My Face

Full Face: Bright Colors & Dehydrated Skin

The Boyfriend requested a “bright surprise” for a recent date night and I delivered. I loved the balance of super bright eyes with pretty neutral lips (which is a favorite move for nights out so I can still eat whatever I want). This is not a tutorial, but I often get asked about which products I’m using so I thought I’d share a full product list for one of my go-to styles. These photos have not been edited in any way.

SKIN PREP

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer

MAC Strobe Cream

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My Reviews

Lime Crime: Perlees & Superfoils

A few weeks ago, I put up a full post all about Lime Crime’s Velvetine liquid lipsticks, one of my favorite formulas. That post was so long that I figured I’d split my Brand Highlight into two and share my thoughts on their Perlees and Superfoils separately. If you’re a fan of glitter, glow, and/or metal, these might just be for you.

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I ordered these online and when they first arrived my immediate thought was “oh hell I’m never going to wear these.” I am pleased to say I was so very wrong. These metallic bullet-style lipsticks are creamy, comfortable to wear, and look like foiled metal on the lips. They’re not the most long lasting, but survived my sushi and are very easy to reapply so I’m not too bothered by it.

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Lime Crime Perlees in Denim & Charmed

Denim – The perfect denim blue to kick off anyone’s “unusual” lipstick shade collection.
Opaque, creamy, it ticks all the boxes for a good bullet lipstick and then it’s metallic blue too.
What more could you want?

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My Collection

Product Highlight: Lime Crime Velvetines

I’m not going to get into any of the drama or controversy surrounding Doe Deere and Lime Crime. It’s been written to death all over the Internet. Today, I’m just here to talk makeup. I tried a few Lime Crime products on a whim a little while back and have been so impressed with the cruelty-free brand (all their products are made in the USA too!) For the sake of brevity, I’ve decided to split my Brand Highlight into two posts, so here’s a little run down of the Velvetines I own along with my thoughts on the formula and shades. A second post is not far behind with reviews of the brand’s Perlees metallic lipsticks and Superfoils eyeshadows.

(I will make one comment in that, if you do choose to support the brand, I recommend using PayPal when you check out and not provide your credit card information directly to the website in order to protect yourself in the event of a highly unlikely, but not impossible, second security breach).

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I have amassed quite a few of these over the last year and while I’m not sure it’s my favorite liquid lipstick of all time, it’s definitely in my top three. These go on smooth – more liquid than most other formulas, and they don’t dry down too quickly which means you’ve got some time to adjust as needed. They easily last 8+ hours depending on your eating habits (sometimes a little less depending on my lunch choice). The shades are super pigmented and most are incredibly opaque as well. Some of the darker shades can be a touch patchy, but with the additional work time from the fluid formula, it’s easy to layer and smooth out.

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The Neutrals: Marshmallow / Cashmere / Cupid / Gigi / Moonstone / Polly

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From left to right: 
Marshmallow
 – nude pink
Cashmere – greige 
Cupid
– petal pink
Gigi – taupe mauve
Moonstone – moonstone grey
Polly – pink mauve

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My Hits & Misses

Top Five: Winter Lipsticks

In the depths of this frigid PNW winter, some lipstick shades stand out to me more than others. I don’t really ever limit myself based on the seasons, but there’s something to be said for classic reds and berry tones this time of year. Here are my top five lipsticks for these blistering winter months.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu ($26.00 / Sephora) – This deep purple crayon has a matte finish with an applicator that is 100% in your control. If you prefer to use the edges, have at it, but it can also be sharpened to a tiny tip for a flawless lipline. The formula can be a touch drying, but it last ages and I have yet to see someone who it doesn’t look good on.

 

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My Reviews

Sephora Play! Six Month Review

Before I say anything else, know that this is the longest I have ever stuck with one subscription box. I’ve plowed through Birchbox, ipsy, and even boxycharm but never made it more than a few months before canceling the service. Six months in, the Sephora Play! box still has my undivided attention.

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If you’re not familiar with the box, it’s a $10 monthly subscription box that comes with six deluxe samples of products from brands sold at Sephora. Similar to Birchbox, your samples are chosen based on a profile you fill out. Each month your samples will arrive in a cute little drawstring bag accompanied with a fold out sheet describing each product. To top it off, each box comes with a Sephora card for 50 extra points on your next in-store purchase. While the box is not yet available everywhere, it’s expanding quite rapidly so don’t let a waitlist bum you out (it took me a few months to get my first one).

So what makes this box so much better than the rest? Probably the biggest factor is the choice of brands. Sephora stocks some of the coolest brands out there and they definitely do not skimp when it comes to putting the Play subscription together. I heard some grumbles that one box featured what was likely “leftovers” from last year’s birthday gift, but guess what? Last year’s birthday gift was a NARS lip pencil! Not exactly chump change for most of us. I’ve gotten products from Tarte, Korres, Atelier Cologne (one of my favorite perfume makers), Urban Decay, and even Bite Beauty. Even the scents have all been knockouts – there’s one in every box. I dreaded my unexpected samples from Birchbox, but Sephora’s choices are consistently pleasing and exciting across a variety of styles. So far, Sephora has crushed it each and every time – plus your monthly fragrance sample counts as an extra product, not a replacement for a bigger item.

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The other standout factor for me is the cost breakdown of each box. These things are worth well beyond the $10 they cost each month, even if a few products make their way to friends and family (makes me look pretty great too!)

To remain objective, I’ve decided not to rate any of the products I receive beyond pointing out a few of my overall favorites. Everyone’s preferences are different and it’s not up to me to tell you a product is bad because I personally didn’t like it. There’s something in there for everyone so here’s a look at the last six months of my Sephora Play subscription!

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