Holidays · Uncategorized

First Friendsgiving 2018

You ever watch any of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes and wonder why these people never celebrated with their families? For the longest time, I was like, “Where the heck are their parents?”

Well, it’s been about 23 years since Friends debuted and who would have thought Friendsgiving would be a thing now?

Also, why did it take our little rag tag group of peeps so long to decide to do our own Friendsgiving? We are so behind with the times.

Better late than never, I suppose.

This weekend, we decided to all get together and celebrate the best way we know how. With lots of food, music, laughs, discussion and most of all alcohol friends.

Also, yeah, we did have wine and a little bit of the Grey Goose. Just a bit… I swear! 😉

We decided to make it a potluck and the official rules, were that everything had to be homemade, but I did cheat and buy a cake for dessert. I’m not much of a baker.

We had all the traditional foods, like turkey, cornbread, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans and even a Hummingbird Cake, which I have never had and it was absolutely delicious!

Since there was no big game to watch in the TV, we decided to spend the day just talking and telling funny stories. Yes, we even discussed politics, but kept it civil. We are classy like that.

Of course, the day could not go undocumented, so a lot of pictures were taken. Check out our first ever Friendsgiving below and let me know if you have had your own. What do you guys do and is there anything special we should do next year?

The Girls! Michelle (maker of the delicious Hummingbird Cake), Yudy (Hostess with the Mostest), Me (brought the store bought cake), Janet (came late and didn’t eat anything!)
The before picture and of course we forgot to take an after photo, but you can use your imagination.
The Publix Pilgrims! Florida peeps, you know what I’m talking about!
Centerpieces
I totally made those green beans!!
The Hummingbird Cake!
The chef!
Hubby and Me!
The Friends!
The cutest cornbreads ever!!!
You see how much love we had to give???
Of course, there was a cute baby!!!
Followed by a cute couple!
And even cuter kids! Well, except Janet! She’s the adult in this pic.
Of course, we had a “photo booth”.
The Rodriguez Family!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Burt's Bees Beauty · Uncategorized

Beauty Steals and Deals – Burt’s Bees Beauty on Ibotta

So I am perusing the Ibotta app today to see if I can save some money on groceries, when I come across some rebates for Burt’s Bees Beauty.

Hello Savings!!

If you don’t know what Ibotta is, it’s a savings app that lets you select rebates at certain stores and all you have to do is scan your receipt when you finished shopping and, usually, a few hours later, the money you saved gets banked.

Once you have $20, you can request to have the funds transferred to your PayPal account. It’s really easy and since I started, I have saved $147 to date.

As I was saying, I was checking the rebates at Walmart and I come across some really nice money savers for Burt’s Bees Beauty products.

I am definitely going to check out some fall berry colored lipstick shades. I find that this formula is creamy, pigmented and really comfortable to wear. If you sometimes struggle with the drying effects of liquid lipsticks, this is a nice change.

Will also stock up on their Nourshing Mascara. I really liked this formula. It lifted and curled my lashes without any clumping. I will say the wand has rubber bristles, which can be a little pokey, so you have to be careful, however, seeing that you have to change up your mascara every few months, saving some cash helps.

I never tried their blush, but I remember Kathleen Lights raved about them for a while, so now might be a good time to see if they are any good.

Same goes for this Cheek and Lio stick, which I always going into with raised eyebrows, but I’m still intrigued. Might not be such a blow knowing that I didn’t pay full price.

If you want to check out Ibotta, feel free to use my referral code below when you signup.

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Anyone else have any other deals and steals to share? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Colourpop · Uncategorized

Colourpop x Kathleen Lights The Zodiac Palette – Review Time

So yeah… it’s been 5 months!

Where have I been, you ask?

Basically, things got crazy at work and life got interrupted and I wasn’t able to post for about a month. Nothing dramatic, but for a while I was like, if I return will anyone even read my blog? And I kind of felt a little scared about that, but then I was like, “Maritza, you love this! Don’t give up! Even if the only one reading this is your mother.”

So I’m back.

See… nothing dramatic.

Anyways, I think that for my first post since my hiatus, I wanted to review something that I really LOVE. Yeah, this may be a little old news considering that these days new products are being rolled out by the hour. However, if you are like me, sometimes you sit on a purchase for a while because you either don’t have the money at the time or you are kind of waiting for the hype to die down to see if it’s something you really want because you are actually going to use it or something that you are buying just because it’s new and everyone and their mother is buying it.

Know what I mean?

The good news, I didn’t actually buy the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac palette. It was birthday gift from my dear friend Janet, but I was planning to buy it once the hype died down.

Funny enough, one of the reasons I kind of hesitated initially was that I didn’t get the color story. I know that the color choices are driven by the zodiac, but for that reason I felt it was kind of all over the place. Also, it didn’t help that it follows the zodiac signs chronologically from left to right and sometimes the color lineup made it difficult for me to create a look.

I need a palette that almost lets me paint by numbers. Know what I mean?

However, when I put brush to hand, my eyes were immediately driven to the upper right quadrant. I love pinky, mauve tones and I knew that I could create a simple, yet smoky look, by using those four colors.

Sure enough, when I started breaking down the palette, I realized that this was easier than I thought. Maybe I’m getting better at this whole eyeshadow thing or maybe there is a weird connection between all the signs, but I suddenly started creating looks that work!

Not only was the right upper quadrant speaking to me, but I dove right in to the left upper quadrant and it’s fiery tones. Then I headed to the lower left quad and was like, “Yeah… date night!

I’m not really a fan of blue shadows overall so other than swatching them, I really haven’t played with them, but I imagine that you can create a nice, sexy look by using the last row.

For that matter, you can go left to right on any of the rows and achieve a beautiful look.

Seriously the possibilities are endless.

So color stories aside, do the shadows perform well? Yes, but not all are built the same.

The shimmers are all good and I generally don’t have any complaints, other than they can all benefit from some setting spray, which I do about 99% of the time with any shimmer.

The mattes can be hit or miss though and will require a little build up on some. The Libra and The Virgo performed beautifully. However, The Sagittarius and The Aquarius are a little patchy. Not too upset about the The Aquarius being that way, but as a purple lover, a little disappointed that The Sagittarius fell through in pigment. Don’t be deceived by the swatch above, it falls apart when you start blending.

Other than those performance issues, for $16, I feel like this is a great addition to any collection. The color selection can carry you from season to season quite nicely, which makes it a great investment.

So tell me… what’s your sign and did you like the palette?

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Makeup Collection – SUPER REALISTIC!

Well….Kind of Realistic.

I love seeing other people makeup collections. You would think by doing that it would make me want to buy more, but actually, all it does is make me want to catalog what I have. Also, whenever I see someone mention something that I have, it’s like a trigger and I automatically pull it out of my stash and use it.

Now, I don’t have a beauty room or vanity or probably as large a makeup collection as some of you guys and gals, but this suits me just fine. In fact, all my makeup is currently housed in a 3 tiered cart that I got at IKEA. For those of us who don’t have a big bathroom counter or enough space to on our dressers to keep all our stuff, this cart is a lifesaver! Also, since it rolls around, I usually wheel it to my favorite spot in the house where I get the best natural light and apply my makeup in the morning while sipping on my coffee.

It’s super therapeutic!

I don’t want this post to sound like I’m bragging in any way. If you hate makeup collections, then feel free to scroll down to my last post. It’s also super interesting as well. However, if you want to see what I currently have in stock, then keep on reading.

Lips

  • Colourpop – Aquarius Satin, Aquarius 2, Aquarius Gloss, Rever, Dream, Ipsy VIP, Lumiere Matte
  • Too Faced – Melted Matte in Candy Cane, Cream Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach
  • Besame Cosmetics – Victory Red, 102 Sweet Dreams, 103 Forget Me Not, 104 Always Be True
  • Real Her Makeup – I Am Perfect, I Am Gorgeous, I Am Awesome, I Am a Rockstar
  • Milani Cosmetics – Matte Kiss, Rose Femme
  • AuNaturale – Ultra Lip Gloss, Kauai Lip Stain
  • Miscellaneous Lipsticks – Nars Cruella, Bite Beauty Aubergine, Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini, Nyx Strawberry Jam, Almay Butter Kiss Light Medium Berry, Adessa New York (No Name), Lipstick Queen Frog Prince
  • Lip Liners – Mak Up For Ever Aqua Lip 8C, Ofra Silk, Milani Most Natural.

Face

  • Foundation – Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir in Classic Ivory, Besame Cashmere Foundation Stick in Natural Beige, Burts Bees Goodness Glows in Buff, Antonym Baked Foundation in Light
  • Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape in Light Neutral, Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Concealer (No Shade, but it looks fair), Urban Decay Naked Skin in Light Neutral
  • Color Correcting – Hard Candy Cushion Wonder in Peach and Green
  • Powder – Covergirl Vitalist Pressed Powder in Classic Ivory, Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent, Besame Pressed Powder (Agent Carter Line) in Translucent

Cheeks (Not Palettes)

  • Blush – Nars Liquid Blush in Torrid, Pretty Vulgar Blush in Prim Vixen, Antonym Baked Blush in Peach, Burberry Dark Earthy Blush in Light Glow, Jordana Triple Play Cream Blush in Petal Pink, Real Her Be Fearless, Be Limitless
  • Highlighters – The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight, Tarte Pro Glow in Stunner

Eyes (Not Palettes)

  • Mascara – Burts Bees Mascara in Black, Maybelline Total Temptation in Black
  • Eyebrows – Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde, It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe, Maybelline Tattoo Studio in Soft Brown, The BrowGal Tinted Brow Gel in Light Hair
  • Eyeliner – Nudestix Rock n’ Roller Eyeliner in Golden Rose, Marc Jacobs Gel Highliner in Blacquer, Maybelline Lasting Drama in Moonlight Purple, Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Mr. Bing, Modster Smooth Ride Eyeliner in Black, Vintage by Jessica Liebskind in Jet Black
  • Creme/Liquid Shimmer Shadows – Stila Magnificent Metals in Kitten Karma, Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Amethyst, AuNaturale Powder Shadow in Guava, AuNaturale Creme Shadow in Kiki, LOC One and Done Shadow in Impress Me
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadows – Weenie, Frog, Super Hard Core, Sprinkle Me, Cheap Date, Liberty, Don’t Leave, Amaze, Coconut, Paradox, Fade In

Palettes

  • Eyeshadow Trios and Quads – Almay Quads in Never Settle, Making a Statement and Unapologetic, Burts Bees Trio in Shimmering Nudes, Antonym Quattro in To The Moon and Black.
  • Eyeshadow Singles (not part of a collection) – Ittse Peridot, Farrokh, Golden Gate, Azuline
  • Eyeshadow Singles (part of a collection) – Devinah Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ittse, Marcel Starter Kit, Fell Street and Glambition Collection
  • Cheek and Face Palettes – Becca Apres Ski Glow Face, ABH Aurora Glow Kit, Tartiest Pro Glow, Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette
  • Eyeshadow – Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, Colourpop My Little Pony, Dream Street, ABH Modern Renaissance, Too Faced Sweet Peach and Natural Love, BH Cosmetics Supernova, Besame Agent Carter Passport Shadow Collection, Pur x Boxycharm Palette, Crown Glam Metals

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Need, Want, Skip · Uncategorized

Need It, Want It, Skip – New Beauty Releases Vol. 2

Whenever I’m feeling down or stressed, nothing gets me in a better mood that surfing the IG page of Trendmood and getting all excited over new makeup releases.

As Elle from Legally Blonde would say, “Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”

Anyways, let’s see what I will and won’t be be buying anytime soon.

Need It

Walmart is stepping up their game ya’ll!! They are releasing 4 curated boxes with samples and full size products for $9.88. At that price, I’m definitely getting one.

You all know I support my Cuban peeps, so this release from Alamar Cosmetics has my credit card primer and ready. With a shade paying homage to the great Celia Cruz, how can I not get it?

Why, Besame? Why must you play to my inner geek and release a collection around Marvel Avengers Infinity War. Now I must get it and my credit card is getting ANGRY!

Want It

I love Urban Decays All Nighter Spray so this All Nighter Powder has got me intrigued. Want to check out some reviews before I commit though as I think my $10 Covergirl powder works just fine.

I just ordered Maybelline’s Lemonade Craze and now they come out with Soda Pop. What next? Strawberry Milkshake? Ohh… that’s not a bad idea, but let me see if Lemonade Craze lives up to the hype before I commit to another palette.

I think this MAC collection is a little weird, which is why it has me thinking about it so much. In one pic you see macaroons and sprinkles and in the others pic sleek dark designs. I’m really not much of a MAC fan girl, but it has me curious.

This subscription box from Storybook Cosmetics has me checking Trendmood regularly for updates. I love specially curated collections and usually Storybook creates products around popular books and movies, so I’m curious to see if the subscription will be the same.

Skip It

Not feeling this 90’s throwback palette. It’s not that I don’t like color and it definitely seems like it has a nice mix of shimmers and mattes, but it seems a little too candy colored for me.

Everyone and their mother is going bananas over this Limited Edition Physicians Formula Butter Collection and I know the price is freaking fantastic at $12, but I think I’m the only person in the beauty community who doesn’t care for the scent or the colors. For that reason, it’s a no for me.

This Model Co. and Karl Lagerfd collab is cute, but I just can’t seem to imagine myself applying lipstick with a mini sized bust of this late, great designer. However, it definitely seems like a collectors piece.

Omg, these Natasha Denona mini palettes are a joke. Now I know that travel sized products are convenient and even better values than the full size at times, but these look like they were created for American Girl Dolls. I just can’t deal with how silly they look.

Anyone else excited or left scratching their heads over upcoming new releases? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holidays · Uncategorized

Pinch Me! Favorite Green (Colored)Beauty Products

Story Time: Many years ago when I was in my 20’s, I went on vacation to Paris, France with one of my friends. We actually landed in Paris on March 17 and, despite our jet lag, were so excited when we found out that right next to our hotel was an Irish Pub. We were totally planning on celebrating St. Patty’s Day abroad, only to get to the pub and see like 3 people sitting at the bar and they were most definitely NOT drinking green beer.

That was the day we found out that St. Patrick’s Day, at least the way we celebrate here in the U.S., is not really done anywhere else.

Oh well. You live and learn.

I’m not sure why I get so excited to celebrate St . Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish and don’t live in a city with a predominantly large population of Irish folks, but I love any excuse to go out and drink some beer. I get even more excited about the opportunity to wear some green colored makeup, particularly eyeshadow. So, with that being said, I have compiled a brief list of my favorite greens:

Eyeshadow

“I’ll Get You My Pretty” by Devinah Cosmetics– If you read my last post, you know that I am in LOVE with this eyeshadow single. It’s this fabulous shimmery metallic green, that pays homage to the Wicked Witch of the West, however, brings forth mental images of Leprechauns as well. Either way, wet a brush with some setting spray and go to town on your eye lids with this magically delicious shade.

Mermaid Boy and Water Bearer in Dream Street Palette by ColourPop – This a two-for-one recommendation because alone they are great, but together it’s even better. Found in the latest Kathleen Lights collaboration with Colourpop, these are deep blue green shades that once again, can be applied all over the lid (Mermaid Boy) or to deepen the crease and outer V (Water Bearer).

Helia in Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills – Also a two-for-one shade as you can use this cool lime green as a highlighter for your cheekbones or, do what I like, and pat this on my eye lids over a black matte shade for a out of this world iridescent green effect.

Face

Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder in Green by Hard Candy – I don’t always color correct, but if I have a zit or am going to go all out glam, I like to cover all my bases, so I apply a dot or two of this color in green to counteract any redness I may have. I blend it in, apply some foundation and concealer and Voila! I’m no longer tomato red.

Lips

Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen – Ok, so some of you may consider this cheating as, technically, this is not a green lipstick shade, but I had to include it. This is one of my favorite lipsticks for two reasons: it’s actually goes on a lovely berry shade despite it’s toad like color AND it’s literally one of the silkiest lipsticks I own. I could space out to the feeling of applying this on my lips. It glides on beautifully and leaves a really nice sheen. Also, when you rub your lips together, it feels a bit like a balm, which I like.

Anyone else all pumped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. How do you get all dolled up? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Project Pan – 2018 – Better Late Than Never

I know, I know. Everyone starts Project Pans in the beginning of the year, but much like dieting, there is no better time to begin than the present.

As I mentioned in my Palette of the Month post, I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by all the products coming out and feeling like I always need to get the next big thing. Why? I don’t know, but quite suddenly it all felt so wasteful. Like, why do I buy all this beautiful stuff to just use it once or twice and then stuff it in a drawer?

I actually declutter quite frequently, so whatever I currently have in my collection is stuff that I intentionally kept and like, so I decided to make a conscious effort to use the following products all the way to the very end. I also intentionally chose products that I would not typically go through quickly and use daily, like foundation and mascara, but rather products that will give me a challenge to finish. If I can finish these, I can finish anything!

The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highligher. The OG highlighter. I think everyone has this in their collection and for a very good reason, it’s gorgeous! It’s a beautiful, golden shimmering shade that blends into your cheekbones, without giving you that weird strip of glow that some highlighters give off. It’s also the only product I currently own with a considerable dip in the middle. I use this sucker a lot and I feel like this will be the one I will hit pan on first.

Nars Liquid Blush in Torrid. This one is going to be a toughie. I can feel it, but I did say I wanted a challenge.  It’s a gorgeous deep coral that will be perfect for summer and in fact, I did use it last year quite a bit. The problem is that a little goes a long way so getting through this bottle might take me all the way to December, but I’m a tenacious woman, so I’m up for the challenge.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow in Kitten Karma. Now this one I picked because I just did not use it enough since I bought it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but I always seemed to skip it when I was going for a glam look. I don’t think it will be too difficult to get through it, but it will certainly be interesting creating so many looks. I’m going to be sporting glitter to work meetings and, I’m sure, getting loads of side eye.

Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach. I was so into this lip gloss last year when it first came out and then it fell off my radar. I recently got into it again when I dug it out from the bottom of one of my purses and decided that I was going to pan it. I do not anticipate this will be difficult at all as I love the muted peachy color and find the formula to be lovely, glossy and moisturizing.

Hard Candy Cushion Wonder Color Corrector in Peach. I don’t have a lot of color correcting products, but I find this one to be quite nice and use it often, or at least when I remember. I have dark under eye circles, and this not only corrects it, but in a pinch, is a great substitute for concealer, if you are going for a natural look. I just apply some of this before my foundation and find that once I powder, I’m good to go. There is quite a bit of product left, because a little goes a long way, but if I use it more often than I have in the past, then I think I can squeeze the very last from the tube before the end of the year.

I’m been really into Project Panning lately, so feel free to drop your blog post in the comments below so that I can see what you are panning and maybe we can all motivate each other and keep our goals in check throughout the year.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Lip Balm · Smith's Rosebud Salve · Uncategorized

Bah Humbag! Sick for the Holidays- Rosebud Salve to the Rescue

I have been sick since Saturday and I just can’t shake this cold. My head is pounding. My nose is running and I have a fever. Needless to say I have not worn any makeup, except for yesterday when I had to go into the office and I slapped on some mascara and lipstick so that I can look presentable and not like a Walking Dead cast member

For the record, my Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Lipstick in Cherry Blossom actually held strong through all the sneezing and nose blowing at the office. I really don’t know why more people don’t talk about them. Hands down one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas because they are matte, but comfortable and not drying. The only drawback is that they leave a slight stain to your lips.

Today I find myself at home and I made the HUGE mistake of taking a peek in the mirror and was like “YOWZA! You look beat up, Maritza” To be honest, I feel so bad that I don’t care. My husband and kids will just need to deal with my red nose and under eye circles. However, all the nose blowing and coughing has really chapped my lips, nose and that space in between. When that happens, I turn to my savior. Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

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I have been using this balm for about 15 years. I bought my first tin when I was in my 20’s and back then, I liked the natural, ever so pinky, glossy sheen it gave my lips. Now, I still use it as a lip balm when my lips are chapped or dry, but I find that it works wonders on my cuticles, rough patches on my elbows and, yes, even the redness that occurs around my nose and upper lips when I blow my nose too much.

According to their website, this little handy-dandy product has been around since 1895 and has multiple uses. For example, I never thought to use it as a frizz fighter for your hair or to tame your eyebrows.  Also, they state you can use it as blush or even as eye shadow base to create a glossy wet look with your favorite eye shadow. I may just give that a try when I feel a bit better.

It has a slight rose scent, which now that I am all stuffed up, I can’t even enjoy. I know that some people don’t like that rosey smell because it’s a little grandma-ish, but I happen to like it. Funny enough, it reminds me more of my 20’s (single, clubbing with no kids) than it does of the Roaring 20’s when grandma was young,

I always stock up on these when I am at the checkout line at Sephora and trust me, a little goes a long way, so this tin will last you from one VIB sale to another. However, if you are a LBA (Lip Balm Addict), it only costs $6, so you are not breaking the bank if you find yourself hitting pan in between.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays so far. I am about to curl up in bed, fetal position style, close the blinds, swab some Smith’s Rosebud on my lips and on my nose and go to bed. Hoping that I feel much better before Christmas Day.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Beauty Review · Maybelline · Uncategorized

Maybelline – Python Metallic Lip Kit Review

I was perusing Amazon a few weeks back, looking for some new mascara’s to try out, and as I am scrolling, happily adding stuff to my cart that eventually will sit there for a few days until it gets downgraded to Saved for Later and then eventually Removed (we all do that, right?), I come across this Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit. I stop scrolling as I have never heard of this product and my first thought is that it must be something either that has not yet hit the drugstore shelves or maybe is an older product.

There are 6 color combinations to choose from, ranging from pinky nude to an edgy blue. Seeing as I am a red lip kind of girl, I begin eyeing the color Passionate and, of course, add it to my cart. Low and behold, it passes muster and I actually end up purchasing it.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but when it arrived 2 days later, I was immediately disappointed for the following reasons:

  1. It’s freaking tiny! The kit is about the size of a single eyeshadow compact, and contains .06 oz of lip color and .04 oz of metallic powder (More on that later).
  2. It came broken! The metallic powder crumbled and when I opened the Amazon box, it was all over the place. The good news is that I was able to press some of it back, but still, that’s a bummer. Amazon did give me a full refund for it AND I didn’t have to return it, which was freaking AWESOME!!

So, based on the above, I am going to preface the rest of this post by saying that the best thing about this product is that I basically got it for free. As I mentioned above, the kit is tiny. I initially paid $9.99 for this and I truly don’t know if it’s worth the price. Mostly, because I am little confused on what it’s true purpose is, but also because the products execution is kind of crappy.

The lip color, although very pigmented, actually feels more like a balm when you put it on, which I don’t have any general  objections to, but I was expecting something slightly creamier. It doesn’t necessarily glide on effortlessly.

The metallic powder actually feels mousse-like, so when I was pressing the product back in it actually melded quite nicely into place. When you apply it on top of the balm and rub your lips together, it does have a powdery feel to it. The problem with the metallic powder is that it takes quite a bit of product to make your lips shimmer. I feel like you will go through it quite faster than the balm, which really does not require a lot of product to show up.

I actually really like the balm. I like to go into it with a light hand and it gives me a nice wash of lip color that looks like you have naturally berry tinted lips. Since it is a balm and not a lip tint, the downside is that it’s not a very lasting look, which means you have to reapply throughout the day. Which leads me to my CHIEF complaint, the fact that the easiest and least troublesome method of applying this for me is with my fingers and that SUCKS BALLS because then you have to constantly carry around makeup wipes to remove the product from your hands. You could technically apply it with a lip brush, but I just don’t want to.

I mean, I’m a mom. A HOT MESS MOM to be exact. I carry so much crap with me already, I really don’t want to carry something else that is going to get lost at the bottom of my purse and I’ll pick it out like 3 months later when I am looking for a receipt or something.

(Reaches for glass of wine to calm down)

The metallic powder is quite forgettable, in my opinion. I don’t like the powdery feel on my lips and I really don’t think it’s revolutionary in any way. If I was going to go for a metallic lip, I would prefer to use  Tattoo Junkee’s Metallic Lip Paint because the formula is already metallic, long-lasting and virtually transfer proof. In addition, it comes with a small pot of glitter to make it pop even more if you want, although I don’t find it to be necessary.

So am I missing something here, friends? Did anyone else try this and not end up as confused as to what they hell it’s supposed to be? Why the heck is it even called Python? Am I even using this product correctly? If so, please enlighten me in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza