Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks: Spice, Kiss and Soft Pink

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Anastasia Beverly Hills has recently added a full range of lipsticks to their line of beauty products.  Anastasia has already impressed us with her brow products, eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks and highlighters.  Needless to say, I was super excited to try these lipsticks. There are 30 new matte lipstick shades in this collection ranging from nudes to vivid purples, pinks, and blues.  The lipsticks are said to have a full-pigment lip color with a smooth, ultra-matte finish.  They retail for $18 USD and $23 CAD and I purchased a few to test out.  Below you will be seeing swatches for shades Spice, Kiss and Soft Pink.

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The bullets come in an elegant shiny black and rose gold casing with the brand's logo printed on it.  The pointy tip of the lipsticks is perfect for applying with precision.  There is a slight tug when you apply these lipsticks.  I prefer to wear a balm under matte lipsticks so this helps with the tugging.  Wearing a balm under does cause some transfer but they last while eating light snacks.  They apply evenly and has an opaque coverage.  They are light weight, wear comfortably for 4-5 hours and are not drying.  Some shades are more creamy than others.  I personally like to touch up with a gloss throughout the day.  I don' t find them as moisturizing as the Tarte Color Splash lipsticks.  

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Spice - This is my favourite shade of the three listed.  It is described as an apricot peach shade.  It has warm undertones and an opaque matte finish.

Kiss - is described as a nude rose petal pink.  It's a very pretty mild shade of pink and has a semi matte finish with good colour payoff.

Soft Pink - is described as a blushing petal pink.  It has warm undertones with a matte finish.  I noticed this shade creep up into the lip crevices.  

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So far I'm enjoying the formula and coverage of these matte lipsticks.  I don't typically wear a lot of mattes but these aren't drying but they aren't moisturizing either.  I'm actually glad these don't have an "ultra matte" finish as advertised.   It was hard to choose which shades to get first because some look so similar to each other.  However, I do think there is a great range of shades that will be suited for all skin tones.  You can shop the Anastasia Matte Lipsticks at Sephora, Ulta, Macy's and anastasiabeverlyhills.com.  

Did anyone purchase these lipsticks?

Samantha 

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Colourpop Haul - Iluvsarahii Collection: $aucey Palette and Curvii Glossy Lip and Blow Me Away Shadow Palette - Review and Swatches

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I recently purchased a few items from Colourpop including items from the Iluvsarahii Collection as well as the Blow Me Away Shadow Palette.  I'm so glad I was able to pick up the eye palettes on sale for $12 USD regularly $18.  To my surprise, items from  Iluvsarahii Collection were still available.  I've been following Karen for awhile and I'm a big fan of her work.  The Blow Me Away Palette was released earlier this year as part of the brands Spring Collection I believe.  I thought I would share my review and swatches with you in case you haven't seen or heard much about the above-mentioned products.  Kindly keep scrolling for more information on each.  You can also skip to the video below for swatches.

Iluvsarahii Collection:

$aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Palette 

This is one of two limited edition palettes within the collection.  The palette features two mattes, one metallic and one duo-chrome shade.  It comes in a very chic cream sleeve with gold accents which resembles a crocodile pattern.  I love the coordinated mauve and plum tones of this palette as well as the pop of coral.  They go so well together to create a cohesive eye look as you will see below.  This is my first time trying Colourpop's pressed shadows and I have to say I'm pretty impressed.  All matte shades are soft, pigmented and very blendable.  The metallic shades were also soft and blendable but needed fix + and some building to achieve my desired intensity.  The shadows aren't powdery with no fallout and long wearing.  There are shades to create an entire eye look and I love the look I created.  Heavy Glam looks stunning in the inner corners of the eyes.

Heavy Glam: A vibrant duochrome orange with a pink flip
Chic Happens: A matte cool mauve
Lit: A vibrant metallic purple
Razy: A matte blackened plum

Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip

Curvii is one of the lip products in this collection.  It is said to be a "high shine gloss with medium-coverage, crème finish in a moisturizing and non-sticky, comfortable formula".  It definitely has a thick creamy finish and is not sticky.  It is a peachy nude but not recommended for tan skin.  When worn alone, it looks so pale on me.  I can only wear it over pink or nude lipsticks.  When layered, it looks very pretty and the formula is great.

L-R: Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, Razy shadows and Curvii gloss. 

L-R: Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, Razy shadows and Curvii gloss. 

Blow Me Away Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

This quad features vibrant peachy coral tones that just scream summer.  It includes three matte and one duo-chrome shades.  I love the complementary colour selection of this palette.  The shades are highly pigmented, have great blendability and are soft to the touch.  Take a Break which is the duo-chrome shade, looks beautiful on the lid and brow bone.  Centerfold and Slim Fit are very bold and bright.  They are pressed pigments so I did experience a little fallout.  These two shades are also not recommended for the immediate eye area which I don't understand as they are eyeshadows but nonetheless, I just use them in my crease to be on the safe side.

Take a Break: duo-chrome peach with a subtle gold flip
Issues: matte pastel peach
Centerfold: matte vibrant coral
Slim Fit: matte hot red coral

L-R: Take a Break, Centerfold, Slim Fit and Issues.

L-R: Take a Break, Centerfold, Slim Fit and Issues.

Here's a look I created using the Iluvsarahii Collection.  You can find the product details listed here.

You can shop these items on Colourpop.com.

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Nudestix #BABEBOSS Faves Box - Review, Photos and Swatches

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Beauty blogger collabs are all the rage these days.  We've seen brands like Becca and Mac doing collaborations, and now Nudestix has jumped on the bandwagon with the launch of the #Babeboss Fave Box.  Five beauty vloggers have chosen their favourite Nudestix lipstick for this limited edition set.    The set includes six lip pencils in their popular matte, cream and gel formulas.  Each handpicked by Nudestix Co-Founders, Ally and Taylor and the vloggers below.   

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The #Babeboss Fave Box retails for $68 CAD with a $168 value and is sold on nudestix.com. The lip pencils are housed in a cute tin that has a mirror on the inside.  Also included are a sharpener and pamphlet with quotes from each vlogger describing their lipstick choice and formula descriptions are also listed.   There are two Magnetic Matte Lip Colors, two Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Colors, one Gel Colour Lip + Cheek and one Lip + Cheek Color.

Via Nudestix.ca:

Babe Boss [beyb bos]: 
noun 1. Someone who is an inspiration, confident, successful and embraces being their own beautiful self.

Ally & Taylor Frankel – Lip + Cheek Cream, Sin - the perfect rose nude for an added pop

@ssssamanthaa – Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm, Pulse - a glossy, nude that is über moisturizing and non-sticky

@iamkareno – Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Color, Stiletto – a sexy, red hot lip

@lynettecenee – Magnetic Matte Lip Color, Boho - a matte brown lip stain circa ‘60’s

@saythelees – Intense Matte Lip + Cheek, Purity – a soft matte, natural nude lip

@cydbee – Magnetic Matte Lip Color, Burgundy – a 60’s inspired rich matte corduroy

I love the colour range of the lip pencils, they can be worn all year round.   Purity is my fave as it's a perfect nude.  All but Sin and Pulse have a matte finish with Pulse having a sheerer glossy finish.  With the exception of Pulse, they are all very pigmented.   The formula is creamy and wears very comfortable which is what we are used to from the brand.  I don't see myself wearing the shade Stiletto as much as the others because I tend to stay away from reds.  I think this is a great value set if you're looking to purchase a few Nudestix's.  However, each lippie is sold separately.  You can purchase the set and individual pencils on Nudestix.com and Sephora.com.  I also have a discount code
"MYBEAUTYFAVS10" that you can use to receive 10% off the brand's site.

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What's your favourite Nudestix?

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Quay X Desi Perkins High Key Sunglasses - Black Fade

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I finally purchased a pair of sunglasses that was designed in collaboration with YouTube star Desi Perkins and Quay Australia.  Desi is my favourite Youtuber; I love her work and there is no exception with this collab.  I've wanted the style High Key since it came out in 2016 and for some reason, I always thought the sunglasses weren't available to us Canadians and I never bothered to look into it.  Every time I went to the States,  I would check Nordstrom or Bloomingdales but couldn't find them.  When pictures of the Black Fades surfaced online, I knew I had to have them.  It turns out that Quay Australia does ship to Canada but at a heavy price point.  I thought I would share my shopping experience as well as some pics so you can see how they look on.  

The glasses retail for $65 USD and is currently back in stock on Quayaustralia.com.  You can also shop these at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  The modern-day aviator features an oversized metal frame and reflective flat gradient lens.  It also has silicone nose pads, thin metal arms and stainless steel hinges.  They come in a chic clear case and cleaning cloth with the collab name printed on it.  They are quality sunglasses that don't feel or look cheap.  They don't feel like luxury glasses either which is what I'm used to wearing but they cost a fraction of the price.  They wear very comfortably with the exception of the mark on the nose from the nose pads.  

Sunglasses are my favourite accessory and have become a staple in my wardrobe especially aviators.  They can dress up any outfit and achieve a cool, glamorous or trendy fashion statement.   The High Key - Fades does all of the above.  I just wish it didn't cost me so much.  The price point is set correctly but with the additional shipping and duty, it makes me question if it is worth it.  Shipping fees were $15 which brought the total purchase price to $80 USD which in turn costs me roughly around $110 CAD that I was totally fine with.  However, to my surprise, I had to pay $26 in duty costing me a total of over $130 CAD for the glasses.  With that said, I think it's worth it without the incidental costs.  I wouldn't mind picking up another pair but only if I can find them in the States to avoid the shipping and duty fees.

 

Have you purchased from Quay Australia before?  What are your thoughts?

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