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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? 

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 Target.com 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!

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