Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall and Winter 2012 Lip Product Picks

I'll admit, I'm extremely lazy when it comes to wearing lipstick. Usually, I slap on some chapstick and head out the door. However, there's something about fall and winter that make me more inclined to wear it. Maybe it's because you can get away with wearing more bold lips or maybe I just fall in love with the colors every year. Either way, I think these lipsticks and lip glosses add the perfect touch.

Today I am sharing with you my picks for fall and winter lip products. Most of them are actually from the drugstore so they are easily accessible and affordable. 

The Dark Vampy Look:
The most predictable color to wear but also very beautiful and on trend. From top to bottom, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, and Revlon Colorburst Lip gloss in Bordeaux.

Classic Reds:
Perfect for your holiday party. From top to bottom, Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Ravish, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, and L'Oreal Infallible Lip gloss in Rebel Red.

Unexpected Pinks:
Not your typical shade but still appropriate. From top to bottom, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick, and NYX Mega Shine Lip gloss in Dolly Pink.

Neutrals still work:
In the fall and winter I also wear more dark colors on the lid, so wearing a neutral lip can look beautiful. From top to bottom, Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight, and Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Strike a Rose (limited edition).

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow in Kalahari and Blush in Luster Swatch and Review

It was my birthday on Friday and I got a fancy new DSLR camera as a present so I felt this justified me getting some products that have been on my lust list for a while. NARS is a brand that I just don't buy often. I have one cream blush from them and I hardly use it. That being said, I have wanted the Kalahari eye shadow duo and the blush in Luster for a long time but I could never justify buying them until now. 

Let's start with Kalahari eyeshadow duo:
I find that the color on the left needs some sort of base to really show up because once you start blending on the eye, the color just kind of disappears. The color on the right is beautiful and has that cool dimension where you can't tell if it's purple or brown. Overall, I do really enjoy this product but $34 for .14oz is a lot for 2 eye shadows considering you can get a nice palette for around 10 more dollars. Who am I kidding, I'll probably buy more NARS eye shadows in the future but only on special occasions! 

Next we have the blush in Luster:
This blush is gorgeous! I have heard so many people raving about this and now I can totally see why. It gives your cheeks a healthy looking glow, no highlighter necessary. Luster is a warm toned blush and is described as a golden apricot. I did accidentally apply way too much but it blended out with no problems. NARS blushes are only $28 with .16oz which I think is more justifiable than the eye shadows.

I've been watching a lot of Essiebutton and she mentioned that a dupe for Luster is NYX Terra Cotta blush which I just so happen to own so I tested her claim.
You know what? They are pretty close but I think the NYX is a bit more orange and sparkly. I do prefer the NARS blush but if you are on a budget, the NYX Terra Cotta will work, especially for $6 and .18oz of product.