Beauty & Fashion

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick “Fire & Ice” | Review

Hello friends!

One thing I love about really popular, classic brands like Revlon is that they’ve been around long enough to establish cult products. One such product, though less popular than another red of theirs, is Fire & Ice!

I was fortunate enough to find this color on clearance, and knew I needed to snatch it up right away!

Color: Fire & Ice is a warm red that leans a bit coral – there is a strong orange-pink undertone to it.

Finish: This lipstick is a cream finish. I’d say it would lean a bit more towards matte than lustrous like a gloss, but it’s not quite satin. Interestingly, it’s also relatively sheer.

Packaging: The packaging looks incredibly classic. The tube is a glossy black, with a clear window on the top of the cap so you can see the lipstick color when looking down at it. When you pull the lid off it’s a shiny gold with Revlon printed on it.

Applicator: This is a standard cut bullet; there’s nothing special or unique about the shape.

Application: I found application on this lipstick to be as easy as any other traditional bullet lipstick. The point is just sharp enough that you can get a crisp line relatively easily, though I imagine that the more you wear it down the harder it will be to get that even line.

One thing that I struggled with was needing to build up opacity on this particular color. I would typically swipe about three times to get the opacity level I wanted. While it would look opaque from normal talking distance, when looking up close you could definitely see the darkness of my lips poking through still.

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Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip “Curvii” | Review

Hello friends!

In a wonderful turn of events, I got the iluvsarahii bundle by accident when I had purchased the KathleenLight’s bundle. ColourPop had given me to go-ahead to keep my bundle while they sent me the correct one, which means that I was able to get double the product!

If you’re interested in the other colors within this bundle, my review of 951 is here.

Color: Curvii is a pale peach with flecks of pink glitter.  Depending on how thick of a layer, it can go from a nearly clear gloss with glitter, to a very opaque peach.

Finish: In terms of gloss finishes, this is relatively creamy with glitter flecks throughout.  The thicker the layer, the more creamy it looks and less gloss-like finish it has.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging of this lip gloss is really pretty, as it is part of the iluvsarahii collab.  It’s the standard acrylic tube with a gold cap and gold accents.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush tip – it’s definitely not my favorite for this type of formula, as the product is thick and the brush struggles to distribute product evenly.  I also noticed that there tends to be hairs out of place frequently.

Application: I find application of this gloss to be quite tedious.  The brush applicator means that if I wanted to apply this in a thick, opaque layer I am building constantly, but have to be careful to avoid streaks due to the paleness of this shade.  If I want to use a thin layer as a “wash” of color, it still doesn’t apply evenly with the brush and so I have to dip multiple times.

I struggled to get product my lips without missing spots or having clumps of product in certain areas, with no product in others.

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Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review

Hello friends!

I found the brand Jolii Cosmetics on Ipsy, and would absolutely never have heard of them had I not gotten this liquid lipstick in a bag. Before even trying this out I bought another three colors, so you’ll be seeing more reviews in the future!

Something I would like to point out is that the Jolii Cosmetics website states that this product is Made in Italy; however, the label on my lipstick states that it was Made in China.  I emailed to get clarification but never heard back from the brand. With the recent controversies with BoxyCharm & Ciate London, I thought this was important information to share if it could influence your purchasing decision.

Color: Focoso is a purple-based brown with neutral undertones.  I’d say the brown makes it look warmer, while the purple balances it as a generally cooler color.  On the lips it definitely pulls more red-brown.

Finish: The Luxe Creme Matte formula is one that dries down mostly matte but still has just a touch of sheen to it.  As it wears throughout the day the sheen does disappear and leave a completely matte look.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I love the packaging of this lipstick! The gold cap and frosted tube really makes it look lux. My one complaint is that the words on the tube seem to be rubbing off, similar to the way that ColourPop lip products do.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: This applicator is just a basic doefoot, but it does work well with the mousse formula. There is no need for a well or pointed edge to make application easier.

Application: I found that because the formula was relatively thick instead of being watery like many liquid lipsticks, it was easy to apply and get in a smooth line. I never had to dip back into the tube for more product, and it went on evenly and opaque in one swipe with enough for both lips.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review - A Midwest Belle

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New at Ulta | January 13 – February 2, 2020

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I’m back once again with some of the standout products from Ulta recently!

Of course the brand new ABH palette drew my attention because it’s beautiful, but there were a lot of Colourpop palettes released as well! It also looks like Ulta is getting some products that have been out for a while, like the Persona Cosmetics glosses and Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Friday Favorites | Jan. 23 – 29, 2020

Hello friends!

I’m here to share this week’s favorites! A lot of YouTube videos made me laugh or were especially interesting this week – and Jenna Marbles was a very common theme as well!

1. Come Watch More Of My Favorite Tik Toks With Me – Jenna Marbles: I’m not a Tik Tok person, but Jenna Marbles always knows how to make me laugh!  She shares some of the funniest, weirdest Tik Toks she’s found and has me giggling alongside her! I think my favorite is the one in the thumbnail of the man and the plastic fork.

2. I Took My Guide Dog On A Cruise Ship For A Week! – Molly Burke: The thing I love about Molly is that she’s not shy to share what being blind is like.  I thought showing how having a guide dog on the cruise worked, as well as just being blind in general was fascinating. Additionally, I learned a lot about cruise ships from the captain!

3. Emma’s Theme – Jennifer Morrison: There’s always some sort of song that I love to listen to, and this week is no different! This song is from the TV show Once Upon a Time, and is very powerful.  I always adore a good piano and strong female voice.

4. Podcast #262 – Playing Incohearent – Jenna & Julien Podcast: This podcast episode is about playing a game called Incohearent, where you get a series of words and syllables and have to guess the phrase by saying the syllables out loud together. I was absolutely cackling when I could tell what they were saying but they couldn’t – especially when they were sharing the “kinky” phrases!

5. Playing Episode: Love Life – Jenna Marbles: As you can tell, Jenna is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers and she makes me laugh in every video.  I wanted to share this one because it had me giggling with the absolute ridiculousness of the game and their responses!

What did you love this week?

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Friday Favorites | Jan. 16 – 22, 2020

Hello friends!

I’ve decided that instead of having a monthly wrap up of my favorite things, I’d rather share a weekly wrap up that is smaller and more focused on what I’ve really been enjoying for the week!  I tend to forget things as the month goes on, so having to think in terms of weeks will hopefully make me remember those things that I’ve been loving so much!

1. Being ‘the disabled one’ in university – One thing that I really love about Jessica’s channel is that she’s incredibly honest and upfront about her disabilities. Her stories are always so fascinating, but she makes it difficult to feel bad due to her cheery attitude. This is a bit more of a downer than usual, but it’s something I think is important to discuss and understand.

2. Finding ABH Riviera at Marshall’s – I have been in love with the Riviera color story for forever, but could never bite the bullet and pay full price. Well, I didn’t have to! Shopping at Marshall’s last weekend, I found this palette on sale for $24.99!  I was so unbelievably excited that I had to share it here as well – a definite favorite moment of the week!

3. This quote:

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4. Lauren DellaFera’s 2020 Declutter Series – Lauren has been a favorite YouTuber of mine since she started her YouTube channel, and her declutter series are always my favorite of them all!  She’s got videos going up for the entire week – the video linked below is the first of five.

What did you love this week?

Beauty & Fashion

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review

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I was unbelievably lucky and found a bunch of these Healthy Lips on clearance at Walmart – I couldn’t help but snag some because I’ve heard people rave about them.  Spoiler alert: for good reason, too!

Color: Berry Healthy is a neutral, deep pink that leans slightly cool, but could mostly be considered a neutral pink-berry.  The neutral-ness of the shade tends to make it look less berry than what one would traditionally think – there’s very little purple in it. I personally would consider this a pink nude in my own collection.

Finish: As most liquid lipsticks do, this formula dries down to a matte finish.  The packaging states that this is a velvet finish, but to me there isn’t much shine, and what little there is definitely goes away as the product wears.

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging on this lipstick is definitely unique to other liquid lipstick tubes! It’s square and acrylic with the silver cap.  This definitely feels weighty and more luxurious than a typical drugstore liquid lipstick.  The only complaint I have is that it’s unnecessarily bulky – there easily could have been less acrylic on the outside of the product and still kept the aesthetic.

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: I adore the teardrop applicator with a well on the inside. The shape lends well to application – it’s easy to get a crisp line with the pointed tip.  The well ensures that you don’t have to dip into the tube a second time as it holds enough product for both lips.

Application: I found application of this to be strange at first, until I got more comfortable with the formula.  It’s not actually fully opaque; it’s semi-opaque, but with this particular shade that actually worked in its favor.  The product is thicker than you would expect – not a mousse, but also not thin like a standard liquid lipstick.

There were some issues with evenness on application, especially on the edges of my lips.  You could definitely tell that some spots were more pigmented than others, however it was incredibly easy to just use my finger and dot off the excess.

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New at Ulta | December 23, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Hello friends!

I know I just posted one of these – but there were so many amazing new releases that I had to share this one as well!

The drugstore has really been knocking it out of the park with releases lately!  I have a ton of different lipsticks, concealers & foundations that looked interesting. Lipsticks in general this time around really drew me in – plus, as always, I love a good eyeshadow palette!

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New At Ulta | November 25 – December 22, 2019

Hello friends!

It’s time for yet another installment of my New at Ulta series!  I’m definitely a bit delayed in getting this one out to y’all, but I ended up taking a break over the holidays. Rest assured, the new year has reinvigorated me and I hope you’re all excited for what 2020 has to offer!

There were a lot of new palettes & lipsticks that drew my attention this time around – especially from Milani and the drugstore in general.  There were also a few base products that sound interesting!

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Monthly Favorites | November 2019

Hello friends!

November has been quite the roller coaster month for me.  I was incredibly busy and had some personal things come up that really threw a wrench in my life. Still, I found quite a few things that really stood out to me as favorites that I wanted to share with you all!

Music:

Halocene: I accidentally stumbled across Halocene from their video about The Masked Singer stealing a cover of “Bad Guy” that they did, and I’ve been addicted to their music since then!  They do a lot of popular song covers, and have their own songs as well.  They’re a rock band, so if that’s your type of music I highly recommend!

What is Love? by Frances: I’ve heard Frances before and really enjoy her voice, so I wasn’t surprised that I fell in love with this song and had it on repeat for the month.  It’s from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, and has a gorgeous melancholy sound that I just adore in my music.

Videos:

Fast Beauty Is the New Fast Fashion & It Isn’t Sustainable: If you want to have your eyes opened to what the mass amounts of makeup being produced is doing to our planet, watch this!  I definitely felt uncomfortable thinking about the way that fast makeup has taken over and that we as consumers don’t realize what the cost of it really is.

I’m Making a Magical Shrine for this Huge Crystal!: I’m always a sucker for some nerdy crafting, and this video is no exception!  NerdForge makes some epic masterpieces, and I just love watching her vision come to life.  She’s pretty handy; being able to use various power tools, create lighting, and turn Styrofoam into a landscape that looks real.

I Gained Weight. Let’s Talk About It!: If you’ve never seen Pixielocks, her videos are usually very fun, upbeat, and pink.  This time, she shares a lot of personal things about her life including mental health and weight gain.  I thought this was an incredibly body positive video that really made me feel good about myself – if you’re looking to feel better about your own body, I’d recommend checking this out!

How to Reject the Diet Mentality & Does Losing Weight Improve Health?: Apparently I was on a roll for body positive videos this month!  Abbey Sharp is a dietitian who talks a lot about the benefits of intuitive eating and how diet culture affects people.  She’s doing a series on intuitive eating, and this is the first episode – it definitely made me think about what I’m surrounded with in terms of diets & food, but also listening to my body.

What did you love in November?

Monthly Favorites | November 2019 - A Midwest Belle