Lipstick -Kat Von D -Studded Kiss in Lolita

on 9/18/2018 9:47:00 AM

I picked this up at Marshall's for ~$7 and I love this! The color pulls more neutral pink on me (similarly to Elf's Touch of Blush) because I'm yellow/olive toned. I drink and eat a lot during the day, so I expect to reapply and staying power isn't my top priority. However, I am impressed, as it didn't really transfer when I drank my coffee and lasted around 6 hours. The formula reminds me of Colourpop's Lux lipsticks (who's application is definitely improved with some chapstick). If you can find an unopened one at your local Marshall's you should get it!


Eye Shadow -Kat Von D -Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum

on 9/17/2018 6:58:00 PM

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I came across this shadow at Ross and for $9.00 I thought I would give it a try because this brand seems so popular. I found that it has a great deal of fall out when you tap your brush. I had to build shadow 2-3 times in order to get the depth of color I wanted.

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Lip Liners -Kat Von D -Everlasting Lip Liner

on 9/16/2018 7:29:00 PM

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This liner is one of my favorites. However, it had equally or slightly less staying power than Rimmel's liner which costs less.

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Lip Liners -Kat Von D -Everlasting Lip Liner

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I'm surprised that Kat Von D's Everlasting lip liner only has a handful of reviews on MUA! I purchased it in the ever popular 'Lolita' shade and loved it from the first application....

The color is strongly pigmented, super long-lasting (up to 14 hours on me), it glides on smoothly and it stays put. As a bonus it also dries down quickly to a matte finish - in literally less than 60 seconds. If you pair it with a Everlasting liquid lipstick it lasts even longer. Yes this has amazing lasting power and not just when I'm wary and mindful of it being on my lips but anytime, and any day, regardless of what I do, eat or drink. It doesn't make my lips feel dried out or chapped in any way, unlike so many other brands I've tried in the past. Also love their signature black box packaging with its silver lining...so much so that everytime I purchase this I end up arguing with myself over whether or not to dispose of it (all you sleek brands take note there's only so much cute packaging a girl can hold onto!). Pretty similar to Mac's Prolongwear but even better lasting power and pigment imo.


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 9/16/2018 9:04:00 AM

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This is definitely not a 1 size fits all kind of foundation. My skin is complicated. Its oily, dehydrated, sometimes dry and flaky, and my pores are really visible. My hormones play a big part on how my skin looks and feels throughout the month and this foundation performs best when my skin is at its best. If I have any dryness or texture going on, I won't use this. The best primer that worked for me under this foundation is the Hourglass N28. It helps this melt into the skin and look more like a 2nd skin. It takes a lot of work to wear this and you need to work quickly and in sections but the end result is incredibly worth it.


Eyeliner -Kat Von D -Tattoo Liner

on 9/16/2018 5:47:00 AM

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I have oily eyelids, and deep set, watery eyes, so it’s hard to find a good liquid eyeliner. Esp one that doesn’t smudge & transfer onto eyelids. This black eyeliner does neither, and really stays put ! I don’t touch up during the day but could easily in a few seconds if I wish. This is very similar to the Stila Liquid Eyeliner which is equally as good. I love the packaging, compact, simple & no fidgeting or dipping. Draws really fine and precise. The wick is quite stiff & took a while to get used to at first. I prefer this to dip pots, it’s cleaner, gives the perfect amount and doesn’t clump your eyelashes together. It also lasted sooo long.. like the Stila mine ran out after 6 months of daily use!!! My only complaint is the price. Sure it’s a very good eyeliner that stays put ..But seriously NZ $28???

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Palettes -Kat Von D -Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette

on 9/15/2018 2:44:00 PM

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Pros
-neutrals
-matte (very matte)

cons
-too dry
-7 light shades out of 12 so a little more than half
- powdery with lots of fall out
-colors can easily muddle together.
-some shades blend away easily



Honestly I just didn't like this palette. I can see it being a great beginners palette and a palette for the neutral loving person but this just made me so unhappy I would look at it and feel uninspired. and When I would use it looks would be very subdued or cloudy...the reddish shade and the black shade were the only shades that would stay intense as i would blend. Formula wise it made my eyes feel very dry and tight and after 3 hrs they would look crepe like in terms of texture. the only con is they look great in photographs and some how it makes eyes look lifted. despite it looking bad in real life and feeling uncomfortable.

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Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 9/10/2018 8:34:00 PM

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After trying over 20 foundations over the years from max factor to Estée Lauder, MAC, Doir and others nothing will stick to my face... and if it does it feels heavy. On its own I don’t rate this foundation... but with the Kat Von d primer it suddenly becomes weightless and stays on all day no matter what I do! It’s AMAZING! The bottle is plastic... but it’s of great quality... and it has its own built in pump unlike Mac or nars or any others... and it’s cruelty free! What’s not to love! It’s a premium brand at a reasonable price... and there has been care and thought over every detail!

A little goes a long way... it coveres that much I don’t even need concealer... also it’s a dream to apply with the Kat Von d brush. Forget mac, forget Estée Lauder... there overpriced and they test on animals... this is the future for me!

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Lipstick -Kat Von D -Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick - Outlaw

on 9/10/2018 8:54:00 AM

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Warning: I will cuss a lot in this review.

So, I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday, not a big amount in it - 30 euros, but it was from a good friend who couldn't really afford anything more and I was as grateful as she gifted me the Queen jewels. I had massive consideration of her gift so I wanted to spend it on something cute and worthy. Spent the night before browsing the sephora website for ideas (I hate their saleswomen, sorry) in order to go in, get what I needed and get out. I needed a couple of new liquid lipsticks as mine were finished, so I used to opportunity to try this famous and bantered lipstick. I also got a simple Sephora one I'll review later.
So, that morning, I brought my husband to the barbershop and meanwhile I went shopping at Sephora. I got what I needed, and met him later for lunch. I showed him my purchases, and he enthusiastically asked me to try "the one in the black goth box". Sure baby. The colour of the body looked great, I applied it and.. what the ****? It was so dark I looked like a weird goth kid of the 90s. The application was terrible, all patchy and cheap. The goddamn saleswoman gave me the shade Nosferatu while I specifically asked for Outlaw! God I hate these ladies, working at a marvellous place yet caring less than zero about what clients ask. I was so pissed - it felt like throwing my friend's hard earned money away. It hurt more than wasting my own money. 25 euros for this s***? Just f*** off.
I threw in in the bag to forget it.

But I mean okay, I can't really judge a range of wolrdwide sold out lipsticks by an error and a colour that is quite hard to spread and wear in general.

In italian, we have a saying that sounds like "having the face like the ass", meaning having no chill and no holding back in being cheeky and insolent. Generally said about people who ask for favours and want to climb the social ladder, it's not a concept that could be applied to me. Except this time. I never asked in my whole life for a refund (except on Amazon for serious problems), let alone in a shop. So, a week later, I walked to another Sephora shop closer to home, and asked to speak to somebody for changing a product. I totally know that products should be sealed, but I hold this enormous grudge towards those saleswomen and wanted to test them. So, the first lady asked "Is it sealed?", "Yeah"; "Ok go at the check out, here's the shade you wanted" and handed me the Outlaw shade. I was literally half meter from the door and could easily go away with no security check. But as I'm a decent person, I wanted to do it right - while still testing those idiots. At the check out, three cashiers were laughing and gossiping, brought my USED Nosferatu shade back in its aisle and said ok bye. They didn't even check the receipt I gave them. It could have been from the veggie shop down the road and nobody would have noticed.

I walked away, realizing I will not shop at Sephora EVER again. I gladly got rid of a shade I didn't like so it was a win win situation for me, but felt embarassed that FOUR people didn't check if I was telling the truth and they re-sold my used product (luckily I'm 200% healthy and maniacally clean). In italy we have extremely tight rules about changing stuff, like, they won't accept a piece of clothing if it hasn't the price tag still attached and you have it in your hand. Let alone hygiene products!
Kat Von D Everlasting lipsticks are absolute s*** when it comes to packaging, as the idea of returning it came to me when I realized that the box had no seal and I could easily close it without any visible sign of use.

But I got my Outlaw lipstick with the chance of trying another shade for free.
And you know what?
IT SUCKS GIGANTIC INTERSTELLAR ORCHITIC BALLS

"Everlasting" my big fat a**. The shade is sexy and the colour is intense but fades and ruins withing minutes. Let alone smoking a cigarette or eating something: my face looked like an infant playing with colours at day care. Absolute f***** s***.

A month later I met a friend for a coffee, a fellow make up junkie. When she noticed the lipstick in my make up bag, she looked at me in horror and asked why would I spend so much money on such a bad product. I was like "oh honey, I know"..and we spent the whole morning talking s*** about it and other high range yet terrible products.

Ugh.

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Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 9/7/2018 12:11:00 PM

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For reference, I have very fair, cool-toned, dry skin and use the shade L41.


I have been using this foundation for the past two months and yet feel completely unable to hold a definite opinion on it. My indecisiveness stems from the fact that this product had both outstanding qualities and serious flaws.

On the one hand, the range of colours and undertones available in the Lock-it line is quite simply outstanding. Since I always match the fairest foundation shade in every other line, I blind-bought the lightest shade L41. To my surprise, this foundation is actually slightly too light for me (it really is an extremely pale shade not very far from pure white) and its undertones, though described as neutral, lend a greyish cast to my skin. I can however pull this off as long as I brighten up my complexion with blusher and use a light hand. The coverage of this foundation is truly impressive, the tiniest amount is enough to cover half my face. In my opinion, it is comparable to Estée Lauder’s Double Wear in that respect. When used without any thinner or moisturising product, its finish is extremely matte. Besides, it is one of the cheapest options at Sephora and lasts forever since one only needs a tiny amount of product.

Now onto the less-than satisfying points.

The only word I can think of to accurately describe the texture of this foundation is “paint-like”. It is so thick that it won’t slide down the back of my hand if I vigorously wave it around. Unfortunately, that also means that spreading it on one’s face is, to put it nicely, a massive pain. The only way I have found to make it work is by adding a dollop of moisturiser or face oil. Obviously, this means that the matte finish is compromised and I end up with a semi-matte finish. My T-zone can even get quite shiny from the moisturiser. Powder then you’ll say! Sadly, even with moisturiser, this foundation clings to my dry patches like nobody’s business and the overall effect is heavy and mask-like.
Blending takes an awfully long time and the coverage is so intense that my face ends up looking flat unless I re-draw the rest of my features. In other words, this foundation is best reserved for special occasions where I have some time on my hands. The bottle comes with a stopper but no actual cap which I find slightly unhygienic.


Loose Powders -Kat Von D -Lock-it Setting Powder

on 9/6/2018 12:38:00 PM

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I bought a mini, that I'm having a hard time using up. I've tried quite a few setting powders (and keep going back to MAC Prep + Prime). I don't really like it under my eyes because it's too chunky, and I don't like it for my face because when I use it over liquid foundation, I want a silky finish, and this leaves my skin kinda damp - as if I hadn't applied powder. Generally, the powder is a little lumpy - a little like cocoa powder acts. It also acts like if it was damp when I use my brush over a few days without washing it - it clumps up on it (maybe this is meant to be used with a puff or sponge?). The texture makes it a little hard to distribute, compared to some of my other powders. I don't like that it gives a little bit of color either. I'm not dark - about NC25, but it lightens my foundation. My last complain is: it doesn't set my makeup well. I tested this in California, for about 2 months. From something named "Lock it", I would expect some really good setting properties, but this actually makes my undereyes crease and seems to clump together on my skin during the day, taking my foundation with it.

Overall, the only thing I like about it is the packaging. I have many other things: NYX, Hard Candy, Ulta (NOT the mineral setting powder) and other, much cheaper powders that perform better than this. Another powder that is very similar to this is the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder. I don't like that one either, but if someone likes the Kat Von D one, but the color doesn't work for their skin, CoverFX have different colors available.


Brows -Kat Von D -24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

on 9/3/2018 11:21:00 PM

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Waterproof, long-lasting brows; easily removable with a waterproof eye makeup remover! I’ve been looking for a brow product that is waterproof because I’m going on vacation soon and this is it. I have oily skin — with other brow products like any of the Benefit or Anastasia brow pencils, my eyebrows would melt off throughout the day, rubbing off on the tops of my glasses or onto my fingers if i happened to touch my brows. This KVD brow pomade truly lasts 24-hours and never melts on me or rubs off!!! It’s amazing! Color-wise, it’s pretty dark — if you’re debating between two shades, go with the lighter one because it’s buildable! Also doesn’t look patchy if you use it lightly and brush it out enough. I have dark hair but my brows are naturally light/sparse/thin and I look weird af with dark brows. I got the color light brown, and it’s easy to use too much. When I swatched in the store, I found that if I built up light brown enough, it was very similar to a quick swipe of the next darkest shade, so I went with the lighter shade.

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Brows -Kat Von D -24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

on 9/2/2018 11:56:00 AM

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YES. YES. YES.

I will start by saying this is the first ever brow pomade I've bought. Being that I am fair (NC20), have yellow undertones in my skin but cooler tones in my hair, finding a shade of brow anything that also stayed in place while not enhancing my RBF was quite a challenge. Anastasia's Brow Wiz in Soft Brown came close to being holy grail, but I found that as my skin got oily through the day, it would slide off in places and I'd have weird looking brows by night time.

I went to Sephora with the intention of buying this pomade in Medium Brown since I have the KVD pencil in this shade and it looks great as an outline on my brows with a lighter fill using ABH brow powder in Soft Brown. They didn't have the Medium Brown so I opted for Light Brown because it swatched cool enough on my hand to still match my dark brown (about level 5) roots. HOLY PIGMENT! It's some intense color in here, y'all. Cooler pigments absorb light and warmer pigments reflect it. Somehow, Light Brown is a perfect neutral that looks fantastic on my skin and matches my hair perfectly. It's true what they say that a good, structured brow can take years off!

The formula is incredibly creamy and easy to blend/work with. So much so that it's quite easy to pick up too much on a brow brush, which is why I recommend using a more stiff, finely-edged angle brush with this formula. People who regularly use brow pomades might read this and think "no duh", but as a newbie to brow pomades, having the right tools has helped me tremendously. This stuff is so easy to move around and the color is so perfect that I can fill in my brows with the remaining pigment on the brush and there's no need to use anything else with it besides a setting gel. My brows don't look blocky or instagrammy, either since so little product is needed to fill in the sparse areas. As someone with a high-stress job that requires looking polished no matter what, this little jar has just stepped up my makeup routine by cutting down on application time with simplicity and efficiency. And at the rate this is going to last me, it is a fantastic value for the price.

As far as the 24-hour claim? I went out for a "glass" of wine last night that ended up turning into a cocktail- and wine-infused betchfest. I PTFO at midnight in my daytime everything (don't judge! Lol). My face was a hot mess at 10 am today, but my brows? STILL ON. This is what inspired me to write this review and spread the word. That's 24 hours of touching my face, talking on the phone, yelling at people, yelling at more people after a lot of alcohol, and bedsheets on my face. Can you current brows do that?

I can't say enough good things about this pomade. KVD is cruelty-free as well and that's a big reason I started buying her stuff to begin with.

JUST. BUY. THIS.




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Fragrances -Kat Von D -Sinner

on 9/2/2018 10:49:00 AM

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This is a review for the most recent reformulation of Kat Von D's Sinner perfume.

I am typically drawn to spicy and woodsy, semi-masculine, bordering on unisex fragrances because they can have very different dry-downs depending on individual body chemistry.

This perfume smells like cotton candy to me, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. It reminds me a lot of the Narciso Rodriguez for her, which many people adore but I could never quite develop a liking for. Sinner is "safe" in that it isn't too bold or edgy in the base notes, so you can't really say something is sinful if it isn't willing to take the risk. I'm sorry to knock down the rating... Others may enjoy it but it is too sweet for me.

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Palettes -Kat Von D -Alchemist Holographic Palette

on 8/31/2018 12:06:00 PM

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This has to be my favourite packaging of any palette, ever. The iridescent white cover is sooooo gorgeous.

When I swatched this in Sephora I was blown away by the pigment. Using it at home, I’m a little underwhelmed. Powder highlights aren’t my fav but I think the colours are beautiful, just not as impactful as I’d like. Kinda like the LaCroix of highlighters lol. I don’t use the green colour whatsoever, but I use the pink and purple regularly! The pink is a nice topper for Colourpop’s Monster super shock highlighter (and a good dupe for Ofra/NikkieTutorials new Cloud 9 highlighter)

Not into supporting KVD anymore though, so I won’t be repurchasing.

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