Makeup at The Wild In-Between: Creature Feature

A few friends recently suggested I start sharing more about my makeup, um, addiction here and, really, why the hell not, you know? I mean, something has to be shared here, right? lol

So, for today's mini-review I have ColourPop's Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Creature.


The color is described, per the ColourPop website, as a "deepened blackened burgundy red" with a matte finish. Both products retail for $5 each (such a steal!), and the formula for both is creamy and lovely--no dragging or skipping during application. The only caveat? It can be a bit patchy, as shown in the following photo:

Admittedly, though, I had a lip balm on prior to application, so that may have contributed to the patchiness. On the other hand, the lip balm was gone by application and I had thoroughly exfoliated my lips with my GlamGlow POUTMUD Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment before staring my makeup, so I'm not exactly sure what happened. I will, however, use this product again without applying lip balm or scrub and report back.

Oh! Also? I sort of love how the liner applied a bit more than the stix. The liner was full coverage at first swipe whereas the stix needed a bit of working with.

Additionally, as with some matte formulas, eating any sort of greasy/oily foods may wear a bit of the color away or cause the color to slip around a bit. Just a head's up.

That said, I would totally buy these products again. At $5 a pop, you really can't go wrong with Creature (regardless of the product), and if you're a vampy lip lover, you really should consider adding this gorgeous color to your collection.


* All photos in reviews are mine and minimally processed to be true to the product color. All opinions are my own and products have been purchased by me with my own funds unless otherwise noted.

Mini Makeup Haul: Metallics

It's been a hot minute since I have been by with a post, and I apologize. 

I was waiting for something to write about, you know? It's sort of like me and tarot; if I try to do it daily, even as a routine, I get burnt out and have to step away to recharge.

Anyway, back to this post . . .

If you follow me on other social media platforms, you know that my beloved rust colored eyeliner--Sienna by Stila--is not currently available. Anywhere. And my one pencil is, basically, gone. 

So, in an attempt to soothe my aching heart, I have been on the hunt for rust and copper colored liners and shadows. A replacement of sorts. A second choice. A rebound, you know?

Enter these liquid shadows:

The tube on the left is the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash in Burnished Bling. It's double sided with an opaque copper shadow on one end and a copper glitter on the other. I swatched both on my hand and they not only dried quickly, but also did not smear after they dried down. The color of the copper shadow is rich and reflective, and so lovely. I doubt I'll get around to using the glitter, but even that felt smooth and glided on easily.

The tube on the left is the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Shadow in Bronze Sheen. This one is definitely a deep, bronze color and did not swatch as nearly as smoothly as the Revlon liquid shadow, but to be fair their consistencies differ. Where the Revlon is more liquid, the Maybelline formula is more like a cream. That said, the Color Tattoo formula is still gorgeous and easily wearable.

To remove the swatches, I used my Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser, and it easily removed the Revlon products with a bit of light rubbing, but didn't even fade the Maybelline Color Tattoo. That lovely little Color Tattoo eyeshadow also required a cotton pad and some micellar water for a clean removal. Not that I'm complaining, mind you, as I have oily lids and I'll gladly take a bit longer to remove my eye makeup (and maybe use a bit of coconut oil) if it means it stays on when I want it to.

Pictured with the liquid shadows are my recently acquired Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection brushes: the 301 Flat Contour Brush (left) and the 100 Arched Powder Brush (right). I've yet to use either (they arrived today, too), but both have über soft bristles and the handles offer a lovely grip. Both brushes were less than $20, and I am all about some affordable beauty. Plus, I own a few other Real Technique brushes and really, really enjoy them--most especially when one considers their price point.

So, if you'd like a review on these brushes in the future, or would like me to continue with makeup related posts, just leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.