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Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette Review

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette Look and Necromancy Cosmetica Naked Witch

Hey, guys! Long time, no see, eh? Sorry about the lack of updates on the blog recently but I’ve been insanely busy lately and focusing most of my energy on getting my company up and running! I’ll be doing another post very soon sharing my progress so far as well as swatches and product peeks. Now on to the review!

Kat Von D recently released her Mi Vida Loca Remix Holiday Collection which included a lip set and the stunning Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette! This palette popped up earlier than expected online and I snatched one up asap. I think they’ve been restocked a couple of times online since then but apparently in small quantities as they’ve been selling out really quickly. If you can’t track one down online, don’t worry though! I believe these are set to launch in stores on Oct. 2nd but correct me if I’m wrong. Point is, you still have time!

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette Review

When I saw the first pictures of this amazingly bright, color wheel inspired eyeshadow palette, I knew that I couldn’t let it slip through my fingers! The Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette consists of 24 shades, 17 brights & 7 neutrals, and is an amazing palette to create a huge variety of daring and colorful looks! The 7 neutral shades ¬†are perfect for seamlessly tying bright looks together and are great for highlighting under the brow and inner corner, deepening edges, creating transition shades and even to just use alone for neutral looks.

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Blog Parade! Theme: Green Summer!

Hi, loves! A couple of weeks ago I was approached & asked to participate in this months German/American Blog Parade hosted by the lovely Isabell of Morgan LeFlay Beauty! The Blog Parade is basically several German and American bloggers coming together to collaborate on a makeup theme and share some love!

Green Glittery Eyeshadow

June’s theme is Green Summer! Have I ever mentioned that green is my least favorite color? Because it is. ūüėõ Despite me having a weird relationship with the color green, I figured this would be a great opportunity to push myself to do something that I normally wouldn’t so I was actually kind of jazzed about the theme once I got to thinking about it.

So I present to you, green glitter halo eyes!

Green Glittery Eyeshadow

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OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick Review and Swatches

OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipsticks

I recently had the opportunity to try out a bunch of goodies from OFRA Cosmetics for the first time and being the lipstick junkie that I am, these liquid lipsticks are what I wanted to share & review for you guys first!


Packaging: The packaging is inconsistent and feels a bit haphazard.  5/10

Longevity: As they claim, these are definitely long wearing yet will need a touch up after eating. 8/10

Application: Two of the shades applied with zero trouble, one shade requires a little working with. 7/10

Texture: Matte yet creamy and slightly tacky to the touch. 9/10

OFRA Cosmetics describes their liquid lipsticks ($19.90) as “One step full lip color that does not feather. These vibrant colors will give you a vivacious look. They are creamy and soft in texture, moisturizing the lips and creating a long lasting lipstick effect. All shades contain antioxidants and Vitamin E while the formula provides a lightweight layer of lasting color to make you feel fresh all day. Color will last in a perfect condition up to five hours without eating or drinking.” and I’ve found that all of that remains true!¬†

I found that these lipsticks feel very comfortable and even moisturizing on the lips with no feeling of tightness, even after hours of wear. I just feel like I’m wearing a light layer of lip balm. Because of how nice and moisturizing they are, they also feel slightly tacky to the touch, even after they’ve set.

One thing that I think is really important to mention here is that the OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are not¬†transfer proof. If you touch your lips against something, they will likely leave a mark. I found this to be a little surprising since most liquid lipsticks I’ve tried are very resistant to transfer. Despite this, these lipsticks really do wear very, very well! Like the website claims, they will last perfectly for approximately 5 hours without eating or drinking. I’ve actually found that drinking doesn’t seem to disrupt them much but they will fade a bit after eating.

The packaging is the one thing about this product that I found to be pretty disappointing. Two of my shades were in the same packaging while the third shade was in a shorter, yet wider tube. The shorter tube also had a slightly different logo that was facing a different direction. The logos are also simply just stickers instead of actually being printed on the tube. All of this together just made the packaging come across a bit haphazard to me.  This is all just an issue of aesthetics though as the packaging does its job perfectly well and has an easy to use doe-foot applicator.

Both Laguna Beach and Hollywood applied perfectly with one easy coat although Bondi Beach took a little working with for it to live up to its full potential. Bondi Beach needs two coats to really look its best or else it can appear a little patchy. I just apply my first layer, wait a minute or two so it has a little time to set, apply the second layer and ta-da! Stunning opaque blue.

Laguna Beach

OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Laguna Beach

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NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Callisto

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Callisto

The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows ($29) come in 12 gorgeous shades that are meant to be used both wet and dry. Applying them dry will give you a softer wash of color while applying them wet will give you a very high impact and really stunning almost metallic finish. Even when dry though, Callisto was easily buildable to a more opaque end result.

To get the most dramatic finish from the NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadows, simply use a brush damped with water (not soaking wet) and pat the eyeshadow into place, blending out the edges.

Callisto is a beautiful cool icy pink shade that almost leans a little pewter. The eyeshadow was really smooth and creamy, well pigmented, blended easily and literally still looked perfect at the end of the day when paired with my favorite primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Okay, okay. So I kind of made a mistake here. ūüėõ While Callisto is a beautiful color, it wasn’t the color I was originally trying to get! I picked this shade up about 3 weeks ago at the Sephora VIB Rouge Event and it had been sitting around unused until very recently. When I first swatched it I was like “Hmm, this isn’t the color I remember…” but I chalked it up to poor memory and different lighting. But after I used it and was sitting here putting this post together I was like “Nope, this just isn’t right.” and guess what? Turns out I totally grabbed the wrong shade! The shade I meant to get was Cassiopeia which is an iridescent pink. Soo I had to march back to Sephora to get the¬†correct¬†shade. I mean, the colors and names are both vaguely similar. Could have happened to anyone! ūüėČ

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

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Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Swatches

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duos are a fantastic option for giving your brows a little life! These powders allow you to create defined yet natural looking brows with ease, are buildable and last really well throughout the day.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills was kind enough to send me the Brow Pro Palette which contains all 11 shades of the Brow Powder Duos plus a primer. Since I have every shade, I thought this would be a great opportunity to show them all off so everyone can see what they look like in comparison to all the other shades! The primer that comes with this palette is a nice addition. You apply this slightly waxy primer to your brows prior to using the powder and the primer helps your brows hold their shape as well as helps the powder adhere better. But fear not! If you do not have a primer, it is definitely not a necessity for these powders to provide great results for you as they perform really well on their own. In fact, I practically never bother with a brow primer.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Swatches

Kat  Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39) made it’s debut in time for the holiday season of 2014 but it’s been so popular that it seems to already be out of stock on www.sephora.com! Fear not, though. I just found this set in store at my local Sephora and they seemed to have plenty around so if you find yourself in dire need of this lipstick set, call your local Sephora’s and check!

Edit 11/1/2014: It seems to be back in stock at sephora.com!

Kat  Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

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Red Lipstick Swatches & Comparison

Like many others, I’m a sucker for red lips and can find an excuse to wear red lipstick for nearly any occasion. Shades of red can vary greatly though so I decided to swatch my whole collection of reds and compile them into this post for easy comparison.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes

Mary Janes reads as a very true red to me. It glides on smoothly, is creamy & comfortable to wear and has some pretty good staying power. It also leaves behind a serious stain. I have a more in depth review of Mary Janes here.

NYX Butter Lipstick Mary Janes NYX Butter Lipstick Mary Janes

NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick

Indie Flick is probably the most orange shade in the bunch. I feel like it looks very orange by comparison to many of the other shades in this post but I also think it reads clearly as a red in real life. Comfortable to wear and has good staying power. To hear more about the formula, check out this review!

NYX Matte Lipstick Indie Flick NYX Matte Lipstick Indie Flick

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