Shout out to all our ladies (and gentlemen), ever have those off days where you don’t feel like yourself inside & out? Both of us definitely have those days, more so than not. We all have those days, but don’t worry. They will pass. Here are some quotes to make you realize that you are truly beautiful!
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
– Audrey Hepburn
Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.
― Ellen DeGeneres
No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. ― Eleanor Roosevelt
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire. ― William Congreve
Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are. ― Markus Zusak
It’s [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency. ― Cameron Diaz
There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
– Audrey Hepburn
Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. ― Sophia Loren
Let me first say that I obviously have no relations with Glossier. This review is not endorsed. I paid for all these products myself. They don’t even know who I am or that this blog even exists so all of my comments are 100% my opinion with no influence from Glossier whatsoever. That being said, I am obsessed.
Rewind. If you have ever fallen upon the comment section of any Glossier ad, people rip the models and the products to shreds. “Why are they so young? They don’t even need make up! Why did they use the entire tube for one application?” I could go on, but it gets worse & we don’t need that kind of language on this blog. However, their phase 1 items (their skin care line) are getting great reviews! Everyone is unique and therefore everyone will have a different experience with most things, especially skin care/beauty items because skin has so many variables.So DISCLAIMER! what I deem worthy of my money may not work for you!
I have combo skin. This means I have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose) and stupidly sensitive, dry cheeks. All my life I have struggled with my skin, but now that I’ve grown into it a little & found the right skin care regimen (post coming soon, if you all are interested), I can walk out of the house without make up on and not want to hide behind giant sunglasses and a hoodie. Part of this regimen is minimal make up because in reality, applying tons of make up clogs the pores and it’s not great for your skin, especially if you have skin like me!
Enter Glossier. I randomly saw this brand on instagram or something. I don’t even remember. All I remember was the packaging was super cute (super plain which is 100% my style), the models looked perfect, and there was an emphasis on skin care. Since I finally acquired decent skin after 25 years of battle, I was all about make up that focused on skin first. Plus they don’t test on animals, etc. All good things. I already have a good skin care routine so I passed on their Phase 1 collection which is all about skin care (cleansers, masks, etc). Don’t worry. I will definitely be trying out their skin care in the future, but for now, I will stick to my usual. I wandered into their make up section and I wanted it all. Instead, I bought Generation G (their matte lipstick) in the colors Like, Crush, and Jam. I also purchased stretch concealer in Light. In the future, I will probably try their Skin Tint. I wanted to try their Boy Brow but my eyebrows are already fierce so to save the people, I decided against enhancing them. I’m not a highlighter person so I don’t think I would purchase their Haloscope.
Let’s start with Generation G.
The colors are perfect. I am not an extreme lip color person (at least not anymore) and these shades were perfect. Their lightest color is Cake, but based on the images, it didn’t seem to fit my weird yellow/white skin tone. I seriously wear Like every day. EVERY. DAY. This color is perfectly perfect for my lip color that it simply enhances rather than changes. Crush and Jam are also beautiful, but darker and definitely for nights out or whenever you need a bolder pop of color. The key to Generation G and all of Glossier’s make up is building. In the ads that many people have ripped apart, the models apply many layers of this lipstick for that subtle color look. The thing these people don’t understand it that this color lasts FOREVER. Somehow, it stains your lips so while it may fade a little throughout the day (when you eat, kiss, etc just like 99% of all the products out there) you still have color. Plus after building that initial color to begin with, application throughout the day is super easy. By building up the color, you end up with a more natural look. It doesn’t look like you smeared a layer of lipstick on your lips because this product blends so well as it is applied. Another thing to mentioned is I have had zero breakouts around my mouth with this product. In the past, there have been some lip products that would somehow clog my pores and I would get a break out on my upper lip (where it is the oiliest naturally). I’m looking at you Burt Bee’s (whom I do love, except for you lip shimmer which by the way my mom absolutely loves and wears every day and has zero breakouts– hence everyone reacts differently to products and it is important to keep that in mind when reading any reviews/comments).
OVERALL: I would definitely buy the shade Like again because I wear it all day, every day. I probably would not purchase Crush or Jam because, while they are beautiful, I just prefer Like for my skin tone and hair color.
Next up, Stretch Concealer.
I used to wear foundation every day. My skin has about 15 different colors from freckles to sun spots to redness to dark circles. As mentioned many times, I have found a routine that has helped reduce redness and I’ve been getting more sleep which has helped with my dark circles. Therefore, I don’t need to apply a full face of foundation anymore. However, my skin is not perfect so redness still pops up (especially around my smile lines and around my nose) and I still have a little darkness under my eyes because #life. I purchased this stretch concealer because I didn’t want anything heavy on my face and the idea of being able to build the concealer was appealing. I purchased the lightest shade, aptly named Light. They have a total of 5 shades ranging in color appropriate for all skin tones. When I first received the product, it seemed a bit oily so I was afraid I would break out. However, as soon as you put it on your skin, it blends into perfection and almost like powder. You definitely have to build it up a little (especially where I have my sun spot) but it is so easy to do. After applying to my red areas, under my eyes, on my sun spot, and the occasional pimple (thank you, PMS) I just dust my regular face powder and I am good to go! The coverage lasts forever and I feel like I am wearing absolutely nothing on my face. Because I don’t have to cover my entire face in foundation, my skin has actually gotten healthier. I have had no break outs with this product which has always been an issue with past concealers.
OVERALL: I will definitely be buying this concealer again. The color perfectly blended into my skin and the amount of product I use every day means one container will last me for monthssss.
Now for the cons. THE PRICE IS RIDICULOUS. At least it is for me…. as a student and someone who only works part time…..$18 for the lip stick and $18 for the concealer. The price of the concealer is not too bad because you don’t have to use much at all. I have been using it every day for like a month and I still haven’t made a dent. It will definitely last me for at least half a year! The lip stick on the other hand, I’m afraid it’s lifespan is about 2-3 months for me (reminder, I wear it every day). However, the products have worked so well with my skin and I have been blemish free this entire time that it may be worth the money.
The best way to describe their make up was described on their website:
“…makeup staples designed to live with you, not on you. Think groomed brows, flushed lips, and even, dewy skin.”
TL; DR Glossier make up products are meant for people who have control over their skin (minimum break outs, control over oil, hydrated dry spots, etc.). If you are looking for a product like MAC, ABH, Urban Decay, etc. then you will not find it with Glossier. The products simply enhance what you already have and the key is to build. While application may require several layers of the product, the product lasts throughout the day and the building application makes the makeup look more natural. Overall, even though I hate the price, I love the products enough to repurchase them when I run out!
Alright… let’s start off with a DISCLAIMER: I am not good at make up. I know next to nothing about make up. I don’t maintain my eyebrows. I don’t really wear anything except for lipstick. If I’m feeling fancy I wear BB cream (truth I’d wear it every day if I bought wipes to remove my make up but I keep forgetting). This will be reviewing lipstick only including pictures so do not judge the lack of full face.
If anyone knows me, they know that in this calendar year, I have taken to wearing lipstick essentially every day and you’ll rarely catch me without lipstick on. My collection has gone from 6 that all pretty much looked the same, to 51. See below (not pictured is Unicorn Tears by Too Faced because when I took my collection photo it was the day before Unicorn Tears came in the mail). I personally prefer liquid lippies over bullets or sticks simply because I manage to control liquid better, you can manipulate how it goes on, and blend it with other colors easier.
By popular request from a few individuals, and in honor of National Kissing Day being this week I decided to review the liquid lippie brands I like to use, even if I have only tested the kiss proof level of one formula. (Disclaimer: leaving out one brand that I own because I don’t use it ever so why would I review it?). Feel free to just scroll to the specific lippies you are curious about. I’m looking at Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Metallic, NYX Liquid Suede, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Colourpop: Ultra Satin, Ultra Matte, Ultra Metallic, & Jeffree Star Velour lip.
I will be rating using a 1-5 kisses scale, 1 being the lowest 5 being the highest. I will be looking at the following categories: Applicator, transfer, feel, lasting ability, and cost.
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Metallic
First we will be looking at an impulsive purchase for the summer line by Wet n’ Wild, metallics! I own all 6 of them. Metallics are super in right now and they are the best way to make your face POP. One thing I love about these is that it has a curved slant at the end of the wand allowing it to form to you lip with ease, however the actual handle is a little bit on the short side. I don’t have problems with it because I have baby hands but if I had a normal proportionate hand for being 5’9” it might suck some. Unfortunately, it is not the best when it comes to transferring. It typically will come off on your cup or straw, rather intensely. One of the downsides with metallic lippies is that you cant put a setting powder over them because it would take from the shine. I do find with these, if you have the time and patience, I like to use four coats, blotting in between, and then I have the best results. It is a stickier feel, similar to MAC Plushglass, which I don’t like. It definitely doesn’t last long at all however, it’s not one I can comfortable wear to my five hour shift without having a good lippie underneath it to make up for the fade. Cost is $2.99 and I purchased them between Kmart and Walgreens.
The next two focal points are by the brand NYX. NYX has many liquid lippies and so far I have only used two of them, besides swatching Lip Lingerie on my hand at Ulta.
NYX Liquid Suede
NYX Liquid Suede is one of the newer launches by NYX and I personally love it. I own 4 of this formula. I have two photos representing this one because I like to wear it two different ways. The first being applied very very thin where I just dot a few spots on my lips and then I spread it out smoothly with my finger. Then there is the normal way of applying it fully; I typically will just do one layer because the pigment is strong enough. The wand is long given the larger tube, even though I love that Wet n’ Wild had a slanted end, I equally love that the liquid suede wand has a long and flat sponge compared to the standard wand sponge. When I apply this lipstick thin, I find it doesn’t transfer very much, however if I apply it fully I am that girl that pisses off the bar back by adding lip prints very pigmented all over the glasses. The feel is smooth and barely noticeable when I apply it in a think layer, but somewhat stick and heavy if I apply it fully. Despite the fact that the color transfers over in masses, when applied fully, the lip color lasts for just about my entire five-hour work shift. Unfortunately, applying it thin with my finger takes a toll on how long it lasts for. Cost for this one is $6.99 and I have purchased the four I have between Super Target and Ulta.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
Another winner, in my opinion, by NYX is the Soft Matte Lip Cream. This was my first introduction to NYX and it was love at first application. I currently own 6. I do usually two coats but in the photo below it is only one coat. When I apply it for best effect, I let the first coat fully dry. It doesn’t go on instantly matte and takes about a minute to dry to a matte finish. Then I blot and add the second coat. If you blot before it dries, it messes the pigment up. The applicator is a standard wand applicator like you would get with almost any lip gloss in the land. The length is mid to short however the actual handle is about an inch and a half long? I’m bad at eyeballing measurements to be honest. But it fits comfortable in my baby hands. I have gone out drinking all night long with this lippie on with no angry glares from the bar back, so it’s safe to say, the transfer isn’t real! When you apply it the texture is almost mousey which feels like pillows on your lips and then it dries to be soft, light, and smooth. I find it to last better than most, its one I’m rather comfortable wearing to work. However it does fade in the center sometimes so I usually carry a lightly tinted balm in my apron at work to touch up around the final hour of my shift that I’ll actually have customers. Cost is $5.99 and I have purchased it at Ulta, Super Target, and CVS.
I’m going to be focusing on the brand Colourpop for the next three lippies, because they have three very different formulas for liquid lips. All I love. Thanks Chloe for introducing me (will post her insta/twitter/snap handle at the bottom) to this brand and telling me repeatedly to buy it.
Ultra Satin Lip
Colourpop not that long ago in February launched their Ultra Satin Lip. I own 7 of them so far. It can be applied thinly or fully and both are magical. With the exception of going to work with their lavender grey, Marshmallow, I almost always wear it fully because the pigment is fierce and perfect. But grey lips don’t sell food as effectively so I tweak it for that. The applicator is a standard in my opinion, has a longer length, and a perfect size handle even for those with normal sized hands. There is some transfer if you don’t blot in my opinion, but its very minimal and mainly around the inner points of your lips because that area has the hardest time to dry especially with a formula like this, which doesn’t dry matte. I love the way the Ultra Satin feels on my lips because it isn’t a matte finish but primarily appears matte-like. It is the opposite of drying and it feels smooth. I find all of Coloupops products to be long lasting and they do very mildly stain your lips (but it comes off when I dab oil on it and then wipe it off) so even when it starts to fade a bit in the center you can’t tell as much. However it takes hours for it to reach this point. Cost is $6.00 and you can only buy Colourpop on their website, because of this, I find it better to wait until you have 5 lippies you want because when you spend $30.00 you get free shipping!
Ultra Matte Lip
The largest collection of liquid lippies Colourpop offers and the most popular formula they have is their Ultra Matte Lip. I own 6 of this formula so far. The applicator is the same as the above so I’m not really going to discuss this again. Transfer does not exist with this formula and it is magical. The feel is what you would expect with a matte finish. There is some dryness that occurs but I have yet to experience any cracking as a result of the dryness and I have worn it for rather extended time periods, drinking alcohol, eating food, talking frequently, with no cracking occurring. It’s smooth and light. You wouldn’t want to put more than one coat on however because I do find that makes it sticky and no longer a good experience. This has lasted for at least 7 hours for me however I have never worn it for longer than that time before having to PRY it off with lots of oil and scrubbing. Others have told me that they have worn it for 9-hour shifts and had no issues. Costs is $6.00 and please see above for my tidbit about purchasing Colourpop lippies!
Ultra Metallic Lip
For summer this year, on June 23rd, Colourpop launched their limited quantity Ultra Metallic Lip that sold out the same day. They came out with 4 shades; I have purchased 1 and possibly will stick with just that one. They have restocked twice already and every time they seem to sell out rather quickly (currently there is only one color available from their restock that took place this week. Metallics are HOT right now I’m telling you!). Colourpop is universal with their applicator so I don’t feel the need to discuss this just like in the previous section, go see the first Colourpop review up there ^. The Metallic doesn’t transfer much in my opinion but it does transfer the most of the three formulas. It mainly leaves a colorless lip print that has glitter in it from my experience. The feel and texture once applied is a little bit stickier than I prefer but not as sticky as the Wet n’ Wild Metallic. A lot of people have posted complaining about how the tube is half empty, and I would like to address this. I got mine from the first restock as opposed to the initial launch and I have not experience this at all. The consistency is a thick mouse allowing you to not feel all the glitter bits that make it metallic. I think this is why some people think its half empty. Instead of shaking it like Colourpop recommends for their other lippies, I find swirling the wand in the tube works best. The lippie itself lasts on your lips forever. I eat, I drink, I lick my lips, and its still just chilling on my lips no big deal, shiny as ever. Costs is $6.00 and as previously mentioned, see first Colourpop review for information about purchasing.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick
What Myspace fanatic didn’t idolize Jeffree Star and his flawless make up capabilities? No one. He recently came out with his official line of liquid lips with a formula of his own. It sells out all the time and we are left waiting (im)patiently for a restock. I own 1. He has a great slant at the end of the doe foot applicator and it forms to your lip like a memory foam pillow. The actual handle is a little bit tiny making it a bit more awkward to hold if you don’t have much dexterity with your fingertips. I haven’t personally experience any transfer from this lippie but it hasn’t had the official test run of going on a Monday bar date after work. So I have no bar back responses yet. Just a lot of prancing around my house like a pretty bad ass princess because that’s what this color does. The feel is weightless and nondrying despite being matte in finish. It’s the most runny liquid lip I have ever used but it’s so pigmented it takes only one coat and then dries in just about 30 seconds. I usually prance in this around my house for about 6 hours and then eventually take it off because its time for bed or something but it does take some work to get it off given that its such a potent formula! I can only imagine how long it can last! Cost is $18.00 and you can only buy it at Jeffree Star’s website and shipping was $5.95 for standard shipping. You have to spend $100.00 to get free shipping
oh and @GoForChlo (insta/snap/twitter)
I hope your lips stay as kissable as mine, even if, like me, you are not actually kissing anyone!
For all you super busy ladies with barely any time for yourself, you know how hard it is to drag yourself out of bed in the morning & try to look presentable so as not to scare a passerby. I’m a firm believer of 5 more minutes of sleep will definitely make a difference. Spoiler: it doesn’t. Alex gave you a peek into her face regimen which I highly recommend you check out if you haven’t already. Trust me when I say that anti-wrinkle cream will CHANGE YOUR LIFE, especially if you have bags under your eyes or dry/oily combo skin like I do.
So once you cleanse your face, it’s time to put make-up on usually. If you’re one of those ladies that can roll without makeup & not have everyone ask “Are you feeling okay today?”, I’m jealous of you. Since I do my makeup in less than 7 minutes, I thought I’d share my favorite, easy to use products with you busy ladies. None of that concealer, contouring, eye primer, lip liner here….. Just enough to make you look awake for that 8am meeting and last long enough for that impromptu 10pm grocery store run because it’s the only time you have to stock the fridge for the next 3 weeks (I know I’m not the only one….)
If you have bothersome skin like me, you usually want to use some sort of foundation/tinted cream to even out those blemishes or sunspots. After applying my morning facial lotion, I apply Yes To Grapefruit CC Cream. It comes in 2 shades, light & light-medium. Not only does your face now smell like grapefruit (definitely wakes you up), but now your face has a more even tone! Plus there is SPF. What a win-win.
Once your entire face is “done”, go ahead & dust your face with a powder. I currently use Fit Me! by Maybelline. I use the matte & poreless one due to my oily skin, but the set & smooth works great too for those with less oily skin. Do not use the sponge they give you because it lays on too thick of a layer. Rather, grab a blush brush or something big & fluffy to dust the powder on!
I probably spend the most time on my eyes. I usually start off with a neutral eye shadow, unless I’m feeling daring, then maybe I’ll venture into a rust or a light mauve, but let’s be real…. that never happens. The best eye shadow that lasts me ALL DAY (I’m talking, 18 hour days) is MAC eye shadow. Unfortunately, it’s a little more on the pricey side so I rarely use mine for days when I’m just running errands or whatever. Instead, I used E.L.F eye shadow which lasts surprisingly longer than you would think (without all that fancy shmancy eye primer stuff). I personally use this palette because I am a very neutral person. Plus, there’s black shadow which I use for eyeliner.
That’s right, I use eye shadow as my eye liner. I tried liquid eye liner once….. That’s it. That’s my story. I used it once & never again. I tried eye liner pencils, but they looked too early 2000s for me (everyone was a scene kid, ok?). I played around one day & loved the subtly of dark eye shadow as a liner. I usually grab this brush to apply the eye shadow on my upper lid. I only have like 3 make up brushes & this was the sturdiest of them all. I dab the tip of the brush in the black eye shadow then I line my upper lid (never the bottom). Easy peasy!
If there is any product I actually cared about it would be mascara. If I could only use one make-up product, it would be mascara. I think I’ve tried every mascara in Target & I currently am in love with Miss Manga Mascara. This is the easiest mascara to put on & even if you’re in a hurry, it goes on perfectly.
Moving from the humid state of Florida to the less humid state of North Carolina has dried my lips out considerably. I needed something that would keep my lips healthy but add a little color. I stumbled upon Nivea’s Care & Color and it is perfect. With one swipe you get the protection as well as the color, a perfect product to have with you at all times on the go. Nothing brightens up a face than fresh lip color!
Just remember, everyone reacts differently to products, especially if used on sensitive areas like the eyes, lips, & face. What may work for my skin may not work for yours so always test out a product before you use it!
I’ve never really been actively into make up. I went through phases where I definitely had to buy every Naked palate and multiples of hundreds of dollars spent on other kind of make up… however, once my face cleared up, I just stopped wearing make up. Getting to that point, by the way, clear face, easier than I ever would have thought. Biggest tip, throw away any of those acne washes you buy at the drugstore. They do way more harm than good. Water is your friend with washing your face. Back to the point, I never really use make up. I throw on a bit of eye shadow, liner, and mascara from time to time when going out with friends and from time to time lipstick is my best friend. I do however have my must haves for my face.
The first must have is somewhat new to my life and funny for how it came to be. I’m only twenty-three years old but I will admit: I use anti-wrinkle cream. Here is how it started… about two weeks ago this Florida girl experienced the first bit of dry skin ever and well, I’m poor. About a year ago I was given anti-wrinkle cream as a gag gift to send me a message that I’m old now that I graduated college and went alumna in my sorority. I never opened it despite one of my college friends constantly telling me it is never too late to start fighting aging. ANYWAY! To the point. I’m poor, and I can’t afford moisturizer. So suddenly I found myself digging out this anti-wrinkle cream and it suddenly became a part of my nightly face routine. While it might have become a part of my routine because I was in a pinch, after two weeks of using it every night, I can see the difference. The bags under my eyes have almost completely disappeared! I now completely recommend using it to everyone. Below you will find a photo of the specific anti-wrinkle cream I have been using. However, I do plan on switching to Yes To Blueberries.
Next, every bathroom should have: a daily moisturizer, tinted moisturizer/BB Cream, and a face-mask. I know, you’re confused now because I said that my anti-wrinkle cream was being used a moisturizer. Most anti-wrinkle creams tell you on the back that it is not recommended to have high sun exposure after use. I live in Florida. My life is high sun exposure. So my Naturals moisturizer, which was gifted to me upon it being made known to my friend that anti-wrinkle cream was my new moisturizer, is my daily moisturizer—unfortunately I does not have and SPF in it, which is important in the Sunshine State. However, my BB cream does have SPF and it makes my pores almost unnoticeable with a lovely glow to my skin. Now… we all like to indulge in ourselves from time to time, and it’s best to do so in a way which will spoil your skin rotten. That’s where my charcoal mask comes in. It doesn’t have to be a charcoal mask, however, every girl (or boy even because your skin should be happy too!) should have their favorite kind of face-mask that leaves them relaxed and feeling pretty.
Last, and most important to me, lip balm. EOS may or may not be (okay it is) my favorite lip balm I have ever discovered. I own I believe ten different colors/flavors. Needless to say, every bag I own and use has its own EOS lip balm sitting in there. There is only one flavor I couldn’t stand and that was the lemon. Ew. It’s like rubbing a lemon wedge on your lips. If you’re into that sort of thing then have at it. Now listen, the reason lip balm is so important is because if you are going to moisturize your face, and your hands, and basically every other touchable part of your skin. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your lips? Don’t you want them to be kissable and soft and not in pain from cracking?
It has taken me twenty-three years to figure out what all my skin really needed from me. The way I see it, it has taken me this long to really figure it out, I can’t be alone. I hope this helps someone iron out his or her beauty regime. The key to a beautiful face isn’t make-up. I mean, make-up can accentuate the beauty that is already there… but if your skin isn’t already happy, there wouldn’t be the natural beauty for the make-up to accentuate. If I’m living in one of the most humid states in the lower fifty states and experience dry skin problems, wherever you are, I’m sure you do as well. Drink some tea and be well.