The Makeup Feminist

Sephora Mignight Magic Powders...

Estefania Rodriguez

I posted a picture on my Instagram letting all of you know just HOW far behind I am on my reviews (hint: VERY), and I got several requests to review these products first.

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I found these powders for $10 when I went to Vegas with my fiancé and friend. I think they're still available, and they are multipurpose powders that can be used as highlighters, eyeshadow, or body glitter. I picked up Gold, Rose Gold, and Holographic.

Gold

 

The main thing you need to know about these powders is that they have a mostly clear base. What I mean by this is that they don't show up as straight color like the Anastasia highlighters or the Jeffree Star highlighters, but rather as reflective shine. So it might be nearly invisible unless it's in direct light, then the gold, rose gold, and pink duochrome of the highlighters comes in.

 

A very big advantage to this is that it automatically applies to more skintones. Because there's no base of color, it's more likely that the shimmer will flatter deeper complexions. Gold and Rose Gold, especially, would look gorgeous on black skin. Like, shining from within amazingness. The only one that isn't universal is Holographic, which I think is a godsend to paler-than-pale skin. This one has a decidedly white base with a pink shift, which I think will make it much more wearable for people who find even Becca's Pearl to be too much.

 

For $10, I don't think you're likely to find more universal powders than these. Hell, even the L'Oreal highlighters are more expensive ($12-13). 

 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (link on the top of this page) to see how the Gold shade compares to MAC's Studio Powder, which is one of my favorite highlights :)

Why Standing Up Against Brands Matters

Estefania Rodriguez

You've all heard it before, right?

"Well, it's ONE product."

"I'm not making a difference by boycotting"

Now, if you follow me on social media, you'll know my thoughts on this topic. Basically, when it comes to taking a stand against a company, you have to learn how to pick your battles. For example, the tactics you would use to garner a response against an indie brand would not be the same ones you would want to use to call out a big, corporate, well-established brand. If you scroll through my instagram for a bit, you'll see my opinions on this on my MAC Vibe Tribe Haul. With a company as big as MAC, what matters more is publicity. Me, as a single customer among millions, cannot make a difference just by boycotting the brand. It just won't have an effect.

The only thing I regret is giving him all this money...

The only thing I regret is giving him all this money...

 

What I CAN do, is use my social media platforms to voice my feelings when the brand does something I feel is inappropriate (like the entire Vibe Tribe concept). Then we get what we got from MAC. An apology (pulling the collection would've been better, but it was too late in the game and gotta pick your battles, kids), and the unspoken promise that something like this is not very likely to happen again.

Now, we get to the whole reason behind this post.

You may have seen THIS video floating around, in which a beauty blogger/freelance makeup artist does a review of the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette and his Skin Frost formula. I highly recommend you watch it first.

 

I'll wait.

 

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You done? I can practically hear the teenagers yelling at me that they can just open a new tab and play the video WHILE reading my post. You win this one, youngsters.

 

Now, setting aside the fact that literally every single Velour Liquid Lipstick I have purchased in the last three months has smelled like paint thinner (like Drug Lord did last December), in Jeffree Star Cosmetics we have not only a brand that is inconsistent in quality, but that is owned by an individual that has proven himself to be unnecessarily abrasive, insulting, and verbally abusive not only to fellow bloggers/IG personas, but to customers.

That's right. Customers. As in, the people that make it possible for him to film a "GRWM in my ROLLS ROYCE" (I mean like, grab a form and check yourself as "extra", Jeff).

I can think of at least three girls I regularly interact with on IG that have been personally attacked by Jeffree and his minions. Now, I SAY minions not to invoke nightmares of a meme gone awry, but to accurately convey to you how blindly this person is followed. Under what other circumstances would you follow and defend someone who calls customers, colleagues, hell, even strangers by the following names:

  • Rats
  • Unemployed losers
  • Cunt
  • Bitch
  • Whore
  • Pathetic/ click bait/ 

Be real, y'all. You wouldn't let your mom meet Jeffree, because he'd embarrass you in a second. He's just not the kind of person you want to associate yourself with, just because of how nasty he can be to anyone he deems unworthy. And yet, you have LITERALLY every major beauty blogger kissing his ass on a daily basis. Nikkietutorials, KimThai, MannyMUA (who deserves his own post, tbh), Jaclyn Hill (oof), Morphe Brushes (double oof), all pimp his stuff like it's the best thing to pop into existence, and gracefully ignore all of the nasty shit he does on a daily basis.

I have many problems with Jeffree Star, the above being just ONE of them. Another that really bugs me is the fact that he never seems to do any actual work.Back when I was still buying his products, I actually had to stop watching his Snapchat story because it was literally ALL weed. Smoking weed in the morning, afternoon, late night, dawn, dusk, twilight, second breakfast, EVERY DAMN HOUR.

 

Now, you name me a CEO that spends that much time STONED or shopping. Nope. You know why? because being a CEO is supposed to be hard work. If you want to see what a real working person looks like, follow norvina on snapchat. That girl is always up at the crack of dawn and late at the lab, swatching, testing, developing, and promoting products. She's an actual makeup executive. Real working people don't have time to get stoned at 2 pm and then shop at Chanel for the rest of the afternoon.

Now, in case I've fooled any Jeffree fans into thinking that I am relevant, here: I don't care what people spend their money on. I won't judge you if you drop $20k on a pair of shoes (I just splurged on my dream bag, so I get it). What I DO care about is people who act like they're better than everyone else BECAUSE they can do those things. THEN have the nerve to call customers unemployed rats.

THAT'S what I have a problem with.

 

So to go back to my original point, here is where your boycott DOES matter. No matter how important Jeffree might THINK he is, he is still an indie brand. He operates on a relatively small scale, as far as a business plan is concerned. This is the kind of brand that should be valuing customer loyalty like it's made out of gold, and instead it's run by a man who looks down at the people who buy his products, regularly attacks women and other bloggers, and seems more concerned with what he can buy with your money than the products he gives you. I mean, why else would I suddenly start getting cat piss lipsticks? 

So I'll leave you with that. There are PLENTY of other brands that make EXACTLY what Jeffree makes, and who aren't owned by Grade-A assholes. You as a consumer deserve to be valued. You as a person deserve to be valued. There is literally no reason ANYONE should have to put up with Jeffree Star verbally assaulting them on the internet.

Leave me your thoughts below, I'd love to talk this out with you guys.

FUCKING CHOCOLATE 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫

Estefania Rodriguez

^^^^^ Actual picture of me applying the Too Faced Melted Chocolate lipsticks. In my crazy chocolate stupor, I bought Melted Chocolate Cherries and Melted Metallic Chocolate Diamonds (named by Jerry's chihuahua. It's the only explanation).

Fist of all, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love that Metallic Melted Chocolate Diamond Crystal Champagne Broken CD Shards color. You wanna look like a 90's supermodel? Buff something like MAC's Sable or Tom Ford's Platinum all over the lid and lower lashline, apply some messy liner and big lashes, and pop this on your lips.

As for Chocolate Cherries, you can't expect me to resist a brown based burgundy, can you? I mean. No.

Burgundy Times Nine is Bae 🦄 😍

Estefania Rodriguez

If there's one thing you learn working at MAC, it's how to pick your A-team. By that I mean that sometimes, when you're in a real time crunch, it helps to know which products will never let you down, and will create whatever look your client is in the mood for. I have to be 100% honest, and the one palette I reach for so often that I had to actively remind myself to use other shadows is Burgundy Times Nine.

Not only does this palette look good on anyone, but the formulas are amazing. This palette looks amazing on blue, hazel, green, AND brown eyes. When it finally went on sale (pssst! you can still get it for $32), I had to get it. 

It contains some favorites, like Sketch, Quarry, Embark, and Star Violet, as well as some new shades and one or two semi-duds (lookin at you, Honey Lust). YES. Honey Lust makes yet ANOTHER appearance in my posts. But worry not. I figured out how to make it work. Dampen the brush. That's it.

That's it. You're welcome.

That is the shit I do like. 

Something I LOVE about this palette is that my favorite crease shade, Sketch, is amazing in it. I actually threw out my single pan because it was so patchy (and old, but whatevs), but the formulation in this palette is buttery and pigmented. Love.

I seriously can't say enough good things about it. Check it out the next time you're at MAC. You absolutely won't regret it.

 

Anastasia Glow Kit: That Glow

Estefania Rodriguez

Yo dawg. I heard you like to glow, so I gave you a glow kit in the shade "That Glow" so you can use your glow kit in that glow to glow.

Am I dating myself? Is this too old a meme? Have I stumbled into "dare you to ring her doorbell" territory? Who know and who care?

ANYWAY. During my birthdaybenderImeanshoppingtrip, I picked up the Anastasia Glow Kit in the shade That Glow. It comes with four HUGE pans. It's an insane amount of product for $40, and the pans are not only magnetized (i.e., you can pop them out and carry them in a magnetic palette), but they're LABELED. 

YOU GUYS THEY'RE LABELED. GOD IS REAL.

Thing is huge. The only thing this might've benefitted from is a mirror on the inside, but I'm not really complaining. It's just something I noticed when I was reaching for it.

NO, you're not going blind. Those bottom two pans DO look exactly alike. To be completely honest with you, I have to look at them side by side in direct sunlight to even notice the difference. They're VERY similar. Dripping in Gold is SLIGHTLY more golden, but that is it.

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So you can see the pans are pretty big. Dripping in Gold and Bubbly are nearly identical. The plot thickens!

Do you see what I mean about Bubbly and Dripping in Gold? The difference to me is very subtle...

If I weren't on a no buy, I would've gotten the That Gleam palette too!

What do you think? Must buy? Pass?

MAC x 15 Neutral Warm Palette

Estefania Rodriguez

Hey, all! 

So as I'm sitting here coughing up a lung, the only thing that might cheer me up is sharing some swatches. MAC recently had their palette sale, where their x9 palettes end up being $32, and their x15 palettes are $65.

Just for reference, these x15 palettes are worth somewhere around $160, before tax. The palettes usually retail for $85, so getting them for $65 is an amazing deal.

The x 15 Neutral Warm palette has some limited edition shades, as well as some well-loved permanent shades.

 

The best shades in this palette are definitely the Veluxe Pearls and the Mattes, with Honey Lust coming in as the worst eyeshadow of the bunch. That's pretty much common knowledge if you've been watching YouTube for a while now (I'm talking like ten years ago YouTube). Honey Lust has not improved since then. It's still crumbly and ends up everywhere. Will try to use it wet and report back.

Aaand there ya have it. It might not be my most inspired post, possibly because I've been sick for about a week now, but at least y'all got some swatches out of this mess.


Let me know if you'd like to see looks with this palette, I might even do a post on the MAC x 15 Neutral Cool palette, which has been collecting dust in my room for a while now.

Ahem. Viva Glam Ariana Grande

Estefania Rodriguez

Good girl, bad girl, Glam Girl!

I cannot even begin to TELL YOU how pumped I am about Viva Glam Ariana Grande. This new addition to the Viva Glam family comes straight from one of the most badass female role models that young girls and young women have in Hollywood. Ariana Grande.

Let her teach y'all a thing or two about feminism.

Ariana is such a sweet, feminist cinnamon roll. That's it. That's all I have. Here, take some evidence:

You tell 'em, bb. You tell 'em.

It also doesn't hurt that she came out with a really interesting pairing for her lipstick and lipglass. 

The idea is: Good Girl, Bad Girl, Glam Girl!. Innocent lipglass, vampy lipstick, Glam combination!

Well there ya have it folks. You can see they don't make the BEST partners when paired together; the lipglass makes the lipstick streak and settle into lip lines. I love them separately, and the lipglass is perfect for a lot of Ariana's younger fans, who might just be getting started on makeup. Either way, you're purchasing a lipstick that helps save lives and improve quality of living in people affected by HIV and AIDS. Plus, Ariana is an empowered young woman. You gotta support good causes.


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

Estefania Rodriguez

t's true. Bite Beauty has completely done away with their permanent lipstick line, and replaced it with the Amuse Bouche Line. These new lipsticks are formulated with not two, not three, but twelve edible oils, various nutrients and vitamins, and fresh-pressed fruit for that intense citrus scent.

I received three of these new lipsticks for testing purposes. I.e., I did not pay for these lipsticks, nor am I being paid to review them. I received Gazpacho, Beetroot, and Pepper; a red, a berry, and a nude that are all seriously amazingly pigmented. 

The one thing I didn't like about these (okay, two things) is that:

1. The berry and red lipsticks stained my lips. HARD. As in, to the point where I ate a sandwich with the berry color on, it rubbed off on my chin, and it left a stain there that I had to cover with makeup. I ate my sandwich, got back to work, and saw my reflection in the mirror like...

The second thing I don't LOVE is the scent. It doesn't necessarily bother me, and it disappears a few minutes after you apply it, but if you are particularly sensitive to scents, you may want to try these out before you buy.

I had my mom (who is insanely sensitive to smells), try Pepper on, and she agreed that the scent is very overpowering when you first apply it. She liked nearly everything else about the lipstick, but said the scent might keep her from buying one for herself. Keep in mind she's ridiculously sensitive to scents.

 

In the picture above, left to right, we have Beetroot, Gazpacho, and Pepper. All of them are intensely pigmented, and the new Amuse Bouche line has plenty of colors to choose for. Now. The REAL reason y'all are here.

SWATCHES MOTHERFUCKERS.

And that was my long winded way of saying these lipsticks are kind of great. I love the pigmentation and the formula, even if the scent gets a little overwhelming. Have you tried any of the new Amuse Bouche lipsticks?

Lipstick Haul: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Estefania Rodriguez

Yup. Because I don't have enough lipstick.

I swung by Sephora a couple of weeks ago, and was honestly just doing some retail shopping. I stopped by the Kat Von D section, I realized I don't own any of her lipsticks. Naturally, I had to pick up a few to test out. I ended up going with Magick, Piaf, and Gothica.

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Magick"

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Magick"

I have a few notes on these lipsticks. The glittery ones, Magick and Gothica, are particularly gritty. When I press my lips together, I can definitely feel the glitter. They are creamy and pigmented, but not exactly comfortable.

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Gothica"

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Gothica"

Gothica is a very unique color, which is why I got it, but it shares Magick's gritty complication.

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Piaf"

Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Piaf"

Piaf is probably one of the most unique shades I've ever seen. It's a creamy warm brown base, with purple duochrome/glitter throughout. I don't think there is another company with this kind of color. The downside? It's streaky as FUCK. I cannot get a solid line of color. The application above took a lot of messing around until I got it right.

Overall? 

I'd say look elsewhere for your colors before turning to KVD. The texture isn't stellar, they aren't exactly comfortable, and they're expensive at $21 a pop. 

THey're nice, but not nice enough.