Review: Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

When it comes to drugstore brands, Wet N Wild have long been one of my favorite brands out there. I often find myself perusing the aisles of Walgreens in search of my next lipstick or product to try out, and considering my love for their matte tube lipsticks, when they came out with liquid lipsticks, I knew I needed to get my hands on them!

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Of course, in trying to pick three colors “I didn’t already have,” I picked three colors I have exact dupes for. The good news is this means I can go through my lipsticks and find some potential dupes these could work for. Would anyone be interested in reading something like that?

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The first color we have here is Nice to Fuchsia. Full disclaimer: I haven’t actually worn this one, and I just opened it to take this picture. I didn’t want to wear it in case I wanted to sell/trade this since I know I have at least one or two colors just like it!

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Next, we have Berry Recognize. I wore this one to work one day and I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the quality is! It’s very pigmented and you can easily get full opaqueness with just one or two light coats, it fully dries to matte, it barely transfers AND it’s very, very comfortable. It hits all the liquid lipstick checkmarks!

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Lastly, we have Give Me Mocha, which is a beautiful dark nude and would look amazing on deeper skin tones! Of course, I already have at least two lipsticks that look exactly like this, but I was very impressed with how it wore.

Overall, I’m really happy with these lipsticks and I’ll definitely be going to look for a few more colors! At this point in my life, I have almost every color of lipsticks I could wear, so I end up with a lot of really similar colors and then I wear the same ones every single week, so I know I need to mix it up. Maybe it’s time to bring back the 30 days of lipstick challenge I did when I first started my blog?

P.S. Sorry these pictures are so bad! I swear they looked better on my camera and to be honest… I’m too lazy to edit them.

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Would You Be My Galentine? February 2017 Boxycharm

Happy belated Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope everyone had a great day with their family, friends and significant others alike. I just spent the day at work, trying really hard not to cry about all the adorable stories (and video!) we published in honor of Valentine’s Day. It was hard, let me tell you.

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It seemed fitting to post my Boxycharm unboxing today, though I had originally planned something else for this week’s beauty post which I ended up rescheduling for next week. After all, the theme is Galentine’s! Of course I had to post it this week.

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Let’s start, shall we? First up in this box is arguably the most exciting product for many people: a full-size Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This is a product of which many people have received countless samples over the years (I’ve received at least 3-4) and the full-size of this retails for a whopping SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS!!

I haven’t decided yet if I want to keep mine or not — it’s not a product I particularly loved in the past and I already have an exfoliator I love from LUSH, but we’ll see.

Then we have the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in the color Fig. I’ll be honest, this one went straight to the sell/trade pile.

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Up next is this adorable duo of eye brushes from Royal & Langknickel, the OMNIA Eye Kit Brush Duo. They are shader and detail brushes (top is shader, bottom is detail) and I was very happy to see these in my box because a) brushes, b) pretty brushes!

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Last but certainly not least might be the most exciting part of the box for me. Boxycharm was kind enough to send us a small Z-palette created exclusively for Boxycharm — and two Makeup Geek shadows! These two are the colors Creme Brulee (left) and Bitten (right), both in the matte finish. I absolutely love them both and I was very excited to see these in the box.

So that’s it for this month — can’t wait to find out what comes in next month’s box!  What did you get in this month’s box? Did you do anything exciting on V-Day (or G-Day)? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Zoya 4 Free nail polish haul

Hi everyone! As you probably guessed from the title, this post is all about the newest additions to my nail polish family.

Last year, I found out from Stash Matters about this awesome sale from Zoya where you got four nail polishes for just the cost of shipping. Which, okay, it’s $15, but still a good sale considering these retail for $10 to $12 each. You can see the ones I got last year here.

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This year, I really wanted to take advantage of the sale, so I got eight colors for $30, which isn’t a bad deal at all, if you really think about it!

Front row, from left to right: Amal, Marnie, Lake and Kelly.

Back row, from left to right: Natty, Leah, Normani and Jana.

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Kelly is described by Zoya as “a rich gray shade with soft purple and blue undertones.”

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Lake is described as “a softened blue that gives the effect of serene water.”

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Marnie is described as “deep warm plum cream.”

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Amal is described as “a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck in the traditional MatteVelvet finish.”

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Natty is described as “a smoky deep steel blue with an opaque cream finish.”

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Leah is described as “a lavender tinged taupe cream in the exclusive Satin finish.”

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Jana is described as “a medium nude putty creme with grey, mauve and purple tones.”

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Normani is described as “sable mauve cream.”

And yes, before you say anything… these two look exactly the same. In my defense, they look somewhat more different on the website, and I had to put in two separate orders to do the sales twice… I know, it’s stupid.

(To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure which is which in these pictures.)

Did anyone else take advantage of the sale? Let me know what you got!

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Metropolis: January 2017 ipsy

Hi everyone! Today’s post is all about an oldie but a goodie… I may or may not have resubscribed to ipsy, because I cancelled my Play! box and it seems only fair, right?

Okay, I totally resubscribed to ipsy!

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So now that I’m back on the ipsy train, I’m excited to see how much they’ve improved in almost a year since I cancelled my subscription. I will say that so far, I’m pretty happy with it! Hopefully that keeps up.

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My first ipsy in almost a year had a decent mix of products. First up, I got the Pacifica blush in Wildrose, which is beautiful and I’m excited to try it since I’ve been getting more into blush!

Then I got a cute little Bahama Mama bronzer by theBalm, which is so small I’m not sure I’ll even get any use out of it, but the packaging is cute, so at least there’s that.

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Is it sad that I was probably most excited for this -417 hand moisturizer? My hands have been really dry lately and I needed something to keep in my purse so I can have it handy whenever, and this is the perfect size, it seems delicious and it seems good so far!

I was also very excited to receive the Pretty Woman nail polish in I Can’t Deal, because I’ve been thinking about grey polishes for a while and this came just at the right time! I haven’t tried it yet, but I can’t wait to see if I like it.

Last (and definitely least) is a Trust Fund Beauty lip gloss in Method to the Madness. I have no idea if it’s any good, but I don’t like lip gloss and have no use for it, so it went into the discard pile.

That’s it for this month’s bag! What did you get in your ipsy this month?

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And the Charm Award Goes to… January 2017 Boxycharm

Hi lovelies! Today’s post is the always exciting Boxycharm unboxing for the month! This month’s theme, as you can see in the title, is “And the Charm Award Goes to…” which is a MOUTHFUL.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

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This month featured three items and two tools, which I like as it gives the box some variety! I like the box overall and will be keeping all but one of the items.

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First, we got a Konjac sponge from gorge. Or is it gorge*? Who knows? Anyway, I’ve never tried a Konjac sponge and I’m excited to try it and see how it makes my skin feel!

Then we got the English Laundry perfume, which let me tell you, is a GODSEND. I’ve been desperately needing a new perfume and I loved this one, so I’m really happy to have a new scent! I haven’t been wearing perfume at all lately and I really missed it.

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Up next is the PUR Cosmetics Mineral Glow Bronzer, which went straight into the discard pile since it’s sadly way too dark for me (trust me, it’s darker than it looks in the picture).

One of the things I was most excited to see was the So Susan fan brush, because I’ve been dying to try one but the only one I’ve had was way too big for highlighter! I can’t wait to try this and see if I like it, fingers crossed.

Last but very certainly not least is the Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter Duo Set, which features the colors Rose Quartz and Chocolate Diamond. We just got a Vintage Cosmetics highlighter not too long ago (what’s up with that, Boxycharm?) but I actually love it, so I’m not too bothered to have received the same brand so close together.

What did you get in this month’s Boxycharm? Let me know in the comments below!

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The littlest lipstick haul, pt. 2

Hi everyone! I’m sure no one at all is shocked by the title of this post, so I won’t even make any excuses or say anything at all.

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You all saw that my latest lipstick obsessions have been Bésame Cosmetics and Beauty Bakerie, as you could see in my last haul post. Well, somehow I managed to get my hands on more lipsticks… it was a total mystery…

Just kidding. I have no self-control and PayPal makes it very easy to spend money.

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The stars of today’s shows are these lovely beauties you see here. Bésame Cosmetics in 1945 American Beauty and Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips in Mon Cheri and Raspberry Tiramisu. Yes, I did just go and get my hands on two red lipsticks I have at least another five of and another berry color I probably have a good few of.

Oops.

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American Beauty, the top swatch you see, is a beautiful blue-toned red, almost a little more blue-toned than the classic red lipstick, and that’s what I love about it! Mon Cheri is a bright, bright bright red, essentially the classic bold red lip in a smudge-proof, everything-proof formula. And lastly, Raspberry Tiramisu is a dark berry color, the perfect lipstick for fall and when I feel like I’m in a 1940s noir film.

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You can definitely see a lot better with the flash, especially how cool American Beauty is! I received that was a Christmas present from my little brother, and the other two I purchased for myself as an impulse (and I’m not even sorry).

Have you tried any of these lipsticks before? Do you want to? Let’s chat in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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Review: Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

Hi guys! Today’s post is one I’ve been saving for a while, waiting for the right time… or really for a gap in posts that are a little more time sensitive. I got this Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette ages ago, and I’ve been saving it for a rainy day, AKA today.

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Even though my brushes were very badly in need of a wash, I’m not actually going to photograph me washing every single one of them! (I promise I did wash all of them though.) For this review, I’ll be showing you how the palette works on a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and a BH Cosmetics Complexion Blending Brush.

Up first is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which I use for foundation fairly often (though not as often since I got the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge), so it’s fairly dirty… it also doesn’t help that I don’t remember the last time I washed my brushes. Oops.

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The palette came with two samples of the brush cleansing gel and I went through one of them washing all the brushes I use the most, which is actually pretty good! I just put a bit of the gel on the palette, added a little bit of water and swirled the brush around in the palette. I had to do this a few times and rinse the palette out, but it definitely did the trick! As you can see above, the brush is pretty spotless.

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For some reason, this brush is consistently my dirtiest brush (I use it for concealer, so it’s also my most used brush). I was able to get most of the product off the brush and what’s left is really just the stained bristles, so all in all, I’d call that a victory.

As for the palette, I would say it’s definitely a good investment! It retails for $14.99 but you can usually get some good deals for it. I think I got mine with a BOGO 50% off at Ulta and that was when I bought the sponge. It’s a decent size (bigger than my hand but not too big) and has a handle on the back that helps grip it while you wash your brushes. It’s super easy to clean when you’re done and you can just lay it out to dry!

Have you tried this cleansing palette before?

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