Saturday, September 10, 2016

KYLIE COSMETICS BIRTHDAY EDITION MINI MATTE LIP SET

I am soooo thrilled to say that I finally got my makeup-obsessed hands on a Kylie Cosmetics product! After attempting to purchase these three previous times during the Birthday Collection/Edition releases, I finally got to get mine on the final chance.

Kylie's Birthday products were special to me because of their beautiful gold packaging. I just had to have them. The mini matte liquid lipstick collection that I got was the most incredible deal, too and I couldn't pass it up. I got 6 different lippies for just about $30. This was perfect for me because I have no idea which shade in her range is good for me because nobody who is pale and warm-toned like me reviews her products! I swear. By getting these small guys, I've been able to test out the following shades: Koko K, Candy K, Exposed, Dolce K, Kristen and Leo, her Birthday exclusive shade.



Seeing as I can barely make it through an entire bullet of my favoritest lipsticks, I knew the minis would be the ideal size for trial and error. If I really find myself liking one a lot, I can always buy the lip kit! That being said, the lipsticks are a lot smaller than I imagined…



Time for the important part. The on-lip swatches. For reference, here are my bare lips:



Koko K was the lightest color in the set and I was very impressed with the coverage that I got in one swipe. I didn't know that Kylie's products had such a heavy vanilla cake scent, though. It didn't bother me TOO much but it seems like a lot and I know a lottttt of people won't like the scent. But the product glides on the lips and stays intact and that's all I'm looking for!


I really really like Candy K. This is the most natural color for me in the set and just like Koko K, I got opaque coverage in one swipe.


Going from one extreme to another, Exposed was my least favorite. While I will probably still wear it sometimes (I'm thinking about layering an orange-yellow gloss overtop of it), it did not flatter me well. It's a warm, mid-toned browny nude shade. Still good coverage, though!


Dolce K was a huuuge surprise for me. I figured it would be a darker version of Exposed but it seemed to flatter my skin tone better. It's more of a brown on me and I don't own anything quite like it. That makes me happy! The coverage was slightly more difficult with Dolce K.


KRISTEN IS SO PRETTY!!!!! I didn't expect it to be so bright on me because it seemed like every person I saw it on showcased it as a more brown-toned warm red but oh my goodness it's beautiful on me. I LOVE this shade. Great coverage, too.


Lastly, Leo. :( I was so excited for this shade that I almost tried buying the lip kit for it. Man, I'm glad I didn't. I had such a struggle getting the color to apply evenly. While I am glad it showed up redder on me (swatches I'd seen showed it more browny), I'm going to need to figure out a way to apply this so it covers evenly. Such a pretty color, such a shame.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this set. I think it was a great value and I love that it was in limited edition packaging. If you need tips on how to score some Kylie products on release days, let me know and I'll post about it because I definitely have figured out the way to do it.

Check out my instagram (@beautymunson) account for more pictures and swatches!


Friday, July 8, 2016

NEW! MAYBELLINE COLORSENSATIONAL LIPSTICKS: THE LOADED BOLDS

New ColorSensationals!!!!


Okay, yay. I am so excited about these! I recently grabbed four of the new Maybelline ColorSensational "The Loaded Bolds" lipsticks in the two lightest and two darkest shades. If you didn't know, Maybelline's ColorSensational line is my absolute favorite of all lipsticks. I've tried many and I prefer these over all brands and types (even liquid lipstick!). They are so consistent and offer a wide range of colors. The Loaded Bolds collection filled in any gaps that were left over. There are some pretty purple shades in this "collection" as well. But today...

I'm going to talk about these guys:

From L to R: Pitch Black, Midnight Blue, Nude Thrill and Wickedly White
I loved the navy shade from the start and decided to get the B&W to test out since I haven't had very good luck with drugstore black lipsticks and have zero experience with white ones. Nude Thrill was a last minute decision and holy eff.. am I glad I got it. I'll protest my love in a little.


Can we discuss how annoying it is that pure white lipstick makes your teeth look like lemons? or sunflowers? or something else that's yellow? Ugh.

Anyway, Wickedly White. Clearly not meant to rock on it's own. I just can't get into white on ANY skin tone so much that I don't even like white-based lippies on most occasions. That being said, whites are great for mixing if you want to lighten a shade a little.. or a lot.. and don't mind the white base. I figured it was a staple that I needed to get. Coverage on it's own was 'meh' but again, I would only be mixing this into other shades so I should be set.

Nude Thrill is an absolute dream. It's now my favorite nude tone that I own! It wears super evenly and has just the right about of pink versus brown balance to look impeccable against my pale, but warm skin tone. I love love love love love you, Nude Thrill.

Midnight Blue is my current "adventure" shade. I've been "adventuring" into purples over the last year and navy seemed like the natural progression of my journey. I love jewel tones and thankfully, this deep sapphire has a lovely formula that glides so effortlessly across the lips leaving no patchy areas.

Lastly, Pitch Black. It sucks. I'm sorry. You can see in the photo how un-pitch black it really is. I will be returning this puppy tomorrow and my quest for a solid drugstore black lippie will continue :( My natural progression through deep shades will be black after my navy era is over so it'll need to be quick! Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I have my eyes on the new Katy Perry line with CoverGirl but I just don't like CG... but if I hear it's good, I'll grab that next.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

MAKEUP OF THE DAY - 04/07/16




Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Benefit Dandelion blush (not a mistake)
-Sigma Beauty eyeshadow in 'Shout'
-Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Surface of the Sun'
-Urban Decay eyeshadow in 'Sin' (inner corner)
-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 'Milk'
-Stila Stay All Day liquid liner
-Maybelline Colossal mascara
-Urban Decay eyeshadows in 'Naked' and 'Secret Service' (brows)
-Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel in 'Soft Brown'

Face:
-Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in 'Fair/Light' (undereyes)
-MAC Pro Longwear concealer in 'NW15' (over redness)
-MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in 'Light'
-MAC Studio Sculpt Defining powder in 'Delicates'
-NARS blush in 'Orgasm'
-Colourpop Super Shock Cheek highlighter in 'Lunch Money'
-KIKO Milano highlighter in '01'

Lips:
-MAC lipstick in 'Please Me'
-Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in 'Nude Attitude'

I hope you like!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

MAKEUP OF THE DAY - 04/02/16



Products used:
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Colourpop eyeshadow in 'Strength'
-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 'Rust' and 'Milk'
-NYX single eyeshadows in 'Rust' and 'White'
-Stila Stay All Day liquid liner
-Maybelline Colossal mascara
-Urban Decay eyeshadow in 'Secret Service' (brows)
-Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel in 'Soft Brown'

Face:
-Maybelline Instant Age Rewind treatment concealer in 'Fair' (undereyes)
-MAC Pro Longwear concealer in 'NW15' (elsewhere on face)
-MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in 'Light'
-MAC Studio Sculpt Defining powder in 'Delicates'
-MAC blush in 'Melba'
-KIKO Milano highlighter in '01' (cheekbones/inner corners/brow bones)

Lips:
-NYX lip liner in 'Hot Red'
-Sugar lip treatment in 'Rose'

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2016

NYX LIP LINGERIE IN 'BABY DOLL' AND 'EMBELLISHMENT'


…..
Introducing…..
2015's Biggest Disappointment Award…
….to NYX's Lip Lingeries!!

I got swayed into loving these from Mariah from TheGalsGuide and was so so so so so excited for so so so so so long to get these in the mail from Ulta (especially Embellishment) but wow. What a let down. I actually wanted these so badly that I got impatient on Saturday (I got my package the following Tuesday) and searched at FIVE CVS stores around my city and spent a huge chunk of time driving far out from where I actually live looking for these and all of the stores either didn't carry them yet or were reworking their NYX section of their makeup aisle so everything was "in the back" and for some reason were unable to track them down for me back there.

I get my package on Tuesday and I immediately throw on Baby Doll to see how it looks. To my surprise, I actually liked the color on me. I figured I was going to need to exchange it for another tone. It actually looked great but.. as I went to add a second layer since the first wasn't fully covering my lips, I realized the product was sticking to itself. Eventually, my lips were sticking to themselves. Figuring that I was only supposed to be putting one layer of product on, I went to take it off and reapply.

Well. This shit doesn't come off. Not in a "omg wow this stuff doesn't come off even when I eat a sandwich with it!!!' it just didn't come off. Not with water. Not with makeup remover. Barely even with RUBBING ALCOHOL. These seem to be very similar to the Jeffree Star and Anastasia liquid lipsticks (from what I've heard) and maybe I'm just not the type to like these stick-and-stay-on-for-days products but.. I didn't like 'em. Chalk five on the disappointment board. Here are the colors on the lip pre-sticking:



I then figured maybe 'Baby Doll' was just formulated poorly. Nope. 'Embellishment' was just as bad. Which blows because the colors are really cool and I was really digging this line before trying them out. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. These definitely were losers and are going straight back to Ulta where they came from, sadly. I'll leave the severe liquid lipstick trend to the men and women of Instagram.

Have you guys tried any of these Lip Lingeries out? Did you have the same issues I had? PLEASE let me know because I am so baffled!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LORAC POCKET PRO PALETTE

After a sudden surge of feeling dramatic and creative, I've been playing around with a lot of eyeshadow looks that involve taking the shadow out further out and attempting the "soft wing" trend. My Urban Decay shadows just haven't been cutting it and I realized that I really missed the blendability and depth of my deeper LORAC shadows.

I decided to pick up this lil' baby LORAC Pocket Pro Palette from Ulta. It's the only three shades I would ever need to create a simple, go-to, every day look. In the same shipment I also got a Z Palette. Let's just say… depotting LORAC shadows is a big no-no. They're too soft. I lost a lot of shadow in the depotting process but hey, what can ya do. I definitely didn't want to have to keep track of this tiny mini palette. That being said, I took some pictures before I ruined them for good:



And just because I know that those pictures don't mean anything unless you can see what they look like swatched and applied, here are some photos of these beautiful shadows in action:



It's unbelievable how buttery "Nude" and "Espresso" are. I don't know how LORAC does soft, pigmented shimmery nudes so well but man, they definitely are the best.

This trio has been needing to join my army for awhile and now that they have, they will be stars on days where I don't want to think about my shadow combos. They blend in an instant, complement each other so nicely and pair well with any cheek/lip combo.