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Colourpop: Lippie Stix in Review

24 Jan

By now everyone reading this has gone online and bought themselves some Colourpop. On the off chance that you haven’t I’d like to give a review for you. It will broken down in Color Payoff, Longevity, Value, and Overall Feel and Reaction

I wasn’t completely convinced of all the hype so I purchased two colors for myself and two for a friend. 🙂 the two that I purchased for myself were tootsie and grunge. Both the Lippie and the matching pencil.

Color Payoff: These lipsticks are extremely pigmented. The colors are unique as well. The liner is very creamy and pigmented, but also a just a tad runny. you may need a second stiff liner so your face doesn’t look a mess.

Longevity: The lip color lasts fairly long, that is until you start eating, then you’ll notice some wear. It doesn’t flake off too, which is good. And when I applied it I first applied the lip pencil all over the lips, and then the lippie stix on top of that. This is a makeup artist trick, a lot of people are familiar with it now though because of youtube. 🙂

Value: I’d say the value is pretty high for these babies. $5 dollars each? They beat out any drug store lip product that i’ve tried and returned.

Yes, it can be tricky for the lipstick to not bleed a little, but there are ways around that. you could use another pencil (i find liar from urban decay to work well with tootsie. It’s just a tad darker. You can also apply several thin layers. In between each layer, blot with a lipstick until you have reached your desired effect.

Overall Feel/Reaction: I would definitely buy more (and I have). I also bought their ultramatte lippies. I’ll let you guys know what I think about those when they arrive. Knowing colourpop, it’ll be about a month. :/ But hey, it’s worth the wait.

Besides being a tad bleedy, i’d say that they are just a smidge drying. BUT i did put the entire liner all over my lip, so that may be the reason. Or maybe is the liner that is just drying. Thoughts on anyone who’s tried them?

Also, I’d like to say that Colourpop is great about showing their swatches and how they look on models of different skin color. Personally, I think grunge makes an excellent color for almost every skin tone, while tootsie I think works best for lighter skin tones.

I’ve posted some pictures of the lip with some recent instagram pictures. <<give me a follow if you’d like! i love following back fellow artists/beauty lovers. 🙂



Colourpop GRUNGE


Colourpop GRUNGE with a wintery smokey eye


Colourpop TOOTSIE


Colourpop Tootsie with matching eyes



Holiday Makeup Challenge (24 of 30)

26 Dec

I know Christmas is over and we’re saying goodbye to family and heading back to our jobs, but the lights are still up because we are waiting for another celebration -new years! And we’re probably not ready to take down the lights yet anyways.

One year I left my Christmas decorations up until May. Needless to say, I did not put them up this year. That was partly due to the fact that I wasn’t going to be home for Christmas and I was too busy putting makeup on myself to care much about them! 🙂

Today’s look is called Holiday Lights. I initially was just going to do glitter on the liner and have the lid colors just be shimmery, but then i just covered my lids (not the crease or above the crease) with glitter! I didn’t apply the glitter haphazardly though, the colors were deliberate so that it would have a smooth transition.


30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 24. “Holiday Lights”

If you would like I can post the alternate pictures of those to instagram. Just let me know in the comments below.

For the glitter I used my trusty Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner. It’s so easy to apply! You just brush it on. It comes in many great colors. I used all but two of them!


Sorry the picture quality is not great.

If you’ve kept up with looking at my makeup looks all along you might think this one is similar to the “Christmas in Miami” DAY 12 makeup look. For “Christmas in Miami” I used the matte editorial palette 08 by Viseart. Holiday Lights mainly consists of shimmery (foil) Makeup Geek shadows with the Viseart matte shadow in the crease. I will do a review on Viseart and Makeup Geek in the new year!




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Here are the products I used for today’s look:

“Holiday Lights”


Eye Primer: Two Faced – Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:



Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter in Midnight Cowboy, Distortion, Amp, Spandex, and ACDC (Yes, that’s almost all of them. I didn’t use the silver or the pink one)

Waterline: Inglot Kohl in Purple

Mascara: Nars Audacious



Moisturizer: Caudelié Premier Cream

Foundation: Hourglass Illusion in Ivory

Eye Cream: Origins Ginzing Eye

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Vanilla

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Highlight: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

Hourglass Ambient Light Palette

Blush: LaFemme Blush

Bronze: Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush



Lipstick: Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Sexer

Topper: Sephora Lip Cream Stain 08 (this particular color is not the greatest formula)



Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Chocolate



Sephora Brand Translucent Setting Powder

Holiday Makeup Challenge (12 of 30)

14 Dec

30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 12 of 30. “Christmas in Miami”

This look was inspired by the city of Miami’s night lights. I mean, let’s face it, this place looks like Christmas all year round, so it would be wrong of me not to do a Miami inspired makeup look.




The palette I used was surprising not the Urban Decay Electric palette. I used the Viseart Editorial Palette (08). Although, if you’ve been reading this blog for the past 11 days, you probably wouldn’t be surprised by that. 🙂


VISEART: The Editorial Palette (08)

This palette is all matte, packed with pigment, and gives you nearly zero amount of fallout! I would chose this over the Urban Decay Electric Palette any day of the week! Plus the white they put in there transforms any color.




Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

Theresa Burden



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Here are the products I used to make my face look like MIAMI’S LIGHTS!

“Christmas in Miami”


Eye Primer: M.A.C. Paint Pot in Bare Study, UD in Eden

Eye Shadow:

Viseart: 01, 08, 05

Eyeliner: Kat Von D – Trooper Liner

Faux Lashes: Ardell Lashes CURVY 411



Moisturizer: M.A.C. Studio Moisture Cream Hydrate

Eye Cream: Origins Ginzing

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Foundation: Buxom – Weightless Foundation in Neglibeige

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Vanilla and Custard

Highlight: Hourglass Ambient Light in Luminous Light

Blush: LaFemme

Bronze: Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light



Lip Liner: MUFE Aqua Lip Lip Liner in 16C

Lip Cover: Sephora Jumbo Liner/Colorful Shadow and Liner: 31 Lilac Shimmer

Glitter Topper: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Distortion



Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Choclate



Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

UNDER EYE CIRCLES: To Correct or Conceal? That is the Question.

15 Sep


To correct or conceal? That really is a trick question. It all depends on your needs. I personally have very dark circles under my eyes so I first correct, then conceal. To be more precise, I apply eye cream, color corrector, apply foundation to the entire face (or as needed) and then conceal. When I’m running low on time I just use my corrector.

As a makeup artist, you learn new tips and tricks all the time. One of the biggest problems that a lot of people face is dark under eye circles. Many people think the only way to get rid of them is to use concealer. It makes sense; the word is in the name. If you want to conceal, then why not use concealer? While concealer does help, it can also make you look worse or not necessarily work the way you want it to.

The darkness of your under eye circles and darkness of your skin will determine what color your corrector needs to be. It could be a range from a light peachy color to a rusty orange color. I know what you’re thinking, “why will peachy or orangey colors work?” This brings us to the color wheel. When you apply a peachy color to a bluish brownish under eye circle it cancels it out because they are opposites on the color wheel.


Complimentary colors or opposite colors cancel each other out, bringing you to a neutral base.

The picture below has not been altered in any way, while the lighting is slightly different in every picture, you can get the idea.


This shows the power of a color corrector and what the benefits are to using both a corrector and a concealer.

Products I swear by:

Tarte CC undereye corrector

Tarte Creaseless Concealer with maracuja

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Makeup Forever Anticernes Tenseur Life Concealer (this is more of a color corrector)

Origins Ginzing Eyecream


Here is what the box and product look like for the Tarte under eye Color Corrector.

Some brands to check out that have excellent correctors are Bobby Brown, Viseart, and Tarte. I would especially suggest Viseart to makeup artists because they sell a palette with every kind of corrector, including green to get rid of redness!

If you have any questions send me a message or leave a comment.

Theresa Burden, NC Makeup Artist


Video Game Launch Kit Completed

31 Mar