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Welcome to INKWITCHERY!

If you’ve followed/known me for a while you’d know I’ve had a number of domains/websites (or online journals, before they were called blogs) since 2000. It has been such a long time since I’ve had a proper website. In fact my last real update was Spring of 2013! A lot has changed and most of it has been documented on my Instagram account (@inkwitchery).

This domain is my renewed attempt at keeping a cohesive online presence that extends beyond the quick FB, Twitter or IG posts.

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TooFaced Born This Way Foundation

PROS :
glass bottle with a pump
blends well
dries to semi-matte finish
no scent
good color range

CONS :
emphasizes dry patches
separates and looks cakey
not for dry skin
oxidizes
does not last long
expensive

OVERALL :
I wanted to love this foundation because it seemed like it’s on the top of everyone’s must have/holy grail lists. Sadly, it just did not work for me.

While it looked great after applying with a damp beauty sponge, over the course of the day (about 8 hours) I noticed a lot of patchy areas around my cheeks, cakey-ness and oiliness on my forehead and overall oxidation. I felt it made the oily areas I do have worse as the day wore on. It was not cute! I couldn’t believe how bad it performed and looked considering the high ratings and price point.

Once I washed it off with my usual cleanser (Philosophy Purity) I could tell my skin did not care for it. My skin is normal to dry (cheeks and forehead) and I noticed this foundation made my skin feel and look drier. Perhaps it’s the hyaluronic acid or coconut water in the formula? I’m not sure. I thought maybe it was a fluke and used it again the next day but, nope it still sucked.

I’m a fan of the TooFaced line but, I’m sad to say this was a fail. I do not recommend it.

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I drew this yesterday but, it was too dark to take a proper photo so, here it is. I can be sort of a perfectionist when it comes to these projects/challenges. 🙆🏻

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KVD Everlasting Lip Liners

I was lucky enough to be selected by Influenster to test out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Lip Liner in LOLITA! Since I already own this shade in their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick I knew it would work well with my skintone. There’s a reason why it’s a cult favorite, it’s a universally flattering shade.

PROS :

opaque color payoff
available in 30 shades
glides on smooth
not sticky or tacky
smudge proof
long lasting
retractable
precise application
vegan and cruelty free

CONS :

can feel dry when applied w/out lip balm
price point may be high for some
only 0.03g of product compared to other brands

OVERALL :

Not only does this lip liner apply like a dream – no tugging – it stays on and doesn’t dry out my lips like other brands. I swatched it on my arm and had a difficult time trying to take it off. I ended up using two baby wipes and even then it left a stain on my skin – impressive!

However, on my lips, is another story. If you line and fill in your lips and then eat a meal, it will eventually wear away in the middle and you’ll be left with an outline of color. That’s pretty normal and I find it happens with most lip products that claim to be long-lasting.

Shade range is excellent! There are 30 (THIRTY!) shades altogether, so you’re bound to find one to suit any mood and skin tone. I do hope they’ll release other colors to match their Studded Kiss line, like my other favorite ‘Mother’.

As with all KVD products the packaging and attention to design is great. I appreciate the retractable pencil and not having to fiddle with sharpening it. As for the amount of product in the tube, there’s only about 0.01oz (or 0.3g). Unfortunately, that’s much less than other brands at this price point. If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t?) it’s something to keep in mind. The Everlasting Lip Liners are available on the KVD website and at Sephora for 18$ a pop.

** I received this complimentary from Influenster for testing but as always, my opinions are my own. **

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