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theBalm theBalmJour Creamy Lip Stain “Namaste” | Review

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I am of the opinion that theBalm is a pretty underrated brand in the beauty sphere! They have their popular products like the Mary-Loumanizer or their eyeshadow palettes, but everything else doesn’t seem to get quite the same hype. Today I’m sharing my review on one of their lip products; their creamy lip stain.

Color: Namaste is a deep, warm pink. It looks slightly more neutral upon application, but wears into a fuchsia throughout the day.

Finish: As the name suggests, this lip stain’s finish is definitely a cream, similar to that of a bullet lipstick but with less opacity. It’s not quite shiny like many glosses, but does hold a similar vibe to one.

Packaging: theBalm is definitely known for their cute, vintage looking packaging featuring various people, and this isn’t an exception. The tube is a matte grey plastic, with a cute sticker in it featuring a red head saying the shade name. Each shade has a different character on it, which is a nice touch.

Applicator: The applicator is your standard doefoot. I didn’t feel like the shape helped or hindered in applying this product.

Application: I found getting an even application with this color to be a bit tricky, as it’s not fully opaque. I had to be careful to not swipe back and forth too much, or I would risk pulling up the product I’d already put on my lips and making it look patchy. One layer was the best bet for getting an even application, however I still wasn’t completely happy with the evenness of it.

I also had a bit of difficulty with getting the edges of my lips, as product would want to bunch up and leave a thick line – with many other products it’s easy to fix, but with this one I had to carefully dab it away or risk a more patchy appearance. I found it easiest to press and rub my lips together to disperse excess product.

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CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops “Moonlight” | Review

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CoverFX came on my radar when they released their custom cover drops, an ultra concentrated foundation.  From there, they developed other similar items in droppers, including these gorgeous highlighting drops!

Color:  Moonlight looks like a beautiful pale rose gold color in the bottle.  On the face, it becomes a silver color with just the slightest pink hint. Ulta’s website describes this as a “shimmering beige”, which sounds pretty accurate to me.

One huge caveat to this product is that it is infused with glitter.  I think this could be a huge turnoff to some people, because there’s a lot of people who do not want glitter on their face – just their eyes.  The first time I used it, I was shocked to find that there was glitter everywhere, and I assumed that it was because my eyeshadow also had glitter in it and it was just fallout.  After taking a really close look at this, however, I realized that there is definitely glitter being used to add the shine.

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MAC Electric Wonder Collection Matte Lipstick “Life in Sepia” | Review

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Last year, MAC came out with arguably the most beautiful collection known to exist, a.k.a the Electric Wonder. With gorgeous packaging and popular, wearable shades this was sure to draw the eyes of anyone interested in traditionally feminine, “instagramable” packaging. I, of course, was no exception!

Color: Life in Sepia is a cool, mid-toned brown. On the lips, it definitely has a grey undertone – this is the kind of color that most people either love or hate. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a vampy color, but it is definitely darker than a traditional nude.

Finish: As the name suggests, this is a matte finish. Even when it goes on there is very little shine, which quickly fades into a flat appearance.

Packaging: Unsurprisingly, the packaging of this lipstick is its selling point. It is a gorgeous pink marble, with veins of metallic gold scattered throughout. The inner portion of the tube is a matte gold, along with the small bit that peeks out and the MAC printed on it. The actual shape of the tube is a traditional MAC bullet lipstick.

Applicator: The shape of the actual lipstick is basic – just like any other lipstick shape with a traditional tear drop shape and a point.

Application: Applying this lipstick was as easy as any other bullet lipstick. Even after wearing it down a bit, I didn’t have problems with getting straight lines. One thing I will point out is that this particular shade is one that shows my natural lip colors on the edges if I don’t cover them completely. That just meant I had to be a little extra careful to make sure I got all the edges otherwise you could see pink, which looked a bit strange.

One other thing that is incredibly important to point out is the strong vanilla scent that MAC lipsticks have. This one is no exception – I could smell it upon application and for about 5 minutes after.

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Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Lip Gloss “Smiley For Ryleigh” | Review

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I will forever talk about how much I adore Ipsy, and this is part of the reason why! I was able to get this lip gloss as part of my bag – I love being able to try new collections from brands I enjoy!

Color: This is a mostly transparent peach gloss with tons of glitter. There is a hint of peach color in the base, but for the most part it’s clear with shimmer.

Finish: The finish of this is shiny, but more so I’d say this is a glitter finish gloss due to the lack of base pigment.

Packaging: The packaging of this gloss is a beautiful matte white cap with a plain acrylic tube and Ofra written on the cap. The product information is white, printed on the tube, and appears to have Madison Miller’s signature on it.

Applicator: The applicator functions like a basic doefoot, however it does have an interesting curve to it and a bit of a “chair” shape. I’m not sure if that really improves the application, but it is kind of fun.

Application: Application of this gloss is pretty easy. I dipped into the tube twice; once for each lip. Since the base is mostly clear I wasn’t too worried about going outside of the lip lines. One thing I do want to caution is that it can look streaky and clumpy upon initial application until you “blend” with the doefoot – so I’d be careful about applying without a mirror. You could also rub your lips together to distribute the pigment a bit more, but it was something I had noticed. This is me being nit picky!

There is a very sweet vanilla scent that dissipates after application.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick “Babe Alert” | Review

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Aside from primers, one product that really worked for Smashbox was their liquid lipsticks! So many people discussed them when they first came out, and even years later I still hear people talk about these being a favorite formula.

Color: Babe Alert is a corally-pink nude. It’s got a warm undertone, and is mostly pink but feels more wearable than what I’d consider a “true pink”. Sephora and Ulta both describe this as a “nude rose” – I’d say more rose than nude.

Finish: This lipstick dries down to a completely flat matte finish. Even upon initial application the actual appearance of the dry down was pretty quick; there wasn’t any period of shine.

Packaging: The lipstick that I have is a sample size, but the packaging is similar between the full size and sample size. It is a large square acrylic tube with a black cap. The label is printed directly on the tube and doesn’t appear to be a sticker.

Applicator: The applicator on this lip product is a tear drop shape with a hole (also known as a well) in the center that holds extra product. It’s got a bit of a fuzzy texture to it but I didn’t find that there was any problems with that making the edges less crisp.

Application: Applying this lipstick is very easy. The teardrop shape made getting a sharp line simple, and the well holds enough product to cover both lips without having to dip back in.

I did feel like even with applying the normal amount that comes on the applicator, the product felt thick going on. This, in turn, played in to the amount of time that it took for the product to dry & I believe also played into how it looked later on.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick “Fire & Ice” | Review

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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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Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019

Hello friends!

Today’s post is a pretty quick and easy one – I wanted to share what’s in my basket for November that I’ve been playing with!  There has been basically no change at all except for a new concealer.

Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019 - A Midwest Belle

If you would like to see my current impressions of the products pictured above, make sure you check out my October basket – I don’t want to be repeating myself since there isn’t a whole lot to update on.

New Additions:

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer: First of all, wow, what a long name! When I swatched this on the back of my hand I was concerned that the color wouldn’t match me well, but I wanted to throw it on my eyes quickly and see what I thought, and I’m already so pumped to keep testing! It’s everything that I wanted in a concealer that I wasn’t able to get from the IT Cosmetics one.  I’m very excited to share with you all my final thoughts!

Are you trying any new makeup this month?

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review

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One of my favorite things about Ipsy is that it offers not only brands I’ve never heard of, but products that I really want to try from brands I recognize!  One such product is this IT Cosmetics concealer.

IT Cosmetics has always been a brand that has intrigued me, but because of the prices I’ve never really invested in any of their products despite the good things I’ve heard.

Concealer Claims: Per the IT Cosmetics website, “this revolutionary concealer improves the appearance of wrinkles and effectively conceals the look of skin imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration.”

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Shade Range: Above is the shade range you can find on the IT Cosmetics website.  I think that it’s a pretty extensive range, which is good!  Some of the lighter swatches look a bit grey to me, but then again I wouldn’t usually trust those to pick a shade.  The side of the page also shows a model wearing the selected shade as an example, which is far more helpful!

The darkest shade, Deep Ebony, looks to be quite deep and they offer a variety of undertones.  The fair shades also look pretty extensive; my only complaint is that the lightest, “neutral” shade is incredibly pink and there’s not really a true warm undertone in the lightest of light shades. (The first “warm” undertone is the 5th shade from the left, top row).

IT Cosmetics also offers a travel size of the concealer, however the shades appear to be more limited.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The concealer is in a squeezy tube, which actually works incredibly well for the product! The texture of this concealer is extremely thick, so it wouldn’t work in standard doefoot packaging.  A pot would be functional as well, but since it spreads best by using your fingers, squeezing it out directly into your hand is the most convenient.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Application: I found that applying this directly from the tube onto my undereyes and then trying to spread it with my fingers is not the way to go – it’s so thick that it just pulls on my undereyes and doesn’t spread easily.  Instead, I’d heard that the best way to apply this is to put it onto your fingers, rub it between them to warm it up, and then apply it. This worked so much better than applying it directly to my eye, as it was already easier to spread and didn’t tug as much.

I did notice that this has an incredibly sticky texture that was uncomfortable and stayed even after warming it in my fingers for a few seconds; as I tried to move it I would tug on my eyes.  I ended up swiping it from my fingers to my face, and then using a wet sponge to blend because the concealer didn’t stick to it.

Initial Appearance: Despite how thick the concealer is, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t seem to cover my dark circles.  Maybe they’re just too dark for any concealer, but since the name is “bye bye undereyes”, I was under the impression it would be able to cover them.  There is potential that because this color seems to be too light on me that it emphasizes them instead of covering.

It seems that whether I set this concealer or not, it does sink into the fine lines of my undereyes pretty quickly.  While it’s not visible from far away, if you look closely you can definitely see the product bunched in them.  It also doesn’t seem to spread evenly no matter how much I blend, which leads to the product looking clumpy on top of sinking into lines.

It also has a very shiny appearance, even after I used some powder on it.  Maybe I didn’t use enough, but I don’t want to cake up that area, so I’m not really sure what I could do at that point to mattify a bit more.  It wasn’t even that it looked dewy or like skin – it was so shiny that it looked unnatural and reflected light strangely.

Wear: I don’t believe that this concealer has good wear time in the slightest.  When I used this as a redness cover as well as to cover an acne spot, after around 6 hours it was completely gone.  While I did use it on my chin and it potentially wore off while eating, I still do expect it to hold up until I want it to come off.  I understand having some wear as the day goes on, but it was completely gone – I couldn’t even see spots of it to show wear.

When I used this on a spot on my forehead, I had to constantly build and build in order to get the redness to go away; yet once again by the end of the night (about 8 hours later) there was no concealer left to even wipe away, and I was not touching my face in that area or getting sweaty.

Overall: Honestly, I’m not too crazy about this concealer.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they enjoy it, and ratings on Sephora and Ulta are high, so I’m in the minority with this.  However, between the lack of coverage for my dark circles, the poor wear time, and the tendency for this to clump up and settle into lines, I just can’t get behind it, especially for the price.  I will try to use it up, but I won’t be bringing it into my collection permanently and really can’t recommend you to purchase.

What’s your favorite concealer?

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Wet n’ Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick “Send Nudes” | Review

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A while ago, Wet n’ Wild launched their liquid catsuit matte liquid lipsticks, and they seemed to be extremely successful!  Since the trend now is moving back towards glossy lips, they expanded the line to include this new “liquified lipstick” formula.

Color: Send Nudes is a warm, light-medium nude with peachy undertones.  It’s definitely on the lighter side, but it’s not as pale as some other peach nudes on the market.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: The finish of this lipstick is, as you would assume, shiny like a lip gloss.  It’s not as sheer as you would expect for the shine, so it looks a bit creamy as well.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the packaging of this lipstick!  It’s a shorter, stumpier tube than a traditional liquid lipstick.  It’s the same packaging as their matte liquid lips, but instead of a black cap, it’s white!

Something important to note was that I had such a hard time getting this open the first time!  I honestly thought that I got a defective one because it was so difficult, but after walking away and then trying again I did get it.  After I got it open the first time, I haven’t had any other issues.

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Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review

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At the beginning of 2019, Colourpop finally released their first mascara!  There were multiple different colors, plus black, which is what I have today – “Black on Black”.  With this launch, you can now purchase a full face of Colourpop if you so desire.

Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging is a white tube with black font.  The cap has various doodles on it with hearts, stars, and “BFF” on it.  This is a part of a new Colourpop BFF range, which includes mascara and various forms of eyeliners currently.

Applicator: The wand is an hourglass shape, reminiscent of iconic Too Faced Better than Sex.  It is very large, close to the same size as my eye, which makes it difficult to apply; especially on the inner corner of my lashes.  The bristles are nylon, if that matters at all in your purchasing decision!

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