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 🙂

Favorites Friday

I’ve gained a few followers this week, so I just wanted to say, “Welcome!” before I begin my Favorites Friday post for this week.
If you’re new to my blog, this is my fourth week (I think?) of Favorites Friday. Definitely not my idea, but I like it because I can reflect on my week and show you all some things that maybe I don’t talk about on my blog often. This includes pictures of my kids, pets, or just random things that made me smile that week.

I hope you all enjoy reading these posts, as I enjoy creating them!

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1. Okay, so I am a donut-aholic. I love them. When I saw this mug at Target, I grabbed it and squealed on the inside. It’s so perfect. I mean, is there anything better than a great doughnut and a strong cup of coffee? Doubt it. I have yet to find a more perfect combination.

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2. These pieces have been my most worn jewelry items. The necklace is named “Athena” and is from shophellkitten’s shop on etsy. This necklace is everything. Athena was always one of my favorite goddesses to learn and read about in Latin, and when I saw this necklace was black I knew she just needed to be around my neck. I feel so beautiful and empowered with this necklace on. The moon earrings are from worship13.storenvy.com, and I think I have mentioned her shop on here before. These earrings are so pretty and very affordable at $8.50. Both of these shops ship very quickly, and are so friendly.

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3. My favorite lip combo has been the lippie stick “bound” from colourpop cosmetics with lasplash’s “ghoulish” lip couture on top. I have worn this combination almost everyday this week. I adore it. It’s very unique without being too bright, and yet it’s neutral so I can pair it with many different eye looks. If you haven’t checked out lasplash, you should! Their liquid lipsticks last all day, no joke.

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4. The palette I have reached for the most this week has been the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette. I will admit that I didn’t buy this for so long because it looked so plain. However, I did buy it when it was $16 on sephora stacked with an extra 20% off because I needed to add something to get free shipping. I will never underestimate a simple looking palette ever again. The colors in this palette are so buttery and smooth. Gah, this palette seems so plain, but I have created quite a few different looks with it. So gorgeous.

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5. I was bored yesterday and decided to meander through Ulta to see if anything new was out. I found these pretty little babies! Nyx lip products are BOGO 50% off this week so I picked up two of the new intense butter glosses in “Chocolate Crepe” and “Spice Cake.” I also picked up one of the new prismatic eyeshadows in “Girl Talk” and oh man, I really can’t wait to show you all these products. I have swatched the eyeshadow and it is so pigmented. Like more pigmented than any Nyx shadow I have ever tried. I will be doing a review with swatches of these though, so stay tuned.

Those were a few of my favorite things this week, what were some of yours?