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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!

Disclosure: This post does not contain affiliate links. This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain paid/sponsored product mentions. This post does include a product received as a PR sample, clearly labeled as such.

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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.


$19 for 4ml

Where to buy:

Sephora | Ulta | TooFaced


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.



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.


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.


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!



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February 19, 2017

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Swatch and Review

Since I was about 13 or 14 Urban Decay has been my ride-or-die brand. The edgy packaging, the cheeky names, the variety of colors and glittery neutrals, it’s always just been the brand I felt most connected with, especially when I was disappointed by drugstore products that looked colorful and glittery in the package but performed like absolute trash. Thankfully, drugstore products have come a long way since then and many of them match or even outperform their high-end counterparts. Still, Urban Decay will always be special to me because they helped inspire my love of makeup. Considering my love for the brand, it was a given that I’d pick up some of the new Vice Liquid Lipsticks when they launched, especially with all of the hype surrounding these. Waterproof, transfer proof, comfortable liquid lipstick? Sign me up! Did these live up to the hype? Check out my wear-test and review to find out!

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August 13, 2016

What’s In My Go-To Eye Shadow Palette?

Hey friends! As you probably know by now, things have been very hectic for me lately between house hunting, packing, getting ready for a friend’s wedding, and preparing to start at a new school and a new job. Early on in the craziness, I realized that one of the tasks that slows me down the most when I’m trying to get ready is trying to decide which eye shadows I want to wear. I love changing my look up day to day, but realistically, I just don’t have that much time to put into it right now (well, that and I don’t wanna scare our realtor away with one of my glam grunge smoky eye looks, she’s pretty traditional). In order to keep myself from digging through my palettes, I put together an assortment of eye shadows in my Makeup Geek Travel Palette that would allow me to do a range of eye looks and give me everything I needed to accomplish a quick look with just one palette. Today I’ll be sharing my palette with you, as well as the logic behind my choice of shadows. Swatches are at the end of the post!

First up is MAC Blanc Type (Note: I was only able to find this in a compact as of  8/10/16, but when I purchased it back in the spring, it was available as a pro palette refill, not sure why it’s only in the compact now). I finally gave in and purchased a few MAC eye shadows after they dropped the price to $6 for the pro palette refill pans. The few MAC shadows I own were purchased specifically to fill certain gaps in my collection, which is why there are several in this palette. Blanc Type was purchased because I was searching for a matte white shade to use as a brow bone highlight and an all-over base color to tone down the stickiness from my eye primer. I couldn’t seem to find anything that was pigmented enough and applied smoothly, so I caved and grabbed Blanc Type. I’m glad I did because it’s exactly what I was looking for. In comparison to some of the other formulas I’m used to working with (Makeup Geek, Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills), it’s a lot drier, but it goes on exactly the way I want it to: pigmented enough to hide the discoloration on my eyelids, but not so pigmented that it looks as stark as if I had put White Out on my eyelids. It’s also more of a creamy bone white, which makes it work well for a matte brow bone highlight. I almost never do a look without this eye shadow, so when I was putting my palette together, this was a no-brainer.

Working from left to right, the next shadow is MAC Malt. I purchased this shadow hoping it would be a dupe for one of my all-time favorite ColourPop shades: Bill. Bill and Malt are both pinky beige shades that look extra awesome in the crease if you have green eyes. They’re not exact dupes, Bill has more of a dusty purple undertone that Malt lacks. Malt is also more brown. Both work as neutrals with a little somethin’ extra. As much as I love Bill, I wanted something I could pop into a magnetic palette so I wouldn’t always have to dig through my singles drawer for Bill. I’ve also noticed that the ColourPop formula doesn’t always play well with normal eye shadow formulas, it seems like the ColourPop shadows occasionally develop a satin texture that makes it difficult to blend them with other shadows. Although they’re not identical, I use Malt and Bill in essentially the same way: as a transition or crease color for cool-toned looks, especially with purples and taupes.

Continuing on, we have MAC Soft Brown. Soft Brown is a matte, muted warm brown. You would think this shade would be easily dupe-able, but there’s something about it that puts it in the Goldilocks zone. It’s warm without being too warm, blends easily, and is pigmented without being too bold. I reach for it on a regular basis, especially when I’m doing a more minimal look because the muted brown makes it easy to use as a “one and done” crease color. Even though it leans warm, it’s probably the most neutral matte brown in this palette, which makes it easy to pair with various other shades of brown, copper, and gold.

Next up is Urban Decay Twice Baked, which I depotted from one of my Urban Decay palettes. Twice Baked is a deep, cool-toned satin-finish brown with gold microshimmer, but I treat it as a matte. The microshimmer tends to get swept away when Twice Baked is blended, so I’m able to use it as a crease color without looking like I have glitter in my crease. I believe the formula has been updated since this shadow was made, so there may be a difference in color and/or texture. The texture of this shadow is actually what I love most about it. The pigment isn’t packed as densely into this shade as the typical Urban Decay formula, which makes it much easier to create a diffused look. That’s what earned it a space in this palette. It can be used to easily deepen up the crease or outer-v without having to spend a ton of time blending it out.

Moving on to the next row, we have Makeup Geek Creme Brulee. Creme Brulee is a matte, peachy brown. I use it as a transition when I’m doing warmer looks. It’s actually similar to MAC Soft Brown, but whereas Soft Brown leans pink, Creme Brulee leans orange, and is also a little bit lighter. it may seem odd to have both of these in the same palette, but I use them differently, so for me it makes sense. I use Soft Brown when I want to keep a look neutral, and Creme Brulee when I want to make a look warmer.

Following Creme Brulee is MAC Texture, which has quickly become one of my favorite shadows. Similar to Twice Baked, Texture is a satin-finish eye shadow with gold microshimmer that doesn’t really show up once the shadow is blended out. In comparison to Makeup Geek Creme Brulee, MAC Texture is deeper and more of a true brown with a warm yellow undertone. I love this eye shadow because I can use it as an all over lid color, blend it into the crease and add way too much mascara two coats of mascara and have a one-shadow look that perfectly walks the tightrope between sultry and everyday “pulled together” makeup. I also use this in the crease when I want a neutral gold look, or with copper tones to create a look that really brings out the golden brown flecks in the center of my eyes.

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear is a warm matte brown that reminds of hot chocolate with a bit of cinnamon mixed in. I mostly use this as a crease color or to deepen my outer corner, sort of like the warm counterpart to Urban Decay Twice Baked. I also love to use this along the lower lash line because the warm tones really make my green eyes stand out. This and the following shadow were also the closest I could get to putting one of my beloved orange eye shadows in this palette and still have it be a neutral, everyday palette.

Now we’re getting to the more fun shadows #glitterbomb4lyfe. Urban Decay Chopper is one of my favorite copper shades, especially because of the silver microglitter. When it comes to makeup, I love mixing metals because I love the contrast. Copper tones like Chopper are even better because they bring out both the green and the gold in my eyes. Chopper + Creme Brulee + Cocoa Bear = heart eyes. Add Estee Lauder Tiger Eye on the lips and the heart eyes of warm-tone loving makeup addicts everywhere will be exploding. It puts the warm tones on its skin.

Now we take a quick jaunt over to the softer shades that I often use to highlight my inner corner. Urban Decay Virgin is a soft white satin that adds a ton of brightness to a look. It also reflects the light nicely without having any shimmer to it, which would be great for people who prefer a soft-focus inner corner highlight. Although I find this shadow kind of boring, it’s a very silky, pigmented shadow that pairs well with nearly any eye look. It could also double as a highlighter on very pale skin. I’ve used it that way a few times when I was in a hurry, but I prefer a stronger, more golden highlight most days.

While the name Missionary sounds boring, this shade from Urban Decay is actually the perfect pale taupe that should be in every neutral eye shadow lover’s collection, which makes it extra tragic that it’s not available as a single. Missionary is a highly reflective satin with gray, silver, and a touch of  pale brown. For whatever reason, something about it reminds me of the moon. It doesn’t look like much when it’s swatched, but on the eyes, it’s magic. The reflectiveness of this shadow really opens up the eyes without screaming for attention the way a shimmery or glittery shade does. It enhances the eyes in a very subtle way, very ingenue or “girl next door.” This looks especially beautiful with Malt and a touch of gray-brown, such as Urban Decay Naked2 or Makeup Geek Bedrock right in the outer part of the crease.

This next shadow was featured in my favorites this month, so obviously it’s something I’ve been using a lot recently. Urban Decay Sidecar is an eye shadow that, for whatever reason, I kind of overlooked until recently. Sidecar is like Chopper’s laid back but equally beautiful cousin. Both are satins with silver microglitter, though the microglitter in Sidecar is more subtle because it is smaller and contrasts less with the cool taupe base of Sidecar. I’d pair this with Malt + Twice Baked for a low key  glitter addicts anonymous glam look.

Ahh, here we have the magical, glorious, Pink Champagne from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This eye shadow makes me want to sing Lana Del Rey songs to it. If this eye shadow is not on my corpse when it goes up in flames, so help me I will haunt every surviving friend and family member I have (yes, I am going to make someone do my makeup before I’m cremated). This cool-toned pink shimmer/glitter hybrid is quite possibly the prettiest eye shadow in existence, especially if you’re a fan of glittery eye shadows. Seriously, this eye shadow is like “hey, we heard you liked glitter, so we put glitter on your glitter.” ABH calls it a titanium finish, and I definitely agree with that description. It’s like Makeup Geeks foiled eye shadows on steroids. I wear this with some variation of Creme Brulee, Soft Brown, and Texture. I’ll also add in Cocoa Bear and/or Twice Baked for added drama.

Midnight Cowboy Rides Again is the ultimate glitter bomb. There’s absolutely no way of wearing this eye shadow without having flecks of silver glitter all over your face (seriously, even after I clean the fallout off of my face with tape and do my foundation, I still get glitter all over because it rains silver glitter every time I blink), but for me, it’s worth it. It’s been reformulated since I last purchased it, and I actually have the reformulated pan in another palette, but it’s just a slightly less explosive glitter bomb. This eye shadow is in this palette partially because it’s a beautiful, fun, neutral gold that makes my heart happy, and partially because I’m trying to finish off this pan. The same goes for Grifter, which I’ll talk about at the end of this post. I wear MCRA (not to be confused with its less glittery relative, Midnight Cowboy) with any of the matte shades in this palette except for Malt.

On to the final row. Starting with Urban Decay Vert (discontinued), which actually is just in this palette as a space-filler for the most part. Vert is a green duochrome with a subtle blue flash. I used to wear it quite often, but haven’t done so much recently. However, I had a spot left open in my palette and the pan size was right, so I tossed it in here yesterday. I’d wear it with Creme Brulee and Texture on a day when I was craving color, but didn’t have time to dig through the rest of my eye shadows.

Urban Decay Cherry (discontinued) is another classic shade. I use this almost exclusively for highlighting my inner corners, especially when I’m doing a cool-toned look. Cherry is a reflective satin with a hint of pastel pink, and some silver microglitter. Cherry is comparable to Virgin, but Virgin is more neutral, doesn’t contain any microglitter, and is significantly less reflective.

I use Urban Decay Blunt as a golden alternative to Cherry. Similar to Cherry, I find that I never really reach for Blunt as a lid color, just an inner corner highlight. Blunt is a reflective pale gold satin.

The final neutral shade in this palette is Anastasia Beverly Hills Treasure (not available as a single). I use Treasure all over the lid as a less glittery alternative to Midnight Cowboy Rides Again or a more neutral golden alternative to Blunt on the inner corners. It’s slightly more reflective and less yellow than Blunt.

Rounding off the palette, we have Urban Decay Grifter (discontinued). Grifter is a silvery pale purple satin with silver glitter. It’s great for adding a bit of color without being too in-your face, which is why I had to have it in this palette to keep me from dying in a neutral eye shadow induced coma. As I mentioned before, I’m also trying to use this one up because I have another pan of the reformulated version that’s less of a glitterbomb.

That’s it for this palette. It’s not quite my perfect palette since I was limited by purpose, palette size, and pan shape, but it works great for what I need it to at the moment. I hope this post was helpful to you! Let me know which eye shadows you keep in your go-to palette or which eye shadows you reach for the most in the comments down below.

All swatches are done with a flat shader brush. Top row is over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, bottom row is on bare skin.

Left to right: Urban Decay Twice Baked || Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear || MAC Texture || Makeup Geek Creme Brulee || MAC Soft Brown || MAC Malt || Anastasia Beverly Hills Treasure || Urban Decay Blunt || Urban Decay Cherry || Urban Decay Missionary || Urban Decay Virgin || MAC Blanc Type (blends into my skin almost completely)


Left to right: MAC Malt || Anastasia Beverly Hills Treasure|| Urban Decay Blunt || Urban Decay Cherry ||Urban Decay Missionary || Urban Decay Virgin || MAC Blanc Type

Left to right: Urban Decay Twice Baked || Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear || MAC Texture || Makeup Geek Creme Brulee || MAC Soft Brown || MAC Malt || Anastasia Beverly Hills Treasure

Left side over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, right side over bare skin. All swatches done with a flat shader brush.

Top to Bottom: Urban Decay Chopper || Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again || Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Champagne || Urban Decay Sidecar || Urban Decay Grifter* || Urban Decay Vert

*note: There was still brown eye shadow on my brush when I did the bare skin swatch of Grifter, so refer to the left side for accurate color representation

xx Cristine

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January 8, 2016

[Swatch & Review] Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in 10 Nude Flush

I’m not going to beat around the bush, this product is odd and disappointing. The color is beautiful, but the formula is perplexing, to say the least.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in 10 Nude Flush
I’ve had this product for a few weeks now, but I’ve been waiting to review it until I heard a few other people talk about it because this product had me wondering if I was going crazy or if I had received a bad batch. It very clearly says “matte” in the product name, and even the description on says that the product is supposed to be matte, but there’s absolutely nothing matte about this.

From “Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color has a creamy liquid base for a soft, cushiony feel. 


  • Vivid, matte finish
  • Infused with pure pigments for high-impact color
  • Glides on smooth and hydrates
  • Medium Coverage” 

Swatch of Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush on NC15 skin. This was after 10 minutes of waiting for it to dry down, even a little bit. It looks sliiightly more matte on the lips, but not much.
Yes Maybelline, veeeerry matte. *eye roll*

Yo, Maybelline… this is a lip gloss. 

I waited and waited for this to dry down, tried applying heavier and lighter coats, nothing worked. Looking at the ingredients, it contains kaolin clay, which is what’s typically used to make lipsticks matte, but it looks like maybe not enough was added to the formula to create a matte finish. 

The texture of this product is very pleasant, like a very lightly whipped mousse. I’d definitely agree with the product description from it has a very soft, smooth, cushiony feel to it, and it glides on well. It’s also adequately pigmented and non-sticky. 

 The wear time was around 2-3 hours, less if you eat or drink. Just taking a sip of water took a decent amount of product off in the center of my lips, and after a few more sips, I ended up with that awkward ring around my lips. 

The scent of this product is ok, it’s a generic sweet scent (maybe caramel or vanilla?) which doesn’t have that sharp, acrid smell that’s fairly common in synthetic fragrances, and I could only just barely smell it while I was applying it. It does, however, make the gloss taste a bit weird and plasticy (I almost feel like I can taste the clay in this in addition to the taste from the fragrance), so if that’s something that typically bothers you, avoid this product like the plague. For me, the taste of this is probably the second most off-putting thing about this product after the whole “Maybelline wtf this is a lip gloss” issue. Since the lipstick never dries down and is a bit on the liquidy side, it’s really easy to end up accidentally tasting the lip gloss. If that happens, you’re about to be in for a real bad time. Seriously, I started licking the back of my hand to get the taste out of my mouth, it was that bad.

Applicator for the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick.

The applicator is what I would describe as an elongated doe-foot. It fits my lips well, but I think it applies too much product at once. It also has a slight angle, which I think is helpful, but overall, a standard doe-foot applicator would have been a better fit for this product. There’s a bit of flexibility to the wand, enough to make it easy to maneuver, but not enough that I felt like I could easily lose control of the wand and start flinging lip gloss everywhere if the wand snapped back too quickly.

There’s a slight angle to the applicator.
It’s also quite slim and flat

Another problem that I had with this product is that is clung to my dry patches, so if you were hoping this would be a good alternative for dry lips, no such luck. It would work if your lips are just dehydrated, but if you have any flakes, it’s a no-go.

I think that Maybelline would have been much better off marketing this as a whipped lip gloss, but trying to pass this off as matte is just ridiculous. On top of that, the longevity is crap and the taste is very unpleasant, to say the least. Such a disappointing product. The only way I can see this being an enjoyable product for anyone is if A) The taste doesn’t bother you B) You purchase it expecting a lip gloss, otherwise I’d say steer clear of these.

Oh, and Maybelline, here’s the definition of matte from Merriam-Webster since it looks like y’all forgot:

Simple Definition of matte

: having a surface that is not shiny

Full Definition of matte

:  lacking or deprived of luster or glossa :  having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights

Hope that cleared things up for you 😉

Holiday Party Lipsticks

With all of the holiday parties going on over the next couple of weeks, I thought it might be helpful to have a few suggestions on lip options, preferably ones that hold up well through eating and drinking.

From the left: Essence In The Nude, NYX Dolly Pink, Essence Soft Berry, ColourPop Lippie Primer (*cringe* I hate that name), and Essence Wish Me A Rose

Starting off with a good base is important if you want your lipstick to last. My favorite lip liners are by Essence. They’re creamy, pigmented, don’t tug, and they have good staying power. I also feel like they grab onto product better than some other lip liners do. I sometimes wear them on their own, or pop just a little bit of lip balm over top. They’re only $1.49 at Ulta, the only down side to these is that the shade range is quite limited (c’mon Essence, what’s a girl gotta do to get you to make more shades? I need ’em, I’m tell ya!) Shown here in In The Nude (my personal fave), Soft Berry, and Wish Me A Rose.

I also like the NYX Slim Lip Pencils (also available at Ulta, $3.49). These have a much better shade range, so if you’re wearing something out of the ordinary, NYX will be your best bet. Featured: Dolly Pink.

From the top: NYX Dolly Pink, Essence Soft Berry, Essence Wish Me A Rose, Essence In The Nude

My favorite lip primer is this one from ColourPop for $5. Apply it, let it set for a minute or two (this is important!), and it will become slightly tacky. It smooths the lips and holds color in place. This stuff is a savior when my lips are a bit chapped. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing it almost every time I apply lipstick.

On to the lipsticks!

From left: Urban Decay F-Bomb, NARS Rikugien, Jeffree Star Unicorn Blood, Ofra Miami Fever, Bite Palomino/Violet duo, Urban Decay Bang

With the exception of NARS Rikugien, all of these are either a long-wearing formula, or create a stain on the lips that helps the color to last for hours, even through eating and drinking.
I included Rikugien because I wanted to include something for those of you who only like neutral/pinky lipsticks, and paired with the Colourpop lip primer I’ve found that this lasts quite well, in addition to being very easy to touch up. Bonus, if you picked up the Sephora birthday gift this year, you probably already own it.

I tried to include a drugstore option as well, but out of the 15 or so drugstore lipsticks I own, the only one I could soundly recommend in this scenario is the Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur ($8.99 at Ulta, currently buy one, get one 50% off) as it’s the only one I own that would hold up as long as the others I’ve listed here. I only own the shade Orange Ya Glad, a near dupe for Urban Decay Bang, which is why I didn’t include it in the swatches. Just felt a bit redundant including both, but definitely give that one a go if you’re looking for an orangey-red.

On NC15 skin. From left: NARS Rikugien, Urban Decay F-Bomb, Urban Decay Bang, Bite Palomino, Urban Decay Anarchy, Ofra Miami Fever, Jeffree Star Unicorn Blood

Next up, Urban Decay F-Bomb ($22 at Sephora or Ulta). Personally, this is my perfect red lipstick. I love the formula of the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks (original formula, in my experience the matte formula slides around a bit more, which is odd, but *shrug*). They’re so incredibly pigmented (all of the UD swatches are only one pass, top to bottom), they’re emollient enough that they don’t dry your lips out, but not so much that they slide around, and all of the ones I’ve included in this post create a stain on the lips, meaning they will last for quite a while and fade evenly so that you don’t end up with an awkward ring around your lips. If you have similar coloring to me and/or want a classic red, try F-Bomb. If you find that most reds look weird on you, try Bang instead. If you want to stand out amidst the sea of reds, go for Anarchy.

Now on to what my friends call my “witchcraft” lipstick, Bite Palomino (available at Sephora in a double-ended mini for $14 or full size for $24) . The story behind this: we were having a birthday party for one of our friends, and over the course of the night, I blew up 20 balloons, ate two cupcakes, plus ate whatever other food we had that night, and was still wearing lipstick when I went home at 2 a.m.. Yup, witchcraft. In the swatches, this looks quite similar to Anarchy, but in person Anarchy is a brighter, almost neon blue-based pink, whereas this is more of a berry shade. Some of the Bite lipsticks tend to slide around, but I’ve never had that problem with this one.

Ofra Miami Fever ($19.90 from Ofra). I could swear Kathleen created this lipstick just for me. As if I’m not already obsessed enough with orange makeup, she went and made this lipstick which is a perfect combination of orange, brown, and a tiny bit of red. It’s basically the lipstick of my dreams in terms of both color and formula. I love the formula of Ofra’s liquid lipsticks because they’re so comfortable you almost feel as if you’re wearing nothing, and they never flake off or give me any of the other problems typically caused by liquid lipsticks. They have a mouse/cream formula which I love because it means that I don’t make a mess and end up with a super liquidy lipstick bleeding out of my lip lines or dripping down my chin. Is it just me who makes that much of a mess with liquid lipsticks? *crickets* Well, then… Anyway, these don’t actually dry down all the way, more like 90%, so they will transfer onto a cup, but through some sort of magic, they still stay on the lips. Seriously, I played beanboozled with this lipstick on and didn’t have to touch up afterwards. This shade is a limited edition collaboration with KathleenLights. As of the writing of this post, it’s still available. If you want it, grab it quick, and use Kathleen’s code for 40% off: kathleen40. The code ends in less than two weeks, so hurry!

If you need a lipstick that won’t transfer onto cups (or people!) Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick is the way to go, and Unicorn Blood  ($18, currently only in stock at Beautylish) is a great way to wear something a little different, but still stick to the whole “red is festive” thing. This formula dries completely matte, making it basically budge-proof, the exception being any food that’s super greasy. Despite being completely matte, it still remains very comfortable and doesn’t flake off or dry out the lips. It’s a little bit on the liquidy side, which is why I, Queen of the Messy Lipstick Application, slightly prefer the Ofra formula to this one, but I would still highly recommend these if you’re looking for a matte lipstick. Thanks again to Kelly for recommending this color to me!

So what are you planning on wearing for any upcoming holiday parties? So far, I’m thinking Miami Fever for Christmas Day, Unicorn Blood for my friend’s Christmas party, and Anarchy for New Years Eve. Whatever you choose to wear, I hope you have a great time! Happy holidays!

This post contains no affiliate links and all products were purchased be me with my own money, with the exception of NARS Rikugien, which was a free gift with purchase. Disclosure is cool, yo.