Kat Von D, OCC, And The Case Of The Strangely Wearable Lip Colour.

So, I was listening to After The Disco on loop while writing this post, and it seemed absurdly appropriate considering these here colours. If you haven’t heard After The Disco, I highly recommend purchasing from Amazon, and listening to it while looking at these pictures, it’s kinda hilarious. Or maybe I’m just weird. Probably. Moving on…

This season has got to be The Season of The Outlandish Lip Colours, yep capitalised.

From OCC’s Unknown Pleasures collection, to Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipsticks, we’ve be introduced to some at times stunning, if disbelief inducing colours. The most popular colours this season seem to be the ones that aren’t slated for everyday wear. Yet everyone seems to want to own then, and yes, wear them as much as possible.

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On Being A Pessimistic Bitch, Or The Death of Hope At Starbucks

I’d had the most awesome ever post planned for today, but, in the famous words of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air…what had happened was…

Me, that’s what the heck happened. For some reason, all week long I’ve been mistaking the days of the week, for other days of the week. Go figure. Anyway, I kept putting stuff off and before you know it, it was Thursday, but I thought it was Friday, and hilarity ensued. So, I never made it to Sephora in time, swatches didn’t get swatched, pictures weren’t taken, it’s just a mess.  I’ll make it today though. I promise,  I have to pass Sephora to get home, and since it’s Friday (it actually is this time), if I don’t do it today then I won’t be able to do it until Monday. I’m actually in a coffee shop down the street writing this, so as soon as I’ve done mainlining, I’ll head up the road.

Speaking of coffee shops leads me to the reason that I’m even writing a post today, with no product to talk about. I’ve been re-reading some of my posts the last few days, I tend to do that sometimes to see if my writing has changed, what I can improve on, this is what told me that my posts were too long.

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Iman Cosmetics…And Hello DooBop! Picture Heavy Post.

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If I had a penny for every time someone told me to try Iman cosmetics, I’d have a few grand stashed away somewhere. I’ve been hearing this since I started wearing makeup, way back when the line launched, I think in 2002 or 2003. At the time, this was one of the very few modern lines of cosmetics available to women of colour. Unfortunately for me, the line was comprised of mostly red undertoned shades, couple that with reports from all my friends that had tried it feeling like it was too heavy (this was from chicks that wore MAC which is hella heavy), and I wasn’t really interested all that much.

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L.A. Girl New Lip Glaze Colours. Picture Heavy

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Earlier this year, right after Too Faced debuted their Melted Lipsticks, L.A. Girl debuted their own version. You can read my review of the original six colours here, but I’ll just go ahead and say that I preferred the L.A. Girl ones because they were much much warmer than the Too Faced ones, and at $4 each all six of them cost only $3 more than one Melted lipsticks.

Fast forward a few months and L.A. Girl has released 12, yep a whopping 12 new shades of their lip glazes. The new twelve are evenly distributed between cool and warm colours, and they’re the same price as before.

I picked up the six warm shades from iKatehouse.com, a Cherry Culture sort of site that sells drugstore brands, often for even less than the retail price. Case in point, I got these six for $15.99. The retail price of all six is $24, so $8 dollars less. If you buy them like this. iKatehouse has all the lip glazes arranged quite nicely in sets. They have the first six in a set of it’s own, and the 12 new shades are arranged in a cool set and a warm set. Once again, you don’t have to purchase them this way, you can get them singly, it’ll just cost you regular price, clicking on the links will take you directly to each set. I also picked up three of the Pro HD Concealers since I’ve been hearing people rave about them. So in all with shipping, my entire order was $27. 41.

I’m not going to go into too much detail on the lip glazes, for that you can see my original review here. I’ll just go over the basics, they need to be applied rather precisely, with a brush preferably since the texture is sort of watery, they take a little bit to set, they do last a few hours when they finally do, and they leave a stain behind.

My package from iKatehouse was so very cute. A lot of times when you purchase from these sorts of places, the packaging isn’t very neat or carefully done.  One of the many reasons I hate Cherry Culture is because their packaging is janky, like they want you to be aware that you haven’t bought high end cosmetics. A lot of care went into this package, it was tightly bound, and the glazes had been vacuum sealed in one bag and the concealers in another.

 

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So let’s just get into the pictures. I didn’t take a lot of full face pictures because I just didn’t have the time to do so. But I did some arm swatches so you can see how the colours interact with warm undertones. The second picture is with flash.

 

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Tempt – Deep Blackened Berry.

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I actually took full face pictures of Tempt because it’s probably my favourite of the bunch. I thought that it would be more of a purple from the tube, nope. So now I have yet another blackened berry/burgundy colour. It could be worse. This one applies the best out of all the shades and dries fastest as well. The other two that apply very well are Seduce and Daring, so the darker colours it seems.

 

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Feisty – True Orange.

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Tease – Mid-Tone Pink with Silver Glitter

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This colour is probably my least favourite of the bunch. It’s not the colour but the glitter. It’s really chunky and kind of uncomfortable to be honest. You can feel it sliding around your lips, and by the way, what the hell am I? A 12 year old pre-teen? It looks kinda weird in all honesty when it’s applied because the glitter makes it a patchy application, I may have mentioned a time, or twenty that I’m pretty hairy, and you can clearly see where it gets stuck in the hairs on my arm in the swatch below. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty and without the chunky glitter it’s probably one of the few pinks that I can wear. But the damn glitter is a deal breaker, just the few minutes that I wore it for this picture made me know that I wouldn’t be wearing it. Ever.

 

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Daring – Deep Purple Violet.

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This is my second favourite. It’s a soft purple with slight red undertones. The undertones may be more neutral or blue actually, because in real life it looks more like a deep violet.This was one of the ones that I took full face pics of because I was wearing it the day I was taking pictures for the Nars multiples post.

 

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Seduce – Soft Pinky Purple.

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This is my third fave. It’s a pinky purple, not really suitable for every day, but for a night of bar or club hopping, it works.

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Gleam – Muted Orange Bronze with Gold Sheen.

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This was a real surprise for me. I generally tend to stay away from bronzy lip shades, they’re often too frosty and clash horribly with my skin tone, go figure. This one however was so very soft that it looks more like a neutral in real life. The full face picture actually makes it look very frosty when it isn’t, it actually kind of fades against my skin. I think the orange in it is what makes it work with my undertones so well.

 

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Final Thoughts.

Just like the first time, I’m totally not disappointed in the purchase of these. For a fraction of the price or more prestige brands, you get really good colours that last for some time, and pretty much work the same way. If you do decide to pick these up, you should get them from iKatehouse, but they sell out really quickly, so I would hurry if I were you.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturising Oil

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I find myself at odds with the brands that I thought I knew lately. With the Sephora serum, I loved it even though I don’t like Sephora skincare at all.

Now this. While it doesn’t suck, I just don’t care for it like I worship most Fresh products.

I got this when Sephora was offering their oil sample promo, I’ve been wanting to try a new moisturising oil for a long time since the one I used to use was discontinued and I have been able to replace it with another. So I got it along with the Regenerating Oil Serum.

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The Vault: Ilia Cosmetics

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First, lets talk about what The Vault is.

Ok, so the vault is going to be all the things that I’ve planned on blogging, gotten, and for whatever reason, didn’t. A few things may have happened to the items in the vault, and they generally span the time between last summer and this past one. Yeah, I know, lame Cleo.

Sometimes, like I’ve said before, I get overwhelmed. Other times, a whole slew of new things come out that I want to try, so items that I’ve been planning on blogging get left behind, and then I just forget about them. So first up, Ilia Cosmetics.

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Repurposing And Reuse. Plus Tips And Tricks For The Sensitive Skin Chick.

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We probably all have subscriptions to different beauty bags and boxes. Or you know how you go to Sephora, Ulta or Department stores and they give you all those little sample packets? So we probably also all have a bunch of little samples laying around that are either, too small to have any effective use. Or we have something else that we prefer, or even more we just don’t like the scent or something.

One of the things that I’ve started doing using them in a way very different from how they were intended, because hey, why not? Instead of having ten million boxes of unused samples laying around, this way I can work my was through the pile and get some use out of the money I spent to get them.

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(Over)Hauling Becca Part Three. Pressed Shimmer Powders.

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I’d planned on doing these powders in the same post as the blushes, but that post was getting too long.

This will be short, as there really isn’t all that much to say about them, other than they’re great.

These powders are multi-use. You can use them as either highlighters or all over finishing powders to add a bit of glow to the complexion. There are eight colours, or at least, there were eight. I’m pretty sure they’ve been discontinued in favour of the Pressed Shimmering Perfectors, as I haven’t been able to find them on the Becca site for either continent, but if you check my other Becca posts, you can find the link to Palm Beach Cosmetix on eBay, she has most of the colours available, and as a bonus she sells them in refills and in the compact, so you can get them for between $5.99 and $12.

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Cosmetics Company Store Mini-Haul

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Did you guys know that there was a place that you can find discounted and discontinued MAC, Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder products for 30% off retail? If you didn’t, don’t worry about it, until about three weeks ago neither did I.

The Cosmetics Company Store is basically a place where you can find almost any brand that falls under the Estee Lauder umbrella. These can range from cosmetics to hair care. They can usually only be found in places where there’s an outlet mall. I didn’t even know there was an outlet mall about 15 minutes from my house. I went there to get to Saks Off Fifth, and as I was leaving I noticed this very tiny cosmetics section tucked into the corner.

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Sephora Super Regenerating Oil Serum

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So, I always say that I don’t know why I bother to purchase Sephora brand products, particularly the skincare items, because more often than not they suck, big time. I’ve gotten, moisturisers, serums, washes, you name it, I’ve pretty much hated all of it. The only thing that I seem to like, is their lip products.

A while back I’d gotten a sample of the Super Regenerating Oil Serum, cause I was looking for a less expensive alternative to the Stila Lightsource, and I felt that the Valentia had plateaued, it just wasn’t doing anything new for my skin. It’s managed to fade most of the discolouration on my left cheek, but it wasn’t doing anything else, and winter is coming so I need a brightening serum. Enter Sephora Super Regenerating Oil Seum. From the website;

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Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette. The Comparison Post.

This post was published over a month ago. Somehow or the other, it got deleted from the blog. I think I took it down to make corrections, thought that I’d put it back up, but didn’t, duh. So if you’ve already seen this, it’s not new. If you haven’t, have fun!

 

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As promised, here is a more in depth look at the coastal scents Revealed 2 Palette complete with looks and swatches. Now, I sent my UD palette back, so I’m making these comparisons based on memory and pictures of swatches that I took for the N3 post. Somewhere along the way, I realised that I had never swatched Mugshot form the UD palette. Hmmm, go figure.

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation; Chestnut

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I had to grab a screen capture of this foundation from the Hourglass site, because, well…I’ll tell you.

I was pretty enamoured with the entire idea of this foundation, when I first heard about it way back in 2012 (I think?). A liquid that turns into a powder and doesn’t need anything else to compliment it? I. Was. There.

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(Over)Hauling Becca Part Two; Cream and Powder Blush.

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Time for part two of my Becca Obsessions. You guys, know I like to clue you in on where I get my deals, so this particular part of the haul comes to you courtesy of Poshmark, ACW and Palm Beach Cosmetics on eBay. You can click this link to my second (third?) Becca post, for all the links to those places.

For your viewing pleasure, today I have five cream blushes, and one powder blush.

This post is likely to be more picture heavy than comment heavy by the way.

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

 

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I’ve been real busy lately. I have periods like that for some reason. I’d always thought that I was super busy because of work and school at the same time. Well, turns out that you can still be super busy with just a freaking job. Anywhoo, I’ve been busy looking for a new job, not that I don’t love Starbucks, it’s just that I hate it. Looking for a new job should be listed as a job description all on it’s own. Sending out resumes, filling out profiles, in Georgia, driving forty-five minutes one way to an interview and the same amount back. Man, I miss getting on a subway and letting someone else take me to my next destination. In New York, I could get to sometimes four interviews in one day, in Atlanta? Good luck with that, I’m lucky if I can do two in a day.

All that to say, super busy. I’ve also been clearing out my makeup, because, way too damn much. I’ve been listing some of it on Poshmark and giving the rest away. The thing is, I’ve been clearing stuff out and finding stuff that I meant to blog about, took photos for, and never got around to. So this is what I’m gonna start doing for a while, it also has the added benefit or making me go through some of the stuff I have piled up.

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(Over)Hauling Becca: Luminous Skin Ultra Sheer Foundation.

 

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Maybe you’ve noticed (or maybe not cause you might be just like me, a hoarder), but I can get a little bit obsessive at times. From buying fifty foundations to find the perfect one, or just absolutely having to own every purple lipstick ever made, by anyone. Yeah, obsessive.

My Becca Obsession (yes, I am capitalising it) started simply enough with the Beach Tints, they were pretty dammit, and I decided that any brand that made such pretty things deserved a second look. And a third, and apparently a fourth and fifth.

I started off simply enough trying to find that great foundation, stumbled onto some cream blushes, saw a powder blush I had to have, and pretty soon (inside two weeks) I had an entire makeup drawer dedicated to Becca. Le Sigh.

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