Friday, November 20, 2015

Swatch Out! L.A.Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss: Tulle, Frisky, Backstage

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L.A. Girl
 Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts. Cruelty Free. Never Tested On Animals. Net Wt. 0.17 OZ. $5.00

I'll start with the positives, which is the price and amount of product you get for under $10.00. The longevity of this product is fair, as it will wear for a long while as long as you don't eat or drink anything between that time. The colors are bold and dry down to a matte finish pretty quickly. Careful when applying, some colors may go on patchy or uneven. I found this to be the case with Backstage, (see dry swatch below). I did not have this issue with Frisky or Tulle. The packaging is that of a large lip gloss and it comes with a flat sponge tip applicator for easy application. Once applied to the lips it does not get sticky or tacky before drying like some of the more pricey liquid lipsticks that are on the market.  Since I am a fan of "Red" liquid lipsticks. Frisky is a dupe for Lime Crime's "Red Velvet" Velvetine and Jeffree "Star's Red Rum" Velour Liquid Lipstick.  
Price: 5
Packaging: 5
Longevity: 5
Pigmentation: 5

Shown above when wet
Shown above 5 minutes after applying.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

RIP: Melt Cosmetics: Bane, Belladonna 2, DGAF

 (left to right) bane, dgaf, belladonna 2

( left to right) bane, dgaf and belladonna 2
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belladonna 2

First off let me start by saying that I love these colors in general, the idea was great but the execution is lacking. The formula its self is oily, runs off the lips and is not really matte at all, the color gets all over everything including your teeth and the formula reminds me of a drugstore lipstick. For example Loreal, Revlon's creme formula. The pricing is too high at $19.00 a lipstick plus $6.00 shipping. They describe their formula as a retro matte, but M.A.C had already coined that title with their own line of retro matte's with Ruby Woo being one of my favorites amongst them. The packaging is also not so exciting. With the new wave of matte liquid lipsticks at comparative prices by Colorpop, Jeffree Star, Dose of Colors, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and L.A. Splash Cosmetics, I wonder if matte lipsticks are becoming a thing of the past. 

Why I purchased:
These lipsticks were so hyped up on social media and the advertising was great. I did not see one bad review. But I am a tough critic when it comes to lipstick, so I wasn't surprised by my reaction. Belladonna 2 was the first lipstick I purchased and I noticed it wasn't as pigmented in person as I had seen on blogs, but I chalked that up to lighting, filters and hype. However when it starting running off my lips and transferring onto everything, the red flags came out. Matte lipsticks usually do not transfer, and that is why I prefer them. Bane and DGAF were very pigmented, but also transferred onto everything and did not last long on the lips. I was dissapointed and since then decided not to buy anything else based off of hype and propaganda, plus that dissapointment cost me. Almost $80.00. Price isn't everything but in this case I didn't get what I paid for. 

The shipping was fast, and the colors looked beautiful for the few hours they were on my lips. 

If you are looking for a great decent priced matte lipstick, try NYX cosmetics matte lipsticks on the low end at $6.00 each or M.A.C cosmetics matte lipsticks on the high end at $17.00 each.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pressed! Rockstar Energy SuperSours Green Apple Inspired Nails

*wet n wild wild shine- stand the test of lime
*hot topic Blackheart beauty multi neon
 *wet n wild wild shine- stand the test of lime*
*hot topic Blackheart beauty multi neon*

This nail look is inspired by my favorite Rockstar Energy drink flavor Green Apple, and as a self proclaimed collector of many nail polish colors, finishes, and brands pairing these two colors together were a no brainer. For right now I'll admit the nails are a little bold and ahead of the curve, since it is winter and everyone is flashing, deep wines, mauves, nudes, and greys on the nails around this time. I thought I would get myself in the mood for spring a little early. And there is no time like the present.
*wet n wild wild shine- stand the test of lime*

This nail color is not opaque at all, it took two coats for this swatch. And it if it were not for the glitter and confetti on top it would be a wash. I do not recommend this for stand alone wear. The color went on uneven and patchy, which is a little surprising because the Wet N Wild brand is never disappointing when it comes to nail polish quality. The watery color could have worked with a shimmer polish, not a creme. I give this particular product a 3 of out 5.
*hot topic Blackheart beauty multi neon*

Hot Topic always dissapoints when it comes to makeup quality, and pigmentation. But I am a little impressed with this color confetti with a clear polish base.  How daring and retro. I like this particular brand because the nail colors come in a cool skull bottle and you know I love skulls. I give this product a 4 out of 5.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Nicka K Lip color: Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, Panama City

 I love that these lip colors give you just enough color on the lips and wear and feel like a lipgloss. Although Tampa and Pensacola are more opaque. They last a few hours before reapplication. And are moisturizing.  $2.99USD
Packaging: 5
Price: 5 
Longevity: 3