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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 😦 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:

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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:

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First things first:

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

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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):

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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):

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Time to catch up!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, sorry chicas! So here is an update to what I have been up to!

This look was inspired by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson (RIP) who was also flashy and glittery and fantastic!

This look is inspired by the 80’s rockers of yesteryear…you should’ve seen my hair!

Oh, those Arab eyes! This look was taken from Misschievous on YouTube, who is fabulously fantastic! Check her out, she’s really great!

Oh how I love green and yellow! This look was made with Sugarpill and Coastal Scents! One of my all-time favorites!

I did this look for Memorial Day and got tons of compliments! I used Coastal Scents for this look.

This look was inspired by Trashyfag on YouTube! Got tons of compliments on this too!

And this is a small bit of my Sugarpill haul from June! YAY!
Well, there you have it, a quick snapshot of what I’ve been up to! Talk to you soon chicas!

Electronic Green

This look was largely inspired by my new iPhone case! I love bright looks and this one seems just my style! Here it is:


First, I applied Too Faced eye shadow Insurance to my entire lid and eye area. I then colored the entire lid with the white Sephora jumbo eye pencil. Next, I applied the lightest green shade, followed by the medium shade in the middle and the darkest green shade at the end. I blended the dark green shade up and in towards the middle of the eye in the crease. I used white to finish blending and highlight the brow bone.

So there you have it, Electronic Green!

Wondering what I used? Here’s the breakdown, click on the product name for the link:

Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance http://www.toofaced.com

Coastal Scents 88 Eye Shadow Palette http://www.coastalscents.com

Stila Yumberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain http://www.stilacosmetics.com

Sephora Jumbo Eye Pencil in White 500 http://www.sephora.com

Nars Blush in Orgasm I love this blush! It is a peachy pink and has a slight shimmer. It gives you a sexy, dewy look. http://www.narscosmetics.com

So there you have it! Please feel free to leave me comments or suggestions or anything but hate mail lol 🙂 I’ll talk to you soon chicas, ciao!

Ocean Sunset

So, I just got the new Yumberry Crush Lip Stain by Stila and wanted to try something that had pink, purple and blue in it. This is what I came up with:

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I never realized how difficult it is to photograph yourself while trying to show eyeshadow, yikes, so bear with me! I got so many compliments today, so I must have done something right 🙂

Are you wondering what I used? Here’s the breakdown, click on the product name for the link:

Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance I use this every time I put on eyeshadow! http://www.toofaced.com

Coastal Scents 88 Ultra Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette (which is pretty much the only eyeshadow I have besides the regular 88p, remember I’m a newbie!) http://www.coastalscents.com

Stila Yumberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain Love it! Haven’t used it on my cheeks yet though. http://www.stilacosmetics.com

I hope to do some reviews of these products in the next few days, especially the Yumberry Crush! Let me know what you think, leave me a comment or question and I’ll talk to you soon chicas, ciao!