Make-Up Trend Review: NARS Velvet Lip Guide

So, mattes and bold colors are trending this year. Kinda odd if you think about it? Two shades that are on the opposite spectrums are trending and in a big way!

Recently, I had the honor to have enough money to do some splurging (and believe me, both colors were splurges) to go drop some cash at the local Sephora. Let’s check out NARS first.

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I’m a huge NARS fan. I love their concealer, their tinted moisturizer, their bronzer…hell, I just love them. In my opinion, NARS can’t do any wrong. I noticed they came out with a few new nude shades and I was tempted.

You know how when you see the last of something, even if it’s something you weren’t originally trying to purchase, you’re compelled to get it because obviously it has to be good if it’s the last one? (Don’t act like I’m the only one that does that!)

So, as I stopped by the NARS section, I noticed they only had one box left of Area. Curious, I did the sample tester inside the Sephora store:

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Of course, everything looks amazing inside the store but how does it look outside?

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Not bad!

Of course, I can’t leave this post without the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • NARS is a trusted brand.
  • It glides on smooth.
  • No funky smell.
  • It lasts a long time without the need to reapply. (I say a couple of hours.)
  • Really compliments my skin tone.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive; NARS is an expensive brand.

I do recommend if you have some cash to drop! The Velvet Lip Guide is around $26.00 so this is definitely a splurge!

 

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I Love Being Nude: Lippy Review of Bite Cosmetics

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There’s something so sweet and pure about the nude lippy. It really does soften your entire face and people tend to approach you more like you’re harmless.

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I discovered Bite Beauty when I was test-driving new lippy colors via the Sephora virtual makeup app. I was looking for a new lip color, any particular one, and when I couldn’t find a good one in the app, I just went to the Sephora store in person.

The one I chose was Glace. It was one of those colors that looked amazing in the store with all of the Sephora lights and dancing music but I wasn’t sure about how it would look when I got home. Maks suggested I wear it during the day (I bought the color late afternoon) and if I didn’t like it, to return it.

It’s a good thing I liked it!

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The review:

It goes very smooth and there’s no smell. It’s a thin lipstick (not to be confused with lip pencil) and while you can’t easily carry it in your pocket, you can store it in your clutch or purse. It does blend in with your purse (it comes in a dark color) so buyer beware.

Now, Bite Cosmetics are not cheap. This one set me back around $24 so you need to look at this as an investment and get as much use out of it as possible. I have to say, after putting it on during the daytime (it really is a day color), I felt more like this:

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The Look:

(You have to excuse the first pic – Maks was distracting me as I was trying to selfie.)

So, I do recommend Bite’s Glace for your nude lippy. To see my past nude lippy reviews, click here.

 

NYX’s Black Cherry Tart is full of YASSSSSS!

Let me start this review by stating something that may not be important to you, but it is to me. I have a milk chocolate skin tone. That means I either match or am close to a Hershey bar (I use to match it but now I’m a tad bit lighter than it). I also have gold undertones. That being said, sometimes makeup and/or hairstyles that would look amazing on other people with pale or very dark skin would look kinda blah on me. When it comes to dark makeup, it’s a touch and go.

Do you know how frustrating to see someone rock a shade you want? I get all up in my feels sometimes.

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I’ve been trying to find the elusive Transylvania shade by NYX while I was in ULTA recently. Of course, it was sold out since it’s a very popular shade (If you find it, you’re one lucky bih).

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I didn’t want to leave with just nothing since I went out of my way to go to ULTA to begin with. Overwhelmed with a plethora of choices, I decided to go bold for once and try something that took me out of my comfort zone.

Enter the Black Cherry Tart.

It’s dark. It’s a deep burgundy. It’s a tad dangerous and vampy. Me likey.

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I’m not a fan of the actual application stick. Maybe I got a bad one, but it was just not as smooth as the other ones I have. But that’s beside the point. Here’s me, giving good face:

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So it goes on smooth (beside the applicator stick) and it stays put. It’s thick. It’s not sticky nor does it smell and most importantly, it doesn’t bleed on my teeth.

The transformation within my spirit, though…I felt like this on the way home:

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And a bit of this…

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And maybe a little bit of this:

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(I think we all have a little Bey and Rih within us. This is a pro-Bey and Rih zone so keep your Anti-Bey and Rih bullshit on silent. Please and thank you.)

Now I’m not sure if NYX will have the same effect on you but hell, give it a try. They have so many shades. I mean so many that there’s a shade for everybody, every skin tone, every type. More NYX lip color reviews to come in the future!