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MakeUp: LASplash Cosmetics- Lip Couture Review ‘Latte Confession’

I purchased 4 shades of Lip Couture from LASplash Cosmetics, and I’ll be sharing my review from each day I tried them, culminating in a swatching video that I’ll be sharing from my YouTube channel.

Lip Couture Shades: Forbidden, Poison Apple, Latte Confession, Innocent Vixen (There is more of an introduction to the product and brand in an earlier post, here. )

Day 3: Latte Confession


I ordered this color because from what I’d seen on swatching videos it was more of a pretty pinkish-nudish color than it appeared to be on the website.  I’m always in the market for a pretty pinkish-nude because you can wear them just about any time, with just about any thing.  Maybe these colors look different on different people, because on me this didn’t look quite as pinkish as I’d hoped.

20150613_125902I busted my eye open not long after having applied this.  You’ll notice in the other photos.  Perhaps that colored my view of this, but it’s not my favorite.  We were making a trip to have lunch with family on this day.  Yummy Chicken Express (if you don’t know what that is, then I just feel plain sorry for you).  This didn’t wear too badly, there wasn’t the ring of death I’ve noted in my other posts about these kinds of lip colors.

Unfortunately, because we were out and about so much this day, I wasn’t able to get a simple “after eating” shot to show how it wore with food and drink.  But my end of the night shot is pretty self-explanatory.  The lipstick is barely visible, but not20150614_010647worn in any particular pattern- just worn overall.  I’d rather this than a noticeable separation between lip and stick. Or whatever.  You’ll also notice the eye gash.  I expect sympathy from all.

I know this is a much shorter post than the others.  I think I’m getting to the point where there’s not much new to say about them other than the difference in color and apparently wear patterns.  One more shade to go, and then the swatching video will commence! 🙂

(My husband didn’t care about this color at all.  I’m just keeping you all in the loop. )


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MakeUp: LASplash Cosmetics- Lip Couture Review ‘Poison Apple’

I purchased 4 shades of Lip Couture from LASplash Cosmetics, and I’ll be sharing my review from each day I tried them, culminating in a swatching video that I’ll be sharing from my YouTube channel.

Lip Couture Shades: Forbidden, Poison Apple, Latte Confession, Innocent Vixen
(There is more of an introduction to the product and brand in yesterday’s** post, here. )

Day 2: Poison Apple


First things first: I LOVE this color!  It isn’t exactly as the swatch on the website, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless.  It’s really beautiful.  The pictures do not do it justice.  At all.  Gorgeous.  I got this as a sort of Red Velvet (Velvetine from Lime Crime) dupe, even though I don’t actually have Red Velvet.  It seems a bit darker than Red Velvet appears, but I the Wicked Velvetine, and I think that Lip Couture’s Vampire is probably closer to it.  But since Wicked is the only Velvetine I have, I’ll use it as a comparison.

Who loves my sweatband?

Who loves my sweatband?

I'm still figuring out what to do with my bangs as they grow out...

I’m still figuring out what to do with my bangs as they grow out…

Now, with the Wicked Velvetine, I always have difficulty lining my lips, they never seemed to come out just right.  I watched YouTube videos, Instagram videos, did research.  It always seemed to run as I was applying it and I’d end up with some on my skin.

While I did have some of this on my fingers after the initial application, from spot checking when applying, I didn’t end up with it all around my mouth.  I used a tiny bit of coconut oil on a cotton swab followed by a tiny bit of concealer on one spot that I felt dipped a bit too far down on my lower lip, but still it came out great.  And this shade, when I put it on and waited the 2 minutes for it to dry, it did not transfer during the “hand-kiss” test like Forbidden did yesterday**.

We then went to see Jurassic World (BADASS!!!!).  I partook of popcorn and an Icee.


The unfortunate thing about this was that after eating, unlike the shade of Forbidden that I wore yesterday**, it had visibly reduced in color around the inner part of the lips.  Not a terrible amount, it wasn’t like a giant red ring around my mouth, like my experience with the Wicked Velvetine, but it was a noticeable difference, at least to me.  If my mouth was closed, then you couldn’t tell, but if I was talking, then you could see it.

After movie necessities, before reapplication

After movie necessities, before reapplication

So I did reapply this, which I didn’t have to do with the Forbidden shade.  It wore a lot more obviously throughout the day, presumably because of the difference in color from my naked lips to the lip couture.  By the end of the night (seen in the below photo), I did have the dreaded RED RING OF DEATH. (Or something less dramatic.)



It also seemed to be more easy to actually remove at the end of the night.  There wasn’t any scrubbing necessary this time.  I just put coconut oil on my lips, rubbed it in with my finger, and wiped it away.  It did still leave a slight stain to the lip, but I tend to sleep with coconut oil on my lips, covered with Vaseline Lip Therapy anyway.  So by the time I woke up, there wasn’t any particularly noticeable staining left.  And I was a blank canvas for the next shade: Latte Confession.

From my experience wearing the Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked, I’d say this wears very comparably, although with Wicked I’d have had a more noticeable ring after just the popcorn.

Again, I want to say that I LOVE this shade.  Poison Apple is one of the most beautiful reds I’ve ever worn, I think it works great with my skin tone, and I can easily see it being my go-to red lip.  At this price point, $13.98 USD, I can afford to have back up for my purse and the red ring of death will no longer be an issue.

(Sidenote Again: My husband liked this shade much more than Forbidden.  Guess how much I cared this time?  A lot more, because husband.)

**(Apologies for the lateness of this post.  Summertime + college coursework + taxiing children + a handsome husband with a little time off = Not getting side projects done on time.)

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MakeUp: LASplash Cosmetics- Lip Couture Review ‘Forbidden’

I purchased 4 shades of Lip Couture from LASplash Cosmetics, and I’ll be sharing my review from each day I tried them, culminating in a swatching video that I’ll be sharing from my YouTube channel.

Lip Couture Shades: Forbidden, Poison Apple, Latte Confession, Innocent Vixen

Day 1: Forbidden

Lip Couture - Forbidden                          Forbidden

I decided to do a little pampering.  My daughter and I put on Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask**, so I decided to go ahead and also try on my first Lip Couture color, Forbidden, and practicing a winged eyeliner tutorial.

Poorly applied  winged liner, and freshly applied Forbidden Lip Couture.  Also, how do you like the facial mask buildup above my lip?  You're welcome.

Poorly applied winged liner, and freshly applied Forbidden Lip Couture. Also, how do you like the facial mask buildup above my lip? You’re welcome.

I’ve been reading up on this brand for a while, since I was introduced to it in a Goss Makeup Artist video on YouTube.  It’s apparently pretty comparable to Lime Crime’s Velvetine line, at almost half the price.  So I figured, why not?

They’re liquid to matte lip colors. Supposedly these are completely waterproof, won’t transfer, and stay on FOREVER (okay, maybe not quite forever), only being easily removed with their own removal product. (I did not purchase the removal product.) Supposedly this doesn’t come off while eating, drinking, even with greasy foods.  We’ll see.

I’m still wearing, as I type this, my first day color (Forbidden), and we had pizza for dinner. So far, the color is still there, even after eating and drinking.  But I have not found it to be completely non-transferable.  When I kissed my hand after putting it on, and letting it dry for 2 minutes, it still transferred a small bit.  And now, after eating, if I brush my lips, I can see the color on my hand or whatnot.  But, let me reiterate, the color on my lips is still very much there.

I do believe that it is of note that the color of the actual lipstick is not very accurately represented by the color swatch on the website.  I’d do some research for yourself (YouTube videos for the shade you’re interested in, if it’s not one of the 4 I have here, because I will be doing a swatching video after this written post) before committing.  Unless you have $15 to toss away, which I guess I kinda did because I wanted them no matter what they turned out like. 😀

I can say that, so far, I would definitely call this comparable in quality and staying power (if not better than) to Lime Crime Velvetine.  I have the Velvetine in Wicked, and it has never lasted an entire day for me.  It ALWAYS comes off in the middle of my mouth, where food or drink would enter, and I’d end up with just a ring around my lips.  Then I’d have to reapply.  With Lip Couture, so far, I have not had to reapply.

After eating dinner, drinking, eating dessert.  Still there, no reapplication necessary.

After eating dinner, drinking, eating dessert. Still there, no reapplication necessary.

Here’s a shot of the end of the night, before I attempted to remove the lipstick.  It took a LOT of work to get it off, and even after soaking my lips in coconut oil, and then using a makeup removing cleanser, AND a rotating exfoliation brush, there was still a faint color.  Additionally, in a lot of the research and reviews I read and watched on these, people complained about the smell of the product.  I honestly haven’t noticed any strong or displeasing smell.  I mean, the smell isn’t great, I’m not sniffing the hell out of the applicator.  But really I haven’t noticed much of a smell at all just while applying.

Sidenote: My husband did not like this shade. Can you guess how much I cared?  I wanted a pink statement lip, and this definitely delivers that.

*Added the next day, it did fade the rest of the way overnight.  My lips were practically bare by morning.

** Paula’s Choice is a brand of skincare products that I’ve been using for months now.  They’ve changed my life, and that’s not an exaggeration.  I’ll be doing a blog post on the products I use specifically, soon.  But, I wanted to provide my referral link now, because it will get a new customer $10 off their first order.  
Paula’s Choice Referral Link:

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Books: Fat Girl Walking


What seems like an eternity ago, I came across a blog on the innernette.  I shall link to that particular blog post, because it still makes me laugh out loud to this day, and when I introduce friends to this person it’s still the post I share.  Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce: BRITTANY GIBBONS, of Brittany, Herself.

By now you may have seen Brittany on any number of television shows, such as the Today Show, Dr. Oz, or Steve Harvey. What she’s plugging on these shows, is not her book, but body confidence in all.  The book is just gravy.

I’ve read the book, in the bath tub (as seen above, notably between shaving my legs and using my full body strength to shred my nasty feet of dry skin) and at the pool.  I’m sure when I read it in public people thought I was in need of medication, because I was displaying the full range of emotions within about 2 minutes, page after page.  This book is so honest and raw, so touching, so funny, and so full of love.

Here’s the honest truth: I was struggling.  I had gained weight, lots of it, and was at my highest point.  I had become uncomfortable in my own skin.  I couldn’t look in the mirror.  My sex life was dwindling- not because my husband was less attracted to me, but because I was so afraid of that happening that I didn’t want to let him see me. Even my familial relationships and friendships were effected.  I didn’t want to see people I hadn’t seen in a long time because I didn’t want to be seen at all.  So I avoided going home for visits, or if I did go home, I didn’t want to go to local stores or restaurants for fear of running into people.  Honestly, I didn’t want to be seen.  I didn’t feel worthy of being seen.  I was so afraid of being judged, of being F-A-T.

I had taken to only wearing sweatpants and very large mens’ sized tee shirts.  I didn’t even want to leave the house most of the time. It had gotten really, REALLY bad.  I remember the day that I found Brittany’s blog, the one that I linked to above.  I remember seeing her headshot on the top, and thinking how pretty she was.

I thought, ‘Ugh, but she’s probably one of those skinny beauties who I will have nothing more in common with, and who won’t know anything about my struggles‘.

But I Googled her.  And I found her TED Talk.

Mind.  Blown.

She was like me.  She wasn’t some prim and perfect supermodel that I couldn’t relate to in any way.  She was a human.  I was hooked from then on.  I connected to her on social media, she is SUPER approachable.  I joined a group she had created, and found an entire community of women who felt like me.  Even though we all weren’t the same, different sizes, lifestyles, families, etc.  But there was a common bond, and through that group and Brittany, herself (see what I did there? 😉 ) I changed my own mind.  I began to look for things that made me feel good, “despite” my weight.  And I did that until “despite” wasn’t an issue.  I simply felt good.  And when I felt good, things changed.  I started doing more for myself:  makeup, clothing, working out.  Life was better.

Life is still getting better.

I’m down 40 pounds from where I was when I found Brittany, but I’m still that same person sometimes.  And when that happens, I have support to help me through it.  And now I have support I can carry in a bag with me: The book.

I feel like I might be a smidge biased, as I do consider Brittany a personal friend now, but I know I’d have loved this book regardless.  If you’re struggling with loving yourself for whatever reason, or you just want a good laugh, give the book a read.  I think you’ll find something to connect with in it no matter what your size.

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

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Music: ONE NIGHT STAND #1- Brooklyn

Oh my glob, you guys.  I just can’t even.  I dunno how much you know about me, but one of my favorite instruments in the world is the cello. I also love French accents, like the one that Gaspar Claus sports.  Additionally, I love indie music.  And art. The National is my favorite band.  Now, put these things together, with more amazing musicians, and you have something that makes my head explode and my heart race simultaneously.  It’s only available until June 30th, so hurry up.  I don’t even have much else that I can put into words about it.  Just…. Here.

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Ok, y’all!  I know, I’ve been MIA.  But I’m coming back soon with some exciting stuff.   I’ve got some product reviews, some new music to check out, and some opinion pieces all coming together (maybe even some tutorial videos!).

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No, thank you.

My favorites- Thin Mints and Savannah Smiles

I love Girl Scout Cookies.  

Thin Mints are my JAM!  I could eat a sleeve in under 30 seconds, easy.  Those suckers melt in your mouth, yo!  We also enjoy Savannah Smiles and Tag-a-longs in this house.  And I’ll buy them every single time they’re being sold.  I’ll buy them from friends whose children are in the organization, or I’ll buy them from a booth in front of a store.  Or both.  

(Okay, always both.)

I don’t care about their politics.  Maybe that’s because I’m pretty flippin’ liberal when it comes to just about everything in life.  I have friends and family who disagree with me on this, and that’s fine.  It’s one of the beautiful things about life – We can all disagree.

But the reality of the situation is that the girls in the Girl Scout organization aren’t in it for politics.  They’re in it to learn.  They’re in it to better themselves and their communities.  That’s something that shouldn’t be discouraged, it should be celebrated!

Unfortunately that’s not always the case.  I’d like to share with you my friend’s experience from a few weeks ago:

“On Sunday, my daughter’s troop was selling Girl Scout Cookies outside of a store. When a man approached the door, the girls politely asked him, ‘Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?’ His response was, ‘No, I don’t support abortion.’

My friend followed this fella into the store, and she let him know how disgusting his behavior was.

And really, could it be any more inappropriate to say something like that to a child?  Would he also tell a cheerleader who might be selling chocolate bars as a fundraiser for her program that he won’t purchase because he can’t stand the obvious lesbian undertones and subliminal messages of the Egyptian government displayed when the girls support each other in the shape of a pyramid?

Because honestly, that’s just as ludicrous as telling a 7-year old that you won’t buy cookies from her because you don’t support abortion.  She doesn’t “support abortion” either.  As a 7-year old child she probably didn’t even know what abortion was!  But she will now, thanks to him.

If you disagree with the politics at the top of the Girl Scout organization, that’s fine.  And certainly, you don’t have to support them financially by buying the cookies.  But you also don’t have to crush a child, introduce them to concepts they don’t know and possibly aren’t mature enough to understand even when it is explained to them, and make yourself look like a complete ass in the process.  In fact, if you come across some of these adorable girls somewhere, and you’re not interested in purchasing for WHATEVER reason, how about you just smile and say, “No, thank you.”

They’re working for something, learning important skills and independence, and they don’t need some random person’s fears and inadequacies put on their shoulders or in their heads.

“No, thank you.”  The end.