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.

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Hey guys! So I know I’ve been M.I.A for a while. After IMATS, I pretty much went into finals mode. I finally finished them but now I’m going on a trip to New York! So stay tuned for my NYC posts! But today! I was tagged for the Versatile Blogger Award by Stash Matters . First of all, thank you so much for tagging me! She’s going on a no buy rule for 2015 which is unheard of for a shopaholic like me. Nonetheless, she has an IMPRESSIVE make up stash. She posts reviews and blogs about the beauty products from her stash without adding to it. So make sure you go check her out 🙂

Rules:
-Be sure to thank the person that awarded you.
-Include a link to their blog in your posts.
-Select 15 bloggers that you have recently discovered or already follow.
-Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award!
-Then! Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself!

The Nominees (A lot of people have gotten this award already, so if you’ve already gotten it, then it’s up to you if you want to tell me 7 things about yourself.)
Whazzup Wasabi
Miss White’s MakeUp Desk
Curly Spring Blossom
Anything Under the Sun
Always, Bree
Bflyrenee
Exceptionally Ordinary
Ymorebeauty
Style Domination
Beauty by Burdess
Queen Denise
Sarah Loves Makeup
Hello Kaily
Playing Dress Up
Living Disrobed

1. I love playing video games! I play both console and pc games especially the online ones. I play wide range of games from steam games, blizzard, moba, mmo, etc.

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2. I hate the heat! Summer is actually my least favorite season of the year.
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3. But I love the fall season! I love everything about it. The weather, the fashion, makeup trends, vampy matte lips and the anticipation of the holidays!
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4. I’m a big Charmed fanatic! I’ve re-watched all 8 seasons probably more than a dozen times already.
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5. My favorite guilty pleasure dessert are cocoa kisses.
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6. I’m a scarf hoarder! Seriously, I have a problem with scarves.
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7. I can’t ride a bike. I was traumatized when I got my foot caught on a bicycle wheel when I was a kid. I never tried to learn to ride a bike after that.

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys enjoyed! Have a beautiful day!

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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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.

Color Smokey Eye Palette by Morphe Brushes Swatches

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A few months ago, I raved about the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette for Morphe Brushes. I loved the quality of their shadows and they were affordable. After exploring their palette collection, I found myself drawn to their Color Smokey Eye Palette. So far, I’m loving this palette and I wanted to share with you my swatches for the palette. Enjoy!

If you would like to read a review on Morphe Brushes eye shadows then please click here to read my review on the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette. It will review the palette as well as the shadows themselves.

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The palette itself comes with a mirror of decent size which makes it very travel friendly.

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Overall Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking a colorful smokey palette. Even if you’re not and you’re just looking for more fun and bolder colors to spice up your collection then this is right here. This retails for $19.99 and holds 35 beautiful and pigment shadows. In my opinion, that is a fair price considering each shadow is about the size of MAC cosmetics eye shadows.

My Favorite Song for February – Style by Taylor Swift

So I have been obsessed with this song since I first listened to her album. I am a big Taylor Swift fan and even when her music changed, I still love her. Style is my favorite song from her album and I went crazy when I saw that a music video came out for it. Sooo since I’m so excited right now, I decide to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Superstitions and Traditions

It’s New Year’s Eve! Are you ready to great 2015? In my family, New Year’s Day is very important. We even follow certain superstitions and traditions to bring luck towards the rest of the coming year. Here are some New Year’s traditions and superstitions that I follow:

1. Eat 12 grapes: One grape for each month of the year!

2. Watch Fireworks: Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show? Greet the new year with colorful and loud fireworks to symbolize an exciting and cheerful year!

3. Be loud and make noise: At midnight yell out ‘Happy New Year!’ to your family, friends, and out the door to your neighbors. Text or message those that you can’t yell to. Let 2015 know that you are for it!

4. Kiss or hug someone at midnight: Grab your loved one and give them a big kiss! Single? That’s fine. Give your friends and family a big hug! This signifies a stronger relationship with the people you hugged or kissed for 2015.

5. Spread coins around the house and carry money in your pocket: In my country, this is an action that brings good luck to the household. This tradition signifies financial stability for the coming year.

7. Clean! Clean! Clean! On New Year’s Day, clean up! Greet the new year with a clean environment and hope for an organized, clean year.

8. Don’t spend: You want incoming money for 2015 not going out. So keep your money in your bank and pockets and hold off on spending on New Year’s Day.

Thank you for reading! Have a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

OOTD: Comfy & Cute

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Hey guys! My boyfriend’s friends are back from college and we had a blast today! It was an awesome day filled with board games, video games, pizza, and soda (hot cocoa for me). This is my OOTD for a fun and comfy day. Even on days like these, I still want to look cute. So I topped this look with a cute messy bun. What are you doing for the break?