DUPE ALERT: Too Faced x Milani

I love a good dupe because it shows us make up lovers the true comparisons and values of our products that we covet. I know that the $20 I pay for one lip item and the $6 I pay for another are mostly only similar in a few ingredients and manufacturer but I still buy the items cause I love makeup. With that said here are two items that could be fraternal twins!


I couldn’t wait for the Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lipsticks to come out BUT I also had been searching and stalking my local Wal-Mart for the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes.

I purchased the Too Faced online via Sephora during the VIB Rouge sale and chose the color Naughty By Nature strictly for nostalgic reasons and turns out, it’s a beautiful brown that definitely reminds me of my TLC/Naughty By Nature, baggy pants, waterfall pony-tail wearing days! Then a few weeks later – okay maybe about a couple of days later I ended up in Wal-Mart for something and found myself in the Milani lip aisle and what did I see? The sought after Milani Lip Cremes! I wanted to get them all but that wouldn’t have been a smart move with my budget so I only picked up one; a brown. Lately liquid lipsticks in bright bold colors look clownish on me so I lean towards darker more subdued colors for those so they don’t look pasted on my face but imagine the shock when I got home to see the similarities of these two!


I mean, COME ON!! Talk about twinning!

And if you are seeing what I see then yes, the Milani goes on a hell of a lot smoother for $7 than the Melted for $21. The ONLY differences I could find from these two were the applications, other than that, they are sister-wives!

I like them both but I love the wear of the Milani better because as it is matte and long wearing, it’s not hard and tight on the lips but does fade a bit just not a lot. The Melted goes on like a mud mask and to get it off is like pulling teeth, even with my Almay super oily EYE MAKEUP remover pads.

Considering the price difference and the fact that each swipe of the other colors of Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick (minus Evil Twin cause that’s at home with me), I will purchase the full set of the Milani’s. To me they are far more worth it.

Let me know what you think if you own them!





BiTE Beauty – Green With Envy


BiTE is in my top five of overall best lipsticks so it was no surprise that the Amuse Bouche line would be so damn gorgeous!!

After seeing swatches on Temptalia,  I knew I had to swatch these for myself and they all rocked but KALE had my name.

Squid Ink and Black Truffle and Whiskey were all also great colors but I own others like them however I didn’t own a green and this isn’t just ANY GREEN!  It’s an uber rich, dark forrest, velvet kings cape type of green.

BiTEs formula is VERY VERY creamy and there will be some messy mouth with spreading if you don’t use a liner however i didn’t use a liner and this smeared just a tiny bit by the end of my day.

I thought,  “Where am i going to wear this?” but it was a definite wear to my weekend job and once I put it on,  I knew it could be worn anywear I’d wear my dark burgundys or Too Faved Melted liquid lipstick in Evil Twin…. This color is EVERYTHING for so many of you from pale to dark chocolate!

It’s so sexy… I want to wear it everyday!


The only con is the slight and light vanilla scent that fades,  thankfully because i can’t do heavily scented makeup.

Let me know what your thoughts are is you picked up this new line from BiTE.


DUPE Alert: Melt Cosmetics


Sorry for the hiatus…. But I’m back and with juicy good makeup.

I’m so happy with Maybellines Bold lipstick line and I picked up the color Sapphire Siren and by chance compared it to Melt Cosmetics DGAF and boom… This happened!!!

The similarities are insanely close with the only difference being that Melt is matte and Maybelline is not however,  Melt is $19 and Maybelline is $5.99 (depending on where you go,  you know these drug stores be hiking costs and shit) but for a blue lipstick,  a color not many of us can wear everyday just cause,  it’s a great dupe and price!!

If you’ve picked up these new Maybelline Bold’s what do you think?

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Sephora Favorites: Paint It Pink

I love when Sephora bring out the FAVORITES!!!


These sets have become some of my favorites except for the last Sephora favorites: Give Me More Lip – Such a disappointment in the nude category for my dark skin but nevertheless this comes today to make me happy.

Any who lets carry on to the product….it’s a glorious $40 and comes with a full-sized Laura Mercier which to me was the selling point because those are about $27 a piece!


Neatly Packed!


It literally is, minus a liner, a full-faced look which I think is great for an on-the-go look to have with travel sized items.



I adore the color scheme but am a bit worried how it will look on my dark skin. I off the top, do not like the Make Up Forever Plexi Gloss and haven’t tried the other brand items except the lipstick.

I didn’t add the mini beauty blender in the pic because it’s BLAH, it’s mini, lighter weight than I’d prefer and again, nice for traveling and considering I’m going to NY the first week of April, I will take it and this entire look with me.




I was very excited to try Becca because it’s a brand I haven’t tried before.

I love the hardware, very sturdy and sleek and has a tiny mirror too. This is labeled as a “Shimmering Skin Perfector” and it goes on really nice. I appreciate the gorgeous glow it produces on my skin.



Urban Decay

Such an adorable package yet it’s a hard plastic versus the Becca which is of the same harder material made from the regular sized. I love the see through top. I have a few UD palettes and some are hit or miss for me so I am expecting a hit or miss experience. The color is a bit too shimmery for me but it can be a nice accent color to work with.




This is some serious blush that they call 12 hour but if you will notice, this swatch remains on my finger because it would not rub off onto my hand. I had to rub kind of vigorously with my finger to get in onto my cheek but it produced a wonderful coral color.


Make Up Forever and Laura Mercier

I like MUFE lipsticks but this thick gooey Plexi Gloss they created needs to hit the drawing board and chemistry sets again. This color is tolerable because it’s light and I see why they paired it with the Mercier; for a little gloss effect.

I have two mini Laura Mercier lipsticks in the color Milky Way and I like them but I cannot and have not yet – in the 100 or so lipsticks and glosses I own – pay for more than $24 (BiTE) for one and these are $27 and some tax so getting this in this set was a nice bonus! The color is like a few pinks I own. The formula is nice and smooth but not matte yet long lasting which is great. I wish her tubes had more personality, the engraved name on the tube is hidden and I don’t know, I’d prefer a pretty tube is all otherwise it’s a darn good lipstick.



Benefit is becoming my favorite mascara. I have really curly and thin lashes and Benefit thus far has been the only mascara that gives them a thickened appearance and yet doesn’t clunk them. I also adore their mascara wands which are nice and round.

The Deborah Lippman nail polish is basically a clear – no it’s a clear but who doesn’t like a clear polish. I’d hate to pay the price for this to only be clear though.


So there you have it folks….

I used some points to snag a BiTE Beauty mini lipstick of the Amuse Boushe colors they have going on.


As much as I love BiTE their problem is that their colors all look the same. This Radish is the same as my favorite color Palamino, okay maybe it’s a smidge darker but still on the same wavelength. I won’t be purchasing this particular color in the fll size but I love this tiny – and I do mean TINY deluxe sample.


Okie doke, Toodles Ladies and Gents. I am off to the land of sheep.

Until Next time. . . .



JEFFREE STAR Liquid Lipstick


I chose the right time to get this; during his holiday sale for $12 with free shipping! Can the Church say AMEN!

I am weary of trying new liquid lipsticks simply because my lips don’t like them as much as I do so there in lies the problem. However, this came in at 75% good, 25% bad for me.


The application was nice and smooth. Opaque color, very vibrant and very bold. Drying time was a bit longer than I’d have liked, sort of on the LA Splash Lip Couture drying time.


I was pleasantly surprised that by the time I got home the middle of my lips were just starting to fade versus the MAC Retro Matte I’m wearing now that is fading not even half way through my shift.


One Swatch – how beautiful does this look. The applicator is basic so no complaints there.


This was an eye opening experiment. I literally only applied just water and waited a full ten minutes so just as I mentioned before the drying time for Jeffree is a bit longer. I personally love BH liquid lipsticks and would put them as far as formula goes, above Jeffree’s; for my lips!


OVERALL: I will definitely purchase a few more colors.


If you have these what do you think?





Let me begin with saying that I am not a hardcore MAC fan. I don’t find their lipsticks to be the best on the market┬álike they are known but I own about 6 lipsticks and now this liquid lipstick. I’m not biased against this brand at all no matter how many failures I get, I will purchase new colors that excite me.

A lot of us make-up junkies have known about this release for awhile so……I’m not going to beat around the bush with this product so I’ll get right to it.

PRO: Color Payoff – Opaque, rich, and bold

CON: Not a huge variety of colors


This is two coats. The 1st coat which ended up being streaky was applied around 9am and the 2nd was applied at 11am. This is what I do not like about liquid lipsticks with this drying formula. It leaves very defined and noticeable space at the inner lip line.

Design: I thought I would hate the design of this tube because it favors a dildo (yes. . . a faux peen) but it’s sleek and kind of favors a big bullet – again, dildo. However, it’s not as dildo-ish as I initially thought.


It longer than a lipstick but not too big, about Dose of Colors or Jeffree Starr size in width and about the height being a bit taller than Dose of Colors. The applicator is nice, no complaints there. As you can see the formula is very thick on the applicator; kind of pasty but not too thick.


Drying – It’s dryness level is between that of Jeffree Star and LA Splash Lip Couture.

Dries quickly but leaves very definitive lines on lips

Exfoliating is a must before using this or you will suffer the dry lip spell


This is just one swipe so you can see the opacity of it but if you look at the top non-flash, you can see on the bottom how it’s a bit streaky, not much but we know in lippies that a little of a flaw can go a long way. It’s staying power is tough though.


OVERALL: I do not think I will purchase other colors. More than likely this will be┬ágoing back to the store, it’s just not going to work.┬áThe color I initially wanted was the light purple but it’s the same mas MAC lipstick color Heroine so I saw no reason to get it. My lips respond better to more light weight formulas like Kat Von D, BH Cosmetics, and Dose of Colors. Jeffree Star is a bit too heavy for me but it just makes the “about right” line and isn’t so drying.

What do you think of them?

I saw great swatches on Instagram @trendmood1




This will be a short review. I purchased a colour pop mini┬ádouble sided┬ápencil set for $20 yet I was hesitant because the first pencil and matching liner I purchased from them earlier this year was horrible, well the pencil was and the lippie was darker than I had expected so anyways I wanted to give them a go again and here we are. wp-1449002675642.jpgI didn’t read that they were mini until after I had purchased them but eh you get a variety for the buck so it wasn’t so bad. As you can see compared to a pen, they are small.

I haven’t worn all of them yet and the two colors I did wear were ok.


Please ignore my crappy photo but you see the flash and no flash. I do not like the bound on me because it was too pale yet with a darker liner (not the one with it) It will look okay.

I wore the bossy to work and the color stayed on pretty well throughout the day as you can see in another crappy photo below.

wp-1449002684793.jpgThe formula for these are matte to shiny. My only problem with these are the amount of product you get in each tube as you can see below.


They are twisted up to their max. I get that they are mini and for $20 you get to sample a few colors and formulas so that is ok but you could get two full sized colors with matching pencils for the same price and to me that would have been better yet as a sampler set it’s cool.

I like the lippie pencils, one because the price is nice, each lippie stick and pencil are $5 each and shipping is $5 so overall that’s not bad for matching lippie and sticks. I haven’t tried their liquid lippies yet and after seeing Temptalia’s review, I don’t plan on it.





I had been wanting to try this lipstick for a while since I seen it on Sephora’s website so when I finally saw it in store in this little gift set with the matches I grabbed it for $23.00

I’ll make this short and sweet. . .


No Scent

Different Shape helps to apply the lipstick better – I’d like all my lipsticks to come shaped like this


The packaging is a nice cool vintage gold color which goes well with the theme the creator wanted to set for this line.


I have not used the match book sticks yet and don’t know if I will, they seem kind of odd but it’s a cool idea and I’m keeping them for a ‘just-in-case’ kind of day.

The wear isn’t long lasting nor drying nor moisturizing. It’s kind of Maybelline with the wear but a bit higher on the scale.

The color is great! It took me ages to decide on a color which is why I hadn’t brought it then I saw the set and said, “What the hell, get this one”


It’s a very nice red-orange.


It’s worth trying out for the shape of the lipstick, the packaging and the colors are cool but I wouldn’t buy another knowing how little lasting power they have.



SEPHORA – Give Me More Lip 2015


LAST YEAR, I missed picking up the Give Me More Lip set because I didn’t fancy it, there was something about it that I just didn’t want but THIS YEAR I picked it up and LOVE IT!


L to R: Bite, Clinique, Urban Decay (Full Size), Laura Mercier, Tarte, Buxom x2, YSL, Too Faced Melted, Sugar, Lanc├┤me, Kat Von D, Nars (Full Size), Ciate (Full Size), and Smashbox (Full Size)

This set has a nice variety of colors and products to try if you have been wanting to try a brand or two out. I was happy to be able to try YSL, Ciate, Urban Decay, and Laura Mercier. This set is $59 at Sephora and when you look at the price of the full sized lipsticks, you are getting a good value. The Nars is $32, Urban Decay $22, Ciate $19, and Smashbox $20 so right there you are getting a good value for a set that includes 4 full sized lipsticks!

Now let’s get to the product!


Laura Mercier – I have wanted to try this brand for a while but something has always swayed me away. This color is Milky Way and although with the flash in this pic it looks a bit bright but it’s actually a very subdued and almost sheer taupe that’s gorgeous and would look with or without a liner.

I’m a Buxom fan! I don’t care for the tingle on the lips much but my favorite color is Dolly. These are very sheer but the subtle color comes through just right when you want a relaxed natural look with just a tinch of sparkle!


I fancy buxom lip glosses. I could care less for the tingle feeling but these are nice on those natural makeup days when you want just a sparkle and honestly the travel sizes are perfect. I don’t always like to carry around big tubes of lip gloss so half sizes are way better!




This Berry Blast is a nice shade of sheer berry. My favorite Buxom is the color Dolly, it’s just the perfect color of gloss period! They are not super sticky nor too thick. The application is smooth and easy.

wpid-wp-1444659880463.jpgThese two are the most pointless of the bunch! I thought the Clinique stick would have some color because in the tube it looks pink but it’s clear on me however I seen a lighter skin swatch and it showed some color. I have a chubby Clinique pencil in a bright fuchsia that shows perfect on me so I was disappointed by this one. The Tarte is clear, the formula is nice and soft and it adds a pretty shine as you can see but I wish they would have put a color one in instead of clear yet it’s moisturizing.

I am not the biggest Sugar fan especially in these tiny sizes because they melt and break quite easily.


The formula is very nice and smooth. Moisturizing. I cannot understand for the life of me why someone would pay so much for this product, the full size is $22.50 and although it feels nice, my baby lips works just the same for me. I enjoy the travel sizes but can’t see myself ever buying a full size.

Next Up is Too Faced Melted in Peony.


I own a full size of this in the darker pink color which I think may actually be Berry Red. These have a felt tip applicator meltedwhich some have said sucks but I really like the way this tip spreads the product on the lips. In the time that I have my dark pink color (9 months), I have had to clean the applicator once and I did so by taking the applicator off and running hot water through it to remove any clogged openings and it works fine. The formula is very opaque. I put full coverage on in this pic to show you how opaque it is but even when wearing my pink color I only put on one lip then blot the two together. This is long lasting but not fully transfer proof yet not super messy or creamy. I will wear this color with a liner or even mix it with the color I already own for a cute ombre effect!

I didn't know this was Lanc├┤me until reading the back of the box

I didn’t know this was Lanc├┤me until reading the back of the box

I had no idea what to expect with this product and it’s just alright. Would I pay $23.50 for a full size which looks more like a taller travel size? NO. It’s not too thick and as you can see not too pigmented either but I was surprised by the color that I got considering an arm swatch didn’t look so good. Overall the product itself isn’t bad but I can’t imagine other colors having pigment with such a sheer formula.

wpid-wp-1444659847497.jpgBeautiful COLOR!!

I was excited for this one because I really wanted to try this brand (I’m wearing this today (10/11/15) at work and it’s holding it pretty well these 3 hours in through my bowl of oatmeal and cup of coffee). This formula is SOOOO CREAMY which is also it’s con though. You have to have a bit of finesse when applying this so it doesn’t smear everywhere. It’s very rich and opaque. I will definitely be purchasing a full size now that I know how great this formula is. So far this is a long wearing, non drying formula that I like. There is kind of scent that smells like perfume but it’s subtle and fancy.

Next is BiTE Beauty


I am a fan of Bite and own quite a few of the double sided $14 lipsticks and a full sized in Palamino. This color was surprisingly cute and neutral. I have a Smashbox lipstick in my favorite color of cognac which is way lighter compared to this cognac so that was interesting to see the different cognacs. There is no liner needed for this cutie. She’s very pigmented and is a great fall color. BiTE products are all so smooth on application and although they are very creamy, they are not messy and actually have great staying power.

Who doesn’t Love a KAT VON D lippie?


I went looking for this color a long time ago and it was sold out every where so instead I purchased the color Motorhead which is a more burgundy dark color than this is although they are quite similar so I was excited to see this color in the pack. It’s a perfect year round color if you’re like me who wears dark lips whenever the mood strikes regardless of the season.

NEXT UP is NARS . . . .

I have a bone to pick with NARS! Why are their lipsticks so small? For $30+ I’d expect a little more product and that is something that has kept me from buying the lipstick because I do not feel you get enough of the product compared to other, cheaper, and sometimes better lipstick. But I’ll talk about that in a second. . . in this set was

wpid-wp-1444659823543.jpgThis color is sexy! I am very impressed with NARS formula on this one (a previous one I received as a gift was sheer so I returned it and got two lipsticks of a different brand). It’s soft, smooth, moisturizing and as you see it has a nice pigment. Nothing negative about this product except the price for a full size which is more like a half size to me.

For example, I compared a few other lipstick brands to this one in size:

wpid-wp-1444659815695.jpgAs you can see, Smashbox is the biggest and cost $20 per tube, next is NARS coming in next at $30 then Mac which has been used so it would be about the size of Smashbox and then Bite which is actually about the size as NARS but I am ok buying that because it’s about $6 cheaper. I just wish these companies would stop going overboard with these prices on lipsticks because we all know that cost price and the sale price are dramatically <said with a serious eye roll> different!! But oh well right. . .we are slaves to beauty. . .on to the next one. . .

wpid-wp-1444659806363.jpgSmashbox is one of my favorite brands. I love the variety of colors they have , the pigments and even the sleek black square tube (Like NARS). This color is a bit bright on me without a liner but I have a nice magenta liner that would give this bad boy some fierceness! It’s matte so it’s a bit drying but nothing Lorac like <insert lip purse and eye roll *shade>

Next Up is URBAN DECAY . . .


This photo makes the lipstick look more bold than it is, it was really subdued on me and as a first time user of this brand of lipstick it was very smooth, like the YSL smooth so almost messy but not quite. Great pigment and coverage. I wore this work the day before yesterday and didn’t need a liner but wore one anyway and this was just a great product all day. Total moisturizing on the lips all day. I can see myself buying more of these as they felt more like a glorified gloss but I didn’t mind that.

And Last but not least the beauty I am wearing today (10/13/15). . . . CIATE

wpid-wp-1444659797714.jpgThis is a BRIGHT orange, really bright, super bright but I like it!! This is my first time trying Ciate and this formula is thick on application – not sticky think but a lot comes out on the applicator thick so a little goes a really looooooong way!

It’s long wearing, a bit drying, not shiny, and scent free. I had to exfoliate my lips good this morning and reapply because my first try was creasy and flakey on my morning lips. I can see myself picking up more colors because I love bright and bold lip wear however I can see this being too bright for some.

Today I applied a sienna lip liner then applied to the inner area of my bottom lip then blotted/rubbed lips together to achieve a nice subtle but bold orange.

Me today at work wearing the Ciate!

Me today at work wearing the Ciate!

That’s all the product folks – whew!! A lot to take in now the following photos are swatches!


Folks listen here, getting this stuff out of this little plastic thing was hell, I actually hurt one of my fingers trying to dig it out!

Folks listen here, getting this stuff out of this little plastic thing was hell, I actually hurt one of my fingers trying to dig it out!

Clinique Kisses Holiday Lip Set


I didn’t own any Clinique lipsticks wait that’s a lie, I do have a hot pink chubby lip pencil that I like very much but that’s all I owned until picking this up yesterday. Seeing the design on these tubes made this trip to the mall worth it especially since you got a free gift too!


The free gift is an adorable and fairly large makeup pouch, a quad eye shadow, moisturizing lotion, makeup remover, Clinique smart custom-repair serum, a lipstick in the classic clinic green tube (color Matte Beauty) and a mini mascara

I couldn’t pass up such a deal and a chance to get some Clinique lipsticks with adorable designs!

The lipstick was $25 for the 5 piece set which is under the $27 minimum purchase for the gift so I picked up a bottom lash mascara for $10.50 bringing my total too $38 and some change. Not bad!

What I love about this is that the makeup bag is big enough to fit a blush inside so to just toss one in with every thing else and you’ve got an entire day to night look for traveling! Gotta love when they make it easy!


So Let’s dissect the product shall we . . . .

The Lip Stick Set –

I didn’t do swatches of each one last night but this weekend is the weekend for swatches these and the Anastasia’s lip glosses!!

Colors are: Soft matte in plum, magenta, beauty, crimson, and petal

Colors are: LtoR Soft matte in beauty, crimson, plum, magenta, and petal

I was a little upset that the free gift colors for the lipsticks were either crimson or beauty which are in this set but I figured oh well, what’s the harm in having two cute nudes – backups never hurt nobody!

I am wearing plum today and I absolutely love the color and the feel of the matte is indeed very soft but long lasting.


Such Beautiful Colors

The detail on the tube is pretty sweet!

The detail on the tube is pretty sweet!

I adore the tubes but the colors are very nice and well worth it – this is an $80 value so it’s an incredible STEAL! *even though we know they hike the prices up on cosmetics anyway meaning that this lipsticks cost price is probably $8 anyway!

The Free gift is nothing new if you know about Clinique and their deals but it’s always a pleasure to get something free.

Makeup remover, moisturizer, and custom-repair serum

Makeup remover, moisturizer, and custom-repair serum

Who doesn’t love a good makeup remover? The moisturizer has a smell I am not too fond of, kind of smells like Blue Magic hair grease (you remember blue magic??!!) So I don’t find that I will be using that often but it will stay in my makeup bag because I love a small lotion in my makeup bag. The Clinique-repair serum is not oily which I expected it to be. It actually absorbs into the skin and it is stated to: address uneven skin tones, lines, and wrinkles, firms and adds radiance. We’ll see about that over time!

Mini Mascara, soft matte lipstick in color Beauty, eye shadow quad

Mini Mascara, soft matte lipstick in color Beauty, eye shadow quad

The eye shadow colors are: Ivory Bisque, Tarnished Gold from Starlight Starbright, Rainforest from Nightcap, and Olive in my MartiniI’m wearing the shadow, mascara, and plum lipstick today. The mascara is actually pretty darn nice and light weight. The shadow is pigmented enough on my dark skin. I created a semi-smoky eye with the green.

Overall this is a pretty good value to pick up and add to your collection! The quality is great, variety is great, and the designs are fabulous.




This bag is so cute and the fabric is pretty rugged.

This bag is so cute and the fabric is pretty rugged.