Monday, January 26, 2015

Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I think it's safe to say that liquid lipsticks have become one of the most coveted beauty items over the past year, and as more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon in 2015, I don't see this trend losing steam any time soon.  

I'm sure you're all familiar with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Lime Crime Velvetines, and Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick.  Today I'll be reviewing one of my favorite formulas in this category - Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.).  I've had this particular shade, Beso, for close to a year and it is my go-to red for several reasons:

  • As the name states, this formula literally STAYS ALL DAY.  To put it in perspective, I wore Beso on Christmas Day.  As you can image, large quantities of food and drink were consumed and I didn't touch up once in a span of about 10 hours.  Score.
  • The formula is creamy, dries down to a matte and it's 100% opaque.  Beso also dries true to color which is great for those of us with highly pigmented lips.  
  • Matte finish lipsticks are my favorite, however, they are often quite drying on the lips.  Beso is in no way moisturizing, but it doesn't leave my mouth feeling like the Sahara Desert after a day of wear.  That's a plus in my book.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NYX Slim Lip Pencils Review & Swatches

NYX Slim Lip Pencils Review & Swatches

Finding a decent lip liner can be quite the challenge.  Personally, I want a liner that glides on smoothly without dragging or tugging at my lips, doesn't dry them out, and extends the wear of my lipstck.  My favorite lip liner formula is MAC Pro Longwear - they're smooth, long lasting and they don't tug.  However, at $20 a pop, they're pretty pricey and I'd rather not shell out that much money for a liner (which explains why I only own a couple).  So, in an attempt to find an alternative that won't break the bank, I recently tested several NYX Slim Lip Pencils ($3.50 for 0.04 oz.).  

I have four shades: 860 Peekaboo Neutral, 857 Nude Beige, 810 Natural, and 831 Mauve.  NYX Slim Lip Pencils come in 56 shades and are supposed to be a "buttery, long-wearing lip formula" which "goes on easily and resists bleeding".  Read on for shade descriptions, thoughts and lip swatches! 


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Benefit Majorette Cream Blush Review & Swatches

Benefit Majorette Cream Blush Review & Swatches

Hip Hip Hooray for Benefit Majorette Blush! This cream-to-powder formula ($28/0.24 oz.) is touted as a "peppy booster blush that amplifies cheeks".  Amplify it does!  Majorette, a vibrant peachy coral with a hint of orange and a matte finish, adds a warm glow to cheeks and instantly brightens the complexion.  


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Project 10 Pan



With 2015 upon us, I've taken it upon myself to do some evaluation...makeup collection evaluation, that is.  As a self-professed makeup addict, I've been buying makeup as a hobby for about five years now.  When I first started out, I bought things that I thought my collection needed (super bright lipstick, colorful eyeshadow that unbeknownst to me I would never use, things that were recommended by other bloggers and YouTubers, etc. etc.).  We've all been there when the newest MAC Collection is released and we just NEED to buy that lipstick with the awesome packaging or that product that gets re-promoted every couple of years and we never see it again (thanks a lot, MAC!).  Then there was the year I was the Prestige Manager at Ulta...that wasn't good for my bank account.  Yes, I received a lot of gratis as part of my job but when you're working with makeup 40 hours a week, you get to try everything...and then you want to buy it.  Sad wallet.  So, the point of this story is that I have too much makeup and I need to make a change.  My goal for 2015 is to start using things in my collection and to edit down to the products that I truly love.  This is where Project 10 Pan comes in.  

If you're unfamiliar with Project 10 Pan, the rules are pretty straight forward.  Choose 10 products that you're close to finishing or you want to "hit pan on".  While you're making your way through these products, you cannot buy any new items.  Once you've finished the items or hit pan (whichever rules you're going by), you can buy a new product. Read on for the list of products!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Makeup Organization & Storage Update

Makeup Organization & Storage Update


About two years ago I posted about my makeup organization and storage (click here to check it out), so I thought it was about time for an update.  Not much has changed in regards to the vanity setup itself, but I have re-arranged quite a bit as I've accumulated more products over the years.  (Here comes the disclaimer: Please keep in mind that the goal of this post is the show how I've organized my products, it is not intended to show off my collection.) Read on for photos and links! 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beauty Picks Under $20

Beauty Picks Under $20


As a follow up to yesterday's "Winter Wish List" post, here are my favorite beauty products under $20! Most of these gems can be found at the drugstore...the best part? They're high end quality items that won't break the bank.  Hope you enjoy!



This is not a sponsored post. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Wish List!

Winter Wish List



With Christmas quickly approaching, I wanted to post a quick round-up of my most wished for items this season.  Whether you're struggling with picking out the perfect gift for a family member, a friend, or even yourself, these products are definitely worth checking out! Happy Holidays! 


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