Katy Perry x Covergirl

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Trial and Error III: Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks

Covergirl teamed up with their spokeswoman, Katy Perry, to release 11 demi-matte lipsticks, the 'Katy Kat Matte' Lipsticks. They're velvety soft lipsticks that go on with minimal fuss and has a semi-shine finish with the non-sticky feel of a full matte lipstick. The formula is creamy enough that it doesn't dry out the lips but matte enough that it doesn't feather or blur around the edges of your lips. I still recommend a lipliner for longer lasting colour, especially for the darker shades, because it will transfer and fade while eating, drinking, etc.

All the colours are beautiful and have punny cat names because of Katy Perry's love for cats. I tried so hard to get my cat to take photos with me for this post, but she would have none of it! The colours I bought were, Kitty Purry - a dusty pink rose (with my tan, it looks baby pink on), Cosmokitty - a light lavender purple with blue undertones, Maroon Meow - a dark maroon and Catoure - a dusty reddish nude (yes, I think this best captures it). I genuinely love all the colours I chose, even Cosmokitty, it's very different from your typical pinks and reds, I don't know where I'm going to wear it but I love it! My favourite, and most used has to be Catoure. It's a great nude shade that just elevates your natural lip colour. It's so pretty and would look good on every skin tone. If I could buy them all, I would! The one I wanted that I can't seem to find is Perry Panther - a black shade.

Overall, these were a great buy! A drugstore lipstick that feels great on the lips and has full colour payoff, yes please! If you get a chance and see these at Shoppers Drug Mart ($8 on sale) or Rexall ($12-13), pick one up!

To see more go to, Covergirl.ca

Thank you for reading!
Until next time,
xo, Karen.

Trial and Error II

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Revlon – Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Revlon just released their Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, a lightweight, 100% wax free, velvety liquid to matte lipstick. Revlon released 8 bold shades and I picked myself up the colour 'HD Addiction'.

This isn't your typical liquid to matte lipstick. The Ultra HD lipsticks go on light and feel very soft on the lips. It has a creamy semi-matte finish - so it doesn't dry completely matte, and even after a couple of hours it maintains its creamy texture. This means it isn't drying on your lips like matte lipsticks normally are. I find these lipsticks aren't super long-lasting, the colour will transfer easily while eating drinking etc, but less so than your standard lipstick.

The lipstick is very easy to apply with its flat doe foot applicator. These are my favourite kind because you can use the flat side to spread the product over your lips evenly, and the tip of the brush to line and create a precise edge around the lip. I find this style of applicator very easy to get a defined lip without having to use a lip liner.

 

The colour I picked up, HD addiction, is gorgeous. It's a bold - I'm going to say - 'hot magenta'. The colour has blue undertones, which I find more flattering against my yellow skin tone. This lipstick is highly pigmented and has amazing colour payoff. And I have to mention, these lipsticks smell delicious! They smell like watermelon bubblegum - yep, that's how I'm going to describe it. I'm not normally one for scented things - they give me a headache easily, but this scent is pretty pleasant (I mean, come on, watermelon bubblegum!) and you can't smell it after you apply it.

Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is reminiscent of the higher end Anastasia Beverley Hills liquid lipsticks. I think they have the same colour pay off and the texture is pretty much identical, only down side is the smaller range of colours. I think it's a great dup for them, without the hefty price.

Some final thoughts, when I purchased this product, I was expecting a long-wearing matte lipstick, but I'm disappointed that the lipstick isn't completely matte. When a product says matte, I expect it to be matte, this was definitely more of a semi-matte finish, unless you were to blot it with a tissue to mattify the colour. I do love the bold colour, I wanted a colour that is very unlike me, and this hot magenta is very pretty. If you want a semi-matte lipstick that isn't heavy or drying with bold colours, this is still a great lipstick.

You can find these at your local drug store, Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall, and Walmart. I actually forget how much these were, but I don't think they were more than $12.

I hope you found this helpful, until next time,
xo Karen

#NYXinthe6ix

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NYX, the Los Angelos make up brand, has finally opened its own brick-and-mortar store in downtown Toronto. Replacing the MAC store at 363 Queen St. West, I finally got a chance to see the store in person. The brand, now owned by L'Oreal, can be found in Rexall Drugstores, but with the new flagship store, it offers the whole range of NYX goodies.

Walking inside for the first time, it was packed. As with most new and trendy things to happen in Toronto, the market gets saturated very quickly. That being said, it did not deter me from shouldering and elbowing my way through! The store is laid out similarly to MAC, sleek black counters and shelving for the products, and vanities in the centre, with giant mirrors. As well, the typical hot white lights beaming down on you. You really can't hide any flaws with those lights, or sweat. I have to say, they were smart about how they laid out their products. I could find most things in more than one area, which is nice when you're trying to navigate a sea of teens. The personnel, from cashiers to makeup artists were very helpful. For the most part they were ready to help, but did not approach me. Which is fine, considering there were so many people, to me it made more sense to stand by and let the shoppers shop. The cashier who checked me out was really friendly and helpful, even helped me spend more money, ha!

The things I bought and the price break down:

Lip Lingerie (Liquid Lipstick), Exotic - $9 CDN
Full Throttle Lipstick, Con Artist - $10 CDN
Pore Filler - $16 CDN
NYX Pro Fan Brush 06 - $17 CDN
NYX Pro Dual Brow Brush 18 - $10 CDN

The Lingerie Liquid Lipstick that dries matte came highly recommended, my friends have told me that they were even better than NYX's soft matte lip cream, which I already love, so I'm excited to try it. I tried the Full Throttle lipstick in store. It is a lovely brick red colour, it's very matte and apparently waterproof! (You can tell that I love my mattes.) I haven't used the brushes too much to make a full review yet, so I won't say much more. I purchased the pore filler by the recommendation of the cashier, and I already love it. It refines your pores and creates a smoother surface for your makeup, something I will talk about further in a later post.

Overall, I think the prices are quite reasonable for a higher end drugstore brand. I have always loved using NYX products, particularly the lipsticks, so I'm excited to continue to explore the brand.

Go check out the store and brave the crowd. Or shop online, at NYXcosmetics.ca

Let me know what you think! Until next time, 

xo, Karen