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?

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?

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!

NYX Ultimate Utopia

As soon as I saw this color story I was on love! Too bad regular price the palette is $35. I’m not sure why but to me that seems like too much to pay for a NYX palette despite the amount of shades offered

Ulta stock photo
Purchase here

I ended up having to wait a few months for the palette to go on sale and when it finally did I paid about $25 for it, in case you’re like me and don’t want to pay the full price.

I do love the color story, and the products are easy to blend, durable and the metallics are gorgeous.

Here I went with something fast and simple but was about to make it exciting by using the lime green yellow

I started with 1 in my crease, softly blending it out and very lightly building it up until I achieved the color I wanted

I darker the outer V of my lid with 2 and lightly swept it into the crease

Then I applied NYX glitter primer in the remaining 2/3 of my lids and applied 3 to the center portion and 4 to the inner 1/3. I blended between the two to avoid a hard line.

I used a little bit of 5 to blend 3 into 2.

For my lower lash I used 6 so over the lower lash and 7 tight against my lash line.

I asked friends to select colors for me to use and this incorporated two options.

What do you think of this palette?

Are there any looks you’d like to see? Feel free to DM me on Instagram a screen shot selecting colors if it’s a palette without color names!

Colourpop Lust for Dusk

I’ve been pretty good about not making too many makeup purchases this year but I could not resist the Lust for Dusk palette

The dusk colors really appealed to me and…I hadn’t purchased a new palette in a bit, haha.

I love the subtle colors and the shimmer/metallics. I was most excited to see Miser (used on lid in this look) make a comeback in this palette (first available in LE Fortune palette).

In order to make the lid shade pop I use the NYX glitter primer.

The forumla does not disappoint, it’s easy to apply and blend. I’m excited to post more looks using this palette.

What do you think about this palette?

Colourpop Eye look V1

Not sure if the previous Colourpop palette posts count but I’m calling this V1 because I’m using shadows I’ve depotted and placed into one large palette.

This is the x-large palette I used to combine several of my small Colourpop palettes. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially since most of my Colourpop impulse buys are due to the packaging, but I love being able to see all my options.

I did have to label the shadows myself and at some point I stopped including what palette they were from but it is easy to Google the shadow name and see what palette it was in.

Shadows used :

  • Champs from Yes, Please
  • Top Notch from All I See is Magic
  • Hard from Double Entendre
  • Elfish from Dream St
  • Money Tree from Fortune
  • Juicy Fruit

The highlighter is a recent Jaclyn Cosmetics loose highlighters and the bronzer is from the Tarte Ave Princess palette.

How do you feel about depotting palettes?

Violet Voss Flamingo Palette

I’m not sure what it is about the brand but whenever Violet Voss comes out with a palette I need it.

I managed to hold off on the Flamingo Palette until a couple of months ago when it was on sale through Boxycharm (Violet Voss’s shipping is OUTRAGEOUS). Even then it took me this long to use the palette.

I’ve become a lot more comfortable with color over this last year so I was eager to use Beach Ball.

I started with Lemonade, added Beach Ball then tried to darken with Sandals because I wasn’t feeling confident enough to pull off the green.

I immediately regretted adding Sandals but I kept going and added Tidal Wave, over NYX glitter primer. Once Tidal Wave was down I darkened the outer third with Beach Ball again and loved the result.

I have to remind myself to trust the process and I’m so glad I stuck with this look!

How do you feel about using color in your look, makeup or clothes?

Matte Eyeshadow Look

I rarely do all matte eye looks, but this week I’ve been wanting to use red lispticks and want to keep the focus on the color so I decided to give it a go.

Sydney Grace: Dirt Road, Be The Sunshine
Makeup Geek: Cocoa Bear, Dark Roast, Mocha
Coloured Raine: Gingerbread
Colourpop: She’s in Bold, Liquid Courage, Overtime

I had to really build up Dirt Road on the lid, and go back in after I darkened the look. I think it may just be too light for my skintone but in the end I liked the way it blended out and came through.

What are your favorite eye looks?

Wander Beauty Mascara

If you have any kind of beauty subscription you’ve probably received some variation of the Wander Beauty mascara more than once.

This gold packaged volume and length mascara is the latest one I’ve tried.

I used two coats on top and one on the bottom. Overall I like the way it made my lashes look, it wasn’t too wet when first opened and it gave me good volume. I did notice that in between the two coats, which I applied one eye then second eye, back to first eye then second eye, seemed to dry fast.

The one thing I can’t get down with is the packaging. I’m sure it’s better than a tube, because you can squeeze the last of the product onto the wand, but it’s too unconventional for me. The other thing I noticed, which it didn’t say on the packaging, is that this is waterproof, which I prefer not to use.

I like the mascara and would recommend it if you’re looking for a volumizing waterproof mascara.

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