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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss

These are the cutest! Have you seen the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Test Tubes? They are mini lip stains that have serious staying power and bold, bright shades! The OCC Stained Glosses are high-pigment stains that are a little wet and sticky to apply but once they dry they’re like paint. They stick to lips and deliver opaque colour and a nice gloss.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Test Tubes

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Test Tubes

The shades I’m showing you are Hedonist, a pale pink, New Wave, the hot pink, and Jealous, a bold classic red. As you can see they are all super glossy and very opaque. These are bold shades that stand out and make your lips the centre of attention.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Test Tubes in shades Hedonist, New Wave, and Jealous

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Test Tubes in shades Hedonist, New Wave, and Jealous

Have you used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss? Leave a comment and let me know your favourite shades!

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.

Make Up For Ever Best Selling Red Lip Duo

So far every single Make Up For Ever product that I have tried has been amazing. From the awesome eye shadows I wrote about here, to the Ink Liner I wrote about here, everything I have tried has really impressed me. The Make Up For Ever Redefining Red Best Selling Red Lip Duo is no different.

Make Up For Ever Redefining Red Best Selling Red Lip Duo

Make Up For Ever Redefining Red Best Selling Red Lip Duo

This duo of a lip liner and lipstick is super cute and high quality. This mini pack comes with a travel size Lip Line Perfector, which is a clear lip liner to seal in your lipstick and prevent feathering. It also has a travel size Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in shade 43, which is meant to compliment every skin tone. This lipstick is creamy and smooth, and has an extremely pigmented bold red hue. It glides on like a dream and looks like the perfect Hollywood bombshell classic red lipstick.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick Shade 43

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick Shade 43

With an incredible formula and fabulous colour, this lipstick is reason alone to buy the duo. The lip liner adds a perfect finishing touch and ensures that the pretty red lipstick will stay in place. I can see this lipstick becoming a staple in my makeup kit for sure. It’s no wonder this is called the Best Selling Red Lip Duo!

The Perfect Pure Red for the Holiday Season

Tis the season for holiday parties and festive events, and what better beauty look is there than a classic red lip? The combination of red lips and a little black dress is perfect for any holiday gathering you have this month, and with the recent collection of gorgeous red lipsticks from L’Oreal Paris, you’re sure to find your perfect red.

L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

The limited edition L’Oreal Paris Collection Exlusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche has a beautiful red lipstick for each of the spokeswomen. With stunning women like Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lopez there are a range of reds that will suit any skin tone. There are even matching mini nail polishes for each red! There was the same sort of collection for nude lipsticks and polishes, which I wrote about here.

They have super chic packaging too. The tubes are square and matte, with a bit of a snakeskin-like print. They look expensive and chic, and I feel extra glam applying red lipstick from one of these pretty tubes.

L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

The lipsticks are smooth and super pigmented, so you get a punch of bold colour with just one swipe. Each shade is a little different but they all deliver bold colour. Paired with lush lashes (try L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara) and a little eyeliner you’ll have a classic beauty look in no time. Red lipstick has stood the test of time, with superstars like Marilyn Monroe, Taylor Swift, and everyone in between rocking the trend.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks - Blake's Pure Red, Freida's Pure Red, and J.Lo's Pure Red

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks – Blake’s Pure Red, Freida’s Pure Red, and J.Lo’s Pure Red

You can see the shade differences shown above, with Blake’s being more of a bold classic red, and Freida’s having a pink tint. Depending on your skin tone, or your personal preference, you can find the perfect red to suite any holiday event this season.

Get an effortlessly chic and stylish look at any holiday party by picking up your perfect Pure Red!

Check Out The Pantone Colour of The Year For 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

Have you seen what the Pantone Color of The Year for 2015 is yet? It’s a gorgeous deep red wine shade called Marsala, and I absolutely love it. You can read all about the Pantone pick here, and learn see tons more photos of the stunning shade.

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

This colour is so rich and beautiful and I can see it fitting perfectly in style for all kinds of things. I can picture a pretty lipstick, nail polish, satin curtains, accent wall, and so much more.  Marsala is a statement shade that will work in fashion, beauty, and home decor.

This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” Leatrice Eiseman,Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

It’s described on the Pantone website as an elegant and rich hue, with a sophisticated natural earthiness. I know it’s just a colour but I really do believe all those sentiments. Looking at the photo story on the Pantone website it shows Marsala in so many ways, including clothing, food, and kitchen decor. I see the warmth and elegance in the photos and I am definitely convinced that this was the right pick for Color of The year for 2015.

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

I have never before been so excited about a Pantone pick. In previous years I like the colours but couldn’t see myself wearing or using them in any way, but with Marsala I am already digging through my lipstick drawer to find my best Marsala matches!

I’m definitely excited about the Color of The Year for 2015, but how do you feel? Are you a fan of this new hue? Leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

All images from the Pantone website.

November 2014 Lip Monthly Subscription Review

Unfortunately my first month of LipMonthly was a disappointment to me, but I was willing to give it a second chance. The products were kind of all over the place, didn’t fit the theme, and were brands I wasn’t really interested in. You can read my first month’s review here if you’re interested.

This month I was really hoping that the November 2014 LipMonthly Bag would redeem itself and send me some awesome products, however I still don’t feel wowed by this beauty subscription box. The products in this box were supposed to be dark lip shades to pair with all the glam parties of the holiday season, and I do think they stuck to this theme better than last month. The bag was pretty cute this month, with little pink images of cosmetics on the pretty red bag.

November 2014 LipMonthly Bag

November 2014 LipMonthly Bag

Here’s what was in the November 2014 LipMonthly bag:

November 2014 LipMonthly Products

November 2014 LipMonthly Products

Ofra Lipliner: This lip liner looked pretty basic, in a nude/pink shade which I thought was strange to pair with the darker lipsticks. In general though it is a staple item and I probably will use this lip liner once in a while.

Hikari Lipstick: This lipstick was in the shade Cabernet, a deep red shade with a hint of berry. I like the colour and the chic square tube was neat, but it had a bit of a waxy or plastic-like scent that I really didn’t like.

NYC Expert Last Lipstick: This NYC lipstick was the only brand I had ever heard of before, which was nice to see something familiar. The shade is Purple Crush, a frosty berry shade. I’m glad there was a brand I knew and the lipstick was nice, but unfortunately nothing special.

Crown Lip Brush: I don;t typically use lip brushes but sometimes they are useful so it was a nice touch to add this item.

City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlighting Mousse: Every month there is one non-lip item added to the bag. This one was a really shimmery mousse shadow which was nice and festive for the holidays.

Overall the products just didn’t wow me and I think I will be cancelling my subscription. I gave it two chances but LipMonthly just isn’t the right fit for me. I would rather spend my subscription money on one or two lip products that I know I’ll love.

What about you, are you a fan of LipMonthly or do you have a different subscription you prefer?

Look What I Found! Limited Edition Baby Lips!

I was so excited when I spotted these limited edition Baby Lips. I am a huge fan of the Maybelline New York Baby Lips and I have a whole range of colours that I use, but I’m always up for adding to my stash. There were a few other pairs on the shelf but these were the most pigmented and I liked them best. Baby Lips are great for the cooler weather, and they even have a special line of Maybelline New York Dr. Rescue Baby Lips last Winter, which I posted about here.

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

These limited edition Baby Lips shades are Winter Flush and Ruby Star. Winter Flush is more of an orange-red hue and Ruby Star is more of a berry red shade. They have the same formula and feeling of the original Baby Lips and are semi-sheer but can be built up for a more opaque colour. These ones have a peppermint scent and a slight tingle on my lips, which I don’t mind.

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

The colours are kind of similar but different enough to both be useful in my daily makeup routines. I wear the Ruby Star shade for a bolder look and later it for a deeper colour, and keep the Winter Flush one as a lighter everyday shade. Winter Flush reminded me of my favorite Baby Lips shade, Cherry Me, from the original collection.

Swatches of Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips (Ruby Star on the left and Winter Flush on the right)

Swatches of Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips (Ruby Star on the left and Winter Flush on the right)

Although the package says 8 hours of hydration I don’t quite get that long. I do get a few hours of soft, moisturized lips, and a pretty colour too, so that’s worth it to me. These are basically lip balms but better. They keep my lips soft and safe from the cold winter weather and they have a huge range of shades to pick from.

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

Maybelline New York Limited Edition Baby Lips in shades Winter Flush and Ruby Star

If you’re a fan of the original Baby Lips, or the Electro Baby Lips, then you’ll probably like these two new shades. Since they are limited edition I would suggest you get out there and start searching for them before they’re gone!