Spring Vibes: Milani Lip Intense

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Hey beauties,

First off, I’ve started a new book! I feel like I’m the last person to read this, but so far I’m enjoying it! Mindy Kaling is so real and blunt, much like myself. She’s very relatable.

Anyway, I have been rotating my products out a bit to show some love to older products, and I stumbled upon some lip products I bought on clearance a few months back. They’re not new or anything, but I feel they’re worth mentioning. Milani makes some of my favorite lip products, drugstore or high end.

I bought these 3 shades on clearance during the Winter knowing I would pull them out in the Spring.

These Milani lip intense glosses aren’t new, but they are worth mentioning. I’m not a glossy kind of person, I really just don’t enjoy sticky things on my lips. These feel really nice on my lips though and even though they aren’t long lasting, they’re beautiful and feel nice and light on the lips.

The pigmentation is also really nice as well!

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I have the shades Fiery Coral, Violet Addict, and Red Extreme. All 3 of these shades are very bright and appropriate for Spring and Summer. I will admit that Fiery Coral is not really my kind of shade, but it is really pretty.

I mentioned before that these aren’t long lasting, but they do last a bit without having to reapply. They also have a very nice finish, not too glossy, not matte, not sticky. Perfect for days when you want something “in between” matte and glossy.

from the wrist down: violet addict, fiery coral, red extreme

from the wrist down:
violet addict, fiery coral, red extreme

on my lips: violet addict

on my lips: fiery coral

on my lips: fiery coral

on my lips: violet addict

If you have these, let me know your thoughts on them!
Also, let me know if you enjoy posts like these where I kinda “shop” my collection and put together posts like this.

As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to stick around if you want!

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March Favorites

Hello, and welcome back!

Can I please say that I am not ready for April? This year is going way too fast, which means in 2 short months I will have a 3 year old and a 1 year old 😦

Someone get me a cold cloth, I think I feel baby fever hitting me.Just kidding, my hands are full enough at the moment.

I don’t have an empties post this month because I want to continue to save up all my trash and do a huge review of all my empties at the end of April!
I do have a favorites video this month, and I talk about a lot of new Nyx products because I took advantage of their 30% off snapchat deal a few weeks back.

If this is your first time on my blog…hey! I do have a youtube channel that you can subscribe to. I am still trying to figure out an exact uploading schedule, but I think I want to upload every wednesday and friday/saturday. I’m working on it. New subscribers make me so happy though!

Swatch Saturday: New Milani Fierce Foil Gloss

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It should be of no surprise by now that I adore Milani lip products. I feel that in terms of quality, Milani is superb with lip products. So, when I saw that they came out with yet another new lip product, I knew that eventually some of them would be mine. I went to CVS searching for my favorite eyelash glue, and I saw an untouched display with all of the new Fierce Foil glosses, and they were BOGO 50% off. I mean, how could I resist? It’s for the blog, obviously.
At my local CVS, these were $5.69, which is the same price as their original line of lip shine glosses. Definetely not gonna break the bank with these.

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The packaging of these is the same classy gold packaging as Milani’s past lip products, but I did notice right off the bat that these glosses are packed with glitter. That also caught my interest. I. Love. Glitter. Lately, I can’t get enough glitter. I want it on everything. Anyway, I picked up 2 of the nude shades and the red shade (obviously) but there were a few other shades. The first thing I noticed when I opened up the packaging to swatch these was the intense smell. These smell like straight up red velvet cake. I know that’s oddly specific, but they really and truly do. So, if strong vanilla smells are not for you then stay away from these.

Second thing I noticed while swatching these is that they are just very glittery, and not very “foiled.” I suppose the glitter is what they meant by foiled, and maybe they would appear to have a foiled effect in direct sunlight, but indoors these just look glittery. I have no problem with that. I find that the intense glitter would make these perfect toppers to create fun and creative makeup looks.

Arm Swatches:

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I did swatches on the back of my hand since the nudes are hard to differentiate on my lips.
Left to right: Venice (a more transparent shimmer) Rome (a beige toned shimmer) Florence (a red with a berry undertone shimmer)

I will say that these are very sticky, and like many lipglosses do tend to sneak onto teeth easily as well. I found that on the lips these can feel a bit gritty if you rub your lips together because of the glitter, but it wasn’t too noticeable in my opinion. Also, these wear pretty away pretty quickly and do leave glitter behind. I wiped my hand after I did the swatches and it looked like I had shook hands with an army of fairies. My hand looked pretty…and smelled like cake.

I digress. I did do some lip swatches even though it’s hard to tell the differences in the nude shades.

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Venice

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Rome

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Florence

Florence is my favorite one. I’m actually excited to play around with this shade and create some stellar intense red lip looks with it for Spring. I’m not a very pink person, so that’s the closest I can get to Spring related 😀

Overall, I find these glosses to be about as nice as their other glosses. Milani glosses are nice and not too sticky, in my opinion. The glitter in these may become annoying, and I don’t really see how these are supposed to be “foiled.” They just look super sparkly, which is okay…I like sparkly.

Has anyone else tried these? What were your thoughts and impressions?
As usual, thanks for reading and make sure to follow me if you want to see more reviews and makeup fun!

Favorites Friday

Apparently, this is the week of favorites posts on my blog.
I love talking about my favorite things. Because, well, they’re my favorites, and by default make me feel happy.

So, welcome to this week’s Favorites Friday post! As usual, there will be some beauty and some non beauty related things.
Comment with some of your favorite things for the week as well!

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1. Favorite Mom Moment: I can’t help but share two photos of this sweet sister moment. Most mornings I wake up and nurse Piper and we play for a bit before Harmony wakes up, but Sunday morning Harmony woke up early and wanted to come and snuggle with us. I absolutely adore and cherish moments like these. Harmony and Piper have a very healthy and loving relationship. I know that some may be thinking “for now” but if I could explain it, I would, but there’s something different there. There’s a different level of adoration that truly touches my soul when I watch them interact. I only had brothers, so maybe that’s my own envy coming out a bit. I always wanted a sister, and I’m happy that they have each other.

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2. Favorite Find: I went thrifting for a bit with the girls and we ended up finding a few goodies! I love thrift stores because I like to use plates and glass things as props for makeup and lifestyle photos. However, I was rummaging through the stuffed animal bin looking for Hello Kitty dolls (as usual) and found a Princess Diana bear…with tags! She was so pretty, I had to have her. I also snagged some really cheap film for my Nikon and a camera lens coffee mug for $1. Did anyone else collect beanie babies growing up?

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3. On my Nails: I recently tried this nail polish brand after seeing yougwildandpolished (look her up on youtube. I love her) raving about this over and over, and I adore them! They’re super affordable at $3 each, and there are so many colors! That and I love the packaging. I’m a sucker for polka dots. The grey color (mauvie night) is probably my favorite so far. It’s perfect. The fast drying top coat drops are also incredible and actually work! I put a drop on each finger and it spares me the grief of having to stand and wave my hands around in an attempt to dry my nails faster. #momproblems

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4. Other favorite find: If it isn’t apparent by now, I collect coffee mugs. I really really wanted the heart mug from Starbucks, but this one is quite cute as well. I’m still searching for the other cute Starbucks mugs though. *Liam Neeson voice* I will find them, and I will buy them.

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5. Makeup Favorites: For blush, I’ve been wearing the City Color Cosmetics baked blush in “rose” literally everyday applied with my Luxie angled brush. It just gives me a very Snow White flushed cheek against my pale skin with a touch of highlight. Because I’m all about that glow. I went on another Kmart clearance trip, and snagged a Physicians Formula Nude Wear highlighter for $3! It’s a super pretty highlight. Physicians Formula highlighters have never let me down. On my lips has been “Rose Femme” by Milani. It’s a super pretty rosey-brown shade. I’ve seen swatches of it compared next to Mac’s “Twig” but I don’t own it so I wouldn’t know. I just know it’s an amazing shade! Can you tell I’ve been all about roses this week? I’m ready for Spring.

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6. Favorite Pet Moment: I went to Trader Joe’s and left the big bags in our floor, and I found Sailor in one playing peek-a-cat with herself. I haven’t had the heart to throw the bag away because she loves it so much.

As usual, thank you for reading, and I hope you are all having lovely days!
Happy Friday, beauties.

February Favorites

I understand that it’s a few days into March, but the past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic for me and I totally forgot February was ending! Better late than never, right?

Like last month, I did a typed post with my empties and a video of my favorites! Hope you all enjoy.

Products Mentioned:
Essie “Comfy in Cashmere”
Milani “Mauving Forward”
Physicians Formula Argan Oil
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel
Milani Rose Blush “Tea Rose”
Lunatick Lab Comsetics Cool Contour Palette
LaSplash Lipsticks in “Charmed” and “Ghoulish”
Milani Moisutre matte lipstick “Matte Confident”
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation “Light Vanilla”
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer “Chantilly”
Essence Lip Liner “Soft Berry”

The Lipstick Tag

I saw this tag, and it was just calling my name. Lipstick is my favorite makeup related thing to talk about!
As usual, I tag anyone and everyone that wants to participate. Join the dark side and talk about lipstick with me 😀

It’s the first day of March! Anyone else ready for the snow to melt and for Spring to arrive? I actually like Spring minus the pollen. Like early Spring…cool mornings and warm afternoons. I just wish my allergies weren’t so terrible. Thinking about flowers makes me sneeze. Anyway, here are my answers for this tag! I had fun with this one 🙂

How many lipsticks do you own?
Okay, I’m not going to count but I do know I probably own 150 or more lipsticks. I know that seems obscene, but I do collect them and it’s been over a time span of a few years. My love for lipstick is legit.

What was the first lipstick you owned?
Not sure, but the first one that I recall wearing often was Revlon’s “Love that Red.”

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I don’t think I have an absolute favorite, but my two favorites right now are Kat Von D and LaSplash. Those seem to be the ones that I reach for the most. I do have some Jeffree Star lipsticks coming to me though, so those may become my new favorites.

What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably “Lumiere” by Colourpop and “Lolita” by Kat Von D. This is always changing though.

What is your favourite finish?
Matte, definetely. I think I have said that several times on my blog. Matte lipsticks last longer and I don’t have to worry about them getting on my teeth and sliding everywhere.

What is the last lip product you bought?
I bought the bundle of 3 colors during the Jeffree Star restock. Yes, I was one of the lucky ones that snagged one since they sold out in record time. It’s okay to be jealous of me just this one time…because I’m rarely that lucky during releases.

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? (including balms and glosses)
Uh…7. 3 lipsticks, 2 glosses, and 2 balms. I should probably clean my purse out…

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How do you store your lipsticks?
I have an acrylic lipstick holder on my vanity, a makeup bag with ones that I don’t wear often, and the rest are displayed on shelves above my vanity. You know how Carrie Bradshaw is about her shoes and how she’s proud of them and displays them? That’s how I am with lipstick.

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Which lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
I have a few favorite reds right now:
“Matador” by Magnolia Makeup
“Zombettie” by Pretty Zombie Cosmetics
‘Matte Confident” by Milani

What lip product are you currently lusting over?
Any and all liquid lipsticks. Also, Kat Von D is about to release a new limited edition lipstick line and I really hope she picks to put them in white studded tubes. My heart will explode and so will my bank account, but I will be happy.

Favorites Friday

Another week of favorites!
For those that are new to my blog this week, I post my weekly favorites on my blog. It’s a fairly new thing, but I hope to continue it. Some of it may be beauty related, some of it may not be.
So, if you’re interested in what tickled me pink this week, keep reading!

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1. First thing I want to mention is this deliciousness in a bottle. I have tried a few Bolthouse Farms drinks before, but I tried a veggie drink and it was awful so I assumed all of them were just as nasty. However, a friend on twitter was raving about this particular drink and I thought I would try it, mostly because it is completely lactose free. Fun Fact: I’m lactose intolerant. But I’m bad and eat dairy a bit too often and it’s killing my stomach and making me feel bloated and lousy. I’m hoping that yummy things like this will help me keep on a healthier path.

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2. All of the snow and ice in my city has me dreaming about Spring, which is unusual for me. I’ve been loving all of the pointed flats, so I bought 2 pairs for myself from Forever 21. I needed some new flats, anyway. I’m really rough on shoes. The watch was a $10 find from JCPenney a few weeks ago, and I love it! I’m normally not a watch person, but I love the chevron pattern on it. The Juicy Couture earrings are a $3 (yes, you read that right) find from Kohl’s! The fresh citron perfume was a sample I received awhile back and forgot about. It’s actually a very lovely scent! I don’t feel like a basket of oranges and it doesn’t smell like kitchen cleaner either.

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3. My favorite foundation combo since I receieved this in the mail has been my new Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation (shade Vanille Claire) topped with my Laura Geller balance and brightening powder. It gives my skin such a bright and healthy glow. On my nails this week has been “Comfy in Cashmere” by Essie. It’s from their new matte collection, but this matte goes above and beyond any matte nail polish I have ever tried. It’s not flat and one dimensional, it almost has a color shift to it. It’s GORGEOUS.

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4. Along with the black flats, I picked up the “nude” shade. I just figured it would end up being a staple pair of shoes for Spring. I got an email saying that “Vampira” by Kat Von D was finally back in stock, so I went ahead and ordered one, and I’m glad I did since it’s once again out of stock. I’ve been wanting this shade for so long! My Jeffree Star Cosmetics order also came in the mail, and I’ve been wearing “Celebrity Skin” since the moment I saw it! It’s such a gorgeous nude and I can’t wait to show you all what the other two look like! My go-to blush has been ‘Tea Rose” by Milani Cosmetics. These rose blushes are superb and this color is the perfect everyday color for my skin tone. That and it’s just so damn gorgeous?!?!?

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5. Need I say more? My cat is a total fuzzy weirdo.

Those were my favorites for the week! What were some of yours?

Favorites Friday

It’s Friday, yayyy! Oh wait, I’m a mom. My parties now consist of being elbows deep in diapers. 😉

I really enjoy putting together my favorites for the week, and I hope you all enjoy them too!

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1. Lasplash decided to sell their holiday set separately make them permanent! YES! I didn’t order the holiday set because there was really only one color that I wanted since I don’t have anything like it, and that was Ghoulish. I received a free gift as well, and I can’t wait to use the brown eye pigment in “maple sugar” that was sent to me. I have a review of these liquid lipsticks here: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/first-impression-lasplash-liquid-lipsticks/

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No idea why I didn’t think to use my ipad for filming, but I’m also not great with technology. I bought a tripod adapter for my ipad, and I can’t wait to film with it and see if it is an improvement from the camera I was using! If anyone has vlogged with an ipad before, care to share any tips?

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3. I scored a really adorable new velvet dress for $7 at Marshall’s this week. It was the last one in my size. That means it was meant to be, right? I may have to cut the netting to make it breastfeeding friendly, but for $7 I don’t care to alter it a bit. I love these types of dresses on my figure. They cinch in the perfect spots and help my curves look nice rather than blah.

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4. Makeup favorites for the week: I have been trying to come up with a Valentine’s Day look, so I have been playing around with my Urban Decay 3 palette, and I forgot how much the colors in this palette make my green eyes pop. I feel this palette doesn’t get a lot of love from many people, but it is a pretty palette. I’ve been pairing it with colourpop’s “Lumiere” all week and I have swatches of all my lippie sticks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHxsO5NYZ5I

It’s just a really pretty dark dusty rose/mauve color. It’s a perfect everyday color, or can be worn with a smokey eye as a neutral. A color I think everyone should own…and it’s $5.

I’ve also been loving the new Milani Matte shade in “Matte Confident” and you can read more about that here if you wish: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/review-and-lip-swatches-milani-matte-lipsticks/

5. Mom favorite moment of the week: Piper is crawling! Piper is 7 months old now, for those that don’t know, and she’s finally crawling around. I say “finally” but in reality I have to vacuum twice a day because she always finds weird things in the carpet to try and eat. She’s also babbling constantly and will mimic me when I say “mama” with “baba.” SO CLOSE. I just want one kid to say “mama” before “dada.” Let this be my moment!

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?