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Sephora Candid Candy Nano Lip Liner

A few weeks ago I needed to spend a few more dollars on the Sephora website to get free shipping so I picked up one of the Nano Lip Liners ($5).  I went with a pale, blue based pink shade called Candid Candy.

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Jordana Baby Berry Easyliner For Lips

Today’s quick swatch is of the Jordana Easyliner retractable lip liner pencil ($1.99) in the shade Baby Berry.  This color is a nice medium pink shade with just a hint of berry.

These lip liners are in the wind up pencil form that never need sharpening.  They are so soft and creamy and have great pigmentation.

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Ipsy June 2013

This month’s Ipsy theme was “On The Wild Side” so the leopard print bag suits the theme perfectly.  I think this bag is the first one that I will actually use.  It’s so cute!  It’s trimmed and lined in bright neon yellow.

Here’s what I got:

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural ($6)
J Cat Sparkling Cream Palette ($4.50)
Cailyn Gel Eyeliner in Purple ($21)
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter ($18)
Starlooks Lip Liner in Bare ($12)

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YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

For months now I kept seeing the YBF (Your Best Friend) cosmetics line on HSN.  I kept wanting to try something from the line but nothing really caught my interest enough.  When Snow White and The Huntsman came out in theaters, YBF created this Sultry Eye and Lip collection ($28.80) for HSN’s day of products inspired by the movie.

This collection consists of 4 full size pieces; an eyeshadow quad, eyeliner, lip liner and lip gloss.  For the price, I thought it was a great deal.  I love the packaging of the eyeshadow quad.  It’s gunmetal gray plastic with a raised black plastic bumpy top that looks jeweled from far away.  The inside of the lid contains a nice size mirror.

What I really love is the plastic hinged cover over the eyeshadows.  Just flip it open to use the shadows and then replace it when you’re done.  It keeps any shadow remnants contained which keeps the palette and mirror nice and clean.

YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

I have to say, I’m so confused by whoever named these colors.  The colors do not look anything like what their named.  I expected the Plum Noir eye liner to be a dark purple but it’s actually more of a red.  I don’t know about you but I don’t find red eye liner appealing at all!

The Posing Plum lip liner is not very plum colored either.  It’s a very dark brownish red.  Again, not a very appealing lip color to me.  It’s quite a shame because both the lip and eye liners are nice quality.  They are smooth and creamy and easy to apply.  Each one comes with a built in sharpener in the lid too.

YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

YBF plum lip and eye liner swatches

YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips Collection

I do really like the lip gloss though.  It’s highly pigmented and very creamy.  It gives my lips a very pretty color and shine without any stickiness.  But again, it’s named Modern Mauve.  I happen to really like the color but someone ordering this set might expect a rose/berry mauve color.  It’s actually more of a nude with a hint of pink.

YBF modern mauve lip gloss

ybf modern mauve lip gloss

ybf modern mauve lip gloss swatch

As for the eyeshadow quad, again the colors were not what I was expecting.  They refer to them as Pretty in Pink, Confident Cocoa, Beautiful Bordeaux and Bold in Black.  In the palette, the colors are much lighter than expected.  The pink is barely tinted, the cocoa looks almost gray, the bordeaux is a light purple and the black looks navy.

Even though the colors are not true to their descriptions, I do like the quality of the eyeshadows.  They go on nice and smooth with a good amount of pigmentation.  They are easily blendable and last a full 8 hours with a good eye primer.

As you can see, the eyeshadow colors look a lot different swatched than in the palette.  I just wish the pink was more pink and that the black was actually black.

YBF sultry eye shadow quad

YBF sultry eyeshadow swatches

I can’t say that I would recommend this YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips collection solely because of the color issues.  It’s not worth me returning this to HSN once they deduct for the return shipping so I’m going to keep it.  However, I’ll never use the eye or lip liners.  But I will use the lip gloss and eyeshadows even though the colors aren’t what I expected.

Available at HSN.


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