Use It Up: Vol. 3

Here is what’s finished in my beauty closet:


-Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria- this is beautifully rich and deep in color. It sort of fades nicely too, without leaving a ring of color on my mouth.

-Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene- A true stain with more pigment packed into it. This is a rich berry red that works very well as a fall shade.

-L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Persistent Plum- A gloriously rich plum for fall. It leans a little red, but that works for me because my skin tone is very golden and the red tones are flattering.

-Wet n Wild Coverall Powder in Deep Tan- this is a very good powder for a drugstore brand. It worked pretty well for my oily skin. Plus, there was no strong fragrance or a powdery look to it when applied.

-Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate- The HPP from Bite have a better staying power than their standard lipsticks. I wore this to work consistently for months.

-Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach-  this is a staple in my beauty bag for sure. It is the best thing for my incorrigible dark undereye circles.

-Lancome Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover- got this on Ebay as a travel size. It truly does live up to the hype. It’s not just another overpriced eye makeup remover.

-Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil- This is an oil cleanser that doesn’t really foam up or transform into a soapy substance at any point. It breaks down all your makeup and sunblock and prepares the skin for the final stage of cleansing.

Items I Will Repurchase: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria, Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Persistent Plum, Wet n Wild Coverall Powder in Deep Tan, Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach, Lancome Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover.

I may possibly repurchase Wet n Wild Coverall Powder in Deep Tan if I cannot find an alternative or if I run out of my current powder and have trouble getting another one.

I won’t be repurchasing the Boscia oil cleanser.

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Review: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Kale and Squid Ink

Every since I found out that Bite Beauty released a dark green and a dark blue lipstick, I’ve been eager to get my hands on them.

I have them!😀



Don’t you just love the boxes they come in? The new images printed on them look so fashionable.

Kale is on the left and Squid Ink (I get a kick out of this name!) is on the right.


They are both very dark so it’s difficult to see the color disparity well. If you concentrate on the images you can see that one is green and the other blue.



In sunlight:

Squid Ink is on the top and Kale is on the bottom.



In natural light:



So how did they fare?

They are both extremely pigmented and applied beautifully on my lips. They feel very comfortable when first applied and are moisturizing.

I had to run the bullet over my lips a couple of times because the lipstick is kind of greasy (this is the best way I can describe it) and the color sort of slides around at first.

Without eating or drinking, these last for 3 hours on me. They never truly “dry down” (many lipsticks set themselves, whether they are satin or creme) so I am always at risk of smudging.

With drinking or eating, it’s best to avoid touching the cup or utensil because the lipstick will come right off. I really think (after trying a few Bite lipsticks) that the natural ingredients in Bite products will always put us in a position of reapplication every 3 hours. It seems to be too difficult to create a lipstick that stays in place and contains natural ingredients.

Pros: Divine colors, feels comfortable on the lips, lovely packaging, very pigmented.
Cons: Doesn’t last for more than 3 hours, transfers easily, somewhat expensive.

Grade: B (for both shades)

I will keep these because I simply love the colors, but I just want to warn everyone that these are not perfect blue and green lipsticks. It’s a real shame because the colors are wonderfully vivid and  intense.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Peridot

Look at who came sparkling up to the surface of my beauty basket (there does exist a beauty basket, btw)!

Peridot was purchased ages ago, but I only got around to swatching it recently.







Peridot is a golden-green with a metallic finish and flashes of light bronze.

It’s meant to be a duochrome-type shade, but while it’s interesting looking on me, it mostly looks pale green with a stunning finish.

I like it. I will keep it. I will cherish it.

What do you think of Peridot?

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Clinique Blushing Blush in Aglow

Look, it’s a baby blush!

I found a sample size of Aglow blush on Ebay.



Aglow is described as “a soft coppery nude with golden pearl”.


It looks a tad peach on my skin tone.

aglow swatch


I thought it would be a little too pale on me (which is why I opted for a cheap sample compact) but it’s surprisingly lovely on my complexion. It gives me a soft, warmed-up flush without being pink or coral. I didn’t think nude would do anything for my complexion, but I can make this work with lots of color combinations on my eyes and lips.

This is a definite future purchase when I use up the sample size compact.  I really see it working for lots of skin tones: light, medium, olive and tan.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 3

How are you doing, sugar? Sorry this is a little late in the day. I had a job interview earlier today. It went just fine, and if I get it, that’s great. If I don’t get the job, that’s okay too. I have decided to accept whatever happens. I am still currently employed so I will be okay.

Things I have done this week:

  1. Watched Downton Abbey marathon-style. I’ve watched the whole show before, but it’s fun to watch it repeatedly and relive the highs and lows of the aristocratic Crawleys.
  2. Made myself iced pomegranate tea. I brewed some Bigelow pomegranate tea, let it cool, then poured it into a pitcher and set it in the fridge. It’s really good and has 0 calories.
  3. I found a beautiful teacup, saucer and dessert plate in my gran’s china cabinet. I cleaned it off and have been using them. I believe she bought them in England in 1988.


4. I’ve been job hunting. I am determined to find a better paying job. I will keep trying no matter what.

5. I bought this song and downloaded it to my tablet. I have been falling asleep to it at night for the past few days.

Some more Nayirrah Waheed. This particular one heals my heart whenever I read it.



“You will be lost, and unlost, over and over again, relax love. You were meant to be this glorious. Epic. Story.”

What have you done this past week for self-care?

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Review: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon

Would you all please take a moment to appreciate this glorious, magnificent, Queen of Matte Reds?

If you are not suffering from neck pain, please bow.

I have the mini version of Hourglass The Indestructible Matte.

Here it is:



The lipstick does need protective packaging because the lipstick itself is tiny. Like a mouse.

Or like a travel-size liquid lipstick.


From the website: “A richly pigmented, silky-smooth, matte lip color that delivers 14 hours of continuous wear without smudging or dryness.”


The tube is glamorous and chic. The applicator has a nice spring to it and deposits a nice amount of product on my lips.


Here is the swatch. It’s a little more true red than what you’re seeing in the photo.





The 14 hour claim didn’t come through for me, sadly. I got 5 hours of straight wear if I didn’t eat or drink. If I drank carefully I could preserve most of what was on my lips.

If I ate something, a considerable amount of it came off. I reapplied and it was fine. I find that the best method for applying this product is in two layers: one layer, then wait a couple of minutes for it to dry before applying the second layer.

The lip color is beautiful on me. I think this is a red that could work on anyone.

Pros: Beautiful color, matte finish, opaque, affordable (if you buy the mini size), great finish, nice packaging.
Cons: Doesn’t last for 14 hours, doesn’t stay put very well after eating and drinking.

Grade: B+

Despite the false claim, I still think I would repurchase this. I feel like a million bucks when I wear it!

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L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner in Teal

This product is a blast from the past. It’s no longer sold in stores but you can find it online.  I got mine from Ebay.

The L’Oreal HIP kohl eyeliner was meant to be a fun, unconventional way to apply eyeliner.

It comes in a little, slim tube with a twist off applicator top.


The actual tip/applicator looks rather serious and dangerous. It’s not that difficult to use, I promise you. It’s not as stiff as it seems, and if you go slowly and take caution, it applies easily enough.



It leaves behind a dark teal streak of powder color.




Would I recommend this? It’s a good gift product for someone who likes unique cosmetics and likes to try different things. I feel like the same results could be accomplished with a decent powder eyeshadow and a mixing medium.

If you like intriguing products and are a collector, this might be for you. I didn’t see anything special in terms of performance, so I am not going to purchase the other shades. I will keep this one.

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More Money More Makeup: Revlon Dupes for Chanel Nail Polishes

Revlon has really delivered over the years when it comes to replicating more affordable alternatives to the glorious, luxurious Chanel nail polish shades which have come and gone (or stayed) over the years.

I own several of the Revlon dupes. To make things easier for you, here is a list of known “copycat shades” next to the shade they were meant to replicate:

Chanel                   Revlon                               

Graphite                 Carbonite
Black Pearl             Black with Envy
Vamp                      Vixen
Paradoxal               Perplex/Naughty
Peridot                    Chameleon
Delight                     Gold Coin
Particuliere             Mischievious

If you can think of any more, let me know in the comments.

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Review: MUA Lipsticks in Mulberry and Brick

MUA cosmetics are now being sold in the U.S, notably at CVS. I picked up two lippies during a sale.

Left to right: Brick and Mulberry.


Brick is a warm brick-red.

Mulberry is a brownish rosy pink.

Both are on the matte side with no shimmer.

In natural light:


In sunlight:



Both are decent when it comes to quality. They apply nicely and have a soft, underwhelming scent. They fade after about 3 hours. They can be a bit drying, but it’s not unbearable.

I really like Mulberry as a soft pink for my complexion. Brick is a great fall shade if you have warm tones in your complexion.

I will use these up, but I don’t know if I would repurchase Brick. The quality makes it decent to use, but it’s not a product I would rave about.

Since Mulberry is a shade I covet (it’s hard to find soft pinks for brown skin that don’t look too blue) I will try to make it work for me and perform better. I think I have a lip liner I could use with it.

Pros: Sold at CVS, not expensive, nice packaging, applies easily to lips, nice colors.
Cons; Doesn’t last too long, a little drying.

Grade: B

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 3

How has your week been, lovely? Mine went surprisingly well. At work we sometimes get free food gifts from insurance companies (we’ve gotten Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts, Italian food, fruit smoothies). Yesterday a representative stopped by to give us a whole strawberry cheesecake. The doctor and physical therapist each took a slice, then the doctor told me to take the rest home! Yay for free cheesecake!

So now I have cheesecake and you all. My life is complete.:) Until I run out of cheesecake, that is.

Things I’ve done this week:

  1. Bought this book. I love art history and old ecclesiastical architecture. It’s been on my wishlist for some time. Here is my wishlist, btw.
  2. Ate Frito chili pie. It’s an American comfort food. You can make it in the oven (for many people) or the microwave (just for yourself). Layer some Fritos in a bowl, heat up some chili in a separate dish, then spoon the chili over the Fritos, sprinkle on some cheddar cheese and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. It’s not exactly healthy, lol, but when my depression kicks in it’s really a lifesaver when I don’t feel like cooking.
  3. Repurchased my favorite facial gel.   I was running out of it and I was worried I wouldn’t have enough money right now to buy another bottle. But I did and now I have a fresh bottle! Speaking of, I am going to start budgeting for skin care so this doesn’t happen again.
  4. I used a facial mask. This time it was the Yes to Tomatoes mask, which I will write about soon.
  5. It’s very important to me to allow other people the chance to write about their experiences with cosmetics and skin care. This is why I am now paying some of my beauty product devotee friends to write for The Makeup Train! The first post from Efe Oghoghome should go up tomorrow.

I love the poetry of Nayirrah Waheed. She is one of my favorite modern poets. Here is one that repairs my heart every time I read it.


I will tell you, my daughter
of your worth
not your beauty
every day. (your beauty is a given, every being is born beautiful).
knowing your worth
can save your life.
raising you on beauty alone
you will be starved.
you will be raw.
you will be weak.
an easy stomach.
always in need of someone telling you how
beautiful you are.

-emotional nutrition

What forms of self-care have you done this week?

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