NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream seemed to be at the forefront of the whole matte lip trend because this product was released back in 2012.  Of course NYX continued to add colors over time, so there’s basically a color for anyone!

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I got the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp and Milan on sale at ULTA a couple years ago.  I chose these colors because I have naturally pigmented lips, and I wanted two colors that could still look natural.  I tend not to like very light shades for matte lip colors because I think it emphasizes any cracking or dryness, which I think makes the product look worse on the lips…but this is just my opinion.  I’ve seen some people wear the light matte colors and thought they can rock it lol.

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Left to Right: Milan and Antwerp

I love the feel of applying the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and the overall appearance.  The price on these is also much more budget-friendly than some other matte lip products at this time.  There is a slight vanilla scent, but it’s not so strong that you smell it when you open the top.  It’s more of a you-smell-it-to-figure-out-if-it-has-a-scent level of scent.

What I don’t like about these is the uneven application of the formula.  When it comes to wearing matte lip colors, I prefer to do a thin layer so the product doesn’t build up and cause cracking or that dry look on the lips….but I end up having to apply 2-3 layers of this, which just doesn’t look nice as time passes.

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Regular doe-foot applicator

Important to note, these are not meant to be a long-wearing matte lip formula.  The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream does transfer and come off pretty easily onto glasses, silverware, significant others, etc.  So if you are looking for a long-wearing matte lip, I suggest skipping these.

However, if you are just getting into the whole matte lip trend, this product would be good to try.  You can often get them on sale at ULTA or other places NYX products are sold.

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.

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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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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.

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!

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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!

Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Review

Freeman facial masks are pretty popular, and for good reason, as I have been discovering.  I bought a few of the different varieties of clay masks offered by Freeman and just felt like trying this one out first.

Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask

I worked this into my skincare routine without use of the other clay masks I bought because I wanted to be able to see the results of this without interference from other new products….as I would recommend when trying any new skincare products.  Anyway, I use this about 2-3 times each week applying a thin-ish layer, usually at night after removing my makeup and using a gentle cleanser.

Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask

I let this dry and then remove it with a hot damp washcloth, which I set on top my entire face for maybe 10 seconds to soften the mask and let’s admit it…..it’s really relaxing J Then I use the washcloth to wipe off the mask.  After it’s removed, I usually set the hot, damp washcloth on my face again to relax and add back in some moisture before applying my moisturizer.

Now, let’s talk about the results I get from this.  This definitely aids in oil control.  I’ve also notice reduction of inflammation on active breakouts, shrinking or helping to clear up the breakouts, tightened pores, smoother skin, and overall brighter complexion.  I also tend to use this if I feel a breakout coming to help prevent it or speed up the process.

The smell may be a little off putting for some because it is highly fragranced of a soapy scent….at least that’s the best way I can think to describe it because it doesn’t make me think of avocado or oatmeal.

Anyway, I would highly recommend this mask to those with oily, acne-prone skin.

This can be found at ULTA here, most drugstores, Walmart, or Target.