Beauty & Fashion

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick “Sapphire Siren” | Review

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I actually picked this lipstick up on a whim a while back!  I’d been wanting to try a navy lipstick and see what I had thought of it, and I figured instead of spending a lot of money on something at Sephora, I could try a drugstore version to give it a look & see if I like blue on me.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick "Sapphire Siren" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Sapphire Siren matches it’s namesake – it’s a navy blue.  Sometimes purples and blues have undertones that make your teeth look yellow, and this is one of them unfortunately.

Finish: The finish appears to be a satin – it’s not quite matte, but I wouldn’t say it’s shiny enough to be a cream, either.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick "Sapphire Siren" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the packaging!  It’s a traditional Maybelline lipstick packaging that matches the color of the lipstick, which is a beautiful navy!  The lid snaps on securely to the lipstick tube, so I wouldn’t worry about it coming undone in your purse.

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New at Ulta | April 22 – May 19, 2019

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We’re here for another edition of my New at Ulta series!  I love browsing the New Arrivals section and seeing what peaks my interest; there’s always so much to choose from.  I actually ended up picking up a few of these after my no buy in April was over.  I grabbed the Ulta Dry Shampoo Kit and the MAC Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah!

New at Ulta | April 22 - May 19, 2019 - A Midwest Belle

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An Introduction to Beauty 101

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One thing that’s important to know about me is that I am a naturally curious person.  I ask a lot of questions, some of which are better than others.  And I ask questions about everything.

As I started getting into makeup, I heard lots of words that I was unsure of what they meant.  To be honest, I still don’t know what some of them mean.  That is why I have decided to start this series: I have so many questions about makeup, skincare, ingredients, what the purpose of different products are, etc. and you know what they say: if you have a question about something, chances are other people do, too!

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Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil “Whisper” | Review

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I don’t remember where I got this lip pencil from, but I do remember being excited to see it since Nudestix is such a positively rated brand!  Side note: I’ve been shocked recently by the amount of pale peach nudes colors that I have, considering I’m so picky about light colors in the first place, let alone peaches.

Color: Whisper is described as “cool mocha with a pink undertone”.  I personally don’t see that to be true!  I think mocha makes it sound darker than it is, especially because it looks like concealer lips.  It’s very cool toned and definitely has grey undertones on me, which didn’t flatter my complexion.

Comparing the hand swatch versus lip swatch, I definitely feel as though it looks darker on my hand.  Just be aware that this is one color that definitely changes in appearance between your hand and lips – at least it did on me.

Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil "Whisper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: With “cream” in the name, I had assumed this would have a shiny finish, but to me it definitely looks like a matte lip product.  In the hand swatch it looks much creamier than it does on my lips.

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “Stud” | Review

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Recently, I made a few Colourpop orders and the first one had taken longer than expected to send out.  As a result, they sent me a mini of Stud as a way to apologize for it being late! While I personally wasn’t disappointed at all in the wait time, I do appreciate getting a new lip product to test!

I’m pretty sure I actually bought a set with this in it at one point, but it looks like I decluttered it though I’m not sure why!  Either way, I was happy to give this color another shot and share my thoughts.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip "Stud" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Stud is described on the Colourpop website as a “brownish nude”. I would say this is a warm nude, so the undertones are pretty rosy.

Finish: This is what I consider a true satin!  It’s almost matte, but has a bit of a shine to it that adds some dimension.  The slight shine does a good job at providing a blurring effect, so the lines of my lips weren’t emphasized like they could be with a true matte liquid lipstick.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip "Stud" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019

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In January I did a decluttering challenge for myself where I wanted to get rid of 31 items; one for each day.  I ended up getting rid of so much more than that, but I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed by how much stuff I still have.  I’ve also been bringing in quite a few new items lately, so I decided to do another daily declutter for this month!

The thing about this declutter is that it’s much harder than January.  I don’t have many items in mind that need to go, so I’m going to take a deeper look into my collection of stuff to see what I really feel like I don’t need.

30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019 - A Midwest Belle

Day 1: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Kit Packaging

Day 2: Green Grid Washi Tape

Day 3: A pair of socks

Day 4: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Devotion”

Day 5: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Obsession”

30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019 - A Midwest Belle

Day 6: 16 Stationery Empties (9 sticker sheets, 2 rolls of washi tape, 2 glue dot adhesives, 2 sticky note packs, 1 pen)

Day 7: Memory Box Clearout (42 items)

Day 8: NARS Rikugien

Day 9: NYX Satin Ribbon

Day 10: 6 Makeup Bags

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil “Rikugien” | Review

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When I was first getting into makeup, I basically purchased everything that was in a mini kit, which included this Sephora birthday gift from 2015!  In an effort to find out if all this random makeup I bought was worth it, I decided to give this color a shot!

Color: Rikugien is described on Sephora as a “rose pink”.  I think that’s pretty close – although to me rose makes it sound a little more nude than what this color is.  I’d say this is a more light, “spring” pink.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil "Rikugien" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: There’s not a lot of pigment to the actual lip product, so on my lips it looks like it’s just a slightly shiny gloss.  There’s a definite metallic appearance as well, so I would consider the finish of this product a hybrid of a gloss and a metallic lip.

When I think of satin, I personally think of something that’s almost matte, but not quite.  This formula’s finish is definitely not that, so buyer beware if you’re looking for something almost-matte instead of shiny.

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