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!

Sephora’s Fearless

Hi everyone! How are you?

Sephora is running a charity work (unsure start date). They made a really beautiful shade in a gorgeous red bulleted container similar to its black bullets containing matte and subtle sheen.

This deep berry red shade of lipstick is Rouge cream #100 Fearless.

For every lipstick sold, they will give $10 to Sephora Stands.

When I think of Fearless, I think of Taylor Swift’s Fearless song. I have been wanting a shade called Fearless, but what I have tried would be too bold or bright for me. This feels just right. This shade, I believe is perfect for Autumn season, which is coming soon.

This lipstick is limited edition, but I hope Sephora brings it back after awhile. One sales rep said they will be bringing out other shades as well!

Usually, red shades are too bold for me. I feel like it’s too much for work and daily wear. Few days ago, my mind changed. I’ve been wanting red lips. I found this one, tried it on, and loved it.

This will run you $12.50 (without taxes). They have more shades in black tube, which are not part of the charity. From what I hear, only Sephora stores are selling it. I didn’t find it at JcPennys Sephora and the sales rep at mine had no idea about it.

I wish they had done this for all Sephora’s, JcPenny’s included. But that’s up to them.

I love this lipstick a lot. It’s not too bold, not bright, and makes me comfortable. I feel like I can wear this everyday, even at work, and not be self conscious that I have a popping color on my lips or my head screaming, “MAY DAY! MAY DAY! TOO MUCH! TOO MUCH!

I will be applying this on today and see how it wears. I loved how it wore yesterday, but it was only for a few hours.

Happy Labor Day to all!

Prompt: Cringe+Review: Tarte Pout Prep

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday!

My lips tend to dry out quickly. Not even exfoliators could help them. Few months ago, I noticed Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments helped moisturize my lips longer. But those around $24. And if their tinted, I want more shades. But I don’t want to spend that much on a lip balm.

Exfoliators are supposed to help with prepping your lips and I heard it also helps a little with the drying out. I’ve tried so many. From Dior’s expensive Lip Sugar to the cheapest I’ve heard so far E.L.F.’s in their lipstick package. I even tried making my own.

In between those two, I tried Fresh’s Lip Polish and its new wand type. I didn’t like the wand one as much for exfoliating, but it gave a nice glossy finish to my lips. As for the original Lip Polish, it was alright giving it a second try. Back in college I never liked it. Trying a sample again,  it’s ok. I think I’m not into brown sugar for exfoliating though. And I wanted more in an exfoliator.

GlamGlow’s lip scrub was nice and felt similar to Milani’s. However, I Cringe[d] with the taste in my mouth when little pieces found its way inside (YUCK!). I couldn’t tolerate it. Plus, there was something missing in it.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Lip Scrub in a pencil/marker packaging was cool to try. But it got really messy. And it didn’t seem to be working on my lips.

Bite Beauty’s both original lip scrub and Agave. Their whipped one was interesting to try. It applied on my lips without any sugar texture- just creamy. I didn’t think it did the job and don’t understand how it’s meant to exfoliate without the granules.

Agave was better than the original. But I couldn’t stand the smell. Is that just me??? Plus, I’m not into brown sugar scrubs (mainly for its smell).

Lush’s homemade lip scrubs that are delicious! They are popular, but I’m not into the dry texture. Plus, I wanted my lips to be conditioned. They just felt dried…. But it tasted so good (especially Popcorn)!

Milani Sweet Sugar Scrub was so sweet and was like putting a really nice desert on my lips. But let’s face it, it just wasn’t for my tastebuds.

E.L.F’s $3 lip scrub in a lipstick packaging is amazing. But breaks off when I use it. And it’s also missing something. But I’d use it if I didn’t keep breaking them.

Now, I’m sure I’m missing some others I have tried. But before this gets any longer, let me introduce to you the exfoliator I have tried and found I love more than all these.

Tarte has come out with another exfoliator called Pout Prep. I tried locating YouTube videos and haven’t found much on it. It retails for $16 and only has two reviews with ratings of 4-5 stars.


I ordered mine with a 15% off discount as a first time customer on their website. I am not new to their company. I’ve been buying their products from Sephora and Ulta.

Pout Prep is a “minty lip scrub and treatment Balm with moisturizing maracuja, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar to gently buff away flakes and treat thirsty lips.”

Both maracuja and shea butter sink deeply into lips to hydrate, firm, and protect from future drying, cracking, and/or chapping.

This product has vitamins C and E, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Carnauba Wax. If you’re not into wax in lip products, this may not be for you as it does contain wax.

When reading about this product, I thought of the $33 Dior Lip Sugar.


This product is designed with concentrated granita texture that gently transforms into a balm as it melts on lips. Both products consider themselves as a balm.

Are these similar? Perhaps in how their designed to be used. But the textures are completely different. You apply Dior’s like a lip balm and the sugar immediately melts onto your lips. Pout Prep’s sugar doesn’t immediately melt away. And you can remove by rinsing it.

I find when using Pout Prep first time, the sugar did melt onto my lips creating a balm like texture. But other times I’d have to rinse it off.

What is/are your favorite exfoliators?

Practicing Cat Look for Halloween

… my nose looks like a cow nose.

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.

Prompt: Subdue

Today, is a rather Subdued kind of day. I can’t shake this feeling I have felt since last September.

No matter what I do, I feel like a failure. Useless. Worthless. No one needs me.

I spend my money because the only place I can roam off to, if not home, is the shopping centers. Squander every dollar, every penny.

Somehow, I have not touched my emergency funds envelope I started this month for a class I’m taking.

An African American lady yelled at me- how I’m blocking the whole damn street- in her own words. She almost hit my car to make me reverse. Stubborn me just honked my horn not moving. Was I right? Was I wrong? Maybe that was a battle I should have walked away from.

But this is why I stayed. I sat there waiting for a parking space for like 5 minutes. I turned the correct way where the arrows show entrance. She just comes from the opposite side and knows I’m there. The lady walking knew I was there.

Yet, this lady in the car decides to ask her if she could have that parking space.

I felt invisible. I felt hurt. Why do people have to be so rude? And then she has the nerve to call me rude for I’m entering the area correctly and waiting patiently for a parking space when she’s coming from the other end and saying I’m blocking the street. I wanted to tell her lady, this is not a street. But I decided not to.

Lancôme Lip Primer

Apparently, this little bullet is the best there is; moisturizing, smoothing, and keeping your lipsticks last longer, especially the dry down mattes.

Pardon the slight pinkish ombré-ness. I had used this before applying my Julep’s Whipped “Kiss Me” and Smashbox’s Always On “Miss Conduct”.

With or without this primer, I like how Julep liquid lipstick feels on my lips. It’s not overly drying at first. I haven’t worn it all day to see the longevity and feel of it, though.

However, this primer underneath Smashbox’s gave my lips a nondrying feel as this dried down to its matte finish.

When I first wore Miss Conduct couple months ago, I was able to have little to no transfer. It was mainly the red shades that had more transfer. This was obviously worn without the primer, since this is my first time trying a primer other than Too Faced one I purchased few years ago.

Today, with the primer, there is a lot of transfer. However, once it’s fully dried down, the transfer may be lessened or none.

I did not test Julep’s for transfer proof. I had forgotten! But I am sure if this primer was worn underneath there would be some transfer like Smashbox’s.

I mentioned I had tried a Too Faced Lip Primer before. That one was my least favorite. It was the first and the last primer I ever used on my lips. I didn’t like it one bit.

Too Faced Primer didn’t come in a bullet packaging; rather, it came in a lengthwise packaging similar to liquid lipsticks and lip gloss kinds.

Opening it up, there is a wand applicator for applying. I didn’t have any problems with the wand. There really wasn’t much wrong other than the texture itself.

Once applying something over that product, my lips didn’t feel good at all. It felt horrible like there was too much on my lips and I just had to remove it immediately.

I was a bit iffy on buying Lancôme’s because of the price $30.50. I did check out the drugstore area. The makeup artist at Ulta said he preferred Lancôme’s over Nyx’s. In the end, I decided on Lancôme and I am very happy with my decision.

Although the price is high, I love the feeling this bulleted lip primer in shade #00 Invisible gives. It goes on clear, yet there’s a bit of shimmer, which you can clearly see on the lipstick itself that there is a shine.

Personally, I love this lipstick. I’m wearing it before bedtime because I feel like it helps my lips feel moisturized and it’s not overwhelming me the amount I applied. I feel like you can’t go wrong with the amount of product applied. I applied over and over and still didn’t feel like too much went on.

Looking on Lancôme’s website, I didn’t realize all their individual lipsticks shades are in this same formula. I am interested in trying some more of their other shades. This one specifically can be used as a clear base before applying any matte lip stains.

I’m sure all the other ones will do the same. But because of their color pigmentation, the clear one will be more go-to as an underneath primer.

Also, something Ulta’s Makeup Artist/Sale’s Rep told me- during the day you can reapply this primer right ontop of the liquid lipstick you are wearing that day without removing it. You don’t need to reapply the liquid lipstick if you are reapplying the base. Reapplying the base will not mess up any part of your liquid lipstick.