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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About Me

Inside Erin Angela’s 5-Minute Beauty Routine for Busy Mornings

Hello, lovelies!

We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!

Face

I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.

Eyes

A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.

Lips

Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red.

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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 You Need to Know If You Wear Eye Makeup

Hello, lovelies!

Eye makeup can be tricky. Whether you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to winged eyeliner, or you’ve never applied eyeshadow before, there are always new tips you can learn to enhance your eye makeup. Here are three key tips you must know if you wear eye makeup!

Instantly add volume to your eyelashes

Apply mascara from the roots of your lashes and gently wiggle the wand toward the tips. This will instantly add volume to your lashes without weighing them down or resulting in clumped mascara.

Balance your eye makeup with your lipstick

If you are planning to wear bold eyeshadow, opt for a subtle lipstick shade and vice versa. It is always best to emphasize one feature at a time. My favourite combination is a red lip paired with nude eyeshadow shades.

Add height to the arches of your eyebrow

Blend highlighter directly underneath the brow bone to add height and definition to the area. This will also brighten your eyes.

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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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Product Reviews

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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