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Lipsense by SeneGence review: Read before you buy

Have you heard about LipSense? Been added to a LipSense party on Facebook? Wondering if you should buy or skip it? Well, then you have come to the right place! Check out pictures, swatches, and an honest, non-affiliated review, that will help you decide whether you should try LipSense, or pass it up.

I heard about LipSense from one of my friends who had tried and loved the long lasting lipsticks. I was pretty excited to try one out for myself when she decided to host a LipSense Facebook party. So, I decided to buy a kit and see if they lived up to their hype. 

I purchased a LipSense lipstick in “hazelnut”, a matte gloss, and the oops remover. I chose the shade hazelnut, because I wanted a color that was soft enough for daily use, but not too light that it would seem as if I wasn’t wearing lipstick. I also prefer more neutral, nude tones, rather than pink or berry hues. The color did not disappoint when applied. Hazelnut is a nice light brown, very neutral, yet noticeable shade. 

LipSense by SeneGence offers a few types of glosses, since I don’t like glossy lips on myself, I chose a matte gloss. The gloss is recommended to seal the color and ensure long lasting results. I applied my matte gloss approximately five seconds after applying my hazelnut lipstick, as the directions said, and was once again pleased with the results. Did as promised, gave me a matte hazelnut pout. 

The oops remover is recommended to remove the lipstick, since the LipSense promise is waterproof, kiss proof, and smudge proof. So, in case you make a mistake when applying, you can go ahead and fix it with the oops remover; and when you are ready to remove your lipstick you go ahead and do so with oops as well. 

To answer one of the questions you probably have, YES, it is definitely water, smudge and kiss proof! I applied my LipSense in the morning and drank my coffee, ate my meals, kissed my kids and husband, drank my water, and the color lasted through it all. I even did a late evening workout, and my LipSense stayed put. There is some fading that occured on the inner part of my lips, but I didnt notice it until probably after the seventh or eight hour of wear, which is pretty good considering I didn’t reapply once.

Now, let’s talk money. Pricey? In my opinion,  yes. The lipstick is $25, the gloss is $20 and the oops remover  $10. But, I must admit, I am happy with my purchase. I like the color, and I love the fact I can apply it at the start of my day and not worry about it fading away immediately after breakfast, or doing a side kiss to avoid ruining my lipstick when my hubby goes in for a kiss. The oops remover, I could do without. I feel confident enough in my application, that I don’t feel a need for it. And the color does eventually come off, so with a little lip scrub before bed one night, I was able to remove it from my lips. 

One thing I did not like, is the fact the main ingredient in LipSense lipstick is alcohol. When I saw that, I was like oops, dry lips for sure. But, since there is shea butter in the gloss, my lips didn’t seem noticeably dry after wearing it. Another thing, that tingly feeling you get when you use lip plumping lipsticks, you get that same feeling when applying the LipSense color. It wasn’t a good or bad sensation in my experience, but something to point out.  

Overall, I don’t regret my purchase. If you are considering trying out LipSense, I say go for it. Get the lip color you like and a gloss of your choice, but in my opinion, skip the oops remover. 

Have you tried LipSense? Do you like it, or not? Share your experience in the comments!

Kat Von D Serpentina eyeshadow palette review and looks

Kat Von D’s makeup line is well known for being highly pigmented and a full array of colors. And her latest creation, Serpentina eyeshadow palette, definitely delivers on both. 

The eyeshadows come in a fancy magnetized black case with black and gold being a decorative theme. There are six shimmer shades, two matte and one loose pigment. The names of each shadow are shown on the back of the case. They are pictured above and are:(from left to right) bloodmilk, Medusa, ankh, queen, hieroglyph, Nile, scarab, venom and Prophet. The actual box has a little blurb about Kat’s inspiration for creating this palette. In her own words, “…it’s inspired by the essence of Egypt- Cleopatra, to be specific. ” The palette definitely screams Cleopatra. The colors, names and overall aesthetic very much paint a picture of her, so Kat did a great job on that. 

After testing out the shadows, I found bloodmilk to be my favorite. Though truthfully I picked up this palette because I was specifically looking for a new red shade, but I am really glad I decided to buy this whole palette, rather than just the one shade I was looking for. I was very happy at how vibrant the colors applied and how easy it was to blend them. This palette is very easy to work with, and I know I have already said this but I am truly in love with the beautiful colors. Normally I prefer pressed eyeshadows over loose pigment,  but Prophet might change my mind. The shade is a true gold with slight green undertones. It applies smooth like butter and looks great dry or wet. A couple of the shadows did have some fallout, from my experience Nile and queen had the most. But there are ways to prevent and fix that problem. 

Overall,  I am glad I purchased the Serpentina palette. The variety in shades allows me to create fun and vibrant looks, or more subtle yet sultry ones. I currently use Kat Von D’s eyeliner and it has become one of my favorites,  but this was the first time I tried out her eyeshadows and definitely see myself purchasing more in the future. If you are on the fence about whether or not to get Serpentina,  I’d say go for it. $45 for a quality palette is pretty much the average cost, and if you really think about it you are getting nine eyeshadows for that price, which averages out to $5 per eyeshadow. 

Here are a few looks I created using Kat Von D’s Serpentina eyeshadow palette. If you have the Serpentina palette what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments. And if you liked my review and looks, please share my post!

Pretty red eyeshadow with nude lips tutorial

If you have ever searched for an easy and pretty red eyeshadow look, then you are in luck . I found this awesome tutorial below and decided it would be nice to share. It’s easy to follow, and the final look is beautiful. 

Like it? Comment below, and share any tips or some of your favorite red eyeshadows.

How to clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes need to be cleaned in order to avoid breakouts and infections. They are one of those products that are best to be used exclusively by you, and not shared with others, since that can lead to spreading of germs. Unless you are a makeup artist using brushes on clients, you should try to wash your brushes at least once a month. If used on clients, they need to be washed after each application.

Here are steps to easily clean your brushes, in a way that keeps them in tip-top shape for a long time.

1. Gather all brushes that need to be cleaned, as well as a small container and cleaner, and take them into the place you plan on washing.

2. Fill small container with water and makeup brush cleaner. Run brushes under water to remove excess makeup on them, then swirl them one by one in the soap and water mix. Using a paper towel or lint-free towel dry each brush, while using the towel to reshape the bristles.

3. I have heard that it is best to hang brushes bristle side down to dry to avoid water dripping on handles and damaging overtime, but if that is not an option you can simply lay them on a flat surface to dry overnight. If you do want to try hanging them to dry, Sigma sells this pretty cool tower that not only allows you to hang them to dry but also shapes them.

Check out a few makeup brush cleaners below, a good alternative is to use baby shampoo so a few are also included 🙂




The best nude lip tutorial

Nude lipstick and subtle makeup is by far one of my favorite looks. Mainly because it’s a neutral look, and also nude shades make your lips appear fuller. Another plus is nude lips can be worn year-round.

There are a few lipsticks I have purchased, which were advertised as a “nude”shade but actually appear more pinker or darker than I prefer. So below are a few lipsticks which are a true nude for you to checkout.

Mac-peach stock or myth

wet n wild- pink suga

elf- jumbo lip gloss stick in “in the nude”

I have noticed that some nude lipsticks dry my lips, so you will need to start with soft lips. Be sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips to avoid flaky skin. An easy DIY tip is to take some sea salt and mix it with a bit of coconut oil. Apply the mix to you lips and rub in a circular motion for a minute or two. Rinse off with cool water and you are set. Do this once or twice a week for baby soft lips.

Quick steps to achieve a nude lip

  • Start with a lip liner to achieve defined lips, with lipstick that stays in place. If you are not a big fan of lip liner, you can go for lipstick alone. However, the reason I do recommend lip liner is, because you can better define your lips and it prevents lipstick from bleeding (or fanning out). Lip liner can also help lips look plumper, since you can use it to subtly line a little bit over your natural lip line for an illusion of a bigger pout. Find a good shade to match your nude lipstick by either matching the exact shade, or using a nude liner a few shades darker.

how to apply nude lipstick

  • Once your lips are lined, use a brush to lightly blend the liner into your lips. This helps liner and lipstick to blend for a more natural look.

best nude lip tutorial

  • Now you are ready for that color. Apply your lipstick. A quick tip to make your lipstick last longer is: press a tissue between your lips to remove a bit of color, then apply setting powder to lips with a brush, and re-apply lipstick. If you’d like, you can apply clear lip balm, but it’s not needed if you started with exfoliated lips.

mac peach stock lipstick

And voilà, your pretty nude lips are ready! I love discovering new products, so share your favorite nude lipsticks and liners below

step by step nude lip tutorial

5 expensive eyeshadow palettes to consider splurging on

Let’s be honest, how many of you have piles upon piles of eyeshadows stored away?! Most of which are probably a few months, or even years old*. Maybe it’s something about the fact that there is still product in the makeup pods and palettes, which makes it hard for us to separate from our beloved shadows.

For this post, I looked at many shadow palettes in search for not only five of the most expensive eyeshadow palettes; but also five of the better recommended palettes. Because let’s face it, nobody wants to dish out a couple hundred dollars on makeup that isn’t the best.

This shadow palette comes with four neutral shades that are universally flattering. You can toss this little palette in your purse to create a day-to-night look. It’s nice having all the shades in one palette to do that.  You are definitely spending that 100+ dollars on this palette for the brand and luxurious packaging, but if you are looking to splurge Serge Lutens is said to be ” the genius of fragrance and legendary master of make-up”.

This little quartet of colors looks like your average palette, but you are actually paying more due to the fact the shadow blocks are strategically places to create an S. Regardless of that, it’s a good thing with these highly concentrated pigments, a little bit goes a long way. Once again, you have a nice array of neutral shades to create a nice look with contour and highlights to emphasize your eyes.

Ok, this is not much of a palette since there is only one shade; but the reason I included this sleek looking shadow, is because considering it is only one color $50 seems a little steep. This Sisley shadow is similar in the one above, as it is also rich in pigmentation and looks like a satiny-metallic shade. Most metallic colors are flattering for most skin tones, so you can definitely create various looks with this pricey little beauty.

Though this Armani palette might seem pricey, you also have to consider you getting a 2-in-1 with the face powder included within the compact. This palette is referred to as the mink eyeshadow trio, due to the colors resemble various fur shades. The texture is also soft and velvety, once again to match the feel of fur.

Have you ever spent $600 on a single piece of makeup?! Sounds crazy right, but if you are looking to splurge on a palette, this is definitely your go-to. Sephora makes very good quality makeup, so this kit will definitely be recommended by those who have tried it. It has 80 high-pigmented shadows which are literally all you will need to create a various array of looks. Though it looks crazy expensive, this is actually a pretty good buy if you are a huge makeup-jukie, or are in the makeup business. The reason behind this is, once you break dow the cost, you are paying about $7.50 per shadow which is relatively low considering other brands.