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My Search for a Great Red Lipstick and Subsequent NYX Haul

Hey everyone! I recently order a few items from NYX from Ulta and I just got them today! I ordered them from Ulta website because the main thing I wanted was out of stock on the NYX website ūüė¶ but I found that Ulta was having a Buy One Get One 50% off and that’s what sealed the deal!

I was searching for a great red lippie and I wanted MAC’s Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red¬†($16.50) but it said “coming soon” so that was out. Then I remembered I wanted to try something from Lime Crime, so I was going to get Lime Crime’s Opaque Lipstick in Glamour 101¬†($15.99) and that was sold out. While I was looking on their website, I saw their Velvetine in Red Velvet¬†($16.99) which is like a lip gloss that goes on matte and then I really wanted it¬†but–you guessed it– sold out! I was getting a little frustrated. I mean, I wanted to buy SOMETHING and all the stuff I wanted was unavailable! This is how I felt:


Needless to say, I derped around on the internet and I found this site that listed dupes for Lime Crime products. Listed on there as a dupe for Red Velvet was NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo. So I went to order it and–it was sold out. My mind was blown. The only hope I had was Ulta. I popped over to their website and sure enough it was in stock and on sale like I mentioned earlier. I grabbed a few other things and here’s what I ended up with:


First things first:

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Monte Carlo ($6):


This was the whole reason for my order! I was really excited for this but I have to say that it did not live up to my expectations. I found it to be a bit glossier than I thought it would be and it didn’t seem to apply very evenly. That being said the color was nice (a bit bluer toner than I expected) and was pretty opaque. It was soft and creamy also. When I blotted my lips, however, quite a bit came off. It’s possible that’s normal since it is basically a ‘gloss’ and may not be expected to have the same staying power as a lipstick. Overall, pretty good for the price, just not what I was anticipating.

NYX Matte Lipstick, Perfect Red and Natural

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These were the real standouts for me. They were velvety, pigmented, and matte. The red was exactly the shade I was looking for. It’s a bright blue-based red that is just amazing. Natural is a great go to mauve color. After blotting my lips, very little color came off. Plus, with the BOGO deal, I paid only $9 for both!

NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker (Eye Liner)($9):

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What I liked about this is that it was very easy to apply. It’s like a liquid liner and an eyeliner pencil got together and had a baby. It made making a wing super easy and I really liked the fine tip. The downside for me was that it was a bit runny but really it wasn’t too bad. It only ran a bit on the bottom inner side of my eye. The positive do outweigh the negatives and I think I will be really enjoying this liner.

NYX Studio Liquid Liner, Extreme Blue ($4.50):


This is an intense cobalt blue and I really love the color. It looks electrifying. It lasted all night and stayed that intense blue color. The downside: I found it difficult to apply and I felt it was hard to accurately control the brush tip on the wand. Since I was applying it to my lower lash line, it kept getting all over my bottom lashes, making it further difficult to get a nice clean line. Maybe with more practice I’ll become better accustomed to it, but again, it comes down to the price point. For the $4.50 it costs, it’s highly pigmented which you don’t really expect!

NYX Liquid Crystal Liner, Jade ($4.50):


I really liked the color and the glitter is great. I wore it just above the black liner and added a nice pop of color and sparkle. The downside: Just like blue liner, the brush tip was awkward for me to use. It stung a little right after applying it and I also opened my eye before it dried and it got on the top of my eyelid which was annoying because I had to try and get it off and fix the eyeshadow. All that being said, with proper precaution it should apply much easier next time! I think once I have used it more and get the “feel” for it, I will think about ordering more colors.

Some quick swatches:


From left to right: Super Skinny Eye Marker, Studio Liner in Extreme Blue, Liquid Crystal Liner in Jade, Soft Matte Lip Creme in Monte Carlo, Matte Lipstick in Natural, Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red.

On a side note, I got three random samples from Ulta in my order:

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My only gripe with this is that, seriously, the L’Oreal shade finder is not a sample in my opinion. It’s an advertisement. I was really disappointed with that but I do look forward to trying the other two items.


So overall my favorite items were the matte lipsticks. I at least felt that I found a great red lipstick, which was what this whole endeavor was for! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear your comments and/or experiences with NYX products or your search for your favorite red lipstick! Ciao!


A Few of My Favorite Things…

Yes, I know, it’s not Christmas and I promise not to list raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens but these are, nonetheless, a few of my absolute favorite makeup items!

First, I have my beloved (and well used, as you can see by the photos) Too-Faced Shadow Insurance (my primer of choice) and NYX Eyeshadow Base in White.

The primer is a must have for anyone, repeat ANYONE, whether you are a makeup artist or a bare essentials gal, primer will keep your eyeshadow put- no slip, no smudge, no crease! My dirty little secret: I’ve actually went to sleep without removing my eyeshadow (shocking, I know) and I have woken up with it still intact. No kidding. It will set you back about $20 (I’m in Oregon, so no tax!), but I use it everyday, and a little bit goes a very long way. A bonus is that it’s paraben-free, which I love! You can pick it up from the Too-Faced website here¬†or if you have a Sephora nearby, they carry it too.

Next is NYX Eyeshadow Base in White. I love this product because I am a huge fan of bright colors and a coat of this over the TFSI and the colors just pop right out at you! NYX also carries this base in White Pearl and Skin Tone. It also prevents my shadow from creasing or slipping as well. It costs about $7 and you can grab it off the NYX website here. If you are in the Portland, OR area, the only place I know that carries in store is Ulta.


Next up is Benefit Boi-ing and Eye Bright and Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Sparkle Powder.

I picked up this cute Benefit duo from Sephora some time ago, and I love it! The Boi-ing is a concealer and the Eye Bright is, well, and eye brightener! If I recall correctly, Eye Bright is normally sold in a pencil, which I think would make for an easier application. Although I use Eye Bright all the time, I never use it with a brush. It’s just too stiff! So I always use my fingers. The Boi-ing goes on nice and smooth and helps me cover up those stray blemishes and under eye issues. I’m not sure if they still sell this neat little duo any more but you sure can pick up the individual items here.

Now, the Tarina Tarantino glitter. Words cannot begin to describe my love affair with this glitter. It is as if a star fell from the sky, shatter into a million brilliant pieces, and Tarina snatched them up and put them in a bottle. Yeah, it’s that good. I got this little sample size in a box from Sephora with a hodge-podge of other shimmery, fantastic items. This has lasted me forever. Like a year I think. You only need a small amount to achieve glittery, glitzy glamour. Also, it looks pink in the container, but it doesn’t look pink once you put it on. It just looks like glorious sparkles. The original size comes in a bottle with one of those old school perfume pumps, if I’m not mistaken. I think I could literally cover myself in this stuff. Unfortunately, Tarina Tarantino pulled her line from Sephora, but she says her cosmetics will be available on her website TOMORROW here.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars. Let me count the ways you are amazing. Have you ever bought a lipstick or gloss that looked amazing from the package, but then tried it and were like-no way this is that color?!¬†Well, with OCC Lip Tars, you will not be disappointed. The color it looks on the outside is exactly¬†what it looks like on the inside. Some of the “crazier” colors, like blue, green, and yellow, along with the black and white, are meant for mixing to make your own unique colors! Obviously, black will darken the shades and white will lighten them. It’s pretty ingenious. Plus, they’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free! They will set you back about $16 each. Now, before you go crazy and think that there is no way you’d pay that much for that little thing, a little bit goes a very long way.¬†I’m talking a drop will cover your lips¬†completely¬†and, might I add, opaquely. I believe Sephora is stocking some of the colors and you can pick up the rest on the OCC website here.

And for those days when my face want a break, I stick to my ever trusty Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. The package says it all! 100% natural with a touch of light pink. My only recommendation is don’t use this if your lips are chapped! I don’t know if it’s just this color, but I made the mistake of using this when my lips were badly chapped, and it looked like a cakey, nasty mess (even though I only put a little on). If my lips are chapped, I opt for one of Burt’s Bees medicated lip balms. It helps them heal and it doesn’t look like I smothered my lips in a vat of wax. This cost me about $6 at Walgreens.¬†20130206_favs_004

So these are just a few of my favorite things. I’ll be sure to update on more of my favorite things because when it really comes down to it, all of the makeup I own are my favorite!¬†

On a side note, I am expecting to receive a new neon colored palette, some brushes, and a BeautyArmy box in the next week or two, so stay tuned! Ciao!

My New Coastal Scents 252 Palette!

So, I picked up the 252 palette from Coastal Scents (available¬†here) and, as everything else I’ve tried from them, I love it! Here is a video that I made with the swatches that you can view here!

Here are some looks I made:

Chocolate Collaboration

Soft Arab

The Hulk (Collaboration)

Soft GreyPurple and White

Along with my palette came a sample pack! Here’s what it looks like:


Thanks for stopping by!

Tokidoki time!

A while back I snagged the Tokidoki Robbery palette and I love the shimmery, glittery-ness of it! That’s Soya, Ninja Dog, Mateo( I think that’s how it’s spelled) and Candy Cane(my absolute favorite crazy shimmery white!) and the dark green in there is from Coastal scents 88 palette. Of course, finished off with bright pink lips with Urban Decay’s Crush (which I love love love!!) Until next time Chicas!