lip gloss, lip products

Anastasia Beverly Hills High Shine Lip Gloss “Vintage” | Review

Hello friends!

I went from reviewing nothing but liquid lipsticks to luck of the draw giving me tons of lip glosses! Lip gloss isn’t my favorite type of lip product, so I’m very ready to go back to a nice, matte lipstick. However, I hope that all of you gloss people are loving these reviews!

Color: Vintage is described on the ABH website as a “victorian rose”. This sounds like a pretty accurate description to me! The color is a neutral pink. In the tube there is pretty obvious gold glitters, but I couldn’t find any hint of it in the swatch or when I had it on my lips. They only became apparent after the majority of the gloss had worn off, and all that was left was a little pigment and all the glitter.

Finish: This finish is akin to a liquified lipstick more than a gloss in my opinion. It’s very thick and creamy looking, with some decent shine.

Packaging: The packaging of this gloss is pretty simple. It’s an acrylic tube with the product information and brand name printed on the side. The bottom has a sticker with the color name. The lid is a shiny black.

Applicator: The applicator is a pretty standard one for these thick glosses. It’s a large, flat paddle as opposed to a traditional shaped doefoot.

Application: Application for this product was pretty simple, since the applicator is the large paddle. I was easily able to apply product across both lips just by swiping it along and flipping the paddle as needed. I used the edge to get into the corners of my lips. Unsurprisingly, there was still the need to clean up edges just a bit, but mostly in the corners where I got sloppy.

I do recall a sweet scent upon application previously, but I think my gloss has gone off a bit and no longer has that scent.

Transfer: Immediately when I started eating, this gloss transferred all over my food and silverware. I pressed my lips to the back of my hand to see if the top layer being taken off reduced transfer, but there was still a lot of gloss coming off on my hand and it was pretty sticky feeling.

Fading: Despite the huge amount of transfer, I’m impressed with the fact that my lips still looked shiny and pink after eating some messy foods. It does help that the color is very close to my lip shade, but the vibrant shine isn’t something that my lip color can compensate for.

Comfort: While I wouldn’t say this is an uncomfortable formula, it also just doesn’t feel super nice. It’s thick and feels kind of heavy, and as it wears away it gets sticky. It’s one that I could always feel on my lips, and when I was dreading knowing I needed to put it on a second time to get my full thoughts together, that said everything it needed to.

I think part of the problem with this specific gloss is that it’s starting to go off, and as such is feeling pretty drying after wearing for a while. This could also be due to the layer of gloss being thinner after wearing off the top layer.

Overall: After having tested a number of different glosses in the past few months, I have learned that I really don’t care for the thick, opaque gloss formula. If I’m reaching for a lip gloss, it’s going to be transparent and light. I’ll still review the lacquer’s and the thick glosses as they pop up, but they will almost guaranteed be leaving my collection after.

This isn’t a terrible formula by any means; it’s just no longer something I can wear comfortably. I’ve also shared my thoughts on the shade Kristen if you want to read more – this review is from a few years ago at this point and I reviewed it more favorably!

Price Point: This lip gloss can be purchased on the ABH website for $16. It can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta for $16 as well. This is a very reasonable price point for a high end gloss, so if this formula is something you love to wear, go for it! Especially because there are always sales, which means you can get it for even cheaper. I have also seen these at TJMaxx/Marshalls, so browse there too!

lip gloss, lip products

NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer “Strawberry Whip” | Review

Hello friends!

This product is extra special for me, as it was won in a giveaway from a small creator who does not seem to be around anymore. Now I see it and I think of her!

Color: Strawberry Whip is a cool toned pink that almost looks purple; kind of like a very subtle magenta.

Finish: Being a lip lacquer, this product has a very shiny and creamy finish! It also smoothed the look of my lips, creating a plump effect.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite unique and I like it! It’s hexagonal, so it doesn’t roll around when set to the side. The tube is a clear acrylic, and the cap is a shiny deep charcoal color. Two of the six sides have the brand name and product information printed on it in matte black, and there is a matte black stripe along the top of the tube. The bottom has a sticker with the color name on it.

Applicator: This is the first time (that I remember) seeing an applicator shaped like this! It’s a doefoot, but is shaped like an hourglass. The end has a round tip to it, which tapers in and back out again at the base. The part that tapers in seems to hold a lot of product.

Application: I thought that the shape of the wand was pretty cool and made application easy! The downside to it was that there was too much product on it, which resulted in me getting messy lip lines on the bottom lip. The rounded tip did make it easy to get into the corners of my mouth without a big mess of product in that area.

Right at application, this was very prone to moving and got on my teeth. It was hard to wipe off easily when I got outside of my lip lines a little. There is also a minty scent that dissipates after application.

Read more: NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer “Strawberry Whip” | Review

Transfer: This product transferred like crazy, which while not surprising, got a little frustrating. It wasn’t necessarily that it was transferring, but the frustration came from it constantly moving. I would wrap my lips around my finger to get off the excess product that moved into the inner rim of my lips, and I’d have to keep doing that over and over. It got all over my straw while drinking coffee, and when I ate cereal my spoon was covered in makeup.

Fading: Despite the amount of transfer, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the color still remained bold and shiny after eating. The thick look I had upon application was gone, and in it’s place was a still bright but more comfortable lacquer.

Comfort: Unlike other lacquers I’ve tried in the past, this one feels extremely comfortable on the lips upon first application! It’s very soft, and isn’t sticky at all. As it wears down, it does add a little stick, but not anything like other products. As it continues to wear, however, I noticed that it began to feel more and more heavy and obvious on my lips. After eating, I did realize that a lot of the excess product being taken off did make it feel more comfortable and less heavy again.

Overall: I was really excited applying this product because it didn’t feel sticky like other lip lacquers, but the excitement wore away quickly as it still has that thickness that a lacquer is known for. The color, while pretty, isn’t something I typically wear, and it’s too bold of a color for me to comfortably wear in a formula like this. It was really messy and just impractical for every day wear.

Price Point: Unfortunately it looks like this is a discontinued product, as I could only find one shade on the NYX website which was completely sold out. It seems like Walmart has it on their website but through the third party sellers that they allow. The price seemed to vary between $5.48 and $9.99; I personally wouldn’t recommend purchasing through third parties, so this might be one to seek out a dupe for if you really love it!

lip gloss, lip products

Uoma by SharonC Beauty Floss Gloss “Rosie” | Review

Hello friends!

I try to keep up to date on all the latest trends, so of course I was very interested when Uoma Beauty came out! The prices were a little high for me, so I didn’t grab anything unfortunately. Well, they made an off-shoot brand, with cheaper prices and different packaging for customers who couldn’t afford the higher price tag items, which I love!

I actually got this product not too long ago from Walmart, as they had a two pack on clearance! I was pumped, because as we know I love to review products that are still relevant, but for a good deal!

Color: Rosie is a soft nudey pink; It’s mostly sheer, but does end up giving my lips a bit of a pink tint. The tint is very neutral and does not look like a baby pink or hot pink.

Finish: This is a pretty shiny formula, with a slightly creamy look to it.

Packaging: I love the packaging of this! It’s a completely clear acrylic tube so the product color is clearly visible. The cap is also clear, along with the wand. On the side in white with a hot pink stripe it says “It’s Your Time to Shine”, and on the other side it states the brand name and product. On the bottom is a sticker that lists the product color.

Applicator: The applicator is a flat paddle, with one side having the soft fluffy doefoot and the other side being bare and just plastic. I saw this on another product as well and thought it might’ve been an error in production, but clearly it’s just a style used with glosses!

Application: Application of this gloss is super easy! I was able to spread the product across both of my lips without having to dip back into the tube. I used the soft side on my bottom lip, then flipped it to the plastic side and wiped the product from there onto my top lip, then smoothed it all out with the fluffy side again. It’s easy to get in the lip lines, but since the formula is so forgiving even if I would’ve gotten messy with it I don’t think it would have been noticeable.

Upon application, I noticed that it immediately smoothed the look of my lips and did not sink into any lines at all, really adding to the “plumped” effect.

Read more: Uoma by SharonC Beauty Floss Gloss “Rosie” | Review

Transfer: This is a lip gloss, which means that it will be anywhere that your lips touch. That said, it actually doesn’t transfer as much as I had anticipated it doing! The straw I was using as a test subject didn’t have a ton of excess gloss on it, and when pressing my lips against my hand (gently), it seemed like the pink pigment actually came off more than the gloss itself.

Fading: The color of this gloss and my lips mesh so perfectly that there is virtually no look of fading, even as the gloss does go away. As pigment wears, the lips still remain shiny.

Comfort: This is SUCH a comfortable formula! I put it on and my lips immediately felt and looked hydrated and soft. There was no stickiness or thick feeling when applying and wearing. After a decent amount of time it did start to get the tiniest bit sticky as it wore away, but nothing significant or that changed my experience.

Overall: As soon as I put this gloss on for the first time I knew it was a winner! It’s so soft and comfortable on the lips, and it does a great job at smoothing my lips out – they looked so plush. I at no point felt the need to take the gloss off, which is usually a great sign of quality. The color is a perfect shade of pink for me. I seriously have nothing bad to say about this product! I’d love to have a couple other colors as well – this formula is definitely a favorite.

Price Point: This particular product can be purchased at Walmart for $5.98 and the Uoma Beauty website (under Uoma by Sharon C) for $7.48. This feels like a fantastic price considering the quality of the product, and it would be easy to find on sale at Walmart I’m sure!

bullet lipstick, lip products

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

Hello friends!

Before jumping any further into the review I want to point out that Bond Girl got a name change, so even though my product has that shade name, it is now sold as M.I.Kiss and will be referred to as that for the rest of this review!

Color: M.I.Kiss is described as a berry red on the Sephora website, but I don’t fully agree with that description. It’s not something I’d consider deep enough to be a berry, and instead looks to me like a neutral deep pink. I don’t feel like I get berry or red out of this color.

Finish: Despite this being the “matte revolution” lipstick, I felt like (and you’ll be able to see in the swatch, which sat on my hand for more than 5 minutes before the picture) that this was more of a satin or even cream finish. When I think of matte, I think MAC Ruby Woo, where it is completely flat with no shine. I do believe that the softer finish is more appealing to a larger group of people, however.

Packaging: The packaging of this lipstick is absolutely the standout – it’s a metal rose gold tube with lines running up and down the sides. The top of the cap has a CT stamped onto it, and when the cap is taken off you can see Charlotte Tilbury on the area where the tube of lipstick comes out. The bottom of the lipstick has a sticker with the product name.

Applicator: The bullet for this lipstick is shaped a bit different than a normal lipstick. Instead of the standard teardrop shape, the lipstick has a more rectangular shape. The top looks to have been “cut”into, giving it a more convex look as you get further down in the product.

Application: Despite the uniquely shaped bullet, I didn’t find application any easier or harder than normal. It was simple enough to get the color distributed on my lips, and I just tilted the bullet so the tip was in the corner of my lips to get color there.

The product has a soft vanilla scent that does not linger when applied to the lips.

Read more: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

Transfer: Thinking back to the number of times I wore this product, I don’t recall transfer being anything stand out for it. It transferred just like any other cream bullet lipstick, with product coming off when I would eat or drink. It never seemed to really “set”.

Fading: I expected this to have a little more wear power than it did! It faded away extremely quickly after eating any sort of food, and left only a very subtle ring of pink around the outside of my lips. I noticed it sank into my lip lines as it faded, and even bled outside of my lip lines. I’m not sure if this was because it just smudged out or if it actually bled, which would be strange for a bullet lipstick.

Comfort: With this being more cream than matte, it remained very comfortable throughout the wear time. I forgot I was wearing it on some occasions, and only felt the need to take it off at the end of the night when all of my makeup came off.

Overall: Honestly, for as expensive as this product is I was disappointed in how it performed. Not to say it was a bad lipstick – it was just very average. I have lots of much cheaper lipsticks that perform the same or even better. I do know, however, that people with a smaller collection who may not have hundreds of options would probably think this is wonderful, especially with how luxe it is! I’ll be gifting it to my mom, who I’m sure will love the color, formula, and the luxurious packaging.

Price Point: This lipstick sells for a whopping $34, which is certainly no small chunk of change! I got mine in a Sephora lip kit, so the price didn’t hurt as much, but if I’d spent the full amount on this I’d have been sad. If the beautiful packaging and formula are something that you’re willing to shell out the money for, I don’t think you’ll be too upset. Just make sure you have your expectations in the right place!!

You can purchase this product from Sephora, Charlotte Tilbury’s website, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and other department stores.

eye products, Eyeshadow & Palettes

Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette “Sassy Siennas” | Review

Hello friends!

Switching it up from my usual lip product reviews, I wanted to try out this amazing palette I snagged while I still received Ipsy bags (I was a total sucker for their addons!). Not only did I snatch up this palette, I grabbed another color way as well! This palette has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it’s been a fantastic experience!

Packaging: This 5 pan palette is thin and features a metallic copper front. The name of the palette is on the front in white, along with the Dose of Colors logo. The inside has a slot for a brush and comes with a double sided brush, has a shiny black plastic packaging around the shadows, and features a large mirror. The mirror is obviously covered by the outer box, since I didn’t want to deal with the reflections – we all know what a good mirror looks like!

Swatches:

Read more: Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette “Sassy Siennas” | Review
Top to Bottom: Oh So Sassy, Bossy, Foxy, Brassy, Stay Sassy

Individual Shadow Reviews:

Oh So Sassy: Plump peach. This color is such a cool take on a neutral! It’s got an orange color to it absolutely, but it’s got just enough brown to turn it into something that feels more approachable as a color. I did struggle to build this color up, as when I tried to it didn’t want to blend out and instead would stick to a few spots, looking patchy. It wasn’t super noticeable, but it was enough for me to want to point it out.

Bossy: Bold burnt orange. I was very intimidated by this shade when I saw it, and so honestly delayed a bit in trying it. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by it! I don’t know if it’s because I have blue eyes, but I felt like the bold orange color looked so nice on me, and while it was certainly bright, it didn’t feel garish or out of place. I found that after around 8 hours, this did crease a bit, but remained vibrant.

Foxy: Burnt sienna. This shade has become a favorite of mine; it’s perfectly down the middle for me in terms of shade and depth. While compared to the first two colors it looks nearly brown, on the lids it still has a distinctly orange undertone; it just isn’t as fluorescent. This was a great shade both on its own and used in the crease, and blended easily.

Brassy: Warm copper. Holy pigment! I tapped my brush into the pan a few times and I got a lot of color on my lid. It blended pretty easily, but I was surprised that it actually looked a lot lighter than the swatch on my arm. I was anticipating a darker brown that would give me a bit of a smokey effect, but I feel like it looked the same bright orange as the rest of the shades. I also found that this did end up fading a bit after about 6 hours in my crease. That said, there’s a distinct possibility I rubbed my eyes and didn’t realize, causing it to fade more than it would have otherwise.

Stay Sassy: Warm cocoa brown. This is another shadow I felt intimidated by, but when I put it on I fell in love! It’s definitely dark compared to the other shades, and not something I’d typically throw on as a casual look, but the undertone was lovely. It was a very smokey looking shadow, but blended on the edges made a very pretty orange brown. I unfortunately did notice a lot of patchiness on one eye with this shade, and I don’t know if it was because I had put too much shadow on, or the primer wasn’t blended as well.

Overall:

Application: Applying these shadows isn’t super hard, but they are WAY pigmented, so beware! The shadows themselves are very powdery, and even when I gently tap my brush into the pan, I still kick up a lot of dust. I recommend very lightly patting the shadow to get it on the brush, blowing or tapping off the excess, then applying to your eye.

It does blend out nicely if you add too much color accidentally, but I still caution application as the formula can get patchy if you add too much and don’t spend the time it needs blending. I would not consider this a beginner friendly formula, and would say this is a great palette for someone who has experience working with makeup and is comfortable with a lot of pigment and color.

Wear: I was really impressed with the wear on these shadows! I noticed minimal creasing about 6 hours into wear, which doesn’t surprise me as I have incredibly oily eyelids. Even with the minimal creasing, the colors remained vibrant through the entire time I wore it. These are some serious eyeshadows!

I opted to try these shadows all on their own as a single eyeshadow look so I could see exactly what I was working with for each individual review, and I think this may have been to the shadow’s detriment. I do not believe this palette is a fantastic “one and done” palette, and instead works best utilized with shimmer shades or liquid shadows.

Do You Need It?

While this is always a subjective question (you need to look at your own collection), I like to include this to provide some context if you’re considering purchasing!

First of all, if you’re just starting out in makeup I do not recommend this palette. Based on what I said above regarding application, I think it could easily scare off a person new to makeup and make it feel intimidating.

If you’ve had a chance to play with makeup and feel comfortable, I definitely think this formula is worth a peek! The next question to ask, however, is how this palette will fit into your collection. With it being an all matte palette, you either need to 1) be comfortable rocking an all matte look, or 2) be willing to use multiple palettes/eyeshadows to create a look you’re happy with.

While I wouldn’t call this a colorful palette, the first two shades (Oh So Sassy & Bossy) are a lot brighter on the eyes than they look even in the swatch. If you’re looking for a truly neutral, every day palette I’d also skip over this one. However, if you’re looking to add a little color and vibrance into your collection without going to rainbow, I’d say this is a great fit! It’s not great as a one shadow look personally, but if you’re looking to use this to supplement single shadows or shimmers you already have, it’s a strong contender.

The palette costs $32, which comes out to a little over $6 per shadow. In my opinion, if you find this palette on sale, it’s worth picking up! I think I snagged it for $18 thanks to the Ipsy add-on program, which brought the cost to under $4 a shade; well worth it to me.

lip gloss, lip products

Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

Hello friends!

Switching gears from my TJMaxx shopping addiction to a previous subscription addiction, I got this gloss in a Boxycharm a while ago! Actually, I got it in an Ipsy even further back in the day, but then Boxycharm also sent me one in a full size this time. The timing was great, because the gloss from Ipsy had gone bad at that point.

This one is fresh and unopened until testing, which is an exciting experience for me!

Color: Pink Sequin is described on the Vintage Cosmetics website as a “light, sparkly icy-pink lilac”. I personally don’t see much of the lilac, but it definitely is a very soft, nearly clear gloss with a pink tint, and silvery looking glitter throughout.

Finish: The finish is a standard shiny gloss; there really wasn’t much for color payoff so it looked clear. Of course there is glitter particles throughout, which added a shimmery finish on top of the glossy look.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite lovely! The tube is a square shape and acrylic with the brand information printed on it. The cap is a metallic gold that matches the color of the information on the tube.

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush and not a doefoot. The brush is fine, but pretty small, and I did already have one hair that was frayed and sticking out. While this definitely didn’t impact application, I do want to note it for anyone who might be picky about their gloss brushes!

Application: I unfortunately had a difficult time with application for this product! The brush is really small and doesn’t hold a lot of gloss, so I had to dip it back in three or four times to get enough to evenly coat both of my lips. It was also pretty thick and sticky, so that combined with the small brush made for a frustrating experience.

Read more: Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

Transfer: This is a gloss, AKA a product that will never stay on your lips if you do anything more than exist. I’m certainly not holding that against this product, but providing context when I say that it transferred onto my straw while drinking, and disappeared pretty quickly as soon as I ate some food.

Fading: After eating a meal, this gloss was completely gone; well, almost completely. The shiny gloss and base color had disappeared, but the glitter remained. I was left with bare lips with glitter throughout, so I looked like I applied a frosty finish lipstick instead of the shiny gloss it was previously.

Comfort: I don’t find this formula to be very comfortable. It felt thick immediately upon application, and sticky. Even when the product wore off completely minus the glitter my lips still felt sticky. While it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Bareminerals gloss I tried, it was still noticeable enough to feel uncomfortable for me.

Overall: This really just feels like a standard lip gloss to me, which is not a knock to the gloss or company, but when I compare it to everything else in my collection (of which there are LOTS of things), it just doesn’t stand out as something I need to keep. I’ll be passing it to a family member who will be much more appreciative of it!

Price Point: If you’re interested in picking up this gloss, you can find it on the Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind website for $25. It looks like this product is still circulating the Ipsy and Boxycharm websites as well, so you can pick one up from there likely at a discount if you’re really hankering to give this a try!

lip products, liquid lipstick

My Makeup Graveyard | The Harsh Reality of Shopping Addiction and Overconsumption

Hey friends!

This post is going to be different from my typical reviews, but it’s something I feel is important to discuss and bring awareness to.

I think anyone who was in the makeup scene between 2015-2017 was horribly aware of the makeup market boom and the intense push to buy buy buy and own a massive collection of makeup rivaling that of the largest beauty influencers. Or perhaps, like me, you were completely unaware of this and fell into the trap of purchasing mass quantities of makeup you could never hope to use up.

I want to use this post for a few different reasons:

  1. I want this to be used for awareness regarding the ease of purchasing too much makeup and what can happen when we do this and don’t use it.
  2. I want to feel like the products aren’t just going to waste even though they are no longer going to be able to serve me.

Everything you see listed in this post is going to be makeup that I went to review, but has gone bad and is no longer useable. This means that even though there is still plenty of product left, I did not use it during it’s shelf life and it can no longer safely be worn. It will all need to be trashed or recycled as best as I can do it.

Hopefully by seeing the amount of makeup below, you’ll consider your own collection’s size and use! This post is going to be updated as I pull makeup out of my drawer and identify it as too old to review/use. It may be months in between updates on it, and that’s what I hope for more than anything!

Read more: My Makeup Graveyard | The Harsh Reality of Shopping Addiction and Overconsumption

UPDATED 10/26/2022:

1 Product:

  • Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

bullet lipstick, lip products

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” | Review

Hello friends!

As mentioned in last week’s review, I love finding popular, still available makeup at TJMaxx! When I saw Ruby Woo sitting on the shelf, not swatched or touched by other people as the makeup there so often is, I had to grab it.

This is one of those colors I feel like anyone who knows about makeup recognizes! MAC’s Ruby Woo feels iconic to me, so when I pulled this out to review, I couldn’t help but be excited!

Color: On the MAC website, Ruby Woo is described as a “vivid blue-red”. This color is absolutely a classic, in-your-face red, with a slight pink undertone that’s hard to notice at first, but becomes more obvious as you wear it.

Finish: They call this a retro matte and they certainly mean it. The finish from application until I take it off is completely matte; there was not even the slightest bit of sheen on my lips while wearing this color!

Packaging: The packaging of this is the iconic MAC shiny black bullet with tiny silver glitter flecks throughout, a silver ring where the cap meets the tube, and MAC printed on the cap. The bottom of the bullet has a sticker with the product name and information on it.

Applicator: As with the majority of any bullet lipstick, the shape of the product is a standard teardrop.

Application: The only downside to this product that I found was that application is not easy. With the product being so matte, it is hard to get to deposit onto the lips, and I had to go back and forth a few times to get full color payoff, as it stuck and dragged a little until I worked it back and forth a few times.

It was also really difficult to get into the corners of my lips with the tip of the bullet, so I would make a bit of a mess there as well as the rest of my lip line and needed to go back to wipe it away after. The MAC lipsticks have a faint vanilla scent that does not linger after application.

Read more: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” | Review

Transfer: Y’all, when I say this lipstick did not budge, it did. Not. Budge. I couldn’t believe that the only transfer was a tiny bit at the beginning of wearing when extra product came off, and then the only time I found there was significant transfer was after eating a super oily salad. Otherwise, unless you saw my lips you wouldn’t know that I was wearing lipstick!

Fading: The good news with this product is that because it doesn’t transfer much, it also doesn’t fade much. I wore this bullet lipstick without touch ups and while eating and drinking all day, and while I did have a reduction in color I did not feel like I needed to take off the lipstick or that it looked bad. There was a point after about 8 hours where I would have preferred to do a touch up, but for a bullet lipstick I was so impressed.

With this being a red lipstick, it definitely is clear when you need to do some fixing up, as the red may wear away completely in some spots, especially the inner part of the lips, while remaining on the outer part. This is not surprising and I don’t fault the lipstick for it.

Comfort: For as matte and dry as this lipstick is, I was shocked with how comfortable it ended up feeling on! There was never a point where I wanted to wipe it off or do anything with it, and honestly I completely forgot I was wearing it at some points with how thin and comfortable it remained throughout the entire time wearing.

In full transparency, I’ve heard a number of people say that they do NOT like this formula as it feels way too dry and uncomfortable, so I don’t know if I have a different batch type or just can handle matte lipsticks better than the average person.

Overall: I’m obsessed with this lipstick! It’s not one that I can wear comfortably every day due to the color, but the formula works so amazingly well with it. If you can handle a really matte lipstick, I definitely recommend that this gets picked up as it is such a fantastic addition to a makeup lover’s collection! I do want to say that I don’t know if I’d buy any other colors in this formula right now, as there’s a limited number of shades, and none of them really appeal to me the way that Ruby Woo does.

Price Point: This lipstick can be purchased on MAC’s website or at Ulta for $21. While this isn’t a terrible price, I’m always one to wait for a sale, so see if you can find them that way instead! Additionally, I’ve seen a lot of MAC lipsticks in Marshall’s and TJMaxx, so be sure to check one of those stores out before shelling out the full price!

lip gloss, lip products

bareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer “Everything” | Review

Hello friends!

One of my favorite happy accidents is buying makeup from TJMaxx and finding out that it’s actually something that you can still purchase! When I pulled this out to review, I was so excited to find that it was still on bareMinerals’ website as an option to snatch up!

Unfortunately, that’s the only thing that I was really excited about after having tried this out.

Color: The BareMinerals website describes this color as a “muted mauve”. It’s definitely a my lips but better shade! It leans a bit on the pinky purple side, but is still a neutral.

Finish: With a product name that contains the words patent and lacquer, you would expect this to be shiny, and it does not disappoint! It’s got that thick, shiny look on the lips.

Packaging: The packaging is a pretty basic acrylic tube with a shiny black cap. The brand name is written on the tube with a sticker on the bottom listing the color name.

Applicator: The applicator on this is a paddle-like doefoot, with a longer, thin shape to it. I don’t know if this is normal for the product, but only one half of the paddle had fluff on it; the other side was just the plastic paddle.

Application: Unfortunately, application of this was not easy. The product is so thick and sticky that the doefoot wouldn’t want to move across my lips easily, making getting an even application as well as a decent lip line incredibly difficult. I couldn’t get into the corner of my lips nicely, and had to make a lot of touch ups after. I found that it seemed to sink into and emphasize my more prominent lip lines, but sat on top of the less obvious ones.

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Kaja Beauty Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick “Hunny Bun” | Review

Hello friends!

I’m pretty excited to have a review of something that is potentially, slightly relevant still and that you can still buy! Plus, this product is totally unique to anything else I have in my collection! Kaja is definitely known for their innovative spin on products, and this is no exception.

Color: Hunny Bun is considered a “peppy pink nude” on the Sephora website. This feels pretty accurate to me! Based on the swatch below, it’s definitely pink, but I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s just a pink; it’s got enough neutral to it that those of us who don’t love a true pink will still enjoy this!

Finish: As this is a lip gloss stick, the finish is definitely glossy! It’s got a little bit more of a cream and opaqueness to it than a traditional gloss, but it’s definitely more shiny than a typical cream lipstick.

Packaging: Kaja really knows how to make things different! The packaging is a solid tube that matches the color of the product, with the brand name on the side along with product information. The bottom of the tube is a button that you press to click the product up.

Applicator: The shape of the bullet is completely unique! It’s shaped like a heart, which is totally adorable and makes the name “heart melter” pretty literal since this basically melts onto your lips with how soft it is!

Application: As absolutely whimsical as the heart shaped bullet is, it unfortunately is a bit difficult to get a nice precise line, and I often found myself going outside my lip line. It’s also a bit of a game of getting enough product pressed out through the button to actually coat your lips, without pushing out too much and potentially smooshing it everywhere.

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Transfer: Without shocking anyone, there is a pretty decent amount of transfer on this product. It comes off on my straw when I’m drinking, my food when I’m eating, and if I kissed the back of my hand you best bet there would be a complete print of my lips! The transfer continues throughout the life of the product.

Fading: This product is pretty unique in the sense that while it has a lot of shine, it tends to last more like a cream lipstick than a gloss! It did transfer a lot, but I felt like it still maintained it’s beautiful shine and appearance through the transferring for longer than a gloss would. Still, after a meal or a few hours I’d say you want to reapply if you want to look like you’re wearing anything.

Comfort: While it is pretty comfortable, I feel like this sits a bit heavy on the lips, more akin to a cream lipstick than a gloss. I’ve never used a formula like this before, so it’s totally possible that that’s just how it is, but I could always feel that I had something on my lips. It doesn’t feel drying, but I’m not sure that it really feels super hydrating, either. I think it leaves my lips exactly as they were when I put it on.

Overall: As cute and fun as this product is, I’m just not totally sure where it fits into my collection! The color isn’t bad, but honestly still a little too pink for my liking, and the formula, while fun, isn’t really my jam. I’m either going to use a gloss knowing it’s going to disappear, or use a cream lipstick for that slightly less shiny finish and longer wear.

All that to say, I don’t think this is a bad product at all! I actually think it’s pretty neat, and very unique. There’s a lot of people out there who I feel would enjoy this, but I’m still living my best matte liquid lipstick life, and this doesn’t really fit that the same way. Still, I might keep it around as an easy springtime option as that’s when I could see myself pulling it out.

Price Point: This lipstick can be purchased at Sephora or the Kaja Beauty website for $19! This has gone up since I bought it; I believe it was $17 back then. Either way, if you are die hard glossy lips, I think this could be worth a grab, especially when there is a sale!