3 Lipsticks From Cargo. Wait…3 AWESOME Lipsticks From Cargo!

Need a new brand of lipsticks to try? Duh!! Of course, you do? I mean…who doesn’t? I’m not sure what took them so long but CARGO Cosmetics recently launched their first ever lipstick collection.

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“Seriously B? They should have done that a long time ago.”

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Hmm mmm, girl. I said the same thing. I received 3 of the 13 lippies from the collection but whoa, I’m impressed. Aren’t I always impressed from CARGO stuffs? Yeah, I am. I got these lippies to review and I thought I’d quickly highlight the shades and talk about the awesome formula.

Cargo Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a pale beige, and let’s be honest. This shade is anything but flattering on me. But what it is, is a pleasure to use! Seriously, I love how creamy and opaque it was with only minimal application. This shade would definitely look better as a nude lippie on my ivory and olive mamas. It can also work nicely if (and only if) it is paired with a brown lip liner.

Cargo Punta Cuna

Punta Cana is a bright fuchsia that just screams “Look at my lips!” You either love it or don’t and I am definitely here for this bright richness of a lipstick.

Cargo Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a deep wine and if this doesn’t scream FALL, I don’t know what shade does. I don’t traditionally wear shades this deep and dark, but I don’t know…I think I’ll be making Bordeaux my signature shade this season.

These lipsticks are more than just hydrating. They apply beautifullllllyyyyy. And I know I’m all dramatic about it, but the silky smooth formula is just everything that I could ever hope for in a lipstick. And I’ve found that they last for a good little while. You know, for a lipstick.

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Fantastic quality, Cargo! Quiero mas. You can scoop these lippies up for $22 at CargoCosmetics.com or at ULTA.

The Lip Balms I Almost Ate…

So Clarins has these lipsticks that they only release during the summer and it’s quite a shame. These bad boys are so dang fabulous that it’s a pity they aren’t available year round.

I got ‘em to review and it has taken everything in me to not bite them.

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Yah. Like bite bite. They just look so luscious.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

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I’m not crazy though. No lipsticks were harmed in this feature.

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To sum it up, these are fantastic. They look like lipsticks but they feel like balms. They are sheer in color, long-lasting and have a sweet and fruity smell.

Crystal Mandarin has a juicy and sweet orange tint to it. I didn’t think this would work so well but surprise…it does!

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Crystal Rose, I think, is the most wearable shade for all complexions because it has enough red and pink in it to compliment ladies of all skin tones.

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Crystal Gold Plum is really more of a gold and while I’ve never liked gold on my lips, this is subtle enough to actually work kinda well.

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Crystal Berry is a subtle vamp of the family.

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They are spectacular. Clarins, please make these available year round. Please! They retail for $26 a pop at ClarinsUSA.com and at Clarins counters. I’m all for sheer lipsticks. Sometimes you just don’t want a super pigmented lip, ya know?

By the way, I’m still trying not to bite these. Don’t judge me.

The Story Of The NARS Lip Pencil That I Wore For 2 Weeks Straight

My morning schedule is absolute madness. It isn’t even funny. Going back to work after maternity leave has had its challenges and Esposo and I are still trying to handle them efficiently, but dude…how do people do it? Getting myself and a baby ready for the day is tough enough but add in getting breakfast, lunch, washing bottles, pumping and trying not to forget anything and it’s like…whoa. By 7am I feel like I’ve already done enough for the day.

That said, when it comes to beautifying, I have a good 5-7 minutes to get it together. And even that’s pushing it. We all know how much I love a good lip and usually achieve one by pullin’ out a lipliner and lipstick but come on, y’all…ain’t nobody got time for all that. Fo reals.

Instead, I’ve been having a love affair with 2 of these new NARS Satin lip pencils.

NARS Satin Lip Pencils

Oh my, are they heavenly. I mean, my gooooodness…

And I know what you’re thinking, “B, it’s just ANOTHER lip pencil to hit the market. What’s the big deal?” Yah. I said the same thing. I don’t know, y’all. Except for the fact that these aren’t self-sharpening (ugh, hate that), these are actually better than many of the pencils that I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a lot.

NARS Satin Lip pencils swatches

For one these babies are nice and hydrating. I still like to put down a base of a balm before application but it’s great that I don’t have to worry about my lips being drier than the Sahara. And the color intensity is just well, intense!

Luxembourg is described as a watermelon and it’s just beautiful! ‘Scuse my imperfect application. Please don’t let it overshadow the awesome that is Luxembourg.

NARS Luxembourg

I could seriously wear this lipstick daily. Oh wait. I did wear it 2 weeks in a row. Womp.

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And then there’s Palais Royal, a stunning Sangria…

NARS Palais Royal

I know, right?

NARS Palais Royal on lips

I’m pretty much obsessed with these and I love how they leave a bit of stain behind. So yes, they will fade over time but not for a very long time. And since it’s a pencil, I’m able to line my lips, apply and then toss in my purse all under 2 minutes.

You done well, NARSy. You done well.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $25/pencil
Availability: At Sephora.com, NARS.com and at Sephora counters 
Limited Edition?: Nope
Do I recommend?: Hecks yah! I mean, they aren’t cheap but c’mon, when has NARS ever been cheap? If you’re okay with splurging, I think you’ll really like these. They are nice and as hydrating as lip pencils can be. Plus, the color selection is just really nice. You’ll definitely find something that suits you.
 
 

 

Are you a lover of lip pencils or do you find them to be pretty gimmicky?

Target Spring Means Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid lipsticks

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I know. I can’t stop talking about ‘em. Yah. I am that obsessed with Maybelline’s Color Sensational lipsticks. These things are magnificent, y’all. And so unexpected! I mean, who knew that a drugstore brand would be launching such beautiful and BRIGHT lipsticks? This never happens. We usually have to head to department stores to see brilliance. Maybelline is givin’ us face this season.

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…and I am soooo here for it. I’ve been braggin’ about the awesomeness of these thangs for quite some time so please allow me to show them off via pics. You cool with that?

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Formula-wise, they are like traditional lipsticks in that they may be a bit drying so wearing a lip balm underneath them is a must. Wear time is dependent on what you got goin’ on. A ton of eating and drinking may result in your lipstick fading a bit but I think that’s to be expected. I find that I get the best wear time out of these when I blot with a tissue after applying. Some have a bit of a stain-effect so even if I’m drinking on somethin’, the color will stick around a bit longer.

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And now the beauties –

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Brazenberry is a cool medium berry. It’s such an interesting shade of purple. I found it worked best when I wore it with a plum lipliner.

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Electric Orange is a straight up ORANGE lipstick. It definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. I was surprised at how I can wear this without a liner or anything. ‘Scuse my flaky lippies on this one.

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Hot Plum is a vivid magenta and I found it to be extremely wearable.

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Neon Red is an orange-y red and it is briiiiight. It has quite a bit of orange for me but I can still rock it confidently. This is THE lippy color of the season.

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On Fire Red is a great blue toned red lipstick. If Neon Red isn’t exactly up your alley, On Fire Red is it.

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Pink Pop is a frosty bubblegum pink.

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Vivid Rose is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s a punchy hot pink that is officially my color of the season.

Of course you can grab all of these at Target. That is, if you can find them. It was hard tracking these babies down because they are super popular. Simply put – these rocks. Especially if you’re the type to be a bit adventurous in the lipstick department.

Which one are you lovin’ the most?

It’s Time for Springtime.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Oranges and Reds

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Giiiiiirl, Milani has some new lipsticks and I am swooning! Their lippies have gone through quite the makeover. From the packaging to the formula, everything about these new lipsticks is spectacular. I’m going to be reviewing all of the color families but first up are the ever so sexy oranges and reds…

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Best Red is a true red matte and although that’s Milani’s description, it didn’t appear to be TOO matte for me. I’m not complaining though. It’s stunning and is definitely one of my favorites in the bunch.

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Cherry Crave is a red pearl metallic that has a gorgeous amount of shimmer. It definitely has the most shimmer than any of the other lipsticks.

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High Voltage is a red orange vinyl and colors like these don’t compliment me best but it’s pretty nonetheless.

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Orange Gina is an orange bronze-y pearl. The finish is frosty and I’m not a fan but the shade is a bit off-putting on me too.

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Red Label is a bright red cream is a fantastic red. It is my absolute favorite because it’s blue-toned and just woooonderful. I also found it to be the most moisturizing.

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Ruby Valentine is a deeper red vinyl. It’s my second favorite red in this collection

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Sweet Nectar is an orange cream and I wish this orange loved me as much as I love it. But naw. It’s just not that flattering on my skin. But whatever. I’m going to rock it anyway with a lipliner. Watch!

I’m sure some of the reds look similar but nope, they are all very different be it the finish, addition of subtle shimmer or blue or orange tuned hinges.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $5.49/ea
Availability: Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, etc.
Favorites in collection: Cherry Crave, Ruby Valentine and Red Vinyl 
 

Yes Milani. Yes! I love everything about these lipsticks. Of course I didn’t expect every shade to look phenomenal on me but I was impressed with the finishes and longevity of the lippies. Of course the price point is fantastic too. Stay tuned for more features of Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks.

Veganize Your Lippies with Too Faced’s Newest La Creme Lipsticks

So remember that time I showcased those amazing and vegan Too Faced La Creme lipsticks? Welllll, the geniuses at TF have given us 4 more shades and I couldn’t be happier.

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Because you can never have too many lipsticks. And anyone who tells you otherwise ain’t a friend. I’m just sayin’.

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Say ‘ello to the new lovelies. I surprisingly love every single one. I’m a bit of Picky Patty when it comes to lip colors but I seriously don’t have any compliments about any of these. This is just a quick feature of these babies since I’ve reviewed them before.

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(L-R)
Bumbleberry, Loganberry, So Berry Sexy, Teddy Berry

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Bumbleberry is a darkened pink that has a nice work appropriate touch to it. It’s the kind of lipstick that you can wear comfortably by itself but then apply a lipliner for some added WOW-ness.

 

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Loganberry is a highly pigmented magenta that rocks my world. This is MY kind of pink. It doesn’t require anything else. She is dynamic on her on. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

 

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So Berry Sexy is a rich blue-toned rose that I find that will likely compliment anyone who wears it. It’s my second favorite of the bunch.

 

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Teddy Berry could have been a grandma shade but no, somehow it works. It’s the perfect lippy to wear when you want something without having to look TOO made up.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $21/ea
Availability: TooFaced.com
Do I recommend: Absolutely. I love everything about the La Creme lipsticks. The packaging is darling, they are super moisturizing and they seem to last quite some time on the lips. The color selection is great and I think these 4 are a great addition to the bunch.

Rock on, Too Faced! You done well. :cool:

The Man Repeller GLOSSYBOX

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I haven’t reviewed a GLOSSYBOX since last year and it’s already March. Time freaking flies. Cliche, I know but it’s always really apparent when I’m playing around with beauty stuff. This month GLOSSYBOX partnered with blogger The Man Repeller. I’m not familiar with this blog so I’m not sure how it all went down. It appears to be a fashion blog that focuses on a lot of International fashion. If you have some insight on The Man Repeller, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s check out this GLOSSYBOX…

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As in all of the boxes, we’ve got a magazine that features season trends and whatnot…

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And then the main event…

At first glance, I was excited because for the first time in a while, it looked like this GLOSSYBOX contained items in which I was interested in using them allllll.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution -full size $225

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I’ve featured LMdB products before but I haven’t tried any of their skincare products. Aaaand for obvious reasons. They are a bit the expensive side. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I want to. Because then what if I like it? Then I’ll be stuck having to spend THAT much on a skincare product? Nah bro.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette Spray – full size $77

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Okay, so we all know I kicked wearing perfumes to the curb years ago due to the fact that they give me migraines but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t re-open my love affair for ‘em with this one. It smells like old ladies. No bueno.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (hair primer) – full size $20

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I’m not a fan of hair products in beauty boxes (mainly because they are almost never geared toward my hair type) but this is a decent sample size if I were interested in using a hair primer.

Vincent Longo Lipstain – full size $23

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Yay! I full size product. I love everything about this richly pigmented red lipstick. It is definitely the star of the box for me.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume mascara – full size $25

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini mascara in a beauty box so yaaaaay for that. I’m a mascara snob in that I’d much rather use a full size mascara than a mini one but for a sample box, it works. Plus, I can use this mascara in my cosmetic bag for travels.

OPI Can’t Let You Go Liquid Sand nail polish – full size $9

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Fantastic choice! It’s not only a full size nail polish but it is OPI’s newest formula.

Fresh  Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – full size $35

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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to. It’s a good pick for a beauty box because it’s large enough to let you try out the mask the serum at least 2-4 times.

Overall:
I always judge the value of a GLOSSYBOX by the variety of products and if what is given has a value that reaches or exceeds the cost of the $21 box. Looks like this one did a darn good job. We got a hair, nail, skincare, cosmetic and perfume sample. Two of the samples were in full size and together they cost more than the cost of the box. Not a bad box for this month. The lipstick and nail polish are true winners in my book.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? What did you think about this month’s? Oh! And if you aren’t a subscriber, head on over to the site and sign up.

 

Gettin’ Vivid Lips Thanks To Target Beauty!

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Oh darlings – Spring is almooooost in the air. And no one knows this better than my retail BFF, Target. I love me some Target. It’s more than love, really. It’s like an obsession. Target isn’t even just a noun in my book. It’s a verb. I Target. Yuuup. It really is THAT serious. And look what I found on my most recent trip…

DSC_6864 First of all, like the Maybelline Color Whispers lippies, I pretty much need all of these too. Neon Red is perhaps one of my favorites of the bunch because it’s bold enough to rock confidently but yet it’s not TOO over the top. Not that I have a problem rockin’ over the top lip colors. :cool: I’ve been meaning to do a full out review of these but just know that if you are looking for a new lipstick shade and you aren’t bashful, you’ll love Neon Red. DSC_6871 I’m picky about my reds so I’m kinda shocked that I love this one so much as it has a little more orange in it than I would like. But I’m not complaining too much because darling, it is just THAT fierce. DSC_6874.NEF Yes, girl yes. And thank you Target Beauty for carrying these beauties. Have you discovered these in your Target? Target is all ready for Spring and even if the weather in your neck of the woods says otherwise, you can’t deny the Spring-y feeling you get from watching this beauty vid.

It’s Time for Springtime. “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”