Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Beauty Crop Girl Power Liquid Lipstick

The Beauty Crop is an indie brand so if you haven't heard of them, you're not the first. I accidentally stumbled on them via Instagram and fell in love with their packaging. Their products sound really yummy too so I couldn't resist when they had a set of five matte liquid lipsticks for sale. 

Their website isn't very easy to navigate on desktop but on mobile, you should be able to find their 'about' page to read more about the company. They supposedly use natural ingredients and they are cruelty free. These GRLPWR Liquid Lipsticks were created to empower women and promote love and support for each other. Each one retails for USD$14.95 or you can get the Girl Gang set which contains five of their original colors for USD$56. Signing up for their newsletter gives you 10% off. They recently launched another five colors to their liquid lipstick line. You get 4ml of product in this so that's $3.73/ml - not exactly drugstore, but they are formulated in Italy. Expiry is 18 months after opening.
The illustrations are really cute and they definitely make a statement. It is made of cardboard but it's still pretty sturdy. It has a magnetic flip closure and a mirror on the under side. Mine keeps falling off so I'll need to glue that but it also says a lot about the quality. The mirror kinda scratched the interior of the box during shipping so it's a tad torn and broken inside.
All the liquid lipsticks are packed in an individual box so that is nice. I do find them to be so tightly packed with the lipstick bottle that it is kinda hard to open the box. I ended up ripping one of them in my frustration.
This is how the tube and sides of the box look like. These are vegan and cruelty free. There are a lot of claims on performance on the box but they don't really live up to them. I'll get to that in awhile. The tubes are a frosted plastic with gold decorations and a golden cap. It doesn't feel as expensive as it looks.
The applicator is a typical doe foot but the tip is slightly longer and more pointed so it's easy to line your lips.

The texture of these are like a creamy lipstick in liquid form. The applicator doesn't pick up too much product so it's easy to apply a thin amount on the lips. Pigmentation is pretty good. I only needed one coat for the colors. However, if you look up real close, you might notice that it is slightly streaky. The two dark colors don't really layer well because the color darkerns with a second layer and that can create problems if you just need to touch up one area. It dries down to a true matte transfer proof finish with no tackiness or stickiness. 

They are pretty comfortable to wear. I had a total of 7-8 hours of wear with this and no touchups. I didn't find myself licking my lips are feeling thirsty while wearing these. They did not tighten on my lips and they did not flake or crumble off. So, the claims on the box indicate that these are "lifeproof with some serious staying power" but they will most definitely come off with food. I found a lot of wear on the inner center of my lip and in random patches all over, so that didn't look cute. 

Pigmentation: 4.5/5 (slightly streaky if you look up close)
Application: 5/5 (great applicator)
Comfort: 4/5 (dries to a powdery matte which I'm not exactly a fan of)
Longevity: 4/5 (does not flake/crumble but it does come off with food)
Overall: 4.4/5 
Che Guava is a mid tone blue based pink. It's cute and fairly pigmented and even in color.
Greige Expectations is a light pink nude although the name suggests that it is a grey toned beige - whatever you like to call it. Every brand has this kind of neutral everyday nude color so you don't really need it.
Peach Please is a bright coral red with orange undertones. It is pretty neon so it is also quite streaky. Not a fan of this color but if it's your thing then go for it. 
Date Night is a rustic mauve with a reddish brown tinge to it. This is my favorite color in the line. You definitely need to make sure that the liquid lipstick is evenly spread out on this one because chunks could cause it to look darker once it's dried.
Imma Bawse is a deep cranberry red. It is quite neutral so it will suit all skin tones. 

The colors are not unique. I managed to find pretty close dupes for all of them in my collection. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are the shades that are closest to The Beauty Crop's liquid lipstick colors. I personally think my dupes are quite spot on except for Greige Expecations. So, I don't think you need to get The Beauty Crop ones if you already own the dupes. Honestly, I prefer the dupe versions over TBC too. I mean, why pay $15 when you can get the same quality, pigmentation and color for $6?
Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable). 

Personal Overall Ranking:
  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying
  3. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml
  4. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  5. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | streaky
  6. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented | $4.87/ml
  7. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | slightly sheer, slightly tacky
  8. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - comfortable, pigmented | $3.73/ml, limited shade range
  9. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky
  10. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  11. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying
  12. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, limited colors, tacky
  13. *Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | inconsistent formula, flakes, no weight or volume indication, not transfer proof despite claims
  14. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  15. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | a lot of colors are sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky
Would I recommend or repurchase? Not really. Not when I have so many other cheaper alternatives that have similar or higher quality or performance. 

This is my comfort ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so that you have an idea of how they feel.

Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)
  1. Stila Stay All Day
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  4. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  5. JCat Lipfinity
  6. Palladio Velvet Matte
  7. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  9. NYX Liquid Suede*
  10. Bellegant Liquid Matte
  11. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  12. RealHer Matte
  13. NYX Lip Lingerie
  14. Jordana Sweet Cream
  15. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Coachella/Festival Picks from Agaci Store

I haven't been posting much fashion related stuff on this blog for awhile. It's been a bunch of beauty hauls and reviews. If you didn't know, I run my own online store Megoosta Fashion so I've been quite busy with that. I still enjoy shopping around other sites because it's fun! 

So, in this post, I'll be highlighting some of my favorite pieces from Agaci Store and recommending some festival picks for spring and summer. It's honestly my favorite style and if you are looking around for your perfect festival outfit, then I hope this post helps you out! 

I've collaborated with Agaci a few times on Instagram and I really enjoy their stuff. They recently lowered their free shipping order amount to $50 so that should be much easier to hit. Also, they currently have a promo where you can get $10 off every $50 spent with the code VACAYREADY. Or, sign up for their email newsletter to get a 20% discount code emailed to you! 

If you are looking for comfy, then this shirt is so cute for that. It's in a pretty coral pink shade with a cute graphic on the left chest pocket. It's always a plus when you can tie your shirt up in a knot for added detail. This would look cute with some high waisted denim shorts too. 

A pair of distressed denim shorts are always an essential in festival fashion. This one is great because the pockets have some lace details also which totally adds to the festival vibes. High waisted, check. Rips, check!

Festivals are also a time to show off some skin so why not opt for a romper with a cute cutout back? This romper comes in two pretty pastel colors that is perfect for spring and I really like the fit and cut of this. The fit and flare style is really flattering and will look pretty in every picture.

Maxi dresses are the easiest outfits to put together for coachella and festivals. This crochet lace and floral combination have the two perfect prints and textures for festival looks. The back is pretty exposed too so you can add some flash tattoos or wear a fancy bralette to show off. 

If you prefer putting together your own maxi outfit, this skirt comes in taupe and white but I personally prefer this color. There are slits on the side so it looks more flowy and the cutout details really scream festival! 

A cute coverup is also an essential in all festival wardrobes! This one features a floral crochet design in a lightweight sheer cloth so it is super flowy and adds more details to your outfit. Pair it with a plain crop top and high waisted shorts!

You probably may not need a swimsuit, but just in case you do need one for your vacation, this one has just the right amount of detail and coverage. The back is totally exposed so you can show off that sexy back! 

Sandals are the perfect festival footwear. I really like these because of how much detail there is. Strappy, beaded and a tie up ankle - really looks boho and cute.

The holographic trend is coming back so if you're up to it, these heels are pretty cool. It has a pretty iridescent shift to it so you get a ton of mermaid vibes with this one. 

If you need a more comfortable option for all the walking you'll be doing, these sneakers are pretty rad. I love that it is metallic and in rose gold!!! Super flattering on all skin tones and great for showing those legs off. Definitely a must have for everyday wear as well.

These are probably not very practical but they are a huge statement piece and will definitely look cool in pictures. I need one too.

I love dangling earrings. They are so elegant and complimenting. I picked this one out because the design looked really bohemian but you can definitely find more on the website. 

Baseball caps have been in for awhile and they look to be sticking around for awhile more! This one has some lace texture to it so it will be really cute to go with your festival outfit, especially if you have some crochet or lace detail in your outfit already.

Chokers are everyone's faves. I love these two because they are so stackable and you can definitely layer other longer chain necklaces with them. I really adore the charm choker though and the fact that they have moons and stars - YASSS!

This is probably a bit too cutesy for festival fashion but I thought I would just add it in for fun because it is really adorable and it's a mirror keychain that you can attach to your bag or purse so that is really handy. It's fun and they have a few designs to choose from. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Liquid Lipstick

There has been a ton of hype around Wet N Wild's newest addition to the liquid lipstick trend. These are called the Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Liquid Lipsticks, which is a really lengthy name for a lip product. There are a total of 13 shades and you can get them at your local drugstore or at the Wet n Wild site. I got mine directly from the site for $4.99 each, and you can get 10% off by signing up for their newsletter. You get free shipping within the US for orders above $35. I got 9 out of the 13 shades. I didn't pick out Nudie Patootie and Nudist Peach because I thought they might be too nude for my skintone and I definitely will not get Flame Of The Game because I don't wear oranges. I regret not picking up Oh My Dolly, which is a really pretty hot pink. I don't really wear hot pinks but I'd like to have it in my collection anyway. 

You get 6g/0.21oz of product in the tube and the applicator for these are pretty awesome. It comes in a doe foot shape but there is a dip in the center that collects and picks up product and hugs your lips when you apply the liquid lipstick. So, it spreads the product evenly on your lips and the tip is pointed enough to produce clean straight lines. The packaging of the tube is also pretty sturdy. It is made of thick plastic and the cap has a lock when you tighten and open it. 

Overall, I think the formulas for these are pretty darn good. They are definitely worth more than 5 bucks. They are so comfortable, lightweight and transfer proof. I do not find them drying at all. There is no scent to these and they are not tacky once dried. 

The textures of these are like a creamy lipstick. It's not like ColourPop's UML which are thin and watery and it is not like NYX's SMLC which are mousey. It is kind of a mix in between. 

ColourPop has been holding a number 1 spot for matte liquid lipsticks because of how cheap they are and how well they perform for me, but I think these Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuits might be bumping them down or in a tie with them. Wet N Wild is definitely not as drying as ColourPop's UML but their color range is also not as wide as ColourPop's. I definitely want Wet N Wild to expand their color range. Pigmentation falls short as compared to CP but comfort is definitely much higher than CP. 

Pigmentation: 4.5/5 (a couple of streaky shades)
Application: 5/5 (good wand, smooth and creamy)
Comfort: 5/5 (not drying)
Longevity: 4.5/5 (stays all day if you avoid oil)
Coral Corruption is a peachy orange shade that applied smoothly and evenly. It looks a tad streaky up close but it really isn't noticeable. 
Pink Really Hard is a mid toned pink or just a barbie pink in general. It's not too bright but may still prove bright for some.
Rebel Rose is a muted mauve rose pink and there is a reason why this one is such a popular shade. It kinda blends in with my lips to become a MLBB shade so it is a very natural color and totally beautiful.
Give Me Mocha is a terracotta brick red. It isn't exactly a mocha color but still very beautiful. It is slightly patchy but nothing major.
Berry Recognize is a berry rose pink which will suit a lot of skin tones. It is a tad patchy but it still looks great nonetheless.
Nice To Fuschia is a magenta pink and it applied very evenly. This would also look good on all skin tones.
Missy And Fierce is a blue based red. It is very pigmented and applies evenly. It is so lightweight and definitely an essential.
Goth Topic is a plummy brown. It is quite streaky but you can go over it with another layer to even it out. It has a purple undertone which is why it is so streaky. It feels stickier than the other shades while it is drying down but it will dry down to a  non-tacky finish.
Video Vixen is a deepened red and it is also a streaky one. This swatch has two layers on so you can tell that the second coat really makes a difference. I'm not sure if it will bleed because it kinda looks like it will. 

Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable). 

Personal Overall Ranking:
  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying
  3. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml
  4. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  5. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | streaky
  6. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented | $4.87/ml
  7. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | slightly sheer, slightly tacky
  8. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - comfortable, pigmented | $3.73/ml, limited shade range
  9. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky
  10. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  11. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying
  12. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, limited colors, tacky
  13. *Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | inconsistent formula, flakes, no weight or volume indication, not transfer proof despite claims
  14. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  15. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky
Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)
  1. Stila Stay All Day
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  4. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  5. JCat Lipfinity
  6. Palladio Velvet Matte
  7. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  9. NYX Liquid Suede*
  10. Bellegant Liquid Matte
  11. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  12. RealHer Matte
  13. NYX Lip Lingerie
  14. Jordana Sweet Cream
  15. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ColourPop x Alexis Ren

This blog post is late but I did upload my review and swatch video of the ColourPop x Alexis Ren collection on YouTube. I got the whole collection and there are two new products in this collab - the blotted lip and the pressed powder bronzer and highlighter.

I have no idea who Alexis Ren is but I'm always excited about ColourPop's products. This collaboration consists of the Topaz palette ($15), two Blotted Lips ($5 each), an Ultra Satin Lip ($6) and an Ultra Matte Lip ($6).

The packaging of this collection is in the theme of black and gold. The boxes have a matte black texture with glossy stripes and bronze text.

Topaz ($15) - Golden Moment (10g) + She's Here To Stay (7g)

The Topaz palette has a sleeve over the box and the box itself has a magnetic flap closure with a mirror inside. The pans itself are pretty wide so you can easily dip your brush in it. Both the bronzer and highlighter have a creamy and blend-able texture. 

Golden Moment is a matte warm bronze. It tends to pull orange on most skin tones but I think it looks best on tanned or medium skin. I think my yellow skin suits the bronzer well but if you are a fair skinned cool toned caucasian then you might think it too warm and orange for yourself. 

She's Here To Stay is a pearlized true gold highlighter and it is truly beautiful. This would look great on all skin tones. If you are looking for a true gold highlighter, then this is a good option. It gives a really nice sun-kissed look that complements many looks.

Blotted Lip ($5/1g)
The blotted lips are supposed to be a blotted down version of a lipstick. The color payoff tends to be a bit sheer but it's still there and they are quite comfortable and creamy on the lips. I found them hard to apply because they would not budge from the lipstick itself. It tugged on my lips and the applicator is kinda huge. 
Deja Vu is a pink nude and this is a really nice MLBB kind of color. It is great for natural looks and honestly, the best color of the lot.
Exotic is an orange red. It goes on really sheer to give your lips a tint of orange. It's kinda patchy but you can fix that if you keep layering it on but it's kinda hard with the applicator and the fact that it tugs. 
Lexi is a cool toned red. It kinda looks like your lipstick is wearing off because of the sheerness and patchiness, but I suppose you can work on it and it can look good. It's not bad, if you just want a sheer wash of color but it doesn't stain your lips so it might look weird when it wears away.

Ultra Satin Lip - Bare Necessities ($6/3.2g)
Bare Necessities is a peachy pink nude. It might have too much orange undertones so it doesn't really look good against Asian skin. With the right kind of eye makeup, you could get it to work or mix it in with a different color. The pigmentation and application of this was spot on. It dries down to a matte sheen but it does transfer. 

Ultra Matte Lip - Little Weapon ($6/3.2g)
Little Weapon is a true orange red but it kinda looks like a fiery red to me. Maybe there is a tinge of orange underneath but it looks really good with Asian skin. The colors complement my undertones but it is a very bright and bold red. The formula is of a thin and watery consistency and feels very lightweight on the lips when dried. Pigmentation and application was smooth. There was some slight transfer after it dried but it may go away with even longer wear. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend the Topaz palette, the Deja Vu blotted lip, Bare Necessities and Little Weapon. The products in this range have been pretty good and I can't wait to see ColourPop releasing more pressed powder products and blotted lips.