Black Friday haul, part 2

Hello, beauties! Today we have part two of my huge and irresponsible Black Friday haul! This is definitely the bigger of the two posts, so I can’t wait to share these goodies with you!

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

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I placed a sizable order over at the L.A. Girl site because they had everything 40% off their already cheap prices, and I’m so excited to try out everything I got! First, we have their lip liner in the colors Forever Red, Forever, Rose, Burgundy, and Raspberry. I totally forgot Rose when I took the pictures, so that’s why it’s only four in there.

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From left to right, we have Forever Red, Burgundy, Raspberry, and Forever.

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Up next, we have the Glazed Lip Paints and the Matte Flat Pigment Glosses. I got the lip paints in Blushing, Tango, Feisty, Bombshell and Pin-up, and the “glosses” in Fleur, Secret, Timeless and Obsess. (I don’t know why they call them glosses, these are definitely liquid matte lipsticks.)

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From top to bottom, we have: Obsess, Secret, Timeless and Fleur.

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From left to right, we have: Blushing, Tango, Bombshell, Feisty and Pin-up.

So that’s it for my L.A. Girl stuff! I haven’t tried much of it so far other than trying on the paints and the glosses on my lips to see how the colors looked. The ones I was most surprised by were Tango (which is so much more coral than red than I pictured) and Feisty (which is straight up orange and I probably won’t keep). Out of the glosses, I loved Fleur and I left it on long enough to dry, but even then, it wasn’t completely matte. Otherwise, it was comfortable on my lips when it dried!

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Now for these suckers: MORE LIPSTICK! I’ve been eyeing Santa Monica ever since I first heard about OFRA lipsticks on Rachael’s blog and with the 50% off, I couldn’t resist. I also caved and got Manhattan (a dark, dusty mauve) and Bel Air (a really good nude) because I’m an OFRA lipstick addict. Who wants to join my club?

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Here we have Bel Air, Manhattan and Santa Monica respectively. I was really happy to see I don’t have anything quite like Manhattan (the closest I have is Lolita, but that’s less purple and more brown), but I totally have a few that look like Santa Monica, even one almost exact dupe (one of the Stila lipsticks, if I’m not mistaken).

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And for the last of my goodies, we have the translucent highlighting luxury powder and the beautiful You Glow Girl highlighter that the girls from dupethat created with OFRA! I was super tempted to get both, but I resisted and only got this one, since I saw that the other one was super close to Mary-Lou Manizer, and I already have that in my stash!

So that’s the last of my big Black Friday haul, but expect a part 1.5 with one order that still hasn’t come and another few goodies I picked up on Tuesday!

What did you get for Black Friday?

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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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