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I have loved using liquid lipsticks throughout 2016. Since they are heavier than traditional lip colors, I never thought I would like wearing them or find them comfortable. Liquid lipsticks are a cross between a gloss and lipstick, need at least one coat of color and no lip liner, and for the most part lasts double the amount of a traditional lip color. A few brands of liquid lipstick I like are Too Faced Melted, theBalm, Buxom, and Colourpop Ultra Satins.
Colourpop has changed the way I view eyeshadows. Their colors are far from boring and very edgy. Colourpop Super Shock Shadows ($5) have an interesting formula often described as a dry cream pressed pigment. They can be applied with a finger or synthetic brush. I have short nails, so I can easily apply these with my finger and gently blend out with a brush the excess. I was disappointed with Partridge and can’t remember why I picked it in the first place. I’m trying to wear Partridge more except I can’t get into the color. So Quiche, Dare, and Muse are my favs. So Quiche and Bae look great together. The shadows do not crack or crease and feel like pure silk.
Nyx Prismatic Shadows ($6 depending on where they are sold) in Bewitched and Gilded (new colors). The Prismatic shadows are regular powder eye shadow with a metallic finish. They have a very silky formula with little fall out.
Urban Decay Moondust in Solstice ($21) is a pressed powder pigment shift with a reddish/brown base and multi chrome of lavender and light blue. It shows up great on the eye, but my skin color wasn’t allowing me to swatch.
Single eye shadows to me are easier to work with than full size palettes. In a sea of warm toned palettes that I can’t seem to get away from, I chose single eyeshadows that were different and easy to wear. These colors I selected have helped me get out of my shade rut of continuously wearing warm colors. Anyone interested in starting off with eyeshadow, I recommend the Colourpop and NYX depending on budget.
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush ($21) is so far the best bronzer I’ve tried. Balm Desert is so flattering with the pinky nude undertone. I originally wanted to try Bahama Mama, but it looked too dark w/brown as its main undertone, so instead I chose the Balm Desert. It can also be worn as a blush. I remember searching for a pinky nude blush, and Balm Desert is close enough to what I wanted. Balm Desert has successfully performed its double duty as the perfect bronzer and blush.
theBalm Time Balm Concealer in shade light/medium ($18) is described as an anti-aging full concealer designed for dark circles and spots. Time Balm reminds me of a hybrid of the Mac Studio Concealer and Benefit Boi-ing. Studio Concealer and Boi-ing are drying and thicker, but Time Balm is more nourishing and smoother. Time Balm works better because it does not crack, crease, settle in the lines, and once it sets, it looks like second skin. I use the Time Balm as an eye base before eye shadow. For easy application, I would either use my finger, a wedged sponge, or a small concealer brush.
Charming liquid lipstick is my newest product from theBalm to try. Charming is supposed to be a dupe for Kat Von D Lolita. I did not find the liquid lipsticks to have a good shade selection. The selection is more on the ’90s’ browns, reds, and a few vibrant muted shades.
As I am getting better knowledge of how to pick comfortable liquid lipsticks, Meet Matt(e) Hughes is by far the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve tried this year right next to Too Faced Melted and Colourpop Ultra Satin.
The formula is very soft, comfortable, and transfers slightly. It dries down to a light ‘hug-able’ (hugged my lips after it dried) matte finish. Since the formula is not completely transferable, it was easy to wipe off without tugging or leaving behind staining. After the first swipe, it had nice opacity, so I don’t feel I need a lip liner.
I am taking interest in the Burts Bees line. A lady introduced me to their 4 piece Essentials kit including lip balm, towelettes, deep pore mask, and deep pore cleansing cream for $14.99. 3 items except for the towelettes are full size. My skin took a beating this summer with 90+ degree weather and still suffering. I needed to change up my routine for fall but didn’t want spend too much money on over priced skin care. Extracts are the main ingredients, and the scrub and cleanser have a citrus scent. I couldn’t find the set on the website. I bough mine at Target. The mask and cream cleanser were the two main essentials that attracted me to the kit. I view the towelettes (great because I’m going on a trip) and lip balm as bonuses.
Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream makes a good makeup remover.
Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub- My skin felt refreshed and brightened. I don’t use scrubs as much as I should, so I can’t say too much on this one. The scrub has micro beads for exfoliating.
The scrub and cleanser are very rich and creamy, and they provide a ‘tingly’ feeling. If it matters, they have a creamy white base.
How I use them– First I use the cleanser. I apply a nickle amount on my skin, let it settle, and wipe it off. I repeat the same step with the scrub.
I am not going to spend too much time on the Lip Balm & Towelettes. I love having extra towelettes and lip balm for emergencies.
Since liquid matte foundations get uncomfortable and cakey, I do not like to wear them for long periods of time or on a daily basis. Studio Skin is so feather light weight it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything, did not settle in my lines, and comfortable enough to wear for longer periods of time. The foundation shade range is interesting. Shades are numbered except HSN does not provide the full shade range. I am attracted to sets with full size brushes. The Smashbox Foundation Brush is ok. I haven’t noticed much of a difference with this brush and the others I use.
The palette can be worn any possible way, but I like they are grouped in trios with the highlight shade on top.
Lycan, Killingmoon, Moonshine, 3am
Vast, Orion, Darkstar, Astrological
Graviation, Lunacy, Dios, Night Crawler
KVD has amazing packaging. Since the palette is shiny, I found it hard to photograph the front and back. Detailing of the packing is very cool and has a magnifying mirror like most of her palettes. At first glance, I thought some of the shades were matte. They were swatched once, gave off very good pigment, and were not patchy or had fallout. Innerstellar did remind me of past palettes I owned but 2.0. Looking at Innerstellar, I thought some of the shades could be a possible dupe for the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette. I think Innerstellar is better.
Personally, Innerstellar was another perfect palette to wrap up 2016 😍