I have been praying for I don’t know how long to the makeup gods that Coastal Scents would start making lip colour other than glosses. Imagine my delight when I got the email that not only had they newly launched 15 brand spanking new lipsticks, but that they were being offered at the introductory price of $2.95. I didn’t even really spend much more than a second thinking about it, before I just went on over an snagged all 15 of them. Ok, 14, I didn’t get one because I was pretty sure I wouldn’t even be able to give that frosty beige madness away, much less wear it.
Those are the times when you feel wholly inadequate and like something is just really very off about you, cause dang what’s your problem anyway? And then you remember that all your (brown) girlfriends used to rave about MAC too, and that ish wasn’t too hot for you either. Yeah, so we’re talking about Sacha Cosmetics today. This brand out of Trinidad seems to be on the lips and HG lists of every brown beauty guru. I had heard about them for so long that I decided to do a haul.
The second item that I got from the Stila holiday sets was this set of six mini liquid lipsticks. For some reason, even though these had always been a must try for me, I continually overlooked them. Somewhere inside of my brain, I thought they weren’t a matte finish. Please don’t ask me where that idea got lodged, because I couldn’t tell you. In any case, even if I hadn’t gotten the other palette I was determined to get this just so that I could finally try it. There is also a smaller set of three that I think is $20 or $25 that I’ve only seen in store in Ulta, but I wanted more choices and figured this $39 set was a better choice for me.
This is gonna be a simpler, shorter (I hope) post than the last, because I only have four items. Along with the palettes, I also got two blushes and two lipsticks. The last few items was a bit of a mixed bag. I liked or could work with some items, but was disappointed in others. Let’s start off with what I liked better.
I’m not the hugest fan of Tarte lip products. I find that a lot of times the textures are so thick that they can come off looking rather clayish. Which is a good and bad thing. Good cause that means that they have a lot of coverage. But bad in that the high coverage can make them look unnatural and not only cakey, but collect in the creases of the lips.
So we’re starting off with the simplest things to review. I actually hauled these in an Ulta store in Williamsburg. My youngest niece, the one I call My Kid cause if I’d given birth to her she couldn’t look or act more like me, was in one of her funky moods one day and when she’s like that she only wants to be around me for some reason, I don’t get it, I mean I’m not even very nice most days. She decided to stay home with me and I didn’t feel like staying in the house so we went exploring to find some beauty. She’s also the one that’s been picking some of my favourite makeup items since she was four, which I find really ironic because she’s a stereotypical tomboy. Exactly like I was at her age come to think of it.
For some reason I don’t see a lot of people reviewing Illamasqua. It’s probably because it’s super expensive and there’s no place to buy in the states. But I think I mentioned before if you buy something from Illamasqua.com and it hits a hundred dollars, (which ain’t hard in the least) you get your order in two days cause they ship it express. I didn’t however, purchase this from the Illamasqua site cause I dithered around so much that Beauty Bay finally got it in stock, and the deal was too good to pass up despite the fact that unless you spend like $400 on BB you’re gonna get your stuff in 13 days the end, unless you pay thirty dollars for express.
But this was too good a deal. The palette is $59 but BB has it for $42. The lipsticks are $30 but BB has them for $21.40, because of that I was only able to get two colours cause the rest were sold out, but the two colours that I got were the ones that I really wanted anyway.
Yes, yes. I know I’ve been MIA for about a week or so, but I’ve been feeling spectacularly emotionally battered, so I spent a crapload of money and now I have loads of stuff to review for you. See how my pain becomes your pleasure? It’s a win for all involved I say.
Lancôme’s spring launch is very…pink. Not really hard to imagine considering it’s themed la rose. I’m very familiar with Lancôme skin care products, but as far as complexion products, I’ve only ever used one foundation (that I loved) and a bronzer (that was eh), so I can honestly say that I was sure what to expect. All I knew was that the products looked stunning, and the gift with purchase was crazy. Like for real, look at this…
Illamasqua is one of those brands that have a massive cult following, and I so desperately wanted to be one of the masses. But for me, things that confuse me get chucked rather quickly, and Illamasqua confuzzled me. Since I’m a foundation hoarder, that’s the thing that I gravitate towards first. Second come blush, but that relatively easy. Shade and undertone, bright or subtle, easily worked with. Their foundations though, take some figuring, reading the descriptions convinced me that they didn’t have an undertone in their huge collection of shades to suit me. The undertones that seemed promising, all were in shades obviously too dark or too light. This is not a new phenomenon to me, as a brown girl that falls squarely in the middle of brown girl things, finding a golden or peachy undertone from anything but luxury brands is feat not to be taken lightly. A few weeks ago, because I fell in love with Wayne Goss’ swatch of the Beyond Powder in Epic, I decided to suck it up, put my big girl drawers on, get a consultation and get to shopping. Lemme tell you, the results were frikkin phenomenal.