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Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick “Trendsetter” | Review

Hello friends!

I’ve owned the Huda Beauty liquid lips for a while now, but for some reason I’ve never actually made it a point to test them.  I’ve heard a lot of good things, so I figured it was finally time for me to share my own thoughts!

Color: The color I’m testing today is Trendsetter!  Sephora describes it as a “stylish brown nude”, which is almost spot on.  I think that calling it a brown makes it sound somewhat intimidating, and it’s more of a neutral midtone nude. It’s darker and more neutral than what some people may consider a “nude”, but I personally don’t think it’s what people traditionally think of as brown.  It’s all in your own preferences!

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the way that the packaging looks!  It’s a beautiful frosted glass with the Huda Beauty logo on the side and a black cap.  Unfortunately you can see that my packaging is a little off, and my cap doesn’t sit like it should.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator is a very standard doefoot that I think works very well with the formula!

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Application: Like a lot of traditional liquid lipsticks that dry matte, this formula is very thin.  It glides on very easily and is completely opaque in one coat; I didn’t have to dip back into the tube at all because of the thinness and ease of spreading.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Comfort: I was shocked while I wore this, because it was incredibly comfortable!  Because of the thin liquid formula, I expected this to be drying and long-wearing just like the other products with a similar formula, but I didn’t feel like I needed to take this off at any point because of it being uncomfortable.

I would say that the good comparison of comfort with this product is any liquid lip with a moussey and thick formula, which is the exact opposite of this!  So if you’re someone who doesn’t like a mousse formula and doesn’t want to have something drying, I think you’ll find that the Huda Beauty formula will be perfect for your needs!

Fading: Unfortunately, I’ve found that you’re always trading comfort for lasting power, and this is no exception.  This product tends to fade rather quickly after eating a meal or just going throughout the day. While it will last longer than a traditional cream lipstick, you’ll still need to make touchups and can’t rely on it to stay around through everything.

I also noticed that it doesn’t seem to fade particularly well.  It comes off the center of the lips pretty easily and leaves a dark ring of color around the edges, which doesn’t look cute at all.  If it wears naturally without a meal, it still ends up looking kind of patchy.  I’m not sure if that’s because of the color or not, but that just means that if you plan on eating you should also plan on bringing this along for touch ups.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Transfer: Despite the fact that there was so much fading, I didn’t notice a lot of transfer.  When drinking my coffee, I didn’t see a lot of lipstick left behind on the mug.  I didn’t see it coming off on my food either, so I’m not really sure where it went!  I just know it didn’t say on my lips.

Final Thoughts: This is really a pretty good lipstick formula!  It provides the ease of application and matte finish from a traditional matte liquid lip, while still having the comfort of a moussey liquid lip.

The fading is the worst part of the formula, but since it’s something that can be fixed easily and really isn’t too bad, I wouldn’t let that hold you back from purchasing this unless it’s a necessity that your lipstick stay put the entire day because you can’t touch it up.

I think the value from this formula comes from what you’re looking for; it’s $20 for each tube, which isn’t the most expensive, but it’s certainly not drugstore either. If you like your other matte liquid lips or moussey lips, I don’t think this is necessary.  However, if you’re looking for an in between, this is a wonderful option.

The Huda Beauty liquid lipstick can be purchased on Sephora and the Huda Beauty website!

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My First Experience Getting a Facial at Ulta

Hello friends!

I’ve been curious about facials and what getting one would be like for a while now.  In March, I took a day off & wanted to make it a pamper day, which meant taking my time shopping and scheduling an appointment!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I decided to go with the 20 minute basic facial.  My skincare specialist introduced herself and then we got started!  First, I filled out a card that clarified whether or not I had any allergies, what kind of skincare products I was currently using, what my skin goals were, etc.

One of the questions asked is if you have ever experienced claustrophobia, which is very important to note.  There were multiple times throughout the appointment that my entire head aside from my mouth and nostrils were covered with a towel, which could trigger some major feelings for people who experience that fear.  The first time it happened, I was a little tense but it went away after the initial cover.

She looked the paper over and then decided what would be best to help with my concerns (I said redness and blackheads/gunky pores).  I somehow forgot to mention my super dry skin, but she told me she noticed it right away and was using hydrating products because of it.  She also said that I had some texture in certain areas that was very likely caused by my filled pores.

I’m not sure what exactly she put on my face in the beginning, but there were probably 6 or 7 different products altogether.  The first ones felt like they were exfoliating and probably meant to get the initial layers of stuff off.  In between each product she used a hot towel and rested it over my face for about 10 seconds before wiping it off.  This happened for about three products before we moved on to the big one – a 10 minute mask.

It had menthol in it so it was incredibly cooling – unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what it was meant to help with.  She layered it on and then put three layers of what felt like towels on top.  I assume this was meant to help the product really sink in! It covered my entire face with the exception of my mouth and nostrils.  I sat there for 10 minutes, and between the 2 and 5 minute period, my face felt so cold!  I assume that means it was working.

After that was wiped off, she used a fizzy mask that was supposed to help get the sebum out of my pores.  This stayed on for around 2 minutes, and it definitely tickled!  I told her it felt like it was going all over my face, even though it was just in the targeted spots.

Finally, it ended with a collagen mask that felt very liquid-y and hydrating.  My skincare specialist was wonderful and answered every question I had, which I thought was very kind of her.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but I’m not sure that I would do that specific service again.  When I looked closely at my skin, my pores definitely seemed to be cleared out but they were still very apparent.  I also noticed that there were some dry skin flakes peeling off my face the next morning.  I didn’t see as dramatic of a change as I was hoping for, but I think I just had too high of expectations without a specific problem to target.

I think if you were to try this out, I would highly recommend going in with a specific goal in mind – what do you want to see change with your skin?  That will help both you and your specialist make sure you’re getting the results you want!  I did find this experience incredibly relaxing if nothing else.

For my birthday, I scheduled a microdermabrasion appointment, which I was told gets about 6 weeks worth of dead skin off – as a perpetually flaky dry skin gal, this sounds amazing!  I can’t wait, and I’ll definitely share this experience with you all!

Have you ever gotten a facial before?

My First Experience Getting a Facial At Ulta - A Midwest Belle

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Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick “Mauve For Me” | Review

Hello friends!

Recently, Maybelline has come out with a new set of lipsticks that is supposed to compliment 50 different skin tones!  They had seven different shades, and I chose to pick up the mauve color since it’s my personal favorite.  The spice looked beautiful as well!

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: As the name of this lipstick suggests, it’s a warm mauve color that pulls the slightest bit orange on me – I had hoped it would be a bit more pink.  The color of this is almost exactly my lips but better, which was a letdown.  I was hoping that this would be more unique and look better considering it’s supposed to flatter so many different skin tones.

It has a cream finish and looks relatively shiny, which is different than all the matte lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately and looks gorgeous!  The shiny finish does a good job at not sinking into my lip lines or accentuating dry patches, which happens frequently.

Packaging: The packaging is very basic, but I really enjoy the cap matching the color of the lipstick!  In terms of actual quality, I’m a little concerned that the lid doesn’t seem to attach very well.  If you plan on taking this in your purse, I’d be careful about it getting everywhere due to the loose latch.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Bullet Shape: The shape of the tip is a bit more curved, which hugs my lips and makes applying a little easier.

Application: Because of the curved tip of the bullet, I found that the lipstick hugged the curves of my lips well and made it easy to get an even coat that didn’t go outside of my lips.  There was very minimal cleanup needed!

Upon application, there is definitely a strong scent. It smells like a chemical vanilla – while it’s not a good smell by any means, it doesn’t bother me too much.  If you’re someone who is sensitive to fragrance in your products, I’d say tread cautiously.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Fading: This is a lipstick that is very close to my own lip color, which means that it was really hard to see if there was any obvious fading. I feel like every time I checked to see what my lips looked like, they looked good for the most part.  I didn’t really notice much fading in general; it was more like the color was either fully there or it wasn’t.

Transfer: This lipstick transferred just like any other lipstick would, which isn’t surprising – the big selling point is color, not formula.  After eating a meal, this was almost completely gone. On the bright side, it layers over itself very nicely!

Comfort: I thought this was an incredibly comfortable lipstick.  It felt hydrating and I didn’t have any issues with feeling like I needed to throw some lip balm on to recover.  This is definitely standard to most cream lipsticks, so if that’s the kind of formula you prefer, this is very par the course.

Price Point: The standard cost of this lipstick is $5.99 at Target, which I think is pretty reasonable!  You can almost always find a coupon, and I had one for $1 off, so I only paid $5 total.  At that price, you honestly can’t go wrong!

If I were to buy another shade of this range, it would definitely be a more unique color.  Because I feel like it’s such a dupable shade for me personally, I would rather invest in one that I struggle to wear confidently.  I’m definitely considering the nude, red, and plum!  I currently have so many lipsticks that I don’t need to buy new ones, but if you’re looking to build up your own collection you can’t go wrong with it.

I bought mine at Target, but I believe you can also find them at any drugstore, Walmart, and Ulta.

Do you like the Maybelline lipstick formula?

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick “Brocade” | Review

Hello friends!

As you read in my Year of Lipsticks post, I’m making it a goal of mine this year to test as many lip products as I can!  I’ve had this lipstick for about a year now and have always admired it, but never tried it out.

Color: Bobbi Brown’s Brocade is described as a “bright purple plum” on the Sephora website. I would describe it as a bright warm purple with a reddish magenta undertone.

Packaging: First off, the packaging is so stunning and it looks expensive.  It’s a beautiful gold with black accents, and has an insignia on the top of the lid.  It’s feels heavy, and looks like it would be worth the $37 price tag from the packaging alone.

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Devotion” | Review

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to let you all know my thoughts on the other Revlon Matte Lip Color I own!  In an effort to see if maybe the formula was inconsistent between colors, I wanted to share my experience with another shade.  You can see the original review for Obsession here.

Color: Devotion is a nude pink with slightly yellow undertones.  It’s a color that I think also looks very flattering on me.  However, once again the formula disappointed me.

Applicator: The triangular shaped applicator is definitely one of my favorites, and it made applying easy and quick.  There’s enough product on both sides to get my entire lips without having to dip the wand in for more product.

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9 Makeup Brands I Want to Try in 2019

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Similarly to my recent post 19 Books I Want to Read in 2019, today I wanted to share the makeup equivalent with some brands that I want to make a point to test this year! The inspiration came from Lauren, who is a blogger/YouTuber that makes unique and amazing quality videos and blog posts! I highly recommend checking her out if you haven’t already.

9 makeup brands i want to try in 2019 - a midwest belle

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Obsession” | Review

Hello friends!

Before I get into the review, I’d like to start by saying that it did not go the way I had expected it to.  This was one of the first lip product’s I’d purchased for myself when I got into makeup, and I used to just love wearing it.  I distinctly remember bringing it to work and reapplying throughout the day multiple times.

Color: Obsession is a beautiful hot pink with blue undertones, which is incredibly flattering on my neutral skin tone.

Applicator: In terms of application, I really enjoyed the applicator’s shape.  It has a bit of a triangle shape to it, and the curve fits my lips incredibly well, so I found it very easy to maneuver.  It also smells absolutely incredible, like a sweet fruity candy.  While I absolutely adore the color and scent, the formula was surprising.

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