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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters are incredible. There’s no way about it: they are the best highlighters for that super metallic glow, at least of the highlighters I have tried (and let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot). These highlighters are so […]

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Christmas is upon us, which means I can break out some of my favorite deep-red lips. Cherry red is lovely, but I leave that to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Taylor Swift. I’m all about the deeper, darker, berry reds.

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I talked about two of my favorite dark red lipsticks, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Motorhead” and MAC “Studded Kiss” in another post. Between these two, I have a slight preference for the MAC lipstick because it is a little creamier. The Kat Von D is a beautiful red-purple color, but you have to make sure your lips are moisturized before you wear it, because it’s very drying.

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Left to right: Creature, Studded  Kiss, Motorhead, LAX

My other favorite holiday reds are Colourpop “Creature” and “LAX.” I use both of them with the “Creature” lippie pencil. LAX and Creature are both dark purple reds, but LAX is a liquid matte lipstick and Creature is a matte lippie stix. Creature might be my favorite of all of these colors: it is super dark, with a  purple undertone, and it is so creamy yet matte. LAX is just as pretty, but sometimes it gets dry and crumbles.

 

What are your favorite red lip colors?

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MAC “Studded Kiss”
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Colourpop LAX
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Kat Von D “Motorhead”
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Colourpop “Creature”
Makeup Geek Highlighter Review & Swatches

Makeup Geek Highlighter Review & Swatches

Highlighters are my favorite part of any makeup look, and I actually feel a little bit naked if I forget to wear a highlighter. I don’t know how I ever lived without highlight! I think that the super-glowy cheekbones will be something my children see […]

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

The NYX  Liquid Liners are my absolute favorite way to create winged liner (or any liner look for that matter).They stay put, they are easy to use, and they are inexpensive. I love the way that I can create wings easily with these liners. The […]

Winter Lip Care Favorites

Winter Lip Care Favorites

Winter always dries out my skin, especially my hands and lips. To battle winter dryness, I often reach for my winter lip care favorites.

Aquaphor: This is my favorite lip product of all time–nothing keeps my lips soft like this, and it can be used on any part of your skin that is dry. This formula is gentle and nourishing, with little to no fragrance (which I like).

MAC Lip Conditioner: I’ve been working through this tube for ages, but I have yet to finish it! This not-to-thick, not-to-thin ointment provides a slight sheen and a lot of moisture. I like wearing this one in public, becuase it looks pretty on my lips and keeps them soft! It is lovely over a matte lip liner, becuase it appears a subtle gloss but adds plenty of hydration.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner: This is an expensive lip balm, but it does work especially well to moisturize my lips. I don’t think I have ever had a lip balm this effective (it beats Chapstick by miles). If you are ever in France, you can pick it up for a fraction of the price (like I did!).

Winter Lip Care Favorites

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The deep red lip color is Colourpop’s LAX, which is a liquid matte lipstick.

Skindinavia Setting Spray & Primer Spray

Skindinavia Setting Spray & Primer Spray

I was a setting spray skeptic until I decided to give the Skindinavia Setting Spray a try. Urban Decay is well-known for their All Nighter Setting Spray, which was made in collaboration with Skindinavia. I have yet to try the UD setting spray, but I […]

The Beauty Blender versus the Real Techniques Sponge

The Beauty Blender versus the Real Techniques Sponge

A few months ago, I did a post about the Beauty Blender versus a generic makeup sponge. The Beauty Blender won, and up until a few weeks ago I swore by my little pink Beauty Blender. But I was hearing good things about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, so I decided to give it a try. Here are my thoughts on the Beauty Blender versus the Real Techniques Sponge!

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At $7 a sponge (less if you buy in a 2-pack) the Real Techniques sponge is a bargain compared with the Beauty Blender. This orange sponge is a little bigger than the Beauty Blender. When damp, it swells to nearly the size of my palm. I love how big it is, and that it has a flat size to blend out foundation. On the Beauty Blender, there is a round bottom and a sharp point. The Real Techniques Sponge has the same overall teardrop shape, but with the flat side, so you can use all different types of surfaces for blending. It also has a point, but the point is not as sharp as the point on the Beauty Blender.

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Beauty Blender

Unlike the generic sponge I tried months ago, the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques sponge blend out foundation in a similar manner–they both do a lovely job of blending my base into my skin for a flawless finish. If anything, the Real Techniques sponge sucks up less product.

Overall, I think I like the Real Techniques Sponge more– I would say I like them equally, but the fact that the Real Techniques sponge is less expensive. Because Beauty Blenders wear out (they get sort of funky after a few months) I would rather use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion and repurchase it after a few months when it is worn out.

What are your thoughts on the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Sponge? What are your favorite beauty sponges?

Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Sponge

Subtle Blushes for Girls Who Hate Blush

Subtle Blushes for Girls Who Hate Blush

Blush can be frightening: a little too much, and you look like the Marquise de Pompadour. As much as I admire 18th century French portraiture, I usually avoid the extreme blush look that was popular back in the day. I like a pop of pink with […]