ColourPop Lippie Primer Review

ColourPop Cosmetics is a new brand that is causing quite the stir in the beauty community. I don’t know any fellow bloggers who aren’t already in love, or at least eager to try the line. One of the major appeals to this line is the price– nothing is over $8. Their color products (they make lipstick, lip liner, blush, and soon to release highlighters) are amazing, and I promise to do more reviews of them soon. But I recently picked up this lip primer and felt an almost immediate need to share it with you.

According to ColourPop, the Lippie Primer “enhances the wear of any lip product and keeps your lips looking and feeling healthy”. It is colorless and feels like a balm going on. When I say balm, I mean one of those slightly waxy balms without a ton of slip to it. My lips are left feeling slightly tacky once it is applied. It is said to contain “itty bitty spherical beads” that help to fill in lines, giving lips a more full and plump appearance. This also helps to make lip products go on more smoothly.

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I purchased the Lippie Primer not only to wear with ColourPop’s matte lipsticks, but with any matte lip product. I absolutely love this primer. It helped my NARS Satin Lip Pencil stay on all day at The Makeup Show LA, and helps keep my lips looking less dry and cracked while wearing any matte lip color. It contains mango, avocado, and shea butter to help with the moisturizing effect. However unlike wearing lip balm under a lipstick, this doesn’t sheer out the color in any way. Your lipstick or gloss will look just as vibrant as if you wore it with nothing underneath.

If you’re a MAC addict, you might be asking yourself if this is similar at all to MAC Prep ‘n Prime Lips. YES, it is! But compare price tags. The MAC lip primer is $16 while ColourPop Lippie Primer is just $5. I’m so in love with this that I’m thinking of buying a second one (to keep in my purse) the next time I place a ColourPop order. And even at buying 2 of them I will still spend less than on MAC, haha!

ColourPop Lippie Primer is available from ColourPop.com for $5. Note: this product is made in LA and not tested on animals. 

If you’re new to ColourPop, you can use the code “THANKSBABE” for $5 off your first order, which is a free lip product. ;) Enjoy!

NARS Launches False Eyelashes May 2015

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If you love false lashes, it’s time to get excited! NARS launches their new false lash collection Friday, May 1st 2015. The collection includes 8 styles of lash. Let’s get to know them, shall we?

Numero 1 – Designed by Francois Nars himself to compliment any eye shape.
Numero 2 – Medium length with uniform volume.
Numero 3 – Graduated lash lengths from end to end.
Numero 4 – Provides length and lifted curl.
Numero 5 – Dramatic curl in a wispy lash.
Numero 6 – The most dramatic look in the line for length and curl.
Numero 7 – A densely packed dramatic lash.
Numero 8 – Lower lash falsies.

These lashes will be available at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques starting Friday, May 1st. They retail for $20 each.

My Hourglass Cosmetics Makeover

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an Hourglass Cosmetics event at Sephora South Coast Plaza. I got to meet the absolutely lovely founder of Hourglass, Carisa Janes, and get my makeup done by one of the Hourglass MUAs. It was cold, windy, and rainy in SoCal yesterday, but well worth “braving” the weather! I love the look that MUA Laura came up with for me, and wanted to share the product breakdown with you!

Complexion: First, Laura primed my skin with their No. 28 Primer Serum. I have very dry skin, and the No. 28 Primer Serum contains 14 essential oils, 10 plant oils, and 4 vitamins all meant to help hydrate your skin as it primes it for makeup. As a bonus, it smells magnificent! After massaging in the primer and letting it sort of ‘marinate’ for a minute, she applied Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint. Even though this product is a tinted moisturizer, it provides medium to full coverage so only needed to be used sparingly. Laura also used a tiny bit of Hidden Corrective Concealer after the eye look was done since some eye shadow fallout had to be cleaned up and some coverage was removed in that process. She also used a fluffy shadow brush and the Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light (exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Palette) around my eyes to highlight the area.

Cheeks: Hourglass just launched a new shade of their Ambient Lighting Blush called Incandescent Electra, and I’m in love. It’s the perfect coral for my skin tone. Laura used that along with a hint of Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, which is a bronze shade (but sheerer than their new Ambient Lighting Bronzer).

Eyes: For my eyes, Laura used colors from the Modernist Eye Palette in Color Field, which is the one with the khaki green shade in it. She used the brown-taupe shade wet as an overall base color on my lids, and lined my eyes with the green shade (also used wet). She also used the highlight shade to blend out the brown. I really like the eyeliner she used, which is a mechanical Gel Eyeliner. She used it to tightline as well as line my water line, and the color is so perfectly black. I’m also wearing Film Noir mascara, which I’ve already tried and loved previously. Still love it!

Lips: Laura first applied their No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil to help bring some moisture into my dry lips. It has a pleasant botanical fragrance and felt really nice. After it had a chance to sink in for several minutes, she dabbed off any excess and applied the color. The first product she used was Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Muse, a really pretty coral. These liners have a convenient blending brush on the end. After the liner she applied a light layer of the matching Muse Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick, and Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Lush. The gloss is a lighter, slightly more pink version of the lipstick and liner.

Brows: I had done my eyebrows previously to arriving, because I’m totally vain and really hate leaving the house without any brows on. Rather than re-do them, Laura left them as they were. I used Billion Dollar Brows brow powder in Taupe and Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel.

All of the Hourglass products mentioned are available for purchase at Sephora. I’m relatively new to the Hourglass world, and definitely left with some new things to add to my wishlist! The item at the top of my wishlist is definitely the Incandescent Electra blush. I just love a good glowy cheek!

Have you tried any Hourglass products?

ELF Glitter Primer Review

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The e.l.f. Glitter Primer is, as the name suggests, an eye primer meant especially for glittery shadows. If you’ve ever worn glittery eye shadows and noticed little bits of sparkle flaking off and ending up all over your face throughout the day, you understand why the need for such a product exists! I mean hey sometimes glitter all over your face is the look you’re going for, and if that’s the case rock on with your bad self. But for the rest of us, there’s e.l.f. Glitter Primer.

Unlike other eyeshadow primers that leave your eyelids basically just feeling like a smoother version of themselves, e.l.f. Glitter Primer leaves the lids feeling slightly tacky or sticky. It feels a little weird, but the stickiness is what keeps the particles of glitter in place. I use an amount roughly the size of a lentil on each eyelid. It feels smooth going on and doesn’t cause irritation at all. It really cuts down on fallout! I have used this primer successfully with ColourPop’s glittery SuperShock shadows, as well as some of Urban Decay’s sparklier shades with much success. I also really like using this primer with baked shadows! Baked shadows tend to be shimmery and kind of all over the place since essentially you’re scraping powder off the surface to apply it to your eye. Having a stickier base helps keep the powder in place and look more vibrant when it is applied in a packing or patting motion.

Each tube of Glitter Primer is 10.5 ml, or about the size of an average lipgloss tube. The price is a pretty unbeatable $2. I haven’t seen this primer in store displays at Target, so to my knowledge you can only get it from e.l.f.’s website. I definitely recommend giving this a try!

MAC Red, Red, Red Collection Info

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This collection may be called Red, Red, Red — but there’s plenty of near-red type colors to enjoy if you aren’t into the color full-out. I appreciate this since red has never really been my thing, haha. This collection launches 12/26 in North America and will be at all locations. Pro discount available.

MAC Red, Red, Red Collection – December 26th 2014

Lipstick: 

Lady Bug – yellow tomato (Lustre) – permanent
See Sheer – grapefruit pink (Lustre) – permanent
Toxic Tale – bright coral (Satin) – repromote
5-Alarm – soft orange red (Lustre) – new/LE

Cremesheen Glass:

Nectar Sweet – soft pink peach – repromote
Meteoric – mid-tone vibrant coral – repromote
Night is Young – bright red cream – repromote

Dazzleglass:

Love Alert – raspberry red with red pearlized pigments – permanent

Eye Shadow:

Give Me Fire – soft pink champagne with pearlized pigments (Lustre) – new/LE
Red Alert – rusty red mid-tone copper (Veluxe Pearl) – new/LE
Strike While Haute – true red (Matte) – new/LE

Beauty Powder: 

Hot Sensation – sheer pale peach highlight – new/LE

Casual Color: 

Out For Fun – cool coral – new permanent shade
Secret Admirer – coral pink – new/LE
Red Obsessed – soft rose – new/LE

Nail Lacquer:

Impassioned – bright warm pink (Cream) – permanent
Red Red Red – creamy orange red (Lustre) – new/LE
Rouge Combustion – pink red with sparkles (Frost) – new/LE

MAC Technakohl Expansion For Winter 2014

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This new expansion to the Technakohl line from MAC will be permanent and launches December 11th.

MAC Technakohl – Dec. 11 – Permanent – $16 ea.

$$$ – midtone gold bronze
Alpha-Grey – metal grey
Army Style – military deep green
Bare Asset – medium beige
Bishop Blue – blue purple
Brass Band – copper bronze metal
Broque – deep brown
Cast Iron – elephant grey
Clay – deep grey
Cool Jazz – navy blue
Counterfeit – silver grey
Funfare – bright true pink
Image Conscious – purple
Metalhead – greyish metal blue
Plank – (relaunch) – deep bronze brown
Raisinette – brown purple
Risque – pale beige
Skyscape – metallic deep sky blue
Snowed In – light peach off white
Sourpuss – acid green
Steelpoint – deep smoky metallic grey
Sterling Silver – silver
Superfly – soft black
Take The Plunge – deep ocean blue
Twinked – yellow gold with sparkles
Vent – metallic lime
Whirlpool – dark deep blue

Lip Product Addict Tag

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This tag was created by a couple of awesome Youtubers, Essiebutton & Amelia Liana. Check out the original video here. I’m pretty obsessed with lip products, so when I saw it I knew I just had to bring it to the blog!

#1. Fav Balm/Lip Treatment?

I’m completely and hopelessly addicted to lip balms. I loooove me some balm! I really enjoy tinted ones that I can wear as my lipcolor for the day if I’m having a chapped lip day. My favorite tinted balm right now is Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me. It’s moisturizing, has SPF 20, and gives a great pink tint that is bright enough to wear alone while still being mellow enough to wear with a darker eye. For a product that is just strictly a balm, I’ve been using Epic Blend More Moisture lip balms – I keep the Cherry one on my vanity, the Grape one in my purse, and the Green Apple by the bed. See? Addicted. (By the way I have a full review of the Epic Blend balms here on the blog.)

#2. Best Eye-Catching Red?

This question was really hard for me, because red is just about the only eye-catching color I don’t wear. I don’t really know why, but I’m just not into reds. I love bright lippies – pink, coral, orange, whatever! I just don’t really love red, so I hardly ever wear it. I do occasionally enjoy MAC’s Hot Tahiti lipstick, which is a very soft red and probably pretty underrated. It’s a glaze formula, so it goes on sheer but can be built up. And hey since I’m so pale, even a sheer red is bright on me…

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#3. Best Luxury & Best Drugstore?

The most luxurious lipstick I have in my stash is an Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme lipstick in Fable. I splurged on it during a Sephora F&F sale. The formula on these is excellent – super creamy and oh-so-pigmented. I would probably own more if they weren’t $30 a pop. You can get a refill cartridge for $24 – cool idea, but who honestly finishes a lipstick?!

Best Drugstore lipsticks have got to be the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. I’ve mentioned them countless times on my blog because I’m obsessed. I am pretty sure I own all of them including some limited edition ones. I also have doubles of a couple of my favorites. I know…weirdo…(the ones I have doubles of are Pink Truffle and Juicy Papaya).

#4. Best MAC Lipstick?

MAC Flamingo. I convinced myself a long time ago that I did not need Flamingo. That is because at the time it was limited edition and impossible to find. Flamingo was going for $50+ on blogs and forums, and you probably don’t even want to know what people were willing to pay for this $15 lipstick on ebay. Yikes! Then MAC does what MAC always does – they repromoted it. In typical LE lipstick fashion it once again sold out in like no minutes flat. BUMMER. But I was able to get it from another blogger for $15 + shipping *grumble* – see for me that is more than usual because as a MAC PRO  cardholder I’m accustomed to getting 40% off MAC lipsticks. I know, I know…spoiled! But it was so worth the wait, and DEFINITELY worth paying full price. Now MAC has made Flamingo permanent, so I actually picked up a second one with my discount. Chyeah! Flamingo is the perfect sheer corally pink. Glorious.

#5. The Most Disappointing?

Ack, Maybelline Color Whispers! I lusted after these for I don’t even know how long. In fact, I did a blog post just about how much I wanted to try them! I read so many other blogs and watched so many videos about how much people loved them and I guess I built up all this hype in my head because I was left underwhelmed. I have my review & swatches here, where I also said I only liked them it wasn’t love. Meh. So sad.

#6. Liner – Yes or No?

Just a weak yes for liner. I wear it sometimes, but I usually wear a clear one. In my Hot Tahiti pic above I’m also wearing Urban Decay’s clear liner called Ozone. Hot Tahiti is a glaze which is sort of a squishy, movable formula. It’s helpful to anchor it with a clear lip liner. For dark/bright lip glosses or squishy lipsticks, a clear liner can be a lifesaver. Very rarely I will do a nude lip with a slightly darker nude liner for a sorta pinup look. My go-to liner of choice for those purposes is MAC Cremestick in Beurre.

#7. Best Gloss?

My favorite high-end glosses are Chanel Glossimers (only the ones that have some actual color to them though, some are SUPER sheer), and NARS lip gloss. I have a few MAC lip glass, although they really are not one of my favorite formulas because they’re so thick and sticky. For budget brands I really like Rimmel Stay Glossy lip glosses. The formula on those is really excellent and comfy on the lips. I kinda go between lipstick and lip gloss in phases, and lately I’ve been more into lipstick than gloss. But on my next gloss kick I can assure you the first one I will reach for will be one of the ones I just mentioned. Bit of a creature of habit. ;)


NARS Lip Gloss in Giza – my go-to shade

#8. Something Extra:

There’s so MANY extra things I could mention here! But I have to give a shout-out to lip crayons/chubby pencils. I have a ton of these because they’re so easy to just apply and go. My 2 favorites are Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stains, and NARS Satin Lip Pencils. I recently repurchased Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey because I’ve all but used up the one I had. I wear it a couple times a week.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya, one of my favorites!

Favorite Face Masks Round-Up

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The winter holiday season is fun, but also stressful! Colder weather, dry weather, traveling, piling on more makeup than usual for special events (c’mon we all do it) – all of these things can send your skin into overdrive if you’re not careful. It’s very important to keep up your skin care routine through these months (well, every month, but especially now). Face masks are an awesome way to boost your skin care routine! There are tons of them out there that will make your face say ‘thanks!’.

Here are my fave masks for targeting several beauty woes…

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#1. Pore Un-Clogging: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

Oh my gah. While I do not typically have severe breakouts, for whatever reason it seems my pores are extremely clog-prone. Some of that is hormonal, and apparently the HBC I’m on is notorious for causing skin issues, sigh… but it works well for other things so I just deal with it and take good care of my skin. Anyway, this mask from Origins has been a complete godsend for keeping my pores clear. It smells like a fire pit (duh), and looks like blackface, but man alive does it get the gunk out of your pores. It’s also pretty affordable as far as high-end skin care goes at just $25 at Beauty.com.

#2. Radiance: Freeman Beauty Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask

love the Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful masks, and this pineapple mask is my favorite of the bunch. Pineapple extract is chock full of natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which acts as a chemical exfoliant to promote skin cell turnover and more radiant-looking skin. Not to mention it smells really nice. ;) Best part is this mask is just $3.99! And right now (through Nov. 30th) all Feeling Beautiful products are 25% off from Freeman Beauty with free shipping on $25+ orders. Getcha some of this!!!

#3. Zit-Zapping: Proactiv+ Refining Mask (now called the Skin Purifying Mask…whatever)

When a pimple does rear its ugly head, zap that sh*t with the Proactiv+ Refining Mask. Err, excuse me…Proactiv+ has changed the formula and the name to Skin Purifying Mask…but it’s basically the same thing. The mask contains 6% sulfur along with kaolin clay, tea tree oil, and vitamins E and F. There are a handful of active ingredients out there for treating breakouts and for me, sulfur is the most effective. Yes it reeks, but this mask will help reduce the size of a zit and also helps suck out all that excess oil. Cute, huh? The only annoying thing is where to get it. Some malls have kiosques or even vending machines that sell Proactiv, so definitely check into that. I found this seller on Amazon listing tubes for less than $10.

#4. Lots and Lots of Moisturizing: emerginC Scientific Organics Vitality Mask

Eeek, I must first apologize for including a mask that breaks the bank at $50 on my list, but I really love emerginC’s Vitality Mask. It contains loads of moisturizers like shea butter, glycerine, and squalane, as well as co-enzyme Q-10. One thing I like about this mask is that after you let it sit on your skin, you don’t actually have to rinse it. You can just rub it in for a really moisturizing experience. It leaves my skin feeling plump, soft, and nary a dry patch in sight.

MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection Info

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The much-anticipated collab between MAC and Prabal Gurung launches Nov. 26. MAC went all-out with luxe packaging for this collection, which unfortunately means luxe pricing. ;)

MAC x Prabal Gurung 2014 Collection

Lipsticks – $30 ea.
Carmine Rouge – true red (matte)
Light English Red – sheer beige nude (lustre)
Ultramarine Pink – midtone violet (satin)

Lipglass – $30 ea.
Carmine Rouge – true red
Light English Red – sheer beige nude
Ultramarine Pink – midtone violet

Kohl Power Eye Pencil – $20
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Chromagraphic Pencil – $20
NW25/NC30

Creme Color Base – $70
Coral Lumineaux – vivd coral creme

Bronzer – $70
Matte Bronze

Eye Shadow Duo – $40
Satin Ochre – soft pale white gold/coral orange
Cinder – smoky cool grey/dark charcoal
Terre – shimmering neutral beige/midtone warm brown

Square Handled Powder Brush – $70

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2014 Holiday Beauty Gift Picks – Palettes

With the holidays coming up, and many sales underway and upcoming, it’s time for a holiday gift guide! Not sure what to grab? Overwhelmed by the choices? Or trying to find the perfect gift…? Here are my palette picks for holiday gifting– or for treating yourself, of course.

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#1. Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes (1, 2, and 3) – honestly any of these palettes is a solid bet. The first one leans warm, the second leans a little cooler, and the third is rosy. Of the three, Naked 3 is probably the most unique. However, all three are worth owning and would make any neutral shadow lover very happy! The Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 palettes are each $54, available at Beauty.com.

#2. Clinique A Black Honey Affair Palette – I haven’t seen a whole lot of buzz about this palette, but I think it’s a great holiday gift option. It contains 8 shadows in neutral and cool complementary shades, all inspired by Clinique’s black honey lipstick. Clinique’s shadows have been reformulated and are smooth like buttah. – $39, Sephora.

#3. Make Up For Ever Artist Palette – MUFE’s gel-powder formula shadows are smooth and pigmented, and this palette is a true stunner. It contains 8 gorgeous shades ranging in neutrals to jewel tones, along with a steely deep grey to create smoky looks as well. This little palette also skips those ridiculous foam applicators and includes a couple of mini brushes instead. You’re welcome. – $42, Sephora & Frends Beauty. (Note, as of the time I’m writing this post the palette is sold out at Sephora, but you can call or email Frends and order it from them. Hooray!)

#4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – The Chocolate Bar palette has 16 beautiful shades (and I love when palettes have the highlight/blending shades bigger than the rest…so practical). As a bonus, the Chocolate Bar palette not only looks like a chocolate bar on the outside, it smells like one on the inside. That’s because the shadows actually contain real cocoa! – $49, Beauty.com.