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. 

I mentioned the new releases from Maybelline — Limited Edition Colored Mascaras in 6 shades for the month of August — last week or so, and here is an eye look with the “Vision in Violet” shade. I was skeptical from the get go about the quality of the formulation given I’m not a fan of the regular Great Lash formulation, and I wasn’t really surprised at the end.

Though you can see a very subtle change in my lashes in these photos, in reality my lashes are quite spindly and the change isn’t noticeable unless I’m in a certain light. I’m not fond of the brush, either — trying to swatch on my hand a smear of the purple mascara took like 6 tries and just looked like an ash stain on my hand. Trying to get an even, decent coating on my lashes took more than 2 coats and a mascara comb and even then I’m not satisfied. If they gave a different brush, perhaps the story would be different, but I’m disappointed.

For the only readily available drugstore colored mascaras on the market, I’d say skip them. The combination of the non voluminous, mediocre lengthening formula with a dinky wand and hardly noticeable lash color change isn’t really worth even the very affordable price tag. You’d be better off saving your money for the mid-range colored mascaras on the market, like CK and Anastasia. Maybelline does some amazing products that rival and even beat mid-range and luxury makeup brands, but this isn’t one of them. 

Full Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review was sent for editorial consideration, but (quite obviously) the fact it is a PR sample does not change the honesty of my views on the product. 

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. 

dude thank you much! (: would you say any of the several UD lipsticks you swatched the other day were closer?

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As a matter of fact, Jilted is also a fuschia violet, so I’d say that is a comparable color, if not it’s sister. I wouldn’t say it’s a DUPE though because the formulations are completely different and Jilted is a lot shinier and has more sparkle. It requires two swipes for full coverage also whereas Atomic doesn’t. Here they are side by side. 


hello! i was wondering whether the urban decay anarchy lipstick resemble iillamasqua's atomizer lipstick at all.

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Hello hello! You mean Atomic? I think you do. Lucky for you I have both in front of me in my makeup towers, so I did a quick swatch of them side by side for you to see for yourself. The Urban Decay lipstick is smoother and has a more silky and shiny finish and is more moisturizing, while the Illamasqua one is as you can see more matte and is a harder formulation. I’d say Anarchy is more hot pink, too. They don’t really look the same at all to me. 


Hope that helped!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencils & Lipsticks - Swatches and Review 

By now you’ve likely heard about the new formulations of Urban Decay’s lipsticks, and the beautiful new packaging. I was lucky enough to have my choices from the new range given to me to play with, and I had to show you them ASAP! I wore 69 to the Lucky Magazine x Baublebar party a few days ago — here’s an instagram from that event by the way, with my makeup fairy godmother, Eva Chen (the new & fantastic EIC of Lucky, well deserved!) — and I was so, so impressed. I haven’t been so impressed by a lipstick in awhile. I’ll break it down by application, packaging, and formulation. 

In terms of longevity: One application lasted me 8 hours of drinking, eating, and general happy living and didn’t even come off entirely when I came home to wash my face. Here’s what it looks like after 8 hours, if you’re wondering. Looks almost freshly applied. 

In terms of formulation: I applied 69 lipliner all over my lips before the lipstick version. I’m not a huge fan of lip liners in general, I kind of like seeing my lipstick wear into some sort of ombre with my natural lip color throughout the day. However, the liners are all creamy, don’t require much pressure and are very pigmented. You could just wear one of them all over for a lip color and be set, really. As for the lipstick formulations: super creamy, full coverage in two swipes, and moisturizing without slip or bleeding. Usually, with moisturizing lipsticks, I expect some slipping, some movement with the color, but it really just sticks. I really, really hate to sound like an advertisement, but these are some of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried. 

Packaging: It’s really lovely. I love shiny makeup packaging! I’m a total sucker for beautiful packaging in the first place (I’ve definitely bought things I couldn’t even wear just for the packaging) so it’s nice that the product inside is as good as the outside. Some UD products have flimsy caps, like, one of the problems with the Super Saturated lipsticks are that the pencil caps have a tendancy to come off in your bag or what have you. That won’t happen with these. The tubes have some heft to them, and the caps will stay on. It’s along similar design lines to their 50th anniversary palette, so I’m into it. 

Overall? Run to get them, don’t walk. Now, let me note: These were sent to me, but I wasn’t obligated to review them, and I have every intention of buying some of the other shades myself. I am VERY impressed and give these particular shades a gold star with flying colors. I’m not the only one, either. 

Shades mentioned: 69, Anarchy, Bang, Venom, Native, and Jilted

You’ll certainly see these in upcoming FOTDs, but let me know if you want lip swatches of anything in particular. Also, these photos were taken in natural light, and they haven’t been color corrected or edited in any way other than resizing, so they are as color accurate as your computer screen will permit. :)

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today &#8212; SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it&#8217;s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 
I&#8217;m wearing Back to the Fuschia. High-res

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today — SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it’s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 

I’m wearing Back to the Fuschia.

I don’t really use my glitters enough, and I have so many! Here’s a new one that BASTAR sent over recently. It’s pretty affordable at $8.75 a pop (compared to the OCC Mirrorball Glitter which is $14). I find this a little more finely milled, and I experienced less fallout. Thumbs up from me on the glitter. The glitter glue didn’t impress me much though, it didn’t get tacky and it was more like a very watery Urban Decay Primer Potion or something. I’d skip it and just buy the glitter and use a tackier primer, like TFSI or Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy

For reference, I’m also wearing: NYX Cake Powder, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, and Revlon Lipstick. 

If you want to try out these BASTAR glitters I have a discount code for 50% off for you: BBGLITZ

Disclaimer: These samples were sent to me but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here