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Wearable Berry Lipstick 

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

I don’t usually go for berry lips, but the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover has blown me away. I love this lipstick! It is unbelievably long-wearing (like 12 hours, with eating) and super comfortable. The color itself is a berry toned […]

5 Nude Liquid Lipsticks for Summer

5 Nude Liquid Lipsticks for Summer

I’ve finally fallen in love with liquid lipstick. For a long time, I couldn’t get on the bandwagon for this trend because I found liquid lipstick so drying. These days, I can’t get enough of these long-wearing lipsticks. They apply so nicely, and I love […]

Warm & Smokey 

Warm & Smokey 


Benefit Pore-fessional

Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation 

Tarte Confidence in a Compact foundation, Amazonian Clay blush in Vibrant, Amazonian Clay highlighter in Stunner, Shape Tape Concealer 

Clinique Acne Solutions concealer 

MAC Pro Empasize powder and Harmony blush 

CoverFX Bronzer in Sunkissed 

Skindinavia spray to set 


Colourpop pressed eyeshadows: Running Late, I Owe You, Get Out, Note to Self, and Cloud Nine

Makeup Geek eyeshadows Vintage and Unexpected 

 NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner 

Buxom mascara 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (this step isn’t necessary, I just did it to waterproof my mascara) 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade 

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax 


MAC liner in Etcetera and lipstick in Blankety 

Almost Summer 

Almost Summer 

I’ve been super busy this month, so I haven’t posted in a while. But here’s a summery going-out look I did a few weeks ago. I can’t remember everything I used, but I know the lips were a sample of MAC’s Creme de Nude (which […]

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my family bought me a 10 hue anniversary set of Bobbi Brown’s classic lipstick colors. Not only are the mini-lipsticks perfect for travel, but it gave me a great overview of every shade in Bobbi Brown’s classic lipstick formula. So, without further ado, here is my Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches.


If there is one word for Bobbi Brown’s lipsticks, I would say it’s flattering. These lipsticks are creamy and pigmented (but not too pigmented, so they adapt to your natural lip color). The finish isn’t too matte, but it isn’t frosted or glossy. It’s just a beautiful color.

Every color is build-able and layer-able. My favorite shades are Beige, Raisin, and Red, but they’re all gorgeous neutrals (with a kick). If you were lucky enough to pick up a set, you’ll find there’s a color for every look.

left to right: Rose, Brown, Raisin, Beige, Salmon


The Bobbi Brown Original 10 25th Anniversary Lip Collection is beautiful. Every lipstick is high quality, and they are all wearable colors for any woman; the boldest colors are sheer enough on the lips that anybody would feel comfortable in them. The shades are great for day or night, moisturizing and comfortable. I will probably re-purchase my favorites or even some new shades (there are many available on the Sephora website). As an added bonus, every color can be worn individually, or blended into a custom color. I highly recommend these lipsticks, which are luxurious, classic, and beautiful.


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Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

I’ve finally started to like liquid lipsticks; my initial experiences with liquid lipsticks, especially those that dry matte, were rather unfortunate. I once thought that liquid lipsticks were nothing more than a dry, crumbly mess, but I have come to like liquid lippies. While the […]

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude lipstick is perfect for makeup fanatics and beginners alike, because of its versatility. Nude lips are always polish and lovely, and there are many shades of nude (from peachy tones to mauves) so they can be suitable for any skin tone. I have many […]

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.


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.

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?

MAC “Studded Kiss”
Casual Coffee Break
Colourpop LAX
Kat Von D “Motorhead”
Colourpop “Creature”
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 […]