— January 10, 2017 —

Upcoming | SEPHORA FAVORITES Give Me Some Nude Lip (Spring 2017)

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Set (0.369 oz.) retails for $28 USD (TBA CAD) and is said to be "a multibranded nude-hued lip set" that contains six products in total: two full-sized and four deluxe-sized products. The set is valued at $88 USD.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick, Honeycomb — beige nude (0.05 oz.)
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream, White Russian — nude (0.07 oz.)
Estee Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner, 05 In The Buff — satin nude (0.009 oz.)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme, 246 Slow Burn — nude rose (0.05 oz.)
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick, Queen B — soft mauve (0.08 oz.)
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, 1993 — medium brown (0.11 oz.)
"Get the nude-ist edition to lip with Give Me Some Nude Lip™. This neutral set features six must-haves to create the perfect nude lip look. This set includes two full-size and four deluxe-size nude lip essentials: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb to Too Faced’s Cosmetics Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B. Find the perfect nude shade for your lips and explore different nude lip colors."

Available from Sephora & (coming soon) Sephora Canada!

Upcoming | KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary (0.22 oz.) retails for $20 USD ($24 CAD) and will be launching at Sephora & Sephora Canada on 01/24, along with 5 other new nude shades. In the mean time, here are some comparison / dupe swatches...

* Kat Von D Bow N Arrow ($21 USD, 0.22 oz.) is a fawn nude. [P] — review
Kat Von D Lolita ($20 USD, 0.22 oz.) is a chestnut rose. [P] 
* Kat Von D Sanctuary ($20 USD, 0.22 oz.) is a cool sepia. [P] 
Sephora (39) Frozen Strawberry ($14 USD, 0.169 oz.) [P]
ColourPop Teeny Tiny ($6 USD, 0.11 oz.) is a grayed out plum. [P] — review

Browse the whole range at Sephora, don't forget your free deluxe sample...

— November 12, 2016 —

MAC Vamplify Collection (2016)

MAC released one of their newest collections Vamplify on July 7, 2016 online and July 14, 2016 in-stores. The collection featured 16 lipglosses—7 of which are new shades, while the rest are repromotes from the first Vamplify Collection.

"M·A·C Vamplify is back! Seven new colours join the potent lineup: deep turquoise blue, smoky stone, perfect periwinkle, deep plum, royal blue-purple, dusky rose and intense true red, each loading lips with that same unbeatable shine. Now there’s more vamp than ever."
The packaging is a long, slim tube with a thin, angled doe-foot applicator. The formula is soft, smooth, highly pigmented, lightly hydrating and wears roughly 3 - 5 hours. They all have a creamy consistency that is comfortable throughout wear and never feels sticky or heavy—it's only once the product starts to wear away that there is any noticeable, slight tackiness. They have a strong vanilla scent that can be noticed, but not tasted on initial application.

Here's what I picked up from the collection...

Vamplify Lipgloss $20 USD / $24 CAD (0.16 oz.) [Limited Edition]
  • Absolute Score is described as a smokey stone. [LE]
  • Anything But Demure is described as a mauvey nude. [LE]
  • Fab Tested is described as a dirty rose. [LE]
  • How Chic is This? is described as a violet purple. [LE]
  • She-Rebel is described as a dark blue purple. [LE]
  • Smart Aleck is described as an intense true red. [LE]
  • Spanking Haute is described as a pinky nude. [LE]
  • Sway to the Sound is described as a soft purple. [LE]
  • Tuned In is described as a mid-tone rosey nude. [LE]
  •  What's Going On? is described as a hot intense fuchsia. [LE]

Absolute Score is a medium-dark, muted brown with neutral undertones and a glossy, cream finish. As expected from the formula, this shade applied smoothly, evenly and had great, opaque color payoff. I didn't experience any bleeding or feathering, it had nice performance throughout wear. Absolute Score lasted +5 hours and felt lightly hydrating. (5/5)
* ColourPop Kapow was more gray toned, matte. ColourPop Mess Around was warmer, more opaque. MAC Stone was lighter, warmer, more opaque.

— October 01, 2016 —

Top 5 Black Lipsticks for Halloween

In the spirit of it finally being October and with Halloween quickly approaching, I thought I'd share my favorite black lipsticks! What's your must-have dark lipstick for Fall? Share in the comments!

In the Spirit is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a satin-matte finish. The formula is on the creamier side and has a small amount of slip, so it may require laying over a lip pencil for more opaque coverage.

— September 30, 2016 —


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit icon(4 x 0.26 oz.) retails for $40 USD ($52 CAD) and is said to be "a collection of glow kits with four metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity."

Hard Candy is described as a mood-changing golden peach w/ a pink pearl reflective finish.
Starburst is described as a rush of cool pink w/ an iridescent finish. 
Crushed Pearl is described as a glimmering pink and silver w/ a crystalized chrome finish. 
Mimosa is described as a radiant golden peach w/ a metallic finish.

"Bring instant luminosity to the complexion with these four metallic powder highlighters. Just layer the highly blendable shades together or wear them separately on the eyes and body for a radiant look."
The packaging is sleek, cardboard palette with a magnetic closure that opens to reveal four rather large (0.26 oz. each, or 1.04 oz. in total) pans of product, which can be removed if desired—the back of the individual pans do list the product name and shade which is handy if you do happen to "depot" them. Also worth noting, the palette itself does not feature a mirror.

The formula is a very soft, finely-milled, silky texture that blends out easily on the skin and can be worn both on the face, as well as the eyes. They have a shimmery sheen that looks luminous on the skin without overly emphasizing the look of pores or imperfections easily.

Hard Candy is a medium peach with pink iridescent shift, warm undertones and a frosted finish. While this shade had a noticeable shift on the skin, I found the pigmentation to be more on the sheer side and it was the least metallic on the skin—I can see this working best as a blush topper, in most cases. It had a silky texture that blended easily and didn't accentuate pores. Hard Candy lasted +8.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
* Urban Decay OC (LE) was warmer, less frosted. Urban Decay Fireball was lighter, more shimmery.