Benefit Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain – Review

Don’t you just love when you have enough Boots Advantage points to treat yourself to something fancy? I noticed recently that Benefit Cosmetics had added a new lip stain to their ever growing collection and it’s definitely one of the nicest I’ve seen! I was going to be good and wait until me and Dane go on holiday, as I could have picked it up in the airport but I fancied a treat now… 😛 I had nearly £90 worth of points on my Boots card so I decided to treat myself before payday.

I’ve owned this stain for a week now and I am in love with it! I knew I had to review it for you all and compare it to Posie Tint, which I own the mini version of.

If you didn’t know Benefit have a lip stain line which you can use on the cheeks and lips. Before adding the new Gogo shade they had 4 shades in the collection, Gogo makes it 5.

There’s Benetint which is a rose colour and from swatching it in the past on my hand it’s actually my least favourite of all the tints. It’s a water like consistency is really awkward and annoying to work with and due to that I also feel that the colour doesn’t built up much and isn’t very pigmented due to it. I know it’s just a stain and isn’t meant to be pigmented but for the price I don’t feel that Benetint is worth it.

Rant over! 😛 The rest of the lip stains have a gel like texture to them, which is what I love! It’s easy to apply and feels really comfortable on the lips. The other shades include Chachatint which is a mango shade, Lollitint which is a candy-orchid shade and Posietint which is a poppy pink shade.

Of course we have the new shade Gogotint which is a bright cherry shade. Of course this will be the shade I’ll be reviewing today. I found this chart on the official Benefit website so thought I would pop it into this post. I don’t personally feel like it’s accurate though. I wish I had all the shades to swatch for you guys. As I own Posietint I’ll be swatching that alongside Gogotint so you can compare. I’ll probably review it in the future though as I’m hoping to pick it up in the airport before we go on holiday. I currently only own a mini version of Posietint so I’ll take pictures next to my full size of Gogotint for comparison.

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Posietint mini next to full sized Gogotint

The full size of all the Benefit lip stains is 10ml, and the minis which you can buy or get in gift sets are usually 4ml. I got my 4ml mini lip stain from Boots about a year ago for £5.00, which was a complete bargain in my opinion! I don’t think Boots do the lip stain minis anymore, but they do do other minis as well.

ANYWAY! I want to talk about the packaging first. It’s got the typical Benefit retro pin up style to it that they’re so well known for. I love the bottle for Gogotint so damn much! It’s a gorgeous metallic glass bottle in a cherry pink colour to match the colour of the shade itself and a white lid with some detailing on it. I’m sure the detailing on the lid has only been introduced recently. The fact that it’s a glass bottle makes me a little wary and nervous, but I’m sure I wouldn’t damage it in anyway, unless I threw it. 😛

I love the bottle so much as it looks simple, yet expensive and pretty at the same time. However, the one thing I don’t like is not being able to see how much product you have left. It’s kind of a guessing game with these. The only lip stain to be in a clear bottle is Benetint. All the others are in the metallic coloured bottles.

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Gogotint brush without product

Posietint brush

The brush for the Benefit lip stains remind me nail polish brushes. It’s really weird to be honest due to how flexible it is but how fiddly it is at the same time! I’ve struggled a little at times to use it when lining my cupids bow. It’s not too bad really as you can wipe away any mistakes you make, but all in all it is a pain in the arse if you’re in a rush. I find with my mini Posietint that due to the size the brush is a little thicker and therefore easier to use. I do wonder if a lip brush might be worth using when trying to be precise with the full size bottles. Either way I manage. 😛

Now I’ve spoken about the basics of Gogotint, I’ll FINALLY talk about the product itself!

I found a bit about it on the official website and Boots website too:

Brighten up with cherry red lips & cheeks!

Gogotint is the wildest flush you can get from a bottle! Our see-through bright cherry red lip & cheek stain is vibrant, juicy & pops till you drop. You gogo, girl!

• Cherry red lips & cheeks
• Kiss-proof & smudge-proof
• Longwear cheek & lip stain
• Instant pop of color
• Bright, see-through flush of color

Gogo-getter! Too busy for beauty? Never! Brush gogotint cherry red tint on cheeks and lips then blend for a vibrant flush. It only takes 5 seconds! BEAUTY TIP: Thank you CHERRY much! Gogotint’s flush will get you lots of flattery. Not used to all the attention? Just respond “thank you cherry much”…they’ll get the hint!

I had a look around Instagram and YouTube for ages of people swatching and showing off the colour of this so that I could get an idea of whether I would like this colour or not. When I heard it was a cherry red/pink shade I KNEW I would love it. These sorts of pinks are right up my street. I can’t be dealing with light colours. 😛

Dark heart – Gogotint, light heart – Posietint and circle beneath is Gogotint blended out

This really is a bright colour and would actually be a great lip colour for anyone who is wanting to venture over to the dark side of the none nude variety! This in my opinion is the most vibrant and pigmented shade that Benefit have brought out in their lip stain collection to date. I love it!

Wearing Gogotint

Wearing Gogotint

As I’ve already mentioned this has a gel consistency to it and isn’t too thick and isn’t too thin, so it’s perfect for applying. It’s especially great for applying to the centre of your lips for a just bitten look. This is something I have tried somewhat with Gogotint and it looks gorgeous with this shade.

The one thing I really like about this shade is that it’s buildable so you can dab a little on with your finger to create a soft pink shade and look, or apply a couple of coats to really pack a punch with that gorgeous cherry red colour for an alternative pin up girl look.

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

I have tried both and love them both just as much as the other. I also applied this in the inside of  my lips and then applied Posietint on the outside for a gradient and just bitten look.

I’ve worn both of these at work and they last really well to be honest! I’ll have to top them up when I go for my break (4-6 hours into my shift) but that’s kind of normal to me for something like this. I also use my Vaseline before applying this and making sure to wipe away most of the excess when applying the lip stain. I also use it over the top of the stain throughout the day to keep my lips soft. It doesn’t dry out the lips though and if anything feels comfortable and not like you’re wearing anything on your lips.

I can’t really put my finger on what the scent of this is and it smells exactly the same as Posietint. I don’t want to say a chemical smell because it doesn’t smell like that at all… But it doesn’t smell of anything either… It’s scentless! 😛 It doesn’t smell disgusting, let’s put it that way and it doesn’t smell when you apply it to the lips, which is good.

Of course as the name states, you don’t have to just use this on the lips, you can also use it on your cheeks as a blush. I won’t be doing this but it looks so pretty when blended out!

I tried to test if you can remove this with my Garnier micellar cleansing water and it removed really easily which I was surprised about. This is a little disappointing but at the same time I can’t complain! I’d be moaning about it staining if it didn’t come off. 😛

Wearing Gogotint with a blue highlighter on top

Wearing Gogotint with a blue highlighter on top

Another little thing I like to do with Gogotint is I like to apply a highlight onto my lips to give it a pop of colour! I never thought of doing this before and I’m so chuffed with the outcome, which I’ll show on here of course!

As I always do, here are some picture of me wearing Gogotint alone, with Posietint and of course with the highlighter. Loads of pictures await you!

My overall feelings on Gogotint is that it’s an amazing lip stain and one that I don’t regret buying. If anything it will become one of my go to lipsticks now! I’m definitely going to take it on holiday with me as it’ll be lovely to wear both in the daytime and the evening when going out.

All 5 of the lip stains by Benefit cost £25.50 from both the official Benefit Cosmetics website and Boots. As I mentioned before you get 10ml of product for this price and right now I feel it’s well worth the money as a little bit of the lip stains really does go a long way and of course it’s a 2 in 1 product, you can also use this on your cheeks as a blush!

What do you think of the new lip stain? You like it, or are you not sure? Do you own any of the Benefit lip stains? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far.

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Aromi Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Miss Mauve – Review

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I don’t feel like I’ve written a lipstick review in FOREVER! That’s probably because it was! What with graduation, holiday, new job, Christmas, New Year, AND my birthday, I don’t feel like I’ve had much time to review anything.

I haven’t really owned this lipstick for long, but I already know how I feel about it, and just had to write a review up about about it today. I cannot wait to share this with you. EEK!

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Aromi Beauty is an American beauty brand, who are both cruelty free and vegan! I only heard of them through one of the many lipstick related Instagram pages I follow and decided to look further into them. I wandered over to Cocktail Cosmetics website to see if they stocked their liquid lipsticks, and low and behold they did! So I ended up ordering the shade Miss Mauve for myself.

The Aromi liquid lipsticks (like all of them do) go on like a lip gloss and dry to a matte finish.

When I applied this I was worried about it not living up to the same standards as the Jeffree Star velour liquid lipsticks, as they are pretty much the best ones on the market right now. However, whilst this isn’t exactly the same as the velour liquid lipsticks, I found they were better in some ways, which I shall explain.

As usual this arrived super quickly from Cocktail Cosmetics, and I couldn’t wait to wear it for work the next day. I applied this quickly in the morning before I left the house, and then headed over to work. I got nothing but compliments on this shade, both from colleagues at work, as well as customers. I also received compliments via my Instagram page, with people saying what a gorgeous shade this is. I have to agree on that! 😛

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I’ll start with the look of the lipstick first, and then talk about the product itself. I have a lot to talk about with this one. I’m going to compare Miss Mauve to my Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, just so if people own those and want something to compare to, you can!

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The first thing I noticed about the tube is how it’s a lot longer than the Jeffree Star ones, and contains a gram less of product. The Aromi contains 4g, whilst the Jeffree Star contain 5.6g. The prices are also a pound different on the Cocktail Cosmetics website with the Aromi being £13.00, and Jeffree Star being £14.00. As you can see I have taken a picture to show the sizes of the tubes alongside each other.

The Aromi Beauty liquid lipsticks have a sweet vanilla scent to them, which isn’t overpowering, but just the right amount of scent for it to smell delicious. I hate when lip products smell and taste super artificial. It just puts me off using the product. When applied to the lips however, the scent isn’t noticeable to me, and I can’t taste anything either.

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There is one thing I’m unsure of though when it come to the size of the tube, obviously the wand is also long. I’m used to one half the size, but this being said I didn’t have an issue, as it just reminded me of a lip gloss I would have used years before as a teenager. The doe foot applicator is a standard one you find on most products, which I really liked. I felt it made it easier to line my lips and cupids bow before applying the product all over the lips. I usually need to use a lip liner with my liquid lipsticks, but this one I didn’t need that at all.

That leads me to talk about applying the product. I actually found it a little easier than with the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, which saved me a bit of time when in a rush in the morning for work. It’s a more watery consistency which I found glided a little better when applying to the lips, and after it had dried it felt a lot more natural on the lips and comfortable, as if it isn’t even on my lips in the first place. Drying time is quoted as one minute, which is accurate.

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L-R: Jeffree Star – Masochist, Aromi Beauty – Miss Mauve, Jeffree Star – Hoe Hoe Hoe

As I stated at the start of this post, I picked up Miss Mauve, as the name states, a mauve shade. It’s a gorgeous browny purple shade, which can be worn from day to night. I’ve been wearing this for work and it just looks gorgeous, and stands out against the normal nude, pink, and red shades that most people wear. I’ve swatched it alongside Masochist (review here) (on the left) and Hoe Hoe Hoe (on the right), both shades are by Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

For the five hours I wore this, and drank water I never had any issues with it fading from the middle, or outside area of my lips. An issue I have recently discovered with the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks. It states on the packaging to steer clear from oily foods, so after I ate my lunch at work (chips and a chicken burger, go me and eating well eh?!) I thought I would end up looking like a clown… Alas I was wrong and the lipstick had hardly budged! Again, this is an issue I have had with the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks. When I wore Masochist the day before I wore this, I looked like I had been eating raspberry jam, and it resulted in a trip to the bathroom to remove it all. What a shame. 😦

I applied a little more of Miss Mauve where needed and headed back down to finish my shift. Four hours later I got home to discover it hadn’t budged still and looked as good as it did when I left the hours nearly nine hours prior to starting my shift.

Like all liquid lipsticks, they can be a pain in the arse to remove. There are meant to stay on all day don’t forget! I use an oil based make up remover to remove my liquid lipsticks, and I found I didn’t need to use much effort to remove these. I do find I have to do that with the Jeffree Star ones. Which isn’t a bad thing! It means they’ll last a long time, but when you want to get them off after a long day, you don’t want to have to scrub so hard on your lips you irritate them, do you?

Time for a couple of snaps of myself now, one of me being silly. 😛

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As you can probably gather, I love Miss Mauve! I might buy more from Aromi Beauty in the future, just because of this liquid lipstick alone. I didn’t find any cons with it at all, they’re all pretty much pros. The price is great, wear time is perfect, has a nice scent which I like, the formula and the way it works for me are bang on, and the shade is just what I was after.

I’m trying to move towards something different from reds, and pinks at the moment this mauve shade is just perfect for me. I can see this being my go to lipstick for work.

What do you think of Aromi Beauty, and Miss Mauve? Will you be giving the brand a go? Let me know the comments!

Until next time, take care all.

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MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless – Review

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After about a months since these babies came out, I’m finally reviewing one of the two shades that I own! They’re the amazing Velvet Lip Lacquer’s by MUA and everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) has been going crazy for them! They’ve been compared to Lime Crime’s Velvetines and whilst some agree they’re just as good, some disagree. Either way I’m glad MUA have come out with these as I refuse to buy from Lime Crime, I won’t go into reasons why here.

I heard about these from my friend Amy over at Von Dork and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard about them until that point! She’d informed me that everywhere was sold out of these beauties and they were pretty hard to find and she wasn’t wrong. I popped into a couple of Superdrug stores and I just couldn’t find them. I tried both the Superdrug stores in town, nothing. One in Coventry, nothing and even a quiet store near my  home, nothing! Finally I couldn’t wait any longer and I decided to order Reckless online!

The Velvet Lip Lacquer’s come in five shade; Atomic (orange coral shade), Kooky (a dark purple), Funk (a darkish pink), Criminal (a more Barbie/neon pink) and finally Reckless (a classic red).

I own both Reckless and Kooky, Reckless being the first shade I picked up from the collection.

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The first thing I want to talk about with this is the gorgeous packaging! Each these only cost £3, which is a bargain price for what you get. It comes in this black and gold card packaging, that makes the lip lacquer look great and it also explains on the back a little bit about the product itself, which is always good. The wand is a frosted plastic with a black matte lid that has the name of the brand and product in gold. This looks really classy and makes the lip lacquer look more expensive than it actually is, which is great of course and although I’m not about what a product looks like, I can’t ignore the fact for MUA it looks rather more expensive.

The applicator on this is one of those little doe foot ones which in a way does and doesn’t help make this easy to apply. In the first week of owning this I hated it because it took me so long to apply to my lips, especially my top lip and contemplated sending it back for a refund or even popping it on eBay to sell half price. BUT after scouring the internet for some help, I found what I needed to use to help this product work, which I’ll be mentioning soon enough.

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Please excuse my horrible hands! The pigmentation of this is amazing and when I swatched this on my hand it didn’t wash off fully for a good day or two! I’d describe Reckless as being a classic red colour but with a vampyness to it, if that makes sense. It’s a dark red I find but it works as a classic red shade, which will be great for 50’s looks.

Due to this being like a gloss it glides onto the lips easily and as it’s really pigmented it leaves a lot of colour behind too! As I mentioned before, the doe foot applicator can make it tricky to apply this to certain areas of the lips, mostly the line of your lips as this doe foot applicator isn’t exactly small and unless you have huge lips you’re going to struggle.

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However thanks to doing some research I found out that although it wasn’t happening with MUA, over the pond in America some beauty bloggers were having issues applying their liquid lipsticks the same way as I was and had tried using a lip liner beforehand, commenting how it had worked. So I popped into Superdrug and picked up Barry M’s Lip Liner in number 3 which is a red and whilst sitting in the bath (YES THE BATH!) I drew in the line of my lips with the pencil and coloured my lips in with it, just to give the lip lacquer something to stick to as I thought it would help it last longer, as well as make the colour pop a bit more and it worked!

Now onto the staying power! The staying power is amazing and whilst some bloggers have been saying it’s rubbish, it really isn’t. I’ve worn this for work and only after having a couple of drinks it has lasted me my whole shift (between 5-6 hours) which is great!

Due to its staying power it’s also good for kissing as when dries completely it doesn’t smudge or come off onto anything, so I did a tester on the side of my boyfriends face and there were no marks whatsoever, which I think he was pleased about!

Although you shouldn’t put any glosses, balms, etc over the top of these lip lacquers, I sometimes pop some Vaseline Paint The Town Red (review here) over the top as the matte to me can be a bit drying at times. The only problem with doing this is that  the staying power of this won’t matter as when the gloss or balm you applied begins to come off, the lip lacquer will too, which in itself is a real shame!

Either way it is worth doing that if you want to have something moisturising over the top of the lip lacquer, as matte can be quite drying to some and as the weather is getting dramatically colder, I think it’s best to keep those lips soft and moisturised!

Now, due to these have such amazing staying power, it does mean they can be tricky to remove. I find a good make up remover helps to wipe off these and I’m using Simples Eye Make Up Remover to do this. I soak the cotton pad in the remover and push it gently down on my lips for a while and then gently wipe the product away. I try not to scrub my lips as our lips are very sensitive and I don’t want to cause any damage to them if I can help it!

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Overall I love, love, LOVE this lip lacquer, so much so I picked up another one a few weeks later in Kooky (which I’ll make sure to review in the future!). I’ve wanted a classic red lipstick for a while and although this isn’t a lipstick, it’s a liquid version which is fine with me! It’s a gorgeous red to wear throughout the rest of the winter season and I can see me wearing it loads before spring is upon us once again.

It’s a great product if you want to try out liquid lipsticks but don’t want to pay loads for them. You can get them in an array of colours (as I mentioned at the start of this post) and from swatching the shades there are some wearable shades in there and some daring ones.

Since these coming out they’re now more available to pick up, which is great, so for £3 pick one up to try.

Have you bought any of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers? If so which one(s) have you picked up?

If you haven’t bought any yet, how come and do you intend to in the future?

Leave me any answers or even questions about this product in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all. I’m off to rest for the day as I’m rather poorly.

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