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Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stains Review & Swatches

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Wet n Wild Lady and the Vamp Red-dy or Not Rico Mauve Balm Stains

Good morning! Today I have swatches of three of Wet n Wild’s new MegaSlicks Balm Stains.  As you can see, these are packaged like all the other twist up lip pencils — RevlonKissable Balm Stains, Jordana balm stains, Hard Candy All Glossed Up pencils, Covergirl Gloss Balms, Tarte Lipsurgence pencils, etc.

The Wet n Wild balm stains are a permanent addition to the line, and come in six colors. I have Lady and the Vamp, Red-dy or Not, and Rico Mauve. The other shades are named A Stiff Pink, Pinky Promise, and Nudist Colony.

Wet n Wild Red-dy or Not // Rico Mauve // Lady and the Vamp,  balm stains

Red-dy or Not // Rico Mauve // Lady and the Vamp

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Jordana Balm Stain Swatches, Review, Comparison

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Jordana Balm Stains-1

Happy Black Friday! Have you bought anything today? Last year, the Jordana website did a 50% off everything sale for Cyber Monday.  I don’t know if they are going to do it again this year, but just in case they do I thought it would be a good time to share some swatches of the new (-ish) Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains that have been sitting on my computer for a while.

There are eight shades available, and I bought four of them: Nude Chic, Honey Love, Cranberry Crush, and Rock N Rouge.  Nude Chic has silver glitter, and the other three have no shimmer or sparkle.

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As you can tell from the name, these are twist-up pencils; no need to sharpen. Like the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, they are quite pigmented with a slightly glossy finish; unlike the Revlons, they don’t leave a bright, long-lasting, somewhat artificial stain after wearing off.  They do fade evenly, much like the similarly packaged Tarte Lipsurgence pencils.  I’ve read that other people find the Jordana pencils very moisturizing, but I find them neither moisturizing nor drying. Continue reading

Black Eyeliner Swatches, Comparisons, Wear Test

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Black Eyeliner Comparison

eyeliner overload!

I’ve done black eyeliner swatches before, and even did a post with a wear test way back when my blog was new, but I have different eyeliners now and I wanted to see how they compared.

Instead of trying to keep track of which swatch was which, I wrote an abbreviation for the brand on my arm. The follow table has the abbreviation, name of the eyeliner, and type of eyeliner. Continue reading

NYC Nail Polish Swatches – Long Wearing

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NYC Long Wearing Nail Polish

This is Part Two of my NYC Nail polish mega-swatch posts! Part One, which has swatches of 17 of the $1.99 Quick Dry polishes is here. This post has swatches of 12 of the $.99 Long Wear polish line. Several of these polishes are really excellent – beautiful colors and a great price.

You can see a list of all the available colors on the NYC website – 26 colors plus a clear.

NYC Long Wearing Nail Polish Swatches

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NYC Nail Polish Swatches – Quick Dry

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NYC In A Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish

This year, NYC added several new shades of nail polish to its lineup in both the 99 cent Long Wearing nail polish line and the $1.99 Quick Dry nail polish line. They’re some of my favorite polishes – uniformly good quality, not to mention cheap! During various sales, I’ve purchased quite a few polishes from each line. Today, I have swatches of 17 of the 28 permanent Quick Dry polishes for you, and I’ll have swatches of the other line in a separate post.

You can see a list of all the available colors on the NYC website – 27 colors plus Grand Central Station, which is clear. It’s my favorite inexpensive topcoat – I’ve gone through a couple bottles.

First, the bright cremes:

NYC Quick Dry polish - bright cremes

NYC Quick Dry polish – bright cremes

This is a very image heavy post – the rest is behind the cut!
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