Flower’s Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Rose Bud

I have had my first lipstick from Flower for some time but it got pushed to the side, sadly. Flower is a brand that is an exclusive with Walmart and is spearheaded by the actress, director and producer, Drew Barrymore. I chose Rose Bud to try out…

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Not only is the lip color name on the label but also, it is given a code as well. Rose Bud is a very red rose color and I don’t have anything quite this shade so, I’m pleased with my color choice. I think the packaging has a higher-end feel than most other Walmart lipsticks too.  There’s a swatch of the color at the end of the tube and I found that the actual lipstick was a bit darker than the swatch…

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This lipstick is touted to be very moisturizing and I found that to be true. Using a lip primer and a lip pencil to line my lips, Rose Bud lasted an easy 6 hours on my lips. I will confess that I didn’t eat a meal during that time but rather snacked and drank from a bottle of water.

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Flower names this lipstick line ‘Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color’. But, you can see that this appears to be one matte lippie. I just love the look of a matte lipstick unspoiled!!! However, since I have had this tube for too long, it was time to break it in. First, I did a swatch on my hand…

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And, I am noticing that it was shiny after all. Oh, and that is just one, clean swipe. Yes, it was that pigmented!

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I don’t find Rose Bud to be super shiny but a nice balance of not totally matte and not glossy, either. And, I like how it looks with my fair complexion too.

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This lipstick didn’t deserve to get pushed to the back of the vanity, like I did! The staying power is great, the color stayed true and rich for a long time and the price is a fair one for such a good quality. I paid just a few cents under $7 for this. The only drawback I see is that I have to go to Walmart to find it.

Have you tried out any Flower brand makeup? Do you have a favorite?

 

Toss or Trash: November 2014 Part II

I’m clearing out and making room and, I love it! I’m finishing up lots and lots of products. These nail polish remover pads from L.A. Colors were awesome!…

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Even though it states that they are strawberry scented, these still smell like nail polish remover. But, if they are not the hardest working polish remover pads, I don’t know what is! I actually had to use about two to three per removal only because they are rather small but, this formula didn’t dry my cuticles out one bit. I’ll pick up more when I can find them.

With no doubt, my hair has gone through a huge change since leaving Florida and moving to Colorado. I’ve been trying lots of different moisturizing products in my quest for soft tresses….

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I was lured into thinking Tresemme’s Liquid Gold Shine Therapy would make my hair shimmery-golden. Not really. And, it didn’t give me any moisture either. The only thing it did do was keep my hair from becoming overly frizzy. However, Bath and Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel is still one of my favorite BBW fragrance. And, their washes never dry out my skin. That one I’ll replace.

I was giving this Avon lipstick sample with my last order of Moisture Effect Eye Makeup Remover (one of my very favorite eye makeup removers and I highly recommend). Take a look at what the sample looks like after just ONE try…

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The product is so soft that it just mushed up! Trust me, I’m not a Messy Marvin with my makeup but this was ridiculous.  I think the name is ‘Pink Flush’ but I don’t know which line it is from. As much as I love the color, this lippie not only had a problem staying in the tube, it roamed around my lips as well! Too messy so, I threw it away.

Earlier this summer, I got this free sample of Urban Decay’s Vitamin Infusion Complexion Prep Spray. Sadly, I just didn’t find that this spray added anything to my skin. My pores didn’t seem to be minimized nor did my makeup become less shiny throughout the day…

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My makeup didn’t seem to, noticeably, last longer, either. If you have used this, I’d love to know what your experience has been.

I’m really on a roll using up products. I’m looking for bottles and tubes that are almost used up and grabbing them to finish eyeing a spot for them in the Toss or Trash feature. In my quest to find such items, I discovered a bottle of Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength LIne-Reducing Concentrate I had. I have just finished up my last bottle and knew I trip to Kiehl’s was in order. However, finding this backup bottle saved me almost $60 that I didn’t need to spend! Plus, I found a couple of bottle of Suave body lotion that I caught on sale earlier this year so I didn’t need to replace any of those.

What was the last beauty product you used up?

NYC’s Expert Last Lip Color: Blue Rose

This fact surprised even myself, but, I don’t have many fuchsia lipsticks. But then, how many is too many? And, how many is not enough? For less than $2, what can one more hurt?

NYC’s Expert Last Lip Color lipstick in ‘Blue Rose’ is just the shade to perk up my Summertime look…

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This fuchsia shade is perfect for my complexion. I don’t actively seek a tan and only get a bit of color from my early morning runs and the late evening porch sits. Even then, I make sure I have at least 30 SPF on. However, I have a fair complexion so when I want some color, I go for the eyes and lips. ‘Blue Rose’ gives me awesome color…

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I couldn’t wait for the next sunny day so I could take photos of it. I was itchin‘ to wear this and brighten up my look…

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If you are looking to add color to your lips and, to your life PERIOD! Get this! The staying power of ‘Blue Rose’ out of this world. I used Laura Geller’s lip primer, lined my lips with the first liner I found in a bright pink shade (it is a no-name one I’ve had forever) and applied ‘Blue Rose’ over all of that. Over 5 hours, folks!!!!! Even from drinking water from my sports cup, I didn’t lose color.

I always tuck my lipstick of the day in my purse before I head out the door in case I need a touch up. I didn’t need to touch it up once. This NYC lippie hung on all.day.long.

This lipstick applies smoothly, doesn’t feel sticky or dry and has no taste or smell…

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A bold color like ‘Blue Rose’ helps balance out my features since I have thin lips. And for a measly $2, I have seriously brightened my day.

I purchased this NYC Expert Last Lip Color at Target. Have you seen this new color?

 

Wet ‘N Wild’s Perfect Pair: Passion Plum

I got a chance, last week, to make a trip to KMart. They don’t have any Kmart stores South of downtown Denver, which is where I live. And, it’s a bit of a haul to go there now.  I haven’t been shopping at a KMart in over a year, so I was excited to check everything out. After spending (quite) some time checking out the clothing department, I made my way to the makeup.

Besides getting several elf products that I have only found at KMart, I did pick up this Wet ‘n Wild duo lip product…

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Wet ‘n Wild’s Perfect Pair is a lip liner and lipstick all in one. That eliminates me needing to dig in a separate organizer to find a matching liner to work with the lipstick choice of the day. So, I’m saving precious morning moments, right there.

This all-in-one is called ‘Passion Plum’.  Or, as it is numbered at the bottom of the liner cap ‘123’. I couldn’t find the name on the package, itself. But it was on the safety wrap…

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This two-in-one doesn’t need sharpening so, I can throw it in my purse and leave it in there forever…

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We are, finally, getting into the hot season for Colorado. Yep, it’s over 80 degrees! But, it feels like 74 degrees to me after 4 Summers in Orlando. I mean, THIS is what Summers are SUPPOSED to feel likeahhhhhh!!! Nevertheless, I may pare back my eye and face makeup during the hot days, but I can still pull off a pretty look with a lipstick that takes all the attention. And ‘Passion Plum’ makes it so effortless!…

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Both the liner and the lipstick glide on without a bit of tugging. I do use a lip primer (for this swatch, it’s elf’s) and got hours of wear. No migration of color either. The lipstick isn’t tacky or drying. In fact, I found it to be very moisturizing which is something my lips need.

This isn’t the first time I have purchased Wet ‘N Wild’s Perfect Pair lipstick. I have three of their other colors so I knew that this one was going to be a champ. And for $3.50, getting a liner with a lipstick, that makes for sweet Summer success.

Have you tried any of the Perfect Pair lip colors yet? Which one is your favorite?

Milani Monday: Color Statement Best Red Lipstick

My best of the best, most favorite red lipsticks come from Milani. Here’s why:

  • They make the truest reds
  • They have incredible staying power
  • The price between $4.50 to $5.50 is very reasonable
  • The formula is creamy and easy to apply
  • I look hot wearing their reds

The red named ‘Best Red’, is probably the most perfect red for me, with my light, pink undertone complexion…

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I don’t know if you can classify a red lipstick as a neutral but this one is what I call ‘middle of the road’. It doesn’t have an orange tinge to it, nor does it have a pink flair. It’s just a true red. And this one is the creamiest matte red lipstick I own. Yep, it’s my ‘Best Red’…

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The Color Statement line tube’s end which shows the shade rather than trying to guess off a colored sticker is the only way to go on The Vanity…

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‘Best Red’ glides on soooo smoothly…

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And, if I want that ‘middle of the road’ red, I know I’m not going to clash with any other red that I may be wearing…

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I think I can get a whole lot of happiness for a mere $5.50 from this lipstick.

Do you adore Milani red lipsticks as much as I do?

 

*The product was provided to me for my honest opinion. All comments are my own.

Kat Von D: Beranice Metallic Lipstick

Kat Von D has had her own line of makeup for a few years now. I have often lusted over them when I saw them at Sephora. I was surprised, not sure why though, that I liked how the makeup looked. Whilst shopping for a gift, I found some Kat Von D lipsticks on sale and took the opportunity to finally try it out for myself. I love this lipstick!!!

Here’s what I got…

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Maybe I was expecting more of a rock ‘n roll feel to her packaging but, this was intricate and had an Old English feel. Yet not really goth either. Anyway, it was fancy and cool…

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I like that you can see the lip shade from the bottom of the tube. However, I didn’t like that I couldn’t read what the color was. The print was miniscule!!….

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Thank goodness for macro lenses! This is ‘Beranice’ which is a foiled, metallic poppy red and it’s bold!…

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Although ‘Beranice’ has a bit of an orange hue, I found it still wearable for someone who has pink undertones, such as myself…

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Let’s talk about how incredibly creamy Kat’s lipsticks are. One word: VERY! But the staying power was super crazy for something so delightfully creamy. And I didn’t have any issues with it ending up on my teeth, which can happen with such creamy lipsticks…

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I liked how ‘Beranice’ worked with the rest of my look I did using Beauty From The Earth cosmetics…

DSCF0060For my face of the day, I am wearing ‘Foam On Top’ eye shadow across my entire lid and water-foiled ‘The Last Drop’ eye shadow as my eyeliner. My foundation is Ivory along with Doll Face blush. I topped it all off with Translucent finishing powder. I used Physician’s Formula Brow Tweez 3 In 1 Pencil in Blonde.

Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s makeup? What do you like best?

Did you know that I purchased Beauty From The Earth Cosmetics last month? I sure did! And, my very own, first collection is available at BFTE’s Coffee Collection v.2, which I used two of the shades for my look here.

 

Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Preview

I always have a ‘just in case I need it’ lipstick hanging out in my purse. The one that I have been using for the last 6 weeks has been Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede…

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My ‘go to’ shade is ‘Preview’…

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This is like a high-performance lip balm. It is ultra smooth and makes my lips feel hydrated and soft. Springtime is very dry in the Rockies. I feel it around the tops of my cheeks and my lips the most. It’s great to have a lipstick that has awesome moisturizers like Colorstay.

‘Preview’ is a shade that isn’t too mauve and isn’t too pink. It’s just right!

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I found the wearability to be around 3 hours before a touch-up. I picked this up at Walgreen’s for $9.99 as part of a buy one get one 1/2 price, so it cost me $7.50.  I think paying full price is a bit much at $10 for one. However, the quality is there and this color works any time for me. It’s like ‘my lips but better’ color.

Have you tried any of Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suedes?

Sonia Kashuk: Limited Edition Red Matte Lipstick

This was a VERY exciting find. On soooo many accounts…

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Even this…

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Maybe you are like me and when you find something like this you canNOT believe your luck. I don’t have a single bit of regret on snagging this one up…

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I’m very surprised it doesn’t have a real name, though…

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But, it’s gorgeous…

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Oh, yea….embossed love too…

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It is hard to do that first swatch to mar the embossing, but with a deep breath, I went for it…

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Goodness gracious, matte creaminess!!! It wasn’t drying. It didn’t drag. It is a sublime red shade. I love how it applied and stayed on for hours and hours…

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I can easily say that if Sonia Kashuk creates any more matte lipsticks, I will purchase them. This has to be one of the very best wearing red matte lipsticks I have ever tried. It looks great with my skintone and I am enamored by it.

Sonia Kashuk is at Target. Have you tried any of her other lipsticks?

 

Wet ‘n Wild: My Signature Red Hot Lipstick Look

Of all the red lipsticks I own, and a blue-red being my very, very favorite and, red is the shade I own the most of, I love Wet ‘n Wild’s red lippies the most…

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You know that question: If you could only have one lipstick color for the rest of your life…or, if you could only have one makeup item, etc. Well, here is my answer…

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Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Cherry Frost’ isn’t frosty at all. It’s shimmery. And it is a shimmery blue-red that livens up my face. If I’m in a super hurry, I don’t need any other makeup if I can just get my hands on my red lipstick.

Cherry Frost Lips

This would be my one and only lipstick if I could only have one and, it’s my signature color. Now, more about ‘Cherry Frost’, itself other than my love for the shade; it is super creamy.  It’s creamy and it gliiiiiides on. My lips felt smooth all day with this on. And I only needed to touch up right after lunch. But even then, with a lip primer, this kisser stayed kissed!

I posted several years back about how I come by loving red lipstick genetically. My maternal Grandma wore red lipstick. She had to ‘put her lips on’ anytime we were going to take photos. I put a small blue-red lipstick in a box that was buried with my Grandma’s ashes.

Tell me what your signature lippie is.

Wet ‘N Wild Lipsticks: Great Pick-Me-Ups

Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks are some of my favorites. These shades last and last. Heck, even the price is right! Here are a couple of new acquisitions…

polishes green eye 141As you will see with the swatches, and from the product byline, these are shiny. Sometimes I am in a matte mood; sometimes I’m in a shiny mood. This is one bold shiny red…

polishes green eye 150 polishes green eye 149 polishes green eye 152Wow. Just wow. Of course you’ll feel ‘Fierce’ when you wear this one. No doubt!

However, if you want to tone it down, just a little…

polishes green eye 144 polishes green eye 143 polishes green eye 145Itsy bitsy bits of shimmer are there. ‘Risque’ is a neutral for me. I can wear mauve shades with just about anything.

Check out the opaque coverage of these lipsticks…

polishes green eye 160 polishes green eye 156I hope I put on a good face with ‘Fierce’…polishes green eye 234 polishes green eye 235I have no idea just how many lipsticks, lip liners and, glosses I own. I used to purchase one if I felt blue (OK, now I just buy). There are always 99 cent lipsticks. And you know what? It would work. Way better than the guilt of a DQ Blizzard. ;D I picked these lipsticks up at Rite Aid for around $1 on sale.

Do you like Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks?