Battle of the Matte Red Lippies

Even though my Mom keeps telling me to stop wearing it (and make no mistake I am an adult), red lipstick is my all-time favorite.   I always thought it looked so gorgeous  even though I was told many, many times that it was not for my skintone.  Thus, I avoided it until a few…

Mattifying Primer Showdown: Rimmel Stay Matte

Like most people, I had oily skin as a teenager that continued into my twenties.  After a long reprieve, my oily skin is back.  One of my absolute favorite foundations is Nars Sheer Glow in the color Syracuse.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to wear it due to the return of my oily skin so I’ve…

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 8

For years I’ve been hearing raves regarding Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. I’ve been wanting to try it but was deterred by the price (a whopping $62 per ounce) and because I could not find a sample of it until now.  Finding a color was very easy;  I used a foundation matrix and settled on 8 which…

Mattifying Primer Showdown: NYX Shine Killer

Like most people, I had oily skin as a teenager that continued into my twenties.  After a long reprieve, my oily skin is back.  One of my absolute favorite foundations is Nars Sheer Glow in the color Syracuse.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to wear it due to the return of my oily skin so I’ve…

Mattifying Primer Showdown: Makeup Forever Step 1

Like most people, I had oily skin as a teenager that continued into my twenties.  After a long reprieve, my oily skin is back.  One of my absolute favorite foundations is Nars Sheer Glow in the color Syracuse.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to wear it due to the return of my oily skin so I’ve…

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bianca

Lately, I have been enjoying the ColourPop Ultra Satins and Matte Lippie Stix so when new Ultra Matte Liquid Lips came out I wasn’t very interested until I saw Bianca.  Bianca is described as a soft mauve pink, and I was curious as to how it would fare on my skin tone since I really…

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

I noticed that one of my favorite YouTubers Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoos frequently used YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara ($32) and that it always looked fabulous on her so I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time.  I finally ended up getting it as a sample with a Sephora order. Below is a…

ColourPop Matte X Swatches

After trying out Poppin’ I fell in love with the ColourPop Matte X formula which is super matte but not drying and somehow incredibly longwearing. What I like about the matte x lippie stix versus the matte liquid lipsticks is that they are far easier to touch up if needed and they wear off so subtly…

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Brooklyn

I took a big gamble when I ordered ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lip Brooklyn, especially after the disaster that was Naked Ladies.  Luckily, Brooklyn was everything I was hoping Naked Ladies would be–a wearable bright.  Brooklyn is described as a “warm bright hot pink.”  Which, to my ears, would normally mean, “back away,” but I found…

ColourPop Brow Pencils vs. ABH Brow Wiz

I recently purchased ColourPop Brow pencils in Black ‘N Brown and Bangin’ Brunette which I found to be good dupes for my usual Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony and Dark Brown, respectively.  (I use the darker color to fill in my arch and the lighter brunette color to fill in the rest of…

Olaplex and Hair Color Update

I recently colored my hair with a box dye for the first time, and I also started using Olapex Hair Perfector No. 3 to counteract any damage dyeing my hair would bring.  For my anniversary date night, I had my hair flat ironed which gave me a better look at how my hair color turned out….

NARS Velvet Matte in Annapurna

So, last fall I purchased NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because I wanted an everyday foundation with a decent amount of SPF.  Based on my ColorID, Sephora’s site recommended Cuba, but I found it too dark, and strangely enough it seemed to get darker as the day progressed.  I also felt like it just didn’t…