First Impressions | XO Beauty… Purchase or Pass?

in packaging xo beauty

XO Beauty is a cosmetic line created by Shannon of Shannnxo on YouTube. I am personally a huge fan of her channel and watch her videos all the time. I especially love the new cocktail series she has going on right now. She has awesome ideas and is super creative. I knew of her brand before because she had previously launched brushes and lashes, which was not something that I had an interest in purchasing. I did, however, get super excited when she announced liquid and tube lipsticks and just shortly after she launched two highlighters.

Being the makeup addict that I am, I purchased both highlighters and one of each of the lipsticks as there weren’t many shades that appealed to me personally from her initial launches in the lip products. After getting these in the mail, I immediately did product shots and swatches for you guys.

in packaging xo beauty

Right off the bat, I was obsessed with the uni-cartons and the packaging overall. It is super girly and cute and just overall appealing to me personally. I love her logo and the accents of pink of the packaging. The chrome packaging for the actual product is just as gorgeous and gives me major simplistic vibes, which I adore. I love that you can see the liquid lipstick shade in the container without having to open it up.

out of carton xo beauty

The overall feel of the brand from this perspective is very beautiful and I definitely am drawn to it. If I saw this in store, I would probably go over and swatch it immediately. This is something that is likely a goal for the brand and Shannon as a brand owner.

Now, for the highlighters, the product itself was extremely creamy and blendable. I loved how soft the powders felt to the touch and they were gorgeous shades. However, as a blinding highlight addict, these just weren’t my cup of tea. I thought they seemed to be much more blinding in her video that she released using these but they are very subtle in person. I still find them to be gorgeous and would be awesome for someone wanting a more natural highlight.

Above are swatches of the two shades on my arm. As you can see, they are almost identical to my skin tone so they did not to much “highlighting” for me personally. However, I am quite pale so this is expected. The shades from top to bottom are Aurora and Lucent.

Now for the lipsticks… I will start off by saying that I was not too excited for these just because of the lack of shades that appealed to me. Now, that is a personal issue and does not affect the product itself. Immediately, the scent of these was amazing. I love the warm, almost vanilla smell they have but it also does not linger so it would not likely cause you to get a headache if you are sensitive to this sort of thing.

lip swatches xo beauty

Above are, from top to bottom, the liquid lipstick in the shade Impavid and the tube lipstick in the shade Wabi-Sabi, which is a matte formula.

For the liquid lipstick, I really loved how creamy and smooth they applied. They are not transfer-proof and they did not seem to dry down to a completely matte formula so I would describe them as similar to the Ultra Satin Lips by ColourPop Cosmetics. This particular color was a little patchy but still came off beautifully once I manipulated it a bit. However, for the price point ($18.92 USD), I feel like they should have been easier to work with. A lip liner may help the issues I had but I don’t feel like liquid lipsticks should need a liner, personally, as I have never used them with a liner before.

For the tube lipstick, I was really excited because I feel like it swatched pretty well. I do not normally have a ton of luck with tube lipsticks so I was really hopeful but the product did not apply well to the lips by any means. I did not use a liner, which as I said about the liquid lipstick, may have helped, but it still was extremely patchy and no matter how I tried to manipulate it, it did not want to become even.

Overall, I think the highlighters were gorgeous but just not for me and I would love to get more of the liquid lipsticks if they had a better variety of their shades. Sadly, I will have to pass on any more of the tube lipsticks because the application was just too patchy and chunky for me – to be honest, I feel like the Maybelline matte lipsticks are better and way less expensive.

Overall: 6/10
Liquid Lipsticks: 8/10
Tube Lipsticks: 3/10
Highlighters: 9/10
Worth the Price?: 6/10

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Jouer Skinny Dip Collection + More

skinny dip palette

Along with the many other cosmetics that I have ordered this month (RIP my bank account), I got the new Skinny Dip collection from Jouer Cosmetics. I was super excited because I had never tried their eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks before. I have had their highlighters and they are to die for. I got two new ones of those (although that was a lot of disappointment, we’ll get to that later). I figured since this is my first go at Jouer’s other products, I’d do a little swatch fest and review for you all who are interested and trying out the brand.

lip cremes skinny dip palette skinny dip and rose gold highlighters

So, I’ll go ahead and let you guys know now that I did not swatch the highlighters. That being because mine came shattered. I know that Jouer’s highlighter formula is veryyyy soft and it crumbles easily so it probably just got tossed around too much during the shipping because it was shipped in very nice packaging and wrapped well. I did email them but have not got a response yet. Hopefully, I will get that soon so I can use these babies. Now, on to the swatches!

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skinny dip palette swatches

Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows (from left to right: Midnight Swim, Magic Hour, Tan Lines, Skinny Dip, Bikini, and Star Light

Excuse the massive amounts of glitter on my arm as I swatched the Stila Magnificent Metals glitter eyeshadows right before this and… that wasn’t my best idea. ? So, these are extremely pigmented and creamy shimmer shadows. I am obsessed with this formula. My favorite is probably Star Light just because it is sooo shiny. The only disappointing shade would be Bikini, which is the light, baby pink color. It’s not that it is not pretty much it feels like a much different formula than the rest of the shadows. Maybe it was packed too tightly but I couldn’t get a lot of product off when swatching it.

lip toppers and lip cremes

From left to right: Rayanne, Pamplemousse (lip crèmes), St. Tropez, Skinny Dip (lip toppers)

lip cremes

From left to right (lip crèmes): Cabernet, Brique, Lychee, Tawny Rose (my personal favorite so far and the one I tested on my lips)

Now, first impressions, I am obsessed. These are an amazing mousse-y formula that is super opaque on the lips. I tested out Tawny Rose to see how it wore and it stayed on like a dream and looked amazing on my skin tone. The only one that surprised me, though I am not disappointed, was Cabernet. Due to the color in the tub, I excited something deeper and darker than the shade after (Brique), but it was just as bright and just more violet in my opinion. Still a gorgeous color!

Overall, I am very pleased with the new products I’ve tested. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a Jouer highlighter post to make up for the lack of swatches in this one. I think I’ll have four total once I get replacements for the two that came broken. So, what are your opinions of Jouer Cosmetics? Do you use their products?

xo Kimberly Signature

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Blogmas Day 10 | First Impressions & Review: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

first impressions and review ofra cosmetics long lasting liquid lipsticks

I know I am sooo late to this bandwagon but I finally made the plunge into OFRA’s liquid lipsticks. I know, I know… everyone loves these so why has it taken me this long? Well, I always love to get a good amount of whatever I am trying for the first time, especially if I’ve heard stellar reviews on it. Their holiday sales gave me the opportunity to do that! They had 50% off going on which allowed me to get nine lipsticks for a MUCH nicer price point. That being said, I’m going to tell you my first impressions and review over these well-known liquid lipsticks.

While collecting my thoughts of these lipsticks, the conclusion is… I adore them. The color range available on OFRA’s website is INSANE and the formula is unlike any liquid lipstick I’ve tried thus far. It is very creamy and mousse-like but still applies evenly and has amazing pigmentation. I’ve instantly fallen in love with these lipsticks. After wearing one for awhile, I can also tell you that they wear amazingly. They feel comfortable on the lips and are the closest I’ve ever gotten to feeling like I’m wearing no lipstick. I am blown away by the quality of these lipsticks.

I picked up nine different shades, based on colors that I felt like I would wear, and they all were gorgeous and very true to the colors I believed they would be. I also finally got a black liquid lipstick and I’m PUMPED. Below are the swatches of the shades that I purchased (please excuse my sad excuse for swatches).

full arm swatches

From left to right: Ultimate Red, Atlantic City, Tuscany, Hypno, Honolulu, Brooklyn, Harlem, Bordeaux, The Bronx

Below are close-ups of the shades in the same order as listed above.

first set of close up swatches

second set of close up swatches

That’s it for my first impressions and review of the OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks! I have to say, I am sad that it took me so long to take the plunge because I have a feeling I will be wearing this A LOT. I’m obsessed with the amazing formula and, close to the Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Kat Von D formulas, it is definitely a favorite.

Have you tried the OFRA liquid lips?
Do you love them? Hate (?) them?
What are your favorite shades?
Let me know in the comments!

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