Wet n Wild Silver Lake Collection

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have a review with swatches of my palettes from the Wet n Wild Silver Lake Collection. I know these have been floating around for a bit, and I will admit to being skeptical at first. I find that with wet n wild shadows, they can be kind of hit and miss in terms of quality. However, I saw a few bloggers I follow talk about how awesome these were…and they’re limited edition. What is it about Limited Edition makeup that makes me buy it? You could put glittery baby turds in a container and put “limited edition” on it and I would buy it. Okay, maybe not, but I would definitely consider it.

Anyway, these little palettes have 6 shades per palette and are $3.99 each. That in itself is incredible! I feel that these are exclusive to Walgreens, or at least that is the only place I have seen displays for them at.

I have 3 palettes from the collection to share today, but there are 5 total palettes in the collection. California Roll is the other one that I want terribly, but I’m still looking for it. That seems to be the most popular one.

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Since this one is the one I’ve had the longest, I will start with it. This is “Thrift Store Chic” and I bought it mostly for the name, because thrift store chic is actually my lifestyle. This is a very cute and flirty palette with mostly pinks. I will admit that the glitter shades in this one are kind of lacking, but I use elf’s glitter primer with them and they end up looking beautiful! I really love the last shade in this. I don’t really have a shade like it in my collection, so that alone made this one worth it. I adore the last shade in this palette though, and it made the purchase worth it. I’ve been trying to add more colorful palettes into my collection because I really need to venture outside of the neutral zone.

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This little pal is called “Vegan Culture” and is most definitely way out of my comfort zone. I don’t wear a lot of blues because I feel it clashes with my green eyes, but I REALLY love the mint shades in this palette. The silver is also super pretty. The shimmery white shade is also lovely and would be the perfect inner corner shade. This palette is totally the perfect spring/summer palette for those in need of something fun! All of the colors in this one swatched beautifully, and are super buttery. The pigmentation is awesome with these, as you can probably tell by how much my tattoo is covered by the last few swatches. I can’t get over how lovely those minty green shades are.

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The last one I have to show is “Vinyl Collection.” This one is very very neutral. I obviously needed another neutral palette…but it’s limited edition. It’s justified in my mind. I do like this palette and the quality is the same as Vegan Culture. My personal favorites in this one are the matte shade (perfect transition shade for my fair skin) and the dark khaki green shade. It’s so gorgeous, and I feel it has just enough brown in it for me to pull it off. If you’re in need of an everyday neutral palette with a twist, look into this one. It’s just a nice one to add to the collection, in my opinion.

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Overall, I am very impressed with these shadows. A few (namely the glitter shades) are a bit lacking, but it’s not horrible. I feel these are worth the $4 each and if you can find them all, pick them up! I have no idea when these will be taken off the shelves, but I do know more limited edition items are starting to hit the shelves as well *winks*

Like I mentioned before, there are 5 palettes total in this collection and you may need to hit up a few different Walgreens in your area to find them all. Every display I have seen only has 1-2 of each palette and usually 2-4 are sold out. Frustrating to say the least. If I do find the other two I will pick them up and create a separate post with swatches!

I will definitely be playing with these more and I’m thinking about using them to create a minty Spring/Summer look!
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Wet n Wild Milano Palette

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Normally, I post swatches with reviews on Saturdays, but I’m feeling spontaneous today. I’m thinking about doing a “palette love” post on Saturday where I pull a palette out of my collection and create a look with it? Let me know if you all would be interested in that! The palettes I have in mind are Revealed (1 or 2), Innerstellar, the Pulp Fiction Urban Decay palette, or my Too Faced Natural eyes palette. Comment down below if you’re interested and what you would wanna see!

Hey lovelies,

Guess what I found? The neutral Wet n Wild palette that I have been searching high and low for! I discovered one Walgreens in my city that had a display for them, but was always sold out of them. Well, I got lucky and went there on a day when they had gotten some in stock.

I know that I reviewed the “Paris Runway” version of this palette and wasn’t too impressed. I really had my heart set on the neutral one because Hollie from Hollieeatslipstick reviewed it and loved it, and I fell in love with it as well.

Well, I was in Walgreens and noticed that the Milano palette was in stock! I didn’t ask questions, I just bought it. At $8, it’s hardly a bank breaker. That and I believe these are not permanent? I’ve missed out on so many limited edition palettes that I just decided to add this one to my collection as well.

I purchased this palette myself, and all opinions are my own. 🙂

Alright, so a quick overview of the palette:

Price: $8
Shades: 10
What it claims: to have a good range of matte and shimmers to create neutral looks
Did it deliver: yes

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If you read my review on the Paris Runway palette (the cool toned version from this line) I didn’t have great things to say about the shade range. The quality was there, but the darker shades looked the same to me and on the eyes when blended out.

However, the neutral companion has a nice shade range that I love! There are actually mattes in this one, including a nice transition shade and a crease shade. There are 3 shades that are matte, a light brown, dark brown, and a black. The first cream shade is a bit more of a satin matte, but is a nice brow bone highlight or base shade.

I love this palette 1000% more than the Paris Runway one.

I don’t feel I should go too into detail again since I did a review of the other one (see that review here), but the quality is amazing for a drugstore palette. The shades are pigmented and blend easily. The shadows feel very buttery to the touch.

There’s a bit of fallout with a few of the very shimmery shades, but that’s common when there’s a lot of shimmer and glitter in an eyeshadow.

Tip: use a glitter primer (elf makes one for $2) prior to putting on a shimmery shade to really make the shade stand out and gleam from the dang sky! Also, putting on concealer and setting powder under the eyes before applying eyeshadow makes it easy to brush away any fallout that can occur with eyeshadows. Putting a matte shade on the lids after priming can help blend shadows out as well!

Swatches:

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Overall thoughts: I’m so impressed with this palette and happy I finally found it! The Paris Runway palette might not be my style, but this one is beautiful and makes my neutral heart happy. The matte shades blend really well and there’s not too much fallout (but there was a bit) and they aren’t chalky.

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoyed this quick review with swatches!
Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands!

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Wet N Wild Paris Runway Palette

Hello lovelies,

This Saturday I have some swatches a review! I was picking something up at Walgreens and *somehow* ended up in the makeup section, but I found one of the new Fergie eyeshadow palettes! I was actually convinced my city was not going to get these because I have not even seen displays for them. I grabbed “Paris Runway” even though it wasn’t my favorite one. The neutrals palette was out of stock though, of course.

Now I have a bit of hope though, and I will keep searching for it!

Anyway, this palette has 10 colors in it and comes with a brush! The brush does feel a bit cheap, in my opinion, but would probably be perfect for someone just starting out with makeup and brushes. The brush is dual sided, one side being the blending side and other side is flat.

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On the back of the palette it says, “this incredible palette of intensely pigmented shadows comes in a range of textures from translucent highlights to subtle mattes.” Alright, so to nip this in the bud quickly, there are no “subtle” mattes in this palette or anything close to a matte shade.

This is a very glittery and shimmery palette, so chances are you will have to use other palettes with this if you’re like me and like matte transition and blending shades.

Price: This was $7.99 at my local Walgreens

Packaging: It’s in a cute black package, but it does feel light and a bit cheap. However, Wet n Wild is a cheaper drugstore brand. It is very compact and would be easy to travel with though.

Color Range: Okay, so this is my biggest problem with the palette. There’s not a huge color range. The two lightest shades are GORGEOUS and then there are a few pretty purple shades and then the rest are super dark and look the same to me. I think this palette would’ve been a huge hit for me if there had been at least 1-2 true matte shades and a few more lighter shades. I don’t find the need to have 5 very dark shades in one palette.

Pigmentation: These are pretty pigmented, but I did notice some of the colors getting those weird little shadow balls when I was swatching them, but that happens with a lot of shimmery shades. These are decently pigmented. The first two shades are my absolute favorites. They are so pretty and shimmery. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of this palette as a whole, those two shades make me happy. I’m weird like that.

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first 6 colors

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What I love: I love the pink champagne shade in this palette and the purple shades. The price is awesome and I got a lot of product for the little I paid for it. I do love that it has a brush with it, and the colors are pigmented. The shades aren’t super buttery, but they’re not chalky like some wet n wild shades can be. I would rather have to work to build color up a bit over looking like I’m sporting chalkboards on my eyelids.

What I don’t love: The lack of colors bugs the absolute snot of me. The last 4 shades just look the same to me. Yeah, they have different shades of glitter in them, but what’s the point of having 4 black shades in a palette? Take 2 of those out and put some actual matte shades in there. Okay, I’m trying to not be too negative so I’ll stop now…

Overall thoughts: This palette will probably be awesome for someone that loves glimmer and shimmer and smoking out their eyes often. I think that if you don’t wear dark shadows often you may want to pass on this one. I like the palette overall, but I think I will like the neutral one more if I can actually find it!

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Favorites Friday

YES! THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a rough week. I have a teething baby and I’m recovering from an intense stomach bug. Someone dear to me also passed away this week, but I know he would want me to keep doing what I love even though I am sad, so here I am. I love blogging. I really and truly do. Not for money or anything, because it’s probably obvious that I don’t make money from this. I’ve loved makeup and art since I was 2. My very first memories are of me drawing on my mom with eyeliner and singing my little heart out all the time. Creating is my passion. I’ve created music, makeup looks, babies, paintings…this is who I am, and this is what makes me happy.

You all make me so happy. I just wanted to say that this week.

I will never stop creating. I will never stop singing.

Here are some of my favorite moments and things for the week, I hope you all enjoy!

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1. Favorite Piper Moment Okay, so every time I look at this picture I bust out laughing. We went to Jeremy’s grandparents house last week because it was his grandma’s birthday, and Grandma Patsy made some us a good southern dinner. I’m talking rolls, potatoes, green beans, cabbage, fried okra…the works. I gave Piper some mashed potatoes and green beans and I have never seen a baby shove food in their mouth the way Piper did. This was her face afterwards. It screams:

“I’ve made a mistake. I misjudged my own stomach. Too full.”

Let’s just say we all had an amazing family nap once we got home.

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2. So, I got an email from Kat Von D’s Beauty Page saying that the website had been updated. I was scrolling through it looking at all the new photos…and look at how I found! ME! I’m honestly so excited, and I don’t care if anyone finds that to be odd. Kat Von D is one of my beauty inspirations, and this was such a cool moment for me. My review of the Innerstellar palette can be found here for anyone interested.

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3. Makeup Faves I’ve been loving the new Hard Candy Natural Eyes Palette. I have a review here and a video using this palette here.

I’ve also rediscovered my love for Too Faced Melted Lipstick in “Fig.” It’s the perfect neutral plum color. I die over it. I’ve been using elf smudge pots all week to prime my eyes. They are so perfect! If you’re looking for a cruelty free dupe of the maybelline color tattoos, pick up a few elf smudge pots. They’re also half the price!

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4. Favorite Jewelry piece The Ghost Milk necklace from Worship 13. It’s so gorgeous, and it actually shifts color in different lighting. I can’t get over how perfect it is. I’ve mentioned Worship 13 several times before, but I really love her shop. Her items are so well put together and beautiful.

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5. Favorite Shirt I love Pink Floyd. I picked this shirt up at Kohl’s for $2 a few weeks ago, and it’s so comfy. It’s a Men’s shirt, technically, but I don’t give a damn. It’s a woman’s big baggy badass shirt now. I live in band tees and shorts/skirts in the spring and summer.

On my lips: Lasplash “Lady” topped with Milani’s “Florence” Fierced Foil Gloss

Those are the favorites I wanted to share with you all this week! I will see you all again next Friday with more favorites!

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Products I Regret Purchasing: Part One

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Hello beauties,
On this lovely Monday I would like to vent a bit. I feel that venting is appropriate for Mondays, right? It just seems like the universal day to grumble, and that’s alright. We all need to let it all out (don’t get too excited, I’m talking about words here) and just get the anger out of our systems.

I think it’s safe to say that most beauty and makeup enthusiasts have products that piss them off upon looking at them. It can’t just be me. I have products collecting dust in my vanity and every time I see them I feel so upset, mostly with myself for even buying them in the first place. TI buy these products on sale or because other bloggers and gurus raved about them so that obviously means I must have them as well. I actually have quite a few products of this nature, but I knew it would come with the territory of wanting to try out and review things. I’m constantly wanting to try new products and colors, and I know that in doing so I’m likely to come across a few duds.

Luckily, the great things I pick up truly do outweigh the shitty things I try. I will admit that many of the things that didn’t work out for me I didn’t look up reviews on them myself before buying. I’m a bit impulsive when it comes to beauty products (who would of guessed, right?).

Typical blogger disclaimer these are all personal thoughts and reviews of things that didn’t work out for me. I understand that one person’s trash is another’s treasure, but everyone is different and not everything works out for everyone. So don’t take it personally if something I mention is your holy grail 🙂

1. Essence Gel Eyeliner I bought this on recommendation from someone I follow on youtube. It was appealing because it was cheap. I just don’t enjoy the formula of this gel liner. It goes on patchy and weird for me, no matter how I attempt to put it on. It also fades super quick, and if I even thought about my eyes watering my cat wing would be ruined. Not cool. Momma likes a crisp wing. To be honest, I keep trying to make gel liners work and I don’t think they’re for me. I like liquid liners way too much.

2. Wet n Wild Max Volume Mascara I actually did a review on this product on my youtube channel, but seriously this product pisses me off every time I look at it. The pretty packaging pulled me in and I fell for it. The brush is awful, there’s nothing special about it. The bristles made it awkward to even try to coat all of my lashes, and all it really did was make my lashes black. It didn’t lengthen them or anything. If you have wimpy lashes like me, maybe skip on this one. I personally feel that the brush design is a total fail and a half.

3. Elf Studio Blush I have a major problem with these blushes. They look so pretty in the packaging, but they are not pigmented whatsoever. I don’t fully understand the hype. Yeah, they’re cheap, but it takes so much to get any color onto my cheeks that it’s not worth it. The mineral blush line by elf, which is $2 more, is incredible and these are just lacking, in my opinion. They lack pigmentation and fade after less than an hour on my cheeks, which is impressive considering I’m the literal shade of paper. I have about 4 of them because I kept thinking, “Well, maybe this one will be better,” but it never is. If you’ve also tried these blushes and you’re not impressed, try the mineral blushes. They’re awesome and actually last all day.

4. LA Colors Blush Oh look, another impulse buy. I found this at the dollar store one day and thought, “Why not?” Well, now I see why it’s at the dollar store. I wish there was at least one good thing I could say about this blush, but there isn’t. It’s going to be passed on to my toddler to play with. It’s not pigmented and it’s chalky feeling and terrible. It reminds me of the blush I had to use in middle in high school, and I’m really trying to avoid those memories *shudders at the memory of bright blue eyeshadow and glittery blush*

5. Wet n Wild Fergie Correcting Concealer This is a product that some will probably love, but it just didn’t work out for me. I also have a video reviewing this in greater detail, but it’s just way too thick. It reminds me of the hard candy “glamoflauge” concealer, and I can’t use that either. It gets too cakey under my eyes and settles into lines, even when I try to use it to spot conceal. It aged me about 5 years, and not in a good way. It made the skin under my eyes look cracked and wrinkly. My skin is just too dry for this kind of formula. Makes me a bit sad, I wanted it to work. If you have oilier skin than me, which is probably about everyone, this may work out well for you.

6. Physicians Formula Weird Moon Bronzer Thing I picked this up at CVS one day during their clearance sale for 75% off. It looked like a neat concept at the time, a matte color on one side and a shimmery gold shade on the other side. And I love moons! However, this is just an awkward design. I could never get my brush in there right and the gold side is not a very flattering color on pale skin, despite the claims that it was in a light shade. I have no beef with the formula or anything, just the design concept and color choices. It is very pretty though.

Okay, so there’s part one of this.
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Hard Candy Natural Eyes + Potential Dupe

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Let me start off by saying I rarely venture into Walmart. I live in Tennessee, and just trust me when I say you never know what’s going to happen when you venture into a Walmart. I’ve had some weird experiences. However, I went in to scope out their clearance and browse around since I was bored and feeling antsy.

I ended up coming across a few gems that I can’t believe I haven’t seen many reviews on yet! I don’t own many Hard Candy things since what I have tried by them has been bad (for me) but I saw they had some really cool new things, including new eyeshadow palettes!

What caught my eye the most about these palettes was how similar they looked to the Too Faced tin palettes…and I had a hunch that the one called “Natural Eyes” may be a dupe for the Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced.

My hunch was correct.

See:

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The packaging is obviously different, but still it’s the same concept.

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ARE YOU ALL SEEING THIS? They look so similar! I’m so blown away by this right now!
The Too Faced palette retails at $36
Hard Candy: a wallet busting $8

The Hard Candy palette actually comes with more goodies though. It comes with a primer and an eyeliner. The eyeliner is meh (they usually are) but the primer is actually really nice!

I decided to do true side by side swatches…and the two palettes are truly very similar! Are they exact dupes? No. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try this palette out. While I was swatching the Hard Candy one I noticed the shades are very creamy and buttery, which is unusual for drugstore shadows. A few shades were a bit patchy, but not too bad. I’m overall super impressed with them.

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This is the side by side swatches, and I did put an awkward line down the middle to differentiate.
The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is always going to have a special place in my heart, but I really love the Hard Candy one as well. I did swatch these over primer since that’s how most people wear shadows, and because I’m so pale that if I don’t some shades just don’t show up.
I may end up going back and picking up the Sassy one as well…because I’m sassy, that’s why.

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This is a quick look I put together with the palette to test out how well they work with brushes. They blended beautifully! The matte shades are so pigmented and buttery, I’m in love already. The primer was really nice as well, and my shadows did not crease at all!
My overall thoughts are if you come across this, buy it. You can’t really go wrong with a palette like this that’s also cheap.

I had a hard time finding reviews of the new Hard Candy stuff, but if you have reviews of your own, please feel free to link them in my comments section! Or suggest something for me to try!

I did pick up one of their new foundations since the shade looked paper white (my perfect shade, yes!) so if you’re fair skinned and want to see my thoughts, make sure to follow me for updates!

As always, thanks for reading. Have a great day, lovelies.

February Empties with Mini Reviews

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My trash basket is overflowing with goodies to talk about this month. Wanna go through my beauty related trash that will include mini reviews? Keep reading!

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Olay Daily Moisture Body Wash– This is a huge thing of body wash. It claims to have a whole thing of lotion per body wash container! I did enjoy this body wash. It has a very nice and fresh scent, and it’s common to find this brand on sale and very easy to find coupons. Other than it cleaned my butt, I don’t know what else to say about it.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Argan Oil– I found this while cleaning and realized I hadn’t used it up. I received this in an ipsy bag a decent amount of time ago. Don’t worry, I did the sniff test and it didn’t smell funky or anything so my hair didn’t crumble up and fall out or anything. I do like this oil and it made my hair shiny and soft. However, given the price tag on a full sized container I don’t think I will purchase it. I have drugstore items that make my hair feel just as soft and shiny.

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap– I bought a mini version of this to see how I would like it. I’ve always seen people using this soap to clean their brushes and sponges, so I figured I would give it a go. Oh my, this stuff will clean any kind of goop off your brushes without damaging them! I love it, and I’ve already bought a giant bottle of it! A little goes a long way, and it leaves my brushes feeling soft and they smell minty. New holy grail brush cleaner.

Lady Speed Stick Deodorant– Um, not too sure what I can really say about this, or why I decided to include it in this post. It smells nice and doesn’t leave weird white marks all over my clothes. And it’s cheap.

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Aussie 3 min miracle deep conditioner this is a product that I always seem to repurchase and use. It’s very inexpensive and very effective, or at least for my hair it is. My hair is very thick and coarse and I like conditioners that weigh it down a bit without making it greasy. This conditioner does just that for me, and I use it 1-2 times a week. I go through them fairly quickly though because my hair is so long and thick, but at $3 a bottle I can’t go wrong with it.

Got2B Smooth Operator Leave in Conditioner I needed to use this stuff up so I could finally throw it away. I don’t hate it, but it’s wasn’t spectacular either. Is this even in stores anymore? Anyway, it did leave my ends feeling nice, but I have cheaper products now that do the same thing.


Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
Ah, another product I have about a million of because I got them for free once upon a time when I couponed. I do like the smell of this dry shampoo, but it left a weird feeling in my hair afterwards. I mostly used it up just to throw it away and start on my new bottles of rockaholic.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Face Mask I typically only keep masks and cream face washes in my collection for 6 months at most…I don’t like the idea of bacteria collecting on masks. It’s a weird/personal thing. However, I did use up most of this and it was technically almost empty. It’s a great mask! Very hydrating and soothing. It didn’t break me out or irritate my skin, which is a plus considering my skin is very snobby and sensitive.

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Revlon Colorstay Lipstick Well, as you can tell this tube was pretty loved. I couldn’t find the name of the color anywhere on it…the sticker had fallen off. This color was pretty though despite how I recall not liking the stickiness of it after application. I needed to throw this out, and thought I would include it in this post…because why not?

Wet N Wild Lengthening Mascara I used this product up. It was super dry and needed to be retired and thrown into the makeup graveyard. This is a holy grail product for me, and it’s the only thing that works on my bottom lashes. It’s precise and doesn’t smudge and run everywhere. I’ve already repurchased another tube.

Purlisse Moisturizer I have like 3 more of these stored away because I get them in subscription boxes constantly. A full sized tube is about $55, so no I will probably never purchase a full sized one. However, I do like the way this feels on my face. It’s hydrating but light on the skin. I used it on days where my skin wasn’t as dry.

Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfecter Serum This is a newer holy grail product added to my skin routine. There’s still a bit of visible product left, but it won’t come out and I can’t get the bottle open. I use this serum mostly in the morning when I wake up, and it’s incredible! It leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for makeup. It’s also evened out the redness in my skin a lot. I’ve already repurchased. Many other serums like this one cost $50 or more, so this one is very affordable. However, if you have any other suggestion for serums that aren’t loreal…please let me know. I’m always down for cruelty free/vegan suggestions.

Those were my empties for the month! I tried to keep this post as short as possible…but I love to talk.
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Review and Swatches: Nyx Intense Butter Gloss and High Voltage Lipstick

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Before I start this post, I just wanted to say that I had typed out most of this post once before…and wordpress decided to magically eat it and it disappeared into the blogger’s graveyard that’s laced with our tears. I was so livid, and decided to step away for a day and just recharge a bit and type this back out once I had calmed down.

Now I have calmed down 😀

I picked up 4 of the new intense butter glosses and 2 of the high voltage lipsticks at Ulta a few weeks back. My local Ulta had just sat them out and I still had my 20% coupon to use, so that’s what I used it on. They were also BOGO 50%, so it made for a great deal! Anyone else do this thing where you don’t even care to drop money on high end products, but when it comes to drugstore products you are cheap as shit? Because I do that.

Anyway, the original Nyx butter glosses are some of the only glosses I own, and they are incredible. I usually have one (creme brulee) in my purse at all times for emergencies, and I adore the formula. And the smell…it’s like they put the essence of a cupcake inside of every tube. The butter glosses are pigmented, but I guess Nyx wanted to take it up a notch and intensify it (har har har).

First, I noticed the packaging is about the same. The tubes are the same color as what’s inside of them, which is nice. I don’t have to look at the bottom of the tube to figure out which color it is. Second, they still smell like cupcakes. #hellyes

Third, these are freakin’ amazing. I am in love with the new intense butter glosses. They go on so smooth and are so opaque. They feel very nice on the lips, and wear very well throughout the span of a few hours. Now, because these are glossy glosses they do not have the most intense staying power, but I have found that they wear off nicely. One of the things that I usually hate about glosses is that they wear so badly after a few hours. I put it on and next thing I know I have gloss on my teeth and somehow it’s on my face because my hair gets caught in it…it’s just not a good time. I don’t have too many issues of that nature with the original butter glosses or the intense ones.

They do feel slightly sticky (typical) but nothing that gives me the heebie jeebies and makes me want to remove it immediately.

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Chocolate Crepe- A very true brown gloss. I love this color so much, and it seems that many others do as well because it sold out online pretty quickly when these released, and I snagged the last one at my Ulta.

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Toasted Marshmallow- a very dark plum color with a bit of a brown undertone. Probably my favorite color in the entire line. I have a photo of me wearing it on my “favorites friday” post, and I meant it when I said I am going to get a back up. My love for this color is legit.

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(another view of toasted marshmallow)

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Spice Cake- this was a purchase a bit out of my usual comfort zone. This is a very dark raspberry color, and I have to say I love it. I think this would be a great color for the transition between winter and spring for those into that kind of thing, but this is a color I can see myself rocking all year.

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Apple Crisp- a shiny true red. Another beautiful shade in this line. I love red lip products, which should be apparent by now. I knew I had to have this color when I saw them being swatched online by several youtubers. If you love red colors, get this. It’s super pigmented and a great color to keep on you for touch ups, if needed.

Now, on to the two high voltage lipsticks I picked up. These remind me of the original round case lipsticks in the sense that they are creamy still, but I have noticed that the high voltage line is very pigmented. If you own a lot of the round case ones like I do, you may know what I’m saying when I say that sometimes the darker colors from that line can be a bit patchy and uneven while applying. The high voltage ones are not patchy at all, in my opinion, but they are smaller than the original round cases.

I’m also not as fond of the packaging…it seems a bit…cheap. However, I’m not too much of a packaging snob, it’s the product inside that matters the most to me.

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This color is “Burlesque” and it’s another true red (surprise!). I love the way this one applied and the color pay off. It reminds me a lot of Chaos, which is one of my all time favorite lipstick colors in the world.

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The last color I have to swatch is “Feline” which is a dark brown toned red. This is a very beautiful and vampy color if that’s what you’re into (which I am all about that vamp life). There seems to maybe be a bit of a purple tone to it, but it pulls a bit more on the brown side on me.

Anyway, that is all the ones I have for now, but there are definitely more from the high voltage line that I want to pick up. If you have also tried these out, let me know what you think! Link me to your blog posts if you have one, I would love to read them 🙂

NYC Satin Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

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During my last big drugstore haul, I stumbled upon a display with the new NYC lipsticks. Typically, NYC is not a brand I like when it comes to lip products. Most I’ve tried have a frosty finish (not for me, sorry) and have that old plastic smell.
However, this display said their new lipsticks were a “satin matte” and there were coupons. It had me at coupons. I figured for $1 a tube I could try a few and see if they’ve changed their formula at all…for the blog, right?

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The tubes look the same as their other newer lines of lipstick.
I know that some might complain about how plain the packaging is, but considering the price it’s to be expected. Sometimes when a cheaper brand creates new packaging, they have to sacrifice some quality for the actual product, and it’s the product inside that’s important…most of the time. I mean, we’re all guilty of buying things strictly for the packaging, right? I can’t be alone in that

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Anyway, there seemed to be 4 colors in all that were a satin matte finish, and I picked up 3. To start off, I wasn’t too happy with the color (or lack thereof) selection. There was only one “nude” color, and it’s pretty clear at this point that one nude does not fit all. I know that this is just a personal observation though. I tend to compare drugstore lines that come out at the same time, and both Milani and Jordana also launched their matte lipstick lines and have a pretty stellar color range.

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This is what the colors look like on my arm. From top to bottom: “red suede,” “velvety fuschia,” “creamy mauve.”

The colors swatched so well on my arm. They went on creamy and smooth, and seemed to have a very nice actual satin finish. Still not too keen on the smell, but it wasn’t as bad as in the past.

Lip Swatches

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Creamy Mauve- disclaimer: that is my nose ring, not a booger. This color swatched so pretty on my arm, and then looks frosty on my lips? The hell kind of sorcery is that? It still applied very well, but be cautious of that if you want this color. It’s not as matte looking…but it does feel light on the lips.

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Velvety Fuschia definetly not a color I wear very often, if at all. I picked it up just so I could swatch it for anyone interested in seeing what the color looked like. It is a very pretty color though. Perfect for spring/summer if you’re not too into very bright “in your face” kinds of colors. This one also applied smoothly.

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Red Suede My favorite of the 3 I bought. This one is a brighter red. I think this would also be a very nice Spring/Summer shade of red. When I tried the other 2 colors besides the mauve on, I couldn’t help but wonder what is different about the fuschia and red colors that made the mauve one frosty on the lips? So odd.

Overall, these are nice lipsticks given the very low price point. They didn’t exactly blow my mind or anything, but they did pleasantly surprise me since I am honestly have never liked any of their lipstick formulas. At regular retail price, these are $1.99, which is an amazing price. If you see a display, make sure to check for coupons as well and try a few out 🙂

If you’ve tried these out, what were your thoughts on them? Let me know!