Butter London Lippy Liquid Lipstick-Posh Pout Set Review

As many of us know, companies, beauty and otherwise, release a variety of box sets filled with multiple products at a more affordable cost per product.  Well, I haven’t been that impressed with some of the sets over the past couple of years, but this year, the Butter London Posh Pout set of Lippy Liquid Lipsticks caught my eye.

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Not only was the price awesome, but the colors were also great!  Individually, a Lippy costs $18, and the Posh Pout set contains four full-size Lippy Liquid Lipsticks for $28.  So once ULTA started a 3X Bonus Points promotion on all purchases, I told my husband I would really like this as a Christmas present.

I was so excited when I unwrapped this on Christmas!  The colors are a beauty nude, coral, plum-mauve, and red, so there’s also a lot of versatility.

butter london lippy liquid lipstick posh pout steampunk ball collection

Anyway, I’ve been testing these out, and here are my thoughts.  The pros of the Lippy Liquid Lipsticks are good pigmentation and opacity, so you can wear these alone for a full color effect….because I am all about low maintenance lips!  These are also very shiny, as you can see in the pictures.  They are comfortable to wear on the lips.  The formula is thicker, but not super thick, goopy, and sticky, which is a plus.  Butter London also offers the Lippy Liquid Lipstick in a great range of colors.

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Left to right: Yummy Mummy, Trout Pout, Tog, Come to Bed Red

Let’s talk about the colors for a minute.  The nude, Yummy Mummy, looks pretty intimidating as a very grey-beige, but it looks very natural and beautiful when applied to the lips.  However, those who look much better in warm tones may not appreciate the color as much as those who gravitate to cool tone lip colors.

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Yummy Mummy

Trout Pout is a wonderful coral that is neither too orange or red.  It brightens up my face and looks quite natural.

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Trout Pout

Toff is honestly the color I was most excited for, and thankfully, the one I enjoy the most.  Plum-mauve lips are just my power lip color.   I feel that I can pair them with just about anything, and I always feel confident when wearing the color.

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Tog

Come to Bed Red is a beautiful cool-toned red, which can be sheered out or worn with full opacity.

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Come to Bed Red

Now, the not-so-great aspects of the Lippy Liquid Lipstick…the applicator does not pull out enough product without having to dip back in to the tube many times over to get enough to cover your lips…and I definitely do NOT have big lips.  My lips are full, but small if that helps.  Some people may also find these to be slightly sticky.  For reference, the Lippy Liquid Lipstick is not as sticky as a MAC lipglass.

And the biggest problem I have with these is the traveling.  These sink into lip lines TERRIBLY.  Even if you have plump, moisturized lips, these will find the tiniest hint of a line or crease in the lip to go to.  So from far away, these appear beautiful and shiny, but up close (as you can see in the pictures of lip and hand swatches) the lips looks quite odd.  This is the determining reason why I haven’t been using them much.   Now I still need to try these out over lip liner, but as mentioned before, I prefer a low maintenance lip.  I want to be able to swipe it on and go…not have to reline, fill in, and fuss with it.

If you’re interested in checking these out for yourself, you can find them at ULTA.

Re-Purposed Beauty: Face Primer

Last year I found a wonderful primer that seemed to make my skin look almost fake…THAT’S the level of perfect I’m talkin’ here people…I mean really.  When I had foundations that just didn’t work for me, enter this face primer…Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer (angels singing).

Well, after continued use for a week or so, I noticed I was breaking out.  Now, I normally breakout out on regular basis because I deal with hormonal acne EVERY DAY, BUT this breakout was different.  The breakouts were small bumps (almost like milia) all over my face.

I knew my use of this primer had come to an end because this was the only thing that had changed in my skincare/face makeup routine.

The reaction breakout cleared up after I stopped using the primer all over, but then I had a deluxe sample of this great primer with no use for it.

Enter my undereye fine lines!

I have one distinct line under each eye caused just from the shape of my eyes, but I also have many other fine lines from squinting, former tanning, and many sunburns as a kid.  Well, my fine lines continued to standout throughout normal wear of concealer and powder, so I decided to try the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer under my eyes.

It smoothed out my fine lines, and helped reduce the dry, cakey appearance of my concealers.

face primer tip

Notice the lack of cakeiness(?) and fine lines!

So if you have a smoothing face primer that doesn’t work on your face for some reason, try it under your eyes!  There have been a couple undereye primers released within the last couple of years, and this trick may not only save you some money but also help you use up some products.  And who doesn’t love the satisfaction of using up a beauty product?!  I’m tellin’ you, it’s the small things in life LOL.

If you have a face primer that was intended for oil control, I don’t think this tip would help UNLESS you have really oily undereyes.

Anyway, I hope this was helpful!

Let me know if you try this and what you think!

Tips for AcryGel Nails

I published a blog post early last year with step-by-step instructions for at-home acrygel nail application, and it has been my most viewed post since!  I honestly can’t believe it!

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Acrygel nails with no polish.

So as I continued to do acrygel nails, eventually removed them, and have now started back on it again, I wanted to give some tip and tricks I’ve picked up through my own experience over the past year.

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Acrygel nails with polish on top.

Tip #1

Thinner layers work best.  If you are an advid nail product junkie or love glitter nail polish, you have probably experienced the satisfaction of a beautifully, gawdy, and tacky manicure that  you can’t stop staring at….until and edge gets bumped and the whole dang nail PEELS OFF!  I KNOW!  Just thinking about it makes me angry!

Anyway, the same can be similar for acrygel nails.  Much of that hard work will go to waste if you use many thick layers.  Try to keep the layers of acrygel as thin as possible.

 

Tip #2

Try one layer of the acrygel under the gel top coat.  My original post calls for two layers of the base coat with acrylic powder under the top coat.  I learned to that one layer of the acrygel nail combo was best to reduce the powder and gel from yellowing over time with wear.

This may not be as important to you if you plan to keep your nail painted all the time, but I found that it decreased the yellowing I was experiencing of the acrygel combo (NOT MY NATURAL NAILS), and also helped in relation to tip #1.

 

Tip #3

Try 2 layers of gel top coat.  After some more experimenting with number of layers and such, I decided to try 2 layers of the gel top coat.  When I used only 1 layer, there was still a slight gritty texture left from the acrylic powder…even though it was shiny.  I just didn’t like having that texture difference, so I tried two thin layers of the top coat, and it is wonderful!

 

Tip #4

Cap the nail tips, but not TOO thick.  Capping the nail tips will definitely help decrease shrinkage and lifting, BUT if done too thick, it may CAUSE lifting and subsequent peeling of your beautiful acrygel manicure.

 

Tip #5

Don’t buff your nails before application….or atleast not with every new application of the acrygel nails.  Now, I understand that this may be debated, but in my experience, the acrygel nails wore better and longer when I decided NOT to buff the top layer of my nail before application.  The last time I did acrygel nails, I would have to remove and reapply once a week because I had issues with lifting, so I couldn’t just refill.  This time, I am getting MUCH better wear, and I didn’t buff my nails first.

I would also like to point out that buffing my nails before every re-application was not a smart idea because it took away SO many layers of nail, and I already have thin, peeling nails.  When I finally removed the acrygel and decided to take a break from it, my nails were painfully thin….to the point where I didn’t put any pressure on them because I had buffed away so many layers over months of re-application.  THIS is why I chose to forgo the buffing when I started back up with acrygel nails, and it has been MUCH MUCH better in terms of wear AND nail health.

 

That’s it for now!  I hope this was helpful!  And like I mentioned before, these are just some tips I’ve come up with over time and my experience with acrygel nails.

Comment, tweet, or instagram me to let me know what your experiences have been!

Burt’s Bees Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean Lip Balm Review

The Burt’s Bees Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean lip balm flavors were released around the end of 2014.  Upon hearing about these new additions to the Burt’s Bees lip balm line, I was SO excited!

burt's bees wild cherry and vanilla bean lip balm

I love the original lip balm because of its thicker, balmy consistency and intense peppermint scent and flavor.  Since vanilla and cherry are some of my favorite scents for products, I instantly told my husband about this…hoping these may make an appearance in my stocking for Christmas.  Well they did!

After unwrapping these, I instantly started testing them out for the next few days.  The scent of these are right on point with the description.  Vanilla bean smells like vanilla, and the wild cherry smells like a cherry popsicle I used to eat as a child.

burt's bees wild cherry and vanilla bean lip balm

My conclusion is that companies should not be allowed to make lip products that taste like chemicals, ESPECIALLY if they smell SOOOO GOOD!

The taste was not the only thing about these I didn’t enjoy.  The consistency of the Burt’s Bees Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean lip balms was very slick and greasy.  My lips felt even more chapped when using these because it just felt like slick and greasy with no moisturization properties.

Like most Burt’s Bees products, these lip balms are very natural (100% listed on the packaging).  They cost about $3 each.

If you are someone who enjoys a thin, slick, and/or greasy feeling lip balm, these may be for you.  However, remember that these taste like chemicals.  I don’t know if this is the majority experience as I haven’t read many reviews for these, but it was so bad my husband needed to drink water and rub his lip after kissing me and try the lip balms himself.  I felt the chemical taste was so intense that I drank water, rinsed my lips off with water, and continuously wiped them off for over 10 minutes, and the taste was STILL there.  I don’t recommend these lip balms.

If you’re interested in trying these for yourself, you can find them at drugstores, Burt’s Bees website, Walmart, Target, and Amazon here and here.

Let me know in the comments what you think!

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Swatches

I recently got the UD Smoked palette when it went on sale at ULTA for $29…I mean really?!?  I’ve been planning on buying this for years, and the sudden sale and a 20% off coupon made it right around $23, which is a great value for all you get.

This isn’t a full review for the palette, so watch out for that in the future!  As of now, I can say I’m loving it!

I hope you all had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve celebration , whether it was out on the town or in your PJs watching some Netflix…like I was with the hubby LOL

Here are the Urban Decay Smoked palette swatches!  Enjoy!

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Swatches

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Swatches

Top L to R: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
Bottom L to R: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt