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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fall Lips - Sephora Cream Lip Stains Review - Endless Purple and Dark Berry

I apologize for the lack of posts again. After my recent health issues I've found it difficult to get back into my love of makeup. I haven't worn much makeup over the last few months, nor have I felt very inspired. I think it's just going to take some time to get back into it, so please bare with me as I slowly make my way back into experimenting with makeup and blogging.

So with that said I have a little review for you all on the Sephora Cream lip stains that I picked up quite some time ago. 

I first blogged about Sephora Cream lip stains maybe two or three years ago. I fell in love with Strawberry Kissed. It is still one of my favorites to this day. For some odd reason I didn't really buy any more. I guess I was just on to the next new product...(beauty junkie) lol. 

Endless Purple and Dark Berry

About three months ago I decided I needed some Fall lip colors (I was eagerly ready for Fall) so I headed to Sephora  and came across these two gorgeous colors in Endless Purple and Dark Berry.

Endless Purple and Dark Berry

Endless Purple is a beautiful mauve-y purple. It's much more wearable than Dark Berry. 

Dark Berry is a very deep plum. It is has a beautiful soft shimmer metallic finish, although it does dry matte. I've never seen a lip stain like this one. 

They both apply smooth and creamy but set quickly to a long wearing matte finish. They never feel excessively drying on my lips. If you have that problem with lip stains you can apply a bit of lip balm to help re-hydrate and smooth your lips out.

I can get a good six hours or more of wear out of these, even with eating and drinking. 

They both have a slight vanilla cupcake scent. 

I think the price point for these is really good at $13 each. 

They're definitely worth the money and checking out if you're looking for a good long lasting lip stain. I think they are just as good as many of the other higher priced stains on the market. I would know because I have them all lol. 


Here are a couple photos of me wearing Endless Purple. It looks much darker in these pics because it was such a cloudy day. It looks a bit more truer to color in the second pic.

These can be found at your nearest Sephora or  http://www.sephora.com/ for $13.

What are some of your current favorite Fall lip colors? 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rozge Cosmeceutical Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

I received these lip glosses a few weeks ago and finally wore all three shades. I honestly hadn't worn much makeup recently so I hadn't had the opportunity to test them all out till now.

First off the packaging is nice and sturdy. On the top of the lid there is a button to turn on the light which is inside the cap. 

On the side there is a nice little mirror for application. No need to carry a compact with you! 

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L to R - Amsterdam, Las Vegas, and Paris.

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Amsterdam is a very shimmery fuchsia pink. It is the least opaque. It's pretty sheer and needs to be built up for more color payoff but it makes a great topper for lipsticks to just add a touch of shine and sparkle. 

Las Vegas is a cool pink. This one doesn't really have shimmer in it. It has a bit more color payoff than Amsterdam.

Paris is a beautiful red/maroon with a slight shimmer. It is perfect for the Fall and holiday season! This one was the most opaque. It gave full color payoff with one swipe. 

All three of them have a hint of a peppermint scent. They do not sting your lips at all though. 

I found them all to be very hydrating and comfortable on my lips. They are not sticky at all, which is great. 

For a lip gloss they are fairly long lasting. I got a good four hours of wear from these.

Another plus is they are all natural and contain beneficial ingredients such as dragons blood, jojoba oil, aloe vera, shea butter, and more. They are also cruelty free. 

They come in 22 different shades. You're sure to find a shade perfect for you. 

They are $25 each, which is a little pricey but I have a coupon code for you! You can use code - lipglossgossip to get 25% off your entire purchase!

They have many other products such as skin, hair, and body care. I haven't tried any of that, but if you place an order for anything make sure you use my coupon code to save some $$! :)

I really enjoyed these lip glosses and definitely recommend checking them out.

Special thanks to Rozge for giving my readers a discount!

http://rozge.com/

Here is a pic of me wearing Paris lip gloss. I'm so ready for Fall! If only the weather here in California would cooperate! It's still way too hot!

Products provided for review

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dinair Pucker Up Smooth & Long Lasting Lip Stain Review and Swatches

Finally catching up on my blog posts! I'm back with some great new lip stains from Dinair. 

Dinar is well known for their airbrush makeup, but they recently launched their new Pucker Up long lasting lip stains.

Their are five shades in total but only three are available at the moment. 

I love the box packaging! The little heart cutout is adorable. 

Not only is the outside cute but so is the inside of the box. I thought the heart shaped lips printed inside was so sweet! 

I received the three current shades available in Vixen, Fire Starter, and Dollhouse.


Natural light 
L to R - Vixen, Fire Starter, and Dollhouse
Flash

Vixen is your classic pin up red. It's such a gorgeous color! This has been my current go to for a long lasting matte red lip! 

Fire Starter is my favorite of the bunch! Probably because I don't have any other orange matte lip stain. I am so excited for this. The color is absolutely gorgeous! It's such a great color for the Fall season. 

Dollhouse is a bright neon like pink. Pink is my favorite color so of course I love this one. Something about pink just makes me happy, so I gravitate towards anything pink! 

I forgot to include a pic of the applicator but it's a standard doe-foot applicator. 

Now on to how well these perform. I have had these for a few weeks already and have worn all three shades. All of them are extremely long lasting. I have worn these for eight plus hours and they lasted throughout the day with eating and drinking with very minor fading by the end of the day. You will need a good makeup wipe to remove them. 

Upon first application they apply smoothly and dry down to a matte finish. I never found them to feel uncomfortable on my lips but I'm accustomed to wearing a matte lip often. If it becomes to0 drying for you, you can always dab on a bit of lip balm. 

After they set they didn't transfer or smudge. 

They have a bit of a vanilla scent, that I enjoy. You only really smell it when opening the tube and at first application. 

Vixen lip swatch

Here I am wearing Fire Starter. How gorgeous is this color?! 

I definitely think these are worth checking out if you're looking for a super long lasting lip stain. I can't wait for the other colors to be released, which include a peachy nude and a purple shade! 

These are $20 each and can be purchased at http://www.airbrushmakeup.com/makeup/lipstains/ .

Received from P.R. for review. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Luscious Cosmetics Review and Swatches

About a month ago I was contacted from Luscious Cosmetics to see if I wanted to try their products. I had never heard of the company so I was intrigued. They are a company that was created with South Asian and middle eastern women skin tones in mind. The thing that grabbed my interest is that they are cruelty free. They don't test on animals nor do they use any animal derived ingredients. 


I had no idea what they were going to send, so I was pleasantly surprised that they sent quite a few different products for me to try out.

Rebel Lipstick $6.40
Signature lipstick in shade #3 Buff Pink $7.69
Lip Pencil in #04 Tangerine $3.12
Natural Light
L to R - Lip Pencil in Tangerine, lipstick in Rebel, and Signature lipstick in 03
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Lip Swatches
Top - Signature lipstick in #3
Bottom - Rebel

The first thing I went for was the lip products, obviously! 

I was very excited when I opened up Rebel lipstick. From the looks of it in the tube it was a very bright coral. When I applied it I realized it was extremely creamy. It felt very buttery smooth, which made it more on the sheer side. It could be layered for more color payoff though. The weird thing though is despite it being so creamy it somehow clung to dry patches on my lips and settled in my lip lines. Also because of the buttery finish this lipstick faded quickly. It lasted about two hours on me. 

The signature lipstick in shade #3 is a natural cool pink. I loved the formula of this one. It had more of a opaque satin finish. It was much longer lasting than the other lipstick. It lasted a good five hours. I love this one! It's a great every day color.

I also got the lip pencil in Tangerine and I really love it. It's very creamy and glides on smoothly. It doesn't tug on the lips at all. I definitely would pick up more of these. I love a good lip pencil and this one is really nice.

Velvet Matte Oil Control Powder $10.41

Next I received a Velvet Matte Oil Control Powder in shade 1. It is infused with vitamins and minerals and claims to control shine, minimize pores and even out skin tone. I have been using this a lot. I really think it's a great setting powder. It is very fine and provides a nice soft focused airbrushed look. I have been using it to set my liquid foundation and love it. The only problem is the color is a tad too light for my skin tone. I think shade 2 would match me better, although as the cold weather nears shade 1 might work for me in the winter. I definitely recommend this powder.

Sparkling Face Shimmer $7.19
Next I got a Sparkling Face Shimmer in Gilded Peach.
This is absolutely gorgeous! It's a beautiful golden peach highlighter. It blends nicely. It gives a very beautiful glow in the skin. You can use it to highlight your cheeks and I even used it on my lids as a shadow. It's beautiful! Definite must have! 
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Powder Blush in Coral Glow $6.69
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Natural light
Left is a finger swatch and right is blended in
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Lastly I got the powder blush in the shade Coral Glow. I was excited to see this shade. I love coral blushes. I think they suit my skin tone very well. This blush is so pigmented, more so than I assumed it would be. When I first used it, I was a little too heavy handed with it lol, but luckily it blends in nicely. I didn't have any problems with it fading. It lasted all day. As you can see in the flash swatch photo above it has a glowy finish. It's not glittery or sparkly it just gives a soft glow to the cheeks. I love it! I would definitely pick up more of these blushes. 

This is a pic of me wearing everything above. I have the sparkling face powder to highlight and as my lid color on my eyes. On my lips I'm wearing the tangerine lip pencil and Rebel lipstick.

I thoroughly enjoyed these products with the exception of Rebel lipstick as it wasn't as long wearing as I would have liked. 

Overall I would definitely recommend checking out Luscious Cosmetics at http://www.iloveluscious.com/default.asp . They do ship internationally but I was also told that they would be stocking their products in the U.S. soon! If I get more details on that, I'll update this post with that info.

Hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Products received for review.

Back to Blogging! Update!

I've been away from my blog for a bit. It's actually been about a month, but I had to take a bit of a break for health reasons.

To basically cut to the chase I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety. I few months ago I started getting some sharp pains in my head. They would come every so often. Initially I just ignored it, but then I started to get them more frequently and they were more intense. I decided to go see my Dr.. She decided I should get a CT scan, so I went along and did that and the results were fine. 

I still continued to get these pains though. I was getting them every day. I started to really worry a lot! I was just wondering what it could possibly be. I started to google my symptoms which is a terrible idea but I did it anyways. It just caused me even more anxiety reading everything I was looking up. 

About 4 weeks ago I got a pain which then caused me to get a severe panic attack. Everything was just really taking it's toll on me. I ended up in the ER. All of the ER tests came back fine. The ER Dr. suggested I get an MRI of my head to really make sure nothing was in there. 

After getting out of the hospital I was pretty much a mess with anxiety every day. I was actually very depressed. I was crying every day. The thought of something serious being wrong was very scary to me. A big reason why I felt so depressed about everything was because last year my uncle passed away from cancer. He had a brain tumor. The fact that I was going to be tested for the same thing my uncle passed away from was terrifying. Not only that my my grandpa had it as well. 

Thankfully I had my parents and brother to help me through all of this while my husband was at work everyday. 

The last couple weeks my pains have calmed down. I don't get them every day nor are they as severe as they had been months ago. 

I finally had my MRI last Wednesday and I just got my results and I am extremely happy to say I have no tumors. Everything with the MRI came out fine. Thank god! 

I still need to follow up with the neurologist so we can figure out what was causing me these pains. It could possible be my jaw causing me pain. Years ago after I had my wisdom teeth removed my jaw basically stayed locked every day. I never followed up with that so that could be the issue. I'm not going to over think things or google anything anymore. I'm leaving it all up to my doctors! Lol! I have an appointment with the neurologist at the beginning of next year. January 7th to be exact. I will talk with him about my jaw and all my symptoms so we can get to the bottom of these issues. 

From now on I'm gonna just try not to worry. Since I got my good MRI results I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

I plan on getting back to blogging right away since I'm currently feeling much better. 

I have a lot of great stuff to blog about, so be on the look out for new posts asap! :)








Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MAC Cosmetics A Novel Romance Lipsticks - Review and Swatches

L to R
Yield to Love, Good Kisser, Hearts Aflame, and Lingering Kiss

I don't usually keep up with the latest MAC collections these days, so I tend to miss out on LE items a lot, but I guess I was ahead of the game when this collection hit their website last week because I was able to order some lipsticks before they sold out! 

I picked up four out of the six lipsticks in the collection. 

Yield to Love is a Cremesheen formula. I was back and fourth whether I wanted to order this or not because I've never been a big fan of the Cremesheens. This formula is not as long lasting. Maybe three hours tops, but if you're going to be eating or drinking it can fade even sooner. Although it's very moisturizing and comfortable on the lips so it has it's benefits. The color is gorgeous as well. It's a mid-tone pink that's great for everyday wear. This one was also a online exclusive. 

The rest of the lipsticks I ordered are all a matte finish and much longer lasting on the lips. The formula isn't very drying upon first application but overtime they can feel a bit dry. These last a good 6-7+ hours. They still transfer but the color never fully fades away even after eating. 

Good Kisser is a bright beautiful warm pink. I was most excited about this one. It's definitely my kind of color. It's not as bright as something like Impassioned. It's much more wearable for most people. I love it! 

Hearts Aflame is a deep brick red. This is perfect for Fall. I've recently picked up quite a few deeper lipsticks in preparation for Fall! It's my favorite season! Getting sidetracked here lol, but I love this shade. If you're looking for a darker red this is a great choice. It would look gorgeous with neutral eye and contoured cheeks! 

Lastly I got Lingering Kiss. This is the darkest of the bunch. It's a gorgeous deep plum. This would look great on darker skin tones. For us with pale or lighter complexions this one definitely feels very goth glam! I can't wait to wear this more into the Fall season! 

Natural light 
L to R - Yield to Love, Good Kisser, Hearts Aflame, and Lingering Kiss
Flash
Colors are more true to color in the natural light photo.


Top L to R - Yield to Love and Good Kisser
Bottom L to R - Hearts Aflame and Lingering Kiss

As with all MAC lipsticks these have a light vanilla scent. 

They are $16 each. By the way when did that happen?! I remember when MAC lipstick were $12 each! Lol! 

You can still find these on Nordstrom.com and possibly your local MAC location, with the exception of Yield to Love since it was a MAC online exclusive. 

Did you purchase anything from the A Novel Romance collection?




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Too Faced Melted Berry and Melted Peony Review and Swatches



Not that long ago I reviewed the new Too Faced Melted lipsticks in Fuchsia and Violet. I have been wanting to purchase more and I recently acquired two more in Melted Berry and Melted Peony. I actually got the mini Peony shade in my Allure Sample Society box, which I just subscribed to!

How cute is the mini size?! I wish Too Faced would sell this size! 

Just like the full size Melted Lipsticks the mini has the same exact packaging and felt squeeze tipped applicator.

Melted Berry and Melted Peony
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As with the last Melted Lipsticks I reviewed these are just as amazing as those. 

I've already worn Melted Berry several times and love it! The color is gorgeous and perfect for the upcoming Fall season! This color just makes me want to slip on some boots and a warm cozy sweater!  It's a perfect berry/wine shade! :D

Melted Peony is a pretty soft petal pink. It's a great everyday shade that you can throw on without thinking. It's very fresh and girly.

Neither of these are sticky or uncomfortable to wear. They apply smoothly and opaque. They have a creamy satin finish.

The wear time on these is very long. I wore Melted Berry for 6/7 hours and had minor fading. They will transfer with eating, drinking, or kissing though. 

They do have a slight fruity scent which I like, but you only really smell it upon application. The scent fades away quickly.

Overall I definitely recommend these. I still would like to purchase a few more shades myself! They are just so fab!

You can purchase these at Sephora, Ulta, Beautylish, or TooFaced.com for $21 each.

Have you ventured into Melted Lipsticks yet? What are your thoughts?