Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sephora Cream Lipstain Revisited !

I have a massive post on how much I love the Sephora cream lipstain so I will keep this one short and sweet!

sephora cream lipstain
Easily, of the stains I tried this past week, my favorite. Lime Crime comes in a close second, but Sephora wins ! 

Why, you ask? Because it goes on smooth like liquid lipstick does, and stays on forever without any stickiness, only very soft and velvety delicious texture. 

The only drawbacks are: it's tricky to apply, one needs a fairly steady hand and the applicator isn't too forgiving. And you can't really touch it up without it getting slightly crumbly. However, given that it never ever comes off, you don't really ever need to reapply. 
sephora cream lipstain

This post is also brought to you by my Tinkerbell hair ! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Limecrime Pink Velvet Review

This was going to be my final cream lipstain review and then I was going to dedicate a post to the cream lipstains I do not own but desperately want to try. But I may just do another post about the Sephora cream lipstain, just so that I can properly compare it to the Lime Crime, which I wore today !

pink velvet
So, Lime Crime I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. There's a touch of a controversy surrounding the company's founder and after reading into it, I was kinda put off. I'm not going to go into detail about all of that, because this post is based on the lipstain !

So! Pink Velvet is pretty damn awesome. It goes on smooth like creamy lipglossy goodness, and dries soft. It lasts for most of the day, with the center fading only when I had lunch. And it just feels so light and delightful, as if I'm not wearing anything. The center does get a bit crumbly at the end of the day. But otherwise awesome ! The color is also magically bright. And I can't remember if I had said this before in my post about Lime Crime, but the reason I finally bought Pink Velvet after resisting the Velvetines for so long is that I had a dream about it before it existed. Gypsy third eye and all that.
pink velvet

This last picture is after four hours of wear and eating lunch, not too shabby !

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hourglass Cosmetics Cream Lipstain

Although I only bleached and toned my hair this weekend rather than picking a color, I wanted to continue with my cream lipstain reviews !
Hourglass Cosmetics Canvas

So next on the list is Hourglass Cosmetics. I talk a little bit more about it in this post, but I also wanted to give it a closer look...

Hourglass Cosmetics CanvasI purchased the color "canvas" after watching a youtube video from one of my favorite youtubers, Cami of CamilovesKiwi. It's the perfect shade of pale pink, and it really does last all day. It isn't too drying, it does stay a touch sticky rather than soft like the NYX stain, but I'm comfortable with that. The wear on this product is amazing, in addition to the fact that it basically doesn't budge. These pictures I took were after six hours of wear and jussssst a touch of crying. Also this was my first attempt at milk maid braids since I've had hair(that wasn't reallllly short, that is,) not so bad. The highlight I have on my cheeks is Watts Up by Benefit Cosmetics. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Sorry about the interruption of the week of cream lipstains, I am currently dying my hair one of the following colors and it requires all of my attention... We will return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow ! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

NYX soft matte lip cream

After a thirty+ minute search of my apartment for the NYX cream lipstain that was on the schedule for today, I realized a few things. 1. I desperately need to organize things, and 2. I have more makeup than most of the world.
nyx, lush, caudalie

Finally after tearing everything apart I was able to locate the baby, NYX soft matte lip cream in Monte Carlo. Also amongst the rubble I rediscovered my Lush Cosmetics Bubblegum lip scrub and my CaudalĂ­e lip conditioner, so I thought, "hey, how about we put these dudes to use!" (Yes, I sometimes refer to my lip products as "dudes") 

So I casually lip scrubbed and licked off the excess bubblegum sugary deliciousness and coated my lips in the lip conditioner. I then proceeded to do the rest of my makeup routine, which today included some other lost and now found items: Inglot's bright blue mascara, and Makeup Forever's white eyeliner

After all that jazz, I removed the excess lip conditioner (really actually just fancy lip balm TBH, but I do so love a good lip balm) and applied Monte Carlo... 

So what I remembered about when I first bought it is that it seemed a touch like the product had dried out a bit. That was still the case, but despite my hesitation I went for it, because I am devoted to the cause !!!

nyx monte carlo
AND! I'm really happy I did. This product is truly everything the name says. It is very soft, definitely matte, and a lip cream. It stays put and doesn't bleed, unlike the Giorgios of yesterday, and fades pretty damn evenly. Even after I ate my bagel with egg and cheese it just sortof casually slipped off, leaving behind a pretty little stain. Not bad for six whole dollars, aye? Especially versus the thirty three dollars the Armani lip maestro will put you out of ! 

Two thumbs up for this dude, and I may have to reintroduce him into my rotation.

Up tomorrow… Hourglass !

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five Days of Lipstains Reviews: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro

The cream lip stains I own are:
- Sephora brand
- Armani 
- Hourglass
- Limecrime 
What I haven't tried that I want to:
- Pretty Zombie Cosmetics 
- BMB Cosmetics

I already devoted a whole post to the Sephora cream lipstain that I love, which I will link here ! So let's move on to the Armani "Lip Maestro" ....

lip maestro review
So, to be quite honest, I LOVED this product so very hard when I first bought it, the texture is everything you could hope for when it comes to these long wearing products: velvety, soft, not sticky. It lasts for ages, and the color was damn good. However, at some point I noticed it got fairly bleedy. Which is something I can't really deal with. So I slightly retired it, tossing it in amongst my other millions of red lipticks in favor of something else.
benefit cosmetics

I recently revisited it after my twin telling me that she lost hers. Now.. the color seems a little different from what I remember, a little more orange than red. And it still bleeds. But it is fairly long wearing and so velvety soft! However, it's definitely NOT my favorite. I found that I liked wearing it underneath other lipsticks to give the lipsticks that I liked better a longer wear.. IDK! Oh, and the apron I am wearing in this photo, (that would be the pink bow-tie, white collar, blue ruffles action) is what the lovely Sutter Store ladies and myself will be wearing for the rest of this month, courtesy of whoever won the last project runway: under the gunn !

urban decay and giorgio armani

I would recommend, to avoid the bleedy, to use a long wearing lip liner. I used Urban Decay's 24/7 glide on lip pencil in the color "69"
and was careful to only put the lip maestro right UP to the liner and not over it!

…..And I also scored some sweet rings that match my tattoo today ! Win !
the owls are not what they seem

Tomorrow, assuming I can find it: NYX

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From behind the tree in the back of the woods

On Sunday my friend Morgan, Sussie and I went on a photo journey to the woods by moss beach. The ones of me and Sussie were taken by Morgan aka polaresqueboudoir and the photos of just me were taken by the magnificent Sussie from Sweden: you can visit her website here !! I did the makeup and styling... We are wearing vintage slips, and the lipstick I have on is Hourglass Cosmetics opaque rouge liquid lipstick in canvas, which I feel like is more of a ballet pink than the shade they have that is called 'ballet,' but that's just me. I think I'll do a review of all the different types of cream lipstains I have, since I have developed quite the collection..

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