Prompts+Sephora’s #LipStories

Hi everyone! How are you?

Today, I wanted to review Sephora’s new lip product. However, I wanted to do it using previous prompts- not one, not two, but four of them. I’ve done this before in blogs where I put more than one prompt link. But I don’t know if it was done while reviewing a product. I thought some of them worked well with this review. Therefore, I decided, “Why not?” Anyways, onto the review.

I must Confess, this year i did a lot of roadkill on makeup buying. I’m not proud of it. In fact, I made it a priority to start 2018 without purchasing new makeup- only if needed.

With Sephora’s brand new launch of their lippies, #LipStories, I’ll be making my own on how I failed my new year spending resolution because of Sephora. At least, they arrived in stores before the year ended; so I could get my hands on some before I have to say no-no to them.

But the shades I purchased makes me only want more. These created lip shades are so gorgeous, glides are nicely, and feel so dreamy. There are fourty shades and each are $8 a piece. For Sephora, that’s an awesome deal. Down the road I hope to complete my collection. But for now, I can only swatch and review the twelve shades I purchased. So for the price, let’s see if these lippies are worth the price or are they another roadkill to my already makeup spending problems.

As I said before, there are fourty shades in the #LipStories collection. Sephora designed these for “real life, not just ring lights-“. They are lipsticks to celebrate everyday moments. Each shade is packed with high pigment and is lightweight providing full-coverage with just one swipe. The shade ranges from everyday wearable to bold and unique. With fourty shades available, there is bound to be a shade or two or few for every skin tone!

When it comes to the stories of our life, Sephora broke them down into ten moments. Each moment has a few shade choices. The ten moments are: Holidaze, Lady Business, Global Citizen, Hashtag Throwback, Wifed Up, Spring Break State of Mind, Brunch Days, Top Down Life, Festival Vibes, and Pool O’clock.

In this collection, each shade has either a matte, cream, or metal finish. While the mattes and creams glide gracefully on the lips when first opened, the metals took a bit more swatch to glide on. But once it did, it felt and looked amazing!

These are the swatches of the twelve shades I own. These lipsticks arrived at my Sephora store two days ago. If they are not at your local Sephora, they should be soon. Or else you can find them online.

Now to the swatches!

Above pictures shows matte shade #BrunchDate. This was one of them I didn’t search before buying and hoped it would be one I like. But the shades just not for me. However, I will keep it for my collection. I’m sure I can use it with other shades to make a unique one or as a highlight.

The next shade above is called #LabyrinthCity. It is a beautiful shade that I love and like #BrunchDate, it is also a matte.

One thing, I forgot to mention is that each lipstick has #(cream, matte, or metal) on the lipstick itself. I wish they had the shade name instead, but either way it’s still cool.

When you see this packaging, you may think “Ooo, yummy!” And that’s exactly what the shade is- #YumYum. This Yum Yum shade is a cream one. It’s really nice and feels, like all the other shades, non drying. I love this shade. I find it’s a good everyday wear.

With that Yum Yum cookies or some nice hot cocoa, you need a Cozy fire place to keep you warm. The next shade is exactly that- #FireSide.

Honestly, this shade was one I was rather iffy about because brown shades don’t always work for me. They make me feel weird and uncomfortable. I can wear nice brown tones on my eyes or clothes options. But when it comes to my lips and nails, I feel weird. There’s not a lot of go-to brown shades in my drawers. But this one I can truly say will be finding a spot in those drawers. I love this deep brown shade. It’s another creamy texture designed to warm up your cold days.

This shade is a matte one called #AfterHours. I love this shade and feel it’s an everyday wear for me. This will be one of my go-to daily wears. The previous shade didn’t stain my lips for the minutes they were left on. But this one had a very tiny bit after removal. It wasn’t one of those big staining types.

This is called #Matinée. It’s a creamy shade I wish had come out before I saw Star Wars The Last Jedi. I don’t go to movie theaters often. But since this is called matinée and designed for a life story. It would have been a perfect moment to wear it. This is a beautiful shade, not one I usually go for. But it’s something I see myself being comfortable some days wearing.

I love this one! It’s called #GoldenGate. It’s a unique matte shade of purple that usually I feel like I can’t pull off. Even though I have a shade similar to this in Revlon’s Ultra HD Gel Lip Color and Maybelline’s Vivid Matte liquid lipsticks, I still love this shade and feel like it’s a wearable one I can feel comfortable in even more than the Revlon’s Blossom and Maybelline’s Vivid Violet.

Berries all around the packaging, you could say it’s #Berry-licious! And that’s exactly what it’s called. I thought this cream shade would be more bolder looking. I think because it’s not a matte, the pigmentation isn’t too out there for me. It’s a comfortable looking deep berry shade that I could pull off daily. I used to wear these bold shades often. But nowadays I’ve been sticking to lighter shades and often times feel weird about going back to the bolder darker side. I think this is a nice transition back to it whenever I feel in the mood for a daily darker shade.

This nice pinky shade is called #DesertTrip. I wore this today feeling like I was lost on a deserted island. I’ve been feeling down and this shade spoke to me this morning.

A lady in Sephora asked me if I owned any of these #LipStories. She was with her mom and looking into purchasing makeup. I told her I had purchased some yesterday and came back today for more. I mentioned Desert Trip on my lips and she went off calling her mom about the lipsticks. You can’t beat $8 on a high end store even if the packaging is a bit flimsy… cardboard and plastic… it’s worth it when the product is two thumbs up and the packaging is gorgeous!

After placing this shade on for a picture to add to this review, I found this shade stained my lips. I had to rub my lips with the wipes several times until I was satisfied with the removal amount. The stain wasn’t horrible, but I needed it gone for the next shades.

I bought this #NoCellService without trying it. I’m sure if I tried it I would have placed it back. I’m glad I purchased it. Metal shades are usually not my go-to because it’s out of my comfort zone. I like this one. However, I find most of these metals are just packed with glitter. I had glitter fall out with this and another one. I’m not used to of metals, therefore, I feel like I can’t talk about the amount of glitter and what a real metallic lipstick looks like. But I’ve seen YouTube gurus mention about the cheaper metal products having more glitter in it. I find this one does, but I’d still wear it. It’s not horrible and the amount of glitter isn’t a lot compared to Rani Cosmetics Sparked Dazzling ones I reviewed before. These are more tolerable… but I’d still need a special occasion to wear them or use them as a topper on the daily ones to add some uniqueness.

I have to say this shade, #IceBreaker is awesome and I truly love it! It’s one of the shades I have tried on from other companies and am like OMG NO! TOO MUCH! A red flag, beeping “May Day! May Day!” always happens when I place a shade like this. I even have a similar on in Smashbox’s liquid Lip Pigments and still have a hard time with it. This shade is amazing. It is a metal. I don’t see a lot of glitter fall out with this one when applying on my lips, but I know there’s glitter. I don’t know what it is with this specific shade, but it makes me feel happy and like, “Wow!” It’s one of those I feel like I can pull off daily… yet, look at it… it’s a metal purple.

I like it. I actually tried the blue one that was right after this shade. Immediately, I was like, “No way!” I was taken back by it. I preferred this one. I may get the blue seeing I want to complete the collection; however, it will take some months. Maybe for Halloween if the shades are still available, I’ll use that as an excuse to get that and the other crazy colors. They did have a green shade too, which I actually liked, but not as much as this purple and I figured purple I can get away with as daily more than green. They also had a white, black, and some lighter purples, minty green shades I guess. They had so many shades. If you’re picky on shades best bet go to a Sephora store and try them on. Otherwise just order online and pray you’ll love them. I’m sure whatever you order you’ll love at least most of all of them.

And the final lipstick from this collection I currently own…

#FestivalLights. Does this picture show a fake surprise? Because I was really shocked how this looked on me. I never swatched this at the store. I just chose it after swatching another shade that had metal red with glitter (looked similar to Rani Cosmetics’ Hindi and Bhindi, but not so glittery). I don’t do well in front of cameras when it comes to any facial looks. So, pardon that.

Focusing on the lipstick itself, that metal shade is awesome and I love it and I would love to wear it often whenever I get the chance. But omg did it have glitter fall out when I removed it in the end. That one and No Cell Service. Those two had more fall out than Ice Breaker. Still, they aren’t that bad!

One shade in this collection I swatched, Fire Side, reminds me of Tarte’s Toasted eyeshadow palette. I believe this shade will do wonders with that palette. It’s an awesome addition to create a campfire look.

I love these lipsticks. The only down side I have is my fear of pushing too hard when opening them. Because the packaging is made of cardboard and plastic… I feel like the cardboard one is breakable or smashable.

Yesterday, I went to open these for the first time and one of them would not cooperate. I had to literally press a little more harder to open it. I pressed and felt the cardboard pushing inward a little. I immediately thought I was going to break it and I probably Almost. But thank God, I didn’t. The packaging and pigmentation of the products are very beautiful and for the price, these lippies are Extravagant (so two thumbs up!).

Anyways, tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve. What are you all doing? If you love makeup, what will you be wearing for the next two days? Will you be buying any of these #LipStories and creating memories with them? I think you should. A shade or two might get you hooked… or not. It’s worth a try!

2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hey everyone, how are you?

Throughout this year and previous years, I have been struggling with keeping blogs. One thing I hope for next year is that blogging becomes a habit for me or something I, at least don’t give up on.

November is ending soon and Christmas will soon be here. Another year will come to an end; another chapter book closed; a new one to open.

Usually at this time, people begin to think of things they want done or to do next year. Goals that either get swept under the rug or try-fail-succeed. A list easy to create; yet, not-so-easy to accomplish.

I, like them, have created this list time and time again. I, like some, have failed tremendously. I, like the few, have swept them under the rug. A list once made forgotten as the new year unfolds.

Every year when I make this list, I always write the same things- lose 30 lbs, read one book a month, write more, pray more, etc, etc. To me, it’s never heartfelt; rather, it’s everyone’s making this list, why not I? Then, I sit down to make it only to find an empty brain.

My stupid brain voided of all the things I can accomplish next year. My brain should be on cruise control. It should be ecstatic by now. A year is coming to an end! A new beginning is underway! But no, it’s not.

In fact, my brain is running the complete opposite right now. It’s dragging. Time’s ticking rather slowly with me on sleep mode. And so, I watched YouTube videos to hype my brain of the new year that’s coming (whether or not my brain’s intent).

And now, here is my

New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel more.

2. Using Digits app, save money.

3. Declutter my makeup.

4. Purchase makeup only when: needed, sale, or after October when Christmas gift sets come out.

5. Read one book a month.

6. Write for thirty minutes a day.

7. Revamp my WordPress blog.

8. Pay off my debts.

9. Set aside money for a car.

10. Clean my room.

11. Declutter my room.

12. Focus on BALANCE.

13. Watch YouTube videos other than makeup reviews, swatches, tutorials… etc.

14. Pray more.

15. Have more of God and I time.

16. Think of going back to school.

17. Follow my Low Nickel and GERD diets.

18. Follow and cross off as many as I can on this list.

19. Find inner peace.

20. One a day poems or lyrics.

21. Learn about poetry again.

22. Learn about cosmetics and how it’s used (only time to watch on YouTube).

23. Wash and clean my car at least once a month.

24. Declutter my trunk and keep it that way!

25. Eat less out and more at home.

26. Learn and keep sautéing.

27. Eat healthy.

28. Love myself.

29. Focus on the present.

30. Be more positive.

Year

Happy New Year all! New year, new you. That’s always what I hear each year. Weight Watchers ads for losing weight is currently running in between shows. I received one in mail a few days before 2016 had ended. I used to join it (2-3 times). Then I realized I am always going to fail at it. Although, I did reach losing ten pounds the last time I joined. That was a major achievement for me!

Yesterday, the last day of 2016, I weighed myself. I don’t usually do that. Judging by the result, I probably shouldn’t have. In 2014, I kept my weight around 150’s. Based on my height to weight ratio that’s not good. At times my weight would spiral upwards and downwards, but I managed to keep it around 150’s; rather than constant gaining.

After two weeks of holiday eating, I weighed myself yesterday to find I gained. I am now 165 pounds. That hit me by surprise because I thought I would be in 150’s. Honestly, I don’t know why I thought that. If I’m 150 and keep eating junk, I should be gaining.

It’s not like I took care of myself. I ate sugary foods, drank coke, digested foods containing heavy nickel. I’m allergic to nickel (metal and food). I am on a low nickel diet as of December 2014. But I keep failing on it.

When I first was told about my nickel food allergy, there were barely any articles. Last year there were a ton more blogs about it. With my body worn out on how I treated it, I have decided I need to make a change this year. I need to stay on my low nickel diet. That’s what I need.

Every new year I write take care of my health or lose weight for my resolutions. This year, it’s not only going to be about losing weight, but really trying to eat a low nickel diet.

I can take Allegra or any other allergy pills when I eat something I’m allergic to. But last year I realized Allegra can only help me if I do my part. If I keep taking Allegra to fight off an allergy I keep putting in me, eventually, Allegra will wave its white flag forfeiting and my allergy symptoms will win the war. 

So this year I have decided to try my best to follow my low nickel diet. It will be a struggle, but knowing there’s more articles on it and others going through the same thing helps. It sheds a light on a better year in maintaining my nickel allergy.

Do you or anyone you know have nickel allergy? What’s yours or their experience? Maybe we can bounce ideas off one another, or help each other. What are some of your New Years resolutions or goals?

Happy new year!

NARS’s Velvet Lip Glide

Velvet Lip Glide is soft yet strong. Effortless and intense. Polished and provocative. It encourages you not to compromise.

These thirteen NARS Velvet Lip Glide’s are $26 each. Sephora sells a holiday Mind Game Lip Glide Set for $45. This set contains six minis (three cult faves and three limited editions).

Velvet Lip Glides are “high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick- and feels like nothing else.”

These lip glides are non sticky, semi-matte without the dryness. NARS’ lip glides are “developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect. Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, semi-matte style.

Named for the personal power and play of ’70s counterculture, Velvet Lip Glide shades invoke the era’s new vibe with references to legendary venues and unforgettable attitude.

Mineshaft: Above is mineshaft. This is a bright yellow-red shade that I love. It’s bright for a summertime day. Summer is over, but this color gives you something to hope for. This shade looks more orange on me. At least, it does to me. I love this one. It doesn’t seem patchy or inconsistent when applying. It glides on like NARS claims.La Main Bleue: A rich berry shade. This is the first one I purchased at Sephora store before buying the set and Mineshaft online.

I have worn this one at least two full days. I love this shade. Although it may not last all day for me, it’s easy to reapply at lunch time.Bound: Above and below pictures show a beautiful nude shade called bound. Bound is a soft rose pink on NARS’ site; on Sephora’s as a soft magenta.

Looking at the picture, this shade does not seem too much on me. It looks okay. But off the camera, I feel like this shade does not cover my dark spots on the outer areas of my lips as much as other colors.

No. 675: This shade is one of the three limited edition shades. This is a deep peach shade. Off camera, it looked like a brownish shade on me. I think it was due to the lighting. Overall, I really love this shade.

Chez Claude: I love this shade ever since my first swatch at Sephora store! Chez Claude is a warm pink. Usually pinks are my least favorite to wear on me. La Main Bleue and this are two of my favorites I have tried so far with this product. Chez Claude is another of the three limited edition lip glides.

Unspeakable: Described on Sephora’s site, Unspeakable is a reddish pink. NARS describes it as a Garnet color on theirs. On me, this doesn’t seem to have any pinks. It looks more dark brown with some reddish shade.

Plato’s: This is another favorite shade and it is a limited edition shade. This shade is described as a deep pink. This is another shade of pink I’m loving.

Toy: Toy is described as a deep plum on Sephora; however, on NARS’ site- deep aubergine.

Sephora’s how to use list three ways on applying these lip glides. Apply to bare lips for best color pay off and wear.

For more dramatic look, line the lips with NARS’ Velvet Lip liner for definition. Then, fill in with the lip glide for more intense, semi-matte color.

Blot lips and allow color to set for a few minutes for a sheer look.

Finally, for a stain effect, apply by pressing pigment into lips with the fingertips.

I never liked lip glosses. But this velvet textured lip glide doesn’t feel sticky and too much on my lips. I love the color pay off and that there is more than one way to wear it. There are thirteen shades and three limited edition included in the six mini holiday set. These feel moisturizing. They never make my lips feel dry or cracked/chapped.

This lip glides are semi-matte, as NARS claims; therefore, they do not dry fully matte and transfer can be expected. Depending on which of the three ways you apply it, transfer can range from little to a lot. Read below for the three ways to apply.

Each mini sized lip glides contain 0.12 oz/3.5 mL of product. Full size products contain 0.2 oz/5.9147 mL. The set is $45 and contains six mini. Each individual full size sells for $26.