Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 1, 2 and 3

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I’m not sure if I have warm undertones or cool undertones or what but I find that warm lipstick shades (with a few exceptions) look terrible on me and cool-tones are much more flattering. THAT BEING SAID, a lot of “nude” or “neutral” shades that brands release are often very warm and have lots of peach undertones in them. Exhibit A: MAC’s new “Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks” nudes are all very peachy or very pink. So I found these liquid lipsticks at Sephora that are pretty ashy and have grey undertones & I have quite a bit to say about them, but first let’s get the pics out of the way.

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Before I begin, I would like to discuss the gloss topper on these. This topper’s function is to make the lipstick more comfortable to wear. Without the gloss topper, the lip color alone feels very sticky and uncomfortable on the lips but once you put on the gloss it’s very smooth and comfortable. Upon first application, it looks slightly glossy but a few minutes later it sorta morphs into the lip color and becomes matte again. The gloss wears off faster than the lip color so you might have to reapply the gloss a few times throughout the day.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 1 

This shade is the lightest of the bunch . It’s a cool nude with a very strong grey undertone. If it were any lighter, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off and I’m about an NC37 right now. I like wearing it on top of MAC Stripdown lip pencil as I find that it makes it blend into my skin better.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 2 

This one is in the whole Kat Von D Lolita Family. It’s that dusty mauve/brown shade but the formula of these MUFE Aqua Rouges are sheerer than the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks so it gives a more natural look on the lips.

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Here it is swatched next to the two KVD Lolita’s I have:

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L-R: KVD Lolita (Bad batch), MUFE Aqua Rouge 2, KVD Lolita (latest release)

When swatched, the 3 look almost identical but hopefully the following photos will demonstrate how different they actually are when worn on the lips.

Here is KVD Lolita “bad batch” on the left and MUFE Aqua Rouge 2 on the right:

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Here is KVD Lolita (latest release) on the left and MUFE Aqua Rouge 2 on the right:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 3

This one is a greyish pinky mauve. If you find that all these popular “Mauve” shades look too pink on you (for example, Sephora Marvellous Mauve), try this one. The pink is very subtle and it just ends up looking like a natural lip color. This is probably my favorite of the three simply because it’s effortless.

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Final Thoughts: 

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L-R: MUFE Aqua Rouge 1, MUFE Aqua Rouge 2, KVD Lolita (bad batch), KVD Lolita (latest release), MUFE Aqua Rouge 3

So here’s the important part.

Pros:

  • Color selection (cool-toned nudes, YAY!)
  • Extremely long-wearing : better than the KVD ELL’s, I have gone through greasy meals and these do not come off!
  • Comfortable on the lips as long as you have the gloss topper on

Cons:

  • Extremely uncomfortable on the lips if the gloss wears off
  • Gloss wears off faster than the lip color therefore you have to reapply it more often than the lip color so I feel like the gloss will run out before the lip color
  • They have a particular smell (old lipstick smell) that some people might not like. However, the scent does not linger so it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker but it’s worth mentioning.

 

Rouge Noir Everything

I don’t remember the last time I have been so inspired by a collection before. It was probably the MAC Fall 2009 “Style Black” collection. Chanel’s Vamp Attitude Holiday 2015 collection is similar in its dark theme and off-black colors.

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Before this, I only owned 1 Chanel blush and their Perfection Lumiere foundation…and Taboo nail polish, but that doesn’t count because it was purchased with a gift card, right? Anyway, even my makeup low-buy was not able to resist the pull that this collection had on me so I basically doubled the amount of Chanel makeup items I own by purchasing 3 things from this collection. All of which I truly do love equally (and a lot).

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First off is the Illusion d’Ombre in “Rouge Noir”. This baby is the first Illusion d’Ombre that I ever stuck my finger in. I must admit, it has a very odd texture. It’s kind of like a cushion and you don’t really feel the product getting transferred onto your fingers but when you swipe it on your eye, it does not disappoint! I can’t speak for the other shades but this specific one is buildable and very easy to work with. It’s a deep brownish red with some pretty subtle sparkles. The sparkle concentration in this shadow is just perfect. From far, it doesn’t look glittery at all but when you get closer you can see them better, it’s a nice little surprise. Although this color is pretty dark, there’s something about it that makes it everyday appropriate for me. Maybe it’s because of my complexion but I feel like I could go to work (office job) wearing this and it would not raise any eyebrows. I haven’t tested that theory out just yet… maybe one day😛

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The second item that I picked up is the Le Crayon Khôl in “Rouge Noir”.  I have never owned a high-end luxury eyeliner because… what’s the point? Honestly, there probably is a drugstore dupe out there of this color (I haven’t checked, let me know) but one thing is for sure: there isn’t a MAC one. When I swiped this thing on my hand, I had a “fuck it” moment and whipped my credit card out before I could start thinking rationally about this decision to drop 30+ dollars on. an. eye. pencil. It’s so pretty though! Rouge noir is a deep wine shade. Kind of like a lip liner but for your eyes😮 It’s much smoother and creamier than any lip liner I own. The flipside of it being smooth and creamy is that it smudges easily so just don’t touch your eyes when you’re wearing this!

Here is a super simple look I did using the Illusion d’Ombre all over the lid and the Crayon Kohl to line my top lashline. I just added MAC Cork eyeshadow in my crease as a transition color and MAC Grain eyeshadow to highlight. The mascara is Benefit Rollerlash (epic).

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And just for shits and giggles I also got the Rouge Noir nail polish because I had a coupon and I basically got it for free because I was going to buy the other two items anyways. yyapyapyap. It’s honestly a super dupeable colour, nothing special but… like I said, twas free yo. The formula is great but seriously go buy some Sally Hansen for like a tenth of the price.

Ayt peace friends❤

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Mauvember

I am officially the worst blogger in the history of the universe… Probably not, I’m not that special. Seriously though, if any of my subscribers are still here: thank you.

Here are the reasons why I haven’t posted in months, for anyone who cares:

  • Loss of interest
  • Lack of money (to buy new makeup)
  • General laziness

I still love makeup and wear it every day, I’m just not as obsessed as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still obsessed… just not AS obsessed.

I also want to preface this post by saying that I’m going to take this blog in a new direction. Before, I made sure my posts were all PG-13 in the event that brands would want to collaborate with me. I basically don’t give a shit anymore and I’m just going to be myself from now on (ie: swear a lot).

ONTO THE REVIEW! Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in the shade “Mauvember” was created for Movember (if you don’t know what Movember is, click here). That’s obviously not the reason why I bought the lipstick… let’s be honest, here. If Bite Beauty would come out with a lipstick for National Librarian Day, I would probably buy it.

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Ok so there isn’t anything special about the packaging and the formula is just as good as any other Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick. What makes this lipstick blogpost-worthy is the damn COLOR. Now, I do want to stress that this product appears a lot more pink in photographs than it does in real life (not just in my photos, in most beauty bloggers photos too). On me, it is a plum colour with a strong grey undertone.

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Once again, it looks way pinker in this photo than it does in real life so if you don’t like grey-toned lipsticks, this one is not for you! For reference, I am wearing Make Up For Ever Duo Mat – 207 in this photo.

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L-R: NARS Dominique, Bite Mauvember

When I first saw it, it reminded me of the famous NARS Audacious Dominique lipstick but as you can see from the swatch above, Dominique is a lot more purple and grey than Mauvember.

Ayytt that’s it for me, hopefully my next post won’t be too far away in the future. xxox

I want Candy! (Yum Yum)

Hello everyone,

Today is a Candy-Yum-Yum kind of day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my lips are as pink as a baboon’s ass. Recently(ish) MAC released a Candy-Yum-Yum lip pencil and a Candy-Yum-Yum lipglass.

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If you don’t already know it, Candy-Yum-Yum (CYY) is arguably the brightest lipstick that MAC has released to this day. It is a super hot neon pink and I truly believe that it can look good on everyone if worn the right way. In this post I will share my overall thoughts on the 3 CYY products and give you some tips on how you could rock these really bright lip products!

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L-R: MAC Candy Yum Yum Lip Pencil, Candy Yum Yum Lipstick, Candy Yum Yum Lipglass

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipglass 

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipglass

The gloss is nice but it’s nothing crazy. When worn alone, it gives a nice pink tint to the lips but I feel like a lot of products exist on the market that can achieve the same look. It’s disappointing in the sense that it doesn’t really bring the Candy Yum Yum neon-ness to the lips.

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lip Pencil

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lip Pencil

The lip pencil is very close to Candy Yum Yum in color, however it is slightly darker. It’s still very bright and can be used great with any other bright pink lipstick. For example, I can see this working well with Pink Pigeon. I wouldn’t necessarily wear it on its own because it’s pretty patchy & dry and since it’s such a bright color, the patchiness is not very forgiving.

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

Not many people can pull off Candy Yum Yum lipstick on its own as it is really bright and the contrast between the lip color and the rest of the face is quite shocking. It’s an eye searing pink and it really can look great on all skintones depending on what lip pencil is paired with it. In terms of formula, it is really creamy but it’s not hydrating. It leaves a strong pink stain on the lips as it fades. 

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lip Pencil + Lipstick

As you may or may not notice (I noticed when I wore it), the lip pencil + lipstick combo looks a lot brighter and more vivid than the lipstick alone. I definitely recommend using these two together if you want a Candy Yum Yum lip🙂

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lip Pencil + Lipstick + Lipglass

This lip combo is obviously a statement. I believe that such a striking lip combo should be paired with a well defined eye and flawless skin. I also think that it would look great paired with a silver smokey eye for that old school early 2000’s look. To be honest, you could probably achieve this exact same look by replacing the lipglass with any clear gloss. However, I do believe that layering the lip pencil and the lipstick creates a more vibrant lip as opposed to just wearing the lipstick on its own.

These three goodies seem to be part of the permanent range at MAC cosmetics. If not, they are still available on the website so if you’re feeling like a super neon Barbie pink lip color, go get them!

BITE Beauty Creme Lipstick in “Opal”

Opal is my favorite stone so when BITE Beauty came out with a creme lipstick called Opal, you best believe I jumped on that. It looked like a pretty unique product so I decided to give it a try. This blog posts contains all my thoughts on this new lipstick🙂 It’s limited edition so if you like what you see, I suggest you head over to Sephora and snatch one up for yourself!

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In the tube, BITE Beauty Opal lipstick looks straight up white with a subtle icy blue shift. Nothing special. To me, it smells just like my other creme lipsticks from BITE but the scent is a lot more subtle.

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L-R: BITE Beauty Creme lipstick “Opal”, MAC Pervette Lipstick

As I mentioned, this product is quite unique as it is supposed to be used as a lipstick topper to add an ultraviolet shift to any color. I did not find an exact dupe in my collection but MAC’s Pervette lipstick is quite similar. Pervette has a more lilac shift and its base is also lilac/pink whereas opal’s base is a sheer white that is almost translucent and it has a more blueish purple shift.

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It looks pretty weird on me on its own. For reference, I am wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in 4N2 “Spiced Sand” (~MAC NC42). I feel like it would look great on fair to medium complexions by itself as a light ultraviolet glaze. I did notice that shortly after applying it, the milkiness of the white base started to settle in my fine lines :S

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L-R: MAC Flat Out Fabulous + BITE Opal, MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Flat Out Fabulous + MAC Pervette

To showcase Opal in action, I have chosen MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous lipstick because it’s a pretty purply/pink that would go well with Opal’s ultraviolet shift and is also a Retro Matte formula so it has absolutely no shine to it. I also swatched FOF with Pervette on top. As you can see, Opal not only adds a metallic blurple shift but it also lightens the base color of the lipstick as well. Although the swatches look the same, when I layered Pervette on top of FOF it didn’t really add a shift, it just changed the color of the lipstick in a similar way. The duochrome shift was a lot more apparent with BITE Opal.

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L-R: MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Flat Out Fabulous + Opal

As you can see from the photo above, layering Opal over Flat Out Fabulous made it look slightly lighter and more blue-toned. There is definitely an “ultraviolet” shift as well but it was difficult to capture on camera because it was extremely subtle. I didn’t have any problems of the lipstick settling into fine lines as I did when I wore BITE Opal alone.

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MAC Flat Out Fabulous + BITE Beauty Opal

This photo was taken in front of a window and is therefore a lot more true to color and you can also see the shift better here.

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The only downside to this product is the fact that whatever lipstick you choose to layer it with ends up on the bullet… You can easily fix this by wiping the bullet clean but a lot of product is wasted in this process.

Gosh, BITE Beauty is seriously the death of me. I can’t resist their lip products. Especially since they’ve been releasing a bunch of new collections recently. Have you guys picked anything up from the Berries/Maple collection?

Toodeloo🙂

Charlotte Tilbury – Thoughts featuring her Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils

Charlotte Tilbury is probably my favourite brand that I discovered in the last year. There’s just something about her products – the packaging, the names, everything – that draws me in. My first ever Charlotte Tilbury purchase was her Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Stick in the colour “Bronzed Garnet”. Her Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Sticks come in 8 different colours, two for each eye colour: blue, brown, green and hazel. Personally, I couldn’t care less about the colour recommendations. When it comes to buying these pencils I got multicolored eyes, aight?

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet Amber Haze Amethyst Aphrodisiac Smoky Emerald Golden Quartz

All this to say that when I first used Bronzed Garnet I absolutely loved it. I got a complex eye look by using only one product. It has some nice multidimensional sparkles in it and it didn’t crease after 8 hours of wear (on top of NARS eyeshadow base). I must say that it sets pretty quickly and you do have to work quite fast with this product, which can be a deal breaker for some people. Sooooo I got 4 more colours…

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet Amber Haze Amethyst Aphrodisiac Smoky Emerald Golden Quartz

So here are some swatches of all of them in their glory.

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From L-R : Smoky Emerald, Golden Quartz, Bronzed Garnet, Amber Haze and Amethyst Aphrodisiac

These are all fantastic however I must say that there are some inconsistencies formula-wise. Amber Haze, Smokey Emerald and Bronzed Garnet all have that beautiful creamy pigmented texture that I first fell in love with. On the other hand, Amethyst Aphrodisiac and Golden Quartz are a little more difficult to work with. I find that when I try and blend them, I’m kind of “scraping off” the colour from each individual piece of sparkle and end up with tons of silver sparkles where I tried to blend. This is easily fixed by just popping a neutral eyeshadow on top and brushing the sparkles off but using an additional product kind of defeats the purpose of these pencils for me. Here is a photo of Golden Quartz blended out to shows what I mean:

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Next on my list are Dark Pearl and Black Diamonds, which I heard was a chunkier one so I’m still not sure about that one. Have you guys tried the CT Colour Chameleon pencils? I’d really like to know what you think of them😀

Cheers xxo❤

MAC Le Disko – I Like 2 Watch and Let’s Roll Dazzleshadow

I just realized that my last two posts have been bashing MAC products so I decided that I would show them some love because MAC is definitely one of my favourite brands in terms of quality/price ratio, colour selection as well as customer service (on the phone, not in stores).

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Recently(ish) they launched a super groovy collection called Le Disko, which featured some spectacularly sparkly products. Let’s be honest, we all love shiny things… I know that I said in my last post that I would be more careful with my purchases but believe me, I was! I think that if this collection had launched 1 month ago I probably would have bought at least 6 of the eyeshadows and at least one dazzleglass:/ Anyway, I waited to see these in stores and at first I only wanted to get “I like 2 watch”, which is a gorgeous gold shade but once I swatched “Let’s Roll” I knew i had to have that one too…

I like 2 Watch

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I Like 2 Watch is a super glittery version of MAC’s Old Gold pigment. It has a coppery gold base with a strong green gold duo chrome effect. On my warm complexion it tends to pull a lot more green than copper. I would assume that if you have cool undertones it will look more copper on you.

Let’s Roll

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Let’s Roll is a little more out there but I really believe that it would make any eye colour pop! It’s a strong metallic reddish copper base with pink and orange duo chrome. You really have to see this one in person it is truly breathtaking. It would also look great underneath Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in “Leila”, which I have reviewed here. I’d say that in comparison the dazzleshadow is a lot darker and more red.

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If I were to compare these to similar products on the market I would say that the formula resembles the one of the Urban Decay Moondust shadows the most. They feel exactly the same, they are both super sparkly on the eyes and the press even looks the same in the pan (like a swirly pattern). With that being said, just like the Urban Decay shadows, these do generate a bit of fallout during wear, which is unfortunate but hey – if you’re going to wear tons of glitter on your eyes isn’t it expected that you end up with some on your cheeks by the end of the night?

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For this look I used Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow in the crease and blended it out with MAC Samoa Silk as well as a tiny bit of Make Up For Ever #75. Then on the lid I used MAC Old Gold pigment and I darkened the outer corners with MAC Shadowy Lady first and then Carbon. Next, I tapped a bit of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on the center of my lids and pressed the I Like 2 Watch dazzleshadow on with my fingers. Finally, I highlighted the brow bone with MAC Blanc Type and the inner corners with NARS Cassiopeia. Finish off the look with a winged liner and mascara, lashes would have bumped this look up a notch but I was too lazy…

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Overall, I am very happy with these shadows and the fact that they were the first two to sell out on the website is not a surprise. Their formula isn’t perfect but you have to decide if rocking killer sparkly eyes is worth the cost of having a few pieces of glitter here and there on your face throughout the night🙂 Are you getting anything from the Le Disko collection?