Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks: Nighthawk, Twitch, & Liar (Cream Formula) Review

Before it’s stale news, let’s talk about Urban Decay’s new line of lipsticks: Vice. There are 100 shades that come in 6 different finishes, plus there are 50 lip liners available to match certain shades. That’s a lot of colours.

Of course, Christine of Temptalia has posted swatches of all 100 shades, plus 20 more shades that will be available only at Sephora (bless her). DSC08322It’s more than a little bit overwhelming to browse all of the shades online, so I went to the UD store at Covent Garden to have a look instead. It was still overwhelming to see 100 shades spread out in front of me, but I let the excitement take hold and my instincts directed me to a few shades to begin. Those were: 1993, Nighthawk, Violate, Liquid, Twitch, and Uptight.

For the sake of my wallet, I decided that I would allow myself two shades to take home initially and if I really liked the formula, only then would I allow myself to go back for more. DSC08326Nighthawk (a brown-red) and Twitch ( a soft purple with a blue undertone) are the shades that made the cut. 

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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey

I’ve been living in London for some four months now. I’m having a great time, and one of the things I’ve learned to do to help keep things that way is to not always convert item prices into Pesos in my head. 1 GBP is some 68 PHP, so even a lipstick from Boots that’s only around 6 or 7 GBP isn’t actually as cheap as it might seem to be. Maybe I’m just used to thinking of things in US Dollars (slightly lower change rate) or I just haven’t gotten used to thinking of things in a different currency… in any case, I find that I helps to just not do the conversions before I buy things (unless I’m making a huge purchase, which is rarely the case — all I buy is food and more warmers because it’s freezing here). I’m happier that way.

And so it was that on the day I decided to finally go and buy something from Charlotte Tilbury, I forked over my 23 GBP without much thought– happily, even. It took me ages to pick anything from the brand precisely because I knew it wasn’t cheap, but that didn’t make the realisation that this is a 1,500 PHP lipstick any less painful. Haha. DSC05655Don’t get me wrong — this little tube is worth it (to me). I just don’t normally go for high end lipsticks because all my favourites tend to be from the drugstore anyway. I do think though that because I have been buying a lot less product lately (this is relative to my former self, so I still buy lots compared to most) — and because this is related to me finally knowing exactly what works for me (i.e. I have become boring) — that I can more safely spend a little more on a luxury product. Oooor maybe I’m justifying my purchase. It is a very pretty purchase, no? DSC05668The K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks are Charlotte’s signature range, “curated with modern and classic icons in mind.” I have the shade Hepburn Honey, which is a lovely peachy nude –totally up my alley. The formula for these is supposed to keep your lips looking plump, protect them from the sun, and wear comfortably without bleeding out of the lip line.

You have to give it to Charlotte: you are totally purchasing an experience when you shop her line. Browsing the store was immensely fun and you sort of take that memory home with you, aside from having a beautiful product to hold and love, too. 

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Lots and Lots of Lippies (My Happy Skin Lipstick Collection)

I reorganise my makeup storage quite often and I recently started keeping all of my Happy Skin lip products in one acrylic case. I don’t know how it happened, but I now have twelve Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies, three Lip & Cheek Mousses, and two Power Pout Lip Lacquers. That’s a total of seventeen lip products from one brand. What. That is crazy.

They all looked so pretty sitting in one place that I got up and took some photos of my little collection (it really is a collection of its own, separate from my makeup collection as a whole). There are times when I dread taking product shots but when I’m inspired (nuks), I think I do an ok job. For a non-photographer, that is. Hehe.
DSC03337So that’s pretty much the story behind this post. I don’t want the pretty pictures to go to waste, so I’m sharing them with you all.

I don’t have the full set of Happy Skin’s incredibly popular Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies (I think some people actually collect them like Pokemon), but these are representative of the brand’s journey, I think. I have some from very early on and I have quite a few of the latest formulations. Might as well go over what I have: 

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Maybelline’s Color Sensational Rebellion: The Rebel Bouquet

I love flowers. I love lipstick. Put them together in one pretty basket arrangement? You’ve got one very, very happy IanaBee (that’s me, FYI). DSC01781Cue the seraphs singing! (Also insert a heart-eyed emoji here.)

Receiving the Maybelline Rebel Bouquet* was the highlight of my day and I could hardly wait to get my hands on all 11 lipsticks — but I waited — patiently, as a good beauty blogger should, and I took photos first so that you can get a glimpse of Maybelline’s newest line of lipsticks before you go out and grab some (or all). 

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The Wonders of Lipstick, Featuring the Preview x Happy Skin Lipsticks “Too Cool” & “Hot Stuff”

I was still abroad when I got wind of the Preview x Happy Skin limited edition lipsticks, but that didn’t stop me from placing an order on Zalora right away. Thank goodness for online shopping — I normally prefer to buy things over the counter, but I couldn’t stand the thought of not having one set of these for my self for sure.
DSC01278I have such a weakness for Happy Skin’s limited edition releases. I have all except the collaboration with Liz Uy, which I passed up on because I really didn’t think the shades would suit me. The lipsticks in this Preview collaboration also seemed iffy at first because one is so pale and the other is a red (I’m wary of reds in general), but they were iffy in an exciting way, if that makes any sense.

Too Cool is a greige with the slightest hint of pink and Hot Stuff is a dark cherry red. They are the first matte Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturising Lippies, and Happy Skin has added cupuaçu butter to the formulation to ensure that these are the most hydrating matte lipsticks your lips have ever come into contact with.
Processed with MoldivI knew I wanted to test out Too Cool and Hot Stuff with the same simple base on as that would be a true test of how each shade interacted with my skin tone. The results were interesting enough to merit my posting a double-selfie on my Instagram page, as you can see above.

Too Cool is almost too light for me but I think I juuust about pulled it off. As with most nude shades, it brings out my natural tan and draws the focus away from my lips and onto my eyes instead. Hot Stuff on the other hand had the effect of making my skin appear lighter/whiter and made my lips the focus of the look.

Crazy how much a change of lipstick can change a look. I personally prefer the look of nudes on my lips because I like to draw attention to my eyes, but I don’t mind a red when it’s the kind that livens up my face like Hot Stuff does. So take note, guys. If you know what effect you’re going for, lipstick can totally help you achieve that. It’s the one thing apart from eyebrows that can make a major difference.

Anyway, that ends my little lipstick observation. If you want to know more about this limited edition set from Happy Skin in particular, read through! 

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Three from 3CE

Thank goodness for random 25% off sales and for the fact that Luxola carries 3CE. I already have a lipstick, gel eyeliner, and soft pencil liner from the brand from when I was still part of the BNT Girl program and I love all three of those things. Since then I have been eyeing loads of other 3CE things but haven’t picked anything up for one reason or another. When I saw the Luxola e-mail notifying me of a sale on the week before my birthday, I took it as a sign to finally pop the items I’d been eyeing into my shopping cart. P1170900I placed the order on Tuesday and by Thursday the parcel had arrived at my doorstep. If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen the post in which I expressed my happiness about that. Fast shipping is da bomb, you guys. That wasn’t the only awesome thing about this order though as aside from the 25% off I got on the eyeshadows, I ended up paying only 277.00 Php (!!!) for the Lip Color, which usually goes for 1.046.00 Php. I’m not sure if the huge discount was a fluke, but the sale price went back up to around 700Php the next time I checked the site and is at the time of this writing totally gone. Whatever the case is, I’ll take it as an early birthday gift! 

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Makeup Moment: Out With The Bold, In With The Nude

Lately, I haven’t been in the mood to wear anything remotely close to a bold lip. I’m having a moment with all things nude, nude, nude. My beige/brown/neutral lip products have come out of hiding and have replaced my usual rosy and/or plum staples in my bag(s). Even MAC Smoked Purple (review), which got a lot of love from me in 2014 because I used it both sheer and bold, now finds itself spending the day tucked into one of my Muji storage drawers.

Now I know I never exactly go crazy with my lipsticks and many of my FOTDs feature “safe” shades as opposed to reds or bright pinks, but this moment I’m having with real nudes (as opposed to MLBBs–will explain this later) is pretty legit. Last year I stuck with my MLBB and nude shades when I was lazy, but I always wanted some new and exciting (i.e. colourful) shade to wear. That led me to some amazing discoveries like NARS Deborah (review) and MAC Smoked Purple, but now I feel like those will have to take a back seat for a while. I don’t even want MLBB lipsticks–fleshy nudes are my jam right now.
P1170894These are my most used and abused nude lipsticks. From L-R: Shu Uemura BG 950, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Coy, Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Petal, Revlon Mink, and Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue.

They might look very similar to some people, but they each help me achieve just the right tone of nude on my lips depending on whatever makeup I have on the rest of my face.

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MAC The Matte Lip: Living Legend

P1160207This is the MAC lipstick in the new matte formula that I mentioned in my review of Smoked Purple. I know, I know — it’s another dark lipstick. In my defense, it is that time of year that people in the West call “Fall.” This kind of vampy, plummy red is on-trend now for sure. I don’t tend to be sucked in by all trends… just the ones that suit me, in which case I’ll come back to it at any damn time in the year anyway.

So Living Legend (approx. 950 PHP), as I mentioned, is a reformulated matte. It’s one of eight shades released as part of the “MAC The Matte Lip Collection” which hit counters just this month. Of those eight shades, seven are limited edition (LE) and one is permanent (Heroine, which MAC is pretty much shoving down our throats at this point). It guts me that this particular shade is LE because I do rate it highly and I suspect that the other shades are just as lovely formula-wise (based on swatching at counters and reading other reviews). But MAC is pretty good at listening to their audience, so if enough people like Living Legend, we might still see it in other collections in the future or even as part of the permanent collection. P1160213Living Legend is a deep plum with a matte finish. Those who went ga-ga over the Novel Romance Collection will be familiar with Lingering Kiss, which is also a matte plum shade. They are extremely similar (just short of being dupes), with Living Legend being just slightly cooler in terms of undertone and a little less red. If you have Lingering Kiss, you can skip out on Living Legend. Both are also LE, just so you know.

Btw, aren’t fresh and untouched lipsticks a thing of beauty? It never ever gets old to me.

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NARS Audacious Lipsticks Review (Deborah & Vivien)

P1160020Hello, dear beauty junkies! :) Happy Sunday! Today I’m going to talk about the NARS Audacious Lipsticks (1,650. Php), which I have in the shades Deborah and Vivien. NARS released 40 (!) shades in this formula in celebration of their 20th anniversary. It was difficult to choose which shades to get as there were just so many to pick from, but it was easy to eliminate half before the selection process even began because those 20 were much too light. Still, from the remaining 20, it was an effort to make a shortlist of 10 shades (btw, I used Temptalia’s overview of all the shades to aid the narrowing down process).

When I visited the NARS counter to try the shades, I was disappointed by Liv and Ingrid, which are shades that I think a lot of people were really excited about. They were a bit difficult to work with and I had also just purchased MAC Smoked Plum, so I couldn’t justify picking up either shade. Another colour I thought I was set on but did not end up getting was Audrey, which is described as a “muted, warm-toned reddish-plum.” It just pulled way too red on me, and so Vivien (also muted, but more on the plum end) was what I picked up instead. As for Deborah, which is a “chestnut” shade… well, read on to find out why I picked her up. ;)

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Forbidden Fruit: Happy Skin’s Christmas Lippies — Swatched & Worn!

Can you believe it’s only been a year since Happy Skin made its debut? I feel like they have just as much influence/presence as some older, more well-established brands already. They (Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo) have done such an excellent job at… well, everything. Of course, it starts with the products, but they’ve definitely got the marketing and business side of things down as well. It’s admirable to say the least and I only wish them the very best and of course thank them too for making such drool-worthy, exciting products. This is the kind of stuff the beauty-obssessed girl in me lives for, and what makes it 10x more awesome is that this a Filipino brand.

So yes, Happy Birthday, Happy Skin! :) I might not be the brand’s biggest fan (because omg some people go cray for these lippies and collect all of them), but I’d say I give them tough love for good reason (see: Battle of the Micellar Waters: Bioderma vs. Happy Skin) while still supporting them. ;) Now on to this Christmas set! P1160189Having this “Forbidden Fruit” set (1,399.00 Php) of Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies brings the count up to 7 in my collection. You’ll remember the first trio I picked up back in the summer (Turn Up The Heat set) and Honeymoon Kiss, the only single shade I felt compelled to purchase. Happy Skin launched this set, a second trio called Sealed With A Kiss (1,299.00 Php), a set of pencil eyeliners, an eyeshadow palette (!), a corrector, and lip and cheek mousse all in one go in celebration of their birthday.

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