NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN CRUELLA IS MY JAM

I’ve written before about my trials and tribulations with lipstick. I generally hate wearing anything on my lips — glosses are sticky, don’t last long, and ultimately I’ll meet a gust of wind that attaches my hair to my face. I hate the waxy feeling of lip balms. Lipsticks look odd on me and (I know, this is bizarre) I can’t *stand* the smell/taste. So I basically never wear anything.

I especially admire a lady who can rock a red lip proudly and confidently. I’ve never understood it — doesn’t it just come right off when you eat or drink something?!

Well, I finally found THE red lip for me — it’s called NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. Yes, like Cruella de Vil. Obviously, the name alone had me hooked.

Cruella is a scarlet red, but it’s not too vampy and looks totally great for everyday wear. It lasts surprisingly long for a lipstick, and looks good even as it wears away. It’s matte, but it feels comfortable on my lips without drying them out. It’s a blue-based red, so it looks good on all skin tones (I am fair with a pink flush and find it flattering).

So if you’re afraid of a bold red lip, give Cruella a try! If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will… kidding of course 🙂

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xo A

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NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN CRUELLA IS MY JAM

REVIEW: TARTE MARACUJA CREASELESS CONCEALER

Finding a good concealer feels so much trickier than it should. There are so many different kinds — from liquid, to cream, to stick, to powder. Then there is the quintessential problem every girl has — finding the perfect shade. You need something lighter for the eye area, something green or yellow to neutralize redness and blemishes, and something that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Our skin changes so much from day to day, too. Some days I have plenty of blemishes and marks to cover up (thanks, hormones!) and other days I barely need any coverage. Some days my skin is uneven and red, and other days it’s too oily. In the summer, I’m always slightly darker than in the winter, so my skin tone changes a bit. It’s virtually impossible to find one single solitary concealer that works on me all the time.

For the past few months, I have been using tarte maracuja creaseless concealer. At $25, it’s a bit pricier than drugstore brands but not by much. I have some pros and cons for it as I still try to figure out if it’s worth buying a second tube.

The pros:

  • tarte’s website has a great, easy-to-use shade finder that takes all the guesswork out of picking the perfect shade. this concealer, in particular, has 14 shades, which is fantastic but could make narrowing it down tricky. but I was able to easily pick the shade for me (fair skin with pink undertones) without even going to a store — great for online ordering.
  • it’s definitely full-coverage which is perfect for deep marks.
  • a little goes a long way. i’ve been using the same tube daily for five months (!!) and am not even close to running out. that’s impressive.
  • it has a nice, creamy consistency.
  • it does not make me break out, which is always appreciated.
  • apparently it’s vegan, too, which is a nice bonus.

The cons:

  • it is definitely not creaseless. at all. in fact, it creases quite a bit. I have to check myself in the mirror about a half hour after applying to clear up the annoying crease marks.
  • it slides a bit on the skin, possibly because it’s very thick, giving your skin an oily feel. this is probably fine for drier skin but for oily girls, I’d watch out.
  • the tube is THE most annoying thing. too much comes out at one time and it’s impossible to get it back in, so you end up wasting a lot or trying to cover spots that don’t really need it to avoid wasting the product. if you accidentally store it right side up in your makeup kit, it gets all over the cap.
  • it’s not incredibly long-lasting. it’s fine for normal days where you’re not really active, but I feel if you’re doing any activity, it fades fast.

I usually apply it first and then set with a powder/bronzer and blush on top and this works well for me. My favorite trick is to apply it after primer on eyes but before eye makeup, it beautifully gets rid of those yucky looking eyelid veins. It makes the eyelids look even and bright — so much so that I’ve skipped eyeshadow and still looked wide awake.

But the fact that it creases is really annoying (especially because ‘creaseless’ in the title ..I mean, come on.) and doesn’t last long is quite dissappointing, hence why I am not sure it’s worth buying again. what’s your favorite concealer?

xo A

REVIEW: TARTE MARACUJA CREASELESS CONCEALER

SEEING STARS WITH SEE BY Chloé

I know I said a few posts back that I’m a monogamous, long-term relationship with one perfume kinda girl, but my views are very quickly changing. There are some really amazing perfumes out there, and it’s making it quite hard to stick to just one.

The latest one I’ve tried is See By Chloé and I’m really loving it. On Sephora’s website, it’s described as:

See By Chloé embodies femininity while blending masculine codes in an urban-chic way. This fragrance captures the audaciousness and strong personality of the Chloé woman.

An addictive floral fruity fragrance, it captures the irresistible and playful personality of a young woman fully embracing life. The fusing top of juicy bergamot and apple translate her energy and her urban edginess. Her natural femininity is conveyed through a beautiful floral bouquet of jasmine and ylang ylang that grows into a sexy veil of vanilla and addictive musks.

A strong and feminine bottle that revisits the Chloé codes combining high-end perfumery with modern details. Its refined faceted glass catches the light to give a real luxury feel. Its uniqueness also comes from its three lovely feet beneath the bottle, elevating it to create the appearance of floating. The shiny silver cap is decorated with a delicate ring to catch the bottle.

The funny thing is, when I hear ‘floral’ paired with ‘fragrance’ I automatically think grandma-ish and tend to steer clear of those scents. But this eau de parfum is the perfect blend of floral and masculine, which gives it super sexy undertones. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy — I truthfully think it would smell just as great on a guy, too. It definitely has an edge to it, which I really like.

See by Chloé is also pretty versatile: it would smell great in the crisp fall months due to the apple, or a sexy summer night thanks to the jasmine and vanilla. It’s long-lasting without being overpowering. Right now, it’s quickly becoming my go-to date night scent. Plus, the bottle looks gorgeous on my vanity. LOVE IT!

xo A

SEEING STARS WITH SEE BY Chloé