Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel

Damsel is described as a “blackish brown”.

This is accurate, methinks.

It’s a deep bittersweet chocolate brown with a matte finish.

I’m generally a fan of the Smudge Sticks. Damsel is not as dark as I’d love it to be on me, but it’s a great alternative to black for my work days (I don’t want a very dramatic makeup look when I’m at the office).

If you’re my complexion or lighter, check this out. I’m still going to buy Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Caviar because I want that true black-brown eyeliner shade. In the meantime I’ll use this up.

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Review: Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Ruby Temptress

I’m really excited about all the new, formula-improved lipsticks on the market. Buxom created a gel lipstick formula that I had to try during the spring sale. I liked a couple of their (now discontinued) Full Bodied lipsticks, so I wasn’t opposed to testing out the brand new Big & Sexy line. I think so many brands are elevating their product lines, and I expect to see many more advanced lipstick products in the coming years.

These are exciting times we live in. Exciting and expensive.

What it is:
A lightweight gel lipstick with bold, one-stroke color in matte and satin finishes.

What it does:
Swipe lips with this vividly graphic, ultra-bold lipstick. It delivers intensely pigmented, one-stroke color in an ultra-lightweight gel formula. Featuring moisturizing matte and satin finishes, it leaves lips with a modern, daring look.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

The shade I bought is Ruby Temptress, a matte brick-red.

I think it is brick-red, but it’s slightly brighter and more ruby than most brick reds I’ve tried.

It’s still gorgeous on my warm tan complexion.


The product feels more like a gel in solid form than a cream. It glides on smoothly and easily, with no slip or stickiness.

Once on, it stays on fairly well, but it does smudge when I chow down on my toasted bagel with cream cheese and coffee (hey, I need comfort food when I’ve hauled my protesting body out of bed at the crack of dawn to get to work on time).

It dries down matte, feels comfortable and doesn’t dry out my lips or fade unevenly.

The one-stroke claim depends, I think, on how pigmented your lips are. Mine are quite pigmented, so I needed more than one stroke. I was able to stain my lips in a way with one stroke, so it worked out for me in the end.

Pros: Beautiful color, feels comfortable, manageable packaging, lasts for a few hours, non-drying, pigmented, mostly refrains from transferring.
Cons: Not long lasting.

Grade: A-

This costs $22 USD.

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Boots Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

I’m always game for an affordable, easy to obtain eye makeup remover. This one from Boots first appeared in my haul.

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From the website:

“This two-phase eye make up remover uses dual layer technology. The oil phase effectively sweeps away impurities and make-up , dissolving waterproof formulations with ease, while the aqueous phase helps to soothe and calm the eye area.

Hibiscus is nature’s brightness booster. Natural AHA’s from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter.

Our beauty scientists have worked with the world experts in plant science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England) to bring you beautiful, plant-powered skincare that’s proven to work.

We’ve taken steps to reduce our impact on the planet at every stage in this product’s journey.”

I have to shake up the bottle before pouring out a little on a cotton pad. It removes my eyeshadow and concealer, but is quite weak against my eyeliner and mascara. I have to swipe a few times across my lashline to remove the product, and even there there is some residual eyeliner.

It is not stinging and is gentle on my eyes. It leaves behind a slightly oily feel that can be easily removed with a mild cleanser.

I would skip this if I were you. There are better eye makeup removers on the market.


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NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye in Blazed

When I was at Bliss Beauty Supply picking up a contour brush for a friend, I noticed these new lip products from NYX.

These are not your average liquid lipstick. They are inky lip dyes, formulated to be stains and not true, creamy lipsticks.

From the website: “Drench your kiss in knockout color! A stroke of Epic Ink Lip Dye coats lips with a downright dramatic stain. Super-saturated and lightweight, our formula dries to a Matte finish. This stunning lip dye is an absolute makeup bag must-have. Rock it alone for an effortlessly vibrant look. Or give your favorite lippies a boost by wearing it under a similar shade!”

The shade I chose to try out is Blazed.

Blazed is described as a soft cherry red.

I think it is sort of a brick red.

I tend to have more success when I apply it this way: swipe on one layer, let it dry for 10-15 seconds, then apply a second layer.

The result is a very pretty deep red color on my lips. It is not fully opaque, so my natural lip color peeks through just a bit. It dries down matte.

It is not long lasting. It comes off quite easily with eating, drinking or hand to hand combat with the Dark Lord.

I was kidding about that last part. But yeah, it doesn’t take much for this to wipe off.

I think this is fine for those who are used to wearing lip balm and want something fool proof to try out. I don’t recommend this to anyone else.

This costs $7.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Bogie

When the Vintage Vixens collection came out in 2010, I was very keen to own most of the shades.

For several years, Bogie evaded my grasp. Until now.

Bogie is a deep plum frost with ample silver shimmer.

Luckily, it’s not too cool toned for my complexion. Silver can sometimes do that to me. I’m so glad I finally own this! It was worth the long search.

Do you like Bogie? Would you wear it?

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Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection Palette

Released last year as a limited edition item, this palette contains all four of Laura Mercier’s highlighter shades.

Left to right, from the top row: Indiscretion, Addiction, Devotion, and Seduction.

Top to bottom: Indiscretion, Devotion, Addiction, Seduction.

As you can see, the highlighters are fairly sheer. Three of them are warm toned. Devotion is the only cool toned shade in the quad.

I’ll find this useful for MUA work. I think I’ll be able to use Indiscretion and Addiction on myself fairly often.

If you were not able to get this palette, LM sells each highlighter individually, so you still have a shot at owning these shades.

Have you tried any Laura Mercier highlighters?

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bareMinerals Gen Nude Under Over Lipliner in On Point

On Point looked beautiful on Karen, and since we’re the same skin tone I had to buy one for myself.

It is described as “mid-tone terracotta rose”.

Here is the swatch.

It looks brown on my arm, but on my lips it is more nude than I expected. It still works for me. I can use it to even out my lips before applying a sheer lip color.

It doesn’t dry out my lips or make them flaky. The liner feels comfortable for hours.

I really like this. I’m going to aim for a mouth photo this week so you all can see it properly worn.

This costs $16 USD.

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Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Obsessed

When Marc Jacobs branched out into the cosmetics scene, I tried a deluxe sample of their sleek gel liner pencil, but it wasn’t until I purchased this blush that I had an experience with a full sized product.

You’ll rarely read this term on this blog, but  the easiest way for me to describe Marc Jacobs Beauty product packaging is “sexy”.

It is sexy pants packaging. For real.

There is an insert placed over the blush pan to protect it. This is a nice consideration, but if you buy one just make sure the insert doesn’t impede closure of the compact.



Obsessed is described as a “warm pink”. It is a soft berry pink with warm tones. I’m happy it’s not blue or mauve because there’s no way in heck I could wear it.

I hesitate to call this a real matte because it doesn’t seem to be as flat as a matte blush. It’s certainly not shimmery or frosted. As you can see in the swatch, the color is tame and extremely wearable.
It wears for at least 7 hours a day. I haven’t tested this for much longer than that, but so far I am satisfied. It applies as a nice flush of soft rosy color on my cheeks. I never like high pigment blush so this is a refreshing change of product. My Colourpop Cruel Intentions blush can look very dark if I’m not careful. I feel like Obsessed is a great blush if you’re still learning how to apply makeup or if you’re heavy handed with your brush.
I’m going to buy a couple more shades from this line. I see it becoming a favorite in my HG lineup.

This costs $30 USD

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic

I’m becoming quite enamored with the UD lip pencils. I picked up Manic because I want more neutral pinks in my life.

I also want more sweets, dogs and world peace in my life, but let’s take it one goal at a time for now.

Manic is described as a “rosy wine”.

Here is the rosy wine tip. I think it’s a soft rose pink with warm tones.

And here is the swatch.

I was a bit apprehensive when I saw the paleness of this on my brown skin. Once I applied it I was pleased to find that it’s very flattering and wearable on my homely visage.

I’ll try to take a photo of it on my smacker and show you all.

Have you tried an Urban Decay lipliner? Would you ever want to try one?

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Raisin Revival 215

These new L’Oreal lipcolors sort of remind me of those Cover Girl Outlast lip colors that come with a balm intended to seal in the color.

That is how the concept works. Let’s go check it out.

It’s double ended for ease of use. Nifty design, if you ask me.

(I am aware that no one has asked me. Hush now.)

The color is a rich raisin plum. There is some microshimmer in there.

The formula is rather thin and not so creamy. Once applied, it’s supposed to last for 24 hours, be transfer proof and water resistant.

I utilized the following technique when using this: I first applied it to my bare lips, wait about 20 seconds, applied another layer, then waited one minute. I then applied the accompanying balm all over my lips.

The balm helped to hydrate and soothe my lips, but it wasn’t useful in keeping color on my lips. The color was still uneven, despite my attempts to use more than one coat and the wait time to allow the coats to dry.

This lasted 4 to 6 hours. It would be really difficult to test this for 24 hours straight, but I feel confident in drawing the conclusion that this is not long lasting at all.

I would not recommend this. For a long lasting lip color, try Revlon Colorstay Ultra Suede lipsticks.

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