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Lazy Lipstick: Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

I was very firmly against metallic lipstick for a while. I’m not sure what changed, but now I want all of the shiny things and glitter lipsticks. Is it because Kesha is back? Probably.

Also, fun fact, I originally typed “mouse” and it took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out how to fix the word.

Anyway. Metallic lipstick. I got curious and picked up Hard Candy’s Metallic Mousse in Queen of Hearts.

I included the side view because this lipstick comes in a giant metallic tin that makes it look HUGE. It’s not huge. You only need to apply a really thin coat, so I’m not as irritated as I was when I first opened it. I hate intentionally misleading packaging. These people know I can’t visualize a fluid ounce.

This is me at the beginning of the day.

And me at the end.

Thoughts:
This formula isn’t the greatest. It doesn’t streak or peel, but it’s sticky ALL DAY and comes off on my water bottle like no other.
A pro for the color is that it matches my natural lip color enough that when it inevitably disappears from the bottom half of my top lip, I don’t look like I’m walking around with just an outline of old lipstick.

Rating: 3/5.
I’m going to wear it until I run out, but I’m not getting any more colors or repurchasing.

I also think this may be a gateway lipstick for purple glitter lipstickΒ territory. Send help.

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July 2017 Ipsy Bag

I finally bought my Ipsy subscription! (And yes, I have a referral link.)

Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a little makeup bag with a handful of samples and sometimes full sized products every month in exchange for $10. I had ten bucks and love getting mail, especially if there’s a chance that I’ll get something weird to put on my face. Sold.

What’s in my bag

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Trestique Mini Porcelain Concealer
Buildable coverage, downright adorable packaging (A STICK CAP THAT LOOKS LIKE A PENCIL), and truly pasty colored instead of yellow/orange. I’m pasty. Porcelain fits my ghost skin perfectly. I forgive them for the weird capitalization in their brand name.
Purchase or pass: Will consider purchasing after I blow through my weird yellow toned concealer.

EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size in Black
This stuff is currently letting me live out my goth princess dreams. Wings for miles! I was hoping that since they advertise that it’s smudge and fade proof that I wouldn’t need a primer, but no. It’s a pen, but it goes on smooth.
Purchase or pass:Β I still have dreams of finding an eyeliner that doesn’t require primer, so I’m going to pass. If you don’t have my oil problem, I recommend.

Winky Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food


I hate this lipstick so much. I thought it was just the color at first, because I’m profoundly uncomfortable wearing lipstick that is lighter than my natural lip color, but no. The formula is also sticky as hell. All day. It does stay all day, but at what cost? The above picture is after twelve hours. Can you see me regretting my life choices?
Purchase or pass: I said I hate it. If you’re looking for a long wearing nude liquid matte, I like the NYX Lingerie line. It doesn’t make me feel like my lips are chewing gum.

Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose
I’m happy that I got this. I enjoy using it. BUT it lasts about three hours and my lips are still flaky afterwards. Not impressed.
Purchase or pass:
Chapstick is better.

tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer
I don’t usually wear bronzer…so..it doesn’t make me look orange and it goes on my face? I dunno guys, it’s powder. It’s hard to mess up powder for me.
Purchase or pass:Β 
I would never pay $30 for this, but I’ll wear this until I use it all.

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Lazy Lipstick: City Color Be Matte Red Reviews

Why lazy lipstick? Because I’m going to put this on in the morning and then ignore my face for the rest of the day. Pictures are right after application and then about 12 hours later.

First up is a selection of City Color Cosmetic’s Be Matte dark reds. I got a five pack for ~$8. I don’t think this pack is up for sale anymore, so the links go to less official resellers of the individual colors.

A note: These lipsticks are rounded and are nearly impossible to apply to my tiny lips from the tube. You’re going to want a lipstick brush (though those little angular eyeliner brushes will do the trick if you’re not ready to commit). I’ve been using this one for about six months: E.l.f. Retractable Lip Brush

Swatches!
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Colors from top to bottom are: Samy (M22), Lola (M20), Lana (M23), Brianda (M24), Francesca (M21). I can’t tell much of a difference between most of the colors, either, it’s not your monitor.

And now the wear tests! I wear chapstick under my lipstick because matte lipsticks tend to dry your lips out. These aren’t the worst about it, but it’s still noticeable. Your lipstick will look nicer for longer if you have magical moist lips. I have regular mortal lips.

Samy Before (Top) & After (Bottom)

I was extra impressed with this one because I went to an ice cream event this day and ate 10 cups more of ice cream than on any of these wear tests. I didn’t wear chapstick this day. Magic. I hope you don’t like this color, because I can’t find a link to it for you.

Lola Before & After


(3 Pack) CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick – Lola
Lana Before & After


CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick Lana
Brianda Before & After


CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick Brianda
Francesca Before & After

I don’t wear this color often, because it doesn’t apply evenly no matter what black magic ritual I perform. You might have better luck if your lips are naturally not a ghost color like mine.
CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick Francesca

Thoughts:
This lipstick is a great, cheap option as an introduction to matte lipstick. I picked it up to figure out what kind of reds I should wear..and have since decided to just keep wearing whatever I want regardless of my undertones.

It’s somewhat drying, but doesn’t flake off or feel disgusting like some other matte lipsticks I’ve worn. You’re a little aware of something being on your lips, but don’t feel like a clown.

It doesn’t quite last all day. If you touch up your lipstick after lunch you will be way cuter than me at the end of the day. These lipsticks are pretty pigmented for the price and don’t feather. They do transfer onto cups.

Solid 4/5.Β