NARS Audacious Lipstick Review and Lip Swatches!

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while but I’ve been out of the country lately and it was difficult to find a good internet source in the location I was at, so I couldn’t make any posts.

This month, I’ll be reviewing the NARS Audacious lipstick WITH lip swatches! If you haven’t heard of them, you are now and you should! These lipsticks are fantastic. So why bother doing a review? Even with its superior quality, these lipsticks are pricey.

I’ll start with the review. If you want to just see the lip swatches, then scroll down below after the review.


(Starting from the left: Julie, Natalie, Vera, Silvia, Vivien)

Quality and Pigmentation: Quite possibly one of the best quality lipsticks that I own. This lipstick is creamy, glides on smoothly and doesn’t bleed. The pigmentation is superior for a lipstick. All of the swatches on my arm were done with one swatch except the first one because I was swatching from a weird angle. That’s the amazing thing about this lipstick. You don’t have to coat your lips over and over again to get that full luscious color. One good swipe is enough.

Lasting Effect: I would say that the lasting effect of this lipstick is above average. This can honestly last you for an 8 hour work or school day. For me personally, I reapply around the 6 or 7 hour mark because that’s when I can see the color fading away. It’s not too bad, but I prefer to have my lipstick fully bright all day long. If you don’t reapply around that mark, then the color will still be there. It will look a little faded but the color will still be noticeable.

Price: The only downside of this lipstick is the price. This lipstick retails for $32 which is VERY pricey for a lipstick. I think these are one of the most expensive lipsticks I own. BUT! You really do get what you pay for. This lipstick may be expensive but the quality will not disappoint.

The BIG question: IS IT WORTH? Absolutely! Like I said the quality will not disappoint. This lipstick really does excel in quality, lasting effect and pigmentation. I recommend it for everyone ranging from beauty addicts or to those that just wants one good everyday lipstick. Especially for those that want one good lipstick. They have a huge range of colors and will have something for everyone. Pick one, earn up and get it. Even if you use this everyday, you won’t use it up that fast. It’s very pigmented, so you only need a little to apply it. You also won’t have to reapply like crazy because it’ll last you a while. For my makeup addicts, you can slowly build up your collection for this. It’s pricey but you can buy it one at a time. Like I said they have an amazing range of colors.

I hope you guys like it as much as I do! Here are the swatches! (BTW! I didn’t get all of this at once! I’ve been slowly collecting them since they came out almost two years ago.) Enjoy!


This is Julie. It looks really light in this color but it’s a bit more salmony orange in person. For my skin tone, this is a great everyday nude color and a great summer color.


This one’s Natalie and the most unique out of all the colors I own from this lipstick line. It’s a flamingo pink color and like I said, very unique. In this picture, it looks very pink but in person, it has a bit more of a peachy hue to it than just all pink. I love this one for spring and summer. I’ve said it like 3 times but I’m gonna say it again. I love this one because it’s unique in my whole collection. It’s hard for someone like me to wear bright pinks but not with this one.


Next up is Vera! My sweet beautiful Vera! I need a moment! (Sigh) You guys! This is definitely on the top 10 favorite lipsticks throughout my whole collection! Vera is that perfect dark raspberry color that will look good on soo many people. Especially for people with a tan or darker complexion. You can also get away with wearing this on summer nights for parties because of the raspberry color. It’s not as dark as its coming off in the picture. But anyways, love, love, LOVE!


Here we Sylvia! Beautiful, fun and bright orchid color. For me, I would wear this all year round but I would say it’s best to wear it around the summer.


Last we have Vivien. I know it looks really similar to Vera but they’re different, I promise! Vivien’s a lot darker and more of a wine while Vera has that berry undertone and looks a lot brighter. Also a gorgeous color and looks amazing in the fall and winter.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water Review

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The new makeup removal trend has been the micellar cleansing water. I’m a little late on the hype for this but I finally gave it a try. I love the idea of using this to clear your eye makeup and also your face makeup. I thought that if I could make this work, then I don’t have to use an eye makeup remover and cleansing oil to take my makeup off. It would just be one product which is very convenient.

More companies are coming out with this type of cleanser but the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water was the most accessible for me. Bioderma (one of the most hyped ones out there) can only be accessible to me through online purchase and Garnier Micellar Water is not available in my area =( However this one was everywhere! I saw it at Target, Ulta, and pretty much every drugstore I went to. So I decided to give it a try.

Makeup Removal: For the most part, this is probably the most important aspect of this product and to me it fell short of its promises. It claims that it can also remove eye makeup and while it excelled in removing my face makeup and eye shadow, I found that it struggled to remove waterproof makeup. In the end, I still had to use my eye makeup remover to completely take my mascara and eyeliner off.

Is it hydrating? Short answer, not really. One of the claims that this product makes is that it is supposed to leave your skin hydrated after use. However, my skin just felt like it always does. My skin didn’t feel hydrated at all but it did not feel dry either which can happen sometimes when I’m using cleansing products.

For sensitive skin? Absolutely! That is probably the best thing about this product. Usually my skin would have reaction during the first week of trying new skin care products but not for this one. My skin was completely fine even on the first use. It also did not irritate my skin which some makeup removal products tend to do.

Would I repurchase and recommend? I will probably not be repurchasing this product and I would not recommend it to MOST people. To me, it’s not that different from my cleansing oil except my cleansing oil hydrates my skin a lot more and since I have dry skin, that extra hydration is necessary. HOWEVER, I DO RECOMMEND this to people that like to do the whole makeup removal strip down where you remove your eye makeup with an eye makeup remover and a cleansing oil for your face. There are some people that struggle with cleansing oils because it does not work well with their skin. This can work as a cleansing oil if your skin cannot handle cleansing oils. It’s very gentle on the skin and will still remove face makeup.

I still have hope for micellar water cleansers. I just need to find the right one for me. If you have tried any micellar water cleansers then please comment down below and recommend them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time!

As always,
Nicole ❤

Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara Review

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A few weeks ago, I did an Ulta haul. In that haul, I picked up the Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. To be honest, when I first got this I was really skeptical. First of all, this is not the type of mascara that I would usually stray towards but I gave in because of all the hype and the fact that I love all the other mascaras from Benefit. So I wanted to see if this mascara lives up to its hype.

After wearing only this mascara for a week, I was hooked. At this point, I have been wearing this mascara for about a month and has been the only mascara I have worn all month long. I can honestly say that this mascara is now a holy grail product for me. NOW, just because I say that this is a holy grail FOR ME, doesn’t mean that it will be the same FOR YOU. The Roller Lash Mascara is a holy grail for me because it fulfills everything I want from a mascara but on an emphasized level, NOT because it lived up to its promises.

If you want to know more about my thoughts in detail for this product then keep reading.

What it’s Advertised to Do: The mascara is advertised mainly to curl, lift lashes and give a wide-eyed look. It was also stated that this mascara is meant to hold for 12 hours and contains vitamins that will condition the lashes. They also stated that you won’t need an eyelash curler when using this product.

Brush & Application: My picture does not show the brush well but you can take a closer look at it here. The brush was inspired by rollers but it reminds me more of a spiky hair brush. This brush is very slim. It’s definitely slimmer than any other mascaras I’ve had or tried and I do like it that way. I have short lashes and when a mascara brush is too fluffy or big, it becomes difficult to work with. But this brush made it a breeze to put on mascara especially for the lower lash line. The brush is slim and small, so it made it easy to coat even the shortest bits of my lashes. Also, because the bristles of the brush were spiky, it was really easy to separate my lashes with brush and probably the reason why there was no clumping. SO A+ for the brush!

My Experience with the Roller Lash Mascara and What it Did for my Lashes: During my first application, the first thing I noticed was how dark my lashes were and how long they got with just one coat. After the second coat, I noticed that my lashes were more lifted than they originally were. I also noticed a little more volume to my lashes. I got about the same results every time I have worn this mascara and I really like the results. It also lasts for quite a while. I didn’t time if it was for 12 hours but it definitely lasted well over 8 hours. Overall, this mascara lengthened and lifted my lashes, gave my eyes a wide-eyed look and added a little volume to my lashes.

Did it Live Up to Its Hype and Promises?: First of all, I just want to note that just like everyone’s hair is different, then lashes will too. Now that that’s out of the way, back to the mascara. For it’s promises, because of the length and lift that it gave me, I can definitely say that the promise of a wide-eyed look was achieved. It also lasted quite a while, so I would check off the whole 12 hour lasting effect. Now, the big main attraction for this mascara was if it curled and did it last? That would be a definite NO. For my experience, I didn’t really see it curl my lashes. I had long lasting lifted lashes but not curled lashes. In fact, this mascara lengthened my lashes more than it curled. Did it live up to its hype? Honestly, I’m not sure how to answer this one because people probably had varying experiences but I definitely think it’s worth the hype that it’s a good mascara but not for what it’s advertised as but like I said, everyone has different lashes, so your experience might be different than mine.

Why Do I LOVE This Mascara so Much?: My lashes have a natural lift to them but they’re not completely straight or curled either. They’re short and have quite a bit of volume to them. The main problem with them is that they’re short. I already have small eyes, dark circles and the occasional baggy eyes in the morning. Usually worse on busy weeks. This mascara give me A LOT of length, lift and wide awake look to my eyes which is exactly what I want for a mascara plus some volume and blackened lashes which just emphasizes my lashes more and makes my eyes look even more awake. So it might not have lived up to its promises but hey I’m okay with that as long as gives my lashes the look I want!

Anyways, thanks for reading!

TTYL!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Sugar Pill Sparkle Baby Palette Review and Swatches

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Guess what?!?! It’s finally my review on Sugar Pill’s Sparkle Baby Palette! I featured this as one of March Favorites and now I’m going to tell you all about it! I almost did not get this palette because of the reviews from I’ve seen from Youtube and other social media sites. There were a lot of mixed reviews but the colors were so gorgeous, I couldn’t pass it up.

If you would like to browse around Sugar Pill’s website and goodies, then please click here.

I did like this palette but I don’t think it’s for everyone. It’s a wonderful and special palette but it has its flaws. If you do decide to get this or you have it, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend you wear it with a colored base (I found that it works well with a white base). Anyways, enjoy!

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Kitten Paradise Collage

Frostine Collage

Candy Crush Collage

Hotsy Totsy Collage

Quality: Stay with me as I attempt to explain my thoughts on the quality of these shadows. All of shadows kind of have different strengths and weaknesses. I had no problem with Hotsy Totsy whatsoever. I love the color and the pigmentation. That’s probably the only weakness, too much pigmentation. The first time I put it on, I tapped my brush lightly on the shadow, put on crease and had to blend it out for a while because the pigmentation was just in your face. Kitten Parade was fine, average quality BUT it gave a lot of fallouts during application. Even with a light hand, I still found plenty of fallouts. That doesn’t really bother me too much. I did not mind cleaning it up but it just took more time to apply my makeup. Candy Crush and Frostine had quite a few flaws. The pigmentation was acceptable but they were difficult to blend and work with. You had to have a light hand or the color will fade away while blending. I didn’t like the finish for these two either. It made them very sheer and probably the reason why they kept fading while blending.

Pigmentation: The four of them had varying pigmentation. Please keep in mind that most of these are pastel/light colors. In all of the shadows that I have tried or owned, these are one of the most pigmentated so far. Candy Crush and Frostine were fine on pigmentation, not bad, not good. My issue with them was the finish. They were very sheer and with colors like these, they can fade really easily if touched. So when using your brush to apply these, have a gentle touch. Kitten Parade had good pigmentation but the sparkles in it gave fallouts during application. Hotsy Totsy’s pigmentation was phenomenal! I kid you not. When I was applying this, I was scared that I would apply too much. The swatch you provided in my pictures was done with one swipe and no baser or primer. I don’t know what they did to Hotsy Totsy. It feels different from all the others. It kind of looks like it has the same finish but then gain not. But it gave amazing pigmentation.

Wear Time: I wore all of the eye shadows together for about 10 hours. Frostine and Candy Crush’s color faded. They were still there but not very visible. Kitten Parade held out pretty well. I noticed that it faded a little but not too much. Hotsy Totsy looked exactly like it did that morning when I put it on. The wear time on Frostine and Candy Crush did not surprise me. From the beginning, they were pretty translucent and sheer. I could already tell that they were going to fade easily. However, their placement on my eye might have affected their wear time. I put Frostine as a highlight Candy Crush under my bottom lash line.

Price: The palette retails for $34 on Sugar Pill’s website. I almost did not want to include this section but I am anyways. For me this palette was worth it even with that price tag. I feel that people are either going to like this palette or they won’t. So if you’re thinking about purchasing this palette then be sure that you are willing to deal with all its imperfections. The palette contains 3.5g total of all the shadows. The shadows are a decent size. They’re definitely bigger than MAC eyeshadows for comparison.

I recommend this palette to: Anyone that wants to play around with pastel or light bright colored shadows. I also recommend it to makeup lovers that want something playful and unique in their collection. Even if the palette is not perfect, it still has a beautiful color selection.

I DO NOT recommend this to: People who do not have time clean lots of fallouts or spend time blending out these shadows. Also to those who love more neutrals and are just looking to spice up their collection with some color for spring and summer. There are other color palettes out there that will be easier to work with and compliment a more toned down look with some color.

Overall Thoughts: I still like the palette because of its uniqueness and the look I created with it (tutorial coming soon! Stay tuned!). Despite its flaws, I enjoy what it brought to my collection and I can’t wait to incorporate into other looks.

Will I order from SugarPill again? Absolutely! Based on my research, SugarPill fanatics believed that this palette did not quite live up other SugarPill palettes and shadows. If I managed to like this palette while other fanatics did not like it quite as much then I’m sure I’m going to love the other ones.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks Review

Guess what?! Finals are over! To celebrate, I have review for everyone!

Okay, you guys know how obsessed I am with ColourPop. About a month ago, they released their first ever blush collection called Super Shock Cheeks! I’ve been playing with them all month and I finally have my review with swatches of three of their new blushes.

Read about ColourPop here.

I also hauled a bunch of ColourPop shadows and Lippie Stix. If you would like the swatches of those and read my first impression on them, click here.

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Colors:

  • Fox (Satin): A warm coral. This color gives a very natural flushed coral glow.
  • Prenup (Satin): The description is a mid-tone plum pink but I think because of my skin tone, it’s coming off more like a salmon pink color on the swatch. It gives a very subtle touch of pink on my cheeks.
  • Cheerio (Satin): A beautiful cranberry color. Sorry about the swatch! It got blurred out but it is a cranberry color. This is my favorite out of the three. It’s a deeper blush color but it gives me that nice natural blushing tanned look. Absolutely gorgeous.

Price: They retail for $8 which is inexpensive in my opinion. That is about the price of some drugstore blushes, maybe even cheaper. It contains 4.2 g of the blush.

Pigmentation: Very pigmented just like all the other ColourPop products and that’s visible on the swatches.

Application: Okay, this is where things take a turn. These blushes are definitely pigmented when swatched but unlike Nars or Tarte blushes where those blushes gives you a splash of pigmented blushes with one stroke, these don’t. When I applied them, I had to build them up to get to my desired pigmentation. I expected them to be just the like the Nars or Tarte blushes when applied because that’s how they’re eye shadows and lippie stix are. In a way, this can be a positive thing. It will be easier to control the amount of pigmentation that you want on your cheeks when applying these blushes. However, it does take more time when blending and building up the blushes on your cheeks. *TIP*: Use a stippling brush for better application and lessen the risk of staining your brushes.

Quality/Lasting Effect: As stated above, they take time to build up on your cheeks. However, I found that they were easy to blend and once they set, they stay on your cheeks for a long time. I wore them for about 12 hours. The blushes faded a little but the color and the effect was still visible. That’s still an impressive amount of time to hold out for blushes.

Fyrinnae Eye Shadows Review & Swatches

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you another indie makeup company! I’m especially psyched to share this with you since it is my favorite indie makeup company so far. That honor goes to none other than Fyrinnae!

Fyrinnae is a small and special indie makeup company. They create vegan and cruelty free products for all of us makeup obsessed to lovers to enjoy. You can read more about their company and standards in the Fyrinnae About Us page!

If you want to skip to the review, it will be below the pictures.

I purchased seven eye shadows total and received one free eye shadow sample. Here are the swatches for the eye I have purchased and sampled.

Shenanigans, Enchanting Otters, Bonfire Spirits, Purgatory, Knickers in a Twist, Serene Highness, Freya and Conjured Tempest

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Edited Eyeshadow Swatches 3.9.15

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Eyeshadow Swatches Knickers in a Twist and Serene Highness 3.9.15

Eyeshadow Swatches Freya and Conjured Tempest 3.9.15

Review

Quality & Pigmentation: Despite them being loose shadows, I found these eye shadows easy to work with. They were blendable and easy to apply. I found some fall outs during the application but that’s to be expected since they are loose shadows or maybe I’m just an eye shadow bully. I suggest putting on your concealer after your eye makeup is done. Other than that, I had no problems with fallouts throught the day. As for the pigmentation, the swatches speak for themselves in other words amazing!

Lasting Effect: I thought that these held out pretty well. I wore for 12 hours and saw some fading on my lid but not too much. My eye makeup was still pretty defined. You can wear them wet with a MAC Fix Plus or something equivalent to that to make them stay on longer and have a beautiful foiled effect.

Price: The price was definitely reasonable. Each shadow comes in two sizes: Full and Mini. Most of their mini’s cost around $2.75 which contain 1/4 tsp of eye shadow and Full sizes around $6.75 which contain 3 grams of densely packed eye shadow. Prices may vary depending on the eye shadow itself but the prices are usually not much higher than what I stated above. Usually arcane magic eye shadows cost more but then again can you blame them?! They are gorgeous! You can read more about the amount of eye shadows you get for the Full and Mini in their FAQ page. Trust me, the Mini can last you a while. Their shadows are highly pigmented and you won’t need a lot of eye shadow to get the color to show up. I plan to only purchase the full size for my favorites like Serene Highness. Overall, the price is a good price point. You get a lot for what you pay for and it’s inexpensive!

Color Variety: I was overwhelmed when I first visited their site. I had to comb through the colors piece by piece to make sure I didn’t miss my possible favorites. They have a VERY wide variety of UNIQUE colors. There’s something in there collection for everyone even if you’re not a shimmery eye shadow type of person, you’ll still find something there. They have some eye shadows that are not as shimmery and closer to matte textures available.

Process Time: Please note that if you are new (like me, I’m learning) to indie cosmetics, their process time is usually longer than streamlined cosmetics companies. I’ve learned that most indie cosmetics usually have a process time around 10 business days. Some companies may have a lower process time. However, it can also be due to a long order queue. As for Fyrinnae, their maximum process time should be never more than 15 days (thank you M.atFyrinnae). This is consistent with my experience. I believe my order shipped out within a week to a week and a half which is about 7-10 business day. To me, that still seems long. I’m just not the patient type especially when I’m excited to receive makeup. BUT, I guarantee that it is worth the wait!

Overall Thoughts: Well by now, you can guess that I’m absolutely in love and obsessed with Fyrinnae! I already put in a new order. I also ordered their pixie Epoxy. More on that later when I receive it. Their process and shipping time is LONG but I’m willing to wait for such beautiful eyeshadows!