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REVIEW: Dose of Colors – Lip Products

Hey gang and Happy Friday!  Christmas is right around the corner, only a few more days away, hope you are all ready for it if you celebrate it and I hope you don’t have to do any more shopping!  James and I are celebrating Christmas this weekend because his son is going to be over, so I am definitely looking forward to that!  They’ll be over shortly.  But that’s not what we are here to talk about today.  Today I’m giving some lip swatches and a review of the current lip products in my collection by Dose of Colors.  So if that is something you think you might be interested in, just keep on reading!

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Lip It Up Satin Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in FOREVER
Currently, I only have one in my collection.  It is apart of the Mickey Mouse Collection in the shade FOREVER.  I’ve worn this shade a few times now and overall it is a nice formula, however, I don’t feel it is worth the price.  The outer packaging is beautiful and looking at the other permanent shades that are available, that packaging is also beautiful.  It is just a bit tricky to apply the cap.  The product does not roll down, so if you are not careful you can easily divot into the product and possibly break off the product.  Like I previously mentioned, the formula is nice but nothing revolutionary that I feel can’t be found at the drugstore.

Lip Gloss
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in One & Only
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in Rockin' It
Unlike the lipstick, these I feel are absolutely worth the price.  Both shades that I picked up were also from the Mickey Mouse Collection, ROCKIN’ IT and ONE & ONLY, both cool toned nude glosses.  Jessica from JamBeauty89 has raved about these and for good reason!  If you read my post on My Most Loved Products of 2018, you will know that the EM Cosmetics True Gloss changed the game for me in regards to glosses.  Before that gloss, you would not catch gloss in my collection.  This formula reminds me so much of the EM Cosmetics True Gloss, it is a more gel-like consistency, not super heavy on the lips, and NOT STICKY!  Hallelujah!  These two shades are pretty opaque but layer on top of other lip products beautifully!  Did I mention they smell like frosting??  Oh my gosh, it is heavenly!

Matte Liquid Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in DESERT SUEDE
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in CORK
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in LOS ANJEALOUS
This is where it is going to get tricky.  Dose of Colors makes my favorite liquid lipstick formula, well, on a couple of shades.  I currently own 5 different permanent shades.  DESERT SUEDE, CORK, MERLOT, EXTRA SAUCY, and LOS ANJEALOUS.  Desert Suede and Cork I have had the longest and the formulas are PERFECT!  They are very comfortable on the lips, very long wearing (they last through doggy kisses), are transfer proof, they don’t crumble or flake, and layer on top of themselves beautifully.  The reds are where I have inconsistencies.  Los Anjealous feels and acts like the same formula as Cork and Desert Suede, Extra Saucy and Merlot I strongly feel are different formulas.  Now, I don’t know if that is due to the fact that they are more richer reds, but they are both different formulas, in my opinion.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in EXTRA SAUCY
Extra Saucy is beautiful on the lips, honestly my ideal type of red shade, but it bleeds a little on me and smudges & transfers.  It bums me out so much because I absolutely love this shade.  I purchased it originally for work, I wanted a transfer resistant, long wearing red to wear to work, but sadly I have to fuss with this shade throughout the day, unlike the previous three shades.  I can’t eat with this shade, it collects in the corners of my lips, but I can drink with it, as long as it is through a straw.  It is still comfortable on the lips though.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in MERLOT
The last shade is Merlot and I am not a huge fan of this shade, for several different reasons.  For one, in order to get it to that truer blue-toned red, I have to do two layers.  Which fine, no big deal, however, it makes the formula extra drying.  I’ve noticed, even with one layer of this product, it is drying, but two, dear lord.  Again, I can stand a more drying formula so I could get over that.  This shade also stains the crap out of my lips, which is not something I’ve had a problem with, with the other two reds.  It stains my lips bright pink.  What I forgot to mention is with one layer of this product, it looks a lot more pink than red.  The next problem I have is that it collects in the corners of my lips, then bleeds out around it, then stains my skin.  Not a cute look.  I also have a problem of it bleeding out of my lip line, it transfers really easily, and smudges quite a bit.  Which again, is a problem because it stains my skin and takes forever to get off.  I really wished this shade worked for me, because after two layers I love the red, but sadly, it doesn’t.  For those several reasons, I would not recommend this red.  If you want a good red, go with LOS ANJEALOUS.  It is more muted but has an excellent formula!

Overall, I really love Dose of Colors, I will definitely keep purchasing other shades of the glosses and even though there are some consistencies in the formula with the matte liquid lipsticks, I feel the mid-tone shades are the safest bet on a consistent formula.  I would like to try KNOCK ON WOOD, SAND, CAMPFIRE, and OLD FLAME.  And even though there are definite inconsistencies with the red shades, I want to try one more red shade, that being KISS OF FIRE.  I feel with how off the formula was between the red shades, I’m not confident in the formula for the darker shades.  I feel they might be a bit streaky or have the formula similar to MERLOT just because a lot of other brands tend to have that problem.  If you have tried a darker shade of the matte liquid lipsticks and have had success, please let me know in the comments which shade or shades worked for you, because I really do love the brand and I would love to try the darker shades.

Well gang, I know this was yet another long post.  I’m one of those people that really tries to describe and give as much information as I can to be as helpful as I can be.  With that being said, I hope you found this post somewhat helpful or informative, or just fun.  Who knows!  If you have tried several Dose of Color products before, let me know which ones you’ve loved and which ones you hated.  Also, have any of you tried their eyeshadow formula or highlighter formula?  I am intrigued but feel it has been a bit overhyped due to the Desi and Katy collab.  Maybe I’m wrong, but if you’ve tried them, let me know what you thought!  Okay, I think I have blabbered on long enough!  I hope you guys have a great weekend and we’ll chat again soon!  Until next time!

Beauty

Ulta & Besame Cosmetics Haul

Happy Friday gang!  Another week has flown by and here we are with yet another makeup haul.  Believe it or not, I did not pick up any of these items during Black Friday.  I ordered them the Friday before and have just waited for everything to come in so I can take pictures and do swatches.  What has been the one product that I have discussed that I have a serious problem with?  Lip products.  Can we all take a guess on what 99.9% of this haul contains?  Lip products.  Good lord, I know, I have a problem with lip products.  I will say I have decluttered a ton of lip products.  Not because they were expired but because I did not like the formula and wasn’t wearing them.  I’ve been really narrowing down formulas and shades that I truly love.  I probably decluttered a good 15 lip products and the lip products I have left in my collection I am truly happy and excited about.  At the start of the year, I am going to be doing another makeup inventory to actually account for everything in my collection.  Okay, seriously, I have blabbered on long enough.  Let’s get into the makeup!

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LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

Let’s talk about my small Besame Cosmetics haul.  I only picked up a few items, but I am beyond happy with what I picked up.  The only Besame items I had in my collection before this was my Classic Lip Color in 1946 Red Velvet, which I absolutely adore, and the Vanilla Brightening Powder, which I also love just hate that it is a loose powder.  To add to those, I picked up 2 Limited Edition Shades from the 1937 Snow White Collection.  Now, I did not pick these up because they were Snow White.  Honestly, not a fan of Disney Princess movies.  However, the two shades I grabbed, Snow White and One Bite, are STUNNING.  The formula is still the same as the 1946 shade, super creamy, great opacity, I cannot wait to wear them!  I also picked up a blush from them because I wanted to try something else from their line.  It’s called the Delicate Rouge Blush and I grabbed the shade 1965 Sun Kissed.  I haven’t worn it yet but I did swatch it and dear lord, so soft and creamy yet it is a powder blush!  If this is as beautiful as it feels I am definitely going to be picking up additional shades.  And before I move on to the rest of the shades, can we discuss the packaging, please??  They are the one line whose packaging I am just stunned by and love having out on my vanity (makeshift vanity I should say lol).  I would love to have everything from their line just sitting on top of my vanity.  Okay, enough about Besame, let’s move on to the Ulta Haul!

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

I actually placed 2 seperate Ulta order’s.  The first order contained 3 Limited Edition Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection lip products.  As the same for the Snow White collection from Besame, I’m not a Mickey Mouse fan, I don’t hate him or anything, just never was into Mickey Mouse and that side of Disney.  However, the reason I picked up 3 of the lip colors was because they seemed like shades I would genuinely love.  I picked up 2 of the Lip Glosses in the collection which are Rockin’ It and One and OnlyJess from YouTube is a HUGE Disney lover and swatched these products and swears by the Dose of Colors lip gloss formula.  She was not kidding about this formula!  It is a wonderful formula!  Very much like the EM Cosmetics True Gloss formula.  The other lip product I picked up from this collection was Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in the shade Forever.  I have tried on this shade and sadly it runs a bit too warm for my ideal nude, but I still enjoy the shade on me.  It is more of a peachy nude than I anticipated.

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

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So for the second order, again Dose of Colors but I decided to grab 3 more of their Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  Honest to God, favorite liquid lipstick formula and I have tried a ton!  Granted, before these three shades I have only tried two seperate colors (Desert Suede and Cork) but both were consistent in wear time, how they felt on the lips, they didn’t bleed, they faded beautifully when they did fade, and they lasted through doggie kisses.  Yes, I did just say doggie kisses (dog groomer here, this is vital).  Anyway, I wanted some great reds, but not just any reds, reds that will surpass my long work day, not bleed, not require touchups, you know, the full meal deal.  Tada!  I grabbed Merlot, a cool toned red, Los Anjealous, a muted ruby red, and Extra Saucy, a deep red.  I will say, I wore Los Anjealous to work the other day and it was an absolute SUCCESS!  It stayed on all day, I touched it up very lightly when I went to the bathroom, but would have been just fine if I didn’t.  I will say it did transfer a bit to my four legged kids, but I kissed them before the bath just in case so it did wash off lol.

 

So that’s it gang, that is my recent haul of makeup items.  I hope you found this helpful or at least interesting.  If you want me to review, do wear tests, etc on any of these items, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will make that happen.  I’m immensely happy with my purchases and am looking forward to wearing more red lips.  Red is one of my favorite colors ever, used to have red hair, have a red bedroom, literally, my life revolves around dogs (including my babies), the numbers 4 and 14, and the colors red, black, and grey.  OBSESSED and I do not throw around that term lightly.  Have you made any makeup purchases recently?  Do any Black Friday shopping?  Or Cyber Monday shopping?  Let me know!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Anti-Haul: July/August 2018

Today is all about what I am not going to buy.  This idea was originally started by Kimberly Clark on YouTube as a jab to anti-consumerism.  If you watch TV or YouTube, there are ads everywhere, enticing you to purchase this and that.  What I tend to be engrossed in on YouTube is mostly beauty and food related.  Beauty YouTubers review products, get sent PR, talk about and showcase products.  It is extremely easy to become influenced and swayed to purchase such products, myself included.

A couple of months ago, I hauled a few things from Kat Von D Beauty and Black Moon Cosmetics, which I do need to do an update on, and just recently I picked up a few things from ULTA.  Other than that, I have not gone ham on purchasing beauty purchases.  Honestly, pretty much all of the new releases have been extremely blah to me, nothing exciting, and in my opinion, nothing new.  It all looks like the same shit, different packaging.  But without blabbing too much, let’s get into what upcoming releases I am not going to buy.  All pictures are from Trendmood on Instagram.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette
First off, I love ABH as a brand.  It is one of my favorite brands, one that I repurchase from often.  I have the Subculture palette, which I do love and enjoy, but none of their other palettes have interested me.  The Modern Renaissance palette is too pink and berry toned, the Soft Glam palette is pretty, but still runs too warm for my taste, and the Norvina palette, which is beautiful, but I would only wear 3 out of the 14 shades. The 3 shades that I would wear, I can easily dupe in my collection.  It is not logical or practical for me to pick up this palette.

norvinapalette

2. Smashbox Ablaze Collection
I have only tried 2 products from Smashbox, one is the Xtreme mascara and the other is their Always On Liquid Lipstick.  This Ablaze collection is an entire warm-tone collection.  With as many warm-tone palettes and collections out on the market right now, not just me, but nobody needs more warm-tones.  The beauty industry is completely oversaturated with warm-toned products.  I feel if you have one, you have them all.  I am also not a fan of warm-tone looks on myself.

smashboxablazecollection

3. Kat Von D Beauty Metal Crush Highlighters & Liquid Highlighters
Now I love Kat Von D Beauty, it is my number 1 favorite brand.  However, these Metal Crush Highlighters I am just not into.  For one, none of the colors I would personally wear, on my face nor my eyes.  Second, the Metal Crush formula is extremely glittery.  Now, I know plenty of people that do enjoy a glitter highlight, for me personally, I enjoy more of a sheen, where it looks like I’m just glowing.  This goes for the liquid highlighters as well, plus I do not use liquid highlighters.  It would be an absolute waste of money and the products would just sit in my collection.

katvondmetalcrushhighlighters

4. Dose of Colors and iluvsarahii Collaboration
Currently, I own two liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors and I really enjoy them.  I would go as far as saying that they are my favorite liquid lipstick formula.  However, this collection holds no interest for me.  It does look beautiful, don’t get me wrong, however, it does not go with my taste or aesthetic.  None of the lip products I would wear, they also don’t look too original.  They seem incredibly easy to dupe.  The eyeshadow palette, although pretty, reminds me of the latest trends in eye palettes, warmed-tone with a pop of blue/green/turquoise.  The highlighers look very reflective, almost metallic, but would not fair well on my skin tone.

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5. Morphe Brushes Dare to Create Palette
Oh, Morphe.  Now, Morphe is still on the Pending List from Logical Harmony and I have seen info go back and forth to whether or not they are cruelty-free.  If they were, I would not pick up this palette.  I have in the past picked up the 350 palette and the 35K palette and decluttered both.  I think I may have one or two of their brushes and honestly, they are nothing to write home about.  What I don’t care for in this palette is there are too many similar shades, once on the eye, they all look the same, it is an extremely large palette, and there is no mirror.  Plus, with the number of large YouTubers who are always saying, “use my code, use my code, here’s my code,” I’m generally just tired of hearing about Morphe and not interested in any of their releases honestly.

morphedaretocreatepalette

So that is it for this round of Anti-Haul’s.  I thought I would keep it simple with only a few products.  I could probably make this a monthly thing of items that I’m not going to buy because there are constantly new releases.  Let me know if you like this kind of post because I can totally keep doing them.  I am also thinking about doing a post about items that I would like to buy.  What are some items that you are not going to pick up and why?  Did you pick up any of the items I listed above and if so, what do you think about them?  Let me know in the comments section!  I’d love to hear about it!

Well, I should probably attend to my girls, it is bath time for them and they are going to be thrilled (NOT).  Until next time!