22 November 2014

Maybelline "On Fire Red" & Covergirl "Eternal"

Since my last post about red lips, I've acquired a couple of new colours to try out. I also made an order online from Sephora to get NARS Dragon Girl and a couple of other things, but everything is so backed up from the sale earlier this month. I ordered last Friday and only got a shipping confirmation yesterday (a week later). AND they're saying it won't be here until we get into December. Ouch! I need that shit now, Canada sucks, etc. But in the mean time, here are a couple drugstore products that I really enjoy using as of late. Check it out.

Right to left: Maybelline Coloursensational Vivids "On Fire Red," Covergirl Lip Perfection "Eternal"
Top: Eternal
Bottom: On Fire Red
My face looks like a bowl of oatmeal. I'm not usually instant breakfasts, I promise. This is On Fire Red. 
Let's start with the Maybelline On Fire Red. I only have one other colour of this formula, the LE Midnight Plum. That lipstick has the strangest smell.. like incredibly synthetic strawberry licorice. It's strong, but it goes away once it's on your lips. This one had the same scent, and I'm not a fan. MAC and NYX do well with scents, I can do with the vanilla and buttercream frosting stuff. And I really do love licorice, but this is just strange.

The packaging is nice. The colours in these lipsticks all have different coloured lids, to match the colour of the lipstick itself. My Midnight Plum has a matching dark purple lid. It doesn't feel too cheap, and it's never opened up on me in my purse or anything (I'm looking at YOU, cherryculture lip balm).

I really like the colour. It looks like a true, blue-based red on me. It goes on easily and is opaque in two swipes of the product. It's a shiny, satin finish, but not too slippery. My Midnight Plum takes a lot to build up the colour, but it's nice to be able to do a sheer purple instead of instantly becoming an eggplant.

The only thing is that it stains like a motherfucker. Some people like this because, as it fades during wear, you don't end up with random patches of lipstick that are brighter than other spots. I don't really care that much. My hand is all red from the swatches on my skin.

Overall, this is my new favourite red. It doesn't dry out my lips at all, and the colour is really nice. I wish it didn't smell so strong, but I can overlook that. I think I paid $6 for this at Target, but you can get these literally anywhere that sells Maybelline products. They're really common.

Here's Eternal. What the fuck did I do when I was putting on foundation today? I'm a piece of shit. I'm sick and blowing my nose a lot, so that's why my nose is basically falling off. I give up on life.
Eternal really confuses me. It looks like a really bright pink in the tube with flash, and sometimes in photos it turns out really pink, too. In these photos, I feel like I can compare On Fire Red and Eternal as they look on my lips. But the swatches and other photos are still super different. I feel like Eternal will look different depending on how pigmented your lips are. But to showcase the weirdness of this shade, here's one from last weekend in natural daylight, where it looks very pink:

I take a selfie like this every time I visit my mom and she drives somewhere. Also, if I didn't know better, I'd probably ID this colour as Revlon Lovesick. What the fuck, Covergirl?
Okay, I don't really care. It can be whatever it wants to be. I just don't know how comfortable I feel calling this a "red" lipstick, at least not in the classic sense of what can be recognized as a true red. It's still a fucking amazing lipstick. I wore this last weekend for over 12 hours, only touching up once in the middle of the afternoon. It's a bit more drying than the Maybelline lipstick, and it does stain a tiny, tiny bit. I had to do a pretty good exfoiliate the day after I wore this, but everything was fine. The colour comes off in the center of my lips sooner than anything else, but it has really good staying power otherwise. I definitely want to try some other colours in this product range.

I REALLY LIKE THEM BOTH. They're not exact dupes of each other, they're both good for different reasons. I'd recommend both brands.

What's your favourite red lipstick?

14 November 2014

Lorac Mega Pro; Con of Amazon

One of the first things I should have done to get myself back into blogging was do swatches of the Lorac Mega Pro. Holy Crayola, the hype and drama that surrounded that release! As a Canadian, I was forced to shop only from Amazon. I missed the initial stock, but grabbed one by the 10th of October and paid my $80CAD. Then I started hearing about the terrible packaging, the broken palettes with no hope of being replaced. I was certain I would have my heart broken. I get all my valuable mail sent to my mother's house, so I gave her a call right away and told her to rip into my package as soon as it arrived. It got to her house 5 days before it was due to be delivered, AND IT WAS ALL IN ONE PIECE. Not even a broken mirror or a smushed palette on the edges! It was sent in a bubble envelope with no other protection. There has to be a cosmetic goddess watching over me, right? A couple weeks before this, I received a smashed blush palette from BH. I guess my bad luck run out on that inexpensive product, huh? 

Anyway, I haven't used anything but the Mega Pro since I got it. I love the colour selection and the shadows themselves are very soft and pigmented. There is a bit of fall out, but nothing extreme because it's mostly the matte shadows. It's not like my face is showered in glitter when I'm done, so I'm okay with it. WORTH EVERY PENNY. I know there are tons of swatches online by this point, but I'd be willing to show more if someone was interested. 

Here is a look I've done in the past month with the Mega Pro (and featuring a new lipstick!).

✰ Lorac Mega Pro in shades Camel, Blush, Granite, and Vanilla 
✰ Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Lovecraft 

13 November 2014

The Season for Browns

I saw swatches from the MAC Matte collection and didn't really think anything of the colours. I thought Styled In Sepia would be nice in theory, but there was no way I'd pull it off. But then I kept seeing posts with it on /r/MakeupAddiction (my favourite subreddit of all time, I am on there commenting all day, every day) and I knew I had to make it mine before the collection disappeared. Luckily while I was at my local MAC store, I thought to grab the very last Artificially Wild blush in Taupe. As a pale girl with no real previous experience with contouring, I had heard positive things about this one. I use it every day - great purchase! Even if you missed it, I've also heard great things about NYX Taupe for other fair ladies like me! 

 Taupe is left and Styled In Sepia is right.

Yes, the last one is an Instagram one with filters, so it's not going to be entirely accurate. But I'm wearing both, so I thought I'd include it anyway. With flash, SIS looks a bit more grey, but not in a bad-dead-way. It's amazing and I love it. It doesn't get dry, and one night I went out and it lasted through some drinks.

How do you feel about browns?

12 November 2014

You mean my wife, Taylor?

In honour of the release of 1989 and the new video for "Blank Space," I decided to go with a red, Swift-esque lip today. I realized that I only own one true red lipstick, and I kind of felt like a terrible woman about it. On my "buy next" list is NARS Dragon Girl, to rectify this situation!


♛ Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Very Fair

♛ L'oreal Infalliable Foundation in Classic Ivory 

♛ NYX HD Studio Primer

♛ BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette, 4th shade in top row
♛ MAC blush in Taupe 
♛ Anastasia Dipbrow in Soft Brown 
♛ NYX Eyebrow Marker in Medium 

♛ Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden 
♛ Lorac Mega Pro in shades Vanilla, Smokey Topaz, Espresso, and Cashmere

♛ e.l.f. liquid eyeliner

♛ Sephora Full Action mascara

♛ NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam 

What's your favourite "true red"?

* Dear potential commenters! My brows don't grow in the center, I haven't overplucked :) I am working on finding a shape that works for me and allowing whatever can grow, grow in.

18 October 2014

Look Dump

I took some photos of my makeup over the past weekend, and I'm deciding to just post them all together. I mostly used Naked 2 and 3 and Bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette. If anyone wants details on what I did, I can post that after! 

Look 1

 Look 2

Look 3