My Hits & Misses

Lipstick Arsenal: Favorite Pinks & Nudes

There was not meant to be such a long gap between posts, my sincerest apologies! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that The Boyfriend and I recently found our dream home and have been in the process of acquiring said houseย and selling our current home. Home owner life is no joke! Now that I’ve littered this post with excuses, let’s move on.

A while back someone asked me to swatch my entire lipstick arsenal, and that’s just… a task I’m not sure I’m ready for yet. That said, there are some clear winners in every color category and I thought that sharing those would be a lovely compromise. No one really needs to see myย stuff that’s just okay, right? So let’s start off with the basics: the pinks, nudes, pinky nudes, and nude-y pinks! Here are my top five for spring/summer 2017.

Lime Crimeย Matte Velvetine liquid lipstick in Marshmallow (limecrime.com, $20.00/0.88oz)ย – This isn’t the first time Lime Crime has made it into a favorites list of mine, I absolutely love the long-lasting ultra-liquid formula of their Velvetine liquid lipsticks. This slightly-pink nude shade is perfect for every day, and it’s one of the few that stays in my rotation all year long.

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My Hits & Misses

Spring Favorites: Nails & Lips

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Now that spring is officially here (even though it doesn’t entirelyย feel like it yet), I am so ready for bright colors, pastels, and pedicures. In lieu of a monthly favorites, I thought I’d take the bright and sunny opportunity to share my favorite lip and nail colors for spring, and how to pair them together!

Nails

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Ciatรฉ Mini Paint Pot nail polish in Pool Party ($9.00/0.17oz) –ย I’m a little obsessed with this brand at the moment, andย this deep, bright azure blue knocks it out of the park. The formula is smooth with the perfect viscosity to apply streak-free and the shape of the brush (almost like an arrow) makes it practically fool-proof for clumsy people like me to paint our own nails. I also love the mini size of these bottles as it means I actually have a chance of finishing it all before the polish begins to separate!

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My Reviews

Brand Highlight: Melt Cosmetics

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I realize I’m a little behind on the times here, but man am I excited! I recently got my hands on some goodies from Melt Cosmetics (and also got to share a few words with Dana herself, more about that below) and I am in love. I scooped up all three of their four-pan eyeshadow stacks (Love Sick, Dark Matter, and Radioactive) as well as four of their matte lipsticks in the shades Spacecake, Dark Room, Sext, and Bang! Bang!. Since they’re a smaller brand with no retail presence (which means nowhere to go swatch all the preciouses), I thought I’d give you guys a full breakdown of everything I know about the brand and their products, with swatches and photos of course.

Founded in 2012 by makeup artist besties (and serious beauties) Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, Melt is a California-based brand featuring cruelty free lipsticks and four-pan eyeshadow compacts. I was able to get in touch with Dana to ask her a few questions about Melt products and she informed me the brand started with just five lipsticks; now the range includes 12 eyeshadows across three palettes as well as 18 ultra-matte lipsticks in nude, black, and pretty much every shade in between.

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The stacks come in sets of four eyeshadows with a small round mirror, each in a magnetic disc, which makes them perfectly stackable and perfectly portable too. They do run at a semi-steep $48 each, which works out to $12/shadow and a free mirror. That said, the pans are massive! With the price and size comparisons for MAC, Melt, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Makeup Geek below…ย I’d argue these areย a pretty good deal.

MAC Pro Pan: 1.5g / 0.05oz ($10.00)
ABH singles: 1.7g / 0.059oz ($12.00 or 4 for $40)
Makeup Geek:ย 1.8g / 0.064oz ($6.00)
Make Up For Everย Artist Shadow:ย 2g / 0.07oz ($21.00)
Melt Cosmetics:ย 3.57g / 0.125oz (4 for $48.00)

Love Sick stack
Love Sick stack

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My 101

Product Highlight: Liquid Lipsticks

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Liquid lipsticks are on the up and up these days and just about every major cosmetic company has a line of their own. They’re my newest obsession and I just can’t get enough of these long-lasting matte formulas. I have a handful of different products from drugstore and mid-high end brands, 14 lipsticks in all from five different lines, to swatch and review and see which comes out on top (spoiler: I kind of already know which one is my favorite).

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Okay, so what is a liquid lipstick? Usually these lipsticks come in tubes with a doe foot applicator (like lipgloss) or squeeze tip. While some people have no preference between liquid lipstick and the traditional tube, I personally always have trouble with traditional lipstick fading and in general not being very foodie-friendly. I love that liquid lipsticks can often last all day and through multiple meals, and that they [usually] dry matte so there is no sticky gloss for your hair to get stuck to!

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