Week of Holiday Makeup Looks! Are you serving good lip?

It’s been a long, hot minute since I’ve done makeup posts and since I’ve acquired some new makeup, I’m going to spend this week talking about my new makeup! Are you ready? Let’s goooooo!

Just as a warning, I might be posting the same photos since I’m wearing two new makeup purchases on my face, namely my blush and foundation. The focus of these photos are my lips. Muah!

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Let’s start off with a picture I literally just took yesterday! LOL. The shade of lipstick I’m wearing is from DOSE cosmetics, Kiss of Fire. I’m usually apprehensive about wearing red lipstick because sometimes it just doesn’t look good on me, point blank. Some of the colors might be too orange or too pink. I felt this one was actually just right.

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My lips are also courtesy of Dose Cosmetics, but I combined two colors: Chocolate Wasted and Goalz.

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Lastly, the lip color on my resting bitch face (smile!) is courtesy of NYX cosmetics. I’m wearing Praline. I’ll be highlighting a lot of different NYX colors throughout the week.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet makeup post on Christmas Eve. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

 

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Fall 2016 Nudes and Browns

I finally did a long-awaited nude lip swatch review. I’m still getting used to do makeup reviews on YouTube so bare with me a little as I make adjustments!

Anyway, here it is!

Can You Be In the Nude?

As I’ve been experimenting more with my lips, I found that I have a small penchant for the nude lippy. The barely-there-but-we-can-all-tell-you’re-wearing-something-on-your- lips-and-OMG-I-so-want-that-look color.

So, there are three nude-ish colors in my arsenal that I like. Let’s start –

NYX Praline

 

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It gives a shimmer color and it goes on very smooth. I like this because it has brown undertones that highlight the golden ones in my skin.

NYX Rome

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This is a new one for me. It’s a matte lip color and I found out the hard way (because I normally don’t wear mattes) is that you need to have conditioned lips before you put the color on or your lips are going to feel like bricks. I highly, strongly advise you wear some type of lip conditioner or chap stick underneath.

To be honest, you should get into the habit of having conditioned lips regardless if you’re wearing a shimmer, a matte, or just plain because your lips need to be taken care of. Andplusalso, drink a lot of water. It does help prevent chapped lips. (Moisturize from within!)

My favorite is just an old standard – Burt’s Bees (found in any drugstore and retails for about $4). If Burt’s Bees might be too pricey for you, there’s also just regular Chapstick ($2) or Carmex (as little for 99 cents). For a designer lip conditioner, my favorite is MAC lip conditioner that retails for about $16.

Rome has a lot of pink in it (think rosy and not neon), so it’s a very soft color. I would say this is very much a “daytime” lip color.

Both Praline and Rome retail for about $5.99.

MAC Shockolate and Oh Baby!

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I used Shockolate for the base and Oh Baby! as a shimmer top coat. It pairs well together. I haven’t used Shockolate by itself but when I do, I’ll be sure to post a pic of it. I plan to do another post re brown colors.

Both colors retail for about $16 each.

What nudes are your favorite colors? What would you like to see me explore? Sound off in the comments!

 

How Giving Fantastic Lip Will Change Your Life!

This past weekend, I decided to play with my makeup a tad. So let’s start off with the first product review, which is the Raizin blush by MAC.

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Now, I’ve never really been partial to blushes. Not that I love or hate them, but I’ve been been pretty indifferent to them. It’s one of those things I don’t have to have in my makeup harmony. But it’s okay. I can’t miss what I normally don’t have, right?

How naive I was.

On the advice and curiosity of a fabulous sister blog, I decided to try this out for myself.

Amazeballs.

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For starters, it’s very rich so you don’t have to use a whole lot. I can say in comparison to a similar brand and price range to NARS, the MAC blushes are definitely worth the money ($22). Yes, you read that right. The blush is in the double digits. However, you’re paying for quality here. And this quality will last a long time. Keep in mind, this is something everyone is seeing on your face so it will matter in the long run.

 

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I took this picture in natural light so you can see how it looks in a realistic setting. I’m wearing MAC lip glass in Shockolate as the base and Oh Baby! on top.

Speaking of lip color and the purpose of this post…

I wanted to experiment with my lips more. As I stated in a previous post, instead of trying to take the focus away from my lips, I began to embrace them more. (When you’re teased as child for your full lips, it takes a while to appreciate them.)

So, I decided to play with my lips creating a day/night look. Now, I’m wearing NARS tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Natural Eyes makeup, the lovely MAC Raizin blush, and Maybelline mascara. Yes, Maybelline. (I don’t like fake eyelashes on me so you probably won’t ever see me review them.)

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For context, the pic on the left was taken sometime in the early afternoon. The picture on the right was taken in late afternoon/early evening. I’m wearing NYX’s Black Cherry Tart.

Amazing how one simple look can make such a huge impact? Insanity.

Thank you for stopping by! The next review will be of Camille Rose’s Curl Milk!

If there are any products you want me to review, please drop a suggestion! I would love to try!

 

NYX’s Black Cherry Tart is full of YASSSSSS!

Let me start this review by stating something that may not be important to you, but it is to me. I have a milk chocolate skin tone. That means I either match or am close to a Hershey bar (I use to match it but now I’m a tad bit lighter than it). I also have gold undertones. That being said, sometimes makeup and/or hairstyles that would look amazing on other people with pale or very dark skin would look kinda blah on me. When it comes to dark makeup, it’s a touch and go.

Do you know how frustrating to see someone rock a shade you want? I get all up in my feels sometimes.

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I’ve been trying to find the elusive Transylvania shade by NYX while I was in ULTA recently. Of course, it was sold out since it’s a very popular shade (If you find it, you’re one lucky bih).

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I didn’t want to leave with just nothing since I went out of my way to go to ULTA to begin with. Overwhelmed with a plethora of choices, I decided to go bold for once and try something that took me out of my comfort zone.

Enter the Black Cherry Tart.

It’s dark. It’s a deep burgundy. It’s a tad dangerous and vampy. Me likey.

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I’m not a fan of the actual application stick. Maybe I got a bad one, but it was just not as smooth as the other ones I have. But that’s beside the point. Here’s me, giving good face:

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So it goes on smooth (beside the applicator stick) and it stays put. It’s thick. It’s not sticky nor does it smell and most importantly, it doesn’t bleed on my teeth.

The transformation within my spirit, though…I felt like this on the way home:

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And a bit of this…

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And maybe a little bit of this:

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(I think we all have a little Bey and Rih within us. This is a pro-Bey and Rih zone so keep your Anti-Bey and Rih bullshit on silent. Please and thank you.)

Now I’m not sure if NYX will have the same effect on you but hell, give it a try. They have so many shades. I mean so many that there’s a shade for everybody, every skin tone, every type. More NYX lip color reviews to come in the future!