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The ironic thing here is I’m so slow at typing that I’m pretty sure half these products have been discontinued by now. Anyhow, I’ve got some comparisons to make!

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Elf waterproof eyeliner pen- regular felt tip vs. three prong tip

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Why…the three prongs scrap against your eyelid, leaving shaky lines and gaps. The regular felt tip is flexible, gives off good color, and is super easy to use for a beginner looking to move from pencil to liquid- a nice in between. It’s not so great for a makeup fan that has mastered gel or liquid, however, since those do offer better pigmented color and lasting power. The black color fades over time, but does not smudge like pencil would. I loved the original pen, but it disappeared from shelves for some months, with its inane replacement instead. Luckily, now the original is long back in stock.

Okay, this may have happened like three years ago but I’m still bitter.

Bare Minerals big and bright eyeliner in Granite vs. Bare Minerals Round the Clock waterproof eyeliner in 11pm.

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My first pencil was retractable, with a built in sharpener (that never worked) and smudging tool on the end. Granite was a deep but warm brown tone, and the thing but rounded tip of the pencil would glide on smoothly and easily without needing to apply much pressure. No surprise, though, that it was discontinued.

I went to the store to find a replacement, and bought the next closest shade, 11 pm. Nope. 11pm is a charcoal-y black. This pencil is simply too soft. The tip breaks immediately upon sharpening or use, smudges almost instantly, and cannot be used in subtle eyeliner. It’s all or nothing, giant uneven glob of black or no makeup at all. Hated it!! This was the point at which I ceased to buy Bare Minerals products and discovered my forever favorite Rimmel Kohl liners. (I really only ever liked their mineral veil powder, which I still use).

And finally, ELF again. This is a brand that, at its pricepoint, can be really hit or miss. I love their brushes and powder bronzers and blushes. Sadly, their HD Blush, which is liquid, was disappointing.

The color I picked, Headliner, is super cute in the pump bottle. It matches my skin nicely. it took some getting used to in order to apply it cleanly, but that’s always the trick for gel, cream, or liquid blush. So what’s the problem? The pump ceased to work after two uses. I literally cannot use this product anymore because of the cheap, faulty packaging. Welp.

At under $3 I don’t really care??

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Sephora haul! (If one product can be considered a haul)

I’m so disappointed that my favorite lipgloss ever was discontinued, so I searched for a dupe.

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(Two different kinds of lighting)

Top: Sephora glossy gloss in berry shake, bottom: Urban Decay lip junkie lipgloss in Naked (came with the Naked 2 palette)

Berry Shake:

-Glittery (more glitter and sparkle) but not sticky-shiny

-Fruity taste

-Not plumping (no mint or cinnamon)

Lip Junkie:

-Plumping

-Very sticky

-Sheer, light coverage

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Top is UD, bottom is Sephora

As you can see, Berry Shake is indeed more berry to UD’s lighter shade, but on my lips they look nearly the same. (The difference being that Berry has glitter wheras UD looks shiny because of how sticky it is. Berry rather just glides on without sticking)

Worn photos:

UD Lip Junkie

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Sephora berry shake

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Bottom line: The color is very close (With Sephora being a tad darker and definitely more berry), but the texture isn’t the same (Thick and sticky vs. smoother and slicker)

EDIT 6/3: UGHH I hate the Sephora lipgloss. It has NO lasting power. The color and sparkle is nice but it wear off after 15 minutes, which leaves glitter all over the edges of my lips. What a waste of time.

I’ve talked about mascara before, but today’s trip to Ulta reinvigorated me. I walked in with three 20% off coupons in hand which means, naturally, that I didn’t buy anything. The local store just remodeled! They added 3 or so new drugstore brands (yay) but truncated the existing brands, cut half of NYX away, and put the ulta brand against the wall where the new checkout line is (not yay). No more end caps with pastel lipsticks *pouts* The new layout seems more heavy on the perfume, but maybe that will change after the holidays

Moving on!

Both drugstore and high end brands were showing off some wonderful colorful mascaras today, so I felt like making a short masterpost. Interestingly enough, many brands have purple and blue available.

A word to the wise: Do not bother with Sally Girl brand mascara. It’s under a buck each and has cute mini sized packaging but its more like chalk than mascara…dry as heck and doesn’t even apply.

My old favorite: Maybelline Great Lash in blue, green, and pink (see older post)

Butter London-  Wink Mascara ($20) Link

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(From left to right: Pistol Pink, Cheerio, Jaded Jack, Chav, Inky, and British Racing Green)

I also saw a lovely mid-range purple in store but it is not listed on their website. From the tester I checked out, it seemed thick and sparkly, with a very pigmented pop of color. Reviews on the butter London website vary. They sing praise of the deeper blue, but one user complained that the pink wasn’t bright enough. I’m surprised by the yellow! Who would have thought that color would have such impact! But it looked great in store.

2B Colours- Colors Make a Difference Mascara ($7.99) Link

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(Left to right,Top row: Fuchsia, Lilac, Turquoise, Bottom row: Azure Blue, China Blue, Jade)

Not shown: Prune, Grey Blue

It took me entirely too long to realize this is a European brand. It doesn’t seem to have an online shop. This may be more limited by which American stores carry it.

Hard Candy

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A brand I’ve never tried but have heard good things about. Drugstoreprincess recs their concealer. I found blue, purple, silver, and glittery mascara for around $6 on the Walmart website

NYX Cosmetics- Color Mascara ($7) Link

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(Left to right: Perfect Pear, Mint, Tea Rose Pink, Coral Reef, and Lavender)

Darn it! I have yet to see these irl. I love them! (Not shown: blue, purple and chocolate brown)

Ironically, while typing up this post, I discovered white eyelash primers for the first time. (I dunno. My routine has always been curl then apply mascara. For black or brown, a primer seems necessary? But for a wacky color, this could make the difference and seriously boost cheaper mascaras!)

E.L.F. has a primer for $3 (Reviews flip flop on if it does come out of the tube white)

NYX’s primer for $7

Ben Nye has a white mascara (Not for primer purposes. I just found it cool)

I love NYX. Cheap price, but nice creamy quality lipsticks. I still prefer Wet n Wild, but NYX (Which is the same price point as Ulta brand) releases wacky colors no other brand sells.

First, their Macaron collection. Last spring they released a collection of matte pastels (I bought colors Pistachio, Blue Velvet, and Coconut. Now, they have released a line called “Wicked Lippies” which is dedicated to sparkly metallic jewel tones, focusing much attention on the deep blue to purple range (The Macaron line was more of a rainbow, but Wicked offers copper and gold)

These lipsticks are super creamy, to the point that they crease easily on lips and can smudge on the edges (But what eye pencil would color match well enough to make a lip liner?) It’s pretty entertaining when I remove my blue lipstick and the residue looks like I’ve just consumed a messy ice cream cone. Needless to say, they are nourishing.

Pros:

Nourishing, creamy, bright, does not dry out lips, highly pigmented and bright. Only $6

Cons:

Smudges, messy, creases, not always easy to find in stores??? (They sold out quite a bit near me. And only Ulta stocked them. But they are available online)

Both lines contain a black lipstick. Being that I already own like 8 tubes of black, I felt the urge to investigate

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Chambord is Macaron, Cold Hearted is Wicked.

The stock image does not show this, but in person I noticed that Chambord actually has little glitter flecks among the black. I do not know it that is just a spray on the top layer or if the glitter is dispersed throughout the entire tube. Since it comes from the matte line, I’d hope that the glitter wouldn’t ruin that clean finish. (They really are matte irl just so you know. It’s intense)

Cold hearted, which I have yet to see irl, seems like a lighter shade of black because of the metallic finish. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions and assume it to be more of a dark grey, however, because the grey (Black Sesame- described as a light grey) is shown as nearly white in the stock images but is truly a light to mid level grey in real life. (Much darker!)

And, as a side note: I would rec the Macaron black for Homestuck cosplay. Risqué (Wicked) could work for Kanaya unless it’s as teal as one user submitted photo shows it as. Any blue or purple blood would also be covered by the Wicked line. I wouldn’t rec the Macaron line. Blue Velvet was too bright to be Vriska.

Spring is wonderful. It’s so warm and sunny and I get to tan on the beach starting tomorrow or the next day. Bought a new pair of sunglasses, a cute coverup, and nicer bathing suit pieces. I’m ready to go!
Vintage shopping. Ganguro makeup….

I feel excited and restless so I wore heavy makeup. Bring it on world! Maybe I’ll dance for a while and play Animal Crossing. gotta make these vacation days count!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve organized my various coords and selfies haha

Starting with: My Effie Trinket costume from New Year’s Ever

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Next: My dolly kei coord. It was supposed to be more dolly but it came out all cpk with some black accents. Bleh. Was too warm for my blood-red sweater or forest green shawl. Tights are a nice deep floral mix. (this was well after my lipstick came off and most of my blush had faded. I usually do smoky brown on the lids and pink rimming underneath my eyes plus intense blush for a dolly look)

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Then, one day I wore cute black and white polka dots with red tights! I also had lots of red hairbows. When it’s cold out, I layer my tights. That day I was wearing white underneath the red. I also put on a nice black blazer over my cardi!

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And finally, my casual favorite. I was channeling my fav 90s anime characters with teased bangs, and a layered boyfriend cardi over black jeggings.

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Those earrings are soooo heavy. (clip-ons >.<) I only wear them for pictures haha.

 

 

 

 

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Today I will be reviewing these 6 black lipstick/lip products. These make up my entire black lippie collection thus far, ranging from my earliest Halloween costume makeup to cosplay to everyday lipstick.

I love a good black lip. It adds a pop of color when paired with light, pink eyeshadow or ties together a fiery red and black look. I wear it to school, on Halloween, to cons, to meetups. It’s pretty common for me these days. Unfortunately, as you know, finding a good lipstick with staying power and vibrancy is difficult.

To start out, let’s discuss the biggest no-no in black lipstick

Fantasy Makers (by Wet n Wild) Black

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(Both shown above cost somewhere under $3)

This is what they sell at Publix and temporary Spirit Halloween stores for small children to smear on their faces. I bought this when I was ten. I wore it with my “Elphaba” costume and then later, in desperation, for Karkat.

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At best, it was a fine grey along the bottom of my lips. It was never fully opaque and would rub off quickly, leaving a yucky line of black crud just outside my lip line. .5/10 do not buy

The other lipstick in the above picture was a random no-brand one I found on an end cap in Walgreens once but never again. It was slightly better but still sticky, ineffective, and not worth the money. 1/10

no name brand (ahahaha the horror)

I’m going to jump over to the Sally Girl Lip Color in Witchy Woman now.

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This thing is TIIIINY. It was 84 cents at Sally’s Beauty Supply so I said “Why not?” It stinks though. It flat out refuses to go on my lips. It’s a pale grey, with almost more the consistency of a cheap chapstick lipbalm. It’s nourishing, I’ll give it that, but it certainly is not a true black lipstick. For under one dollar, however, it was worth a shot. 0/10

When it comes to black lipsticks, you don’t necessarily need to drop big bucks, but if one is so cheap it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t going to work. I’ve found more success in the $2-$6 range.

Next! (Hot Topic) Blackheart Poison Kiss lipstick

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When you think black, Hot Topic makes sense, right? So that’s where I tried next after Fantasy Makers wasn’t cutting it. This one is listed at $5 on their website.

I really wanted to like this one. The packaging was prettier than other lipsticks I owned. It seemed like a hit. At first, it applies relatively evenly but requires some serious coaxing to get it across my entire bottom lip. It looks fine for about 20 minutes before it fades and rubs off, leaving residue.

On its own, it’s several steps nicer that others, but still doesn’t have staying power. 5/10 (on its own)

However, it layers nicely with, say, black lipgloss! With a bit of gloss to cover the areas the lipstick just couldn’t cover, I was able to achieve a nice, shiny and long-lasting combination. 7/10 (combined with other products)

Now, luckily Rimmel came out with a Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Black Diva

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I bought it at Walgreens for $5 (It seems that Target currently lists it for closer to $3. Many stores carry the Stay Glossy line but do not stock the black color. I find it interesting that they chose to include black, as it is an anomaly among the various pinks.)

On its own, the gloss is streaky and too wet to keep sticky. Application is messy and it does not coat the lip evenly. 4/10 (on its own)

But, of course, combined with a proper lipstick, it works pretty well. I rarely re-apply the black lipstick underneath and just refresh the look with more gloss. 7/10 (combined with other products)

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Finally, my new favorite

Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Pagan Angel

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I love these names. They bring out my almost-nonexistent babybat. I bought this one for under $4 at Walgreens. Now, for shades of pink and red I HIGHLY highly highly recommend the $1.99 Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks. They are very drying but highly pigmented. The glossy shine wears off quickly but leaves a strong, matte color behind. They last a looong time but I need to hydrate a bunch in-between wears. I own several of them and use them every week just about.

So when I saw Wet n Wild had a new black lipstick, I was sold. (I see the hypocrisy here, as Fantasy Makers is by the same company, but there is a difference between the cheapo costume makeup and the proper lipstick lines meant for mainstream use)

The Fergie cosmetics are a little pricier than the basic lippies, but the quality continues to impress me. I’ll write more at length once I’ve used this one more, but the few hours I spent wearing this one, it felt and looked as consistent as my usual favorite pink lippies.

The packaging is understated but classy. I don’t like how large the surface area of the lipstick is as I tend to be messy at applying. (I usually go waaay outside my lips and then wipe it all off) But it doesn’t feel as drying as the Megalast but just as pigmented.

It takes a few layers, but even the first swipe was a darker, thicker black than the Blackheart lipstick.

9/10 (I don’t want to give it a solid 10 yet because it has yet to go through all the different tests- eating, drinking, a night at a party, etc…. but I expect great things from it based on my past positive Wet n Wild experiences.)


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