Blackmail Lip Swatches

Blackmail Lip Swatches

This past Christmas I bought the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick palette in blackmail. They also have a palette called Junkie, and I hope to purchase that one also. I recently posted a review of this palette which you can check out here. I decided that I wanted to do a post showing the lipsticks on my actual lips. I love this palette so much. I use this all the time and I’m honestly afraid of actually running out. The bottom row, with the nudes, are my favorite shades in this palette. I apologize for some of the picture quality and the last swatch looks really bad. Let me know which color you love the best!

Sheer Shame and Firebird

Big Bang and Disobedient

EZ and Firebird(Kind of hard to tell a difference in these photos. Firebird is matte and EZ is not)

Vanished and 1993

Ex-Girlfriend and Amulet

Conspiracy and Blackmail

 

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I’ve Actually Been Looking For This For A Year

I’ve Actually Been Looking For This For A Year

Honestly, I have actually been looking for these blotting sheets for over a year and it’s ridiculous. I saw grav3yard girl talk about these on her channel a long time ago.  I walked into Target and they had a new huge E.L.F selection. I still can’t find their beauty sponge, though. The main reason I wanted them was because of the packaging. First off, it’s a plastic case that actually snaps closed. A lot of blotting sheets have cardboard packaging that folds close. Then it starts to break and everything falls out. There is also a mirror in the lid which always comes in handy. The coolest part of these blotting sheets is the applicator sponge that comes with it. It has a sticky side that helps pick up the sheets so you don’t pick them up with your fingers. One thing that I didn’t know about these is that they’re “infused with translucent powder.” It think that’s so cool because then it kind of helps reset your makeup. These were only $5 and there isn’t much more to say about these, but I totally recommend going and buying them.

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NYX Brooklyn Thorn

NYX Brooklyn Thorn

Not only am I obsessed with NYX but I’m also obsessed with lipstick. NYX is one of my favorite drug store brands. NYX has a line of liquid lip creams called liquid suedes. I decided one day to pick up the shade Brooklyn thorn. Brooklyn thorn is a browny, purple shade.  I love this color so much! Another great thing about this line is that they have matching lip liners with the same names. Not a lot of brands do that so I love that they have that option.

Having the lip liner is a really good idea for these because the applicator is kind of a weird one. It’s a big, flat, rounded brush. It’s very hard to get a clean line with the applicator. Honestly, I feel like if you wanted a really matte finish, you could just wear the lip liner. The lipstick does not dry down all the way. I like this because then it isn’t too drying on the lips. It has really great wear time but is not transfer proof. All in all, I would totally recommend buying this. Unfortunately, I feel like you can’t see the purple undertone in the picture. It mostly looks just brown. I want to get a bunch of colors and then do a post about them. Let me know if you guys have a favorite color in the collection that I can try.

 

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Empties| End of 2016

Empties| End of 2016

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This is a very late post, but I forgot that I had these products hidden away. I do not really go through a lot of products, but here’s what I went through in the last half of 2016.

Neutrogena body clear body wash- Let’s be honest we all get body acne from time to time. It happens to be a problem I deal with and I feel like this worked very well for that.

  • Would I rebuy? Already have

Pantene 3 minute miracle conditioner- This is supposed to be like a daily hair mask for your hair. Honestly, I didn’t really notice a difference from normal conditioner.

  • Would I rebuy? no

Revlon colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin- I really liked this foundation. The shade was good for me and it sat nicely on my skin. I also happen to enjoy that there is SPF in this.

  • Would I rebuy? Yes, I want to go repurchase this.

Suave Keratin dry shampoo- I did not like this dry shampoo. It really didn’t feel like it did anything for my hair.

  • Would I rebuy? no

Briogeo Don’t Despair, repair hair mask- I received this in an ipsy bag, so this is a sample. Honestly, I don’t feel like I used this enough to form an actual opinion on it. I watch a person on YouTube who raves about this.

  • Would I rebuy? sure

Essence say no to dark circle- This is the very first color corrector that I have tried. I think it works ok. I want to try other color correctors but this one is only $3.

  • Would I rebuy? already have

Pure Brazilian miracle leave-in conditioner- I really liked this on my hair! I love spray this on my ends to help with frizziness. I want to try other leave-in conditioners to see what else I like.

  • Would I rebuy? Yes!

Urban Decay perversion mascara- This was another product I received in an Ipsy bag. I love receiving sample mascaras because It gives me the chance to try them. This mascara didn’t really have anything special to me. It just seemed like a normal mascara.

  • Would I rebuy? no

Covergirl supersizer mascara- Honestly, I only bought this because it had star wars packaging. I was really surprised by the wand the first time I used it. It was a decent mascara and surprised me.

  • Would I rebuy? Probably, but I want to try different ones.

 

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Makeup I Bought In December

Makeup I Bought In December

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Throughout December I decided to pick up drugstore items that I had been wanting to try. I would pick up one thing, and then a week later go back and pick up a few more things. So I’ve tried everything out and want to do a mini review on each product. Let me know of any products that you guys love so I can try it.

E.L.F HD powder in soft luminance-  I briefly talked about this in my December favorites which you can check out here. I think this powder is really nice. Lately, my face has been looking really cakey with makeup on. I thought it was this powder at first. This morning all I put on was some concealer and then the powder on top, and it didn’t look cakey. The cakey look must be coming from my foundations. They’re both pretty old so I don’t know if that happens. Also, my skin has been pretty irritated lately.

E.L.F exfoliating stick- I have a couple lip scrubs in pots that I don’t really like. I feel like I can’t get a good exfoliation with them. I like this stick because it’s mess free and really easy to use. I got the scent in sweet cherry, but it smells like nothing.

E.L.F. HD lifting concealer- This concealer is nice but it isn’t really anything special. I have it in the shade light but it is not light enough. It ends up looking ok on the skin once blended out. The only shades they have are fair, light, and medium. Not the best color range.

NYX suede lip liner- I have the NYX liquid suede lipstick in brooklyn thorn which is a gray/purple color. NYX is one of the only makeup companies that actually has lip liners that match and have the same names as their lipsticks. I just wish this was a twist up pencil.

NYX HD blush in bitten- I also mentioned this in my December favorites. I love this blush and I want more colors. This is a nice brick red color and I totally recommend it.

Essence pure nude highlighter- This is a really nice natural highlight. It is a bit too dark for me and pretty much blends in. Even though it blends in there is some of a glow there. Right now I’m having a love-hate relationship with this highlighter.

Rimmel lip liner in red diva- Believe it or not, this is my very first lip liner ever! I used to not really ever see the point of lip liners. Then I realized how bad I am at putting on lipstick. It can be hard to put it on clean. The lip liner really helps. I started off with a plain red one because I have a couple red lipsticks.

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December Favorites| 2016

December Favorites| 2016

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The end of 2016 is here! This year has been a such an amazing year. In 2016 I started to get serious about my blog, started my senior year of college and also started dating my boyfriend. I also had some great opportunities such as a new position at work and an internship with John McCain. I am so grateful for everything that has happened this year and can’t wait for what 2017 holds. Thank you for sticking by me as I figure out this thing called blogging. Now on to my favorite things from this month. Let me know your favorite things from this month.

E.L.F HD powder in soft luminance- I have been wanting to try this setting powder for the longest time. When I went to Target they were out of the translucent one. So I went to the NYX section to get theirs. Target was out of that powder also. I decided to just get the powder in soft luminance. There is some sparkle in it but not very noticeable. So far I’m enjoying this. This is my first true setting powder that I am using. At Target it was $6 but I can’t seem to find it on their website.

NYX HD blush in bitten- Honestly, I bought this because I saw the YouTuber Kathleenlights talk about this shade. This shade is so pretty, though! I love the way it looks on my skin. It does last a long time but not all day. It’s almost a sort of brick red color. I got it at Ulta for $7.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick Palette- This is an amazing lipstick palette that I totally recommend buying. If you want to know my full opinion on it, you can check out my last post. I got it at Ulta for $25, because of a sale, but it’s normally $35.

What I’m reading- I have been in such a mood to read Harry Potter. I also don’t own my own copies of the books. I decided to get the special covers that Barnes and Noble sells. When all the books are next to each other on the shelf the binding shows a picture.

What I’m watching- I am a YouTube addict and I have been loving a vlogger called Sarah’s Day. She talks about being healthy and shows her workouts. Her channel motivates me so much and has actually helped me make the decision to go on a Paleo diet. I would recommend checking her out.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette

I don’t know about you guys, but I love lipstick! I also love the idea of a lipstick palette. You get a bunch of different colors at a pretty good price. I never actually make it through a whole lipstick so I like the idea of having a little bit of each color. Urban Decay came out with their vice lipstick palettes which have select colors from their vice line. There are two options for the palette which are junkie and blackmail. Junkie has some common colors such as reds and nudes. Then the last few colors are bold colors such as a light lavender and a metallic green. Blackmail has more tame colors such as the top row being pinks and reds. The bottom row is mostly nudes ending with a deep purple. At first, I loved the sound of the Junkie palette because of the fun colors. Ultimately, I decided to get blackmail because I wanted some more everyday colors in my collection. Eventually, I will obtain junkie as well. The blackmail palette can be found at Ulta for $35. Each color is 0.02 ounces, so all together you get 0.24 ounces. Once vice lipstick is 0.11 ounces at $17. So with the palette, you get a little more than two lipsticks for about the same price, but you get more color options.

The packaging looks very nice but is very fingerprint prone. As I said above the top row is all pinks and reds. and the bottom is mainly nudes. I’ll show you swatches of each row and then describe them the same on Ulta’s website.

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These are swatched in the same order as the appear in the palette.

Sheer Shame- “Sheer berry” This doesn’t look as pigmented in the picture as it does in real life.

Firebird- “Cream deep fuchsia”

Big Bang- “MetallizedBright Pink sparkle” I didn’t think that I would like this one but it’s great for every day.

Disobedient- “Cream Medium Pink” This reminds me of Legally Blonde.

EZ- “Cream bright red-orange”

714- “Mega Matte bright red” Definitely amazing, definitely drying

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Vanished- “Sheer pale neutral nude”

1993- “Comfort matte medium brown” This is one of my favorite colors in the whole palette.

Ex-girlfriend- “sheer shimmer nude-rose with pink shimmer” This is one of those “my lips but better” kind of shades. That’s just with my lips, though.

Amulet- “metallized brick rose”

Conspiracy- “metallizes plum-bronze shimmer” This one tricked me. I did not think I was going to like this because it looks gold in the pan. Once swatched you can really see the plum in it.

Blackmail-“comfort matte deep berry wine” I love this color so much! It looks so pretty.

My final thoughts on this palette are that it is amazing. The colors are very pigmented and have great wear time. The matte colors last longer than the sheer shades. I totally recommend buying this. Let me know if you have tried this and which shade is your favorite.

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