Nars PowerMatte Lipstick Review + Wear Test

Nars Powermatte lipstick in Notorious review and wear test by Miss Amy May

I love trying out new lipsticks, so if social media ads tell me a new lipstick is long-lasting or transfer-proof I’m going to be very tempted to try it out. Unlessss that ad is from a premium brand like Nars or Dior, because I’m sorry, a new product from any brand is a bit of a risk–they all claim to be incredible in a myriad of ways, but personal body chemistry, preference and use plays such a big role in how a product works for you, so dropping £20-35 on a product that I might hate is just too much of a gamble for me. Plus, drugstore products are so good these days, often it’s not necessary to opt for luxury, certainly not for day to day wear. However, the Nars Powermatte ads really made me curious, and since I got a great bonus at work this Christmas I decided to treat myself by picking one up in the shade Notorious. Continue reading

3INA The Longwear Lipstick Review + Swatches

Liquid lipstick lover Miss Amy May reviews 3INA The Longwear lipstick including wear test and swatches

Another day, another brand claiming their lipstick is transfer-proof. Sometimes that’s true, as long as you apply the exact right amount and don’t eat or drink, and sometimes it doesn’t even dry down completely with one light application, begging me to wonder ‘transfer-proof in what universe?!’ I can only assume that a person’s body chemistry can affect this issue, because as we know a product may be perfect for one person and completely fail on another, but still, when I came across 3INA and their The Longwear Lipstick recently I had high hopes. Their claims are on par with the other leading liquid lipsticks out there, and the customer reviews on LookFantastic were great, so I ordered 3 shades hoping I had just found a lipstick even more incredible than my favourite, Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Inks. Continue reading

Bourjois Paris Rouge Velvet Inks Review + Swatches

Sometimes it takes me a while to hear about a new makeup product that I ostensibly would be interested in because 1) due to Covid, I’ve only gone into a drug store twice in the past 2 years, and 2) I hardly ever scroll on social media anymore, because it never shows me the accounts I actually follow, so if Robert Welsh isn’t mentioning it in one of his videos and I’m not seeing it in an ad on my feeds, I’m likely not hearing about it. Continue reading

Sleek Matte Me XXL Lipstick Swatches + Review

Whenever I see a new liquid lipstick that claims to be transfer-proof I immediately get excited. Sleek is a smaller UK brand that I don’t think I’ve bought from in probably 8-10 years–in fact, I’m pretty sure the last thing I tried from them at that time was a liquid matte lipstick that disappointed me, so I haven’t thought of them since. I got served an ad on social media recently, however, for Sleek’s new Matte Me XXL liquid lipstick, and since the ad specifically stated that it’s a budge-proof formula I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Maybelline Ultimatte Color Sensational Lipsticks [Review + Swatches]

I’m usually a liquid lipstick wearer, because I don’t have the patience and attention to detail necessary to eat more carefully, regularly check for smudging or transfer, and reapply when needed, all of which creamy bullet lipsticks require of their wearers. However, one of the many joys (deep sarcasm) the pandemic has bestowed upon me personally is that after 14 months of wearing FFP2 grade masks for 8 hours a day 5 days a week at work, my usually oily-combo skin is now dry and flaky in certain areas, and my lips, which typically only require lip balm overnight, now freak. the. fuck. out. when I wear long-lasting lipsticks. If I wear my Holy Grail lip product, the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks for, say, a Saturday blog shoot for a few hours, my lips will now feel incredibly dry and perhaps chapped for several days afterwards, necessitating endless lip balm applications until they recover.

Since my skin is now high maintenance, I haven’t been thrilled by the notion of my lips becoming so too, and as such I’ve been eagerly awaiting the UK launch of Maybelline’s Ultimatte Color Sensational Slim lipsticks in the hopes they would give me the matte finish I crave in a lightweight but hydrating formula that my lips would be less mad about. Do they? Let’s take a look.

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink *Birthday Edition* Swatches

Regular readers of this blog know Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are my Holy Grail lip product. If you’re a stranger to these parts and found your way here looking for an overall review of the Matte Inks then you can read my original review here, as well as my many subsequent posts containing swatches and shade comparisons from different shade releases. Today I’m swatching the Birthday Edition shades. Let’s get to it!

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Kiss Falscara Review • DIY Lash Extensions

Touted as being reusable up to 3 times and able to last up to 10 days after application, the Kiss Falscara ‘falsies in a flash’ sounds almost too good to be true. Are they? Well, yes and no. Let’s go more in depth. 

Kiss Falscara Wispy wisps applied (Left), One coat of mascara applied to my natural lashes (right)

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink *Spiced Edition* [Swatches + Comparisons]

It’s that wonderful time of year–no, not Christmas, new Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink shades! The Spiced Edition boasts 5 new Matte Ink liquid lip shades and 6 new Crayon shades–well, sort of new. Let me explain.

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon *Spiced Edition* [Swatches + Comparisons]

Update 28th Dec 2020: These shades have recently been included in Maybelline’s Spiced Edition release this December, adding 2 additional Crayon shades into that collection and 5 accompanying Matte Ink liquid lip shades (the latter of which you can find the swatches of here.)

Maybelline’s habit this past year of not widely publicizing new shade releases of their Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks and Crayons seems to have continued recently with the sudden appearance of 3 new Crayon shades that I couldn’t find written up or swatched anywhere online. So if you, too, have noticed 95 Talk The Talk, 100 Reach High, and 115 Know No Limits have appeared online or in store at your favourite beauty supplier, let me help you out with some swatches and comparisons to past shades.

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Perfecting Your Winged Eyeliner

Perfecting your winged eyeliner is one of the most difficult and frustrating things for a new pinup. I first began dressing in vintage styles 7 years ago, but before that my makeup routine only ever included eyeliner when applied as smudged dark brown eyeshadow or very thin gel liner. Needing to master winged eyeliner, therefore, was a whole new challenge for me compared to any other new-pinup who might have been more practised in the skill of applying eyeliner in general.

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