In the Studio: Studded Kiss Lipstick (Kat Von D)

I love a good lip.

Not a back-talking, head-rolling, finger-snapping lip.

A good, sexy, eye-catching, vibrant lip.

Of course, I had to try out Studded Kiss Lipstick but Kat Von D.

Most of us know about Kat’s presence in the body modification industry, but I had always been interested in her style (fashion and makeup wise) for the past seven years.

Years ago, when Kat unveiled her makeup line, I was excited to try it out. Of course, I sat dormant for awhile and scrolled through endless reviews of her products until I settled on which products I was most interested in trying out. Besides the product payoff (rich pigment) of the lipsticks, I was also impressed about the formulation of the product: vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

That’s where the Studded Kiss Lipsticks come in.

Let’s check ’em out.

Product Presentation:

Shades shown below from left to right:

  • Sexer (Iridescent Fluorescent Pink)
  • Wolvesmouth (Metallic Berry) – as you can tell from the picture, this shade has been well-used by me!
  • NaYeon (Pitch Black w/ Gunmetal Shimmer)
  • Halo (Neon Clementine)
  • Bachelorette (Matte Reddish Fuchsia)
  • Noble (Matte Petal Pink Nude)
studdedlipstick1
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

The Studded Kiss Lipstick comes in a black, texturized lipstick tube that snaps open and closed. But wait! Just like the name implies, the lipstick tube is decked out in studs. It’s actually a pretty cool effect, visually, and physically. I’m a klutz, so the studs actually make it a bit more challenging for me to drop the lipstick onto various surfaces. Win-win in my book.

Here is some lingo that I pulled directly from Kat Von D’s cosmetic website:

Here at Kat Von D Beauty, we believe that the best things in life are black and studded! Kat designed this insanely sexy lipstick after her signature studded cuff. Pretty rad, huh?!

And to that, I say: You’re damn right. Especially the first sentence.

Product Swatch:

KatVonDSwatch
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Product shades from top to bottom on left side:

  • NaYeon
  • Wolvesmouth
  • Bachelorette

Product shades from top to bottom on right side:

  • Sexer
  • Noble
  • Halo

Product Price Point:

These babies can be purchased for $21/pop. Mind you, the products shown in my review are the mini-versions of the full-size Studded Kiss Lipstick.

Product in Action:

lips1
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Product shade used in above picture: Sexer

lips2
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Product shade used in above picture: Wolvesmouth

lips3
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Product shade used in above picture: NaYeon

Final Verdict:

3.75/5 studded bracelets.

While I do admire the array of colors available in the Studded Kiss Line as well as the product payoff, there are some things that I do not like. I have noticed that this lipstick isn’t as moisturizing as other lipstick brands. I also noticed that I must exfoliate my lips before applying the Studded Kiss Lipstick or else my lips looked as petrified as Freddy Krueger’s face (love ya’ Freddy!).

Also, let’s talk about Gold-Blooded…a color that I fantasized about. Until I actually received the product in-hand. I ran that lipstick (Gold-Blooded) across my lips so quickly, and then retched the moment I ran my lips together. The texture felt like I had applied a lipstick to my lips and then commenced to sprinkling sand, course sea salt, and ground-up walnut shells all over them.

And that was truly disappointing, because Gold-Blooded is such a beautiful color (I’ll post a swatch of it later) in-tube; however, it’s formulation may have to be tweaked in order for it to feel more natural and less abrasive on the lips. However, I’m keeping the dream alive. I’ve got faith in you and your team of cosmetic chemists, Kat 😉

Added on 04.01.2017

Gold-Blooded Swatch & Product in Action Photos Below

kvdgb1
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
kvdgb2
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
kvdgb3
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
kvdgb4
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
Advertisements

In The Studio: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

The Dead Girl Look.

That’s what my Dad calls it.

As morbid as that look may sound, the nude beauty look has picked up just in time for summer’s approach.

IMG_2005
Image Courtesy of MBA&Mosato

Matte, flesh-tone lips. (Note: When I say “flesh-tone” I am speaking about any color that would normally be found in the immense range of human skin complexions; this excludes colors such as cobalt blue, magenta, lime green…you get the drill.)

Bronzed-out, dewy, glistening skin.

Highlighted hair drenched in a sea-salt based hairspray for texturizing.

Soon, a lot of these chicks, “Gon’ be looking like they stepped right off the beaches of Orange County, California” as some people would say.

You know the ritual.

I’d actually call the look: Half dead girl. Because, you know, dead people don’t have glistening skin.

I’m a fan of a darker, more mysterious look, but sometimes, I like to step outside of the box for once. And, stepping outside of the box for me is toning down cosmetic color.

As I was deciding on a lip color, I came across a product that I had only used once…a matte creme lip crayon by Bite Beauty.

bitebeautyswatch
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Bite Beauty was founded by Susanne Langmuir, who was inspired by kitchen chemistry, natural-based products, and intense pigment. Bite Beauty’s motto is: Edgy, Edible, Innovation. Now, I can get down with that. How about you?

So, I opened the matte creme lip crayon and applied it to my lips. The product glided over my lips so smoothly, it felt like satin. One of the great things about this product is that you are able to showcase lips that appear matte, however, you don’t have to sacrifice moisture for this appearance. Although my lips looked matte, when I rubbed them together, they didn’t grate against one another; instead, they effortlessly slid past one another. How I love coexistence.

I’m going to include this product’s ingredients list at the end of the blog post. For those of you that are TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read), the mate creme lip crayon contains beneficial ingredients such as:

  • Resveratrol: Acts as an antioxidant (yes, please; we hate those free-radicals!)
  • Orange Peel Wax: Naturally protects and seals in moisture while providing a waterproof layer on the surface of lips (you can definitely smell the orange peel wax; I wouldn’t call it overpowering, but if you aren’t a fan of citrus… 😉
  • Organic Fruit Butters, Jojoba, and Castor Oil: Leave lips super-soft and hydrated (yum!)

Product Packaging:

As you can see in the above picture, the matte creme lip crayon comes in a matte grayish/black slim tube with the words BITE displayed on the bottom portion of the tube. Simple packaging that I believe is effective. Although, I did think it was cute that the B in BITE looked like someone had taken an actual bite out of it. Cute spin on the product name.

Product Swatch:

swatchbitebeauty
Image Courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Product swatch of the color Leche (dusty, pale pink)

Product Price Point:

I received this product as a gift from an associate. It is currently $24.00 at Sephora. Currently, the matte creme lip crayon is available in 19 delectable shades.

The Product in Action:

meandbite2
Image Courtesy of MBA&Moscato
mebitecosmetics
Image Courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Final Verdict:

3.5/5 matte (but hydrated) lips.

I look forward to learning more about Bite Beauty. I hope that the business stays true to its roots and continues to build a strong empire. I enjoyed the consistency of the matte creme lip crayon, it’s pigment saturation, the simple, easy-to-use applicator tube, and that the product actually tastes pleasant if you happen to run your tongue across your lips (would that be the monk fruit concentrate?). However, I wasn’t too thrilled about the citrusy scent of the product. Overall, I do recommend the matte creme lip crayon by Bite Beauty.

Ingredients (Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon):

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens Wax, Jojoba Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyglyceryin-3, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Coco-Caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Xarnauba) Wax, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol, Trans-Resveratrol, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Vine Extract, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit Concentrate). May Contain: Mica (CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 7492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 7 (CI 15985), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), D&C Red 6 (CI 15850), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

What are your favorite nude-colored cosmetic products?

Product Review: Color Drench Liquid Lipstick (Femme Couture)

While she’ll be coming around the mountain (I really don’t know who SHE is), I’ll be hoping on this speeding (and slightly dangerous) liquid lipstick bandwagon.

How are you ladies and gentlemen feeling about this lipstick innovation?

I’ll be honest. 

When I first heard the phrase “liquid lipstick,” I rolled my eyes. “Why can’t it stay a solid?” I retorted when the phrase popped up on my computer screen. As much as I love change, as you can see, sometimes I even have a problem with certain elements of it.

Lo and behold, I’m shopping at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and I come across my then nemesis – you know, liquid lipstick. “Oh. Fancy seeing YOU here,” I spat, as I sharply picked up a liquid lipstick that happened to be a beautiful candy apple red color.

And then, it happened. I whipped out my phone and researched the product I held tightly in my hand.

It all came back to me. All of those horrible times whenever I wore traditional lipstick – the Sahara dry lips, the creases, the chalkiness…just like Magneto (X-Men) cringes around telepaths whenever he doesn’t wear his helmet, I cringed and had a minor migraine upon these quite traumatic memories.

As I massaged my temples, I decided to forgive my nemesis – you know, liquid lipstick. “Perhaps. Just perhaps, I shall have a beneficial experience with you. Don’t let me down,” I whispered to the liquid lipsticks in front of me.

Then I commenced to popping 1…3…5…then 7 different colors into my shopping cart before victoriously leaving the store.

What’s my verdict on Color Drench Liquid Lipstick by Femme Couture?

Packaging:

colordrenchleoprint
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Currently, I believe that Femme Couture products are only sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply stores.

As far as the packaging goes – nothing fancy here, and that’s not a bad thing. As you can see by the pictures, Color Drench Liquid Lipstick has simple packaging: a clear tube to show off the pigment, and a silver applicator top. While I appreciate the fact that customer’s can easily see the pigment (not being able to is an annoyance), I hope that in the near future, Femme Couture changes the shrink wrap type that this product currently uses.

The perforated edges on the product do not pull away easily, which makes opening the product a hassle. Also, another suggestion for Femme Couture is to make the font size of the pigment name larger (and use different font shades depending on the shade of the lipstick pigment) Pigment names are a bit hard to read as it is now, especially with the deeper shades. Imagine trying to read a pigment name that uses matte black font when the pigment itself is a deep shade as well (here, a white font would work better). Not fun.

Product Swatch:

I did not purchase all of the different Color Drench Liquid Lipstick colors. However, below, I have swatched five different colors on my skin:

colordrenchlipstickswatch
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Pigment names in above picture (from top to bottom): Plum Noir, The Perfect Crimson, Red Impact, Liquid Rose, and Drenched in Nude.

Application:

Femme Couture states their Color Drench Liquid Lipstick has the following characteristics:

  • Full Coverage
  • Vibrant Color
  • Moisturizing

I agree. I like that this product is versatile. It can be used alone (multiple coats can be swiped onto the lips in order to achieve the hue you are looking for); over traditional lipstick for a wet effect; or even over lip liner. The possibilities are truly up to the person wielding the liquid lipstick. I enjoy that I can achieve the deep color of a lipstick without sacrificing the moisture of my lips. This product definitely is not a poppin’ lip-gloss. I don’t care what Lil’ Mama said…I’ll just signal her over to Big Mama.

Price Point:

These babies retail for $7.29/pop. Currently, there are 14 different colors ranging from a summery, beige nude to a deep, sensual plum. I do believe that $7.29/pop is a realistic price for this product, especially since liquid lipsticks from more upscale brands are selling for $20+/pop.

Final Verdict:

3.5/5 pigmented lippies

All-in-all, I believe that Color Drench Liquid Lipstick by Femme Couture is a good product. The product does what it says. If you are a fan of high-resolution pigment, moisture, and wet-looking lips (I know I am), this product is pretty budget-friendly. I also want to say that Color Drench Liquid Lipstick tastes pretty good as well, but I also happened to be drinking a sugary drink at the same time I was wearing the product so…actually, just checked out the  ingredients, and saccharin is in this product. So, yes, this product doesn’t taste nasty. I don’t know about you, but I prefer my lip products to taste like a sugary confection, not minty, popcorny feet.

View the Product in Use:

redimpact
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Above picture: Me wearing Color Drench Liquid Lipstick in “Red Impact”

colordrench5
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

What are your thoughts on the liquid lipstick movement? Have any favorite liquid lipstick brands? Comment below!

Product Review: Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (Urban Decay Cosmetics)

Are you a fan of vibrant, outlandish colors?

How about a dazzling array of colors that provide such fierce pigment payout that most people would fall to their knees and tremble when given the opportunity to swipe said color on?

If you’re still with me (and nodding your head up and down erratically), then you might want to check out Urban Decay Cosmetics.

The vision of Urban Decay is quite simple: providing fun cosmetics products that inspire, shock, and promote a vision of fierce mysteriousness (with a touch of danger).

I’ve been a fan of Urban Decay for 8+ years, and have enjoyed using a majority of their products.

When I discovered a palette that was created as the “color addict’s ultimate fix,” that included “a mind-blowing face and body palette filled with 10 of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on – including 8 never-before-seen shades you won’t find anywhere else,” you better believe that palette was in my shopping cart before I could even blink or second-guess the purchase.

What did I think about their Electric Pressed Pigment Palette?

Paper Packaging – Back:

(Take note of the pigments that have an asterisk after their names. More on that below).

udedback
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Palette Interior:

udedinterior
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Palette Exterior:

udelectric
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Packaging:

Oh, yeah, baby. A design that incorporates plumes of colorful smoke (or is that dye?) greets you on the disposable (paper) packaging as well as the exterior of the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette itself (shown above). Muy cute.

Warning Label Insert:

Urban Decay provides at least three warnings to customers online, on the disposable paper packaging, and via a paper insert that comes with the palette. What’s the warning about? Don’t worry, you won’t majestically grow an additional pair of legs by using their product. However, the following colors have not been approved to be suitable for use around/near the immediate delicate eye area:

  1. Slowburn
  2. Savage
  3. Jilted
  4. Urban

Just because these four pigments should not be used around the eye area, that doesn’t make them any less fun than the six other colors that are suitable to be used around the eye area. Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban can be used for body painting (once again, stay away from the eyes), or even mixed into a lipstick and applied to the lip area.

Product Swatches:

Sunlight:

skinswatchlight
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Lightbulb Light:

skinswatchnolight
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Application:

I used an eyeshadow primer prior to applying some of the pigments as eyeshadow. What resulted? A Velvety, easily-blendable, even application, with a rich pigment payoff that would even make Kevyn Aucoin snatch his edges in amazement (no disrespect). An added bonus was Urban Decay’s wicked naming system. I couldn’t help but smirk as I swiped on pigments named Chaos, Fringe, and Freak.

Price Point:

The palette was originally $49. Last time I checked (March 2017), it was on sale for $24, but it is currently out-of-stock. I took advantage of an earlier sale and purchased this palette for around $24. If you aren’t shy about in-your-face, attention-grabbing, hypnotic color, then this is a great palette to add to your makeup arsenal.

My Rating:

4 out of 5 pressed pigments.

(Using a 5-point system – 5 being the most-coveted rating and 1 being dreadful). While it does suck that certain pigments cannot be used around the eye area, there are still six remaining pigments that can be used as eyeshadows. Also, for body art, these pigments can provide quite a jaw-dropping effect.

Photos of the Palette in Use:

meud1
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
meud2
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato
meud3
Image courtesy of MBA&Moscato

Do you have any favorite makeup palettes? Leave your comments below!

Makeup 101 Tutorial: An Everyday Makeup Look

Makeup/cosmetics = one of my largest vices. It’s a vice I will never apologize for.

Ever since I was a pre-teen, I have been attracted to the beautiful colors of the products, their velvety-smooth consistency, their multitude of scents, and, of course, the ability to be in complete control of your look.

With makeup and your experience level, you are in total control of the finished result. Throw in a little (or a lot) or creativity, and the sky is the limit.

One of the most important tips I can throw your way on the topic of makeup – have fun with it. Enjoy every experience. One of the great things about makeup is that with a dab of concealer, or a swipe with a q-tip, mistakes can be fixed.

Now, if we’re talking about permanent makeup, that’s a different story. That whole process is a lot more serious.

Let’s get started with one of my go-to makeup techniques – an everyday look that I usually wear to more conservative places such as work. While it’s on the lower scale of creativity (I’m pretty sure most supervisors wouldn’t appreciate their employees coming into work looking like something off of Ru-Paul’s Drag Race, although I do love that show and the contestants…especially JuJuBee), it allows me to still have fun with makeup, but on a more reserved level.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Product List:

makeupproducts1
Source: MBA&Moscato
  • Beautiful Crush Palette ( palette includes: 72 eyeshadows; 32 lip glosses; 18 cream eyeliners; 6 blushes) – Sephora
  • Translucent Loose Powder – Mary Kay
  • “Copacabana 506” Illuminate Powder – Pink Papaya
  • “Crazed & Confused” Cream Blush – Sephora
  • Miss Manga (Voluminous) Mascara in “Black/Noir” – L’oreal
  • Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer – Urban Decay
  • Mechanical Brow Pencil – Bitzy
  • Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion – Urban Decay
  • Color Drench Liquid Lipstick in “Plum Noir” – Femme Couture

Makeup Application Steps:

  • After face has been washed and moisturized, apply a few dots of the Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Portion to the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Gently rub into face until primer has been absorbed.
  • Apply a few dots of Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer to the following areas: forehead, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose, under-eye area (where bags form). Blend in with a concealer brush.
  • Follow this up with a foundation (not shown in above picture). My current favorite foundation is Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation Broad Spectrum by MAC. Apply  foundation, in the same pattern as the concealer, using a foundation brush/applicator. The choice is totally up to you. Blend in.
  • Apply Translucent Loose Powder over whole face and neck. Make sure to blend it in for a flawless look.
  • I’m a fan of the fresh, glowing, dewy skin look. I think it looks damn sexy (but it looks quite the opposite, if you are too heavy-handed). If you’re not a fan of this look, you can skip this step. For the dewy skin look, I take an angled powder brush, swoop it in my Illuminate (bronzer) powder, and apply a light stroke of powder to the following areas: bridge of nose, forehead, cheekbones, and chin. Remember, less is more. You don’t want to look like an oil slick.
  • I then apply the Cream Blush to the apples of cheeks. You can easily find the apples of your cheeks by smiling. See those round areas of your cheeks? You want to apply a stroke of blush there. I swipe on two light-handed applications of the Cream Blush to each cheek. Next, I take my angled powder brush and blend the blush upwards(towards the sideburn area) in order to diffuse the color. Don’t want to look like we have tomatoes for cheeks.
  • Next, I accentuate my brows. I usually outline them first using a brow pencil. Once I am satisfied with the shape, I then fill them in with the pencil. I am a fan of the arched eyebrow shape, but each individual has to find the shape that compliments their face most effectively.
  • I then apply a neutral eyeshadow color to my eyelids using an eyeshadow brush. For the everyday look, I usually stick to various shades of champagnes and muted golds.
  • Mascara gets applied to the top eyelashes only. I find that whenever I apply mascara to my bottom lashes, I end up looking like an allergic goat. Even with waterproof mascara. So, to the top, it is! I usually apply three coats of the blackest mascara available. When applying, I wait about 30 seconds between each coat (to let the mascara dry) before applying the next coat. This helps the lashes look natural and limits the occurrence of those nasty looking clumps that just throw off the whole look.
  • Lip-color is applied to the top and bottom lip. I usually do not apply any lipliner, especially if I am going to work. I like to reserve that for special occasions 😉
  • I apply another sweep of Translucent Loose Powder to my face and neck to seal everything up and tone down any extra shine.
  • The look is complete 🙂

End Result:

naturalmakeupme
Source: MBA&Moscato
naturalmakeupme2
Source: MBA&Moscato

What’s your everyday makeup look? Drop me a comment!