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December 11, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Unconventional Lipsticks + Tips On How To Wear Them

Unless you were born gravitating toward bold or alternative makeup styles, at some point in your life you’ve probably wistfully gazed at an out-of-the-ordinary lip color and thought “ugh, I wish I could wear that.” Maybe you feel like it’s too daring for you, maybe you work in a conservative environment or have people in your life that would make rude remarks about your choices, or possibly it’s the concern I hear all the time “I’m too old for that.” Um, first of all, you’re not. You can wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself at any age, provided it’s on your own time. That’s true of all of the other reasons people have for not wearing what they want to wear. At the end of the day, it’s not that big of a deal, makeup washes off. But something that is a big deal is you feeling confident and powerful enough to wear the things that you love, that show the world who you are. Clearly I have some strong feelings about makeup, and trust me, I could go on about this for quite awhile, but that’s not the point of this post. Today I’m sharing a round up of some of my favorite unconventional shades of lipstick and lip gloss in hopes of helping you find something that you’ll love. I’ll also share some of my tips for wearing unconventional colors that will be helpful whether you’re a dabbler or a first-timer in these bold hues.

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December 6, 2017

Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss in ‘Boss’ Review and Swatch

If you’ve been paying any attention to beauty trends, you’ll know gloss is making a comeback. However, the sticky, gloopy glosses of the past are long gone, replaced by silky, plush glosses that won’t make you feel like you’ve smeared pancake syrup all over your lips. Today we’ll be discussing one of the great gloss options on the market, Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss in the shade ‘Boss.’

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June 15, 2017

Lipsticks Most Likely to be Hiding in my Handbag

We all have those lipsticks that never seem to make it back out of our bags once they go in. The one we search our stash for only to find it hiding in a purse or a pocket later. Rather than sharing my favorite lipsticks (could I even narrow it down?!), I’m sharing the lipsticks I reach for in a hurry, the über wearable ones that I know I can always rely on, and the lipsticks I just can’t seem to stay away from. It’s kind of a parade of neutral pinks and browns, but there are a few wildcards in here that you might not expect. Here’s to the lipsticks that never let me down!

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April 23, 2017

Review: Erborian Glow Creme

There’s no denying that glowy skin is trending right now, and with good reason. It gives such a healthy, youthful appearance that it’s hard to resist adding some luminosity to the skin. The market is booming with products to help you achieve that glow, from highlighters to primers to luminous foundations, but how do you know which one is right for you? Today, I’m bringing you a review of the Erborian Glow Creme, an iridescent makeup priming lotion that might be just what you’re looking for, along with a comparison to some other popular options.

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March 10, 2017

What I’m Loving Right Now: February 2017 Favorites

Y’know how sometimes after you go through a rut with your beauty products, you come out of the rut with like 30 new loves? Well, that’s what happened here. I haven’t done a favorites post in several months because there just wasn’t anything making me excited enough to call it a favorite. There are a few exceptions to that, things I’ve been loving for a while, but just forgot to talk about for one reason or another. Psshh, how rude of me. I’m making up for it now by sharing the goods, including a few product combos that I think are really stellar. Are you ready for this jelly? Good, then I’ll stop blabbing and get into it!

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February 24, 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss Tickle Me Peach Review and Lip Swatch

The Too Faced Sweet Peach collection is one of the most hyped up collections in recent memory. Despite the hype, I wasn’t really feeling the collection, but then I saw the Peach Oil Lip Glosses and my curiosity was piqued enough to buy one. Initially, I thought these were going to be something along the lines of a YSL lip oil, sheer with a hint of color and an oily feel. Wrong-o. These are majorly pigmented lip glosses with a plush, non-sticky feel. Short answer: I love these. However, as with pretty much any product ever, not everyone is going to love the same things. Will these be a must-have for you? Read on and I’ll help you decide!

 

Disclosure: This product was purchased by me with my own money. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Price:

$19 for 4ml

Where to buy:

Sephora | Ulta | TooFaced

Packaging:

Clear plastic tube with a long, flexible doe-foot applicator. There’s a stopper inside the tube that helps to pull off some of the excess product, preventing it from getting too messy.

 

Texture:

Smooth, plush, hydrating, non-sticky. I could press my lips together without feeling like my lips were sticking together. It’s a thicker gloss, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the lips. It’s a very comfortable, hydrating formula.

Application:

Goes on smoothly, but it can be a little uneven, which you can see in the swatch below. Pigmented with one coat, but can be built up for even more vibrancy. Semi-sheer.

Scent:

Smells like peach candy. Sweet, but with a little bit of tarteness. Although it doesn’t smell like an actual fresh peach, it doesn’t smell overly synthetic or sickly sweet either. I absolutely love the smell, but I’m sure it’s not something everyone would love. I could still smell this a little bit while I was wearing it, but it wasn’t overpowering or so strong that it was irritating. If you were wondering, it does taste sweet, but not quite like a peach candy, just vaguely candy-like. …yes I tasted it…for science😉😋

Wear Time:

Average for a lip gloss, around 2-3 hours before it needs to be reapplied, depending on how much you eat and drink. It faded evenly, no gross ring left around the lips.

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Tickle Me Peach

 

Final Thoughts:

I love this, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. For one thing, not everyone is going to love the scent. Additionally, the darker color can settle into fine lines a little bit or look a little uneven if you’re not careful with the way you apply it. The darker color will also draw some attention to any flakes of dry skin on your lips. If that’s a problem for you, you may want to go with one of the lighter shades, but from what I’ve seen from other bloggers, some of the lighter shades tend to settle into lip lines too. It has something to do with the way the color is suspended in the gloss, I think, but I’m not a cosmetic chemist, so that’s just a theory. Sheering it out by gently patting it with your fingertip is also an option to achieve a more subdued color and prevent it from settling into lip lines. Overall, I love this and plan to buy more shades. I think you’ll like it if you’re into the peach scent, and if you’re looking for a pigmented, hydrating, non-sticky gloss. If you thought even the NYX Butter Glosses were sticky, this may finally be the non-sticky gloss you’ve been waiting for. Avoid this if you think the scent may bother you, or if you’re concerned about it sinking into lip lines (or consider going with a lighter shade).

Are you loving the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection? I’ll admit, these glosses have me reconsidering some of the other products in the collection!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Cristine

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