JSC liquid lipstick

I know this isn’t new but I’m sure a ton of people have thought of buying them and have not taken the plunge. This is for you โค๏ธ

Right off the bat 9.5/10 overall and 10/10 for innovation for Jeffree Star’s liquid lipstick.

Here are the deets.

I have drug lord (matte white), I’m nude (ultra light pinky beige matte nude), and Sagittarius (greyed out matte nude with lavender undertones). As you can see, I like very light, cool-undertone lips.

Terrible photo included.

Hydration: it will keep your lips hydrated while also being mostly transfer-proof. It’s ideal for us dry-lipped girls. It’s emollient, and highly blendable. This is awesome for a few reasons:

  1. You can blur the edge of your lip line by tapping the color there with a finger to blend it out. If you have asymmetrical lips this will help disguise that without having to overline your lips. Great for quick color, tap tap, out the door, kind of days.
  2. You can use it as eyeshadow. Now this is a more “I’m gonna spend an hour applying eyeshadow” kind of benefit, most people probably won’t use it this way. If you want to do a cut crease, liner or even use it in your crease and just blend it out with a brush a bit, it works great. It diffuses like eyeshadow does, so you can use it that way as well. I believe all JSC liquid lipsticks are eye safe but always double check. The white color is great for this, as well as making any shade lighter. You can get a red and a white and ๐Ÿ’ฅ bam you have a huge variety of light pink to red to choose from!
  3. It wears off evenly. No more patchiness, pilling, weird gaps or half on lipstick. For this everyday wearability quality alone, they are well worth the price.

Here are some swatches. Top color is applied with applicator from tube haphazardly. Bottom color is diffused with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. You see that shit? It’s awesome. Indoor lighting, no flash or editing.

It’s actually not a “makeup artist only” kind of brand. It’s for everyone, and he has done amazing things with the shade range. It’s expensive to formulate new shades, I’m sure he reinvests a lot into R&D. Smart. I’m talking myself into buying more now, uh oh…

Purple swatched next to the white, below the image is the two diffused together with the same fluffy brush.

Okay this is starting to sound like an ad but I promise it isn’t ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just really excited about a product that’s so useful and user-friendly to even the novice makeup user.

Now the cons, I hate even doing this but there are a few things to note. Jeffree, you can stop reading here ๐Ÿ˜˜

One of the three shades I own had a very strong chemical odor (I’m nude, my fav shade). It goes away after application but it was a little unnerving at first. I wish I’d had a heads up and a “it’s okay, the smell is normal and won’t hurt you” from the brand. I don’t think they have done this. Maybe put it in a FAQ on their website so people can check but then they don’t have to advertise it and scare people away? That would be nice.

However, the performance was the same as the others, and I know the ingredients are safe so it’s not a huge deal for me. If that scares you, just keep in mind this is a very different kind of formula and if it’s a choice between scent and performance in the formula, I’m glad he picked performance. The same smell is in the wet n wild photo focus foundation, which I and many others think is great and I’ve heard of no bad reactions. Remember all of nature is chemicals, and sometimes chemicals smell weird, but do great things ๐Ÿ‘

The lipstick will wear well for about 4-6 hours depending on your, um, lip use? Is that a thing? But again, it wears off evenly so you don’t have to reapply to avoid looking patchy if you don’t have time or don’t think of it.

The second con I think is the consistency between colors. I believe all the nudes, reds, purples, etc., the more common colors, are consistent, but there have been murmurs of the more fabulous shades like lime green or yellow or neons being different. Those shades have pigments that interact differently with ingredients so I understand the struggle. I probably won’t purchase those colors because, well, I wouldn’t wear them on my lips. So just be aware that the performance may differ between colors, but you’re pretty safe in the everyday/evening colors that most brands have some version of.

Bottom line: Buy it. Buy it now.

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What you should be buying on AliExpress

It’s amazing how many products on amazon are actually from AliExpress / Alibaba. For those of you who don’t know, alibaba is the wholesale version of AliExpress for goods made in China. You might not like the idea of buying directly from China, but the fact is almost everything you buy now is made there. There are many safe beauty items you can get on AliExpress that you don’t need in two days, and by waiting a month or so for the slow shipping from China, you can save A LOT. PS I’m not sponsored by any of this and make no money off your purchase.

How about a $1 beauty blender that comes in a portable case? Do I have your attention? These guys are soft, double in size when wet, are about the same squishy firmness as a beauty blender, and I absolutely love the container for throwing it in my purse. The only issue I have is it tends to stain, so if you don’t like your blender blemished this might not be for you.

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Need a mirror for your purse? It’s a good quality mirror, cute design, nothing really amazing or terrible about it but damn it comes in handy

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These little guys are awesome for mixing, masks, and even some makeup applications!

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Want to feel like a real artist? Get this palette and tool. This is actually a depotting tool as well, and I use it to open containers, mix loose shimmer with mixing medium, and mix my foundations.

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I like to fan down my foundation to help it dry faster. Plus you can do a dramatic open with this fan, it makes a fun sound ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now these I wanna was not expecting to work. At all. But they do. And many of them fit my face well. Not all, and some of them are ridiculous for me, but a good 5 are awesome, and another 7-10 are pretty good. It’s a fun way to play with shape and how that changes the face.

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These surprised me too! I have to admit I don’t use them often and they are a bit hard to hold. But at under a dollar, even a few uses I think was worth it.

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Perhaps the best thing I’ve gotten, that I use everyday, is this makeup mirror. Came really well packaged and was in perfect shape, plugs in or uses batteries, and I’ve never seen my pores as clearly as I do in this. Much cheaper than amazon too. Wooo hooo!

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There’s also a variety of great magnetic palettes to choose from, empty bottles and pans, and I have even ordered dry sheet masks so I can make my own and save a ton by using it with serum. I also hear great things about some of the brush brands (yes, really!) I don’t recommend cosmetics or skincare (they can be fake, many heavy metals and other bad actors can be in those, not worth it). But non face-sinking-in items I think are just fine. Hope you found some good suggestions!

Found Cosmetics powder

I found a brand yesterday called Found! I purchased the loose translucent powder from Walmart for $8.88 to give it a try. First impression: this stuff is amazing. It may be a dupe for the beloved Laura Mercier translucent powder, but not as mattifying. I’ll give my full evaluation after some time using it with various foundations and other powders. Are you interested in this new brand?