Monday, August 31, 2015

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Topanga and Toucan Review (Limited Edition Summer 2015)

First off, apologies for the lack of post on Friday - I was quite under the weather and the weekend found me in bed recuperating.

Second, I know this post is rather late - what with fall around the corner - but as far as I'm concerned it's still summer. Plus I only got these quite recently so technically this review is in good time :) And given that they're still around should you want them, let's get right to the review.

Also, 250th post! That's definitely a milestone, no? :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Vacation

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow till Wednesday next week. We're heading to Arizona and are looking forward to catching all the wonderful sights! I'll try to post a couple of vacation pictures on Instagram as and when I have time (and a decent internet connection, haha). I'll see you you guys back here on Friday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipstick in Kitten Review

You know matte liquid lipsticks are here to stay when indie companies take a shot at them! And I think one of the more well-known ones from the indie world come from Fyrinnae.

I was interested in the Fyrinnae Liquid Matte lipsticks, especially since they had a shade that was so on point with the greige trend. The shade, Kitten, seemed to always be out of stock but one day when I was browsing the site (am I the only one who does it? Surely not!) I saw it was available and I had to go for it.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad in 05 Good Nude Review

Continuing on my reviews for the Bourjois Smoky Stories quads, today I'm going to be talking about the Good Nude quad. This is an... interesting quad. It's nothing like I expected it to be, but more on that later.

Like I've mentioned before, these are permanent, so you can pick them up anytime, should you want. (If you want to read my thoughts on the other quads in the line, here's Upside Brown and Over Rose)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad in 06 Upside Brown Review

Upside Brown. Such a cute name!

Back in May I mentioned how I really liked the Bourjois Smoky Stories quad... I also mentioned that I'd had them for a while and, uh. totally forgot to review them. I'm forgiven though, right? These are a permanent product, so you can always get them... if you want.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette Review

MAC, in conjuction with Nordstrom, released a 15-pan palette a couple of months ago. This is a limited edition palette, but is still available (this is a Nordstrom-exclusive palette, FYI)

I've always been curious to try MAC eyeshadows - after all, they are raved about by a lot of people! - but for some reason I never got around to trying out a few. When MAC came out with this palette, my interest was totally piqued. A palette full of warm-toned shades? Yes please! This was also one of hte first palettes I've seen that has a minimal number of highlighting shades (let's face it, on me, white, cream, off white, and beige tend to look the same). Not to mention the fact that those highlighter shades are ones that are well suited for deeper skins... I mean, it was fate. (Right? Right? Whatever, I'm putting this one down to fate).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sleek Blush Swatches

In my Budget Blushes post, I mentioned how Sleek blushes were some good options for blushes that don't skimp on the pigmentation, but don't hurt the wallet. Today I'm going to show you swatches of all the Sleek single blushes that I own. Reviews to follow soon!

Sephora Extraordinary Rewards - yet another fail (fail part 2?)

I don't know why I fell for it again. I should have learnt from the first time it happened. But noooo, I fell for the stupid thing hook, line and sinker because I have lots of points I'd ideally like to redeem for something good.

Let's rewind a little bit. This is what set this off:

Yeah. I mean, I really like the look of the things they had - a Givenchy Le Rouge set, a Becca set, a YSL set.. if I'm going to redeem my points I'm going to redeem them on something of real value, you know? Not a bunch of silly deluxe samples.

This time, I'd done my research. Sephora CS said that they would be live during business hours. I was on my computer at 8am. And I waited. And waited. And waited. 12pm, nothing. 1pm, nada. I kept refreshing, and then I saw the banner change - "Epic Rewards now live!" I click on it, and... nothing. All sold out. I didn't even get a chance!

As much as that infuriates me (I spent all morning, waiting, and NO WORD FROM SEPHORA) others had it worse. Some people checked out with the rewards in their basket when POOF! the reward vanished. But, oh wait, their order still went through (of course, Sephora makes it so that you have to buy something to redeem a reward.) I can't even imagine that.

The thing that gets me is that they plan it so badly. Instead of making it an extraordinary reward that sets them up for epic PR failures, why not just have a bunch of great rewards all-year? No one has to get shafted.

Again, Sephora CS had no idea it went live or when. Sephora did not send out any email. Sephora did not reply to any of the queries from its customers.

It's so ridiculous that in order to even have a shot at a decent reward for spending money with this company (in some cases, thousands!) you have to sit at a computer ALL DAY, and what do you get? Something that runs out in two minutes. This only really works for a handful of customers but the majority (myself included, of course) end up reconsidering where their money is spent.

I'm not going to ask Sephora to "step up their game" because they've shown, repeatedly, that they are incapable of doing so. Instead, I'm appealing to the brands themselves - please venture out of Sephora. I want your product, but I don't want to have to deal with Sephora. I'd be ridiculously happy if you all moved to a different retailer.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fyrinnae Powder Primer Review

The issue with being an oily-skinned girl living in a furnace Texas are numerous, but in my opinion none are more pressing than the fact that oil production effectively seems to double during the summer months. Seriously, if my face were an oil field we'd have no worries about running out of oil for the next million years, at least.

Since that isn't the case, and I'd like to look like a normal human being, I knew I had to step up the game and introduce primers into my routine. Now, I'm kind of lazy. I like to reduce steps in my makeup routine, not increase them. The concept of applying a product and waiting for it to sink it did not sit well. But the 'oh God this isn't my face it's a oil field' part of me took over, and I remembered that Fyrinnae had a powder primer meant to control oil and the concept appealed to me, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Fryinnae is an indie company that hand-crafts their products. They are vegan and cruelty free, and are well-known in the indie world for their products, especially their eyeshadows. But since we're talking about the powder primer here, let's stick to that.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Milani Amore Matte Liquid Lipstick (Limited Edition Summer 2015)

Are you in the market for some liquid lip stains a la Kat Von D's infamous ones? Do you not want to spend a whole bunch? Well, you better head on over to your nearest drugstore quickly (and I do mean quickly) because these Milani Amore Matte liquid lipsticks are a very, very similar formula to the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. (I'm not joking about the quickly part - these are selling out rapidly, and I haven't seen them on the Milani website!)

Monday, August 3, 2015

MAC The Matte Lip Review - Part Three: Tropic Tonic + Men Love Mystery + Instigator

Let me tell you a story. A story about three girls - three very different girls, who went on a road trip. One was a bubbly, bright-eyed, cheerful girl who lived and loved the sun and summer days. The second was an artist, full of color and creativity. The last one was a mystery, deep, dark and brooding.

Well, before they were about to hit the road, they decided they needed a way to express their individuality. And what better way to do this, they thought, than by wearing lipstick? Off they went, and each got a shade that was made for them.

Here at Brown Girl Makeup Musings, we managed to get an agent to investigate, and I've just got hold of what the girls wore.

Brown Girl Makeup Musings turns TWO!

This past weekend, Brown Girl Makeup Musings hit the 2-year mark. And what a journey it's been! When I first started this blog, it was a way to express my love for all things makeup, and because I felt that I could offer a point of reason to those of us with richer skins.

I feel like I've come a long way, and learnt so much. From random postings and huge chunks of time with no posts (how I regret that!), to really taking up the reins, learning new things and trying my best to improve my little space here. I've met some wonderful people and made some amazing friends through this blog. I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined that!

I can honestly say if it wasn't for my amazing readers I'd have given up a long time ago. It's because I look forward to hearing your thoughts that I keep writing! I'm so grateful to have you here, and I hope you'll stay around.

Thank you for your time, and thank you for your readership. It means so much to me.

<3 Aditi