It’s time, yet again, for beauty favorites! This time, we’re thinking early summer. Time to bust out the bold lip and flashy mani/pedis. I have a TON of lipcolor and nail polishes to share, plus my EVER-FAVE-EVAR eyeshadow palette, my skincare sitch–as requested, some other randoms, and…oh, yeah…a giveaway! I am really excited about this one as these items are all things I love and have been hoarding away for you guys. Details at the end of the post, for now…on to the make-ups!
I’ve been loving lipsticks this year…a LOT. I always wear a lot of tinted balms and such, but lately I’ve been layering on the lip color in the form of lipsticks and lipgloss. I used to wear lipgloss everyday when I was a single-lady, then I got all monogamous and dude was/is not into sticky gloss…but, I realized I don’t wear lipgloss/make-up for him (I’m pretty sure he could care less about my make-up situation), so whatev! Lip color and air kisses are back, in full force.
First up, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Wild Rose (1.) and Shocking Coral (5.) I am loving both colors, Wild Rose is a bright and bold, medium red-toned pink. It reminds me of bougainvillea and deep pink roses. Shocking Coral is, shockingly, not very coral in my opinion, but more pink…regardless, I love it. Both colors from the Vivids line have great color pay-off. I only recently discovered Buxom glosses (by Bare Escentuals) via my BFF and I LOVE them. If you aren’t a fan of lip-plumping products, this may not be for you, but if you are…read on! These glosses have a tingle-y, cool plumping sensation, instead of the hot, burning kind. I actually like both, but if the hot/burning ones turn you away, this may be a good one to try out — it’s more of a refreshing tingle. I have two in the colors Kanani (2.) and Debbie (6.) Kanani is a sparkly, opaque pink and is a color I wasn’t sure I’d love, but I definitely do and every time I wear it I get a ton of compliments. I am wearing it in this picture. It’s pink and pigmented, but still a bit sheer. Debbie is a creamy, coral color and would look great on pretty much everyone. I keep both in my bag at all times, they are my go-to lip products of the moment. Next, is my first-ever Lipstick Queen color. I have heard only good things about Lipstick Queen and the Sinner line is their 90% pigment lipcolor (Saint is 10% pigment, like a tinted balm)…which means MAJOR color pay-off. The best thing, to me, about these lipsticks are their vintage-inspired color range and while being majorly pigmented, they aren’t drying and your lips will actually gain some moisture. This is Lipstick Queen Sinner in Sunny Rouge (3.) and it’s my new favorite red with an orange tint, it’s warm and totally day-time wearable. I’d love to snag all of the Lipstick Queen colors…one day. Next, we have MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Lady at Play (4). This color is what I think Shocking Coral should be…if we’re going on titles alone. It’s coral and playful and one of my favorite lipcolor purchases…EVER (swatch HERE, where I first saw it). It’s just so perfect for the summer season and such a hot color for right now. Finally, I have one more of the Revlon Lip Butter’s (which I have a few of and love), this one is Wild Watermelon (7.), a newer release, it leaves a wash of vibrant watermelon red…totally easy to wear and perfect for that popsicle-stained-pout look.
I have long been a fan of MAC paint pots, they set up so nicely, don’t migrate from your eyelid throughout the day, have lots of layer-able pigment, and don’t really crease at all — they remind me of those color tattoo pots, but are way better and worth the extra cash (in my opinion). I kind of hate the color tattoo’s, even though I have 3…I just wish they were better at their job. This is the color Let Me Pop! (8.), it’s a frosty, glittery, copper color. It’s warm and shimmery and the easiest way for me to get a fun eye look with minimal effort. I love to go for a super coppery/bronzed eye look in the summer, so I pair it with a smudged-out gold-flecked eyeliner (I like Pixie in Cafe Gold, mentioned here).
I have only JUST started wearing bronzer regularly, and this is by far the best one I have tried. I fear bronzer because it’s so easy to make you look like an orange monster or like there are dirt smudges in your face. This one from Tarte is called Park Ave. Princess (9.) and I love that it isn’t too dark, muddy, or orange. It’s pearly and golden and lovely. That unfocused compact up there is Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (10.) It’s my everyday powder when I don’t feel like using my UD Razor Sharp (which I waxed poetic about here, I still use it regularly).
OMGeeez, guys. This Lorac Pro Palette (11.) is the palette of my dreams. I know everyone is crazy-nuts for the Naked palettes from Urban Decay and I agree that they are pretty damn fabulous…but this one is better. That’s just my opinion, but it totally is. The shadows are a silken dream and that whole top row is matte. It’s the only palette I have found that has colors I love and an equal amount of matte-to-shimmer. I wear the cream/taupe and light pink/mauve matte colors a lot. I also love, love, love the gold, champagne, and lt. bronze shimmers. The darker colors I mostly use to set my eyeliner, or just as a liner alone, or for some drama in the outer-v/crease for date nights and the like. Any day that I’m not wearing a MAC Paint Pot, I am wearing a combination of shades from this palette. I almost bought 2, so I’d never run out…and at $42, it’s a steal. That may not seem like a steal but for the quality of the shadow and the wearable shades, it really is. I am SUPER serious about this one, guys. SUPER CEREAL.
You know I can’t do a beauty post and not include any nail polishes. I have A LOT of favorites right now and it may be because it’s officially pedi-season…or maybe because I went a little crazy in the last few months, but regardless…these are all good ones. I don’t know if you are all familiar with the web comic, Natalie Dee (hilarious), but the creator of the same name also makes nail polishes now. Natalie creates Super Black Nail Lacquers in her home, in small batches (that means hot colors sell out…and swiftly)! I have a few of these polishes now, but my very favorites are the glitters and holos. Wishful Thinking (12.) is a holo top-coat absolutely packed with glitter. It’s AMAZING and goes nearly opaque after 3 coats. There is no way to capture how intensely holographic and sparkly this top coat is, in the sunshine it’s basically a diamond rainbow. I feel like a unicorn might leap from my fingertips whenever I wear it. Needless to say, I love it. The Bends (15.) marine-blue with white/black/holo glitters (on my nails here) and Drunk Dial (18.) magenta with red/orange/yellow glitter (a teensy glimpse here), are also great and are of the much-coveted jelly variety. The base for both are translucent and juicy with lots of different glitters that makes for a really fun jelly-look with suspended glitter between the layers. Not only are the colors theshit and like nothing you’ll see at the drug store, the formula is top-notch. No streaking, pooling, or general weirdness. The packaging is super nice on these too, with a screen printed square bottle. If you buy any sets they come is a sharp black box with silver letter pressing…class act. I want them all.
I have a Julep Maven subscription, you know…to feed my obsession…and I got this glitter Paris (13.) in last months box (I acutally ordered the ENTIRE Jazz collection b/c I’m cray like that). It’s a mix of pink/silver/yellow-toned large hex glitters with some tiny glitter sprinkled throughout. I am wearing it on my ring nail here. Another contributor to my influx of nail color was due to Zoya’s Earth Day promo — where you get 50% off and they dispose of all of your more toxic polishes. I have yet to send mine out, but they are in the box, waiting! These are 2 of the 15 (yes, FIFTEEN) polishes I ordered through the promo. FeiFei (14.) is a weird, interesting, lovely, steel blue shimmer with lots of coppery glitter (see it here). It was totally unexpected and I love how different it is. Kylie2 (17.) is a bold, bright coral-pink cream. It’s bold and pretty and the perfect shade for a bright pedi. I am wearing it here with Essie Under Where? (19.) and Floss Gloss Bikini Coral (16.) Under Wear? is my favorite light purple of forever…it’s part of the new collection and it’s so unexpected It’s pastel without being gray, it basically glows and looks good on everyone. Bikini Coral is really neon and really exciting. Without a top-coat it dries to a semi-matte finish, which is fun, but with a glossy top-coat it’s incredibly vibrant. Finally, I have a Revlon color that I picked up on a whim. This creamy, pale pink-purple is appropriately named Girly (20.) and is another jelly finish, but less juicy and more creamy, with lots of multi glitter. It’s a good time and a total bargain (see it here).
In my last beauty faves someone asked if I could share my skincare routine, so here it is! I use these two Cetaphil products (cleanser (21.) and cream (25.)) and my Clarisonic (22.), religiously. Those 3 products are my constants and everything else is basically a revolving door. I’ve been using the StriVectin (23.) fine-line reducing eye cream lately, and I like it just fine. It’s not my favorite, but I don’t have one yet…so this is it. I use the Cetaphil moisturing cream at night, as it’s thick and doesn’t have SPF, for day I’ve been using a Boot’s Botanics SPF (24.) day cream lately that is nice, not greasy, and has SPF… I don’t love the initial fragrance, but it subsides quickly. I will probably move on to whatever catches my eye next (suggestions are welcome!). I saw some mentions of L’oreal Youth Code (26.) on several blogs around the internets and gave this sample size a whirl. I think (or imagined) that it is evening out some of my skin tone and minimizing the dark spots I have from being a crazy-person-face-picker. I can’t help myself, so I love a product that evens that biz out.**
Now, FINALLY…GIVEAWAY time!
I have been collecting and selecting these items for months…but, I am finally pleased with what treasures I’ve hoarded away for you and now it’s time to share! Included are my favorite candle mini, a roll of golden glitter tape, strawberry grocery bag, tinted Burt’s Bees Balm, Color Whisper in Pin-Up Peach, mini Band.Do heart, chevron striped paper straws, a fresh pack of notebooks, nail polish and nail apps, and my favorite tea towel! These are all things that I have/use and love.*
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*This giveaway is open to all! I will try my best to get everything to you in the case that you live outside of North America. I’m not sure what kind of special voodoo I will have to do to get the nail lacquers out, but I will do my best!
**Just a note on the links and products, the companies mentioned do not know or work with me. I was not paid for my opinion — links are provided for reference. All items were purchased by me and are on this list because I have used them on my own face/nails, etc, and loved ’em. As always, all opinions are my own.