lip colour

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Sticks

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! The recent launch of The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick is the perfect addition to any romantic beauty look this weekend. These dual purpose sticks are smooth, soft, and deliver pretty shades that you can use for blush or lip colour!

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Sticks

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Sticks

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Sticks are thick crayon-like tubes, similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks. They have a matte finish and come in a range of pretty petal-like shades. There is a light floral scent which I actually liked. I love how the formula feels. It’s smooth, soft, and light. It doesn’t feel sticky or drying on my lips, and it lasted for quite a while. I got a really feminine flush of colour in just one quick swipe, and the large crayon shape made it easy to apply.

These sticks are perfect for Spring since you can layer them to get a more opaque colour, or lightly apply them and blend for a flush of colour. I love products that work for lips and cheeks, and these offer a great blush and great matte lip crayon all in one. You can read more about them here at thebodyshop.ca.

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag Products

Better Late Than Never! My First LipMonthly Review: October 2014

October is actually over now (Happy November!) and I am a little late on this, but I wanted to share my thoughts on my first ever LipMonthly bag. I had been hearing about this beauty box subscription service for a while now, and as a lip product lover I figured it was worth a shot. Unfortunately this is sort of a mixed review, but I will be giving it another shot next month and hoping for better results.

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag Products

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag Products

The first thing I noticed about the LipMonthly package was the cute little makeup bag it came in. I’m always finding new uses for those so I was happy to get a new one. The second thing I noticed was the awful plastic smell of the bag, which really started my review off in the wrong direction. The makeup bag smelt really strongly of fake plastic and it was so unpleasant that I had to leave it in my closet for a few days before I could take another look.

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag

Once the smell dies down a bit I was able to check out the products inside. Most of them are brands I had never even heard of before, which can sometimes be a good thing. Sometimes you can be introduced to cool new products or great brands that aren’t available in your area. With these products I was a little let down. Nothing really struck me as that exciting, except for the L.A. Girl eyeliner. Each bag has a non-lip product included and it is a little disappointing that in a lip product package the one thing I liked most wasn’t even a lip product.

The theme of this month’s bag was nude lips, so all of the below items are meant to fit that theme. Here’s what I got in my first LipMonthly bag:

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag Products

The October 2014 LipMonthly Beauty Bag Products

Starlooks Lip Scrub: The idea of a lip scrub is great but this one just seemed like brown sugar in a little jar. I was really hoping for something classier or more fancy looking, but the idea of adding a lip scrub was a good thought.

Noyah Lip Balm: I have mixed feelings on this. I can always use another lip balm especially with the colder weather, but it’s clear so how does that work for a nude lip look? The instruction card said to apply clear balm and then remove it before applying lipstick, which makes the balm seem a little irrelevant to me.

JCat Nude Lipstick: It’s a nice colour but again a brand I have never heard of an probably will never see again.

deVine Lip Shimmer: This was pretty interesting. It’s a sheer and shimmery plum lip balm and I actually think i will use this. However it is plum so I have to ask again, how does that work with the nude lip look?

L.A. Girl Eyeliner: This was added to compliment a nude lip with a smoky eye, which is always a good idea. I’m sure I’ll use a basic like this eyeliner so it was nice to have that included.

Overall I just feel very underwhelmed. I was hoping for something more similar to Topbox with brands I know and love, but these were all quite obscure. Maybe I just had too high of expectations for this beauty bag, so I am giving it another shot next month to see if my opinion changes.

Did any of you get a LipMonthly bag this month? What did you think of the products? Or have you heard of these brands and I’m just living under a rock? Leave a comment and let me know!

Berry Lips: Beautiful Lip Products That Are Perfect For Fall

The weather is getting crisp and cool, and that means it’s time for sweater weather and dark lipstick! It’s sad to say summer is officially over but I’m pretty excited about cozy clothes and boots so it’s not that bad. Aside from Fall fashions I also am excited about the other things Fall brings – lots of tea, movie nights with my man, and of course Fall beauty trends!

One of the biggest changes for Fall beauty is the darker lipsticks that come out. Beautiful berry shades start popping up when the weather gets cold, and to get you ready for this pretty Fall trend I have rounded up a bunch of beautiful berry shades you should check out!

Beautiful Berry Lip Products from L-R: Sephora Collection, L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York, CoverGirl, and Rimmel London

Beautiful Berry Lip Products from L-R: Sephora Collection, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York, CoverGirl, and Rimmel London

Keep in mind that berry shades can range in tone from being more purple-based or red, so check out which ones you like best for your skin tone. Both are equally as pretty but some berry hues can end up looking more like grape juice instead of wine.

Sephora Collection Nano Lip Pencil in 09 Pleasant Plum: This nano lip liner is perfect to outline one of the pretty berry lipsticks below, or to use as a full coverage product. Using a lip liner all over your lips will make it last longer than regular lipstick. Check out this super-pigmented lip liner here.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 186 Berry Persistent: This lipstick stain is glossy and wet looking, but lasts for hours. It’s hydrating and packed with pigment so you get the best of both worlds – a lasting stain and a lightweight gloss. Check it out here to learn more.

Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Color in 410 Blissful Berry: This is a traditional lipstick that is super opaque and smooth. It applies like a dream and delivers a bold punch of colour in one simple swipe. Check out this creamy lipstick here.

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 255 Jam Twist: This gloss and balm hybrid is moisturizing. light, and extremely smooth. It’s more sheer than a lipstick but still offers the right shade of berry in a less opaque product. Check out my review of these balms here.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107: This matte lipstick lasts for hours and looks amazing. It has a smooth formula and intense colour that looks great with the matte finish. The Kate Moss lipsticks are my go-to lip products and this one is no exception. Check out my full post on these lipsticks here.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 09: This is like the non-matte twin sister of the Kate Moss Matte lipstick. This is another beautiful berry shade that has the same smooth formula and long-lasting pigment. Another perfect lip product from the Rimmel London lineup. Check it out here.

L-R: Sephora Collection, L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York, CoverGirl, Rimmel London Matte and Rimmel London

L-R: Sephora Collection, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York, CoverGirl, Rimmel London Matte and Rimmel London

There you have it, 6 stunning lip products that will last you all season. Get a gorgeous berry hue with any of these products alone, or combine them to create your own look.

Pro Tip: If you’re worried about looking too much like Lorde you can lighten up any lipstick by dabbing it on with your fingers instead of applying it directly.

Do you have a favourite berry lipstick shade? Did I miss a great one in my roundup? Leave a comment and let me know!

Get the Look: Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale stars as the edgy Aria on Pretty Little Liars, has a growing country music career, and has phenomenal style that I totally want to steal. As a pint-sized beauty Lucy rocks some seriously cute outfits, on screen and off, but it’s her beauty looks that really blow me away. She always seems to have the hottest lipstick shade and her brows are so bold.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale

Whether it’s the hot pink blush and lips she rocked at the 2014 Billboard Music awards, shown above, or her signature lucious lashes, Lucy Hale always looks great. She plays up some pretty bold features like her brows, lips, or lashes, but she never seems overdone. Instead of the usual advice to focus on one feature at a time, Lucy shows us how to create a total bombshell look.

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Get The Look: Rachel Bilson on Hart of Dixie

Get The Look: Rachel Bilson on Hart of Dixie

Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson

Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson

I just started binge-watching another show on Netflix and all I can focus on is the main character’s makeup. The show is Hart of Dixie, starring the adorable Rachel Bilson. Not only is she a total style icon (hello, dressy shorts!) but her makeup looks always make me want to press pause and whip out my eyeliner.

Rachel Bilson has brown hair and brown eyes, just like me, and I think that’s why I relate to her looks so much. I feel like I can actually try them myself. Jamie King, the other female lead in Hart of Dixie, is a blonde, blue-eyed beauty, and as much as I love her Southern belle looks, I know they would look much different on me.

Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie

Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie

After watching a few episodes (okay.. binge-watching season one in a few days) I have come to love the makeup looks Zoe Hart rocks. Even in a small town she has her eyeliner game on point and always has a great neutral lipstick. In addition to some great pictures of Dr. Zoe Hart, I’ve also complied a few products to help get the adorable, sassy, doe-eyed look that Rachel Bilson rocks on the show.

Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie

Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie

To get her heavily lined eye look I would recommend a smooth gel-like liner that is easy to blend and smudge. A great option for this is the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner. This creamy liner is a breeze to apply and can be blended for a smooth, smoky look.

For full lashes like Dr. Zoe Hart, try the Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara. The curved brush gets every lash and the falsies-inspired formula offers lots of volume and length.

Dr. Zoe Hart always has glowing skin and you can get the same rosy glow and a subtle bronzing with one just product, Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake. This golden-hued blush is a great way to add a slight highlight to cheekbones without going for a super-girly pink shade.

To get the neutral lip looks that Rachel rocks try one of the CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balms. These sheer gloss balms come in 16 pretty shades so you can find the perfect one for your everyday look. You can check out my review of them here for more information.

Get The Look: Rachel Bilson on Hart of Dixie

Get The Look: Rachel Bilson on Hart of Dixie

So there you have it. An easy how-to to get the adorable look that Dr. Zoe Hart, a.k.a. style icon Rachel Bilson, wears on Hart of Dixie. Now I’m only on season one so far so don’t tell me any spoilers but let me know if you watch this show too! 

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains

I haven’t been this excited with a lip product for quite a while, so these are really something if they’ve managed to wow me. The Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains are highly pigmented, long lasting lip stains that don’t dry out. They come in a variety of colours and are named after some great travel locations like Barcelona and Rio.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains

The shades shown above are as follows: India Intrigue, Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush, Milan Moment, and Shanghai Sizzle.

They have a cute little wand applicator and the packing is very chic. The rectangular tube is really pretty to look at and the clear sides show the lip colour very clearly.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains

The colours are are pretty bold, which I really like. These stains are smooth to apply and feel very light on the lips. With a great formula and 12 pretty colours to pick from, the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains are definitely a lip product you’ll want to check out.