SugarPill Cosmetics “High Tea” Liquid Lip Bundle

HighTea_bundle_grande   I bought the Little Twin Star Collection but didn’t really review it here mainly because I used the entire collection in my last photoshoot and have been tweeting with the fabulous people at Sugarpill on how much I loved that collection. Yesterday I received my Sugarpill “High Tea,” Liquid Lipstick collection and I’m already in love. Every color is something that I would wear on a daily basis and of course the liquid lip formula is fantastic. Sugarpill and Jeffree Star Cosmetics are my two favorite brands that have the best liquid lip formulas.

Here is my NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT MY LOVE FOR SUGARPILL COSMETICS! Also are the beautiful swatches and names of the gorgeous “High Tea” colors. I’m wearing “CLINK” in my pictures here! Thank you Sugarpill Cosmetics for another fabulous product and for being my favorite makeup brand.

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Monster Makeup Cosmetics

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   I was so very excited to try this new brand, Monster Makeup Cosmetics. This brand was created by Sam and I wanted to post her reasons for starting this company and why she chose her the name of her brand, packaging themes, and what she stands for which I loved reading about. Here is her intro and I love, respect, and everything Sam talks about:

About Makeup Monsters

mmowder.jpgHey there! I’m Samantha I am the founder of Makeup Monsters Cosmetics established January 1st 2015. I have a wacky imagination, I love all things bright and creepy cute and I stay true to myself.

At Makeup Monsters, we embrace individuality and exude fun in everything that we do! After-all, makeup should be about having fun, expressing yourself and feeling confident in your skin.

Our brand focuses on creating broad color selections to suit anyone’s tastes, in high quality formulas that will leave a lasting impression. Our products are made with the highest quality ingredients and are vegan and cruelty free! When you purchase from our brand, you’re not only supporting a small business with a big heart, you’re becoming a part of a family that encourages individuality and confidence in the makeup community and stands against the testing of animals for beauty.greenkittenbundle3.png

All of our formulations and products are hand crafted in small batches, created in-house and packaged with love by us! We carefully package each order like a gift so that when you open it, you feel the love and time that went into your purchase.

Our success and growth is so important to us, so we highly recommend anyone that has comments, suggestions or concerns about our brand or products to contact us via email at makeupmonsterscosmetics@gmail.com We will always have a listening ear to what you have to say.

Thank you so much for your support!

-Samantha and the Makeup Monsters Team

 

     After this post, I will show the actual swatches of my lipsticks and how they look on me. The first thing I caught my attention about this brand is the name. Glamour, Monsters, and makeup, how could have I not checked this brand out? The second thing that caught my eye was of course the packaging. The packaging designs are gorgeous. I’m obsessed with the black rose and thorny vines design and when I received my package and I opened the box, the tissue paper had that gorgeous print, plus a little unicorn fox sticker which I thought was so cute. I’m also a huge supporter of indie makeup brands, whether it’s makeup, clothes, etc. So another reason I wanted to check Monster Makeup out.

I ordered the Kitty mini liquid bundle and two lip toppers in, “Elemental” and “Flora Moonlight,”

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   The first thing I opened was the mini lip bundle. Even though I’ve been trying to be good when buying lipsticks, I want to get the bundle because they are mini liquid lipsticks and the bundle has colors that I don’t normally have in my collection. The best thing about this bundle is that they are ALL MATTE liquid lipsticks. The Kitty lip bundle packaging was adorable. The frosted lipsticks with the signature black and thorn vines design looked VERY EXPENSIVE even though this isn’t a high expensive cosmetic line which I was gagging for. When it comes to the liquid lipstick bundles,  even though I love the frosted lip packaging, you definitely need to open the lipsticks to see the actual colors cause they do little lighter in the packaging. I love all the colors in this lip bundle and I like I said, I don’t have many of these shades. Another good reason to buy the mini lip bundle. The lip applicator is one of the my favorite applicators. the pointed doe-foot applicator. The end of the applicator is triangular pointed like Smashbox and SugerPill lipstick applicators, which I love because after you apply lipstick, you can use the point of the applicator to line your lips after.

As far as the lipstick formulas, they are little drying like many liquid lipstick brands are but they’re not too uncomfortable. Also if you get this bundle, a lot of the colors are light so you might have to apply another coat after your first one dries. I did really like this lip bundle and it retails for $35.00.

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Now for my review on the lip toppers. On Sam’s website, they have many colors to choose from and I chose “Flora” and “Elemental.” These toppers have the same back rose design and they look gorgeous in there tubes. I actually wore ‘Elemental” over my signature red lipstick at drag con. You can see it that close up picture of me posted. I ordered those two toppers because like the lip bundle, I don’t have those toppers. They aren’t glossy and smell yummy like the “Jouer” lip toppers but the colors are beautiful and dry very quickly. Because they aren’t super glossy, they dry fast but aren’t uncomfortable at all and also look sexy over lipstick and just by itself. The lip toppers retail for $17.95.

I definitely recommend checking out Monster Makeup Cosmetics and to order anything them them, head up to Sam’s bio on how she created her business and she lists her info and where to find her products. I pre-ordered their new “DRAGON CHILD” eye shadow palette which is their first eye- shadow palette and I can’t wait to get it next month so I can see how good their eye shadows are. DEFINITELY GO CHECK OUT MONSTER MAKEUP COSMETICS WEBSITE AND IF YOU HAVE AND QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM IN MY COMMENT SECTION! THANK YOU DARLINGS!

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The Power of Lipstick, the Glossy Rainbow Edition

Here’s my last installment of my “Power of Lipstick” Trilogy. I’m ending this last lipstick part with my favorite colors that are more on the edgy side but are still hot, fun, and beautiful to wear.

It was hard for me to choose which colors I wanted to show here but here are my top faves:

1. “Savage” (mega matte,) Vice lipstick by Urban Decay- This bright pink lipstick is hot hot hot. I love wearing this lipstick, especially when I do a colorful look, a hot psychobilly look, or just for fun. The Urban Decay VICE formula is one of my favorite lip formulas and I definitely recommend checking them out. I also use the matching Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on lipliner in “Frenemy”

2. “Twitch” (cream) Vice lipstick by Urban Decay- I love this beautiful purple color. It’s not too dark, it’s not too light. It’s the perfect purple lipstick. With this color, I don’t wear lip liner all the time but when I do, I use  Urban Decay 24/7 glide on lipliner in”Pandemonium.” 

3. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Velour liquid lipstick from Jeffree Star Cosmetics- last year I did a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s shoot and the last few photos I had shot, I put this lipstick on. I thought it would be fun and those pictures looked really cool with it on. One of my favorite films, if not my favorite of all time is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and I love how this lipstick is the exact shade of Tiffany’s bags and box packaging. If you haven’t seen my Breakfast at Tiffany’s shoot, definitely check it out here.

4. “Venus Flytrap” Velour liquid lipstick from Jeffree Star Cosmetics (Chrome Collection)- I’ve used this fabulous green chartreuse color many times A LOT in makeup tutorials and looks. Some might think how or why would you wear this color but that’s just because you’re unique, like to stand out, and are fabulous.

5. “Trinket” liquid lip color by Sugarpill- In my December Hits/Misses youtube video, I talked about buying and wearing this color and it was definitely a HIT for me. If you haven’t done so already, please go check that youtube vid out on my youtube channel and I posted it here in December as well. “Trinket” is  Sugarpill’s very first liquid lipstick, and has a sexy Matte to Sparkle formula. The color is a matte mauve infused with luminous golden sparkles that stay and become more bright as the formula dries. I love the pigment and how it is very long-lasting and never feels too dry.  

Most of you know I rarely wear lip gloss on a daily basis but the I do have few that I absolutely love wearing, either by itself on top of regular lipstick.

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Here are my favorite glosses and toppers:

1. “Melted Honey” by Chanel- This sparkly gold gloss is so sexy and looks very sexy on when worn alone. It also looks hot when you have a lipstick on already, like a dark red or purple, and then apply the gloss in just the center of your lips.

2. “Rose Gold” lip topper by Jouer Cosmetics- Jouer has the best lip toppers. My Rose Gold is stunning and again very sexy. The glitter and color is very pigmented and doesn’t feel sticky. It smells yummy too, like caramel. Like with my Chanel gloss, this lip topper looks wickedly sexy alone or on top of lipstick.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my list of lipsticks and my reviews on them. I definitely recommend checking out every color I speak about in all three parts of my “Power of Lipstick” series. Thank you so much.

The Power of Lipstick, the NUDE Edition

If you haven’t read “The Power of Lipstick, the RED Edition” article I posted a few days ago, I suggest you do so NOW! There are so many benefits of having a swatch of red on your lippy but if you truly don’t feel comfortable, here is the NUDE EDITION to the “Power of Lipstick Series.” NUDE lipsticks can be fun, for certain looks such as if you like a deep dark smoky eye and a pale nude lipstick.

There are a variety of different shades of NUDE lipsticks and here are my favorites:

MY TOP FAVORITE NUDE SHADES:

1. “Nathan” velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics- This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE NUDE lipstick. 

2. “Rose Matter” velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics- This was one of the first Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks I ever bought with “Unicorn Blood. This soft neutral coral is like crushed petals on your lips. 

3. “Deceased” velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics- This darker nude is a sexy mauve-greige tone.

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OTHER NUDE LIPSTICKS THAT I LOVE:

1. “Doting” “Meet Matt(e) Hughes” long-lasting liquid lipstick by the Balm. This is a beautiful peachy color that smells like chocolate and caramel.

2. “Sincere” “Meet Matte(e) Hughes” long-lasting liquid lipstick by the Balm. This is a lovely peachy mauve color and again it smells like desert.

3. “Celebrity Skin”  lip ammunition lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. The lip ammunition has a satin finish and very creamy. This soft brown nude has a peachy undertone. 

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ENJOY THESE BEAUTIFUL NUDES!

 

 

 

 

The Power of Lipstick, The RED Edition

  My signature color of course is red. Red is my favorite color and I love wearing it on my pout. I mainly wear classic red which is a blue toned red which looks better on me rather than an orange based lipstick. Blue toned is also more versatile and looks great on all skin tones.

   Sometimes I like wearing a deeper burgundy or a brighter shade but it’s still in the red family. I sometimes change up my lipstick color for fun or if it’s for a certain look but classic red is my go to.

Here is a list of my favorite red lipsticks, both liquid and in a regular lipstick tube. A long time ago I did an article on here about my favorite red shaded lipstick so you might recognize one or two shades that I had mentioned long about but for the most stuf I’m showing new reds. Also I do mention the same makeup brands more than once such as Jeffree Star Cosmetics and MAC but the only reason why is that I love and truly believe in those formulas and love wearing them! 

MY TOP FAVORITE RED LIPSTICKS THAT I WEAR THE MOST:

1.  “RedRum” Velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics- (I know I’ve said this before but Jeffree’s liquid formula is my absolute favorite liquid lipstick formula.) RedRum is the perfect classic blue toned red with a sexy matte finish and you’ll all know I’m a matte lipstick whore.

2.   “BAWSE” Always on liquid lipstick by Smashbox- I had always heard a lot of great things about Smashbox’s lipsticks but the reds always seemed too orange for my complexion but when I saw “Bawse” a few months ago, I knew I had to try it. It’s a fantastic blueish red, the formula is wonderful, and the applicator point is a triangle-shaped so you can use it as a lipliner before filling in your lips.

3.   “Russian Red” Matte lipstick by MAC.- This lipstick I had posted in my last favorite red lipstick article but of course the reason why is that it’s a fabulous matte classic red that I still love using.

Here are my two favorite red lipliners that I’ve talked about before many times but because I love the colors and the smooth non-drying formula. Make sure to line and fill in you lips before applying lipstick. A lot of people don’t think it’s necessary to use liner if you’re using a liquid formula but I still do to define my lipstick clearly.

    “WONDERLAND” and “714” 24/7 Glide-On lip pencil, both by Urban Decay. The 24/7 glide-on lip pencils is my absolute favorite lip liner formula. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t dry out your lips.

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Here are other red lipsticks that I like using. Some are deeper shades than the classic red: 

1.   “RED HAUTE” Color Design matte by Lancome- A very beautiful matte cool-toned red.

2.   “UNICORN BLOODVelour Liquid Lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics- This was the first lipstick I ever purchased and I love this color. It’s a dusty dark rusty matte lipstick that is very deep and sultry.

3.   “STRANGE LOVE” Liquid Lip Color by SugarPill- Sugarpill is one of my favorite makeup brands and I was very excited to try this color. I first got it with the limited edition Feline Fancy makeup collection bundle but they now sell this lipstick separately. This deep red is metallic with a little extra sparkle. Simply beautiful.

4. “FRANK N FURTER” Rocky Horror Picture Show Edition (matte) by MAC. I believe you can still by this shade online. I posted on article on here a long time ago when I got the Rocky Horror lipstick collection so click on the tag here to read it if you hadn’t before. This matte color is a beautiful deeper shade of a cool shade of red and is especially good if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a bright classic red but still want to rock a red lippy.

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ENJOY THESE SEXY LIPSTICKS AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!!

 

 

Difference Between French Girls and American Girls Regarding Makeup

I briefly lived in Paris many years ago and have a lot of French friends. I also have a huge collection on French novels, Style tips, French mannerisms, and more. I thought this would be a great topic to talk about.

DISCLAIMER: OBVIOUSLY NOT ALL FRENCH AND AMERICAN GIRLS DO THIS AS A MAKEUP ROUTINE, BUT THE MAJORITY DO FROM MY OBSERVATION AND TALKING TO MY FRENCH friends.

When it comes to French women, they tend to wear a lot less makeup than Americans. Nowadays in American, people tend to wear a full face of makeup, from huge coverage foundation, a bunch of eye shadow colors, a lot of contouring, fake lashes everyday, etc. (I sometimes do this too, except for maybe the contouring which I only do on some photoshoots.) 

French Girls are different. They would rather spend their money on skincare, the best they can afford to make sure their skin looks the best without covering it up with a lot of makeup.

The French girl’s philosophy is to enhance their natural features, (which has a very retro and vintage flair about it which you all know I love,) that give them their “joie de vivre.”

Here’s a typical routine most French Girls have with their skincare and makeup:

For skincare they use gentle cleansers that work for their specific skin type. They apply their eye cream, and they prime the skin. But when they do prime the skin, it’s usually a primer that doubles as a moisturizer such as BOBBI BROWN’S FACE BASE. Unless their skin needs a lot of coverage, they usually will use a BB or CC cream with some sunscreen instead of foundation. Like I said before when it comes to French makeup, the ladies are more interested in naturally glowing from within.

When it comes to applying concealer, the like to use it under their eyes for brightening and on any blemishes or imperfections. A lot of Americans love applying the concealer every where to brighten their whole face which can feel heavy on the skin and/or clog your pores. After the French apply their concealer, the use either loose or compact setting powder to set their makeup by gently pressing it into the skin with the concealer, either with a beauty blender a powder puff, or a kabuki style brush. They don’t tend to swirl the powder around the face for fear they might wipe off some of their concealer, foundation, or BB/CC cream.

When it comes to eye makeup, there are different ways French ladies do this look. The first way is to just curl your lashes and apply a beautiful mascara. The second way is for French women to use eyeshadow but it usually tends to be a neutral color, a pastel color all over the lids. Then curl their lashes and apply mascara. Very subtle and chic. The last way French women tend to their eye makeup is to do the above steps but add a little eyeliner to the top only and even bring it out to a little wing. (Of course this is my favorite look because it’s the most my style and has a very retro and vintage look to it.

For Brows, instead of changing the shape of their brows like some American girls do, French girls keep their natural shape and usually just fill in with a pencil if they need to.

For Blush, they add so a hint of blush just to give a nice healthy flush to the apples of their cheeks. Some French girls also use highlighter on their cheekbones but’s a subtle highlighter and they don’t really high light any other part of their face, except for sometimes the Cupid’s bow.

And for Lipstick, French ladies stick to classic colors. It’s usually no lipstick or a gloss, a light pink or nude color, or the classic French signature red lip.

Another cool thing about the French and how they do their makeup is that when they are going out in the evening they usually don’t have to reapply their whole face. They’ll just out dark eyeliner or dark shadow on top of what they already have for a smoky eye look, make a little shadow or liner underneath, and a darker lip shade.

Here’s me with my French Style Makeup Look of Today:

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The Makeup I used in this French inspired look:

Bobbi Brown Face Base

Lorea’l Pro-Matte foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in FAIR

Laura Mercier translucent powder

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for under eyes

Eye Shadow: “Reflection” from the Urban Decay, “Through the Looking Glass,” palette.

Eyeliners: Revlon luxurious color eyeliner in Black, smudged and Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining  pen in black.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown

Shiseido eye lash curler 

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara in Black

Highlight: Urban Decay Afterglow in “No Angel” and “Wicked.”

Blush: Stila convertible color dual lip and cheek cream in “Petunia.”

Lipstick: Meet Matt(e) Hughes, long lasting liquid lipstick in “Sincere” by TheBalm

 

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