MOTD: MAC Violetta Lipstick

MAC Violetta Amplified Lipstick is a creamy reddish-purple shade with a slight violet iridescent overlay with a glossy sheen.  I find this shade can be worn during the summer for a brighter lip and then during the fall/winter months paired with a deeper lip liner for a vampy look.  This shade use to be a MAC PRO only shade (only available at MAC PRO locations) but now it has been added to the permanent line for everyone to enjoy. 

Today's MOTD focus is based on how you can wear this lipstick to create two different looks. This was requested by one of my filofax buddies Jennifer from MY PURPLEY LIFE.  I remember going to her site when I first started with my filofax adventure.  It's full of useful information and inspiration! She recently won Violetta Lipstick from an Instagram giveaway I was hosting with Willow and Washi. It is the perfect lipstick for her! Lets take a look at the two different looks. 

Violetta Lipstick with Golden Natural Eyes

This look focuses on the lips making it the focal point of the makeup. If you are normally the type to go light on the eyes or usually wear a lot of makeup this will be a great look for you.  I love pairing bright and dark lip colors with golden or bronze shadows to complement the lipstick. 

Here are the products I used to create this look. 

  • Beletto Studio Airbrush Foundation F6 Yellow Dune 
  • L.A. Girl Cosmetics HD PRO Concealer Beautiful Bronze (contour) and Medium Beige (highlight)
  • Colour Pop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows Girly (highlight), and Amaze (lid) with MAC Espresso Eye Shadow blended towards the outer corners. 
  • L,A. Girl Cosmetics Glide Gel Liner in Metallic Copper for the bottom liner and L.A. Girl Mark My Eyes Liquid Liner for the top. 
  • House of Lashes Temptress Lashes 
  • MAC Blushbaby Blush
  • MAC Cosmetics Quartz Lip Liner

MAC VIoletta Lipstick Dramatic Eye 

Now lets change it up a bit to something more dramatic with a touch of sparkle. Try this look if you are going for more of a bold look for an evening out, party or even a dance.  I kept my face products the same and only changed my eyes along with a brighter liner for the lips. 

To create this look take a peek at the products below:

  • Motives Mavens Element Palette - Birch (highlight), Shell (all over lid), Aubergine (first half of lid), Native (soft contour above crease) and Raven (outer corners for depth). 
  • L.A. Girl Glide Gel Eye Liner Royal Blue outer half of bottom eye.  Mark My Eyes Liquid Liner for the top. 
  • Elegant Lashes #148 Lashes 
  • Eye Kandy Cosmetics Marshmallow Glitter (highlight used for the lower bottom of the eye)
  • MAC Cosmetics Magenta Lip Liner 


I really enjoyed creating two different looks with one lipstick and will continue to make it a weekly post on my blog.  If there is a particular MAC lipstick (I have tons of MAC Lipsticks) that you would like to see a look for please leave a comment below! 

Review/Swatches: L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

L-R ->  Bombshell, Pin-Up, Coy, Hot Mess, Blushing, Babydoll

L-R ->  Bombshell, Pin-Up, Coy, Hot Mess, Blushing, Babydoll

The L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are the ultimate liquid lipsticks that provide high impact color and shine.  The shades are more  on the brighter side,  creamy when applied and finishes with pure color and a light shine.  I love the minty sensation to the lip product and the opaque coverage all the colors provided.  I must say a little goes a long way, seriously.  A small tiny amount on the slanted applicator will give you enough to coat your lips for a full coverage look.  Take a look at the swatches below to find your favorite.

Lagirl glazed lip paints


  • For the price you can't go wrong especially since they are under $4 for each one you can easily grab a few of these
  • Shop on to grab your fav.
  • My favs? I can't really pick one, I love all of them.  Natural? Go for blushing.  Summer fun? Hot Mess is a trendy shade.  Smokey eye? Babydoll will complement your look to the fullest! I love pin-up too for something different than a true red.
  • The Glazed Lip Paints did not feel stick at all, super creamy and my lips didn't feel dry at all. 

Which one do you think you are going to try?

Review/Swatches/Video: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms

Ok, I just had to.. really I did! Now I feel my collection is complete - 10 Matte 10 Lacquer.  If you missed out on my matte swatches/review/video click


.   Of course my husband thought I was crazy but he should be use to it by now.  The lacquer balms are so moisturizing! I just love the way they glided on my lips and didn't feel they were going to slip off. Is is just me or does a lot of the colors all look the same on me? Wish they would have made some deeper darker shades for the fall/winter season and saved the brighter ones for spring/summer.  The color on the packaging can be very deceiving as you will see in the video and in the swatch pictures below. 

Watch my review/swatch video!

Here are some pictures of me wearing the colors.  I am a medium/dark skin tone (MAC NC40-42, Makeup Forever #128, Urban Decay Naked Foundation 6.0, Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation 3.1)

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 105 Demure

Nude light pink 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 110 Coquette

light brighter toned pink that has more of a blue undertone.

 Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 115 Whimsical 

pinky purple color

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm120 Vivacious 

creamy hot pink

Revlon Colorburst 125 Flirtatious 

bright but lighter toned fuchsia

 Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 130 Tease

peachy pink orange (coral)

 Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 135 Provocatuer 

bright-pinky red 

 Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 140 Coy

mauvy brown

 Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 145 Ingenue

nude medium brown

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 150 Enticing

deeper medium red

I want to know what you guys are currently obsessed with? Do you want to see some swatches of other products? Let me know! Oh and if you are GOOGLE+ please add me :D

Oh man, I totally forgot to let you know that I did do a video on the makeup that I am currently wearing in the review/swatch video.


Click the picture to be taken to the blog post! 

Review/Swatches/Video: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms Pt.1

When I find something that I just have to have (limited edition product, new product, must have product, etc.) I will go to extreme lengths to get it.  I think it's my makeup hoarder spirit in me that goes into full effect when I see something and need all of it. When I say need all of it, I want one of every color.  Will I use every color? Most likely no,  but just the sense of having the whole collection   My new obsession are these Revlon Colorburst MATTE Balms, I need them, want them, NOW! When the 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

first came out I went out on a hunt looking for the colors I wanted all around town.  Now I have a new obsession, the only problem is trying to find these lipies! I spotted them at Bed, Bath and Beyond while I was shopping for cutting boards.  Whoa! Have you been in a remodeled Bed, Bath and Beyond? It's like a Cost Plus World Market, drugstore inside a Bed, Bath And Beyond.  I like the concept and environment that they are creating!

It was love at first sight.... MATTE LIP BALMS?!?! YES PLEASE. But the display was empty .. no mattes.  My determined makeup hoarder in me went into full effect.  I called all the Bed, Bath and Beyonds in my area .. only 2 had the new remodel - the store where I was  and the one closer to my condo.  Hubby and I went home (I have such a supporting husband!) and stopped by the one close to our place.  3 sweet little Revlon Colorbursts were waiting for me! I went home and fell in love .. now this is love.  I wanted all the colors.. not buts or exceptions.  Went back 3 days later and found 2 more still not the neutral pinky shades but who cares.

EDIT: I was hesitant about the Lacquer Balms but I gave in and bought all of them you can check out Pt. 2  by clicking on the picture or click


! There is also a video!


Here is the display ... I wish the display would magically restock it's self with all the colors. You take one and another would just pop up to replace it.  Gosh that would be great for all of us crazy makeup enthusiast out there. 

Watch the video for live swatches!

Now time for swatches and my feedback on each one. I decided to go pretty neutral on the eyes while I tried on each color.  The mink lashes that I am wearing are from

Flutter Lashes

the style is Lindsay. Eyeshadows are from

NYX palette Love In Florence

Eat, Love Be Fab!

I found the rest of the colors  at RiteAid! Yay! Now my collection is complete.  Sorry my pics don't match I thought I was going to do a separate blog post but I thought it would be better to have them all in 1. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 230 Complex is a true nude beige.  I am a MAC NC40, this color looks like a concealer on me.  If you are looking for a true nude this one is for you.  I would definitely wear a lip liner with this one.  You can see from the picture that my lip just blends in with the rest of my face with no definition.  Also I really had to layer on this color.  I probably applied it 4-5 times before I got a true opaque coverage. The more I applied the more my lips got dry. It could be because this color is very light on me and you could hardly see it.  I am dying to try this lip with an intense smokey eye and dramatic lashes. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 235 Mischievous.  I really like this color - still neutral and soft with a pop of color. I will wear this one on a daily basis.  This is a great color if you are a little scared to venture out to bright colors but really want to try something. I had to apply this color about 3 times just to get the desired coverage with this shade. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 245 Audacious.  This is the shade that is featured on the display.  I have been seeing a lot of orangy lips on editorial pictures and on the runway.  This is a hot color right now. For some reason my camera made the container  lighter than it usually is in person.  The container in real life is actually a deeper reddish/orange. This color is a step up from 235 Mischievous.   Now the brighter you go the better the balm applies (in my opinion). To this this opaque coverage I only had to apply it twice. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 210 Unapologetic.  Ack so pretty! My favorite bright color our of the colors I was able to purchase. Again I only had to apply this twice to get a nice opaque coverage.  Keep in mind the container color is a tad more pinkish/red just like the lip color.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 220 Showy.  This is the last matte finish balm that I was able to get so far.  It's a bluish-pink shade.  From the container I thought it would be a little more berry and perhaps deeper (my camera make the container look brighter/lighter) but it's still a pretty color to wear!  About 2 coats of this color for full opaque coverage.

 Hope I can share the rest of the colors with all of you once I can get my hands on them! :)

 Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 205 Elusive is a soft pretty in pink color.  The pink is not too light and not too bright.  This is a perfect color for those of you who want a natural color for everyday.  

 Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 220 Sultry. One of my favorite colors! This is a medium rose color with just the right amount of color for a natural look.  Would love to use this color for a bridal look. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 240 Striking. I thought this color was going to come out more orange but it turned out to be more of an orange/reddish tone which is still pretty.  

 Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 250 Standout.  Now it's time for a red! From the packaging I thought this would be more of deeper red but when I applied it the color was a pinkish/red.  I still really like it, the color is really pretty. 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 215 Shameless.  I was really excited about this color and how it would look on me.  I wanted it to be a deeper purple but it turned to be more of a medium toned purple.  Can't wait to create a Makeup of The Day with this shade!

Matte or Lacquer what do you prefer? Also which colors did you get? :D

MOTD: City Color Cosmetics Brown and Greens

Just a quick post for today! Wanted to post this before I forgot. I've been working hard the past 2 weeks trying to get on a regular schedule with posting on the blog and creating/posting MOTD's on Instagram.

Today's look is a classic look with a twist. 

First I used City Color Cosmetics Shadow Primer all over the eye up to the brow.  I like to use my index finger to apply the primer because the warmth of my finger really helps blend the primer.

All the shadows are from City Color Cosmetics Green/Brown Multi-Shade Eye Shadow Palette. For the pop of color on the lower lash line and mixed the greens in the palette to smudge a soft drop shadow liner. Love these

Alter Ego Lashes

in Pin Up Girl - perfect lashes for this look don't you think? On my brows I have Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel Espresso and Brow Genius Kit in BrunetteThe blush is the 3rd color in the Intense Blush Quad.  To complete the look is the matte lipstick in Red.


to shop for this look and use  promo code 13VT1b15 at checkout to receive 15% off 1 per customer.