— August 04, 2015 —

Tutorial | Fiery Sunrise (+ How to Make Your Own Eyeliner!)

Hey guys! Here is a tutorial for the lovely, warm eye that I've been sporting in my latest videos. It was fairly simple look to recreate and in the tutorial I go over the basics and tools needed to make your own eye liner—how handy. As always, be sure to LIKE! this video if you want to keep seeing tutorials!

It's a simple story how this look came to be, gather round and listen... My best friend sent me a text one morning with a photo attached saying, "do this" and so I did! After so many of you requested a tutorial, I just had to hunt down the original artist that the look was inspired by—go check @briearliee out for her look first-hand and many more—and give her major props!

Products Featured:
  • EYES:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • MAC Eyeliner Mixing Medium (used with Sketch)
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Orange, Chrome Yellow, Sketch (Eyeliner)
  • MAC Pigment in Lily White, It's Not Easy Having A Good Time
  • MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Lotus Lashes Mink Lashes in 217
  • FACE:
  • NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW15
  • Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Video
  • LIPS:
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow
  • BROWS:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Auburn
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Auburn

Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use and/or sent for consideration. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.

— August 03, 2015 —

KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks | New Shades!


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks (0.12 oz.) individually retail for $20 USD ($24 CAD) and are available 28 shades. The brand recently introduced 16 new, permanent shades into the line. They are said to be "a long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish."

"Now with 16 additional, bold shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick for all-night wear, this innovative formula gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color. Its creamy, color-rich formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It’s infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including vitamin E and sunflower seed so you can flaunt lasting matte color that leaves lips feeling comfortable."
The packaging is a long, thin plastic tube with a velvet, doe-foot applicator. Depending on the size of your lips, I feel the applicator holds the perfect amount of product in one go to cover your entire mouth evenly and easily. It does a great job of applying color cleanly, but for those looking for total control and precision, you could definitely use a lip brush. The lipsticks also don't have a noticeable scent or taste.


The formula is highly pigmented and dries within 20 - 40 seconds of application. During dry time you will want to avoid applying more product or pressing your lips together as this will likely cause the color to lift in areas and appear streaky, patchy or uneven. With most liquid lipsticks, the color does cling to lips but never feels overly drying or uncomfortable. They typically wear between 6 to 10 hours on their own, but layering products, like glosses, can cause the wear time to be cut down drastically.



Ayesha is a medium, purple mauve with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and for the most part, opaque. It had good pigmentation but I noticed my natural lip color did show through in some areas, especially once the product slowly started to fade over time. Regardless, it was never streaky or patchy. wore well for +7 hours before fading. (5/5)
* MAC Men Love Mystery was lighter, brighter, warmer and more pink. 

Bow N Arrow is a medium, muted brown beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque and had rich, opaque pigmentation. It had excellent performance throughout wear; it wasn't streaky or patchy once dry and it didn't crack or flake over time. Bow N Arrow wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (5/5) 
* Kat Von D Lolita was warmer, more pink.  MAC Stone was darker, cooler, more grey.  MAC Velvet Teddy was lighter, warmer, more peach.  MAC Whirl was darker, warmer, more brown.

Damned is a deep, darkened burgundy with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, semi-even and mostly opaque. It was definitely a trickier shade to apply due to it's darker nature, as it appeared darker in some areas, lighter in others—even with properly prepped, moisturized lips. Damned wore well for +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (4/5)
* Kat Von D Homegirl is brighter, less opaque.  Kat Von D Motorhead is brighter, more red, less opaque.  Kat Von D Exorcism is lighter, cooler, more plum.  MAC Studded Kiss is brighter, warmer.  MAC Antique Velvet is lighter, more brown.  MAC Sin is brighter, warmer, more red.

Double Dare is a medium, dusty coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had opaque color payoff. This was another shade that had excellent performance throughout wear; it wasn't streaky or patchy and it didn't crack or flake once dry. Double Dare wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
* Kat Von D Lolita was muted, more brown.

Echo is a darkened, royal blue with hints of purple, cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and opaque. It was a slightly more difficult shade to apply, as it tends to be lighter and more sheer in certain areas. I found the quicker you applied this shade, the more opaque the coverage was—you can always go back and fix anywhere needed once it's dried. Echo wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (4/5) 
MAC Matte Royal was brighter, creamier and leaned more purple.

Exorcism is a medium-dark, red plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and opaque. While it had nice pigmentation, it did appear lightly darker in some areas, but it wasn't as noticeable or nearly as troublesome as Damned. This shade was actually quite easy to work with. Exorcism wore well for +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
* Kat Von D Damned is darker, more red.  Kat Von D Homegirl was brighter, warmer, more red.  MAC Instigator is cooler, more purple.

Lovesick is a medium, dusty rose pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had nice, opaque coverage. It had good pigmentation and the color was never streaky or patchy. I also didn't experience any flaking or cracking during wear. Lovesick lasted +7 hours before fading. (5/5)

Melancholia is a light-medium, pale bubblegum pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and had opaque color payoff. While it was never streaky or patchy, my natural lip pigmentation did show through ever-so-slightly in some areas due to the more pale nature. Melancholia lasted +6.5 hours and lightly cracked throughout wear. (4/5)

Mother is a medium, watermelon pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had ultra rich, opaque pigmentation. The color coverage and performance was great. Again, it wasn't streaky or patchy once dry and it didn't crack or flake over time. Mother wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)

 
Noble is a light, pale peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi-opaque. It seemed to have a thinner consistency and sheerer pigmentation which caused my lip color to show through in some areas. This could be easily corrected by applying a second coat once the product had dried fully for a more opaque coverage. This was also a more troublesome shade to apply due to it's lighter nature. Noble wore well for +6 hours before lightly fading. (4/5) 
Kat Von D Nobel (Lipstick) was more muted, pinker.

Nosferatu is a medium-dark, crimson with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had opaque color payoff. Once again, it wasn't streaky or patchy and it didn't crack over time. My only complaint is it can look darker in some areas in certain lightings, but it wasn't. Nosferatu wore well for +8 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
* Kat Von D Outlaw is brighter, more vivid.  MAC Studded Kiss is darker, warmer.  Bite Braised Maple is brighter, lighter.  Bite Mulled Maple is warmer, glossy.  Bite Black Cherry is warmer, glossy.

Requiem is a muted, pale lavender pink with cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had ultra opaque pigmentation. Despite it's lighter, more pale nature, this lipstick was surprisingly easy to apply . Although it could end up looking streaky at times if you don't smooth the product out fast enough, or try and apply more before the first layer has dried completely. Requiem wore well for +7 hours before fading. (4/5)
* Kat Von D Coven is cooler, more purple. 

Susperia is a medium-dark, purple fuchsia with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and semi-opaque. There were a few areas that seemed lighter but that never caused my lips to look patchy, streaky or uneven. It was richly pigmented and I appreciate that it's one solid color on the lips and doesn't separate like LUV—which tends to look more fuchsia around the edges. Susperia lasted +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
* Kat Von D LUV (Liquid) is brighter, more vivid, pink.  Kat Von D LUV (Lipstick) is cooler, more purple, less pigmented.  MAC Heroine is brighter, more vivid, pink.

Witches is a dark, true black with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had rich, opaque pigmentation. This shade was surprisingly easy; I found the quicker you spread the product across your lips, the more opaque and even the coverage was. For any sheerer areas, you can always go back and touch up once it's dried. Witches wore well for +8 hours and left behind a faint stain. (5/5)
 * MAC Hautecore was similar, less pigmented.  Kat Von D Slayer was similar, less pigmented.

Overall, the additional shades were such a nice, long awaited surprise and I hope to see some more unique shades and finishes—like metallic! I am a huge fan of the Kat Von D formula and these are by far my favorite, go-to liquid lipsticks out there. Of course with that said, I highly recommend checking them out and if you have, let me know your favorites in the comments!

— July 31, 2015 —

BITE Beauty Opal Lip Gloss | Opal Collection


Bite Beauty Opal Lip Gloss (0.14 oz.) retails for $24 USD ($25 CAD) and is said to be "a transformational and pearlescent lip gloss in an opal shade for a slick of opalescent shine."

Opal Lip Gloss is described as a ultraviolet opalescent shine. [LE]

"Transformational and pearlescent, Bite Beauty’s Crème Gloss creates a lip look with ultraviolet dimension. Silky and nourishing, the two-tone pearl gloss can be worn alone or on top of any lip color for an alluring, pearlescent lip with high-shine and shimmer."
If you're new to the brand here are some facts: Bite is exclusive to Sephora and their products are free of petrochemicals. They are also organic and all-natural. All lip products are made with nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat! The founder believes, "You eat what you put on your lips, so your lipstick should be good for you."

The packaging is a clear tube with a rubberized, silicone cap. The applicator is an angled, velvet wide wand and it applies product easily—although, if you're layering this over a lipstick or colored lip product, you may want to use a lip brush to prevent color from transferring onto the applicator or into the tube. The gloss also has a sweet, fruity scent that can be noticed on initial application, but hardly tasted.


Opal is a sheer, pale white lavender with cool undertones and an opal, pearl finish. The texture wasn't overly sticky or tacky and it applied smoothly and evenly without pulling into fine lines. On bare lips, the shimmer was noticeable and added a beautiful, dimensional, opal sheen to lips. When layered over other lip products, I felt the sheen wasn't nearly as visible, but it did supply a nice glossy shine. I also noticed pairing the gloss over lip products caused the performance and wear time of the lipstick to shorten. Opal wore well for +4 hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. (4/5)

Overall, this product has a very unique concept, but I feel as if the end result comes as a disappointment since it isn't nearly as intense as you would hope. It's a fun, subtle gloss to wear on it's own, but for layering over other products, I would definitely suggest pairing it over a matte lipstick to get the most out of that stronger, opal sheen. 

— July 30, 2015 —

BITE Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask | Comparison


Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask (0.52 oz.) retails for $30 CAD and is exclusive to Canada. Although this product released with the Maple Collection, it appears to be permanent. It is said to be "an innovative, leave-on lip mask to hydrate and restore moisture to dry, parched lips."

Maple is described as a bronze shine. [P]
"Created exclusively for Canada, the Maples Agave Lip Mask is infused with real Canadian Maple syrup for a deliciously hydrating shine. Apply this delicious daily hydration mask for an instant boost of nourishment and long-lasting shine. Infused with organic agave, Madagascar vanilla, and Canadian maple syrup, this lip mask is packaged in a squeezable tube. Wear this nourishing treatment throughout the day for an instant boost of hydration and a touch of bronze shine."
If you're new to the brand here are some facts: Bite is exclusive to Sephora and their products are free of petrochemicals. They are also organic and all-natural. All lip products are made with nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat! The founder believes, "You eat what you put on your lips, so your lipstick should be good for you."


The packaging is a soft plastic tube and the cap features a little pointed tip to puncture the tube on first use. It's simplified and easy to apply using your finger, lip brush, cotton bud, etc. This lip mask is also infused with real Canadian maple syrup, so it has a natural, sweet maple scent. It can be noticed and tasted throughout wear, but it's never overwhelming or sickeningly sweet.

Maple is a light-medium, copper brown with warm undertones and a glossy, shimmer finish. The texture is thicker and tackier than your standard lip balm, without being sticky or troublesome. The product is comfortable, applies easily and almost melts into your lips once the product has warmed up. It does have a sheer, hint of color and the shimmer and glossy finish was noticeable. Maple wore well for +8 hours and was highly moisturizing, even after the product had worn off. (5/5)

Like the other Agave Lip Mask shades—Original, Champagne and SmashedMaple is extremely hydrating to help repair and improve the overall health of your lips. As I've stated many times before, I suffer from severely dry, chapped lips and the Agave Lip Masks are one of the few products I've found that help.

This product is a great overnight treatment to apply before bed and wake up with nourished, soft, healthy lips and still have the product remain noticeable come morning. As well as being a perfect all-day treatment with the variety of shades and finishes that have that little extra oomph to wear throughout the day.

In comparison to the other shades, I still find the original Agave Lip Mask to be longer-lasting and supply more moisture to my lips. Don't get me wrong, all three additional shades supply hydration and feel comfortable on the lips, they just tend to have a slightly thinner consistency.

OverallMaple really improved the dryness and overall quality of my lips. After all, they are called a mask for a reason. They are extremely long-lasting and are a product I truly live by when it comes to nourishing and restoring damaged lips. The maple scent was a nice addition to the already phenomenal lineup of shades and I highly recommend checking them out!

— July 28, 2015 —

BUTTER LONDON Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons


Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons (0.10 oz.) retails for $20 USD ($24 CAD) and are available in 8 shades. They are said to be a "long-lasting, all-in-one formula [that] delivers lacquer-like shine and high-fashion color."

Disco Biscuit is described as an opaque bubblegum pink creme. [P]
Tea With The Queen is described as an opaque light nude creme. [P]
Toff is described as an opaque red grape creme. [P]
"Why it’s Brill: All-in-one formula created for the Bezzie Mate on-the-go. Intense shine of a gloss. Highly pigmented colour with the full coverage of a lipstick. Slimline pencil with built-in sharpener is perfect for on-the-go lip lining. Helps to improve lip moisturization with Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil. Formulated to provide antioxidant protection. Niacinamide helps maintain the skin barrier for smoother, more even lip tone."
The packaging is a simple pencil style lip crayon with a built-in lip sharpener in the lid—also included is a little pick to clean the sharpener out easily at home or on-the-go. While it is convenient, it does make the pencils rather bulky. The scent is described as being a subtle mint, but I smell more vanilla cake batter with a touch of mint, either one is delightful.

These lip crayons make application incredibly easy and precise, especially being able to sharpen at any time for a crisp point. The formula is smooth, comfortable on the lips and moisturizing over time. They have great pigmentation and leave a healthy, glossy shine to your lips. They really are a great middle product between a creamy lipstick and a lipgloss, without being thick or tacky.


Disco Biscuit is a light-medium, candy pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and semi-opaque. It had rich pigmentation, but the color liked to settle lightly into lip lines. Simply pressing your lips together to move the product around easily fixed this. Disco Biscuit wore well for +4 hours and was hydrating over time. (4/5) 
Tea With The Queen is a light-medium, nude brown with warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi-opaque. It had decent pigmentation, but the color did tend to pull into lip lines and look streaky. Tea With The Queen wore well for +3 hours and was hydrating over time. (4/5) 
Toff is a medium-dark, berry red with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and semi-opaque. It had good pigmentation and didn't bleed or feather during wear, despite being a darker color. This shade had a thinner consistency than the others, which I feel helped prevent the product from settling into lip lines. Toff wore well for +4.5 hours and was hydrating over time. (5/5)


Overall, these pencils provide a bold, yet sheer wash of color to your lips. I think my favorite part is each lip crayon shade corresponds with a matching nail lacquer shade from the brand—which coordinating your lips to your nails is a fun idea! These are a great product, despite being a little bulky, to throw in your makeup bag for use on-the-go and I recommend checking them out, especially if you're a fan of the matching polishes!

Available now from Butter London and ULTA!