Sunday, April 2, 2017


I grabbed four of Makeup Geek's newest lip products— their Showstopper Creme Stains in various different shades the day that they dropped. The packaging is so sleek and beautiful that I couldn't stay away! Unfortunately, I don't like the product inside of the packaging :(

But let's get some photos out of the way first...

and here are my four shades swatched on the lips:

Starting with just the base shades, I do like them. I didn't expect to like 'Foxtrot' and do. Same with 'Do-Si-Do' and 'Twerk' is just light enough to really show it's color well. I thought 'Flamenco' was going to be deeper but it's still a pretty red. I love the dancing theme of the shade names, too.

Now we can get into the obvious. The formula is horrific. I'm so confused by this product and I'm begging people to help me understand them because they are lightweight, yes. They're lightweight because they are so thin and streaky on the lips and once you get enough on your lips to make the color even, the product gets thick and cracks (see: Do-Si-Do)

They don't "stain", either.

I'm very sad with these :( I'm going to pair them with liners so I can get SOME wear out of them but ultimately on their own, they are not the best on the market. Stick with eye products, MUG.

Did anyone else pick them up ASAP? I would LOVE to start a discussion on them so I can understand them better. Since they're stains, I wouldn't expect that they're "supposed" to be layered over liners but if someone knows something I don't, my ears are open.

Have an awesome week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


(L to R: Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in 'Rebel Pink', Colourpop '1st Base', MAC ‘’, Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid lipstick in '', NYX Matte Lip Cream in ‘’)

          Rimmel's Moisture Renew lipstick in 'Rebel Pink' was one of the first lipsticks I bought back in high school and it has remained the color I strive for in all of the formulations of lip products that have come out since. It is the perfect pretty pink on my skin and the Moisture Renew line is so comfortable on the lips.

          I bought Colourpop's 'First Base' in an attempt to find a liquid lipstick close in color to Rimmel's 'Rebel Pink'. It's a pretty pink but not quite the same... at all. But I do really love it for when I want a bubblegum look on the lips.

          MAC's 'Please Me' is my usual go-to pinky nude color and it flatters my skin very well. It's not so much a bright pink... more of a muted shade. That softened nature allows it to work with almost every color palette be it warm or cool. MAC's matte lipsticks are very matte and stay put so I love to wear this lipstick out when I don't want to be reapplying.

          Now... this is a pink lipstick post. Not a matte lipstick post. Maybelline's ColorSensational Vivid Matte Liquid lipsticks are not matte. At all. HOWEVER, 'Pink Charge' is a very very pretty hot pink. This product does not dry down at all and is not very practical without reapplications but the hot pink wears nicer because it's not a caked-on matte formula. It sort of melts into the lips and doesn't steal the show.

          Lastly, my #1 BAE is NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Addis Ababa', a fun magenta that has been a staple in my collection for yeeeeeears. The SMLC formula was my matte bff before the matte trend took off and they're still holding their ground today.

Pinks are my FAVORITE lip shades and I would be very excited to hear your favorites!!
Hit me up in the comments or on my instagram (@beautymunson) to let me know yours.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Well, well, well…

Here we go again with another Kylie product. That doesn't suck. I saw the promo pictures for this product and felt like I could really do some fun things with this palette and it is comprised of shades that I don't feel like I already own (for the most part...). It was a recipe for success! I managed to snag this last week whilst in the middle of a manicure. It's okay. My nail technician knows of Kylie and her cosmetic brand and was just as excited as I was that I was able to purchase it.

This is the Royal Peach palette. It was $45 and has 12 shades in it. This palette also comes with a very decent blending brush.

I love the elongated layout of this palette and the mega-mirror. But the best part? The shadows are magnetized loosely in the palette meaning they can easily come out and be put into a Z Palette. My palette isn't even put together anymore!

There are lots of reddish peach shades in the Royal Peach palette. Thankfully, there are also some solid transition shades. 'Sorbet' is a pale orange, very similar to Makeup Geek's 'Peach Smoothie' and 'Sandy' is a warm mid-toned tan very similar to Urban Decay's 'Beware'. The poppy shades in this palette are 'Royal' a matte, bright blue, 'Mojito', a metallic yellow-green and 'North Star' which is a metallic lilac that is very close to Anastasia Beverly Hill's 'Macaroon'. There's enough excitement in this shade range to create many different looks without getting bored.

Here are two looks that I've created with (almost) all of the shades in the Royal Peach Palette.

Sorbet and Sandy thru the crease with Mojito on the inner/lid -- Duke and Crush on the lower lash line blended out with Cinnamon

'Sorbet' and 'Crush' on the crease and outer third, 'Seashell' on the center with 'Queen Bee' on the inner third -- 'Duchess' on the lower lashline and winged on the upper lash // had to pair this look with the @makeupforeverofficial Starlit Powder in '02' on the inner corner 

In all, I am very pleased with this! Kylie's products are becoming very trustworthy at this point and I can't wait to see what sector of makeup she journeys into next.

Monday, January 2, 2017


I recently purchased the Kat von D Alchemist Holographic Palette from Sephora. What was one released for VIBs only was eventually released to the public and is now sold out on the Sephora website (SORRY!!!)

After reading lots and lots of comments, I decided to take the plunge. The slight drama around this palette was that it was wildly similar to Anastasia's Moonchild palette (which I do not own) and many people did not feel it necessary to own both. Although Kat has released word that she has been working on the formula for this palette for seven years, many felt it was a direct rip-off of ABH.

The other popular complaint was that the pans were too small. While they are small (average eyeshadow pan size), I will never make my way through a full shade. Anastasia's pans are so big and unrealistic that I didn't mind KVD's being smaller.

As for the actual product, compared to Moonchild, this KVD product is smoother and a better all-around product. That is what ultimately led me to buy it.

The packaging is great. I'm not too big on packaging and I will most likely depot these from the packaging eventually but it is very pretty. The white triangular palette has a slight holo reflect on the front and although it looks like plastic in photos, the body of the palette is paper-based. Think back to the original Naked palette to understand what I mean.

There were more complaints about the pans being round instead of triangular and while triangular pans would be soooooo cool, round pans work for me since again, I will eventually depot these.

The Alchemist palette is a buttery, smooth collection of four shades that are meant to be used as highlighters, eyeshadows, lip toppers and anything else you can think up for them. Without killing the "vs. Moonchild" topic, I think this palette took the four best shades from ABH, perfected them and released them.

I can't wait to create endless looks with these shades and have already thrown blue saphyre on as a highlight twice since purchasing (check insta— @beautymunson— to see!)

Friday, December 30, 2016


Ooooooo baby I am EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll admit it. I have been going a liiiiittle crazy with makeup purchases this year. Anything I want, I buy. Aside from the obvious spending that my attitude requires, the more important issue is that when I feel like spending, I don't have anything else that I want to buy! This has led me to buying some regrettable products but also I've been able to broaden my horizons and have gotten some things that I wouldn't have prioritized and thus, purchased in the past.

A prime example of that last sentence are some of my most recent pick-ups.. Lime Crime's Diamond Crushers in Trip, Choke and Lit. To say I'm impressed by these would be a large, huge understatement.

Diamond Crushers are the more fun sibling of Jouer's Skinny Dip and Tan Lines lip toppers. They're liquid heaven that can be put over liquid lipsticks or simply on bare lips as well as the cheekbones and eyes. They dry down (!!!) and are water-based so there is no excess tackiness adding gross texture to your application zone.

On top of the product itself blowing me away, I was caught off guard by how much I adore the packaging. I'm not even a packaging kinda gal. I usually do not care at all but these come in the most elegant, luxurious feeling tube with BEAUTIFUL pink foiled effect lid. I get entranced holding onto these babies.

Trip is a blue iridescent in a purple base. Choke is a blue iridescent in a clear/pinkish base. Lit is a gold shimmer in a coral/pink base. Out of the three, Choke is the best to wear alone for a barely there effect and Lit is the best to wear alone to get the most coverage. The coral/pink base in Lit makes it good enough to replace a lipstick (coverage-wise).

I swatched each color on bare lips and overtop of two lipsticks out of my collection that I felt the Diamond Crusher would pair well with. Here they are:

Trip over Bangkok SMLC by NYX is unreal. Favorite combo out of them all.

As you can see, Lit overpowers anything that you put it over. I couldn't seem to figure out how to sheer it out. It's meant to be the star of its show.

It's a rare time when I purchase three products of something I've never tried out before but this time it definitely paid off. There are three more colors that I also want to try out.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016


I am so excited to share with you all my very first (completed) Z Palette!!!!

I recently had been getting tired of having so many palettes around and having to choose which was the "most important" when traveling and such. I decided to depot and combine my shadows into my Large Z Palette so I could have everything together.

Unfortunately, I own many Urban Decay shadows. I have learned the hard way that UD shadows aren't designed for depotting and placing into a separate palette. I had a UD-specific palette but it only held six shadows. Most of them have survived thus far but my 'Blackout' lost a chunk out of it the day after I put it in and that was quiiiiiiiite messy.. Urban Decay customer service confirmed that I was not supposed to depot them (oops) but again, so far so good after that incident.

Because I am excessively Type A, I had a photoshop document going as I was filling in the palette to keep track of which shadows are which. You can find it underneath the below photo of the palette:

ABH = Anastasia Beverly Hills
UD = Urban Decay

I organized the shadows in a way that made the most sense to me. Cooler Earth tones on the top, warm sunny shades under that followed by the reds, purples and pinks and lastly the neutrals.

Two of my shadows are Makeup Geek pigments that I put into an eyeshadow pan because I was never, ever, ever, EVER going to use them as a pigment. Pigments are far too messy and difficult to work with but since putting them in my palette, I have used the (now pressed) pigments multiple times.

My favorite shadows in my collection are Makeup Geek 'Chickadee', Makeup Geek 'Magic Act', Urban Decay 'Blackout' and Urban Decay 'Beware'. Not interestingly, they're all warm shades. I've had to force myself to buy more cool-toned shadows in an effort to broaden my eyeshadow horizons.

In another no-brainer, I am the most pleased with all of my Makeup Geek shadows. They have amazing foiled shades and neutrals that blend beautifully.

Below are on-arm swatches that have no primer underneath or anything. Just my bare arm and my beautiful shadows!!!!

Since this post, I have gotten another Z Palette and am separating my shadows by warm and cool tones. Clearly, my cool toned palette is a bit lacking at the moment. Let me know what your recommendations are!

Saturday, December 3, 2016


NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams have ben one of my favorite lip products since before matte lip were even "in". They're cheap, come in fun colors and used to be my go-to for night's out when I wanted my lip color to stay on without me having to think about it the whole time. So when NYX first released their SMLC Vault, I was very excited. For $70 you could get every SMLC that has ever been released (there are 36 of 'em). I loved the idea but didn't initially jump for it.

Fast forward to the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday when NYX released on their Instagram Story that they would be releasing more of them exclusively at Ulta on the biggest shopping day of the year. Seeing as I hadn't paid attention to the vault since it's release, I was confused. Turns out, it was impossible to find this collection of products anywhere. I don't believe in shopping Black Friday or Thanksgiving all that much so I told myself that I wouldn't be getting the vault and maybe I could check Ulta later that weekend for it.

Ulta opened at 6pm on Thanksgiving night. I was in North Carolina with my family and found myself bored at 5:45 so I journeyed over to the store and waited in line to get this puppy. As everyone in front of me in line veered towards the prestige side of the store, I wandered over the the NYX endcap, grabbed the vault and checked out. I was successfully the first customer to check out on Thanksgiving evening.

I still wasn't sold on them. I think NYX should have released the vault with the lip creams in color order so it wouldn't be SO overwhelming. When trying out new colors I hadn't tried before, I found myself frazzled and uninterested suddenly. After being swayed by my Instagram followers (check me out at @beautymunson) to keep the vault, I started the swatching process. I organized everything by color to make it more appealing to us all!

Enough talk. Here they are— all 36 of NYX Cosmetics' Soft Matte Lip Creams:

Let me know if you would be interested in on-lip swatches. For obvious reasons I did not do them for this first giant swatch party but I would be glad to do them for another post in the future. Hope you enjoyed!