MAC Marrakesh, BLK Totally, Happy Skin Hot Stuff, Happy Skin Scene Stealer

Red Lipstick Inventory + Swatches | MAC Marrakesh, BLK Totally, Happy Skin Hot Stuff, and Happy Skin Scene Stealer

July was a test of resisting lipstick sales and FOMO — and I passed. I deleted ALL shopping apps from my phone and unfollowed (or muted) brands on Instagram. Whenever I feel tempted to shop, I take my lipsticks out and swatch them to remind me of what I have. Here are all my red lipsticks and brief reviews for each (click here for my Foundation and Concealer matches): MAC Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh MAC describes this shade as an intense orange brown. On me it looks like a medium-deep brick red (orange brown red?). Maybe the green tones in…

Summer 2019 Go-To Look 1

I’m sure it’s still summer in other parts of the world so I’m writing this even when the monsoon season in 🇵🇭 has already started. I got inspired by Hello Vanya’s post. Here’s one of my go-to makeup looks — ** Products marked with double-asterisks were gifts from friends FACE BASE – Nivea Sun UV Face Sunscreen and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Several weeks ago Phoebe introduced me to Shelbey Wilson’s YouTube channel. I don’t know how I didn’t know about her! Her eyelids are the same as mine and her channel is focused more on makeup techniques than…

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…