanna palette has one matte shade (Fresh) and satin/frost formulas.  Also very pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend.

Amrezy is on the top, Tamanna bottom.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Tamanna Comparison Swatches

As you can see, I think Topaz (Amrezy) and Gilded (Tamanna) are a bit similar.  Also Legend (Amrezy) and Blush (Tamanna).

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette Swatches

Thumb to pinky:  Vanilla, Caramel, Morocco, Deep Plum, LBD.

The second row of the Amrezy palette (my favorite) has two semi-matte shades (Vanilla and LBD), and two mattes (Caramel, Morocco).  Deep Plum is a satin finish.  LBD is not a stark black – rather a charcoal/black.  Since it is semi-matte, it will be great on lighter complexions.  My favorites are Caramel & Morocco.  Great shades for me as far as crease/transition, and I love Deep Plum!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette Swatches

Thumb to pinky:  Sangria, Bengal, Chocolate, China Rose, Noir.

The second row of the Tamanna palette has a semi-matte (Bengal), and two mattes (Chocolate and Noir).  The other shades are soooo gorgeous – especially Sangria!!!!  This row is also my favorite.  I love Sangria.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Tamanna Palette Comparison Swatches

You can totally see the difference in LBD and Noir.  Though Caramel and Bengal look similar, Caramel is Bengal’s matte twin.  You could actually wear them in tandem.  Chocolate and Deep Plum look similar, but Chocolate is definitely matte, and Deep Plum has shimmer.  My absolute favorite is Sangria.  Again, the formulas are very creamy, pigmented, easy to blend.

The Anastasia Amrezy Palette is no longer availble on-line.  You may be able to find a palette in an Utla/Sephora/Macys/Nordies store.  The Tamanna is available on the ABS webite, as well as Sephora.com.  Really fabulous colors to own, especially if you can find them locally.

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope this was helpful!  kxoxo

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NYX Wicked Lippies Review

Hey my lovely people!  I am going to just jump right into this NYX Wicked Lippies Review!

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NYX Wicked Lippies

This is a new line of lipsticks from NYX.  My Murphy was very intrigued by these (who am I kidding; he is super nosy every time my camera comes out!!!).  And he wants to be a part of the action!

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NYX Wicked Lippies

As much as I LOVE my dark lipsticks, I have never wandered into the “outside of the box” shades – like blue????

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NYX Wicked Lippie (L-R) – Sinful, Trickery, Cold Hearted

When NYX introduced this jewel-toned, metallic lip collection, I thought, “What the hell?  I’ll try a few.”  And at $6 a pop, why not?  I figured these shades would be great for Halloween, or a special night out – like a concert?

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NYX Wicked Lippie Review (Trickery, Sinful, Cold Hearted)

My picks were Trickery, Cold Hearted, and Sinful (my description of the shades below):

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NYX Wicked Lippie Swatches (L-R) – Trickery, Cold Hearted, Sinful

Trickery – an olive/drab green with a gold sheen:

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NYX Wicked Lippie in Trickery Closeup

It applied evenly, and is probably the most “wearable” of the shades.

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NYX Wicked Lippie in Trickery

I actually like this shade!  You may see me out and about with this one on!

Cold Hearted – charcoal gray with a metallic/silver sheen:

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NYX Wicked Lippie Cold Hearted Closeup

I had the highest hopes for this one.  For some reason, I thought a gray lipstick would go great once my hair turned lavender.

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NYX Wicked Lippie in Cold Hearted

This one applied very patchy (I’m sure you can see in the above photo).  I may try it with a lip liner base to see if I can get it to work.  I do love this though, and will continue working with this one.  It really is a gorgeous shade!

Sinful – a jewel toned, aqua/teal blue:

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NYX Wicked Lippie Sinful Closeup

This baby applied evenly, and was the surprise out of the bunch.

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NYX Wicked Lippie

Overall, they applied super smoothly and are very opaque.  They feel a little slippery on the lips – almost like a satin finish lipstick.  Therefore they did require touch ups more frequently.  But the wear time was pretty decent.

I have really enjoyed playing with these shades – great for Halloween or just doing it for fun!

Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Hello my peeps!  Almost caught up on “The Voice” episodes on the DVR.  I just have to mention that another one of my top 5 favorite chick singers, Stevie Nicks, is an advisor for Adam’s team!  Whoo hoo!!!!  Not to mention her feature on one of my other favorite TV shows, “American Horror Story – Coven” last season.  Stevie has been one of my favorites since  joining Fleetwood Mac back in the seventies, and I believe I’ve been to every solo show she’s done (as well as Fleetwood Mac shows).  She definitely has been a musical influence on me since my late teens, and even now, as I still listen to her solo CDs (as well as the Fleetwood Mac).  And we just found out that a local girl that works at the same Children’s Hospital as the hubs got through the blind auditions, and is on Adam’s Team!  So we Augusta folks definitely need to pull for our homie!

Okay, back to the post at hand.  I’ve yet to do a post on the Makeup Geek Eyeshadows because they were all over the blogosphere.  But after doing a Makeup Geek Blush review yesterday, I thought, “Hey, why not”?? They are really great eye shadows.  Here is the blush review and a little background on the Makeup Geek line.

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The MUG (Makeup Geek) shadows can also be purchased in a pan or in a compact.  I prefer pans.  Again, her shadows are made in the US, and are cruelty free, and talc/paraben free.

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Z Palette Medium

The Medium Z Palette works the best for me.  It holds 15 pans of shadow.  The MUG pans stick right into this palette.  Your MUG pans will NOT stick in a MAC palette.  Also, your MAC pans will NOT stick in the Z palette.  The Z does come with self-adhesive magnets so you could put any pan in there (and vice/versa), but I just keep my MUG and MAC separate.  Marlena sells the Z palette at the same price as the Z website.  There are many different sizes/patterns/etc, but I just stick to the Medium.  Which only comes in black.  I would love to have a pink palette!!!

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in a Z palette

The Makeup Geek shadows really are very comparable to MAC – particularly in the neutral/matte/blending shades.  And they are $6 each!  Marlena has a comprehensive list of dupes on her site.  They are just as pigmented and blendable as their expensive counterparts.  Her black shadow, “Corrupt”, is one of the blackest matte shadows I’ve ever used.

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadows (top left/right to bottom left/right): Drama Queen, Razzleberry; Mango Tango, Burlesque

I have most of the noteworthy neutral mattes, so I thought I would pick out a few of my favorite shades that are outside the blend/transition/crease shades:

Drama Queen – a dark purple shimmer shade, that looks more like a gunmetal on me;

Razzleberry – a raspberry pink – almost red – with gold glitter – not for everyday, but for a night out;

Mango Tango – a peachy pink with gold flecks – gorgeous for everyday, and such a pretty color;

Burlesque – a deep metallic burgundy, but on me, is a warm coppery bronze.

Swatches (over primer):

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Swatches (top-to-bottom): Drama Queen, Razzleberry, Mango Tango, Burlesque (over primer)

The dramatic:

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Drama Queen and Razzleberry

Swatches:

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Swatches – Razzleberry on left, Drama Queen on right

Razzleberry does have a teeny bit of fallout.  I’ve found if you use it with a glitter eyeshadow primer (like Too Faced Glitter Glue), it works just fine.  However, the shadow is very buildable, so you don’t necessarily need to wear it as intensely.

Oh, the Drama Queen!  It does look like a deep, dark purple on my finger.  It is buildable to that, but the swatch on my arm is just one pass over.

The not-so-dramatic-but-gorgeous:

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadows Mango Tango and Burlesque

Swatches:

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Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Swatches – Mango Tango on left, Burlesque on right

Mango Tango is just a super gorgeous shade.  Peachy, golden pink!

Burlesque has got to be one of my most favorite shades.  It does indeed look like a deep burgundy, but used lightly, is a gorgeous copper shade.

All of the shadows I’ve tried are super soft, easy to blend, pigmented, and have lasting wear time.  Makeup Geek also ships worldwide (very affordably), but I know my international readers sometimes have to pay extra for duties.  Boo!

I do love everything I have tried from Marlena’s line.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Makeup Geek Blush Rendezvous

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!  As happy as I am to be able to see Gwen Stefani weekly on “The Voice”, I am just as thrilled for the return of “Homeland”!  Oh, the Claire Danes ugly cry – I live for it!  If you watch the show, did you notice in the bathroom scene after she washes the blood off of her face, she applies a MAC lipstick???  Thinking “Twig” or “Brave”.  My hubby just shook his head and rolled his eyes in response to my excitement over this .  Bless his heart.  Okay, no more spoilers for my peeps who may still need to watch the premier.  There is a lot more action than Carrie applying a MAC lipstick.  Just so you know.  A LOT more.

Onto the subject of the day – the awesome Makeup Geek Blush in Rendezvous!

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Makeup Geek Blush in Rendezvous

If you are not familiar with Makeup Geek cosmetics, it is a line created by a successful YouTube beauty guru turned beauty entrepreneur, Marlena.  Her line so far consists of quality eye shadows, blushes, and brushes.  If you don’t know her, you really should check her out.  I love success stories of women who start out small, work hard, and explode into moguls!  And a mogul she is!  I am all about girl power!!!

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Makeup Geek Blush Rendezvous

What I love about her blush is that it is made in the US!  And cruelty free, as well as talc/paraben free.

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Makeup Geek Blush in Rendezvous

Available in a compact or a pan:

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Makeup Geek Blush in Rendezvous

This blush is oh-so-pigmented, creamy, and applies so smooth on the skin.

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Makeup Geek Blush Rendezvous Swatch

It is a medium/warm pink and totally matte.  It has a bit of a purple-y undertone.

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Makeup Geek Blush in Rendezvous Swatch

I love the formula and the pigmentation.  I think “Rendezvous” is  universally flattering shade – and a great shade for Fall with berry colored lips!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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The Best Pimple Spot Treatment

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know if y’all watch “The Voice”, but can I just gush over how much I love Gwen Stefani????  I have been a fan of the show and a faithful viewer since the beginning.  Gwen is one of my top 5 favorite chick singers, so you can imagine how stoked I was when it was announced that she would be a judge this season!  She is just so rad, I can’t get enough!!!  Love you Gwen!

So, onto a short and sweet post on what I consider to be the best pimple spot treatment out there:

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Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment.  Fortunately, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t suffer from the “monthly” eruption of hormonal distress like I used to.  That’s not to say that it still doesn’t happen occasionally.  When it does, I apply a teeny bit of this stuff at the onset of a red/angry spot (when I wake up and before bed, after washing my face), and that horrible pimple is stopped dead in it’s tracks.  Even those awful cystic, under-the-skin, waiting-to-be-a-boil-on-your-face doozies!!

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Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

As you can see from the label, it is a 2% salicylic acid medication.  I have tried other spot treatments that were the same formula in the past, but this one really does zap the zit before it appears for me.  I am one of the “100% of people showed clearer skin in just one day” people.  *A big stat to live up to – just sayin’*

It also doesn’t dry my skin out (you know, the flaky, white, crusty patches).  If you suffer from breakouts, or a yucky pimple here and there, I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

It is sold in drugstores and other major retailers.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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My Wine Lipstick Picks

Hello my pretty people!  Before I get on to my wine lipstick picks, I want to share my new hair with you!

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My New Hair Color

Ta-da!!!!!

I decided I wanted to do an ombre lavender color.  I know it’s a bit bright right now, but it will definitely fade into the shade I want.  I’m calling it my mid-life crisis hairdo.  What do you think?

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My Wine Lipstick Picks

Now onto the wine lipstick.  I don’t pay any attention to seasons when it comes to my makeup.  I will wear black nail polish in the summer and pink lipstick in the winter.  Such a non-conformist I am!  However, Fall is the time when deeper shades come into play for most people.  Here are three I am loving right now.

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(Top to Bottom): L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux, Revlon Black Cherry, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

Swatches:

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(Top to Bottom): L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux, Revlon Black Cherry, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

First up, L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux:

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L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux

These are probably my favorite drugstore lipsticks.  They do not have the usual strong fragrance that most people find annoying in the traditional L’Oreal lippies.  It has a slight scent, but you really have to put it up to your nose to detect it.

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L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux

They apply smoothly with a long wear time and is non-drying.  This particular color is a bit on the sheer side.  Perfect if you don’t want a vampy lip.

Next up, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry:

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Black Cherry

You really can’t go wrong with good ‘ol Revlon lipsticks.  This one has no fragrance either.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Black Cherry

Black Cherry is more on the opaque side.  It is super comfortable to wear, and applies very easily.  It does require a bit more touching up throughout the day.  It looks like a very dark purple in the tube, but it applies as a true wine on me.

Last, but not least, is the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis:

I LOVE these Art Sticks!  They are a good sized, chubby wooden pencil.  A sharpener is also included in the box.

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Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

These also apply super smoothly, and really last throughout the day.  Very comfortable to wear as well.  I really like how easy lip pencils/crayons are to use.

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Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

Though the pencil looks like a deep wine color, it is more like a russet/wine on me.  Great for every day.

So there you have it.  I hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Stay tuned for my hair color progression.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret and Shooting Stars

Hello beautiful people!  It’s been a weird week for me, and I’m behind in my blogging schedule – ugh.  I was lucky enough to snag the limited edition Marc Jacobs “Love and Lust” 1000 point reward from Sephora (way back when), so I wanted to share my thoughts on the two lip products that comprised the duo with you.

 

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret Lip Gel/Shooting Stars Lip Vinyl

I think this was one of Sephora’s best perks.  It consisted of a full sized Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret” and Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”.

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret Lip Gel and Shooting Stars Lip Vinyl

Although it was “Limited Edition” only for Rouge VIP’s, it is now available on the Sephora website.

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Marc Jacobs Shooting Stars(top) and Cabaret(bottom) Swatches

Let me just say, I ADORE Marc Jacobs’ gloss!!!  (If you’ve been with me, you know I am not a fan of lip gloss).  This is the first MJ gloss I’ve ever tried.

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

It looks sparkly in the tube, but fear not.  Sephora describes this gloss as a “shimmering raisin berry”.

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

This gloss is honestly like “vinyl”.  It is extremely pigmented/opaque, super shiny on the lips, and comfortable to wear.  And it is plumping (i.e. – tingly when you apply).

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

Love, love, love this gloss.  It wore about 2-3 hours (as most glosses), but faded evenly into a really nice nude.  It was not sticky, gummy – just FABULOUS!

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl Shooting Star

I am also a huge fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gels.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Cabaret

How gorgeous is this?  Sephora describes this as a “Deepest Cranberry”.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Cabaret

A bit pink on me….

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Marc Jacobs Lovemark Lip Gel Cabaret

It is more “berry” on me than “cranberry”.

But I love the pigmentation/wear – everything I’ve always loved about Marc Jacobs Beauty!

Oh, and I did a little something to my hair color.  Stay tuned!!!

Again, thanks for reading!!!  kxoxo

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Make Up For Ever Star Powder

Hello my lovely people!  I have been trying to write this post all evening, but have been distracted by the all of the exciting football games going on!  All in all, it was a GREAT day for my Dawgs.  So I am going to jump right into my review of the incredible Make Up For Ever Star Powder.  I don’t even know where to begin with this baby.

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Make Up Forever Star Powder in White/Orange

Star Powder is a super, super, finely milled shimmer powder that can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter – even on top of lipstick.  Wet or dry.  So versatile, there is really no single way to use it.

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MUFE Star Powder in White/Orange

They come in a variety of colors from bright to neutral.  I chose White/Orange, shade 940.  It comes in a tiny jar with a sifter to dispense the product.

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MUFE Star Powder in Orange/White

You are probably looking at this plain ole powder thinking it looks like nothing special.  Maybe even kinda boring.  Well, hold on to your underpants!

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Make Up Forever Star Powder in White/Orange

Can you see that teeny bit of iridescence towards the top of the jar?

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MUFE Star Powder in White/Orange

This is what that unassuming flour looking stuff does when it hits the light!  I’m not sure about the other shades, but this particular one is like a duo-chrome.

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MUFE Star Powder White/Orange Swatch

I typically use this as an inner corner highlight (and on my  inner lower lash line).  When you look at it straight on, it is indeed a white shimmer.

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MUFE Star Powder Orange/White Swatch

When it hits a different angle of light, it becomes this gorgeous shade.  Though it is White “Orange”, it is a really peachy/golden color on me.

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MUFE Star Powder White/Orange Swatch

The left is the powder swatched directly on my arm, the right over primer.  I realize I tried so hard to capture the “orange” shade, I totally neglected the “white” part.  But that was too uninteresting to me.

I think the arm swatches are a more realistic representation of the Star Powder.  It only takes a teeny bit to get a beautiful finish.  The swatches on my fingertips are more than you would ever need to use.  I was just trying to capture the gorgeous iridescence.  I am planning to play with this as an eye shadow and cheek highlighter.  Though it has “orange” in the name, I think it would look beautiful on all complexions.

Have you ever tried a Star Powder?  How do you like them?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Prescription Skincare

Hello Everyone!!!  Looks like it is officially “Pumpkin Everything” season.  I, for one, am happy for the cooler temps.  You can call me on this when I start bitching about how cold it is four months from now!!!!

I am pretty fanatical about skincare.  As much as I love playing around/experimenting with makeup, I hardly ever deviate from my skin regiment.  I just realized today that I have been using some of my products for over ten years.  Hello Karen?  Maybe you need to come in out of the darkness, and embrace some new innovations.  Especially after I read my girl Bubbly Michelle’s post on her go-to skincare item.  I do, however, want to give some love to my favorite prescription skincare products, as I’m sure they will still be my faithful staples as I wander through all the new advances in making your skin beautiful.

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Prescription Skincare

I have been using Obagi Medical products for years.  They do not require a written “prescription”, but are only available in physician’s offices (dermatlolgists, plastic surgeons, medical day spas, primary care physicians).  You cannot purchase from theirwebsite either, as their products can only be dispensed by a doctor.  They warn against purchasing online, as you don’t know if you are getting the real product or counterfeit.

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Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream

The Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream is amaze.  It restores and firms the entire eye area, especially the “crepe-iness” that happens under your eyes as you age.  I love this stuff, and I don’t think I will ever replace it.  It also helps tighten up the upper lids.  I use this in the evening.

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Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum

This serum is everything the cream is, but in a light, almost gel-like formula.  It has a roller-ball applicator that is oh-so-cooling-under-eye, and helps combat under eye puffiness with the addition of caffeine in the formula.  My morning go-to.  As the weather gets colder, I do use the serum in conjunction with the cream before bed.

I have only been diligent with sunscreen on my face for the last fifteen years.  Until then, I was all about getting a “healthy” tan on my face, and baked my face unmercifully.  Paying the price now.

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Obagi Nu Derm Sunscreen

I had a pretty big patch of melasma appear on my face on both sides of my upper cheek bones and along my jawline – thanks to abusing my skin.  I ended up going to a plastic surgeon a year ago and getting Fraxel laser treatment to correct the hyper-pigmentation (three sessions).  After my procedure, he recommended that I only use the Obagi Nu Derm Sunscreen, as your face is hyper-sensitive to the sun (considering the first layer of your skin is burned off).  Let me tell you, this sunscreen is the bomb!  It readily absorbs into the skin, has a matte finish, and does not not make your face white.  I highly recommend it if you get laser treatment, but now that my skin has healed, my Neutrogena sun screen works just as well.

Last, but not least, my beloved Renova.  I did not start using a true “anti-aging” product until my 30s.  This one has served me well.  I would recommend if you are in your late 20s, as now is a good time to start.  Renova is a gentle retionoid, known as Tretinoin, and I have used the .02% for years.  It is a wonder cream that (used consistently) will smooth the surface of the skin, diminish fine lines/wrinkles, and helps create cell turn-over, that results in fresher, younger looking skin.  I may need to see about boosting up to the .05% once I use this tube up.  It is really gentle, and you only  need a pea-sized drop for your entire face.  Squeeze out the said amount into your palm, and use your right finger tips to tap HALF the pea sized product onto half of your face.  Same with the remaining half, but with your left hand for the other size of your face.  Just tap, tap, tap it into your skin until it is absorbed, then rub your fingers across your face.   You can use it around the eye area (not directly underneath the eyes).  Blot a tissue across your face after, and in any product is found on the tissue, you’ve used too much.  A teeeny bit goes a long way for fabulous results.

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Renova Cream

Renova is an anti-aging product that does actually require a prescription – you pick it up at the drugstore.  It is the gentle-est retinoid, and I have been using this for overtwenty years.  I know this tube looks awful, and almost all used up, but I swear, I have another year’s worth of use from this baby.  Again, you use the tiniest drop.

That is the one complaint I have about prescription skincare.  Yes, it is expensive, but you only need to use the teeeeeniest bit.  And they put it in such a big package.  I wish they made it in increments for 3 months use, making it more affordable, and not expiring before you finish.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Becca Wild Honey and Flowerchild Mineral Blush Review

Hello my peeps!  My air conditioning got fixed yesterday!  I have had the windows open 24/7 since Friday, so the pups heard every single teeny, tiny sound that was going on outside.  Especially during the middle of the night.  Of course they had to alert me of the dangerous falling leaf outside by barking their fool heads off at 2 AM.  Needless to say, I got a good nights sleep last night now that the windows are closed!  Now back to the usual routine, and my Becca Wild Honey and Flowerchild Mineral Blush Review!

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Becca Wild Honey and Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Becca is one of my favorite makeup lines.  I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from them that I absolutely didn’t love.  They also created one of my holy grail items!

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Becca Wild Honey (bottom) and Flowerchild (top) Mineral Blush

These blushes are absolutely heavenly!!  Yes, these are the shades made extremely popular (and constantly unavailable) by Jaclyn Hill.  It amazes me how the mere mention of a product by Jaclyn on her YouTube channel unleashes such a fury that items sell out overnight, websites crash, and people go berserk trying to get those items.  You go Jaclyn!!!

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Becca Wild Honey and Flowerchild Mineral Blush

These blushes are finely milled, and look so beautiful on!  They appear to have a good bit of shimmer in the pan, but once applied, they melt into the skin, leaving a nice wash of color as well as a sheer highlight (no disco ball shine).  I think the magic is in that it is a mineral formula.

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Becca Wild Honey Mineral Blush

I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the color offerings, but my favorite is Wild Honey – a warm, peachy, golden formula that is absolutely gorgeous!!!  I think it is awesome for light medium to dark skin tones.  If you are very fair, it may be more suitable as a bronzer.  Though it does look a bit orange in this photo, trust me, it applies a lovely peach with gold highlights.  L-O-V-E.

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Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

AAAAHHH – maybe I spoke too soon.  How beautiful is this Flowerchild shade????  It is a warm, peachy-pink, also with golden flecks.  I actually think it is very similar to NARS Orgasm, but more on the peachy side – on me, the NARS is a bit more pink.  I think this shade is universally flattering on all skin tones.  I personally think Flowerchild is better suited for my dark-medium/olive complexion than Orgasm.  (That was a weird sentence).

Swatches (no primer):

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Becca Wild Honey (R) and Flowerchild (L) Swatches

As you can see, no super shimmer.  Just gorgeous pigmented loveliness!

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Becca Wild Honey (top) and Flowerchild (bottom) swatches

From a distance.

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Becca Wild Honey (R) and Flowerchild (L) Swatches

Up close and personal.

I am so happy Becca now has their own website.  You an also purchase from Sephora.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Remembering My First Makeup Products

Hello my lovely ones!  Our air conditioning unit crapped out Friday night (of course!).  We won’t have a technician here until Monday to diagnose what is going on, so we are going to attempt to muddle struggle through the weekend.  Being in Georgia, our temps are still pretty warm (90s).  So, until we get some central air circulating up in here, I will not be wearing any makeup.    I have reveiws scheduled that don’t require the presence of my gorgeous mug, plus  I have been wanting to write a nostalgic post remembering my first makeup products.  So here we go!

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Max Factor Green Apple Cologne (Photo credit Michelle Colvin)

My very first venture into the beauty world was this “Green Apple” cologne from none other than Max Factor.  I had the frosted apple bottle.  Much to my Mother’s chagrin, I thought this was the most heavenly, chi-chi perfume that ever existed.  I think I actually went through two bottles of this stuff.  It was my first “big girl” fragrance after years of the “Tinkerbell” makeup/fragrance kits from my childhood (she kind of looked more Holly Hobbie than Disney’s Tink).  This paved the way to the “Love’s Baby Soft” obsession.

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Clairol Crazy Curl Curling Iron (Photo Credit Ebay Seller)

Now that I was smelling like a Granny Smith Apple, I felt the need to do something about my hair.  Enter the Clairol “Crazy Curl” Curling Iron.  It was bright green, just like my favorite fragrance.  The barrel was about as thick as a jumbo crayon.  The “red” dot by the clamp would turn “black” when your wand was ready.  You put water in the cap on top of the wand, and after you wound your hair around the barrel, you pressed it down to “steam” yourself into some serious Farrah Fawcett waves.

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Farrah Fawcett Hair (Photo Credit Beautybombshells.com)

Um, no.  The “Crazy Curl” sucked.  I didn’t know it was 500% too small to give me Farrah flips.  I was so disappointed that my magic wand didn’t do the job that I begged my Mom to get me some Farrah Fawcett Shampoo & Conditioner.  In fact, Farrah had a very successful hair care line back in the day.  Yes, that would get me those famous angel wings.

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Farrah Fawcett Shampoo & Conditioner (Photo CreditNancy Bortz)

Sad to report, it did not work.  I did diligently use the Farrah products, in the hope that  I would wake up one morning and have a miraculous Farrah-hair day (again, nope.  No dice).  And Creme Rinse?  I reckon that was de rigueur back then.  I can actually still remember the fragrance.  It was very pleasant, and to my early teen self, very Farrah.

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Bonne Bell Ten O Six Lotion (Photo Credit Ebay Seller)

So, my skin had to be ultra perfect, and Bonne Bell Ten-O-Six Lotion was the go to product.  I mean, everyone beautiful was using it for impeccable skin!  After washing my face, I would apply this miracle worker on a cotton ball, and go over my face.  I rejoiced in the dark crud that clung to my puffy white fluff.  Yes, I was well on my way to a flawless complexion.  I can also still smell the scent of pure Isopropyl Alcohol that I was rubbing all over my face twice a day, at age 15.  I was very fortunate to not have acne, or any consistent breakouts. ��But the thought of my young self putting that on my face just kills me now!  And I didn’t wear makeup then!

I was not allowed to wear makeup until high school (9th grade).  And only foundation, blush, mascara, and gloss.  My Mom’s philosophy was to spend the most you can afford on foundation, as it lays directly on your face.  Any other cosmetic can be whatever (I still happen to embrace that fundamental).  So she took me to the Clinique counter (yes, they had them back then!!!!), and got me my first foundation.  It was the most basic, light, hypoallergenic foundation they had.  And I wore that exact foundation for many, many years.

By my Junior year, Mom relaxed and said I could start using makeup on my EYES!

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Flame Glo Eye Shadows (Photo Credit Mariesa Huthwaite)

Yeah, the Flame Glo (drugstore) purple palette was my go-to all through high school.  I also used their eye shadow crayon.  I pretty much rocked a purple eye all through school.

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Maybelline Eye Color Style Pencils (Photo Credit Flickr)

Sorry this is so blurry, but the Maybelline Eye Color Styler Pencil in Midnite Teal (featured on this ad) was the only liner I used.  So purple eye, teal liner.  Yessss!

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Maxi Lipstick (Photo credit Eileen Theresa)

“Maxi” was an off-shoot of Max Factor designed to appeal to the younger makeup buyer.  I had a ton of their lipsticks.  My favorite was a cinnamon colored, frosty thing.  And a purple colored, frosty thing.

Last, but not least, this:

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Sun In (Photo Credit Skooldays.com)

Worst thing ever.  I remember trying to lighten my dark hair to something other than what it was.  My Mom would have never allowed me to color/highlight my hair at 16.  I took the picture of this photo with my phone (under indoor crappy light), so that is not pixie dust sprinkled across the top of my head.

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Me in the 11th grade!

Yes, that is my poor hair with an attempted dye-job with Sun-In (aka Bozo-the-Clown orange chunky highlights).  In case you were wondering, I really wanted Brooke Shields’ eyebrows.

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My Senior Year

Yours Truly with the beginning of what would become bigger and bigger hair (it was the 80s).  I spy some Sun-In orange remnant.

It is amazing how many makeup brands come and go.  I’ve been at it for a long time.  So you Veterans will know where I’m coming from.  My younger girls, let your Mom read this.  She’ll get a chuckle.  Or maybe your Grandmother!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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A Few Red Lipsticks – Drugstore

Hello there beautiful people!  Before I begin writing about something as frivolous as beauty, I would like to take a moment to remember my fellow Americans who perished in the Twin Towers on this fateful day in 2001.  While in New York with my Aussie friends this summer, we visited the 911 Memorial and Museum.  My gals from halfway around the world were just as moved as I was taking it all in.  It was a tragedy felt worldwide.  As I fought back tears, I came away with a profound respect for the amazing people of New York City;  banding together through devastation, fueled by love for their community; and rebuilding in spite of the obstacles.  And pride for my great country – The United States of America.  She is mighty, she is strong, and her people persevere.  We Must Never Forget.  I can only wish for peace during this time of turmoil in other parts of the world.

As summer melts into fall (actually kicking and screaming here in Georgia), I think red lipstick is a perfect transition shade.  Of course, I wear red lips all year around, regardless of the season.  But for my people who are encountering cooler weather, and want to add a bit of color without going over the top dark, here are A Few Red Lipsticks – Drugstore!

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A Few Red Lipsticks Drugstore

I have chosen L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in “Ravishing Red”, Maybelline Color Sensation Vivids in “On Fire Red”, and Flower Beauty “Get to the Poinsettia”.

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(L-R) L’Oreal, Maybelline, Flower

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(L-R) Maybelline On Fire Red, Flower Get To The Poinsettia, L’Oreal Ravishing Red

The Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in “On Fire Red” is a true blue/red.  As with all the Color Sensation lipsticks, it is very glossy, shiny, and comfortable to wear.  A small hint of vanilla scent.  Nothing overwhelming.

The Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color in “Get To The Poinsettia” is more of a subdued orange/red for those of you who may not care for a true “red”.  “Velvet” is a good description, as it is not a true matte, nor glossy.  It is almost like a “powder” in application.  It is also very comfortable to wear, and has no discernible fragrance.  Flower Beauty is a creation of Drew Barrymore, and exclusive to Walmart and walmart.com.

I am a huge fan of the L’Oreal Infallible line (my absolute favorite drugstore lipstick!) – this shade is “Ravishing Red” (also a blue/red).  This is more of a matte finish, comfortable to wear, and long lasting without drying.  Big note – it has no smell – nothing like the Colour Riche that many people find offensive.  Mine has been well used, so please excuse the nub.

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A Few Red Lipsticks Drugstore

As you can see, the Maybelline and L’Oreal shades look very similar.  The difference is in the formula.

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Top to Bottom: Maybelline On Fire Red, Flower Get to the Poinsettia, L’Oreal Ravishing Red Swatches

Swatches melting a bit, as it was 87 degrees here in Georgia when I went outside to photograph :(

First up:  Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in “On Fire Red”.

*I have had allergy attacks from hell for the last week and a half, leaving my skin raw, from under my nose to the top of my lip, and sides, and under my lips, from my nose running non-stop.*  My Aussie PaPaw cream is remedying this horrid situation.  But bear with me.  Was going to leave the closeups out, but what the hell.

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Maybelline On Fire Red Lip Swatch

I LOVE this color.  It is a beautiful fire engine red.  However, even on a good day, I like to use this one with a clear lip liner (or red).  Since the formula is so silky and soft, it does tend to bleed outside of my lip lines.  Plus I had the added crusty lip from my allergies.

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Maybelline On Fire Red Lipstick

So beautiful and pigmented.  Since it is a glossy formula, I get 3 hours tops on wear after eating/drinking.  But it is very comfortable, and your lips feel very moisturized.  The bleeding may be due to the darker color, or the fact that I am just plain old, regardless of my allergies.

Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color in “Get To The Poinsettia”.

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Flower Get To The Poinsettia Lip Swatch

To me, this is an orange/red.  I prefer more of a blue/red, but I do like it.

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Flower Get To The Poinsettia Lipstick

I do love this color as an alternate for my “really red” hues.  The formula was interesting.  It applied very smooth without skipping or pulling, but it was not as pigmented as I’d hoped.  It sort of reminded me of a “grease pencil”.  If I have to explain, you don’t know.  It did last several hours, after eating and drinking, and it faded into a nice even color.

L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in “Ravishing Red”.

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L’Oreal Ravishing Red Lip Swatch

Again, the L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick line is my favorite drug store lipstick!  (The actual tube, not the two-step kit, or gloss – just the traditional lipstick).

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L’Oreal Ravishing Red Lipstick

This does have a bit of a sheen, but it lasts through all of my copious water drinking, and eating lunch.  Then I have to reapply.  It is long lasting, but not drying,

My face is healing every day from my allergies, and I haven’t had any new attacks (*knock on wood*).  So, stay tuned for a few red lipsticks – high-end, next post!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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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!!

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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.

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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:

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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!!!!

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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

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