With the holidays coming up, I got gold sparkles and metallics on my mind. Normally I go for the shimmer on my eyes and not on my lips, but I was very intrigued when I received the new Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipsticks from Influenster to try. Personally, I find metallic lips a little intimidating, so I was excited to try a lipstick version since most of the metallic lipsticks on the market are liquid.

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There are a total of ten jewel-toned lipsticks in the collection. Maybelline claims that these lipsticks have a “Sophisticated brushed metal texture,” which I agree with. These lipsticks aren’t blinding metallics and certainly don’t give off any glitter, but they do have a very pretty shimmery finish that is still comfortable on the lips.


I received the shades Molten Bronze and Smoked Silver. Neither of these colors really work well on my skin tone. I can make molten bronze work by mixing it with a berry but on its own, it’s too brown for me. One shade I’m really drawn to in this collection is Copper Rose. Copper Rose is a very pretty rich, raspberry shade with purple undertones. I really see this collection working well on medium to deep skin tones and especially someone with warm undertones. Jewel-toned lips are hard for someone who is fair, and especially someone with pink undertones. Not to say it can’t be done, because there are no rules to makeup, but it would take a little more balancing out with the eyes.

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Mattes are a tricky formula because they can accentuate dry lips, which is made even worse when you add shimmer. These lipsticks aren’t as matte as a liquid lipstick would be, or even MAC’s matte lipstick formula, but I think Maybelline did a good job making this formula as matte as they could, while still making sure it gave off a nice finish on the lips.

Overall, this collection isn’t for me, but I really think some of these shades would look stunning on medium to deep skin tones. Plus, if you like the classic scent of Maybelline lipsticks, these will be right up your alley.

For makeup/product junkies, Holiday season is a dangerous time. Your brain starts saying: But it’s a value set! I’m saving so much money! It’s Limited Edition and will soon disappear forever! You get the picture. This set came to me as an early holiday gift and I could not be more excited. Let’s dive in…

Sephora Favorites Super Stars 2014

I’ve only tried 2 of the products in here, so this was a great chance for me to try new ones.

Sephora Favorites Super Stars


  • Nars Blush – Orgasm: I felt like a sham of a self-proclaimed blush junkie because I didn’t own Orgasm. The game has changed.

Nars Orgasm

  • Stila Liquid Eyeliner: My hooded lids have never cooperated with liquid eyeliner but I am determined to make it work.


  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow – Sin: I LOVE this shade already. So perfect for highlighting and brightening up the eye.

Urban Decay Sin


  • Anastasia Brow Wiz: I think this color might be a bit too dark for me. If I can’t make it work I’ll pass it along to a friend.
  • Fresh Sugar – Rose: I have the Berry so I am so excited for this mini red.
  • Bumble&Bumble Surf Spray: I think this will be great for my spring break trip so I’m super excited to give this a try.
  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – Light: I’m almost out of my current BB cream so I’m excited to try this.
  • Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil: I think this will be great for the transition into Winter.
  • Benefit Porefessional: I like this primer but I have one that works better for my skin so this will make it’s way into something special coming up soon 😉
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara: True life I think the mini version is better so I’m always excited to get a sample of this.
  • Formula X Nail Polish: This looks like such a pretty holiday red and this formula always gets rave reviews.
  • Chloe Rollerball: I love this scent but have never owned it so this was super exciting.