Review: Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Chatterbox and Pin Up

I heard all about these new offerings from Ciate London. I’ve already tried their nail polishes, so I wanted to check out their lip colors.


I bought Pin Up (“a universally flattering berry”) and Chatterbox (“deep magenta mauve).


Top to bottom: Chatterbox and Pin Up.



The formula is creamy and pigmented. It stained my lips a little. It takes a few seconds to dry down well enough to apply more.

The color of Pin Up is more berry than it appears in the photo. Chatterbox is a cross between purple and raspberry. It fades to more of a berry with time.

Both shades wore well for about 5 hours, provided I didn’t bite my lips or eat messily (voracious predators in the wild have better table manners than I do). I had to reapply by the 5th hour, but the damage wasn’t bad at all.

This wasn’t as moisturizing as I would have liked it to be. It wasn’t drying either. The change in weather (cooler, drier air) has led to my lips getting somewhat chapped. The lipsticks did little to change their condition, but they didn’t make it worse either.

The lipsticks give a matte finish, but it wasn’t too flat. I think the name “Liquid Velvet” is fitting. The applicator twists down and emits a locking sound when properly secured. This is nice for me because in the past lipstick tubes have busted open and made a huge mess in my purse.

Pros: Gorgeous colors, good pigmentation, easy to apply, nice packaging, lasts for 5 hours. 

Cons: Not really moisturizing, only available where Ciate is sold.

Grade: B+

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Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram

I’ve been longing for a soft pink lip liner that doesn’t wash out my brown complexion, so I was really excited when I heard about Latergram.


The Tarte lip crayons come in a slim, twist-up mechanical pencil.


The color is officially described as “mauve”. To me, it is a soft pink with no blue tones and a touch of brown.


As you can see, it complements my skin tone and is a companion shade to TBT.

The color looks great on me.


Here are the issues: Latergram is very dry on my lips and rubs off in tiny balls when worn all over my lips. This looks to be best worn as a liner to only rim the mouth. The pencil breaks off easily, so only the smallest tip should be raised when using it.

I simply love the color, so I will keep this but I doubt I will repurchase. I hope Tart improves the formula because this lip liner has so much promise.

I paid $18 for this at Sephora.


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The Met Opera Crystals and Pearl Pin

Here is the brooch I promised to show you.





It’s five large pearls arranged as a burst of sparkle. I think it looks very elegant and grand.

From the website:

“Crystals and Pearl Pin

Pearls and crystals, arranged to invoke a flower bursting into bloom, make for perfect partners in this elegant pin.

  • Egyptian crystals and pearls set in nickel plating
  • Measures 1.5” L x 1.5” W”


If you’d like to buy one for yourself, here is where you can get it. 

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Bath & Body Works Haul

Remember me telling you about how nostalgia controlled my wallet for a week?

Here is the damage:



Shower Gels

-Tahiti Island Dream
-Sweet Pea
-Endless Weekend
-French Lavender Honey
-White Citrus
-Pretty as a Peach


-Black Raspberry Vanilla
-Cucumber Melon
-Sun Ripened Raspberry
-Twilight Woods ( this is the Ultra Shea Body Cream)
-Warm Vanilla Sugar
-Tahiti Island Dream
-Sweet Pea

Have you ever tried anything from B&BW? Do you have a favorite scent?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 13

How you doing, sweetie? I had a better week than I thought I would. On Saturday I took advantage of a free concert offered through The New York Public Library. It was called “An Afternoon of Flute and Piano” and it featured flutist Norman Dee and pianist Josephine Chang Yang. They are amazing musicians!

After the concert (the auditorium is in Lincoln Center) we went to the Met Opera Gift Shop and browsed. I think as far as gift shops go this one has many nice things. I didn’t expect to buy anything, but I spied a gorgeous CZ and pearl brooch for just $24. I bought it.🙂

I will show you the brooch tomorrow in a separate post.

I exercised consistently this past week. I feel proud of myself! I having been trying to lose weight so this is very good news for the long term plans I have.

I kinda had a hard day at work yesterday. I’ve been experiencing harassment at work from a patient who is much older than I am. I told the nurse and doctor I work for, and they agreed that I didn’t have to deal with him if I felt uncomfortable around him. He still tries to force his attention on me. This makes me feel unsafe.

So on those terms my week was not great but I am proud of myself for what I did accomplish.

What did you do this week?

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L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm

I heard about the face cream from a beauty blogger, but she loved it as a cream for her dry complexion and therefore it seemed too rich for my oily skin. I took a look at the eye cream from the same line  instead. If the face cream was great, I reasoned that the eye cream could also be moisturizing and fabulous.

From the website: “With 2 patents pending, the Precious Eye Balm offers a triple action to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help restore firmness to the skin*.

Immediately, the skin appears smoother (76%)* and firmer (70%)*. After 1 month, lines and wrinkles appear visibly reduced and skin looks tightened. An overall rested look is achieved, as puffiness and dark areas seem minimized thanks to the action of ruscus and holly extracts.

The eye area looks smoothed and rested: it glows with youth.

Immortelle is a flower with exceptional longevity: it never fades, even after it has been picked. In order to guarantee the highest quality and the traceability of this golden flower, L’OCCITANE has invested in very first large-scale, sustainable and organic immortelle plantation program in Corsica. Immortelle essential oil is rich in active molecules that deliver unique anti-aging beauty results.”

It did go on smooth and lighten the eye area while providing rich moisture. I liked the way it absorbed into my skin fairly quickly. It is a good morning eye cream for those who wear eye makeup.

The claims of reducing visible lines and firming the skin have a bit of truth to them, but I didn’t see enough of a difference to truly back up this claim. It is a very good, hydrating eye cream, but it doesn’t do much more than hydrate. The small difference I saw didn’t last even when it did happen.

I think this is a decent eye cream but not one I would repurchase unless I wanted a luxurious product to apply every day. For $40 I would expect more truthful results. This is a splurge item or a gift item, but I don’t think it’s necessary to buy if you can get a hydrating eye cream elsewhere.

Ingredients: Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Proplyene Glycol, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Glycerin, Myreth-3-Myristate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Decyl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyacrylamide, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Sucrose Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glyceryl Linoleate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil.

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Review: Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Raging Raisin

There are several shades I want from Loaded Bolds, but here is just one for now.

Say hello to the babely Raging Raisin.


As the name suggests, Raging Raisin is a rich raisin shade. A mix of plum and brown.



Maybelline promises “ultra hydration, vibrant color, creamy matte”.

It is a creamy matte, gives decent pigmentation, and is not drying but not ultra hydrating either.

I wore this for 5 hours straight before I saw slight fading toward the center of my lips. It wasn’t terribly significant, and when I drank a beverage it didn’t smear too much.

The color is rich and true to the bullet. It was opaque and not patchy or sheer.

It has that signature powdery scent Maybelline lipsticks are known for. It wasn’t particularly strong or overpowering for me.

Pros: Good pigmentation, lasts for at least 5 hours, affordable, not drying, goes on smooth.
Cons Isn’t too hydrating, has a scent that may bother some consumers. 

Grade: A

I paid $7.99 for this at Walgreens.

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Sephora VIB Appreciation Gift

While at Sephora yesterday, the lovely cashier informed me that I qualified for a free gift!

This is what I got:


-A cute zippered pouch
-Benefit They’re Real mascara
-Fresh Soy cleanser, Rose face mask, Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
-belif the true cream
– Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen
-Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator
-Atelier Cologne Mandarin Glaciale
-The Estee Edit lipsticks samples
-Beauty Blender brush shampoo







Everything is a sample. It was an amazing surprise to receive so many quality items.🙂

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Review: Tarte Tarteist Lip Paints in Lovespell, TBT and Hangry

I accumulated three of the current shades from the main line.

L-R: Lovespell, TBT, Hangry


Swatches top to bottom: Hangry, TBT and Lovespell.


Hangry is described as “berry”. It is a dark berry matte shade that dries down semi-matte and into a rich deep burgundy berry. It lasts about 4 hours on me before I need to reapply, and it fades a little in the center by the fourth hour.

TBT is described as “mauve”. It’s a soft dusty pink that is more neutral than anything else. It starts out as a lighter pink once applied and mellows out into a very nice dark mauve on my complexion within about 20 minutes of application. It lasts for about four hours on me. It is semi-matte.

Lovespell is described as “pink”. It’s a warm bright deep pink, somewhat deeper than fuchsia but still bright and fun. It lasts for 6 hours on me.  It is semi-matte.

While testing all three out, I was careful to eat and drink delicately to avoid wiping off more lipstick than I needed to. With these precautions I experienced the results reported above.

The tube packaging is easy to store in my purse and easy to apply. I can discretely reapply while at my desk at work. The lipsticks are a little on the drying side but they aren’t uncomfortable.

I love all three colors and I would recommend them.

Pros: Great colors, great pigmentation, decent price point, easy to apply (applicator is not messy), convenient slim tube packaging.
Cons: Two of them last not much longer than 4 hours, only available where Tarte is sold.

Grades: Hangry and TBT (B+); Lovespell (A-)

I paid $20 for each one at Sephora.

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Essie Nail Color in Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife is sort of the Queen of Teal Nail Polish.

She is legendary among teals.

Essie describes her as “smart. gorgeous. successful. perfect deep teal pearl polish creates triple threat manicures and pedicures that are to have and to hold forever.”

She’s more of a brighter teal, methinks.


She’s beautiful on my nails. I can see why she’s famous. The color is simply divine.

It looks a touch sheer in some spots with even two coats. If you want to buy this, would aim for three coats just to be safe.


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