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!

*typical disclaimer- I bought all these products myself, and all opinions are my own!

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Face of the Day: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

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Hey lovelies,

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a Face of the Day post! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my internal, yet public, debate about what to do this week. Did I want to go sweet and pink, or bold and blue? I have a bit of a problem where I’m either very dramatic, or very low key when it comes to makeup. Anyone else feel the same way?

Bold and blue ended up winning my heart. I saw my Coastal Scents Revealed palette sitting in my holder and it was looking lonely and unloved. So, I decided to do a cool toned look for today since I did a warm look last week.

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My base was mostly my usual. Laura Mercier hydrating primer and my Nars Weightless Luminous foundation mixed with Loreal’s Magic Lumi foundation (my dream team). Concealer is La Girl HD concealer in “porcelain” mixed with Nyx HD lavender. My face is set with my Laura Geller balance and brighten powder in “porcelain” and my undereyes are set with Ben Nye’s luxury powder in “Cameo.”

Brows are Nyx’s brow gel in “black” and set with their brow mascara, also in black.

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I primed my eyes with Too Faced shadow insurance and my transition shade is actually Nyx’s single shadow in “SOS.” I ordered this shade during the Ulta sale, and it’s a lovely cool toned transition shade. I’ve been reaching for it a lot this past week.

I then went into the crease with a smaller brush using the matte taupe shade in the Revealed palette. Then I took the cool toned silver shade and placed that all over my lid. I love this shade, it’s probably my favorite in the Revealed palette. It’s very reminiscent of “Verve” from the Naked 2 palette, but it’s so pigmented and shimmery. I die.

I took a small angled brush and placed the black shade on the very outer corner and brought it in about 1/3 of the way on the crease and lightly blended that out with a small blending brush. Key here was light and small motions. I didn’t want the taupe and black to become muddy.

Liner is my usual, physicians formula eye booster in ultra black.

Lashes are Ardell double up #204. I was feeling dramatic.

Lower lash line is Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in “milk” on the water line with “SOS” and the taupe shade from the Revealed palette blended out. I then placed the black shade on the very outside just to even everything up a bit. Mascara is Covergirl’s SuperSizer mascara. Inner corner highlight is Urban Decay’s “Polyster Bride.”

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Blush is Kat Von D’s everlasting blush in “Love Song.” I know I have talked about my love for this blush before. It’s the perfect cool toned pink for pale skin, and it lasts all day.

Contour is done with the Lunatick Labs cool contour kit. These are currently unavailable on their site, but that’s because they’re reformulating them! I believe they are trying to make the colors less soft so that they don’t break as easily and changing the packaging. Not totally for sure.

Highlight on the nose is Colourpop’s “Smoke and Whistles.” Gorgeous champagne shade. I don’t know why I haven’t been using it more often.

Highlight on the cheeks and brow arches is Babydoll Cosmetics highlight in “Mermaid Skin.” I love the absolute shit out of this highlight. It looks like mermaid skin and has a very subtle blue glow to it. However, I’ve been debating on whether or not to use this on my blog for other reasons…

I bought this highlighter a few months ago with my own money. It took over a month to get the product. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me because sometimes indie companies have long turnaround times. It happens. But if I’m trying to email you because your site says nothing about a delay and I have gotten no response or anything…I get worried. Anyone would, and frankly, it’s unprofessional in my eyes. Please don’t think I’m trying to bash anyone, I’m just being honest about my own personal experience. I feel that’s something I should do as a beauty blogger, which is why I’m mentioning it now. I’ve seen a lot of drama on this brand’s makeup page, and I don’t know what’s going on fully, but it is something I pay attention to as a blogger and consumer. I love this highlight, but I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about not getting responses or their products. Always look into whatever brand you’re buying from. You owe it to yourself.

Anyway, now that I got that off my chest we can finish the post.

My lips are lined with Urban Decay’s 24/7 primer pencil and topped with OCC’s lip tar in “Technopagan.” I bought this during their 40% off sale, and I am so happy about it. I love this shade. It’s blue and purple at the same time. I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous it is, and it’s like nothing in my collection thus far. Putting the primer pencil underneath definitely helped the color to standout and stay put throughout the day.

My mermaid collar is from salemcouture.com. Isn’t it fabulous?

That’s about it for today’s face of the day post! If you have any questions about anything mentioned, please feel free to ask!

Thank you for reading if you read to this point, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days.

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Favorite Affordable Reds

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Hey everyone,

Today’s post is going to be about one of my favorite things to talk about (makeup wise)…RED LIPSTICK! If you’re not new to my blog, it’s probably obvious that I have a major love for bright red lips. I know I’m not alone. Red is such a gorgeous color on any skin tone, and for me it gives me a boost of confidence. There’s just something about a bright red pair of lips gracing my coffee mug. What else would those red lips be touching? 😉

I want to share some of my current favorite affordable red lips. I’ll create a separate post for my favorite high end reds, but it’s not many. I don’t own too many high end reds because there are so many incredible ones that are very budget friendly.

For the most part, I wear blue toned shades of red on a daily basis. I’m a coffee drinker, so no, my teeth aren’t exactly blindingly white. Blue toned reds make your teeth look whiter, but a neutral “bright” red won’t make your teeth look yellow. I wear bright reds when I’m feeling a bit more vintage…which is often. Personally, I tend to stay away from yellow and orange based reds. Even when my teeth are looking great, orange toned reds make me look like I brushed my teeth with butter.

These are 6 of my personal favorites, and no, these are not the only 6 I own. I kinda collect red lipstick. Okay, I kinda sorta really collect lipstick in general. I would say it’s a problem, but I’m not sorry about it. Anyway, let’s move on to what my current favorites are:

LA Girl Matte Lipstick in “Frisky” I have mentioned this lipstick several times on my Youtube channel, and I did a review on this line. I love this color. It’s a very true red, and it’s very bright and pigmented. I like the way this formula sets on my lips, and it’s relatively long lasting. Totally worth the $5. Frisky is a very true bright red and I find it to pull fairly neutral on my skin tone.

Colourpop Lippie Stick in “Bichette” This has been a favorite of mine for awhile now. Colourpop lippie pencils are $5 each, and it is important to say that there is only 1 gram of product per tube. With that being said, I have rarely finish lipstick. I’m constantly adding things and changing products around, so paying less for less product is fine by me. Bichette is a gorgeous deep cool toned red, and one that I do reach for often, especially on date nights. The finish says matte, but I find the colourpop matte lippie sticks go on a bit creamier, and don’t last as long because of it. Just something to keep in mind.

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Milani Moisture Matte in “Matte Confident” Okay, this lipstick truly lives up to its name and gives me confidence. This is another gorgeous blue toned red, and can be found at many drugstores for $5! Milani makes some of my all time favorite lipsticks, and this might be one of them. The packaging is adorable and the product is amazing.

Nyx Matte Lipstick in “Perfect Red” Another lipstick that lives up to its name. This lipstick is honestly the perfect red. It’s very bright, and very neutral. It’s not going to make your teeth look yellow, and it’s not very dark either. This shade is the perfect shade for recreating 50’s bombshell looks. I love the formula of these as well. Nyx did a great job at making a matte lipstick line that looks truly matte, but isn’t too drying.

Nyx Butter Lipstick in “Mary Janes”  This is another bright, cool toned red, but it’s a bit glossier. This was a more recent purchase for me, and I adore the butter lipstick formula so much. These truly do glide on very smooth. I do recommend a lip brush for more precise application, and a lip liner to help keep it in place though.

JCAT Beauty Lip Paint in “Red Queen” This is the most recent addition to my nice little collection of scarlet babies. The lip paint formula by J.Cat is comparable to the OCC lip tars, but for a third of the price. These don’t come with the nifty little brushes, but they’re nice. This red shade is very bright and pigmented, and I will be doing a full review of these on my Youtube channel soon which will include lip swatches.

That’s all that I wanted to share for today! What are some of your favorite shades of red? Tell me in the comments or tweet me! As always, thanks for reading, and if this is your first time stopping by, welcome! I hope you decide to stick around for a bit.

Have a lovely day, beauties.

Related posts:

LA Girl Lipstick review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjX0wRQ2SRM

Milani Matte Lipstick Review: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/01/27/review-and-lip-swatches-milani-matte-lipsticks/

Colourpop Review: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2014/10/13/first-impression-more-colourpop/

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New Milani Matte Lipsticks: Swatches

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Hey lovelies,

Today’s Swatch Saturday post is going to be about some new Milani products I came across last week! I’ve seen pictures here and there about the new Limited Edition Rose Blushes, but not a lot about the new range of shades added to the Moisture Matte lipstick collection. While there are quite a few new shades, I believe these are permanent, unlike the blushes.

I’ve already done a full review before of Milani’s matte lipsticks that I will link at the end of the post, just to make this post a wee bit shorter, and therefore sweeter.

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On the display there were between 8-10 new shades from what I could see, but I only picked up four. I actually found these at my local Kmart, which has been my go-to place to find new Milani and Jordana collections. For some reason, the people in my area don’t pick through the Kmart displays and I can get what I want in one trip. If you’re someone that collects makeup, you’ll feel me on this one…it’s glorious.

I picked up the shades Matte Love, Matte Fearless, Matte Iconic, and Matte Beauty. Honestly, I’m so ecstatic that Milani expanded this line and included some vampier shades and more reds. I love this formula! Seriously, if I had to pick just one matte drugstore range to recommend to others, it would be from Milani. Maybe I’m a bit biased because Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands, but I don’t care.

I’m also happy to announce that the new shades also smell like cupcakes. That’s what really matters here, right?

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One of the other reasons why I love Milani lip products is that they have those neat colored bottoms with the names on them. It makes storage and organization easier, and the gold packaging is adorable. I can’t believe that these lipsticks are only $4.99 since the packaging and lipsticks are amazing. It’s typically one or the other is kinda dud-tastic when it comes to drugstore lipsticks.

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swatches from left to right: Matte Beauty, Matte Love, Matte Iconic, Matte Fearless

Matte Beauty is a very warm brown nude with a bit of red undertones. Lovely shade.

Matte Love is a warmer cranberry shade with warm undertones as well. I think this shade will look wonderful with cranberry eyeshadow looks this Fall.

Matte Iconic is a true bright red. This is my ideal “pinup” shade, and what I think of when I think about vintage reds. I absolutely adore this shade, mostly because I love red lipstick.

Matte Fearless is a gorgeous dark burgundy with slight purple undertones. My favorite of this bunch, and possibly in this collection so far.

My review of the Milani Moisture Matte Lipsticks: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/01/27/review-and-lip-swatches-milani-matte-lipsticks/

That about wraps up today’s swatch post! I hope you all enjoyed it! Are you picking up any of the new shades? If so, which ones? Tell me about it!

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Dear Moon Piper

Dear Moon Piper (Piper Luna),

You’re a year old today. You stormed into my life in every way, and a bit literally in one way. One day I was asking your dad if we could try again for another baby in about 6 months, and the week after that talk I was telling him that I was already pregnant. A year ago today I didn’t even know I was in labor, you snuck out of the womb like a tiny little ninja. You were born a little after 9 pm, just three hours shy of being born on your father’s birthday. You wanted your own birthday, and I get that.

I look back now and I know that I needed you before I even knew I needed you.

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I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to love another child as much as Harmony and would neglect you in some ways, because it felt like my heart was already overflowing. You proved me wrong, and my heart grew to accommodate the pure adoration that I felt the moment I laid eyes on you.

Your birth signifies so much more to me than just the day you came earth side. Your birth was the day I took control of my body, and after years of hearing “You can’t do that” from doctors, I proved them wrong. I was able to take control of my body and mind in ways that I had never thought possible. Instead of feeling trapped, I felt free. You helped me feel free again. I had the most empowering birth experience, and you were the star of the night. You are my little Moon Piper, born swiftly under the dim light of the moon. Five minutes after you were born, it started to storm. I can still remember the sound of rain hitting the ground so hard, because it mimicked the sound of my heart as I took everything in about you. You came into this world so quietly, as if you’ve already been here before.

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It’s been a year since I first held you. A year since I looked into the eyes of my second baby girl and felt my vision get fuzzy and the world stop in its tracks. A year since I looked into giant eyes that mirrored my own. A year since your very first latch, and a year since the first time I held your tiny hand in mine and noticed the dimples that reflect the ones on my hands. A year since I noticed how observant you were, even as a newborn. A year since I watched your dad become the proud father of a gorgeous daughter once again.

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Now we’ve made it to a year of breastfeeding, and you’re walking more and more everyday. Now I look into blue eyes that are turning green, and the little bits of blonde hair that grace your otherwise bald scalp. You have a way of making others smile, and I don’t think you’ve ever met a stranger. I’ve had so many people approach me just to mention your giant smile and pretty eyes. You seem to have the exact opposite personality as myself and your sister, but that’s honestly something that we both need.

I need your smile. I need your giant eyes to give me a bit of optimism. I need your little arms reaching around me to snuggle. I’ve needed you all of my life, I just didn’t know it until you arrived Earth side. You don’t laugh very often, but when you do it’s enough to lighten up the darkest of places. In that sense, you remind me so much of my dad and my granny. Your laugh is so special, and it resonates deeply in my mind and heart.

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You have a love for everyone, and I can tell you’re going to be someone that sees the good in all people. That’s something that I don’t want you to lose. I want you to see the good in the world. I want you to see that good and change others, because I know you can with the kindness you show to so many at such an early age. You’ve helped your sister open up a bit more herself, and I know that she needs you as well, even if a few years down the line it might not seem that way.

Your smile and adventurous personality have inspired me so much over the past year. You’ve inspired me to look around at the wonders around me a bit more, and you’ve inspired me to write and create more. I can’t recall a single morning when you were an infant where you didn’t wake up with a smile on your face.

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Moon Piper, you are so incredibly special. You will always mean so much more to me than you will ever know. I can’t explain gracefully just what your presence in my life means to me, but I will spend my life trying to express it with words. A year ago my world changed once again, and in the absolute best way possible. I would endure the med-free labor I did with you 1,000 times over again just to experience the overwhelming amount of love I felt the moment I was finally able to place you on my chest. Every bit of pain I felt in that intense labor was worth it for that one moment of relief I felt the moment I looked at you. It was an instant pain reliever.

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Happy birthday, Moon Piper. I can’t believe a year has already passed. I can still remember the intoxicating smell of your newborn skin.  I can still remember the long nights I spent sitting up nursing you and gazing at your sleepy face. A year later I’m watching you play and walk. I now imagine what kind of toddler you’ll be, because there’s a part of me that thinks I will be chasing after you fairly often. A part of me is sad, because I wish I could slow time down. I wish I could sit in our chair forever and cuddle. I don’t think there’s a human being on this planet that loves to cuddle more than you.

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I wish I could experience every moment with you 100 times again before we moved on to the next moment. Unfortunately, I cannot, and here we are a year later. Here you are walking and babbling, and here I am crying because I swear I just brought you home yesterday. I hope first birthday on Earth is so happy. You deserve it and so much more. You’ve helped to pull me out of one of the darkest seasons of my life. Your first year here has made such an impact on me and everyone that has met you, and I know you’re going to help change this world.

Love,

Your Mom

The Blush Addict Tag

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have a tag post regarding one of my favorite things to collect and hoard…blushes! I saw this tag on Katie’s page at Plus+ Beauty and knew I had to do this one.

I can’t leave the house with my brows and my blush. I’m super fair, so a bit of color in my cheeks livens my face up a bit and makes me look more awake. I mean, I guess I could do the “cheek pinching” trick, but there’s something about pinching my own cheeks that brings back bad family reunion memories *shudders*

Anyway, on to the questions.

What color blush suits your most?
I feel like cool toned pinks and light peachy nude shades suite me the most.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
I’ve honestly never cared much for loose blush, and I’m just now dabbling into cream blushes unless you consider Colourpop blushes to be a cream. Most of my collection is pressed.

Favorite shimmery blush?
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Probably my CityColor Cosmetics Baked blushes. They are soooo pretty and pigmented.

Favorite matte blush?
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Kat Von D Everlasting blush in “essex.” It’s such a pretty deep rose shade and is my go to blush in the fall and winter.

Favorite cream blush?
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Colourpop blushes are a very “cream to powder” texture, so I will say them. I really love these blushes. They’re bouncy and pigmented. They’re also very affordable! However, I have been trying a cream blush from Becca that I got off of glambot, and so far I am really impressed by it! I will update on that later!

Favorite drugstore blush?
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This was a bit hard for me because I love Milani blushes, but I also reach for my pearlescent pink by Wet n Wild more than any other blush in my collection. I feel like these blushes need more attention in the blogging world. They’re awesome for the price!

Favorite high end blush?
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My Kat Von D everlasting blushes. These really do last forevvvver on my skin and it doesn’t take much at all. That and the packaging is absolutely stunning. So worth the $25. There’s a reason why so many shades of these are constantly sold out on sephora.com

Biggest blush disappointment?
Probably the elf studio line blushes. Everyone raves about those blushes and I just find them to be underwhelming and they don’t last long on my skin. I do like the $5 mineral line blushes by elf though.

Best blush packaging?
I would have to say the Milani Rose blush packaging or the Too Faced blushing hearts packaging. Both are so cute and end up in so many of my blog photos.

What’s on your blush wishlist?
More Colourpop blushes and more Nyx HD blushes

Holy grail blush?
I guess I would say my Wet n Wild “pearlescent pink” blush because it’s my “go to” but I don’t have one that I love way more than any other. “Love Song” by Kat Von D has been my go to Spring color though along with Nyx’s “Dusty Rose.”
I just really really love blush.

That was it for my blush addict tag! I’m not going to tag anyone in this, so if you want to do it, do it! I would love to see your answers and pictures of your blush stashes if you include them. What are some of your favorite blushes?

I hope you’re all having wonderful days! Later, lovelies.

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Ipsy Unbagging June 2015

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Hey lovelies,

Is everyone staying cool as we march into Summer? Personally, I stay inside a lot during the Summer. I can’t stand the heat. The sweating and burns…it’s just not my idea of fun. I think I will just chill out until Fall arrives.

Anyway, it’s that time of the month where foiled envelopes filled with wee tiny samples arrive at my doorstep! Today I will be doing my Ipsy unbagging. For those that may be unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty bag subscription that costs $10 a month and everyone receieves 4-5 deluxe sample and/or full sized products based on their beauty profile. I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for a little over 2 years now, but I did take a 3 month break.

This month the theme was swimming and being poolside, hence the cute snorkeling pig in my photo.

The bag this month is black with a neon orange zipper, and the material feels like a waterproof almost bathing suit like material. I actually like this bag, and it’s small enough to keep in my diaper bag and the material would be nice to put a little bathing suit in if I take my daughters to a splash pad.

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1. Tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon “Kona Coffee” I was a bit confused when I pulled this out because the lid actually looks like a pencil top. I thought I was sent an opened product, but it turns out it was only the lid. This little eyeshadow crayon claims to be long lasting and creamy, and based on my swatch (will show at the end of the post) this little crayon is very smooth and creamy indeed. I’m happy that I got the dark brown color because I know I will use it, probably to smudge out my lash line on days that I want a day time smokey eye.

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2. J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain “Hikilicious” This is a full sized lip product, and I believe it is actually a new release by J. Cat. I will admit that when I saw “lip stain” my first thought was “bleh” because I don’t normally wear lip stains. If I’m not wearing something opaque on my lips there’s nothing on my lips at all. However, this product is EXTREMELY pigmented and hydrating. So far, I’m in love with it. I hope that J. Cat comes out with more colors because this formula is fantastic.

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer This is a deluxe sample size, and I will be honest I will not use this. I’ve sampled this before and it made my foundation look horrendous. It has that weird silicone feeling, and silicone based primers do not work at all on my skin. It looks like I applied my makeup with a stick of butter after a few hours. I’ll probably be passing this one on to someone else.

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4. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil This sample is one that I was really happy to get this month! I’ve been wanting to try out more things by It Cosmetics for awhile, and this brow pencil looks pretty neat. It comes with two sides, one being a spoolie, which is awesome. The tip of the pencil is not sharp, it’s actually oval shaped which is supposed to give a more “natural” look to the brow. I’m pretty loyal to my pomades, but I will be trying this one out. I’m a bit of a brow product junkie.

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5. LaVanilla Laboratories Pure Vanilla Body Butter This is a pretty good sized sample, and it smells incredible. I put this on my hands and it smelled like I was burped on by a glorious bouquet of vanilla cookies. I prefer body butters over lotions because I find them to be more hydrating on me. Even if this wasn’t hydrating, the smell alone is intoxicating. I have a weird thing for vanilla to begin with…

That’s everything I got in my Ipsy Bag this month! I am excited about 4/5 things this month, which is pretty good in terms of beauty subscriptions.

Do you get Ipsy? What did you get?

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will see everyone next time with some more fun things! I still have my Lip Monthly bag to review this month, and I have some tips and tricks posts that I will be doing over the next few weeks.

Have a great day, lovelies.

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Lips of the Day: Makeup Monsters

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Hey beauties,

Today I’m doing another Lip of the Day post! The last one I did (will link it at the end of this post) had a lot of positive feedback, so I’m going to try and make this a regular thing.

I know that Mondays can kinda-sorta-really-really suck, so I want to do a fun ombre look.

Personally, I love taking two colors and mixing them together to create new colors and/or doing ombre looks with them, because it’s like having multiple colors without having to buy extra products.

I have done a full review of Makeup Monsters on my Youtube Channel, and I do stand by what I said then. I think this brand is a great one to look into if you’re looking for new indie brands to try. Plus, they’re vegan friendly and pretty affordable in terms of liquid lipstick.

Anyway, the colors I have today are “Blackened Heart” and “Sedona,” and both are stunning colors alone. I actually mentioned “Sedona” in my May Favorites video.

Tip: To avoid getting the applicators muddy looking with different colors, use lip brushes for ombre looks and to mix shades together. I also clean up the outside lip line with my Nyx wonder pencil in “light.”

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I’m really happy with how these look together.

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All of the old and new colors from Makeup Monsters will actually be restocked this Friday! These sell out so quickly, so I highly suggest that if you want one or ten, to make sure you’re on the site when restock happens and order quickly. It’s almost like a limited edition MAC release makeup brawl on that site during restock. I’ve had lipsticks stolen out of my virtual cart. Shit gets real.

What are your thoughts on these? Will you be picking any up during restock this week?

Find the products at makeupmonsters.net

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having splendid days!

Past Lip of the Day:

https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/05/19/lips-of-the-day-lasplash-lip-lustre-belle/

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One Palette, Five Looks: Innerstellar Palette

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Hey lovelies,

I was tagged by the lovely Kaily at Someday Sunny quite some time ago to create 5 different looks using one palette. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to do this tag, I didn’t know what palette I wanted to use for a hot minute. I wanted to use something that I love and haven’t used as much lately, but is still available.

After much thought, I went with the Kat Von D Innerstellar palette. Why? Well, for one it’s one of my favorite palettes. The galaxy type colors inspire me in a big way, and I feel this palette is very versatile and has a great mix of mattes and shimmers. It’s also limited edition and with the release of Kat Von D’s summer collection coming up in July, I don’t know how much longer this palette will be available. So, I wanted to show how gorgeous it is in one dedicated post for those that might still be on the fence about it, or don’t use cool toned shadows often. If you’re unfamiliar with this palette, I will link my review with swatches and all of the names at the end of this post along with Kaily’s original post.

This palette is super cool toned. It is the coolest (officially my worst pun) but it is so gorgeous, so without further adieu, let’s move on to the 5 looks I did.

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Look one: a simple daytime look.

Transition shade: Killing Moon Base and eyebrow shade: Lycan

Crease: Astrological

Inner corner shade: Dios

Lower Lash Line: Nude liner in the water line, Killing Moon and Astrological blended out

Lashes: Kiss #11

Lips: Nyx “Enamored” contour is actually “Vast” from the Innerstellar palette and blush is “prenup” by Colourpop.

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Look two: a dramatic vampy look

Transition shade: Vast Lid shades: Moonshine on the entire lid and Night Crawler blended out on the outside

Water line is Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in “Black Velvet” smoked out with Vast and 3am. Inner corner “flick” created with Night Crawler and a small angled brush and filled in with Moonshine. Lashes are Kara #WSP

Lips: Nyx Simply Vamp in “Temptress”

Blush is ‘LoveSong” by Kat Von D and highlight is Colourpop’s “Hippo”

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Look three: Smokey eye with no winged liner

Transition shade: vast Lid shades: Darkstar and Lunacy

Used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Black Velvet on the lash line and smoked it out with Night Crawler and applied Kiss #11 lashes. Brow bone is Lycan.

Lash line is Vast, Killing Moon, and Darkstar smoked out and blended together.

Contour is Vast from Innerstellar.

Blush is Colourpop’s “Prenup” and Face and inner corner highlight is Colourpop’s “Hippo”

Lips are Lasplash “Ghoulish”

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Look four: galaxy inspired. This is probably my favorite look. I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Transition shade: Killing Moon

Lid Shades: 3am on outside and inside corners.

Middle of the lid: Dios and Moonshine together applied with my finger

Blended out the entire shape using Orion.

Water line liner is Bellapierre’s gel liner in “Ebony” and 3am, Killing Moon, and Orion are blended out on the lower lash line.

Lashes are Kara #43.

Lips are Kat Von D “Lovecraft”

Cheeks are Nyx’s blush in “Taupe” and Kat Von D’s blush in “Lovesong.”

Highlight is Elf’s baked highlight in “Moonlight Pearls”

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Look five: Would it be a post by me if I didn’t add a look with a raccoon-esque feel and odd lip color? Probably not.

For this look I applied Maybelline’s color tattoo in “tough as taupe” on the outer and inner corners on the top lid, and messily ran it on the lower lash line as well. The key word for this look was “messy”

Transition/blending shade: Astrological

Outer/Inner corner shade: Night Crawler

Middle shade: Moonshine

Lower lash line: astrolgical and killing moon blending far down to create that killer raccoon smokey eye.

Brow shade: Lycan

Liner and lashes: Physicians formula eye booster pen, Kiss #11 lashes

Contour: Nyx blush in “taupe”

Blush: Wet n Wild “Pearlescent Pink”

Highlight: Elf “Moonlight Pearls:

Lips: Manic Panic’s “After Midnight” topped with Kat Von D’s “Poe.”

I know this look isn’t for everyone. I wanted to add a bit of my own pizazz in though.

Anyway, those are my five looks for this lovely and fun tag! I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, and here’s why…I think this is something everyone that has an abundance of eyeshadow palettes should do. This tag actually re-sparked my love for this palette, and I haven’t been able to put it down even after doing these looks! I actually want to do this with more palettes in my collection. It’s a fun challenge to create different looks with the same palette. It forced me to use different bases, techniques, and color combinations. I even learned that the shade “Vast” doubles as an amazing contour shade for paler skin tones. Seriously, if you own this palette, try it as a contour.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, because I had so much fun doing this.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you are all having wonderful days.

Kaily’s post:

http://www.kailybaute.com/2015/04/30/1-palette-5-looks-wet-n-wild-california-roll/

Innerstellar review and swatches:

https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/01/13/review-and-swatches-kat-von-d-innerstellar-palette/

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Hardcandy Ombre Baked Blush and Highlighter Duo

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Hey lovelies,

Today I wanted to share a few products that I have had for awhile and have been meaning to review and swatch. If you’re new here, there’s something you should know: I love Hard Candy makeup. I think they’re an underrated drugstore brand and I wish I saw more people talking about their products! There are some misses, but lately they have been coming out with some stellar and affordable products, and I want to share a few with you all today.

The two products I want to share are an ombre baked blush and a highlighter duo. The baked blush I believe is permanent, but the heart shaped highlighter is not, sadly.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hard Candy, they’re a Walmart exclusive brand that is also cruelty free. I have done a review of their new Natural Eyes palette that I will link at the end of this post.

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First up, this baked blush. Can we just admire it for a second? It’s so gorgeous. I love baked blushes in general because I find them to be pigmented and shimmery, so many times they act as a highlighter-blush in one. No need for extra steps in my routine on a busy morning? Score! What’s unique about this ombre blush though is that you can kind of “customize” the shade you want based on where you apply your brush. You can go to the white side for just a highlight. You could go on the other side for an intense pink, or somewhere in the middle for a very pretty pink glow. It’s up to you!

This product is very pigmented and swatches very well. It looks beautiful on the cheeks. I have the shade “punch” but I’m really tempted to go and pick up the other shade as well. I find that it doesn’t take much at all to get color to your cheeks, so be wary of that if you’re not into the intense Snow White kind of look (I am, not gonna lie).

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Swatches shown left to right: highlight side alone, everything swirled together, pink side alone

See, it’s totally like getting 3 colors in one product! I love this little baked blush.

Highlighter duo: First off, the cute little heart tin packaging spoke to me. So reminiscent of the Too Faced heart-shaped boxed blushes. It’s not as fancy as the Too Faced ones, but it’s still cute in terms of drugstore packaging. This was part of the collection Hard Candy released for their 20th anniversary.

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There are two sides, obviously. A lighter and darker side. I didn’t know how the darker side would look on my fair skin, but surprisingly this product leans more on the “natural glow” side than the “wam bam highlighter in yo face” side. There’s no visible glitter in it. The texture and finish reminds me much of Physician’s Formula highlighters, and those are my absolute favorite highlighters in the drugstore.

This duo felt very soft and buttery to the touch. You can tell when you touch it that it is finely milled. I’ve also seen people depot the heart very easily by just popping the little booger out and into a z-palette, if that’s something you would want to do.

Because this is a duo, you can use either side or mix both shades together. The swatches I have are of just each side.

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I had to go over each swatch a few times simply because this product really does give a natural glow and it’s pretty hard to overdo it.

It lasted fairly well on my face, but I will say that after about 8 hours it seemed to fade away. I don’t touch up many times throughout the day, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re wanting to wear this all day…it might fade after awhile. Would this be work appropriate? Yes. Appropriate for a night out at the club? Maybe not.

I will say that overall I’m happy with this little tin of prettiness, and I think this will look pretty in the Fall when I want a more toned done “glow from within” type of look. It’s a very pretty champagne highlighter that is pretty good quality in terms of drugstore highlights. Do I like this more than my holy grail Physicians Formula?? No, but I do think this is a nice and cute thing to add to your collection if you’re a Hard Candy lover.

As always, thanks for reading this post if you made it this far, and if you’re new here I hope you stay awhile!

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Hard Candy Natural Eyes Review: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/03/11/hard-candy-natural-eyes-potential-dupe/

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