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Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss “Naked” | Review

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A few years ago, I had the not so bright idea of purchasing tons of lip kits to bolster my collection – while it’s pretty cool to have a big collection, it also means that I need to eventually work through said collection and review them all, and then decide if they’re going to stick around or move to a new home.

This is one of those products that came from a Sephora kit, and now that I’ve tried it I’m so sad I waited so long to test it out!! Spoiler alert, I really enjoy this.

Color: The Urban Decay website describes Naked as a “nude-pink cream with a pearly pink shift”. For me, when this is on my lips it does look more nude than pink, but my lips are also pigmented enough that there’s not much color payoff for me either way.

Finish: The finish of this product is quintessential “gloss” – it’s exactly what you think it would be. It’s got a sheer color payoff and a lot of shine.

Packaging: The packaging for my sample does vary quite a bit from the actual lip gloss packaging. The sample is a small, round acrylic tube with a silver cap and silver printing with the product information and brand name.

The full size product is a large, square silver tube. It has panels that are acrylic and you can see the actual product through it. The cap is also silver, and has the urban decay logo embossed in it.

Applicator: This lip gloss has a standard doefoot applicator, which I don’t feel is the best for this product. It does appear that the actual applicator for the full size is a flat paddle that holds more product, which is more beneficial to this particular formula.

Application: Application of this isn’t difficult, but does take a little more time due to the applicator. The product is kind of thick, and when dipping the wand in and then taking it out there’s only enough product to cover one lip, and I actually had to dip back in twice to cover my top lip.

There is a minty scent upon application, and for about 10 minutes after I did feel like my lips had that cooling sensation that mint will provide. It didn’t feel too intense or like I was uncomfortable and had to remove it, but if you’re especially sensitive to mint I would suggest skipping on this gloss.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick “Chai” | Review

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Today I’m reviewing a brand that I cannot believe I’ve never reviewed before, as I love them so much – Bite Beauty! I own a large number of their products, but none of them ever made it onto the list to actually review. Well, today I get to finally share my thoughts!

It is with a sad heart that I have to share that this particular product is no longer available for purchase, so this review is just for your entertainment and my own need to review everything I own.

Color: The Sephora website describes the new formula equivalent as a mauve brown, which I feel is the perfect descriptor of this color. It’s a really nice nude on me, with enough depth that I would consider it a brown but the undertone is neutral enough that I would wear it like a nude.

Finish: The finish of this lipstick is a satin – it’s not fully matte, but there’s not quite enough shine to consider it a cream.

Packaging: Bite Beauty’s packaging is a soft touch matte grey bullet, with the cap having a “bite” taken out of it.

Applicator: With this being a bullet lipstick, the applicator is just the shape of the product itself. The shape is a standard lipstick bullet with the Bite logo embossed on it.

The image below shows the lipstick after significant use – at least 1/3 of the product has been used up.

Application: Application of this lipstick was incredibly easy. It is pigmented enough that in one swipe my lips were evenly coated in product. I’ve also used this lipstick enough to have significant wear on it, and it holds its shape very well as it’s quite firm.

There is a citrusy smell when first applying due to the ingredients, but it dissipates quickly.

Transfer: For being a bullet lipstick that isn’t a matte, the transfer on this is pretty low comparitively. That said, there is definitely movement – if you drink something, the lipstick will end up on your cup/straw, or on your food if you’re enjoying, say, a sandwich. It’s just that the amount left on things that aren’t your lips isn’t quite as bad.

Fading: Being a neutral color, the fading is always more subtle than if it were a bold. With that in mind, I am still impressed with just how evenly this lipstick fades. If not eating or drinking, it could potentially last a full 8 hours with minimal wear. If you enjoy a simple meal or just drinks, or talk a lot, you’ll want to reapply after about 4-5 hours. It did wear off almost completely after a messy meal but I didn’t feel the need to reapply at that point – I just let it fade away completely.

Comfort: I would consider this a completely neutral formula in terms of comfort – I didn’t think it was especially hydrating, but I also felt like it wasn’t drying either. The comfort level was fine at first, I’d say if it did start to feel drying it was nearing the end of the wear time (about 4 hours in).

Overall: As mentioned before, I really enjoy Bite Beauty products, and this lipstick is definitely on my love list. The formula is long lasting without drying my lips out, and I never have to worry about having an obvious ring of lipstick if I do eat or wear it for a long time. This will absolutely remain in my collection as a staple product for every day wear.

Where you can purchase: The price for Bite Beauty lipsticks is pretty high end, but as you can tell I do enjoy these a lot. Unfortunately this formula is no longer available for purchase – instead, Bite Beauty has come out with the Power Moves lipstick to replace it. The price for this new formula is $28. The good news is there is a Chai in this formula, which I assume is going to be an exact color match. No promises, though!

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Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick “Bombshell” | Review

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I’m back for another review of the Huda Matte Liquid Lipsticks – this time in another very popular neutral shade! I’m pretty sure Bombshell is one of the OG lip colors.

Color: The Sephora website describes Bombshell as a “subtle pinkish nude”. This feels very accurate to the color swatched and on the lips as well. On my undertones it pulls a bit more orange, but in fairness it is considered a “subtle pinkish” nude, and not just a pink.

Finish: With this being a matte liquid lipstick, the finish ends up being just like any other liquid lipstick – a fully dried down matte with no shine.

Packaging: The packaging on this product is a sleek, square acrylic tube with a satin matte black cap. The label seems to be printed on and has stayed with no fading through the time I’ve owned it. The bottom has a sticker with the color name.

One thing to note, which may bother you, is that the square of the cap is just the slightest bit off of the square of the tube. While it’s not especially noticeable or bothersome for me, if you are someone who likes everything to look perfect I’d be weary.

Applicator: The applicator is a very standard doefoot, which works well with the consistency of this formula. I didn’t notice any fraying of it or wear that would make application more difficult.

Application: It should first be noted that like all other Huda products, this lipstick has a strong vanilla/baked good fragrance. While I personally enjoy the smell, if you are someone who doesn’t like fragranced lip products you may want to skip – the scent does linger for a few minutes after application as well but will fade.

Applying this is no different from most other liquid lipsticks. The product is very liquidy and is easy to swipe on quickly. The standard doefoot makes getting straight lines simple, and the product is completely opaque in one swipe.

I did notice that for the first 15 to 20 minutes after applying, my lips were very sticky both to the touch and to each other, but this didn’t seem to affect transfer. After that, it was completely dry.

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Holiday 2019 Sephora Favorites Kits [Makeup/Skincare] | IS IT WORTH IT?

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I absolutely love holiday gift kits.  They’re how I get a lot of my new makeup to try, and really they’re just so much fun!  Also, when you have as much makeup as I do, minis tend to feel a lot more reasonable than the full size.

Today, I wanted to check out the Sephora Favorites kits that get released every year & compare their retail vs. “value” price and see if the numbers are close!  Please know that this is not a review of the actual products; simply a test to see if the value provided actually matches what’s in the kit.

*Please note that the values provided below are estimates and some errors may be present.

Holiday 2019 Sephora Favorites Kits | IS IT WORTH IT? - A Midwest Belle

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Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick “Trendsetter” | Review

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I’ve owned the Huda Beauty liquid lips for a while now, but for some reason I’ve never actually made it a point to test them.  I’ve heard a lot of good things, so I figured it was finally time for me to share my own thoughts!

Color: The color I’m testing today is Trendsetter!  Sephora describes it as a “stylish brown nude”, which is almost spot on.  I think that calling it a brown makes it sound somewhat intimidating, and it’s more of a neutral midtone nude. It’s darker and more neutral than what some people may consider a “nude”, but I personally don’t think it’s what people traditionally think of as brown.  It’s all in your own preferences!

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Bittersweet” | Review

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I just finished trying out Ashton, and so I was excited to give Bittersweet a go!  If you read my previous post, you know that I had an awesome experience with Ashton and will definitely be keeping it around and wearing it.  Today, I have an in depth review of my thoughts regarding this specific color.

Color: Bittersweet is described as a “brown plum”, which I think is incredibly accurate!  It’s a dark brown with a purple undertone and I truly adore the way it looks!  It’s definitely a vampy shade that might be out a lot of people’s comfort zones, but it’s stunning.  I think that because I have light skin with a neutral undertone, the dark color with purple tones really flatters me.

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Packaging: In the same vein of Ashton, the packaging is very sleek and beautiful!  The clear tube fits nicely with the chrome cap and black “A” emblem.  Obviously the one I have is a sample size that I purchased in a kit last year, but the packaging is exactly the same as the full size, just smaller.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Ashton” | Review

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One brand that comes to mind as the pioneer of the matte liquid lipstick trend is Anastasia Beverly Hills! Way back in the day when liquid lipsticks were just becoming a thing, this was one of the original formulas you could find.  Today I wanted to share with you whether I feel like they’ve stood the test of time, or have fallen flat compared to other formulas!

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick "Ashton" Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Ashton is described as a “midtone yellow-brown”.  While I find this color really pretty, if you don’t love browns you probably want to skip on this and go for a different color instead.  The yellow undertone might be something that doesn’t work well with other skin tones, so this is definitely a color I’d suggest swatching first!

Packaging: I love how sleek the packaging looks!  The silver tube has ABH’s symbol on the top in black, so it matches the tube and makes it easy to identify among other liquid lipsticks.  I also really enjoy the gold detailing on the top of the tube as well!

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