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A Matte Liquid Lipstick that Doesn't Murder My Lips -- Could it Be?

I was recently offered the opportunity to try a new to me liquid lipstick brand claiming that their matte liquid lipstick is different from others on the market; that in addition to being highly pigmented, easy to apply, matte and long wearing, it moisturizes and is comfortable to wear. Yeah... Sure. I've heard that one, before. And paid the price for falling for the hype. In spite of my trepidation, I decided to go for it and see if this liquid lipstick lives up to it's claims. Or murders my lips.

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On my doorstep landed a Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick. Packaged in an ivory and gold box is a pretty typical liquid lip tube. Clear acrylic trimmed and labelled in gold with a black cap. The shade I received is Pink Sapphire, a bold, intense blue based pink. I was delighted, when I saw the colour as I love bright pinks like this!

Highlight claims that this is a long wearing matte liquid lipstick that is also hydrating and comfortable, thanks to the presence of Turmeric, Green and White Teas, Sea Kelp and a Benefit Peptide. Did it live up to it's many claims? Or did it commit lipacide?


Application of this somewhat creamy/mousse-y, lightweight formula is easy thanks to the flocked doe foot applicator. Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick is highly pigmented, a small amount is all that is required to get full, opaque coverage. The formula spreads smoothly across my lips. Thanks to the applicator, it is easy to get precise placement and I love that I had no trouble evening up my somewhat asymmetrical upper lip without it looking "cheated" or overdrawn. Once the lippie is in place, it sets and locks it's self down for hours of wear. I sported this lippie, the first time for about six hours. How did it do?

Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick hangs together flawlessly for as long as I choose to wear it. The feel is light and flexible and I experience no fading, flaking and only very minimal break apart at the moisture line. This liquid lipstick remains locked down at my lip line, I require no lip liner or barrier pencil and this lipstick doesn't bleed or feather up into those pesky little vertical lip lines. Waterproof and nom resistant; unless I'm chomping on something oily, I don't need to touch up until I'm ready to remove it.

Comfort factor with this matte liquid lipstick is astonishingly good! My lips are exceedingly sensitive and highly prone to dry out. I have struggled to wear lippies that claim to be highly emollient and hydrating and matte finishes are nearly always out of the question, for me. Happily, Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick is a very rare exception. I am so impressed by this liquid lipstick.

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Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pink Sapphire right after application. I love this shade! It's so bright and pretty yet it's wearable and flattering, too.


This shot was taken after several hours, lots of sluprs of my peach iced tea and a couple of cups of coffee. You can see a little break apart at the moisture line, in macro but at a casual distance, it wasn't visible. My lips still felt good, at this point, as well.

The verdict is clear: Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick is beautiful, highly pigmented, easy to apply, long wearing, not a horror show to remove and amazingly comfortable for even my special snowflake lips to wear. Lip Murder did not happen, my lips live on and I would like another shade or two in this formula. A beautiful red and a great, neutral, nude pink would be nice...

Have you tried Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick? It is available on Amazon if you would like to give it a go. I was able to find about eight shades, including this one. Digging them up was a bit of a pain in my ass and I think that the listing could be improved to make shopping and finding the perfect shade faster and easier. Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick is made in the U.S., is Cruelty Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free. This product is not Vegan.

If you have had difficulty in the past with matte liquid lipsticks because of the dry out factor, I recommend that you give Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick a go.

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A Spa Day in a Jar for My Face | Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask

Skin care is one of my great beauty passions. Thanks to a good deal of effort and the right products for my own skin, my complexion is the best it's been in many years. One of the procedures that aids me in caring for my skin and keeping it fresh, clarified, hydrated and glowing is masking. In my own not so personal opinion, masks are an essential part of any good skin care routine and I have quite a few in my collection from which to choose, depending on my needs, at that moment.

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Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask is a spa day in a jar for my face. When my skin is feeling congested, dehydrated and just... blah, it needs special care and pampering. Because my skin is very dry, I have to be careful to balance it's need for clarifying and purifying with hydration and rejuvenation. Happily, this mask can do it all.


Okay, one thing I really love about Farmhouse Fresh is that a lot of their packaging is reusable. Case in point, this perfect little glass jam jar with it's metal lid. When this mask is all gone (and I have shed bitter tears at our parting) I can wash it and reuse it for storage of little incidentals and sundries in my studio.

Glass and metal are recyclable so when I decide that I'm over them, I can easily toss these jars in the recycling bin so that they can be repurposed. It's a small thing but if we all made an effort to keep even a few things out of the trash, think of how much less landfill and Pacific trash vortex there would be.


The first time I opened my jar of  Peat Perfection Mask I was expecting a muddy, rough, textured substance evocative of blocks of peat. What is in the jar is a dark, murky green, smooth mud. It came to me with a good bit of liquid floating so I grabbed a clean orangewood stick and gave it a good stir to get this silky stuff.

When I apply a mask, I like to scoop what I'll need from the jar, at once with a clean synthetic paddle brush, deposit it on the back of my hand and from there, smooth it all over my freshly cleansed face. The immediate feel is gently cooling and refreshing and there is a light, freshly earthy aroma with a hint of clay and a zephyr of something... Minty/menthol-y. The scent isn't strong and it does dissipate so I think that more sensitive beauties will be fine. Now, I grab a book or plop down in front of my computer or TV and relax for twenty minutes, or so. After the mask dries, I use a wet face cloth to remove it, leaving my skin looking and feeling fresh, glowingly clean, hydrated and comforted.

Derived from 95% natural ingredients, Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask is free of sulfates and parabens, is vegan and gluten free. Farmhouse Fresh is cruelty free. A 3.25 oz. jar is $30.00 and renders 14-18 applications, washing out to about two dollars per use. That is an excellent value for money for such a beautiful and effective treatment.

You can connect socially by visiting Farmhouse Fresh on Facebook, following on Twitter and of course, stalking them on Instagram.

Personally, I can't get enough of this gorgeous brand. I have, so far loved everything I've tried. What are your favorite Farmhouse Fresh goodies?

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Fashion Flash -- Better Late Than Never

Okay, I suck. That has been established. I forgot to post Fashion Flash, this week and I'm ready for my beating, now.

This week's edition is being hosted by the marvelous Marcia of Beauty Info Zone. There is so much good stuff to be read and two giveaways, as well! So, if you haven't yet, pop on on over.

And please... Don't beat me too hard.