Karity Liquid Lipsticks: Try-On and Review

Karity Liquid Lipsticks: Try-On and Review

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
It's been too long since I've posted a review! Today, I'll be sharing a liquid lipstick set from Karity that I've been loving since I got it back in May.  About Karity Karity is 100% cruelty-free and many of their products are vegan and clearly marked as such on their website. They also donate a meal to an animal in need (via the SPCA) for every palette purchased. They donate to other organizations, too, which they discuss on their website. Once I do a palette cleanout, I'll definitely be checking out their eyeshadow palettes, because I'd love to help them make some animals happy. A key feature about the brand is that they keep their price point low, like drugstore-level low. The price for these lipsticks is incredible—only $6 per…
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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Eyes, Face, Lips, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
Today I’m going to finally share my thoughts about the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette. I’ve had this palette around for a long time and realized I never posted a review! The details $32 from Sephora’s website Cruelty-free and vegan 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.53 g Holographic Shades in Emerald (green), Saphyre (blue), Amethyst (ultra-violet), Opal (pink) Packaging This palette has some of the coolest packaging of any palette in my collection. It’s a white and iridescent triangle with an embossed A design. It’s cardboard but feels reinforced because of the plastic coating. It has a magnetic closure that really stays shut. Inside, it has a mirror and a smooth matte covering around the pans. It feels similar to something like NARS or ELF packaging but doesn’t pick up…
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Sephora 2018 Birthday Gift: BITE Beauty

Sephora 2018 Birthday Gift: BITE Beauty

Lips, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
My birthday’s tomorrow, so now is a great time to talk about Sephora’s 2018 birthday gift! I love BITE Beauty, and I was so happy to find out that they’re cruelty-free (the other birthday gift option is Glam Glow, which unfortunately isn’t cruelty-free). I have a few lipsticks that started with minis just like these—one from when I was VIB rouge and a duo from one of their holiday collections. I’ve since expanded to a couple full-size lipsticks because they had a VIB Rouge exclusive and a couple limited-edition shades that caught my eye. This little set comes with two different lipstick formulas and a couple lip care samples. Let’s take a look! Lipsticks: Amuse Bouche in Chai on the left, Matte Créme Crayon in Glacé in on the right.…
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Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Give Me Mocha

Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Give Me Mocha

Lips, Product reviews
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Wet 'n Wild (they make great stuff, they're affordable, and they're cruelty-free!), so when they came out with the Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks, I was eager to try them. I'm pretty picky with liquid lipsticks, so I only grabbed one in the shade 925B Give Me Mocha. Color and Comparison to Other Lipsticks This lipstick is a brownish pink. For some skin tones, this could be considered a nude shade. Immediately this shade reminded me of Kat Von D Lolita, and even the VIB Rouge exclusive Stila liquid lipstick in Firenze. Lolita (top) is a bit more reddish, and Firenze (middle) is more on the pink side. Give Me Mocha is definitely more brown-based. But on the lips, it's very similar…
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Milk Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.

Milk Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.

Lips, Product reviews
I've been hearing about the brand Milk for a long time, and I finally decided to pick up their mini lipstick in C.R.E.A.M. To be perfectly honest, I've kind of stayed away from the brand because it felt like Sephora has been pushing it like crazy, both via email and in the stores. I'm always wary of something that's being over-the-top marketed out. I don't know what changed my mind (it was probably because I was in the "little things" section by the checkout), but I decided to pick this up. I was attracted to the brown tone and convenient size. I feel like the shade is pretty unique, and I couldn't think of any lipsticks I have of the same color, which is really saying something! The packaging claims…
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Pare Down: April Update

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Lifestyle, Lips, Organization, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Another month already? Man, this month was rough. My routine was thrown off a lot and I had some intense work deadlines, so tidying was straight-up not a priority for me. I can't help but think I could have tried harder or pushed through, but I needed that time to focus on my work and my family and friends, and I'm much happier for it in the end. This is a fantastic lesson in expressing understanding towards myself -- it's something I offer freely to others but don't extend to myself. I got on and off track with my daily tidying goal and my strength training. I managed to cook about three meals per week. I packed lunches fairly regularly instead of buying (a luxury in downtown SF). I got all the…
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Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and Lipliner

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and Lipliner

Lips, Product reviews
Hello, lovelies! Marc Jacobs came out with a liquid lipstick (a bit late to the game, but hey, it's exciting), and I was so excited to try it. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love lipsticks, especially liquid lipsticks. You can imagine my thrill when I received an email from Influenster saying I was getting this voxbox. I've talked about Influenster before and I've gotten a number of voxboxes through them, but this was probably the box I was most excited for. If you want to sign up for Influenster, you can use my referral link or just go to their website. I don't get paid or anything, just more "impact score points" for the first 20 referrals, which increases my chances of…
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Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi! I was so excited to grab the Everlasting mini liquid lipstick set by Kat Von D during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in November. This set contains 8 mini liquid lipsticks. I already had mini versions of Lolita and Lolita II as well as a full size of Ayesha, and I've fallen in love with the formula. These liquid lipsticks hold up through a whole day, and they don't change color over time. I find that while these don't dry out my lips (as long as I stay reasonably hydrated), they don't feel moisturizing either. To help make sure your lips don't dry out, I suggest putting on a lip balm for a few minutes and wiping it off just before you apply the lipstick. I love when brands let you try a range…
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Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Didya know that drugstore brands are coming out with liquid lipsticks like crazy now? It seems like everyone's looking for a matte, long-lasting lip. I've used a few high-end versions, and now I'm finally sharing a drugstore one with you! I was sent the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color by Influenster. I've talked about them in many posts, but you can find the first one here. But of course, while I was sent these lipsticks for review for free, the opinions I'm sharing in this post are all my own. I was sent the shades Constant Toast and Keep Up the Flame. Constant Toast is a frosty pink, and KUTF is a bright red. These lipsticks are double-ended, with the color on one side and a balm on the other. The…
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Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Fall, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
Wow, Colleen's doing a Halloween post? Well, kinda... I've never really gotten into Halloween, except for the candy when I was a kid. Now, I supposed I'd be excited for a costume party just for the fun makeup. So today's post and video are about getting awesome glittery lips without the mess and expense of glitter glue and loose glitter. Does it look exactly the same as if you went through all that trouble? Not completely. But does it still look cool? Yep. I got these glitter singles from Wet 'n Wild a while ago and used them on my eyes a couple times (including in my first 2-minute transformation video). But being the lipstick-lover I am, I naturally began to wonder how these would work on the lips. The…
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Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
I'M LOVING THIS WEIRD LIPSTICK TREND. Also, I love starting all my blog posts with all caps... Lots of brands are coming out with bold, crazy lipsticks. Now it's easy to get them from the drugstore, too! I grabbed a few shades of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds collection, and some new shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection. I also had Stone Fox from their original shades too. Here are the Maybelline shades I got... Left to right: Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige, Wickedly White, Chocoholic, Violet Vixen, and Sapphire Siren Gone Greige is a beautiful nude-but-not-boring shade. It's a true matte and goes on really pigmented and smooth. It will definitely be my most-used of the bunch. I've been looking for a "greige" lipstick and this one is excellent (and…
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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