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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Lipstick Set

I want nothing more than to be lazy this Saturday afternoon, but alas here I am typing away. I should be more tired. Sleep didn't come until almost 4 am thanks to a battle of "Who Can Get The Higher Tetris Score" (which you can bet I won) and the continuation of the Revenge marathon we started Monday. THAT SHOW IS SO GOOD. Anyway, I was up at 9 and I knew I had to start swatching my life away and taking pretty photos as soon as possible. 

Thursday my holiday set of Kat Von D's limited edition Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss lipsticks. Wow. That's a mouthful. As soon as I saw the announcement of this year's set and the "limited edition," white packaged, only available in this lipstick set, unique shade of Gold Blooded lipstick, I was sold. Available only on Sephora here for $42, I was pleasantly surprised with the colors it came with! Only two were repeats which I can deal with since they're gorgeous shades and one I already have the full size of. 

I have quite a bit of photos to share, so let's just jump right in! 

Photo with Instagram Gingham filter turned low.
The set comes with seven minis and the one full sized lipstick. Last year's only came with minis. I think they made up for that in quantity because there were 12 in the 2014 set. This year's came with the following colors: (l-r below) Wolvesmouth, Sexer (repeat), Noble, NaYEON, Bachelorette (repeat), Halo, and Coven. 

Photo taken in natural light.

And let's not forget the one and only Gold Blooded. 

What I love about this set is the range of colors! I love the unique shades (Coven and NaYEON) that I would normally not go out of my way to buy are included. Surprisingly though, I do own NaYEON which was given to me as a gift and I LOVE love love it. Thank you so much. :) 

Full size Kat Von D lipsticks sell for $21 (half the cost of the entire set!) with .1 oz of product and minis are .04 oz. I'm no math wizard, but if you add up three of the minis, you equal just over .10 oz to make another full size lipstick. Voila! Four of the seven items already equal the cost of the entire set. That's how I justify this purchase. ;) 

Photo taken in natural light.
What makes this set unique and a necessity [in my life] is this gorgeous shade of Gold Blooded in its white packing. I will get to the swatches soon. Stick with me. 

Gold Blooded in natural light.
Gold Blooded is described as "a remixed red with subtle gold shimmer" by Kat Von D. I don't think I could think of a more perfect description. You can actually SEE little gold specks of shimmer in the lipstick. 

NOW we get to the swatches! First up, Gold Blooded. 
Photo taken in natural light.
I have nothing like this shade. It is absolutely perfect. The gold specks give it an orange tint to it in sunlight.
Photo taken in sunlight.
If you own some of the other shades with specks of shimmer, you're familiar with the texture of this shade. It's not a smooth application, but the somewhat gritty texture still makes it easy to wear.

Next up is Wolvesmouth. 
Photos taken in natural light.
Wolvesmouth is described as a "metallic berry." I thought I owned this color but I didn't! To me it's actually a plum berry with tiny specks of pink shimmer giving it a metallic look. It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect for fall. I may or may not need the full size because I will definitely be using this one quite a bit.

Then we have Sexer. 
Photo taken in natural light.
Sexer is a repeat from last year. But seriously, look at it!! Do you blame them? I didn't swatch my new one though. The one shown above is last year's. Why ruin a perfectly new lipstick when you already have one used? Amirite? Sexer is described as an "iridescent fluorescent pink" and to be honest I can't think of any other way to describe it. It's just a ridiculously bright hot pink with purple undertones. Same texture as Gold Blooded.

Moving on to Noble. 
Photo taken in natural light.
Noble is an amazing nude with peachy pink undertones. It's amazing how different this shade looks on different skin tones. My good friend bought this shade and I thought it would be too pale nude for me consider it looked gorgeous on her and we are way opposite skin tones! Well, I love itttttt. Kat Von D describes it as a "matte petal pink nude." This one is also a cult classic. I'm really glad this came in the set because I would have NEVER bought it on my own. And now I am already imaging lip liners to pair it with to make it pop. ♥

Next shade is NaYEON. 
Photo taken in natural light.
NaYEON is one of the newest shades released at the beginning of August. This one is described perfectly as "pitch black with gun metal shimmer." On my lips it's less black, but it's definitely a gun metal black with shimmer and the same texture as the other shades containing shimmer. This shade was a collab with instagrammer NaYeon Kim, well known as NaYE0NA on istagram. If you follow her on either the 'gram or Twitter, you'll see this color is perfect for her personality. She's a huge cruelty free advocate, not afraid to speak her mind, and a board member of the Chews Life Dog Rescue. NaYEON is a shade worth owning just knowing the created behind it is such an amazing and rare soul.

And then there's Bachelorette. 
Photo taken in natural light.

Another repeat from last year, Bachelorette is a matte reddish fuchsia. Not an extremely unique color and I did use last year's for this swatch, but a great bold everyday color. And by "everyday color" I'm definitely referring to those of you who enjoy color in their life. I know some people are just terrified of color. WHICH YOU SHOULDN'T BE! 

Second to last we have Halo. 
Photo taken in natural light.
Halo is another new shade released in August. It's described as "neon clementine." I'm going to be totally honest. I am through the roof, over the moon excited to own this color. As some (or none) of you know, I am a huge San Jose Sharks fan and I had my eye on this color because it's a perfect orange for this hockey season!!! In case you had no idea, Sharks team colors are teal, black, and white, with orange detail. This shade is a matte and it goes on so creamy and smooth. I absolutely love it. 

And last but not least, Coven. 
Photo taken in natural light.
Coven is a matte lavender. This shade reminds me of Jeffree Star Cosmetics' Blow Pony, but lighter. Any purple shade makes me happy so I love this color. I'm glad it came with this set because I'm not sure I would own the full size. Don't get me wrong because it's a gorgeous shade, but I own a few similar to it already and I would have put off buying it forever.

Photo taken in natural light.
There you have them side by side. I really don't know why the photo above looks blurry. What the heck. Maybe it's my eyes from staring at all these LCD screens. 

Photo taken in sunlight.
Do you see Halo though? Check it out in sunlight I'm in love! I would definitely say it's one of my favorites  of them all along with Wolvesmouth and Gold Blooded. 

Photo taken with lower resolution (Snapchat camera) in natural light.
Photo taken with lower resolution (Snapchat camera) in sunlight
Now we get to the fun part. 
2014 vs 2015 

Above you see the complete 2015 collection (top) side by side with last year's 2014 Holiday lipstick set (bottom). 

Last year's didn't include the full size, so I removed it and you can already see the similar shades (and repeats) above. I made sure to get them side by side for good measure. 

So! In the photo above I separated the two shades that didn't have anything close to it in last year's set (NaYEON and Wolvesmouth).  

Below you see Sexer and Sexer (repeats), Noble and Agatha, Bachelorette and Bachelorette (repeats), Halo and Countess, and Coven and Wonderchilde. 

While these aren't dupes in any way, they are similar ranges of color. Pinks, nudes, reds, oranges, and purples. I'm not complaining. It's nice having the variety from the Kat Von D Studded Kiss collection.  

Before I move on, the one thing I LOVED about this year compared to last year is definitely the packaging. Last year's were just plain Studded Kiss minis and this year they added the infamous KVD monogram. I don't know about you, but that's one of my favorite things about Kat Von D lipsticks.  

This minor detail made me reallllllly happy. 

Repeats (top) Sexer and Bachelorette (bottom).
Yes, you're seeing double. 2014 vs 2015. 

Now let's get to the swatches.
Photo taken in natural light.
Last year's Wonderchilde was the purple version of Sexer. Wonderchilde is an iridescent neon purple vs the neon pink. You can see its way different from this year's Coven

Last year's orange was Countess, a matte hot orange red. Swatched above you see it next to Halo and it's a much deeper orange. I really love them both. Especially with Halloween and hockey season around the corner. These will both be necessary. 
Photo taken in sunlight.
And last you see Agatha and Noble. The funny thing is Agatha is really pale on me.  Kat Von D describes it as a "matte parole peach nude." I think that's what turned me off from Noble in the first place. I already owned Agatha and it was my lease favorite. Can you see why? 

There you have it. That's my take on this year's Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca lipstick set versus last year's. Honestly, if you purchased last year's, I would still recommend this year's. Definitely two very enthusiastic thumbs up. :)

Until I finally get around to my Kiko post (I've actually been debating just filming it....), I have a few posts coming up! That's it for now, but I do have one more question. Should I do a giveaway with Sexer and Bachelorette?  Let me know below or on Instagram.

And remember, if you want to see swatches and new products sooner, follow me on Snapchat. Punkrosette is the name! 


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Swirl and Sparkle

You may recall me quickly going over this brand here in my August Favorites, but I wanted to give a more in depth description and review since I had never heard of them before winning that giveaway! I remember seeing it in the giveaway photo and doing my research to find out just WHAT exactly this adorable sugar skull thingy was.

BLESS Miss Christina at "CosmeticsByChristina" on Instagram. I am so glad to be introduced to such an amazing new indie brand!! 

As I mentioned in my August Favorites post here, The full size comes in one ounce containers and sell for $19.99 and the minis are 15 grams and sell for either $2.99 individually or as a trio for $7.99. The trio sampler comes in three scents: Toasted Marshmallow, Samoa Cookie, and Coconut Mandarin (this was also the scent of my full size). BUT! The sets and scents do not stop there. On their Etsy you can find more full size soaps ranging from $14.99 to $34.99 and their mini samplers ranging from $2.99 to $14.99. Scents listed include Mint Truffle, Coconut Cream Pie, Amaretto Tiramisu (um yum!), Creme Brulee, Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, Southern Pecan Pie, Blackberry Scone, Ooey Gooey Caramel Pound Cake, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake in addition to the ones listed above. 

Full size special edition Sugar Skull in 1 ounce.
One thing unique about Swirl and Sparkle is they come with mini scrubbing diamonds that act as a grid to clean your brushes. As you can see in the photo above they're very apparent in the full size. The red diamond like gems are the "exfoliators" in the soap.  I'm going to be completely honest, I'm having a hard time using the full size because it  is SO beautiful. Then again, what a perfect excuse to shop for more, amirite?

Mini sugar skulls are not sold on their Etsy. 
When I posted my August favorites blog, I mentioned the above trio for sale. As of today, the mini trio has been replaced with several equally amazing products and sampler sets. You can still purchase a single sampler for $3.99. Shipping on just the single on being $2.54 can make it a bit pricey though. You can always add more to your shopping cart to make it worth the shipping costs, but the price of the shipping does increase. I'm a cheapskate when it comes to shipping costs, to be honest. 

If you are familiar with the infamous BeautyBlender brand, then you may have heard of their BlenderCleanser solid soap. This is the handmade version of that product. I found them to be very comparable. In fact, I washed half my brushes with each one and I saw no difference. Scratch that, the brushes washed by Swirl and Sparkle smelled AMAZING. Downside? Because I used the mini, it took a little longer to clean my brushes. I cleaned a variety of brush sizes my first time around, including my Real Technique Stippling brush and because of the size of the brush head in comparison to the mini container it took a little longer than I had hoped. Like I mentioned in my previous post though, that could have easily been avoided if I had just used the bigger cleaner. Oops.

As you can see in the photos above and below, the minis come with diamond exfoliators as well. The containers are about one inch in diameter, half inch depth filled with the 15 grams of product. Since I already used up one of the containers, I was able to count the total amount of diamonds found in the soap. I had four in mine. To get through one mini container I cleaned about 30 brushes, mostly eyeshadow brushes. But they were 30 DIRTY brushes. I definitely can't be the only one who tends to try to go as long without cleaning my brushes as possible. The total clean time was about 10 minutes using the smaller cleaner. 

Straight and to the point. These are amazing.

  • Their scent  definitely rates 10 out of 10. 
  • Their quality, as it rivals with notorious competitors such as the BlenderCleanser definitely rates a 10 out of 10 for me. 
  • Their price is fairly reasonable especially since there's such variety to choose from rating a 10 out of 10.  
  • Their shipping is decent unless you are trying to purchase one single mini (which might be silly to begin with) so I'd say 8 out 10.

Overall? I'd say 9.5 out of 10. Easy. 

Definitely check them out. Their store is here

Next up, Kiko Cosmetics review. 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Lonely Planet Co

Before I begin, I would like to say these items were sent to me for my honest review. In the past I have been easily impressed, but with so many liquid lipsticks being released lately I try to be a lot more specific with my reviews. I'm starting to look for certain qualities in the lipstick I purchase and recommend. Because I'm such a fan of liquid lipsticks, I tend to be very picky these days!

This brand is fairly new to the lipstick community. They are an indie brand based out of Orange County, CA and can be found only on here on Etsy at the moment. The founder and creator of this brand was inspired by New York City, Rock'N'Roll, and the 1970's which is apparent with its names! As a lover of all those things, I was really excited about  this brand. They sell for $15 which is not bad for a liquid lipstick and shipping is an additional $6+ depending on the speed and package size. 

When I received word from the owner that she would be sending me product I was beyond excited because I had my eye on quite a few! There are SO many amazing colors to choose from. Naturally, I went for colors in all the same family. After I put in my selections/order, I received shipping confirmation within 3 days. As you will note, their Etsy (Order was placed on a Sunday and they shipped Wednesday.) Unfortunately, due to the holidays and USPS, even though I was supposed to receive my packages that Saturday, I didn't receive them until Tuesday the following week. This was at no fault to the shipper, but fully USPS as usual. Yes, I am bitter. 

Needless to say, when I finally received my package I was beyond excited to tear it open and try these babies out!! Right off the bat I started pulling them out of their boxes which were simple black boxes with the brand label "Lonely Planet." 

The lipsticks were also individually wrapped with plastic which I quickly tore off before I could even get a picture. I WAS DYING TO SWATCH ALREADY.  Each lippie was labeled with its name with a white label and a heart below its name. ❤️ 

First swatch done. Strange Obsession was front and center. It's described as "taupe sepia" and it is GORGEOUS. Right off the bat I could tell from just the one swatch I was in love. The formula was SO smooth and it smelled of marshmallows and almost a hint of Play-Doh (think Glam Glow). As I swatched it I noticed how pigmented it was but still went for a second layer. The formula didn't get heavy or clumpy at all.

Swatched in natural light.
This was one of the colors I took out for a spin for a whole day. I fell in LOVE with it. It reminded me a bit of Jeffree Star's Posh Spice meets Celebrity Skin. The color did translate well to the lips and still kept that greige color. As you can see below, the formula was not clumpy at all after two layers.

Photo taken outside in a car in natural sunlight.
Next up I swatched Bowery V which is described as a berry mauve. I noticed when I first stalked their Instagram that this color seemed to sell out the most. I can definitely see why!! I'm ALL about mauve lipsticks and another perfect one to the collection made me so happy. The one thing that I saw consistent with each color I swatched was how light they were. I can't even compare it to any other formulas I own. It's not drying at all. It's a cross between NYX liquid suede and Stila liquid lipsticks. They come to more of a dry than NYX but they're not as drying as Stila, if you've tried both of these then I hope that makes sense! It's definitely a moussey formula.

Swatched in natural light.
Following Bowery V we have New Pleasure. This is one of the newer shades as far as I know. It's somewhat of a plum beige. Similar to Bowery V and Strange Obsession as far as color range goes. I'm in love with this range of shades so I was very pleased with it. The brush of these lippies is a bit smaller than what I'm used to for liquid lipsticks, but I actually really liked this minor detail. Because it's smaller, it doesn't carry as much product so you don't waste any of it. I definitely noticed the application was made easier because of this. I didn't feel like I was glopping it on my lips. Is glopping even a word? Oops 

Swatched in natural light.
Second to last I swatched Rebel Rebel. This one is described as a "medium plum" and is already my favorite. The dry time on my arm swatches was about 90 seconds but seemed much quicker on the lips. I didn't get the exact dry time after I applied it to the lips. 

Swatched in  natural light.
I did my first test with this color as soon as I received them. I wanted to use one of the more vibrant colors. I'm so glad I went with this one because I'm so so very much in love with it. I am not kidding when I say it is my favorite. I began my day with it around 1:15 PM. First stop was the Country Mercantile for some fresh fudge, salsa, and olive oil. 

Photo taken in a outside in car in natural light. 
I did notice in some selfies it had more of a violet tint to it. I mean, I most definitely am not complaining because I felt fabulous in it. 

Car selfie. 
Left to right: One hour after application, 5 1/2 hours after, 7 1/2 hours after 
As you can see above, the lipstick was still hanging on for dear life after 7 hours. During those hours I was eating chips and salsa, fudge, drinking green tea, and had dinner which contained olive oil as an essential ingredient. I don't think it was until after dinner that I saw any difference or fading. Luckily, it did not feather at all. At no point did I reapply. Had I not been munching on everything in sight, this formula would have lasted all day. I would say the total wear time 8 hours with eating. This time is calculated based on the time there was still product on my lips.

Last, I swatched Rapture. I love this color. I have yet to enjoy it on my lips, but the color is very unique. It's a burnt red with slight brown undertones. This was the only one that looked different online than when I got it. I wasn't disappointed though because the color was so pretty.

Swatched in natural light.
Overall I would give them a solid 5 stars. Considering they are vegan, cruelty free, handmade products, I definitely think they are worth the price. This formula WILL surprise you if you give it a chance. If you are on the hunt for a new liquid lipstick to try and enjoy supporting small businesses, this would be number one on my list of recommendations. 

L to R: Rapture, Rebel Rebel, New Pleasure, Bowery V, Strange Obsession
More swatches in natural light. As you can see below, the colors to transfer from the tube to swatches quite perfectly. 

Swatched in natural light. 
Up close in natural light.
Photo taken with a lower quality resolution camera in natural light. 
Rebel Rebel's first challenge: The strawberry green tea drink.
Quick mention, As you can see in the photo above, there was some transfer to my straw. Although it wasn't 100% "kiss proof," the transfer was minimal and didn't affect the lip color itself.

I would really like to thank Lonely Planet Co for giving me the opportunity to try such an amazing new brand. I know I mentioned before in the past I've been easily impressed, but this time I was genuinely satisfied with this new product. You can definitely expect more reviews from me. What color was your favorite?

Next up on the blog, review on Swirl and Sparkle handmade soaps. Yes, FINALLY.