Shop My Stash: Nyx Matte Lipsticks

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Hey beauties,

I have another Shop my Stash post today! I’m still going through my things and finding old favorites to share with you all. Today, I’m sharing my little collection of Nyx Matte lipsticks.

These retail between $5-6 at most places, but I typically snag these on sale at Ulta. I believe there are 33 shades total in this line, which is awesome! There’s a good range of nudes, pinks, and some purples, but what’s really worth noting is their range of red shades. Are we surprised that I find their reds to be the best in this line?

Seriously, there are quite a few shades and I have 6 to share in this post.

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First, the packaging of these are really cute considering the price. I actually like that the color swatch is in the middle, so I can see them when they’re standing upright in my acrylic organizer and I don’t have to look on the bottom. What’s even better is that the middle is clear, so what you’re seeing in the middle is the actual color of the lipstick. It takes all of the guess work out of these from buying to applying.

Formula wise, these are very pigmented, yet very comfortable feeling. If I had to compare them to any other drugstore matte lipstick, it would be the Milani Moisture Matte formula. These apply so easily, and I can typically get the desired color I want with one pass on the lips.

I have mentioned a few of these shades before in previous posts, and I do highly recommend them. I have never found these to dry my lips out or look too crumbly throughout the day unless it was after a meal.

I would say the lasting power is pretty awesome as well. They last longer than say the Colourpop mattes, and probably last a little longer than even the Milani ones, because the Milani ones tend to slip a bit because they’re so hydrating.

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From the wrist down:

Merlot: A deep wine shade with a bit of a purple tone to it. I think this shade is absolutely stunning in the Fall and Winter. It’s not too pink for my taste, and not super berry toned either. It’s a perfect in between for people with a love for vampy shades like myself.

Perfect Red: I have mentioned this shade on my blog before, and I will say this again…this is absolutely the perfect red. It lives up to its name. It’s very neutral toned, so it’s flattering on everyone. This is your ideal 1950’s bombshell red if you’re in the market for an affordable one.

Alabama: I did a lip swatch of this during my Fall lipstick challenge in September, and I fell in love with this. It’s a deep brown toned red, and it’s so beautiful. This is a shade of red that I wear so often in the cooler months.

Eden: This is more of a bright, blue toned red. Blue tones are going to make your teeth look whiter, and this shade is a beautiful red as well.

Whipped Caviar: It took me so long to get this shade. It was sold out for the longest time because it was a “Kylie Jenner” shade. I’m not into it for that, but on me it’s a “my lips but better” shade. This is a muted mauve shade that is the perfect nude for fair skin tones, in my opinion.

Tea Rose: This is my latest addition, and I am so in love with this shade! I love mauve shades in general, and this one almost looks like a muted plum shade on me. I think this is the perfect shade for anyone that wants to darken up their Fall makeup wardrobe but doesn’t enjoy very dark shades or reds.

Well, that’s everything in my little Nyx Matte lipstick collection! I really hope you all enjoyed this post. I love this matte line, and I find they are very underrated.

What’s your favorite shade? Do you own any of these? Talk lipstick with me in the comments!

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My Favorite MLBB Shades

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Hey loves,

Today I am going to be talking about lipstick again! If you’re wondering what “MLBB” stands for, it stands for “My Lips but Better” and not something odd like “My luscious big booty.” This is supposed to be a tag post of some sort, but no one tagged me and I just felt like doing this. I did a post last week about my favorite affordable red lipsticks, so today I want to touch on my favorite nude lipsticks.

For reference: I am very fair and my skin is cool toned. Cool toned mauve colored shades suite my skin tone the best. My lips are also naturally very pigmented, and pull a bit more mauve to begin with. For me, pink nudes with a bit of a brown tone to them are the way to go in terms of nude lipsticks on fair skin. I find it to be very flattering and a striking contrast. I tend to avoid very light pink and super pale nude shades, because many times it just looks like I put concealer on my lips. I mean, there is a time and place for concealer lips, but not when I want something pretty that will go with about any eye look I’m wearing that day.

To answer your question, yes, I have bought so many mauve lipsticks since every makeup company keeps coming out with various mauve and dark nude lipstick shades. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I love this mauve and brown lipstick trend. This is also the picture that I’m going to forever send to creepy people that ask me for nudes. “Oh, okay, here are all my favorite nudes in one photo!” On to the lipsticks of the hour:

Stila “Patina” I lusted over this shade from the moment I saw it on Thataylaa until I finally ordered it during a Stila sale a few months back. This is a liquid to matte lipstick, and it is glorious. It smells like cupcakes and it lasts on my lips for a very long time. I do find that the smell of these lasts for a bit longer than most, so if that kind of thing bothers you, you might not like this formula. I find that the applicator on the Stila liquid lipsticks are very nice and give a precise application. I highly recommend this shade if you love mauve liquid lipsticks.

Nyx Matte “Whipped Caviar” I have mentioned the Nyx Matte formula before, and I will probably continue to do so because I love them so much. Very affordable at $5-6, and whipped caviar is the perfect nude shade for anyone looking for a beautiful mauve shade that’s budget friendly.

Nyx “Thalia” This is an old and constant favorite of mine. The shade is much like “Whipped Caviar” but it’s a glossier formula. I love the round case lipsticks, and I believe I own way too many of them. Thalia is one of those lipsticks that you can throw on with a dewy base and bit of mascara and it somehow glams up the entire look while looking natural. It’s a power shade, in my opinion.

LaSplash “Charmed” This is a more recent addition to my collection, and I have raved about the LaSplash liquid lipsticks very often on my blog. Charmed is from the mousse collection, so this formula is different from the lip couture line. These dry very quickly, and they have an intense staying power. Charmed is a lighter pink-ish nude shade that is very flattering on my skin tone. It’s light and flirty, but it doesn’t wash me out. I do find that this pulls a bit more grey on my lips somedays than pink or mauve, which is nice. It’s a very different shade.

Nyx Butter Lipstick “Pops” The Nyx butter lipsticks pop up often in my lipstick posts. Pops is more of a brown toned mauve, but it is so flattering on multiple skin tones. I highly recommend this color, and the Nyx butter lipsticks in general. They are incredible, and I wear them often, especially in the Summer. I can apply this shade without even looking in a mirror if I need to.

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick “Lovecraft” This is probably one of the most worn lipsticks in my collection. I actually put it down for awhile because I was afraid of running out, and these are on the pricier side at $21 a piece. So worth it. The studded lipsticks are very matte. You will probably need to apply a bit of balm a little while before applying one to make the application smoother. Lovecraft is an absolutely stunning shade. I always get compliments on it when I wear it out. Maybe it’s the confidence it gives me, or maybe it’s how flattering this shade is on my skin…who knows. I just know that if you are looking to buy a few shades from this line, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

That’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoyed this quick little blurb about some of my favorite MLBB shades of lipstick. What are some of your favorite shades of nude? Let me know in the comments section!

Also, if you have any requests for my next “my favorites” lipstick/blush/whatever else post…please let me know! I thoroughly enjoy these types of posts.

I hope you’re all having wonderful days, and thanks for stopping by!

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Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Today, I have another palette review! This is going to be about the relatively new Too Faced Natural Eyes Matte palette. Not to be mistaken with their original Natural Eyes palette (one of my personal favorites).

This palette is $36 on http://www.toofaced.com or on sephora.com, but I actually snagged this for 20% using a code from Ipsy. There are two new palettes right now on Too Faced, a matte one and a colorful one. You all know how much I love matte shadows…and neutrals, so yeah, I needed this one.

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First off, there are 9 shades in this palette. There are a couple of repeat shades from the original, but I don’t mind. The repeat shades are Heaven, Garter Belt, Sexpresso, and Nudie. I love those shades in the original, so I honestly don’t mind having duplicates of them. However, if that bugs you keep it in mind if you’re debating on getting this.

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This is the side by side comparison. Even though there are duplicate shades, these palettes are very different outside of the fact that the original has shimmer shades.

The shades that drew me in and basically seduced me were “chocolate cookie” and “honey butter.” Those shades just looked so damn pretty to me.

I do feel there is a good balance of warm and cooler shades in this palette.

The shadows did kick up a bit when I first tried them (mostly chocolate cookie) but it wasn’t too bad. The colors are still very blendable and buttery.

In terms of pigmentation, these are pretty pigmented, but maybe not as pigmented as my Kat Von D Shade + Light eye palette. I have a feeling I may be comparing every palette I buy this year to that one.

If I had to choose between the two for life threatening reasons, I would go with the Kat Von D one. Unless you’re a collector or just really freakin’ love palettes, you probably won’t need bother. Too Faced is my second favorite brand of all time though, so I wanted it for obvious personal reasons.

Hey, this is a non judging zone.

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Left to right: heaven, cashmere bunny, sexpresso, lace teddy, strapless, risque, nudie, honey butter, chocolate cookie

I did these swatches over no primer.

Overall, I’m really happy with this purchase and I don’t feel it’s a redundant thing for me to have, even though I already own the original. I feel the colors blend easily and look beautiful over primed eyelids. Chocolate cookie and Honey Butter are everything, in my opinion. I really love those two colors. This packaging is also very travel friendly.

Attached is a first impression with me using the shadows and a matte brown smokey eye tutorial 🙂
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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:

first 5 shades

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last  5 shades

last 5 shades

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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Meet Matt(e) Nude

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Hello lovelies,

Today I want you all to Meet Matt(e) Nude! I’m such a sucker for a great nude palette, and if it’s matte there’s about a 85% chance that I will eventually own it. I have wanted this palette for so long, and I finally scored one awhile back when Hautelook when they had The Balm on there in February.

The Balm is probably one of my top 5 favorite higher end brands. Their packaging is always so adorable and vintage, yet it has the slightly sexual undertone with the names etc. much like Too Faced. If I had to describe myself with a makeup brand, it could be this one.

Anyway, as you can see above, the packaging of this palette is so cute, yet very chic. It’s small and compact, and I feel this palette would be great for traveling.

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This is the inside of the palette, and please just take in it’s glory for a second. It’s so rare that I find a nude palette this perfect.

Things that I personally look for in matte palettes:
-a light transition shade
-a white/ivory shade for daytime looks
-a good range of light/medium toned shades for daytime looks
-at least a few darker shades to create smokey eyes and/or take a look from day to night easily

Matt(e) did not fail to deliver in any of the above aspects. That peachy toned shade is the perfect transition shade. I die over it. This palette does not have a black, but the darker shades do work well together. Honestly, I like having a few neutral palettes that don’t have a black shadow.

Second thing I noticed about this palette is the size of the shadows (hence the size matt(e)rs line on the front). They are large pans, so this palette is well worth your investment if you’re looking for a palette that you can use everyday.

But what about the actual shadows? Matt(e) is so dreamy!

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh *swatches done with no primer underneath

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy
Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh
*swatches done with no primer underneath

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Pigmentation:

Decent, given that they are matte shadows and by default can be a bit patchy and dry looking when swatched.

How they blend:
These blend very well! I have dry eyelids, and I didn’t find that these looked patchy on my eyes. The brush didn’t drag when I blended the colors out.
Tip: If you are ever having trouble blending matte shadows because you have dry lids, try putting a translucent powder on top of your primer before applying shadow. This helps to blend shadows easier.

My favorite shades: I’m pretty obsessed with Matt Garcia, Matt Rosen, Matt Singh, and Matt Lombardi. I use these shadows to create so many simple, yet elegant everyday looks when I’m on the go. Matt Singh and Matt Lombardi are truly everything I look for in transition shades…and I mean look at Rosen and Garcia. They are so warm and absolutely gorgeous. I can’t get enough of them.

Overall thoughts: This palette was worth the wait. It is everything I expected and more. I know this palette has been out for awhile, but I wanted to do this review anyway since Hautelook has The Balm on sale a few times a year on their site. I feel that this palette can be used alone and in conjunction with other shades. There’s such a great variety of shades that all work harmoniously together, and the packaging is so retro and adorable. Not to mention, there’s a decent sized mirror in it so that’s a bonus!

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading this rambling, and I hope you are all having wonderful days.

Review and Lip Swatches: Milani Matte Lipsticks

IN my recent “drugstore adventures” I have found every new item from Milani except the matte lipsticks. It was so strange. It then came to my attention that the stores I had found the other new Milani items had put the lipstick display on an end cap away from the makeup section entirely. Who does that? Why do they torture me so?

Anyway, so I found them. Because the display was so hidden (did they do this on purpose?) every color was in stock, so I grabbed the ones I wanted most to try out before I go back and get some others. I ended up picking up 3 of the new matte shades that I would like to swatch and review today.

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I picked up “matte naked,” “matte blissful,” and “matte confident.” My reasoning behind this was because I feel that everyone that loves lipstick should have a pretty nude, a pretty pink (even me), and a pretty classic red shade. They’re staples, in my opinion, for everyday use. Well, for most people. I do wear strange colors often, but that’s another day, another post.

I’ve been trying these out for a few days now and I will say that I adore them. From the price to the packaging…Milani does it again. They are truly amazing with lipsticks.

Price $4.99 at my local Kmart. These are starting to pop up in CVS stores though, and CVS has BOGO 50% off sales on Milani at least every few weeks. You could probably get these for pretty cheap if you wish! $5 is still not bad at all for lipstick though. I mean, have you seen the prices of some of the other new lipsticks out in other drugstore lines? They’re trying to break momma’s wallet.

Formula very creamy matte formula. Not very drying on the lips and they feel like velvet on my lips. I can barely even tell I have lipstick on. However, I will say that because I have been wearing matte lipstick for so long now, I do always properly prepare my lips for matte colors. I typically scrub my lips 1-2 times a week and put a heavier balm on them at night and then a lighter chapstick on first thing every morning. If you’re interested in my “lip prep” routine, let me know

Application very smooth, which was to be expected given the creamy texture. I have applied all 3 of these on my lips now, and I didn’t have any patchiness with any of them.

Longevity These last for a good amount of time if you’re not eating and drinking. However, these are not stains or liquid lipsticks, so they will fade and possibly bleed if you’re eating and drinking. If you know you’re going to be doing either, or won’t be able to reapply after a few hours, I would personally use a lip liner of some sort to prevent the “ring around the lip” look 🙂

Smell Yes, smell is important to me. These smell like vanilla! So yummy.

Overall thoughts If you’ve been thinking about getting these, just get them. They’re wonderful. Milani has had some really strong new releases lately, some of the absolute best in terms of drugstore makeup (also just my opinion). Then again, Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

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Arm swatches From bottom to top: Matte Confident, Matte Naked, Matte Blissful

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Lip swatches Top: Matte Naked Bottom Left: Matte Blissful Bottom Right: Matte Confident

Matte Confident is my favorite so far. Creamiest matte red I have put on my lips in awhile. If you’ve gotten anything from this line, what’s your favorite color?