Friday, February 12, 2016

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick Review and Swatches!

I purchased this trio of mini liquid lipsticks during the holidays. Sephora had this set for only $22 so I couldn't pass up such a great deal! 

I thought it'd be a great way for me to try a new brand and a great combination of shades. 

I must quickly note that this set is no longer available but these shades are sold individually in the full sizes.

The three shades included are Swoon, Pin Up, and Diva.

Natural light, First applied still wet
L to R ~ Swoon, Pin Up, and Diva
Dried and set natural light
Dried and set with flash

Swoon is a peachy nude. It's a great everyday shade that will work with anything.

Pin Up is a mauvey medium plum shade. I LOVE this one! This is probably my favorite of the three if I had to choose one!

Diva is a classic red. You can never go wrong with a good red!

I wasn't aware Ciate made lip products. I only knew of their nail products before this. I am always up for trying new lip products so I had to have this little set.

They have a mousy consistency and they set very quickly. 

I think lip prepping is key when wearing liquid lipsticks.

If you're wearing liquid or matte lipsticks daily you should exfoliate your lips once a week. This will ensure you remove any dead skin. You don't want to apply a matte lipstick to peely dry lips. 

Next you want to always prep with a lip balm before liquid lipstick application. This will just ensure a nice smooth canvas for your lipstick.

If you take these steps you should have no problems with liquid lipsticks.

These are extremely long wearing. I've worn these for a solid 12 hours and they didn't budge. You will get minor fading on the inner lip with eating or drinking but it's minor.

There are a few other shades listed on as well as these but I did see that Ciate is bringing out eight new shades!! 

They are $19 each with 0.22 oz of product. This is a great price for how much product you get. You get 0.11 in a Anastasia liquid lipstick.

I absolutely love these and plan on picking up several more! I honestly think I need them all!! 

Here's a photo of me wearing Pin Up!

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Makeup Show 2016 Dates!

I attended The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco back in late August. It was my first time attending The Makeup Show. I was excited to have an event near me as I live in Northern California.

This year The Makeup Show is back with shows in L.A., NYC, Dallas, and Chicago.

There will also be more Pop Up Shops in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

They just had a show in Orlando which I didn't realize already passed!

The Makeup Show L.A.will be on March 19 and 20. There will also be a Makeup Show Gala on the 18.

The Makeup Show NYC will be May 1 and May 2, 2016.

The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop Atlanta will be June 18 and June 19, 2016.

The Makeup Show Dallas will be September 24 and September 25, 2016.

The Makeup Show Chicago will be November 12 and November 13, 2016.

These events are always a great time. You get so much education and product information. It's also great for networking, putting yourself out there and meeting new people.

Let me tell you I am quite a shy person in real life but I always have a great time at these kinds of events and always meet so many amazing and inspiring people.

When you're around like minded people and people who have the same passion as you it's really an uplifting positive experience.

Of course there will be several exhibitors so you can shop and replenish your kits at a discount.

The Makeup Show is for working professional artists so I definitely recommend attending if you have the opportunity. You won't regret it!

I recommend visiting and clicking on the "Updates" tab so you can sign up for their mailing list so you can stay up to date on everything!

You can also purchase your tickets now!

I hope to attend The Makeup Show again this year! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara Review

I received the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara from Influenster. I have been using it for over a month so I figured it's about time I share my thoughts.

The tube is beautiful! I have several other Marc Jacobs products and I love how the packaging always feels very high end. I wouldn't expect anything less! 

As you can see here on the left is without mascara and on the right is with one coat of Velvet Noir!

I have been loving this mascara! It gives my lashes so much volume and length!

I have sensitive eyes and this hasn't irritated my eyes at all. 

The formula is a little bit more wet but once it dries I didn't have any flaking or smudging. 

I honestly was very surprised at how much I loved this mascara. I guess I didn't expect much since there are only a few mascaras I truly love. 

I would definitely recommend you check this one out! 

You can find it at sephora for $26.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cao Cosmetics Editorial Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

I have another new line to feature here on LipGlossGossip today. When you attend beauty events it's always great to learn of new products or new to you brands!

I learned of Cao Cosmetics at The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco a few months ago and thought it was time to share my thoughts on what I picked up.

At the show they had a display of shadows, blushes, palettes, and even some really nice lighting! I gravitated towards the palettes. 

The palette itself is packaged in a standard cardboard packaging. Nothing fancy but it's simple and not too bulky. 
The palette opens up backwards which I thought was odd. It seems as though the shadows should be on the other side of the palette. Every time I reach for this I am thrown off and I open it with the shade names upside down since it feels like the palette should be arranged the other way. I think or hope you understand what I'm saying! 

With that being said once I do open it I just turn it the right way and have no real issues with it. I mean who am I to say anything, I look at magazines from back to front! Lol.

Natural light

Natural light
I was gravitated toward this palette mainly for these six shadows. I figured everything else was just a bonus.

Natural light
L to R
Sassy, Awaken, Chic, Expose, Rust, Glam, Verde, Cosmo, Dusk, Abyss, Sin, and Latte.


The shadows are beautiful. I have really loved using this palette. They all blend beautifully, 

They are very pigmented. The swatches above are with no primer. 

I think this is a really versatile palette. You get some really beautiful everyday neutrals and some fun colors as well. I haven't really used the blues and greens but I can see myself using them a lot more come Spring time. 

This is the Editorial palette but they also make a High Fashion palette that has some super bright shades and they have a Smokey palette that includes some beautiful neutral shades.

They are made here in the U.S..

They do not test on animals and are paraben free.

Now here is the only negative they are $90! I was able to purchase them half off due to being at The Makeup Show but if you were to purchase these directly from the website they would cost $90.

While I love these shadows I would not pay $90 for this palette! 

If you find these at a beauty event, makeup show, or a sale of some sort I definitely recommend checking them out! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ittse Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

I have a new makeup line to feature on the blog today. I came across Ittse when I attended The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco back in late August.

They had a small booth set up with some eyeshadows, blushes, and palettes on a table. 

Their whole idea is being able to create customizable palettes.

I had never heard of the line before but definitely wanted to pick up a few shadows to test the brand.

I decided I would pick up four eyeshadows. I passed on their palette because I have quite a few empty z palettes lying around. 

First of all this packaging is adorable! It's very feminine and girly. Obviously no one will keep the packaging but I just had to share how cute it is! 

Natural light

I opted for four neutral-ish shades.
Left to right is Lincoln, Brut, Barefoot, and Boho. 
Lincoln is a warm copper. This is a beautiful lid color. One of my favorite ways to wear this has been on the outer corner blended in with Brut on the lid. It creates a beautiful light fresh faced eye look. 

Brut is a shimmery beige. This is another great lid color. I have also used this for an inner corner highlight. It's just a great everyday shade.

Barefoot is matte light pastel cantaloupe shade. This a beautiful transition color. I have used this one a ton. It is pretty light though so this might not be a great transition color for darker skin tones. It would still make for a great lid color though.

Lastly I picked up Boho. Boho is a matte cool mauve rose shade. This is another great transition shade for cooler toned eye looks. I have loved using this one on the outer corner as well with Brut on the lid. 

All of these eyeshadows are beautifully pigmented. They all blend very easily.

I have combined them all together and used them in conjunction with other shadows in my collection and I have just been loving them! 

I haven't had any issues with creasing or fading. I do always use a primer. 

A couple things that might interest you is they are paraben free, gluten free, and they do not test on animals. 

I really wish I would have purchased more. I would love to get more products but I don't know where they're sold other than their website. I wish they were more easily accessible. I know most people like to see product in person for swatching and what not.

I don't remember how much I paid for these at The Makeup Show but they're listed online for $7.99 each. I think this is a great price for such beautiful and high quality eye shadows. 

They are metal pans so you will need some sort of palette to store them in. 

The Ittse palettes are $21.99 each.

Overall I definitely recommend you check out this product line. If you come across them at a beauty event don't pass them up!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches

Last year the brand ColourPop exploded onto the beauty seen!

I first heard of the brand through Instagram of course. I started seeing it on my feed over and over again. I didn't pay that much attention to it till I learned of the price, everything was very affordable at $5 each for lipsticks, lip pencils, and shadows. I was intrigued by the price but still held out on purchasing anything.

Then they released some new liquid matte lipsticks for $6 each and of course I couldn't pass that deal up! 

You know I love liquid lipsticks so I purchased eight. I know, I know eight is a lot but that was me having self control lol! I wanted them all! 

I purchased the shades Trap, Bumble, Succulent, Pacific, Highball, Sundae, Buds, and Drive-In.

Trap is a cool taupe shade that is very on trend right now.

Bumble is a warm terracotta shade.

Succulent is a warm red orange.

Pacific is a bright orange.

Highball is a bright warm fuchsia.

Sundae is a cool purple toned fuchsia.

Buds is a bright Barbie pink.

Lastly Drive-In is a cool mid one purple.

This is just eight of the over forty shades that they have now. They definitely have a wide range of colors. There is a shade for everyone.

The texture on these varies slightly from shade to shade, although they have a creamy texture over all. 

I had the most trouble with Highball and Buds. The texture of these was almost lumpy so it required work to get a smoother application. They also didn't dry very evenly after application. They were a bit patchy.

The ones that were the best formula and comfort wise was Trap and Bumble.

These two were also the longest lasting on the lips as well. I would say around four or five hours. 

Every single one of these peeled and cracked in a weird way. 

I would say all the liquid lipsticks I've used in the past when faded, fade from the inner lip area because that is from eating, drinking, and talking. 

These though cracked and crumbled off and the weirdest part was it happened from the outer edge of the lip and every other area of the lip as well. 

I guess it was just less attractive to have it crumble away in various random areas verses fading from the inner lip like most lipsticks do. 

Another negative for me was trying to fix it and smooth over it by reapplying just made it worse. The newly applied liquid lipstick would rub the previously applied lipstick and ball up and look chunky. 

It was just a mess. I've never had such a negative experience with liquid lipsticks.

I hate writing bad reviews but I have to be totally honest. I would not recommend these at all! 

Before you think we'll maybe she doesn't know what she's doing, I have almost every single liquid lipstick on the market. I've been buying liquid lipsticks before they were the trend. I started with Stilas original liquid lipsticks years ago.

I also don't have dry lips and always prep my lips with lip balm before any lipstick application. 

I did try these with various lip balms underneath and none at all to try and get the best outcome but they were a fail time and time again.

I guess this is one of those you get what you pay for instances. For about double that price you can get amazing liquid lipsticks from the Sephora line. 

I think the company and customer service is great. They have many other great products. I love their eye shadows! 

I would just pass on the Ultra Matte Lipsticks. 

Have you tried ColourPops Ultra Matte lipsticks? What was your experience? 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes - Review

I received these Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes from Influenster about a month ago. 

The pack only included five wipes but I think it was plenty to form an opinion.

The towel (wipe) has a quilted like texture.
It's hard to tell from this photo but they had a bit of a soapy/sudsy feel to them. 

I've used a lot of wipes and none of them every felt soapy. I didn't really like that aspect of these wipes.

Here's a little before and after, after using the wipes.

The first photo is my makeup at the end of the day. I have pretty much a full face of makeup including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, liner, and brows. 

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with these wipes. They did a great job at getting all my makeup off, including my mascara and liner. 

They didn't leave an oily feeling to my face. 

They contain vitamin E and are hypoallergenic. 

Another positive is they didn't burn my eyes! It's never fun when you use a wipe to remove your eye makeup and it stings, but I didn't have that problem at all with these.

So despite the soapy feeling I really like how these wipes performed. I definitely recommend you check out the Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes. 

You can find these at your nearest Target or drugstore.

Product received for review courtesy of Influenster.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Stila Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set - Review and Swatches

I've loved the Stila liquid lipsticks for years. I've blogged about them years ago, before liquid lipsticks were all the rage. They still remain in my top five favorites. 

I was thrilled to see this cute little set come out a couple months ago! I was going to have to pass on posting about it because it sold out but it came back in-stock on so I figured I'd share! 

The set is $39 and includes six mini liquid lipsticks. 
The packaging is cute. It's a great gift for the holidays! It would make a great stocking stuffer as well. Stick a bow on it and you're good to go! 

Another cute thing would be to gift one individually to each of you're friends with a candy cane and some ribbon tied around it! 
The shades included are Caramello, Patina, Fiery, Como, Chianti, and Aria. 

Natural light, still semi wet
L to R - Caramello, Patina, Fiery, Como, Chianti, and Aria.
Natural light, mostly dried/set

I didn't have any of these shades so this was a great choice for me. I bought it mostly for the shade Como. It was a new shade they released in the summer and I really wanted to try it. I thought it would be great to have a couple of more nude shades since I don't really have any in liquid lipstick form. 

Caramello is a flesh tone nude. It's a bit light for my taste but I can wear it with a lip pencil to make it more wearable for myself. 

Patina is a pink/mauve nude, think Kylie Jenner lip. I really love this one and have used it quite a few times already. It's an easy color to throw on when you don't know which lipstick to wear or you're in a rush.

Fiery is a classic red. I love this one! I used to have the full size years ago but used it up. Happy to have it again! Great for the holiday season! 

Como is a bright almost neon purple. I love this shade! I've only worn it a couple times but mostly because I've been embracing the Fall and wearing some deeper shades. I'm sure I'll wear this a ton in the Spring. 

Chianti is a very deep plum berry. It's a very vampy shade. I love it! 

Lastly my favorite of them all has been Aria. It's a beautiful deep magenta cranberry shade. It has honestly been my go to lipstick recently. I've been using it a lot! This is a must have in my opinion! 

These are all very long lasting. You can eat and drink with these on and they won't budge. I get a little fading on the inner lip area by the end of the day but it's very minimal. 

They can be a little drying so I recommend you exfoliate your lips prior to wearing a liquid lipstick to make sure you have a smooth surface to work with. Then apply a dab of lip balm to prime your lips, then your liquid lipstick will apply smoothly and evenly. 

I definitely recommend you check this out. I got mine from Sephora. It's not in-stock on sephoras site but they might have it in your local store. 

It is in-stock on right now though! 

Like I said this would make a great gift for the holidays, especially for a makeup junkie! :)

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Vera Wang Embrace Winner!

I just wanted to quickly announce the winner for the Vera Wang Embrace fragrances. 

I chose a winner via random number generator.

The winner is Monica!

I will be contacting you to get your mailing info!

Thank you all for participating! 

I will have more giveaways very soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette - First Impressions, Review and Swatches!

Oooooh you know the holidays are getting near once all the holiday makeup collections start to release! Like you I have many items on my list. Oddly enough this was not something I was initially interested in. I'm not quite sure why. I have the original Lorac pro and pro two palette and absolutely love them. I passed on the Mega pro last year and kinda regretted it once it was sold out.

I was going to pass on this one too but after seeing pictures of it over and over again on my instagram feed, it started to look like a great palette that I could and would use every day.

I picked this up on Sunday at my Ulta and I'm so glad I did!

The palette is quite pricey at $59 but I think it's definitely worth the price. The regular Lorac Pro palettes are $42 a piece and you're getting two palettes in one here for only $17 more. So I think it's definitely worth it.

I feel like most Lorac palettes I've purchased have come with a eye primer but this one does not, just so you are aware.

The palette in size is not bulky despite being double the size of a Lorac pro palette. The thinness of the palette keeps it from being bulky. I think it would be great for travel. You have every shade you'd need with you. I love that there is a nice size mirror included.

The palette includes sixteen matte shades in the top two rows and sixteen shimmer shades on the bottom rows.

I think you get a great variety of warm and cool tones. There are great blending shades, transition shades, and I love a good shimmery lid shade and there are plenty of them!

The looks that you can create are endless. You can get a great neutral eye, smokey eye, and even a colorful eye look.

If you have never used Lorac eye shadows you don't know what you're missing! Lorac eye shadows are some of the best out there. The formula is like butter...BUTTER!  The pigmentation is amazing. They blend easily. Some of them can kick up a lot of dust but that doesn't hinder the quality, blend-ability, or performance at all.

On to some swatches!

First row - Matte
Second row - Matte

Third row - Shimmer

Fourth row - Shimmer

I've already used this palette and love it! I am so glad that I changed my mind and picked it up. I know I will use this a lot. I highly recommend that you pick up the Lorac Mega Pro 2 for yourself before it sells out. It is a limited edition item so once it's gone, it's gone!

This would be a great gift for anyone this holiday season!

You can find it on ulta now!

Do you plan on getting the Lorac Mega Pro 2? What holiday collections are you looking forward to?

Be sure to enter my giveaway on my last post! It ends in a couple days! Details are in the post but all you have to do is leave a comment to enter!

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