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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipsticks

Hey Everyone!

Today is all about the lippies. Specifically, Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick lippies. So far I have 2 shades and I cannot wait to pick up some more! (Side note: these are $25 each on the Sephora Canada website).

At the moment, we do not have a Sephora in my province and shipping sometimes deters me from buying just one thing at a time; HOWEVER, my lovelies ... Sephora is scheduled to open in August! (I better hide my credit cards or I'll have them maxed out). This will be an exciting day for all beauty lovers here in NL, and a sad day for our wallets.

Back to the lippies.

The packaging is in a squeeze tube with a golden plastic top. The applicator provides a very precise line and is soft (sorry for the messy applicator tip in the picture- I use this color a lot).
I find the formula to be great. It goes on smooth and it never bleeds outside of my lip line so its super easy to apply on the go and without a lip liner.

It feels very comfortable on the lips - it is not a dry formula. When you first apply it, its so smooth you almost want to keep pursing your lips together just to feel it. That feeling eventually goes away as the product dries a bit, but even after drying, your lips are never crying out for moisture; they do not feel dry throughout the day.

I am glad that these lipsticks claim to be longwearing and not a stain. When eating or drinking, I do find this lipstick comes off - I can see it on my cup or my sandwich (yeah, women eat their lipstick more than you know), yet even after it seemingly comes off, there is still an amazing amount of color still on your lips and you almost don't even really need to reapply. The main difference I have noticed throughout the day is that the finish starts off shiny and tends to turn a little more matte as the product begins to wear off, yet the color still remains.

The two colors I purchased were Melted Nude and Melted Fig. but I have to say, I really prefer the Melted Fig. While I do wear the nude color from time to time, I find that there is a bit of an almost orange/brown undertone to this nude, and almost looks like a concealer on the lips, making it a little hard to work with. Melted Fig however, has become an almost daily lipstick for me. It is a beautiful Berry color and is just so easy to work with. It looks like a color better suited for Fall and Winter, but I am definitely taking this to the Bonnaroo Music Festival with me this Summer (can anyone say freaking excitement!? - maybe I'll stray from the makeup and do some live blog updates while I'm there with some festival looks!)

As you can see the two colors on my lips (even in bad lighting) the nude color comes off slightly orange and is hard to make an overall look with. Melted Fig, however, is a beautiful Mauve-Berry and is so versatile for day and night.
(Note: in the pictures, the swatches on my hand are more true to color than the lip tests - the light was fading by the time these were lip tested and bulb lighting did not do the colors justice).

Overall I absolutely love these lippies and I can't wait to purchase more of the colors! I am definitely a Too Faced fan, so my adoration for these lipsticks comes to no surprise.

If you guys have tried these, let me know what colors you recommend!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette: Holy Grail.

My Goodness!
Thats how I have to start this. I know I'm late on the bandwagon on this one- but my gosh this palette is amazing!
So tiny and compact and yet delivers a nice range of daytime and nighttime looks.

Lets begin by discussing the quality of the actual compact. It is the high quality packaging we have come to love from Urban Decay palettes. It is heavy- not in an overbearing way, but in an "expensive" way, and has a softness to touch. Inside has a fair sized mirror and it clasps shut nicely, which is perfect for travel (think about the original Naked Palette - didn't clasp shut and was a nightmare for opening in my suitcase or carry-on).

So with these two pictures you can see the inside mirror and the color of the shadows. They are, again, as we expect from Urban Decay for quality. Buttery and soft and extremely easy to apply and blend out. All shades except the far left, Skimp, are matte; Skimp has some subtle sheen to it. All are beautiful and it has become my go-to palette to reach for daily.
Just to show you the color payoff - below I have them swatched on my hand without a primer underneath.
Seriously. So soft and the staying power has been immaculate - with a primer (I usually use Smashbox 24-hour photo finish eyeshadow primer), this stuff lasts all day or night without creasing or fading. Well worth the $34 at Sephora Canada.

On a basic everyday look I will put Skimp on my inner corner and brow bone. Stark all over the lid and then place Frisk in the outer corner and blended up into the crease. Then, I will add either my Black Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner to my top lid OR smudge Frisk into my lower lash-line for a light beachy smokey eye.

For a night out, I'll stray more towards the darker end of the palette. Using Skimp in the inner corner and brow bone again. But then I will play around with Cover and Primal on my lid and crease, and finish off using Undone into the lower lash-line for a more intense nighttime smokey look.

Bottom Line: this palette is well worth the purchase. Can create daytime and nighttime looks in neutral tones, small enough to travel with and a high quality product. I can see this being a staple in my make-up routine for quite some time.

Let me know what you guys think of this palette. Have you tried it? Or do you have any other recommendations, please share!