I don't know what to call this type of post. Basically, this is a compilation of short beauty-related stories that will make a few half-assed posts if I write about them separately. But I think they're still worth sharing.
Some are tips I randomly stumbled upon, some are stuff I tried out in the store but didn't buy, and some are road tests. Many of these were taken from my instagram. My phone doesn't have a good camera so bear with me. Today it's gonna be all about lips:
Sponge-tip Applicators. I have come to accept that my lips are not anatomically made for shiny goop. Even basic lipbalm looks like drool on my lips. It doesn't matter whether I put the gloss all over or just in the middle.
I have a few shiny lip stuff in my stash and I make them more forgivable on me by smacking a paper towel between my lips and recently, by this new trick I learned from Allure Magazine: Don't Throw Out Your Sponge-Tip Applicators Just Yet. The sponge takes away the shininess and suede-ifies the look of the lipstick on the lips. I also use the sponge-tip applicator to blur out the lip line. I'm not so much a fan of sharp lips and the sponge makes a better job than a lip brush in blurring out the perimeters.
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Franken Lips. I was not supposed to buy another tube of lipstick but my 30th birthday is coming up and I thought that a classic matte red lipstick is in order. I got a Mac Ruby Woo and I love it, but it can be overwhelming on the face sometimes. It's a really bright bold red so I tame it down a little by blending in a tiny bit of Wet n' Wild 919B - Vamp It Up. The color turned out to be something I like better than Ruby Woo. Maybe it could pass off as Guerlain G L'Extrait in Orgueil? I haven't worn Orgueil yet but here's a beautiful FOTD by Carina wearing it. It looks very very similar to the color I ended up with.
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Maybelline Bold Matte. I got curious when I knew about Maybelline's latest additions to their Color Sensational line: Bold Matte. As I said, I like matte lipsticks. I thought maybe they could have dupes for some of Mac's bright-colored matte lipsticks like Candy Yum-yum or Quick Sizzle.
Thank goodness testers were available coz these babies aren't matte. As soon as I swatched each of them, the lipsticks kind of melted and you end up with a sheen. Sheen is in no way synonymous to matte. If you're looking for a good drugstore matte lipstick, stick with Wet 'n Wild Megalast.
I was also disappointed by how sheer the colors were. In the swatches above, you can see my skin showing through.
Since I didn't buy them and I didn't swatch the testers on my lips, here's a review from someone who did: Don't Buy Those Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipsticks.