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.

No Buy Lip Products for 2016 Challenge!

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful new year! I for one am very excited to greet the year of 2016 with a no buy challenge for myself. It’s basically my new year’s resolution. This idea was inspired by the lovely blogger, Stash Matters. Her blog centers on treasuring her remarkable makeup collection and resisting the urge to add purchase new products. So make sure you check her out!

My No Buy Lip Product challenge is very similar to that idea. I am a crazy lip product junkie. My favorite makeup products are lipsticks and my lipstick collection has just gotten out of hand. So I decided not to buy any lip products for 2016 starting January 1st. I won’t even allow myself to buy chapstick because I’m pretty sure, I have enough lying around to last a year.

Every month, I pledge to create a significant post concerning any of my lip products. I might even make more than one post a month depending on my schedule but I don’t want to promise any more than that just in case.

I’m really excited to see how well I do on this challenge and how much money it’ll save me. I’ll have updates every now and then about how I’m doing for this challenge. Thanks so much reading!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Cumulative Sephora Haul 2015

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For about half the year, I’ve been meaning to do this haul but kept putting it off. Now I’m finally doing it. So just be warned: I have a lot of stuff that I purchased from Sephora. I did not purchase this all at once. This is a very cumulative haul.

Anyways, I’m just gonna get into it and hope you guys enjoy. Please let me know if you are interested in a review for specific items.

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Clinique came out with their lip and cheek pop a while ago and I’ve been dying to try them. I finally picked some up over the summer. They are worth definitely worth the hype. Wow pop is a beautiful color specially over the summer but I would still wear it since it’s still been sunny. The lip pop is very creamy and pigmented. But it grips my lip nicely and stays on all day. Fig Pop looks coral on the swatch but it actually has some red-pink tones to it. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it’s still going to look great even after summer. The red-pink tones make it wearable for all seasons. Pansy Pop is more of a lavender color even though it looks pink in the swatch. This would look amazing on people that have fair skin tones but it can still look great on people with darker skin tones but it’ll take a while to build it up on the cheeks. It actually looks better now that it’s fall on my skin tones because I pair it with either a dark red, berry or purple lip color and it gives me such a beautiful fall look.

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I got Sephora’s newest blush collection in Love at First Sight. Despite what it appears on the picture, this blush is pink with peach undertones. It’s basically an everyday easy to wear blush color for me. I just wanted to try it out after hearing great thing about it. I’m glad I did because it’s a great blush for a reasonable price tag. It’s pigmented, blendable, and light-weight. I also the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight. I find it weird that a highlight can be Matte but I wore this and it actually does kind of look matte. It’s really weird especially when I wear matte foundation with it. It’s a beautiful highlight that makes me look like I have a glow or the light is just hitting my face but I still look matte. Does any of this make sense?

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I didn’t swatch these because I am planning to do something big about lip products. So I will have swatches for these soon, so watch out for a big announcement about lip products. But I will still name these (from left to right) Marc Jacobs Long Wear Lip Pencil in Primrose, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow n Arrow, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Beloved

born this way tf foundation

I just recently got this. I’ve been wanting it since it first came out but I wanted to finish some of my foundations first. So now I finally have it! This is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and I am in the color Sand. I’m not gonna say much about it. I plan to do a review in the future. I’m just gonna leave it at the fact that I like it.

anastasia palette
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I saved the best for last! This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Palette! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful and edgy looks with this that I had to have it myself and make my own edgy and fun looks. What I love the most about it is that you can still create neutral everyday looks but also make crazy, bold, fun looks or have a pop of color and still keep it neutral. Definitely excited to play around with this more.

Alright, you guys made it! I hope you enjoyed my haul! Let me know if you want more info on anything I just hauled.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Tarte Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Unboxing and First Impressions

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Hey guys! Just a quick first impression/unboxing post. A package from Tarte Cosmetics came today and I was so extremely excited at what’s inside the box that I decided to share it with you guys. I got the Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette! Tarte had a similar product like this last year during the Holidays and I didn’t get it when I had the chance. For the whole year, I was kicking myself for not getting the set. But they released another version of it this year and I am definitely not missing out on it.

This set is now available on the Tart Cosmetics website and also at Macy’s.

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Here’s the box or packing around the product. It’s pretty standard for a holiday makeup product but I like it. The color scheme is festive and gaudy as it should be.

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It comes with a travel size version of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and a travel size version of their Lip Surgence in the color Ravishing. Last but not the least, yes if you guys haven’t noticed yet, that is an empty palette. You can take the eye shadow and blush set and place them into the empty palette then interchange them as you desire. That’s the whole reason why I was so disappointed when I didn’t get this palette because of the whole interchangeable travel size palette. It’s a wonderful idea of a holiday palette. It’s very convenient and with events that might spontaneously occur out of nowhere as we approach the holidays, you might just need to take your makeup up a notch and this palette can come in handy for those types of situations.

Normally, I wouldn’t purchase products like these just because the colors are very standard and plain. Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful but they’re common neutrals and staples. This set contains browns, plums, taupe, and of course a smoky set of quads which is actually all the staples for fall, winter and the holidays. So with this set, I’m set to go for the rest of the season. The blushes are also really beautiful. Most of these would look beautiful on any skin tone.

Overall, I’m really excited about the palette! I can’t wait to play around with it and switch the quads around when I need to!

Thanks for reading! I’ll catch you guys next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Ipsy Box September 2015

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I’ve had good run with Ipsy for probably a year now but it’s time for me to let go. This will be my last Ipsy box. There’s nothing wrong with Ipsy but for a few months now, I haven’t been getting anything that I’ve been interested in. I tried changing up my quiz and even doing more surveys of the products that I have received the past few months but sadly, nothing’s worked. Ironically, I decided to unsubscribe last month, but the last box they sent me ended up being a box that I would love. However, that has not changed my decision. I don’t want to get 4 month’s worth of boxes to be all misses then have the 5th box to be hit. It’s just not worth it anymore.

Since it’s my last box, I decided to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

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ipsy nyx palette
Even though, I love nyx palettes, this might go to my mom. I have too many colors like this and I don’t need more but my mom will certainly enjoy it.

face scrub and moisturizing cream
Can’t wait to try these and very timely too. With fall and winter coming, my skin is gonna be as dry as the desert.

nail polish
I love nail polishes like these! Especially for the fall! There’s just something so fun about having a dark blood red nail polish. This nail polish is called Ignite.

city color lipstick
I’ve received something from this company before and honestly, I can’t remember if I liked it or not. But I’m guessing since I don’t remember, it was either a miss or mediocre. However, this one is not. I love the color and definitely something I would wear. I was also surprised about the swatch. The swatch was very creamy, smooth and pigmented. This color is called One Night Stand.

Thanks for reading!

As always,
Nicole ❤

Urban Decay Smoky Palette. Help me decide!

Hey everyone! I really miss everyone in the WordPress and blogging community. But sadly there are too many things happening and I haven’t been able to post anything to keep up with everyone’s post. But my summer quarter is ending so hopefully, I’ll have post up soon.

BUT I have a very important question to ask all of you! (Well it’s important to me) What do you think of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette? When I first saw previews for it, I just kinda brushed it off. But after seeing it in person and playing with it several times, I might actually like it. But I need help deciding if it is worth it. I would like to hear your opinions on this palette and maybe your experience with it. If you have done a review on this, please let me know. If you don’t think it’s worth, then tell me why in the comments.

Alright! That’s all for now! Talk to you guys soon!
As always,

Nicole ❤

Makeup Geek Haul! Quick First Impressions!

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Guess who’s back?!?! ME!!! Okay take a seat and settle down people. I’m going to tell you a story about my crazy awful week from last week. So basically it was midterms week and I wanted to study right?! Like that’s what we’re supposed to do during midterms (does that actually happen?). Anyways, for some reason, there were all these other events that were stacked right on top and midterms week that I just couldn’t get out of, unfortunately. SO, I pretty much ended up going crazy last week. Worst of all, I was away from the blogging community and didn’t have time to make any posts (sad face here). Tragic, I know! BUT I am back! I have a week and a half’s worth of posts to read but I CAN’T WAIT to see what you guys have been up to. AND! Can you tell how excited I am? I have a Makeup Geek Haul for you guys! Okay so my pics are crap. I’m slowly recovering from last week and getting back into things but for now you’re gonna to deal with these pics. Anyway, story time’s over, enjoy my haul! Swatches will be coming! I wanted to do on my actual review for these products not on this one. So stay tuned for that!

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First we have the Vegas Lights Palette! This is a gorgeous palette with breathtaking colors but I don’t like how things can get messy fast. I swatched around the palette if you can tell by the mess I made, some of the shadows were powdery. The shadows were buttery and soft but you can make a mess easily with these. I love the packaging but I can already tell that it’s going to be a messy palette. I can’t say much other than. I have yet to try the palette out, so stay tuned for my review.

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So for this one, I’m doing a first impression on the Z-palette that I also purchased from Makeup Geek. We’ll get to the shadows later, don’t worry! I like the palette and the design. It seem sturdy and easy to use but I’ll have to put it to the test. From what I hear about Z-palettes, they’re supposed to be versatile and travel friendly. So I’ll have to place it in my purse of DOOM to see if it lives up to the hype.

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Okay! We’re on to the shadows! Yeah, I know you scrolled all the way down just to see this. I will just give a brief review and first impression. I have swatched and tried everything on this palette except for the foiled shadows: Caitlin Rose and High Wire. So I’ll start with that since I’ve only swatched them. One word: beautiful! It was pigmented, soft, and buttery. But I haven’t tried it on lids yet, so I’ll have to wait on a full review until I actually do try them out. The blush is stunning. It’s a universal color and it looks super natural on the skin. So, if you want to get a blush from Makeup Geek and you don’t own any, get this one because it will look good on anyone. Okay…so before I get into this. Please REMEMBER this is a first impression. I’ve only played with them a couple times and this is my own opinion. So far, to me these shadows did not live up to their hype which is disappointing BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t like them and I think they’re a complete failure. NO. They are good eye shadows but I don’t think they’re these super awesome, best eye shadow of all time type of shadows that people have hyped them up to be. They are definitely pigmented. The best performing shadows for me so far are creme brulee, unexpected, and mocha. These were soft and easy to blend. The reason why these were the best was because they weren’t as dry as the other ones. All these shadows except for the foiled shadows, had a weird dry texture to them. The three that I liked the most were the least dry. Frappe was good too but it was most dry than the others. Barcelona Beach and Duchess felt very dry. So why is that a problem? When you start digging your brushes into them, they start feeling powdery the more dry they are. When I started blending, I had a really hard time with the shadows the more powdery they were. Sometimes, it even made my eye makeup muddy. As for the wear time, it was great. I wore it for a full day and it definitely stayed. I think these shadows just take some getting used to. I’ll keep you guys updated on what happens with these.

Well that’s pretty much it! Hope you guys enjoyed my haul/first impressions.

Thanks for stopping by!

As Always,
Nicole ❤