“Havana Nights” OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

We need to talk about “Havana Nights”.

I’ve always been jealous of girls that can rock a bold lip.  Like they throw on a dark lipstick and then it’s like they stomp down the street circa Beyoncé walk in “Crazy in Love”. Those girls know they look good, and are confident.  They are probably never disheveled, or have cat hair covering their leggings.

I want to be one of those girls.

I’ve shelled out enough money for different lipsticks in the past year in my quest to find my perfect dark lip.  For awhile my go-to was Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, which my mom hated. I wore it anyway because I am a rebel and it was funny to see her hate it so much.

Then this year I had a tiny love affair with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”.  Mixed with a wine-colored lip liner from NYX, it had great lasting power for the price, and didn’t dry out my lips. And then on a whim (and on sale!) I decided to splurge for the OFRA Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab “Havana Nights”.

KathleenLights Havana Nights OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

And oh… Oh, girl. This is a good one.

If you’re someone like me who does not look good in pink tones, this is a shade for you– though I honestly can’t imagine it being a bad shade on anyone! It’s a dark red, but with a rusty vibe and brown undertones. In some lights in looks brown, in others it looks like a blood red. Like a vampy princess.

The formula is great. It’s not a stain, so it does keep some tackiness that a lipstick does, but the staying power is awesome.

My wear test for this baby included a power-hour (AKA- drinking a shot glass full of beer every minute for an hour because why not), and three hours at a bar. I touched up halfway through the night, but when I got home I was still shocked at how great it looked. It had very minimal bleeding around the edges of my mouth, probably from repeatedly putting a shot glass to my lips, but other than that it still looked great.  It came off relatively easily by oil-cleansing my face like usual and giving my lips and extra scrub.

Like usual, my only complaint is the packaging. It’s a regular tube, but the name is a clear sticker on the the tub with black writing on it. The edges were already starting to lift when I got it, making it look a little cheap. Not sure if all OFRA liquid lipsticks are like this, or just Havana Nights, as it’s a promotional shade, but I was kind of disappointed. I love KathleenLights, so I was hoping for something a little bit more decorative that I would keep after the product was gone.

Overall, I’d give it 9/10 stars. Taking away one point for the packaging because I’m petty.



Morphe Brushes Haul and Review

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

After being crazy impressed with my Morphe 35O palette, I made sure to hit the Morphe site on Black Friday.  I had a list of brushes I wanted after watching some beauty guru videos and listening to their favorites.  I am severely lacking in good eyeshadow brushes, so I picked out six that I wanted and were on sale. Though even if they weren’t on sale, most brushes are between the $5-$15 dollar range, depending on the line.  It’s been about a week and a half, so I have definitely formed opinions on them that I thought I’d share.

MB13 – Deluxe Blending Fluff Brush

This one is my absolute favorite.  It’s incredibly soft and picks up the shadows so well.  I never realized just how much a brush could make a difference in application until this using this one.  Where I used to use the fluffy side of the brush that came with my Naked palettes, this one deposits color so much better.  I’d have to say this is a must-have for pretty much everyone.

M209 – Chisel Pointed Brush

This one is less soft, but still gets the job done.  It does shed, which is extremely annoying.  I sort of expected better for the Morphe reputation than brush that sheds.  I use to for more detailed work, like darker colors in the eye crease, or packing color onto the outer or inner corner.  Thankfully, using a clean, fluffy face brush, I can usually brush all the tiny hairs away that shed so but it’s still a pain in the butt.  Maybe I got a bad one, but if it didn’t shed, I’d be much happier with it.

M151 – Small Chisel Fluff Brush

Good for reach small spaces to pack color on.  Haven’t had a problem with shedding for this one, and I really like using it for inner eye highlight, and to help add color to my bottom lash line.  It’s also good for adding extra color to the crease or outer eye when you’re touching up.

M332 – Fluffy Crease Brush

Again, the shedding.  Not a fan.  But because of it’s long bristles more blunt end, it is good for targeting color.  I do like using it for my crease, and for buffing out dark colors that I want to keep closer to my lash line– like a smokey eye.

M408 – Chisel Shader Brush

This one I got primarily for depositing lower-lash line colors. I wanted something short and soft I could use to smudge out colors.  The bristles aren’t at soft as I would like for something touching the most sensitive part of my eye, but it does the job.  I also like it to apply under-brow highlight.

Though, upon looking at the website to find these links, I’m pretty sure I meant to order the M508, not M408, which is advertised as an actual smudger brush.  Whoops! Total Kelsey Move.

B11 – Angled Eyeliner Brush

Yup, got this one for gel eyeliner.  I haven’t worn much gel liner in the past few weeks, but the few times I have used it, I was happily surprised at how much easier it was to put on with a proper brush like this.  It’s easy to get a good sharp angle, and it cleans up halfway decently immediately after using it.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate letting eyeliner dry on brushes.  It’s been washed maybe 3-4 times and has held it’s shape, so I’m happy!

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

B11 • MB13 • M209 • M332 • M151 • M408

Overall, I was a tad disappointed, just because TWO out of six that I ordered shed bad enough to leave little hairs all over my face.  I don’t think I’ve lost faith in all of Morphe though, but I think I will steer clear of the Studio Line (which both of these brushes are from) from now on. Upon further inspection, not only are the bristles different, but the actual quality of the handle is different too.  I think I may have just ordered from a slightly undesirable line.

Anyone else Morphe Fans? Give me some brush recommendations! My next hunt will be for a fluffy brush great for highlighting– but not a fan brush!– and big fluffy face brush good for bronzing.  Which should I get?


Christmas Beauty Wishlist: Lorac, Becca, Hourglass, Tarte, Kiehl’s, and Nailtique

Lorac Mega PRO 2, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadows, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cocentrate, and Nailtique
In today’s “If I had a million dollars…” episode of my Christmas Wishlist, I decided to focus on beauty.
Many of these are cult favorites, so it’s absolutely shocking that I’d want them.  I’m not a trend-follower or anything (she says so sarcastically…)

1. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with the mauve-y tones of this palette, and have heard nothing but good things.  I also don’t own any Tarte products, so I think this could be a great introduction.  I can see this as being really great post-Christmas Winter colors, when I know I’ll be sick of the gold metallic shades from the holiday season.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’m just starting to finally realize the importance of adding oils into my skincare routine.  And– shocker!!– it’s really helping to clear up my acne.  So I figure why not go right to the source and get one of the OG face night oils?  The price tag seems reasonable for all the reviews claiming it to be a must-have in your skincare routine.

3. Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette

I mean, just look at the colors. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this palette, and it has a lot of shades I don’t have already.  Mama like.  Mama want.

4. Nailtiques Protein Formula 2 Plus

I’ve been having a hard time with brittle, peeling nails lately, and have heard of this being a really great find.  Then KathleenLights talked about it in her recent favorites, so I have to assume that it’ll be great.  I’ve been using Sally Hansen and Essie treatments, but they seem to get thick really quickly.  Hoping this one will hold up a little better!

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

This is my hail-mary choice.  I can’t imagine actually asking anyone I know to spend $80 on a piece of make-up for me, even if it is 6 gorgeous highlight, bronzing, blush shades.  $80 on skincare, yes (because your face is your face forever!) but make-up? No.   But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

6. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop

I don’t think I really need to explain this one.  It’s got more rave reviews than I could ever even hope to read through in my lifetime, and (I’m preeeeetty sure, and correct me if I’m wrong) it’s limited edition.  I just want my highlight to be on fleek.  Please just let me be on fleek.
Dear Santa, please check this out.  I just want to be superficial and cover my face is gorgeous things.  Talk to Mrs. Claus if you have questions, I’m sure she understands.
PS. I promise I’ve been good.  Just ignore whatever Gracie says about that, she’s a compulsive liar.  I am on the “nice” list for sure.


Fall Makeup Must-Have: Morphe 35o Palette

Saturday morning, a beautiful new baby was delivered to me: my Morphe 35o palette.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey


Hello, gorgeous.

Morphe Brushes has been on my radar for the last year, since I fell into the beauty guru Youtube black
hole.  First the brushes caught my eye for the rave reviews, then for the price, and then they started introducing these palettes, and my oh my.

Months have come and gone, and it was repeatedly sold out.  And then suddenly there it was, I grabbed it, and it was in my hands within 4 days.

First reaction?  Gorgeous, gorgeous colors. If this eyeshadow palette could be reincarnated as a man with a sense of humor in Chicago, I would marry it.  Mother issues and all.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey

For the $29.22 I spent, including shipping (and using Manny MUA’s affiliate link giving me 10% off), getting 35 different gorgeous warm shades perfect for your fall makeup looks. This palette is a great value in addition to great quality.  It’s great mix of matte, shimmer, and glitter shades that can be used for natural looks, all the way up to some super glam aesthetic as well.  If you are looking for a cheap (ish) make up palette for fall or winter, this is your winner here.

Most are super creamy and are super pigmented.  A few that I used Saturday night weren’t super pigmented—I think it may be a trend of the matte colors– but were buildable if you’re patient.  But again, for 35 colors, I’m totally fine with a little extra elbow grease.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey

I’ve swatched a few of my favorite colors here, just to give you an idea of the creaminess of these shadows. The first is a champagne color that is gorgeous, and you can tell by the picture, it’s super shimmery, and thick.  I expected it to be kind of gritty, but it’s the exact opposite. Also these pictures are taken in natural lighting and no matter how much I moved my hand, it still looked this shimmery and gorgeous.  (I’m thinking this will be my Thanksgiving look!)

And there is a matte and a regular shimmer color for contrast.  As you can see, the formulas are great, but the matte is showing off a little thinner than the others.

My only complaint is the packaging.  It feels fragile, like I could snap it at any moment, and it would be helpful if the palette had a mirror on the giant inside cover. The shades also aren’t named so it gets kind of confusing when you try to follow tutorials for this palette.  It is a lot of “and this matte brown here…” commentary, when there are literally 15 matte browns in the entire palette, so it is kind of hard.

But, if the sacrifice of packaging helps keep the price low, I’m more than willing to work with it.

Basically, my first impression is WOW. I already feel like I need to issue a formal apology to my Naked palettes. They are going to be very neglected for the next few weeks. This palette actually makes me want to leave my apartment. THAT’S how much I love it.

Sorry, boos.  Mama’s got a new favorite child now: the Morphe 35o palette. Happy fall makeup season!


The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I am a celebrate-Christmas-the-day-after-Halloween kind of gal. November 1st usually starts peppermint mochas, cranberry candles, and Christmas Pandora.

Ho, ho, ho, bi*ches.

I know.  Based on the fact that I’ve already tweeted about watching Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at least three times this month, you probably had no idea, right?

There is just something about the feeling of Thanksgiving and Christmas that I think it’s never too early to start celebrating.  My extended family is in the habit of celebrating both around Thanksgiving while we’re all together, so Thanksgiving and Christmas may as well be one 2-month long holiday for me.  Thanksgivingmas??

And because of that, I wanted to start the season off early with a little GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

The gorgeous The Body Shop 24 Happy Days 2015 Advent Calendar is up for grabs for one very lucky friend.  I managed to grab the last one in the shop near my house this week, and I’ve been told these puppies are going fast, thanks to all the treats inside.

The goodies inside are all listed online at TheBodyShop.com, but to also give you a little sneak preview, these 24 little beauties include:

Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion
Shea Body Butter
Fuji Green Tea Bodywash
Elderflower Eye Gel
Shea Shower Cream
Almond Hand & Nail Cream
Strawberry Lip Butter
Vitamin E Night Cream
Wild Argon Oil Shower Gel
Colour Crush Nail Polish
….. and more surprises that I won’t give away.
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!
I actually got a sample of each of the body butters that is inside the calendar and have been using them the past few days.  They live up to the hype, and smell gorgeous. My favorite is the cranberry; it makes me want to lick my arms.
The giveaway is open internationally (woohoo!).  Enter below, multiple times per day if you’d like.  Share this giveaway with your friends, then split the goodies if you win!  The more, the merrier!

Happy Christmas!