Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick & Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick Review + Swatches

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick 69 matte beauty, 74 matte darling, 77 matte tender, 80 matte dreamy swatch


Aloha guys! I’m dreaming of sun and warmth in this gloomy and chilly Fall. The leaves are in such beautiful transition now, but I got that summertime sadness. It’s so uninspiring out here, hmmm… let’s see what Sephora or Ulta have? lots of new stuff! (Drool) Anyways, as I do my wishful thinking here, let’s get distracted for a while and let’s talk about this another long overdue review. Yep, we have another lipsticks galore review today.  I’ve been hoarding these lippies for quite a while now, and OMG! they’re SO good! and OMFG they’re SO cheap and OMFFG! they’re drugstore lipsticks. SUREprise much? I know I am, but even before checking these lipsticks out in my local CVS, I already kinda knew that these are gonna be good. I’ve heard good things about these lipsticks from my friends and also from Insta’s party people about how good the Milani Color Statement Matte Lipsticks were, and that they’re pretty much neck-in-neck with Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks.

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick review swatchSure enough, those claims are true. These lipsticks are some of the most amazing lipstick shade and formulation I’ve ever tried, and with their affordable price plus the fact that they’re easy to find, you know you’re getting a good deal. In my experience, they’re like non-drugstore quality lipsticks, which I’ll tell you in a while, and guess what, they’re very moisturizing for being mattes.


Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick review swatches

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick ($6) – These have a mild vanilla scent and they have the perfect matte formula for a lipstick. They almost kinda remind me of MAC Matte Lipsticks. That’s because they’re not so creamy and they’re not so drying. Just something in between. Their pigments are amazingly long-lasting. I could go on for hours and hours with these lipsticks and I still have some shade on my lips. Not to mention the fact that almost all the shades in these line up are so beautiful and so wearable. It’s hard not to just get two or three. You really need to stock up.

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick 69 matte beauty, 74 matte darling, 77 matte tender, 80 matte dreamy

69 Matte Beauty – Warm Midtone Brown

74 Matte Darling – Muted Barbie Pink

77 Matte Tender – Muted Coral Red

80 Matte Dreamy – Terra Cotta Berry Mauve


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick review

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick ($7.49) – These are very similar to Milani’s but they’re creamier. Which is nice for anybody who likes matte lipsticks but didn’t wanna suffer the dryness. It’s amazing how these can be creamy mattes and long lasting at the same time. Such very good pigments too. They glide so well on the lips and mine never felt dry throughout the hours of wearing it. I actually think that these can be ideal matte lipsticks in the coming winter. That is if, you still wanna wear mattes around those times. I prefer to wear creamy lipsticks or balms during the winter because my lips tend to get really dry. Anyway, I have one caveat with these, and it’s the scent. I think these have really strong buttery vanilla-ish cocoa scent, which kinda annoys me from time to time. But other than that, the shades of these lipsticks are also TDF.


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick swatch


657 Nude Nuance – Deep Brown, half a shade darker than Milani 69 Matte Beauty

660 Touch of Spice – Similar to Milani 80 Matte Dreamy, but slightly more mauve.


I love love love these drugstore matte lipsticks. From their formulation down to their shades and lasting power, I think they’re worth giving a try and worth hoarding for. Plus, they won’t break the bank, and I love the fact that you can find them almost anywhere. I think any of Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick or Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte Lipstick will really impress you, and it’s just a matter of finding the right shade for your skin tone. For me, I think I love all the shades that I just reviewed here. So I suggest giving these beauties a closer look the next time you pop into your local grocery or drugstore.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick reviewHere’s one more look.


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick


You can also find the Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick online at Amazon, Target, and Walgreens.


and the Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens


Ciao now… gotta go in line to stalk the iPhone X. LOL. Wish me luck.


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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

What’s Up Everybody? got a post-Halloween hangover? which costume did you choose? me? hmmm, I didn’t really dress up this Halloween, and my cats were so relieved that I didn’t have to put them in such ordeal. But next year, I hope to be either Freddy, Jason, or Jigsaw, LOL. Why? because I’m tired of being a Doraemon, Sailormoon or Power Ranger. I wanna be the one that will scare the cr*p out of my snotty neighbor, even just for one day. LOL. So mean. Sorry not sorry.


charlotte tilbury hollywood lips liquid lipstick swatches


This review has long been overdue. I’ve had this prepared right after arriving from Chicago. I happen to wander around their downtown Nordies in Michigan Avenue and I was stunned at Charlotte Tilbury’s poster of such pretty model with a well-done makeup and pretty lip shade. Obviously, the model wore the newly-released Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick ($34) and she looked gorgeous in it. I knew I had to try it ASAP.


First thing I noticed about these liquid lipsticks are their very odd, very different yet very unique brush applicator. I’ve never seen nor tried anything like that before. It’s like the brush is sliced vertically halfway, revealing a half brush on one side, and a full brush on the other. A bit “L” shaped as well. I understand the concept behind it. It’s meant to shade the lips on the full side of the brush and to line or contour with the other (half-brush side). I found it to be quite tricky to use at the beginning, and it did take some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually like it like I did.


charlotte tilbury hollywood lips liquid lipstick


The formula is thickly-whipped, super pigmented, but never drying. It has a slight vanilla cocoa milkshake scent that is not overwhelming to the senses. It glides smoothly on the lips and I dipped the brush twice on the product to get a full coverage on my lips. The result was really pretty. I got a full larger than life matte pout, and my lips look gorg. It’s like Angeline Jolie Tomb Raider days, haha (I wish), but anyways, yez, my lips looked like I got a double botox on. The nice thing is that the formula never dried my lips. It remains well hydrated and comfy throughout the day.


It noticed a similarity between these and Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet. Even Baremineral’s Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color is quite similar to these two as well. The main difference is that these Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips feel a bit thicker, even more pigmented and though they didn’t dry on my lips, they’re still slightly drier than Burberry’s or Bareminerals. But these don’t transfer as much as Burberry’s, which basically has very good and very wearable color range, but requires regular reapplication especially after eating.

charlotte tilbury hollywood lips swatches

I had a bit of a hard time picking the shades I like because a lot of them are kinda on the bright side, and I wanted something that would suit my lip’s color, and also something that’s ideal for Fall. Eventually, I settled on these two.


charlotte tilbury hollywood lips dangerous liaison


Show Girl (Deep Berry) – Looks more a like medium to deep reddish muted mauve to me. It’s a pretty shade that’s perfect for the start of Fall and Winter. Also, an ideal shade if you don’t wanna go full-on with the ripe berry lips trend.


Dangerous Liaison (Rusty Rose) – I wasn’t really planning to purchase this shade, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off it. It’s so beautiful, it’s making my heart stop. I love its scandalous name, and I love its pretty, hard-to-resist, matte deep red-wine shade. It’s so me, and it’s so perfect also for Fall and Winter.


These two shades are pretty much close to each other. You could say that Show Girl is a lighter version of Dangerous Liaison, though they may have a slight variation in tones. Overall, these are really gorgeous matte liquid lipsticks and the two colors reviewed are ideal for this cooling temps. On top of that, they have minimal transfer and they also have reliable lasting powers (5-8 hours).

charlotte tilbury show girl

Gurl…you need to try this, at least one.


The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman


Thanks for reading! see you again in my next beauty review.




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Sephora Play! October 2017

Hello Guys! I’m back! At least for now until I get on my next whirlwind trip. It’s been a crazy past few weeks and I’ll let you know more in the next reviews about my unforgettable adventure. But to give you a bit of life update, oh well, I don’t really know how to begin. I’m still trying to figure out in my head on how to summarize everything. Anyway, as you all know, I went on a trip which a mix of business and leisure. And when you mix those two things, all sorts of craziness can happen, including time constraints and stress. I went to Southampton UK to visit my cousin and to have a glimpse of London as well. Everything was wonderful but of course, I didn’t have enough time to see everything as I had to go to Barcelona too. And with all the things happening in Catalonia, I knew there will be some tensions. Luckily, there weren’t many demonstrations brewing around when I arrived, and I got a chance to shop at Passeig de Gracia asap, for the same reason that I may not have the chance to do it in the next few days, and I also have a business/errand thing to attend to before coming back home. It could have been all fine and dandy until my Catalan family and I had a dinner and we all had a freaking food poisoning. I was the one who took a lot of beating. I thought I would see my liver, gallbladder, or spleen in every puke. Not to mention the gazillion trips to the bathroom. On top of that, I was developing a flu and I was already so jet lagged. I had to go home the next day and I walked through the airport looking like the zombie in “fear the walking dead”. As if I haven’t had enough, I received a lot of bad news and health issues about some of my relatives. I even got a couple of personal bad news myself. One was nothing but an annoyance, but another one determined the course of my life in the next few years. To sum it all up, the experience made me feel like I was being f*cked sideways, upward, downward, top to bottom. LOL. It was horrible and I would not wish it on my enemy.


Anyways, I’m in a recovery mode now. I still feel like the world is spinning around because my recovery is very slow, but I’m on way. So let’s do some review because I’m tired of staring at the ceiling since there’s pretty much nothing to see in there. I’m tired of talking to my cats because they’re just gonna keep on begging for snacks. Ha! I don’t wanna go sleep because there’s nothing that haunts us like the things we didn’t buy. LOL. I don’t even wanna close my eyes because I need to know when my orders are gonna arrive! haha. Gotta track them, gurl. Even though my whole experience made me wanna shoot myself in the eye socket, I know I can’t die because there’s a lot of beautiful holiday eye and face palettes being released nowadays. So I’d like to put some color on my face, and I need some serious distraction. Let’s have some reviews and expect to see more holidays palettes being reviewed soon. Excited much!


Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water


“Keep your friends close and your beauty routine closer” Oh my, I’m so up for that. This month’s Sephora Play! theme is all about the “Public Display of Complexion” Yeah gurl! flaunt that gorgeous pre-winter skin, let’s have a “good skincare don’t care” moment. I do believe that good makeup starts with good skin, and I’m really loving the whole winter skin prep for this season, also, it’s really about time to take care of our skin during this bone-chilling months.


For me, this month’s contents are quite interesting. There’s a couple of products that I’m not that familiar with, so that’s exciting to try, and a scent that I’m either gonna love or hate.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Prep Priming Spray

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water (1.69 oz: $6, 6.76 oz: $12, 13.5 oz: $20) – This has a bit of an alcohol smell, but it removes the makeup like a breeze, even eye makeup. It didn’t really sting my face given its astringent-ish scent. But I wish this was fragrance-free or it could have a mild powdery or floral scent. It’s a no-rinse micellar water which also adds hydration to the face. Overall, I like this micellar water makeup remover like most micellar makeup remover. I just think that all micellar almost work the same and that you don’t need a slightly fancy or exclusive one. This one is also quite affordable but only available at Sephora.


Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Prep Priming Spray (Mini 1 oz: $15, 4 oz: $32) – Smells like coconut heaven, this primer fine mist is fast and easy to use and it’s hydrating, which is ideal for this cool dry season, and also great if you tend to have a very dry skin. I like the fact that it has Vitamin B3 and overall it’s gentle and it didn’t cause any breakouts on my skin. It didn’t really brighten or reduce the appearance of my pores though, but it made my skin feel smooth and soft.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y335 or 127 Dark Sand (1.01 oz: $43) – Further reviewed HERE. I’ve always loved this foundation and was planning to purchase one in its regular size. I like its soft natural effect and it doesn’t cake. It gives a good coverage enough to cover my skin’s imperfections without looking too dry, too thick, too sheer, or too oily. I think Sephora did a good job at sending me the Y335 shade, as it matches my skin quite well.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in Medium (0.28 oz: $24) – Texture-wise, this feels really thick, super-pigmented and dense, but it’s spreadable and very easy to blend. The medium shade comes off as a bit light yellowish beige in broad daylight, but it looks kinda pinky in the shade. I like it a lot. Makes me look like I’ve slept for a thousand years, only to wake up realizing everyone’s gone. LOL. It gives a good coverage for my puffy and dark undereyes, but a little bit goes a long way, or else you’ll look like a ghost.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y335 or 127 Dark Sand swatch


Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her (Mini Rollerball 0.25 oz: $34, 1 oz: $72, 1.6 oz: $94, 3.4 oz: $124) – I remember I was handed a ribbon spritz with this scent at a Gucci store in Passeig de Gracia Barcelona. I thought the scent was too strong and too overwhelming for me. Too much gardenia or jasmine it started to smell like my dead grandmother. LOL. Sorry. My bad. May she rest in peace. God bless her soul, and may the Lord forgive me Amen. But yeah, it’s too heady for me. However, this could be a staple strong winter scent for someone else. Nuff said.


Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (1 oz: $85) – Has an amazing breathtaking citrus/orange scent. It smells yum and fresh and it has 15% Vitamin C. I love it. I’ve always wanted to add some Vitamin C to my skin care and I think this might be the one. It doesn’t really feel like a serum though, it feels more like a moisturizing soft cream or lotion. I lilly lilly love it. I can’t wait for its brightening and anti-aging effect. That’s if I’ll purchase the regular size one though. Wink.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y335 or 127 Dark Sand


Overall, I love love love the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer, Sunday Riley C.E.O. Brightening Serum, MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation, and UD Quick Fix Hydracharged Priming Spray.


Did you enjoy this month’s Sephora Play?


I think that’s it for me now guys. Will be back soon with more beauty finds. I gotta go and watch The Walking Dead.


Happy Halloween!


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