Saturday

Beauty Confessions Vol 1 - Too many lippies or just enough?

I shamefully admitted how many lippies made it into my new, smaller handbag the other day on instagram. This was after sorting through and taking out a bunch of the ones that made it into my original bag.

Hello, my name is Doria and I am a beauty addict. I have been in love with makeup since making my first independent cosmetic purchase (with my mom's money after a great deal of pleading) at age 4--I was headstrong (even then). I have shamefully purchased products for their packaging only or for how they looked in the bottle/compact/palette/box without consulting reviews--not constantly but once in a while the compulsion is overwhelming.

I've made beauty confessions in the past, so I thought it might be fun to finally start organizing them into a series, occasionally adding new ones!

Today, I have to make a confession regarding my lippy collection. At what point does a collection cross the line to hoarding? I've asked myself this question regularly for a very long time. I still don't have the answer! To me, as long as my collection is taken care of and organized it can't be hoarding ... right? But then sometimes I look at my beauty collection and see all the unopened products and think, "Am I just a more organized hoarder?" Perhaps I'll never figure this one out.

The fact remains, I have a lot of lipsticks, glosses, pencils, stains, etc. And when I say a lot ... I mean a lot! I have lipstick that are literally 14+ years old. I don't use these ones anymore obviously, but I can't bare to throw them away! Some are from right around the time I started spending all of my hard-earned paychecks for the first time on high-end brands when I hit 16 (MAC being one of the primarily culprits at the time). Some I purchased for special occasions--prom, weddings, first dates, graduations, etc. And some I purchased because I saw a review and knew I simply couldn't survive without that shade (which was literally 1 shade away from about 10 others I owned) joining my collection. What if someday I needed that exact shade and I didn't have it?!

I have lippies that have never been removed from their boxes ever. I'm getting a bit better about that ... but only slightly.

In my defense, I very frequently purge. Each month (sometimes more frequently) I will go through some of my collection and end up with a box or two of products that go to my sisters and bestie. I also will not sacrifice paying for essentials to buy lipsticks--the kids come before my collection always, so I suppose that shows some restraint.

Do I really need all of these lipsticks? The logical answer is "no". I totally acknowledge that, but I have always viewed my collection as just that--a collection. Some people collect stamps, coins, postcards, shot glasses, action figures ... I collect makeup. People have plenty to say about it (I'm sure if you're like me you've raised more than a few eyebrows from family and friends), but I honestly let it roll off my back. I don't boast about my collection because it really is just for me, but in the off chance someone sees it and say something, I just shrug it off and go about the rest of my life. I'm sure we all have collections of some kind--I'm just able to wear mine on my face!

What about you? Do you collection cosmetics? Any particular kind or just cosmetics in general? Do your family and friends have something to say about it?


Friday

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Naked, Native, Obsessed, Streak, Venom Review & Swatches

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Review

I recently had the pleasure of swatching some of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils, which I loved, so I'm really excited to share some of Urban Decay' Revolution lipsticks today!


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Profile

Urban Decay recently released their Revolution lipstick line, which currently consists of 22 shades that vary from nudes to ultra-bright or vampy. Urban Decay states on their site that ingredients in these lipsticks will plump and soften lips while offering super pigmented coverage. The new gunmetal packaging has a slight purple tint to it and it feels nice and heavy. I love it!

Price

These retail for $22 each. 

Where to Buy

These can be purchased directly through Urban Decay HERE a well as through their authorized beauty retailers such as Sephora and Ulta.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Naked Swatch & Review


Urban Decay Naked Swatch
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked

Shade

Naked is a pink-leaning nude with a creamy, glossy finish. It is probably one of the most complimentary medium-toned nude lippies I have ever tried. For girls with complexions like mine (Asian medium with cool-neutral undertones) it can be hard to find nudes and neutrals that work. This definitely did the trick!

Application

This had a super creamy formula that glided right on. While I prefer applying lipstick using a lip brush (just a personal preference) I applied this straight from the tube and found it was easy to do with this shade.

Pigmentation

This is definitely very pigmented, despite being a creamy nude color. I did 2 passes over my lips to achieve full opacity. 

Wear

This wore like a dream! It's light-weight, hydrating, smooth and just all around lovely. I never comment on the longevity of wear with lipsticks because I have always gotten significantly less wear than the average person on every product I've ever tried (just my skin texture), so you may want to reference other blog if you're concerned about wear. I wore this without a lip liner to evaluate the lipstick on it own. Combined with the Naked lip pencil, I personally think that this would last a very long time. 

My Thoughts

I am beyond impressed with both the color and formula of Naked. I struggle on a regular basis with finding nudes and neutrals that work for me and this absolutely did! I think it would actually be quite complementary on a number of complexions. This is the kind of color you can throw on and run out the door (which isn't something I find often because I'm so picky). If you're looking for a mid-tone pink-leaning nude that's super comfortable to wear--this is it!


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Native Swatch & Review


Urban Decay Native Swatch
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native

Shade

Native is a pale pink that I would consider to be a nude lip color as well. It isn't a white-based light pink per say, more of a fleshy pale pink. It has a creamy, glossy finish similar to Naked.

Application

This had a super creamy formula that glided right on. While I prefer applying lipstick using a lip brush (just a personal preference) I applied this straight from the tube and found it was easy to do with this shade.

Pigmentation

Though it's a lighter shade, I found it was pigmented enough to offer fully opaque coverage on my lip with 2 layers. I do not have super pigmented lips naturally, but I find lighter shades are sometimes more difficult to achieve opaque coverage with regardless. This was fabulous!

Wear

This was similar to Naked--creamy, soft, hydrating and light on the lips. 

My Thoughts

I really like this color and I know I'll definitely be pairing it with some darker, smoky eyes this fall! All around just a fabulous color to have on hand for days you need a softer, lighter lip.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Obsessed Swatch & Review


Urban Decay Obsessed Swatch
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed

Shade

Obsessed is a soft, lighter-medium tulip pink. This has a very creamy, glossy finish.

Application

The formula on this color is slightly thinner than the others, so it's even smoother to apply (though the others are the epitome of creamy lipstick as well). It reminds me a bit of Poppy King's formulas for reference--equally as lovely!

Pigmentation

As I mentioned above, the formula on this shade is slightly thinner, so I applied 2 generous layers to achieve opacity. I would recommend that if you want more bold coverage that you use it in conjunction with a complementary lip pencil such as Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On lip pencil in Obsessed.

Wear

This is slightly slicker (though just as wonderfully comfortable) than the other lip shades and as it's thinner, I would assume it will wear a bit quicker on other people as it did on me in comparison with the other shades. I would recommend pairing it with a complementary lip pencil to extend its wear if you're hoping to wear it without touching it up somewhat frequently. If you choose not to wear a lip pencil underneath it, you'll still find it very pleasant on your lips comfort- and hydration-wise.

My Thoughts

This is a very pretty color and I love the way it feels on the lips. The fact that it's slightly thinner than the others to me means that it's the type of lipstick you could throw on in the car for a quick wash of pretty color. It's lower maintenance to apply, but may perhaps need more frequent touch-ups. To me that's a great trade-off and makes it a great on-the-go color.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Streak Swatch & Review


Urban Decay Revolution Swatch
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Shade

Streak is a creamy pink-leaning coral that reminds me a bit of a guava. It offers a glossy finish. It is not identical in shade to its 24/7 Glide-On lip pencil counterpart and does not include sparkles. Streak lip pencil is extremely vibrant and leans more orange while Streak Revolution lipstick is softer in hue and more pink-coral.

Application

This had a super creamy formula that glided right on similar to Native and Naked. Lovely to work with!

Pigmentation

I found that this offered complete opacity with 2 layers on its own. 

Wear

This was similar to Naked and Native--creamy, soft, hydrating and light on the lips. If you wanted to pair it with a lip pencil to extend its wear you could obviously pair it with Streak (which would give you a more vibrant, slightly sparkly orange-coral) or perhaps a softer color such as Obsessed to keep it pink-leaning.

My Thoughts

If you've been dying to wear coral lipstick, but you're afraid it will be too shockingly vibrant, this is one of the sweetest coral lipsticks I've come across in a long time. It is a soft, flattering shade of coral that brightens the face without being too over the top (though we all know I don't mind over the top as well). Definitely give this one a try!


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Venom Swatch & Review


Urban Decay Venom Swatch
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

Shade

Venom is an absolutely stunning plumby wine with a semi-matte, satin finish. Venom lip pencil leans a bit more brown-purple (though the brown is extremely slight), while Venom lipstick has a tiny bit more of a red-wine hue to it. The color is stunning!

Application

Of the 5 lipsticks I reviewed this had a very different texture, but it was equally as wonderful and easy to work with. This is very smooth, but not quite as buttery as the other formulas. It glides on easily, but I found I achieved a more precise, even application with a lip brush than straight from the tube. It does not tug on the lips.

Pigmentation

The pigmentation on this one is ... phenomenal! It is 100% opaque and even with 1 layer on its own. Just amazing all around.

Wear

As I mentioned above, I don't typically comment on wear because everything wears so quickly on me without using some special products/techniques. However, the wear on this was absolutely amazing on its own (without liner or other product). 

My Thoughts

What can I say? I'm in love. The color is stunning, the finish is beautiful and the wear and pigmentation are beyond amazing. I'm so curious to see if any of the other Revolution lipsticks have this same finish/texture now! If you're looking for a semi-matte fall color, seriously, run don't walk to your nearest Urban Decay-carrying store and buy it now!


Final Re-Cap


Price

These retail for $22 each. 

Where to Buy

These can be purchased directly through Urban Decay HERE a well as through their authorized beauty retailers such as Sephora and Ulta.

Final Thoughts

Urban Decay, in my opinion, has assembled a magnificent collection of lipsticks that are both beautifully pigmented and delightful on the lips. I think it's safe to say that if you like lipsticks, you'll be able to find at least 1 color (though probably realistically handfuls of colors) you adore. All of these colors and formulas were lovely to work with and I will absolutely be integrating all of them into my fall beauty routine. I think I need a bunch more of these in my life (specifically Jilted, 69, F-Bomb, Catfight, Bang and Anarchy--you know I can't keep away from the vibrant ones) and will be sure to share additional swatches once I get my hands on them. As far as the price tag goes, I personally don't have an issue investing in good lipsticks, so if you're going to splurge on a lippy I strongly suggest considering these. I have a super crush on Urban Decay Revolution lippies and I plan to spend a good deal of quality time enjoying them!

Have you tried Urban Decay's Revolution Lipsticks? Which is your favorite?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Thursday

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Nude Review

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand


Hourglass Profile

Hourglass is a company that has intrigued me since the first time I came across their products. Packaging is sleek and sophisticated looking and the range of products is impressive. I was fortune enough to be given the opportunity to give their Veil Fluid Makeup a whirl and I'm excited to share my thoughts with you today! 

According to the brand, their liquid foundations are made with ingredients beneficial to your skin that will help improve texture and appearance. I've heard a number of people with problem skin tend to favor Hourglass for its wear and long-term effects. Veil was suggested to me because I have dry, sensitive skin.

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Price

This retails for $60 for 1 fl oz

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly from Hourglass HERE or through beauty retailers such as Ulta or Nigel Beauty Emporium.


Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Nude Review


Shade

Nude is a light-medium yellow-beige with a somewhat warm undertone (I'm cool-neutral, but I was still able to make this work, though a cooler shade would have been a perfect match). I'm surprised that this is one of the lightest shades as it's definitely a medium color. I think as we get further into fall I will either need to mix and lighten this or wear one shade below (I'm an NC 25-30 for reference depending on the season), but for the moment it's not too deep for my complexion. This has a dewy finish on its own.

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Nude Swatch

Application

This smoothed really nicely into the skin with a synthetic or natural hair foundation brush. I found it easy to blend out as well. I did notice that this sets a bit slower than many liquid foundation I've worked with, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion, but I would suggest setting it with setting powder.

Scent

There is a very subtle scent that reminds me a tiny bit of sunscreen (this does have broad spectrum SPF 15, but I'm not sure that can be attributed to the scent). It's not obnoxious and it's not super strong, but it does linger on the face a bit once it's been applied. I've tried other foundation with scents that were too strong for me to wear--I did not find this one to be a problem.

Coverage

This provided my skin with medium coverage, which is exactly what it is supposed to yield. Granted my skin is fairly even, I think anyone looking for medium coverage would find this to be adequate.

Wear

This is actually quite comfortable on the skin. It does not feel heavy, but I have very sensitive skin so I tend to feel everything I put on my face. This almost felt as though it grew progressively lighter weight within 20 min of applying it and I could barely feel that I was wearing anything at all. Could it be that it gets better with "age"? This did cling the tiniest bit to my dry trouble spots (I've discussed in previous posts that I have a few areas that are dry on my face and always give me a little trouble with liquid foundations), but I think that if I had used a more hydrating primer it wouldn't have been a problem at all. I don't think this will be an issue for those that don't have dry skin and it was so super slight anyway. I had to look at my face within super close proximity to see it--closer than standing distance by far. Overall I am incredibly pleased by the way this felt and wore. It did not feel tight on my skin and did not leave my skin feeling dehydrated--worked well for my dry, sensitive skin!

If you have oily skin I'd recommend trying out Immaculate over Veil as I've heard amazing things about it for those with oily and acne-prone skin. I have a sister with this skin type and if I get the opportunity to have her give Immaculate a whirl I'll be sure to share.

I'd also like to note that it feels very soft to the touch while on your face. Not that you or anyone else will be touching your fully made up face, but it was surprising how nice it felt on my fingertips!

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Nude in Use

I wanted to show you guys how this looks and photographs because it's quite lovely. Unfortunately it's rainy and gross out, but I managed to get some okay shots despite that. 

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
Wearing Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Nude


Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
Wearing Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Nude


Final Re-Cap


Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Price

This retails for $60 for 1 fl oz

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly from Hourglass HERE or through beauty retailers such as Ulta or Nigel Beauty Emporium.

Final Thoughts

I am really impressed with this foundation! It didn't irritate my skin and wasn't uncomfortable to wear. It looks fabulous in person and photographs beautifully. While I can't comment on the long-term skin benefits, I can tell you that I review a large volume of foundations each year and this is definitely one of the top ones of 2013 for me. I love that it offers SPF 15, which I think is just perfect for fall. I'd heard a lot of fabulous things about hourglass over the last year or so and I've played a bit with a few other Hourglas products in Sephora. I'm happy to say that this foundation absolutely lived up to my expectations and I'm excited to experience other products in their lineup! 

Have you tried Hourglas Veil Fluid Makeup or any of their other foundations? What did you think?

Note: Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand for review. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Sigma Labor Day Sale

This post contains affiliate links

Who doesn't love a good Labor Day Sale? Sigma is offering 20% off their individual eye shadows (which I've heard great things about) for this weekend only.

Where to Buy

This promo code can be used on their website HERE.

Are you planning to purchase during this sale?

Wednesday

Summer-to-Fall Beauty Vol 4: MAKE Colour

Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand


With fall right around the corner and summer coming to a close, it can be hard to make a smooth transition from one season into the next. New colors, textures, skin care needs, etc.--all of these things come into play as the seasons change. My goal with this series is to give you guys some ideas on products or colors you may want to integrate into your beauty and skincare routines as the weather grows cooler.  Each post in this series features a look and then highlights the individual products used (with a brief review of each). All posts in this series can be found under the "Fall Transitional Beauty" tab if you'd like to see past posts. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and as always, please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! 

MAKE Colour Profile

MAKE Colour has been a favorite brand of mine for just under a year. I love that 1/3 of all their sales (not profit) go towards the We See Beauty Foundation, which help support and spread awareness for co-ops. They offer a wide variety of cosmetic products and they have one of my absolute favorite lipstick formulas ever

Where to Buy

MAKE Colour cosmetics can be purchased directly through their site HERE


The Look


Wearing: Silk Cream Lipstick in Rust, Solstice Bronze in Warm 3, Skin Illuminator in Sade

Wearing: Silk Cream Lipstick in Magnolia, Solstice Bronze in Warm 3, Skin Illuminator in Sade

Look Description

I wanted to create a super simple look that focused on a pretty lip and subtle summer glow. The weather may be growing cooler soon, but a subtle bronzed look can be a great way to ease into fall while maintaining a bit of your summer color.


MAKE Colour Skin Illuminator in Sade


MAKE Colour Skin Illuminator in Sade

Product Type

This is an illuminator meant for highlighting parts of the face.

Shade

Sade is a warm, coppery bronze with shimmer.

Packaging

This comes in a thick click pen (which seems to be fairly popular right now among cosmetic companies) with a paddle-brush-style applicator attached. 

Application

This product is interesting. It's slightly thicker than other popular highlighters and very shimmery, but the base is less pigmented than I thought it would be. When blended in you can really only see the shimmer, not the base. I personally recommend applying it with the built-in brush, but blending it out with your fingers as the built-in brush tends to apply it fairly thickly.

Effect

This gives the face a fairly noticeable bronze shimmer wherever you apply it. If you don't like noticeable shimmer, this would not be the product for you, but if that's something you like then this is worth a shot. The shimmer is not "chunky" compared to some bronze illuminators out there.

Price

This is priced at $34 retail.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through MAKE Colour HERE.

My Thoughts

I think this takes a tiny bit more effort to blend in the way I want it to compared to thinner liquid highlighters, but the effect is very pretty on bronzed skin and worth it if that's what you're aiming for. The shimmer is noticeable which is something I find most people either love or hate. I find that I like shimmer with bronzed looks or when I have a tan. Since this series is about transitional beauty, I think this product can go from summer into fall, but would probably be something you'd put away once the weather gets too cold unless you have a deeper complexion naturally. The shimmer particles are small and they're not gritty or "chunky". All in all, I think this would be most popular with those sporting bronzed looks as well as those with medium-deep complexions.


MAKE Colour Solstice Bronze in Warm #3


MAKE Colour Solstice Bronzer in Warm #3

Product Type

This is a pressed multi-toned bronzer.

Shade

Warm #3 is the deepest of the 3 available shades and is meant for medium to deep complexions. It is definitely warm and I found on my medium complexion that it provided a soft, yet noticeable bronzing effect. It has a decent amount of shimmer to it and the slight pink mixed in gives it a more realistic bronzing effect as sun-kissed skin usually has a pink or red undertone to it.

Application

This is extremely finely milled and it blends into the skin easily with a powder brush. Because it has shimmer to it you'll want to play around with how light or heavy you wish to apply it. When I applied it I used the "3" formation technique on either side of my face around the outer edges.

Effect

This imparts a warm, tanned effect to the skin. The shimmer is very fine and only very slightly noticeable within standing distance.

Price

This retails for $25

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through MAKE Colour HERE

My Thoughts

The color of this bronzer is possibly one of the nicest ones I've tried this year. The multi-tonal effect is lovely and less flat than most bronzers I've used. I did not get that "dirty" effect in personal that you can sometimes end up with when using bronzers. I found this color worked well on my medium complexion  though I think Warm #2 would also work well, though possibly less noticeable. I will definitely be using this to give myself a pseudo end of summer/beginning of fall glow!


MAKE Colour Silk Cream Lipstick in Magnolia


MAKE Colour Silk Cream Lipstick in Magnolia

Shade

Magnolia is a medium pink with a subtle lavender hue that didn't quite translate in this macro shot, but that you can see a bit more in the face shot above. This has a satin finish.

Application

This smooths on perfectly like every other Silk Cream formula I've tried from MAKE. It is completely opaque with 1-2 coats (I did not use liner above to prevent altering the color).

Wear

If you love light-weight lipsticks that feel fabulous on your lips and don't budge--get yourself over to MAKE's site and buy all their Silk Creams. This is literally one of my all-time favorite lipstick formulas. I love it, I love it, I love it. It is so comfortable, non-drying, and budge-proof. 

Price

This is priced at $25 retail.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly from MAKE Colour HERE

My Thoughts

I'm sure you already know I'm in love! The color is delicate and pretty and the formula is to die for! This is beautiful and I will certainly wear it on days I want a more demure lip color this fall.


MAKE Colour Matte Lipstick in Rust


MAKE Colour Matte Lipstick in Rust

Shade

Rust is a pumpkin orange. Not a super bright orange, but that true pumpkin color that has a subtle brown undertone. While this is technically a matte, it is not extremely flat. It isn't glossy, but it reflects enough light to prevent it from looking like you drew on your lips with a crayon. 

Application

This smooths on perfectly--all of their matte formulas that I've tried so far have been this easy to work with. It is completely opaque with 1-2 coats (I did not use liner above to prevent altering the color).

Wear

This is a fabulous lipstick formula, but the fact that it's matte and is so incredibly light-weight and non-drying is just ... amazing to me. I don't know what MAKE is doing differently, but their matte lipsticks are literally my favorites formula-wise! And they don't budge! Stellar formula.

Price

This is priced at $25 retail.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly from MAKE Colour HERE

My Thoughts

When I first saw this color I had no idea how it would translate on my lips. I can wear 99% of the colors I come across (nudes being the only consistently finicky ones) because of my coloring, but a color like this always has me worried. Ironically, once I put it on I found I actually didn't mind it! It is the epitome of fall in a color--think Starbucks Pumpkin Chai (which I ironically hate even though I adore pumpkin, but I know it's popular) and crunchy leaves under your feet. With a slightly bronzed look, this somehow works for me! I think it's going to be the color you'll love or hate, but I wouldn't discount it immediately simply because it's a tad unconventional.

What do you think? Will you be adding any of these MAKE Colour products to your fall transitional beauty routine?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.



Tuesday

Comparison: Urban Decay Anarchy vs. MAC Magenta vs. MAC More to Love

Some products in this review were provided by PR/the brand

I was having a chat with my lovely friend Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary last night (check out her blog, her polish swatches are especially fabulous!) and we were talking about Anarchy lip liner from Urban Decay, which I published swatches for yesterday HERE. Being lippy junkies, I promised her I'd compare swatches of Urban Decay Anarchy with MAC Magenta and MAC More to Love (which is being rereleased in MAC's upcoming Retro Matte collection). To me, all 3 are absolute musts. Honestly, these are ones I have and will purchase and repurchase again and again as they get a lot of wear.

I thought it might be helpful, especially since MAC More to Love is being rereleased soon (I believe the MAC Retro MAC collection is set to launch around Sept 5th), to feature a comparison post so you can decide which you can't live without. For me it's all 3!

I'll show them to you next to each other and then break them down below so you can compare shades and performance.


Side-By-Side Color Comparison




Urban Decay Anarchy Swatch
Urban Decay Anarchy
MAC Magenta Swatch
MAC Magenta
MAC More to Love Swatch
MAC More to Love

Shade Comparison

  • Anarchy leans blue-based pink
  • Magenta is a true magenta
  • More to Love is a medium watermelon pink


Side-By-Side Performance Comparison


Texture

  • Anarchy is thickest and slightly tacky.
  • Magenta is smooth and not tacky-typical
  • More to Love is slightly thicker than Magenta and very slightly tacky, but less so than Anarchy by far

Opacity

  • Anarchy creates a nice thick, even coat of color with 1 pass
  • Magenta easily creates a thin, yet completely opaque layer of color with 1 or 2 passes (depending on how you apply it)
  • More to Love creates a completely opaque coat with 1 pass

Wear

  • Anarchy wears well for a long period of time when layered--slightly drying on its own, but not uncomfortable
  • Magenta is extremely light-weight on your lips and wears like most MAC liners--slightly drying, but not bad
  • More to Love wears for a long period of time when layered--slightly drying, but not bad

Product Volume per Use

  • Anarchy is a soft, thick-textured lip pencil so you go through a bit more with it than you would a slightly harder, thinner formula
  • Magenta has a slightly firmer formula and requires very little product
  • More to Love is in between Anarchy and Magenta. It is soft, but not as soft as Anarchy. It requires more product per use than Magenta, but not quite as much as Anarchy.

Price

  • Urban Decay Anarchy retails for $19 for 1.2 g or .04 oz
  • MAC Magenta retails for $15 for 1.45 g or .05 oz
  • MAC More to Love retails for $19.50 for 1.2 g or .04 oz

Where to Buy

  • Urban Decay Anarchy can be purchased HERE
  • MAC Magenta can be purchased HERE.
  • MAC More to Love can be purchased HERE. This is being re-released in the upcoming Retro Matte collection as well from what I understand.

Favorite Pairings

  • Urban Decay Anarchy is the kind of color you can put underneath anything bright such as MAKE Colour Heliotrope
  • MAC Magenta is my favorite lip liner to put under medium or light purple lippies so they lean a bit pink--so lovely!
  • MAC More to Love is amazing under MAC Candy Yum-Yum--one of my all-time favorite pink lippies.


Final Thoughts

Honestly, I really like all 3! They're all distinctly different in shade and performance on all 3 is great. More to Love and Anarchy are a bit longer lasting than Magenta (they're also meant to be very long-wearing), but Magenta is a gorgeous color and is priced really well. Personally, I could never choose between these 3--love them! I suppose it depends on your budget, what color you want/need and what you're looking for texture and performance-wise.

Which is your favorite? Or are you like me and simply have to have them all?

Note: Some products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Monday

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil Review - Anarchy, Naked, Native, Streak, Venom, Ozone

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand


If you're a lip junkie like me you've probably spent more time than you'd like to admit in the last few weeks pouring over Urban Decay's website looking through all the pretty lip pencils and lipsticks. I've been a fan of Urban Decay since high school ... which was quite a while back! I believe my first Urban Decay product was a shimmery, lickable body powder in honey or marshmallow (can't remember which came first). It smelled and tasted wonderful! Did anyone else fail to mention it was edible to their parents? Just me? ;)

Product Profile

Urban Decay currently offers 16 lip pencils on their site ranging from neutral to sultry; dainty to vampy. Ozone, an unpigmented lip pencil in the collection, is an interesting addition as it can be applied to your lips or used to line the perimeter of your lips to prevent feathering and bleeding.

Urban Decay lip pencils I'll be reviewing and swatching in this post

Price

These are priced at $19 retail.

Where to Buy

These can be purchased directly through Urban Decay's site HERE or through authorized beauty supply retailers such as Ulta or Sephora.


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Anarchy Review


Urban Decay lip pencil in Anarchy

Shade

Anarchy is a super bright matte fuchsia.

Application

I found that these pencils glide on super smoothly and set fairly quickly--these are not hard like some lip pencils. They have this lovely grab to them that makes them perfect for keeping a budge-proof pout in place. They're not sticky like a lip gloss, but there is a slight tackiness that makes them the perfect lippy prep product. Achieving an even layer of opaque coverage was very easy to accomplish with Anarchy.

Wear

These do not budge and they wear for me the way pro lip liners from other brands wear. They are not uncomfortable and while they're not hydrating (for me), they're not extremely drying either. 

My Thoughts

I love this color! I wear a lot of bright lippies (I'm not sure I've ever met a fuchsia or pink lippy I didn't like) so I will absolutely reach for this one again and again. Grab this if you like fuchsia or pink lipsticks or gloss!


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked Review


Urban Decay lip pencil in Naked

Shade

Naked is a beige neutral that has a slight orange undertone.

Application

This pencil is very soft (in a good way) and creamy. I did find it to be a teeny bit thicker (I'm not quite sure how to explain it) compared to Anarchy, but given how difficult it can be to cover your natural lip color with neutral colors it's not a bad thing. Achieving an even layer of opaque coverage took a little more effort with Naked than with Anarchy, but not a great deal more. I think this set a tiny bit faster than anarchy as well. 

Wear

These do not budge and they wear for me the way pro lip liners from other brands wear. They are not uncomfortable and while they're not hydrating (for me), they're not extremely drying either. 

My Thoughts

While I don't wear deeper nude colors like this very often, this is definitely one of the better neutral lip pencils I've tried. I think this will complement a number of nude lipsticks and will be popular this fall paired with smoky eyes.


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Native Review


Urban Decay lip pencil in Native

Shade

Native is a super light, slightly dusty pink.

Application

This pencil is similar to Anarchy consistency-wise and application-wise. It was easy to achieve a nice even, opaque layer of coverage with Native

Wear

These do not budge and they wear for me the way pro lip liners from other brands wear. They are not uncomfortable and while they're not hydrating (for me), they're not extremely drying either. 

My Thoughts

This is such a great light pink liner! I have so many white-based pinks that I like wearing and it can be so hard to find light pink liners that are opaque and not hard or chalky. This is one I highly recommend if you like to wear lighter lip shades, want to soften a super bright color or wish to lighten a darker lipstick!


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Streak


Urban Decay lip pencil in Streak

Shade

Streak is a super bright orange-coral filled with micro-sparks. This one almost has a satin finish to it.

Application

This pencil is similar to Anarchy consistency-wise and application-wise with the addition of the super teeny sparkles. It was easy to achieve a nice even, opaque layer of sparkly coverage with Streak. 

Wear

These do not budge and they wear for me the way pro lip liners from other brands wear. They are not uncomfortable and while they're not hydrating (for me), they're not extremely drying either. This is not gritty, but feels like the others that do not contain the teeny sparkles--I am very picky about that and my lips are sensitive to glitter grit in lip products. 

My Thoughts

I'm not sure I've ever come across a lip liner quite like this one! This is easily pretty enough to wear as-is with some balm (to keep your lips refreshed) or clear gloss over it. I like it so much I'd almost feel guilty covering it up, but I'm sure it's stunning under Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick in Streak or other complementary shades--gotta get my hands on Revolution lipstick in Streak! This is definitely a must in my opinion if you like bright orange-corals.


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Venom Review



Shade

Venom is a deep wine matte shade.

Application

This pencil is similar to Native consistency-wise and application-wise--soft and lovely to work with. It was easy to achieve a nice even, opaque layer of coverage with Venom. 

Wear

These do not budge and they wear for me the way pro lip liners from other brands wear. They are not uncomfortable and while they're not hydrating (for me), they're not extremely drying either. 

My Thoughts

I have many other purple lip liners, but nothing identical to Venom! There is something so deep and vampy about this color, I can see it being very popular this fall. Definitely worth grabbing if you like colors like this. I'm certainly going to be getting some use out of it!


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone Review



Shade

Ozone is a clear lip pencil with no color.

Application

This pencil is similar to Anarchy, Native and Venom consistency-wise and application-wise--soft and creamy. It is easy to work with whether filling in your lips or lining the perimeter of your lips.

Wear

This absolutely extended the wear of my lipstick and prevented feathering/bleeding.

My Thoughts

I am personally a huge fan of clear lip pencils and own several--this is a fabulous addition to my collection! Sometimes you don't have or don't want to use a complementary lip liner shade so this works great! Also, if you're like me and hovering around 30 and beginning to have some issues with feathering/bleeding due to lovely little lines in your lips beginning to appear, this does the trick! By lining the perimeter of your lips you create an invisible barrier that prevents your lip products from straying from you lips--it's really phenomenal and works like a charm every time for me. I think this is a great investment as it can be used with virtually any lip product without altering its color. I'm a fan, can you tell?


Final Re-Cap


Price

These are priced at $19 retail.

Where to Buy

These can be purchased directly through Urban Decay's site HERE or through authorized beauty supply retailers such as Ulta or Sephora.

Final Thoughts

The colors and textures of these lip pencils are unique and well-worth the money (in my opinion) if you're a lip junkie like me. If you've ever tried certain lip primers you'll notice they have a slight tackiness to them as they begin to set to help adhere your lipstick to them better. This has comparable performance from my experience and is a phenomenal way to play around with or complement your lip products. Ozone may not be pigmented, but it is super versatile and must-buy in my book. I'm in love with these and absolutely need a few of the other shades--69, Bang, Jilted, Obsessed and Turn On. 

I'll be sharing some swatches of Urban Decay's Revolution lipsticks as well so check back soon! 

Have you tried Urban Decay's amazing lip pencils? Which shades are your favorites?

Note: Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Friday

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk & Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel Review

Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand

If you've been following my blog, you know I described my fabulous experience with Juice Beauty's Blemish Clearing Cleanser not long ago (see the original review HERE). I'm happy to share 2 more products from Juice Beauty with you today!

And don't forget to stop by the Fall Transitional Beauty Tab on my blog after to see the products and looks I've highlighted so far in my summer-to-fall beauty must-have series.

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk Review



Product Type

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk is a facial cleanser that is meant to deep clean and even remove makeup. It is meant for all skin types.

Application

To apply, rub into damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse. This does not lather per say, but smooths into the skin easily and rinses well. It did not leave a film on my skin.

Cleansing

I found this to thoroughly cleanse my skin without causing irritation or excessive dryness (I always moisturize after cleansing, but find some cleansers suck my skin completely dry). I used this alongside my favorite moisturizer and had no issues during the 2 weeks I used it.

Makeup Removal

This did remove my makeup very well including several waterproof products. It did not remove the most budge-proof makeup I use (such as Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius), but this typically only removes with heavy-duty remover.

Price

This retails for $22.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly from Juice Beauty HERE

My Thoughts

I think is a fabulous facial cleanser and loved that it wasn't irritating to my sensitive skin. I have used other cleansing milks in the past, but often found them to be gentle to the point of not really cleaning my skin. This was strong enough to completely clean my face.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel Review



Product Type

This is a facial peel meant to exfoliate and heal skin. It is recommended for oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin.

Application

This has a really interesting consistency. It's almost a slightly sticky gel and it smells like apple baby food--not unpleasant at all! It spreads easily on to the face and is meant to sit there for 10 minutes prior to being rinsed. A moisturizer should be applied after. It can be used up to 2 times per week. I used it 1x per week because my skin is more sensitive, though as I hover around 30 I'm starting to notice some areas of my face that have become a bit more combo than dry in nature.

Irritation

Unlike many peels I've used, this did not irritate my skin and did not cause any stinging. It was comfortable to wear for the full 10 minutes.

Effects

This definitely resulted in a clearer and brighter complexion for me! While this is meant to hydrate skin and it certainly did not dry my skin out, I would suggest following the recommendation to moisturize after.

Price

This retails for $39.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Juice Beauty HERE

My Thoughts

I really like this peel and I'm surprised my skin handled it without a hitch! It did not have the harsh effects so many others I've tried have had, but made a noticeable difference in the overall appearance of my skin. I have since added it into my beauty routine 1x per week. I highly recommend giving it a try! While I can't speak from personal experience on its effectiveness on acne-prone skin, I would think it should be effective given that it was developed for those that regularly suffer from blemishes. One of my sisters has this issue and I will be recommending she try it because it is such a great product.

Have you tried Juice Beauty products? Will you be trying either of these?

Note: Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Thursday

Summer-to-Fall Beauty Vol 3: Smashbox

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand.


With fall right around the corner and summer coming to a close, it can be hard to make a smooth transition from one season into the next. New colors, textures, skin care needs, etc.--all of these things come into play as the seasons change. My goal with this series is to give you guys some ideas on products or colors you may want to integrate into your beauty and skincare routines as the weather grows cooler.  Each post in this series features a look and then highlights the individual products used (with a brief review of each). All posts in this series can be found under the "Fall Transitional Beauty" tab if you'd like to see past posts. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and as always, please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! 


Smashbox Profile

Founded in 1996, Smashbox Cosmetics offers a comprehensive catalog of makeup products used by both pros and amateur makeup lovers. Products have been developed to translate well in-photo as well as in-person. 

Where to Buy

Smaschbox products can be purchased directly through Smashbox HERE as well as through a number of beauty retailers.


The Look


Excuse the crazy humidity-hair. It is KILLING my hair despite all the products I use to prevent it. Looking forward to fall!

Look Description

I created a soft smoky eye and paired it with a neutral gloss. I wanted to keep it wearable--the type of look you could potentially wear to work or school. 

Eye Look Tutorial

I thought it might be helpful to include a quick eye tutorial as well, given that the primarily focus of this look centers around the eyes created using a Smashbox eye shadow trio. I used the names of the shadows in the trio I used above/reviewed below so that if you choose to purchase it you can try to recreate this look.

Step One

Pat Rose' onto lid

Step 2

Sweep Obsidian up and around crease in "c" shape, then blend it out

Step 3

Pull Obsidian down and across, under lower outer lash line

Step 4

Pat Mist into corner and blend under inner corner of lower lash line 


Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Hyperfocal


Colors lightest to darkest: Mist, Rose', Obsidian

Product Type

Eye shadow trio compact

Shadows

Mist - Super light frosty lavender-tinted gray
Rose' - Frosty mauve
Obsidian - Shimmery blackened gray with subtle sparkle

Application

These shadows are very soft and buttery. I did find that all of the colors had some noticeable fall out. Both Rose' and Obsidian were very pigmented and clung well to primed lids. Mist was less pigmented, but the texture was similar. All of the shades seemed to blend well with a light-touch, but could be over-blended and swiped off easily with too much blending. Obsidian's subtle sparkle blended away fairly quickly (which is something I often see with shadows that have sparkle to them) so I'd recommended blending with a feather-light touch. It is absolutely gorgeous on the eye when patted on and created a lovely smokey effect when blended (sans sparkle).

Wear

I found these wore fairly well and did not easily crease (granted I primed and do not have oily lids). There was typical fading by the end of the day.

Price

This trio is priced at $28 retail.

Where to Buy

This can be purchased (along with all of the other available trios) directly from Smashbox HERE

My Thoughts

I love how soft and buttery these shadows are! I was a little surprised that they had a noticeable amount of fallout, but since they clung to my primed lids well I think it's simply something I'd remember to expect and would continue using them. I like these three shades and felt they worked well together. Mist was a bit less pigmented than I hoped, but if you want a super sheer color it's got a nice consistency. I found these worked well with both synthetic and natural hair brushes. When blended, I again recommend using a light hand as it is easy to over-blend Obsidian, but it does create a nice smoky effect. I think these would be great for those that like compacts featuring complementary eye shadow colors. I can also see this being a great addition to an on-the-go makeup bag at school or work due to its compact size.


Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in For Keeps


Smashbox Long Wear Lip Gloss in For Keeps

Product Type

This is a long-wearing lip gloss meant to stay glossy for up to 6 hours.

Shade

For Keeps is a semi-sheer milky pink.

Texture

For those of you wondering, yes, this is a sticky gloss! If you're like me and don't mind then definitely consider giving it a try. If you cannot handle any sort of tackiness (like one of my besties), this may not be for you.

Application

This smooths on well with the extra-long, curved doe foot applicator that comes with these lip gloss tubes (see below). It is a thick gloss, so it took a little bit of extra care to smooth it out completely, but once I achieved an even application it stayed that way. I did notice that due to its color some of the pigmentation settled into the lines on my lips slightly. It is almost undetectable in-person at a super close distance and completely undetectable from a normal standing distance away. This has a really lovely high shine.

Doe foot application on Smashbox Long Wear Lip Gloss


Wear

Again, this is a sticky gloss so there is some tackiness. I don't mind and I'm pretty good at keeping my hair away from my lips (since I often wear sticky glosses), but I wouldn't recommend eating anything with crumbs or going out with this on, on a super windy day. I'm not sure if this would last 6 hours as I personally can't keep any lip products on when I eat, but it did last 2 hours before I had to remove it with moderate fading.

Price

This retails for $22 per tube

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Stila HERE

My Thoughts

I actually really like this gloss! It's seldom that I find a color like this that doesn't settle into the lines in my lips to the degree where I can't wear it solo. I think this is so universally flattering shade-wise. And since fall is right around the corner and I'm sure plenty of people will be sporting smoky eyes, I think this particular shade of the Long Wear Lip Gloss is a perfect lippy to pair them with. All in all, definitely worth a try if you don't mind sticky gloss!

What do you think? Will you be adding any of these product to your summer-to-fall transitional beauty routine?

Note: Products int his review were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.