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NYX Butter Lipsticks Review & Swatches |Razzle, Licorice, Pops & Mary Janes

posted on: April 17, 2014

NYX Butter Lipsticks | Razzle Fiesta | Pops | Mary Janes | Licorice

This post has been a long time coming. I purchased  these NYX Butter Lipsticks (0.16 oz. 4.5 g $6.00) at least a month ago and I’m finally getting to writing this review.

Product Description (according to NYX):

  • What it is: Full coverage lipstick that feels like it melts onto the lips.
  • What it does: Adds a pop of color to lips.
  • Why we love it: This lightweight formula is non-sticky and deposits high impact color with just one stroke.
  • How to use: Apply directly on bare lips or over lip liner/primer for more pigmentation.

Pigmentation: A-

As you can see from the swatches below, these lipsticks are very pigmented. The color pay off is great.

Texture: A-

The texture of these things is amazing. They really do feel like butter on it  glides effortlessly across my lips. What I don’t like about the texture is that two of them have already broken. The orange one broke as soon as I took out of the package and slid it across my lips and “Mary Janes” broke as I was swatching it for this post. This probably has a lot to do with the humidity in The Bahamas, but at the same time, I have never had this problem with any of my other lipsticks….maybe its a little too buttery. I was actually quite pissed off at the fact that they broke. The orange was so messy that I ended up throwing it away. Despite this, they go on smoothly, with an even, opaque finish that I admire a lot.

Packaging: A-

The tube is the color of the lipstick, with a clear portion in the middle. The different colors make the lipstick appear more fun and playful. It’s easy to open and close and the cap has a snug fit, which means it won’t slip off easily in your purse or makeup bag. What I don’t like about the packaging is that the clear portion is easy stained by the lipstick, which is a little unsightly.

Price: A

These babies go for  $6.00, which I think is a very decent price for what is being offered. They can be purchased from nyxcosmetics.com, ulta.com, nordstrom.com, and nastygal.com. (See swatches below L-R)

  • Razzle is a bright fuchsia
  • Licorice is a deep burgundy
  • Pops is a mauve color
  • Mary Janes is a true red

NYX Butter Lipsticks | Razzle Fiesta | Licorice | Pops Mary | Janes NYX Butter Lipsticks | Razzle Fiesta | Licorice | Pops | Mary Janes

L-R: Razzle, Licorice, Pops, Mary Janes

I have amassed quite a few red lipsticks. Okay, I only have four. I just wanted to use the word amassed.

I wanted to show you all what “Mary Janes” looks like in relation to other popular red lipsticks. (L-R) Mary Janes, MAC Ruby Woo, Maybelline On Fire Red, Wet N Wild Stoplight Red.

Out of the five four, I would probably repurchase “Licorice,” and “Pops.” I’m a sucker of a dark lip and I love pinky nudes.

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NYX Mary Janes, MAC Ruby Woo, Maybelline On Fire Red, Wet n Wild Stoplight Red

NYX Butter Lipsticks | Razzle Fiesta | Pops | Mary Janes | Licorice |

Six e.l.f. Makeup Brushes You Should Own

posted on: November 28, 2013

Six e.l.f. brushes you should own

e.l.f. makeup brushes are some of the best on the market. Not only are they good quality, but they’re only $3. That’s right, $3. The brushes I’m going to talk about in this post are apart of the studio collection. (L-R in the image above):

  • e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush – This brush is mainly used for applying liquid or gel eyeliner. It helps to create a precise line exactly where you want it. (walgreens.com)
  • e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow C Brush – This brush is mainly used for applying product to the eyelids, however it can also be used for the crease of the eyelid as well as for the brow bone highlight.  (walgreens.com)
  • e.l.f. Studio Concealer Brush – As the name implies, this brush is mainly used to apply and blend concealer. I prefer to use my fingers to put on concealer because I find that “patting” it on my face creates better coverage and trust me, I need it. After I pat the concealer on my face, I blend it in with a concealer brush (walgreens.com)
  • e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush – This brush is mainly used to apply liquid foundation, however it can be used to apply blush. I wish this brush was bigger and more dense like the e.l.f. studio powder brush (see photo below for side by side comparison), but it’s really soft and my foundation is flawless when I use it. (walgreens.com)
  • e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush – This brush is perfect for applying blush to the cheekbones or for applying contour to the hollows of the cheek, jawbone, and around the hairline. (walgreens.com,)
  • e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush – This brush is used mainly to apply face powder to complete your makeup look. (walgreens.com)

Makeup brushes shed very easily if you don’t care for them properly. When washing them, do not soak them in water because this releases the glue used to secure the bristles. I experienced this with my kabuki brush (last photo below).

elf studio stipple brush elf kabuki face brush

NYX Single Eyeshadow Review, Swatches and Photos (Lanikai, Hot Green, Frosted Ocean, Yellow Pearl, Red Head, Luxor)

posted on: August 6, 2013

NYX Single Eyeshadow Swatches, lanikai, hot green, luxor, yellow pearl, frosted ocean, red head

As I mentioned, I’m expanding my makeup collection in hopes experimenting with more items. I’ve already picked up some NYX lip and eyeliners I decided to pick up some shadows.

I’ve always wanted to try NYX single eyeshadows so I purchased a few of them in the shades (L-R): lanikai, hot green, frosted ocean, yellow pearl, red head, and luxor.

NYX Single Eyeshadow Swatches, lanikai, hot green, luxor, yellow pearl, frosted ocean, red head  lanikai, hot green,  frosted ocean
(L-R): lanikai, hot green, frosted ocean

yellow pearl, red head, and luxor
(L-R): yellow pearl, red head, and luxor

All of them are frosts, but not all of them were made equal.

  • Lanikai is a silvery blue. The color payoff is nice, but it has to be packed on to show the true color. It has been discontinued, but you can purchase it on ebay.  Grade | B+
  • Hot green is a neon mint green. It’s more on the glitter side and would probably go well over a similar shade of green. This is also a discontinued color that can be purchased on ebay. Grade | B-
  • Frosted Ocean is a blackish blue and the color payoff is awesome. It’s perfect for an extreme smokey eye if you don’t want to use black and I think it would look gorgeous with Lanikai. Purchase from nyxcosmetics.com, ulta.com, or cherryculture.com.  Grade | A
  • Yellow Pearl is a soft golden yellow with a nice color payoff. I think it’s a bit chalky at first, but dust off the excess and pack it on, it makes for a good highlight. This discontinued color can be purchased on ebay. Grade | B+
  • Red Head is a corally red with a nice color payoff. It isn’t as smooth as Frosted Ocean or Luxor, but it gets the job done. I think this shade has been discontinued, but can be purchased from cherryculture.com for retail price. Grade | B+
  • Luxor is my second favorite next to Frosted Ocean. It goes on very smooth and the color payoff is beautiful. This colour reminds me of my Revlon Berry Haute lipstick which is an exact dupe for MAC’s Up the Amp.  Purchase from nyxcosmetics.comulta.com, or cherryculture.com. Grade | A

Please see the picture below of me wearing frosted ocean (lid color), and yellow pearl (as a highlight). I know it’s not the best picture, but I just wanted to give you guys an idea.

If you are in the Bahamas, these can be purchased at Eye Candy Makeup Store & Studio for $6, and Girls Will Be Girls for $7.99.

Out of all the eyeshadows I picked up, I would repurchase Frosted Ocean and Luxor. I’m still on the fence with Lanikai.

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Please excuse my dirty room. It's not always rainbows and butterflies.

Please excuse my dirty room. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies.

MAC Girl About Town Creme Lipstick

posted on: July 23, 2013

MAC Girl About Town Creme Lipstick

I tripped and fell into the MAC store. I didn’t mean to. I did not.

I was in the downtown Nassau, Bahamas area so I decided to go into the MAC store just to “look around” and I ended up purchasing a lipstick in the shade “Girl About Town.”

“Girl About Town” has an amplified cream finish and is described as a bright fuchsia with blue undertones. The texture of this lipstick is very smooth. I find that although I think you can find MAC dupes, they’ll never feel as good as MAC creme formulas.

This lipstick is also long lasting. I wore it to work yesterday and it stayed on for about 6 hours. It didn’t make it past lunch though because your girl goes HAM.

Below is a swatch for “Girl About Town” (bottom), which retails for $15 can be of course purchased at MAC or online at macy’s.com. If you’re in The Bahamas like I am, there are MAC counters downtown Bay St. and in John Bull (Mall at Marathon). It is $15 there as well.

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MAC Girl About Town Creme Lipstick MAC Girl About Town Creme Lipstick