Melt Cosmetics Matte Lipstick

I am all about bullet lipsticks and the more matte they are, the better! This usually means extra lip balm and nighttime treatment but every now and then I find a nice matte lipstick that doesn’t suck the life out of my lips.

Melt Cosmetics released some matte lipsticks in May but since I was holding out for the Sephora VIB sale (Nov 5-15) I just discovered them.

On-the-go is described as a “dusty rose pink”. The forumla is very comfortable to wear and it fades nicely throughout the day leaving my lips a bit stained. The compact packaging makes it easy to take with you. It has a magnetic closure and a nice weight to it.

I also picked up Old Rose and have since ordered a couple more shades.

Have you tried these? Are you interested in these lipsticks?

Not so great Vol 1

Do you ever have a bad makeup day and realize it’s because the products you used just aren’t working out?

For the most part I try to post positive reviews, which means I post or share products I like but, I realize posting about what I don’t like is equally helpful.

Today was a “bad” makeup day. To me that means I don’t like the way my makeup looks and there are two reasons why.

The PUR On Point mascara did nothing for my lashes. I applied 3-4 coats and it still looked like I had run a clear mascara through my lashes. I even waited a few minutes for the second to last coat to dry. It didn’t even work for my lower lashes.

The second product is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip liquid lipstick. I purchased the holiday set from last year and I’ve spent all year trying to like this product. I finally gave up today and I’m throwing them all out. The colors are great but the formula is so dry and flakey. If I apply a balm or gloss my lips don’t feel like ten day old raisins but I’m not a glossy lip kind of person

Do you tag brands in negative reviews? Whar are some products that didn’t work for you?

Rephr Modular Vanity System

Last week I discovered the Rephr Modular Vanity System and was intrigued enough to purchase a couple of sets.

The unique aspect of the system is that it’s “vanity system comprised of individual modular components that can be integrated together with magnets”

From Rephr Site. Available here

I have a few acrylic storage pieces here and there but very few match and it felt like it was just everywhere.

Each section is $20 but I purchased it when it was on sale (as of 10/24 the sale is still live).

I have a lot of palettes and brushes and store the rest of my makeup seperate so I wasn’t going to get components E or B but in the end I picked up one of each to test the entire system.

I picked up 3 of component “A”, which is two “cup” holders for brushes, two component “C”, designed for palettes and has a few staggered short fronts, two component “D”s which are described to be to extend component “C” and one component “E” and one component “B”

My packaged arrived fairly quick, within a week of ordering and I set it up right away. My immediate complaint is the frustrating packaging. Each component comes in a seperate box that has the little lip thing on the side that slides into the slot on the top. I ended up just ripping most of the tops off to get the product out.

Once I got everything out it was pretty simple to snap the pieces together. Like I thought though, component “C” and “D” don’t tie in together well. The different sizes of the front panels make it too awkward to use side by side. In hindsight I would get only component “C” or “D”, but I don’t think both are necessarily (or functional together). Since I purchased two of each, I placed each type together. One component “A” fits perfect behind two of the other components, which makes me wonder why those aren’t sold as sets of two as well.

The magnets are sturdy and the entire system holds together nicely. I love that I don’t have to worry about the individual components getting knocked around when I have products stored in them. I also thing the almost fully opaque black gives the system a sleek look. The three “A” components fit perfectly across my two cube bookcase.

As I was writing this, I realized components “C” and “D” aren’t meant to go side by side. “D” can be used to extend “C” in depth. I can’t set my components up like this because of the depth of my bookcase.

I used components “A” to hold slimmer palettes and brushes. And most of the other spaces were also used for different size palettes.

Overall I like the system, the way everything clips together with the magnets and the uniform look.

Do you need this? No. Are there more inexpensive options? Yes. But it’s a nice investment and I would definitely recommend it.

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2021

I received my ipsy August bag this weekend and here is what I got

Lately my favorite part of the subscription have been the bags. These are perfect to organize my bag or to just carry the essentials around with me. I love this design and the clasp feature.

For the products:

BRTC Korea Vitamin B5 Velvet Mask & Vitamin A Velvet Mask Duo
m2ΓΌ nyc Eye Primer in Nude
Shades by Shan Highlighter Single in Irma
Tatcha The Rice Wash
TheBalm Bronzilla


Well, just realized this never made it out of my drafts and I’ve already received October’s bag. Oops.

The one item I’ve been consistently using from this bag is the Tatcha Rice Wash. It has just a bit of texture that feels like it’s washing away any dirt or oil stuck in your pores.

The only items I haven’t used are the face masks, I haven’t really been using them lately. The rest of the products are all nice and will be perfect for travel or even to keep in your purse to lightly even up after a long day.

Do you get ipsy and what did you get in November?

Good Molecules eye gel

A while back Good Molecules gifted me a few of their most popular products and since then I’ve been interested in trying more products.

If you don’t know what Good Molecules is, it’s the affordable skincare brand sold on Beautylish.

They offer a nice variety of products to fit different skin concerns without being overwhelming.

Today I’m talking about the Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel. (not gifted)

I was initiag surprised at this squeeze tube packaging. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an eye cream come in thus type of packaging but you know what? I like it! I like the idea of being able to squeeze out the very last bit of the product, haha.

Even though I knew it was a gel, the texture itself surprised me as well.

The only thing I can compare it to in looks and expectation is vasaline. But, it’s not actually anything like it.

The gel went on nice and smooth and quickly absorbed into my skin. The yerba mate is used to achieve more radiant, energized skin.

Like with all skin products, I’ll need to continue to use this to see the lasting effects but for now, at $6US, I would definitely recommend trying this eye gel.

WetNWild Incognito Concealer

I recently picked up the new Mega Last Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer, available for $4.99US on their website, and I have been loving it!

Available here

It provides medium to full coverage, blends out smoothly and doesn’t make my under eyes look cakey.

It wears well under setting powder and really lasts all day.

Its available now in 21 shades.

KISS Lashes and Glue

I don’t wear lashes often because I’m not a fan of waiting for the glue to dry, or worse, you wait only to find out you didn’t shake well enough, or waited too long or it’s still too wet.

I used the KISS Felt Tip Glue Liner Lash Adhesive and the lashes were so easy to apply! My mom was wish me as I was using it for the first time and mentioned her friend uses the liner glue and had told her it was easy but I didn’t believe it. This felt like I touched the lashes down and they were on!



Since the glue is in black, all I had to do was apply where I would my liner and pop the lashes on! It was so easy and comfortable. The felt tip made the liner super easy to apply too.

Available at Ulta

The lashes I used are KISS My Lashes but better in Blessed. The band is clear and nice and flexible. They were easy to trim down, apply and remove and clean. They were very lightweight even though they added a nice amount of volume.

Available at Ulta

The only downside to the glue is that I applied my mascara first so applying liner after can clump up my lashes. To avoid this, I waited until the mascara was dry, applied the liner glue then ran a clean mascara brush through my lashes to seperate tnem

I would definitely recommend both these products!

Kiss Impress Press On Nails

In the past I’ve used press on nails with varying results.

In general, I don’t get my nails done but during lock down I started making time to paint my nails. The thing is, I hate the process of painting my nails, removing the nail polish and painting them again.

I’ve been toying with the idea of using press on nails again so when I received this package I was excited to see it came with a few options.

I thought about waiting until we get back from our vacation but I realized, this is when people get their nails done right? So here we go.

The pack comes with 30 indivual nails to help ensure you have nails that fit your own nails.

I went with the shorter dusty rose imPress nails. These come “pre-glued”, you pull the protective piece off the back of the nail and press onto your nail.

I was able to find nails that fit my own pretty easily and applying them was also easy. I should add, I clipped my nails short and I used the prep wipe provided in the pack.

I’m not 100% convinced the press glue will hold, and I’ll probably pack a backup glue and nail polish for emergencies.

My biggest concerns are index finger because my nails grow at a curve so there’s less surface area to grab onto.

One this I wish would be included with the pack is a way of filling the gaps between the press on nail and your own nail.

I’m not sure what this would be, maybe glue or something in a tube that could be applied between the gaps.

I used the mini file provided to file down the little tab that’s on the tips of some of the nails and to shape them more to my liking.

Overall I’m happy with the look of the nails and the application process.

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Colourpop Sandstone look

Sandstone is one of my favorite palettes despite having so many of the matte with tiny glitter shades.

I think the mattes with the glitter apply nicely and blend easily. If you tap your brush you can tap off most of the loose glitter. You can also apply the color with a brush then tap it on with your finger to apply/keep the glitter on. I wound also recommend using a glitter or loose pigment primer.

I love the metallics/shimmers in this palette and love this color story in general. Here is a step by step on this look.

The palette is currently on sale for $11 as part of Colourpop’s “last call” sale so if you’re interested, now’s the best time to buy!