As promised I have the first lip stick post for you!
I wear lipstick every day. I also have long hair that will immidiately stick to my lips unless I’m wearing matte lipstick.
So when matte lipsticks started to become a thing a while back, the first brand I bought were the KIKO unlimited stylo.
This was around the time the very first Kylie Lipkit came out in the U.S.
It took a long while after that until Kylie Cosmetics started shipping to Germany, but when they did I manged to get my hands on 2 Lipkits and a lip gloss before they stopped shipping to Germany again.
So I have spent many hours searching for dupes. And the brand and line I mostly went with is the NYX lingerie line of liquid matte lipsticks.
When it comes to Matte Lipsticks I have 3 go to brands: The Kylie Cosmetics LipKits, the KIKO unlimited stylos and the NYX Lingerie Lipsticks.
I will review them and compare them to each other individually :
Out of these three I find the Kylie Lipsticks are the best product, the KIKO lip sticks have the best value for their money, and the NYX lipsticks are a pretty good Dupe if you don’t want to spend 26€ on a Kylie Lipstick.
Just a heads up: This is a review on the product and color and a comparison between products and their quality but not between their color. These are intentionally not exact color dupes. But they do exist. For the exact NYX Lingerie color dupes of the Kylie Lipkits: A post from blogger Kasie
(nevertheless, there are swatches at the bottom of this post – just scroll down to see the colors swatched)
I think it was early 2015 when Kylie Jenner first started rocking that dark nude lipstick that later turned out to be Dolce K.
I made it my personal mission to find a lipstick that exact shade. I had to have it.
This was shortly before the very first LipKit would be released and I searched every beauty blog and magazine on the search for that lipstick.
That search wasn’t very successful so I settled for a “close-enough” color and by that discovered a treasure:
The KIKO unlimited stylo in “13 Cocoa. It’s a dark nude with a muave undertone and it is gorgeous.
It’s not a liquid lipstick, but it is matte and it does stay on redicilously long! You will need makeup wipes to get it off of your lips, that’s how good it lasts!
The liptsick is 9€ and I would say it has the best value for its money out of all matte lipsticks.
It’s a high quality product for a reasonable price.
I bought a lot of colors from this lipstick line and I believe they have recently changed the packaging and added extra colors and shades!
But like all matte lipsticks: You will need to press your lips on a tissue to get rid of excess lipstick so that it won’t clump.
In the summer of 2016 I was then finally able to get my hands on a Kylie LipKit!
My friend got me Dolce K for my 20th birthday and I was so excited!
The Kylie LipKits smell amazing and I really like the texture and application.
Dolce K is a very dark nude with a brown undertone and at first it looked great on my lips when I was a little more tan but right now it’s too dark for me to wear without looking too pale so I will have to wait until summer.
But I have to say I love the lipstick and it was the color I was looking for and I wanted it ever since it first got released (and sold out instantly).
It also lasts all day. When you take the excess lipstick off it will feel like you aren’t wearing any lip product at all while still having amazing pigmentation.
Both lipsticks do make my lips a little dry so I would advice to put on chapstick on top.
It’s a really close race because I think both products are amazing.
I am going to let the Kylie Lip Kit win this one just out of personal preference for liquid lipsticks over regular ones.
The next shade I knew I had to have was Candy K. It is a dark pink nude Lipstick and probably my favorite Lip Kit.
When I got this one I started wearing it every single day instead of Dolce K.
But again after a while I felt like it just got to dark for my nonexistent tan so I wanted to order “Maliboo”, but KylieCosmetics stopped shipping to Germany.
So once again, I was on the hunt for a Dupe.
I bought the NYX Lingerie Lipstick in the shade “Bedtime flirt”, which I would say is either a Koko K or Maliboo Dupe.
The NYX Lingerie Lipsticks have a nice texture and are long lasting. And I am absolutetly in love with the color.
I do think they have a slightly more natural look to them than the LipKits.
But: What really bothers me about the NYX Lingerie lipsticks is the applicator.
It is impractical and I really hate it. I like the Kylie applicator much better, it allows a way more precise application and is more user-friendly.
Another thing I noticed is that the NYX Lingerie lipsticks need to be shaken before using them, because all 3 that I have, had the problem that they were lumpy inside their little bottle before I even opened them.
(How you would expect very old products to look like after storing them laying down forever even though they just launched and were brand new)
After I shook it the lumps went away but I think they need to work on the formular.
They are only 8€ compared to the 29€ of a LipKit, so it’s easy to overlook that flaw.
Other than that the products are almost identical in terms of longetivity, packaging and how they look and feel when applied.
The NYX Lingerie line is a great Dupe, but when compared I would still say the Kylie LipKit wins this, until they fix the problem with the formular that gives it a lumpy texture before shaking.
All in all I am a big fan of the Kylie LipKits, because they are genuinely very high quality products in great colors and a big variety.
If you don’t want to spend that much money on a lipstick or they don’t ship to your homecountry, the NYX Lingerie Line is a great dupe with beautiful colors and a great price.
If you’re looking for the best matte lipstick for under 10€ and don’t neccessarily need a liquid lipstick , you should try the KIKO unlimited stylo!
Here are a few swatches just to get an impression of the colors, I find that they do look different and much more alike on actual lips.
But like I said before they are not meant to be color-exact dupes; I intentionally got them in slightly different shades, so I wouldn’t have the same looking lipstick twice:
I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you want to see my post on classic red lipsticks click here.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite Matte Lipstick is!
There has been a huge hype surrounding the KylieCosmetic Lipkits that everyone (including me) seemed to be captured by.
My friends and I are just as guilty of being those girls who set an alarm, sat in front of the laptop with our credit cards and a list ready to try to get every shade before it sells out.
People have been making it their missions to get Lipkits, preparation and all, because somehow they still sell out despite being around for while now and being released in bigger quantities than when they first came out.
And the question everybody who has not fallen for the Lipkit-mania yet asks themselves:
Are they worth the hype?
I know I’m late to the party with a Kylie Lip Kit Review, but I wanted to make sure I wore all shades multiple times to be able to give you a honest opinion that goes beyond just the color or first impression.
Unfortunately KylieCosmetics has stopped shipping to the country I live in so I could not get my hands on more colors. It takes about 2 months for them to arrive when you order them to Europe and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on products that I didn’t even know I’d like.
But the shades I was able to buy are: The Dolce K Lipkit, The Candy K Lipkit and the Literally Lipgloss.
Let me start by saying that this was the one shade I wanted so desperately! Kylie had been wearing a dark taupe lipstick for a long while before the Lipkits ever came out and I made it my personal mission to find one just like it.
So when Dolce K came out I was convinced that was the shade I had been looking for in every possible makeup store and aisle.
I talked so much about it by the time I was able to order it for myself my friend had already ordered me one for my birthday. So by July I had 2 of Dolce K, one which I gave to my friend.
I love dark lipsticks and I love matte Lipsticks but I have to say Dolce K does not live up to its hype.
I love the other LipKits but I find that Dolce K dries my lips significantly more than the other shades. It might still be the old formular, I heard that they improved it and my other Lipkit is much nicer. It does tend to get clumpy.
The funniest thing about the Lipkits is that they look completely different on every person.
While Candy K and Dolce K look extremely dark on me, they look much lighter on my friend (who has the same complexion as me but she is blonde so that might be root of it).
In these close-ups they look much lighter than in reality, I will share a pic of me wearing Dolce K on my Instagram if you want to see that.
It still is a pretty color but it looks nothing like it does on Kylie, on me. It’s application is easy and smooth and it smells amazing but it does dry my lips horribly.
I do like it, but when it runs out I would not buy it again. I think I would opt for Exposed.
(A great alternative is the Ultimate Stylo Lipstick from Kiko in the shade 13 Cocoa)
I love this shade so much! I was so excited about getting Candy K and it did live up to the hype.
Its texture is really smooth when applying and it looks amazing when it’s dried. It doesn’t get clumpy or dry my lips! I think it’s the new formula.
Also it has a much nicer wand than the older ones.
This one is my favorite.
The shade is much darker in real life, I will post a picture of that on my instagram as well.
It’s so pretty and has a beautiful matte look, that makes it look like your not wearing lipstick at all (aside from the color).
It stays on all day without coming off and looks just like it was just applied.
It smells amazing, a sweet vanilla-chocolatey scent.
Candy K really is a product that is worth the hype.
I never wear Lipglosses. Ever. This is the only Lipgloss I own.
That is because until last month I always had very long hair and lots of it that will just stick to my face and I hate that.
I live in a quite windy country and my hair kind of does its own thing so I always have to pick it off my lips when I wear any non-matte Lipstick.
But I am willing to live with that struggle for this Lipgloss.
I love it so much. I wear it more often than my LipKits because it just has the most beautiful color.
It’s a darker nude color and it doesn’t make me look paler than I am.
I don’t like the wand, because the application is quite a struggle with it, they could’ve designed that better.
But still once you put in on it looks amazing.
Of course it’s not really long-lasting because it’s a gloss, so you do have to re-apply it throughout the day but it’s a Lipgloss so it’s normal.
I really love this gloss so much, it really lives up to the hype.
The Glosses have been promoted with a cool video but never gained quite the same popularity as the LipKits, but I love “Literally” quite a lot so I would consider buying another Gloss too.
These are the packages they come in. I love the design and the little card with a message from Kylie.
Conclusion: In my humble opinion Candy K and the Literally Gloss do live up to their hype, while Dolce K does not.
I hope you liked this post, let me know if you’d like more “Worth the Hype?” Reviews of popular products.
What do you think about the Kylie LipKits? And which one are you trying to get your hands on? (For me it’s “Exposed”)
being a college student and beauty enthusiast at the same time I often find myself asking “Is [high end brand makeup product] really worth splurging on or will the drugstore alternative do the job just as fine?
Because often times the brand Make up is twice or 3 times the price that the “Dupe” is. And there are products that you should buy from the “original” brand but many times, the formular is very similar and close to the same when it comes to makeup products.
But when you look to the Beauty side of Youtube often times (understandably) only expensive high end products are used.
There are “Drug store tutorials” but these tend to be the exception.
I have to admit if a Beauty expert is praising a certain brand product that it does influence me, even if often times they are paid to do so. Because it does look amazing on them. And I (and probably a lot of you) often times feel like I can’t archieve that exact look without the exact product.
So today I want to start a series of Brand Vs Dupe reviews from products I have used and give you my raw, honest opinion to maybe/hopefully save you a few bucks (either because you’re buying the cheaper Dupe or because you don’t have to buy the Dupe to realize it’s not good and then buy the brand).
Please note that these are just my personal opinions, my experiences might be completely different than other’s!
Today I want to start this Blog Series with Primers:
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Brand) – 34€
NYX Photo-loving Primer (Dupe) – 12 €
KIKO Mat Base Corrector (Dupe) – 9€
I want to start off with the cheapset one: The KIKO Mat Base Corrector Primer, which I didn’t mention it in the title for a reason.
KIKO is an italian make up brand that has recently expanded to the USA. I am a big fan of them and they have the most amazing matte lipsticks.
They even have a Dolce K color-Dupe that existed before Kyliecosmetics ever did.
But this Primer can not be compared to the NYX and Smashbox Primers.
It has a very solid consistency and it takes a bit of muscle power to get it out of the tube. That already is a minus in my book because the texture is just already very unpleasant for something that you are about to put on your entire skin.
It’s very hard to evenly apply, it gets very patchy.
My skin tends to get shiny and oily so I needed a Primer that promises to keep my face matte and keep my makeup from “melting” off.
It does give you a matte look but it dries out my skin almost immidiately.
I bought this one for my Prom 2 years ago and didn’t end up wearing it for the big night.
It hurts my heart to say it because I love the brand, but the Mat Base Corrector is just a bad primer.
Next up is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, so that I have a few points to compare the NYX primer to.
This Primer costs 3 times the Money that the NYX primer does, so I opted for a travel size, to test it before committing to it.
And I must say if you have oily skin or just need a matte maker that will keep your makeup from coming off during the whole day/night you might really love this primer!
It has a very nice texture. It has a gel-like consistency and I was able to apply it nicely and evenly.
It doesn’t dry your skin out or feel weird on your skin and it really does it’s job! It’s gotten me through a 32 degree summer day without smudging or making my face shiny.
Because I did like the smashbox primer so much the probably most interesting part is coming up now:
How did the NYX “Dupe” hold up in comparison?
I think it is a perfect dupe.
It has the same texture and consistency, it’s just as easily applied and for me it was even just as long lasting!
My makeup doesn’t smudge and my face isn’ t shiny anymore. Everything stayed in place all day and all night and my foundation looked much smoother.
Update: I have been using the NYX primer regularly for a while now and I am still as impressed as I was at the beginning!
This really is a time where you can save a ton of money and still get the same result.
I hope this review was helpful!
Let me know you’re opinion or experience with these primers and what Brand Vs Dupe you’d like to see next!
It’s October and for most of you college has already started again and it’s about to for me too.
A new semester and even a new school year is about to start and I find these very refreshing. You get to start with a clean slate.
It’s a fresh start in the middle of the year.
I’m starting the second year of my 3 year undergrad law degree and there’s a lot of things the first year has taught me. There’s things I learned to put more focus on and others I learned to worry less about and then others that I learned I was doing completely wrong.
So for this coming up year I have a list of New Semester Resolutions/Goals to share with you:
1. Make friends:
I already have an amazing group of friends at University whom I love very much, but we don’t have as many classes together anymore as we used to in the first semester.
And I think college is probably the best oportunity to make friends. It will never be this easy again. You will never be surrounded by so many people of your own age from so many backgrounds that you immidiately have something to talk about.
Because the law faculty is a seperate building and my University is not a campus-university but the faculties are spread all over town, we don’t get many oportunities to meet other students who study different things, which I think is such a shame.
So one of my resolutions is to make new friends from different faculties.
2. Be more organized
I was doing well during the first semester with always keeping up with my planner and being on top of all of my appoitments and deadlines and writing them down. But you know how these things go. I got lazy, saved them in my phone’s calender and nearly forgot some of them.
This year I want to get myself a cute Planner and actually write down every apointment, every deadline and every event. My goal is to make a study plan for the whole Semester and actually stick with it.
I feel like this is so essential to productivity. That’s why I want to apply that to school and personal life. I want my planner to even include things like cleaning my apartment, being organized about cooking and pre-packing food to avoid fast-food splurges.
3. Get more involved
I want to use this semester to be more involved with things aside from classes and studying alone.
I used to go to open-for-all lecture series from other faculties when I found an interesting one online more frequently but I didn’t bother this year.
Only because I got lazy! These are so interesting and I feel like everybody, including myself is wasting such a great oportunity by not going to lecture series from other majors and topics. It’s such a nice change and gives your routine a little more variety and you learn so much!
I’ve already taken a step into the right direction by taking on a higher management position in my local divison of the European Law Student Association than last semester.
I was already pretty active there last semester but this year I want to take advantage of the events and oportunities more, like tours of law firms and trips to court houses.
4. Not waste the time between classes
Last semester I barely had any breaks between classes but this semester I will have a few hours between classes more than once and while going home and napping sounds very tempting, I want to use this time productively.
If I’m too tired/exhausted to go to the library and study I want to make sure I use the time for cleaning/tyding my apartment or pre-cooking meals or writing blog posts rather than watch netflix and nap or fool around on my phone and social media.
That’s why my planner will be important to force myself to not waste time.
5. Avoid negativity
The first semester there was a girl I was somewhat friends with who was just full of negativity. This doesn’t mean she was neccessarily a bad person, she was just exhausting to me, in a way that she had a negative opinion about everything.
And being around her was very mentally draining to me.
I’m definetly a dreamer, maybe a little too much, but I live by the motto of “The only time something becomes impossible is when you stop believing it will.”
So somebody who always sees the worst in everything is someone I can’t be around.
This semester I want to only surround myself with positivity.
Because self-care is not selfish.
6. Blog every week.
I had a Blog previously before University started and had it running for more than half a year before just completely abandoning it.
When University started, it was just so much going on that I just forgot about blogging and was too busy. There was so much going on: I was moving to a different city by myself and finding my way around University and being a University student.
But this time, now that I’m all settled in at University, I want to manage my time more wisely and most importantly: I missed Blogging.
7.Stress less about grades
I already talked about having high ambitions and big dreams/goals.
I don’t just wait for these things to happen to me. I do everything in my power to make my dream come true.
Which means my social life was limited to my University friends, hanging out in between study sessions.
I feel like I’m missing out to be honest, your college years are about partying and having fun, right?
I stress a lot about my grades. I am not somebody who can just listen to a lecture and remember and apply things just like that. I have to put a ton of work and time into studying hard to get good grades, that was how it was in High School AP classes and it’s the same way in Law school.
Only when I was in school, I knew if I studied hard I would get good grades, and now in law school I can study my ass off and still get a C, which is really frustrating.
I barely saw my friends and family from back home despite only living an hour long drive away.
Grades are not as important as I thought. And they are not worth driving yourself crazy and being an anxious stressed out mess.
So this semester I want to do my best while having a better school-life balance and worrying less about grades but just do my best and focus on University as a whole experience and having more fun.
What are your new semester resolutions for school or university?
My Name is Rose, I am a 2o year old University Student with a whole lot of Wanderlust, a love for cooking and a Passion for Beauty and Fashion.
I own the most adorable dog, but I couldn’t take her with me when I moved out for University. I’m currently in my 3rd Semester and not exactly sure what I’ll do after graduation but I’ll figure that out along the way.
I used to be active on Blogger.com but I decided to step up my game and get serious and to start a Blog with my own Domain and where my Content is owned by me.
Starting over again with no Followers is a Little scary. But it’s also quite liberating. It’s not like starting a new page but rather like starting a whole new Book. And you can take it any direction you Chose. So I’m excited about starting over. And I hope you’ll be with me on this new journey at rosegoldstars.com.
Do you know that Feeling when you’re on your bed trying to figure out a movie or a Show to watch on Netflix but just can’t decide?
There’s either too many or not enough choices,
and it’s annoying when you have to spend more time browsing through Netflix than actually watching something.
I know that struggle too well.
So what I thought of, was the following:
I will post 5 of my favorite Shows or Movies that I’m currently watching and explain why I think you should watch it and I would ask you to tell me (and each other) which Show or Movie you would recommend this month.
Let’s get started with my 5 September recommendations!
I can not stop raving about this show. I can’t even count how many of my friends I have annoyed with “OMG YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS SHOW!”. It’s really just that good. It’s a drama/thriller show starring Rami Malek as the lead. It has kind of a dystopian touch and always finds new ways to surprise you. It revolves around Elliot a hacker with social anxiety and depression through whose eyes the viewer sees what is happening. The problem though is that Elliot is unreliable narrator plaqued by paranoia and delusion but it makes the show even more intriguing. It has everything you could wish for: hackers, action, revolution, friendship and plot twists. I have binge watched all of season 1 in one day and season 2 during the weekend and now I’m anxiously awaiting the last two episodes to be released. It feels like everybody’s already talking about this show so if you still haven’t watched it, this is your cue! And please come back and let me know that you loved it (or not, but hopefully you do).
2. The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project is more of a feelgood show. It’s very upbeat and hilarious. Mindy Kaling is a comedic genius in my books. If you like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (and tbh who doesn’t?) you will love this show! It’s not new, it’s been on air for quite while but I still enjoy re-watching old episodes. The show is about Dr. Mindy Lahiri a OB/GYN in her 30s trying to find her prince charming. She’s obsessed with rom-coms and struggles with being a single woman in her 30s and the bad dates that come with it and occasionally as well with not being her ideal body weight. Mindy is a successfull doctor who choses to see the best and positive in things and people. The entire cast is nothing short of hilarious in their perfomances and characters are both lovable and incredibly funny by themselves and the way they interact with each other. If you liked The Office or Parks and Recreations, I’m sure you’ll love it!
3. Lie to Me
I think Lie to Me is one of my favorite shows ever. Unfortunately it was cancelled after 3 seasons which is a shame! I’ve heard it didn’t get the views they wanted in the US which is insane to me, because every person here in Germany I know was obsessed with the show when it was on TV. It’s a crime drama about Dr. Cal Lightman who with his collegues at the Lightman Group helps solve cases for law enforcement and private third parties. Most people call him the “Lie-Guy” and occasionally the “facial tic guy” because he can read faces. Micro-expressions to be exact. He always knows when somebody is lying by their facial expressions from the widening of their pupils to a nano-second frown, he catches it all. The cases itself are exciting but you also feel like you are learning to expose liars with this show. Dr. Lightman is a cynical british guy who has rather unconvetional methods and seems to never be wrong (remind you of someone in a different TV show?).
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This is not a new movie either but I just love this movie so much. Just today I was asked about my favorite movie and somehow this movie came to mind even though I had never conciously considered it my favorite movie. It’s a beautiful movie with a sad twist to it. It stars Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Ezra Miller and Logan Lehrman in the lead. What I think makes this movie so great is that the author of the book that it’s based on actually directed the movie. The main character Charlie is exactly a wallflower and the sweetest boy that you will just want to hug and never let go and protect from all evil. You can tell something is off about him; his best friend has killed himself the year before and it has taken a toll on his psyche. Yet he remains the sweetest most innocent character who finally finds an outgoing group of friends of outcasts and finally finds his place with them. It is a beautiful beautiful movie with an unexpected ending and it will make you cry and heart will hurt for Charlie but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s such a beautiful and emotional movie.
This movie is nothing short of hilarious. It’s a comedy starring Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Rose Bryn and was produced by Seth Rogen so naturally it involves a lot of dick-jokes and literal frat boy humor. I found it hilarious. I actually saw it in the movie theater and loved it so much that I bought the DVD as soon as it came out. It’s about a neighborhood war between two young parents and a frat who moved in right next to them. It all started after the couple calls the cops on one of the rediciulous house parties has kept their baby up all night. It’s such a funny movie and Zac Efron’s and Dave Franco’s on screen bromance is just as funny as the pranks both sides come up with. I have laughed so much I cried watching that movie.
So these are my 5 recommendations for the month of September.
What movies and shows have you been enjoying this month?
(Not all of These might be available on your country’s Netflix, depending on where you live and some might be on Amazon Prime – remember that colllege students get 50% off- rather than Netflix)