Colour Pop Lipstick Reviews

I finally tried out the Colour Pop lipsticks.  After wanting to test them out for a long time, there was a free shipping code, so I agonized over the colors to choose and placed my order.  Here’s what I thought.
First, I was pretty excited to get a product with a theme, and some fancy packaging.  Since I’m a frugal girlie, I wouldn’t ever drop serious bucks on my self for something as frivolous as lipstick.  I love my drugstore stuff, and love that I can try out colors with low risk and sometimes NO RISK if you buy from a drugstore that allows returns.
Colour Pop had some Hello Kitty lip colors, and the packaging is to die for.  From the minute you get your mailer, with this sparkly design, you feel like you spent a lot more than you did on the product.

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Here’s my honest unpaid review of these colors!
I got 2 of the Hello Kitty colors.  They were on sale for less than $5 a piece.  I purchased Date Mate and Let’s Play
“Date Mate” is a matte bright pink color like my signature pink.  I like it, but not in the matte.  I think it looks too flat on me, and I need to add a little shimmer to the center of the lip.  Here’s the shade in artificial and day light:
I suggest using a lip liner… here I did not.  It helps to get the line nice and straight.  (Here is it not.)  On a side note… this lipstick broke pretty quickly.  The cap is a snap on and I pulled it off and out flew the lipstick tube!  It’s very pigmented, as are all the colors, so it required some scrubbing to get it off the bathroom sink and counter.  Be careful around fabrics, I’m sure it would stain that very quickly!
The other Hello Kitty color is “Let’s Play.”  It’s a pretty red with glitter flecks inside. Same sale, under $5.
Here you can see the gold glitter left behind when the color is removed.
The next color I tried was my least favorite.  I thought the color was going to be way different.

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Zipper was $6 and is a matte liquid lip color.  Here is the color as shown on the website:

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Here is it on my lips:
As you can see, the daylight photo is vastly different than the artificial light photo.  But, I can’t seem to get the product to apply evenly on my lips at all.  The above is a single coat.  It went on streaky for me, and if you touch your lips together, it gets sticky and the coverage gets worse.  I wish I had a matching lip liner, because this color is very easy to go outside the lines when you have only a doe foot applicator to work with.  I noticed the color is kind of separating and pulling away from the tube….
Here I did a second coat to try to even out the color:
This color is definitely NOT user friendly, and do not apply this quickly in a crowded bathroom somewhere.  A steady hand is a must, time to fix it, makeup remover on a cotton swab, etc.  I’m not too crazy about how this feels on my lips either.  When I smiled, the lip color cracked and my lip lines were clearly visible.  Next time I might try to start in the center of the lip, so the color is not concentrated at the lip line, but this one is my least favorite.  When wiping it off with a tissue the color rolls off, and none of the other liquid colors do this.
The next color is also a matte lip color called “More Better.”  ($6)

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This one, though it seems to be the same type of lip color as Zipper, is “more better” in the user friendly factor.  I only require one coat, and the color seems to go on more evenly.  I didn’t need to keep going over the streaks which causes even more uneven application.  One coat and I was done.  The formula seems less heavy to me, and less sticky.  You can see how I wiped it off to show you how pigmented the color is.
I tried this one out for a long day of teaching dance.  By about hour 6, the color had begun to feather around my lip line.  I couldn’t just wipe it off, so I forged onward throughout the night, but it made me look like I had severe chapped lips and irritation.
The last liquid color I got was called “3-Way.”  ($6)

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It’s a metallic lip.  I like this one the best for a dramatic night.  I wore it performing aerial dance at a grand opening of a business.  It stood up through the night.  It’s easier to apply, feels as light as the “More Better” and is just as pigmented.  It takes a few swipes to get the color even, much like metallic nail color takes a few swipes to get it opaque, but is build-able, unlike “Zipper.”
The third photo shows the gold glitter left behind when the color is wiped off.
Overall, I like the traditional lip stick colors more than the liquid lip colors.  I just really feel like that Zipper color is a different formula altogether.  It feels different going on and coming off the lips.  I would try Color Pop again, but I’d be more inclined to try the traditional lip sticks that I can handle easier.  The liquid lip colors are very much like any “stay proof” liquid color, except it feels like there should be a seal or a gloss provided to go on top of the pigment.
Primer:  I did purchase the primer, and though the website doesn’t say anything about needing it, I believe the colors went on much more smoothly with the primer…..except that Zipper color 😦
So that’s my beauty review of the Colour Pop lip sticks.
I’d love to hear if you have tried any of the different formulas or colors and if so what is your favorite?
Until next time beauties!

 

Happy Easter!

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Last year I didn’t get all of my Easter decor out because I had basically just moved in here, and I couldn’t bear to unpack and repack one more thing in it’s entirety.  But this year, I have gone all out for all the holidays.  I got out all the Easter decor, and I think it looks so cute all together.
All of these decorations are thrifted or from my gramma and my mom.  Because I’m constantly drawn to the style I grew up with, my grandma’s and my mom’s  decor, it’s hard to tell what I thrifted and what is originally theirs.
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These bunnies are all hanging out together.  They waited a long time for the Easter Bunny to arrive.
A few of these are from my mom.  She had a cardboard German egg, and this year I found the one with the ducks on it at an estate sale here.
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Almost everything in this kitchen corner is new.
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If you remember, I talked about my little odd ball find at Goodwill, of this cute little tea set.
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After I showed a photo to my sister, she sent me her set.  I can’t believe she had the same set!  Sadly a few of the pieces did not make it, BUT the tea cups and the additional settings did, so now I have an extended set.  It’s really cute, but I didn’t have the space to set it all up.  I think it would make an adorable center piece to a cute Easter table one day…..
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A close up of all my moms small treasures.  She collected these in her travels.
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I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  Short and sweet post to close the holiday weekend and start off your week!

It’s my Anniversary, and a lot can happen in two years.

Photo credit  Max ☢  Foter  CC BY-NC-NDTwo years ago, I came to Florida after a whirlwind of emotion and events in my hometown of Pennsylvania.  I’d never lived anywhere else before.  I’d never been a resident of another state, and I hadn’t much been on my own.  After caring for him for years, and then quite intensively for weeks at home, my father had just passed away.  My father’s side of the family did an about face on me for trying to honor my father’s last wishes.  They aren’t the type of group to have anyone tell them no, so this did not go over well.  I was quickly cast out, even at my father’s funeral.  Despicable, I know, but I was ok because I knew I was doing what was right.  My husband, who was already in Florida for work, quickly made arrangements to come to PA.  While I was sitting in the funeral home making final arrangements, I got a call that my husband was being rushed to the hospital.  Kidney stones… which required a few surgeries!  SO…. we buried my father, had an estate sale, packed up my belongings, all while working around husband’s surgeries.  When all that was done, we prepped for the two day drive to Florida.
With a deep breath, I knew I had a new chapter ahead of me.  I was determined to finally start calling my own shots.
After arriving here, I quickly sent out my press kit, and proudly was hired by a local dance studio within 4 months.  I let my passions and my heart guide the way while making smart judgments with my head.  If it wasn’t good for me, I didn’t do it.  I finally put me first.
It paid off.
From that one moment of making the decision to pursue the best for me, I landed that studio dance job.  Then I landed a job teaching aerial dance.  Then I landed a job teaching children creative dance for a summer.  Then I landed a job teaching at the college level.  Finally, I just spearheaded a dance program for figure skaters at a local ice skating rink.
I’m still going strong.
Last year this time, I was lost in an idea of something I wanted to do.  I put it on a shelf, and focused on all the above stuff.  The other day, the sidelined idea finally clicked… and now I’m pursuing that.
I’ve got other projects in the works too.
There’s a reason the end of something always begins something new.  Sometimes the old junk needs to end, so you can turn your eyes to focus on the new stuff.
Don’t be afraid to state what you want out of life, and don’t ever be afraid to ask yourself if it is good for you… or not.  If it’s not, say no.  It’s really that simple.
I pride myself on my reliability.  I guess that’s why my dad confided in me his last wishes.  If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it.  You can count on me.  If I can’t do it, there’s a really good reason.  I used to go into a long story about why I couldn’t do something presented to me at the last minute, or used to feel guilty if I had a way to change my schedule by didn’t feel like it last minute.  Now, I don’t.  I am not the world’s superhero, and I do enough.  Know when to say no.  Know when to take a leap of faith.  Know when to close the book, turn the page for the new chapter, and know when to soar.
PS:  The photo posted above was one of the first photos I posted on my blog.  Still an ongoing project, (and aren’t we all?) I found it because I felt the blog marked the beginning of a new path… that started out with my bright pink (power) lipstick.  The pink pathway that I decided to head down has led me to so many great things, and I can’t wait to see what else is around the bend!
PPS:  I do have a few beauty products that I have been trying out … stay tuned!

Things You Should Be Cleaning More Often and You’re Not!

How’s your spring cleaning going?  If you haven’t had a chance yet to join the Nicolyndime Club and get your FREE Spring Cleaning Guide, you should do that now, before I replace the free sign up with something else!  You’ll still get the new content once you’re a member.  I don’t send excessive emails to clog up your inbox… because trust me, I hate that too.
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And speaking of clogging up your inbox, I’m checking in today to point out some things you SHOULD be cleaning more often but you’re not, (or ::gasp:: not at all!)
  1.  Laptop:  2 ways to clean.  Cleaning the actual physical laptop.  Using an alcohol prep wipe clean the keys, and mouse area.  Use some screen cleaning towelettes for the screen.  Second way to clean is the inside of the computer.  Go through every file and every area you have on your computer to delete photos, documents, pdfs, etc.  Free up disc space by cleaning out unnecessary files in the control panel.  You can defrag while you’re at it too.
  2. Phone and other handheld devices:  AGAIN:  2 ways,  You should be cleaning your phone often and regularly with an alcohol prep wipe.  Take some time to go through your phone and save photos and videos to another source, so you can free up space on your phone.  It takes a while but I email photos and videos to myself so I can save them.
  3. Pet bowls:  I’m guilty of this one too.  You should be cleaning the bowls once a day with the family dishes.  Our pets deserve clean bowls too!
  4. Toothbrush:  This one is gross to think about, but since you store your toothbrush in the bathroom, your toothbrush is at risk from germs from the potty and mildew.  I have an electric toothbrush, but you can do this with your manual toothbrush also.  About once a week, I take the toothbrush head off, and place it into a shallow small dish, then fill the dish enough to cover the head with peroxide.  If you have a manual toothbrush, just find a small cup to place the brush, bristles side down in.  I leave the brush overnight, and rinse very well in the morning.  I also use an alcohol prep wipe to clean the handle.
  5. Face Brush:  I use the same method to occasionally allow my ultrasonic face brush to foam those small areas that are hard to reach.  On a more frequent basis, I take the brush head off and use some Dawn dish soap on a toothbrush to clean the back and lather up the front with my fingers in order to cut through any dirt, grease, and makeup that may have built up.
  6. Garbage Disposal:  I like to pour baking soda and vinegar down both drains then plug up the sink and fill with hot soapy water.  I allow the baking soda+vinegar to do it’s job, then I rinse it all away with the soapy water, while the disposal runs awhile.  Afterwards, I often follow up with some lemon peel and cold water, while the disposal is running to give an extra fresh boost.
  7. Toilet scrub brush:  In the very least you need to rinse the brush after you use it when you flush the potty after cleaning.  But every once in a while you should also fill a bucket with a diluted bleach water mixture and allow the brush to soak for several minutes.  Use the bleach water to flush down the potty.  If you have a septic system, or want to avoid using bleach, you can use vinegar as a substitute.
  8. Dish cloth, Dish towel, Hand towels:  You can easily sanitize your dish cloth by microwaving it for 2 minutes.  Make sure it’s damp.  You should also clean hand towels and dish towels every few days.  Most people don’t wash their hands properly, so bacteria can be transferred to towels.  Towels tend to be moist, where bacteria LOVE to breed quickly.  Get a few more hand towels so you won’t have to throw a load of laundry together just to have fresh towels!
  9. Bath Pouf/ Loofah:  You wouldn’t use a wash cloth over and over so why would you do the same with that mass of netting hanging in your shower?  Same goes for your loofah, that has all those little holes just harboring mold and bacteria.  Use the diluted bleach or vinegar method for the potty brush, and do the same with your loofah, and/or pouf.  Rinse VERY well and thoroughly when finished!
  10. Makeup:  Including brushes!  This is not a science experiment, and you certainly don’t want it on your face.  Using an alcohol prep wipe, frequently wipe down the outsides of the containers of makeup, and wash your brushes with a brush shampoo, or Dawn dish soap in a pinch.  Remember to let everything air dry thoroughly.  Replace makeup that has changed color, consistency or scent.  You already know you shouldn’t be storing that makeup stash in the bathroom…. RIGHT?!
Once you look at your home, and your environment from a deep clean perspective, you will find many more places that you should be cleaning more often.
Do you have any tips, advice, tricks, or areas that you discovered you need to clean more frequently?  Please share them below, or on the Nicolyndime Facebook page!

Happy Cleaning!!!!