10 Reasons to Getting Ipsy Makeup Bags

When I first heard of these makeup subscription services, I was so excited. For only 15 CAD and 10 USD per month, I get to try a whole variety of makeup and tools that are from big brands? This was too good to be true!


At that time, I was really into YouTube make up guru Michelle Phan and I was digging her, so I decided to subscribe to her monthly makeup Ipsy bags.


First, you go to the website www.ipsy.com and answer questions on your physical descriptions and choose what kinds of makeup you want to receive. Afterward, you pay and if there is no waitlist, you are in and you will receive your monthly makeup bags!


I subscribed for a year and have stopped since then and here are my thoughts on the Ipsy subscriptions specifically.


Get it:


  1. If you don’t mind getting makeup from random brands.
  2. if you are just starting out collecting makeup
  3. if you like trying new makeup
  4. if you don’t mind receiving nail polish after nail polish and having makeup tools one month after another
  5. if you don’t mind receiving whatever colors you might get whether they are dark brown eyeshadows this month, lighter brown eyeshadows next month and medium brown eyeshadows the month after that
  6. if you like receiving new makeup bags every month
  7. if you like the feeling of opening up a present every month
  8. if you have extra 15 cad dollars a month and you want to consume for the heck of it
  9. If you want to support Michelle Phan
  10. If you like popping bubble wraps every month


Overall, it was fun subscribing for a year trying out new makeup and tools but I realized I was collecting make up for the sake of it. I couldn’t possibly use all the make up I was receiving and I am not the type just to review and to throw them away or to give them away. I did give away makeup to friends here and there but overall, I felt like it was a waste of money but of the products as well.  


One reason that propelled me to write this post was that I recently finished using a lip product from the previous Ipsy bags I received which was around 5 years ago!! I used that lip product quite often but it still took me that long to use it up.


This is one of the reasons why I stopped buying makeup products because I didn’t need all of that. I already have a lot and I actually want to use them up and not just for the sake of buying them after seeing a great review or a haul from YouTube or blog posts. The feeling of using up makeup products or anything for that matter is a very satisfying feeling. Is anybody else with me on this?


I might go back to subscribing makeup subscriptions in the future but only if I use up my current make up stash which would be in 2028. It does take a while to use them up IMHO


Have anyone of you tried subscribing to other makeup box or bags and if so what were your thoughts? Please share and comment down below!


Thanks for reading!


Until next time,



Minimalist Min(ie)


Instagram: iamminimalistmin


Monthly Makeup: Lip Review / Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I will be doing a monthly review of makeup related products and this is the lip product I wore almost every day in December 2017 and here is my take on it.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick

Item Description:

THE liquid lipstick that started the craze! Unleash long lasting, high-pigment color with a swipe of the wand. In 43 to-die-for shades, this creamy, comfortable formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish.

Source: Katvondbeauty website

Suggested Usage:

-Outline lip with applicator tip.

-Fill in lip with high-pigment color.

-Artistry tip: fill in lip with angled part of applicator.

-Keep lips still for a few seconds, then apply a second coat for unstoppable wear.

Source: Sephora website


Isododecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dicalcium Phosphate.

Source: Paula’s Choice 


[Above] How it looks when I first put it on. It actually looks more creamy but the picture is not doing justice 😦


[Above] After 10+ hours including eating and drinking



  • Packaging: It’s a typical slender looking lip product. I am the type who doesn’t care too much about the packaging and I would rather pay less money for less fancy packaging than pay more for the fancy look. The product’s cover was tight when closed, and nothing leaked so that’s good on my end. It does look stylish with the ink motif design on the cover, but yeah other than nothing much.
  • Color: It comes in 43 colors total, so that is pretty awesome! The colors range from pink to black so they are quite diverse and would suit a lot of people’s needs! The color I got was called Double Dare and I purchased it after seeing one of my favorite make up artist Pony put it on her, and it looked so gorgeous!! I mean herself is gorgeous but the color reminded me of dried up rose petals. The color looks especially stunning as the time goes on which is even more awesome. The color is quite pigmented and might look outdated(?) because it looked bold on my lips but in an aging look way. However, as I wore it throughout the day, the color became more muted and looked really pretty at the end of the day. For more muted(?) look, I would wipe off the excess so it doesn’t look as shiny and creamy (if that’s not your thing).
  • Texture: It is quite creamy when I put it on my lips; however, the color comes off quite easily when I accidentally touch my lips with my fingers or eat or drink.  As the time goes by, the texture becomes matte but if I wiped my lips for any reason, the color would come off, so I thought that was quite odd and interesting.
  • Scent: Like a chemical?
  • Performance: The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for most times, it does stay well even though I’ve eaten or drank throughout the day. Like I mentioned before, the color does come off or it would leave a ring on your cup, but somehow, the pigmentation seemed to infiltrate my lips that the color stayed on the whole day. The product is not hydrating, so I had to put on my lip balm few times a day.
  • Availability: Easy access as it is available online and offline from various beauty online stores.
  • Price: 24 CAD at Sephora stores so it’s not drugstore price but it’s not sooo steep that it did not turn me off from purchasing it.

Overall thoughts

When I first tried it on my lips, I didn’t like the color because I thought it was too shiny and aged my look and I left it alone for a while. When I tried it the second time, it was the same effect, shiny and outdated but I persisted having it on the whole day and that was when I noticed the color tone looked prettier and muted as the day went by. Also, the color is very pigmented, so it stayed on the whole day as you can see from my pictures. I didn’t even re-apply any lip colored product other than lip balm to hydrate my lips so that was good because I did not have to worry about my lip color fading.

Overall, I do like the product, but I will wear it when I need my lip color to stay for the whole day. The color is quite bold so I wouldn’t wear it if I am going for a natural look. Unless I have nothing else on other than my lips, then I might consider wearing it to lessen my whole face looking tired and listless. Because of the price, I wouldn’t rush out to get all the colors, but because I only have to apply it once a day, I wouldn’t mind exploring other colors if need be. I am not the type to test out new things, but to observe from far away, and then pounce and to see for myself.


Please share your thoughts if you tried any other Kat Von D Everlasting lip product!


Thanks for reading!

Until then,



Minimalist Min(ie)

Reflections and Goals (17/18)

Happy New Years!

It’s a new year! Fresh start! I want this year to be filled with attainable goals and actually, do them. I want to share what I am reflecting on for 2017 and what I want to be doing for 2018. I am putting myself out there so I will be more accountable for my goals. Also remembering and reflecting what I wrote and thought during these times will help me to keep me on the path this year. Mind you though, these areas are not the ONLY things I am working on but ones I want to focus on shall I say.

CAREER (Work, Volunteering, Education)

I’ve managed to work two jobs (one full time, and one part-time) for a full year in 2017 and I don’t know if it was a smart or a foolish thing to do but I am glad it is coming to an end. It’s bittersweet as well because I have been with the organization for 4 years, but I am ready to take on a new challenge for 2018 by working on my personal projects and to look for other on-call jobs. 

I volunteered for 2017 and it was a great way to meet new people, to learn new skills, and to try something different, but in 2018, I might consider looking for something different within the same organization.

In 2017, I’ve been thinking of pursuing additional education but I was feeling really lost and stuck. Now in 2018, I am thinking of doing more schooling to boost up my career and I am hoping it will work out but I haven’t decided on anything specific yet. Because I am uncertain which paths I should take, I am in the process of meeting professionals who work in the industry through my network to get more information.

CHALLENGES (#myfirsts)

In 2017, I participated Tough Mudder Half and it was something I should have given myself more credit so yeah!! I participated in it!! If you are curious how I did and if you are interested in participating yourself, I wrote a post on what to expect and what to bring to help you to have a smoother run.

In 2018, I would like to search for another training or an activity that I haven’t tried it, yet, so that is my goal for this year. Try something new and different!


In 2017, to help myself and my sister train for the Tough Mudder Half,  we followed the workouts that were recommended by the website. We tried working out any days that were available and because of this, all the time that was available went to the gym. Even though it was great for my fitness, other areas flustered.

In 2018, I decided to workout 4 days a week and avoiding not working out for more than 2 days and to eat healthier to replace not working out more than that.


I don’t usually snack but if it’s in front of me, my hands will dip into the bags of chips like no other. I have a couple of favorite candies and sweets that I will go for, and for 2017, I tried really hard not to consume them and I stopped buying them for the most part. Out of sight out of mind. I still can’t say no to some sour candies 😉

For 2018, I’ve decided to consume less meat and dairy, especially, milk to start. It’s been a couple of months so far, even though I have had cravings and urges to consume them, I reminded myself of the reasons why I did it in the first place. I am currently having some health issues, so I am seeing if this diet will make a difference. Again, I am not eliminating 100% because I don’t want to be too hard and to put pressure on myself, but I believe reducing is still better than nothing, so this is what I will stick to it for now.


In 2017,  I blogged at least once a month on average. There were some months I didn’t blog at all, and some months, I posted more than once, so on average, it’s been once a month. For 2018, I want to up the goal by posting twice a month. I know this can be seen as a sub-par goal compared to many of you, but I am focused on having smaller and attainable goals.

In 2017, for YouTube, I’ve partnered up with a co-worker, Alina, to make YouTube videos on fashion, makeup, and other random ideas; however, they flustered, because of our conflicting schedules. But for 2018, our schedules have cleared up (we both don’t have permanent weekend work anymore) we can then focus more on creating videos.


In 2017, I picked up a guitar and coding last year and started practicing, but after a couple of months, my practice time started to dwindle. In 2018, I want to make my practices more of a regular thing and I will practice them once a week and if I can accomplish that, I will increase the frequency.


I’ve always used a planner to put in appointments and important notes but in  2018, I will look at the planner and assess it every week. I will be more meticulous about recording especially with my spending, and my eating, although I find meal planning is a bit tough.

Anyways, I’ve purchased two planners, “The Happiness Planner” and “Making it Happen” ( I am gettin real serious here) but I still haven’t received them. When I do, and if I like it, I will make a review. Please leave a comment down below if you are interested. I will also be more meticulous about writing my spending.

WELLNESS TOOLS (Meditation, Journaling, and something FUN)

In 2017, I’ve started to meditate using this free app. and I have been doing it almost everyday. It’s free and there are a lot of different types such as guided or music, so I highly recommend. In 2018, I will continue using this app and to continue to meditate in the morning and at night. I recommend to people who have a hard time sleeping and if you like to hear something soothing or white noise to drift you off to sleep, this app will work wonders.  Well, it works for me.

I journaled once a month on average (I am being completely honest here!!) but in 2018, I will journal at least once a week.

For fun, I want to continue to travel and to look for fun and exciting activities to do this year! I went to a play with my family last year and that was super fun. Trying and enjoying new experiences are one of my top goals this year so I will continue to look for it. TO LIVE WITH INTENTIONS!!!!


So these are my big but humble goals for this year so far. Things may change and I will be ready to be flexible to those changes but at least something is there.


Also, there is so many self-help and wellness tools and tips out there in the blogosphere, I am going to try them and to write my experiences down for review. If interested, please leave a comment down below.


I haven’t done a make up post in a while so I will be coming up with a review of a lip product which I used it everyday for a whole month in December 2017.


Please let me know what you intend to do or what your goals for the year 2018?


Hope everyone had a great holiday and happy new year again!


Thanks for reading!


Until then,


Minimalist Min(ie)


Credit: Photo by Matthew Sleeper on Unsplash 


Yearning for a simple life

Do you have those moments when you want the time to go slowly and everything around you to go slowly as well? Second by second, minute by minute?


I am currently obsessed with this Australian prison show called the “Wentworth” and it is about women prisoners who navigate prison systems, friendships, relationships and various obstacles that come to their ways. The show gives me tears, knee-jerking and shocking moments all from the prison setting. I cannot rave more about this show and I cannot wait for the next season!


I was binge-watching the show one day and there was a scene where one of the character, Franky, was throwing a tennis ball against the wall and I don’t know what it was, but that scene made me yearn for a simple life. I mean in the show Franky was plotting a scheme so I am sure her thoughts were perplexed as she was throwing that ball. But just seeing her throw that ball against the wall back and forth and back and forth sort of soothed me and mesmerized me at the same time.


There are other scenes where the prisoners rest around their unit lounge after their work chores are over and those scenes brought peace to me as well. Those prisoners are stuck and they have limited freedom but the fact that they didn’t have to deal with all the “outside everyday chaos” seemed to calm me.


I sound like I live and work in a high pressure, corporate environment where I work and deal with stock exchange etc and I am not. I work in social services where I deal with complex and dire situations but I like my job and the work environment, so why the feeling?


I am not even sure but I heard there is a movement called the Slow TV from one of the Nordic countries where they broadcast ordinary events that occur in real time on TV. It’s a reversal to all the mega explosive and overstimulating things that are shown on TV shows and films nowadays. I don’t want to lie but I caught myself a couple of times just looking glassy-eyed at my laundry machine going around in a rhythmic cycle. Something about it was soothing but I stopped myself and got up after a few minutes before I got too entrenched.


As I am writing this post, I realized I have been working at my current job for a year and it has been my first full-time job in a field that I actually care about. I’ve always worked full-time hours in the past but they were either in a job where I didn’t give a crap about or few part-time jobs that added to full-time hours.


Nevertheless, at this point, I want to do so many things and maybe that’s just it. I want to do so much that I feel stuck and not sure where to go from here.


As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am at a point where I feel stuck especially in my career and somewhere inside me is yearning for a simple life. I think I am ruminating and looking for something to focus.


I work all week which include my full-time job during the week and a part-time job on the weekends. Now, that weekend gig will end in a month and I will have my weekends back, and it is going to be so weird. I have been working like this for a year but I’ve been working on weekends part time for 4 years and I am worried and excited at the same time to see what my weekends will be like once I am done.

I am all over the place but I am hoping something will come to me as I write posts like these.


If you ever felt stuck in the past and got unstuck in any category in your life, please leave a comment down below as I still have much to learn.


Thanks for reading this post that is all over the place.


Until then



Minimalist Min(ie)


Career in Question

This is a post about me feeling lost and scared about work and career path that I am on now, but despite these thoughts, I feel compelled to continue. Every year I assess my situation, whether in work, relationships and in general just where I am at. These are all pretty obvious things but this is what I am doing and considering at the moment with work and my life the moment. I wanted to share the struggles and what makes me feel motivated, by the way, is still a constant struggle, but that is for another time.


  1. Keep going.


To realize if I enjoy the work and still have something to learn is to keep going.


I am still fairly new in my field (social services) because I was in a different industry (finance and retail service) in the past. I have been in this full-time job for just a year, so I still need more time and experience to figure what I want.


Hopefully, as I continue to work in my field I will eventually realize I do enjoy the work and that I do find it rewarding and to keep going until I find something different.

2. Be realistic


I do feel lost at times and my thoughts would creep into other fields wondering what it would be like and they would range all the way from all sorts of areas such as engineering, accounting, medicine, pharmacy etc. When this happens, it is not beneficial to ruminate and to ponder what it will be like to work in those fields, because I will get stuck in spirals and spin out of control.


Instead, be realistic.


Let’s say if I was considering to become a doctor at this time, it will take me 10 or more years of schooling to become a doctor. I would also have to calculate the time and the money that will cost me to become a doctor. I am being realistic and if I think I am not ready to put all that work, then no matter what I think of the profession, I don’t think that is the right path for me.


  1. Try different jobs


If I am feeling stuck or feeling unsure, I will apply for a different job and become a casual or a part-time worker to see how I will do or like in those jobs.


I know I am the type that cannot be stuck in one type of job because I will feel bored and I need to be in a different element to feel motivated.

I try to seek for different kinds of work such as what I am doing now such as writing, sharing my experiences, reviewing makeup and so on. This gives me a break from my day job and I feel I will not get burnt out from my current job.


When I look back, this is what I always did by having a variety of jobs working in different sectors. All in all, they would all be in customer service, but I remember working as a cashier or a sales associate at different places and it worked out well for me. Maybe because of that experience, I got used to working in multiple jobs and I liked the fact that I got to have a variety of experiences and to meet different kinds of people.


I live in Vancouver and now it seems like working two or more jobs is somewhat normal to make ends meet to live in this city. And I am not talking about people who have good stable jobs and having a side hustle to make extra income. I am talking about people who have a stable job but having to work at another part-time job after their day job to make ends meet.


  1. Volunteer


If you are curious about what it’s like working in another industry, try volunteering. It will have less pressure than having an actual job and it will still give you good insights what will it be like working with the people who are working in that sector.


I also volunteer about once a month and that works for me with my current work schedule. I was interested in working in the justice system so I volunteer to do car patrols for my local RCMP community and so far it has been well.


  1. Education


I am also looking to do further education and I actually feel lost in this path as well. There are so many schools, so many programs, and all their distinctive requirements is making my head hurt. The time and the money that will cost is no easy feat as well. I am currently trying to get information from various programs and what I can do with them afterward such as career paths etc.


I don’t have much else to say other than to keep going and something eventually will turn up. It will be more productive rather than being stuck and not doing anything and trying to ponder for the perfect job or that one career path.


It will not show up if we don’t do anything. Everything will be stuck and nothing will turn up.


So this is what I am working on now when I am questioning my future career path.


Does anybody feel this way and if so what helped you past the feeling of stuckness in your career? Please leave a comment down below and I would like to read what helped you.


Thanks for reading.


Until then

Minimalist Min(ie)

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5 Tips for Clubbing for Married 30+

So Yup. I went clubbing… And not just attending a DJ event or a concert but clubbing as in going to a regular club, and lining up outside with other clubgoers while they were smoking and drinking.

So it started out as one of my married friends said “let’s do a girls night out!” and so another married friend joined and we decided on… Well, what else? Clubbing, of course!

At the end, the night was memorable but not in the best sense. We all went through the party scene when we were 20 something but as married 30+ it was a different story.

There were a lot of recurring memories and events that emerged from the past but we were simply not ready for what was bound to happen. We were stunned like a deer before it got stuck. (ugh… I don’t like that example… I get sad when I see road kills)

Anyways even though you may be younger or older than 30+ hopefully this can be a guide to all of you guys before heading out for the night. Hopefully, it can save you money (I am all for that), time and stress.


Me and my friend clubbing (gasp!!)


  1. How to Avoid Line-Ups


a) Plan your destination

This may sound basic for some of you folks, but we had no plan! We just decided on a  club while driving and heading out to downtown. The first couple of clubs we picked (got the information on the internet ><) were closed down or not a night we wanted to attend, so we asked around and received recommendations and so we went.

If we had picked a club to go to, in the beginning, we could have contacted the club earlier in the week to get on the guest list and save time on lining up and maybe perhaps the cover fee.

b) Use your or friends’ connections

We didn’t want to resort to this but especially in the colder months, we would try to see if we have any connections with the promoters or know who knows one so we can get in the club with little to no lineups.

c) Or be a keener and head to the club early to avoid long lineups!

If the club opens at 8pm, get there around 8pm to avoid line ups! You will still listen to some great music, get drinks, dance a bit and maybe call it a night!


  1. How to save money on drinks

a) Pre-drink

This is kind of an obvious thing, but yes pre-drink or pre-game before you head to the club. Obviously, do not get so drunk that you stumble everywhere and puke before you head in (we kinda broke that rule ourselves but one of our friends was lightweight in drinking!). I remember back in my 20’s, we used to pre-drink at friends’ homes or even in cars! I remember I used to carry a bottle of drink in the back of the trunk in case someone wanted a drink.

Now, we might still pre-drink at friend’s home or drink at a bar or restaurants, but do remember! Drinks at bars and restaurants might be as expensive as in clubs so do calculate your costs as you go.

b) Research for drinks’ specials for that night

Check out what the drinks’ specials are when searching for the club(that is if you already picked a place!) so when you are ordering at the bar you know what to order. Also, ask for the price before you order! When I went to the club that night, I didn’t ask for the price and the drink turned out to be 20 dollars a shot! I think I got ripped but the drinks were already poured and I did not want to make a scene and get kicked out so I coughed up the dough. It woke me right after that.

C) Just don’t drink!

Save money and your health by not drinking and just getting thumpin with the music!! If you absolutely need drinks, read the options above but just don’t seduce and tempt guys to get a drink. You are independant woman and who knows what’s inside the drinks? Get drinks for you and your friends and they can get the next round and so on.


  1. Comfort is everything

When I was in my 20s comfort was the last thing on my mind. I just had to look hot or sexy and that was it. Oh and also cheap. I remember I would wear a short dress with no jacket in winter because I wanted to save money on coat check.

I would wear heels like no other and would rather bring band-aids with me to cover up my wounds because I would rather have sexy legs than worry about the pain and blisters that would incur later.

Now, comfort is everything! I am not at that stage where I would forego style over comfort but it’s getting close. I would rather wear comfortable, somewhat stylish shoes rather than sexy heels. I know my feet, and legs and let’s face it, my whole body would thank me as soon I walk into the club.

Showing off my B&B (accidentally) and B&B stands for Boobs and Butt and vice versa is not what I want to show off due to tripping over because of some gnarly shoes.

Wear something you would feel comfortable in for your whole body, from head to toe and they will all thank you.


  1. Avoid unnecessary conflicts

Back in the days, if someone bumps or elbows into you (on purpose) and you just want to smash them into pieces and you actually do it?

Well, think twice before you do that especially at this age. I am guessing you might have a job and maybe a family and some sort of a reputation (if you are in a gang, this might not apply to you or maybe it does) you would not want to risk all of that just from that one night, one person.

People are drunk and it is crowded with people, so give them the benefit of the doubt. If you are near people who are too rowdy, just walk away. Sometimes, it is just not worth it.

That night, I had this girl dancing near us flailing her hair and she was getting closer to us and we “gently” nudged her away but she came in full force shaking her hair like no other and so we just walked away and giving her the space to bang her hair.


  1. Plan, plan, plan

I feel like this is a recurring theme for this whole post. It’s not the funnest thing one can imagine when going out for the night and to plan for events that seem so far away and yet to happen.

However, it will be a good night at the end.

Plan what will happen afterward. If you want to eat afterward, scope out what’s good to eat around the club and check it out. I was hungry afterward, so I went to the nearest pizza store and later having to find out one of my favorite pizza was store was just a block down. Now, you may say what is the big deal? Well, the one I favored had better flavours and was a bit cheaper. I don’t know about you but I like tasty food and to save money. The gnawing annoyance is something I would only feel.


My friend and I grabbing mediocre pizzas (meh)

So there it is. My short guide to having a fun night out on the town for married 30+.


Basically, plan the crap out.


Do you have any tips on going out for the night? If so, please share and comment down below!


Thanks for reading!


Until then



Minimalist Minnie


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Power of Red Lips

Whenever I thought about red color in makeup I automatically thought of as old or rather mature color. It could be when my first encounter with makeup was my mom’s red lipstick and when I put it on and looked in the mirror, I thought I looked terrible but in a way oh so mature!


I eventually broke off with red color during my high school years and even in my 20s because I thought it felt too old on my complexion.


It’s so different when highschoolers nowadays, especially in Korea, where they were the blood red colored tint to school and that’s a trend. I think in my days which was in the 90’s,  the “it” color was the dark, brownish color that made our lips look sort of dead or we had just smeared mud pie onto our lips or something. Oh, the 90’s.


I don’t know about you guys, but I change my makeup looks every week to spice up and to use the rest of my makeup products that I don’t use all the time. I also carry a makeup pouch and change the contents, which are mostly lip products, every month. Does anybody else do that?


Last week, I left my makeup pouch from my weekend job, so I didn’t have my makeup pouch on me. I was carrying Peripera tint in orange and it is quite pigmented so I sported flushed color lips throughout the month.


I could have used my other lip products that needed some love, but I tried to wear basic chapstick with no other color and see how I looked. I am pretty big on lips so I wanted to see how I looked and felt with my natural colored lips.


Oh boy. I thought I could be confident at this age, let alone relying on a lip product, but oh my goodness… I felt like I looked so dead without some color on my lips.


Here are what I used in the month of September for red lips: 



Picture of my almost everyday natural lip color


Peripera Tint in Orange




From far away, the lip color looks more blended. This makeup is what I wore when I went to an outdoor music concert a few weeks ago. 

Quick Review:

Okay, this is technically not red, but it is still a bright color, so I will include this lip product in this post. This is what I used every day and the formula was quite liquidity. The formula was wet and it took some time to dry it out but afterward, the color was also really pigmented. After it dried up, the color stayed intact for a few hours even though I’ve consumed water and food during those times. This was a sample size that I’ve gotten from past beauty subscriptions box so the bottle was quite small. I saw the regular sized bottle online and reading other reviews, and from my personal experience,  you have to be really careful with these bottles. If you tip them, which I did, the liquid formula spilled everywhere and tinted the surface and to make it worse, it was extremely hard to take it off, so be careful!!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam




Quick Review:

I only used this lip color for my night outs which I went clubbing last night with two of my married friends. There will be a post about that because it was quite a night and not in the best sense. Anyways, this is a gorgeous red color that suits my skin color which has the warm yellowish undertone. It’s wet but dries matte and the color is pigmented that it also stayed intact the whole night and that is after consuming a bowl of ramen, a pint of beer, appies and a couple of shots. It freaken stayed on the whole night and I just needed to put lip balm to smooth my dried lips but sheesh, the color stayed put!


Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red


Quick Review:

I’ve heard good reviews about this lip product so when I visited Korea last year, I purchased it. It is a stick form, but the formula is liquidity. Also on the packaging, it states that it cannot be put back when twisting to get the product out. Because of this, I try to be careful when twisting the product to get it out and I normally dab it onto my lips. The color is quite gorgeous, and it again suits my skin tone quite well. One thing though, it says it is a “tint” but the color was not as pigmented as the Periperi one. Although, I must add, when I put Peripera tint in orange and added this tint on top of it, it was like a match made in heaven. It worked quite well and gave a vibrant orangey/reddish top that brightened up my looks.


With both Peripera Tint in Orange and Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red and after eating and drinking, the pigment still stayed put. 

What is your must-have red lip color? Please leave a comment down below! 


Until next time,

Minimalist Minnie