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Favorite Spring Lip Products March 17, 2013

Spring is on the brink of breaking through so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Spring lip products!  




On Fire Red, Nearly There, Fruit Punch

On Fire Red is a part of the VIVID collection by Maybelline.  This range of lipsticks is such a hit from Maybelline.  They are SUPER opaque and creamy to apply.  This shade, On Fire Red, is a bold, true-red color.  It’s highly pigmented and lasts pretty well.  I do find that you have somewhat of a stain left behind when it does wear off which is a great thing IMO.  You do have to be careful when applying and I recommend applying a lipliner beforehand to prevent bleeding and help guide the shape.  The Vivid lipsticks are found at drugstores and are priced at $7.49.

Nearly There from Maybelline has been in my collection since highschool.  I have always turned to this shade as my go-to nude color.  It is a nude with pink undertones which works well with my own lipcolor.  It does have a slight gold shimmer but it’s not obnoxiously noticeable.  It lasts well through the day and although I do have to touch up after a couple of hours I don’t mind the hassle because I love the shade so much!  This color is a part of their permanent ColorSensational collection and is priced at $7.49.

Fruit Punch is a new addition to the Color Sensational range by Maybelline.  I purchased this color a couple of months ago and I put it on 2-3 times a week because it’s just so gorgeous.  It’s a beautiful strawberry, pink shade with a tiny bit of golden shimmer.  I think the color payoff is great with this shade and a perfect way to brighten your face.  I usually pair this with a simple eye look and soft foundation so that the lips are the main attraction.  This shade is $7.49 as well.




Lilac, Temptress, Softsilver Red, Sugar Plum, Berry Smoothie

First, Lilac is an old lipstick from Revlon I’ve rediscovered and I’m so glad I did.  It’s a beautiful soft, purple shade and it’s so easy to wear.  When I think about purple lipsticks, I don’t think attractive but this is such a soft shade of purple it really works well.  This lipstick has great pigmentation and is super hydrating.  I think this would work great with tan, olive or medium tone complexions.  It is priced at $7.99.

Temptress is a shade in the Revlon Super Lustrous collection.  It’s creamy texture makes it moisturizing on the lips and is a beautiful soft pink color.  It does have a small amount of gold shimmer to it but again, nothing too obnoxious.  I really love this shade in the spring/summer months.  It gives a youthful glow to any makeup look.  It’s $7.99 at local drugstores.

Softsilver Red is an addition to the same Super Lustrous collection.  This has more of a frost finish, which I’m not a HUGE fan of, but when I pair it with a gloss the frosty finish is not so bad.  I really do love the shade, it’s a rosy, deeper red color.  This color would look stunning on tan skin in the midst of the summer months!  This lipstick is also $7.99.

Here we are at the Revlon Lip Butters.  They have completely stole my heart!  Sugar Plum is a sheer mauve shade.  The best thing about any of the Lip Butter’s is their creamy, moisturizing finish.  I mean, I can’t say enough about how much I love the formula of these lipsticks.  They don’t have the best longevity but their consistency is such a wonder to apply that I don’t mind it one bit.  You can build the color with a few coats but it won’t go on too opaque so beware of that.  

Berry Smoothie has been in my collection since the Lip Butter range released. I LOVE this sheer shade of berry pink.  It’s got some gold shimmer to it and it leaves a super glossy finish to the lips.  No need for gloss with these bad girls! 🙂  The Lip Butter’s are $7.49.


Maybelline Color Whispers


Pin Up Peach, Mocha Muse

Now, the Maybelline Color Whisper’s have not been my favorite formula.  I like to have more opaque shades of lipstick but for someone who just wants a sheer wash of color to their lips these are PERFECT.  I do find that they’re a little drying but if I apply a lip balm or gloss on top I’m good to go.

Pin Up Peach is a sheer pinky peach color.  I usually wear this when I’m on the go and need something quick but it’s a beautiful soft color that is an everyday lipstick!

Mocha Muse is a pinky brown shade that I do find I grab for a lot.  It’s a soft nude color on my already pink lips so it tones them down a little.  I do like that they’re so easy to apply, no need for a mirror as the color is so sheer you could easily wipe away any excess color from the edges of your lip line.  These are $7.49.


Lip gloss


NARS – Female Trouble, Revlon – Peony
Revlon – Coral Reef, Benefit – Dandelion

On to my favorite lip products!  Gloss is such an easy product for me.  I have naturally pink lips so just adding a little gloss on by itself is a quick and easy way to add some dimension to my lips.

NARS’ Female Trouble – #1 lip product of all time for me.  I got this in Chicago at The Makeup Show last summer and have purchased two more since then.  It’s my everyday gloss that I couldn’t live without.  It cancels out the pink in my lips to leave such a beautiful mauve, mid-tone purple to my lips.  I just LOVE it.  I also add it to any newer shade of lipstick that I try, and maybe don’t quite love the color.  If I add this gloss on top of a not-so-right shade of lipstick it immediately corrects it.  It’s priced at $25.00 and can be found at Sephora or NARS’ website.

Revlon Peony is a BEAUTIFUL peach gloss that can easily be worn alone for a little bit of sheer color.  The bits of gold glitter in the gloss leave a beautiful shine to the lips.  It’s not sticky at all and feels great on the lips.  This can be found at any drugstore at $7.49.

Revlon Color Reef is another BRIGHT coral shade that’s perfect for spring or summer.  It’s a quick pick-me-up shade and if you layer the color becomes more opaque.  This is $7.49 as well.

Benefit Dandelion is a gloss I got in a set with blush and highlighter.  I find that I can add this gloss on top of ANY lipstick to give a little shine and it works beautifully.  I absolutely LOVE the smell of this lip gloss too – it just immediately makes me think of spring flowers and candy all together.  This can be found at Benefit’s website or at Sephora or Ulta for $16.00.

So, there you have all of my favorite spring lip products!  Most can be found for a great price at the drugstore and the ones that are a little pricey are well worth the price, IMO.

Let me know what some of your favorite Spring shades of lip products are in the comments below!



March ipsy Glam Bag March 12, 2013

In my hundreds of hours looking at makeup videos, articles on Beautylish and following some AMAZINGLY talented makeup artists on Instagram I came across the monthly beauty bag subscription craze!  

Obviously I’m a little late to this bandwagon but once I got the jist of how it works I immediately jumped right on board!!  I did research on a few different options from Birchbox, Beauty Bar, Glossy Box, etc.  I narrowed my choice down, finally, to the ipsy Glam Bag!  

After signing up online I found that I was FOR SURE behind on the craze because I was on the waiting list for close to two months before my subscription was official and my first bag was shipped.

So, after lots of anxious and excited waiting, I received my first Glam Bag yesterday in the mail!  Not only was this wrapped in HOT PINK bubble wrapping but the bag that all the beauty goodies come in was so friggin’ cute!



The theme for this months Glam Bag was “The Great Escape” – all of the products included are great for on-the-go ladies (and gents!) heading to Spring Break or vacation with the weather warming up.

I think the bag is so cute!  It’s the perfect size for taking all of your “essential” makeup and beauty products with you on-the-go.  I, being the indecisive person I am, would pack this little bag FULL.

Now, onto the actual goodies inside!



Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Juice Beauty products are made with certified organic ingredients – which give them their slogan “The Organic Solution”.  This hydrating mist tones and refreshes the skin with a blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices for a fresh radiant complexion.  It says to mist on freshly cleaned skin and throughout the day for exhilarating refreshment.

I did just that – I cleaned my skin thoroughly and applied the mist before any moisturizer or eye cream and let it really sink into the skin.  I honestly noticed my skin looked so radiant after it dried and the texture of my skin was extremely smooth.  I will definitely be using this stuff throughout the spring and summer months for a refreshing, cool feeling!

Get this amazing hydrating mist at


yaby eye shadows in shade sand due (left) and so vein (right)


Top – so vein
Bottom – sand dune – which is BARELY visible but it’s there!

After swatching these shadows my first impression was they are a little chalky.  It took me 4 swipes of each color to get any kind of vibrancy on my hand when swatching.  They are beautiful colors but it takes some working with it and patience to get any color payoff.  Stay tuned for a look including “so vein” and “sand dune”.

Check out for a HUGE range of shadows and much more.


La Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes

This travel size package of makeup remover wipes dissolves makeup from eyes, lips and face with a moisturizing formula that has vitamin E included in the ingredients.

You can get these great wipes at


GLAMRX palette

This travel-size palette is great for small-pan eye shadows that have been depotted from their original packaging.  If you would like a tutorial on how to depot any kind of makeup leave a comment below and I can make a pictorial on easy ways to get eyeshadows, blushes, pressed powders and even lipsticks all into one convenient palette.




I was so happy to find this card included 20%-30% off the products I received in my Glam Bag.

Overall, I am so happy with the items I got in my first GlamBag.  I would highly recommend you sign up for this subscription – at just $10 per month it’s a great deal!  I love the idea of trying some luxury size samples and some full-size products for this price because I can try them out before actually purchasing for full-price.

If you have a subscription to ipsy or any other monthly beauty bag/box program, tell me which one you are getting in the comments below!

Check back each month as I will show you all everything that comes in my ipsy Glam Bag!

Head over to to sign up for your monthly Glam Bag!



L’oreal Infallible 24-hour Eyeshadow March 10, 2013

The L’oreal Infallible Shadows have quickly become my FAVORITE eye shadows of all time!  Not only do they have a wide range of shades to choose from but the formula of these beauties is amazing – they transfer SUPER-pigmented color to the lids, they blend beautifully and they last throughout the day without wearing off.  

The texture is almost buttery to the touch and almost feel creamy at first and set to a powder finish, if that makes sense!  I can, with confidence, compare them to more expensive shadows such as Urban Decay or even M.A.C.  I think they’re that great and at a much cheaper price.  

You can find these at any drugstore, though some locations have more variety of colors than others.  At my local drugstore they’re priced at $8.99 but that usually changes with store locations.  I’m not exactly sure on the amount of colors they have at my local store but it’s anywhere from 10 to 18 shades that are available at various locations. 

I have only collected four shades so far, though I plan to broaden my collection slowly!  I wear these shadows almost daily and I’ve been so happy with the outcome.


556 – Smoldering Plum 335 – Golden Emerald 892 – Amber Rush 890 {smashed!} – Bronzed Taupe

On a daily basis I apply Amber Rush all over the lid until I get to the crease and then blend Bronzed Taupe into the outer corner and into the crease.  I also take Bronzed Taupe and apply a small amount, with a small detail brush, to the lower lashline to add definition.

Here are a few looks I’ve created with these shadows.

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I used Smoldering Plum through the crease and outer corner on this look

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I used Edgy Emerald all over the lid for this look.

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I used Amber Rush on the lid and Bronzed Taupe lightly through the crease on this look.

As said before, these are fast becoming a staple in my own makeup bag as well as my professional kit!  I’m so happy with all aspects of this eyeshadow range and can’t wait to try more shades!

If you have tried these, please leave a comment below and let me know the color you got and how you like them – I’d love to hear your experience!

Until next time…