Makeup Haul: Limited Edition Kiko x Lovegrove Summer Collection

Gah! The words “Limited Edition” get me every time. I need to stay away from Instagram before it destroys me and my will-power completely. But for now, I have a few items from the beautifully packaged summer collection which was designed by Ross Lovegrove and inspired by wanderlust. It is all rose gold and elegance and I recommend you get your eyeballs on it, if not your hands.

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These are baked highlighting pearls (not too different it might seem from something lovely and much more expensive by Guerlain…) in the shade “Desert Moon” so I couldn’t resist. Throw in limited edition and I’m done for. I wish there was more than one shade in the collection, so I could justify owning more than one of these beauties. I haven’t used it enough to know for certain if it is compatible / comfortable with my excessively oily skin but I am happy to add this gorgeous little pot of goodness to my collection.

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With these lip oils, however, I have less gushing to get on…I just cannot figure how they are worth $14 monies. They smell and taste pleasantly enough (coconut, vanilla, and grapefruit are at the top of my list of flavors ideal for lippies) but they just don’t feel like anything special on the lips. And they most certainly do not LOOK like anything on the lips. The different colors are not detectable (not even by palest wrist swatch) and the shine dissipates within a few minutes and as beautiful as they look in that packaging, the goop on the inside should count for more, no?

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

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MAKEUP HAUL: WET-N-WILD Limited Edition 2016 Summer Collection

So in my absence from Girl Doesn’t, and on the tail end of my self imposed no-buy, I went a bit makeup crazy. I bought so many tinctures and potions I didn’t need that I’m almost embarrassed, and I can still feel the slow painful wail of my bank account shriveling up in sadness AND YET I DID IT ANYWAY AND DAMN IF I’M NOT STILL GOING.

Get ready for my return to blogging to be one unnecessary haul after another.

I have no excuses. Except. Egads is this sparkly shit beautiful.

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These highlighters are so creamy and lovely and perfect.

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The Metallic Liquid Lipsticks I found to be a little less impressive. They swatch beautifully and I dare you to look at that stunning metallic sheen and think “Nah, I probably don’t need that in my life,” with any sincereity but they aren’t a forgiving product. It pools in any lines on your lips, clings to every dry patch, and doesn’t evenly coat your pucker in color or metallic goodness. It can be a patchy mess, but it can also be really pretty. Which is to say, I do not regret getting my paws on these, but I’m still trying to figure out how to make them work.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

 

 

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss $9.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: THESE ARE PERFECT GETTHEMNOWOMG!!!

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The long of it: If you’ve spent any time here at GirlDoesn’t, then you might be familiar with how consistently I bargain shop…I wait for coupons and sales and steadfastly refuse to pay full price for something I know I can get much cheaper if I can only be patient.

These beauties changed that game for me. I couldn’t wait. At $10 a pop these are half the price of most mid-range to high-end liquid lipsticks, so they aren’t, by comparison with the popular Stila and Kat Von D and Ofra and Lime Crime liquid lipsticks, break-the-bank expensive, and if you were to walk out of a drugstore with one new lipstick in your purse, then $10 bucks is totally reasonable.

But Girl isn’t totally reasonable. And I can’t walk away with just one new lipstick in my purse.

L’Oreal often goes on sale BOGO 50% off and about three times a year goes 40% off at Ulta so I KNOW I can get these for between 6 or 7.5 dollars if I’m patient–which is much much less than what they’re worth. And when you seem to buy lippies in bulk like I do…well 6 dollars x 10 hurts a lot less than 10 dollars x 10. And I love makeup but even with the excuse “I can write about these on my blog!” I can’t rationalize spending $100 dollars on lipstick in one go.

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So, I made away with four…three nudes and a bright red. These have a whipped creamy texture, a slightly fruity smell, go on like a gloss (with plenty of time to play before they set), are wonderfully opaque and not at all even a little bit streaky, and go matte but never quite dry so even hours later you can rub your lips together and feel the creamy gloss (instead of the dry flakes of a traditional matte liquid lipstick), AND they leave behind a soft lovely stain which means they fade gracefully (important if you forget you’re wearing these and that you might want to touch up, because they are that damn comfortable). They aren’t kiss-proof but then I didn’t pay forty bucks for these to waste them on Boyfriend’s mouth.

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If the stunning formula isn’t enough to convince you, this applicator should do it. I haven’t used a wand as perfect as the one you see above. The little well in the middle holds the right amount of product to get your pout in one go (so no double dipping required) and it’s the exact right shape to get full, sweeping color or tuck into the corners of your mouth and cupid’s bow.

Seriously, get your hands on a couple of these. Or all of them.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Girl Doesn’t Need an Excuse to Buy Makeup…

…but she’ll find one anyway. This past weekend I was in a car accident that shook me up enough to justify treating myself to something I wanted but definitely didn’t need. I really dig those mini-lip products that come out around the holidays; sets that let you try a bunch of different colors for much less than it would cost to buy one or two of the full sized products. Enter Tarte Dressed to the Nines LipSurgence Lip Creme Gift Set $34.00 at Ulta.

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I now have all three of these Tarte mini LipSurgence holiday sets…the Kiss and Belle set from last year and the Pure Delights set from the year before that and now, of course, this year’s offering: Dressed to the Nines. So far the Kiss and Belle set is my favorite. It came with two mini lip glosses and six lip crayons and I hammed on those glosses so hard that I used them up within a few months. AND that set included both matte and high sheen finishes. The variety made it for me.

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Now, because the colors offered each year are not drastically different enough to justify collecting all three sets (and any future sets to come) I do not recommend that a sane and healthy person horde them all, the way I have. BUT the idea of having an incomplete collection of these little guys, coupled with my true enjoyment of the formula (I have not found a lip crayon-stain-hybrid I like better) and their tiny adorable size, I crossed this set off my wishlist right as soon as I gave myself a reason.

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Tarte offers these crayons in a creme, tint, and matte tint formulas and for the past two years the holiday set has included the tint and matte tint versions. This year they are all creme…a creamier more pigmented version of the same minty, staining lip crayon I know and love.

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Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $5.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: There is a reason these are a cult favorite…they’re wonderful.

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The claims: Straddles the line between lipstick and gloss, creamy, lustrous formula applies like silk, soft matte finish exudes a sensual glow, unique innovative texture.

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The long of it: I have collected these a couple at a time over the course my love affair with Ulta, every time they have a 40% off NYX sale. I have played with more shades than the six in my collection, to find the colors that compliment my skin tone.

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These smell like cupcakes and they feel as smooth as frosting on the lips, thick and creamy and so very very pretty. They aren’t a harsh, drying matte but something that looks a little bit softer.

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They are easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator, and they reapply nicely. And you will need to reapply because these do not have the lasting power of a liquid lipstick. The mousse-y formula wears off on the inner rim of your lips after a few hours, and they definitely won’t survive your lunch. They can be a bit streaky sometimes, but another quick layer will solve any patchiness. Unfortunately this isn’t the sort of lip product that fades gracefully…these aren’t stains or super-long-lasting but once they dry, they don’t slide around your lips or migrate outside of your lip line and so when they wear off, they wear obviously.

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I think the price tag, especially when they are 40% off, is more than fair for these opaque not-quite-a-lipstick not-quite-a-lip-gloss tubes of merriment and joy.

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Cannes is my favorite color of the bunch, described as a “dusty muted mauve.”

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Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint $4.99 at jcatbeauty.com

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The short of it: These are fun, pigmented, lightweight lip stains named after Alice In Wonderland.

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The long of it: I ordered these online after receiving the vampy wine one on the left (Red Potion) in an Ipsy bag. I liked it enough to use the coupon and order three more, but what I thought I was purchasing online did not match my expectations when they arrived. The colors on the site are not true to reality and because there isn’t a color description provided, the whole ordeal was less than stellar.

The nude one on top (Curiouser), for instance, looked like a dusty pink on the site but is full on concealer beige in real life. Not a flattering look on me. The bright red on the bottom (2nd Impossible Thing) looked much more coral on the site, as did the dusty rose one on the right (Blabberwocky). It is hard enough trying to order makeup online without the benefit of swatches, and the color misrepresentation on the site is a definite turn off.

All of that aside, they have since updated their website and added a ton of colors and I like the formula enough to consider trying again. The very liquid-ey consistency is a little drying, but nothing like a liquid lipstick, and the lasting power is decent. They are opaque and minty and easy enough to wear. Maybe most importantly though, these fade very gracefully.

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I’ll admit the immediate draw was the named allusions to Alice In Wonderland. The Lit Nerd in me was gleeful. But I really do like the colors Blabberwocky and Red Potion and I think that if you are feeling brave, these are unique enough, and pretty enough, and inexpensive enough to be worth trying.

Keep in mind that these come in a tube and need to be applied with a lip brush or your finger, and that the formula separates in the tube if you leave them untouched for a few days  so you should massage and shake the tube really well before you squeeze out any product.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Limited Edition Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme $8.99 on Milani.com

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The short of it: These are comfortable and long-lasting but the nude colors are definitely less streaky and easier to wear than the vampy colors.

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(In order from left to right: 01 Crush, 02 Adore, 03 Beloved, 04 Lust)

The claims: This revolutionary, highly saturated liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finish for fuller-looking lips. Its double-sided, flexible plush applicator hugs the contours of lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear, the limited edition Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte.

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(In order from left to right: 05 Embrace, 07 Romance, 06 Desire, 08 Flirt)

The long of it: I really lucked out with these. The CVS where I found them must have JUST set them out because the display was full. AND they rang up for only $2.99 a piece. WHAT?!?

They smell like cherry cola? Or maybe a rootbeer float? Something a little sickly sweet. The smell dissipates eventually but if you’re sensitive to smell these might be too offensive.

The colors range from pink-nude to deep wine, and while I only found a few I can comfortably pull off, I think the selection of colors is really decent for a Fall-released eight-option limited-edition set of liquid lipsticks

The applicator is a flat (double-sided) plush and it isn’t the easiest wand to use. These liquid  lipsticks are very, well, liquid-y and the wand doesn’t make precise application totally feasible. This is not the sort of product you can slap on as you rush out the door.

The wear on these is by far the best part. The lighter shades go on opaque and have only come off my face with an oil cleanser or by eating greasy foods. Additionally, reapplication looks just as good as the first time around…there isn’t any bunching or crumbling or weird pilling of product because of a second layer. And they aren’t drying!

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(From top to bottom: 01 Crush (warm brick brown), 02 Adore (pink nude), 03 Beloved (brown rose), 04 Lust (cool rose)).

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(From top to bottom: 05 Embrace (deep reddish plum), 06 Desire (bright red), 07 Romance (deep red), 08 Flirt (deep vampy wine)).

As you can see from the swatches, the darker colors are streaky. The reds and purples photograph similarly but are different enough in person that if you wear those colors, it is worth getting both. Purple lips are not a statement I can make, or if I can I choose not to. And I’m only newly experimenting with red lips, so the fact that the darker colors are a little disappointing is not really an issue for me.

My favorites are by far Beloved and Lust, and they were more than worth the $2.99 price tag.

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Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.