Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Haughty Cosmetics Perfect Finish Lip Gloss in Give and Inspire - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Haughty Cosmetics is a woman owned, small business that aims to not only make you look beautiful, but also give back by donating 50% of it's profits from each cosmetic sale to educate about and stop Domestic Violence.  I introduced you to the brand HERE, and I'm also holding a giveaway for my US readers. (ends August 6, 2014!) (Don't worry International readers. I have a giveaway planned for you soon!)  Please check out my introductory post and enter the giveaway if you're eligible!

Today I have two of the Haughty Cosmetics Perfect Finish Lip Glosses to show you!  I selected 2 of their 23 wearable shades, Give and Inspire.  All, of their glosses are Vegan and all of their makeup is paraben-free, never tested on animals, and made in the US.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Etude House Missing You Hand Cream N0. 02 Fairy Penguin - Review, Pictures

There is something about South Korean Hand creams from Etude House and other brands that tickle me so much. I just gush over the cute little containers shaped like little animals.  This time I have a new hand cream from Etude House to share with you.

The Etude House "Missing You" hand cream in No. 02 Fairy Penguin is an adorable pear shaped container with a celadon top and baby blue base. The "Fairy Penguin" is holding what looks like a cotton plant.

The fragrance of the cream is baby powder and the fragrance does linger on the hands for a while.  The cream is moisturizing and sinks in quickly. It does not leave my hands feeling greasy or waxy. 

But let's be real for a moment. I purchased this not for the scent, nor the quality of the product inside. I purchased this for the packaging.  I am a packaging hoor!

Look at it's cute face.

Just those sweet little black dots for eyes. Looking at you. Staring into your soul...


The Etude House also has 3 other characters, a Panda, a Pink Dolphin (my next purchase) and a Harp Seal.  All of them have different fragrances of hand cream inside. They retail for $4.75 USD to $3.50 depending on where you purchase and what sales are going on. I purchased mine from for $3.78.

What say you?  Would you buy something JUST for the packaging?  How CUTE (and judgemental) is this little Fairy Penguin? Let me know in the comments section.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Haughty Cosmetics Pressed Satin Luxury Eyeshadow Quad in Enhance - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Haughty Cosmetics is a woman owned, small business that aims to not only make you look beautiful, but also give back by donating 50% of it's profits from each cosmetic sale to educate about and stop Domestic Violence.  I introduced you to the brand HERE, and I'm also holding a giveaway for my US readers. (ends August 6, 2014!) (Don't worry International readers. I have a giveaway planned for you soon!)  Please check out my introductory post and enter the giveaway if you're eligible!

OK.  Now on the important matters, namely TAUPE!  You know what a Taupe fiend I am.  With over 150 entries under the category "TAUPE" and an entire series of "Taupes You Can't Have", I consider myself one of the worlds most taupe obsessed beauty bloggers.  (Note: I said, "one of" Yes. There are more of us out there!)  Somehow the creators of Haughty Cosmetics are so in tune with ME, that they have developed 4 palettes out of 8 in their collection of Pressed Satin Luxury Eyeshadows, that contain a taupe eyeshadow. That means that you have 4 opportunities to look beyond ultra mega platinum first class awesome!  What about the 4 palettes that don't contain a taupe shadow?  Well in those cases you have an additional 4 opportunities to look just first class awesome.  The "ultra mega platinum" only comes with taupe. Sorry.

Fortunately for EVERYONE you can also create your own palette as Haughty Cosmetics sells an empty magnetized 4 pan palette ($10 USD) and shadow refill pans ($8 USD). If you're not a fan of palettes, and just want one shadow, you can do that too! Haughty Cosmetics sells eyeshadow singles in their own special case ($13 USD) as well.  

Let's talk about these shadows.

Column A:
Column B:

When creating eyeshadows, some companies usually pick one from Column A and one from Column B.  And some may only pick from ONE column. Haughty Cosmetics has picked ALL from Column A and ALL from Column B.  You know what that means?  It means you get amazing eyeshadow.  Duh. There's not hidden agenda when it comes to eyeshadow!

As far as the specific palette I chose,  let's take a close look at the shades.

The Enhance Palette is made to enhance green or hazel eyes.  I have neither, but I do like the colors and I refuse to be roped into one category, at least not when TAUPE eyeshadow is in play!  Anyway. Enhance contains 4 shades that I think would look great on MOST people.  They are:
Grace - A matte dusty pink
Devotion: A pink gold shimmer
Determination - A matte deep brown
Beauty - A TAUPE shimmer

Each shadow was soft, well pigmented, and had little to no fall out.  Determination had a little fall out, but nothing too awful, I just think it was more noticeable because it is such a dark color.  The matte shades never felt or looked chalky and they applied with ease. They also blended very well.  The shimmer shades were almost metallic looking and applied like buttah!  They also blended extremely well.

All shadows in the Enhance palette lasted all day with no fading or creasing (always worn with an eye primer underneath).  The shades were so perfect that I wore them every day, for 4 days straight.  It was the only eyeshadow quad I brought with me on a recent business trip and I had no problem wearing the quad in different ways each day and never got bored with it! 

Do you NEED this?  YES! Yes because the quality is excellent and the price is decent. YES because of the philanthropic mission of the company. And YES because, TAUPE!!!  The Haughty Cosmetics Pressed Satin Luxury Eyeshadow Quad retails for $34 USD and can be purchased directly from the Haughty Cosmetics website.

What say you?  Interested? Meh? Obsessed?  Let me know in the comments section!

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway which ends August 6, 2014!

INGREDIENTS: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Lauryl Lysin, Nylon-12, Magnesium Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Triethylhexanoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. [May Contain (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510); Ultramarines (77007), Manganese Violet (77742)]

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Lipstick League - week of 7.21.14

Question of the Week: What are some products that you discovered this summer that you’ll continue to use throughout the year (and beyond)?

Answer: Too many to count, but for starters, Haughty Cosmetics Eye Shadow, Revlon ColorStay Gel Nail Polish, Lumina Lacquer Nail Polish, NEST Fragrances Dahlia and Vines Fragrance, Kiehl's Micro Blur Skin Perfector, Biore Acne Clearing Toner, and Wash, TAT2U Bronzer in Totally Tan and So MANY MORE!!!

Prime Beauty - is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway. Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!

Phyrra - shows you how to achieve a sexy smokey eye with the new NARS NARSissist Smokey Eye Set!

we heart this - Cocoa brown, toasted marshmallow, bright aqua, peacock teal; the Essie Haute in the Heat collection is all over the map and all kinds of gorgeous.

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber just checked out one of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints, they're supposed to be good dupes for Too Faced's Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Tell us what you think after this review and swatches!

EauMG - Let’s take an olfactory journey to paradise! Here’s EauMG’s list of perfumes inspired by Hawaii. Fruits, flowers and sand...

Gouldylox Reviews - Save 15% on the eyeshadows you've been drooling over. (They are so amazing...I want them all.)

My Beauty Bunny - has found a magic balm that is great for every skin condition: EVER BALM!

Pink Sith - Introduces you to Haughty Cosmetics, a cruelty free brand that gives back to help stop domestic abuse. Plus, there is a GIVEAWAY for US readers!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Beauty Spotlight

Channing Tatum anyone? Perilously Pale shares a preview of the Pur Mineral Jupiter Ascending Collection. Maybe there will be a bit of Channing around too.

Phyrra is giving away the Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection. Now that you've seen it, you'll want to enter.

Prime Beauty is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway! Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!!

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves delectable rose-infused skincare products, and here are her top picks!

It's the perfect time for neon polish and polish insomniac has some beauties from Salon Perfect.

Mostly Sunny leaves her comfort zone with Dior Rosy Glow. See why this was a great move.

Don't forget to give your hands a little loving like Pammy Blogs Beauty does with Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream.

Summer hair getting you down? Or rather up with all that frizz? Find out what 15 Minute Beauty can teach you about Frizz Fighters.

Shower or bath? Whichever it is Beauty Info Zone says follow up with A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. The fragrance is divine.

Pink Sith wants to know what it would take for you to buy a $50 nail polish.

Next to cosmetic shopping what do you like best? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat thinks shoes make a great choice.

The Painted Rogue has some favorite You Tube Channels. Are any of these on your list?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christian Louboutin Debuts His Nail Polish Line. Will You Splurge On A $50 Bottle?

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In an article from written by By Miles Socha with contributions from Pete Born, I discovered that Christian Louboutin, the creator of the luxury footwear line with the signature red soles, has entered into the beauty arena with nail polish!  Why the exclamation point at the end of this sentence?  Well I think Mr. Louboutin's footwear designs are quite stunning and I knew it was inevitable that he would come out with a line of nail polishes. So that's why I was so excited....until I found out the price.  But before we get to that's lets go into the hows whys and whats of this new beauty line.

Several years ago, when the "Louboutin Manicure" was created by Zoe Pocock out of the Charles Worthington Salon in London, I thought it was stunning! She's a Genius. I never thought about painting UNDER the nail. reports that specific manicure "...helped convince [Louboutin] that nail polish was a legitimate territory for his brand."

The red nail enamel Rouge Louboutin went on sale at the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York as well as the 15 Louboutin boutiques in the US and on the Christian Louboutin website.

Priced higher than Chanel, Tom Ford and other high end luxury brands, the Christian Louboutin nail enamel will retail for $50 USD.  It's not a typo.  According to the article, "At $50 for a bottle of polish and $55 for the necessary care kit, Louboutin’s nail enamel is not for the budget shopper."  They got that right!  When most people struggle to pay even $10 for a bottle of polish, how can spending $50 not seem like a complete waste?

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According to the article "The brand will be marketed as a genuine luxury experience, with what executives say is the highest percentage of pigment in the industry and an eye-catching bottle and wandlike cap that looks like it would be more at home in an art gallery than on a dressing table. The 16-faceted bottle, produced by Pochet, has its edges smoothed with a hand-held flame. Likewise, the little box container is also made by hand. Roggero said it takes 22 weeks to make each piece."

Really? 22 weeks?  How will they ever keep up with production? Hand crafted nail enamel that takes almost 6 months to create?  That can't be right. Can it?

What does the Christian Louboutin website have to say about Rouge Louboutin?

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"Rouge Louboutin… a timeless, vibrant red suited to any skin tone. A true objet d’art of a dramatic 8-inch height inspired by the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created- the Ballerina Ultima. The iconic Rouge is encased in a faceted, weighted glass bottle with an unique ombré effect. The tall slender cap, inspired by calligraphy, turns the application into a luxurious experience, inviting women to take their time. The custom-designed, patented triangular brush picks up the right amount of formula, without air bubbles, to deliver flawless, chip-resistant coverage. A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer. Enclosed in a patent leather like finish presentation box with a red reveal. "

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At $50 a bottle and 22 week creation timeline it better darn well be chip resistant, flawless and super glossy!  I know I am not the customer they are marketing to. I get that. But part of me finds it astonishing that anyone would pay that much for a nail polish. It's not like you carry the bottle with you after you paint your nails. Unlike his trademark red soles on his shoes, no one will be able to tell if your nails are painted with Louboutin nail polish.  And sorry but red is not unique to nail polish. There are tons of reds out there, and unless you actually saw the person getting the manicure, you wouldn't know a Louboutin red from a $2 Sinful Colors red.

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There is not denying that the bottle design is amazing and unique. I will give them that. It would look awesome on my vanity (if I had one). It would be fun to use. But  just cannot bring myself to press that "Add To Bag" button on the website. If you are willing to spend that much on this nail polish. I would just like to know why. Perhaps you are a collector of all things Louboutin, that would make sense to me.  

Let me know your thoughts on this new ultra luxury beauty brand in the comments section.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Haughty Cosmetics Introduction and Giveaway 

Haughty Cosmetics contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their products. At first I was hesitant. There are tons of independent cosmetic companies out there and I try to pick ones that have quality products or something special.  When I went to the Haughty Cosmetics Website I immediately saw what was special about this brand. 

50% of the profit from each cosmetic sale goes to domestic violence prevention and education charities.  Currently, they are involved with three great organizations that educate young people with the goal of preventing domestic violence: Leave Out Violence, Break The Cycle, and Becky's Fund. I find that inspiring and a great message.  Sure you can just buy other makeup and donate your own money to these funds. But when you purchase from Haughty Cosmetics you are not only helping domestic violence education and prevention, you are also helping a woman owned small business!  Haughty Cosmetics NEVER tests on animals and all of their products are formulated, manufactured, and filled by Haughty staff in Alexandria, VA, USA. They do not use third-party or contract manufacturers! I really like that last part a lot! 

OK So what about the makeup?  Let's take a closer look!


Haughty Cosmetics Natural Glow Hands-Free Soft Cheek Color will complete your look with a gorgeous glow. I chose Polished, a soft metallic rose.  

There is a built-in sponge applicator that is easy to use and saturate and applies to the cheeks well. A little goes a long way and the gel blush blends nicely with no sticky feeling on the skin.  The blush is paraben-free, never tested on animals, and made by hand in the USA.


Perfect Finish Lip Gloss $18 USD (23 color choices)
This lip gloss really feels great on my lips!  The silky formula is not sticky or greasy. Because it comes in so many shades it was hard to pick just one, so I went with their best sellers.  Give is a rich cranberry red and Inspire is a frosty rosy mauve.  

The gloss applies with a long flocked sponge paddle tipped applicator and wears well. It's not the longest lasting gloss in the world, but wears just as well as my Chanel Glossimers or Dior Glosses!  Perfect Finish Lip Gloss is paraben-free, never tested on animals, and made in the USA.


Pressed Satin Luxury Eyeshadow in Enhance $34 USD (8 quad combinations)
Talk about a perfect combination! TAUPE!  Taupe my dear readers. This taupe is stunning and the quartet is especially formulated for those with green eyes. I don't have green eyes, but I don't care. I adore the soft matte pink, metallic champagne pink, metallic TAUPE and matte deep brown so much, 

This is the only quad I brought with me on my week long trip to LA. It's all I wore the entire week and I never tired of it!  The shadows are formulated with vitamin E to fight aging and condition skin. The pigmentation is INSANE and the wear time (with a primer underneath) was superb. No creasing or fading at all.  The Pressed Satin Luxury Eyeshadow is paraben-free, never tested on animals, and made in the USA.

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I was also sent one of Haughty Cosmetics Beauty Tools. (Pictured in group photo above). The Put Your Game Face On ($28 USD) Blush Brush is a slightly pointed, fluffy brush. I found it worked well for applying blush to the apples of my cheeks but I prefer a smaller brush for contouring. All of the Haughty Cosmetics Beauty Tools are cruelty-free (of course). The Get Your Game Face On blush brush has to be one of the softest brushes I own. I adore it.  The shiny red lacquered handle has the inspirational message "Put Your Game Face On" in silver script.

All in all I was extremely pleased with the products I received. I plan to do in-depth reviews and show you more product swatches over the next 2 weeks, but until about a little GIVEAWAY?!  That's right, the loverly people at Haughty Cosmetics have agreed to send one winner in the US one Perfect Finish Lip Gloss in their choice of color and one Natural Glow Hands-Free Soft Cheek Color in their choice of color!  How nice is that?

In order to enter the giveaway, use the rafflecopter widget below. (You may need to wait for it to load. If it does not load, please go to the main page and scroll down to this post.) The only required entry is leaving a blog comment. You can earn extra entries by following me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also gain extra entries by following Haughty Cosmetics on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Plus you can get an extra entry every day by tweeting about the giveaway through the rafflecopter widget.  The giveaway ends on August 6, 2014. The verified winner will be contacted no later than the 7th of August, 2014. The verified winner will have 3 business days to respond to my e-mail with their color preference for one (1) Perfect Finish Lip Gloss and one (1) Natural Glow Hands-Free Soft Cheek Color in their choice of colors.  If the verified winner does not respond within 3 business days, a new verified winner will be selected.  For more this blog's official rules on giveaways, please read HERE.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lumina Lacquer Silver Springs and Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Wild Card Nail Polishes - Review, Pictures, Swatches


I recently read a review of Lumina Lacquer nail polish and decided that it was too pretty to pass up. I wandered over to the Lumina Lacquer website to pick up a few bottles.   One of the colors I purchased is called Silver Springs ($10 USD). Silver Springs is a limited edition, silver holographic microglitter in a clear base. It's delightful! Also, Lumina Lacquer is 3-free!

I also love the cobalt blue Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Wild Card so much, but wanted to hide some tip wear so I applied the Lumina Lacquer in Silver Springs on the tips as a sort of glitter gradient.  Not my best effort, but it got compliments all the same.

With a good top coat my manicure survived a week long trip to Los Angeles and back with no chips on my left hand and minor chipping on my right hand. Not bad for airplane travel!  The shipping was super fast and everything was packaged well. I really liked my experience with this brand. I would purchase from them again.


Now on to the part that no one reads. My not so subtle distraction from the nail polish because we all know no one really READS nail polish reviews. 

Did you know that a few years back they announced that scientists created a genetically engineered bacteria that will eat garbage and poop oil?  No. Really it's true.  However since 2008 there hasn't been any more news about it.  In fact, the company that invented the bacteria was bought up by another company and the research is no where to be found on the status of that oil pooping wunder bacteria.  This makes me sad. Imagine how much we could save if we could turn garbage into oil?!


Sure, there are a lot of sources for renewable energy, Electric, Bio-diesel, etc. But nothing as exciting as oil pooping bacteria. Am I right?  Plus, "Poop" is just a really fun word to say! So when that "poop" produces something we have a finite amount of, it makes it even better. But what if we took it a step further and that garbage eating bacteria could poop makeup!?  Now THAT would be a feat!  Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have Chanel lipsticks, Dior shadows, Tom Ford blushes, produced from pooping bacteria?  Sure, you would have to put the thought of garbage, bacteria, and poop out of your mind, but still!

I imagine that Estee Lauder, herself would be spinning in her grave at the prospect of inexpensive yet high quality name brand cosmetics sold to the masses.  What about Chanel? I know Karl Lagerfeld is not the main person that decides on the cosmetics, but he is the Creative Director and I'm sure he has some say in it.  I fantasize about informing him that the day has come when we tell good old Karl that we don't need his high priced Chanel lipsticks any more. That we have a bug (another term for bacteria) that will poop cosmetics for much less money!


I think I would approach that conversation this way:

You know those beautiful cosmetics you sell us from Chanel?

Yes. What about it, Fatty?

(Remember, Karl probably thinks almost EVERYONE is fat!)

It's a decent part of the Chanel line, isn't it?

Yes. I suppose so, Why do you care, Tubby!?

Chanel Makeup is eponymous with luxury and class, right?

Yes. So what is your point?  What are you trying to get at, Thunder Thighs?

We invented bugs that eat garbage and poop cosmetics!!

You must be joking! It will never work, Fatty McPorkystein!

*Hands him a Chanel Joues Contraste Blush that was pooped out by bacteria*

Hand me that Twinkie, will ya, slim?

Monday, July 21, 2014

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia and Desdemona - Review, Pictures, Scwatches

Last month I told you all about the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows that were premiering. I finally have two shadows from the 12 color collection to show you today!

To Refresh The NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows are a new formula from NARS. They are a wet-dry shadow which means you can apply them 2 ways. Dry, for a shimmery sheer application (more on that in a second) and wet, using a damp brush for an intense opaque metallic finish.  The shadows premiered on July 1st 2014 and are available at your local NARS boutique or NARS retailer.

Here is my issue with the description of the dry application.  As you can see in the swatch the Dry application was applied using a sponge tipped applicator over an eyeshadow base. The difference between the dry and we application is almost negligible. When applying to my eye using an eye shadow brush, the difference was also very hard to tell. I suppose when using a brush you can apply the shadow lightly, but to be honest, I had no problems getting an opaque, metallic finish when applied dry.  So it's up to you if you want to experiment, but I found the finish nearly identical  when applied wet or dry.

Desdemona is a sheer rich burgundy. Don't let the blue sheen to the shadow fool you, this is a nice burgundy color that does not lean brown in any way.  The shadow applied smoothly and had a nice metallic finish. I got several hours of wear from this shadow when I applied it wet and dry over an eyeshadow base.

Desdemona is named after the character in William Shakespeare's play, Othello. Desdemona is a beautiful woman from Venice who enrages her father, a Venetian senator, when she elopes with Othello, a man several years her senior.  Othello is of Moorish descent so he is dark skinned, so imagine this being "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in Elizabethan times...or the other way around, since Shakespeare wrote it first.

Himalia is described as a metallic Topaz. I think it looks beige to me, but what do I know.  The shadow was incredibly metallic and applied like a dream. It didn't have any fall-out issues or fading.  I also got several hours of wear from this shadow when I applied it wet and dry over an eyeshadow base.

Himalia is most likely named after a nymph in Greek Mythology.   However it is also the name of one of Jupiter's many moons.  Zeus (The Greek equivalent of Jupiter) was in love with Himalia and they produced three sons together, Spartaios, Kronios, and Kytos.  Zeus was a busy guy. He had a lot of children with a lot of Nymphs, gods and mortals.  He was your modern day "Baby Daddy". I sure hope he paid child support!

All in all I thought the NARS shadows were excellent. They did apply more opaque than some of the regular NARS shadows, but at $29 each, I'm not sure if they are special enough.  Unless you find a color that is absolutely unique, I think there might be other shadows out there that preform as well for less money.  Not that I have an objection to spending $29 a pop for eyeshadow. I do it with other brands all the time, so perhaps I just need to get used to the fact that prices are rising and realize that "The times, they are a changin'." You can purchase NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows directly from, NARS Boutiques, Sephora, Nordstrom and other retailers.

Oh and look. the cases are magnetized! You know whenever I see magnets I must also think of Insane Clown Posse, because they are so very smart!

What say you?  Do these shadows look like something you would like to add to your collection?  How much is too much for an eyeshadow single? Do you like the versatility of wet/dry application?  Let me know in the comments section.

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