What’s in My Makeup Bag: January

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I’ve finally done something I’ve always wanted to do to spice things up in the makeup department. I bought myself a black lipstick.


Mark might have told me that I looked a bit like a witch when I actually wore it, but you know what? I kinda love it.

Also, when I was little, I always wanted to be a witch, so there.

If you were to take a look at my wardrobe, you’d see that 90% of my clothes are… well, black. So it only makes sense, right?

My pick was Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Paint it Black. This lip pigment honestly gives such an incredible punch of color. It is VERY pigmented and has an amazing staying power (I mean, just take a look at the swatch at the end of this post). The only thing is that you have to make sure to shake it very well before use and use a clear (or black) lip liner as with such a dark color, there is some bleeding you might experience. I have yet to try a black lip liner, so if you know of any good ones, do let me know (pretty please)!

You always see me talk about Glossier products being a bit overhyped, but there are a bunch of them I’m completely in love with. Add two new (to me) products to that list: Boy Brow in Brown and a Generation G lipstick in Zip. I already had Boy Brow Clear and loved it, the Brown version is just as good. The great thing about it is that it’s not sticky or overly pigmented, it doesn’t stain skin, won’t look too obvious and doesn’t smear like a lot of other brow gels I’ve tried in the past. It’s a perfect product for when you don’t have time to play with brow pencils, powders or pomades.

Generation G lippie in Zip is just beautiful. Again, it’s great to use on those minimal-makeup days. It adds a beautiful color that isn’t too intimidating and feels incredibly comfortable and hydrating. I love that it doesn’t dry out your lips throughout the day. It’s sheer, but it can be built-up and has a natural, matte finish. I am so in love with the formula, I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the shades.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio in Light; this pre-bundled set works SO well with my skin tone; it’s a combo of concealer, contour, and highlight. They’re creamy enough to blend easily, but I did notice that they do not work incredibly well with my skin when it feels dry, so moisturizing well beforehand is important if your skin is on the dry side. Other than that, I love them- they’re long-lasting and very natural-looking, which I LOVE when it comes to concealing/contouring/highlighting.

More lip products I’ve been loving: MAC’s lipstick in Diva and Givenchy’s Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl lip glosses.* Well, not much to say about MAC lipsticks, as they’re among some of my most-loved lip products, Diva is a stunning shade for this time of year. Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit Vinyl Glosses* are SO lovely. The most important part, especially when it comes to lip glosses, is that these do not feel sticky when applied and are pretty long-lasting. There are three shades in the collection that react with your skin’s pH to create a unique shade; #01 Rose Revelatr, #03 Electric Pink Révélateur and #16 Noir Revelatr.

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie: MAC’s Strobe Cream (I have it in Pinklite, which is the same as the original Strobe Cream). I used to go through TUBES of this stuff and I forgot how much I loved it. I actually use it even when I don’t wear makeup, because it leaves my skin feeling and looking amazing, whenever it feels a bit dull. It works just as well when used under makeup; it’s hydrating adds a beautiful glow and can be mixed with your foundation for a more sheer look/finish.

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Maybelline always kills it in the mascara department, and the new Total Temptation Mascara is no exception. LOVE the brush on this mascara, it also smells very nice, which is a bit unusual for a mascara (some of them seriously stink). If you like a nice, natural-looking volume when it comes to your lashes, you will really like this one. I love that it’s not clumpy and it doesn’t leave my lashes feeling all thick, heavy and sticky- they just look soft and fluffy.

If you’ve been keeping up with my beauty posts, then you know that I’ve been loving Dior’s Airflash foundation. Two other base products I’ve been reaching for non-stop are L’Oreal’s True Match foundation and Urban Decay’s One and Done Hybrid Foundation. Both are great for everyday use and have a very nice, natural finish with light-medium coverage and are very easy to work with. They’re both perfect to use as a base whenever you’re short on time or just feel a bit lazy.

There aren’t too many beauty products that I tend to stay away from, but I’m not too big on blush. Yes, I own quite a few blush/cheek products, but I always prefer natural-looking tones and finishes. Anyone who has deep acne scars on their cheeks will understand the struggle. I pick up the Liquid Blush in Luster from Nars which is a sheer, golden apricot shade and well… it’s a keeper. It blends beautifully, it’s very easy to sheer it out, although I do think that this shade, in particular, will work much better for me in spring.

I am a huge fan of the pump packaging, but you do have to be careful when placing your cap- I actually had the pump come off and the product leaked all over my makeup bag. Not sure if I got a dud, or if all of them are like this. Either way, the product itself is beautiful and plays nice with most foundations.

Swatch party! From left to right: MAC’s Strobe Cream in Pinklite, NARS Liquid Blush in Luster, Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl in #12 Rouge Thriller, #09 Crazy In Rose, #16 Noir Revelatr, MAC lipstick in Diva, Glossier Generation G in ZipNars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Paint it Black (how stunning is it!?) and Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio in Light: AmberLinen and Starstruck. Also, I just have to mention that using my Canon M100 for taking swatch photos is SO much easier than working with my beloved DSLR- if you’re a beauty blogger who takes a ton of swatches, you’d love it!

What are some of the products that you guys loved reaching for in January? 

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    January 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    SO many great options here! Great on you for trying out black lipstick, it’s such a statement. I’m interested to try out the total temptation mascara, I’ve heard great things about it as well.

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    January 31, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I really have to try out the new Maybelline mascara it looks so good! Unfortunately I don’t think it’s out yet in Switzerland so I might have to wait a little bit😅😊

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    The December Dame
    January 31, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Black *clap* Lipstick *clap* rules!!! I have started wearing mine a lot more lately, and am thinking of buying a better one (I have some Wycon one I found for less than $10 but is not the most comfortable one). Maybe Kat von D? That Nars one looks fantastic, but we don’t have Nars in Bulgaria *insert crying face here*


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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Kat Von D’s lip products are amazing, I’m sure it’d be a great option. Ahh too bad you guys don’t have Nars! Hopefully soon! :)

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        The December Dame
        February 5, 2018 at 3:53 am

        They have started adding more companies in the recent months, I am hoping by the end of the year.

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    January 31, 2018 at 4:22 am

    I absolutely love that mascara as well, such a good find and a bargain! I loved this post :)

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    Naya //
    January 31, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Great roundup, Paula! I have to say, those Fenty Multistix are bomb. Especially for contouring or bronzing, they are my go-to. I even received a very dark shade “Truffle” during one of the events and believe it or not, when I use it sparingly it looks so beautiful even on my light skin tone. When you said you bought a black lipstick and that it was “Paint It Black” by NARS – I almost lost it! I love the song (I believe all of them are named after songs) and I also wanted to be a witch too (hehe) so I will give it a go for sure. You convinced me! xx

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Naya! I love how natural the contour shade is- I still have some acne scarring around my right cheek and always avoid heavy contour, but that trio works so well, they just blend so nicely. Ahh I’m sure Paint it Black would look stunning on you. I mean, I doubt that there is anything out there that you wouldn’t be able to pull off in terms of makeup, haha- you’re such a stunner! Thank you so much for the suggestion, I will check it out!!! xx

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    January 31, 2018 at 7:10 am

    All these products look so lovely, what a great selection. That fenty beauty trio set is particularly catching my attention!

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      That trio is such a great little set and I love that they’re magnetic- so you can just throw them in your bag and not have to worry about not being able to find all three!

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    January 31, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I might have to give the MAC Strobe Creams a go next time I hit the stores!
    The Fenty Match Stix also look amazing! I agree, I think the brush looks great on that Maybelline mascara – will also check it out!

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    Linda Libra Loca
    January 31, 2018 at 9:58 am

    The swatch of the black lipstick looks stunning indeed, but I can´t really see myself reaching for it. Do you actually wear it outside the house?

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    Danielle Alexa
    January 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    So many products here that I am wanting to try out. The Nars liquid blush looks like something that I would love!

    Danielle xx

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    Sonini 92
    January 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I also love the fenty beauty sticks. I love so much the bronzer, but I have Truffle,
    Pretty Little Lawyer

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      That’s awesome! The bronze shade is one of my favorites too, love how natural it looks on my skin!

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    Pumpkin Lemonade
    January 31, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve never considered wearing black lipstick, but I do love wearing very dark blackened shades so come to think of it, I’d probably be quite into it. Sounds like a good way to instantly edge up a look!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Yes! It’s the kind of color where you really don’t need much else- I wore it with just a brow pencil and no eyeshadow no mascara and I loooved how it turned out! I

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    February 1, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Omg, now I really want a black lipstick, which is a very very back idea with how pale and blond I am. I should probably stick to my dark purples for now.
    Although I do really want a gold lipstick too, so maybe I will go a bit crazy at some point :)

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    Prettiful Blog
    February 1, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I have also forgotten about Strobe Light, I have Gold Light, I really need to pull it out again! Thanks for sharing! I have also been tempted by black lipstick , but I am not sure I could pull it off!

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Strobe Cream was one of my first MAC products and a staple in my collection too. Can’t believe I forgot about it! I thought I was crazy to actually wear a black lipstick outside the house, but it was strangely liberating haha!

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    Dagmara Klich
    February 1, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Black lipstick then? I want to see it on you :)

    That highlighter from that Fenty trio is stunning! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      February 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      I don’t know why but I feel like ever since I cut my hair short, I feel much braver when it comes to lip colors haha!

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    Natalie Redman
    February 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Need to try some of the Fenty range. Looks so good!

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    February 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Loved this post! I’ve been wanting to try a black lipstick out for a while but haven’t found a good one, gonna give this one a try xx

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    Christine C.
    February 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I think you would look amazing in a black lipstick! I think it can be so chic and sophisticated, but yet a little edgy! I’m going to pick up those Fenty products you mentioned and I have a list of Glossier products that I’m wanting to order so I’ll look into those as well. THat lip color is goreous!!!!

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