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Top 5 Things in My Fall Makeup Bag

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1.Butter London Nail Polish in British Racing Green– I love this color for when I want to step away from my tried and true shades (aka neutrals and red). It’s perfect for fall as the color is a nice hunter green and it has great staying power.

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella–Scarlet red in color, this lip pencil and lipstick in one crayon has a great matte finish and doesn’t dry out your lips. I also love that this color in particular can be worn by a variety of people with different skin tones and still look amazing on. Also, the size of it is wonderful as it can easily travel with you no matter the size of your purse.

3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey–This eye pencil is a lovely, rich brown matte color that really makes my hazel eyes pop. I also love how long it lasts, as well as how easy it is to apply. I’ve never done that well with liquid eyeliner due to the application of it, so an eyeliner like this one is exactly what I need.

4. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette–This palette is a-ma-zing! I honestly love the shades that come in this smaller palette and how often I can use them. It also is great for daytime wear/work, as the shades are both matte and neutral. I love pairing a few of the shades with my Urban Decay pencil for a more natural look and then adding some oomph with a bold lip.

5. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara–A while back I got the O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara by Marc Jacobs as a sample from Sephora (and loved it), but I wanted to opt for something a little more toned down, which led me to purchasing this particular mascara. I love how it adds volume to my long lashes without making them look too grand. It also is really long lasting and even though it’s not water proof, I have been able to walk through a bit of rain with it on and didn’t end up looking like a raccoon (success!).

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Give ’em a Little Valentine Lip

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Whether or not you’re you’ll be with your s.o., girlfriends, or family this Valentines Day weekend, a little color on your lips is a necessity. Not only will it perk you up, but I guarantee you that you’ll feel amazing (even if you’re sans a s.o. on this mushy holiday or just not a fan of it).

Obviously a pink or red is normally the way to go, but I favor a little variation and try not to stick to too traditional of a shade. A bubblegum pink lip easily adds a flirty vibe to a look while a blood red lip would certainly add a more passionate vibe, both of these being very appropriate for this weekend.

 

  1. Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Pout ($21 at Sephora). A gorgeous lipstick that provides just the right amount of pop and goes on very smoothly. Goes really well with a fresh face or minimal makeup.
  2. Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard ($28 at Sephora). One of my all time favorite red lipsticks (as previously mentioned in My Top 5 Red Lipsticks post). It works for practically every skin tone and lasts for hours.
  3. MAC Lustre Lipstick in Call the Hairdresser ($17 at stores that sell MAC Cosmetics). All you need is a swipe of this lipstick and you can call it a day. It’s such a no fuss shade that pairs easily with any outfit or season to where I wish I had more than one of it.
  4. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna ($32 at Sephora). My most recent purchase at Sephora that has easily become my new favorite lipstick. This matte smoky rose color really plays up your natural lip color and isn’t drying like most matte lipsticks. The price tag is a bit steep but if you’re looking for a semi natural shade, I suggest you give this one a try.

 

No matter how you’ll be spending this weekend, do so feeling as wonderful as you possibly can. There’s only one of you and you deserve to look and feel good, whether you’re out or just vegging out on the couch watching Netflix and/or romantic comedies.

-C

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My Top 5 Red Lipticks

My Top 5 Red Lipsticks-2015

 

People generally define this time of year by their essentials–Williams & Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark, trips into the Village to explore the shops and lights, a comfy fisherman sweater, a cup of Chai along with a good book, and of course, red lipstick.

Red lips work all year ’round, but for some reason their effect intensifies around the holiday season. The first thing I always notice during the last couple of scenes of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is Beverly D’Angelo’s red lips. And every time the Barnes & Noble ad with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett airs, my eyes are instantly drawn to Gaga’s red lips (and of course that gorgeous outfit, but let’s not get off track here…).

They’re just an eye catcher and should really be in every woman’s beauty arsenal (if they’re not already). Whether you’re a fan of the classic red, such as Chanel’s Rouge Matte, or tend to go for something a bit quirkier, like Topshop’s Brighton Rock, you can’t go wrong.

Just be sure to find the right one for you.

-C

 

(Chanel Rouge Matte lipstick (for when I want to feel fancy); Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock (perfect with a fresh face); Red Lizard by Nars (current favorite); Smashbox Fireball Matte lipstick (for when I want to have a Grace Kelly moment); Ruby Woo by MAC (an all-time favorite)) 

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Top 5 Lip Shades for F/W

Top 5 Lip Shades for F:W

 

I honestly just love the darker and richer shades that colder weather can bring someone to wear, whether on your lids or lips. A rich rose tint or gold more natural rose gold tint is perfect to pair with a smoky eye. For those who fully want to embrace their daring side, a bold red or berry shade is the perfect way to go.

Here’s to colder weather to come! 

-C

 

(From left to right: Sequence of Love by Lancome; Scarlett Empress by NARS; Perpetual Flame by MAC Cosmetics; Rum Raisin by Bobbi Brown; Lolita by Kat Von D)
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Top 5 Lip Shades for spring

Top 5 Lip Shades for spring--2015

Now that spring has been starting to show her face here in Oregon, my wardrobe has started to explode with variations of color (even pink!). My favorite way to show off color, though, is through lip color.

Recently I’ve just been going out with an almost sans-makeup face as all I’ll put on is a coat of mascara and my current lip color. It’s honestly such a nice change as my skin feels lighter and less greasy without all of it. I especially love that since doing so, my skin has gotten even clearer. That in itself is a huge perk.

Hope y’alls weather is just as nice! 

-C

(From left to right: Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Rogue; Nars Lipstick in Schiap; CLINIQUE Chubby Lip Balm Stick in Heaping Hazelnut; Nars Lipstick in Barbarella; Lancome Lip Lover in Orange Manege)  

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Winter Beauty: Tried and True

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Winter in the NW can go from 4os and raining to below freezing and snowing. There are so many days where the best pick me up can honestly be spritzing on some perfume or putting some color on your nails and/or lips.

The weather also loves to wreck havoc on my skin, especially my face and hands which go from their normally oily selves to sensitive once the cold hits. I love Philoshophy’s Hands of Hope cream because it doesn’t irritate my skin like so many other brands and it also has a nice clean smell. Smashbox Photo Finish primer is perfect for my skin as it’s oil-free and has more of a gel base so it’s not too cakey like some primers can be.

Also, for those who have to combat the winter rains like I do, Tarte’s Light Camera Splashes mascara is a must! I love the fact that it’s a waterproof mascara that does not compromise as it’s comb still thickens my lashes ever so nicely.

 

(From left: NARS Scarlet Empress lipstick; Tom Ford Black Orchid; Philosophy Hands of Hope hand and cuticle cream; Lights Camera Splashes mascara by Tarte; OPI Lincoln Park After Dark; Smashbox Photo Finish primer)