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Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

There’s something about Too Faced that draws me in every time I step into a Sephora–the super-girly packaging, the fan-favorite products, the on-trend colors… Too Faced always catches my eye. While it isn’t cheap, Too Faced is reasonably priced for high-end, high-quality makeup. My sister […]

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

My go-to foundation for the last 8ish months has been Diorskin Forever. This $50 foundation is a pretty penny (I got mine during a Sephora sale) but it’s one of the most beautiful foundation formulas I have ever tried. First of all, my shade, Fair […]

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve is arguably the most underrated lip color. It’s not quite nude, but it isn’t bold either, and it’s especially perfect for the winter months. I love the plummy undertones in these lipsticks, which are often marketed as “dusty rose” or “soft lilac.” Of course, the shade names and colors vary, but I think they’re all beautiful. Here are some of my favorite mauve-toned liquid lipsticks.

Perhaps the most iconic mauve lip is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina. The Stila liquid lipsticks apply thin, like paint, then dry matte and don’t transfer. It feels dry on the lips, but it doesn’t get crusty or difficult to re-apply throughout the day. I think Patina would suit a number of skin tones.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

I love the Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink formula. It’s my favorite liquid lipstick formula, which is sort of crazy because it’s so affordable. These lipsticks are comfortable, matte and totally transfer proof, but they don’t look or feel dry. The color “Lover,” which is pictured here, was sent to me for testing, but I actually purchased another Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink myself. I’ll probably buy more, too, eventually. I couldn’t speak more highly of the formula! It smells sweet, almost like frosting, which all Maybelline lipsticks do. I don’t love the strong smell, but it’s a small price to pay for the beautiful product.

The Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme lipsticks were some of the first drugstore liquid lipsticks that became popular. The formula is actually similar to that of the Stila liquid lipsticks: matte, transfer-proof, and dry, but not too crusty or flaky. The color Adorable is more nude than plum, and very neutral.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks
Maybelline Love, Stila Patina, Milani Adorable

What are your favorite mauve lipsticks? I like wearing all of these lipsticks on their own, or layered with gloss. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and drop by again soon!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

I’ve been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for the past few months. I had dabbled in the waterproof version, which I quite like, before then, but I decided to give the original formula a try. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is a […]

Pink Toned Highlighters

Pink Toned Highlighters

Fish love the water, birds love the sky, and I love pink. Some things just come naturally. Everybody who knows me knows that this is an undeniable fact. I liked millennial pink back when it was just called “pink,” and once I sported a fuchsia […]

Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

I love red eyeshadow year round; I’m convinced it’s always in-season. However, for the majority of the population, red eyeshadow season is somewhere between September and December. Though the season is well underway, it isn’t too late for me to mention a few of my favorite red shades. These are my favorite red eyeshadows for fall and winter.

“Red Ochre” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: This matte brick red is a little on the dry and powdery side, but the pigmentation and blend-ability are great. Plus the palette as a whole is gorgeous, one of my go-tos for sure.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Ochre

“Enigma” by Melt Cosmetics: This eyeshadow can be purchased individually or as a part of the Dark Matter Stack. It’s a beautiful, rich red-brown (comparable to Red Ochre). I find that this eyeshadow has less fallout, and it is even creamier and gentler on my sensitive eyes. I love the color and formula, so it’s one of my favorite eyeshadows of all time.

Melt Cosmetics Enigma

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Palette: The shades in this palette don’t have names, but both of the red shimmery shades are gorgeous. They’re warm-toned, creamy, buttery, pigmented, and the things dreams are made of.

Red Eyeshadow Swatches
Juvia’s Place, Jeffree Star, Melt, Anastasia Beverly Hills

“Fetish” from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette: Jeffree Star’s eyeshadows are one of my favorite formulas, because they’re so soft and pigmented. They’re generally easy to work with, and the colors are always interesting and unique. This shade is similar to the other three, but the finish is unique. It’s somewhere between a matte and a shimmer– a subtle satin.

Fetish Jeffree Star Cosmetics

What are your favorite red eyeshadows? Thanks for dropping by, be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

 

 

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

This highlighter is a mini-miracle. Admittedly, at nearly $40 the price tag is hefty. $40 can buy you a lot in the highlighter world (basically a lifetime supply of e.l.f. baked highlights, or an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit). And while I wouldn’t say I […]

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a […]

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

I work in an art museum, and we recently had a huge anniversary event. Because the event was black tie, I broke out a floor length gown, curled my hair, and (of course) went full glam.


I was so wrapped up in the excitement of the even that I can’t remember the details of what all I wore. However, I know that my eyeshadow was mostly the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette, with a cocktail of black liners and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Night Sky Sparkle.


I also wore my favorite foundation for events, the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, which doesn’t seep into my smile lines (which is a rare feat for a full coverage foundation) and it wore all night long! Of course, I primed and set, but still, I danced and sweat a lot, and my foundation still looked great when I got home!


I’m also wearing MAC Crème de la Femme lipstick and Brave lipliner, which has been one of my staples for years. I paired the Anastasia Beverly Hills concealer with the L’Oreal Pro Glow concealer for a hydrated but super full coverage look.

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

There are two types of people in the world: those who are willing to spend their entire paycheck on makeup, and those who are not. Just kidding… kind of. I know that not everybody is makeup-obsessed like me, and that for some, it’s just not […]