Fall favorites collab with Hanna: the lipstick edition!

Hi beauties! For today’s post, we have the long-belated collab that Hanna from Lipstick Lovely and I have been working on and waiting to post for ages now! We couldn’t coordinate our schedules and we kept missing each other (when I went to Canada, when she went on vacation, etc) but we finally managed to find a week that worked for both of us! You can check out her post here.

For my post, I’m doing my top five fall lipsticks. I was originally going to do more than these five, but after a lot of careful thought, I eliminated some of the other contenders and ended with just these five. I did think to include some of the Wet n Wild lipsticks I talked about in my last post but since I was taking the pictures for those at the same time, I totally forgot to include them! I’ll add in a little mention at the end for the ones I would’ve chosen.

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Here we have the five I chose for my favorite fall lipsticks! In no particular order, they are Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry, OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Ana, Sephora Lip Stains in Blackberry Sorbet and Marvelous Mauve, and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Frida.

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And some swatches! From left to right, these are Frida, Marvelous Mauve, Santa Ana, Blackberry Sorbet and Melted Berry. I apologize for the weird lighting, I did my best to tinker with it but this was the best I could get it to! If anyone wants better swatches, comment with your twitter and I can post something later!

I tried my hardest to pick more than just berry red shades, even though that’s usually what I want to go for in the fall. I just love a deep berry color on the lips this time of year! I’m not really one to only wear lipstick seasonally but that’s just what I’ve been in the mood for lately.

Melted Berry is that exact deep red berry shade that is absolutely beautiful, it’s dark but not overpowering and still bright enough to pass for a red lip. Santa Ana is a lighter red with a little pink in it (it’s a beautiful color and so hard to describe!!) and Blackberry Sorbet is a dark, totally vampy and totally gorgeous shade. Lastly, Marvelous Mauve is… exactly what it sounds like, actually! It’s a beautiful dark mauve color (it looks darker on the lips than on the tube sometimes) and Frida is a beautiful slightly peachy nude that is still deep enough for fall.

I obviously picked all of these because I love them, but if I had to rank them in my preferred order, it would go: Melted Berry, Santa Ana, Marvelous Mauve, Frida, and Blackberry Sorbet. This was really hard to pick though! There were at least five contenders that were left out of the race… or whatever this is.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to check out Hanna’s fall favorites post to see what she wrote about! What are your favorite fall lip products?

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Shop My Stash: Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color

Hello friends! Welcome to a new weekly series in my blog called “Shop My Stash”! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while because while I always talk about new makeup I’ve gotten, I don’t often talk about the oldies but goodies I have in my makeup collection! Before anyone gets too excited, no, nothing here will be for sale. Sorry to disappoint!

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Today I’ve got for you the Wet n Wild MegaLast lip color. You’ve probably heard of these because there are few beauty bloggers out there who don’t rave about them! They’re amazing quality, very comfortable to wear and the best part is, they’re only two dollars a pop! How could you say no?

I’ve had a handful of these but recently I’ve been inspired by KathleenLights’ videos to get some more colors to add to my collection, so I thought these would be a good first installment to my series. Let’s move on to the colors themselves, shall we?

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From left to right, we’ve got:

  • Wine Room is a dusty pink with a little mauve in it, but definitely more pink than mauve.
  • Sugar Plum Fairy is a dark berry purple that is a very good dupe for MAC’s Rebel.
  • Smokin’ Hot Pink is not as hot or as bright as I imagined it! It’s more of a darker pink and a great day shade.
  • Don’t Blink Pink is a much brighter, cool-toned pink but still not quite neon.
  • Stoplight Red is a classic cool-toned red that reminds me of MAC’s Ruby Woo.
  • Pinkerbell is a very bright, very cool pink.
  • Cherry Picking is a dark berry pink, a perfect fall color.
  • Rose-bud is very similar to Wine Room but a little lighter. It’s a pink-ish nude (or nude-ish pink).
  • Red Velvet is a bright, eye-catching red that reminds me of Kat Von D’s Underage Red.
  • Lastly, Mauve Outta Here is exactly what it says: mauve.

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From top to bottom: Mauve Outta Here, Red Velvet, Rose-bud, Cherry Picking, Pinkerbell, Stoplight Red, Don’t Blink Pink, Smokin’ Hot Pink, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Wine Room. The quality on these is amazing. They’re creamy, not very drying (but still matte), and they last a pretty long time. I don’t think I could love these more than I do, to be completely honest.

That being said, they do have a few downsides (but I still love them). First is the packaging. Like I said earlier, they only cost two dollars each, which is a great price for the quality, but as far as the packaging goes, you definitely get what you paid for. The packaging itself looks cheap, gets dirty really easily as the tube doesn’t roll down all the way, and just doesn’t look pretty.

The other downside is that since the tip is round, it can make precise application a little trickier. If you’re a pro at applying lipstick, you probably won’t struggle too much, but if putting lipstick on and keeping it within the lines (regardless of where you drew them!) is something you can’t do, then this lipstick will take some practice to apply.

That being said, these are small prices to pay for the quality of the product itself and how little you pay, right?

Do you guys own any of these? Do you love them? Hate them? Love to hate them? Let me know in the comments!

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Life update + first impressions on OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Hi beautifuls! (Shh, I know that’s not a word. Let’s pretend it is.) For today’s post, I have a lil bit of a life update, as well as a first impressions post on what’s probably my new favorite lipstick ever. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you’ve been around in the beauty world the last few months, you know that liquid lipsticks are all the rage. OFRA Cosmetics has a line of long lasting liquid lipsticks that I’ve heard multiple people describe as the best liquid lipstick ever, so you can imagine how excited I was to try it. After doing my research, looking at swatches, and taking way too long to decide, I ordered my first two lipsticks from them in the colors Santa Ana and Laguna Beach.

Originally, I was considering getting three much brighter pinks, but I wasn’t too sure of how they’d look or if I had something similar to it already, so I did my best to get something that I knew I didn’t have already. I couldn’t wait to try them out and now that I have, I can honestly say I know why everyone says they’re so good!

I wore Santa Ana yesterday to go to school. I applied it around 11 a.m. and didn’t check it again until I was ready to go home around six and it had barely faded in the center of my lips and that was after eating, drinking, and talking all day. Needless to say, they live up to their long-lasting claim.

The thing about wearing liquid lipsticks is that they tend to be the most drying of the bunch, and a lot of the lipsticks in my arsenal hold true to that statement. I’d heard that these weren’t quite like that and I’m happy to confirm that everything good you’ve heard is true. As soon as I applied them, it barely felt like they were on at all. I didn’t feel them on my lips all day, but I also knew I didn’t have to reapply it every two hours or even touch it up. Is there anything better than that?

The formula is more of a mousse than a liquid, but it goes on really smoothly, is extremely pigmented, and like I said, lasts all day long. I couldn’t be happier with these and I can’t wait to get another two or three or ten.

Now for the life update: I’ve been trying really hard the last few weeks to post three times a week, and I’ve managed to do so for the most part, but between classes and work, I was under a lot of stress. I’m taking four courses this semester but since it is my last semester, I have a lot more responsibilities that go beyond the normal coursework, and for this reason, I’ve decided to withdraw from my Tuesday/Thursday class. This will give me more time to myself, to work on the blog, to pick up extra hours at work, and to have a day off every once in a while. It’s not set in stone yet (there are still a few things left to confirm) but if all goes well, I’ll go back to having a day off a week instead of going nonstop seven days a week.

What does this mean for the blog? It means that chances are my unofficial posting schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday will probably shift to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Not a big change overall, but I feel more confident in my ability to fulfill this and I feel like I can officially announce it now!

Sorry I didn’t have a lot of pictures on this post, I promise I’ll be posting swatches in a post about my favorite liquid lipsticks or a full review of both lipsticks I got from OFRA sooner or later!

As always, thanks for reading and being your lovely and beautiful self!

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Lipstick 101: a lesson for lipstick newbies

Hello my loves! The other day, my friend Maggie texted me asking if I could write a post on here talking about the differences between lipstick finishes, lip liners, lip crayons, liquid and tube lipstick, etc. Since I do consider myself to be fairly well-versed in the world of lipstick, how could I say no?

Let’s start with talking about the two most popular forms of lipstick: liquid vs. tube lipstick. Tube lipstick is what you traditionally think of as lipstick, a little tube with a cap that you turn to get the product and apply straight to your lips. Pictured here is a Sephora Rouge Cream lipstick in the color Hot Tango. I bought this in 2013 and it was one of my first ever Sephora purchases and I’ve loved it since! It’s a perfect red with a little pink in it and what I would describe as a satin finish — but we’ll get to that later.

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Next we have a liquid lipstick. This form of lipstick has been all the rage in the makeup world lately, and pictured here is one of the most popular liquid lipsticks: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the color Underage Red. With a doe foot applicator, liquid lipstick looks like what we might remember as lipgloss from our younger years, but in reality is quite different. This one in particular is a bright cool-toned red that dries to matte and is about as long-wearing as they come.

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What else is there besides liquid and classic lipstick? Oh, so much more. Here we have a lip crayon from J.Cat Beauty in the color Red Rose. Lip crayons can be worn on their own or under lipstick, much like their slimmer cousin the lip liner. This particular color is a great red with cool undertones that would go great with either lipstick we’ve talked about so far.

Up next we’ve got the slimmer cousin of the lip crayon, the lip liner. This one is a City Color City Chic lip liner in the color Ruby. Lip liners are typically worn under lipstick to define the lip shape as well as extend the longevity of the lipstick you wear. They’re great partners to go with your favorite lipstick, because they can really enhance and even slightly alter the lipstick, and you can mix and match lipstick and lip liners and come up with some great combinations!

So that’s what we’ve got for different type of lip products. I didn’t include lip gloss or lip stains because those are fairly self-explanatory (and also I don’t own many). Let’s move on to finishes, then!

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First, let’s start with one of the most popular (and my favorite): matte finishes. For a lipstick to be matte means that once applied and dry, there’s no shine or glossiness to the lipstick. It’s a great classic look and super pigmented, but it doesn’t come without its downside. Mainly, the dryness. For your lips to be as pigmented and matte as they are with matte lipstick on, they tend to be extremely drying. Therefore, it’s really important to moisturize and prime your lips before applying matte lipstick.

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Top to bottom: Lumière (matte), Fetch (satin), Go Fish (hyper glossy).

These are three examples of matte lipstick: first, we have Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Underage Red (pictured above), which may seem familiar since we just discussed it above in the types of lipsticks section of this post. Next, we have MAC Ruby Woo (pictured below), which is possibly the most popular red lipstick (don’t quote me on this) but also the most drying as it has a Retro Matte finish (thanks MAC). Last, we have the lovely Lumière lippie stix from ColourPop.

Here we have a satin finish from ColourPop in the color Fetch. Satin finishes are great, because they’re just as pigmented as matte, but not nearly as drying, and definitely my second favorite after matte. They’re very moisturizing, very pigmented, very creamy, and very easy to wear. As you can see, they have a slight bit more shine to them than matte finishes.

Lastly, we have glossy/hyper glossy. This one is ColourPop in Go Fish and is much, much shinier than the one before. Glossy finishes are shinier, sometimes not as pigmented as matte or satin, and much stickier depending on the formula. When you wear glossy finishes, it’s almost as if you’re wearing lipgloss on top to give your lips that shine. They’re my least favorite (and I actually had to go get this particular one out of my sister’s bathroom because I got rid of all my glossy finishes).

Top to bottom: Ruby Woo (retro matte), Velvet Teddy (matte), Impassioned (amplified).

Top to bottom: Ruby Woo (retro matte), Velvet Teddy (matte), Impassioned (amplified).

As an addendum, I thought I would talk really quickly about MAC finishes. We already talked about different matte finishes and here we have two of them in MAC form: Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy. As a retro matte, Ruby Woo is much more drying and more obviously matte than Velvet Teddy, but they’re both still fairly matte. Then we have Impassioned, which is an amplified finish. What that means it that it’s very pigmented but also moisturizing with a little bit of shine to it. These are the only kind of MAC finishes I have, but let’s run through the rest really quick.

Satin finishes are, much like we mentioned above, quite pigmented but not drying like matte finishes with a little bit of shine to them. Amplified creme are long-lasting, creamy, pigmented and glossier. Cremesheen are creamier, not quite as long-lasting, but very comfortable on the lips. Cremesheen pearl are very similar to cremesheen, but with a frostier finish. Lustre are sheer coverage, not long-lasting, and glossy. Frost are very shimmery, fairly pigmented but not the most long-lasting. And lastly, glaze finishes are sheer, with quite a bit of gloss, and probably the least long-lasting of all MAC finishes.

Wow, this got really long! I hope this was a good guide to everyone who is overwhelmed by all things lipstick. Let me know if you think I missed anything or if you have any questions in the comments!

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Tips & Tricks for Sprucing Up Your Desktop and Phone

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By Valentina Boré

A few weeks ago, I realized that I’ve had the same desktop wallpaper for ages and I was tired of looking at the same thing every day, so I set out to find cute desktop wallpapers that I could download for free. Fast forward a couple of weeks and now I have more than 150 different wallpapers to adorn my computer! It’s a little thing, but it’s made me feel so much better when I open my computer and see another pretty image on the screen. Along the way, I also ended up downloading a lot of iPhone wallpapers and now all the technology in my life is super cute. Here are some great places to find cute wallpapers!

I follow her on twitter and every once in a while, I’ll see her tweet something about new free downloads and rush to her site to…

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