Makeup of the Day & Reviews on Recent Products Sent to Me by Influenster

Hey there! Long time no write! I said I was going to start writing blog posts again, and finally here I am. For my first blog post back, I am going to be reviewing some products that were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for reviewing purposes. For those of you that don’t know, Influenster sends products out to influencers based on your interests from surveys you take, reviews you write, and they also take into account your social media impact score aka number followers on each platform.

For this post I am going to be talking about a couple of products from Hourglass and a few products from Laura Mercier. First I will write my reviews for each of these products, and then I will post photos of my makeup of the day along with details of all of the products I used.

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Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

The most recent products sent to me from Influenster are from Hourglass. I was sent the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, along with their Veil Translucent Setting Powder (which I will get to next). I was sent the shade Blanc, which is their lightest shade available. They have a total of 32 shades available ranging from very fair to deep, including cool, neutral, and warm undertones. This foundation is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. It claims to be weightless, water-proof, and full-coverage.

With this foundation, a little goes a long way. The directions state for you to dot a few times in different areas of your face. I buffed it out using my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush #6, which worked really well for me. This foundation has very buildable coverage and can be built up to full-coverage. I built mine up to about a high medium coverage, and it felt very light-weight. It looked like skin, and felt like my skin which I loved. Whenever I’m getting ready, I tend to have an issue with sweating. I have heat intolerance. With this foundation being water-proof, it held up great with my sweaty face. I sweat a lot on my head and on my face. So I was very impressed!

My skin type is normal to dry, sensitive, and I have Rosacea. It didn’t break my skin out or cause any irritation. I wore this foundation for up to about 8 hours, I think it held up really well considering my sweaty face, and wanting to blot the sweat off of my face constantly. I’m pretty sure this will be my foundation that I will be using all summer. I will be continuing to use this shade, since I am photosensitive and cannot be out in the sun very long. My skin tone will stay the same. Since using a little bit goes a long way, I think it will last me for quite sometime.

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

This is a very finely milled powder formulated with light-reflecting particles to blur any imperfections. It claims to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles all while giving you an airbrushed finish. The packaging of this powder is very interesting because it contains a gold sifter with a custom cap to allow for just the right amount of powder to be dispensed. The formula is infused with diamond powder for light refraction without having any flashback. This translucent powder is supposed to work for all skin tones and is formulated without any talc.

I felt this powder worked very well at blurring any imperfections. It has a beautiful invisible finish. It didn’t make my skin look powdery at all. I felt like it blended seamlessly with my skin, and I will continue to use this as my setting powder. This powder is very luxurious as well as being luxuriously priced. They do sell a smaller version if it’s something you just want to try, but not spend the full amount. The standard size is .36 oz, while the mini size is .07 oz.

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A couple of month’s ago, Influenster sent me a few complimentary products to try from Laura Mercier. I was sent the Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in the shade Nu Prefere, Longwear Lip Liner in the shade Baby Lips, and their Blush Colour Infusion in the shade Rose.

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Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick

This lipstick delivers high-impact color while feeling light-weight. The claims are that this lipstick is long-wearing for up to six hours without any bleeding, feathering, fading, or settling into lines. It’s infused with Mediterranean Sea algae extract, which makes this lipstick very hydrating, while giving a smooth appearance. I found these claims to be mostly true. It was very hydrating, and the color was very pigmented and beautiful. It wore very well, though after eating and drinking it did wear off a bit (which is to be expected with a hydrating lipstick). I did still see a flush of color on my lips though, it faded quite nicely if you know what I mean. This lipstick has a satin finish which I really like and prefer over a matte finish. In the picture below on the right, is a swatch of the Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in the shade Nu Prefere.

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Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner

In the photo above to the left, is a swatch of the Longwear Lip Liner in the shade Baby Lips. I will also have photos of myself at the end of this post to show what everything looks like on. Baby Lips paired very well with Nu Prefere, and was very close to my natural lip color. I can see myself using it with other lipstick as well. It glided on easily, yet it was firm enough to make a more defined line. The lip liner itself has a matte finish, and can be worn all over the lips. It kept my lipstick in place and was easy to use. Normally, I’m not a fan of pencil liners like this one, but it didn’t drag or tug at my lips at all.

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Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

I was sent the shade Rose, which is a perfect rose shade with a matte finish. This blush is a sheer but buildable blush that give your cheeks a natural flush of color. It goes on very smooth and blends very well into the skin. I started with a light hand, because I wasn’t sure exactly how pigmented this blush would turn out. It actually went on very light, and I liked that I could build up the color to my liking. This blush is long-lasting as it claims, it claims to last up to 10 hours. It lasted on me for about 8 hours, which is how long I had my makeup on. This shade complimented the lipstick and lip liner very well that was sent with it. Down below is a picture of a swatch of the shade Rose.

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Here is a photo of my Makeup of the day, which was actually taken a few days ago. So you can see how the Hourglass and Laura Mercier products look applied. I also listed product details of everything else I used on my face.

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Products used…

Face : Primer – Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer

Foundation – Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in the shade Blanc

Concealer – L’Oreal Infalliable Full Wear Waterproof Concealer in the shade Porcelain

Setting Powder – Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

Bronzer – Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sunlight

Blush – Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose

Highlighter – Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter in Star Island

Setting Spray – Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Eyes: Eyebrows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in 01 Light & Essence make me brow gel in Blondy Brows 01

Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eyeshadow – Colourpop Fame Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara – L’Oreal Length and Lift Mascara in Blackest Black

(I skipped using any eyeliner)

Lips: Lipstick & Lip Liner – Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in Nu Prefere & Longwear Lip Liner in Baby Lips

*As with all products, different products work differently for different people.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments. Also feel free to ask any questions! I hope to hear from you! Thank you for reading!

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The First Day of Spring! MOTD

Hello there! Long time no write! I’m so sorry it’s been forever since I last posted. As some of you know, I haven’t been feeling too well and have had a lot going on when it comes to my health. I’m doing a bit better this week and was feeling inspired, so I wanted to write a new blog post finally!

I took a picture of my makeup today, it’s not the best picture, but it’s going to have to do. Do you ever have those days where no matter what you do, you just don’t feel the greatest about yourself? That’s me today. I was trying to look like a more “normal” person, and of course then I start sweating like crazy! I sweat so much in my hair and have increased sweating due to some of the medications that I take.

Anyhow, I wanted to just do a simple Makeup of the Day post today. I tried some new products today, and wanted to give you my first impressions on them. I will be listing everything that I used, and then I will tell you my thoughts. I will let you know if it’s new to me, or if I’ve been using it for a while…

Face…

Primer: Glossier Priming Moisturizer

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I’ve been using this primer on and off for a long time now. I think it’s great for when you want to skip that extra step, moisturizing your face before you apply your primer. It cuts down on a little time in my routine. I really like this primer, I think it would be great for anyone’s skin type. Though you should always be sure that your primer is compatible with the foundation you plan to use with it. Water and oil don’t mix. If your foundation is water-based, be sure to use a water-based primer. It helps to look at the ingredients list for each product. If they’re both water-based, then water should be one of the first ingredients listed.

Face…

Foundation: (NEW to me) It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation

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I tried this for the first time today, and so far I really like it! I have the shade Fair, which is a great match for me! It’s not too dark, not too light, it doesn’t make me look like I’m a corpse anyway! If you have more mature skin, or your skin is more on the dry side, Then I’d recommend this for you. It has more of a natural and dewy finish. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and it doesn’t look cakey. It has a medium coverage, but can be built up to a fuller coverage. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply it, and I thought it applied very well. I use a blending sponge a majority of the time, but I need to wash some before I open any of the newer ones I’ve been hoarding.

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Fair Neutral & Color Correcting Fluid in the shade Pink

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I’ve used these together for quite a while now. What I like about them is that they’re not too heavy or dry looking. I feel like the Naked Skin concealer doesn’t settle into my fine lines underneath my eyes as much as the Tarte Shape Tape does. The Tarte Shape tape is thick, has full coverage, and does a great job hiding any other imperfections. The Color Correcting Fluid in the shade Pink is great for canceling out those dark circles under the eyes if you have fair skin.

Face Powder: W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder

Another product that I’ve been using for a long time now, this one is actually 100% natural. It’s a very fine loose powder used to create a soft-focus effect, and blur any imperfections. If you have fair/pale skin, sometimes it works better to use a powder that is translucent. Using a powder that is a little darker, can deposit the color into your concealer when you’re trying to set it; making your concealer look a little off on your skin. That’s always what would happen to me anyway.

Bronzer: Top: Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster & Bottom: Essence sun club matt bronzing powder for lighter skin in 01 natural

First I will be talking about the Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster. In this one, I really only use the middle shade. It’s great for contouring/sculpting since it’s a cooler toned matte bronzer. I’m not into full-on contouring, but I like to use it to try to define my cheek bones. The bottom one in the picture, is the Essence sun club matte bronzing powder for lighter skin types. I use this for all over bronzing. It’s a great shade to use if you’re pale like me, it really warms up my face.

Blush: (NEW to me) Pretty Vulgar Blush in the shade Hush Blush

How cute is this packaging?! It’s Adorable! I recieved this blush in this month’s Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription. Here is a picture that I posted to Instgram of this month’s box…

Getting back to the blush, I really love this shade! This rose colored blush is matte and looks gorgeous on! I’m really happy with this blush and see myself using it regularly. I applied it lightly because it was pretty pigmented. I wouldn’t mind getting a couple more shades!

Highlighter: (NEWER to me) Laura Gellar Filter Finish Setting Powder

I know this is supposed to be a “setting powder,” but the beautiful sheen it leaves on your cheek bones says otherwise! If you want a radiant ethereal looking glow, but do NOT want to look like glitter bombed on your face, then I highly recommend you try this! This is a new favorite of mine currently!

Eyes…

Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light & essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara in the shade blondy brows…

I know this Milani brow kit doesn’t look too pretty, but it is very much loved! ❤ I use EVERYTHING in this brow kit. I have repurchased this many times. No matter what else I try, I come back to this. I’ve hit pan in the brow highlighter, amazing huh? I love brow powder more than pencils because it looks so much more natural on myself. The powder clings to brow hairs and defines them. My brows are naturally light, so the powder pretty much just darkens the hairs. The essence gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for the Benefit gimme brow. Some people love it, some do not. I love it, and I love that it’s budget friendly. The brow mascara itself contains tiny fibers that cling to your brow hairs to make them look thicker as well.

Eyeshadow Primer: (NEWER to me) essence eyeshadow & primer

I’ve been using this for a little bit, it reminds me a lot of the Mac Paint Pots. I have the actual Mac Paint Pot in Ochre. Funny thing is, I like this one a lot more! This works pretty well. I use my finger to pat it onto my eyelids. Patting works better than trying to just rub it in. This is very inexpensive! I ordered it from the actual essence website. If you order at least $15 of product from the essence website, shipping is free!

Eyeshadow: (NEW to me) 2 shades from the Made for Boxycharm Pür Cosmetics Palette

For an all over base shade, I used the shade ‘PÜRFECT.’ Then I just kept it simple and popped the shade ‘BAE’ onto my eyelids. I tried to use the new Vintage Cosmetic brushes that came with this month’s Boxycharm, but they really didn’t pick up the eyeshadow very well. So I just used my finger to pat BAE on all over my lids. I just wanted a pop of color today. From what I can tell so far, these shadows are pretty pigmented and I’m looking forward to trying more shades in this palette. Here is my face at the end of the day, you can see that there was eyeshadow there, but it’s pretty much worn off. I will try these shadows with other eyeshadow primers to see if that helps.

Eyeliner: Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Brown

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I  only used eyeliner for my lower lash line. I wanted to draw more attention to the eyeshadow. I really like these waterproof liners, they’re very lasting and don’t smudge.

Mascara: Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara in very black

I’ve used this mascara on and off for a while now. I really like the wand, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t seem to take as long to coat my lashes. It’s volumizing, lengthening, and it only seems to flake a little when I use too much…I usually prefer drugstore mascaras over high-end ones. They work just the same if not better!

Lips…

Lipgloss: (NEW to me) Colourpop Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child

Going out today, I just wanted to pop on a simple gloss. Moon Child is described as a pinky nude with gold glitter. It’s very shiny and has medium coverage. It wasn’t sticky and I thought it was okay. It wasn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be. I guess I’ve been spoiled using the Jouer High Pigment Lip Glosses. Those are amazing by the way! This gloss was a little too shiny. Maybe I could pair it on top of something else. I won’t give up on it yet though.

That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! I’m also hoping to post more on a regular basis. I’m going to be having a surgical procedure done for my TMJ. It’s called arthrocentesis. It’s where they drain the excess fluid I have around my jaw joints, then flush them out. It will hopefully help with the pain the long run. It’s the least invasive procedure to treat it. I probably won’t know the actual surgery date for another week or two. So, I will probably be recovering from that for a little bit at some point. I hope everyone is having a great first week of spring! Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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September Boxycharm: Featuring the PÜR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there, how’s it going? I’m finally getting this post up! I realize it’s October already, and I’m just now posting about a September box. Though this post might be helpful to you if you’ve been considering purchasing the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. I will also be talking about the other items in this box as well. I have tried everything, except for the MAC brow liner. I don’t use brow liners anymore really, and stick to my Milani Brow Fix Kit. I do have a picture of a swatch of the MAC brow liner, and can try to tell you what my first impression is from that alone. The theme for the September Boxycharm box was Boxy Baddie.

For those of you that don’t know about Boxycharm, this is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $21/month, but you receive 5 (or in this box’s case 6) items a month. The items are usually a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, or even a nail polish. These are usually  full-sized items. There might be a rare deluxe size, but I can’t recall that happening. September’s box contained $141 worth of products! That is a great deal for only $21/month. There is usually a waiting list that can last a few weeks or up to a month or so. 

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First, we’ll take a look at the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. It’s definitely the star of September’s Boxycharm.  This palette retails for $34. It contains 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and 4 shimmer shades.

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This palette is a good mix of neutral, copper, and bronze shades. I read that you can use the colors in the vertical rows, from top to bottom, to create different looks. That does make it easier if you’re not sure what colors you want to put together. The pictures down below are pictures of each row with pictures of their swatches underneath. These are all finger swatches done without primer.

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Most of these shadows are very pigmented. When I say most, I’m talking about the first 2 rows. The bottom row of shimmers do look pigmented in the finger swatches. However, I had a hard time using a brush to apply the shimmer shades. I had to use my finger, but it was still a little difficult to build up the color on my lids. I felt like I had to really dig in there. I am not fond of whatever formula they used for the shimmer shades. I really like the other shades. They blend well and I had no trouble with applying those. I will still keep playing around with it, It’s a nice neutral palette to have.

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The next item, is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This size retails for $20. I really like this one a lot. After shampooing, you just apply this to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. I like this a lot because it’s not too heavy. I have a lot of hair, but it’s more fine. This mask doesn’t weigh down my hair and it’s just the right amount of conditioning if you deal with oily roots. It won’t make your hair feel greasy at all. I liked it so much, that I bought another online from the Briogeo website for a backup for when this one runs out.

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This is the bareMinerals Face Perfecting brush, it retails for $28. It was meant to be used with the bareSkin liquid foundation. It has a “fluid reservoir” that is designed to hold your liquid foundation…

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This brush contains synthetic fibers and is very soft. I was really excited to get this brush. It’s really convenient to be able to pump your foundation on this brush and I think it works well. It’s not my most favorite face brush to use. I would rather use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead. I feel like that one works better when it comes to buffing out my foundation. This brush was more difficult to clean. The foundation would get caught deep down in the middle, and you really have to get down in there to get it cleaned properly. If you received a different variation of September’s box, don’t feel too bad. The other variation contained some eye brushes I believe.

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This is the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. There is no shade name listed, and it’s not listed for sale on the actual Studio Makeup website. The only place I could find to purchase this blush, is on the Boxycharm website or on Amazon. This blush retails for $35. It’s such a beautiful shade! I would normally not be too thrilled to get a loose blush because of the mess, but it’s so worth it! It looks very natural and is long-lasting. I feel like this shade is very flattering for my skin tone, and it’s the perfect shade I’ve been looking for, but I just didn’t know it! Some of the other Boxycharm subscribers received the Studio Makeup Translucent Loose Face Powder.

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Everyone received a Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in various shades. I’m not a fan of the Ultra Matte formula, but I do like the Ultra Satin and Glossy formulas. This retails for $6. I got the “greige” shade Mess Around. When I opened my box and saw this shade, I was kind of excited to try such a different shade. I normally go for nudes, pinks, or peachy shades. I tried it on though and was disappointed. It just did not look how I imagined it. I just don’t think it’s right for my skin tone, and I probably won’t be wearing it again. There are a lot of people that can pull off this shade, but it wasn’t for me…

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Lastly, is the MAC eyebrow pencil in the shade Lingering. This retails for $18. I had heard that we were going to be receiving MAC in our boxes, but I was surprised to see a MAC eyebrow pencil. There were two different shades that you could get in your box. The other shade is Spiked, which is a much darker shade. There are a total of 10 shades on the Mac website. I haven’t used this on my eyebrows because like I said, I have been really happy with just using my Milani Brow Fix kit. I like using powders because they just look more natural on me. I”m not sure if I will ever actually use this pencil. I’ve only swatched it (picture down below), and it feels a little more on the drier/stiffer side. Though that is just my first impression from swatching it.

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Here are a couple of pictures of myself wearing some shades from the PÜR cosmetics palette, and I’m wearing the Studio Makeup blush. I used the shades Mogul, Gala, Twinkle, and Stunner. As you can see, the Twinkle doesn’t really show up on my lids. My lids are not twinkling…

Well that’s it for this post. I really do like Boxycharm and I highly recommend them. You can check out their website here. If you didn’t catch it, you check out my August Boxycharm post here. As much as I do love Boxycharm, I have decided to cancel my subscription for now. I canceled it because I feel like I’m pretty overwhelmed with makeup right now. How can that happen right? I will probably sign up again sometime in the future. The only subscription that I’m getting right now is Ipsy. I can do a post on this month’s Ipsy bag, let me know if that’s something you would like to see and read. Feel free to ask any questions about this post in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Take care! ❤

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***Edit: After seeing a November sneak peek, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm. It happened sooner than I thought!***

Thank You Hippy Lip!

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’ll admit, that mine has had a bit of a rough start. I was meaning to get this post published much sooner, but it’s better late than never right? I won this amazing giveaway in December from Kristy from her blog Hippy Lip. She sent me the Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some Bold Lip set, along with a full-size Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out. She also included a Colourpop highlighter in the shade Churro, which is extremely generous! Thank you so much Kristy! ❤

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First, I’m going to talk about the Give Me Some Bold Lip set. I will go over each shade and tell you my thoughts…

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[There will be swatches at the end of the descriptions. I am going in the order of most favorite to least favorite…I can’t tell you how long they wear for, these are just my initial impressions.]

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing – This one was my favorite out of the bunch, and has become my perfect shade of red ❤ The formula is very creamy and very hydrating. I loved it so much, that I ordered the full-size. I also really want to check out the other shades in this collection. I highly recommend that you do too.

Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Head Over Heels – This shade can be described as a “fuchsia berry” shade. I really liked this one as well. It felt really comfortable on the lips for being a liquid lipstick. I was really surprised with how smooth my lips looked after applying it. If you have a problem with liquid lipstick because it’s too drying, definitely give this one a chance!

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Yaassss -This was definitely an interesting shade of purple to try. It is described as being Lavender. This one was lightweight, but a bit more on the drier side. Good exfoliation and some lip balm can help out a lot when wearing this lippy.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine – Aubergine is a nice deep eggplant shade. The formula is matte yet hydrating. It doesn’t seem too over drying. I feel like Sephora picked some great options for bold lips with this set. This crayon is supposed to be waterproof, and I am looking forward to testing that out later.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair -This shade is very similar to the Bite Beauty Aubergine crayon. You will see that when we get to the swatches down below. This shade is described as being a deep plum. The Bite Beauty is perhaps a little bit deeper of a shade. This lipstick is very moisturizing and has a satin-matte finish. I absolutely love the color of this one! The only reason that I put this lower on the list, is because it does bleed a lot. I didn’t use a lip liner, so obviously, you will need to use a lip liner with this lipstick.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned – This is one made it to the bottom of the list, not for it’s super dark color, but because it’s very patchy when you’re trying to apply it. That can happen with darker shades though, and this shade is described as black cherry. Does this put me off from trying other shades of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick? No. I really want to try one of the lighter shades and see how well that performs. I heard the lighter ones work much better.

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Finally! The swatches! Going from left to right: Tarte’s Yaassss, Ciate London’s Head Over Heels, Sephora’s Belly-dancing, Bite Beauty’s Aubergine, Laura Mercier’s An Affair, and Kat Von D’s Damned. All of these shades were pretty hard to remove from my arm, especially Damned. That one did not want to budge!

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Next, I’m going to be talking about the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out. I have the other Sephora Favorites Lip set that has the mini of this lipstick. So it will be nice to have a full-size to keep at home, and a mini one to throw into my purse. This shade is described as being a deep nude. To me it is a very brown-toned nude, but it’s a gorgeous shade! This lipstick has a matte finish, and claims to be long-wearing as well as waterproof.

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Such a gorgeous creamy formula! It’s very lightweight too! I also love the wand, which I have pictured down below…

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Now I’m going to finish up this post by talking about the gorgeous Colourpop highlighter in Churro…

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Churro has a pearlized finish and is a coppery peach shade, with gold shimmer and silver glitter. Colourpop’s highlighters are so smooth and have buildable pigment. Down below is a picture of what it looks like as a swatch and blended out.

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I have a couple of other Colourpop highlighters as well, let me know if you would be interested in seeing those. I could do a post, or even just some swatches on social media. OR I could even share with you all of my collection, which would have to be done on Insta-stories, or it would be a really long post to write! Anyhow, what are some of your favorite bold lip products? Or Colourpop products? Let me know in the comments down below. Thank you again to Kristy from Hippy Lip, I really appreciate everything you sent me! ❤ Definitely check out Kristy’s blog and give her a follow. She is an amazing blogger! 🙂 I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

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