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NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

I haven’t been this excited about a NYC product until this. I got it in the mail and didn’t think much of it. When it was time to try it out, I regret overlooking it earlier. In fact, this is the best product I have ever tried from them to date I think. Here’s NYC Expert Last Lip Color.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

This is described as the following on their website:

“Time for a COLOR SHOCK THERAPY!
The New NYC Expert Last Lipstick is moisturizing, comfortable and longwearing, it stays on up to 6 hours. Discover the wide range of shades developed to match your every mood and style! You’ll find perfect plummy shades standing alongside true reds, next to creamy peaches. There’s one here for every look, outfit and situation you could dream of.
The all-new Expert Last Lipstick . Who knew you could feel this way about a lipstick?”

Swatches shown below shows a lone swipe then 2 and then 3 from left to right to show how buildable it is with more layers and pigmentation.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (in shade)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (direct sunlight)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (with flash)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed again)

Verdict? The shade I got is Traffic Jam 441. I absolutely love this classic red shade. I wasn’t excited at first because I actually didn’t think the formula would blow me away. It goes on very smooth and creamy on the lips. There is more color payoff than I imagined there would be. I only needed one coat of this on my lips and I’m set. Formula is very moisturizing — not dry at all as one would expect sort of from what a lipstick would be. It feels almost like it’s a matte formula when worn on my lips, but it’s not matte at all. I can’t nail down what the scent is really but it reminds me of candy. It’s not too strong and it dissipates pretty quick. I get at least 5 hours of wear from this throughout the day without having to reapply it. That’s good for a lipstick since it’s not a lip stain. I experienced some feathering when I checked it at the end of the day. Not bad for not using this with a lip liner, but lip liner is still a must-have with lipsticks in general. There are 20 shades you can choose from with this lipstick line of theirs. For the price it sells for, it’s a guaranteed steal in my opinion. The only negative I can find has to do with the product packaging. How you see it in the shots above is what you’ll get. The lipstick sticks out of the lower tube casing. I like my lipsticks to be protected in the tube casing in case the lid pops off. I do keep my lipsticks in my makeup bag, but once in a while I’d just toss a new shade directly in my purse. It would be a disaster if the lid pops off while in my purse. The product would just get over everything. Lipsticks I’ve seen from other brands actually retract all the way into the tube, but not all so it’s not something I’d take points off from them or anything like that. A couple of other brands package their lipstick the exact same way they do. Just keep that in mind when you’re carrying it around.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like on me with just one coat.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 IG Post

It retails for about $1.99 or so and you can get them for an even cheaper price when they go on sale or you use coupons on them. This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color

Hey guys! I got the chance to test everything but the nail lacquer so far from Milani’s Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection as seen in the press release post here. Today’s post is on the lipstick that boasts to be this bright blue. The name of the shade is the same as the name of the collection, Bella Blue. Here’s Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail (with flash)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail (another shot)

This is described as:

  • Full-coverage, one-stroke lip color
  • Limited Edition
  • Made in USA

The product packaging is different from all the other lipsticks they have, so I thought there was a 50% chance that it’s not made with the same formulation. I was right. I even compared the ingredient listing online to check it. But I didn’t even need to do that to know this. I can feel it when I applied it onto my lips. It’s slicker than the lipsticks from their Color Statement line and it smells different from those. It has a strange almost chemical lipstick smell that is NOT found with their other lipsticks. I will definitely be trying this in an attempt to “de-scent” this shade. Scent is a very personal thing and while some may not find this scent in any negative light, it doesn’t do it for me. I LOVE the scent of Milani’s lip products and this is the first time it has missed the mark for me in that department. The packaging is different too, but the product is housed in a typical lipstick twist tube. Aside from being slicker when applied on the lips, formula is more sheer. I can get decent coverage with one stroke, but I wouldn’t say it’s full coverage. The color is metallic or frosty in nature and only slightly buildable, but if you’re hoping the color you see in the tube to translate onto the lips then you’re in for disappointment. I tried applying more coats to achieve the color I see in the tube and failed miserably. It got streaky and I ended up almost trying to pat the product already on my lips in place. For this lip color, fewer strokes the better. Swatches shown below is one stroke on the left and 2 strokes on the right.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (in shade)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (lighting changed)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (direct sunlight)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (with flash)

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here on what it looks like with several coats for maximum color payoff.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color IG Post

This retails for $3.99 each and should now be available in select Walgreens, KMart and Fred Meyer stores as well as online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Milani Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection

Colors look vibrant here. Color me intrigued!

Milani Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection

I’ll be posting about these shortly, so stay tuned!


ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag

Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend already! I got my ipsy May Glam Bag 2 or 3 days ago, but recent things such as work, dishes with long prep time and a new car purchase with my husband took up a lot of my time. I finally got the chance to take pictures yesterday while I was reheating my turkey lasagna (which my husband ended up liking a lot — YAY!). Here’s everything from my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag

I liked every single thing I got with this month’s Glam Bag. The only thing I think I’m passing on is the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo. I just have too many eye shadows right now, but I’m sure I’ll either include this in a future giveaway or add it to my ever-growing pile of small gifts I like to hand out to my husband’s nieces. Mine came intact but I have seen some mention that theirs came broken up during shipping. The one I got is Duo #1 (Celestial & Opal). These shades look perfect for maybe even using it as a highlighter in some instances. I have the Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 on my bathroom counter right now, but opted not to use it just yet. I’ll put it to the test this weekend since I’ll be out in the sun for a decent amount of time. I’m glad to get this item as it’s perfect for summer. The item I loved getting the most in this month’s offering is the Revlon ColorBurst™ Matte Balm in Elusive. I own 2 shades before this one, Striking and Standout. I wanted to get Elusive, Shameless, Sultry, Unapologetic and Audacious at the very least. I was so glad that I got this in a shade I don’t own yet. Saves me a trip and purchase! The first thing I ended up trying is the derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. Holy cow! My main tip for those that haven’t used it yet is to go gentle and slow at first to gauge how much pressure to use on your face with this. I personally loved this but can easily see that it might be too abrasive for those with sensitive skin. I started off not thinking much about it and realized that I need to go slow cause I was being too rough with it on my face. After I got the hang of the right pressure I’m comfortable with when massaging it on my face, it was heaven. I can almost say 100% that I will repurchase this item. Lastly, the Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask is an item that immediately ended up in my shower. I used it this morning and so far — pretty good! It will take more testing for me to give a thorough review later on in another blog post. I thought this month’s makeup bag is cool, but it definitely looked better on the ipsy site. I didn’t think it actually have that recycled look and feel to it, but I’m glad that I didn’t log on to ipsy to see it first as I wouldn’t have liked it as much I think.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50

Revlon ColorBurst™ Matte Balm

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Overall, one of the best to date! I’m kinda scared now that next month’s bag will be a disappointment since I’m not quite sure how this month’s bag can be topped. But we’ll see I guess!


Wedding Treats Suggestions

So….I figured I’d put together a Wedding Treats Suggestions post being that the day is drawing near. I wondered about what pretty and pampering stuff a bride-to-be would enjoy. I shopped my stash on what I already own and what was sent to me for ideas. This is only a small part of what I can think of now for a bride-to-be, so get creative and think of what you would enjoy if you were in my place!

Wedding Treats Suggestions

Wedding Treats Suggestions (lighting changed)

I bet you can spot some items from LUSH, Zoya, Revlon and Ciate in the shots above. LUSH has always been a luxury homemade brand to me. I’ve used several of their items before (reviewed a few here) and while I find them to lean towards the pricey side for bath and body products, there are a few things I am more than willing to plunk down my hard earned cash on from that store. With that said, you can’t go wrong with LUSH items for a bride-to-be most of the time. Spotted in the picture from LUSH are Sex Bomb bath bomb, Tender Is The Night massage bar and Flying Fox shower gel. Oh yes….LUSH can get down with sexy. The first bath bomb I ever purchased from them is actually Sex Bomb. I love how it looks and smells. As with most of their bath bombs, you can choose to drop the entire thing for a relaxing bath or use half of it now and save the other half for later. Their Tender Is The Night massage bar smells so good and contains a lot of great ingredients such as murumuru butter and shea butter. Everything about this item exudes sexiness. The Flying Fox shower gel looks innocent enough, but it is a sensual explosion of fragrance in your shower. Jasmine? Check. Ylang ylang? Check. Honey? HONEY?! Check all the way. LUSH definitely has a way of making your bath and body experience feel luxurious from start to finish of product use.

One might also know that a lot of brides have given much thought to what their wedding nails would look like. And not just the hands, the feet as well! I threw in 3 of the latest nail polish shades from Zoya that I thought would be a good option for wedding nails. Their Magical Pixie Collection is light enough to use for a wedding mani (you can go bold and dark, but the look I’m going for is light and easy). I threw in the Ciate ones as they are embellishments that I’ve seen in some magazines and online for wedding nail art. I’m personally not going to do any nail art for my wedding mani, but these look like something some brides may want to work with for theirs. They look fun, but not quite for me on my wedding day. I still think I’m going to use a holo shade. Maybe light pink or beige.

I threw in a couple of lip products that are easy to use and can make a girl feel sexy with barely an effort at all. Most makeup addicts know all about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. They are very pigmented and last a decent amount of time. I chose the bold and sultry colors of Striking and Standout. I intend to pick up at least 3 more of these later on. They go on very nicely on the lips and I always feel good wearing them. Also in the picture is a similar type of product for a cheaper price point — Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. The shades shown are Tropical Frenzy and Candied Coral. These ones aren’t matte, but I find them to be quite pigmented and they last pretty long as well. If I had to choose between these lip products, I’d go with the Revlon one. There’s something about a bold matte color that’s very sexy. When thinking more about the bridal look, the matte shades might be too bold. The Jordana ones are probably a better option for just a light sheen of moisturizing color on the lips.

Last item in the picture is one of my favorite scents. I stumbled upon Versace Bright Crystal by accident. I was on a beauty swap on the purse forum I belong to and was gifted one of those fragrance sampler kits from Sephora. It comes with 12 sample vials of different perfumes and a voucher to redeem for a full-sized bottle of what you like most among the 12. Versace Bright Crystal was the one for me. The scent is so beautiful, light, sexy, and sophisticated.

Wedding Treats Suggestions (close-up)

I can think of other things to include but these are the ones that caught my eye immediately and I know that these would get me feeling just a little bit sexier in no time. What are other things you can think of that will fit into this category? I know that I’d enjoy getting these things as a bride-to-be. I’d love to use these to pamper myself just a little bit whether it’s before or after the big day!


Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color

Hey guys! Milani’s been on a roll with their lip products for the past few years. This year is no exception. I took my time giving each line of theirs a fair review and here’s my take on the Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color (shot to show shade names)

These are described as:

  • Infused with pure pigments for a shockingly intense full tip color
  • Application of a gloss with the longevity of a lipstick
  • Lightweight, full coverage formula
  • Made in Italy

The product packaging wasn’t my favorite, but how it performs amazed me. This type of packaging makes me think of leaves, so I’ll call it leaf tubes from now on. It has a sponge tip applicator to spread the super pigmented formula onto the lips. Initially, I thought this was going to be a wet mess because of the formula. It’s more viscous than most lip glosses without any tackiness. But no! When applied evenly, it’s perfect. It sits nicely on the lips giving me no fear of dripping or anything like that. I found that I didn’t need to dip into the tube again for more product during application. Once is enough. It’s almost like a stain really. The staying power is very impressive for what the product is. It lasted through light snacking and sips of water with minimal wear. Gloss effect is high and the colors are bold and bright. Scent is a little similar to a lot of the other Milani lip products, but not the same. There seems to be a hint of vanilla, but that’s where the similarity ends. One thing I strongly encourage is to use this with a lip liner. In my experience, you will have some feathering after a while. This is available in 4 different shades and I have 3 on hand to show you swatches. For each shade, I applied it with the sponge tip applicator it comes with evenly on my arm. I applied it just like I would on my lips.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color (in shade)

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color (direct sunlight)

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color (with flash)

These retail for $6.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy March Glam Bag not too long ago. I’ll keep this short and sweet cause I’m in a rush. Here’s what I got with my ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag

So last month’s Glam Bag was the worst I’ve ever gotten. This month’s the exact opposite. Content-wise, this is the best Glam Bag I’ve received to date. I’m keeping all of the items I got. The first one that caught my eye is the Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad. The quad I got is called Bora Bora. The colors are vibrant and almost jewel toned (I included the photo with flash since it shows the jewel toned aspect more). It really drew me in and I knew the moment I saw it that I’m keeping it (and I didn’t have to with all the makeup I already own!). I haven’t tried it yet, but you bet that a review is coming up on this down the road. In fact, go on their website to look what other quads they have. I have my eye on Barcelona next! Next up is the Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer. I haven’t used that many makeup primers, so this would be a good one to try and compare with the ones I already own. I don’t use it much, but when I do it makes a difference on how long my makeup lasts. It’s more of a “nice to have” type of makeup item in my opinion. Now, y’all know I already own tons of nail polish. Well, I didn’t have any from Nicole By OPI’s new Roughles line. The shade I got is called On What Grounds? and it came just in time for Easter! It’s a mint shade with the texture of what the Rougles line is known for. The speckled look does go with Easter too and this shade is a pastel green mint. I’m keeping this just because it suits the occasion. Last up is the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready. I originally was going to keep this for myself, but being that I already have tons of lipsticks open I opted to save this for my mom. She’s coming to my wedding and I’ve already accumulated a ton of stuff for her that she’ll have to sift through. I don’t think she can bring a good number of them, but I remember her asking me about those makeup minis. I didn’t care for this months makeup bag although I thought it’s cool that it features an artist and it’s made of a waterproof-like material (not sure if it is, but it is compared to some of the materials the other bags were made of).

Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad

Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad (with flash)

Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Roughles

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick

Overall, can’t complain. This is the first bag where I’m keeping everything! Now I can’t wait for next month’s bag.


CoverGirl BlastFlipstick Lipcolor Tease

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I’ve been concentrating on deciding what to do for wedding reception table centerpieces the past 2 weeks and I think I’ll have it narrowed down to 2 ideas after I speak with my contact person at the venue tomorrow. Today’s post is on something I got for a very cheap price on Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program a few months back. Here’s CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor Tease.

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor Tease

First look, pretty neat concept and in shades I can use. It is a double-ended lipstick that you can get 3 shades out of basically. This is described on their website as “2 lipsticks in 1 BlastFlipstick! Flip your look from day to night, soft to bright, with BlastFlipstick’s double-ended lipstick duos. With a creamy shade on one side and a shimmer shade on the other, it’s two wearable, blendable, lipcolors in one!” It is pretty straightforward in terms of usage. One side is a crème shade and the other is a shimmer. Just take cap off, apply and go! Only possible downside I can see is if the smell would bother you. It doesn’t bother me much, but it is described by some as a slightly “plasticky” smell. Formula is on the creamy side and it does last all day. Shown below are swatches of this shade for both ends and with them blended.

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor Tease Swatch (in shade)

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor Tease Swatch (with flash)

You can score this beauty in several other shades as well on their webpage or visit your local mass retailer or drugstore.


ipsy December 2013 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my December 2013 Glam Bag from ipsy and I’m so excited! I actually liked this bag just as well as last month’s (shown here). First off, the bag that it comes with is super cute. Just when I didn’t think they can top off last month’s bag they managed to wow me with this sexy, black little number. Read on for my take on the ipsy December 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2013 Glam Bag

ipsy December 2013 Glam Bag (lighting changed)

Again, I LOVE the bag! This is another bag that I’m keeping for sure since I can use it as a clutch and it’s so perfect for this Holiday season! I am relatively pleased with everything in this month’s bag, but the fragrance leaked out of the small vials. No worries though since there’s more than half in each vial left for me and my man to try it out and enjoy. The fragrances are from English Laundry, a brand I’ve never heard of, and it’s their Signature scent for him and for her. It is light and vanilla-ish on first impression. It’s pretty strong at first but it fades nicely into this pleasant scent. I think I have something similar to it at home. The POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio is something that I’d normally keep, but I have so many eye shadows already that I’m trying to use up. I’m keeping this as part of a giveaway prize for later. It does have 3 great colors to glam up your eyes for an everyday or a smoky eye look. I’m on the fence on whether I should keep or give the J.Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil. I think I’m gonna drop this into my giveaway or gifting pile as well since I got the Caramel Mocha shade. I’m not a huge fan of browns really even though I’ve been told it suits me pretty well. I’m passing on the Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush. Last month’s bag included the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon that I went gaga over, but I read a decent amount of reviews on this item (in this shade) and it’s looking to be a pass for me. Girl Crush it a pale pink with shimmer and only the shimmer is going to come through I would think. I may be more inclined to keep it if I had gotten this in one of the 2 other darker shades. I have an item that does exactly what this one promises in a darker shade. I also think it doesn’t even come close to Josie Maran’s Argan Color Stick in terms of formula. I’m saving that Andrea Strip Lashes for a special occasion. I’ve only used fake lashes a few times in my life and most of those were for weddings where I’m part of the bridal party. This will come in handy for something next year possibly. It’s one of those things that I don’t think about getting and end up trying to get it last minute. It’s a great bag overall, but last month’s is still my favorite. Photos were taken when I was at work so the background is pretty drab unfortunately.

English Laundry Signature Fragrances

POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio

J.Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil

Be A Bombshell The One Stick

Andrea Strip Lash

Overall, not bad and I can’t to see what ipsy has in store for us next month!


My Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Prize

Christmas came early for me! I started to be a fan of Physicians Formula thanks to their Happy Booster line mostly. All those cute hearts in their blushes, bronzers and face powders sucked me into being a die-hard addict of their products. I entered their Instagram contest during the summer on a whim and won! I’m one of the 10 winners of their #PFGoBronze contest! I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get my prize. I actually forgot about it recently due to work being so hectic and then a box showed up at the door yesterday when I got home. It was like Christmas to me! :) Here’s my loot….

Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Prize

And here’s the winning shot for the contest…

Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Entry

You can see my other entries too to this contest on my Instagram. I already started using the lip gloss and am about to play with the face powder. I couldn’t believe my luck….I only already own one thing from the entire set. Which one? The bronzer of course! :)


ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s that time of the month again! I was going to blog about this maybe next week, but I got so excited about it that I just couldn’t wait. This is probably my favorite ipsy Glam Bag to date! I love the contents, I kept all but one item for my personal use, and I love the bag a lot. So, here’s my take on the ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag

First off, I LOVE the bag! I can use it as a clutch and it’s perfect for this Holiday season! Next, I am keeping every single item but one for my personal use. That’s a first! I’ll be passing on the Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil. I have too many eye pencils from a handful of brands already that are not getting enough use (and love) from me. I can’t justify opening up this pretty, so I’ll add it to my next giveaway. The shade I got for that is Amethyst. I’m keeping the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment cause I’ve never heard of it and I love trying new things like this especially from a new-to-me brand. The retail of this particular item is actually pretty crazy, so color me intrigued. I have a lot of bronzers already (hello Physicians Formula!) but I still couldn’t resist the Pixi Beauty Bronzer I got in Subtly Suntouched. Not bad, but I still prefer the cuter packaging and presentation of my favorite bronzer brand Physicians Formula. It does give me a light, subtle sunny glow. I’m familiar with Nailtini so I’m keeping this shade. It will make my total number of Nailtini lacquers 3 and it’s a good shade for this time of the year too with all the Holiday parties and such. I haven’t tried the em michelle phan mascara yet, but it’s on my list to do so. I have read several reviews about it and it’s pretty mixed, so I’ll reserve judgment until I try it. Last item in my glam bag is from another new-to-me brand called Be A Bombshell. It’s catchy and I like it! I was nervous that I wouldn’t like the lip crayon, but it is instant love! It goes on so smooth and creamy. Pigmentation is like from a lipstick or those pigmented lip balms that every brand is releasing now. The shade I got is Hot Damn and I think it would suit me better than the other shade they have that went to other people’s glam bags (purple one I think). It’s a great bag overall and I am ecstatic about it!

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil

GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Pixi Beauty Bronzer

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer

em michelle phan Lash Gallery Mascara

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon

Overall, great bag! I love pretty much everything I got and I can’t wait to use the bag itself for some of the holiday events and parties I’ll be attending. I can’t wait for next month’s bag now!


Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain

Hey guys! Time sure is flying by this week. I’ll be away for work next week and I’ll try to schedule a post or 2 at least so it won’t be dead here. Today’s post is on a new item from Jordana. Here’s my take on Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain.

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain (shot to show shade names)

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain (pretty shades)

These are described as:

  • Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain
  • Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of Color
  • Long-Lasting
  • Retractable, No Sharpening Required
  • Paraben-Free
  • Made in USA

These are very easy to use and is available in 8 shades. Today, I have 3 as shown in the pictures. It’s a little but chunky in terms of packaging, but not much more than a regular lipstick really. If you need more product, just twist the bottom end to the right. The formula is very smooth and rich. It is very pigmented and it glided easily onto my lips. It might require a bit of warming up though during the winter months, but that’s expected really with cosmetics like this. It has a very light fruity smell and it lasts for hours on my lips; fading only with normal wear due to time and taking sips of water. Shown in shots are the following shades from left to right: Tropical Frenzy, Candied Coral, and Honey Love. For each shade, I applied 2 light strokes of the lip balm stain on to show what it looks like clearly. You have control of how opaque you want the shade to be on your lips.

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain Swatches (in shade)

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain Swatches (direct sunlight)

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain Swatches (with flash)

These retail for $2.99 each. I’d gladly pay that price for the shades I like. I’m looking to get Sweet Pink and maybe Rock N Rouge to add to my stash. You can get these on their website or at your local Walgreens. A reader mentioned before that Jordana is also available at KMart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I’ve been shopping a little bit here and there for makeup recently. Mostly from Physicians Formula cause they’re pretty nice and I can get them at a great deal this week at CVS. Today’s post is on something I won in a giveaway 2 years ago! In fact, here’s the post to the giveaway that was given by Leanne of Do Not Refreeze. She’s such a great makeup blogger and a real sweetheart! I really liked this particular item that I won, so here’s my take on the Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal.

Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal

Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal (with flash)

The lid of the container states: “Sleek MAKEUP POUT POLISH SPF 15 10g-0.34oze” while the side rim of the lid states “TINTED LIP CONDITIONER”. More details on this product according to the website states “tinted lip conditioning balm that nourishes whilst providing a subtle hint of colour and a natural sheen. Formulated with SPF 15 and natural oils such as almond oil, shea butter and Vitamin E, keeping lips protected and moisture locked in.

10g/0.340z

Available in 9 shades.

Store in a cool dry place

Not tested on animals.”

Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal Swatch (in shade)

Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal Swatch (direct sunlight)

Sleek MakeUP Limited Edition Pout Polish Scandal Swatch (with flash)

What I love about this product? It comes in a typical twist open flat round container that’s common for some lip balms and/or moisturizers. Formula is very moisturizing without being sticky. It does have a slight sweet taste to it, which may bother some people but certainly not me! Color is simply stunning and it’s very pigmented. A little goes a long way. Dip your finger in as you would with a twist open top type of lip balm and apply as desired. It lasts a decent time for what it is. The product is formulated with SPF 15 and that’s a huge plus for me.

What I don’t like about this product? Other than dipping your finger in the product to apply isn’t the most sanitary situation, nothing really. Maybe for those that desire this shade — the fact that it is a limited edition product back when it came out because it’s all gone by now.

This item retails for $5.99 and other shades are available on their website.


Mattese Elite Clearance

Hey guys! It’s Friday and I really don’t have time to put together a post on any new beauty items, so I’m just going to leave you with the news that Mattese Elite items on Ricky’s NYC is on some super clearance right now. They were marked down a while back when the brand is being discontinued at least for various makeup items. Not sure if prices are going to get lower than these, but this is already dirt cheap for what they retail for ($1 per piece!). I picked up some eye liners, eye shadows, blushes, a number of these pigments they have, 2 lipsticks and a mascara as well as a bronzer. As seen on my Instagram account here, here’s my recent haul….

Mattese Elite Clearance Haul

Get them while there’s still some left!


Josie Maran Argan Color Stick

Hey guys! Today’s post is on an item from Josie Maran’s cosmetics line. Her brand is popularly known for one of the main ingredients in all of her products: Argan Oil. Here’s my take on the Josie Maran Argan Color Stick.

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick

This item does not come housed in a box. The words inscribed on the cap are as follows:

“argan oil: all-natural, 100% organic, chemical-free beauty secret
antioxidant protection     smoothes fine lines     treats and renews
conditions skin     made with natural and organic ingredients
ultra-hydrating, multi-tasking balm for lips, cheeks…anywhere!
vitamin e & essential fatty acids     rich, penetrating formula
anti-aging benefits     youthful radiance     soothes and heals”

Details provided on the website about this product are as follows:

“The Argan-oil infused color stick is a sheer tint that gives lasting, natural- looking color to cheeks and lips. All shades are designed to flatter every skin tone. The paraben and fragrance free formula contains Josie’s signature ingredient, organic Argan Oil-the world’s richest source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Size 0.55 oz / 16 g

Josie’s Tips: For a fresh-scrubbed look, use the Argan Color Stick and keep the rest of your makeup minimal by using a dab of the Argan Lip Treatment and nothing on the eyes but a coat of GOGO Mascara.”

Swatches shown below are 2 easy swipes of the color stick, a dab/dot of product to show pigmentation, and what product looks like on skin when blended with fingers.

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick (in shade)

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick (direct sunlight)

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick (with flash)

What I love about this product? I love the packaging and I don’t mind that it doesn’t come with a box at all. I’m all for using less resources to help out our environment. The tube is a twist up type to dispense more of the product if needed and it comes with a clear plastic cap. It’s pretty much self-explanatory to use really: just dab a little bit on to cheeks and/or lips directly and blend with fingers as needed. Alternatively, you can apply the product onto your fingers and then blend it directly on your face. I like the first method better. A little bit goes a long way. Trust me on this! Just start slow and you can build on it if you need more. Better than putting on too much (my first try was almost a complete disaster!). I usually just dot once on both sides of my face where my cheeks are and work with that. The shade I got is Red and is best described as a “warm brick red” on the website. I love that there are a variety of shades to choose from and they’re all apparently designed to flatter every skin tone. That sounds too good to be true and I can’t really speak for that except for the shade Red that I tried out. My co-worker sisters are both Indian and this shade worked well for them as it did for me (I’m Chinese in ethnicity). The product is more evident on me than compared to their skin tone, but it does work with our 2 different skin tones. I was afraid that there might be some tugging on the skin involved, but the formula is so creamy and it glided onto my skin so smoothly. During the winter, I would expect that I may need to “warm up” the color stick to get the same results since it’s colder and cosmetic products that contains oil tend to firm up more (aka more tugging on skin and such). The scent is where I want to caution my readers on. There is a scent to this product. I would describe it as kind of minty or herbal like rosemary. Scent is very personal and relative to everyone, so I strongly suggest that you find a tester of this before you purchase to see if it’s a scent that you like or can tolerate if you’re not a fan of it. As for me, I love the scent! I do find that the scent doesn’t stick for long, so keep that in mind as well. Staying power is decent for me. I don’t wear makeup on an everyday basis, so seeing some color that looks natural on my face by the end of the day is a win for me. It did fade some during the course of the day. The way I like to use this most is just to add a little bit of color to my face. I’m not a huge fan of this on my lips to be honest, but I did try it and it works. It’s like an easy fix for when you want to get your hands on a lipstick but can’t.

What I don’t like about this product? To be honest, nothing. Not even the price. I don’t have any other product that is similar to it and I actually read another review on this that says these are better than NARS color sticks. Unless I stumble on a similar item that nudges me a bit for whatever reason to try – I intend to stick with this and pick up the other shades available. I like the brand, I like the scent, and I like the results I get from using it.

This item retails for $22 and is available on their website as well as other retail locations such as Sephora. To check for other retail locations where products from her line are carried, click here.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


RAMY Face Gloss

Hey guys! Happy Friday! :) I’m all moved out of my apartment now and am just crossing my fingers for my change of address request with the post office to start kicking in. I already have a lot of my stuff moved over gradually the past few months, so moving wasn’t that bad this time around. I remember one of the first things that my man helped me move was my nail polish collection. 9 Melmers and a few random boxes came over in that trip. Ironically, nail polish is also one of the last things we moved. I had a nail polish rack that held all my non-boxed Zoyas. That was hanging on the wall until the very last week I had to move stuff. It’s leaning against some stuff right now in the back room (which I have apparently subconsciously started calling it the “polish room” and my man noticed that, LOL). I’ll have to ask him where is a good spot to hang it. Anyway, today’s blog post is not polish related unfortunately. Here’s my take on the RAMY Face Gloss.

RAMY Face Gloss

RAMY Face Gloss (in shade)

RAMY Face Gloss (direct sunlight)

Described as “perfect & portable flawless color for your eyes, cheeks and lips!”, this product currently comes in 5 different shades to choose from. More details provided on this product are as follows:

“One product for eyes, cheeks and lips that actually looks different on each feature! All contained in the cutest little sleek mirrored compact. Contains anti-oxidants vitamins A & D as well as wheat germ oil and Aloe Vera. Leaves a clean finish on cheeks, yet non creasing on eyes and moisturizing on lips! It’s like finger paint for your face, try them all!

Ramy Tip: Apply Face Gloss to eyes, cheeks or lips using your finger tip for a fast makeup routine on the go – or apply over your day makeup to instantly take your day look into evening!”

Swatches shown below are made to show true and possibly achieved opacity in increasing number of swipes from left to right.

RAMY Face Gloss Swatch (in shade)

RAMY Face Gloss Swatch (direct sunlight)

RAMY Face Gloss Swatch (with flash)

What I love about this product? It’s small and comes with a nifty mirror to help with application. The shade I got to try is Sunlit Glow! and it’s perfect for my skin tone. I thought I would fare better with a pinker one, but this one worked out well. It gives my face a light bronzy shimmer wherever I need it. Formula is easy to work with and it’s very blendable. If the weather is colder, it might take a minute for the formula to “warm up” just like with lipsticks. It does have a little “weight” to it in terms of the feel it leaves on my skin after initial application. I didn’t notice it anymore after a few minutes though. My favorite uses for this product is on my eyelids to give my eyes a little color or on my lips when I just need a little bit of moisture. My swatches above show how it looks with just one swipe all the way to 4 swipes. It’s definitely a buildable shade.

What I don’t like about this product? If I had to cite one, it would be the price (again!). There are definitely many other options out there if you’re looking for a similar product as this, but I think it’s a good buy for what I get based on my experience. I’m actually looking into getting this in either Causal Sex! (whoo!) or On-The-Go Glow! or maybe both (or all of the rest?!). Also, it will take me a while to go through this even when it’s a multi-purpose beauty product. So the price thing doesn’t really bug me that much if I think about it that way.

This item retails for $18.50 and is available on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Mary Kay Influenster Glamour VoxBox 2013

I have gotten the chance to take part in Influenster’s Mary Kay Glamour VoxBox program and here’s an overall summary on my detailed reviews for each component of this particular program.

Mary Kay Influenster Glamour VoxBox 2013

I started my reviews with the Mary Kay Cream Eye Color Violet Storm here. Final verdict? Not bad for the price at all and lasts a very long time as promised.

I moved on next with the Mary Kay Lash Primer here. Final verdict? Clear formula is the winning factor with this one. I’d choose this lash primer over those with white bases gladly.

I continued on with the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie here. Final verdict? Meh performance out of all products I got in the box. A darker shade will have to be tried to test on pigmentation for the final verdict on that aspect.

I closed my reviews with the Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara here. Final verdict? A sure winner, but do shop around and compare with other brands as you may find one that performs the same for a more affordable price.

And final verdict for the brand as a whole? Mary Kay is a trusted and well-known brand worldwide. It boasts of high quality products and have a loyal customer base to back that up. With that said, you can’t really go wrong with most of the products they offer. It’s a brand where I would not hesitate to shell out some of my hard earned money to purchase something that interests me even if there may be another brand offering the same thing for a cheaper price. All of the products I have tried speak of high quality and performs as promised for the most part. Even the eye shadow brush I tried was great. The bristles are soft and gentle. It worked perfectly for the eye shadow application. It’s definitely a good quality brush compared to a lot that I’ve tried in the past. I personally am eyeing a few of their products right now (Special-Edition† Beauty That Counts® Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in particular – I can’t resist the swirls and a good cause is a sure bonus in my book!). I just gotta either bite the bullet and purchase from their site or look for a local Mary Kay consultant in my area now!

All these products are available through their website (they help hook you up with a representative in your area) or can be purchased from your local Mary Kay representative.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program provided by Mary Kay.*


Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie

Happy Friday! Today’s post is on another item I’m reviewing from the Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013 that I got. I am no stranger to lipsticks at all, but this is a shade I don’t normally go cheering about. I tend to gravitate towards red or fuchsia and magenta types with a shimmer finish. But here I am giving a light pink crème shade a go. Here’s Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie.

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie (in shade)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie (with flash)

The Influenster insert described this product as “Intensely moisturizing. Exquisitely smoothing.” and the website states “Instantly drenches lips in moisture and locks it in for endless comfort. Infused with advanced skin care ingredients, the formula smooths the appearance of fine lines and helps lips look fuller. Just a push of the clear top button releases pure, radiant color from its sleek, ultrastylish case.” According to both the catalog that came in the box I got and on the website this product comes in 10 different shades. Chérie in French means sweetheart…so the literal translation for the name of the shade I got is pink sweetheart. Cute!

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Swatch (in shade)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Swatch (with flash)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pictorial Instruction

Verdict? This product comes in a unique lipstick tube. It’s actually pretty neat! The last shot shown above shows the inside of the box where it outlines how to open the lipstick. You basically have to push at the top and it will cave in and you pull the part of the tube that is protruding at the bottom. This is definitely a first for me! Moving past admiring the nifty lipstick tube, the lipstick does actually deliver what it promises. The formula is definitely very moisturizing and applies smoothly onto my lips. Lasting power is just so-so in my book. I must say too that I tend to feel like that lasting power is less with lighter shades, so I will reserve final judgment until I try a darker shade from the same line. Formula is so light that I don’t really notice it on my lips at all based on how “heavy” it is. I can only really tell because of the taste and smell of the lipstick. Overall, not bad but I can’t say it’s worth it without trying a darker shade to know what the staying power really is. I mean, it is pricier than other good drugstore brand lipsticks after all. Those of you that follow me on Instagram here would’ve seen a picture of me sporting it on my lips a week or so ago shown below:

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Lip Swatch

This retails for $18 and is available through their website (they help hook you up with a representative in your area) or can be purchased from your local Mary Kay representative.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program provided by Mary Kay.*


Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013

The last Influenster Vox Box program I’ve received is the Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013. This round is different from all the previous ones I’ve participated in with the exception of the Palmolive one. It contains all items from just one brand, Mary Kay. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013

I’ve already started with 3 items in this box and so far….not bad at all! I can’t wait to feature most of them here on my blog, so stay tuned!

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*


Throwback Thursday: Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup 2006

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! If you guys follow me on Instagram here, you’d have seen my Throwback Thursday contribution earlier today. I know that Victoria’s Secret still makes makeup items for their Very Sexy line today, but this set is no longer available.

Throwback Thursday Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup 2006

I’m pretty sure these are from 2006 based on my archived Victoria’s Secret confirmation order emails. It says “Lip Kit” and “Large Train Case” in one of those emails and I know they were available the same time, so the date I have quoted must be right. These items were free gifts with purchase of some $ amount ($100 and $150). Some pieces like the lipstick and the mosaic palette actually came in the medium and large train case. I know I got both medium and large train cases (medium train case is free with $100 purchase and large is free with $150 purchase) cause one houses some of my jewelry and the other serves and my nail polish travel case. The mosaic palette is different for the medium and large set, but I can’t remember which one the one I have is from anymore. The lip kit is another free item I was able to stack with my order. I remember there is a black kit version of this instead of the pink I have. I think I gave it away. They had super pretty freebies back then. Eventually I stopped shopping there a lot cause I only have one body to dress with all my purchases. LOL!


Throwback Thursday: Urban Decay Face Case

Hi y’all! Happy Thursday! If you guys follow me on Instagram here, you’d have seen my Throwback Thursday contribution earlier today. Looks familiar?

Throwback Thursday Urban Decay Face Case

It’s Urban Decay’s Face Case! I distinctly remember how I ended up owning several of these more than 10 years ago. I was staying at my aunt’s house in Broomall, PA over the summer and hung out a little bit with my younger cousin Chrissy. She’s pretty good with makeup and those things while I never touched those even when I was going to college at that time. I saw this palette and it wasn’t just a plain eye shadow palette. It’s a palette with a little bit of everything to help you achieve several different looks. Each face case contains 4 eye shadows, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses (called lip gunks), and a blush or body haze. This was the selling factor for me and I immediately got myself one the next time I set foot in a Sephora store. The box on the upper right is actually my first Urban Decay Face Case. That set is called Nymph Glam. I remember skipping the next one that came out I think and then getting one called Rock Star followed by the one showed above on the left called Gypsy Den. I remember them making at least 5 different ones. I think I even remember the price! $34.50 each? LOL!

Let me know if this new type of blog post interests you or not. I’m thinking that I’ll do some Throwback Thursday posts on at least one Thursday of each month.


Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns

Hey guys! This is the last set of shades I have for review. I actually ended up liking this set the most (as do my man’s dog!) cause there are a few that are quite flattering against my skin tone when I thought none would work on me. Read on for my review and swatches on the Milani Color Statement Lipstick Natural & Brown shades.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns (direct sunlight)

These are described as:

  • One stroke, full coverage application
  • Lightweight, creamy formula
  • Contains Vitamins A, C & E to moisturize lips

The formula for these is very smooth and creamy. These are very well pigmented with a super opaque payoff and not waxy at all. With my last review on the Plums & Berries feeling like the formula isn’t as creamy, this is not the case with these shades. The shades are quite surprisingly complementary to my skin tone. My man like this group the most on me I think. The darker shades will be harder for me to wear but there are only 2 of those that fall in that bucket for me. With these, there is no flaking or cracking that I get with some other lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. The finish for these shades vary from cream to pearl to metallic and shimmer. For a match up on what type of finish each shade is, see my press release post on this here. All 9 shades are perfect for day or night. Staying power is very impressive as usual. There is barely any wear at all throughout the day except for times when I have to consume food or take a drink. Swatches shown below are in ascending numeric order of the shades available in the naturals & browns category. For each shade, I applied 2 slow strokes onto my arm since one stroke was barely visible for the first shade. For the middle shade, Candied Toffees, I had to use a lip brush to apply the color onto my arm. There’s a funny story to it actually. :)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns Swatches (in shade)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns Swatches (direct sunlight)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns Swatches (even brighter)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Naturals & Browns Swatches (with flash)

And here’s a few shots of what happened to the shade Candied Toffees when I got home one day….

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Candied Toffees R.I.P.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Candied Toffees R.I.P. (cap off)

The cap off shot is what greeted me first. He managed to chew the cap and dislodge it. I assumed he detected the same smell he sniffed before that was on my lips and thought “Hmmm…..this smells good like food and I’ve detected this scent on her mouth before!” :) My man has told me before it smells like strawberries or something like it and I don’t doubt that his dog thought so too! The only thing I ended up doing is facing the dog wailing “Why?! Why this shade? It looks good on me! Why not this or this?!” See? Even dogs love them too! But in all seriousness, best to keep them out of reach from our furry friends! He attempted to chew through several tubes in this group before emerging successful with Candied Toffees.

These retail for $5.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plums & Berries

You guys have seen my swatches of the Milani lipsticks in oranges and reds and also the pinks and corals. Read on for my review and swatches on the Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plum & Berry shades.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plums & Berries

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plums & Berries (in shade)

These are described as:

  • One stroke, full coverage application
  • Lightweight, creamy formula
  • Contains Vitamins A, C & E to moisturize lips

Unlike with the oranges and reds and the pinks and corals groups, I find these slightly less creamy and easy to apply. The formula is still very good and very well pigmented with a super opaque payoff, but it feels like…..the only way I can desribe it is the formula has more wax. It’s less “spreadable” than the first 2 groups and the lipstick itself felt more “firmer” per se (which explains why I thought it felt like it contains more wax). It’s not bad at all and I would think that this would be less noticeable on warmer days. The shades are bright and crazy against my skin tone. I actually thought that I’d find more that would go well in general with my face but this was not the case. They’re wearable but not as much as the shades in the first 2 groups for me. It glided on smoothly with me using a bit more pressure and my lips stay moisturized all day. As mentioned in my other review, there is no flaking or cracking that I get with some other lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. The finish for these shades vary from cream to vinyl to metallic to matte and shimmer. For a match up on what type of finish each shade is, see my press release post on this here. All 7 shades are perfect for day or night. Staying power is very impressive as usual. There is barely any wear at all throughout the day except for times when I have to consume food or take a drink. Even when that is the case, most of the color stayed on my lips and is still very pigmented. Swatches shown below are in ascending numeric order of the shades available in the plums & berries category. For each shade, I applied 2 slow strokes onto my arm since one stroke was barely visible for the first shade.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plums & Berries Swatches (in shade)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Plums & Berries Swatches (direct sunlight)

These retail for $5.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals

You guys have seen swatches of the oranges and reds, now it’s time to move on to the next color group. Read on for my review and swatches on Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pink & Coral shades.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals (in shade)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals (direct sunlight)

These are described as:

  • One stroke, full coverage application
  • Lightweight, creamy formula
  • Contains Vitamins A, C & E to moisturize lips

Just as with the oranges and reds, I find these simply awesome. The formula is very creamy and pigmented with a super opaque payoff. The only shade not living up to the “one stroke, full coverage application” claim for me is Pink Frost. A few others are a little light or bald with just one stroke, but 2 strokes did the trick for me. Formula is super creamy and light just as they claimed to be. It glided on super smooth and my lips stay moisturized all day. As mentioned in my other review, there is no flaking or cracking that I get with some other lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. The finish for these shades vary from cream to vinyl to metallic and matte. For a match up on what type of finish each shade is, see my press release post on this here. All 7 shades are perfect for day or night. Staying power is very impressive still. There is barely any wear at all througout the day except for times when I have to consume food or take a drink. Even when that is the case, most of the color stayed on my lips and is still very pigmented. Swatches shown below are in ascending numeric order of the shades available in the pinks & corals category. For each shade, I applied 2 slow strokes onto my arm since one stroke was barely visible for the first shade.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals Swatches (direct sunlight)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Pinks & Corals Swatches (with flash)

These retail for $5.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*