It’s Summer In Too Faced Land Again!

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Oui filles, it’s that time of year again. The time when, although the temperatures haven’t skyrocketed as yet, Too Faced is already heating up the scene with their pretty pops of colour. I don’t know one girly girl at heart who doesn’t wait to see just what the Misters Blandino and Johnson have in store for us each season. Seriously, I just wanna go to Too Faced head office and play in the makeup. All of it. I want to walk out wearing every single bit of it.

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The Vault: Sephora Black Friday Haul, KVD Lipsticks

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This post has taken a ridiculously long time, I’m aware. The reasons? Well, I wanted to do comparisons, but then a wealth of other things hit me in a deluge right after I got them, one of which was my new job. I wanted to do full face pictures of all the shades, but I couldn’t wear these shades to work, but I didn’t have the time to apply (cause I was just barely on time most days), take picture, remove and then reapply, plus by the time I got home it was dark, so… here we are now.

On black Friday I had gotten three KVD liquid lipsticks in Berlin, Vampira and L.U.V.

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I had wanted L.U.V. for a long time because I saw so many people wearing it and it looked great. I got Vampira because I wanted a matte liquid version of it, I still had both of these in the tube version, but the L.U.V. had gone bad so I didn’t feel too bad about duping myself. Berlin I got because it looked like a nice coral shade.

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Below are swatches of all the colours of the liquid lipsticks, one of the reasons that I wanted to do comparisons is because I noticed a difference in tone in the liquids versus the solids. Since they’re different formulas, I wasn’t expecting them to be absolutely the same. But it’s ridiculous how completely different some colours are.

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Berlin I wound up returning immediately because, what the damn?! While I like Vampira, it pulled really yellow on me. When I put it on, it looked like iodine on my lips and had none of the depth of the solid form, for comparison, pictures below. I’m not sure if you can see it, but the Everlasting Love, has a brown red/burgundy finish. While the Liquid Love has a slightly yellow, rather than red undertone to it’s brown.

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L.U.V. on the other hand was just a different colour altogether from the original. The irony of that being, even though the original was quite obviously cool toned, it looked way better on me than this one did. That warm violet shade that I saw on everyone else that wore it, looked like a chalky pastel mess against my golden undertones. Comparison pictures below.

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Doesn’t the first shade look as if it would look horrid on me and the second just right? Nope. And this has been kinda the uproar with the new formulations of the colours, like Tarte, the colours have changed drastically, yet retained their previous names. One of the biggest disappointments has been the new purple brown colour of Lolita, it’s now more brown girl friendly, but a lot of very fair and/or cool toned ladies that had appointed that colour to HG status, can no longer wear it. Personally I like and can wear both colours, but the new version is definitely more vampy than the innocence alluded to by it’s predecessor, so in reality, it’s no longer really Lolita like.

In the end I did return Vampira and Berlin, L.U.V. I kept for too long trying to make it work, and when I just couldn’t I sold it on MUABS.com.

The only KVD lipstick that wound up keeping was a Studded Kiss in BauHau5. This shade it everything! It’s a gorgeous neutral raspberry shade that absolutely flatters my complexion, but I think would probably work for most.

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The lasting on this shade is ridic! Although, transfer is a bitch, it gets all over everything! I don’t really mind too much though, because as much as it transfers it still manages to leave a lot of colour on the lips. When it’s removed, it leaves a lovely deep pink shade. The shade below is one pass on my arm, in reality it is soooo much deeper than this leads one to believe.

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Final Thoughts.

The end. Jokes! No, for really, I’m kinda mad at L.U.V. for being so drastically different and if Sephora could keep these things on either their virtual or physical shelves long enough, I might be able to compare the new solid formula to see if it’s the same as the old one. As for Vampira, I’m not too mad because I already had the solid, and I prefer the finish anyway. But, dear sweet lord, the star of the show (for me) was Bauhau5, I even tried to dupe it with a Nars shade and no go, it’s a really unique shade that I think just about anyone could wear well.

Monday Mumblings; Let’s Talk About Cruelty Free & Animal Testing, Shall We?

I received a somewhat psychotic email last week from someone who clearly takes themselves too seriously, bitching at me about not using solely cruelty free products and didn’t I know yada yada yada… I won’t even bother to put the email in this post because it’s profanity laden and homie don’t play dat.
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Project Swatch Every Damn Coastal Scents Hot Pot Ever Made Continues…

Ok, not really but I did tell you guys that I was totally enamoured with the idea of creating my own palettes, and I love the texture, pigmentation and lasting power of these shadows, so…

This isn’t a review of the colours, just the swatches and colour descriptions (maybe).

One thing that I did which I thought was a bit neat was I created my own Marsala palette. I got rid of my Sephora one, because I realised that the only colours that I was really using were the marsala ones. Now,since I know a lot of people missed out on getting the Sephora Marsala palette, I thought I’d show you some straight up Marsala shades, and some other shades that came close or fell in the same family, so if you wanted to, you could pop over to Coastal Scents and get your own. You can also get the empty palettes there as well. If you want to check out my other Coastal Scents swatches, you can do that here, there are some colours in those swatches that also qualify as Marsala shades.

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NYX Intense Butter Glosses…And Stuff…

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This post isn’t only about the NYX Butter Glosses, you may have noticed that there was no post yesterday. That’s because I completely spaced on the other post that I had for yesterday. I forgot to schedule it, so it sat there as a draft. I decided to combine both, but first up are the butter glosses.

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New To Me: Josie Maran Haul

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I’ve been alternately intrigued and repelled by Josie Maran cosmetics for some time now. Intrigued, because a lot of the items looked really interesting. Repelled, because everything is Argan oil based so I assumed that it would be hella greasy looking when applied.

I don’t know if you guys do this as well, but as my lack of decision making skills are much documented ya’ll can’t really think too much worse of me so… I have a habit of placing things in my virtual cart and waiting sometimes months, before finally making a purchase. I did that on the Josie Maran website. What finally made me take the plunge was Sephora believe it or not. When I purchased the Too Faced Filter Powders, I was looking for something else because I wanted a certain amount of points from the purchase, and since I’d been eyeing the JM mini cheek and lip creams since December, I decided to go ahead and snag them.

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Too Faced TFNoFilter Selfie Powders

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File this under “Crap I Didn’t Need But Got Anyway”. I mean It’s Too Faced, I’m sorta obsessed, so…

No doubt about it, this is gimmicky as hell, but that doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the product, cause you know, it’s Too Faced and Jerrod Blandino is all about the quality and the girly.

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Monday Mumblings; HG Products.

I really dislike (most of the time) when bloggers/vloggers talk about HG products, mostly because, it seems to me that their HG products change weekly or monthly.

But let’s start first with what HG means. If you’ve been around the beauty block a few times, then you already know what it means. If you don’t, HG is an acronym for Holy Grail, as in the one product of it’s category for which you will forsake all others, and probably promise your first born to whichever deity to obtain if it ever goes out of production.

To me an HG product is one where when you find it, you don’t need to look any farther, cause this is the one. That’s why every time some says something just attained HG status, I’m like it obviously wasn’t HG to begin with, cause you went out looking for another.

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NYX High Definition Blushes.

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Yeah, I may have picked up a few items from the Spring collection. Although, this is only a part of it, I got tired of waiting for the rest of it to come in so I started taking pictures and swatches. To date, the rest of the stuff hasn’t arrived as yet, and even though sometimes NYX can be painfully slow in shipping, this time it’s been long enough that I’m about to call.

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Tips & Tricks For Flattering Your Eye Shape.

In January, when I’d done the Sephora Marsala Palette review, I’d gotten into a conversion with Elizabeth I think, about eye shapes and how they affect the way you apply shadow, how long said shadow is likely to last, as well as whatever transfer may or may not happen. People have all types of eye shapes, some come in one flavour, others in a mixture.

Personally, my eye shape is a mixture of about three different types. I have deep set eyes that are almond shaped. The deep set of my eye sockets, makes shadow transfer and muddy looking colour very common. Certain brands of eye shadow like Too Faced, Coastal Scents or Tarte work best for me because they rarely transfer from my lower lid to the upper, and don’t become muddy. The almond shape and the small size of my eyes, makes liquid liner very hard to apply, and because of the height of my cheekbones, my eyes are also slightly upturned at the corners. I’ve come up, over much trial and error, with ways of making things work for me, knowing what I can and can’t do, and ways of accentuating, because I feel that my eyes are my best feature.

I started doing some research as to what are the best tips and tricks for different eye shapes, and since Beautylish is my Beauty JStore, I started there, and well, ended there too. Because the best compilation of tips was found at Beautylish, I contacted them and asked if I could re-blog this article, they said an enthusiastic sure, and so it’s anchors away!

Bear in mind that not all tips will work for everyone, so think of these as a starting point from which you can branch out and create your own routines that work for you.

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Throw Out All Your Expensive Serums. This Is All You’ll Ever Need.

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She’s back! It’s been a rough couple weeks, and I’m still trying to hack up a lung most of the time. But I’m lucid at least.

But seriously, about that title, I promise it’s true.

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So…

Those of you that have been around for a minute have probably already figured out what’s happening here. Yep, you got it, I’ve been hit with the pneumonia again.

I’ve almost literally been asleep, every hour since Thursday afternoon, only getting up to eat, use the bathroom and suck down antibiotics. I remember going to sleep at around 2pm on Thursday, and the next thing I know it was Friday night.

My ribs hurt so bad from coughing I can barely move, but I figured in one of my more lucid moments I should let you guys know what was up. On the plus side I’ve lost about five pounds, yay! Must be the canned peaches and water diet I’ve been on for the last week, you guys have got to try it!

Hopefully, I’ll be back to normal, or what passes for normal with me, in the coming week.

Until such time…

NYX Spring 2015. Plus Review. Picture Heavy. Loooooonngg!

I’m a little late with the spring line, but I swear that every year NYX tries their damndest to make me go broke. I’ve also never seen a more prolific makeup brand. They debut twice as much as every other brand each spring. This year is no different, not only have they added new products, but they’ve expanded on some old favourites and added new colours other.  Of course you know I had to get some stuff even though, god knows, I really don’t need a another thing in my life. But hey, we already know my self control is shaky at best, and non existent at worst. So without further ado…
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The Vault: E.L.F. Moisturising Foundation Stick.

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Remember when I had done that elf haul, like almost three months ago? Yeah, I barely remember myself. But I’m working my way through everything. At this rate I should be done by this time next year, whoo hoo!

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First Impressions: Charlotte Tilbury

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Yes my friends, the pretty got me. After months of swearing up and down that I wasn’t going to get anything from the line, I crashed and burned right along with my resolve. The thing that got me? A teeny tiny orange colour stick. Sucker for anything orange ya know. Also, the packaging, the outer packing that is, love the frikkin colour of these boxes and the really sturdy lux construction. I just wish all the containers came in the same colours, the compacts do, but the bottles kind of look cheap and plasticky, I’d expect more from a luxury brand.

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