Shop the post: Hourglass, Calvin Klein,  Marc Jacobs. 

Haven’t done quicksnap reviews in awhile so here ya go. I’ve been trying out these products for a few weeks now and here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: all of them were sent for editorial consideration either by the brands, by PR, or by VOGUE. This does not impact my opinions on the products. 
I’m really bummed about the MJ lipgloss though. I think his brushes are spectacular, and I enjoy just fluffing them over my face when I’m bored. High-res

Shop the post: Hourglass, Calvin Klein Marc Jacobs

Haven’t done quicksnap reviews in awhile so here ya go. I’ve been trying out these products for a few weeks now and here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: all of them were sent for editorial consideration either by the brands, by PR, or by VOGUE. This does not impact my opinions on the products. 

I’m really bummed about the MJ lipgloss though. I think his brushes are spectacular, and I enjoy just fluffing them over my face when I’m bored.

Sorry I’ve been mostly MIA for a bit, things have been busy. Anyway, lots of beauty products have landed in my life lately so I have these lip glosses to share with you. You’ve likely heard of Armour Beauty before — they’ve got their own Beautylish boutique and are pretty makeup blogosphere famous? Notes: Paraben free and no animal testing. $21 a pop. 

 I have been hmming and hahhing over buying them but I’m always a little suspicious about lip glosses, none have truly won me over, I prefer non-sticky, matte finishes on my lips for the most part. These came into my life by way of my work, for full disclosure.

Anyway, these are very pigmented — all of these swatches are just one layer. But, downsides: super fragranced (I truly loathe fragranced skincare and makeup, I have a very sensitive nose and it gives me a headache and messes with the smell of my perfume!) and supremely sticky. Hard to be an ice queen when your hair is sticking to your lips, you feel me? If you don’t mind fragrance or sticky formulations these are beautifully packaged, super opaque (doe applicator, if you’re curious) but I think I’ll only use them when I’m congested and can’t smell anything. 

My favorites are the orange (Lucy) and After Hours, the plum. My first impression of the black lipgloss (Femme Fatale) was unfortunately a huge disappointment, it is such a sticky formulation that it dragged on my lips, pulling my (decently moisturized) lip skin and…it just wasn’t pretty, and I’m understating that incredibly. It also never quite ‘set’ and has a lot of slip despite being sticky (??) so the pigment is more like, a wash of grey with lines of black. I think the MUFE Lab Shine lip gloss is much better. But — overall, these are really worthwhile lip glosses if you’re on the market for opaque, glossy lip color that is paraben free and you don’t mind fragrances. 

Lip products are my raison d’être, they’re the easiest way of pulling together my hair to the rest of my aesthetic and the infinite variations make me very happy! These aren’t new to my stash, but they are products I’ve never gotten around to doing lip swatches for, so I thought I would. These range from indie cosmetics at a super affordable price point (think, <$4) to mid-range and high end. Please excuse my greasy hair and lack of filled in brows, I just came in from the rain and have been busy preparing for a super busy month. Some things I just forget. 

  1. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in KAOS — $5.99 — This gluten free, vegan, cruelty free independent lippie is the most creamy out of the bunch. I’d venture to say it was too creamy. In fact, it was not even really hardened properly because of the heat here, so I used a lip brush. You can see it’s still uneven despite my tries, but it’s still very beautiful.  I would suggest using a purple or grey eyeliner underneath it for a more even and dimensional application. It’s worth trying out, it’s very unique and affordable.
  2. KAOIR Lipstick in Jamaica — $16.99 — Gluten and cruelty free. This is a very smooth, moisturizing application, but you should not apply lip balm beforehand or it just has too much slip and looks terrible. It’s a nice color, I think. You do need several layers to reach full opacity but it’s nice though I would say it wears on the quicker side. Try to use a green eyeliner (or lipliner) underneath. 
  3. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in Hipster Ariel — $5.99 — Gluten and cruelty free and vegan as GCC is known for. Mmmmm…. not a huge fan of this. Looks chalky on the lips and it’s too creamy and spotty to work with. I think the formula could do without some of the moisturizing oils like Jojoba or something because it’s probably why these haven’t lasted the heat wave as well as the other lipsticks. It’s a nice color, and I’ll put this in the freezer for a bit and revisit it. 
  4. Geek Chic Cosmetics Geek Gloss in Banished — $4.99 — I really love this gloss, it’s very beautiful, though it’s not perfect. You want to use this with a lip primer (I have not) and I hate twist up lip gloss packaging. I TRULY, TRULY loathe it. The packaging on this broke after three uses and now it doesn’t twist up. I applied this using a qtip from the broken packaging. Gluten and cruelty free, vegan.
  5. Inglot Pacific Blue Lipstick in 290 — $12 — I have another lipstick from this collection too, damn! Forgot to swatch it. Anyway, I like this one more. It’s the most enjoyable to wear out of all of these, I’d say. It’s creamy, pigmented, only required 2 swipes, minimal touchups, didn’t slip, and is pretty affordable. INGLOT doesn’t publicize their cruelty free stance so I’m unsure.  
  6. Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips — $26 — I haven’t worn my now probably infamous collection of Illamasqua lipsticks for awhile, they’re just a lil bit more drying than I’m here for in the summer. Illamasqua has one of the dryest, but most pigmented, lines of lipsticks I’ve ever tried. This will stay on forever. You want to mooisturize thoroughly beforehand, but primer isn’t necessary. Goes on opaque with one swipe. 
  7. MAC Lipmix — $15 — I know some people think this is a dupe or comparable product to OCC Lip Tars since they are both in tubes, but you’d be wrong. The formulations are completely different. This is a creamier product to Lip Tars liquid, and goes on dry and stays dry while Lip Tar goes on liquid and dries matte. I prefer Lip Tars, but they also cause a lot of people problems with bleeding out through your liplines, or separating in the tube (just shake it up a lot). That doesn’t happen with this product because it’s simply much more of a thick cream that you need to paint on. Super pigmented, 100% opaque on first brush stroke.  

Alright, there you have it! There are plenty of other interesting lip color swatches and reviews in the lipstick & swatches tags if you check ‘em out. Hope this was helpful. 

Full Disclosure: All of these products were purchased by me or were gifts from Chi-Chi! Thank you my dear. 

hi! i've been on the hunt for a semi transparent green lipgloss forever. think enid coleslaw. but NO ONE seems to carry/make them. Any suggestions? thanks <3

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witchville

You’ve come to the right girl, I live for weird lip colors.  

Illamasqua makes an intense lip gloss (it’s not semi transparent, but goes on shiny and opaque) in green called ShootMAC makes a sheer light green lustreglass called Spring Bean that is green in the tube but just adds a super subtle sparkly gloss to your lips, and adds a nice pop of color to whatever colors you layer it with. Here’s a post showing what I mean. 

Moving away from big brands though, I think you’ll find what you need from indie brands like Geek Chic Cosmeticsthis bright light green lip gloss is $2.50 right now and vegan. I have a few lippies by GCC and I like em a lot. They’re got a lime green lipstick, too. Morgana Cryptoria has a huge selection of cool lip colors (I’ve reviewed them before), here’s a dark green lip gloss you’ll love, and it’s $7.

Some other green lipglosses (I can’t vouch for their quality like I can the other brands mentioned though): this, this, and this, and this.

There! Plenty to choose from. :)

Quick snap of things I&#8217;ve been trying out or can&#8217;t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn&#8217;t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 
Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven&#8217;t used it yet and I&#8217;m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we&#8217;ll be asked, and I&#8217;m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it&#8217;s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don&#8217;t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use &#8212; a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I&#8217;ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn&#8217;t.
Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn&#8217;t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I&#8217;m still testing it out, I&#8217;ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
Balenciaga L&#8217;Essence ($135) - I&#8217;ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I&#8217;ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It&#8217;s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
China Glaze Polish &amp; L&#8217;Oreal&#8217;s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven&#8217;t used these yet since I&#8217;m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc&#8230; pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I&#8217;ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven&#8217;t touched it though.
Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua&#8217;s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin &#8212; helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
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Quick snap of things I’ve been trying out or can’t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn’t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 

  1. Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven’t used it yet and I’m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we’ll be asked, and I’m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
  2. Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it’s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don’t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use — a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I’ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn’t.
  3. Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn’t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I’m still testing it out, I’ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
  4. Balenciaga L’Essence ($135) - I’ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
  5. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I’ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It’s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
  6. China Glaze Polish & L’Oreal’s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven’t used these yet since I’m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
  7. Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc… pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I’ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
  8. Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven’t touched it though.
  9. Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua’s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
  10. Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin — helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
After filming for a project at Milk Studios yesterday I walked over to Sephora because I haven&#8217;t been in ages and promptly spent forever swatching products and hoarding samples. I love Sephora. It&#8217;s my church.  I took photos of things I loved. 
Those are all the new Stila Color Lip Balm Lipsticks - $20 a pop. I luuvvvVVvvv these.I would say they are of similar formulation to the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colors, even though the packaging is similar to Revlon lip butters. My favorites are Gemma and Valentina, the purple and orange. Supremely glossy. 
I&#8217;ve been wearing Buxom lipstick in Menace (click) for awhile. I do love it so. It ends up drying into your liplines though which none of my other lipsticks do &#8212; this is without reapplying or touching up, though. The standouts in these swatches are Rouge (the orange / fiery coral) and Exhibitionist (bright fuschia). 
NARS eyeshadows: Mad mad world duo, Strada, night porter, night flight and outremer. 
The crown jewels, though, were the MUFE lip products. Definitely expect the Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Chrome Onyx (the black one) and perhaps the orange lipstick, too. 
I left with a bunch of samples of foundations and serums to test out for PD, too. WoOOooooOoOoOo. Have you tried these products? Thoughts? High-res

After filming for a project at Milk Studios yesterday I walked over to Sephora because I haven’t been in ages and promptly spent forever swatching products and hoarding samples. I love Sephora. It’s my church.  I took photos of things I loved. 

  1. Those are all the new Stila Color Lip Balm Lipsticks - $20 a pop. I luuvvvVVvvv these.I would say they are of similar formulation to the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colors, even though the packaging is similar to Revlon lip butters. My favorites are Gemma and Valentina, the purple and orange. Supremely glossy. 
  2. I’ve been wearing Buxom lipstick in Menace (click) for awhile. I do love it so. It ends up drying into your liplines though which none of my other lipsticks do — this is without reapplying or touching up, though. The standouts in these swatches are Rouge (the orange / fiery coral) and Exhibitionist (bright fuschia). 
  3. NARS eyeshadows: Mad mad world duo, Strada, night porter, night flight and outremer. 
  4. The crown jewels, though, were the MUFE lip products. Definitely expect the Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Chrome Onyx (the black one) and perhaps the orange lipstick, too. 

I left with a bunch of samples of foundations and serums to test out for PD, too. WoOOooooOoOoOo. Have you tried these products? Thoughts?

We&#8217;ve reviewed Willa products before (here) but since it&#8217;s Valentine&#8217;s Day I thought it&#8217;d be helpful for those who have somebody to smooch that this is still the best tasting lip gloss I have ever tried. I keep it in my backpack and lick it off my lips when I&#8217;m hungry, it&#8217;s that level delicious. So if you have a Valentine, I think they&#8217;d appreciate it if you swiped this on before you celebrated today. I&#8217;m just sayin&#8217;. You&#8217;ll both thank me later. 

We’ve reviewed Willa products before (here) but since it’s Valentine’s Day I thought it’d be helpful for those who have somebody to smooch that this is still the best tasting lip gloss I have ever tried. I keep it in my backpack and lick it off my lips when I’m hungry, it’s that level delicious. So if you have a Valentine, I think they’d appreciate it if you swiped this on before you celebrated today. I’m just sayin’. You’ll both thank me later. 


Arabelle&#8217;s January Favorites 

Lots of products to review, so here are some new ones by way of a monthly favorites post. (Here&#8217;s the last monthly favorites one &#8212; you&#8217;ll see some old faces). 
Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Powder Finishing Powder* ($68) - It&#8217;s probably the best setting powder I&#8217;ve ever used, it really blends in any imperfections and smooths, I&#8217;ve been using it for a few weeks and it has delivered all it promises for me. I don&#8217;t have to touch up throughout the day either. Packaging is kind of bulky but I guess that is also &#8216;luxurious&#8217;. I&#8217;d rather have something travel appropriate, personally. 
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* ($27) - I have been waiting for this product ever since the Naked came out because I love matte shadows and personally, for my super fair skin, this is great, compact, and so worth the price. The colors blend out well, are pigmented and not as chalky as some UD shadows can sometimes be. Love. These would look chalky and unnatural on medium to dark skin though. Also, the palette is kind of hard to open but maybe that is just me. 
Benefit High Beam ($26) - Previously reviewed here.
Zoya Nail Polish in Song ($8) - Swatch and discussion to be posted a few posts before this, go check it out.
NARS Danmari Palette (LE/DC) - I love orgasms and also Orgasm. (this is my blog i&#8217;ll be inappropriate if I wanna)
Urban Decay Setting Spray* ($29) - I have been using the Cooling/Hydrating formulation the most because I have dry skin and I think it does help, but the Long-Lasting formulation is definitely the best and practically cements my makeup into place. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Fair/Light ($39) - Best under-eye concealer I&#8217;ve tried. It&#8217;s heavy enough to use on acne and scarring too, and doesn&#8217;t get wrinkly or cakey or whatever. You need very little of it as well. 
K- Palette Real Lasting Waterproof 24h Eyeliner ($15.70) - This has the thinnest brush. The thinnest. It&#8217;s also super super black and does not budge. 
MAC Violetta ($15) - On me, this is like a &#8216;natural&#8217; lip color because it perfectly, and I mean perfectly, matches my hair color. I&#8217;ve grown bored of my usual purples (Belladonna, Kontrol) but this breathes new life into the color for me. 
INGLOT 545 AMC Lip Gloss ($16) - Paraben free &amp; not tested on animals if you didn&#8217;t know (and if you care). I don&#8217;t really wear lip gloss very often but this is soooo pretty and you can actually see the duo on your lips, it&#8217;s really pigmented and strange and lovely. 
Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer ($23) - I actually ran out of the tube I had of this. Like I ended up scraping the very last bits of it out. I have never hit pan so thoroughly on a product before and before I even hit pan I ordered 2 more backups because this is my Holy Grail Concealer. If I could only limit my makeup collection to like 3 things this would be one of them. 
Disclaimer: * = provided for editorial consideration by the brand. This doesn&#8217;t mean I was obligated to blog about them &amp; certainly doesn&#8217;t mean I am obligated to be nice and fawn over these products! Check out our disclosure policy here. High-res

Arabelle’s January Favorites 

Lots of products to review, so here are some new ones by way of a monthly favorites post. (Here’s the last monthly favorites one — you’ll see some old faces). 

  1. Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Powder Finishing Powder* ($68) - It’s probably the best setting powder I’ve ever used, it really blends in any imperfections and smooths, I’ve been using it for a few weeks and it has delivered all it promises for me. I don’t have to touch up throughout the day either. Packaging is kind of bulky but I guess that is also ‘luxurious’. I’d rather have something travel appropriate, personally. 
  2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* ($27) - I have been waiting for this product ever since the Naked came out because I love matte shadows and personally, for my super fair skin, this is great, compact, and so worth the price. The colors blend out well, are pigmented and not as chalky as some UD shadows can sometimes be. Love. These would look chalky and unnatural on medium to dark skin though. Also, the palette is kind of hard to open but maybe that is just me. 
  3. Benefit High Beam ($26) - Previously reviewed here.
  4. Zoya Nail Polish in Song ($8) - Swatch and discussion to be posted a few posts before this, go check it out.
  5. NARS Danmari Palette (LE/DC) - I love orgasms and also Orgasm. (this is my blog i’ll be inappropriate if I wanna)
  6. Urban Decay Setting Spray* ($29) - I have been using the Cooling/Hydrating formulation the most because I have dry skin and I think it does help, but the Long-Lasting formulation is definitely the best and practically cements my makeup into place. 
  7. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Fair/Light ($39) - Best under-eye concealer I’ve tried. It’s heavy enough to use on acne and scarring too, and doesn’t get wrinkly or cakey or whatever. You need very little of it as well. 
  8. K- Palette Real Lasting Waterproof 24h Eyeliner ($15.70) - This has the thinnest brush. The thinnest. It’s also super super black and does not budge. 
  9. MAC Violetta ($15) - On me, this is like a ‘natural’ lip color because it perfectly, and I mean perfectly, matches my hair color. I’ve grown bored of my usual purples (Belladonna, Kontrol) but this breathes new life into the color for me. 
  10. INGLOT 545 AMC Lip Gloss ($16) - Paraben free & not tested on animals if you didn’t know (and if you care). I don’t really wear lip gloss very often but this is soooo pretty and you can actually see the duo on your lips, it’s really pigmented and strange and lovely. 
  11. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer ($23) - I actually ran out of the tube I had of this. Like I ended up scraping the very last bits of it out. I have never hit pan so thoroughly on a product before and before I even hit pan I ordered 2 more backups because this is my Holy Grail Concealer. If I could only limit my makeup collection to like 3 things this would be one of them. 

Disclaimer: * = provided for editorial consideration by the brand. This doesn’t mean I was obligated to blog about them & certainly doesn’t mean I am obligated to be nice and fawn over these products! Check out our disclosure policy here.

Here are some tentative swatches of the INGLOT purchases I made at IMATS. I wasn’t really expecting to haul anything because I didn’t think they’d have the Pacific Blue collection, but I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately they gave me the wrong eyeshadow purchase (>:|) and that is the straw that breaks my back because I’m so goddamn tired of their stupid numbering system. If their shadows had actual names, they wouldn’t have given me the wrong shade. BLARRGGGG. 

You’ll obviously see me wearing these lip products in future FOTD’s so keep an eye out. Sorry I can’t provide face swatches at this time. (These photos are under flash, btw.)