Zoya Kisses Collection with Leia Topper

Zoya Kisses Collection consists of three new jelly polishes in Princess, Libby, and Leia topper.  Their new formula is slighly more opaque at one coat with some nail visible. The jelly polishes went on smoothly, didn’t leave any spaces, and had a glossy finish. Princess and Leia are my favorite.

I never use jelly polishes, but I like the Kisses collection. I know jelly polishes are applied different except I didn’t have to do anything special with this collection and applied them like a normal polish.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks ($17) are described as

his long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. These matte vanilla mint liquid lipsticks are stuck on you without feeling clingy!

Meet Matt(e) Hughes is one of the best and easiest to wear liquid lipsticks I own. I have found the shade range to be tricky because they sort of look the same; except, each is different with shades ranging from nudes to bolds. I started with Charming and later Reliable. Charming is rosey and Reliable is almost a medium brown. The liquid lipsticks do not dry down to a full on matte, have a slight transfer, and a vanilla/minty scent. In coverage, they are fairly opaque.  Even though they are light after one coat, I do feel some slight ‘hugging’ but it is not unbearable.



Zoya Fall 2017 Lipsticks 😍

Aside from having amazing nail polishes, Zoya also has a line of lipsticks ($12). Zoya’s lipsticks are not full coverage and very hydrating. I feel they act more as a semi-opaque colored lip balm. In a way, the almost remind me of the Tarte Lipsurgences. The fall collection includes shades raging from nudes, berries, mauves, pinks, and a blue. The shades are safe enough to wear on top of liquid lipsticks without taking away from the color. They are all a cream formula with a satin finish.

Addie is the lightest and only nude in the collection, and is described as a pinky apricot nude.

 Maggie is a deep berry

 Layne is a dusty rose

Bristol is medium wine

  Lizzy is bolder and a deep fuschia

Lucky is the second bold shade described as a cool toned pink

Tommy is the bonus blue shade

My favorites are Addie, Maggie, and Layne. The overall shade ranges are very refreshing since every last lip color looks almost the same.

Milk Makeup After Party and Gig Eye Pigments

Milk Makeup Eye Pgiments ($24 ec) Gig and After Party 

Brand’s Description

Long-Wearing Crease-free and long-wearing cream shadows stay out as late as you do.
Intense Payoff Each shade is packed with pearlescent pigments for full payoff in a single swipe.
Multi-Use Swipe ‘em all over your lids for a bold shadow look, or use an angled brush to create a long-wear liner.

My Description

They surprisingly live up to their description. Cream products are not for everyone. I hated using creams because of creasing, cracking, and fading. As I was playing with them, they stayed in place for up to 12hrs with very minimal creasing. I love how they can be worn alone or with a complete eye look. Alone, they seriously pop. During application, I had to apply a little at a time to build intensity. I accidently applied too much, and the shadow started bunching up. To avoid buildup, a small amount is needed. Even though it is in a tube, the tube pushes out just enough product without being excessive.

The white tubes are easy to clean off excess makeup.

The tube is designed so well. It pinches out the right amount. For product sanitation, I like that I don’t need to stick my finger in a tube.

I was impressed at the size of the tubes for $24. Pigments are a product I won’t have to worry about getting backups.

 The pigments will work for people who are seeking to start out with cream products and won’t mind the price.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle Glitter Single Shadow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles Truffle Glitter 0.059 oz/ 1.7 g $12 is a metallic warm brown and permanent.

Brand’s Description

A finely-milled, full pigment, eyeshadow formula in eight finishes: titanium, duo-chrome, ultra-matte, metallic, satin, shimmer, sparkle, and velvet.

My Description

  • the metallic formula is very easy to blend. I use a brush or my finger.
  • micro silver and gold flecks contributing to the texture.
  • minimal fallout and flaking. I was impressed because most textured shadows will flake off after a few moments, but after two hours of wear, it was still in place. The texture is so easy to work with.
  • can easily be worn dry. I don’t wet textured shadows since I often wear a tacky base or shadow glitter glue. The shade is enough on its own without taking extra steps.



Benefit GALifornia Blush

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush GALifornia 0.17 oz/ 5.0 g $29 and permanate.

Brand’s description:

Benefit’s NEW GALifornia golden pink blush is part sun, pure fun! It blends bright pink with shimmering gold, for a sunkissed glow that complements all skintones. The soft, blendable formula captures the warmth of California sunshine, while the signature scent features notes of pink grapefruit & vanilla.

Golden pink powder blush
Embellished gold overspray lifts away with each use
Includes custom rounded blush brush and mirror

the blush is also award winning and free of talc and parabens.

I have a hard time with blush. I don’t know what it is about blush that makes me think I’m applying it incorrectly. However, I’m very pleased with GALifornia. GALifornia looks amazing over bronzer, the sun does not leave behind large particals of glitter but leaves more of a soft shimmer, and on its own, it does not streak and looks more like a wash of color. Shimmery blushes either have too much shimmer and looks weird. GALifornia is very micro fine and silky.

Other details:

  • The mirrors is impossible to use
  • The sun in the blush is going to fade out after the first use
  • Packaging has plenty of detail

Bite Beauty Multisticks in Cashew and Gelato


Bite Beauty Multistick Gelato 0.17oz / 4.75 g


Bite Beauty Multistick Cashew 0.17oz / 4.75 g

The tube is magnetic, so when the cap goes on it snaps shut.

Formula is a multi purpose cream able to be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Eyes– I was able to smoothly use both shades as transition shadow colors without them creasing even after two hours. As shadow, they are ok, and I didn’t care for them. On the lid, individually, they looked more like an eye tint as supposed to an actual shadow. As an individual shadow, I’ll pass.

Cheeks– I love both shades as blush. I use them individually and as blush toppers. Individually, Gelato did not give off a ‘sickly’ look, and Cashew is very flattering. As blush, the sticks did streak, fade, or look patchy, and easy to blend. The easiest motion I liked was applying it directly from the tube with three separated spaces, and then blending them out.

Lips– they make amazing, creamy, full coverage lipsticks. They can also be applied directly from the tube. However, if one wants a more precise line, then maybe use a lip brush. For myself, I don’t like lip brushes and managed to get a precise line.

When I’m in a hurry, the sticks are very helpful when I don’t feel like doing a full on face look. I got a feeling Cashew will be a frequently repurchased.

The Multisticks are $24 each exclusively to Sephora and the Bite Beauty website.


MAC Lipglass Oh Baby

I had a few empties this year and earned a free newly reformulated Mac Lip Glass in Oh Baby. I haven’t used the Lip Glasses in forever and love their brand new formula. Compared to the old formula, I don’t feel much of a difference other than the gloss being less sticky and more opaque. I feel for myself the size change is ideal (I don’t go through glosses quickly) even though it is less than the original. The packaging has a nice weight, style, and feel.

Oh Baby is a shimmering bronze. In person, I noticed very small 3D flecks of silver. Oh Baby has gone with every single nude to brown lip color I own 🙂. Click each image a few times to get it full size.

Depending on the retailer, the Lip Glass is still the original price ($17).

Urban Decay Moondust Palette😍

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette $49 with 8 exclusive shades. The shadows are pressed glitters with multi facets of shifty goodness. The shadows have so much shift they almost change color in different lighting.

The shade that stood out to me the most was Element. Under direct light the shade looks red, and under florescent light it looks burnt orange. Specter has more pigment in person. I thought it was going to be a weak color and more as a highlight, but it had good color payoff. Specter, Vega, and Lithium are my faves. I still have yet to try Element, Granite, and Magnetic.

The swatches are dry without a base. They can be applied with a finger or brush depending on preference. In order to make the shadows hooded eye friendly, it is best to apply glitter glue (for mostly glitter eyeshadow to adhere to the lid). If you want to wear them alone or with crease colors, is up to you.

Moondust palette isn’t going to be for everyone. I normally do not wear pigments because they don’t always work. The pressed pigments like the Moondust does work for me.

Urban Decay did a great job putting this palette together. I hope they make these shades individual.