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
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 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

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 for $21 each.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sonia Kashuk Giveaway and Review!! 15 Year Anniversary Brush Set!

A few months ago I saw Sonia Kashuk post these on instagram and knew I had to have them! I purchased the magenta set she put out awhile ago and loved them so I knew these would compliment that set nicely! ;)

This is one of the largest brush sets I have seen Sonia Kashuk release and it's easily the most beautiful!

The brushes feature a gold ferrule and deep plum handle. The bristles are made of natural and synthetic hair and are a gorgeous violet purple shade.

First we have a large powder brush. I would say this brush gives a nice natural finish when applying powder as it's not overly dense. I had some minor shedding during the first wash but have had none during use at all. The bristles are soft and not scratchy. Love it!

Next we have a round blush brush. I haven't had any shedding with this. It applies blush evenly. This is a bit denser than the powder brush so it picks up more product, so if you have some very pigmented blushes use this with a light hand. Love this one too!

Here we have a buffing brush. 
This one is very compact and dense. If you want to apply foundation and get a heavier coverage this would be great. I find I don't reach for this brush much. I think it's a little bit scratchy. If I use it, it's mostly to blend out the edges of concealer on my face.

Next is a angled synthetic brush. 
Lets ignore my chipped nails! 
This is another dense brush, but because it's synthetic it's much softer than the buffing brush. I have used this one to apply my foundation and like it. The angle makes it easy to get around your nose or right up under your eyes.

This is probably one of the most talked about brushes in the kit. It is flat contour brush. This brush is very dense. This brush allows you to get a very defined contour. You can go full out drag queen with this brush. It makes it very easy to get a sharp line. Because it's so dense, I prefer to use another brush to blend out the contour because I find if I use this same brush to blend, it almost blends it away. It's great for placement though!

Next I have the synthetic foundation brush. I don't usually like these brushes for foundation but I have been loving it for my concealer! The synthetic bristles are very soft and the size makes blending in concealer a breeze!

This is the synthetic concealer brush. This is really good for concealing small areas. It's great for cleaning up around the eyes or lips.

The blending brush is a little bigger than I prefer but it does a good job at blending out edges. I mostly use this to apple brow highlight. This one is a little scratchy as well.

Next is a domed eyeshadow brush. This is another brush I don't reach for too often. If I do use it, it's to apply color to my outer corner.

Here we have another eyeshadow brush. It is similar to a MAC 217 brush.
Closer view
I love this brush! I've been using it everyday. I think it's a great multipurpose brush. I can use it to apply color to the lid, outer corners, or crease. It's just amazing!

Next is a large shadow brush. This is similar to a MAC 227 brush. It's great for applying color all over the lid, applying powder under the eyes, or even blending concealer. 

This is the pencil brush. I honestly don't use pencil brushes much. All of the ones that I had prior to this one I didn't love them. Well I finally found one I love! It's just so soft. It is so easy to apply color to the inner corners or under eye with this one. I love that I can really create some smoky looks with this brush!

Closer look at the pencil brush.

Next is the angled brow/liner brush. This is my new favorite brow brush. I didn't love it with liner, but it's perfect to use with cream and gel brow products. I love it with my Anastasia Dipbrow! 

Here is a small detail brush. This is another great brush to really smoke out your eyeshadow. If you like to do a cut crease, this is great for getting precise application. 

Lastly we have a brow spoolie. I'm not too picky with brow sppolies but this get's the job done.

I purchased these two weeks ago and have been using them every day since then. They are so beautiful!

I think this set is so amazing, especially for the price. I got mine for about $30 on sale at Target. Regularly they are $39.99, but I still think that's a great deal. They are definitely worth picking up, that is if you can find them. They are currently out of stock at and many Target locations are out of stock as well! BUT that's where I come in! I purchased an extra set from my Target store and I will be giving it away!! Yay!

I will be hosting the giveaway on my instagram. It's just much easier for me that way. I invite all of you to go and enter. I will be posting the giveaway right after this post goes up online. I will have full details on instagram on how to enter. It will be open Internationally as well!

Were you able to score the Limited Edition 15 Year Anniversary brush set from Sonia Kashuk? If you do find it don't hesitate to get it! If you can't find it, make sure you enter my giveaway on Instagram!

Instagram ~ lipglossgossip

Thursday, July 31, 2014

JCat Beauty Wonder Lip Paints Review and Swatches

It's a super hot day today, 100 degrees here in California! I'm sick of this heat!! I am so ready for Fall and Winter and sweaters and boots! Lol! I figured I'd share some hot lip colors with you all on this hot day!! 

I had never tried anything from JCat but I stopped by there booth at PHAMExpo and a display of these Wonder Lip Paints caught my eyes! 
At first glance I instantly thought of OCC liptars. The packaging is identical. 

But would they pack the same color payoff as liptars?! And at a fraction of the cost! 

L to R - 111, 113, 103, 102, 112, and 114


So how do they compare to my favorite lip products, the occ lip tars?

First off the scent is minty like liptars are but it's not exactly the same.

They swatch opaque, but when applied to the lips they aren't as opaque upon the first application. They require a bit more product to get even coverage and the color you see in the tube.

A big difference with these is that they are more on the glossy side, where as the occ lip tars are more of a matte finish.

Because the wonder lip paints have more slip to them, they aren't as long lasting as occ lip tars.

I think this could be a plus for some people, as not everyone likes matte lipsticks. It really just depends on your preference.

 I have worn all of these shades and the most wear time I have got out of them is about 2 to 3 hours at the most. 

They will transfer and fade with eating and drinking. 

I like wearing them paired with a coordinating lip pencil. I line and fill in my lips and find that this helps give the lip paint something to cling on to, which helps it last a bit longer.

They do feel very comfortable and hydrating on the lips. They never feel drying throughout the duration of wearing them.

The Wonder Lip Paints come in a bunch of gorgeous colors and even some fun colors like blue, gold, and green!

For the price, I think these are definitely worth checking out. If you are looking for something more hydrating than lip tars then you would love these!

You can find these on jcatbeauty,com for $4.99 each.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy National Lipstick Day! Some of my faves!

Happy National Lipstick day! 

Being a beauty blogger and lipstick (hoarder) lover, I had to share a few of my favorites with you! 

It's no surprise that I have a love affair with OCC liptars! I have stated many times that I can do without any other lip product but these and it's true! 

They come in array of colors! You can mix them to create your own custom colors and they are super opaque but can be sheered out with lip balm if that's what you prefer. 

Of course I have to mention a few of my other favorite lip products.

1. You can never go wrong with a MAC lipstick! The one pictured is So Chaud. It's a gorgeous orange red. I love wearing this in the Fall.

2. Pretty Zombie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are amazing. I have every color and they are all opaque and very long lasting! Color shown in Spellbook. 

3. Lime Crime Velvetines are really great as well but they are on the pricier side. They are also extremely long lasting. Color shown in Suedeberry.

4. Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are another favorite. I think these are some of the best long wearing liquid lipsticks on the market! There are a lot of bold colors to choose from, which I love! Color shown in L.U.V..

5. A new favorite is the Lorac Alter Ego lipsticks! There are a ton of colors in the line. I picked up a few from PHAMExpo and I'll be reviewing them soon! These are matte lipsticks and are very long wearing as well. 

6. On the drugstore end I love the Revlon matte balms. Can you tell I like my matte lipsticks?! Lol! These are just as good as any higher end lipstick! They are matte and opaque. I have quite a few of these and love them all! You can always find these on sale bogo half off or even 40% off at times! 

7. Another lower cost lipstick I love is the Flower Beauty lipsticks from Walmart. I only have a couple of these but they are amazing! Opaque creamy color and they feel comfortable on the lips. 

8. Back on the higher end we have Senna cosmetics lipsticks. These come in a bunch of different finishes from creams to metallics to mattes but they are all fabulous! One of my faves is the shade Dare, which is a gorgeous violet-purple! 

9. Lastly one of my new favorites is the Too Faced Melted lipsticks. I have two shades and absolutely love them! They are opaque and apply smoothly to the lips. The finish reminds of liptars in better packaging! Lol! I definitely plan on getting more! Color shown in Melted Fuchsia. 

Well those are my top 10 lip products of the moment, including the lip tars! 

This list may change I'm sure as there are always new products coming out, but these are staples in my collection. You can never go wrong with any of these lipsticks in my opinion! :D

And in true beauty blogger form I am not wearing any of these! Lol! Today I chose to wear a new lipstick I just got. I am wearing a YSL Glossy Stain in shade #9 Rouge Laque. I am loving it so far!

What are some of your favorite lipsticks? What lipstick did you wear for National Lipstick day?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Review and Swatches!

I have had this palette since it's release and I have to say I had no intention on buying it at all! I went to Sephora to shop for my birthday back in March and was just browsing. I didn't even expect to see this there since it had literally just launched.

 One of the main reasons I was going to pass on this palette is because I have the Sugar Pill pro palette and figured I didn't need two super bright palettes. That thought instantly vanished the second I swatched this beauty! I needed it!! 

First of all the packaging is gorgeous! It's a hard plastic packaging with magnetic closure.

It includes a double ended brush, which I actually like. The larger side is great for packing on color to the lid and the smaller end is great for detail work, the inner corners, or lower lash line. 

I like that there is a full size mirror the entire length and width of the palette. 

Swatches in same order as palette L to R
Top row - Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, and Fringe.
Bottom row - Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, and Thrash.

The formulation on each of these shadows is amazing. They are buttery smooth and pack instant color payoff with a single swipe. The swatches above are with no primer and as you can see none of them are patchy or streaky. This smoothness translates to the eyes and makes them easy to blend.

I know not everyone can wear these colors everyday or maybe you just don't want a whole eye look that's full of color. You can use this like I do most of the time and use it as your pop of color. 

I love doing a neutral look and adding any of these shades on the lower lash line. It instantly adds a bit of fun to your eye look. Another way I tend to make this palette more neutral is applying one shade all over the lid and then adding a dark brown/black on the outer corners to smoke it out. 

Of course using several of the colors together is beautiful as well, but don't be intimidated by this palette. 

If you have been contemplating this palette, don't hesitate! It is amazing! 

You can find this at Sephora or Ulta for $49.

What do you think of the Urban Decay Electric Palette?