Review & Swatches: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood

Jeffree Star Cosmetics had a Free Shipping promotion a few weeks ago and I decided to pick up a Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood! It's a deep brown based "rusty" red and it might sound odd, but it does remind me of blood. The Velour Liquid Lipsticks are liquid lipsticks that set to a matte and long wearing finish. Unicorn Blood contains 0.19 ounces and retails for $18. 

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Tag: 7 Deadly Sins

I'm finally backtracking and doing some tags! Cindy from cindyhyue tagged me to do the 7 Deadly Sins Tag and I'm so excited! I think I was also putting it off because I was waiting for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette to come in and.... because of laziness. I'm sorry! 

Now that I've adjusted to the new phase in my life, I'm started to get back on my regular Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday schedule! I seriously hope I can stick to it since I really do like blogging.

Now that I've rambled enough, let's move onto the tag!

GREED // What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

My most inexpensive beauty item is probably the petite sizes of the Darling Girl Cosmetics Loose Pigments / Eyeshadows (review here). They're $2.50 each and they contain more than enough product too for the price!

My most expensive beauty item is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette (review here). I kept seeing every blogger talking about this palette and so I finally purchased it when a great gift with purchase was offered at Nordstrom. It retails for $68 and I'm still slightly crying about the price tag. 

WRATH // What beauty item do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product was the hardest to get?

I have a love/hate relationship with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette. If you've read my review, the bronzer is just barely dark enough for me and I don't even think I'm that dark. For something that has "Sculpt" embossed into the product, the bronzing powder is too shimmery and slightly too warm to contour. It's great on the cheekbones and looks beautiful on the skin, but I was disappointed about the color and shimmer. The highlighter side is sooo pretty as well and so I end up mixing both colors to get an even more beautiful "bronzey glowy goddess" look.

I think the product that was hardest to get was the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (review here). I remember signing up for the email alerts for when it was available so that I wouldn't miss it too. It's not the "true" Lolita shade that was super popular, but I still really like it and wear it all the time!

GLUTTONY // What are your most delicious beauty products?

When I started to think about this question, Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Bite Beauty's Lip Gloss in Mimosa immediately popped into my mind. Bite products generally smell nice - a little fruity but not super sweet. The smell from my Chocolate Soleil isn't as strong anymore, but it's still nice to get whiffs of chocolate when I use it. 

SLOTH // What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?

Even though I now have a million blushes, I tend to not use them a lot. I also used to be super obsessed with contouring, but I can't bother to do that in the early mornings anymore. I usually focus a lot of my time in the morning on my skin now and I usually either end up just pushing cheek products to the end or not using them at all. 

PRIDE // What beauty products give you the most self confidence?

I really like my eyes and so eye products make me feel really confident. Now that I wear glasses, my eyes don't stand out as much but they're still my favorite feature to enhance. Besides that, foundation really helps boost my confidence since I still have a lot of acne marks.

LUST // What products are you currently lusting after?

What am I not lusting after is the real question. Holiday Sets are coming out from eveeeery company and they all look gorgeous. I really want Urban Decay's Spectrum Palette, but I'm never going to use all of those colors. 

I also want to get a Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet. Peggy Carter from Marvel's Agent Carter wears this color and since I'll never be as cool as her, maybe wearing the same lipstick color will make me feel a bit cooler. 

ENVY // What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I've been wanting the Nikon J5 camera for the longest time and even though that's not beauty related, I do need a new camera for my blog. It's pretty expensive and so even though I wouldn't want someone to fully pay for me, $20 would be nice to help fund me to get it. 

Whelps! I'm done with this tag! It was pretty fun to go back into my collection and even rediscover things to use again. 

It's kind of hard to think of people to tag since I'm always late to the game, but I tag Kim from KimKine and Jenny from itsmeeejenny.

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HAUL | Can't Stop, Should Stop

I swear I didn't buy all of these at once! It was within 2-3 months and so it's not that much better though considering I was trying to spend less....

Anyway! I felt like my blog was focusing more and and more on high end stuff and I felt like I was giving off a snobbish vibe? I felt so bad when I realized that. I do use a lot of drugstore and mid-range stuff, but I tend to focus on mid range and high end / luxury products because I feel like that's what people are more interested in reading. 

There are great products at the drugstore though and so I went and bought more recently to expand my collection and find possible dupes for the more expensive things I have.

The eye stuff -
  • Hard Candy Eye Def Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Earth
  • Flower Beauty Daily Brigthening Undereye Cover Cream in DB3
  • Flower Beauty Color Play Creme Eyeshadow in CE9 Flirty Floret
  • Clinique All About Shadow Super Shimmer in Black Honey
  • Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara in Very Black 
  • L'oreal Voluminous Superstar Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black

L to R:
Flirty Floret / Black Honey / Golden Earth / DB3

Top - Step #2 of the L'oreal Mascara
Bottom - Maybelline Mascara

Step #1 for of the L'oreal Mascara

The lip stuff -
  • L'oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Zoe's Red
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick (looks warmer and brighter compared to real life) in Unicorn Blood
  • Bite Beauty (Sephora 250 Point Perk) Luminous Creme Lipstick and Lipgloss in Mimosa
  • Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in Honey

L to R - 
Unicorn Blood (darker in real life) / Zoe's Red / Mimosa Lipstick & Lipgloss

The face / cheek stuff -
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer SPF15 in Reserve Your Cabana
  • Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 3 x A Lady

L to R:
Bronzer, Blush, and Highlight from 3 x A Lady / Reserve Your Cabana

I think I have enough photos and wore Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipstick Unicorn Blood long enough to write a review on it soon. I'm kind of drawn towards using Clinique's Eyeshadow in Black Honey and Flower Beauty's Color Play Creme Eyeshadow in Flirty Floret as well, but haven't taken enough pictures yet.

What item would you like me to review first?

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Review & Swatches: YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil in I Rose You and Cherry My Cherie

As a "TREAT YO' SELF" after finishing my Dior Addict Lip Glow, I got the Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil in #4 I Rose You. Wit my order, I also got a deluxe sample size of #5 Cherry My Cherie and so I'll be reviewing both in this post! I Rose You is a light pink and Cherry My Cherie is a darker pink that leans more fuchsia. Both of them have shimmer, but it's barely detectable on the lips.\The Tint-In-Oils are lip tints suspended in a deep conditioning oil. The full sized product contains 0.2 ounces of product and retails for $32.

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Review: Maple Holistics Winter Blend Shampoo & Conditioner + GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

Maple Holistics is a USA based hair and skin care company that aim to be natural and holistic. Their products are sulfate, additive, and synthetic fragrance free and instead use authentic essential oils. They are also animal cruelty free! They recently asked me if I wanted to try out their products and I happily agreed! I chose the Winter Blend Shampoo and Conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner come in two sizes - 8 ounces retails for $13.95 and 16 ounces retails for $25.11. You can buy them off their website or on Amazon (they quality for Amazon prime as well!).

Both the shampoo and conditioner contain five different mint varieties and they smell wonderful. It is minty but also slightly sweet. There's not a tingly minty feely from the shampoo, but you can slightly feel it with the conditioner since it's on your head longer.

Ever since I received some advice that my acne around my hairline might have been shampoo related, I switched to sulfate free and the acne around that area decreased dramatically. One of the things I didn't like was that a lot of sulfate free shampoos didn't lather as much as I liked them to and so my hair never felt fully clean.

The Winter Blend Shampoo surprisingly lathered up so well with about half the amount of shampoo I would use. I was immediately impressed at how well it was cleaning my hair and since the 90+ Fahrenheit degree weather started, I really wanted my oily scalp to be clean. My boyfriend also tried the shampoo so that I could have a second opinion and he loved the shampoo. Like me, he was impressed at how well it lathered and how clean his hair/head felt.

The upper half of my hair is a lot healthier than the lower half and so there was a mixed outcome of how my hair felt. The shampoo was great for the top half and so-so for the bottom half. If you have dry or damaged hair, I would skip this shampoo since it might feel too stripping. If you have normal to oily hair, this would work great. Once the dyed/damaged parts of my hair is all cut off, I intend to buy a bigger size of this shampoo. 

Unfortunately, the shampoo did strip the dye out of my hair a little bit with each wash. About half of my hair is still dyed brown, and so now my hair looks like it's been ombred. Still looks nice, but it's probably going to look not as "intentionally" the more the color is stripped. 

I have pretty damaged hair right now and so I was pretty excited to see how this conditioner would do with my hair. I normally use Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle as a conditioner whenever I wash my hair and that's pretty much my miracle worker. The Winter Blend Conditioner unfortunately did not compare to that, but it did do pretty well in comparison to some other conditioners I've tried from OGX (Organics) and Aveeno. The OGX conditioners felt like they either did nothing or made my hair feel more dry. 

Once again, I would have loved this conditioner if my hair wasn't as damaged as it is now. The conditioner doesn't strip out color and so I won't wait till all of my damaged hair grows out to use it again! I'll be getting 1-2 inches cut off in a few weeks and I'll be using it again then and then the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle once a week for that extra moisture boost. 

1: Dirty hair
2. Lather it up with the Winter Blend Shampoo!
3. Soften it with the Winter Blend Conditioner!
4. Nice and clean, but wet, hair
Final thoughts: I've noticed that since I've started using both the shampoo and conditioner, my fuzzy / frizzy look my hair had started to fade a bit. The roots / top half looked shinier and felt lighter. The shampoo is a bit stripping for the very damaged bottom half of my hair, but works great for the top half. If anything, this would make a great clarifying shampoo since other sulfate free shampoos I've tried don't make my hair feel clean enough. The conditioner better than other natural conditioners I've tried, but it's not the best in general. If you're trying to go all natural, I would recommend it but if not, there are other better conditioners that you can try. 

And now for the exciting parts! THE GIVEAWAY!

I mostly teamed up with Maple Holistics once I heard that my readers could have the opportunity to receive some products for free as well. Once I tried out this pair, I knew I had to do the giveaway as well since they're some of the better natural hair care products I've tried. I am not being paid for this review, post, or giveaway. They are sponsoring it by providing the products for free to me and my readers though. My opinions on their products are 100% honest.

Unlike other giveaways I've done, Maple Holistics will be the one to ship the products to you. You will have the chance to tell them what (1) Shampoo and (1) Conditioner of your choice that you want to try!

The rules are simple -
  1. 18 or older. If you're younger than 18, ask your parents before entering.
  2. USA only - I know I have a lot of non-USA readers and I'm sorry about this, but this is one of Maple Holistics' rules. 
  3. Follow me on Bloglovin' and leave a comment.
  4. Visit/follow Maple Holistics on their social media platforms.
  5. The giveaway will end on September 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM.
  6. Once the winner has been randomly selected, I will e-mail them and CC Maple Holistics so that they can work out the rest. 
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*There are other ways to get free products from Maple Holistics along with this giveaway! The gist of it is - review something honestly on their Amazon pages and receive a free product. Please visit this page on their website for more information. The offer expires on 9/30/2015.
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Review & Swatches: L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder in #300 Nude Beige

Along with the L'oreal Infallible Foundation I reviewed here, I also purchased the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16 Hour Powder in Nude Beige to try out! L'oreal claims that this powder will have a new standard of matte in that it will still keep the skin multi-dimensional by shine-free. They also claim that the powder will never make your skin look flat or cakey. This powder retails for about $10-$13 dollars depending on where you get it and it contains 0.31 ounces / 9 grams of product. 

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