Thursday, March 30, 2017

Not a Lolita, but Still is Bonita

If you’ve been an OG reader of this blog, then you’d know that the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is one of my holy grail makeup items. Looks like it’s also everyone’s favorite liquid liner, because it is that good. The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are also raved by many #LipstickHoarders out there. I had been wanting Lolita since forever, but I’d already got a disturbing amount of mauvey pink lipsticks. Besides, many people had been saying that the color of this Lolita was more gray-ish compared to the first batches ever of this shade, and I was not in the mood to look like a corpse. After I got my face made up by Adani’s magic hands, I had a thought of getting Double Dare, which was the prettiest warm pink that would be perfect for everyday wear. I then changed my mind because somehow, I somehow wated something that was not within the ‘MLBB, easy peasy, low-maintenance’ color scheme. Red had always been the color that would look great on anyone. So I went for it.

You see, red can be daunting for some people, because a lot of bold-colored lippies require high maintenance and are often associated with special ocassions, evening events, and all that jazz. Some of my close friends were once told that they look like they had just drunk blood because they were sportin’ bold lip colors. I’d say wear whatever you feel you look good in and comfortable wearing. Simply don’t give a fug about what those naysayers have to say :)

Mmmkay. Enough with the ramble. So yeah, I then did some research about which one to get; Outlaw or Underage Red? They looked like they were the same thing. But I ended up asking my gorgeous, gorgeous friend, Cica (whose hair I’ve admired since OBM days #BanggaJadiAnakUI) to pick up Outlaw for me instead of the other red.  

The liquid lipstick is packaged within this slim cylindrical tube. I really like the design of the cap, which looks like a rose ‘tattoo’ imprinted on it. The wand is quite long, which felt weird when I first used it, but I think I’m used to it now. The color is something that I would describe as a true, classic red that never goes out of style. You see what I did there?

The texture is thin, but by no means liquidy. It’s not moussey either, so I guess it’s somewhere in between those ends. It dries down to a nice matte finish that is never gonna dry your lips out. Once it sets, it’s not gonna accentuate your the lines on your lips and it’s not gonna ball up. It’s glorious.

The formula is transferproof. But once your lips come in contact with those greasy dishes, the color will transfer/removed. And by ‘removed’, I mean not as full on as how it looks after freshly applied on your lips. I wore it to 3 different occasions where I had the pleasure to devour lots of greasy meals. Those meals definitely remove some of the color from my lips and make them look butthole-ish, but in the most flattering way possible. The lipstick did feather just a tiny bit, but nothing a simple rub with a finger wouldn’t remove. Also, the color didn’t migrate all the way to my chin, which was awesome. Reapplication is also such a bliss with this one. Adding another layer won't cause any crumbliness or flakiness.

I have been wearing this number almost everyday since the day I got it. This is the most low-maintenance red lipstick that I have ever slap on my lips. Once again, Kat Von D proves that she makes one of the best cosmetic formulas in the market. She’s gonna release a new range of lip liners anytime soon, and I’m so getting one of ‘em. Or maybe three? Ah, Lolita's gonna be one of my picks for sure.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


At last, there came a time when I was finally able to scratch ‘The Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick’ off of my wish-list. If you’ve seen this post, you’d know that I was eyeing on the shades that leaned more mauvey pink. But then I decided to pick up Terra instead because the amount of mauvey pink lipsticks in my arsenal was (quite) overwhelming.

First off, let’s talk about the packaging. The captivating packaging. It allows you to attach this product to other Jouer products, which is something that this brand is widely known for (although I’m not quite sure if this also applies to the packaging of their highlighters). Still, I think it’s a genius way to differentiate your product in such a saturated market. The slim square tube looks really sleek and sophisticated. But because the cap is so small (or rather short), it makes holding it while applying the actual product feels weird. So it definitely needs some getting used to.

The color is described as a ‘matte neutral deep ochre’ which I have no idea what the hell that is all about. I would describe it as my kind of MLBB shade, that is a subdued pinky brown with a hint of mauve... which is quite surprising (I solemnly swear that I didn’t expect for this to look kinda mauvey on me). I was quite unsure about how I felt for this lipstick when I first tried it, as I had thought it’d look more pinky brown. But the more I used it, the more I love it. It’s such a pretty everyday color.  

One of the things that made me wanna but this lipstick was the fact that everyone raved about how beautiful the formula was. And now, I’m happy to say that I second that. It’s creamy, glides over the lips very smoothly, and dries quickly to a matte finish. You don’t have to add another coat to even out the color all over your lips, as it’s pigmented already. But if you want to add another layer, you don’t have to worry about it turning all crumbley and gross. Also, because it’s matte, it’s transfer-proof. But although it’s matte, it’s not gonna suck the life out of your lips. Epic, is it not?

Normally (and by normal I mean when I chug lotsa water and munch all kinds of food that are not too too greasy) it can last to up to 6 hours. When it fades, it fades evenly without making your lips look like a butthole. So yeah, it’s so epic.

I once saw a photo of  at least 5 different shades of this lipstick owned by my friend, Anggy, and I thought she was crazy.

But look at me now.

Making a new list which consists of other colors to choose from.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stepping Out From the Usual Mauvey Pinks

Many, many moons ago, I saw Judy from itsjudytime on Youtube swatching some of the shades from the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick lineup. At the end of the video, she wore the color Stepping Out, which was a beautiful nude brown, (with In Demand on the center of her lips, which was a much lighter shade), did a kiss test, and there was no transfer shown. And just like that, it became my newfound love. What is new.

Weeks later, Jamie Paige, Jaclyn Hill, Dani, Serein Wu, and everyone were talking about these lippies on their videos. “Man, these must be THAT good!” I said to myself. And my love for it had grown even bigger and bigger. I kid you not, it appeared multiple times in my dreams... After researching for reviews and swatches of this particular shade on Pinterest, Instagram, and other places possible for countless times, you guessed it, mama bought herself a new lippie.

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I finally held the thing in my hand. But when I slapped it on my lips, it seemed somehow gray-ish brown, I almost looked like a cadaver. Was I disappointed? Well, kind of. But then I remembered that this ‘washed-out’ kinda look was the look that Ricci Pamintuan would pull off; she loved her monochromatic, 90s makeup look. So, I wasn’t disappointed for too long. Also, I figured that this lip would pair nicely with a smoky eye look. And that’s the look I’ve been sporting everytime I wear this lipstick.

There’s nothing special about the packaging. Well, maybe there is. Usually, liquid lipsticks come in slim, cylindrical tubes. But obviously, these ones don’t. As you can see, the shape of the tube is square, and they’re a bit chunky so it’ll take more space in your makeup bag than a typical liquid lipstick would. My Rollover Reaction one is also square in shape, but it’s much slimmer compared to this one.

I can tell you what’s special about the part of the packaging though; the doe-foot applicator that’s shaped like a teardrop. Very similar to my Armani Lip Magnet. It really makes application feels easy, as the pointed tip can make the edges look neat. It also has some sort of a well that gathers just enough product to cover your top and bottom lip, which also goes to show how pigmented the color is and that you don’t need to double dip to achieve that perfect application.

The texture reminds me of the Sephora Cream Lip Stain lippies; moussey, smooth, and not streaky whatsoever. But I have to say that this has the tendency to ball up on my lips. I’m not talking big-ass crumbles all over my mouth, just small ones which can easily be removed by gently rubbing my finger over my lips. So, this isn’t a huge deal-breaker.

Another weird thing about this lippie is that sometimes it does transfer, but most of the time it doesn’t. I don’t know, maybe it has to do with my lips’ condition at those weird times, I’m beginning to think that this lipstick might have a mind of it’s own. I may sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. Because although it’s weird sometimes, it’s amazingly long-wearing at all times.

I have never come across such a long-lasting lip product. This will stay on your lips for hours and hours. Yes, it may transfer, but the color on your lips will remain intact. I was sucking a mango pit the other day, and I was going for it real hard (that sounds so wrong...). Then, I looked in the mirror and was so shook because this lipstick still stayed put. Greasy dishes will only remove the color in the middle part of my lips, which in any case, is just normal.

All in all,  I’m very impressed with this lipstick. I’m thinking to add Miss Conduct, an amazing deep red that’s almost an oxblood to my collection. Or should I check out True Grit instead? Decisions, decisions...