Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bare Minerals Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of Bare Minerals Liquid Lipstick. I was thrilled to test a new liquid lipstick formula, and this product exceeded my expectations! The lipstick is richly pigmented, lightweight and long-wearing. After testing the shade ‘Fire’, I immediately added additional shades to my collection!

The Packaging 

The packaging of this lipstick is sleek and sophisticated. The barrel of the tube features the colour of the lipstick within, while the cap is matte black. I own the shade ‘Fire’ and the tube is a stunningly bright red. The lipstick’s doe-foot applicator lets you apply the lipstick precisely.

The Formula 

This unique formula caught my attention. While the product is a liquid lipstick, the formula feels creamy and lightweight. It dries down to a matte finish yet it stays feathery-light. When I wear this lipstick, I don’t feel any heaviness on my lips!

The Wear 

The lipstick doesn’t require a moisturizing lip balm before application, but I apply it with a lip liner for longevity. The lipstick lasts for 5-6 hours on the lips without fading. As it begins to fade, it transforms into a beautiful lip stain before completely disappearing.

The Shades 

Bare Minerals Liquid Lipstick is available in 24 shades:

  • Smooch – Faded lilac
  • Slay – Dusty light mauve
  • Swag – Blushing mauve
  • Icon – Rich brown mauve
  • Juju – Deep rose
  • Swank – Royal purple
  • Infamous – Mid-toned nude with pink undertones
  • Friendship – Antique rose
  • Cookie – Soft pink
  • Weekend – Honeyed pink with peach
  • Wink – Nude with pink undertones
  • Om – Caramel nude
  • XYZ – Cinnamon beige
  • Bo$$ – Dirty pink beige
  • Scandal – Brown berry
  • Luxe – Dirty pastel pink
  • Fire – Fiery orange red
  • VIP – Bold crimson
  • Juicy – Poppy red
  • Naughty – Deep oxblood red
  • Shameless – Neon hot pink
  • OMG – Vivid violet
  • Flawless – Muted plum
  • Devious – Rich burgundy

Bare Minerals Liquid Lipstick is a lightweight, pigmented lipstick. The formula is long-wearing and comfortable on the lips. I adore the colour selection and the shades are versatile to transition from day to night! Each lipstick retails for $23 at Sephora.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

Hello, lovelies!

I adore testing lip products. I recently bought a full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS and instantly added into my lipstick rotation! The creamy lip pencil is pleasantly creamy, pigmented and bright.

The Packaging

This pencil comes in a slender, cylindrical tube that is matte black and features the NARS logo. The end of the pencil is reminiscent of the shade contained within. It is lightweight and travel-friendly.

The Formula

My favourite aspect of the pencil is how creamy and pigmented it is. It feels feather-light when applied to the lips. The texture is thin but smooth. Most shades have an opaque finish that does not dry completely matte.

The Wear

This pencil lasts for 4-6 hours on the lips without fading. It stays bright and pigmented throughout the day, but does not last long after eating or drinking.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these pencils! They are available in a range of 23 shades and feature creamy nudes and bright pops of colour. I own the shade ‘Mysterious Red’ – a bright crimson.

Nars Velvet Matte Pencil is a perfect lipstick that is lightweight, long-lasting and travel friendly! Each lipstick retails for $34 at Sephora.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Hello, lovelies!

I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Matte Creme Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a unique product that unites the best aspects of matte and creamy lipstick!

The Packaging

The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.

The Lip Crayon

I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a demi-matte finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. When I wear this lip crayon with a matching lip liner shade, the longevity of the colour increases.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and creamy. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is available in an array of 23 shades:

  • Blanc – Stark white
  • Cava – Lilac beige
  • Amaretto – Peachy nude
  • Leche – Dusty pale pink
  • Glace – Dusty mauve
  • Tatin – Pink rose
  • Pink Lady – Bright pink
  • Frambroise – Vibrant rasberry-red
  • Blood Orange – Intense red with orange undertones
  • Peche – Warm peach
  • Sucre – Warm pink
  • Rose Hip – Vibrant red with blue undertones
  • Fraise – Jewel red
  • Red Velvet – Rich, deep red
  • Brandy – Muted raspberry
  • Pastille – Dusty mauve
  • Aubergine – Eggplant purple
  • Truffle – Deep brown
  • Cognac – Chocolate brown
  • Liquorice – Oxblood
  • Black Truffle – Blackened violet
  • Molasses – Rich toffee
  • Sugarcane – Pale pink

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora

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Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Easily Apply Red Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

Red lipstick is a makeup chameleon. The shade is classic and can transform any modern, edgy, bright, or romantic makeup look. Despite the beauty of red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply thanks to feathering, smudging or streakiness. If you’re planning to rock a red lip this season, here are a few tips you need to know!

Powder the lips to prevent feathering 

This is a unique trick that I rely on when my lip liner is running low. To prevent feathering or bleeding lipstick, apply powder to the lips before applying lip colour. The powder gives the lipstick a base to adhere to which helps the colour stay in place.

Prep your lips first

Red lipstick adheres best to smooth and hydrated lips. Apply a lip scrub to exfoliate, then follow up with a balm to hydrate before selecting your favourite shade of red to ensure maximum colour payoff.

Apply a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade

Red lipstick is not forgiving when it comes to lines or mistakes. If your lipstick bleeds often, apply a lip liner to your pout to prevent lipstick from fading or emphasizing lines or texture.

What are your top tips for wearing red lipstick?

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3 Tips to Keep Your Lips Soft All Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips during winter months? I find myself constantly reapplying lip balm and sugar scrubs to maintain soft, supple lips. Here are the top tips I use to keep my lips soft in colder weather!

Choose the right lip balm 

Not all lip balms are created equally. Some lip balms contain ingredients like menthol and camphor which can actually dry the lips further. If you’re looking for a balm that adds extra moisture to the lips, ensure that it contains ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter.

Buff away flakiness with a sugar scrub 

You should use extra care when exfoliating your lips. If you want to eliminate extra dryness and flakiness, use a sugar scrub. Sugar crystals will gently exfoliate the lips without drying them.

Resist the urge to lick dry lips

This may seem counterintuitive, but licking dry lips may actually cause them to become further aggravated. Instead of naturally moistening the lips, try applying a moisturizing balm or mask to introduce extra moisture.

Protect your lips

It’s important to take steps to avoid dry lips in the first place. During cold winter months, try sealing moisture into your lips with a balm or lip mask. One of my favourite ways to protect my lips during the winter is by wearing a warm scarf over my mouth to prevent dryness.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

With colder weather approaching, I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora last month.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

Hello, lovelies!

I adore lip liner. After losing more than one lip liner recently, I purchased a new one from Smashbox. I was excited to try a creamy liner, and this one packs incredible staying power when applied!

The Packaging

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is lightweight and easy to use. The liner is formatted like a pencil, and has a cap that self-sharpens when twisted into place. The liner is sophisticated and bears the ‘Smashbox’ logo.

The Lip Liner

The lip liner is creamy and long-wearing. Because it is a self-sharpening lip liner, it automatically sharpens each time the cap is closed. Unlike pencil lip liners, this one does not tug when I apply it to my lips. It dries down without feeling crumbly or tacky.

How to use it

To sharpen the lip liner, twist the cap closed until it clicks. To apply the lip liner, trace along the lines of your lip to achieve the desired pigment.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these lip liners! This liner is available in a range of 15 shades:

  • Nude Dark – Deep chestnut
  • Nude Medium – Medium beige
  • Nude Light – Beige pink
  • Audition – Neutral rose
  • Safe Word – Rose nude
  • Rosebud – Mauve pink
  • Stylist – Rose
  • Crimson – True blue-red
  • Figgy – Red grape
  • Fireball – Bright orange red
  • Pinch Me – Bright coral
  • Screen Queen – Burgundy-red
  • Violet – Berry
  • Plum Role – Dark plum
  • Punked – Deep grey
  • Nude Fair – Light pink

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is a perfect alternative to traditional lip liner formulas if you want a creamy liner that doesn’t dry out the lips. I love wearing this product daily to increase the longevity of my lipstick! Each liner retails for $26 at Sephora.

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