Swatch Party Friday!: $1 AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick


These dollar lipsticks come in 24 shades and have a powder matte finish. All listed lippies had fairly even application minus the blue shade - which would do better with it’s accompanying lip liner (also $1!).

There is a faintly chemical smell to them (which is not my favorite) but generally speaking they’re a pretty good bang for the buck - especially for shades less frequently worn.

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 The things we do for lip swatches!

The things we do for lip swatches!

Inspired Makeup Monday: Grateful for Film Noir, Horror, & Sci-Fi

Gratitude is Always in Style

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Gratitude is Always in Style is just what it sounds like - a bunch of my favorite things interpreted into makeup looks. Thanksgiving is rolling around in North America and winter holidays after that. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get inside my own head (hence the lack of posts last week) so what better way to break out of the funk than to be thankful for the little things (and big things).


Film Noir, Horror, & Sci-Fi

I’m not sure when I started watching Vincent Price movies - I think it was referenced in a Scooby Doo cartoon (you can judge me, but I love me some Scooby). I was no stranger to a good Turner Classic Film (thanks to parents who shared their own love for Old Hollywood movies). My father bought me a huge box set of The Twilight Zone episodes and my mother has her own growing collection of Charlton Heston DVDs. This foundation has spread and though I’m no film buff, I love nothing more than a cup of tea on a cold night and a good murder mystery. I’m grateful they shared this love with me and that’s where we’re starting this november.

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I usually break down my creative process and products - however- this fever dream of generic Halloween makeup and some matte shadows did not turn out exactly to plan. Or, they wouldn’t if a plan were involved. There was no plan. This was a hodge podge of products flung onto my face. I would like to revisit Black & White makeup at a later date (with not generic Halloween makeup) so I’ll leave it at that… :)

I’m happy (generally) with the final outcome but would suggest this process to no one I didn’t want to frustrate immensely.

What are you grateful for? What are some of your favorite things? Let me know! I’d love to hear them!

Inspired Makeup Monday: The Fortune Teller

Hello Friends and welcome to Inspired Makeup Monday!

Usually we show a look series inspired by a different topic every month but since it is so close to Halloween, this monday we’re looking at some good old fashioned Halloween Makeup. Because this look is basically just a cut crease with a red lip, I’m not going into detail on how I created the look. If I get enough requests I’ll do a video going step by step.

What are you going as this year? Something spooky I hope!

The Creation:


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The Products:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow - Medium Brown

Colored Raine - The Berry Palette

Juvias Place - The Magic Palette

Shop Miss A - AOA Studio Lashes - Chloe

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

Tarte Cosmetics - Maneater Liquid Liner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil Zero

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation & Concealer

LA Girl Concealer - Toast

Kleancolor Sculpt and Highlight Palette

Jouer Cosmetics - Powder Highlighter - Ice

BH Cosmetics Lip Liner & Liquid Lipstick - Glory

Swatch Party Friday! : $1.25 Glitter - Super Glitters

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Super Glitters Loose Glitter

This is not the first time we’ve dabbled into some Super Glitters fun. However, today, we’re looking into another round of glittery goodness.

The average price is about $1.25 for around 2 teaspoons of product (which, honestly, who really goes through that much glitter...) with an ever growing shade range. 

At the time of purchase "Bitty Jars" were available but as of publication, there does not appear to be Bitty Jars available (please correct me if I'm wrong). Additionally, there does seem to be minimal differences in glitter size which is why the numeric association is also listed. These glitters were applied with a base of NYX Cosmetics Glitter Glue. 

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Happy Shopping! 


More Swatch Parties! 

Nomad Cosmetics Giveaway & Halloween Bonus! The Morbach Monster

This look was inspired by the Morbach Monster, also known as a werewolf. But it’s hard to be a ferocious German creature of the night when your general demeanor is more labradoodle 🐶

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Do you need the perfect grungy tones for your next concert? Want to be glammed out while howling at the moon? You’re in luck! I’ve teamed up with @nomadcosmetics to give you all a spooky surprise! In the spirit of Halloween we’re treating a lucky winner to their Berlin Underground Palette (which was used as both inspiration and medium for the posted look).

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TERMS: 
1) Must be following both @nomadcosmetics and @backporchpoet on Instagram
2) Must be a resident of the United States 
3) Like the giveaway Instagram post and leave a comment tagging a friend you want to travel the world with (taking this palette of course!)

That’s it! 


We ask that entrants don’t unfollow within a month of contest completion to be considered for future giveaways on BackPorchPoet. 
Winner will be announced November 2, 2018 at 12pm EST.
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Tis the season to be spooky! Good luck goblins and ghouls!