Reviews

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review

As you all know liquid lipsticks are my friggin jam. I’m excited to share these with you. I own two shades: Unicorn Blood and Masochist.

IMG_2550.jpgFirst, can we talk about the packaging??? LOVE! I think these liquid lipsticks have the best packaging. I mean, who doesn’t love pink and rose gold? The container itself is excellent quality, very sturdy. The price is average, similar to others at $18.

Now we can talk about the formula. I love these because they super pigmented and opaque, and matte of course. They also aren’t as drying as other liquid lipsticks, you can still feel the moisture on your lips.They last for hourrrrsss, even after eating greasy wings. They also do not feather so a lip liner is not needed.

Now on to what I don’t like… They are a little sticky. I have the habit of closing my lips together, and it really bothers me when my lips stick together. They also transfer a little bit at first. I’d suggest blotting your lips until the transferring stops. Masochist definitely has a thicker formula than Unicorn Blood. That one is pretty watery.

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Lets go back to the packaging for a bit. It has the normal doe foot applicator. However, the applicator on these lipsticks are bigger than normal. So this causes the wand to pick up a lot of product. They are also fuzzier (if that makes any sense). It makes it difficult to get that precision.  Both of the lipsticks I own have the fuzziness, especially at the very tip. I have to use a lip brush to get a perfect application. First, I use a lip brush to line my lips. Then, I use the applicator to finish applying. I tend to go back with a lip brush to blend it all out. You can see in the picture below where I compare it to another lipstick.

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Left: Kat Von D, Right: Jefree Star

Masochist:

IMG_2534This color is what let me to make a purchase to begin with (not the name, I hate the name). It’s a beautiful medium bright pink. Like a raspberry shade. I love colors like this. They are my favorite kind of pinks to wear.

Unicorn Blood:

IMG_2547I purchased these lipsticks last Fall so of course I had to buy a vampy shade. This one is a deep reddish brown. It’s a pretty shade to have if you don’t have anything like it! I don’t normally go for brown shades.

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Overall, I’d rate these an 8 out of 10. These lipsticks would be perfect if they were easier to apply and less sticky. I definitely recommend using a lip brush to apply. I’m sure all of the other colors are just as beautiful and opaque. If you are a beginner at apply lipsticks, these may be a challenge for you. Using a lip brush can be a bit challenging as well, but it’s easier than what you get in these. I’m dying to purchase Androgyny and Gemini.

Thanks for reading!

XO, Diana

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer Review

esteelauderHello my loves! I purchased this concealer about a month back and I have been using it everyday. I purchased mine at Sephora for $34. This item has a stick concealer on one end and a brightening serum on the other end. The concealer has a very creamy consistency and the serum is pinky shimmery color.

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Left-Concealer stick, Right-Serum

I have it in the shade 2W Light-Medium (Warm). I had originally purchased 3W, it was my perfect shade, but I wanted a lighter shade for a more brightening effect so I exchanged it. They have 8 shades ranging from cool, warm, and neutral. I’ve never been able to use a stick concealer because of my dry skin, but the concealer is so creamy, it’s works. It’s also very lightweight. My go-to concealers have always been NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Urban Decay Naked Concealer. Those are also very light weight and creamy.

The instructions say to apply the serum first and then the concealer. I usually do my makeup in 10 minutes on a day to day basis so I just use the concealer. I then apply the serum on top of the cheekbones to highlight. This gives my face a very dewy finish and I love it!

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Blended out

The concealer blends in so smoothly (with finger or brush) and provides great coverage. It does crease a little bit, but I have yet to find a perfect creaseless concealer so it doesn’t bother me. I have been using the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder just to set the concealer and it keeps it from creasing a lot. I’d say it lasts about 6 hours.

I LOVE the serum. It is gives a perfect highlight. Since I purchased a warm shade, the serum has a pink tint to it. I think I like the serum more than the concealer side. The serum will stay on all day. I don’t apply anything on top of it either. I love the dewy effect and if I apply a powder on top, it will take that away.

Overall, I give this product an 8 out of 10. I give the serum a 10 out of 10. The concealer side is pretty awesome for being a stick. I give it an 8 because of the creasing, but I do appreciate the creaminess. Like I said before it is not a full coverage concealer. Not like Mac Pro Longwear, so if that’s what your looking for, then look away my friend. But it is perfect for everyday makeup.Face: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Estee Lauder Concealer and Serum (on cheekbones), NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, Too faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review

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I purchased this palette about a month ago so I’ve had enough time to play with it. Contour palettes have become pretty popular since the Anastasia Beverly Hills one came out. Now there are tons of brands to choose from. This palette contains 3 shades for highlighting and 3 shades for contouring. It comes with a mixture of warm and cool tones. I like that there is more product in dark shades. The packaging is a bit thick, but you get a great quality mirror.

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Lucid, Lyric, Levitation

Let’s start off with highlight colors. Lucid is a light pink powder, Lyric has a yellow undertone, and Levitation is a soft peach color. I personally could not use any of these to set my concealer because my undereye area is too dry. When I set my concealer I like to use a translucent powder like the NARS Loose Setting Powder. It did work well to highlight my cheekbones, chin, and forehead. These also worked great to highlight my brow-bone and set my eye primer.

Sombre, Shadowplay, Subconscious

Sombre, Shadowplay, Subconscious

Sombre is a true taupe color, which is an idealFullSizeRender-1 contour color. Shadowplay is a soft warm brown color perfect for bronzing. Lastly, Subconscious is a deep brown. The colors I used the most were Sombre and Shadowplay. Subconscious could be used for a more sculpted look. This color is also perfect for those with deeper skin tones. If you look at the picture on the left you can see a very subtle contour (with Sombre), blended out with Shadowplay.

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Also used Sombre and Shadowplay on cheeks

All of the shades are super creamy and VERY easy to blend. I was pretty amazed at how fast and beautifully these blended together. It’s perfect for a beginner because the application is so effortless. These powders also work great as eyeshadows! I have used every single color as an eyeshadow and they all worked great. I used all 3 contour shades to create a soft daytime smokey eye (picture on right). First, I put Shadowplay in crease and Sombre all over eyelid. I then used a black liner on the top and bottom lash line and blended it out with Subconscious. I used a fluffy eyeshadow brush (Sigma E40) to blend it all together.

Overall this palette is great. The shades are a bit powdery, but they blend out like a dream. If I were to be asked which contour palette I preferred, I would easily pick this one. The only negative for me personally are all of the highlight colors because I don’t really need them. Like I said before I don’t really like using yellow or pink powders to set my concealer, but I think these would be great to set a full coverage concealer like the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Don’t forget you can use these as eyeshadows too! This palette is truly perfect for anyone! It can be purchased at Sephora for $46.

What’s your favorite product to contour with?

-Diana

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color Review

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Wanna start wearing bright lipsticks but not sure if you want spend money? Or are you on a budget? Then this post is for you! I knew these lipsticks were very affordable so I decided to try some out. I purchased 3 shades (in order of swatches): 965 Cherry Picking, 970 Purty Persimmon, and 908C Sugar Plum Fairy. These lipsticks are super pigmented and claim to have a semi-matte long-lasting finish. I would agree with the semi-matte but not sure about lasting over 4 hours. I’d say a good 2-3 hours. A lip liner can easily expand the longevity. For less than $2, these babies are pretty impressive. They do leave a major stain, but if you like that look you can always apply and then blot. The formula is pretty thick, so they’re tough to apply. The packaging isn’t the best but hey, you get what you pay for.

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Cherry Picking

Cherry Picking is actually my favorite out of the 3. It is a very pretty pinkish red color. It was the most pigmented and easiest to apply. You can get away with not wearing a lip liner. I’d say MAC’s All Fired up is similar except it’s more matte.

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Purty Persimmon

Purty Persimmon was my least favorite out of the three. Although it’s a very beautiful red orange, I don’t think it applied well. I feel like it didn’t give an even color so I had to run my lip liner over it. It also seemed a bit clumpy. The closest lipstick I have to this is MAC’s Lady Danger. Purty Persimmon is a lot less matte.

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Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Plum Fairy is a gorgeous deep berry color. As soon as I saw this in the store I knew it was going to be similar to MAC’s Rebel. A lip liner is a must with this one because it’s not pigmented enough. If you look in the picture you’ll notice how the middle of the bottom lip isn’t as pigmented.

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I paired these with the NYX Slim Lip Pencils (which are amazing btw). I used the colors Orange, Pinky, and Deep Purple. They ended up working perfectly with the lipsticks. You could also wear these lip liners alone, just dab some chapstick on your lips first. These run about $3.50 and can be found at Ulta or Target. Wet n Wild can be found at most drug stores. Ulta often has NYX buy 1 get one 50% off. Same with Walgreens and Rite Aid for Wet n Wild. I give these lipsticks a thumbs up for the price!

So get outta your little scaredy pants and put on some bright lipstick! It doesn’t matter what skin color you have these would look pretty on everyone, especially Cherry Picking and Sugar Plum Fairy. Don’t ever think a shade will not look good on you, more than likely you just aren’t used to it. So rock that lipstick and embrace your beauty!

-Diana

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Review

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A couple of weeks ago during my weekly visit to Target I spotted these L’Oreal brow products. I decided to purchase them so I could possibly add them to my everyday routine.

Brow Stylist Sculptor: This product claims to be a 3 in 1 tool that lets you fill in, shape, and set your brows. It has a brush and pencil on one end and a wax on the other end. As soon as I applied this to my brow it felt a bit waxy. I have a lot of sparse areas I have to fill and I like it to look natural. It felt too harsh on the fuller areas and didn’t cover my sparse areas enough. Then, I tried using the brush to spread the product evenly and all it did was remove the product. I think this product could possibly work for someone who has fuller brows. I would also recommend using a spoolie brush as opposed to the brush included. I didn’t even notice a difference with the wax end. This removed product as well. I would not repurchase this product, it was a no-go for me!

Brow Stylist Plumper: I currently have the Anastasia Brow Gel but I don’t really like it because my eyebrows feel like they have glue on them. This product on the other hand leaves a very natural finish. It has a light tint and fibers in it to give a fuller looking brow. I was not blessed with full brows so I have to fill mine in first. This product works so well with the Anastasia Brow Powder I mentioned in my last post. My eyebrows were still very intact after 12 hours and normally that doesn’t happen when I use powder alone. I would definitely recommend this product!

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Top- Brow Stylist Sculptor and Plumper        Bottom- ABH brow powder and Plumper

You can see the difference in the picture above. There are far more sparse areas in top picture and the bottom picture looks a lot more natural. I will have a post all about brows soon including how I groom, shape, and fill them in!

Happy Thursday!

Diana