My beauty anti-wishlist, January 2019

Hi friends!

It’s a new month so that can only mean it’s time for another beauty anti-wishlist! There are tons of new launches coming out this month (what else is new?), but unfortunately not all of them are exciting me. So I present to you a fresh list of 5 beauty items that I am passing on based on personal preferences and other reasons. As always, no disrespect is intended with this post; these are just my personal feelings.

Catch up on my previous anti-wishlists, if you’d like!

My beauty anti-wishlist, September 2018

My beauty anti-wishlist, October 2018

My beauty anti-wishlist, November 2018

My beauty anti-wishlist, December 2018

MORPHE BRUSHES FLUIDITY FOUNDATION

Morphe Brushes Fluidity Foundation
Image source: Trendmood1

This is Morphe’s next big launch coming on January 17th and I believe their first foray into complexion products. And it’s going to have…wait for it…60 foundation shades to choose from. Boom. They are also releasing concealers & setting powders on the same day, so this is a huge release for them and a big PR moment, no doubt. But I’m just over here yawning 😆. I’m pretty happy with my current collection of base products, and I’m really not into matte, full-coverage foundations because of my dry skin. I don’t mind full-cover concealers, but certainly not foundations. I’m sure the launch will be amazing for them, but no thanks Morphe.

More info on this product here.

PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA BUTTER COLLECTION X CASEY HOLMES PALETTE

Physician’s Formula Butter Collection x Casey Holmes Palette
Image source: Physician’s Formula Instagram

This is the first influencer collab for Physician’s Formula, but unfortunately I won’t be picking this up anytime soon. The packaging looks a bit bulky (a pet peeve of mine) and when I look at it, I just don’t get excited at all. It’s a palette featuring all of Physician’s Formula Butter products that have been curated by YouTuber Casey Holmes. It includes a bronzer, blush, highlighter, 4 eyeshadows, a lip cream & a perfume. I already have the much-beloved Butter Bronzer, which I do like (read my full review here) but I’m not completely gaga over it like some other people are. I just don’t need any of what this palette offers right now.

More info on this product here.

BH COSMETICS MINI ZODIAC CAPRICORN PALETTE

BH Cosmetics Mini Zodiac Capricorn Palette
Image source: BH Cosmetics Instagram

I know the shadows from BH Cosmetics are awesome quality, and oh so affordable, but this palette just looks really basic, ya know? And I’m a Capricorn too, I should love this palette! I can only speak for myself of course, and I already have so many brown shadows (both warm & cool) in my collection. I love earthy tones a lot, but this just isn’t doing it for me, sorry BH! The highlighter looks gorgeous but I would never buy this just for one item.

More info on this product here.

MILANI COSMETICS CONCEAL + PERFECT Longwear CONCEALER

Milani Conceal + Perfect Concealer
Image source: Trendmood1

Milani’s new concealer offering goes on sale on January 8th, and honestly if I hadn’t just bought two drugstore concealers last fall (Revlon PhotoReady Candid & Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover), I might get this! I love me a drugstore concealer, but I’m just too stocked up right now. I’ve been curious to try Milani’s complexion products in the past but the shades always seemed to be too dark for me. But the new Conceal + Perfect has 18 shades, so I may have an easier time finding the right shade. According to Trendmood, this has medium-to-full coverage which I do like the sound of, but like I said before, I just have too many concealers to justify another purchase right now.

Read my review on the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer.

Read my review on the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer.

BENEFIT ROLLER LINER LIQUID eyeLINER

Benefit Roller Liner The Matte Liquid Liner
Image source: Benefit Instagram

I believe this just became available a few days ago. I’ve been a long-time fan of Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara, but I’m just not a liquid liner kinda girl. I’m quite horrible at eyeliner to be fair, so I either use a soft pencil or a dark shadow and just smudge it along my lash line to get rid of any imperfections. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a liquid liner in my life now that I think about it, so I’m certainly not about to start now. However if you do love your liquid liner, this does sound like a good one. Supposely the formula is waterproof and therefore quite long-wearing. My mom would probably love this actually.

More info on this product here.

What products are on your anti-wishlist this month? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Maybelline’s new Made For All Lipstick Collection

Hi friends!

I’m shifting gears away from the festive holiday posts today, and looking towards the New Year. Specifically to Maybelline’s next lipstick launch, the Made For All collection. This is a small range of 7 lip shades in matte & satin finishes that have been created to compliment every skin tone. It’s a pretty bold claim, but very intriguing nonetheless. Maybelline calls this their “universal lipstick shade collection” that has been “obsessively tested on 50 diverse skin tones.”

I recently spotted this collection in one of my local CVS stores, but from what I’ve spied online this range doesn’t officially launch until January. (I bet this is in the process of being rolled out to stores right now, and my CVS was one of the early recipients.) That being said, you can order the shades from Maybelline online right now by clicking here.

There are reds, pinks, mauves and one terracotta shade called Spice For You that I was immediately drawn to. It reminds me of the color of pumpkin pie, and those beautiful burnt autumn colors. I’ve never had a shade like it in my collection, so of course I had to pick it up!

Let’s look at the full shade range.

Made for All Lipstick in Fuchsia for You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Mauve For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Pink for You
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Made For All in Ruby for You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Plum For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Red For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Spice For You
Image source: Elle.com

I think it’s a pretty well-rounded range of brights, deeps & neutrals considering its size. It is missing one nude or beige shade, but I realize that might have been completely intentional since the range is supposed to be universal. One person’s nude is another person’s deep when you take skin tone into account. So one universal nude probably doesn’t exist.

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Spice For You Lipstick from Maybelline

The packaging is quite standard for a Maybelline lipstick, so there’s nothing too interesting there, but the texture is very nice. Spice For You is a satin finish that’s wonderfully moisturizing & gives off a decent amount of shine. The color goes on quite boldly if you apply straight from the bullet, but I prefer wearing it as a stain. So here’s what I do: I take my middle finger and gently rub it across the top of the lipstick bullet, and then I just dab the color onto my lips. It gives a much softer effect, like you’ve been wearing it for a few hours already. I’ve really enjoyed wearing this lipstick so far.

Spice For You Lipstick (swatched)
A closer look at Spice For You Lipstick. Swatched to show full opacity.
Spice For You Lipstick (applied as stain on lips)
Spice For You Lipstick applied as stain on the lips.

What do you think of the idea of a “universal” lipstick range? Do you think it’s a gimmick? To be honest, I’m a bit skeptical that all 7 shades could suit a whole spectrum of skin tones perfectly. After all, just like skin tones, lipsticks usually have undertones that suit some people over others. But, what do I know? I’ll leave you with this article from Elle where three editors with three different skin tones try the lipsticks from this range. The results are quite interesting!

Are you excited for this new launch from Maybelline? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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My beauty anti-wishlist, December 2018

Hi friends!

Even though we’re now in the season of giving and receiving, it’s still anti-wishlist time, the December edition! As is the standard now, I’ve rounded up 5 beauty items from newish (I’m really stretching that this time!) launches that I won’t be picking up anytime soon for various reasons. This time I have a really well-rounded list including makeup, skincare, & hair items, so let’s get into it!

I always include this disclaimer, but this is not at all meant to be a bash on these brands or these particular products. This is just stuff that I imagine I wouldn’t get much use from based on my personal preferences, so I thought I’d tell you why.

Catch up with my previous anti-wishlists here: September, October, November.

JAMES CHARLES X MORPHE BRUSHES PALETTE

James Charles x Morphe Brushes Palette

James Charles’ palette launched a few weeks ago in November, and I think it’s already gone in and out of stock a few times. Currently it’s out of stock at Morphe & Ulta, but that doesn’t really matter to me since I won’t be putting my order in. This is probably a really lovely palette, and I appreciate the wide spectrum of colors here. And at $39.00 for 39 colors, it seems very affordable. But the size is just too big for me. I’m not sure where I would store it, and it wouldn’t be able to fit on the surface in my house where I normally apply my makeup. So for me this is a practicality issue, so I’ll take a pass.

DYSON AIRWRAP

Dyson Airwrap

The Dyson Airwrap launched back in October so I’m a little late to the party on this, but to be honest as soon as I saw this I knew it wasn’t for me. If you’re not already familiar, it’s a hair dryer/styling hybrid tool that can come with up to 6 different attachments depending on the model you order: paddle brushes, conical wands, hair dryers, etc. It ranges in price from $500 – $550 depending on the number of attachments, I believe. It boasts a special aerodynamic technology that attracts hair and wraps it around the barrel for minimum effort on your part. (There are tons of videos on the internet demo’ing this product, just look it up.) There are a few reasons why I’m not interested in this tool. Firstly, it’s too big of an investment for me. Secondly, my hair styling routine is very low-maintenance, plus I don’t use a hair dryer; I only use a flat-iron in the morning after my hair air-dries the night before. And lastly, my mom had a bad experience with the original Dyson hair dryer. It literally started to fry her hair! Now I’m scared of Dyson hair products!

CHANTECAILLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY MOONLIT PERLE GLOW POWDER

Chantecaille Moonlit Perle Glow Powder

Now, I’m not saying I’m immune to pricey AF purchases from Chantecaille. (Hint: I have a fun review coming at the end of the month on a Chantecaille product, so keep a look out!) But $125.00 for a glowy setting powder?? No thanks. Hourglass has me covered in that department. To be fair, this is a collector’s item to commemorate the brand’s 20th anniversary this year. I’m sure not many were made, and as it is their website says this is currently out of stock. The pearl packaging and the whole presentation is absolutely beautiful, without a doubt. But I do have (some) limits 😉.

DR. JART+ MASK HEROES

Dr. Jart+ Mask Heroes

This is a limited edition set of 6 of Dr. Jart’s bestselling sheet masks including:

– Hydration Lover Rubber Mask
– Firm Lover Rubber Mask
– Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution™ Mask
– Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution™ Mask
– Prescriptment Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask
– Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask

At the present moment, I just don’t reach for sheet masks. I tried a hydrating mask from Garnier a few months ago, but I can’t get past the overly drippy, wet feeling against my skin. I know this will horrify a lot of skincare enthusiasts out there, but don’t judge me too harshly! We all have our things, don’t we? I want to get more into them since I have a few in my stash from The Creme Shop, but I certainly wouldn’t go as far as to buy a set of 6 like this one. However, if you are a Dr. Jart+ fan or a mask enthusiast, this does seem like a really good value for money: 6 masks for only $36.00 when normally it would cost $57.00.

PAT MCGRATH LABS BLITZTRANCE LIPSTICKS

Pat McGrath Labs Blitztrance Lipsticks

I’ve only tried one product from Pat McGrath Labs so far, the Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette which was the first ever in-depth review I did for this blog (you can read it here). I love that palette; the colors, textures, packaging, everything is beautiful! Pat’s brand in general has become synonymous in the beauty community with lush and beautiful (and pricey) products, so I have no doubt these Blitztrance Lipsticks are top-notch in the quality department. However, they’re just not my cup of tea. They are described on the brand’s Instagram as “iridescent lipstick(s) with multidimensional, highshine effects.” But at $38.00 a pop, I just can’t justify purchasing what is essentially a glitter lipstick. I believe the colors shown in the Instagram image above are limited edition by the way (from left to right: Flesh Fatale, Rebel Red, Blitz Gold.) I’m far more interested in trying their Mattetrance Lipstick formula than these.

What’s on your December anti-wishlist? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Lisa Eldridge’s True Velvet Lipstick Collection

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If you don’t know who Lisa Eldridge is, you need to. But in case you don’t want to wander over to Google, I’m here to assist you. She’s a world-renowned celebrity, red-carpet & editorial makeup artist who’s been in the biz for decades. She’s worked for some major brands over the years including Shiseido & Lancome, where she is currently the Creative Director. She was also one of the first professional makeup artists to use YouTube as a social platform, and that is how I discovered her years ago. I’ve been watching her videos for absolute ages and she brings class, sophistication and incredible insight into all of her tutorials. I seriously recommend checking out even a few of her videos; you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re already a Lisa Eldridge fan I’m sure you’ve heard the news but for those of you that haven’t, she just recently launched her first limited edition makeup collection! It’s a very small line of just three red lipsticks called The True Velvet Lipstick Collection. Inspired by her extensive vintage makeup collection & a photoshoot where she cut velvet fabric to fit over a model’s pout, her matte lipsticks actually have a faux-velvet effect on the bullet, right down to its characteristic fuzziness. How cool is that?? It may sound strange to some, but Lisa said in her launch video that the “velvet texture” is only around the sides of the lipstick and not on the top of the bullet where you would apply it.

Lisa has described these lipsticks as mattes that give off a slight sheen, so they are not flat like say Ruby Woo from MAC is. They are creamy and hydrating and wear off as naturally as possible without crumbling or flaking like some other matte textures do. Just so you’re aware, I haven’t tried any of these lipsticks myself so the information I’m giving you in this post comes from Lisa’s website and from her launch video, which I’ll link here. It’s packed with information, backstory & amazing live swatches from the creator herself so if you’re interested in this collection, give it a watch!

Let’s take a look at the actual lipsticks now!

UPDATE: THIS WHOLE COLLECTION IS NOW SOLD OUT. THERE MAY BE A RESTOCK COMING IN 2019. STAY TUNED!

VELVET JAZZ – Shop here 

  • Described as “a muted, earthy, brick red…” that “…ranges from an intense brown/red to a soft, brick red, depending on skin tone and method of application.”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Jazz.

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Velvet Jazz applied on the lips. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

VELVET RIBBON – Shop here 

  • Described as “a vibrant, universal, classic neutral/blue red. This shade is a classic face brightening red that suits everyone (and its a great tooth whitener).”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Ribbon

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Velvet Ribbon applied on the lips, plus Lisa’s logo superimposed over top. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

VELVET MORNING – Shop here 

  • Described as “a hot and fiery, bright orange/red. This shade is an explosion of vitality that looks graphic and modern for partiesits the ultimate hot summer holiday shade too.”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Morning

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Velvet Morning applied on the lips. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

Since I have not yet tried these, I cannot comment on whether this formula is worth the price tag or not. That being said, after the conversion, the price is right in line with the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks, which makes total sense to me. Lisa and Charlotte are both professional artists who have been working with makeup for years and who really understand it well. Who better to formulate makeup products than people like them really? My gut tells me that these lipsticks are probably beautiful and lush and worth every penny for that reason, just like the Matte Revolution Lipsticks are.

If I had to choose one color to purchase, I would probably go with Velvet Ribbon because I’ve always been intrigued by true reds and I’ve never worn one personally. And the great thing about bright lipsticks is that you can apply them in different ways to either dial up or dial down the color depending on your mood and preference. Again, I’ll refer you to Lisa’s video to see how this can be done.

I’m not sure how long this collection will be around, so if you’re interested I’d recommend hopping over to her site ASAP!

Are you a fan of Lisa Eldridge’s? If so, are you excited by these lipsticks? Which color would you choose from this collection? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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New brand alert! Happimess has launched!

Hi friends!

Some more beauty news for you today! To be honest I’m a little late with this launch so please forgive me, but I haven’t heard many people talking about this brand quite yet. It’s called Happimess and they initially launched online on October 25th from what I can gather. I first discovered them through Trendmood on Instagram when she showed swatches of the palettes and lipsticks. They’re a small, highly affordable cosmetics brand that, at the time of launch, offers products for the eyes & lips. And lemme tell you, the packaging is so, so adorable! Packaging gets me every time! Does that happen to you too?

Here’s some information about the Happimess brand from their website:

We believe in expressing your true self, experimenting, not being afraid to play, and have fun. Inspired by color, trend and life’s chaotic beauty, we welcome all to join in this playful, colorful adventure.

Our high-performance products are made from the best ingredients, and are paraben-free and sulphate-free.

The happiest moments often come from the messiest messes. And that’s what we’re all about: finding happiness in the unknown, the challenge, or the adventure.

So in this post, I will briefly take you through each category and its respective products. Just a disclaimer, I have not tried any of these products yet so I cannot attest to or comment on overall quality, nor can I provide swatches. This post is purely meant as an introduction to the brand.

(All the following photos are from the brand’s Instagram account.)

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Up close with the ‘Call You Later’ Palette

Before we get into the categories, here are some fast facts about the brand.

  • Ships internationally! Yay! Free U.S. shipping on orders over $30. Free global shipping on orders over $50.
  • All products are formulated without parabens or sulphates.
  • Prices range on single items from $5.00 – $12.00.
  • All sales are final (no returns or exchanges), but they will replace items broken in transit.

EYES – Shop here

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Call You Later

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in I Don’t Give A

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Next To Me

1. Eyeshadow Palettes – three 9-color palettes, $12.00 each

  • Call You Later
  • I Don’t Give A
  • Next to Me

Each palette is a mix of mattes & shimmers, and what looks like to be one duo-chrome shade. I think they are all beautiful, but if I had to choose a favorite just based on color choice I’d have to go with Next To Me. I just love all the little faces stamped into the shadows!

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From L to R: Love Lay Here, Front Runner, Cleaned Up

2. Accompanied Eyeshadow Duo’s – three duo’s, $5.00 each

  • Cleaned Up
  • Front Runner
  • Love Lay Here

These are little split-pan duo eyeshadows in very neutral, wearable colors. It looks like Love Lay Here and Cleaned Up are both matte duo’s, while Front Runner is a mix of matte & shimmer but I’m not 100% on that. They can also attach onto one another, so you can create your own little palette with these. That’s a cool concept that we’ve seen before from other brands like Revlon, but that’s usually a more expensive route than buying a ready-made palette so just keep that in mind.

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From top to bottom: 24/7, My Comeback, Dance Hall

3. Unaccompanied Eyeshadowsthree singles, $5.00 each

  • My Comeback
  • Dance Hall
  • 24/7

These are all shimmer eyeshadow singles that you can also click together, just like the duo’s above, to create a mini palette of sorts. I think these are all pretty cool colors, especially the warm burgundy-type shade in the middle. I do think the plastic packaging looks a little cheap on these and also on the duo’s, but these are affordable products so…what do you expect? If the product is good, that’s all I care about.

LIPS – Shop here

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1. High Class Lipstick – 10 shades, $10.00 each

  • Deep Cherry
  • Plum Red
  • Deep Red
  • Rose Red
  • Coral
  • Deep Coral
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Plum
  • Lilac

Out of the two lipstick offerings from Happimess, this is the pricier one. It’s got a satin or demi-matte finish, and it’s formulated with moisturizing ingredients like beeswax, almond seed oil & sun flower oil. If you’re interested in swatches, head over to the Happimess website, but I have to say a lot of the shades look quite similar to me. They’re all variations of red & warm colors; it would be nice if they launched some cooler pinks, browns, or beiges to complete the line.

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2. The Glow Lipstick – 8 shades, $8.00 each

  • Released
  • Near Pink
  • Brainwashed
  • Almost Delicate
  • Lush Life
  • Number One
  • Dreemer
  • Jazzed

The description of this formula seems very interesting to me. It claims to give a ‘semi-gloss’ finish to the lips in order to make them appear bigger, but at the same time it claims to be long-wear. In theory that could be an amazing combo, so I’m definitely interested in this one! One of the ingredients here is castor oil to moisturize the lips and to help with overall appearance. The color range is a little better than with the High Class Lipstick as there are some browny pinks & brighter shades included here. Again, you can see swatches by going to the brand’s website.

Check out my brand overview on Ohii Beauty here.

Check out my brand overview on Joah Beauty here.

Check out my brand overview on Mavie Cosmetics here.

What do you guys think about Happimess? Would you buy any of their products? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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