Nabla Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

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Did I need new lipsticks, probably not, but I have a weakness for Nabla Cosmetics. Nabla released 16 new lipsticks in The Matte Lip Collection, with 3 new finishes to replace some of their older Diva Crime lipsticks and add new shades. I was not a big fan of their old lipstick formula as two of the ones I tried (Kernel and Cosmic Dancer) felt like slug slime on the lips. The new formulas are nothing like the that thankfully. I decided to purchase one lipstick per finish, and luckily the shades I wanted were in a discounted bundle called Spicy Bundle, 4 lipsticks for the price of 3. Let’s take a look at the new Nabla Cult Matte lipsticks.

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TAG | #LipsticksOfTheWeek Week 22

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Happy Monday!
Another week and another #LipsticksOfTheWeek post to take a look at the lipsticks I wore last week. If you’re new to these posts, you can find the introduction by ItsFranciFra here and my other lipstick diaries here. This week I tried a diary-type writing where I added my thoughts on the lipsticks each day instead than doing so altogether at the end of the week. Now let’s jump into some lipstick gorgeousness.
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TAG | #LipsticksOfTheWeek: Week 16

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Sunday funday with an extra improvised post to share with you my Lipsticks of the Week! This fun tag was started by ItsFranciFra to share the lipsticks we wore during the past week. The #LipsticksOfTheWeek tag has a double use, to enable you readers in buying more lipsticks if you see something you like, and to make sure us lipsticks hoarders are getting a good use from all of our lippies!
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Makeup Stash: Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks review and swatches

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Liquid lipsticks are my love, it’s not a secret. I am a matte lipstick kind of girl mainly because they look gorgeous, last all day and therefore I don’t need to worry about touching up or bleeding. Therefore liquid lipsticks are like the ultimate dream in my book. Among the many brands out there that make them, I have tried four of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and I want to share here my review and swatches of each shade.
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Vampy matte lips for fall with MAC

As soon as the weather turns to fall with cooler temperatures and cloudy days one of the first things I do is switch out my bright coral and pink lipsticks for the darker vampier shades. I am talking dark reds like MAC Diva and striking shades like MAC Rebel. If then October is also my birthday month and my friends don’t know what to get me, dark MAC lipsticks I say! And dark lips go nowhere without a pairing lip liner, to keep the edges clean and increase the staying power. So here is a small birthday haul with two new dark lip combos featuring two MAC lipsticks from the new permanent matte shades in The Matte Lip Collection and two matching lip pencils.

The first lip combo is MAC Nightmoth lip liner and MAC Instigator lipstick. The lip pencil has been on my most wanted for a very long time, being the darkest one I found in the market. Nightmoth is described as a “blackened plum” and is indeed a dark plum color with a strong burgundy red component. The formula of MAC lip liners is always wonderful, creamy to apply and extremely long lasting. It is perfect to wear on its own (as you see above) or paired with most dark lipsticks that are dark red or plum. I find that it is great to darken up other lighter lipsticks like MAC Diva and MAC Rebel, giving them a little extra oomph. Then of course it is a perfect match for MAC Instigator lipstick, even though the latter has more of a purple tone to it as you can see in the pictures above. MAC Instigator is described as a “deep blackened plum with a matte finish” as well, but has is slightly cooler than NIghtmoth with more berry-purple undertones. I was once again impressed with the matte finish of this lipstick, which is the only way I would wear such dark shades. In my head matte means dry and pulling on the lips but this is very comfortable to apply and wear, last well on its own and even better with a lip liner. You can see that when I applied Instigator on top of Nightmoth, it appears even darker and a bit more plum than alone, so that with the lipstick and lip liner there are three possible looks. Of course there is also the option of using the lip pencil only to outline the lips without filling them in, which is my preferred way to wear MAC Instigator. As you can see the finish is not completely matte but with more of a satin sheen. The lasting power on me is around 4 hours for the lipstick alone and around 6 hours when I use Nighmoth all over the lips as a base. Slightly less than a lip stain, but on the other hand it is easier to re-apply the lipstick when the lips feel slightly dry and you’re left with the lip pencil alone.

The other lip combo I received is MAC Chestnut lip liner and MAC Antique Velvet. I first laid my eyes on this lipstick when I went to my local MAC counter to swatch the newly released matte shades and I had a wonderful makeup artist apply it on me. She told me that if I liked it and wanted to wear in for the rest of the day she would put some lip pencil as well to make the look clean and perfect. Once she applied MAC Chestnut on the outer edges I was sold! These are a perfect color match and work incredibly well together. Antique Velvet is described as an “intense brown” and is the color of chocolate, a dark warm brown. The texture is slightly more drying than Instigator but still comfortable to wear. There is still a slight satin sheen to it when applied same as the previous one. I find it an incredibly peculiar shade that complements quite well my red hair and the warmer complexions. The lasting power of the lipstick is longer in this case, lasting a good 5 hours and for me not making it necessary to put the lip pencil all over the lips, but only on the outline, saving me from the drier feeling that the pencil gives.
I am so happy with these new lippies and see myself wearing them constantly through fall and winter. My favorite look is a light eye look with winged liner and one of these dark lip combos. Easy and of impact at the same time.
What do you think? Would you wear these dark shades?
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Fall In Love Tag #1: Wine

Welcome to the first installment of the Fall in love TAG by the gorgeous Marta from Caffelatte for Breakfast. Today we talk all about wine, because it’s grape harvest time and who doesn’t love wine?! I personally am not a big red wine drinker, but the color is one of my favorites and comes back in most of my makeup or clothing choices. I want to show you my favorite wine colored makeup and a look that is so me.

Let’s start with eye products. I tried to make realistic swatches of all of these but I feel the red portion of the color isn’t showing up properly, I apologize.

  • Makeup Geek Burlesque: a gorgeous matte, perfect to put in the crease;
  • Nabla Daphne n.2, I just fell in love as soon as I dipped my finger in this shadow. 
  • Nabla Grenadine, a bit more on the rosé side of wine, a beautiful red with pink shimmer.
  • Lorac Mega Pro Merlot, it’s all in the name, a deep purple-red that I don’t use nearly enough
  • Lorac Mega Pro Mulberry, a matte and lighter version of Merlot,
  • Zoeva Cream Eyeliner in Magic Moment, beautiful gel liner of a dark wine color. I keep using it even though the formula is not my favorite because of the color.

Going on to lips, I found I don’t have as many lipsticks that remind me of wine as I thought, a good excuse to go pick up MAC Fashion Revival maybe? The winners are for sure the Rimmel by Kate 107 and MAC Diva, whereas the rest tends a bit too purple maybe.
From left to right:

  • Wjcon Lipliner 09 Bordeaux Scuro 
  • Rimmel by Kate 107
  • MAC Diva
  • Maybelline ColorDrama 110 Pink So Chic
  • Maybelline ColorDrama 310 Beery Much
  • Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipliner 040 Love the way you plum

As Marta said, let’s not forget our favorite bubbly wines, prosecco and champagne. This is the color of my favorite highlighters for the eye and the cheeks:

  • Lorac Pro palette, Champagne
  • Makeup Geek ShimmaShimma
  • Kiko Water Eyeshadow 200
  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
  • Inglot Gel Liner n.94
  • Kiko Long Lasticng Stick Eyeshadow 07

Finally, here is the full look using the Lorac Mega Pro palette, Merlot all over the lid and Mulberry in the crease and then creating a halo effect by applying the Kiko Water Eyeshadow 200 with a wet brush in the center of the lid. On the lips I have Rimmel by Kate lipstick 107 on a base of the Wjcon lipliner in Bordeaux Scuro.
I hope you liked this post and I tag all of you fall lovers to do this tag too! You can find all the information you need in Marta’s post here.
What is your favorite wine-color product?

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L’Oreal Collection Exclusive La Vie en Rose: Pink Lipstick for Free a Girl

After the Collection Exclusive Nudes and Pure Reds, L’Oréal has released a new limited edition called La Vie en Rose. It is another collection of lipsticks and nail polishes associated with famous women of different skin and hair colors, meaning that there is a perfect pink shade for everyone out there. As I have loved and keep using many of the previous Exclusive lipsticks (you can find reviews and looks here, here and here), I was very excited to try the new line. To add to this, purchase of these lipsticks in The Netherlands in the month of October will support the Free a Girl organization, which fights to free young girls all over the world from forced prostitution and helping them towards a better life of their own choice. A great cause to promote in this pink October. But let’s take a look at the collection. There are 8 total shades but only four have been released in The Netherlands and I picked up two of them: Blake’s and J.Lo’s Soft Rose.

Blake’s Soft pink is a bright coral that stole my heart in the bullet but then fell short in application. There is no sign of the pigmented matte formula that characterized the Pure Red collection and that I loved so much. This lipstick goes on quite sheer and becomes streaky when I tried to build it up. Such a shame of this gorgeous color.

J.Lo’s pink has definitely a better formula and the color is a beautiful deep berry. To be honest I was hoping in a darker color just from looking at the tube, but I like this tone as well and it definitely something that wasn’t in my collection.
The other two available colors were Doutzend’s Soft Rose, a bright barbie pink and Julianne’s, a very light pink, both not very suitable for my skin tone so I didn’t pick them up, but if you’re interested, check out Vera Camilla’s swatches here.

The overall impression of the lipsticks is that they are quite sheer and creamy, with a satin finish and are very comfortable on the lips. I am disappointed by the pigmentation because I had high expectations but I am sure I will get a lot of use from J.Lo’s pink nonetheless.

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child and in collaboration with Free a Girl, L’Oréal has an initiative to raise awareness through the hashtag #laatjelippenspreken (let your lips speak). Post a selfie with your pink lips on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to show your support! I know I will for sure!

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2014 Beauty Favorites Part 2: Makeup

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Welcome back to part 2 of my 2014 yearly favorites! Last time I told you about my top skincare picks, you can read it here if you missed it, and today we’re talking makeup! It was difficult to reduce the amount of products to something that would fit in one post, especially regarding lipsticks and nail polish. I just use and love so many that it was a torture to only pick a few (melodramatic, I know). Brace yourselves, this is a long one!

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