Topic: Product Reviews

Introducing 10 New Shades of NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Published in: Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

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The $27 NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. This one’s “Dirty Mind…” LOL!

Prince night at karaoke.

Think about it. All of the only songs are Prince songs. I would totally go! It would be awesome! Let’s find someplace that does it.

I think it would be even more awesome, though, if we went wearing these new $27 NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil shades, because of the 10 of them, half are shouts-outs to Prince songs, including Let’s Go Crazy (one of my favorite Prince songs).

(Side note: if you can spot all the ones that are Prince songs, PROPS.)

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Swatches of the new NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils from the top in Get Off, Intriguing, Do Me Baby, Famous Red, Letโ€™s Go Crazy, Pussy Control, Dirty Mind, Endangered Red, Unspoken and Lonely Heart

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let’s Go Crazy

These are the 10 new shades joining the permanent line, aaaaaand one of them is kinda funky, although it’s a color that’s very trendy right now. It’s a dark bluish black, and I can’t remember seeing anything like it at NARS before.

It’s one of the ones that doesn’t have a Price name, but when you say it out loud, you do have to whisper…because it’s called “Unspoken.” Shh…

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Unspoken…

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Brand Spotlight: Axiology Beauty

Published in: Brand Spotlight, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Axiology Beauty Natural Lipsticks in Identity (left) and Devotion (right), $28 each

Avocado, coconut, oranges, grapes… Am I making a delicious smoothie?? Um, I wish, because I’m hongray right now, and, truth be told, my plumbing could do (haha) with a mega dose of fiber (TMI much?).

I’m reading the list of ingredients on a box of Axiology Beauty Lipstick, and it’s making my tummy rumble…

Candelilla Wax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Avocado Butter, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Elderberry Extract, Sweet Orange Oil, Neem Seed Oil; May Contain: Iron Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet

Axiology is a cool little company out of Bend, Orgeon, which is a town I visited many moons ago… What’s up, Bend!?

Anywho, they craft luxury organic lipsticks.

Yup, just lipsticks. And everything is vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO and doesn’t contain any synthetic colors.

The first time I read the ingredient list on the box, my brain was oh-so-happy to avoid the dusty folds where all of my former college chemistry now hides, since I recognized a lot of the ingredients from cooking.

There are lots of edible-sounding things.

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Neat boxes…

The ingredient list reads like a smoothie recipe at a posh juice place.

I dunno… I think I’m hungrier than I thought. If we were zombie apocalypsing (not a word) right now, and I desperately needed a boost, I’d grab one of these Axiology Lipsticks, put a little on my lips, then eat the bullet and keep running.

Side note: I totally forgot to watch The Walking Dead last night! What the what!!

Sheer-to-medium coverage

There are 22 shades, and they’re $28 each, which is right in line with Bite, NARS, Laura Mercier and Hourglass.

There are tans, browns, some funkier blues and purples (even a black shade that looks Robert Smith-y!), but you know me. I had to get all up in some nudes first!

Um…that sounded dirtier in print than it did in my mind. Whoops.

I’ve tried Identity, which is a pearly cool pink with a slight hint of lavender, and Devotion, a pearly rose tinged with brown, and if I just apply one layer, they’re a little sheer, so I like to build them up to medium coverage with two or three layers.

They layer well up to three layers. More than that and they start pooling in my vertical lip lines, but if it happens, I just pat them down with a finger.

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Axiology Lipstick in Identity

Soft and creamy

The thing I love most about these lipsticks is how they feel! When I rub the bullet across my lips (I’m doing it right now with pink Identity), it feels like this one time I was cooking with coconut oil… You know those big-@ss jars you can get at Trader Joe’s?

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The Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lip Duos

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Tom Ford Beauty

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The six new Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos, available now, $60 each

Brand new TF cream shadows! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just kidding. They aren’t cream shadows…but they look like they are, don’t they?

I can’t be the only person out there who thought that these new Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos were actually cream shadows. In fact, I may or may not have tried one of them on my lids (FYI, I don’t recommend doing this, although, off the record, it was kind of fun!).

Are these cream shadows or what??

Tom’s new Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos look like eyeshadow duos, cost about as much as his eye products (they’re $60 each), and they even come with little sponge applicators.

Thing is, they aren’t for ‘ze ๐Ÿ˜ eyes… No, these are for ‘ze ๐Ÿ‘„ lips!

Tom ford whipped up a new formula called “powder gelee,” which I think might be fancy talk for a cream-to-powder lip formula, for these swanky six, all of which are new for spring 2017.

Tom Ford’s powder-gelee formula features emollient oils and a blend of polymers that provide rich color release and adherence.


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Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips in Impulse

These duos go on creamy but dry to a velvety matte finish. I think they look a lot like the Chanel Velvets, but they feel lighter than Chanel’s do to me, which I wouldn’t have guessed possible, because the Chanel Velvets feel sooo barely-there noticeable.

If you don’t like to feel like you’re wearing lipstick when you are, I think you’ll like how these feel.

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Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips in Nikita

Next-level highlighting and contouring

Tom Ford is BIG into contouring, with darker colors to sculpt and create angles, and lighter colors to accentuate and draw the eye to the high points of the face. It’s a structured, architectural makeup aesthetic, and it’s the kind of aesthetic these duos are designed to bring to lips.

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Boop-Oop-a-Doop! It’s MAC Betty Boop Lipstick

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

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MAC Betty Boop Lipstick ($17)


OK…that’s all I know about Betty Boop, LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just never went through a Betty Boop phase, but I did envy her skinny brows somethin’ fierce in the ’90s.

That, and her signature red pout was/is perfection. It inspired MAC’s sassy new Betty Boop Lipstick, which comes to town on Valentine’s Day for $17. It’s an opaque bright red online exclusive, and it looks a little like MAC Red Lipstick. ๐Ÿ’‹

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Wearing the new $17 MAC Betty Boop Lipstick

Ya know, I’ve really been into MAC mattes lately. I think they totally stepped up their game in terms of their matte lipstick formula, and even though my lips are ragged as hell in this pic (I’ve got flakes for days), you can’t really see them. The lipstick lounges magically on my lips without hugging any flaky bits, and it avoids my vertical lip lines, too.

Is it just me, or does this finish have a lazy luster? It’s isn’t completely flat, is it? There’s a subtle shine up in the mix… I think. Hard to say. I like it, though. It keeps things interesting.

I love this color, but gosh, MAC, couldn’t you have done a little something with the packaging? I mean, come on. It’s Betty Boop! Sure, the box is cute, but what about the tube?

Missed opportunity.

If you rock reds with a slight blue hue a la MAC Russian Red, I bet you’ll love ๐Ÿ’— MAC Betty Boop. Check it out on the MAC website (remember, online exclusive) February 14th through March 31st.

Buttons and hems

OH! So you know how I’m going to my HIIT classes at night now, right? Well, it’s been kind of weird, because I got to know the people I was in the morning class with, but I don’t know anyone in the night class yet.

You know how you get to know people after you’ve sweat with them for a few months. You develop a sense of camaraderie, but it was kind of weird sweating in a room filled with people I don’t know…

OK, yeah, I know that sounds strange.

Anyway, I tried to get myself to socialize, so I was chatting with a lady who told me that she belongs to a sewing group, and she said that their project this week was a makeup bag.

“Makeup?!” I asked. You said the magic word, girl. LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

They meet every day, sew together and hang out. Isn’t that cool?

I have no idea how to sew, but I’ve always wanted to learn how. When I was 14, I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday, and I got it. Of course, I never figured out what to do with it, so I got tired of it in about two months. I’d load the thread, and stitch random pieces of fabric together, LOL!

In retrospect, I wish I’d done more with it. I still have Project Runway dreams of sewing my own clothes.

Do you know how to sew? I can probably manage a button and maybe an emergency hem, but that’s it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Clearly…These New H2O+ Lip Gels Are Like the CUTEST THINGS EVER

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

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The new H2O+ Lip Gels, $12 each

LOOK! They’re clear.

I don’t know why, but this amuses me to no end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here to fight the good fight against dry lips, the new $12 H2O+ Lip Gels are…clear. For the most part. And hella hydrating.

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H2O+ Lip Gels from the left in Coral Authority, Blush Crush and Clear as Day ($12 each)

They’re light on lips (in more ways than one)

You know the story… I’m like a broker record sometimes. I have dry lips. There, I said it! I have dry lips, and they’re a pain in the butt, but these H2O+ Lip Gels? WOW. They’re marvelously moisturizing, and yet much lighter than usual for a mega moisturizing product. They’re nowhere near as thick and heavy as, say, an Hourglass Lip Oil.

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H2O+ Lip Gels from the left: Currant Mood, Clearly Mint and Cloud Wine

Despite being rich with righteous moisture, they’re incredibly light on the lips. Sometimes I even forget I’m wearing one, so if you loathe the heavy-duty feel of real-deal lip balms and lip oils, check ’em out.

I mean…a lot of people already have, because they’re basically sold out online! I’ve found a few of them at Ulta and on the H2O+ website, but I don’t see all of them.

Clearly Mint Ingredients
Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylenediamine/Hydrogenated Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer Bis-Di-C14-18 Alkyl Amide, Octyldodecanol, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Flavor/Aroma, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Tectona Grandis Wood Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Zostera Marina Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sucrose Cocoate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene.

They have a hint o’ tint

They come in five sheer tinted shades and one clear one, and if you have pigmented lips like I do, you probably won’t discern a big difference among them (except for the completely clear one).

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Wearing Blush Crush

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