July 24, 2014


left to right: Central Park, Upper East Side, Soho
left to right: Central Park (refined peach) Upper East Side (elegant nude) Soho (red)

When I first saw the new Lipstick Queen Liptropolis gift set from the Lipstick Library Volume 1 collection I didn't even hesitate and snatched it up. I'm a huge silent film addict and Fritz Lang's iconic masterpiece Metropolis is one of my favorite silent movies of all time. In honesty I probably purchased the set more for the Gotham inspired box than for the actual colors. I believe they messed up the color names that corresponds to each lipstick and in my opinion those colors aren't that indicative of classic New York style. There should have been lipstick of a darker fierce red, any shade of bright orchid or and a dark flesh toned beige. Those are what I would define as typical New York lipstick. But that's just me so. Maybe it's just what the designer thought typical of these three particular neighborhoods and not what makes up all of New York City women. I also wish they added more of a flair in the design elements as a tribute to the movie Metropolis, such as the lipstick incorporating character names from the film. In any case, the silver foiled box is beautiful and the product is of good quality. New York ladies, what do you think? Does Liptropolis represent your city? Stay Beautiful! XOXO

"I have often said I can tell if a New York subway train is going up town or downtown by the passengers' lip color so I decided to put my money where my mouth is and create a trio of lipsticks inspired by the different neighbourhoods of New York City." Poppy. Liptropolis tells the story of Lipstick in the City and is a tribute to chic women in cities everywhere! Inspired by the Fritz Lang film Metropolis, with Manhattan as muse, the book opens to reveal a complete New York wardrobe of lipstick shades. Liptropolis is the first edition in the Lipstick Library, a collectable storybook series of lipstick trios. And now, due to popular demand, these three ultra-wearable shades are available as singles! The formula is not as sheer as Saints, and not as opaque as Sinners, Great color laydown, Hydrating formula with a super moist sheen, Universally flattering shades. 

Formula: The formula is creamy and well pigmented. They apply easily and without bleeding which is a huge plus. You get decent wear and high impact shine. They are on the semi-sheer with buildable coverage. As for the colors: Central Park (refined peach) Upper East Side (elegant nude) Soho (red) I feel they aren't true to the shade names. For instance, Central Park is a really bright coral and Upper East side is more of a peach than a nude. I wouldn't classify this as any type of nude shade whatsoever. Soho is a blue-based red which is gorgeous but way too bright in my opinion to be listed as a vixen red. The concern here is that women who buy this offline without seeing them and only going by the description might be put off when they actually get the box home. With that being said, I don't dislike the colors only that I wouldn't have purchased them outside of the collection. Peachy, bright corals are really not my thing although they look okay on me and I guess I can wear them after trying them on. Maybe these shades are more appropriate for more mature city ladies and not trendier gals. What's funny is that I saw Poppy's video and when she swatched them on her skin they looked darker, intense and really pretty. I just feel these shades are too frou frou to be paired up with Metropolis as deep dark red shades were highly coveted during the silent film error. Another case of bad product placement in advertising. They should have named this collection Ladies Who Lunch, more apropos. The packaging however is perfect! Spot on! The printed industrial city is made of a shiny silver foil and printed on the back of the box as well. The tubes are made to resemble the Chrysler building and very stark with a matte gray finish, a fitting tribute to the film. It is slightly difficult to remove the bullets from the box, you gotta nudge them out crimping the packaging. I do like that you at least receive three full size lipsticks for the price of one. The product isn't bad but I'm slightly disappointed as a born and raised New Yorker and a Metropolis fan. Sorry...

Availability: Barneys, Lipstick Queen, Ulta,  Liptropolis $48 3.4 gram

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Eye & Cheek Palette

Snake print is actually a metallic gold foil (flash makes it appear off)
The snake eye has a purple colored jewel in the center

 I'm ready to review the new limited edition Tarte Rainforest After Dark Amazonian Eye + Cheek Palette given to me as an early birthday gift. One thing I haven't done is swatch these as I'm pressed for time working on another project right now. The formula of the shadows are like all previous Tarte shadows so please check my Tarte sidebar links for info. This palette is perfect for lighter skin-tones in my opinion because of the sheer pale colors but they're buildable and include several universal shades that will work on many skin-tones. Who finds the after dark palette sexy? Stay Beautiful! XOXO

A limited-edition, colored clay eye and cheek palette for day to night looks. Inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk, Tarte’s limited-edition eye and cheek palette has everything you need to create sultry and sophisticated day to night looks. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control, this makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff. This modern ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens, and soothes skin, while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. This set contains: Highlighter in Champagne, Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, Blush in Unleashed (nude rose), eyeshadows in Bare to Explore (pink beige), Make a Mauve (plum mauve), Plum Away with Me (dark plum), Up to No Gold (gold), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown) Step-by-Step Glamour Guide

Formula: The shadows are well pigmented in a mixture of matte and shimmer's. They run from semi-sheer to rich coverage with slight creaminess and the shimmer shades have no tacky glitter. They have a decent wear which is extended by applying a primer base and there's hardly any creasing that shows up. The dark plum and the gold are gorgeous! Both of those colors are rich and have a high shine to them. The highlighter really illuminates my face and is very sheer with no glitter and the bronzer surprisingly is soft and light. The pink blush is also very soft and sheer adding just the right hint of color. This is packaged inside a lovely purple box with a faux snake skin print and the overall palette compact mimics a tree bark from the rainforest. The snake print on the cover is done in a bright metallic gold foil and the snake eye has a beautiful purple jewel embedded on the front. Inside you'll find a large mirror which is the size of the palette at over four inches wide. That's huge! Also included is a leaflet on how to create a look. Overall it's beautifully made, the colors are sultry and sexy with an amazing formula. Great for gift giving or perfect for yourself. I think I'm in love with this more for the compact's golden snake and jewel eye design!

Availability: Sephora Tarte Rainforest After Dark $38

July 22, 2014

My New Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks!

left to right: Wonderchilde, Wolvesmouth, Lullabye
left to right: Lullabye, Wolvesmouth, Wonderchilde
only swatched with a light stroke + falsh, the colors are buildable and more intense

As promised, here is my review for the new Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks that I purchased. I figured these three shades work the best with my skin tone, especially any color that's within the orchid family. I'm really tempted to buy a few of the earthy fleshy shades next. Sephora sent me a VIB Rouge gift certificate in my email allowing me to buy the extra two saving me money so that was an added plus. Some of the colors are from her permanent collection and the only quality which differs may be the formula and the fabulous rock n roll studded lipstick case. Rock on! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

An innovative lipstick that coats lips with bold color,10-hour wear, and luxe comfort. Drench your lips with bold color and unstoppable femininity. Designed to look as rock ‘n roll as its wearer, this revolutionary, hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology that combines 10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort. This color-true lipstick leaves lips supple, and its wide color spectrum offers stunning shades, including red for every skintone, statement-making colors, and classic, everyday neutrals. Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick is infused with vitamins A, C, and E, an antioxidant complex that leaves lips feeling soft, and the Crème Brûlée scent provides a subtle, sweet experience when you apply it. Designed by Kat to resemble one of her favorite bracelets, the black, monochromatic casing is uniquely studded and topped with her KVD monogram on the outer crown and bullet.

 Formula: Firstly, the lipstick is stamped with her KVD initials and scented with a sweet creamy vanilla caramel flavor. The taste stays on the lips for a long time even though it dissipates during wear. I chose the shades Wonderchilde (iridescent orchid, same as the polish) Wolvesmouth (irridescent berry) and Lullabye (iridescent shimmering magenta violet). While they all have a gleam, Lullabye is the only one with actual glitter although the glitter is micro-fine. I also want to mention that Wolvesmouth isn't a bright berry but more like a deep berry/wine color. I love them all but Wonderchilde is my favorite! It has a gorgeous blue/violet shift effect. The formula here is moist yet not slick, I feel it could use more moisture but I guess with strong hold lipsticks they tend to be slightly drier because of the long wear. I'm glad I didn't buy any matte shades because those are probably drier and need to be worn with a lip primer or some type of balm underneath. The staying power is super! They last all day without bleeding and when the shimmer starts to dull your lips still have that nice stain look. The lipstick case is so sexy! It's a fat thick plastic studded case that captures the light with the way the pattern is designed all over. Love it! I usually don't get that excited about lipsticks but these are really amazing and less the cost than the designer brands found in a department store. They're definitely worth the splurge!

Availability: Sephora KVD STudded Kiss Lipstick $21
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