It’s National Lipstick Day, Hooray! For me, lipstick it the finishing step to a complete
From the classic lipstick bullets, to tints and balms to the popular liquid lipstick — there are amazing formulas and brilliant colors for everyone! Buckle up, everyone — here’s a long list of amazing choices!
CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick ($6.99 USD) — Color Counts! This CATRICE lipstick is highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades.
essence matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, longlasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. Available in 8 shades.
Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes ($24 Each) –The rich texture delivers the perfect amount of pigment with an ideal sheen to show off your nude. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and antioxidant Vitamin E, these smooth, luxe and comfortable nudes are super-charged with hydrating nutrients to impart a modern, vinyl-like look and feel to the lips. Effortlessly chic and universally flattering, this is a collection for the nude obsessed and the nuances that go into a beautiful nude experience. The shades available are The Truth – Pretty pinky nude, The Whole Truth – Perfect peachy nude, and Nothing But the Truth – Beautiful beige nude
Available at lipstickqueen.com on August 1st
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection ($25 USD) –Encapsulated within every lipstick in this collection are gold flecks and a single wild chrysanthemum flower.The lipsticks turn to different shades of glossy pink and fuchsia and vary according to your body temperature.
Jelly-like texture feels soothing and hydrating, it offers the high shine of a gloss with the comfort of a lipstick. Gold flakes inside impart a subtle shimmer to your lips.
LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19.00 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration.
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT ($14 USD) — Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades.
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip ($7.95 USD) — Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Ultra matte budgeproof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color! High coverage long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.
Available at CargoCosmetics.com
Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers ($24 USD) Introducing FAMOUS LAST WORDS in CHEERS! Cheers contains the same non-drying properties as the other shades in the Famoius Last Words Collection with an added mesmerizing sheen. It glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet matte finish, leaving your lips moisturized and pigmented down to the very last word. Cheers!
I think beautiful makeup kits are such exciting gifts to get! Holiday packaging is so gorgeous and collections of our faves are so enticing.
Below are a few of the amazing sets from three of my fave brands; Cargo Cosmetics, Mally Beauty and Lipstick Queen:
Cargo Cosmetics The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Swimmables™ Eye Pencil Kit ($25 USD) Pictured above. It features the signature, ultra-creamy and richly pigmented formula that glides on effortlessly for precise lining and stays put through a snowstorm or a happy tear shed on New Year’s Eve. Once set, these liners are completely smudge proof and won’t budge until you decide to take them off.The shades are “Black Sea” (Black), “Karon Beach” (Purple), “Pebble Beach” (Brown) and “Loch Ness” (Navy)
The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Eye Shadow Palette ($34 USD) is inspired by a wintry, snow-filled night in the Canadian city. This versatile 12 pan eye shadow palette includes cool toned purples, blues and silver shadows that you can find in Toronto’s cityscape. Rich shades of neutral browns and warm maple are also thrown into the mix as a nod to the city’s architecture and iconic maple leaves. Shades are laid out as duos and quads allowing for quick and easy day or night looks. The palette is packed with 12 wearable shades, 1 Eye Pencil in Black and 1 dual ended brush.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner Ten Piece Library ($45 USD) — Shown above. A collection of ten coveted eyeliners that blend beautifully together to create impeccable looks for day, night and everything in between. Shades include: Amber, Deep Sage, Gold Glimmer, Graphite, Hazelnut, Iris, Onyx, Shadow, Sterling and Walnut. Available at: www.QVC.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner Trio ($18 USD) — This trio of beautiful pencils are Mally’s go-to eye brighteners. Use these shades to create festive holiday looks that will last the whole night. Shades include: Midnight, Milk Chocolate and Sailor. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com
Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss Trio ($25 USD) – Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfois shine every time. Shades include: Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude and Tea Rose. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com
Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick Five Piece Collection ($32 USD) — These lipsticks provide the right amount of color and gloss, giving you a polished pout. Color glides on easily and stays put for those long holiday nights.
Shades include: Blossom, Must Have Pink, Nude Light, Orchid and Sweet Berry. Available at: www.QVC.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Five Piece Collection ($39 USD) — All of your holiday eye shadow looks are included this one set. This collection features wearable, buildable shades, that will take your makeup from day to evening in seconds.Shades include: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe. Where to Buy: ULTA stores, www.ULTA.com and www.QVC.com
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Story ($45 USD) — Shown above. The best-selling Frog Prince lipstick is a remarkable emerald green lipstick that transforms into magical rosebud upon contact with the lips. It’s made with our proprietary unique pigment, which reacts to the warmth of your lips to turn them a pretty, fairy tale rose. No two pairs of lips will look the same as it adapts according to your pH and natural colouring appearing entirely different yet beautifully flattering on everyone.
Now all three are available in a set for the holidays This limited edition set in a beautiful storybook carton makes the perfect gift for you or for the lipstick queen in your life.
Lipstick Queen Best Sellers Minis ($25 USD) — Three of their top-selling lip transformers are available for the first time in adorable mini sizes, at great value. This limited edition set makes a wonderful stocking Filler. One set for you, one for a friend!
Lipstick Queen Smokey Lip Kit (Pinky Nude)($35 USD) — You loved the Smokey Eye…now discover the Smokey Lip. A sexy new take on a classic look. Start with a Sinner shade, and then layer Black Lace Rabbit on top to transform the shade into a sexier lip.
I am enjoying this Spring so far (except for my allergies) — the weather is getting warmer and flowers are blooming! I love going outside and am thinking of planting fresh flowers soon.
This week I am loving fresh spring makeup for eyes and contouring. I was sent the following products for my honest review:
Cargo Cosmetics’ Eye Contour in Lighter Bases
Cargo Cosmetics’ Eye Contour in Warmer Bases
Cargo Cosmetics’ Eye Contour Eye Shadow Palette ($28 USD each) — Lift, define, and highlight eyes like a pro in three easy steps! Expertly coordinated light, medium and dark shades work together to make your eyes appear more even, defined and highlighted. Classic and dramatic eye looks are simple to achieve with directions for the lid, crease and outer corner shades and placement. Warm and cool tones enhance the eyes and flatter every complexion. Velvety smooth formula applies effortlessly for easy blending! Paraben Free. Includes 6 matte shadows, 1 matte and 1 shimmer shadow base.
What I think: I have this in the Warmer Bases palette. I love that there are large pans of shimmer and matte base because those colors are very pretty on their own. The shadows are well-pigmented and blend nicely. The Warmer Bases palette is great for smoky and dramatic eye looks.
Available in two color combinations at CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta.com, select Kohl’s Departments Stores and Kohls.com/Beauty
Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette ($6.47 SD) — Known for her infamous cheekbones and her unique sense of style, Kate Moss has collaborated with Rimmel to create her very own Rimmel Sculpting & Highlighting Kit. Using her expertise in sculpting gained from years of experience Kate has collaborated with Rimmel to design a palette made up of three silky soft pressed powders to highlight, contour and define your face. Perfect for every face shape and skin tone, the silky soft powders seamlessly blend with your natural skin tone to create a healthy, radiant, sculpted look.
The easy-to-use kit features:
Soft shimmer powder to highlight
Matte shading powder to contour
Powder blush for definition and colour
Use a little colour for a natural, everyday contoured look. Or be bold with a dramatic sculpted look. Each of the powder shades can also be used separately.Ready to sculpt and contour like a celeb? Get the London look.
Available Shades:#001 Golden Sands – for fair skin, #002 Coral Glow – for fair to medium skin, #003 Golden Bronze – for medium to dark skin
What I think: The shade in the above photo is the one that I have, Golden Sands. I have light skin and this works well on me. The colors are light and so easy to blend. It’s a really soft, spring look. I think for the summer the Coral Glow would work better, because the contour is a little darker. There is a shade for almost everyone!
The Nudes Collection: soft, warm neutrals available in Beige Nudes, Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes
The Basics Collection: brown tones for each eye color, including Green Eyes Basics, Blue Eyes Basics and Brown Eyes Basics
The Smokey Eyes Collection: sultry options of Smokey Charcoals and Smokey Violets
What I think: I received two palettes to try –Brown Eyes Basics and Pink Nudes. I LOVE the Pink Nudes, they are soft colors that look great on. The Brown Eyes Basics are a collection of brown shadows that I think would look nice on all eye colors. The base, eyeliner and highlighter are creams that are very creamy. A little goes a long way. The eyeliner lasts a long time. The lighter shadows need a few coats to get the perfect shade, but the darker colors are well-pigmented.
Have you been experimenting with new lip colors this summer? I have. And I have to say my choices have been pretty bold!
I’m normally a soft pink, coral or nude lip gloss girl. This summer, though, I have been trying brighter colors and lots of lipsticks!
My favorites are below — fun lipsticks by Lipstick Queen that turn a different color on your lips than in the stick, shimmery, pretty lipsticks from Cargo and bright affordable lipsticks and glosses from MUA Makeup Academy.
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince
Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince ($25 USD) — Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don’t be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.
Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor ($25 USD) — Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a protective vitamin E treatment that can be worn alone as a nourishing lip tint or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, to add a topaz glint to your berry lips.
What I think: I was so excited to try both of these and I LOVE them! My favorite is Hello Sailor. It is very moisturizing and leaves a soft berry tint on my lips. It is more like a colored balm, but it lasts a long time. Frog Prince turns my lips a pretty pink and is really fun to use. It is also very hydrating.
Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors ($20 USD) — Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.
What I think: These are so pretty. The colors are sheer and shimmery. They all look perfect with a tan! My favorite is SOHO a pretty coral. I think it would look great on all skin tones.
MUA High Shine Lipstick ($8 USD) — Extreme shine, hydrating and bold. Vitamins A and E blended with beautiful pigment and Shea butter deliver luscious saturated color.
MUA Luminizing Lip Gloss ($8 USD) — Hydrating, moisturizing, ultra-creamy high shine gloss imparts intense shine in a range of shades from nude to deep corals and plums. Natural peppermint oil adds a cool and soothing finish.
MUA Moisture Balm — Packed with Vitamins A and E, this moisturizing tinted lip balm hydrates and quenches all day long.
What I think: These are all such good quality and are really affordable. I usually don’t wear red, but the lipstick was so hydrating and pretty on! The lip gloss is awesome, I do like a nude, non-sticky lip gloss! And the balm is sheer and perfect for everyday wear, while hydrating lips.
Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms ($2.50 USD) — nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips.
Keep Calm and Shop: clear
Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
Keep Calm and Party: violet blush
What I think: These are so fun! They are a combo lip balm and stain. The color stays on for a long time and the moisture stays too! The color is sheer, so it’s perfect for everyday.
Available at mass market retailers. Learn more at us.rimmellondon.com
What is your favorite lip product this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!
Marsala — not just a type of wine, it’s Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year! This is a gorgeous rich shade that makes a statement, but is really wearable.
Below are lip, eyes and cheek picks for this hot color!
CARGO Cosmetics Matte Top Coat
CARGO Cosmetics Essential Lip Color
CARGO Cosmetics Essential Lip Color ($22 USD) — A smooth, creamy and lightweight formula that offers high pigment payoff while leaving lips plump and perfectly hydrated throughout the day. Olive oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba oil provide essential moisture while plumping peptides offer instant fullness.
CARGO Cosmetics Matte Top Coat ($22 USD) — Transform your favorite satin finish lip color into a luxurious suede-like finish in one stoke. Clear, no color top coat in stick form that instantly transforms satin or shiny lip color to a matte finish.
What I think: This lipstick is a gorgeous color! I usually don’t wear dark lipstick, but I am loving this, especially with the matte top coat over it. It makes it look more wearable and softer.
Palladio Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound ($8 USD) — Swipe on this shade to lids for an evening look perfect for a night out. Give an intense smoky eye or just add some color to your look with a shade that looks great on blonde, brunettes and even red heads!
What I think: This is a pretty palette that will match well with gorgeous Marsala lipsticks. It has fairly good pigment, but needs a couple of layers.
Available at mass market retailers and www.palladiobeauty.com.
SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28 USD) — This limited-edition cheek set is a portable and perfect solution for adding a pop of color to everyday makeup and providing instant glow to cheek bones. The powders are created through a triple jet milled process that allows for intense color payoff and a velvety texture that leaves skin feeling luxurious, but never heavy. The unique blend of naturally derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance with a sophisticated shimmer for a radiant glow without glitter.
Designed to evoke the sleek, modern lines of the iconic Pantone Chip, and newly imagined with a captivating Marsala ombre color variation, 2015’s Color of the Year Collection makes a stunning presentation. Each product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas for rich color payoff and luxurious feel during wear. Refined finishes like matte, cream, metallic, and lacquer allow for a fuller expression of this bold nude shade, from sheer luminosity to wildly rich pigments.
What I think: I haven’t tried this, but I think the colors are gorgeous and look very versatile. The lightest color would be a pretty highlighter and the darkest would contour well.
Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux ($24 USD) — Say hello to the next-generation of lip color, BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER—the new boundary-pushing formula that delivers maximum high-lacquered color with major comfort—all day long. Goes on as a lacquer, then uniquely adjusts to a stain for 8 hours of long-lasting color.
What I think: This is another gorgeous dark Marsala shade. It goes on easily and wears for hours.
Bright is right this spring! At least with makeup. With all of the sad things that have been happening, a little bright color can help perk your mood – and your look – right up!
Cargo ColorStick ($28 USD) — An oil-free, cream color stick that blends effortlessly to eyes, cheeks and lips, for a natural, monochromatic look. The velvety, ultra-light texture blends flawlessly onto the skin for an “airbrushed” finish. Cheeks appear smooth and flawless. The cream-to-powder formula sets for an exceptionally long-wearing finish and never settles into fine lines. The dial-up stick makes application a breeze. Available in 5 shades. Santorini, Key West and Maui give a natural and pretty color to the cheeks, eyes and lips. St. Tropez offers a sheer bronze glow perfect for giving a soft tan glow or sculpting the cheekbones. Champagne is a warm highlighter that is ideal for highlighting the key areas of the face.
I have been using Santorini which is very bright coral/pink color. I love the creamy formula for my cheeks and lips, but the shade is a bit bright for me. I would definitely try this in a lighter pink or bronze.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain by Colour Riche ($9.99 USD) This lightweight lip stain is designed to deliver long-lasting color with a glossy, high-shine finish (vs. the matte effect that many stains provide). Never heavy and never drying, the weightless formula glides on for a unique lip color experience. Colour Caresse Shine Stain has a moisturizing, water-based formula that leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to six hours. It contains a blend of light shine oils and concentrated pigments for clear, luminous color.
I have been testing Stubborn Plum, a violet-pink almost mauve color. It is a bit 80’s for me, but it’s pretty. For a stain it is very moisturizing, but it has a funky taste. I think that if you do want a long-lasting lip color, this is a good choice because it is not drying at all. Plus it comes in lots of shades!
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow Quads ($7.95 USD) – Color authority L’Oréal Paris is proud to expand its Colour Riche franchise to include a new collection of eye shadow quads that have been customized with trend-driven, wearable hues and specially developed to create not just one eye look – but endless statement looks for your every mood. The shades are grouped in three families to help you easily ﬁnd the palette that is right for you. Available in both pearl and matte ﬁnishes, the sophisticated shades vary from softly shimmering to bold and intensely rich.
These are beautiful quads of bright or smoky colors. The four shades can create so many fun looks. Really great pigment payoff!
Merle Norman Color Max Shadow in Lavender Ice ($12 USD) High-fashion shadows are packed with pigment to give you maximum color pay-off in a single swipe. Duo-chromatic pigments and pearlized powders create multi-dimensional effects with a satiny-smooth finish.
This is a gorgeous color on. The lavender is shimmery, but not glittery, which I love. Great alone with a dark liner.
Merle Norman Moist Lip Color in Cotton Candy ($15 USD) The name says it all! Soft, beautiful and oh-so-yummy lips are yours with this nourishing, light formula that provides sheer, luscious color and shine with moisturizing benefits.
This is my favorite lip gloss at the moment. So pretty and light and very moisturizing. Not sticky at all.
Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner ($17 USD) — This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. Twist-up, non-sharpening precision point pen makes it easy to use and adds a brightening effect exactly where you want it. The pale white-pink-lavender colour enhances the whiteness of the eye white, giving the illusion of larger, more bright and awake eyes – your own little wakeup makeup secret! Hypoallergenic. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Suitable for the most sensitive eyes.
This works really well to brighten my tired eyes! It can also be used at the inner corners of the eye and under the browbone for extra light.
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm ($17 USD) — Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydrates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips).
Twist-up crayon requires no sharpening. Secure lid after use.
Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
Jojoba oil is an effective natural moisturizer and environmental barrier for the skin
Peptides plump fine lines
Vitamin E nourishes and protects
Shea butter nourishes the skin
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
Rose extract nourishes & repairs
I have this lovely balm in the newest (and lightest) shade Lucent Glow. It is a sheer rose-gold color with a pearly glow.
The new spring collection from ck one color is a limited edition street collection in collaboration with graffiti artist Miss 163.
ck one Street Limited Edition Powder Eyeshadow Quad ($28 USD) — High intensity eyeshadow formula with the purest, brightest pigments for intense brilliance. Can be used as an accent color to highlight, brighten eyes.
Illuminate: Pearlized shades for a shimmering finish. Can be used all over lid for sheer sparkling finish or blend with other colors to add intense shine.
Define: Ultra-fine micronized powder to blend and obtain a deep color effect. Soft matte even finish. Can be used to contour and add depth to the eye.
Contour + Line: Provides saturated intense color in one sweep. Super matte dramatic finish. Color remains pure and flawless for hours on hours. Can be used wet or dry – to contour, line, shape eyes.
Buildable color intensity
Vibrant color impact
Longwearing – wears up to 10 hours
Matte, satin, high pearl effects
Soft, silky smooth texture
These are fun, high-pigmented colors. They are perfect for spring and summer! I really love the brown, it is perfect for all eye colors.
Street Limited Edition Shine Lipstick ($16 USD) Pure Shine Lipstick by ck one Color for hydration + shine. I have Painted, a sheer violet and it is gorgeous. It gives so much moisture and a sheer shine.
A few warm spring days has got me looking towards warmer weather and sun-kissed skin! My skin is pasty and could really use some sun (fake of course, I make sure to use SPF everyday).
A good substitute for sun or sunless tanner is CARGO’s Voyages Bronzing Collection ($25.00 USD). This includes CARGO’s Bronzer in Medium packaged in a signature tin, a Kabuki Brush, and a cute travel bag.
This is a really pretty bronzer and the brush is perfect for application, plus the whole kit fits in your purse. Very nice for traveling. CARGO is known for their fab bronzers and the look is so natural, but has a little shimmer to it.
This kit is sold exclusively at Sephora inside JC Penney. Enjoy!
Announcing a CARGO giveaway! I have 5 — count them FIVE — CARGO EyeLighters in Gold ($20.00 USD) for 5 extremely lucky readers!
What’s an EyeLighter, you ask? Well its a cool little pen-like product that dispenses highlighting powder on both ends to brighten your peepers. The pointed tip lets you easily apply matte gold powder shadow to the outer corners of eyes, the lower lash line (instant awake!) and under the brows. The rounded tip applies a shimmering gold shadow to the inner corners and under the eyebrow, if you would like a more dramatic look. To use, twist of the cap where the product is kept, and it is automatically dispensed by a spring-loaded tip that gives the perfect amount of shadow. Very cool!
To win one, please leave a comment letting me know why you need to brighten up your eyes — kids won’t leave you alone, long hours at work, dog barks all night — and I will send on to the 5 most deserving ladies (or I’ll pick names from a hat if you all need it)! I will notify the winners on Monday March 8th. Good Luck!
To learn even more about this product and other cool items from CARGO, visit www.cargocosmetics.com. CARGO is also on Facebook and Twitter, so go and say hi!