1. Newest obsession. I tried Lipstick Queen maybe a year ago and wasn’t in love but I decided to give it another try recently and clearly I’ve been enjoying the brand this time around. This is my current collection so I thought I’d share. I can do swatches if you guys are super curious- let me know.

    L>R: Jean Queen, Perfect Wave, Pinky Nude Sinner, Stoked, Saint Hot Rose, Hang Ten, Medieval, Hello Sailor, Bright Rose Sinner, Saint Pinky Nude, Saint Bare Nude, Bare Nude Sinner.

    The formulation on these lipsticks is phenomenal. It feels a bit thicker so it grabs but not so thick that you’ll experience bleeding. I’m comfortable wearing the shades without a liner or gloss and I’ll get about 5-6 hours of wear. I’ll note that Hello Sailor and Medieval are more sheer. Hang Ten, Perfect Wave and Stoked (part of the Endless Summer line) are like a cross between MAC’s Lustre and Cremesheen formulas. All the other lipsticks are more amplified/cremesheen formula that is so comfortable.

    If you’re not on the Lipstick Queen bandwagon- there’s still time to join in. The hardest parts are picking a color and resisting the display at Ulta.

     

  2. New in: MAC Casual Color in For Your Amusement & Young At Heart, Vanilla Pigment, Pro Longwear Concealer, Prep & Prime Skin ;; Essie Sparkle On Top & Peak of Chic ;; Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library ;; It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette, Luxe Anti-Aging High Performance Palette ;; Lipstick Queen (top>bottom) Stoked, Saint Hot Rose, Perfect Wave, Bright Rose Sinner, Jean Queen ;; It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain Je Na Sais Quoi, Benefit Instant Brow Pencil ;; Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick (l>r) Watermelon, Coral Blossom, Poppy.

     

  3. The best shop is the shop you do out of someone else’s collection.

    First things first, if you aren’t following Max- what are you doing with your blogging life? She’s such a sweetheart and she also runs a fantastic blog. She also hoards makeup like me- we understand eachother. She’s still running a sale off of her Instagram account if you want to check out what she still has to offer. Everything came in a really well padded box in perfect condition. Even the things I bought that were slightly used had obviously been cleaned and sanitized prior to shipment.

    Kicking it off, I love blush. We all know this. So I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to score a deal on some I’ve been wanting.

    TheBalm Instain Blushes (upper left corner) in Houndstooth (top) and Toile (bottom): I haven’t worn everything yet but I’ve swatched it all and these blushes are insanely pigmented. I heard the lasting power is like no other so I think they’ll be ideal for summer.

    Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes (upper right corner) in Frisky (top), Glisten (middle) and Tipsy (bottom): Who doesn’t love a good AC blush from Tarte? I wanted to build on my small collection of them with a few more fun shades. Frisky and Glisten have glitter (that isn’t as obnoxious as I thought it’d be), while Tipsy is matte.

    Illamasqua Powder Blusher (middle left) in Tweak: I’m a pale girl-as you know- so I was a little afraid to try this out but I wanted to add a few more bold blushes into my collection. This is a reddish pink that packs a huge punch and will properly be perfect for fall on it’s own. I’ll probably try mixing this with lighter blushes through summer to tone it down a bit. This is my first Illamasqua blush but after playing with it, it won’t be the last.

    Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush (bottom left) in 216 Rebellious: It’s described as a bright pink- though I would call it more of a bright magenta. It’d be perfect for darker skintones but if I use it right, I can pull this sucker off throughout the seasons. The MJ line gets a lot of buzz and while I’ve only tried the foundation, I’m looking to expand more into it.

    NARS Powder Blush (bottom right) by Pierre Hardy in Boys Don’t Cry: I skipped on this collection when it hit stores but couldn’t resist a second pass to snatch it up. It’s a really pretty pinky/red/coral (what a description that) with a gold overspray that apparently will go away after some use. I’m always on board with NARS blushes so this was a fantastic addition to my collection. She also has Coeur Battant for sale still and I’m trying to resist.

    NARS Eyeshadows (clockwise from top left) in Cairo, Galapagos, Ashes to Ashes and Bali: Again with the NARS. I’ve had my eye on a few of these shades for awhile now so it was a no brainer to grab them.

    Tarte Power Pigment Pencils (l>r) in Exposed, Fearless, Tipsy and Flush: She had these all BNIB, I was curious, she bundled them- a win-win situation. These are awesome and I’m trying to hold back grabbing what she has left. They wear for a few hours comfortably with amazing pigmentation.

    NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dragon Girl and Bahama: I’ve had my eye on Dragon Girl FOREVER so I had to have it. Had. To. Bahama was a choice I made on a whim and it’ll be a fun brown/nude for fall. The formula is incredible (as I’m sure you know).

    Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks in Razzle Dazzle Rose (top) and Fuchsia Shock (bottom): This formula has been growing on me so I figured why not. RDR is going to be a great light pink for spring and I love me some bright pinks so Fuchsia Shock was another no brainer purchase.

    MAC Scarlet Ibis and Flamingo: !!!!!! The first thought I had was “Why is she selling these?!” I have been on the HUNT for these bad boys since the Iris Apfel collection hit MAC. Turns out Flamingo and Pink Pigeon are for sale as a cult favorite thing on Nordstrom’s site so I bought both. I already have Party Parrot and Morange so my Iris Apfel collection is now complete. SCORE!

    NARS Translucent Crystal Powder: I heard the loose was better than the pressed and this was BNIB so I bought it. It’s a great setting powder for under eyes!

    NARS Multiples in Malibu (top) and Riviera (bottom): Never had a Multiple before and after trying these, I’m not sure why. The formula is so creamy and blendable. Don’t be surprised if you see more Multiples make their way into my collection.

    That was my haul from Max! I’m so pumped about everything I got and it felt good to buy it from a friend! Let me know if you end up hauling from her sale. I’ve been creeping Instagram to see what else she’s been posting- just incase.

     

  4. My Birchbox came today and I also went to Ulta. I’ve developed a recent obsession with Lipstick Queen lipsticks. I’ll break everything down (a few goodies aren’t pictured here) in another post soon.

    Things coming up: favorites as of late, collection/organization update.

    I also wanted to let you guys know that the NEST coffret set I bought during the Sephora sale went back because I hated all the scents once I was able to try them on. I did end up with Paradise, which is a gorgeous orange/warm scent.

     

  5. It has begun.