review: huda beauty liquid lipstick

Happy Monday loves! I wanted to start out this weeks post by thanking all of you who stuck with me through my absence. School and work definitely got the best of me and I just needed to take a little break from blogging for the sake of my own mental health. This time I am back for good and I have a huge stock of beauty products to tell you all about.

Today we are looking at the one of the most anticipated products from one of instagram’s   biggest beauty stars. Most of you have probably seen an instagram video from Huda Kattan whether you knew it was her or not. She is probably one of the most beautiful women to grace this earth and is one of my person favorite beauty icons. I especially love that she features tons of artists on her instagram. Theres a rumor that her products are sold every six seconds in the middle east and hopefully i will soon get my hands on the new 3D highlighting palette but first lets talk about one of the original products from her line.

Huda Beauty’s liquid lip is unlike most on the market. I find it is actually true to the name liquid lipstick. Usually when we think of a liquid lip we are thinking of the kind ABH or NYX or Colourpop put out that are super pigmented and super matte. Huda’s is more like an actual liquified lipstick. It reminds me of a much better version of the Too Faced melted lipsticks.

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The formula is super lightweight and feels kind of watery when you first apply it to the lips.  It has a basic doe-foot applicator and a light vanilla scent. The lip doesn’t feel like it dries completely but it does dry pretty fast and become transfer proof without completely drying out your lips! The finish reminds me of more of a satin than a complete intense matte which I kind of like because it doesn’t dry out the lips and it keeps from emphasizing any lines or imperfections in your lips. Because it doesn’t feel super dry I didn’t think it would be super long wearing but every time I go to check on it, it still looks great. It will last through eating and drinking as long as you aren’t having anything too oily. The crazy light feel is something I had to get used to because most of my lip products are a lot more noticeable to me as I wear them throughout the day but it keeps everything super comfortable and I really enjoy it.

I own the shade bombshell but she just came out with an even wider range of nudes for various skin tones so you know I will be grabbing some more shades soon! I love these liquid lipsticks. Although I play a good game, I actually rarely wear lipstick because I don’t want to touch up and I really prefer the feeling of nothing on my lips. I think if you are a little more low maintenance lip girl like me you’ll really love these too!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
love & lipstick kisses 💋

review: ofra long lasting liquid lipstick 

Happy Monday, loves! I haven’t been as active on social media lately because I’m working on a huge project for the blog so please forgive me. I ordered the Ofra long lasting liquid lipsticks off of hautelook a few months ago. On the lipstick it says if you use the code “hautelook” at your checkout on ofra’s website you can get some money off!

prices range:

$19.90 at ofracosmetics.com


If you follow any of the major beauty bloggers, you’ve probably heard them absolutely rave about these lipsticks. When I saw them on hautelook I couldn’t resist putting them to the test myself and I have to say I am very impressed. 

These liquid lips are much lighter than most of the other ones on the market. They feel slightly oily when you first put them on but they do dry to a true matte. Since they have that light texture, they don’t dry out your lips like some of others can. With the Colorado dryness, my lips are often a little too dry to wear liquid mattes all day but these are one of only two formulas that doesn’t make me look like a chapped cracking mess (the other will be revealed very soon!). 

São Paulo has made its way to the top of my list. It is the perfect nude for my skin tone and by far my favorite nude liquid lipstick. As I discussed in my Kylie matte review, nude liquid lips often turn much darker than they look in the tube and i don’t have that problem with this one. 

I like the true mattes more than the more metallic mattes. I find that Times Square, Fifth Ave, and Hawaii Tropical are less pigmented than the others. I bought these mostly for more creative looks and using them around my eyes but they aresuper oily and you have to apply multiple layers to get it to an intense color. Since they are oily, you have to wait for the first layer to dry before you apply another otherwise you end up just moving the pigment around and it ends up a little patchy. I believe these more shimmery matte shades may have been reformulated since the versions I bought so the rumor is they are more on par with the formula of the regular matte shades. 

Ofra carries a huge shade range and I will definitely eat looking into more of their matte shades! I highly recommend giving them a shot, they are by far the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve owned. 

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
love & lipstick kisses 💋

review: kylie lip kits 

Happy Monday, loves! This week  we are gonna take a look at the lip line the lip legend herself created. We will have a new post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! For about two months I have been testing out Kylie Cosmetics products and gathering my opinions. I waited quite a while to post a review because her products were nearly impossible to get a hold of and every launch sold out within minutes. In the past few weeks Kylie has increased her output and all her products are much more readily available than before!

 Today we take a look at the first product she released, her lip kits. The lip kits include a lip liner and liquid lipstick that come in 18 shades and retail for $29 on kyliecosmetics.com You are now able to purchase the lip liner separately in seven shades for $14.00. You can also purchase the matte liquid lipstick separately in seven shades for $17.00. The authentic Kylie products are only available on kyliecosmetics.com


I purchased the lip kit in exposed. Exposed is described as a warm mid tone beige. This was her most nude toned shade from the original launches that is now complimented by Maliboo which is a more cool toned nude. 

As I’m sure many of you have heard there was quite the controversy over Kylie’s lip products being Colourpop lip products just in different packaging. Some sources claim this has been debunked and others claim that they both use the same manufacturers so it is all the same product. I really don’t care to weigh in much but in my experience the products didn’t seem exactly the same. All of this drama between makeup companies lately is just really unnecessary and pathetic as far as I’m concerned but I’m getting off track here. 

I absolutely love the lip liner from the kit. it is so creamy and feels much more comfortable than most on the lips. The texture is similar to the colourpop liners but it is not nearly as patchy as the colourpop ones can be when you fill in your whole lips. 

The liquid lip feels very liquid in texture and takes a little longer to dry than some of the other ones I own. It is fairly drying but most matte long wearing lips are. I just suggest putting on a Chapstick before you apply the product. I don’t think the Kylie lip lasts as long as some of my others such as Anastasia but that one is way more drying than the Kylie. It will still last many hours but my Anastasia will last literally all day without budging. 

My biggest downfall of this lipstick is the color. I chose Exposed because of all the incredible pictures on Instagram. I had seen Kylie wear it in dozens of pictures. I had seen swatch videos and hundreds of pictures of customers and PR faces wearing it. Sure it looked different on various people but it always looked like it was in the nude realm of shades. 

This color looks nothing like what it does in the tube. In the packaging (which does show the actual product) it looks like a warm peachy nude, once it touches my lips it is a very “mid toned” brown. It isn’t a lip I could wear every day because it dries as quite the statement lip. At first I thought maybe it was just me and my skin tone and my lip pigmentation and what not but I soon heard from other friends who had the exact same problem. I actually find this change in shade a lot in nude liquid lipsticks but the fact that some people had a nice everyday shade and some ended up with a bold brown shows inconsistency in the product which I think is unacceptable especially at those prices. 

My recommendation would be to look into the lip liners individually if you are looking for a little splurge and go with a judgement call on the actual lipstick. I would definitely stay away from exposed but inconsistency problems aren’t as prevalent in the other shades. If you’d like me to take a look at some of the other shades or newer releases from Kylie such as her eyeshadows and liners, leave a comment!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you Wednesday with my next Kylie lip review, loves.

love & lipstick kisses💋