Holiday giveaway: win a MAC lipstick

Hi guys! Last chance to  enter my giveaway, you’ve got ONE HOUR left!!

Hi friends! So I know I said I was waiting for 200 followers to do a giveaway, but I’ve been inspired by the holiday time to do a giveaway this month, just for the fun of it. I’m getting a new MAC lipstick soon, and I figured this would be a good time to do […]


Black Friday haul, pt 1.5

Hi friends! I know what you’re thinking — another Black Friday haul? Technically, most of this isn’t Black Friday purchases (only two things are) but I figured I might as well clump them all together anyway.

As you might know, I had some issues with my Black Friday purchases not coming in time for me to blog about them all at the same time, which was somewhat frustrating.

The ones that took the longest (but traveled the shortest distance, ironically enough) were the OFRA goodies I wrote about last Thursday, but the last goodies to arrive were the e.l.f. goodies you see here.

So anyway, enough chatter and let’s get to it!


Let’s start with the actual Black Friday purchases, shall we? I got the e.l.f. lip exfoliator in Sweet Cherry, because I’ve been a fan of their original exfoliator for ages now and am down to half a tube of it, so I figured it was time to stock up. I was surprised to see that the packaging and the formula is quite different from the old one, and in a good way, too! The original formula had much bigger pieces in it that could sometimes rub your lips a tad too raw, and the new one is much softer but still does the work. Plus the scent is just yummy!

Along with that, I got the HD Undereye Setting Powder after seeing in a KathleenLights video that it’s a dupe for the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. The e.l.f. powder allegedly used to have glitter particles in it that Kathleen didn’t like, but her viewers told her that they reformulated it without glitter, and I figured that this was the perfect time to try it out! I haven’t used it so far, but I’ll report back when I do!

Moving on! I recently received a coupon for 20% at Ulta and I had racked up a few points I could use to get a few dollars off, so I went and picked up the Batiste dry shampoo in the Floral Essence scent, as well as a NYX Matte Lipstick in the color Merlot!

If you’re wondering what those makeup wipes are and why the hell I’ve decided to share them in a haul, worry not. The reason I wanted to tell you guys about these is because they cost 96 cents!!! YES, REALLY. And for 96 cents, I was expecting a crappy product, but let me tell you, these are just as good as any other brand wipes I’ve tried, so I’m very happy with this discovery. Granted, my skin isn’t sensitive so this isn’t a concern for me, so keep that in mind before you run out to Walmart!


Then I had a bit of a cheeky Sephora purchase, mainly an excuse to use that coupon that Sephora gave us VIBs for 20 dollars off a purchase of $50 or more. I got the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in the color Always Red, after seeing Emily Fox rave about it on her channel multiple times! Once I got it, I realized it’s basically a dupe for Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Underage Red (as is the NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Kitten Heels, which I just got last week). What can I say? I’m easily tempted and I sometimes forget to check for dupes. But hey, at least now I know I have enough dupes in my collection to do a post about it!

The big item I got at Sephora with this order was the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, which I saw good reviews about and am always interested in, considering my eternal struggle with oily skin! I haven’t tried it yet, but you’ll definitely be hearing about it when I do. (Also, is it just me or are all of their names total tongue twisters?)


You think I’ve forgotten, but I promise I was just saving the best for last! The last bit of this haul is the newest member of my merry MAC family — Whirl! After hearing everyone and their mother rave about this shade (particularly Lucie), I knew I had to have it, so when my aunt got me a shade I already own for my birthday present, I took the chance to exchange it for Whirl instead, and I am so glad I did! This baby looks beautiful on and I love it more than I can explain.

So here we have swatches for Always Red, Merlot and Whirl, from left to right. And with that, we have come to the end of this very wordy post, and I’m going to leave you, until my next extremely wordy post on Thursday.

Don’t forget to let me know what you thought in the comments!


Holiday giveaway: win a MAC lipstick

Hi friends! So I know I said I was waiting for 200 followers to do a giveaway, but I’ve been inspired by the holiday time to do a giveaway this month, just for the fun of it. I’m getting a new MAC lipstick soon, and I figured this would be a good time to do a giveaway so one of you guys can get one too!



So let’s get on with the fun stuff, shall we? First of all, here are some rules:

  • Must be following me (duh).
  • Reblog this post.
  • Comment on the post with the lipstick you’d like if you won!
  • This giveaway will be open internationally and will end Dec. 24th at noon EST.

And that’s it! Doing these will earn you one entry into the giveaway, but you can get three extra entries by doing the following:

  • Following me on Instagram at @valentinabore.
  • Following me on Twitter at @valentinabore.
  • Tweeting about the giveaway and tagging me in it.
  • Make sure you comment with your Instagram or Twitter names if you do the extra entries!

So there we have it, a very merry holiday giveaway for you guys! I can’t wait to hear what lipstick everyone would like to win!


P.S. The winner will be chosen with a random name generator and will be totally and 100% random.

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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


Slightly belated June favorites

Hi guys! How’s everyone doing? I’ve been really busy so I’ve been slacking a bit with my blog this past week, but I’m posting this today and scheduling two more posts for the upcoming week to tide us over until things calm down a bit! That being said, while I’ve had this blog for two months now (two months today, actually, happy month-aversary to me!), I’ve never done a monthly favorites post before. So here’s my first ever monthly favorites post!


Here we have:

  • Ben Nye Luxury Powder in the color Buff: I use this mainly to set my under eye concealer, and I really like how it feels! I’ve noticed some creasing but I’m not sure if that’s the powder or my concealer, so I don’t want to discard this one quite yet.
  • NYX Roll On Shimmer in Salmon: This is actually something I’ve had for a long time now but I just recently rediscovered it and it had to make my favorites list! On days where I don’t feel like spending a lot of time on my eyeshadow, this is perfect to dab on and make my look shimmery and sparkly!
  • MAC Lipstick in Impassioned: You may have seen me rave about this for one of my 30 days of lipstick posts, and it’s the first lipstick that I thought of when I was trying to pick a favorite for this month. It’s a lovely color, stays forever and will probably become a staple in my collection.
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner: I got this in my ipsy a few months ago and I picked it up a few weeks ago because I was working (and still am) on using up all the samples I’ve received. I love wearing it alone or underneath makeup and if it weren’t $45 dollars for a full sized one I would totally buy it!
  • 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment: This is also something else I only picked up to go through all my samples but I’ve been loving it lately! When I actually have the time to wash and dry my hair, I spritz this on before blowdrying and I’ve found it really helps!
  • Nourish Organic Face Cleanser: I didn’t like this at first because of the smell, but after a month of using it every day, I actually barely notice it anymore! The best part is, my face does feel a lot better and I’ve had a lot less breakouts as well.
  • Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: Almost everyone I follow recommended this to me, and boy am I glad to have checked it out! I love using it to take off my makeup or just to give my face a nice, clean feel. It actually works really well to remove my eye makeup, and it just makes my face feel super clean and hydrated!

So here we have my June favorites! What made your list this month? As always, let me know what you thought and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and twitter!


My perfect and precious little MAC collection

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I haven’t always been a huge fan of MAC lipstick, even though I’ve been obsessed with lipstick for at least a few years now. It wasn’t until my ex-girlfriend, who was a huge huge fan of MAC lipstick, introduced me to it the first time I stayed at their apartment that I was introduced to the wonder of MAC lipstick, and ever since, I’ve been obsessed. Throughout our relationship, they gave me a MAC lipstick for special occasions (Christmas, my birthday, and Valentine’s Day) and thus started what I’d like to think of as an obsession now.

All my beautiful babies!

All my beautiful babies!

Three of these I got from my ex, one of them I stole (oops) and the other two I bought. I have Velvet Teddy, Ruby Woo, Impassioned, Full Fuchsia, Lady Danger, and Heroine!

I actually used my camera for once and the pictures are so much better!

Left to right: Velvet Teddy, Full Fuchsia, Impassioned, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, and Heroine.

Lady Danger was the first one I got and I was immediately drawn to it because it was so bright and such a beautiful color. I got it in August but I didn’t wear it much, I’m not even sure why. After that, I got Full Fuchsia, Heroine, and Impassioned, and Ruby Woo and Teddy Velvet are my most recent purchases!

I just took a lot of nice pictures, bear with me.

I just took a lot of nice pictures, bear with me.

I used my camera instead of my phone for once, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to do a nice little photoshoot with the baes! (Yes, I did just call my lipstick the baes. Don’t judge me.)


Taking pictures of swatches is hard, guys.

Because I know this is what you’re all here for, these are the swatches. From left to right: Velvet Teddy, Full Fuchsia, Impassioned, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo and Heroine.

Okay, okay, now I'm done.

Okay, okay, now I’m done.

Velvet Teddy, Lady Danger and Heroine are all matte finishes. Ruby Woo is a retro matte finish, and Full Fuchsia and Impassioned are both amplified finishes.

Honestly, I love them all like they were my children and I could probably buy ten more and still not have enough. Do you own any MAC lipsticks and if so, which ones? And if you don’t, which ones would you like to have?