Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beauty: Kylie Cosmetics MINI MATTES Review

Because I have never purchased anything from Kylie Cosmetics before, I was a bit scared to spend $29+ on a lip kit that I wasn't 100% sure it would look good on my skin tone. So, from the limited edition birthday collection, I thought I'd get the most for my money by purchasing the mini mattes, a set of mini matte lipsticks in the colors: Exposed, Dolce K, Koko K, Candy K, Kristen, and Leo. Here I will be reviewing all 6 of those shades by answering the most common questions asked about these lipsticks!

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

How were the mini mattes delivered?

I love Kylie's packaging. I swear that is a part of why I wanted a product from her. Her entire birthday collection came in gold packaging...so fab. She also gave a cute lil' birthday note with it as well-- pictured below.

How do the shades look on your skin tone?

Here are all the shades together:

And below you can see all 6 shades individually:

1. Exposed- warm nude. On my medium-olive skin tone, it reminds me of a orange/apricot color. This is one of my favorites.

2. Dolce K- dark nude. This shade reminds me of milk chocolate on my skin tone. I think it would look best on darker skin.

3. Koko K- pale pink. This shade is perfect for anyone with fair skin, as it doesn't contrast with your skin tone too much. I don't think this color suites dark skin tones.

4. Candy K- warm pink. I like this color a lot on my skin tone, & fair and dark skin-toned people could also pull this one off-- it seems like the most universal shade.

5. Kristen- warm berry. This shade looks absolutely amazing on medium skin tones.

6. Leo- maroon. I was surprised to see that this color looks really great on my skin tone. I got so many compliments on this one! This color looks stunning on medium to dark skin tones.

Is there a scent?

Yes! All Kylie lip products smell the same-- sweet like candy.

Do you like the applicator?

Yes I do. The applicator makes it very easy to apply the lipstick, and feels very soft against the lips. But, I know that the mini mattes come with a different brush from regular sized mattes.

How pigmented are the lipsticks?

Varied from each color, but overall they are very pigmented. I noticed that Kristen was the most pigmented and only required one swipe of lip product. The next "most pigmented" colors were Candy K and Dolce K. Lighter colors like Exposed and Koko K required more lip product as well in order to fully cover the lips. Leo also took a bit more-- I noticed that it was the most streaky of all 6 mattes, which most likely is because it is such a dark color.

Does her lipstick do a good job lasting all day, or do you have to reapply a lot?

Her lipsticks generally hold up well on my lips, but after a few hours of wear, or if I eat, then I definitely need to reapply.

Which are your favorite/least favorite color(s)?

Exposed and Candy K are my favorite for everyday wear. Kristen and Leo are my favorite for a bold lip! Dolce K and Koko K are my "least favorite", but I don't hate them. I will definitely wear them occasionally just to get good use of out them.

OVERALL:

Favorite things about the mini mattes?

I love that she released a product where you can try a bunch of different colors all at once. I also take forever to go through lip products, so it's great to have mini's of 6 different colors! Best of all, I love the high pigmentation of each color. I have received a lot of compliments ever since beginning to wear her matte lipsticks!

Least favorite things about the mini mattes?

The worst part about Kylie's lip products is how drying they are. I definitely don't feel like my lips are moisturized when I put her products on. Kind of a disappointment, but what else can you expect from a "matte" lipstick? Just one of those things where you just gotta bite the bullet for the sake of beauty!

I hope this review was helpful! Which color is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! XO

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Prague Favorites #2

When I got back to the States one week ago, I felt an overwhelming amount of sadness because of how much I missed Prague. I will never forget Prague and its hidden treasures that I had discovered over the course of this past summer, while becoming a local. I recently posted a Prague Favorites #1, but it goes without saying that just one post on my favorites wouldn't be enough.

Favorite Activity:

Paddle boating. This was one of my favorite activities that I did in Prague. Paddle boating with my 4 roommates was so much fun, and also a huge workout. Nonetheless, the entire time we were having a great time taking pictures, listening to music, and enjoying the view of the Vltava River that runs through Prague. You could even paddle up to certain bars along the river, where you could grab some drinks to-go and enjoy them on your ride.

Favorite Bar:

Hemingway. If you ever find yourself in Prague, you must visit Hemingway's. It is a unique craft cocktail bar in the city center that makes me feel like I am in the 1970's-- sitting at the bar in a leather stool surrounded by dark wood furnishing, watching the bartenders work their magic in crisp collared shirts and suspenders, followed by some jazz blues playing in the background. My favorite drink was the Blueberry and Black Currant Caipiroska (Absolut Kurant vodka, fresh lime, blueberry puree, sugar syrup, blueberry jam, and fresh mint) pictured below that was served in a mason jar.

Favorite Beer Garden:

Riegrovy Sady. If you want to go to a loud, upbeat beer garden during your stay in Prague, this is the place to go. There is always a mass of people here, multiple stations to grab beer & sausages, and a restaurant right next door if you want more variety in food selection. I came here during a Euro Cup game when Czech Republic was playing, and it was packed with die-hard futbol fans (or just people that like an excuse to drink).

Favorite Restaurant:

The Tavern. This burger joint has a killer fried chicken sandwich, which I was on a hunt for considering that the most popular fried chicken in Prague was at KFC. But the best part about this restaurant was their fries. They mixed regular, curly, and waffle fries all into one basket and served it with a homemade dijonnaise. This was the place to go for a late night meal!

Favorite Cafe:

Bake Shop. You cannot go to Prague without going to this cafe. From amazing pastries, to probably the best soup I've ever had, you can't go wrong here. My go-to was the "build your own" omelette stuffed into a croissant. Yes, you read that right. This place was so good that one of my roommates bought a souvenir mug from them (picture taken from Traveleggsapp).

I hope that if you ever find yourself in Prague, you can visit at least one of my favorites! XO

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