Upcoming Collection: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Prom Night, RedRum, I’m Royalty

Black Friday brought us a lot of great cosmetics sales and events. One of the most intriguing being the pre-order launch of Jeffree Star Cosmetics, helmed by celebrity makeup artist Jeffree Star. Known for his mastery of rich, vivid colors, we expect nothing less than three beautiful matte liquid lipstick shades to kick off the collection.

As the new year approaches, customers have begun to receive their liquid lipsticks in Prom Night (hot pink), RedRum (vibrant true red), and I’m Royalty (cool tone purple). The first three launches in the new line have been reviewed by others as some of the best liquid lipsticks out there. They are said to be non-drying (as many liquid lipsticks are, especially matte ones) and not being patchy when used with the included applicator stick. I find quite a few of my matte liquid lipsticks to be very patchy upon application so I am most intrigued by this piece of feedback. I often look like I have full coverage in the middle of my lips and then it starts to go downhill from there.

Yes, these colors and very bright and might not be for everyone. But no fear! The good news is that these are just the FIRST in a series of colors coming soon from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. We have been informed by the creator himself that some nude shades are in the works and should be ready for release as early as March! I know I will be patiently waiting for the nudes!

Upcoming Collection: MAC Cinderella

This collab has the potential to be EPIC. With the right promotions and of course the right packaging, it could leave bloggers and consumers drooling for months.

It could be the new Wonder Woman. It could be the new Hello Kitty! It could even be the new Heatherette. OMG!

After a 2014 filled with limited edition packaging that put our emotions on a roller coaster ride, 2015 could be the year of the comeback. Cinderella is such a timeless classic with so many opportunities for a win! Looking at some of the sneak peek pictures, I find myself a little disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love rose gold! But when you start off with a glass slipper promo with a crystal blue background, one comes to expect a little bit of crystal! The rose gold and grey seems completely out of left field. Maybe MAC has some tricks up its sleeve. Possibly a fairy godmother of their own come to give them the packaging they need!? Fingers crossed!

Get The Look: Bold Eyes, Lips, and Brows! feat. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick ‘Heathers’ and Melt Cosmetics ‘Dark Matter’ Eyeshadow Stack

I know the makeup standard is to only emphasize one or two areas when you apply makeup. Either select eyes and brows and complement with a neutral lip or bold brows and lips and then a neutral eye. Well I threw those rules to the wind today!

I have recently become obsessed with makeup artist Patrick Starr. I’ve been a YouTube subscriber of his channel for about six months, but in the last three or four weeks I have been binge watching his videos. He always refers to himself as “plus size” and therefore adjusts his makeup routine to fit his size. Because of his size and the size of his wigs/turbans, he can pull off a lot of makeup.

Well, I am plus sized as well, so I decided to try the bold everything look as well! Luckily I didn’t turn out looking like a clown! Thank you so much Patrick Starr for inspiring me to create this look with bold brows, dark lips, and smokey eyes.

BRAND NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipcolor in ‘Heathers’ on my lips. You can read my full review of this product here.

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You can’t always take a serious selfie!

I wanted to take another crack at my new Melt Cosmetics eyeshadow stack in ‘Dark Matter’ so I used the color ‘Unseen’ all over the lid, in the transition, and even up a little past the crease. This color blends in with my skin tone so I thought it would create a nice canvas and cancel out any darkness. As an actual transition color, I used a smokey purple from the Morphe Brushes 35N Eyeshadow Palette. This all-matte palette has become a lifesaver for me because there are so many essentials colors included. I continued to blend this purple in the transition area and into the crease. In the crease, I blended two additional shadows from the same Morphe palette. Both were cool browns that added a little bit of depth as I began to smoke out the outer corner of the crease. Then, on the outer corner of the eyelid, I used ‘Enigma’ from ‘Dark Matter’ to add a bit more color. On the bottom lash line, I blended out a black Buxom liner pencil with a little bit of the color ‘Dark Matter’ from Melt near the outer corner. As I came towards the inner corner, I used ‘Enigma’ again. Lastly, I added a bit of shimmer (‘Bella Gold’ eyeshadow by Milani Cosmetics) in the inner corner to contrast with the all-matte look.
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ‘Dark Brown’, DipBrow in ‘Dark Brown’
Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear 6W1 Sandalwood
Lashes: Stardell SF 600
Mascara: Great Lash Maybelline
Under Eye Concealer: NYX Cosmetics HD Concealer #7 Face Highlight: MAC MSF ‘Gold Deposit’
Contour: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick #10
Bronzer: Black Radiance Mineral Blush ‘Toasted Almond’
Blush: MAC ‘Hot Nights’

Get The Look: MELT COSMETICS Eyeshadow Stack ‘Dark Matter’

** I’m not a pro makeup artist. But I like to dabble.= ) But practice makes perfect and I plan on practicing a lot more in the future!

Transition: Unseen (Dark Matter stack)
Lid: Enigma (Dark Matter stack)
Inner Corner: gold (Sephora + Pantone Marsala palette)
Bottom lash line (middle): Enigma
Bottom lash line (outer corner): dark purple (Sephora + Pantone Marsala palette)

MELT COSMETICS Eyeshadow Stack ‘Dark Matter’ Review With Pictures + Swatches on Chocolate Skin

I have just recently gotten into Melt Cosmetics (read: this was my first purchase), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been enthusiastic about the brand for months. When I heard about the release of their new eyeshadow stacks, I figured it was time to get my hands on something that said ‘melt.’

I ordered the ‘Dark Matter’ eyeshadow stack on Sunday evening and it came Wednesday afternoon. Talk about fast! Especially for a smaller cosmetics company. I was really impressed. There were two stacks released earlier this month, but I decided to only purchase the more neutral stack because I like to play it safe!

Like a lot of other people, I was impressed by the pan size. Each stack is $48 so that works out to $12 per pan. To put that into perspective, the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow singles are $12 (not in a compact) and the MAC singles are $15 (in a compact). The packaging is … innovative. I’m not sure how comfortable I would feel traveling with these. The magnets seem very strong, but one small slip and your entire eyeshadow could be exposed to whatever else is in your makeup bag.

Surprisingly, my favorite color was ‘Enigma’ (the red shade). Of course the red was my favorite color when I said I bought this stack for the neutrals LOL. It blended nicely with my skin tone and didn’t seem as bright/clownish on me as other reds. I loved this and will probably use this up first. It would be great if Melt could sell these separately in the future for repurchasing. However, the black shade, ‘Dark Matter’, was the smoothest of the four. It blended beautifully and if you have a heavy hand on the first swipe, you can really work with it to get it how you want it. But it is really pigmented so you don’t need a lot!

Overall, I feel that this stack would be better suited towards the light to medium skinned ladies. Unseen is literally “unseen” on me. You can’t see it at all! Blurr is a little too light/pigmented to use as a brow highlight. When I tried to use it other places on the lid, it made me look a bit ghostly. Enigma and Dark Matter are the only two shades that I can actually utilize and I don’t think I would pay $48 for two shadows. That’s just not in my budget for this year.

What are your thoughts? Will you be purchasing? Have you already purchased?

First Impression: DOSE OF COLORS Liquid Matte Lipstick ‘Berry Me’

While I am rarely on trend with the cosmetic products I purchase, liquid lipsticks are the exception. I ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ at every company that introduces a “new, revolutionary” formula in the liquid-to-matte craze. I have been eye-ing the DOSE OF COLORS liquid lipsticks since their release and was happy to see the brand had restocked all their colors right before Christmas. So, naturally, I picked one up right after the holiday. =)

I have been seeing their colors EVERYWHERE. Instagram and YouTube were full of people complementing the long lasting formula and the intense pigmentation that came wit just one swipe. One of my favorite YouTubers, Desi Perkins, tested out the color ‘Berry Me’ and loved it so  much that it ended up in one of her monthly favorites videos. She not only listed the item as a favorite, but wore it in the video! The video was informative, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the color! I basically watched a 10-minute video just for the lip color which I think is totally permissible.
‘Berry Me’ seems to be a chameleon color, meaning it changes color based on skin complexion and natural lip color. On Desi, it looked more muted neutral, but turned out to have a more pink base on me. I don’t mind the hints of fuchsia and I actually liked the color even more once I put it on. The color lasted throughout a meal and while it could have used a little bit of touching up, I decided to just ride it out and see what it would look like at the end of the day.

My only complaint about the product is the longevity. Now, you are probably thinking, what in the world!??! Why wouldn’t I want it to do its job and last all day?! Well … it’s great that it lasts all day, but the LAST THING I want to do at the end of the day is struggle to take off my lip color. I swear there was a fight between my Makeup Forever makeup remover and this product. It took me about 10 minutes and three cotton pads of remover to get the majority off. After several hours of wear, the color had quite a bit of time to settle into the lines in my lips making it almost impossible to get all the way off. I ended up having to use a lip scrub to get the color out of those lines. My lips were still pretty stained, but at least I could say I tried my best.

It would be great if the brand could come out with a lipstick remover. I would invest as long as I didn’t have to spend all that energy trying to get it off. I’ve heard that the product doesn’t react well to oily foods, so maybe some vitamin E oil would have been helpful in the removal process.

What do you think about the Dose of Colors liquid lipsticks? Anyone else struggling to get it off?

Upcoming Collection: NEW Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick Color

This color will be available March 31, 2015 on the Dose of Colors website. It is limited edition. http://doseofcolors.com/
The newest addition, Black Rose, is the brand’s first venture into a vampy cranberry color that a lot of other brands have already released this winter. It will be available at IMATS LA. But for the rest of the general population, we won’t be seeing this gorgeous color until March. It will be available (along with the rest of the liquid lipsticks) on doseofcolors.com.

This color is limited edition so it will be interesting to see the consumer response to its release. We have recently seen other small makeup brands really struggle to maintain their service (and their servers) during these limited edition releases. Lime Crime’s “Black Wednesday” sale before Thanksgiving included the surprise release of two new Velvetines, Cashmere and Pansy. Once the word got out about the release, the site promptly crashed and stayed that way for the next 12 hours.

Morphe Brushes was the most recent entry into the “small business struggle section”. The brand launched a limited edition eyeshadow palette full of handpicked products from Jaclyn Hill, a popular YouTuber in the social makeup community. The palette was set to launch at midnight on January 1, 2015, but the Morphe Brushes site was down before the crystal ball dropped in Times Square. Fans of Jaclyn Hill flooded the comment section of many of her photos on Instagram, as well as those belonging to Morphe Brushes, expressing their frustration/disappointment/anger about the delayed release.

The point of these two examples was to illustrate the importance of actually being ready for a release. Especially a limited edition release where we all know we will be on edge trying to purchase the item. I truly enjoy the other colors Dose of Colors has in their liquid lipstick collection and I can’t wait to purchase this one too. I’m ready so I sure hope Dose of Colors is!

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Existing Dose of Colors liquid lipstick shades.

Upcoming Collection: MAC Phillip Treacy

In April 2015, MAC and master milliner, Phillip Treacy, will bring us 11 products inspired by Treacy’s years designing hats for the runways of Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and others.

The collection will incorporate themes from three Treacy hats: The Gothic (full face mask out of black lace), The Metallic (geometric, crystals, lots of metal), and The Colorful (whimsical flowers with softer textures). The product breakdown includes 2 highlighting powders, 3 lipsticks, 2 Pro Longwear Paint Pots, 3 Fluidline eyeliners and a mascara.

Check out a peek at one of the highlighting powders and the three lipsticks below!

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Palette 2015

It took me three of four tries to type ‘2015’ in the title! My brain is still stuck saying ‘2014’! Anyways, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am truly excited to see what the new year will bring. I can’t wait bring some innovative content this blog! My first beauty purchase of 2015 was the Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette. I walked into Sephora today with intentions of buying the Kat Von D Monarch Palette, but came out with this instead. Why?

Well for starters, the Kat Von D Monarch Palette has 12 different shades. The Pantone Universe Eye Palette has 24. I’ll take the 24. The pans on the Kat Von D palette are much bigger, but sometimes bigger isn’t better. Today I wanted a little more color variety and so I didn’t care too much about the pan sizes. Also, let’s briefly talk about the price. The Monarch Palette comes in at $46 and the Marsala Palette is $39. Again, the latter wins the battle for my cash!

Now I will probably go back another day for the Kat Von D palette. I own practically everything she puts out. The items last forever and the pigmentation never fades. I know the quality of her work. I have never used a Sephora + Pantone Universe product, so I am gambling on the quality and longevity of today’s purchase. I did do some swatches in store and was impressed by most of the colors (ESPECIALLY the shimmers and the duo-chrome colors). The matte ones were just ‘ehhh’. But again, there were just so many colors, I was prepared for a few duds!

For now, I am excited to began using my palette and I hope I don’t regret my purchase!

First Impression: CoverGirl QUeen Colorlicious Glosses

Ok, so yes I was feeling myself after I did this look! LOL

Normally, I might take a picture with my phone if I try on a new lipstick or use a new eyeshadow. My point-and-shoot camera might get some play if I put on a full face. But this time I brought in the big guns with my DSLR because I was SO impressed with how these new products performed. I wanted to be able to capture the true colors I used with the best lens I had. I took these pictures when the sun was going down and the lighting is just coming from the backlight on my laptop below my face (I was sitting at my desk taking selfies!)

I got a chance to use some of the products that I purchased over the holidays as well as some old favorites. Some of these products are part of brand new collection roll-outs for 2015 and some products are just new to me. Now I am NOT a makeup artist. I am not a beauty professional. I just like makeup! But I really feel that many of the products I tried on my face today made it easy for me to feel like I knew what I was doing! For me, that is one of the best reviews I could give an item.

Product Breakdown >>

Favorite item: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

  • This will blend and blend and blend some more. And then blend itself. It was so creamy, but remained pigmented without looking harsh.

Least favorite item: City Color Slim Eyeshadow Compact

  • I didn’t even list this item in the product breakdown because when I went to put on some of the shadows, they wouldn’t show up. Swatched on my arm they were beautiful, by my eyelids weren’t having it.

Biggest surprise: City Color Sunlight Bronzing Stick

  • City Color redeemed themselves with this creamy highlighting stick. It adds just enough shimmer to highlight, but it didn’t clash with my matte foundation and contour.

You HAVE to buy: CoverGirl Queen Colorlicious Glosses

  • Super pigmented and will look beautiful on all skintones. Only $8 at Walgreens. You can’t go wrong!
Face —

  • Primer: ELF Mineral Primer, NYX Pore Filler (under my eyes, up my nose)
  • Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Liquid Foundation 6W1 Sandalwood
  • Under Eye:  NYX HD Concealer 07 Tan ( to highlight after foundation), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (to set undereye highlight so I don’t get oily during the day and turn into a mess!)
  • Blush: MAC Fever
  • Bronzer: City Color Sunlight Bronzing Stick (uh-maze-ing), Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in ‘Toasted Almond’
  • Contour: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick 10 Espresso
  • Shimma Shimma: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) in ‘Scene to be Seen’

Brows —

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in ‘Dark Brown’ (all over) & DipBrow in ‘Dark Brown’ (on the tail end)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Tinted Gel in ‘Medium/Deep’

Eyes —

  • Primer: MAC Prep + Prime Eye in ‘Medium Dark’
  • Shadows: NYX Single Shadows in ‘Showgirl’ (transition shade), Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Improper Copper’ (all over lid), Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Barely Brazen (inner corner of eye), Revlon ColorStay Shadow Link in ‘Cocoa’
  • Eyeliner: NYC Liquid Liner
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash
  • Falsies: dollar store find/no name/great to play with full lashes

Lips —

  • Liner: Jordanna in ‘Cabernet’
  • Gloss: NEW CoverGirl Queen Colorlicious Gloss in ‘Million Dollar Mocha’ (all over the lips) & ‘Lush Lavender’ (in the middle of the lips)