Saturday, May 28, 2016

ColourPop: Haul and Swatches

Well, hello! I don't recall whether or not I've talked about ColourPop here on the blog before. I did do one mini haul back in the day.  If I've posted it...I will link it HERE. If that doesn't link to anything, that means I never posted about it. Is that incredibly lazy of me? Oh well.

Anyway, the short version of my previous CP experience: I felt like Goldilocks. One shadow was great, one was so-so, the other was terrible. So I kind-of wrote the whole brand off. I like cheap makeup as much as the next girl, but I don't want to spend even a small amount of cash if it's not going to be for a really  good product. Some people take this as me being a snob, because I generally stay away from most drug store products. I'm not a snob. I'm just cheap. And I'd rather pay more for something amazing, but feel like I'm getting my money's worth. Versus paying a couple of bucks for something that is of terrible quality that will never be used, and there goes my two dollars down the drain. Those were my two dollars. I went to work for that. I got up early, did my makeup, skipped breakfast, drank cold coffee, and went to work. So what I spend that money on better be good! But I digress. Did I say I was telling the short version of something? Geez...

Recently, ColourPop had a 20% off sale. A week or so prior to that, Jeffree Star had talked about one of their eyeliners in a video. It was gorgeous. So I decided to try them out again. I added what seemed like a TON of products to my cart. I figured I would just add everything that appealed to me, then weed through it all before checking out. And when I got to check out, I found that the whole crap-ton of products were only going to cost me $32. Amazing. So I got it all. No weeding needed. Here is what I got:

YES, I know. I got three shades of green eyeliner. Maybe a little weeding-through of my cart was necessary after all. But I can't say I regret any of the shades, and at least I know now that I'm set on green eyeliner for a while. Like...a WHILE.

Top to Bottom:
  • Punch Creme Gel Liner
  • Zulu Creme Gel Liner
  • Maybe Creme Gel Liner
  • Teaspoon Creme Gel Liner
  • Marshmallow Ultra Satin Lip
  • Petit Four Ultra Satin Lip
  • The Golden Child Super Shock Cheek

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review & Swatches: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks (Androgyny & Celebrity Skin)

Hey everyone! In my head, when I say that, I hear crickets and an echo. I'm fully aware I haven't posted in........a very long time. So I'm not sure if anyone is still out there. If you are, thank you! If you're not, I hope you're frolicking in a field with all my lost bobby pins and left socks.

Anyway, for my first post back, I wanted to talk about a couple of my liquid lipsticks. When I first heard of liquid lipsticks, Lime Crime had that market cornered. I had LC's Red Velvet, and loved it. Every time someone asked what it was, I had the hardest time explaining it to them, because it was unlike any other lipstick anyone had seen up to that point. But THEN....liquid lipsticks where EVERYWHERE! Every brand came out with their version. It was amazing. I was in heaven. I haven't tried a ton of brands yet, but Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks are probably my favorites among the ones I've tried. Now that I told you I like them, I hope you're still interested in the rest of the review. Spoilers, spoilers...

The Pros:

  • Great pigmentation. Even though I have two nudes, they show up well.
  • Long-lasting. These suckers stay put. I don't have time during the day to touch up my lipstick. I love that they last literally all day. I generally even forget to touch up after eating lunch, and at the end of the day, they're still going strong.
  • They are barely scented, and the scent that is there is not very strong. I've heard Jeffree mention something about a root beer scent? I haven't noticed that. But when it comes to smells, I'm most happy with less.
The Cons:
  • The packaging. I know some people love it. It's pink, everybody loves pink. But I think it looks a little cheap. I know...I can't believe I'm saying I don't like it, but that's the truth.
  • Cost. Like with most indie brands, these are not cheap. To me, they're worth the price. But it just means that I can't buy them all like I want to.
  • Always out of stock! Again...another draw-back of shopping indie. They just can't keep up with demand. I'm sure that's a good thing, from their perspective. But if you're dying for a shade RIGHTNOW,  you're probably out of luck.
  • Inconsistent formulation. While both lipsticks I have work very well, they each have a different  feel during application Celebrity Skin is almost mousse-like. Androgyny is more liquidy. They wear the same, and both last all day. But I have to change the way I apply them since they're both very different. Not a major negative, I just prefer things to be consistent.
The Verdict:
I will definitely continue to purchase these. Duh. They're great! I have a few shades in mind that I want to try. He's rolling out new shades for the summer, which I'm sure will be amazing. Plus, he's also introducing other products to his line. It's nice to see a company that only puts out products that they are proud of, and can stand behind. Too many companies just push out sub-par products....I'm looking at you, Kylie Lip Kits.

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