KAT VON D BEAUTY EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK | SANCTUARY

In the next few months there are 25 new shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick being released by Kat Von D Beauty. Something really cool they’re doing – on the first Wednesday of every month they’re doing a Everlasting Flash Special and releasing one of that month’s shades for 48 hours only. January’s shade was Sancutary – a gorgeous cool toned sepia brown.

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The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line is my go-to for when I really don’t want to have to worry about my lipstick. It’s super pigmented, it has a matte finish, it doesn’t flake, fade or transfer. It applies smoothly with no streaking and dries quickly. The brush allows for a precise application. It lasts insanely well even through a meal. The formula is comfortable to wear but can be drying and make lips feel tight if you wear it a lot so a lip scrub before and after use is helpful and always moisturize with a lip balm after you remove your lip colour. I definitely get sort of a purple mauve undertone from this shade. I think this may be one of my new favourite nudes! This shade launches on January 24th and will be available online at KatVonDBeauty and at Sephora.

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Here it is swatched beside Bow N Arrow and Lolita. You can see how the warm colours differ to Sanctuary. I definitely like Sanctuary better with my skin tone than Lolita but I still love, love, love Bow N Arrow.

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HOLIDAY COLLECTION REVIEW: TARTE PRETTY PAINTBOX COLLECTOR’S MAKEUP CASE

The Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case is a part of the Tarte Holiday Collection for 2016 and is available exclusively online at Sephora. It includes 24 matte and shimmer eye shadows, a blush, a highlighter, a shimmer bronzer,  a matte contour bronzer, a deluxe sample of the Lash Paint mascara, a Rainforest of the Sea So Fine liquid liner and a deluxe sample of the Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi. This whole package retails for $77 CAD and Tarte values it at $543.

I included some shitty photos of looks I did using this kit just to give you an idea of the variety, the colour range and the possibilities. For all the looks I’ve included on this post I started with a base of Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Amazonian Clay 12 hr Full Coverage Foundation and Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 hr Concealer. I’ve also used the blush, highlight and bronzer from the Pretty Paintbox. As well as the Tarte Lash Paint in every look and the So Fine liquid liner in looks where I wore liquid liner.

I’m going to start with the 24 eye shadow shades. You get such an amazing variety of colours and finishes. The perfect shades for base colours, transition shades, shades for creating a dramatic smoky eye or if you want a softer look; you can achieve anything with this collection of colours. There are so many incredibly look possibilities; I love the dark navy, purple and burgundy. As always with Tarte palettes, the colours are lined in rows  for what colours work well together to make it easy for people who may not know where to begin. The formula is so pigmented and beautifully blendable. These shadows last all day long with no fading or creasing. The shades Frameworthy and Van Gough With It are the perfect transition shades and the pink shades Porcelain Dali, Hearts and Crafts and I Louvre It are amazing to apply to my crease to really brighten my face and make me look more wide eyed on days when I want a more basic look. Here’s a look at all the shades and their names.

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For this edgy, dramatic look I’m using the colours Fresco, Frameworthy, One to Manet, Selfie Portrait and Charcoal Sketch on my eyes. I’m also wearing Lip Paint in Grunge and Tarteist Pro False Lashes in Goddess.

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This lighter eye look is just Fresco all over the lid to the brow, Frameworthy on the crease and Charcoal Sketch on the outer corner, lightly blended inward. I am wearing Lash Paint but no false lashes. I also am wearing the Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi; as you can see, it’s a really nice peachy sort of nude and not super glossy looking, nothing over the top.

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The blush included is called Moment and it’s a beautiful coral shade with a subtle golden shimmer. It is beautiful for any skin tone, so pigmented but so blendable for a nice natural flush. The blush shade and the gloss shade also perfectly compliment each other. The highlighter is a basic off white, sort of french vanilla, shade called Authentic. The highlighter actually totally exceeded my expectations, I was blown away by it’s pigment and intensity. Loved it! It also includes two bronzers; a shimmer bronzer called Unique for an all over glow and matte bronzer called Provocative for contouring. Both are super pigmented and very nice soft powders. You don’t need to pick up a lot of product on your brush so be gentle with them; since they are a soft and super pigmented powder you can easily pick up more product than you need and end up over doing it a bit.

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The Lash Paint mascara has come to be my absolute favourite mascara. It curls, volumizes and lengthens lashes with a beautiful rich black colour, no flaking and no clumping. It’s absolute perfection. Something you may have noticed is that I never really review glosses, because I hate lip glosses! I would way rather have a nice matte finish lipstick than a sticky and shiny lip. This is the first time I have ever tried a Tarte Glossy Lip Paint, it’s in the shade Obvi which is a warm nude. My first impression is that I think the colour is very nice; if I were to get into lip glosses I would definitely stick to nudes like this. It didn’t have an over the top shine to it which I like because I find super shiny lip glosses look kind of tacky. It was a little sticky but not super sticky. Not transfer-proof, but it wore off evenly. The Glossy Lip Paint didn’t make me fall in love with lip gloss, but if I were to wear a lip gloss this one isn’t too bad. The So Fine liquid liner is so fine, so it’s great for precision. It’s very pigmented, so you get a very rich and opaque black that is long wearing and won’t fade or crack. You hardly need any pressure to dispense product from the tip, I ended up with much thicker lines than I meant to on my first try with it. The tip is also very short. The following uses of the liner were a lot more successful to get my desired look, I would say this liner is a winner!

For this look I’m wearing Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi and eye shadow: Fresco all over the lid, I Louvre It and Frameworthy in the crease.  It’s a very simple day time look.

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This pink/purple look was done with Nudes on the lid to brow, Pastels on the lid to crease, I Louvre It in the crease, Get Surreal on the lid and Still Life used lightly on the outer corner and to smoke out the lower lash line. I’m wearing Tarteist Pro False Lashes in Goddess. I’m wearing Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Requiem as well.

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These shots are just to show the glow from the highlighter.

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This look is a eye/lip combo I’m not totally crazy about. I wanted to wear a burgundy lipstick with this eye but I had a dentist appointment the morning of so I didn’t put my lipstick on until I got to work and I forgot my Frenemy lip paint! This is the Lip Paint in Choker, and my eyes were done with the Pretty Paintbox shades Porcelain Dali, Nudes, Monochrome  and Stained Glass. In this photo you can also see the beautiful coral colour of the blush better than you can in the others.

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The shadows I used here are Waterlilies from the lid to brow, Van Gogh With It on the crease, Selfie Portrait is the shimmery shade on the lid and Charcoal Sketch is a dark brown smoked on the outer corner and along the lower lash line. I skipped wearing liquid liner or false lashes and just optioned for the Lash Paint mascara. My lips are the Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint in Whisper.

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For this last look I used the shade Nudes all over from lid to brow, then I smoked the outer corner and lower lash line with Silhouette, put Bronze Casting on the lid and then put a little Glitter Glue on the inner corner.  Glitter Glue and Bronze Casting definitely benefited from wetting my brush with setting spray. I’m wearing it with Tarte Lip Paint in Frenemy.

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I debated just deleting all my “look” photos because they suck so much, they don’t do the makeup justice at all. The pigment is just gorgeous; the drama, the colors, it’s all lovely.  Overall, I absolutely think this kit is worth the $77 and it would make a fantastic gift for any makeup lover on your Christmas list!

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REVIEW: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT | MOONCHILD & SWEETS

Moonchild and Sweets are two new glow kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills. They are sold exclusively on the ABH website. I ordered both kits and I have some VERY strong views.

So first of all, I had a pretty rotten experience with the website. I placed an order and when I received my order confirmation I realized that my billing address was incorrect, so I emailed the company to see if this could be changed or if the order could be cancelled. I was told that since the billing address didn’t match what the bank had on file for my credit card, the verification process would catch that and the order would be cancelled. So I went ahead and placed another order, I guessed I jumped the gun.

I’m gonna clarify something really quick so you don’t get confused while reading my story:
Order #1: Order with incorrect billing address that I wanted cancelled.
Order #2: Order I placed in preparation for the other to be cancelled.

The ABH credit verification process is obviously not very thorough because a day after I received order #2, I got a shipping confirmation for order #1.  So my credit card was charged twice which I obviously didn’t want, but when I contacted the company they said they would only reimburse me if I sent the package back. I decided against doing that because I would end up paying half of what I paid for the cosmetics just to send them from Canada to Memphis anyway.

But that’s not only the end of it! Both Sweets Glow Kits that I received were also completely smashed. Luckily, they sent me replacements. My less makeup obsessed friend is pretty psyched though because she gets one of the smashed ones.

I received the replacements and they were beautifully wrapped in tons of bubble wrap and in perfect condition, they should consider wrapping all packages this well so then maybe they would need to send out less replacements. I received two boxes, each replacement shipped separately.

But unfortunately, I ended up having to pay duties on these two packages which I was told I wouldn’t need to do. I called ABH Customer service and after being on the phone for over half an hour, I was told I would be reimbursed for the duties I paid if I emailed in the invoices. So I did that, and after a few days of not receiving any sort of confirmation I called in again and was told it would take a few days for them to get to the email because they’re receiving a high volume of emails and phone calls…which I’m guessing is because of smashed palettes and awful customer service.

On the 22nd I was issued a refund for $19.96, I was charged a total of $26.20 for the duties on the two packages. So I’m hoping when they told me $19.96 it was because of the US/CAD thing, I got the sense that they often forgot about the currency difference when I was speaking to them.

Besides all of that, the products themselves are actually quite amazing! The powders are very pigmented and gorgeous colours. The names of the palette’s themselves are totally descriptive of the sort of vibes the colours give off;
Sweets is sort of a sweet summery vibe.

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Moonchild is very cool toned, sort of a spacy Ziggy Stardust sort of vibe. Even the way the shimmer is gives these two palettes totally different finishes.

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My eye was instantly drawn to the amazing Purple Horseshoe shade in Moonchild. Purple highlighter is just so unique but what I really loved about this colour was that the highlight itself was totally blinding but the purple coloring was actually pretty subtle and only looked purple in certain lighting. I loved this with a light pink lip, so I paired it with Kat Von D’s soft pink lilac, Requiem, which worked out great because they just pulled the purple out from each other. I’m not wearing Requiem in this picture but it’s just to give an idea of the highlight. Purple Horseshoe is a great cheek shade but I stick to the Blue Ice or Pink Heart shades for forehead and along the nose. One colour from this palette that I’m actually not a huge fan of for the cheek is Blue Moon, because I feel like it really more so washes me out and makes me look more pale when it should be brightening my face. I would probably keep this one to the eye area.

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When it comes to favourites from the Sweets palette, I don’t have one. Butterscotch and Taffy are really gorgeous for giving a nice sunkissed glow and Sassy Grape is the perfect blush tone. Love Marshmallow for my brow line and inner corner of my eye. For this first look I’ve used Marshmallow on my eyes and Butterscotch on my cheeks and nose.

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For these looks I have Sassy Grape on my cheeks. These palettes have really gotten me into the pink/purple highlight shades!

As much as it pains me to say it, I love the products but I’m disappointed with the ABH customer service, receiving smashed products and not happy paying $18 shipping + $16 for the customs/duties. Their credit card verification process obviously isn’t very thorough…I will likely not order from their website again. Now, I’m not saying that I will never buy ABH products again; because I will, they’re great. But I’m going to stick to purchasing from Sephora.

Update: As of July 27 I still haven’t received my promised reimbursement from ABH Cosmetics. I received a phone call from a customer service manager after a bad review. I told her my whole story and sent her all my invoices, she’s currently working to resolve the issue.
Aug 2 and I can finally say I’ve received refunds for all duties paid. Only took like 3 weeks.
Still not satisfied with the customer service and the fact that I was sent a package that had incorrect billing information.

REVIEW: UD ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS LIPSTICK | TIME

I am a big fan of Urban Decay; “Beauty with an Edge” as they say. Their products are vegan and cruelty free. So when they released a limited edition Alice Through The Looking Glass collection, I was intrigued. I opted to just pick up a lipstick because I would probably fall in love with the product and then never be able to buy it again; huge downside to limited edition makeup, right girls!?  I picked up the lipstick in ‘Time’ which is a metallized navy blue, it has a very unsubtle shimmer and a glossy finish.

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The formula is very creamy and smooth to apply, but it also bleeds and feathers a bit so I would recommend using a universal lip liner or a lipstick primer. It actually feels more like a gloss than a lipstick, a little sticky but relatively comfortable to wear. It transfers more than I would like so I wouldn’t recommend it for a dinner event unless you’re taking tiny bites, eating with utensils and drinking with a straw. The colour is actually pretty sheer so if it does wear you can just rub your lips together and easily spread the product. I really love the colour and the shimmery finish and I love the way it looks with my blue eyes. It contains shea butter which is nice. Overall I’m glad that I spent the $21 on this lipstick because I like it aesthetically but I’m not going to be totally heart broken when they’re no longer selling it because the formula isn’t my favourite.