ALL THE THINGS: An Abundance of New Lippies (But First: An Apology)

I have to admit that sometimes I’m a jerk.  Sometimes, when people seem to be making excuses for things, I judge *just a little bit*  Case in point: in the past, when reading posts in which the blogger noted that they had been sick and gave that reason for why they hadn’t posted in a while, I always thought ‘Jeez, you’ve been home for a week and you were so sick that you couldn’t even type?  Pfffffft.’ 

Well, consider this my sincere apology at my secret douchebagginess.

*Did you know that when you google douchebag images that you get 99% pictures of guys?  So maybe douchebag can’t apply to females, I dunno.  Let’s just stick with jerk shall we?

As I noted in my last post, I was sick with a cold this week.  Nothing life-hindering, just general shitty malaise with a seriously stuffed up (yet super-sneezy) nose, which meant some badass pressure in my head from all the congestion which made behind my eyes hurt, and the absolute necessity of on-hand kleenex at all times.  Just your general bitch of a cold.  I was off two days from work and skipped out on my extra-curriculars like yoga and running, yet I only posted once.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t type.  It was that I DIDN’T WANT TO.  I didn’t want to do anything – I wanted to wallow in my own snuffling misery and drink lots of warm tea and feel kind of sorry for myself.  I didn’t type nor did I read anyone else’s blogs (which is an admittedly passive, scrolling-finger-only kind of action).  I watched a lot of Mad Men episodes and stayed on top of Big Brother Canada (which by the way is AWESOME – and the Nova Scotia peeps are ROCKIN’ it, woohoo!!!!!).  And that was about it. 


Long story short (this is what happens when I don’t get my chatty out on the regular), I am SORRY for judging you, my periodically sick friends.  I recognize the error of my thoughts ways.  Forgive me, as I get sick very infrequently and when it does happen, it lasts for 3 days max.  I misunderstood – it’s not that you physically can’t, you just feel like doing sweet F.A., and I get it.  I understand.  So again I say: SO SORRYMy bad.

Ok, with that out of the way!  Here is a sneak peek of a bunch of lippies I’ve procured over the past month or so.  I went from not purchasing a lipstick since last August (!) to buying 3 in a week plus acquiring 1 via swap as well as 1 lipgloss via PR.  For some, this is just another day, but for me it’s a lot.  And they are all pretty damn sweet.

I plan on doing separate posts for each of them but for now I leave you with this:

MAC Morange (2) MAC Morange (3)

Above: MAC Morange.  I received this in swap and thought it was going to rock my world.  I still think it’s an amazing color but on my face?  OMFG IT IS SO INTENSE.  And I’m not sure if that’s in a good way.  It’s so frustrating, because in these swatches it seems like this color would be great on my skintone, and looking at it on others online it’s stellar.  I WILL find a way to wear this, I just haven’t figured out how…  In the meantime, I bought this:

Dior Addict Extreme 433 Delice (5) Dior Addict Extreme 433 Delice (9)

One of the new Dior lippies, #433 Delice, in the Addict Extreme formulation.  I bought this at Shoppers when I had a $10 gift card.  They actually sent me home with the wrong version – the regular Addict which is more sheer – that thankfully I noticed before using it, but good grief Dior did you have to name them ALL the same name, same number?  The poor SA’s… Anyway, no harm no foul on my end, but I would have been totally disappointed in the Addict shade; this Extreme one is more opaque and absolutely amazing on.  It’s a more toned-down version of Morange and super-wearable, though I won’t give up on the former just yet.

BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil Quince  (3) BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil Quince swatches

Yay!  I actually bought one of my wishlist items!  Meet Quince, a High Pigment Pencil (matte formula) from BITE Beauty, my first from the brand.  This is the exact fuchsia shade I was searching for, it looks SO good on – not too bright on my skintone, which was one of the major challenges, but also not so dark that it’s more berry.  On me it’s just perfect.  LOVE.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #8 Pink In Confidence (5) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #8 Pink In Confidence swatches (5)

Yes, I caved and bought a YSL Rouge Volupte Shine since everyone and their dog seemed to be raving about them!  I wouldn’t have probably picked this up if not for the 15% off VIB sale, which eased the painful $39CAD price tag down a bit.  I initially didn’t think these were anything to write home about, but they’re actually more pigmented than I thought.  I really wanted to get a soft pink shade as I don’t seem to own one, and #8 Pink In Confidence fit the bill.  Very pretty and wearable.

MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection S0 (3) MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection S0 swatches

Lastly, I received a couple of products from MUFE in shades that complimented the Pantone 2013 Spring shades.  This is a Lab Shine Star Collection gloss in S0, which is essentially a shimmering beige.  It’s fairly translucent but not clear, so it mutes my lip color a bit.  I have to say that I do like the Lab Shine glosses, they have a nice smooth texture, feel  hydrating worn, and have good staying power.  This isn’t a terribly exciting color but it’ll be great for a casual look or for layering!

I think I’m pretty much set for spring with all of these lip colors, I finally have a few serious brights to play with, and also a couple muted shades to pair with any bright eye looks I choose.  They’re all worthy of their own posts so keep an eye out!  I wanted to get them up earlier but being sick my lips were so dry, everything I put on them just looked like a flaky mess.  They’ve pretty much healed so I should be able to give you full reviews this week 🙂

What new lippies have you bought lately?  Do you prefer brights or more subtle shades?  Gloss or lipstick?  Did you buy anything from the VIB sale? 

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  1. #1 by makeupalldaylong on April 14, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    Ahh! I tried to get Pink in Confidence at the VIB sale, but it was sold out! It’s so pretty! Glad to see that you are feeling better.

    • #2 by Latoya on April 14, 2013 - 8:26 pm

      Thank you my dear 🙂 I’m glad to be mostly back to normal too! I’m sorry you could t get the YSL, hopefully you’ll get a chance soon!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Sarh on April 15, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Oooh Quince is pretty! I just bought my first Bite beauty lipsticks (at the “BI” sale, although after that purchase I’m a VIB now :S) – the little double-ended mini for me and a full-size as a gift for my mum. The double-ended one has Vidal and Pomegranate, and I was immediately sold because pomegranates are the “motif” (how douchey does that sound?) for our wedding. Why yes, I do want my lips to match. It’s a great red, too. I have more lipsticks than any other kind of product, some of which are retina-searingly bright. I love ’em all!

    But in more important news: I hope you’re feeling all better! Being sick is no fun at all, but I think if you have to be sick, tea and Mad Men is a good course of action. Have you seen this month’s Flare with Christina Hendricks on the cover?

    • #4 by Latoya on April 15, 2013 - 8:38 pm

      I’ve seen Pomegranate swatched and it’s fabulous Sarah, so I think it’s perfectly acceptable that you bought it to match your wedding theme lol. I did see this month’s Flare and I almost bought it for that reason, but I try to keep my magazine buying to a minimum since I do so much blog-reading too (though they are NOT the same level of gratification – nothing beats turning pages!).

      Also – good for you that you’re a VIB now LOL $350 in a calender year really isn’t all that much ! O_o

  3. #5 by refinedandpolished on April 15, 2013 - 10:19 am

    I laughed so hard as I was reading this post! I know exactly what you mean about giving a little side eye when folks say they were too sick to type a post. I can’t want to see Mac Morange on you!

    • #6 by Latoya on April 15, 2013 - 8:39 pm

      OMG if I could only get it to look awesome on me, Lakeisha! Drives me nuts. And I’m glad you get where I’m coming from LOL – now I guess I know better! haha

  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 15, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Catching a cold is like death now — notice that the coughs never go away?? Haha, I concur that the whole judging thing is douchebag territory but let’s learn and move on, LOL!

    MORANGE. I can only imagine that looking great on you, so just go for it, woman. Also really excited to see BITE Quince!

    I had 3 lip glosses go bad on me this week so I’m totally going to cut back on acquiring more lippies. Happy with what I have. 🙂

    • #8 by Latoya on April 16, 2013 - 9:12 pm

      Dude I am JUST NOT SURE about Morange – wait till you see my lip swatches. It’s SERIOUS.

      Lip glosses gone bad?? That’s just not right! You’ve got me al freaked now about my stuff going funky :S

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Kiss & Make-up on April 16, 2013 - 5:33 am

    Omg, those swatches… *drool*

    • #10 by Latoya on April 16, 2013 - 9:08 pm

      Heehee! Aren’t they all great?!?

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Lili on April 17, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Great selection of lippies and the Dior looks lovely! I am on a strict no-buy PLUS have way too many lipsticks so no excuses but gosh I’m tempted!
    Morange is great but yeah kinda scary looking. Is it true men shy away from women wearing bright lipstick?lol
    No apologies neccessary and wow at putting yourself out there lol! I do & think horrid things way too often, I’m usually introspective and contrite but rarely share my misdemeanours with anyone except close family as I’m afraid I will be..judged. I just know you are a sweetheart in real life:)

    • #12 by Latoya on April 18, 2013 - 7:23 am

      Haha aww thanks for the vote of confidence, Lili! I think everyone thinks snarky thoughts here and there 😛 I am nice, I promise! lol

      I am on an informal no-buy for eyeshadow, so I feel your pain! At least lippies get used up fairly easily if you stick with it. Good luck!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by Lili on April 17, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    BTW, I heard MAC See sheer is a more muted, wearable version of Morange. You might check it out one day. I liked it but it wasn’t very exciting on me; though maybe that is a good thing:)

    • #14 by Latoya on April 18, 2013 - 7:24 am

      Actually, I’ve just recently seen swatches of See Sheer and it looks quite nice! But I think the Dior I just bought is similar – I’m going to do a comparison between them so stay tuned. Thanks for the heads up Lili!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Eugenia on April 17, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    That MAC — YOWZA! Talk about vibrant! I love seeing brights like that and always wish that I can pull them off, so I cave and buy one every so often, then totally regret the purchase because I CAN NEVER PULL THEM OFF. Grrrr. That being said, I am in love with that Bite lip pencil and absolutely need to check it out (even if I don’t think I can wear it, lol! See? Beauty lunatic!)

    • #16 by Latoya on April 18, 2013 - 7:35 am

      I think you just need the right bright my dear…I can’t pull off certain shades – Morange being one of them- but the BITE shade was MADE for me. Try going a bit deeper and see what happens! With your beautiful blue eyes I think a really bold lip would be outta control!

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Denise on April 20, 2013 - 1:39 am

    YOU CAN TOTALLY WEAR MORANGE. I believe in the power of bright!!! LOL. Wear it with a deep red gloss. SO SEXY.

    I was tempted by the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines, but I swatched them at Sephora and I think I prefer the original Rouge Volupte. Or maybe because I’ve had my fill of glossy, semi-sheer lippies (Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, Dior Addicts, etc.) that these ones just don’t WOW me. But I bet I’ll change my mind in, like, a month. I’m a fiend like that, ya know.

    And no need to apologize for feeling lazy when you’re sick, LOL. I actually like blogging when I’m sick ’cause I get super-bored at home. But to each their own! Glad you’re better now, though! Colds are the worst, for real.

    That Bite pencil looks AMAZING. I’ve always been curious to try Bite, but always got distracted by other brands. I have to look into it soon — I’m tempted by some lipsticks (as always). 😛 I bought a few things from the VIB sale, which will be featured in my April haul post sometime next week. 😉 I swear, sales will be the end of me…

    • #18 by Latoya on April 22, 2013 - 5:43 pm

      I hear ya loud and clear my dear, I always find ways to justify purchases when there is a promo :S I can’t wait to see what you got!

      I am going to keep trying Morange…I’m determined to rock that shit (…just have no idea how…)!

      Sent from my iPhone

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