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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Sephora Cream Lip Stain Shades ~ Review and Swatches

I first reviewed the Sephora Cream lip stain years ago and to this day it's still one of my favorite lip stains on the market. 

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Sephora recently released several new shades in their lip stain collection, which of course I had to have! 

I believe there are ten or so new shades that were added to the collection. I picked up five of the new shades.
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L to R - Watermelon Slice, Pink Soufflé, Cherry Blossom, Whipped Blush, and African Violet
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Watermelon Slice is a bright coral/red. This color is hot! It's going to be such a great color for Summer!

Pink Souffle is a nude pink. It appears bright in the photos but on the lips it's much more of a nude pink which I love. I've been searching for something like this for awhile. It's a great everyday color or to wear with more of a smokey/heavier eye look.

Cherry Blossom is a mid-tone semi-bright pink. If you like pink lips but want something that's not so over the top and in your face then this is a great shade for you.

Whipped Blush is a very bright neon pink. This is definitely my favorite! It's fun and bold. This is a great shade for Spring!

African Violet which is a beautiful violet purple. This is much more toned down than Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Purple Poison and Three Witches and KVD L.U.V.. I would say this is a "wearable" purple. It has a slightly mauve look when applied to the lips.

These are just as amazing as all of the previous Sephora lip stains I've purchased. 

The colors are opaque and apply evenly and smooth. 

They dry down quickly to a matte finish. They don't feel overly drying. Of course if matte lipsticks are uncomfortable for you, you can always apply a little lip balm to give your lips a bit more moisture.

I like to apply lip balm before any lipstick application to ensure I get a nice smooth application and it does help give my lips some hydration. 

They have a very slight sweet scent that you only really notice upon application. 

They are extremely long wearing. I can wear these for a good eight plus hours with minor fading, mostly on the inner lip area because of eating and drinking. 

I honestly can't say enough good about these lip stains! 

There are so many long wearing lip stains on the market today which are far more expensive than Sephoras Cream Lip Stains but these are still one of my favorites. 

If you're on a budget I would definitely recommend these. If you're not on a budget I would still recommend these! Lol! They are that good.

They are $13 each compared to around $20-$22 for some of the more expensive brands. 

Check these out the next time you're at Sephora. You won't be disappointed! 

Purchased these myself.Click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lorac Unzipped Cheek and Lip Set ~ Review and Swatches

I love Lorac Cosmetics so when I saw this new Unzipped Cheek and Lip set I had to have it. I went to my Ulta the day they got it in stock to pick it up and luckily I went in that day because they only received a few of these in store.

The Set includes a palette of four blushes and one Alter Ego Lipstick in the shade Girl Next Door.
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The four blushes included in the palette are Underrated, Unashamed, Unapologetic, and Unimaginable.

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Underrated is a matte rosy pink. It is great for everyday wear. I've worn this one the most out of all four shades. It goes with everything!

Unashamed is a bright matte pink. This is a great pop of color on the cheeks and perfect for Spring and Summer. I think this will look gorgeous on darker complexions!

Unapologetic is a shimmery deep rosy bronze shade. I don't have anything similar to this in my collection and honestly didn't think I'd like this shade on me but I actually love it. It give a really pretty bronze-y glow to the cheeks. This is going to be beautiful for anyone to wear in the summer when they have more of a tan as well.

Unimaginable is a shimmery light apricot peachy color. I would say this is more of a highlight shade unless you are very fair. I have been using it to pop onto Underrated and Unashamed to get a more glowy look at times and I love it.

All four of these are very pigmented. I suggest using a good sized fluffy brush when applying so you get a softer application. A little goes a long way. They do blend out easily though. 

I found these blushes to be very long wearing. I wore them all day without them fading or shifting. 

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Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door is a pretty peachy/pink nude. 

This is a great neutral everyday lipstick shade. I have a few more of these lipsticks from Lorac. They are a matte formula and can be a bit drying but they are very long lasting. They do transfer but they definitely last a good six plus hours. I don't have as many nude lipsticks as I do brights so this is a great addition to my collection. 

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L to R ~ Underrated, Unashamed, Unapologetic, and Unimaginable blush, with Girl Next Door swatched last.

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This set is only $30 which I think is a fantastic deal. You get four full sized blushes and a full size lipstick. It's a really great value. Definitely recommend checking this out!

You can find this set on Ulta.com or your nearest Ulta store.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Ulta Matte Lip Cream ~ Review and Swatches

I saw these new lip products in an Ulta email recently so of course I had to try them right away! 
I picked up four new Matte Lip Creams in Vivid, Spirited, Passionate, and Stirring. 
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L to R ~ Vivid, Spirited, Passionate, and Stirring
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Now I must have got ahead of myself with excitement and assumed they were a long lasting matte lip stains similar to the Kat Von, Sephora, Lime Crime, and so on lip stains. What I didn't realize was that this product is named a lip "Cream". 

It's exactly that, a lip cream. It applies smooth and creamy. It has a moussey consistency. It does have a matte finish but doesn't really dry and set. While it looks matte on the lips, it stays feeling creamy throughout wearing it. I'm sure this will appeal to a lot of people who don't like matte lip stains for the drying factor. 

I personally do love this product. It stays feeling smooth and hydrated on the lips. The colors are absolutely beautiful and opaque. I love how hydrating they are on my lips, especially since my lips have been very dry this winter. 

On the down side, they do transfer and fade when eating or drinking. 

They last a good three to four hours, although like I said if you eat something it will fade. 

This product has a slight scent but it's not fruity or vanilla, I can't quite figure it out, but it doesn't have that cheap lipstick smell either so that's a plus.

These are $9 each, but are currently buy two get two FREE at Ulta! 

I'm really enjoying these new Matte Lip Creams from Ulta and definitely recommend checking them out, especially for the price!



Monday, February 2, 2015

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural ~ Review & Swatches

I'm not the biggest Physicians Formula fan as I've had bad luck with several of their products before, but I can't deny that they make some really beautiful looking blushes!

About two weeks ago I placed an order on Ulta for my UD foundation, and of course I needed to add something to my order to get free shipping and came across this blush.and thought it looked gorgeous, so I added it to my cart!

The packaging is standard for a PF blush, The bottom portion has a mirror and brush when you lift it up. 

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The presentation of this blush is gorgeous! I love the design!

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As you can see in the flash photo the outer design has a gold over spray. This isn't a fine shimmer over spray. I like a little sparkle, but this was quite a large chunky glitter to be honest. There was nothing subtle about it. I looked as though I patted glitter on my cheeks, which I know a lot of people won't like. The plus side is that it's just an over spray and after you remove the sparkles you're left with a gorgeous natural blush.

Here is the blush after the over spray has been removed. As you can see it consists of three shades. They are meant to be swirled together then applied. It would be hard to pick up the shades separately to apply a single color, so swirling them all together works best in my opinion.

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L to R ~ The first shade is the outer portion, second swatch is the second shade in, third swatch is the inner center portion, and the last swatch is all shades swatched together.

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I am definitely loving this blush. I think this would look gorgeous in the Summer time with a tan! This blush definitely has great color pay off. If you are very fair use a light hand because I can see how this could easily be overkill if applied to heavily. 

The finish is not matte but not too shimmery either, it gives a really beautiful natural coral glow to the skin. 

This blush also comes in a pink shade as well, but I tend to wear warmer blushes so I chose this one.

The only negative thing I have to say about this is that it is heavily fragranced. It has a strong floral scent. It was the first thing I noticed when I opened it. The scent just hit me hard. It's almost headache inducing, but I have grown used to it. When applied you can still smell it, but after about three to five minutes it fades away.

If you can get past the floral scent I definitely think this is worth checking out.

You can find the new Physicians Formula blush at Ulta.com or your nearest drugstore for around $12.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Royal & Langnickel 50% Off Sale!!

I wanted to quickly share with you all about this awesome sale from Royal & Langnickel brushes. They posted this earlier on their Instagram. 

Now until February 3 get 50% off all brush sets!

I have this set above, along with a couple other sets and they are amazing. These are really great quality brushes that are going to last you forever!


I felt this set in person and it's a very beautiful and well made brush set. I'm really lusting after this one. They feel so luxurious!


I have also seen this set in person (makeup shows) and it's not only well made, it's so feminine and sweet. This would be a really great Valentine's Day gift! I might need to get the two above for myself! :D

They have many other brush sets to choose from, from eye sets, to face sets, and many other complete sets.

If you're in need of good brushes definitely check this sale out!

You also get free shipping on orders over $50!

http://www.royalbrush.com/welcome/intro.php

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter Review

As you know from my previous posts I am expecting my third baby, due in a few months. Being pregnant is such an amazing time, but it's not always the most comfortable experience.

As your baby grows and your stomach and skin stretch (tmi?), it can become very uncomfortable and it gets very itchy. You can also get stretch marks. I honestly don't care if I get stretch marks or not. My main concern is dealing with the itchiness. 


I picked up the Mama Bee Belly Butter to try and combat the itchiness while on a recent trip at Target for around $13.



It's a thick cream created to apply all over your stomach to help soothe your skin. 

It's fragrance free, paraben free, phthalate free, and contains no petrochemicals. 

It contains shea, cocoa, and jajoba butters, as well as vitamin e.

First off I love that this is fragrance free. I am not a fan of that strong straight cocoa butter scent but I don't smell that or any other ingredients from this belly butter. That's a plus in my book, because some scents can make you feel nauseous during pregnancy! Currently can't stand the smell of coffee! 

When applying it quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. 

I can definitely feel a relief from itching after using this belly butter! I can't really say if it will help prevent stretch marks since I'm only 26 weeks along but it did relieve my itchy skin. If you're currently pregnant and suffering from intense stomach itch definitely give this a try! It's a must have!

You can find this at your local Target or drugstore for around $14.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rimmel Provocalips - Little Minx Review and Swatches

Rimmel recently came out with some new long wearing matte lipsticks that I had to try asap! I love a good matte liquid lipstick/stain. 
The color I picked up is #310 in Little Minx. The lipstick print is super cute! 

Here it is first swatched before it's dried. 

This is after it has set and dries matte.

So this liquid lipstick features a two step process. The right is the matte opaque color and the left is step two which is a shiny top coat. Step two is just a clear gloss to add shine. I prefer it matte. Both wands have a doe foot applicator. 

Rimmel claims that this is a 16 hour wear lipstick. I wore this all day for about 8 hours and it lasted through eating and drinking without transferring. I had a bit that had faded on my inner lip by the end of the day. 

The lipstick side doesn't have much of a scent, but the clear gloss has a bit of a fruity sweet scent. It's not very strong though. 

As for the formula this is where I had an issue with this product. If you plan on wearing this as a matte lipstick only without the clear gloss, the matte color side tends to feel sticky. If you press your lips together they stick to each other and feel as though they slowly peel apart. It's kind of an annoying feeling. 

Also after about five to six hours the color can get a little peely and flaky around the edges, especially if your not wearing a lip liner. I definitely recommend wearing this with a long wearing lip liner like Urban Decays 24/7 lip pencils. 

If your looking for a less expensive long wearing matte lipstick then this might be worth checking out. If you can splurge a bit more but still on the less expensive side I would recommend the Sephora cream lip stains over these for $13. The Rinmel Provocalips are around $7 depending on where you purchase it. 

The color itself is nice. They come in a few other shades as well, including some lighter nude tones.

If I had to rate this I would give it a two out of five stars. It's just ok for me. I think I'm just used to a little higher quality matte lipstick/stain.

Have you tried Rimmels Provocalips? What are your thoughts? 



Purchased myself

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cover Girl Lip Lava Review and Swatches ~ Look It's Lava!

There are so many new lip products in the drug stores right now. I came across the new Lip Lava from Cover Girl in Walgreens a week ago and had to pick one up! 

The color I chose is #850 in Look It's Lava!, which is a bright fuchsia pink with violet shimmer. 

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Blurry flash shot to pick up the violet sparkle!! 

First off the packaging is cute and just a general lip gloss tube. I do love the red cap as opposed to a basic black or silver cap. 

It does have a brush tip applicator, which I like. It pulls out more product than a doe foot applicator. 

It has a light scent which I can't honestly tell what it is as I'm currently sick with a cold and a sinus infection! Not fun btw! 

As you can see the color is gorgeous! It is very opaque. This shade is by no means a sheer gloss. You can wear this on it's own without lipstick because it has full color payoff! The shimmer in this is amazing as well! If you like sparkly glosses you need this!! 

The formula is very smooth and hydrating. It's not very sticky. 

It's not extremely long lasting. It will last a good three to four hours. If you eat or drink you will get some fading and it will transfer. 

This Lip Lava reminds me of MAC's dazzleglass but much more opaque, less sticky, and less expensive. 

There are quite a few colors to choose from. If you like nude colors there are some gorgeous lighter shades in this line as well, but you know I like my bright pinks! :)

I definitely am loving this Lip Lava and recommend you check them out! I plan on picking up a couple more shades myself. 

You can find them at your nearest drugstore or Ulta for around $6 to $8. 

Have you tried Cover Girl's new Lip Lava? 

Purchased this myself. 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!! Big News!!

Well since my last post so much has happened! I got some very exciting news to share with everyone!

I guess I'll start with sharing the gift we gave to my family a week before Christmas! 

If you follow me on Instagram then you might have already seen this, but I am expecting my third baby this year. This is how we shared the news with my family. I gave them this ornament and the expression on my moms face was priceless! Everyone is so happy and excited!

We also just found out last week that we are having a little girl! We are so thrilled with the news of a little girl, as we already have two boys so it is very exciting! My original due date was May 5, but it has since changed to April 27, so sometime mid Spring.

We have so much planning to do, with her nursery and what not but I can't wait to get started.

Since I had Nicholas three years ago I wanted to post mommy blog type of things, but I was not sure if I wanted to start a whole new blog or post on here. I could never really decide so I just never took the plunge.

I have decided with this pregnancy/baby I will post mommy blogs occasionally on here. I won't be overloading you with all things baby, but I think it will be fun to share things like that occasionally. I will still post beauty related things as well.

I hope you all had a great Christmas/Holidays/New Years! We had a great Christmas with family. For New Years we stay home. We like to stay in with the kids and watch the ball drop on TV. :)

I have a couple of new drugstore lip product reviews to come so keep a look out for those!

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.


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L to R - Vixen, Fire Starter, and Dollhouse
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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.