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?

elf Lip Lock: Corral That Lipstick

e.l.f. studio has been releasing quite a few new products and expanding on the ones they already have. If you are shopping for makeup brushes, do give them a consideration!

The new product I have for today is a lip liner that is clear and you trace the outside of your lips with it. This is to prevent your lipstick (and, gloss as you will see below) from bleeding or feathering out from the lips.

I like a good Lip Lock but, this is a different type of Lip Lock. elf gives us a Lip Lock pencil…

lip elf libby kick stix 001 lip elf libby kick stix 002 lip elf libby kick stix 004It makes sense to have it only come in clear, don’t you agree?

lip elf libby kick stix 005 lip elf libby kick stix 006Simple, right? Gee, even if you mess up, how can you tell? It’s clear!…

lip elf libby kick stix 009Can you tell where I swatched it?…

lip elf libby kick stix 011That’s the point; you shouldn’t see it. So, I traced it around the outside of my lips and then applied a new gloss I purchased recently…

lip elf libby kick stix 014This is about 2 hours after applying Lip Lock and the Forever 21 gloss. Even with this super slippery but sticky gloss, the Lip Lock worked.

A bit about this gloss. As I mentioned, it is from Forever 21. It is a mini that came in a box of three…

lip elf libby kick stix 017 lip elf libby kick stix 019There is no flavor or fragrance but it is very pigmented. On the downside, it is sticky and it roamed around my mouth as I wore it today before using Lip Lock.

This red has no name of its own. And, it isn’t quite as orange as the photos are presenting…

lip elf libby kick stix 020Since my gloss stayed inside of the lines, I count this as a win. Plus, it is only $3. And, I can see Lip Lock being a product that would be good to travel with; you wouldn’t need to bring a collection of lip liners; Lip Lock will have you covered for any gloss or lipstick. Yet, I feel that Lip Lock is nothing more than a chapstick pencil. I haven’t tried it but, I can see using Soft Lips in clear for the same thing.

Have you tried Lip Lock? Do you think a clear chapstick product could do about the same thing?

Black Radiance Lipsticks; Two Red Hot Colors

When I get a new product, I’m itchin’ to try it out. But, I refrain until I can take photos of it and swatches, as well. Heck, I even managed to photo one of these products on my lips…

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It is only on a rare occasion that I find Black Radiance cosmetics. I know they are made by the same wonderful folks that make Wet ‘N Wild. When I do come upon them, I look for any new lip shades. Even though Black Radiance is marketed to women of color, I find that most of their lipsticks and glosses look awesome on me.

Here are the two lippies that I got…

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Sadly, there are no names on these. Sort of odd since Wet ‘N Wild has some of the cleverest names for their products. Anyway, #5016 is a super deep magenta color. #5014 is a dark pink-red; definitely has the blue undertones.

This embossing makes me weak in the knees. I love things like this with makeup…

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Swatching these two products reminded me exactly why I love red lipsticks…

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Since I was on a roll, I went right ahead and applied # 5016. I wanted to see how it looked on me…

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I found that this darker shade was not quite as dark when swatched or applied on my lips. Nevertheless, I really like the color and how it turned out.

These lippies are very creamy and smooth. After about 2 hours, I did feel like my lips were getting drier. However, I have moved to a much more arid climate and have been experiencing dry lips for months.

Black Radiance is a bit more expensive than Wet ‘N Wild. I don’t remember the exact prices of these lipsticks but I do remember that their 8 pan shadows run about $1 more than WnW. Still, I find their prices to be quite reasonable.

Do you think it’s cool that a drugstore brand put an embossing on their lipsticks?

Smashbox: Black Plum Lipstick

Smashbox gave the bloggers a tube of lipstick at the pre-convention meeting for The Makeup Show, here in Orlando. I was thrilled until I saw the shade…

swatches toss notd 055 swatches toss notd 059 swatches toss notd 056‘Black Plum’ is really dark. As in goth dark. As much as I’m mesmerized by the deep, velvety burgundy shade, I knew it wasn’t going to look anything but garish on me.

I couldn’t help but swatch it though. And when I did, I just by chance, took my finger and swiped the tube and then swatched it on my hand next to the first swatch…

swatches toss notd 061I cannot tell you why I did that. But, ‘Black Plum’ was looking more plum than black with a finger swatch. Usually, I will apply my lipsticks directly on my lips from the tube. I only use a brush when the product is in a palette. When I was training to be a makeup artist in the late ’80’s, we were taught to not use our fingers but always use clean sponges and brushes. It was the decade of AIDS and little was still known about the disease. So, we were taught to apply makeup without ever touching the skin.

Well, it’s my finger and my lips and my lipstick so, why not try it?…

swatches toss notd 074‘Black Plum’ then looked about the same color as my own lips, just 3 or so shades darker. There’s nothing garish about this lipstick at all! This Smashbox lippie is very creamy to apply and lasts better than 4 hours this way. And, I still have the option to use it directly from the tube, blotting it if I wish or, using a lip brush. But, for now, I like applying it with my finger…

swatches toss notd 078What is your preferred way to apply lipstick?

This product was provided to me from the maker. This is my own honest opinion about the product.

Ofra Cosmetics: Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Last month, at The Makeup Show Orlando, I discovered Ofra Cosmetics. This line was one that I just seemed to be drawn to but, I didn’t know why. I didn’t stay too long looking things over at the booth before moving on. But, later that day, I found myself back there wanting to learn more. When all was said and done, I purchased several products to try out and the lovely staff of Ofra Cosmetics gave me this item to review…

Since I was going to give a new-to-me cosmetic line a try, I picked a shade that I would not normally wear. It was an opportunity to step outside the vanity box and try something new. And boy, am I happy I did! Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick is awesome!!! I can’t wait to get other shades. In the meantime, I’m wearing ‘Sunset Beach’. This a lot more coral than I would ever wear on my lips.

The shade isn’t the only thing that is new to me. Check out this applicator…

That end is hard; it’s not a brush and it’s not flexible. I discovered that many makeup artists use a stick to apply lipstick rather than a brush. OK. So, I’m trying it. It’s different and, I would rather have a brush, personally. But, what I do is use the stick to smear some of the product onto my lips. Then, I use my finger to smooth it out. I’ll show you the end results in a bit. But, here is a swatch of ‘Sunset Beach’…

You can see that the lipstick dries to a matte finish. And, this liquid lipstick is aptly named; it is long-lasting. I found that it stayed on my lips for 5 hours with a gloss over it, touching up with the gloss at least 3 times. And by itself, it lasted close to an extra hour. All of that was with drinking water and chai tea throughout the day. That’s wonderful staying power.

See what it looks like on my kisser…

I have thin lips. I can’t change that. So, I think it is easier for me to wear bolder lip colors because it isn’t too over-powering for my face.

My eye look…

This is a very simple look. I have on just a touch of NYC’s Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink. It’s still a coral pink and I wanted to tie it in with the coral shade of my new Ofra Liquid Lipstick. On my eyelids is Ofra’s Eye Gel Primer (which will get its own review because I am in love with it too!). Then I followed with MAC’s Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’. Next, I lined my lids with Physician’s Formula’s Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner in ‘Black’. I used Lash ‘Em’s Double Trouble Mascara. The brows are done up with Senna Brow Powder and Wax. I finished off the entire look with a dusting of NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder.

That’s it. I made it very simple but with some impact…

Again, since I am thoroughly enjoying the products I did purchase, as well as the Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick, I do wish I would have purchased more. Fortunately, we can order from Ofra’s website. And, it should take too long for me to get my order since Ofra Cosmetics is based right here in Florida.

Have you tried an Ofra Cosmetics?

Milani Monday: Face Of The Day

This Milani Monday is a FOTD look. I used all Miani cosmetics to create it. Let’s start with the two eye shadows that I based this look around. These are from the Runway Eyes collection, which is a core collection…

‘Silver Charm’ is a soft color; not overly metallic-looking at all. ‘Royalty’ is a purply-violet that has lots of shimmer to it. ‘Royalty’ looks pink in the photos, but it is a lot more purple, which will show better in the swatches…

It might look like the sparkles are over-spray. However, I swirled into the pan and it stayed shimmery through.

I swatched both wet and dry. The larger swatch is dry while the narrow swatch is done wet…

‘Royalty’ is showing truer in the swatches.

To create my look, I used Milani for everything but the translucent facial powder. These are the Milani products I used…

From the top: my very favorite mascara, Total Lash Cover in Black; the lipstick is ‘Pink Love’; on top of the lipstick I used Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss in ‘Quick Flash’; I used two different eyeliners, both from the Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow collection, ‘Green Safari’ and ‘Brown Deluxe’; and as the liner under my eyes, I used Color Play Felt-tip Liquid Pen in ‘White Line’.

This is how I got them all together…

Without a doubt, Milani’s products are very pigmented. I did the shadows wet and I couldn’t be happier with the intensity and blendability. The lipstick and gloss complimented each other very well.

In self-portraits, why is the nose made to look so huge!?? I wish it would make my lips look bigger. LOL

Do you have any of these Milani products?

Lipstick Mixtapes: The Blood

As a beauty blogger, I have been able to learn more about independent beauty companies. And, I consider myself honored to know some of the owners personally.

I purchased a lipstick from Safia, owner of Lipstick Mixtapes. She is a smokin’ hot makeup artist here in the Orlando area. And who but a makeup artist would know what makes a great lipstick? Safia is a proud member of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida and that’s how we got to meet.

This is the one I selected from her collection…

As I was scanning Safia’s display of the different colors, my eyes went right for this awesome red. I asked her what it was called and she said ‘The Blood’. But she said it such a seductive, Southern way, I made her repeat it because I loved the way ‘The Blood’ just sort of rolled out when she said it.

This is a red that almost anyone can wear. This is a matte red so it doesn’t feel creamy. However, that’s what you want with a matte. It applies very easily and you can tell then that it has true staying power. I applied ‘The Blood’ this morning around 9:30. I touched it up once at 1:30 after having a smoothie for lunch. This photo is right before I had dinner and 6 hours since the last touch up. I don’t have the luscious lips to show off a lipstick look but, I think I get a pin-up babe look with this color. I don’t smile with my mouth closed but it was the only way to make sure some of my lips would show.

Check out this swatch on my arm by the sunny window…

Yummy! I like this lipstick and shade very much. I didn’t get any bleeding or hardly any fade while wearing it. My lips didn’t feel dry either. And this lipstick works very well with any of the glosses I have. I will use ‘The Blood’ as my staple red lipstick.

Safia’s Lipstick Mixtapes are $12 each. Out of the 9 original shades, there are only 4 colors left. If you like ‘The Blood’, I recommend that you order yours pronto!