It Cosmetics CC Cream Review | Empty

TL;DR – I love It Cosmetics CC Cream. This is one of the face bases that get me the most compliments. It can make me look like I had 9 hours of sleep when I only had 3. Depth-wise, medium is a good fit for me. Unfortunately, it’s not very close to my undertone. Medium leans neutral. For reference, I’m light-medium olive with strong yellow undertones. It’s workable because I don’t build it up to full coverage. Nitpick time–I notice a negligible ashiness (see the photo below; had to take several shots to capture the ashiness that only I can…

MAC Chili, Chili x Toasted Brown, Maybelline Toasted Brown

MAC Chili x Maybelline Toasted Brown | How I kept myself from buying MAC Marrakesh

It was love at first sight when I saw a swatch of MAC Marrakesh online. I thought it was the perfect burnt terracotta orange red brown shade. I wanted Marrakesh so much, I thought it’s gonna be the makeup item to break my No Buy rule of “replacements only”. I still had Chili, a matte lipstick in the same color family, but less brown, more orange, and much brighter. The latter is why I don’t pick it up as much — I wish it was more muted. So I layered Maybelline Toasted Brown over Chili to mute it down. It’s…

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting, relatively comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday when I had a meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station. The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need…

Lipz Diva Silky Matte Lipstick in Lucky Review and Swatches

One of my recent most used lipsticks is Lipz Diva Silky Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lucky. I love the formula! It dries down matte and sets completely. This is one of the more comfortable and lightweight matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (note, however, that I generally like matte liquid lipsticks). The consistency is thin and it moves with the lips once it dries, if that makes sense. It doesn’t transfer on mugs / cups unless you’re drinking a fatty coffee or hot chocolate or anything topped with whipped cream. It remains presentable after non-greasy meal and it doesn’t get tacky…

Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

Finally had enough time to test out the Althea Petal Velvet Powder (Note: This product was sent to me for PR consideration). TLDR; while I generally dislike white loose powders, I am ok with this. The powder is micro-fine and soft to the touch, as it says in the claims. I had concerns that it would look ashy on me–and it does, but upon initial application. Buffing it in and waiting for my oils to come up (which doesn’t take a while) solves the problem. Oil control is decent. My nose and forehead starts to show noticeable (but negligible) shine…