KAT VON D – EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK

kat von d - everlasting liquid lipstick bownarrow complete.jpgPrice: $24 CAD
Size: 0.22 oz
Shade: Bow and Arrow

So there has been a lot of hype surrounding this product, specifically in this shade – so I decided to hunt it down to see for myself if the hype was worth it. I managed to track this product down by checking the Sephora site multiple times a week and looking at which stores had it in stock. Once the location close to me was listed I quickly called and requested that it be put on hold for me. SO GOOD LUCK if you are still on the hunt – but that is how I managed to grab it!


LIQUID LIPSTICKS

Liquid lipsticks are often misunderstood as many think they are more like a stain – however that is not the case. Liquid lipsticks simply put are matte/glossy lipsticks in a liquid form. The pigment, like a lipstick sits on the top instead of soaking into the skin like a stain. Personally, I prefer liquid lipsticks for multiple reasons – first, would be its thinner consistency making application and blending/spreading the product easier in comparison to a regular lipstick. This helps to make your look more natural and effortless – many lipsticks often come off looking ‘cakey’ (not the best word to describe it), thick, or overdone. Second, would be its lower opacity – which gives a little more versatility to the product as I can apply less to create a subtle look or build it up to create a bolder look. Third, is its longevity, I find that when I use liquid lipsticks they last longer than my regular lipsticks. I do not find myself reapplying multiple times throughout the day – usually only once after a meal. Last, would be how weightless it feels on my lips – I often forget that I am wearing lipstick when I use a liquid lipsticks. Overall, I would definitely recommend that you try liquid lipsticks if you tend to dislike the consistency of a lipstick or if you are new to matte lipsticks or even lipsticks in general. Side note – if you have very dry lips you may find matte liquid lipsticks a little drying so do make sure your lips are hydrated before your application.


PACKAGING

For the packaging I appreciate the longer and slimmer style that Kat Von D has chosen because it sits nicely in the glass cups I store them in (shorter products tend to be hard to reach). The look is much like the rest of brand which would be the iconic tattoo-esc print that surprisingly does not look tacky or cheapen the look of the product. Otherwise there is not much more to talk about regarding the packaging as its relatively basic with a plastic tube and doe footed applicator.


PRODUCT
FORMULA

To begin I would say that out of all the liquid lipsticks I have tried in the past – I would say this scores high on the favourite list. The formula dries matte while still maintaining slight flexibility which prevents the product from cracking and peeling as you may find might happen with other ones on the market. As someone with dry lips I found that it did not dry out my lips as much as other matte lipsticks that I have tried. The product applies cleanly and smoothly making application quick and simple. It also does not dry too quickly giving you time to blend and move product around if needed. The lipstick is light weight and you barely feel it when applied making it very comfortable to wear. Overall, if you are looking to try a liquid lipstick I would recommend this one for its flexibility and longevity. I found that because it was bendable it was able to last a lot longer as it was not cracking or peeling off throughout the day. On average I found myself reapply only once or twice throughout the day (usually following a meal).

COLOUR: Bow and Arrow

I only managed to get my hands on Bow and Arrow – so for now I will only talk about this colour (still on the hunt for Requiem). Bow and Arrow is described as a ‘fawn nude’ on the Sephora website. I would describe the shade as deep rosy taupe colour. I found that the shade ends up looking different on different people. For some it looked more on the brown side and for others I found that it looked rosier. If you find that you do not like how the colour is looking on your lips you may want to try putting a bit of foundation over your lips to neutralize the tone before applying it. Overall, I found that it looked and photographed great with my light-yellow under toned skin and in my opinion was worth the slight hassle and money.

**for a photo of the lipstick on – I have posted a photo to my instagram page so do check that out . **

– SL.


 

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SEPHORA – Holiday Shopping Event [20% off] HAUL

sephora 20off haul

For those who are Sephora VIB members – do not forget to take advantage of the 20% off going on until tomorrow !
I have decided to put a haul of some of the items i picked up at the store today, since the trek to the closest Sephora took a lot of energy out of me.

Above are only a few of the items I purchased, since some are still coming in the mail. I will list what they are below and if you have a preference on what item you would like to see a review on leave a comment below :) I will try my best to do reviews on them all.

PRODUCTS| left to right
NARS- Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (shade: Damned)
SEPHORA- Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53
YSL- Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (shade: 2.5 Luminous Vanilla)
ANASTASIA- Brow Wiz (shade: Soft Brown)
BENEFIT- Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes (contains: Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Watt’s Up!, Hoola, Coralista, Rock, brush)
BENEFIT- Gimme Brow (shade: light/medium)
TARTE- Clean Slate Poreless
TARTE- Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner (colour: Deep Amethyst)
HOURGLASS- 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner (colour: Obsidian/ black)
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URBAN DECAY- B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray
URBAN DECAY- Naked2 Basics
HOURGLASS- Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (shade: Canvas)
TOO FACED- Better Than Sex Mascara (colour: Black)
ANASTASIA- Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced
ANASTASIA- Brow Gel (colour: Clear)
MAKE UP FOR EVER- HD Pressed Powder

Before there are any mean comments below about the amount I purchased- I would like to mention that I do make a list of items throughout the year that I save to purchase with the 20% off . Also these will hopefully last me the year or longer, and some of these items I do pick up for my mother but do try out first for review purposes.

Thanks for reading!
– SL.

KORRES – Lip Butter

korres lip butter complete

Price: $16.00
Size: 0.21 Oz
Shade: Jasmine

PACKAGING
I personally like the look of the packaging but do not find it the most function-able. I liked that the packaging was clear and simple with a cap that matched the colour inside. This is especially useful when you have multiple shades and need to find the right one quickly. However, I am not fond of the fact that it is shaped taller instead of wider. This makes it difficult to retrieve product, especially because I have long nails. Another down side is that it is a pot which means product must be retrieved through putting your finger in which is not the most sanitary. I understand it is a lip butter and that it usually comes in a pot but I just wish there was a way to retrieve product without contaminating the rest of the product. Overall, my biggest complaint would be that the diameter is a little small and would make it hard to get product out when it got low. 

PRODUCT
I really wanted this product to work well for me. It is described as a tinted lip balm that should provide me with moisturized supple lips. Unfortunately, I found that it was a little on the thick end and was not easy to spread smoothly. I used both my fingers and a lip brush (as recommend) to apply the product but still found it was not the easiest product to spread. Once I got it smoothed on to the besst of my ability I found that this particular shade had little to add to my original lip colour. Also I was not particularly fond of the feeling of the product on my lips, it was not overtly sticky but was more or less a heavy layer of product sitting on my lips. I feel like this is why I found that it was not really deeply moisturizing and hydrating my lips, it was mainly preventing my lips from becoming dry on the top. Overall, I did not really enjoy this product the way I thought I would, especially because it was $16.00 which is a little more than my favourite lip balm. However, I did just purchase and try the one colour so the other shades may work better in general or for you. I initially bought it thinking it would be great due to its claim to use natural oils but the shea butter and rice wax may have made it a thicker consistency (leading to my difficulty to smooth out). 

– SL. 

please do not be turned away from trying products I review negatively. I am simply telling you my experience with the product, but you my experience differently as we all have different skin type sand preferences. 

JACK BLACK – Intense Therapy Lip Balm

Image   Price: $8.50 CAD Size: 0.25 Oz Formulated Without: Sulfates and Phthalates PACKAGING This lip balm comes in a tube which keeps the product clean and sanitary, in comparison to lip products that come in a pot. The tube is also easy to squeeze and a great size for your purse, bag, or pocket. However, it is hard to get every last bit of the product out without cutting it open. Overall, it holds up well and is sanitary, which is a huge factor when I am looking for lip products. PRODUCT In short, I would say this is a product that is amazing for its price, it works well and does not cost more than $10 CAD. I found that it was a very moisturizing lip balm that helped with my cracked and dry lips for a good few hours. I also must mention that I love the smell of the Grapefruit and Ginger one, it smells fresh and citrus, making it great for summer months. Unfortunately I did not enjoy the Original (mint) one as much, but this simply has to do with my personal dislike of minty lip products. As for consistency it is a lot like petroleum jelly, which keeps it from being fully absorbed into my lips before getting wiped away when I eat. Since it sits on the top of my lips for so long, it tends to be messy when I apply it before bed. The lip balm wiped off on my blanket as I slept after night time application (so if you have expensive sheets I would not recommend usage of this product before going to bed). With this in mind my lips would be quite soft and moisturized the morning after, so personally I do not mind the mess it makes. I would say day time use of the product would be the most optimal, since it does give a nice shine to your lips and contains SPF 25 to give you sun protection. You can also wear this on top of lipstick for a beautiful shine that looks a lot like lip gloss. Above all, I would recommend this product if you do not mind its consistency and slow absorption. Keep in mind that this is more of a lip treatment product over a lip balm, as for me personally I will continue to repurchase the product as I do not find many products that fully soothe and cure my very chapped lips. – SL. ——————————————————————————– As always for the link to purchase the product simply click on the picture above. For giveaways, previews, and updates pleases follow my page on FACEBOOK.

TOKYOMILK – Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixirs

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Tokyomilk – Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixirs
Price: $8.00 CAD
Formulated without: Synthetic Dyes
Size: 0.7 Oz 
Scent: Clove Cigarette No.18 & La Vie En Rose No. 42

PACKAGING
I was very disappointed with the packaging, the look of it was fine but the functionality was horrible. For my first one Clove Cigarette the lid would not stay on, if I turned the compact upside down the lid would just fall off. However, for the La Vie En Rose compact the lid was very hard to get off! I finally got it off after 15 min and I was using so much force I accidentally jabbed my finger into the product. I read reviews, and I was not the only person with the same problem.

PRODUCT
I was looking for a new lip balm, since my lips were very dry at the time. I did not want to spend $29 CAD on the Dior Creme de Rose one so I gave this one a shot.  I looked through the options and decided on Clove Cigarette No.18 and La Vie En Rose No. 42. The description for the smells sounded amazing! I imagined the No.18 smelling warm and rosy with a hint of spice in the background however, it just smelled like cloves and nothing else. I did not even want to put it on my lips after smelling it. The next was the No. 42 as I thought it would be sweet and floral however not the case again. On the bright side No. 42 smelled a lot better than the No. 18. Both product’s unappealing fragrance aside I really did not find that it moisturize better than any other brand, therefore was not worth keeping in my opinion. Lastly, unlike many lip balms that look smooth in the compact these have a bumpy texture to them which was a little bit odd. Needless to say I eventually returned both these products and would recommend that you smell these in the store before deciding to purchase them.

– SL.

Bite Beauty – The Lip Kit

Bite Lipsticks

Bite Beauty Lip Kit (Luminous Crème Lipstick)
Price: $42 CAD (Sephora- no longer available)
Free of: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan
Shades:
– Rose
– Apricot
– Pomegranate
– Mulberry
– Palomino
– Pepper
– Musk
– Retsina
Size: 0.7 Oz (each colour)

When Christmas swings around, Sephora is always packed with gift sets usually at a good cost. If you are new to high-end makeup, gift sets are a great way to test out a brand or product you are not ready to commit to. They usually come in with a variety of products at a smaller size, kind of like a sampler pack for you to familiarize yourself with their brand and formulas. However, if you are looking at a product (not around Christmas) and are unsure of it, you can always ask a representative at Sephora to make you a sample, and do not forget that Sephora has a great return policy if you do purchase the whole product and decide it is not for you. The is no shame in returning a product!

For lipsticks I usually gravitate towards sets, because I get bored of the colour easily and it goes to waste. I have always liked the colour choices available under Bite Beauty lipsticks however I feel it is a little steep to spend $28 on one colour. Therefore this kit was a blessing to find, I now have 8 colours to switch through and a size of the lipstick I will be more likely to use up.

The set is sadly no longer available at Sephora, but if there is a colour you like, you can still purchase it in the full size(0.13oz for $28 CAD). If you click on the photo it will take you right to the page on Sephora.  (Click here for the Lip Set – Amazon)

Now on to the product, the formula is created from all natural ingredients, which is a plus for something that is applied on the lips and will get ingested. The first time you use the lipstick it may seem like it does not apply smoothly but once the outer coat is gone, the lipsticks glides on like butter. Since they are crème lipsticks they do not fully dry like a matte lipstick, on the plus side they do not dry out the lips. With this in mind they do slightly transfer so you need to use the blotting method in order to prevent this from happening. In my opinion the texture sits at a good level between matte and glossy. Colour pay off is amazing, my swatches above are the results after about 2 -3 swipes. It is also quite true to colour, so what you see in the tube is what you are going to get, except for the Mulberry colour as it was not as bold in purple as I imagined. It leans towards deep pink, which does make it more flattering on different skin tones. The site claims it is long lasting but in my opinion it is not a lipstick I would really call long lasting. It will last on your lips if you do not eat a meal, after I ate the colour was gone on my inner lips no matter what method I used to apply the lipstick. Just remember to bring the lipstick with you when you go out and wipe your lips clean before reapplying. Wiping your lips clean is an important step because like many other lipsticks the new coat will combine with the dried coat making it look blotchy. The lipsticks did not sink into the lip lines when I first applied but after a good meal it would begin to do so, therefore it is good to moisturise before applying or reapplying the lipstick.

My thoughts on each colour
Rose reminded me a lot of the typical ballerina pink, but it did not have the pale white chalky look that is usually seen with pastel pink lip colours.
Apricot reminded me of cherry tomatoes, it is a red with an orange tinge, a colour I would not recommend if your skin is yellow in tone as it may not be flattering.
Pomegranate made me think of cherry popsicles, it is a bold red accompanied by a light pink undertone resulting in the colour your lips turn after you have had a popsicle.
Mulberry made me think of blackberries, it is a deep pink with a mix of a bold purple. It is on the bolder end of the spectrum, yet is still wearable without looking too flashy. So do not be scared by the colour in the tube.
Palomino is a hot pink, but do not be intimidated by the colour in the tube, once applied it does not look as electric, and could be quite flattering if paired with your look correctly.
Pepper is a great MLBB (My Lips But Better) colour which leans towards pale pink. However refrain from applying to many layers as it may cast a whiter tone.
Musk is also a beautiful MLBB sitting on the peach end. I personally prefer this colour as my MLBB over pepper as peach is more flattering on my yellow skin tone. This is a good colour if you are looking for a more neutral look.
Retsina is definitely a nude with a bit of a pink to avoid making you look too pale and sick. If you are just starting out with nude lipsticks I do recommend this one as many will have a white overcast creating a sick look.

**If you wish to purchase the item I have provided a link. Just click on the photo and it will take you there .

– SL.