The Girl Loves Makeup Giveaway

The Girl Loves Makeup Giveaway – The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes Palette and Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter + Gloss Bomb up for grabs!


Hi all, welcome to my very first giveaway! 🎉🎉

I mentioned a couple of months ago on my Instagram that I would be doing a #giveaway when I hit 5000 followers, and I’m #blessed enough to say that the time has come. ☺️ This giveaway is for US residents only; I hope to do some international ones in the future! 🎁

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LipSense Liquid Lipstick, Gloss, Remover – Review + Swatches



Last week, LipSense Independent Distributor Leanna sent me a lovely package containing a few products from the brand for review, including their liquid lipstick, gloss, and lipstick remover.

LipSense is produced by a brand called SeneGense (bit of a difficult name to pronounce!) and they have this to say about the liquid lipstick on the website:

The premier product for SeneGence®, LipSense is a patented, amazing departure from conventional lipsticks and lip colors. LipSense is versatile in that you can mix shades to create a number of effects.


  • Unique product is waterproof and does not kiss off, smear off, rub off, or budge off!
  • Does not dry out your lips – it works to restore the moisture content
  • Color lasts anywhere between 4 and 18 hours



For best results, LipSense® products must be applied to clean, dry lips. For a more defined, finished look, use LinerSense® before applying the lip color. LipSense® needs to be shaken horizontally prior to application. LipSense® is applied by using a layering technique. Here is how to apply LipSense®:

Step 1: After placing color onto the wand, begin application at the corner of mouth, (usually) using the longest length of the applicator. Keep lips apart, and follow the natural shape of lips starting at the outer corner of the mouth. With one continual stroke, apply one layer of color from one corner to the other corner of the bottom lip, then one layer of color to the top lip. Apply the color, moving the applicator in one continuous direction versus going back and forth like you would with lipstick.

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 two more times, so that you have a total of 3 layers of LipSense® applied to your lips. Let each layer set for a few seconds before proceeding to the next, and do not press lips together. It is not recommended to apply more than three layers of color.

Step 3: When the application of the third layer of color is complete and the color has set, apply one of the LipSense® Moisturizing Glosses over the final layer. Do not press lips together until the moisturizing gloss has been applied onto the last layer of lip color. After applying the gloss, press your lips together to smooth in the moisture rich gloss and enjoy the glorious look and feel of this long-lasting, advanced color technology!

LipSense® Liquid Lip colors are removed by using Ooops!™ Color Remover or liquid Fooops!®
SenseCosmetics® Color Remover.


The Yays

  • This lipstick lasts! I applied three coats of it (that is the maximum you should apply), and I ate after that, I drank water and then tea, I smacked my lips, licked them, did what not with them, and the lip color stayed on the whole time. The swatch below? Yeah, I tried scrubbing that off with soap and water, and it wouldn’t budge. Thank God I received the remover, else I would be left with no lips in my attempts to remove this product.
  • It comes in a huge variety of shades which can be accessed on the website. Leanna was kind enough to send me a catalogue which included the shades. I received the shade Bella which is described as being a neutral shade on the website. More on this later.
  • On its own, it looks like a tattooed-on lip color, but with the gloss, I really like how it looks on the lips.
  • The gloss isn’t overly sticky and doesn’t give 2006 throw-back vibes (i.e. it isn’t gooey looking). It actually looks like your lips are hydrated and satiny.
  • You get 7.4 ml of product, which is much more than most brands ofter.

The Mehs

  • At $25, it is one of the more expensive lipsticks I have used. You do get 7.4 ml of product with this one, while with most liquid lipsticks you get 5 ml to 6 ml for around $18 – $20.
  • The color Bella is described as a neutral, but to me it a deep mauve-red which made my normally moderately pigmented lips look incredibly dark. The first second in which I wore it, I was really happy, and then the color darkened with more swipes. I was really not a fan of how it turned into an almost vampy brown-red on my lips after the third coat. (In the picture below, the darkness doesn’t show much because of the lighting, plus I am wearing 2 coats.)
  • The formula is a very liquid-y one; almost like a stain. When I first applied it, it stung my lips a little, especially the dry bits, which is why the next day I prepped my lips with balm well before I applied this lipstick. Then, it stung a little less than before.

Note: You really need a remover (I use the Ooops!™ Color Remover) to wipe this off. Even my micellar water wasn’t a match for the staying power of this lip color.



LipSense lipstick in the shade Bella

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LipSense lipstick in the shade Bella

Do I recommend this?

I think it is probably the most long-lasting lipstick I have ever tried. That said, I didn’t really like how the color looked on my lips. I was expecting a neutral, nude shade and this one made my lips look much darker. The shade was my choice, btw. I was asked which one I would like and I picked Bella because I liked it in a picture I saw on Instagram.

I am not sure of wanting to try another shade of this brand in the future, primarily because I don’t think I want a lipstick that lasts into tomorrow, and needs a special remover, and also because I am a little worried other colors may also darken on my lips.

However, for someone who wants the a lip color tattooed onto their lips, this is the next best option! I think if you are in search of a lipstick that doesn’t wear off with activity, give LipSense a try.




I received this product free for review purposes and the opinions here are my own, and are unbiased. 

Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss – Review & Swatches

Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss - Review & Swatches
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The Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss is a plumping lip gloss available in 4 shades. The website says:

What it is:
A high-shine gloss that makes lips look fuller and plumper upon application.

What does:
Enriched with sunflower seed oil, ginger root oil, and peppermint oil, this high-shine lip gloss hydrates and plumps lips upon application.

You get 5 ml for $12

Does it really work?

YES!!! Now, listen. I hate lip glosses. And I have never really used a plumper because I always believed they were useless. But this baby was for $12 and had great reviews on so I thought, why not? 

The reviews said shade 01 made everyone’s lips darker so I decided to go with 02 instead, which is supposed to be a nude shade.

The shade itself is kind of a milky nude and on my lips it looks very sheer, but can still be pulled off with a natural or smokey look.

The gloss itself feels a bit cool when applied, not painfully tingly at all, and nothing uncomfortable. It takes a while to work, around 10 – 20 minutes to fully show its effects, and trust me, it makes my thin lips look significantly bigger. I normally do a bit of a duck face in pictures, but with this, it is unnecessary. 🦆

This gloss can be kept on, but I usually wipe it off after a while, and my lips stay soft and smooth and plump. I believe pillowy is the word I’m looking for.

The best part about this is that it makes my liquid lipsticks glide over my lips with such ease. They do not flake, they don’t dry up my lips, and my lip lines don’t show nearly as much with the Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Lip Gloss used underneath as a base.

My lipsticks also stay on longer if I use this prior to application. Even with meals, they rarely come off! Even more, this effect lasts from application of the lip gloss to the end of the day!

I really wanted to try taking a before and after picture of my lips but my shots were really crappy. Follow me on my Instagram where I might just be able to post a clear shot which shows the difference with and without this product.

The packaging is beautiful and it looks and feels like a $20 product instead of a $12 one.

I don’t like…

…the fact that it is a bit sticky. This is why I don’t keep it on for long, but luckily it has worked its lasting magic before I wipe it off after around 20 minutes.

There’s a bit of a smell but it doesn’t bother me, really. It is almost minty/pepperminty. (?!)


I use the applicator to swipe it on, wait about 20 minutes, and wipe it off with a tissue. If you like glosses you can def keep it on.

Do I recommend this?

YES! If it can work for my lips, it can work for yours! I will get shade 01 next as 02 is a bit too light for me.




In Other News

I AM STILL LOW-KEY FREAKING OUT OVER MY BELOVED Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup BEING DISCONTINUED!!! 😭😭😭😩😩😩😢😢😢



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NYX Intense Butter Gloss Review + Swatches


Ulta Beauty has this to say about the NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss:

Smother your lips with a silky gloss bursting with color! NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss keeps your lips soft and glossy without being sticky, in a variety of vibrant shades.

You get .27 oz of product for $5.99 with these, and the NYX Cosmetics website often has sales in which their price drops. Ulta has these in 24 shades.

Mini backstory for those who are interested

Now, I’m not much of a gloss person. I prefer matte lips to glossy ones, thank you. But sometimes matte lipstick makes my lips look dry AF, which is what prompted my decision to try these out for wearing them alone or on top of matte lipstick. And I am pleasantly surprised with the two shades I got: Tres Leches and Apple Dumpling.

The shades

Tres Leches is a lovely nude pink that is a tad bright on my lips though it looks muted in the swatches. It is, however, great for layering atop a darker lip color.

Apple Dumpling is a coral shade that also looks bright and almost neon on my lips, so is best paired with a darker base shade.

The yay

  • OMG YOU GUYS THESE ARE SO PIGMENTED 😮😮😮 One swipe is enough for intense pigment with these. They got the name right with this product.
  • Long lasting. I had a meal with this on, and while some of Tres Leches came off, I smacked my lips together and it settled into an even, pigmented coat once more.
  • Easy to swipe on, but it is a very thick and pigmented product so too much can make it look like it is dripping off the lips.
  • Very very glossy look, for those who dig that.
  • 24 shades, yo.
  • Looks great on top of matte lip colors.
  • On darker skin tones, this can be layered to neutralize/soften/brighten up very dark shades should one choose to do that.
  • So affordable.

The meh

  •  Very thick and pigmented product so too much can make it look like it is dripping off the lips.
  • Somewhat sticky. My hair sticks to it at times.

Do I recommend this?

Yes. It is a good quality product for an even better price, and you have so many shades to choose from.


Ulta, NYX.


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Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Color

Rimmel’s Provocalips are basically matte lip colors with a shine/lock clear liquid on the other end of the tube.

Rimmel US:

Up to 16 Hours of lip liberation. Wild without a trace!

• Kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour.

• No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

• Easy removal with Oil based makeup remover

STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.

STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.

I was gifted these (by a relative) in the shades Little Minx, Heart Breaker, and Play With Fire.


The shades

Little Minx is a bright fuchsia with blue undertones which often looks too bright for my liking so I quickly blot it immediately after application. That way it turns into a more muted shade and looks quite lovely IMO.

Play With Fire is a brown-toned red which dries deeper. I’m a fan of blue-based reds so this one is good when mixed with other shades, like nudes, to make it a little less, idk, 90s vixen.

Heart Breaker is a unique shade. It looks like a very deep terracotta nude on lighter skins and a peach-terracotta shade on darker ones. On me it looks great once blotted, Kylie Jenner-esque. Also it’s a great base for some of the lighter pinks that I own and turns them into lovely mid-toned shades. There is a faint trace of pale gold shimmer in this shade which disappears upon application.

I did not detect any fragrance in these.

The yay

  1. Staying power – friggin amazing. Honestly these last and last. Come tea, oily food, or kisses. One of the best formulas out there I think. And I’ve tried lots of ’em.
  2. Great shade range.
  3. Affordable.
  4. Can be made glossy based on your preference. Personally I think the “Step 1” part is more than enough to ensure long lasting color and I also prefer matte over glossy.

The meh 

  1. The formula is thin. It makes lining lips with the product difficult and I tend to apply more than I need.


I use the doe-foot applicator to dab on the product, (over)line my (thin) lips with the edge, and fill in the product usually with my finger tip for best results.

These dry darker than how they go on initially.


Top to bottom: Little Minx, Heart Breaker, Play With Fire


Top to bottom: Little Minx, Heart Breaker, Play With Fire

Do I recommend these?

I wanted these in Make Your Move and I’ll Call You but those weren’t available. Yes I recommend checking them out if you want an affordable liquid lipstick that lasts and can be made glossy should you desire.


Online and at Rimmel stands. Available at Boots for £6.99.