Beauty + Lifestyle blog posts written by yours truly...
Favorite Balm/Treatment?- My favorite balm for the longest time has been the C.O Bigelow Rose Salve. It glides beautifully onto the lips and I love that the little pot is so cute but holds so much product. The smell is absolutely divine--like you have been whisked away to a rose garden or the fragrant smell of a rose petal tea delicately wafting in the air. I put this next to my bed and apply it every night before I sleep. Even better, it's a multi-purpose product. You can use this to soothe dry cuticles, elbows or any other rough patches on the body. For my complete review on this product, you can check out this other blog post of mine. Best Eye-Catching Red?- Not only is this bright, rich red eye-catching, but the Lime Crime Velvetine in "Red Velvet" also lasts forever on the lips without becoming patchy or bleeding. This lip product applies wet like a gloss but then dries to a matte lipstick finish. I've put this baby to the test multiple times--through eating messy sandwiches the size of my face, drinking, kissing--you name it! It just doesn't budge. It's literally a miracle in a bottle. It's ever so slightly drying (so that the product can better cling to the skin) but not nearly as much as other products dubbed "long-wearing." I'm looking at you MAC Ruby Woo. Best Luxury Product?- Hands down Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte lipsticks. I only own one of these glorious, super indulgent and expensive lippies--but trust me its sheer amazingness is worth it. First off, the packaging. Oh my good lordy the packaging makes me feel like the queen regent every time I take it out of my bag. The gold case and its heavy feel is just so luxurious. The product inside is so incredibly creamy and it feels like (not to be cliché) you are literally applying a wad of half-melted butter to your lips. The smell is unlike any other as well and is like freshly picked mangoes. I really don't mind that this has to be reapplied often because as you already know, I live for the moments I can royally lift this out of my purse. No, no peasants I won't be taking autographs.
Best Drugstore Product?- I have been obsessing over the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers! I bought a few when they first came out but never really used them for some reason until now. They apply like a super pigmented lipgloss and dry to a beautiful satin finish. I love their fruity smell and how gorgeously pigmented and long-wearing they are. Coral shades are my fave this summer and so I have been loving the color "Luna" Best MAC Lipstick?- As you can probably tell from the pictures, my MAC lipstick in "Blankety" is very well-loved and I'm down to the nub. I have never suited concealer/flesh toned lips and I usually turn out resembling one of Tim Burton's corpse figures. I love this nude because it has a pink-brown undertone that is extremely flattering and not flat or drained of color. I wear this for both day and nighttime looks so it is very versatile. The Most Disappointing?- I think I actually liked the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains when they first came out. I've grown to dislike them as time has marched on since so many other better "stain" products have hit the drugstore. I just find this really drying, patchy, and overall not the most flattering on my lips. Liner--Yes or No?- Oh gurllll. YES. My lips are like two insignificant thin lines drawn next to eachother so liner is a must for me if I want to have any sort of shape or volume. Liner also prevents lipstick from bleeding and sliding all over the place on me and helps it in the longevity department too. I especially love MAC lipliners. The color "Dervish" shown above is one of my favorites since it's a muted pink shade that goes with so many lipsticks. Best Gloss?- I am awestruck by the Maybelline "The Elixir" glosses. If you dumped the product from these into some high-end packaging, I would definitely be fooled. These glosses are SO buttery and SO creamy it's insane. It delivers a beautiful, medium amount of pigmentation and makes the lips look super shiny and healthy. I want to buy the entire line. I just can't handle the amazingness. Something Extra!- I thought I would include a product that is a new-comer to my collection. I recently bought one of the new Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks and love it! I got "Golden Pink", a baby-pink shade with a hint of coral. I love how it applies as a sheer wash of hydrating color that can be built upon to become more pigmented. It's really fresh feeling with its minty smell and flavor. Now tell me your answers to the tag in the comments below! :) GO!