Catching Up: Old Maybelline Quads

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300 Sea Sprite | Absolutely beautiful shades. It’s actually impressive how often I use the greens from this palette. The gold isn’t as impressive, but is still nice.

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120 Violet Femmes | Once again, beautiful pigmentation on these. Can’t say I’ve used this one, since, uh… I’ve misplaced it.

Britni Rose

 

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ALMAY Shadow Softies in 135 Peach Fuzz and 160 Midnight Sky | Swatches, Photos, Review

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ALMAY Shadow Softies in 160 Midnight Sky
Midnight Sky is a shimmery, metallic dark cobalt. Not as dark as Navy, not as bright as Cobalt. Sapphire, maybe? Either way, it’s gorgeous and has amazing pigmentation.

ALMAY Shadow Softies in 135 Peach Fuzz 
Peach Fuzz is a true peach in the pan, but is more pink when swatched. It’s almost a rose gold. A warm shimmery pink. Absolutely amazing.

Etsy Shop Review: Little Sparrow Co. Lipsticks and Lip Jellies | Photos, Swatches, and Review

Hello everybody! Today I have four lip colors from Jessica over at Little Sparrow Co. on Etsy. She was so kind to send me some of her products for me to review, and I hope that you’ll be sure to check her out.

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First I want to talk about the packaging. A few things to know about me. I like clean. I like blue. I like white. I like uniqueness. I’m a stickler for fonts. And most importantly, I love birds, especially sparrows (due to my love for a certain band and the fact that the lead singer of said band has a son named Sparrow James). I collect anything that shows or says “sparrow”. So that’s that.

But being unbiased as an awesome reviewer, the packaging is clean and extremely professional, which is always great to see from a “small” brand.

Okay. Now to the goodies. Jessica sent me four shades of “unusual” lip colors, which I love. Let’s take a look. First up is Blueberry. Be sure to click on all the pictures for full size.

IMG_0470IMG_0471 IMG_0479 IMG_0587 b1NKk IMG_0584Little Sparrow Co.‘s Lip Jelly in Blueberry is a medium blue shimmer, almost metallic, and very opaque. The formula on this one is amazing. It tastes fine (no taste to note at all), and doesn’t smell like anything to me, though I’m not exactly sensitive to any scent except sunscreen. I find it to me ever-so-slightly moisturizing, due to it’s slightly slick texture. It doesn’t slip or wear quickly, but it feels more like a balm or a gloss on. As you can see, with my lips, which have all those Angelina Jolie wrinkly things (haha), it can appear patchy in pictures, which isn’t so in person. But if you were wearing this to a party, you may want to consider a liner. Below, I have it over Urban Decay’s Clash eyeliner/shadow pencil.

N3Tg6 6f164Blueberry takes the neon-ness of Clash down to a bright aqua blue. Just something super fun. ALSO: Blue lipstick makes your teeth still look white! There’s no such thing as too blue to whiten, I suppose.

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Next up we have a lipstick Gold Medal. The lipsticks are way more opaque (gloriously so!) than the Lip Jellies, and have an amazing formula as well. Less slick feeling, but no more drying than the Lip Jelly formula. Both are ever-so-slightly-moisturizing.

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Gold Medal is an opaque antique yellow gold, bordering slightly in the bronzy territory. It’s pretty metallic and somehow very sexy! I never would’ve thought that gold lipstick would look so good on me, but it does! WHO. KNEW. It’s gorgeous. That’s about all I can say. It’s amazing. I will find a way to wear this as any other everyday “normal’ lipstick, where people will have to look twice to get it.

IMG_0492 IMG_0493 IMG_0495Next up is a lipstick in Lilac. It’s a baby pink… lilac color. As in, the color of lilacs in the spring. It’s extremely opaque and actually really pretty, even though it’s about as light as Viva Glam Gaga, which looks horrible on me. That’s more pink than this though. Again, perfect formula.

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Lilac. Is. Gorgeous. Opaque, soft, feminine, and wears well. I don’t have anything close to this, for sure. Absolutely beautiful.

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Nature’s Kiss. Perfection. Absolute perfection. It’s a lip jelly with the same properties as Blueberry, but it’s a perfect pine green. Ugh. Too pretty. Just go buy it, people. Just go. As with Blueberry, it’s not patchy in person, just in pictures. No liner is required, but hey, why not. Here it is over Butter London’s Jaded Jack, a lime green eyeliner.

6iLk5 KHGBAJaded Jack makes it look a little chalky and uneven, but it’s still so cool.

ST. PATTY’S DAY APPROVED.

Little Sparrow Co. Lip Jelly | $5.50 each
Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5, Blue #1, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene

Little Sparrow Co. Lipstick | $5.50 each
Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Pigment Violet, Titanium Dioxide.

Some of her stuff now has Avocado Oil too.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRODUCTS IN THIS SHOP ARE COMPLETELY VEGAN- AND CRUELTY-FREE. CONTAINS NO FLAVOR OR FRAGRANCE ADDITIVES.

I’m super excited about this shop. Her products are super affordable and suuper fun. There’s another lipstick (Nude Peach), and five more Lip Jellies (Lemon Curd, Oh My Papaya, Rust, Raspberry Tart, and Cherry Pop). She also has a highlighter, shadows, and blushes (including a blue blush, which I’ll have to invest in for Halloween, methinks.).

There’s also a shadow called To Repay a Debt, which looks like a beautiful minty, near-Tiffany-blue shimmery goddessy color. Which would look amazing as a lipstick… Other ones I want are Miracle Child, Dance on the Pier, Baptism, False Prophet, and Columbian Sky.

Be sure to check out Little Sparrow Co.—it’s definitely worth the price for the formula, they have great packaging, wonderful customer service, and amazing, unique colors.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Disclaimer: products were provided to Kettle Rose for Review by Little Sparrow Co.

New Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks in Vengeful Red and Potent | Swatches, Photos, and Review

My lovely lady at Bon Ton let me see these new pretty lipsticks and I almost bought them all. I only bought two. And pre-ordered another. I don’t have a problem, I swear.

Anyway, these are über moisturizing, extremely shiny, and have amazing, gorgeous, more modern packaging. Take a look.

IMG_0318The packaging on these are so, so sleek. They’re magnetized, with no visible magnet, meaning the magnet isn’t going to jump out and run away. The midnight blue looks classic, and the gold is just so luxe.

IMG_0323Potent is a warm, classic ladylike pink. It’s so smooth and moisturizing, really.

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Vengeful Red is, well… a vengeful red. A glorious, beautiful, perfect crimson red. This is maybe the best formula of a red I’ve ever used or seen in my life. A constant-wear for me right now. Not drying at ALL. It’s perfect. AND SHINY. I don’t think I can convey enough how absolutely glossy these are. It’s like vinyl on your lips. And hey, a free teeth-whitening while you’re at it.

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These are so… juicy.

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One thing that’s a plus for me, but maybe a negative for other people is that these babies stay. And by stay, I mean, they stain. Above is the lipsticks in all their glossy glory, then below is when I wiped with a tissue. While it will smudge if you make it and it will transfer, it’s not going to move unless you make it. Then when you clean up any mess, if there’s any, you’re left with this;

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And another extremely important thing to mention is the smell/taste. I haven’t used a lot of Lauder lip products, almost none, because it smelled like plastic and tasted… just… horrible.

NOT THESE.

Everyone else says they smell like vanilla or some random perfume, say they smell like a strawberry Starburst (aka, the best ones). There’s no discernible taste at all.

11/10 would recommend.

For those keeping track, this is almost my Audrey Dream Color.

These are about $27 or so, I can never remember. But there’s a ton of gorgeous colors, be sure to check them out.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lipstick Swatches, Picture Heavy! (Chanel, NARS, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Lancôme, Urban Decay)

I’ll write a separate post catching you guys up with all the crazy that my life has been since September 26, 2013. My life has turned upside down like ten times. It’s finally leveling out. Which means I’m back, ladies and gents!

I’m not going to add too much commentary here, I just want these swatches out there.

IMG_0392Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in 05 Mademoiselle

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NARS Lipstick in Funny Face
NARS Lipstick in Niagara
NARS Lipstick in Schiap
NARS Lip Gloss in Gold Digger

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in 23 Amethyst
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in 24 Cassis
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lip Gloss in Precious Petal

IMG_0401Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 55 Blushing
Estée Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in 03 Crystal Pink
Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 83 Sugar Honey
Estée Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in 41 Tiramisu
Estée Lauder Pure Color High Gloss Plump Ultra Brilliance in 03 Melon Plump

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in 01 Curviest Caramel
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in 04 Heftiest Hibiscus
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense 
in 05 Plushest Punch
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense 
in 06 Roomiest Rose

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Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Shy Honey

Lancome 1-5Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in B-List (Cream)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Backstage Beauty (Cream)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick 
in Corset (Matte)
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in Curtain Call (Sheen)
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in Designer Bloom (Sheen)

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Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Fashion Forward (Matte)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Natural Beauty (Cream)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in The New Pink (Sheen)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Pink Preview (Matte)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick 
in Pretty Burgundy (Cream)

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Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Red Stiletto (Cream)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick 
in Rekindle (Cream)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Retro Rouge (Shimmer)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Tempt Me (Shimmer)
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Vintage Rose (Shimmer)

Le Absolu Rouge

Lancôme Le Rouge Absolu in Pink Organza
Lancôme Color Fever Lip Gloss 
in Hibis-Kiss

Lancome 16-21Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Daring Rose
Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Enticing Rose
Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Red & Sensual Java
Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick Shine in Rekindle
Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick 
in Rose Defile

Rouge in Love

Lancôme Rouge in Love in 146 Miss Coquelicot
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 170 Sequence in Love
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 322 Corail in Love
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 377 Midnight Rose
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 381 Violette CoquetteUD Jilted

Urban Decay Lipstick in Jilted

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lancôme new shadows for fall | Swatches, Photos, Review

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611 Attitude | is a soft and opaque lustrous chrome-dark-silver-ish shimmer.

407 Fashion Do | is a super sparkly navy, almost cobalt, with silver and midnight pieces mixed in. It’s not completely opaque, but the color is worth a little work. I would be concerned about fallout.

313 Statement Piece | is a pure glam chic mess of lavender and electric purple and about a thousand other colors it feels like. Would definitely worry about fallout with this one.

All three are available for $19 at department stores now. Attitude is a must-have, and the other two will be amazing for holiday time.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Estée Lauder trios from the new Metallics Collection

Quick swatches from the new Estée collection! Amazing colors.

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The base colors were just okay. The more matte ones were chalky and the sheen/shimmer ones were opaque and smooth.

The center colors were seriously hit and miss. Some were nothing but straggly glitter that’s sure to fallout, some were soft and gentle shimmers that behaved perfectly.

All of the liner colors were great. I don’t think I had an issue with any of them.

The trios as well as the rest of the collection (including some badass lip lacquers!) are available at department stores now.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lancôme Artliner 24H | The Complete New Collections!

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Black Diamond, Chrome, Amethyst, Emerald, Chrome, Sapphire, Turquoise, Gold, Copper, and Jade.

The formula on these are absolute perfect. Scary amazing pigmentation, long lasting.

Absolutely perfect. Stunning, show stopping.

Warning: Turquoise does leave a stain, a la Stila Bora Bora.

$30 at department stores, Sephora, and Ulta.

xoxo
Britni Rose

UPDATE: after six and a half hours of wear, they haven’t budged! I’ve washed my hands a couple times with soap, used paper towel to dry. Not a sparkle lost.

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Stila Eyeshadows in Poppy, Mimosa, and Terracotta | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Mimosa is a bright fire orange shimmer with lemonade colored glitter particles that show up, mostly in the pan.

Poppy is a robin’s egg blue shimmer that’s just really, really simple and clean.

Terracotta is a vivid, mega-intense, burgundy. It’s too intense, I can’t even. Perfect smokey eye color for green, or maybe even blue eyes.

All three colors are so intensely pigmented, it’s crazy. They’re HUGE, as far as eyeshadows go. They’re magnetic, so they fit perfectly into the magnetic Stila palettes. The only downside of these shadows is that if you want that sheer wash of color for spring or summer, you have to be super light handed. The swatches above are with barely touching the pan, and only swiping once.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lancome Rouge In Love 146 Miss Coquelicot and 381 Violette Coquette

 

Today I have some Lancome lipsticks for you guys! I just got these after drooling over them for a long while. I couldn’t decide between Violette Coquette or 377 Midnight Rose… I went with Violette Coquette. But it was close.IMG_8549IMG_8550 IMG_8554

146 Miss Coquelicot is a poppy red creme. Super opaque, but it doesn’t sit heavy on the lip. I have, like, continuously dry lips, so they’re always flakey, and most of the Rouge in Love colors just put a spotlight on those problem areas. This one does not.

381 Violette Coquette is a vivid, true purple. This actually is the exact color in the photo- normally purples end up a completely different color. This one, plus my natural lip pigmentation turns it a gorgeous rose color after a while, even though it starts out that bright purple.

The whole Rouge in Love line is extremely comfortable. It claims to have 6 hour wear, but I find it to be more like 4, then a light stain is left for a while. However, I apply a layer, blot, then use my finger to press setting powder over the entire lip and super lightly blending it out, so it is a thin layer of powder setting the color underneath. Then I apply another layer, blot, then I’m on my way. Using this method I can get any lipstick to last at least six hours. When I wore Rouge in Love in 377 Midnight Rose home from work using powder in between layers, it lasted for 14 hours with only a tiny bit of fading around the edges. I had to use two different eye makeup removers to get it off. I thought I had a permanent lip tattoo. So maybe that isn’t the best way to wear these, especially if you plan on changing your lip color sometime in the day!

So, yeah, rambling contained. These lipsticks feel super light, like a balm, just like Lancome claims they do. They don’t dry out my lips, and my lips are suuuper sensitive. The come in a ton of colors, and they have a gorgeous, gorgeous packaging to them. They last a long time, and fade evenly down to a stain. The only downside is that if you have texture to your lips, a la Angelina Jolie, or they’re just temperamental and flaky, a few of the lighter colors, and maybe even some of the darker ones, will make those lines and problems stand out a bit more.

Available: $26.50 at Lancôme counters everywhere. All colors (that they’ve released so far) are all permanent shades.

xoxo
Britni Rose