ColourPop Haul Follow-Up Review – Lip Products

I made my first ColourPop order back in February, and after more than two months of use, I’ve had enough time to test everything out thoroughly enough to do a review. At first I was going to put everything together into one post, but decided to split them up in order to be able to go into more depth. In today’s post, I’m covering the lip products I purchased. The next post will be on eye and cheek products!

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Review: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

Today’s review is another pink product in celebration of Valentine’s Day: Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe. This is my first foray into Huda Beauty; when the brand first launched, I had never heard of the influencer Huda Kattan. I’m usually not interested in products from influencers and have never really been enticed by anything from this brand, but regardless of my interests, it’s still a massive achievement for an influencer to reach such a big following that they can start their own makeup line.

Despite not really looking into Huda Beauty, I bought the Lip Strobe on a whim during the Sephora VIB sale in November. I’ve been solely wearing creme and matte lipsticks for a year or two, so I was in the mood to change it up with something shimmery. It’s been a few years since I’ve worn lip gloss and I’ve never been a big fan to begin with (too sticky!), so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.


The Basics

I purchased this during the VIB sale so I did get it on sale, but the full price is $23 CAD. It can be purchased at Sephora and the Huda Beauty website, which ships internationally. The Lip Strobes are made in Italy and come in 12 shades, varying from a pearl to a deep violet. Some of the shades are meant to be sheerer, while others are mostly opaque.

The shade I purchased is called Angelic, which is described as “a light peach rosé with gold reflections”. I would say this gives a medium opacity – not sheer, but doesn’t fully cover my natural lip colour either.

A swatch of the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in the shade Angelic


The Claims

From the Sephora website:

  • The ultimate add-on to your lip game
  • Some are beautifully iridescent, infused with pearls, and others are packed with rich pigments or have subtle, glimmering glitters.
  • Gives lips a sculpted and volumized gleam that’s visible from every angle.
  • Non-sticky, cushion-like texture make wear more comfortable than ever
  • The precision, heart-shaped flock glides on generously for an even coat.

According to the website, these can be worn alone or as a lip topper over a matte liquid lipstick. The “signature” way of using this is to apply it over a matte lipstick, and then blotting it so you get a more metallic look without the shine of the gloss. I’ll be testing out the various ways to wear this further down in the post!


The Packaging

The Lip Strobe comes in a rectangular box in a transparent sleeve so that you can see the lip gloss tube inside. A lip graphic is printed on the sleeve so that looks like the tube is held between the lips. The box is holographic, which catches my eye right away!


The lipgloss tube itself is a pretty standard square-shaped tube with a black cap, although coupled with the Huda Beauty logo no the front, it does have a nice, clean look to it. Unlike the usual doe-foot applicator, the lip gloss has an applicator which the brand calls “heart-shaped”; it’s the same shape as the applicator in the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème that I reviewed a few weeks back. I mentioned in that post that I really liked the shape for applying concealer, and I like it equally for lipgloss. One swipe gives you coverage for the entire section of your lip!


The Formula

One of my main concerns was that it was going to be a very tacky lip topper, as a lot of shimmery lipglosses tend to be. I particularly dislike the ones that cause a string of lipgloss to stick between your top and bottom lips whenever you open your mouth – ugh, gross! The texture of the Lip Strobe is quite thick and a bit goopy, and it does have a bit of stickiness to it. Based on the texture, I thought this would be super sticky, but it’s actually nothing you wouldn’t expect from a lip gloss. It’s definitely not sticky to the point where it will cause the lipgloss string, but your hair will likely stick to it on a windy day.

Another worry of mine was that the shimmer particles would feel grainy on my lips, particularly after the lip gloss wears off. This is a frequent problem with shimmery glosses, and one of my beauty pet peeves! I was pleasantly surprised that this shade in particular did not have this issue, whether when it was freshly applied or as the gloss started fading. It also doesn’t leave behind glitter particles on my lips as it fades. To be fair, I’m not sure how the other shades compare in terms of the amount of glitter in each shade, so I can’t vouch that the other colours will not leave glitter behind. Overall, it wears similarly to what you would expect out of a typical lipgloss. It sits comfortably on the lips and lasts for about 4-5 hours and comes off when you’re eating.

This lipgloss has quite a strong, sweet vanilla scent. It’s not unique to the Lip Strobe at all, but is the same scent I’ve experienced in other lipglosses before and actually associate the smell with lipgloss. I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, but it seems to disappear once it’s applied, so I’m also not too bothered by it.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic on its own


Angelic looks a lot pink-peach swatched than applied on my lips. Although you can’t tell in the photo because it’s a close-up of my lips, this shade looks horrendous on me by itself – almost silvery on me and makes me look like the Tin Man. That’s not so much an issue with the lip gloss; it just so happens that it just doesn’t suit my skin tone. The formula also settles into some of the deeper lip lines, although the average person would not be able to tell from afar. The shade scared me a little, but I had high hopes it would look more flattering with a lipstick underneath.

I don’t own a matte liquid lipstick from Huda Beauty, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll work with a matte lipstick from any brand. For this blog post, I’ve paired it with several different shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills, including a nude, a brick red, a magenta, and a grey-brown. The first photo is of the liquid lipstick by itself, then with the gloss on top, then with the gloss blotted off.


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Hudson on its own, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Dazed on its own, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum on its own, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Bittersweet on its own, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

You can see that the Lip Strobe changes not only the finish of the liquid lipstick, but also the colour itself. I can see why Huda recommends blotting the lip topper. The lip gloss applied on top of the lipstick looks very shiny and shimmery – exactly what you would expect from adding a lip gloss on top of a lipstick. However, when the lip gloss is blotted off, it turns your lip colour into an interesting metallic finish. Here’s a more in-depth review of the four shades:

ABH Hudson – Obviously, the Huda lip topper gives the matte liquid lipstick a shine, but you can’t really see much shimmer or metallic finish at all when it’s paired with such a light shade.

ABH Dazed – With this deeper shade, you can see the shimmer shine through, although I wish the photos did a better job capturing the metallic sheen of the liquid lipstick with the Lip Strobe blotted – it was essentially a metallic brick-red with golden shimmers. Adding the lip topper also made the shade warmer due to the golden shimmers in the gloss.

ABH Sugar Plum – Sugar Plum isn’t a completely flat matte shade to begin with, but has a blue shift running through it. It looks very metallic once blotted, but one thing that I noticed with this lipstick that didn’t happen with the others was that the blotting took enough of the liquid lipstick off my top lip that you could see my natural lip colour peeping through.

ABH Bittersweet – Interestingly enough, I felt like the shimmer and metallic finish was the most apparent with this lipstick shade, maybe because it’s such a deep shade.


The Summary

-Formula is not overly sticky
-Does not fade patchily or leave glitter behind as gloss fades
-Can use it two ways – as a gloss or blotted for a metallic look
-Comfortable to wear

-Sinks in to lip lines
-Scented (although may not bother some people)

These Lip Strobes are nice to have if you own a lot of liquid lipsticks and want to add a bit of variety into your lip looks without buying a ton of other lip products – you can just add this gloss on top of all your liquid lipstick shades for a different look. I’m not sure how unique these Lip Strobes are, though. Lip toppers have been around forever – can toppers from other brands be used in the same way where you blot it off for a metallic finish? I would be genuinely be interested in seeing if other lip toppers can be used to achieve the same look.

Overall, I really love the effect of these and am pleasantly surprised with this impulse purchase. They wear well and don’t feel sticky or gritty on the lips. I don’t think I’d need 10 of these or anything, but it would be cool to try one with a purple or magenta shimmer, or one with an iridescent shimmer, just for a different look to Angelic.

3 Top Lipsticks for Fall

We are officially into the autumn season, and while I love boots, sweaters, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes as much as the next girl, today I wanted share my ultimate favourite Fall item: dark lipsticks. I realized in the last year that while I love pinks, MLBB shades (which is browny-mauve for me) or deep shades look the best on me, so I’ve become very interested in finding red and berry lipsticks that are comfortable and flattering.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

I had been dying to try the Audacious lipsticks since the collection was released, and I purchased this one during last year’s VIB sale. Audrey is a warm-toned medium red.  On me, it looks lighter on my lips than it does swatched, and I would say it’s a pretty neutral (for lack of a better term) red: not too warm, but not too cool-toned; not too bright, but not too vampy. Out of all the three shades mentioned in this post, I would say this one is most easily worn at all times of the year, whereas the other two are dark enough that I imagine most people would wear them only in the fall. The Audacious lipsticks are quite easy to wear: it isn’t the creamiest formula I’ve tried, but it’s full-coverage, comfortable and moisturizing, and doesn’t move around on the lips. It wears for about 4 hours (without eating) and I’ve also noticed that it wears off quite evenly, which is always a good thing for shades like red.




MAC Dark Side

Out of all of the lipsticks featured, this one is my ultimate fall favourite. Dark Side is a deep vampy burgundy in MAC’s Amplified finish, which means the formula is creamy and maintains a decent amount of sheen until the colour starts wearing off. Because the formula is so creamy, I do find it a little bit more high maintenance because it does wear off and shift around more easily without a lip liner underneath than compared to formulas like the Audacious lipsticks. It doesn’t look much darker than NARS Audrey in the swatches, but on the lips it actually is a lot darker. The wear time is about 2-3 hours before I feel like I need to reapply. Unfortunately, the tube you see pictured has been thrown out by the time this blog post is up – when I took my tube out to use for the first time this year, I realized the scent is off, which means that it’s likely expired. I kept it around long enough to take pictures of it for this post, but I’ll have to replace it as soon as I can!



Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Killin’ It

A friend of mine bought this for me for my birthday, but because it’s a dark shade, I haven’t opened it until now. The Sephora website describes Killin’ It as “berry”, but I wouldn’t say it’s berry at all. To me, it’s a dark plum in a matte finish, and when applied to my lips, I would say it actually pulls quite brown. Can you believe that this is the only liquid lipstick I own? I’ve always steered clear of liquid lipsticks because they’re too drying on my lips, but I was actually surprised because this Lip Paint formula sits relatively comfortably on the lips. It dries within seconds, which can either be positive or negative depending on how carefully you applied it. This lipstick is does not budge at all; I had a full meal with it on, and it still looked perfect after. Nothing makes it come off unless I massage an oil-based remover gently on my lips several times. For those who want something long-wearing, this is what you’re looking for! My first foray into liquid lipsticks has made me quite curious to try out more liquid lipsticks, even though I think this particular trend is starting to lose its steam.



These are all of the lipsticks swatched:

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Killin’ It, MAC Lipstick in Dark Side


That’s it for my favourite fall lipsticks! What are your top three lip colours for fall?



Best of the Best: 2016 Favourites

Although we’re already into the middle of January, today’s post is on my favourite products of 2016. This post focuses on my favourites in each makeup category, although there are a few categories that I did not include because I either did not try anything new in that category, or I didn’t find anything I loved during the year. A few of these products you will have also seen in my two bi-annual favourites posts.



Foundation Primer: Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer

I discovered this primer in early 2016, and although I’ve only used up sample after sample of this primer, I’ve fallen in love with it. It goes onto the skin feeling like a moisturizer, and applies smoothly without giving that typical silicone feeling that a lot of primers do. It feels very hydrating on my dry skin, and I’m really glad I still have a few tubes of samples left of this before I need to start purchasing it!

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Engagement Shoot Makeup Look

I have mostly either been doing makeup posts or wedding posts, but today’s post is both of these topics combined! We just had our engagement shoot this past Sunday. Since we got engaged by the water, we wanted to reflect that and decided to do the shoot at a lake in the Rocky Mountains.

A few months ago, our wedding photographer asked us if we were okay doing the shoot at 6 in the morning on a Sunday, since apparently the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset is considered “golden hour” for photography. Without thinking, we said, “Yeah, sure, whatever makes the photos look the most flattering!” We are both morning people, but when it actually came down to it the morning of, it was a little tough. Since we had to be at the lake by 6 am and the drive out there is roughly an hour and a half, I couldn’t get my hair and makeup done that morning since no one would be available to do for me at 3:00am (lol). With hair, I needed serious help as I am completely useless with doing my own hair. I got my hair done Saturday afternoon and basically tried to not sleep on it that night.

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Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer is my favourite season – the sun is out for 15 hours a day, there are more activities going on outdoors, and best of all, I don’t have to wear pants! Unfortunately, the last week was absolutely miserable – there was always torrential downpour at some point in the day, every day, and even some flooding occurred. Nonetheless, I am eagerly anticipating the sun to come back.

Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite makeup products for summer. Like most people, I always go for brighter shades during this season. You will see that there are a lot of fuschias, corals, and blues going on! This post focuses mostly on colour makeup, as I find that my skincare routine doesn’t change all that much throughout the year (besides slathering on more sunscreen than usual, of course).

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My HG ‘My Lips but Better’ Lipstick

For some reason, I’ve always had a very difficult time finding a ‘my lips but better’ (MLBB) lip colour. When I first started getting into lipsticks, which was quite late into my makeup journey, I didn’t realize that 1. everyone’s natural lip colour is different 2. my lips were especially pigmented, and 3. ‘MLBB’ did not necessarily mean nude. I went to MAC and asked to try out the most popular pinky-nude shades circling on YouTube at the time, such as MAC Myth, Shy Girl, and Angel. To no surprise, it looked like I was wearing concealer on my lips. The MUA’s didn’t really help in recommending shades that would work for me, so I went a long time not wearing any MLBB shades at all.

The shades in my featured image are some of my favourite MLBB shades, but today I wanted to share with you my holy grail out of the four, which is the second swatch from the left.

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Pink and Purple Valentine’s Day Look

We’re not all that big into Valentine’s Day in our household; if anything, we just use the holiday as an excuse to try out a more expensive restaurant that we’ve been meaning to try, regardless of whether it has an romantic atmosphere or not.

Either way, I still find it fun to do Valentine’s Day looks on Valentine’s Day. Most years I usually go with a pretty neutral pink and brown look, but for today’s post I decided to try something a little different – pink and purple! I pulled out my Too Faced Le Grand Chateau palettes, which has pretty much not been used at all since I bought it for Christmas. It was handy because they had all the colours I wanted to use in the look.

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