Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid LipstickMaybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick

It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of an Influenster campaign, but I got into the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick campaign and recently received the product for free to test.

I received two colors. Rebel Red…

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick - Rebel Red

…and Nude Flush.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick - Nude Flush

To date, my experience with liquid lipstick is minimal. I’ve tried Stila Stay All Day, in the game before it was cool, and I’ve tried NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. The prestige market exploded a couple years ago and became heavily saturated with vibrant tubes of product. As per usual, the drugstore market lags behind, and is only recently catching up (I count NYX as kind of in a league of its own; drugstore price-point, bu t not drugstore quality). The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick is in a friendly price-point, only $6.49 and eligible for coupons and whatnot.

But enough about market share!

Application

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear ConcealerMAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $22

The NC15 I bought in my May Haul is too damn light for me. I usually do a fair job of estimating foundation and concealer shades, but I really missed the mark with this one. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 would probably be appropriate for me at my absolute lightest, but it is definitely too stark for me to wear outside of winter. It isn’t all bad, though – I grabbed a tube in NC20, and now have the ability to mix custom shades as my pigmentation fluctuates throughout the year.

As far as the product itself, I’m generally happy with it and have only one main complaint. Here’s the breakdown.

Coverage

It’s opaque in even the smallest amounts. It can also be somewhat easy to overdo, so blending it with a damp beautyblender or similar sponge would be a good idea – even if beautyblenders aren’t your thing, it’s a good way to start out.

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Lorac PRO Palette 3 Review, Swatches, & GIVEAWAY

Lorac PRO Palette 3Lorac PRO Palette 3

Hello PRO Palette my old friend,
I’ve come to purchase you again.

I say, “again,” but that’s misleading. Until I got exceptionally lucky on May 28 (who said being an Ultamate Rewards Platinum member was without perks?!), I had never purchased the Lorac PRO Palette 3 before. I do own both of its predecessors, and shared similarly when Lorac PRO Palette 2 came out a couple years ago.

 

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I’m tickled. I saw Tati’s swatches on May 12 and was like, “YEP, my body is definitely ready for this.” It seemed, for a while, that Lorac was focusing on other things – the Alter Ego Lipsticks, the blushes. In my view, the Lorac PRO Palette 3 is long overdue. It launches:

  • Online at Ulta.com: June 12, 2016
  • Ulta Stores: June 26, 2016
  • Everywhere Else: July 3, 2016

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Prices have gone up since the last time I purchased a PRO palette; up to $44 from $42, falling in line with Urban Decay’s similar $2 increase but still a whole $10 less than a Naked palette. All the PROs, including the Lorac PRO Palette 3, cost this much. Like its siblings, Lorac PRO Palette 3 comes with the sixteen-shade palette and a deluxe sample tube of their Behind the Scenes eye primer.

Some are salty because they feel that this feels too similar to Lorac Unzipped – although it definitely is similar, the shadow formulation DOES differ between the palettes…and you get more shades out of this one. If you already own Unzipped I probably wouldn’t bother, but if you’re debating? Get this one for sure.

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Let’s jump right into it (swatches and giveaway details after the jump!)

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May 2016 Favorites

Pardon the screwy schedule and format this month – we’ll be back to normal next month!

May 2016 Favorites
1. Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush $7 / 2. St Tropez Tanning Mitt, $6
3. Arm & Hammer Essentials Fresh, $3 / 4. Coconut Acetone , $5

rtlipbrush I can’t say if this is the, “best lip brush ever,” because frankly, it is the only one I’ve ever owned. That said, it makes applying F-Bomb and other bold colors a breeze; you can line with the thin edge and fill in with the flatter side. At $5.49 and usually on sale BOGO 50% off at Ulta, it’s a steal.

sttropezmittI mentioned that it is tanning season, so my St Tropez self-tanning mitt has been getting weekly use. I actually need to get a new one! I’ll never go back to applying by hand.

 

armhamdeoDeodorant isn’t a glamorous thing to talk about, but it is important and with the weather warming up, what better time? I waffle back and forth between this ultra-inexpensive, aluminum-free (so it’s only a deodorant, not an antiperspirant) one and this slightly more luxurious Lavanila one. I’m on my 3rd stick. This clear solid stick is a unisex fragrance – not feminine or, “pretty.” By its nature it is strong but fades quickly enough not to offend.

cocoacetone

Yeah, I thought coconut scented acetone polish remover was too good to be true. I ordered it because my usual stuff was out of stock. I am pleased to report, however, that it does leave a pleasant coconut aroma behind! That said, please don’t get all sommelier on the bottle – it is acetone, and it does smell like acetone. More importantly than its novelty fragrance, though, is that it works. I’ll definitely repurchase. I decant mine into a pump-top bottle for easier use

What did you love last month?

A Mole Removed

Remember how it is Melanoma Awareness Month? I had my annual skin check with my dermatologist last week! Fortunately, a good visit, nothing scary was found. My main purpose for visiting, however, was to have a second mole removed; this one for mostly cosmetic (non-cancer!) purposes (like the first). Positioned by my left ear, I frequently graze this one with a hairbrush or comb. For those of you who may not have any moles, sometimes they’re hyper sensitive and something that doesn’t feel like much elsewhere can be quite painful – i.e., comb grazing normal skin vs. a mole.

The procedure, though not terribly pleasant, is not difficult or time consuming. In fact, the receptionist failed to note the reason for my appointment when I booked it, but it wasn’t a problem. Previously, I had one removed in November 2013 via a shave-style excision. I get questions from time-to-time, and I was also surprised by the low number of people talking about these procedures, so I wanted to share my experiences.

WARNING!

This post does not contain pictures, but may be considered graphic due to the description of the procedure. If you are exceptionally squeamish and/or NOT interested in information about these procedures, you may want to skip this one!

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