As in Black. True black. Weirdly, summer got me into collecting the darkest of hues. Like 50 shades darker!!

Kidding aside, I think i got some confidence in wearing the absence of color , black. They say it’s not an actual color but what I like about it? I gives contrast, definition to my face and volume to my lips!


So last year, I got my first Kylie Lip Kit, Dead of Knight, which I only got to open this year when a lot of the department store brands started releasing black lippies too!


A lot of these are matte and in liquid lippy format just like Kylie’s (so can be considered dupes actually) but there’s one also I found from Katy Perry’s collection which is semi-matte.


On arm swatch under day light, these are just the darkest shades I’ve ever had! To be honest, all of them seem pigmented and very consistent despite the formulas. I haven’t had any other experience wearing black lippies but I’ve seen liquid lippies perform less as it goes darker so these are indicative of how good these brands/lines are.


For the liquid lippies, I still like working with pointed than flat applicators on my lips. Not that flat applicators are not good but it takes more practice (slanting it).


The thing is, while you can use eyeliner or a black pigment on lips to achieve these, it’s really the comfort and ease of use and consistency that you’re looking for in this kind of lipstick. You don’t want your black lippie to smudge easily as it’s very pigmented and can ruin lips with just one mistake. It’s also nice that the lipstick dry easily so you secure that dangeours shade easily! (see above photo for quick drying capabilies)

  • Kylie Lip Kit in Dead of Knight (matte) [$ 27] – very good consistency and intensity with a nice applicator that doesn’t require lip liner. Smells good too!
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Dark Knight (matte) [$ 7] – excellent pigmentation (quite bluish) despite its price but it takes quite a while to dry. But once it does, it seals and gives a perfect consistency.
  • Sephora Lip & Cream Stain in 28* (matte) [$ 14] – mid-consistency but buildable and dries easily. has a warm vanilla scent
  • Cover Girl Katy Kat Matte in Perry Panther * (semi-matte) [$ 8] – Semi-matte finish versus all but gives a nice sheen effect which makes the lips pop out more than deepen it.

Key Tips in wearing a Black lippy:

  1. I don’t agree that you need to put minimal eyeshadow or makeup on eyes and cheek when wearing a black lippy as it will eat all details of your face. Put rosy or warm shades on the eyes but not in full smokey effect.
  2. You can use a lip liner (like Kylie’s) for easier drawing but since these are really pigmented, you can actually do it without. Just practice.
  3. Place lots of highlighter!


Now amongst all, the Kylie is the most difficult to remove, like real pigment prolly. I tried water, gel and oil. It just doesn’t come off easily which may be prolly good since a black lippy should really stay. It’s like you wear it or you don’t as you don’t wanna look like eating a cookies and cream donut hahah. BYS and Sephora are good dupes already for their price (though with different formula; Sephora is more creamy)


See below photo of second attempt to remove the products.


It’s kinda good and weird to say that most of them are not drying. I would prolly wear more black in my new posts. Have you tried any black lippie?


A Prismatic Experience

You know me too well as a person and as a blogger – hello here and here – if you know that I idolize Katy Perry LOL. And it’s not just because of her fancy looks, colorful hair and makeup. I really believe that she’s one of those pop artists that’s so creative, weird (in all the right ways) and truly fantastical – making out-of-this-world hit songs that come out straight from her diary.

I got the chance to watch her very creative and colorful California Dreams Tour back in 2012. I remembered wearing a blue wig back then and just dancing – and dramatizing – to her hit songs. It was crazy and a lot of fun. I remembered that that concert got delayed by hours and it all made sense to me after watching her Part of Me documentary few years ago, when I got to know more about her gigantic tour alongside a struggling marriage.

So when they announced that the Primatic Tour will have a stop in Manila which will be the last yet biggest ever (30,000 in Manila!!! – see above video), I bought tickets immediately (the same kind of ticket I bought when i watched her in 2012 in MOA Arena – Lower Box)

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But little did I know that 1. While the Philippine Arena is close to my home in Valenzuela, the venue would be such a hassle as there’s just one entrance and it took us the whole concert time to arrive and depart, and 2. it is so big that my Lower Box ticket worth around P6000, would appear to me as a GA ticket because of how huge the arena is (scale of proportion could have been said! haha)


With my fellow katy-cat, Avon Hornilla

At any rate, the Prismatic experience was a blast, as always with Katy perry’s performances! Voice, costumes, production – all on point!! I had to stand go nearer the stage to see her clearly, but still, pardon the unclear photos below.

I watched a clip (my favorite part is the Love Me – This Moment moment) of her documented show above, and while in Manila they didn’t make it grander and more interactive in terms of production as the stage in Manila was smaller and stiffer, she still killed it with her hit songs, mash ups, and iconic Katy Purry gimmicks which are of course, appealing to me.


Katy Perry’s This is How We Do segment with life-size props. One is her brand, Cover girl


A magical moment when she sang Unconditionally!!

I’ll take your bad days with your good Walk through the storm I would ??? #KatyPerry #Prismatic

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 My EOTN below


Eyes until today?⭐️ #KatyPerry #Prismatic


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The moment when katy Perry calls a fan on stage and she chose Martin who wore a costume Katy wears in her Prismatic Tour segment 😉

Marty is so lucky! #GanitoAkoDapatKayBeyonce #teehee #crystals #KatyPerry #Prismatic #lgbt

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I loved this night so much such that i rekindled my love for her and listened again to songs like Thinking Of You, Part of Me, etc even months after this moment. Thanks for entertaining us Filipinos, Katy and we hope you never stop writing songs and singing your fantasies and realities away!