Tom Ford Soleil Color Collection Summer 2016: Lipsticks


Let's all just take a deep breath. Okay, release. Alright... now, let's talk about Tom Ford's new lipsticks from his Soleil Color Collection for Summer 2016.

There are two new lip product formulas that he has come out with this summer: Ultra-Rich Lip Color and Moisturecore Lip Color. Both feature six vibrant colors that range from dark purples to bright corals. Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are $52US/C$63/£39 for .10oz and Moisturecore Lip Colors are $55US/C$63/£39 for .09oz. Ford describes these lip products as "innovative lip formulas in sheer-to-full coverage colors" that have "hydrating, nourishing benefits." Ford has brought back his classic summer white gold packaging, with the Ultra-Rich Lip Colors having similar design to the Lip Color Sheers with the thinner sides and horizontal top lipstick stamped with his initials. Tom Ford has repromoted Sweet Spot and Paradiso from last summer, as well.

Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are described as "full-coverage, high shine lip color that moisturizes lips." By using this lip product, "lines appear smoother, softer and suppler, while reducing lip flaking." It guarantees "luminous and vivid color" lasting up to six hours.

Moisturecore Lip Colors are "two innovative formulas in one lip product." Within the middle of every lipstick, there is a "liquid core infused with passion fruit oil" that provides moisture and hydration. Surrounding the pink passion fruit oil core is a luminous color made of "exotic blend of melon fruit extract, murumuru butter and plant-derived esters that help condition lips." Each color available in the line is "sprinkled with subtle golden pearl" and provides "lightweight color that lasts for hours."

I managed to pick up three Ultra-Rich Lip Colors and two Moisturecore Lip Colors from Sephora during their sale (perfect timing, really!), along with other products that I'll be reviewing in a different post soon.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Review: Sugarcane, Sake, Beetroot, Pepper, Gazpacho, Radish


Long time no see! I apologize for going off the grid for so long! I'm back with a review of Bite Beauty's newest products from their Amuse Bouche line!

Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche line is a collection of 34 lipsticks that range in color from pale pinks to deep dark purples. They are 0.15 oz and sell for $26/C$30. Per Sephora's website, Bite Beauty describes them as "a collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear." They are a "low-heat process" that preserves "a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips" and "made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments" that provides "saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit." They are made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. They do no contain petrochemicals and are certified gluten-free.

If you've never heard of Bite Beauty, they are a cruelty-free makeup brand that operates out of Toronto, Canada, and prizes themselves on their lip products that are made with "natural and food-grade ingredients."
T-B: (left side) Gazpacho, Pepper, Radish; (right side) Sugarcane, Sake, Beetroot


The lip colors I have are Sugarcane ("pale pink"), Sake ("dusty mauve"), Beetroot* ("bold berry"), Pepper* ("dusty rose"), Gazpacho* ("blue red"), and Radish ("deep magenta"). I would describe them as a satin and opaque. I would advise prepping the lips well before wearing them.

The first thing that I absolutely love about these lipsticks is the citrus smell. It makes me want to book a holiday to Hawai'i and forget about being an adult (if only!). The second thing that I love is the color range. You have a large assortment of colors and tones that easily compliments many different skin tones. I find that is very hard for brands to do when it comes to lipsticks! The third thing that I love is that it really does live up to what Bite Beauty says and more:

  • Citrus flavor 
  • Weightless coverage 
  • Extreme moisture 
  • Soft texture 
  • Creamy wear 

From my own experience of wearing them:

  • Good lasting power (5 hours for me, darker colors a bit over 5 hours)
  • Vibrant colors
  • Easy to layer over each other for touch-ups (if needed)
  • Good packaging (top stays on very well and bullet is a good size)
  • Good pricing per amount of product you get
  • Negativity: Sugarcane was not the most hydrating. I also found that they did not perform very well after eating (but that's not a real big issue for me, personally). 

All in all, I think that these lipsticks are definitely worth a try! After being sent three of them, I went out and bought two because I loved them so much (the mini one was a point perk from Sephora!). I would recommend getting Pepper, Sake, and Beetroot! Do you own any lipsticks from Bite Beauty or specifically their Amuse Bouche line?


xoxo

*complimentary gift from Bite Beauty

Top 5 Berry Lip Liners


'Tis the season for berry lips. 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons out of the whole year. I only wish that Southern California could be up to pace with the rest of the USA when it comes to it! We've been lucky here the past few days to have clouds and rain, but we're soaring back up into the heat starting tomorrow (sigh). 

One of the reasons why I love Fall is that you can go about wearing a dark lip and not have a care in the world. You can do that any time of the year, of course (!), but Fall allows those who may not have the confidence to wear dark lips join in with the abundance of makeup lovers who are happily wearing them. Personally, I'll rock a dark lip any time of the year, that's just my own style! 


I thought that I'd introduce on the blog my five favorite berry lip liners! I don't have a huge assortment of them but here are some I've really loved throughout the years and ones that I've recently picked up.

  • Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Berry Naughty
  • NYX lip liner in Currant/Raisin
  • NYX lip liner in Plum
  • MAC lip pencil in Vino
  • MAC lip pencil in Currant

Now, they may sort of look the same but they are different, I promise!

Berry Naught is a true berry and has a very creamy formula. I recently picked this up as Charlotte has brought over more of her makeup line to the USA. This Lip Cheat especially is great paired with her Matte Revolution, Glastonberry, which is a gorgeous dark and vampy lipstick. I've found that Charlotte's Lip Cheats really don't last very long on the lips (tops would be 3-4 hours without drinking or eating), so keep that in mind if you're wanting to buy some and hoping that it lasts through a good 9-to-5 workday. They are very luxurious and I currently own five of them, so regardless of the lack of staying power I really love them.

NYX lip liners are a great drugstore alternative and I've found that the quality of their lip liners are really amazing. They are creamy yet strong enough to stay on the lips without bleeding or losing their pigmentation. Currant/Raisin is a true dark vampy color and Plum is more of a red-toned plum + berry color. These last an average amount of time (over the 5+ hour mark) and have a great range of colors. I like to pair Plum with some of my darker mauve lipsticks and also some of my darker lipstick colors.

MAC lip pencils are really at the top of the tier. Most of my lip pencils are from MAC and if you're willing to shell out the money I definitely would try any of their lip pencils. Vino and Currant are both great vampy and berry colors. Vino is more of a true dark berry and Currant is more of a red-toned berry color. Currant and NYX's Plum are very similar in color, but Currant is a tad bit deeper than Plum. They definitely are more on the dry side and if you have sensitive lips I would be careful using them. These last more than the average amount of time (8+ hours) and one time I went to sleep with Currant on and it was still holding strong! If you want longevity and great pigmentation, I would go with a MAC lip liner. Nightmoth is probably the most popular out of the dark lip pencils MAC has, I'd also look at getting that one as well (I've lost it somewhere so couldn't include it in this!). 


Berry Naughty, Currant/Raisin, Plum, Vino, Currant
Berry Naughty, Currant/Raisin, Plum, Vino, Currant
 These are my picks! What are your favorite berry lip liners for Fall? 

xoxo



Burberry Eye Colour 'Wet & Dry Silk' and 'Wet & Dry Glow' Eyeshadow Review: Nude, Midnight Brown, Pale Barley, Rosewood

L-R: Pale Barley, Midnight Brown, Nude, Rosewood
I'm going to be completely honest. I was never at all interested in any of Burberry's makeup before it launched at Sephora. I had read reviews here and there about numerous products but never took the plunge to try anything for myself. The interest simply wasn't there. I can't really give you a reason why, but I found myself not at all captivated by anything. I might have been too obsessed with Tom Ford to notice anything else (understandably), but it wasn't until I saw the beauty community freak out over it being sold at Sephora that I became infatuated with everything Burberry.

My first picks were the eyeshadows. I chose Nude, Midnight Brown, Pale Barley, and Rosewood. Nude is the only color that is part of the Wet & Dry Glow Shadows, the rest are part of the Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. Nude is a medium metallic silvery-ish gold, Midnight Brown is a medium-to-dark iridescent brown plum, Pale Barley is a medium warm golden taupe, and Rosewood is a light taupe with a purple undertone.



Top: Rosewood, Bottom L-R: Nude, Midnight Brown (this is coming off a bit too warm in photo), Pale Barley
The consistency of all the eyeshadows are quite on par with each other. They come off sheer but the colors can be built up with extra layering and especially using them wet. The longevity of the shadows are adequate, most of them (except for Pale Barley) lasted a good workday without creasing or losing their pigment significantly (for context I have oily eyelids and hooded eyes). Out of all of them, Midnight Brown and Nude lasted the longest on me. I really love how creamy and blendable they are, they honestly are some of the softest eyeshadows I've ever used. Compared to the Burberry quads, I've found these shadows to be much better in quality.

Wet & Dry Silk Shadows hold 2.7g/0.09oz and Wet & Dry Glow Shadows hold 1.8g/0.06oz. They are both sold at the retail price of $29.00. It's actually a good price in relation to Burberry as a brand and also the amount of product. For some perspective, NARS' Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows only hold 0.05oz and are sold at the same price. You can buy any of these shadows in the USA at Nordstrom, Sephora, Burberry's Official Webstore, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Net-a-Porter.

Have you bought any of Burberry's Wet & Dry Silk Shadows or Wet & Dry Glow Shadows? 
I'd love to hear your opinion on what you think of them or if you'd like to buy any!

xoxo 

What I'm loving this September . . .



I know it'd be quite cliche to say how fast this month has gone but it really has! Do I get a pass because of this being my first favorites post on the blog? Okay, one time won't hurt!

I have a lot of favorites for this month! I've been so busy lately that I've really gotten this routine down of just using products that are quick and easy to pop on as I'm running out the door. You might be thinking that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is not quick or easy to use, but luckily I've perfected my usage of it so now it takes me less than a minute to get a nice and blended contour. The real reason why this is part of my favorites is because I am so in love with the Vanilla and Banana setting powders. I have a neutral skin tone so what I end up doing is using Banana and Vanilla together on top of my concealer and it is so so so perfect (and lasts all day too). I've been using a combo of these two powders all month long instead of my usual MAC Emphasize setting powder (which is an HG for fair skin!).

Along with that, I've been loving Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. It's the nicest bronzer for fair skin, all you need is one swipe and you've got a sheer but complimentary warmth to the face. I'm in love with Hourglass in general, the brand's products are amazing and the swirl in the pan is too gorgeous. It definitely is glowy but not too much for my oily skin.




In my most recent post, I've shown you my love for Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipsticks --- and it doesn't stop there! Charlotte's Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in First Love is one of the most beautiful coral/peach colors I've ever seen. I especially am loving the middle color of the blush on days when I want to amp up my look a bit. I've also been obsessed with Charlotte's Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadows. The color pictured here is Mona Lisa, a beautiful dark chocolate color ("wisteria-chocolate bronze" per Charlotte's website), and is one of the best cream eyeshadows I've used in a long while. I do have oily eyelids so I make sure that I use a good primer beforehand. I did an experiment the other day: I did not use any eye primer before wearing this color and it lasted from about 9am until 6pm without creasing terribly. It did end up creasing just a bit but the color stayed on and the creasing was really minimal! I was inside most of the time though, so might have performed differently if I were outside.

I got a deluxe sample of YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil in the color Cherry My Cherie from Sephora and it's been such a staple in my makeup routine for basically the last half of this summer. I can't believe how long it's lasted! I was a bit apprehensive about buying this product but after trying this deluxe sample I will definitely be purchasing a full size when I run out. It is oily on the lips (obviously) but it moisturizes them so well and doesn't feel weird at all. I have such chapped and dry lips all the time so this has been exactly what I've needed.

Last but not least, I've hopped on the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara train and I'm not coming off anytime soon! I sometimes roll my eyes whenever I see a product that's ridiculously hyped (and this has been hyped so much) and it puts me off from trying it, but I was in Sephora a few weeks ago and I just decided to buy it on a whim. I have the shortest eyelashes anyone could have so I always wear fake lashes, but with this mascara I really don't have to.


So, these are my favorites of the month! Let me know what you've been loving this month!

xoxo

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks Review: Bond Girl, Glastonberry, Love Liberty, Very Victoria, Amazing Grace, 1975 Red, Miss Kensington



Anybody who knows me knows that I have a slight major infatuation with Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line (and the woman herself, who is such an inspiration!). When her makeup line was first released here in the USA a few years ago, I quickly snatched up three lipsticks (Bitch Perfect, Nude Kate, and Penelope Pink) and couldn't wait to get more. Since then I have slowly accumulated products from her line such as her Lip Cheats, Colour Chameleons, Eyes to Mesmerise, and so on. I'm properly addicted to her makeup!

Luckily for us Americans, Charlotte has brought back her amazing Matte Revolution lipsticks here to the States! First having a quick sale of them early in Spring of this year and then just recently bringing them back permanently for those of us who couldn't get our hands on them the first round. I was one of those who couldn't get my hands on them in Spring (sad face), but I managed to buy some shades from Beautylish and also Charlotte's online store a few weeks ago.

My first try of her Matte Revolution lipsticks was during the release of Charlotte's Norman Parkinson collection in July. It was such a gorgeous collection in appreciation to the legendary photographer, and I managed to get two of the lipsticks included in that collection: 1975 Red and Miss Kensington. I'm including them in this round-up of my review since they are part of the Matte Revolution lipstick family.

Love Liberty, Glastonberry, Very Victoria, Bond Girl

Amazing Grace, 1975 Red, Miss Kensington

Taken from Charlotte's website, this is the description of Matte Revolution lipsticks:

Create the illusion of fuller, wider lips with my Matte Revolution – for lips that look lit from within. It’s a trick I use all the time on photo shoots, using lighting trickery, pigments and powders, and have been working for years to re-create this effect in the slick of 1 lipstick. Now everyone can create this full, matte lip effect in a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula – it’s the matte lipstick of the future! Exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. Available in 10 modern-matte shades for all skin tones – 1 for each of my signature looks. 

One of the main reasons why I love her Matte Revolution lipsticks is because they truly don't feel like a matte, more of a demi-matte with a creamy feel to them yet long wear time. It's as if a satin and a matte had a baby, basically. It's so creamy that at one point I forgot I was even wearing it! For those who have sensitive or dry lips, these Matte Revolution lipsticks are what you've been waiting for.

The colors I bought are: Love Liberty ("wild rose flush"), Glastonberry ("sheer blackcurrant"), Bond Girl ("natural berry"), Very Victoria ("suede, taupe nude"), Amazing Grace ("vintage tea rose"), 1975 Red ("sunset red"), and Miss Kensington ("rose petal").

I absolutely love every single color. Even more so, the lipstick bullets are a gorgeous rose gold color and I'm so in love with the vintage style to them (my photos are coming up very gold, but in real life they are rose gold). The longevity of these lipsticks are amazing, at one point I wore Glastonberry for over 10 hours with only 1-2 touchups (including me going out to eat, drinking, etc). Miss Kensington was the only one that I felt like I needed to keep touching up more, which really isn't really a deal breaker for me as it's one of the most beautiful pinks I've ever worn. 1975 Red is the one that I felt like I wouldn't be wearing a lot of as I have a lot of red pigmentation on my face and also suffer from acne-prone skin (so I try not to wear bright reds in general), but I've worn it the most out of all of them! It's a gorgeous tomato-orange red and, in my opinion, great to wear all year round. Amazing Grace is such a complementary color, not only for fair skin but all skin tones in general. It's not too dark and it's just in that center of tone, it's a classic color that definitely reminds me of vintage and simplicity. Bond Girl and Very Victoria take on a more brown hue on my fair skin, but are great colors themselves. I still haven't figured out what kind of look I like them with, as I've worn them multiple times but haven't truly liked the makeup combination, so I'll update you on what I find most fits me.

For each lipstick I feel like I take on a different persona, which is really what Charlotte has created with her whole makeup line. Every lipstick has a different personality and inspiration that is associated with it, and ones that match her eyeshadow quads and other products of her line. I find that I'm a mix of The Uptown Girl, The Sophisticate, and The Dolce Vita.

I honestly can't gush about these lipsticks more than I already have! I'm looking to get Red Carpet Red next, which is deeper than 1975 Red and is a true Hollywood red lipstick color.

Have you bought any of Charlotte's Matte Revolution lipsticks or are looking to buy some? What are your thoughts? 

xoxo

Starting off fresh . . .

So, here I am!

A whole new beginning, starting off with a brand new blog and instagram too. I've been wanting to come back to blogging for a few months now so I'm happy that it's official. I've got my own domain as well for this blog, which I decided to just do because I want to be blogging indefinitely. I'm really going to try my best to be consistent and use this as my creative outlet from the crazy day-to-day life shenanigans.

I want this blog to be a place that is full of ideas, creativity, and lust for life.

Care to join me?
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