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    First Impressions : Drugstore Matte Lip Stains

    2015 was the year of Matte liquid lip stains! Everyone from Anastasia Of Beverly Hills, Stila, and Kat Von D came out with new formulations and colours of their already cult favourite matte liquid lip stains. The youngest of the Kardashian Klan(lol), Kylie Jenner jumped on the bandwagon and brought along with her a new younger crowd of matte liquid lip stain lovers. In 2016 this trend is still going strong and I couldn’t be happier as I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks/stains. I would change my outfit to match my lipstick colour…no joke…the struggle is real people. Pure Hollywood from Anastasia of Beverly hills was my first matte liquid lip stain purchase. I was so impressed by the long lasting formula. I loved it so much that I used up the .11oz tube very quickly. What does a girl do when she doesn’t want to spend another $26 on a .11 oz tube of beautiful smooth, long lasting matte lip stain ? Look for equally impressive drug store options, right! I picked up a few options in the hopes of finding my drugstore holy grail liquid lip stain.

    NYX brand is vastly becoming a house hold name, if not so already. I blog about NYX products all the time as I love the higher end quality of their products. I was so eager to try out the Liquid Suede that as soon as I paid for the products,I got in my car and applied liquid suede, Pink Lust right away. The formula is very creamy and feels nice when applied. The applicator is easy to use but doesn’t pick up a lot of  product at first so you need to dip back in a few times. The formula doesn’t have any scent to it, bonus!. I had to reapply the lip stain a few times through out the day as it transferred onto cups easily.3 hours after my initial application I still didn’t feel that it dried into a true matte formula. It applied creamy and settled into more of a silky look. Overall I like this product but I felt it wasn’t a true matte finish and not something I would purchase if I was looking for a matte finish.
     As of today, Revlon has 8 shades in this line of matte lip colour. I bought HD Temptation. The tube is rounded flat and resembles the hourglass liquid lipstick. The applicator is shorter than the NYX liquid suede so it allows for more control in the application. As soon as I applied the lipstick I was hit with a sweet smell. I don’t mind the smell but I know many people prefer to not smell and taste their makeup. It wasn’t a showstopper for me, but I could do without it. Once applied the lip stain felt very creamy and I noticed it instantly hydrated my dry lips. As with the NYX liquid suede, I can’t say it dried to a true matte stain but it definitely dried to a semi-matte. It still felt great on even after a few hours of wear. I didn’t find it transferred colour easily, which is great! I only had to reapply, lightly, once through out the day. This formula is definitely a hybrid of a lip balm/gloss/lipstick because it’s moisturising, semi-glossy and long wearing. I would definitely purchase this product again. I think REVLON is re branding themselves with fresh new products and I love the direction they’re taking. 
    Have you ever bought a product and you thought to yourself, what did I use before this ? This is how I feel about the L’oreal Infallible Matte  ” Gloss”. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectants for this gloss because the packaging didnt excite me very much. Yes, I’m one of those people that enjoys good packaging, I’ll admit it! I like to display my makeup on my vanity as I find it adds a bit of glamour. Ok, let’s get back on track now 🙂 This product comes in 12 shades and I bought Forbidden Kiss. Love the name! I thourghly enjoyed using this product. The applicator itself is short so precise application is made easier. I love that the sponge tip is heart shaped(at least to me that’s what it loos like).It actually allows me to lightly line my lips with the tip because of its unique shape. You have to apply this procdut with precision because it dries FAST! You better have a Q-Tip handy to wipe away any mistakes quickly! There was no transfer of product onto my coffee cup at 2pm (applied it at 9:30 am). At 4 pm the colour was still going strong with a bit of bleeding int he middle, but nothing a small touch up can’t’ fix. L’Oreal markets this product as a matte gloss and they I think it’s true matte lipstick. I didn’t find it was very hydrating to the lips and it definitely didn’t give off any
     “gloss” resemblance.  In my opinion this product is the truest matte liquid lip stain that I’ve tried so far.I’ve been wearing it almost everyday now and went back to purchase Sunset and Barely Nude. A great drugstore alternative to the brand named liquid stains.
    It’s no surprise that Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I blog about them often and NO, I am not sponsored by them!I just love that they make well formulated products that work for the masses. When I heard they came out with a new lip stain, I ran, no joke, to Shoppers and picked up heir latest product. Vivid Matte liquid comes in 10 high pigmented shades. I picked up Nude Thrill, Rebel Red and Pink Charge. The.26 oz tube is rectangular shaped and there’s nothing to exciting about it. The formula itself is very creamy and has a sweet rose smell to it.It’s not an overbearing smell but it’s noticeable. The formula itself is creamy and long lasting. It doesn’t dry to a true matte finish, but borderline semi matte. It definitely will hydrate your lips and there is some colour transfer of the product. I didn’t have to reapply the product more than once through out the day. Even though this wasn’t a true matte lip stain product, I would repurchase as the colours are very pigmented and hydrated my lips very well.
    essence liquid lipstick was the most budget friendly product of the bunch. At $3.99 a tube, it’s very affordable. The product comes in 6 shades and I purchased Make a Statement and Colour Party. The shades aren’t too pigmented. They come in baby pinks, nudes and plum. The.13oz tube is transparent and short. The applicator is also very short making application, in my opinion, easier. The formula is creamy and not very long lasting. I believe essence should be marketing these products as lipgloss and not lipsticks. I wasn’t too excited about this product, even though I do enjoy a lot of other essence products. This one just didn’t excite me. I won’t be repurchasing this product. Due to the sheer colour of these lipsticks,I ended up giving them to my daughter as they really are more of a gloss based product. 
    I always want to be transparent with my readers so I will tell you that I have gone back and repurchased Anastasia Beverly Hill, Pure Hollywood and Stila, Stay All Day liquid Lipstick in Caramel. I think these brands make the best higher end liquid lip stains. I thoroughly enjoy these lip stains and will be doing a review on them shortly.



    Here’s what’s captured my interest and inspired me this week !
    //This book touched me so deeply. A beautiful story written about mourning the loss of a sister. I won’t give it away but grab a Kleenex while reading. P.S to my sisters, I love you immensely.//
    //Dear Mr. Samuelle Couture, you make some of the most beautiful dresses I have ever laid my eyes on. I hope to one day wear one of your designs… Stunning!//
    //How glam are these nails!//
    //This is true art!//



    Currently Coveting


    I haven’t been so great with my monthly favourites these past few months(life got in the way!).So I decided that every Friday I’ll share some of my internet loves and obsessions with you all! Why not right? 


    \ Obsessing over Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick //
    \ C’mon Spring! This dress just needs a cardi with flats and we’re good to go! //
    \ Coconut Latte…Yes Please!//
    \ One Day You will be mine //

    Anything caught your eye this week?
    XOXO Maha 


    Hi there! I’m so excited to be guest posting on Maha’s blog this month! Just as a quick intro, I’m Kristy. I live in BC, and over on my blog I post lots of reviews, as well as makeup tutorials, hauls, and random book videos and tags! I’d love if you came and checked out my blog or youtube channel (after you read this post, of course), and you can find me at! Anyways, now that you know a tiny bit about me, let me get into today’s post! =)

    February’s theme is Budget Beauty, so I’m going to share with you my Top 5 favourite drugstore makeup products! In many cases, I prefer to pick higher-end makeup products, but I love these drugstore products as much or more than high-end products I have tried, so I think that says something pretty good about them =P

    Feel free to disagree if you’ve tried any of these products, but hopefully this post can give you some ideas for some new, great products to try out!

    1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

    stay matte

    This is definitely one of my favourite products of all time! I have to have this powder at all times, and I lost count ages ago of how many times i’ve repurchased this product!If you haven’t tried it, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it before, as it is pretty widely loved in the beauty comm=unity.

    The colour range isn’t great, but perhaps the translucent shade would work if your skin is a bit too dark for any of the coloured powders. However, I think everything else about this powder is great. It doesn’t have much of a scent, basically just a powder smell, nothing perfume-y. It adds a tiny bit of coverage over foundation and sets foundations down for hours. It doesn’t stay perfectly matte all day long in my oiliest areas, but it does last a good long time, and just gets naturally dewy and pretty over the course of the day for me.

    2. ELF Acne Fighting Foundation

    elf foundation

    This is a much more recent favourite of mine, but I still love it. This foundation has quickly jumped to a tie for my top favourite foundation I’ve ever tried (tied with the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation). This product does have a slight scent because of the acne fighting ingredients such as witch hazel and tea tree, but there is no perfume scent. It’s a little medicinal, I suppose, but I really like the scent, personally!

    Although I haven’t found that this foundation really fights acne, it certainly doesn’t break me out. It’s also only $6 on the ELF website, so it’s probably the best and cheapest foundation I could recommend to anyone! It comes in a good range of shades, I think. I wear the shade Porcelain, which is just pale enough for me, so it might not be good for the palest of pale skin, but it does get pretty fair!

    The finish of this foundation is excellent. It has very good medium-full coverage, isn’t too matte and drying or dewy and greasy feeling, though I always set it with powder (because I do that with all foundations.)

    3. Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

    maybelline colour tattoo

    Another cult favourite, I’m sure most of you will have tried these but they really are great! There are so many great shades, though I believe most of them ar shimmery or metallic, so if that isn’t your thing… sorry!  There are tons of great neutral shades, and colours though, and they’re great on their own or as bases for powder shadows! (The two pictured above are Pomegranate Punk and Bad to the Bronze.)

    I love to use these as single shadow eye looks, concentraing the pigmentation on the main part of my lid, and then blending it with my finger up above my crease. You can use these with a brush as well, but I do prefer to use fingers. I have never had these crease or smudge on my oily eyelids, which is great, and I totally recommend them if you haven’t given them a go yet!

    4. Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base


    I can’t recall seeing anyone online talking about this eyeshadow primer, so I had to include it in this post! I love it so much, it’s inexpensive, works great, has a bit of a pigment to it, so it’s great at hiding vein-y eyelids, and it lasts all day for me!

    There isn’t really much else to say about an eyeshadow primer, I guess, but I do want to say that I have tried other, more well-loved on the internet primers, such as the Urban Decay Primer Potion and the ELF Eyeshadow Primers… and this one is just so much better! I find a lot of primers have a weird almost greasy feel to them, and they don’t really set, but this one almost acts more like a concealer, and will set down pretty quickly if you leave it alone for a while. I feel like that is why the essence primer clings to shadows and never lets go!

    I’ve even accidentally fallen asleep wearing a bright blue eye shadow over this primer, and woken up the next morning with the shadow still full on my eyes! (Don’t try this at home! So bad for your skin! heh…)

    5. Maybelline Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara

    maybelline rocket

    Finally, I have another beloved favourite of mine that I’ve repurchased again and again! I love Maybelline mascaras in general, they have a lot of great ones, but this one has been a favourite for a while!

    This mascara has a fat rubbery brush with separated, stubby, spikey bristles. I didn’t think I was going to like the brush originally, but it works really well. It doesn’t hurt like hard plastic or rubber bristles sometimes can, and it does a great job at breaking apart any clumps and separating the lashes while also building up good volume.

    I’m not sure about the formula of the non-waterproof version, as I’m a huge believer in waterproof mascara. It’s all I’ll use, because I have oily eyelids, and frequently runny eyes. I can’t deal with streaking or smudging, or that horrible tired halo that non-waterproof masxaras give my eyes. Some waterproof mascaras, though, like to get hard and flake off, which is pretty gross too!

    In my experience, this mascara doesn’t flake or smudge or leave a dark halo on my under eyes. It just sticks, lasts ages, and while it hardens enough to hold a good curl all day, it doesn’t stiffen into the rock-hard crust some mascaras do. This mascara is great, and I always have to have on in my collection!


    So those are my top 5 drugstore makeup favourites! As I mentioned above, feel free to disagree with me in the comments below. Also, please share some of your drugstore favourites; I’d love to try out some more awesome inexpensive products!

    Hope you have a great day, and I hope to see you over on my blog soon! Thanks for reading!




    Make Up For Ever (MUFE)is a PRO makeup line aimed at attracting artists in fields such as cinema, cabaret, TV , fashion and dance, but you don’t have to be a professional artist to use and appreciate this iconic brand. Trust me when I say that every make up artist, staring out or a veteran in the industry has a MUFE product in their kit. For my professional kit, I started off buying all MUFE products because I was told, if you wanted to be respected in the industry, you better start working with the right tools right away. Every artist I asked at that time recommended MUFE for their versatile  product options and wide colour ranges in foundations and concealers.I not only picked up a few items for my kit, but I also added many items to my everyday makeup bag. I call these products my essentials because they make makeup application so much easier for me. I’ve become dependant on them and even though some of the products have been around for a while I still ❤ them.

    Can you tell I use these palettes a lot!I think I’m on my 2 palette of each.I use them on almost everyone.I have the dark complexion in my personal makeup bag as well as I am obsessed with the orange for correcting my under eyes.

    The sculpting blush is a fave of mine! The pigmentation is so strong that you only need to lightly dab the tip of your brush in the compact to pick up a good amount of colour. I’m impressed by the colour range in these sculpting blushes. The colours are very soft almost pastel like and would flatter just about any skin tone.
    //Sculpting Blush,Matte Raspberry Brown//

    I’ve been using the Glossy Full Gloss since I was first introduced to it 2 years ago. I like the shine it gives off and it doesnt’ feel sticky on. I don’t say this about a lot of glosses, but this particular one is long wearing. I love to pair nude lipsticks on top of this gloss, it looks really good! Anytime I wear it I get asked “what’s that gloss?”. I don’t know what the technology is behind this gloss, but it’s a great product and a little goes a long way so you definitely get you monies worth.

    The original HD foundation was a dream to use and very iconic in the beauty industry. When MUFE announced they were reformulating this product I really didn’t believe it could get better than the original, but it did! This foundation comes in 40 shades, yes you read that correctly,40! You are bound to find your perfect match with such a wide range. I still like the fluidity of this product. I still blend it out with my damp beauty blender as I like the sheer look on me and I find the beauty blender is great in achieving this. I ONLY use 1 pump and that is enough product to cover your whole face. 2 pumps would be ideal if you want a full coverage look. This foundation dries to a satin finish and definitely feels and looks natural on the face. I use the HD foundation in my personal makeup bag and professional kit. I use it on clients with normal to slightly dry skin. I don’t use this on oily or very dry skin as I find it further dries the skin.

    The SENS’ EYES cleanser is the ONLY product I use to remove waterproof makeup. I don’t have to tug at my skin to remove the makeup as this works quickly and efficiently. I dab a bit of the liquid on to a cotton pad and with one swipe my eye and lip makeup is gone!. Again, like so many other MUFE products, a little goes a long way. The bottle I have is only 30ML and it’s lasted me about 6 months.

    The HD face Primer pictured is my favourite high end primer. I have so many of these tubes in my kit as I use it on everyone ! When I like a product, I LIKE a product :).This HD primer has a lightweight  yet silky texture, almost comparable to Benefits Porefessional face primer. This primer adds a nice glow to dull complexion and I feel on some people it corrects uneven skin tone. Sometimes I love wearing it alone, after moisturizing just because it adds a nice shine. MUFE doesn’t produce this specific primer any longer as it’s been replaced by STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER line. Stay tuned for a dedicated post on the STEP 1 line!

    //Glossy Full Lip Gloss//
    //Ultra HD Foundation//
    //SENS Eyes Cleanser//
    // HD MicroPerfecting Face Primer//

    I have so many MUFE products on my list to buy and try out including the STEP 1 Primers , HD Face Sculpting kit,PRO Sculpting Duo,and the Ultra HD Concealer! Of course, you will be able to read my full review on these products soon 🙂




    Last month I was searching for a light to medium coverage foundation that can be worn everyday. I don’t usually wear foundation everyday but when I decide to its the MAC Pro LongWear. Lately I’m finding it too heavy and the effort it takes to properly blend this foundation out is too much work for a busy woman on the go,go,go,….you get the idea! I popped into a MAC store one afternoon and the MAC girl raved about the Studio Waterweight foundation.I had never heard of it before so I was curious to try it out and see for myself what the hype was about.I purchased it in the shades NC40 and NC42, just in case.I’ve been wearing it for 3 weeks (almost) everyday now and I’ve fallen in love with this foundation.

    The foundation is encapsulated in a glass bottle with a dropper to easily dispense the right amount of product right onto my Sigma flat kabuki brush. Genius! It has an ultra-fluid, thin, serum-like consistency. Upon application it felt very silky on my face, not cakey at all. I noticed right away that it blurred out my “freckles” ( OK sunspots) on my temple. This impressed me as I was really considering getting these spots lasered off! The finish is neither matte nor dewy. After one application it has a very natural finish, almost satin/sheen like. At two applications it’s a full medium coverage foundation. I’ve only been applying one even coat and I’m really happy with the amount of coverage I’m getting. As I’ve mentioned before, I have very dry skin in the winter and I felt this foundation didn’t dry up my skin.I can’t say it hydrated it either, but it does a good job of not drying it up further.I love the idea that the watertight foundation has SPF 30 in the formula. As well the MAC girl gushed over the fact that it’s full of antioxidants(to help repair damaged skin). This can be used on all skin types including acne prone skin. It’s water based and should not cause irritation to the skin. 

    Overall, I’m giving the Studio Waterweight foundation a thumbs up. If you’re in the market for a light – medium foundation, definitely try it out and let me know what you think 🙂