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Mrs. Mia Wallace Lipstick Dupe: Bad Blood Matte Revolution Lipstick

I found a dupe for a limited edition lipstick from Urban Decay. The dupe is also from UD so sadly, there are no savings to be had.

Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick was a limited edition release as part of UD’s pulp fiction collection and it is a totally badass, balanced true red. Well if you’re afraid of running out like I am, there’s always Bad Blood to turn to. It’s part of the permanent line.

Take a look! I applied Mrs. Mia Wallace to the right half of my lips, and applied Bad Blood to the left half (the half with the higher cupid’s peak – please excuse the sloppy application).


I don’t have pictures of hand swatches because on the skin they looked identical, which was why i tried the half and half thing in the first place. On the lips that i could tell there was a slight difference. Mrs Mia Wallace has a slight gloss and juicier looking finish if you’re paying really close attention but Bad Blood also has a little bit of a sheen. Color wise, i think that they are spot on. Both are very high in quality: smooth, pretty much opaque in one swipe and wear  comfortably with none of that feathering or bleeding nonsense.

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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Lips, On the Fence


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COSTCO, LET ME LOVE YOU MORE – Beauty for Cheap(er)

My fellow savvy shoppers out there know the pain of looking for better deals or waiting for sales. Ebay, Amazon and other online retailers are kind of sketch and require tons of research and review reading. Then there’s online Costco with random little treasures.

The local drug dealer in all things food. And soon to be all things beauty? You’re probably used to thinking of Costco as your source for cheap nutella, toilet paper and kb socks but they now pack some pretty impressive (and prestigious) beauty items. Forget the 20% Sephora Sale for your staples, check out Costco first. I’ll just let the comparison screenshots speak for themselves. Retail Left, Costco Right. As always, click on the pictures to enlarge them.

But seriously, Costco. Add more stuff ples. Let me love you more and throw money your way instead of at Sephora or department stores. These were just the things that caught my eye. The beauty section also includes Chanel, Jane Iredale, more sisley stuff, more  brand name products and stuff for hair. But I don’t know anything about hair products so I dind’t bother doing price comparisons. Head and Shoulder for days. These are products that i’ve had my eye on or ones i know to be “cult” products that many people are still interested in and/or repurchase upon finishing.

One of the main drawbacks is that they have a high turnover rate. Once something goes out of stock, it may or may not be restocked.

First Up: Make Up

Picture1Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (the box says it contains 0.63 oz. i don’t know where the 0.28 oz. came from)

  • $48 for 0.63 oz. = $76.19/oz.
  • $33 for 0.63 oz. = $52.38/oz.
    • only shades available are SX03, SX05, SX06, and SX11
  • 31% savings

Picture4Clinique Long Last Lipstick Trio

  • One tube (0.14 oz.) for $16 = $114.29/oz
  • Three tubes for (0.42 oz.) for $30 = $71.43/oz
    • only available in a multi-pack with Sugared Maple + Blushing Nude + All Heart
  • 38% savings

Picture8Clinique Chubby Stick

  • One stick (0.1 oz.) for $17 = $170/oz.
  • Three sticks (0.3 oz.) for $35 = 116.67/oz.
    • only available in a multi-pack with Two Ton Tomato + Super Strawberry + Mighty Mimosa
  • 33% savings (basically buy two get one free)

Picture9Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad

  • $61 for 0.16 oz. = $381.25/oz.
  • $40 for 0.16 oz. = $250/oz.
    • Only options available are Smokey, Femme Fatale, and Desert
  • 34% savings

Picture10 Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

  • 1 pot (0.1 oz) any color for $25 = $250/oz.
  • 2 pots (0.2 oz total) for $37 = $185/oz
    • only available in a multi-pack with Black Ink + Sepia Ink + mini liner brush
  • 26% savings

Skin Care

Picture5Eve Lom Cleanser Balm

  • $135 for 6.8 oz = $19.85/oz
  • $100 for 6.8 oz = $14.71/oz
  • 26% savings

Picture6Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

  • $162 for 2.1 oz = $77.14/oz
  • 100 for 2.1 oz = $47.62/oz
  • 38% savings

Picture11Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer

  • $44 for 2 oz = $22/oz.
  • $25 for 2 oz = $12.50/oz.
  • 43% savings

Picture12Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Hydrator

  • $38.50 for 1.7 oz = $22.65/oz.
  • $30 for 1.7 oz = $17.65/oz
  • 22% savings

Picture13Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

  • $76 for 1.7 oz = $44.71/oz
  • $60 for 1.7 oz = $35.29/oz
  • 21% savings


Picture2Kevyn Aucoin Concelaer Brush: $21.99 vs $32 = 31% savings

Picture3Kevyn Aucoin Soft Buff Powder Brush: $38.99 vs $60 = 35% savings

Picture7Clarisonic Mia 3 (Aria) Cleansing System: 149.99 vs 199 = 25% savings

Qualifier: Costco is by no stretch of the imagination a makeup maven’s playground because fancy asses like me  lust for bright colors and wacky hues, but it’s got the basics. Part of the trade off with whole sale places is lack of selection. You sacrifice choice for lower prices. Different people prioritize one over the other.  Think of the Costco beauty section as a luxe studio apartment: the essential are present and there are some very nice basics. *cough cough eve lom cleanser* The stuff the carry are popular ones that cater to the majority, so my apologies if you are super pale or super dark and i got you excited about the KA Skin Enhancer but they don’t carry your shade. Also, the selection of goods that different, physical Costco locations carry will vary. The one i frequent carries covergirl, loreal mascaras and bourghese beauty in store. If i want to restock on bareminerals powder foundation i have to drive alll the way to another location… which is only 20 minutes away or so.

Yes, the multipacks are a pain sometimes. You might run through several packs for the Super Strawberries and end up with a couple Tons of Tomatoes. It kind of sucks if you’re a repurchaser but you can always gift the other colors or do stuff with them. I remember hating the Wild Cherry that came in the Capri Sun juice multi-packs…. so i would trade at lunchtime with a friend for delicious inarizushi.

Do note: Costco stuff is for members only but there are ways around that :3


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Quick Chinese (Lunar) New Years Makeup Look: Triple Red

Today is an excuse to pile as much red on my face as possible.  I thought I’d share the resulting look. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chinese culture, more red = more luck/prosperity/health/higherGPA (wait… what!?)

I started with my eyes, primer first as always (Smashbox 24 Hour Photo  Finish). You can’t see it on my weird half mono lids but I put down a layer of The  Body Shop’s color surge eyeshadow in Golden Cinnamon up to my crease. I followed with a few stokes of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in shade 8, painting a thick-ish cat eye on my upper lash line (with an arced liner brush).


The only product on my lips is OCC’ s Colour Cosmetic Pencil in NSFW.  It’s so nice in every way, I hope to get the review of NSFW and its siblings done soon. I have 6 colors to test.  Blegh.


Occ pencil in NSFW

After my lips were done, I cleaned up edges with some makeup remover, sharpened the edges with concealer, and followed with my foundation routine.


I have no idea why my nose looks red, Stupid camera

Lastly I used Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in ME-744 Poppy (review here) as blush. Poppy is an intense, vibrant orange-based red straight or of the pan. As you can tell (hopefully), I applied it quite sparingly.  My skin is already yellow-toned.  Had I not diffused Poppy out, I could probably pass for Pikachu.

Anyhow, Happy Sheepy Year!


Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Product, Lips, Paint By the Numbers


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Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #8 (Red) Review and Rambles

This post is primarily dedicated to reviewing MUFE’s Aqua Cream in Shade 8 (a poppy red shade), however I went off on a bit of a tangent on how i managed to get my hands on it: I made an exciting little discovery last weekend! If you don’t care to read about this and only want to know about the product being reviewed, feel free to skip ahead. Read the rest of this entry »


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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks in Bing & Cherry Copper Review and Swatches

What Is This About
This is about two lipsticks from Smashbox’s Fall 2014 “Cherry Smoke” Collection: “Bing” and “Cherry Copper”.
Smashbox describes the lipsticks as stated below:

  • Cherry Copper (creamy pinky nude with copper pearl)
  • Bing (classic red matte)

The lipsticks retailed for $21 originally. However, I was poking around at the Nordstrom Rack last weekend and picked up both colors for $10.97 each so they’re probably going fast.

I have a love/hate relationship with limited edition collections/sets. I hate them because after they’re gone, they’re (usually) gone forever or for a couple years until they are re-promoted/quietly added to the permanent line. I love them because when the current season is up, the leftovers get discounted into a reasonable price range.

**EDIT Dec 2015: Bing was added to the perm. matte lipstick line (here) for $20.

First Look
Like the permanent line lipsticks, these come encase in the signature heavy black ceramic-feeling case. I still have no idea what the material actually is but it feels substantial and very nice (read: high end). What’s special about these limited edition casings is that there are two adjacent sides decorated with Pollock-esque paint splatters in a reflective silver.

Decorate sides and plain sides.

Decorate sides and plain sides.



As always, ignore the color strip on the box because it is TOTALLY wrong. These are the lipsticks bullets in what i tried to represent as the truest to color irl.


Left: Copper Cherry. Right: Bing

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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Lips, On the Fence


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Smashbox On the Rocks Be Legendary Lipstick Trio Review and Swatches (Holiday 2014)

What This is About
This is a review on Smashbox’s set of three mini lipsticks for the 2014 Holiday On the Rocks Collection. All three colors (Fig, Primrose & Legendary) are from the permanent line unlike the lip gloss set which has two limited edition colors.

Before we begin let me be clear. I did not purchase this set to review and keep. I already have all 3 colors in full size (Legendary, Primrose and Fig) and I really like them all so I purchased this set to give a friend in return for a favor. The color swatches will be from my own, full-sized lipsticks. However, I sneakily dissected this set so that i could snap photos of the minis for the review. I’m sorry, friend! I’ll put it back together nicely! I even wiped off the fingerprints.
If she doesn’t chance across this site, she probably won’t even know about the intrusion. Hopefully.

Anyhow the reason I’m writing this review is because I think that it is a great starter-/ trial-/intro-kit to Smashbox’s Be Legendary line of lipsticks. The colors picked are also very well-coordinated and (in my opinion) wearable colors. These are lipsticks that will get a lot of mileage and love.

Plus they’re mini sized! They’re cute! They’re ultra-portable and toss-into-my-bag-to-go-able. What’s not to love? In a perfect world, all lipsticks would come in a mini size but alas they can only be obtained as samples or sets.
I have a slight collector’s craze of mini things. The weight of all my mini perfume bottles threatens to make the shelf they sit on cave in.

 First Look
This box doesn’t have a window cut out…

Front of the box.

Front of the box. The colors are completely off.

Back: claims, mass, ingredients

Back: mass & ingredients

… probably because the packaging inside is boring and looks like this:

The rainbows~

The rainbows~

The casing is a square with rounded edges and printed with the Smashbox name in the beautiful holographic lettering found on everything “On the Rocks” related. The case is made of dense black plastic that clacks like ceramic when knocked against a hard surface. They have a definite heft to them and seem pretty sturdy. I don’t know how good they are at preventing the product inside from melting on hot days though.

Names printed on the bottom.

Names printed on the bottom.

First things first: You might be taken aback by the size. They are small. They are the size of deluxe sample lipsticks so the stick of product looks super fragile. I definitely would be careful with twisting these up and applying them on a warm day.

Size in context of my favorite pen.

Size in context of my favorite pen.

You get 3 colors, as i already previously mentioned. In essence, you are getting a classic cool-red, a neutral dusky-pink, and a burgundy-purple that is both neutral and dramatic (depending on your skin tone). All of them are creamy without being too soft and glide on like lip balms, but without as much slip. They aren’t moisturizing but they do have shiny, almost glossy finishes.

Legendary, Primrose, Fig

Legendary, Primrose, Fig

Showing off the lustre finish.

Showing off the lustre finish.

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Lips, On the Fence


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Smashbox On The Rocks Be Legendary Lip Gloss Set Review and Swatches (Holiday 2014)

An Intro and Disclaimer:
This review aims to provide insight about Smashbox’s 2014 Holiday On the Rocks Be Legendary Lip Gloss Set via my opinions and photos.Two of the colors are limited edition and exclusive to this set while the other 3 are re-promotes from Smashbox’s permanent line.

I have never reviewed a lip gloss before. In fact, up until last week, I completely eschewed them. I had a bad experience with those tube lip glosses in elementary school and haven’t touched them for the last 10 years or so. The saccharine fruity scent and molasses-like stickyness would have appalled even a toddler. Happily in the decade since, lip gloss “technology” (Ha!) has improved quite a bit. No. Lip gloss technology is not an actual thing, but its the best term i can think of that would imply forward progress and better performance/quality. I guess the phrase “lipgloss formulation” would work too but it doesn’t have the same connotation.

Anyhow I was convinced to try these because of two reasons:
1) It’s been a while. So lets see how far the cosmetics chemical industry has come since i last tried – i think it was – a Juicy Tube.
2) One of my friends found my review of Smashbox’s Holiday Palette so entertaining that she got me this as “an early Christmas present” but with a catch: I would have to write another mini dissertation on it.
Since it’s here, free of charge and sitting on my desk, here goes the review.

First Look
Girls like diamonds and make up right? Put them together it just makes sense.

Now if only those diamonds were real... this set would be one heck of a value.

Now if only those diamonds were real… this set would be one heck of a value.


From Left to Right: Azalea, Legendary, Pout, Gilt, Jewel

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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Lips, On the Fence


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