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REVIEW: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay  launched 100 new shades of lipstick this past June.The VICE lipstick line also includes 20 shades exclusive to Sephora, for a total of 120 lipsticks. Being the lipstick junkie that I am, I had to get my hands on a few of these shades. The shades are available in a range of six finishes:

  • Cream
  • Matte
  • Mega Matte
  • Sheer
  • Sheer Shimmer
  • Metallized


The Packaging

Compared to the Revolution line, these lipsticks are packaged in a lighter barrel with metal and gold accents. The lipsticks themselves are lighter in weight.

The Formula

I purchased two shades of Vice lipstick. I purchased a cream lipstick and a comfort matte lipstick. NAKED, a cream finish, is one of these shades, This colour is a nude-pink. On my lips, the cream shade is soft and creamy. The second shade I purchased was BACKTALK. This lipstick is a pale purple.

Below are swatches of the lipstick.

Top Swatch: NAKED

Bottom Swatch: BACKTALK


Each of these lipsticks gives a beautiful colour pay-off. Although these shades are lighter, applying more than one layer achieves a darker shade. In one full swipe, the lipstick hugs the lips with opaque colour. The Cream shades apply thinner than the Matte shades, but the finish is still light on the lips.

Urban Decay VICE lipstick is available in Sephora stores, or online through Urban Decay’s official website. These lipsticks can also be found on Sephora’s website. In the U.S. these lipsticks are priced for $17, but retail for $21 in Canada.


Tips and tricks

Tips to Reduce Stress


1. Take breaks regularly. Taking short breaks while working helps you de-stress. Longer breaks are also important. You should schedule time for yourself, and partake in an activity you enjoy. Following this break, you should return to your work relaxed and refreshed.

2. Laugh. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Laughing increases oxygen intake and blood flow. This reduces stress, and regulates breathing.

3. Be faithful to your workout routines. Exercising is one of the most effective stress relievers. Whether it’s a brisk 10-minute walk or a 30-minute exercise session, sticking to your workout routines helps relieve stress.

4. Just breathe. Deep breathing calms you, and draws more oxygen into your lungs. Imagining that you are blowing away negative thoughts or feelings also helps!

5. Meditate. The practice of maintaining an inward focus and deep breathing helps reduce heart disease risk factors. Meditation helps you relax both the mind and body.

What are some of your favourite stress-reduction tips?


Lipstick Love: My Top 3 Favourites

Lipstick is my vice. At last check, my makeup bag contained 12 tubes. I rotate the shades I use depending upon the season, but there are three I use the most.

1. Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Bad Blood”

Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution is a deep red with a matte finish. Urban Decay replaced this line of lipstick with the Vice lipsticks. The Matte Revolution lipstick remains one of my favourites. The shade is a creamy formula, but it is not lightweight. I use this shade as my go-to red lip.

2. M.A.C. “Impassioned”

MAC Impassioned is a bright, summery colour. This pink shade adds colour to any outfit. I favour brighter pink shades. The formula is soft and comfortable on my lips.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Dolce”

For the upcoming Fall season, I wish to wear subtle nude shades. This lipstick fits into that category, featuring a peach-nude hue. It provides a base for a smoky eye, or berry-tones from the Modern Renaissance palette.

Reader question: What lipsticks are your favourites? 



Product Reviews

REVIEW: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

As you will see from some of my previous posts, I am a fan of Kat Von D products. I purchased the Tattoo Liner while searching for an eyeliner that created defined looks. Until I bought this liner, I favoured pencil liners. Once I began using this liner, it became my favourite to use.

The Packaging

I own the liner in the shade TROOPER. This liner is a pure, matte black. The eyeliner itself has a fine tip, making for precise, sharp lines. One of my favourite aspects of this liner is the pen-like design. The lid clicks when closed, and this ensures the liner does not dry out

The Colour

This liner is available in two shades. TROOPER is a satin black, while MAD MAX BROWN is the colour of chocolate.

The Wear

Below is an arm swatch of the liner. Upon application, the eyeliner dries to a matte black finish. The liner does not budge once applied, and is the perfect liner to wear during a long day or night. It does not flake or run. Despite this longevity, it does remove using makeup remover.


Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner retails from Kat Von D’s official website for $20. Sephora sells this liner for $25.




About Me Tips and tricks

Self-Care Strategies 



In professions such as social work and psychology, self-care is a crucial aspect of our work.  I am completing a social work degree. Reminders engage in self-care have been integral in my education. Before I started my first field placement, I did not realize the importance of self-care. Self-care is effective in helping diffuse stress. Maintaining self-care ensures we are effective in our work.

I share these tips to help you decompress and relax.

Write. Journalling or using another outlet to write creates a space for you to unload stressful thoughts. Journalling allows you to observe and explore your feelings. Gaining clarity through written expression may be helpful when working through a mental block.

Get enough sleep. Sleep is important to maintain both physical and mental well-being. Stress and busy schedules can make this an elusive idea. If it is not possible to modify your nighttime routine, a power nap can supplement your sleep. Creating a relaxing nighttime routine can help you fall asleep faster, and remain relaxed.

Find an enjoyable hobby. I began this blog as a way to increase my writing time, outside of  the writing required for university. Hobbies such as writing or exercising can provide a welcomed distraction from stress. Focusing on a hobby allows your mind to relax and unwind.

If you have any self-care tips you use, I’d love to hear about them below! 







Makeup: 7 Deadly Sins Tag

a guide to big city life & love.

I came across this tag on a few blogs, and decided to write one myself.

Greed: What is your most expensive/inexpensive makeup item?

My most expensive item is my Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette. This palette retails at Sephora (and online) for $66. My most inexpensive item is my NYX Lip Lingerie lipstick. It retails for $9.

Wrath: What product do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I have a love/hate relationship with my Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer.  True to the name, this concealer conceals blemishes flawlessly, however it is a drier formula and can be difficult to apply.

Gluttony: What brand takes up the most of your makeup collection?

My makeup collection is overflowing with lipsticks, in general. I own 12 tubes (and counting!). The brand that takes up the most space in my collection is Kat Von D. I own some of the liquid lipsticks in her collection, the Tattoo Liner, and I have my eye on the concealer from her collection.

Sloth: What product do you neglect due to laziness?

In mornings when I am in a rush, or tired, I neglect to wear moisturizer.

Pride: What product gives you the most confidence?

Red lipstick makes me feel fearless. Whether I wear a lighter or darker shade, I love the look and feel of the lipstick.

Lust: What item is at the top of your wishlist?

I satisfied most of my wishlist while in Montreal. The one item that is still on my wishlist is a Vice lipstick from Urban Decay. Since these lipsticks were released, I have had my eye on various shades to add to my collection.

Envy: What makeup looks great on other people but not on you?

One makeup trick I have not mastered is contouring. It gives a great definition to the cheekbones. I have viewed countless tutorials on how to do it, but have not achieved the correct look – yet!



Product Reviews

REVIEW: Rimmel London Stay Matte BB Cream


BB (blemish balm) cream intends to replace a variety of cosmetics in your makeup bag. BB cream acts as foundation, primer, moisturizer and sunblock. Rimmel London released its own version of BB cream, featuring 9-in-1 benefits, plus SPF-25.

The Packaging

This product comes in a light beige tube. The tube features a squeeze top. The packaging is light and simplistic.

The Product Benefits

The BB cream promises 9 benefits:

  • Prime
  • Moisturize
  • Minimize pores
  • Conceal
  • Cover
  • Smooth
  • Mattifies
  • Brighten
  • Helps protect


Below is a swatch in the shade Medium. 

Upon application, the formula is completely liquid. After a few seconds of wear it dries to a matte finish. The shade medium dried to a darker finish than my skin tone.

The Product

Rimmel London’s BB cream is smooth and non-drying. It blends well using a beauty blender or your fingertips. One aspect of this product that I do not favour is the formula. The product itself is a runny consistency, and does not dry to a true matte finish. Despite this, the product is light and airy on the skin.

Kimmel London’s BB cream is available from Kimmel London’s official website or Shoppers locations for $12.

Tips and tricks

Tips: Creating a Blogging Schedule


Blogging takes time and planning. Creating a blog schedule will help you publish posts on a consistent basis. Pre-planning the topic/content of posts enables you to manage and distribute your time between each post.

1) Create an editorial calendar

Creating an editorial calendar for your blog helps you avoid the stress of coming up with a blog idea on the spot. Scheduling the post content, and the date of the post, you will gain a bigger picture of the goals for your blog. A schedule helps you maintain multiple topics at the same time.

2) Set aside time each week to plan and write posts

Set aside a specific time during the week to plan the topics of your post, then write them during a different block of time. This can be accomplished in chunks, or in one sitting. I plan my posts when inspiration strikes, but I write and edit my posts for the upcoming week during the Sunday of that week.

3) Dedicate a day of the week for specific content

Posting a specific type of content on a certain day helps achieve consistency among your blog posts. I reserve Monday for lifestyle posts, Wednesday for tips, and Friday for product reviews. Scheduling and publishing content on a specific day helps maintain flow and creativity.

4) Schedule small, daily tasks

Thinking about the tasks you wish to accomplish may feel overwhelming. By compartmentalizing these tasks into smaller objectives, the stress will melt. You should choose a small number of tasks to complete each day. These smaller tasks all contribute to the bigger picture you wish to accomplish.

Reader question: If you blog, how do you like to schedule your posts?




My Daily Makeup Routine



After sharing My Skincare Routine a few weeks ago, I decided to write a post about my daily makeup routine.


I conceal blemishes using  Benefit Cosmetics Industrial Strength Concealer in 001 or Mary Kay Perfecting Concealer in Ivory. I also apply concealer underneath my eyes to brighten. Depending on the degree of coverage I wish to achieve, I’ll apply using a sponge or my fingertips. To even-out my skintone, I apply Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup to my face and neck. I set my facial makeup using M.A.C Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.


I prep my lids with an eyeshadow primer before applying shadow. I alternate between three different palettes; Tartelette TeaseNaked Smoky, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. I complete my eye makeup with eyeliner and a swipe of mascara.


My lipstick changes daily. I wear red, pink, orange or anything in between. For the fall, I reach for darker shades. My main lipsticks in the fall include; Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution lipstick in Bad Blood, Sephora Collection Rouge Matte lipstick in R02 (a deep red).

Product Reviews

REVIEW: NYX Lip Lingerie

I have been hearing about NYX products for a while, but until last week, have not tried them myself. I am always on the lookout for a new brand of liquid lipstick to test. I decided to pick this one up from my local drugstore. I purchased the shade Lace DetailI often wear brighter lip colours, but wanted to try a nude shade.

The Packaging

The packaging of these lipsticks is like a lipgloss. The tube is clear, allowing the lipstick colour to be clearly viewed. The doe-foot applicator allows you to shape your lips, and layer the colour if desired.

The Lipstick

This lipstick has a mousse-like consistency. The formula dries completely matte. This lipstick does not flake or chip once it has dried to the lips. The lipstick is nude with a hint of pink.

Below is a swatch of the colour:

In the first photo, the swatches have not completely dried. In the second photo, the colour has dried to a matte finish.

These lipsticks are a great, lower-priced alternative to pricier brands. The 12 available shades offer a wide range of nude tones. The shades range from pink-toned to a chocolate brown. The formula is smooth and does not smudge or fade.

NYX Lip Lingerie products retail from NYX’s official website for $9. These lipsticks are available in Canada from Lawton’s or Shopper’s locations for $7.