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POP beauty Plump Pout Fuchsia Freesia

Pop Beauty Plump Pout Fuchsia FreesiaI am a lipstick girl. I have a drawer full of lip glosses I never touch. The poor things were abandoned almost entirely years ago. But, I do love lip products (almost as much as I love nail polish) so I was excited to try out a new product from POP Beauty; Plump Pout. 

POP beauty calls this a lip perfecter. Admittedly, I love the packaging. It’s a flattened lip gloss tube with a rubber top. Because the packaging is wide, instead of long, the applicator is shorter than your average lip product. This allows for more control and easier application.

When I put this on for the first time I was worried it was going to be a sticky mess as POP beauty claims this is a high shine product. I was pleasantly surprised when it had a lovely creamy, moisturizing texture. It feels smooth and comfortable on the lips. Even a bit luxurious.

The finish is shiny but it’s not overly shiny as the formula contains no glitter. I’m someone who doesn’t like alot of shine on my lips. I like a light sheen and sometimes I do top a lipstick with a glitter free gloss and I found I liked the amount of shine I get from this product.

The Plump Pout products come with 2 major claims. 

  1. Plumping: I didn’t find that this actually plumped the lips. Yes, my lips look fuller because I have on a gloss, but I didn’t notice any plumping action beyond that.
  2. Long Wearing: This didn’t wear any longer than other glosses but it did leave behind a slight stain. So while the shine did wear off the color has a bit of staying power.

The pigmentation of this product is pretty fabulous. It’s not quite as opaque as a lipstick but it does give the lips a good amount of color. Fuchsia Freesia is a bright medium pink. It’s a great color for cool toned skintones. There is a swatch below the jump.

One thing I do love in lip products is a nice scent. This one has a sweet vanilla scent that I quite like. There is no noticeable taste.

Overall, I like this product quite a bit. Fuchsia Freesia is a perfect color for my skintone and this has turned into my go to option when I don’t want to wear full on lipstick. 

Below the jump there are additional pictures of the packaging as well as a swatch. I’ve turned into quite the POP Beauty junky. You can check out my POP Beauty nail polish reviews over on The Daily Varnish. I also reviewed an eyeshadow palette. That review can be found here.

I discovered POP Beauty on Hautelook (which is where I’ve purchased all my previous POP Beauty products) but POP Beauty is also available at Ulta.


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Pop Beauty Pop Portfolio in Picture Pop

Pop Beauty Pop Portfolio in Picture PopIf nail polish is the love of my life, I frequently have an affair with makeup. I love eyeshadow and lipstick, in particular, and have accumulated a fairly large collection of both over the years. Recently I’ve been trying to cut back on my makeup purchases. But when I saw this palette on HauteLook I just had to have it!

Picture Pop  contains 36 metallic eye shadows in a wide range of colors. I’ve been completely obsessed with the palette for almost a month now and have created everything from really natural eye looks to super smokey and colorful eye looks.

All of the shadows are very well pigmented and apply beautifully. Often I don’t even bother with a primer and still the color lasts all day (I do not have oily eyelids, though).

This is a great basic palette for anyone and while the normal $26 price tag would be completely worth it I got this from HauteLook for $8. Yes, $8. Might be the best $8 I ever spent.

The only negative thing about buying items from HauteLook is the slow shipping. It took a couple weeks for me to get this palette. (Also beauty products are not returnable)

I am obviously not a makeup blogger but I really love this palette and wanted to share. I have one other Pop Beauty shadow palette that I got about a year ago and love it as well. I definitely need to keep my eye on Pop Beauty. If you have any Pop Beauty products you really love please leave a comment so I can check out some more Pop Beauty products.

Along with this palette I did get a nail polish to try. I’ll be posting a review of that over on The Daily Varnish soon.

There are a few more picture below the jump!


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Shopping Diaries: NYC New York Color Rite Aid Haul

NYC is a brand that wasn’t really on my radar until earlier this year. Back in 2010 I discovered their nail polish and tried a few but as far as makeup goes I never gave the brand a second thought.

But then I tried the much talked about Sunny Bronzer. I fell in love instantly! It’s a perfect matte bronzer to use for contouring. Since I had such good luck with the bronzer I also gave their Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup a whirl. Again, I was impressed. It’s not an everyday foundation, and it wouldn’t be good for those with oily skin, but I have normal to dry skin and this is the perfect foundation for those light makeup days.

This week Rite Aid has all NYC cosmetics 40% off so I figured it was a perfect time to stock up on foundation and bronzer as well as try a couple new items. I picked up the Show Time volumizing mascara in Extreme Black. I’m a bit of a mascara snob (Clinqiue High Impact is my HG mascara) but I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving and wanted a less expensive mascara to take with me. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try!

The only other items I picked up were 2 nail polishes from the NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel line; Starry Silver and Broadway Burgundy. Both look super pretty in the bottle!

It’s worth pointing out that all of this cost me a whopping $7.15 thanks to Rite Aid’s 40% off sale. If you’ve yet to try anything from NYC this week is a good time to give it a shot!

I’d love to know if you have any favorite NYC products. I’m always up to trying new beauty products 🙂

Makeup Review: wet n wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Coloricon 8 Pan Eyeshadow Palette (LE)

Admittedly I have a bit of a nail polish hoarding problem. That is well documented over on The Daily Varnish. But I also have quite the eyeshadow collection and surprisingly most of my favorite eyeshadows are from wet n wild. So when I was at CVS and saw a limited edition Where’s the Party? display featuring 3 eyeshadow palettes I was pretty excited. Sparkle ‘Til Morning immediately caught my eye though I debated on whether or not to pick it up. The colors looked a bit on the warm side which don’t generally look good with my cool complexion. As it turns out…I love this palette!

Sparkle ‘Til Morning features 8 mostly neutral shadows with the exception of an aqua shadow. All of the shadows are very pigmented and have a buttery texture. As with many of wet n wild’s shadows these can be a bit powdery but I don’t have any issues with fall out.

These palettes retail for $4.99 and while I can’t say this palette is a definite must have since none of the shadows are particularly unique for the price and amount of use I know I’ll get out of this palette it was a great purchase.

There are more pictures and swatches below the jump!

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Birchbox: September 2012

A few months ago I decided to try out a Birchbox subscription. I love trying new products so I figured it’d be perfect for me.

All in all, I’ve been pretty pleased over the last few months – though I swore after the disappointing contents of the August box I was going to cancel. It just so happens that I forgot to cancel and I’m glad because I’m enjoying my September goodies.

Click below to read more about each product and my favorites so far!


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Makeup Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo Barely Beige

I’ve been wanting to try Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hour eyeshadow for ages but none of the color really appealed to me. I like to use cream shadow as an eye shadow base. My previous favorite, Clinique Touch Tint for Eyes in Nude Sparkle but it has long been discontinued. Due to that, I’ve been on the lookout for a dupe or at least an acceptable replacement. When I saw Barely Beige in Maybelline’s Fall 2012 Runway display I thought I might have a winner. And I was right!

Maybelline has pretty big claims for their Color Tattoo line. The colors are supposed to be long lasting and be highly pigmented. They are also supposed to be fade and crease proof.

I don’t have oily lids but I have had plenty of cream shadows crease and move on me. But Barely Beige does stay put. As far a pigmentation goes; Barely Beige is a light color. Pigmentation isn’t a huge issue. But I was happy with the color payoff.

There are only 2 things I don’t love about this product. One is I’d like a slightly thinner consistency. This really just comes down to personal preference but it can get a little thick if you apply too much. The other is the packaging. I much prefer a tube as opposed to a pot. Though again, just personal preference!

I’m definitely looking forward to trying other colors from the Color Tattoo line. If you have any favorites that I should check out please let me know!

Below the jump there are a slew of photos and swatches as well as a comparison to my beloved but discontinued Clinique Touch Tint.

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Influenster Spring Beauty VoxBox: Katie’s Favorites

One night while I was searching various monthly beauty boxes, I came across Influenster’s VoxBox. It sounded cool, so I decided to register and see if I’d qualify for a box- to my surprise I did! I was so anxious to see what kind of products I’d get in mine and was totally blown away at the contents of the box! The products I received in my box were: Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist in Moonlight Bath, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Animal Instinct, Sheer Cover Concealer Duo in Light/Medium, a SoyJoy bar in Strawberry, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, Chapstick: Lip Shield 365, and Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot Cushions.

I’ve chosen some of my favorites to review for you, so go ahead and click under the jump for reviews and more pictures! You can also look on my Pinterest VoxBox Board for some more pictures and comments.

Stay beautiful!


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