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Friends, long time no talk. Welcome to 2020!
I know 2019 resulted in not a ton of blog posts from me, and let me tell you, it has been a YEAR. I did finally graduate on 10/29/19, and I'm proud to say I'm officially a college graduate! My degree is in Psychology in Addictions, and I'll be going for my masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I became an Aunt! My sister had a sweet baby boy named Daniel on 5/23/19. I've spent more time since graduating with my friends and creating new memories. There's been a lot of downsides I would rather not get into, but I've been struggling for awhile. However, I am very excited to be on my journey to the career I've always wanted, but I still love blogging for you guys and it's been so long so let's chat!
Lady Gaga. Haus Laboratories. Have you heard? Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably saw all the buzz when this line was being announced, and the excitement that it's vegan and cruelty free. The prices are fair, the products are lovely, and the packaging is sleek. I think this was a shock to some, as they anticipated Lady Gaga would release some crazy colors in a ridiculous fashion, but it's really contemporary and it's for everyone. Can we talk about her growth for a minute? She's matured and grown to really love herself. That's what she wants Haus to be; a brand about discovering your beauty, your uniqueness, bravery and creativity. These are all things she's done, and this makeup line thus far really embraces that. I personally can't wait to see what else they release. I really dig the message they're sending.
I've seen some complaints floating around on social media about this brand being created by Lady Gaga, it being cruelty free and vegan, and her wearing that meat dress back in 2013, so there's people that aren't comfortable supporting this brand. If anyone remembers, she did go on Ellen and say it was a statement about LGBTQIA+ rights in the military, and women not being a piece of meat. In my opinion, total wrong way to go about it, and also really super gross. I wasn't happy about it. But, it was 6, almost 7 years ago, and I think it's safe to say she's grown, and we all make the best decisions we can at that time, even if they're not the actual best decisions we could have made; hindsight is always 20/20. It's also safe to say what she was trying to represent are causes I also find really important to veganism and just important in general. Being a vegan is about human rights too, and I'm all for that. So, that's up to you to decide your opinion on it and where you stand on her in general. This is just my two cents about it. I've never been that vegan that wants to tell you that you should do/think/eat/drink/take/live/love like this or that, nope, I'm not preaching. I'm just giving my opinion and the reasoning I remember her giving, the rest is up to you to decide, of course, and either way, I support it! I have an entire blog post I want to write about vegans shaming other vegans, but that's for a different time and place.
Today, I'm going to talk about the Le Riot Lip Gloss my mom got me for Christmas, in shade Entranced, which is a sheer color, just a few shades away from clear, with light pink pearl. This is the perfect natural lip color for literally every single person that wants a pop to their lips but doesn't want to go crazy with shades. I applied mine on top of my lip balm, and it creates a really pretty natural lip. It's perfect for day or night, work or play. You can wear this over matte lipsticks as well to add a little pop of pearl and you want something different, with some shine. The gloss itself is thick but not uncomfortably so, and there isn't any flavor that I noticed. As with any lip gloss, your hair is gonna get stuck in it. It's not so much that it's stickier than any other lip gloss, but it's still lip gloss. That's the nature of the beast.The ingredients list are far from "green beauty," which they don't advertise themselves to be. I do prefer my makeup with more natural ingredients. So that's really my biggest complaint, but I knew what it was before I asked for it for Christmas. It's not a brand I would fill my makeup life up with, but I did want to try it.
The applicator wand is shaped to fit all the areas of your lip; your cupid's bow, the corners, it's not a brush and it's not the basic flat lip gloss wand, it's shaped more naturally for lip application. I just really love the packaging too. As I mentioned above, it is sleek and durable. At the bottom, the matte black coloring of the tube kind of ombres to the color, which is a cool effect. The wand has a roof-like shape to it, furthering the idea of their brand, "our haus, your rules" and I think that's whimsical. It's simply stated but you could tell what they were going for with the design.
Each shade is $18 and worth it, in my opinion. Have you tried Haus Laboratories yet? What are your thoughts?