Beauty: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid review

Hiya! Maybelline recently launched a new range of lip products, seemingly jumping on the matte liquid lipstick bandwagon with their Vivid matte Liquids. I received these three shades to review (there's ten different shades in total), let's take a look.

The shades I will be showing you today are 05 Nude Flush, which is a slightly dusty Barbie pink (totally not a nude); 45 Possessed Plum, which is a plummy purple; and 35 Rebel Red, a true red. The shade selection isn't super wide, but the 10 available shades offer everything from a neutral nude to an orange, a bright fuchsia and a purple, so there's plenty to choose from. The Vivid Matte Liquids have a faint vanilla type scent, and they come with a fluffy doe foot applicator that is soft enough to feel pleasant on the lips, yet stiff enough to allow for precise application. However, if you're a neat freak, I suggest you use a lip brush or a lip pencil first.

Let's see what these look like in action.

Beauty: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid review

This is Nude Flush. As I said, not at all nude, but a sweet, slightly muted pink. I really like this colour on me, but as you can see: this product isn't matte. I can also tell you that it doesn't set after a while, it remains slightly slippery and is very transfer prone. However, I do like the lipfeel of these, which is like a soft mousse texture. These are more like lipcreams than liquid lipsticks, I think.

Beauty: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid review

Rebel Red has the same "issue": not matte in the slightest. This one actually looks super glossy, like a candy apple or like lip vinyl. But damn, what a stunning true red. I don't think I've ever owned an ultra pigmented (this is just one coat!), super glossy true red, but it looks amazing and I was quite impressed by how neatly it applied without being super careful or using a lip pencil! I just applied it straight from the tube and it looks great. I've had comments on how my lip swatches aren't as neat as the ones you see on some other blogs, but that's a conscious decision: most of those super neat lip swatches are photoshopped to death and I'm sick of the fake perfection. Also, I have very translucent skin so the "bleeding" or "messed up" edges you see are just veins showing through my foundation. Moving on!

Beauty: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid review

Finally, this is Possessed Plum. This is my least favourite of the three because it was more prone to patchiness, the formula being quite a bit less opaque than Rebel Red. This one would definitely look better with a lip pencil underneath, unless you want to go for that sort of grungy look.

In short, these are NOT matte, nor do they set to become transfer-proof. They are 100% miss-marketed, though! I've seen plenty of bad reviews of these even though these are perfectly lovely products, just because of the vivid matte name. Maybelline should just stay true to the product rather than try and ride the matte lip wave, because there's plenty to love here if you like a bright coloured, satin/glossy formula that does not dry the lips and is easily reappliable (a big issue of most matte liquids). The matte-factor varies a bit from shade to shade, as Nude Flush is obviously more semi-matte than the other two, although it's still satin rather than matte.

These retail at €6.99 at drugstores.

Have you tried any of Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquids? Would you prefer them to be matte or do you like what you see?


Travel: Mibaru beach and Ou-Jima, Okinawa

Okinawa travel guide: Mibaru beach

Another instalment in my Japan series: today I'm taking you to Mibaru beach and Ou-jima on the beautiful island of Okinawa!

This particular day, we had actually planned to take the ferry to Tokashiki island to chill out on Aharen beach, which is supposed to be one of the most gorgeous beaches in Japan. The info you find online is kind of unclear at times so in case you're contemplating visiting Tokashiki, here's the deal: only a limited number of tickets are offered for reservation ahead by phone or fax. The people at the ticketing office speak some English, but it's easiest to ask your hotel reception or airbnb host to make the call for you. 

When we asked our host, the tickets that were available for reservation ahead were all spoken for, so they advised us to arrive early (two hours before departure) and that way, there should still be tickets available at the counter (a different set of tickets than the ones you can reserve ahead of time). However, due to traffic we arrived a bit later than we had planned, and in addition one of the ferry lines was down due to maintenance so the one boat that was left was totally booked up. 

We were offered the option of waiting until 15 minutes before departure as some tickets might become available due to reservations not showing up, but Japanese people follow the rules so everyone actually came for their ticket and we were left standing there watching the boat leave for paradise, bummer! However, I had prepared our trip by googling basically every possible googleable thing, and I knew that a bit further down south, there was a gorgeous, quiet, less developed beach that would probably offer something close to what we were looking for on Tokashiki. About half an hour later, we parked our car and walked down to the rosey beige sand and crystal clear waters of Mibaru beach!


Beauty: my 3 HG blushes or searching for a UDxGwen Hush dupe

Hi there! Those that have been following my beauty posts may remember that I fell totally and utterly in love with the Hush pan of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette. It sounds totally hyperbolical but this blush totally turned my idea of what kind of blushes/highlighters I liked upside down. I always used to go for mostly cool toned pinks with an equally cool highlighter, but since Hush I know that a neutral blush that's quite close to my own skincolour looks best on me, and that I prefer the type of glow-from-within look you get from a blush with a sheen over the "make my cheekbone look like a mirror" type of popping highlight that's so trendy right now. I feel like Hush makes my face look amazing without being so present in my face that it might overpower whatever makeup look I was wearing. In short: the perfect everyday blush. 

However, Hush is limited edition, and nothing upsets a beauty lover more than running out of a limited edition product. In addition, I keep recommending Hush to everyone but the palette is sold out, which is super frustrating. Clearly, I had to start looking for the perfect dupe asap. I found two blushes that are quite similar:  Benefit Coralista and Coffret d'Or 02 Peach.


Beauty: MAC x Chris Chang review

Beauty: MAC x Chris Chang review

About a week ago, I received a box full of MAC goodies. I know, I freaked out too!! MAC is a huge deal in my mind, and being picked as one of the bloggers that gets to review MAC products is just so incredibly cool. I am very proud right now. And I bet you guys are always ready to take a look at gorgeous beauty products, so this is a total win-win situation. Today I'm reviewing a collab MAC did with Chris Chang, the Shanghai designer behind Poesia, a colourful brand that takes its inspiration from bright folkloric costumes. As you can see, the products are vibrant, but so is that stunning kaleidoscopic packaging! I literally swooned when I unpacked these. I know that this collection was released back in May so I'm not exactly timely with my review, but these products are still available online. And if you feel like you need one of these beauties but can't find them in store/online, there's always Ebay or the Estee Lauder Factory Store to try and score an invite to!

Let's get to it.

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