Beauty Review: Illamasqua Intense lip gloss in Follow

Y’all…I am SO in love Illamasqua. I don’t know how it happened. I don’t own a lot of their products, but what I do have, I love…I REALLY love. Take their glosses for example.

I have TWO! That’s a lot for a gloss that costs $19. I’m just sayin’…

Their intense lip glosses are phenomenal! They are long wearing and pigmented and worth every dollar. Which is a good thing because if I’m going to spend that much on a gloss, I want it to be GOOD! Know what I mean?

Even the application is perfection.

I prefer this over a brush and I don’t know why. It just applies beautifully. And check out how intense a single swatch is.

And then on the lippies…

I just love it. I really do. And I don’t mind shouting it out to the world! Or at least on Twitter…

Rock on, Illamasqua. You’ll be seeing more of me. I promise.

Are you a fan of Illamasqua? Have you tried any of their products?

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Beauty Review: Milani 3D Glitzy Gloss

If there is a product that you desperately need in your life, how many drugstores would you hit up in order to find it and take it home?

That’s not a trick question, y’all. And don’t judge me when I say this but I searched almost 12 CVS’ and Walgreens to find these lippies. Yeah, I know you’re giving me the side eye but I did this for you guys. I promise! If I weren’t a blogger, I darn sure wouldn’t be doing crazy stuffs like this. But when I heard that Milani came out with a blue gloss, all I could think was, “Must.Get.It.Now.”

But first, let’s talk about Milani’s Fashion Diva and how similar it is to MAC’s Funtabulous. I reviewed Funtabulous sometime ago and it always been one of my favorite lip glosses EVA! But while I am an enormous fan of MAC’s Dazzleglass, I was never a fan of spending $18 for one. That’s a hefty price tag for a gloss yo. My collection of them as never been more than 3 because of this.

Milani’s 3D Glitz glosses are pretty good dupes for the Dazzleglasses. The consistency is not as thick, sticky and pigmented as the Dazzleglass, though. These of course means that they aren’t as long lasting.

Still a steal nonetheless. And Fashion Diva looks A LOT like Funtabulous and it’s only $6.49. Heyyy!!!

And now back to Movie Star because this blue gloss is truly rocking my world. When used alone, it is rather sheer and the neon blue sparkles are hardly noticed.

I wanted to see how it look layered on top of one of my favorite Inglot lipsticks.

Loves it! Now I hate to be a dream basher but finding Movie Star is like THEE hardest thing ever. I haven’t seem to locate it in a good 2 months. Hopefully you’ll be able to track down Movie Star and her other 6 friends. You can find them at CVS, Walgreens and K-Mart.

Have you tried these yet? How do you think they compare to MAC’s Dazzleglass?

Maybelline ColorSensational: Plums!

Next up in the Maybelline ColorSensational color review iiiis….plum!!

If I had to choose a lipstick color that I think most Black women run to first, I’d say plum.

Plums are safe. They are work-appropriate and can have many different color variations when topped off with lip liners and glosses. I probably have more plum-esque colors in my lipstick collection than any other color.

Meet Mauve-ulous lipstick and Sugared Honey lipgloss.


This duo sat in my purse for a good month. I love them! They complement each other very well. See….

Find 11 more plum lippies in the Maybelline Colorsensational family at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target.

So how many plum lippies do you have? Like 48 right? HA!!

Check out my review of the red family here.

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Maybelline ColorSensational: The Mini-Series!

After attending the fabulous Maybelline ColorSensational event, it only makes sense that I highlight some of these gorgeous lippies, right? So I’ve decided to do a mini-series on a color from each individual shade once a week.


That’s right! I’ve got representatives from Red, Naturals, Plums and Pinks checkin’ in. How fly do they look?

Oh wow…let’s get a close-up.


A beautiful line-up, uh? I even brought their sidekicks….The Corresponding Gloss Crew!


Stay tuned for reviews and swatches! If there is anything specific you would like to know about these babies, just let me know and I’ll include that in the review.

Stay tuned!

Beauty Review: MAC Dazzleglass Creme

‘ello darlings!

I plan to crank out quite a few posts on lipsticks, glosses and balms. There are so many hot ones on the market right now and the gloss fiend in me wants to explore them allllll.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
in Do It Up

I think the whole world knew how much I loved the original Dazzleglasses. I pretty much lived in Funtabulous for a good 3 months. They are full of glitter, can jazz up a lipstick and have good staying power.

Now MAC rolls out with the Dazzleglass creme. Are these just as great? I’ll say! I found them to apply similar to a Dazzleglass but with a creamier feel. The lips still more moisturized and it wasn’t as sticky as a Dazzleglass.

But you still get the the glitter effect if that’s yo thang!


I think I’m in love with these. I probably won’t purchase more than two because I’m cheap and I think the $18 price tag is a little steep. Hey, that rhymed!

….no but seriously. While I do love these babies I find that they tend to go pretty quickly if you use them regularly. It’s not the best beauty investment for my budget but at the same time a good two or so in my collection adds some diversity to the gloss family.

Not to mention Do It Up ain’t too bad on the lips.


Whatcha think?

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass creme lippies yet? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

 

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect

Every now and then I like to purchase products that I know are a bit out of my budget. Just to see how they compare to my favorite drugstore lines.

See, I love higher-end products but let’s be honest…..a lot of drugstore products can knock higher-end brands out of the water. And I ain’t afraid to admit it.

Take one of Dior’s glosses as an example…


Wait—how dope is the packaging? It changes colors. Watch this.


Now it’s blue! Fierceness!


I’m not going to pretend like the gloss isn’t gorgeous because it is…


Another 398 points for awesome packaging. But as far as appearance on the lips…


Eh. $25.50 is a lot for a gloss and I really expected more. I knew this would happen. You can never go wrong with…


NYC glosses. This one in Cherrywood is under $2 and gives me a similar long-lasting shine.


That’s my “Ain’t that some bull?” look.

The verdict. Dior’s Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect lippies have beautiful packaging.

The end!!

Anyone try and glosses from Dior? Would you? Could you? Is $25 not insanely steep for a gloss? What say you?!