Urban Decay Naked Smoky Giveaway

You know what’s long overdue? A giveaway to thank you for visiting my tiny hole in the internet to read Beauty Skeptic. It’s been since January!

I put in a lot of time creating content, but occasionally I (like many content creators) forget how much of your time you spend choosing to visit and read (or comment). In a typical year, I have a few giveaways to thank you readers for that, but this year it somehow got away from me.

My favorite thing to give away, however, are palettes.

Naked Smoky GiveawayNaked Smoky Giveaway

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Speculation: New Kat Von D Lipstick?

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Every now and then, because I evidently find it entertaining to try to sabotage myself, I glance over Sephora’s sale section. This time, I noticed that Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick line is clearanced for $12 each. In spite of both my No Buy and my lipstick-unfriendly Invisalign, I immediately threw Adora in my cart in hopes that it would hold out. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t; just two days later it was out of stock, along with a ton of other popular shades.

The last time this happened was with their Painted Love lipstick line a few years back. The idea of Adora going away saddened me – but then it was brought back with Studded Kiss.

Speculation

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

It seemed like the Fenty hype came out of nowhere. Maybe it didn’t; perhaps I fell outside the subset of cosmetics consumers being targeted by the brand. Maybe the behaviors I practice on my No Buy shielded me from the information.

Not a Collab

Unlike RiRi Woo with MAC, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty is not a collaboration. Granted, I’m sure Rihanna’s team is working with a lab that manufactures for multiple brands like any other brand does. It seems as though they’ve positioned themselves well and, if my prediction aligns with reality, will perform well (sales-wise) in contrast with other celebrity beauty lines.

  • Honest Company? Epic sunscreen failure. Is it Jessica Alba’s fault? Realistically, she didn’t make all the reformulation decisions. When your name is married to the brand that way, though, you’re accountable.
  • Flower Beauty? Underwhelming. I love that Drew and her team brought their line to market at a lower price point! But it just isn’t exciting.

Fenty Shade Range

Fenty is getting a ton of praise for a generous range of foundation shades. It is a good thing but I’m reluctant to slap a, “revolutionary!” moniker on it for them simply having 40 shades. It is excellent is the fact that Fenty launched with 40 shades.

Indeed, people of color are woefully underrepresented in the cosmetics industry. It stands to reason that Rihanna’s brand would be sensitive to that reality. Frankly, I’d expect no less. It is right, it is necessary and I hope Fenty beauty’s steps in this direction will encourage other, larger brands to do the same. (Looking at you, L’Oreal – you have so damn much operating capital! There is NO EXCUSE not to offer a generous range of shades when launching a product!)

The Bottom Line

All that said… I’m just not feeling the hype, personally. Nothing I’ve seen, exclusive of review and demo influence, is something I’m even adding to a, “someday,” wishlist let alone a, “OMG I NEED,” for anything in the collection.

After having seen reviews and demos I’m even less excited. The colors look nice but the formulas don’t seem mindblowing.

Stopping Me From Buying Hourglass Confession Lipsticks

What's Stopping Me From Buying the Hourglass Confession Lipsticks?HOURGLASS CONFESSION LIPSTICKS 2017 LIMITED EDITION HOLIDAY SET

Aside from my No Buy (which has its own underlying motivating factors), there are other factors stopping me from buying certain things. The Hourglass Confession Lipsticks appear to be everything I’ve come to expect from Hourglass. They’re chic, they (purportedly) perform. The pricetag is also in line with what I’d expect from Hourglass. They’re a vision of loveliness, and I’d love to add one (ha, yeah, one) to my collection.

What’s stopping me from buying the Hourglass Confession Lipsticks?

A few things, but first and foremost:

Lipstick is a no-go for me during Invisalign. I’ve slapped it on a few times and it often transfers to my trays a bit. It brushes away easily when I clean the trays but if you aren’t careful you can look a little silly. Most days, I’m too absentminded to want to bother with the vigilance needed, so I’ve been skipping lipstick more often than not these past two months.

Second

Because of the first item, I’m not using up the lipsticks I already have – I definitely do not need to add more! I’m trying to downsize, not increase. I’m going to experiment with a 1 in, 2 out policy where I can reasonably do so. Lipstick, I think, is one of those places. I really like the lipsticks I like, but I’ve always been one to favor eye makeup over lip. Maybe that will change once I am done with my Invisalign. We’ll see.

Third, and also highly relevant

Beyond that, I can’t justify what they want for it. The refillable set is $34; refills, usable alone, are $22. The set above runs $54 and represents a savings equivalent to $24 not counting how much the case is worth. While Hourglass hasn’t let me down before, spending that much on a single lipstick just isn’t something I’m comfortable with. Even overcoming (or using up some of my collection) the fact that I don’t need to add more, >$17 isn’t something I think I can digest unless it is something extremely special (read: please sign me up for all of the Anna Sui lipsticks V and M, thanks).

What’s stopping you from buying something you’re otherwise interested in?

Laughing Out Loud: Pat McGrath Mothership Palettes

Pat McGrath Mothership Palettes - SublimePat McGrath Mothership Palettes – Sublime (not pictured: Subversive and Subliminal)

Pat McGrath may as well be a cosmetics wizard. Over the decades of her career, she has undoubtedly earned such monikers as Most Influential Make-Up Artist in the World (Vogue).

A few years ago, Pat started her own line; self-funded at first (pretty damn amazing), the first product was a single golden pigment with a mixing medium that went for $40. A higher price makes more sense when it hails from a limited, 1000 piece run funded by a single solitary individual. Now, there are investors on board. This means Pat’s brand can place larger orders, making the price-per-unit lower. Later, there were lip products and other intriguing things that were entirely unlike what many of us have seen at a counter.

The Pat McGrath Mothership Palettes are HOW Much?

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