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#FlashbackFriday I Got Purple Problems

Looking at the original post from August 2013 and I gotta say, not much has changed. In fact, some might say it's gotten much worse :/ Hey! Yuh like wha yuh like, right? Thankfully there's The Marketplace around now where I can sell or swap products that lured me in with their hypnotic shades but then didn't work for me. You can do that too btw.

In true #LipSwatchWeek form this post is all about purple lipsticks. Much to my horror I have more than I could swatch in one evening - my lips are still crying out - and even more that could be swatched on one of my arms. So you'll have to let me know if you want to see the rest of them another time.

Down to business...

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids '905 Brazen Berry'

This is the only shade from the Vivids range that I kept.


Sacha Cosmetics Intense Matte Lipstick 'Dem Trini Girlz'

Intense matte is right. This took some effort to apply evenly but the colour is gorgeous (y'all know I love all things vampy

e.l.f vs. Ilia Lip Exfoliators #LipSwatchWeek

I believe it was Emily whom I first saw raving about the e.l.f Lip Exfoliator from their Studio line. From then I was on the hunt. I mean, a lip scrub in a lipstick bullet form sounds amazing to me. Sadly, they took a while to show up in Barbados. One day while in Pure Source I saw the Ilia version.


From the site: "Have you ever used a lip exfoliator in a stick form? We suggest you give it a try. Organic ingredients blended with tiny granules of volcanic stone powder, gently exfoliate the lips leaving a smooth, kissable surface in its place. Follow up with a conditioner of your choice to seal in moisture and bring your pout back into balance.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Volcanic Stone Powder, Jojoba Seed Meal*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera …

Vampy Lips #LipSwatchWeek

The final installment is this dark lipstick series...well that's until some more shades find their way into my collection. Be sure to check all related links provided for additional information.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick 'Venom'

Every time I put on one of these lipsticks I quarrel with myself for not using them more. When Urban Decay says: "Creamy. Badass Luxury", dem din playing!


Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color '918D Cherry Bomb'

This shade is YouTube famous; it's said to be a dupe for M.A.C 'Rebel'.


L.A. Splash Lip Couture 'Untamed'

Talk about a waterproof formula; even with dishwashing soap and a scrubbing pad this still took plenty elbow grease to get it off my arm. Impressive...and a little scary.


I also wanted to include their Smitten Lip Tint Mousse 'Raven Claw' but when I opened it - for the first time today, mind you - it seemed rather thick. It proved difficult to apply to my lips so I couldn't be bothered. The …

Italia Deluxe Ultra Fine Lip Liner #LipSwatchWeek

Last November, Heidi told you about the launch of Moden Cosmetics. That's a project we were working on for a while. We're lipstick junkies as you know so of course having our own line was on the horizon. In tandem with the lipsticks we also retail some amazing lip liners. Of course I'm a little biased...but only a little I swear. I have a lot of liners; too much actually so I could tell you a thing or two. These Italia Deluxe ones are pigmented and creamy. So much so that I'm gonna show you swatches of them with my entire lips filled in.

'736 Cabaret'


'1036 Chocolate'


'1040 Brown'


'1045 Cola'

'1046 Auburn'

'1049 Plum'

'1053 Rich Red' 

These aren't retractable so if you're not a fan of sharpening pencils sorry :( Each one contains 0.08 oz. A regular M.A.C lip liner has 0.05 oz; their Pro Longwear ones come with 0.04 oz. The Too Faced Cosmetics ones I like contain 0.01 oz...you're getting the picture. The best …

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes #LipSwatchWeek

From the site: "Now, lips slip into our creamiest matte. New mattifying cream pure pigments.

Why You'll Love It

The Creamy Mattes by Color Sensational® deliver a burst of bold color and a surge of creamy texture for the creamiest matte in 20 make-a-statement shades.

For Best Results

Apply in the center of your upper lip to the outer edges, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip. Can be worn under lip color".

Of the 20 shades currently available I have five. I've seen them locally in Collins and Massy Stores. Each bullet contains .15 oz or 4.2 grams of product. A M.A.C lipstick contains 3 grams.

As seen in Collins, Broad Street As seen in Massy Stores, Rendezvous
'665 Daringly Nude'
For those of you that like that pale lip look. I didn't like it so I had to mix this one with a brown lip liner. This can look chalky on the lips if you apply too much. I really had to blend it in with my finger to get it to mesh with the lipli…

Project 15 Pan Finale

Wow. Just Wow. <--- This is my reaction to the realisation that beauty products take a damn long time to get to the bottom of. This challenge has shown me that if I really want to use things up before they go off I definitely need to stop buying new items. From the initial post to the mid year update, I've learned a lot more about my preferences. Here's the wrap up of last year's Project Pan.

M.A.C Bronzing Powder 'Refined Golden'

I've used this a tonne as an eyeshadow but lawwwd um still look brand new.


M.A.C Studio Fix 'NC50'
Look at that pan baby! This powder continues to impress me; it's on the 'To Repurchase' list for sure. Something I have to mention is that I've also hit pan on their Studio Careblend Pressed 'Dark Deep'. Yaaaay me!

M.A.C Paint Pot 'Quite Natural'

Fail #1. As far as eye bases go I've realised I don't prefer potted products. Also 'Quite Natural' has a grey undertone that I'm not f…