Confessions of a Makeup Addict

Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color Review

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Today's review will be quick and one that I almost didn't post. While I don't mind telling you products that I don't like, I also like to keep my blog on the positive side and I absolutely do NOT like these.
The Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors looked promising enough. I love the Megalast Lipsticks, so I assumed these would be awesome as well, which was a bad assumption. 
Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color
Let's start with the positives:
  • The colors are beautiful, especially the two I picked.
  • The pigmentation is awesome.
  • They dry quick, at least the swatch on my hand did.
  • They stay on.
  • They're inexpensive.
  • Wet n Wild products are cruelty free.
Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color Swatches
And onto the negatives:
  • They're very thick.
  • They're very sticky.
  • If you put your lips together at all before this is totally dry, they stick together like glue, and then you have to peel them apart. And no, I'm not being dramatic.
  • They take forever to dry.
  • They will not come off.  Seriously.
So, as you can tell, the negatives are, well, pretty negative. These take around 2 minutes to completely dry, which is a long time to keep your lips from touching, and if you do let them touch, they really do stick together like you put paste on your lips.

Applying them is easy, they honestly have a great applicator, but removal is ridiculous. I tried makeup remover wipes, eye makeup remover, oil, soap and nothing would work. I had to scrub this stuff off and I don't like doing that, at all. It was seriously difficult to remove, and left my lips dry and extremely chapped.

Obviously, I don't recommend these. I honestly don't even know if they're available anymore, but if they aren't, do not buy them. Keep walking, and try their Megalast lipsticks instead. If you're looking for a good liquid lipstick, try Colourpop, Kat Von D, Sephora or Nyx. They're so much better in every way.

I want to add that I love Wet n Wild. I own a ton of their products such as nail polish, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipsticks, blush, bronzer, contour palette, etc, and I love them all. Just stay away from the liquid lipsticks.

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NARS Light Reflecting Translucent Setting Powder Review

The NARS Light Reflecting Translucent Setting Power is something I've been waiting to review for a while now. It's something that I felt was a splurge, and I wanted to be 100% sure of myself before reviewing this. 

After using this for the past 6 weeks, I feel like I can truly tell you all of the positives & negatives of this powder.

Let's start with what it is:
*According to the description it is a weightless, translucent powder for all skin tones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light.

It has the typical NARS packaging, black & rubberized that attracts dirt like no other. It comes with a sponge and a little bag to keep the compact in, I assume to attempt to keep the packaging clean. 

The powder itself is so unique compared to every setting powder I've ever felt. When you swatch it, it almost feels wet, but it's not. It's so light and just gives you a glow-y but kind of matte finish to your skin. It's hard to explain, but it's gorgeous. If you've never swatched this powder before, do it! Go to Sephora & just swatch it.

Here's the list of claims:
  • extends makeup wear
  • enhances the look of foundation without color
  • diffuses light
  • undetectable
  • blurs pores, wrinkles and fine lines
  • absorbs oil but is non-drying
Does it actually do all of these things?

Yes, actually.

It definitely extends my makeup wear and is completely undetectable on the skin. It blurs my pores pretty well, I mean it's not working miracles but it makes a visible difference. 

The part you've probably been looking for. Are there are negatives to this powder?

Aside from the perpetually dirty packaging, there's one downside.

I've read reviews before buying this powder & they were mixed. Different people had different experiences with the texture of the powder, as some of them seem like they're so pressed that you can't get the product onto your brush or sponge. Mine is like this, and I actually have to use a synthetic brush with rougher bristles to knock the product up so I can use it and it's really inconvenient. I just didn't want to return it because I assumed I'd probably get another that's the same way. The one I swatched was NOT like this, so it's not all of them.
That's the one down side.

Despite that issue, I love this powder and I'll most likely repurchase it eventually. There are a few others I want to try as well, so it'll probably be after those. The point is, I love it enough to repurchase it. It's my favorite of all the setting powders I've ever used.

You can find the Nars Light Reflecting Translucent Setting Powder at Sephora.

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Fitness Friday: Progress Update

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It's been a little while since I've posted a Fitness Friday post, but don't worry, I haven't given up.

I'm still going to the gym 5 days a week and I do cardio every day, and weight training 3 days a week.
On days when I do weight training, I do 30 minutes of cardio.
If I'm only doing cardio, I'll do 45 minutes to an hour, somewhere in between.

I haven't updated you because not much has changed. I've upped my workouts over the past two weeks as for a few weeks I had stopped doing cardio and was only focusing on weights. My diet is improving, but could be better. I had started drinking pop again, which is bad so I've quit, again. It's hard to stay on track, especially with the hours that I'm awake, because I generally only sleep 5-6 hours a night because I just don't seem to have time.

As far as progress, I can SEE it. There's no huge change yet, but small changes. The number on the scale hasn't budged in a while, which is discouraging so I try to stay away from it.

So, I'm still going, still trying & trying to stay motivated. I'll update again when there's actual progress!

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Brand Spotlight: NARS Cosmetics

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If you've been here for a while, you're probably aware of my deep love of all things NARS, so I decided to write a post all about them & the products I currently have and the ones I still want.

NARS Makeup

First of all, I'm a sucker for NARS packaging. Yes, it gets dirty and it seems to attract dirt but it is SO classy and nice looking. I just really love seeing it on my desk.

I don't have the largest collection of NARS products, as you can see. But, there are a ton of others that I want to get, which I'll tell you all about at the end. I also forgot to picture the Larger than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto, which just happens to be my all time favorite liner for my waterline. 

NARS Makeup

  • NARS Domination Cheek Palette: This was a gift sent to me from NARS for being a loyal Narsissist. It has 3 blush shades and a bronzer, but really the top left works best as a highlight.
  • NARS Deep Throat Blush (travel size): This is a beautiful blush that I use pretty often. It's nice & natural and I really love the way it looks.
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: As someone with extremely dry skin, this is my holy grail foundation. It is one of the few that looks good on dry skin, doesn't enhance dry patches and is a medium coverage without looking fake or cakey. 
  • NARS Bronzing Powder 'Laguna': By now, you're aware of my love of Laguna. I still need to grab another one, I just have a hard time parting with the money to buy one when I have so many other bronzers just sitting in my drawer, watching me use Laguna everyday. I almost feel guilty because I use it so much, but it's so natural looking and just beautiful. I can't get enough.
  • NARS Eye Primer: Despite having dry skin, I seem to have the world's oiliest eyelids and this just happens to be the only primer that works for me. My eyeshadows won't crease and they'll stay pigmented and in place all day long. No other primer lives up to this one.
  • NARS Light Reflecting Translucent Powder: This is a very light, dare I say weightless powder. Despite my dry skin, I can use this to set my foundation and not only does it leave my skin looking amazing and dewy, it doesn't cake up and you can NOT see it on your skin. I really love it and I'm so glad I picked it up.
So that's it for what I have, here are a few things I still want.

  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I've heard nothing but good things and this is a bandwagon I want to jump on immediately.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: What can I say, I'm a sucker for foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB Creams and I've heard this one is great.
  • NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity Palette & Original NARSissist palette. Those colors are beautiful, enough said.
  • NARS Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer: It's no secret I'm always on the hunt for a primer to solve my pore problems.
  • NARS Illuminator: Because, Highlight..duh?!
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick: If for no other reason, that packaging.
  • NARS Madly Blush: I'm a sucker for blushes, that's why.
Well, that's an extensive list, and if I'm being honest I really just want to try everything from NARS that I don't already own because I love NARS products. I think that's fairly obvious at this point. I don't own as many NARS products as I do other brands, simply because they are more expensive. However, I do feel they're generally worth the higher price tag, as they do tend to be higher quality and more luxurious than some other brands. 

I would love to know what your favorite NARS products are & what you'd like to try, so let me know in the comments!

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Wet n Wild Contour Duo

I finally got my hands on the Wet n Wild Contour Duo. There are two palettes available; the shade I got is Caramel Toffee. Caramel Toffee has the pink toned highlight powder, while Dulce De Leche has the yellow toned powder. I'm still on the hunt for Dulce De Leche, but I wanted to go ahead and share my thoughts and swatches of Caramel Toffee.
Wet n Wild Contour Duo

This duo contains a contour powder and a highlight powder. As I mentioned, the highlight powder in this duo is pink-toned, the contour powder is cool toned, both are matte. The duo is pretty large, so I feel like it can last you quite some time. 
Wet n Wild Contour Duo

This is slightly powdery and very pigmented. This powder is surprisingly lightweight and doesn't cake up on me at all, even with my extremely dry skin. I feel like the contour powder would work for a pretty wide range of skin tones, but the highlight powder may look ashy if you're really tan or darker. 
Wet n Wild Contour Duo

The contour shade is very good for contouring. It's really the perfect contour shade on my skin tone, which is light/medium neutral. This blends easily, isn't patchy and doesn't fade as the day goes on. The highlight powder is a little more sheer, but it does a great job of brightening. It also blends well, doesn't cling to dry patches and doesn't fade or cake up.

Overall, I recommend grabbing these contour duos. I'm not sure if they're limited edition, but I really hope they're permanent. They're only $4 each.

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