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Wishing For Spring: NARS Heat Wave and Wonder

I am officially over Winter. I’ve seen more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life. Okay. That’s probably an exaggeration, but my being over it is not. I wish I could control the weather. Since I can’t, I decided to add a little Spring to my face with NARS Cosmetics Heat Wave and Wonder Lip Gloss.

Heat Wave Nars
NARS Cosmetics Heat Wave
Wonder Lip Gloss
NARS Cosmetics Wonder Lip Gloss

Heat Wave is a semi-matte orange-red while Wonder is a sparkly mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer. One or both is perfect for a bright Spring lip. I’m definitely going to have them in rotation once it starts to warm up.

Wonder Gloss Heat Wave Lipstick
Top: Wonder(Lip Gloss) Bottom: Heat Wave(Lipstick)

So are you looking forward to Spring? What are you planning on pulling out once we can pack our winter coats away?

Nars Heat Wave with Wonder on top
NARS Heat Wave Lipstick with NARS Wonder Lip Gloss on top to add shine.

Heat Wave retails for $26 and Wonder retails $25. Both can be found at NARScosmetics.com, Sephora.com, and wherever NARS Cosmetics are sold.

Something To Clear Those Pores: Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask

Every once in awhile when my skin is getting out of whack or want to do a little pampering I like to use some type of skincare mask. There are lots of masks on the market from peel-off masks to rinse off masks. There some in jars, tubes and one-time use packets. The choice is really up to you.

I happen to like Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask. It’s a rinse off mask rather than a peel off mask which is a big plus for me because the last peel-off mask I used was a pain(literally) to peel off.

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24
Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24

One of the key ingredients in the Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask is active charcoal. Active charcoal or activated charcoal has been around for centuries and has been used for all kinds of medical reasons from treating skin ailments to detoxing and eliminating toxins and poisonous substances from the body. The Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask is advertised as a mask for all skin types that can be used to draw out deep pore-cloggers.

Like anything results will vary. My initial use of the product was more about pampering. I enjoyed the process of opening my pores with a warm towel. I liked the feeling of the mask drying on my face. And I liked the way my skin felt afterward, but I wasn’t overly concerned with the detoxifying aspect of the product until I used it when I was having a breakout.

I used the mask as usual and covered my entire face including my offending facial eruption and let it work. I rinsed off the product and went about my business. However, the next day I noticed the bump was healing and not as pronounced. Knowing what I know about my skin it takes a bit of time for those large, sore pimples to dry up and go away on their own. So to see such a drastic difference in 24 hours was out of the ordinary. Since I wasn’t using any other acne medicine I assumed it was the mask.

I’ve come across other people who like to use it as a spot treatment. Since it is suppose to detoxify it makes sense to me that it could work like that as well. It’s drawing the impurities of the pimple out thus healing it. Maybe.

In any case I just wanted to share this product with you. Are you a mask person? What kind do you like?

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal comes in two sizes, 1.7oz for $16 and 3.4oz for $24. It can be found Origins.com, Sephora.com and wherever Origin products are sold.

NOPE: Sephora Upside Down Mascara

So shiny.
So shiny.
Nothing wrong with a little bit of instruction even if it is mascara.
Nothing wrong with a little bit of instruction even if it is mascara.

Some things don’t require bells and whistles. Mascara may be one of those things. However, I got sucked in by the bells and whistles and purchased Sephora’s Upside Down Mascara. This is definitely in the impulse buy category.

The interesting thing about the mascara is the dual brush that can be used individually or combined. You can squeeze the brush together and make a larger brush or place your lashes between the brushes for top and bottom application. You can also use the smaller of the brushes for lower lash definition.

The formula of this mascara is okay. It’s not great and it’s not awful. It only comes in black so bear that in mind if you’re not big on black mascara.

This mascara is not easy to apply. It’s hard to get your lash between the brushes and not get mascara on your eyelids. Now this may not be problem for someone who doesn’t wear eyeshadow or eyeliner because cleanup isn’t that difficult on a bare lid. I can’t imagine what it would be like to get inky black mascara on my lids after I’ve meticulously packed and blended eyeshadow on them. It seems like it would really annoying.

My bare lashes. They look like nothing I promise some are there though.
My bare lashes. They look like nothing I promise some are there though.
This is easy to clean but who wants to if you're wearing eyeshadow?
This is easy to clean but who wants to if you’re wearing eyeshadow?

When you squeeze the brushes together to make a bigger brush it’s actually nice. I liked definition and it felt like a decent mascara at that point. It makes me wish the brush was that size to begin with because it’s hard to keep it squeezed together. You have to squeeze at the handle because if you try to move your fingers lower on the brush you’re going to get mascara on you.

Better application with both brushes but kind of a pain squeezing them together.
Better application with both brushes but kind of a pain squeezing them together.

The cons about this mascara feel minor because the potential messiness of it can be fixed with a cotton bud and some make-up remover. But mascara is such a simple tool. It’s one those things you can put on, walk out your door and feel together. So just because it’s easy to clean up doesn’t mean you should have to clean it up.

This is definitely not splurge worthy. I don’t recommend this. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind buying mascara in this price range, this is probably one to avoid.

Sephora Upside Down Mascara retails for $22 and is sold in Sephora and Sephora.com

#Sparkle31Days Eyeshadow Challenge

Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay
Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay

I come to you with another make-up challenge. This time it’s eyeshadow and it’s called #Sparkle31Days. From January 1st until January 31st Feminista Jonessex-positive writer, feminist, social worker, and make-up enthusiast wants you to show off your eyeshadow application via Instagram. If you love eye make-up, want to learn more or get reacquainted with eyeshadow this is for you.

RULES

1. Post a close up picture of eyelids every day(or as often as you can manage).

2. Provide information about brand, colors, name of color combination(if applicable), etc.

3. Give deets on any special technique you used if you did something cool!

4. Have fun and use the #Sparkle31Days hash tag for each pic.

I’m participating so I can put these products I’ve hoarded purchased to use. I hope you do too. Remember to use the hash tag #Sparkle31Days so everyone participating can see your gorgeous eyes.

OCC Batty Liptar – Review

Can you see the glitter? Too bad I didn't see it on my lips.
Can you see the glitter? Too bad I didn’t see it on my lips.

I bought OCC Liptar in Batty because I love black lipstick but I ended up being disappointed. I used my lip brush to apply it and it didn’t work. I used my finger to apply and it still didn’t work. Unfortunately it’s just not as opaque as I hoped it would be. It also sunk into the lines in my lips. However, once I put it on top of another black lipstick it looked better.

Top: OCC Batty alone Bottom: Batty on top of MUFE 50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Top: OCC Batty alone Bottom: Batty on top of MUFE 50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

I hoped for a glitter effect since that’s what it looked like in the tube but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m sure the shiny effect I achieved on top my Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick could be achieved with a glittery lip gloss so this is really a bust for me. I would take it back but I tossed the shipping receipt. *cue sad violins*

So have you tried Batty? What did you think?

Obsessive Compulsive Liptar in Batty retails for $18 and can be found at Sephora, Sephora.com, occmakeup.com

Don’t Fear The Red Lip

Nars Red Lizard Lipstick
Nars Red Lizard

I love red lipstick. This blog is called Bury Me In Red Lipstick after all so it makes sense. However, I know everyone isn’t quite there. For one reason or another some are apprehensive about red lipstick. I’m here to say there’s no need. So here are 5 tips to help you jump in.

1. Leave fear at the door. There’s something out there for you. You are not limited by your skintone. From orange-reds to deep wines it’s out there.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Whether you go to the makeup counter or try it on at home, prep your lips for color. Banish dry skin with a lip scrub or toothbrush so you can get a clear view of how the color looks on your lips.

3. Add liner and mascara. A bare face with a red lip may be jarring to see for the first time. The liner and mascara will give you a glimpse into a finished look and help you better assess how it looks.

4. Return policies are you friend. Trial and error may seem daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Ulta, Sephora, and drug stores have good return policies. If you try something and it doesn’t look right take it back. Don’t let it gather dust in a drawer and cause you to get frustrated because you feel like you’ve wasted money.

5. Have fun. Experiment with finishes, stains, glosses. As long as you keep a positive outlook you’ll find something that works.

Milani Matte Confident
Milani Matte Confident
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Cruella
Nars Cruella

5 Tips For Wearing Red Lipstick

So will you try a red lipstick anytime soon?

So Much Urban Decay Nakedness

naked all

Urban Decay released their Naked 3 eyeshadow palette recently. I wanted to do a quick post and swatch Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3. Just because I am a hoarder like make-up a lot and had to have all three doesn’t mean everyone else does. And eventhough most of us have access to all three in a store there’s nothing like seeing it on someone’s skin. I hope this can help someone out. Which Naked palettes do you have? Which ones do you think you’re going to buy?

naked all open
Apologies for the Naked and Naked 2 not looking as pristine as Naked 3
Naked (Original)
Naked (Original)
Naked 2
Naked 2
Naked 3
Naked 3

I Got Naked For The 3rd Time

Yes, you read the title correctly. I talked all that smack and bought Urban Decay’s Naked 3 anyway. What can I say, the hoarder in me won this round, but I’m still happy that I got it. I’m eager to play around with it. And it’s a top notch palette. I’m at a point now where I just feel like you can’t go wrong with an Urban Decay purchase, but that’s me.

Urban Decay did whip us up into a frenzy and that’s probably why it sold it out twice at urbandecay.com and is currently sold out at Sephora.com. It’s still at ulta.com though, just sayin. And if you decide to go to one of the Sephora or Ulta stores and one is sold out try the other one. I lucked out and got one from Ulta after finding out the Sephora in JCPenney in the same shopping center was sold out.

And now pictures…

I think it's purty. *swoon*
I think it’s purty. *swoon*
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

A few beauty bloggers have said that Naked 3 is black girl friendly and I agree. I doubt a lot of us need to worry about it not working for us across the board. I admit when I heard “rose-toned neutrals” I got apprehensive. I now think it was unwarranted. Even the lighter shades are workable. So if you’re on the fence, think about it in terms of whether or not you want/need it and not in terms of whether or not it’s going to work for you. It still may not, but I don’t think anyone is automatically setting themselves up for the downfall by purchasing this.

So did you get Naked again?

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 retails for $52 and can be found at urbandecay.com, Sephora, and Ulta