Nude Lipsticks To Try

Nude Lipsticks to Try I am actually one that loves to break out the nude lipsticks in colder months. Especially ones with warm brown, mauve or rose petal pink undertones. Straight flesh-colored, beige has never suited me with thin lips (want lip filler but I'm a baby) as it all but erases my mouth. Typically, colors like that don't look attractive on most skin and lip types since it tends to make the mouth look lifeless (think corpse bride). Having even a dash of color in the nude looks much rosier, healthier and attractive. 

These are a few of the nude lipsticks I have loved and used again and again for a long time...

// MAC VELVET TEDDY

If any nude screams fall, this one sure does. Its warm brown undertones look so flattering on all skin types. For a matte color this one is surprisingly creamy in texture and actually wears really comfortably on the lips. 

// YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ LIPSTICK IN NUDE BEIGE

This is actually the creamiest, best smelling (think mango tropical paradise), most buttery-smooth feeling lipstick of all time. If I could justify the price tag, every single shade in the line would come home with me. The milky pink undertone is so feminine, light and simply beautiful. 

// LOREAL FAIREST NUDE 

See that nude lipstick in the gold tube towards the bottom? Yea, the one that looks weirdly shaped? The sad one. But seriously, I have used this lipstick SO much and have bought tube after tube for myself and my family/friends. It just looks good on everyone. By good I mean do a double-take good. For a drugstore lipstick, this one is a must-have sort of find and I often choose it over my high-end lip products. It's creamy, comfortable, and a fantastic every day nude lipstick with pink undertones. 

// REVLON LIP BUTTER IN CRÈME BRULÉE

This is a pretty good dupe for the Yves Saint Laurent shade I talked about earlier. It's reminiscent in its creaminess but has a glossier, more sheer finish (but with high pigment!) Like a lip balm, lipstick hybrid, I break this one out when my lips are chapped but I want some day-time appropriate color.  

// MAKEUP FOREVER LIPSTICK IN IREDESCENT NUDE (N1)

Technically, I never use this lipstick by itself and more as a "topper" or overcoat as this one is just slightly too flesh-toned for me. I love to use it overtop a lipstick with a bit more color to lighten it or in the center of the lips to create the appearance of a poutier lip. I remember buying this one in Dallas from the flagship Makeup Forever store at the North Park Mall which is so beautiful. 

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Tell me some of your holy-grail nude lipsticks! 

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The Makeup Artist's Makeup-Removing Secret Weapon

bioderma Bioderma. The makeup remover you will hear Makeup Artists across the globe RAVE about (including me). And for good reason too. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known at Crealine H2O) is a French cult-favorite makeup remover that is gentle on skin and can be used by even the most sensitive skin types. It aims to dissolve makeup without smearing and making a mess all over your face. I love that it doesn't strip the skin--leaving the face feeling comfortable and maintaining the skin's moisture balance. It's soothing, hypoallergenic and doesn't contain harsh parabens, alcohol, soap or fragrance.

I like to soak a cotton pad with a few splashes of the formula and then softly wipe away, starting with my foundation and then another cotton pad (or two) for the eyes. I love that I don't have to scrub and scrub at my eyes to get waterproof mascara or liner off. It's tough on dirt and makeup but easy on you.

As a micellar water solution, it doesn't require any cleansing or rinsing after use. I never get that greasy residue that so many makeup removers leave behind. This one is easy peasy lemon squeezie with no worries. I always keep a bottle in my kit and often have clients ask me what I just used on them because they like it so much! It's said that a bottle of this is sold every 3 seconds around the world! 

I believe it.

 

What is your favorite makeup remover? 

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A Foundation Stick for Us Oily Girls

hourglass foundation Besides its sleek, sexy triangular packaging, The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick has a lot to write home about. I've been using this deliciousness for a few weeks now and I'm in love. It has totally replaced my Makeup Forever HD Foundation stick as my favorite stick foundation of all time. 

Some of its strong suits include full coverage that doesn't look caked on, fake or contrived and a stunning semi-matte finish that looks so beautiful on the skin. I like to apply the stick straight to the face and then use a flat top kabuki brush or wet beauty blender to blend. It blends easily and feels luxurious and creamy. Another huge bonus is that it packs double the amount of pigment when compared to other foundations on the market--meaning you won't have to add layer upon layer to get the full coverage you want.  

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Normal and oily skin types will rejoice as this foundation is waterproof and super long-wearing. As someone who usually resembles an oil slick by the end of the day, this foundation amazes me. The first time I tried it I wore it from morning until very late at night and I remember going to the ladies room and doing a double take because my skin still looked absolutely beautiful. While my skin definitely wasn't as matte as first thing that morning, I had a sheen that resembled the natural look of skin. That day I had sweated, chased after our toddler and touched and swiped at my face multiple times. Fully expected to look like a wreck! 

Now for the cons. While I fully LOVE this foundation, the amount of product you get is quite small for the price. A usual foundation contains about 1 oz of product while this one comes up sadly short with only a puny 0.25 oz. So you get 1/4 of the product for a whopping price tag of $46. When compared to similar luxury foundations priced around $60-$80 it evens the playing field a bit--but still. Why God why. 

I'll be using this lovely stick until the final swipe but hopefully something comparable will hit the market that saves us a few of our hard-earned bucks. 

 

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Have you found a foundation stick you absolutely love? 

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Spray-On Beauty Wonders

IMG_6552 Simply put, I love spray-on products. They are cooling, refreshing, a lot of them smell good...and there are ones today for pretty much every step of your makeup routine. Avid readers of this blog know I'm all about speeding up my routine lately and spray-ons are the multi-taskers that help me achieve this. I've got a great lineup to rave to you about, covering skin prep to the final touches of your makeup routine...

As a nutritious skin prep:

Urban Decay B6 Complexion Prep Spray- This spray covers a plethora of errs including reducing redness, minimizing pores and helping to absorb excess oil. It's packed with vitamin B6 (apparently the first stabilized form of it--go science!) I spritz this all over my face in the mornings before I apply my facial moisturizer to perk up my tired skin. Recommended for a medley of uses, for instance-- as a quick refresh during the day or as a beginning step before night time cleansing--this product seems to cover it all.   

Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic- I switch out using this with my Urban Decay Prep Spray listed above. I love both of them but I just love the overall smell and feel of this one a bit more. I feel like I can actually see my skin brighten or boost up from its previous, much sadder state. My skin instantly feels moisturized and relieved. It also works to rid the pores of excess sebum and is great for sensitive skin types. 

As a primer: 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water-  Packed with electrolytes and a makeup locking champ, I use this regularly as a quick, no-fuss primer to spritz on for lazy days. It can serve to refresh and set the makeup after application too. 

As a long-lasting setting spray: 

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray- The love I have for this product knows no bounds. This is a holy grail, staple in my makeup kit. The mister sprays so well and creates such fine, energizing droplets. It melts powder products seamlessly into liquid foundations and gives you a beautiful, polished look. My makeup always noticeably lasts much, MUCH longer when I use this as my final step. This spray is life changing and I feel like every woman should have this is her kit!  

As a refreshing pick-me-up: 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray- I feel instantly transported to a beautiful spa or English rose garden with just a simple spritz of this. This is a staple for me in the summer months approaching. When I feel hot, sweaty (and just gross in general), I whip this bad boy out and it always saves the day. It smells like real roses and calms dry and tight feeling skin. 

MAC Fix+- This is the favorite multi-tasking product of so many makeup artists. It can be used before, during and after makeup application. It soothes skin and melts all the makeup products together for a finished look. 

I use all of these interchangeably in my makeup routine and highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!