September Beauty Haul

The first of September seriously started yesterday and today is already the last day. Crazy. Anyhow, I bought a few things this month. Actually, I bought a lot of things this month thanks to Milani, Nars, Givenchy and Embryolisse. I feel like I bought some other things, but I don’t remember. I really should’ve been doing posts like this since I started this blog in July, but there’s no time like the present, right? Ok, I completely forgot – my bad.

Milani 

I purchased five more Amore Matte Lip Cremes. I mentioned in the Milani product review video how #blessed I was to have discovered these five colors.

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Nars

  1. I finally got my hands on Pure Radiant in Polynesia. I swear it’s either sold out in my shade when I’m ready to purchase it or summertime happens lol (you can read about my summertime struggle here).
  2. I bought the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for the first time. I might do a review of this and the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer soon. Stay tuned. What’s funny is I don’t even where eyeshadow like that, but I own these two tubes. Smh. I think I might’ve said why I use eyeshadow primer in a video. If not, I’ll reveal my beauty tip soon.
  3. I couldn’t help myself, so I bought the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. It’s all the rave, all the time. FOMO, so I had to buy it.
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Left: Pure Radiant. Top: Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Right: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

Givenchy 

I also finally got around to buying the Mister Mat Primer. I sampled a bit on the back of my hand, and my eyes bulged out. It has a matte finish with no white cast, which means I can where it alone. Hopefully, I’ll fall in love with it once it goes on under my face makeup. It’s supposed to be bomb for oily skin, and I’m looking forward to trying it out with bae (Urban Decay Weightless foundation). I talked about my holy-grail primers here, so I would love this to be a part of that list. Fingers crossed.

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

This is my third tube of French goodness. I love it. It does everything and then some. If you have dry skin, you can use it as a primer. It can also be used as a hand cream, eye cream, makeup remover, moisturizer, etc. The possibilities are endless. I use it as a hand cream, makeup remover and eye cream. In fact, they made a product that just targets under eye concerns, but this cream will get the job done, too. It’s rich, yet lightweight. Ya’ll already know I have oily skin, so I would never use it as a daytime face moisturizer. Although, I sometimes use it as a face cream at bedtime in the winter.

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That’s all for now. September is over today, so I’ll see you all in October. 🙂

-Genevia 

Video & Product Review: Swatched Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes

I don’t typically buy drugstore lipsticks, but one day I saw swatches on Instagram of Milani’s fall collection. I fell in love with the dark colors, and I had to have them. They were hella hard to find because they’re only sold at select Duane Reade and Walgreens stores, in my town. I literally went to three Duane Reade stores, one Walgreens store and tried my luck at Rite Aid lol. The only store that had the very small display of lip colors was Walgreens. The only problem was two of the colors I wanted were sold out, so I was only able to get Dearest, Emotion and Glamour.

As I was creating the video for this product review (Sunday), I went to the Milani website to see how the company described the colors and guest what? Won’t He do it! The entire fall collection is now available online! Boop! Be advised that it’s being marketed as ‘limited edition,’ so the colors may not be around for long. I had no clue Milani was going to offer the collection on its site. I figured it was limited edition for in-store only, so I counted my blessings with the three I bought. But God had a plan! #Blessed. I purchased three other colors from the fall collection online (Beautiful, Attraction and Magnetic) and two from the “main?” collection (Devotion and Sugar). I’ll probably update this post with my thoughts on the other colors or maybe just post pics on Instagram. Now for the review:

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Dearest is described as a “deep merlot.” I live for this hue and its color payoff is great. My issue with this particular shade/formula is that it crumbles and starts to flake once it’s been on for about 15-20 minutes. Thank the Lord I noticed it was crusting before I left the house to go out. Basically, it’s not long-lasting or transfer-proof, especially since it started to fall off my lips after a few minutes. This particular shade is also extremely drying compared to the other two shades. The color is beautiful, but it’s not even worth the $8 because you’ll only wear it for two seconds.

Emotion is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. The color payoff is great, and it seemed to last for a few hours. It wasn’t completely transfer-proof, though. I’m not the biggest fan of the actual color, but I like the formula.

Glamour is described as a “pearl bronze.” The formula is pretty much like Emotion. It’s also comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. There’s a luminous sheen to Glamour. It’s not exactly metallic, just more pearly. It reminds me of ColourPop’s Zebra, although – Glamour is much darker and not as shiny. The color payoff is also good, and it lasted for a few hours. Like Emotion, it’s also not transfer-proof.  I would wear this instead of the ColourPop color because it’s not sticky and dries down much faster.

Milani claims its matte lip cremes last “up to 16 hours.” Lies. I’m hoping the other colors/formulas are similar to Emotion and Glamour as far as comfort and texture. I’m already certain they won’t be long-lasting and transfer-proof, but who knows? The Dearest formula is completely different from Emotion and Glamour, so I’ll see.

Are you a fan of Milani’s Amore Matte Lip Cremes? If so, please share your thoughts.

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-Genevia