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Lipstick Arsenal: Favorite Oranges & Corals

Now that summer is out in full force here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve had a little time to whip out the ultimate bright lip colors. While the day-glo pinks and purples may seem the obvious choice, I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for the perfect orange lip and I’ve got five to share for the second installment of my Lipstick Arsenal: orange and coral!

Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Coral Crush – A sleeper in my collection, I forget just how perfect this shade is and then fall in love with it all over again every time I put it on. It’s the perfect level of brightness that I think could match just about any skin tone and not look out of place. You’ve heard me wax poetic about this formula a hundred times before, so I’m just going to leave it there and say it checks all my boxes.

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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 house 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 my 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 Crime Matte Velvetine liquid lipstick in Marshmallow (limecrime.com, $20.00/0.88oz) – 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 Reviews

Anti-Haul: Spring 2017

If you haven’t yet watched one of drag queen/YouTuber Kimberly Clark‘s “Anti-Haul” videos, you are seriously missing out. Kimberly is on a brilliant mission to encourage us, as consumers, to do our research and make educated decisions when it comes to our wallets and what we put on our faces. This is my written version of Kimberly’s famed Anti-Haul series, just in time for the upcoming Sephora VIB sale later this month. ~what I’m not gonna buuuuyyy~

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral eyeshadow palette – $59.00 / 24g – Oy, another one!? Too Faced has been cranking out these massive palettes one after another lately, and they have all been so underwhelming. First of all, no one needs 30 shades in one palette – this instantly becomes a “sit on your desk and look pretty” palette rather than one convenient for traveling (which to me, is the only real reason worth owning a palette over eyeshadow singles). Moving on, even if you did need 30 neutral eyeshadows in the same palette (you don’t), there are at least 3-4 nearly identical pink shades and another several nearly identical brown shades. If you like the Too Faced eyeshadow formula, you do you, but this palette is unnecessary on every level.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette – $30.00 / 5.7g – My criticism of this palette has very little to do with the four holographic highlight shades, they are actually pretty gorgeous. My issue with this is the price, the shape of the packaging, and how late it is to market. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit is nearly identical to the Alchemist palette, but boasts six shades with nearly 5x as much product for $40. Further, the pans of the Alchemist palette are incredibly small, which is fine for eyeshadow, but for use as a face highlight, using a larger fan brush or other highlighting brush will be pretty difficult. The shape of the palette itself is yet another “sit on my desk and look pretty” design, completely impractical for any on-the-go usage. As pretty as these shades are, I’ll be sticking to my Moon Child Glow Kit and duochrome shades from Makeup Geek and Concrete MineralsAll products mentioned above are cruelty free.

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Top Five: Body Care Favorites

My skin already leans dry, but this time of year it can get a bit crazy. Now that we’re almost through the depths of winter, I thought it was a good opportunity to share some of my favorite body care products for keeping my skin smooth, soft, and nourished.

ShaveWorks The Cool Fix  ($21.00/10ml @ Sephora) – If you tend to break out or get ingrown hairs after waxing your brows or upper lip, this little guy is just for you. A soothing, skin resurfacing and conditioning treatment in a convenient rollerball stick, I apply this all over my brow area and upper lip after waxing (and for the next few days). It calms the skin and has done a great job of curbing post-wax breakouts and ingrown hairs. There is a larger format tube for bikini and other larger waxed areas available too, but I haven’t tried that one yet.

Not gonna lie, I half bought this just to see how much of a gimmick it was, but my skin was so well behaved after waxing earlier this month! 🐌 I used @shaveworks The Cool Fix lip & brow formula (it's a rollerball style applicator) around my eyebrows for three days after waxing and not a single ingrown hair or clogged pore in sight. 🔬 Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate soothe the skin, while salicylic and glycolic acids gently exfoliate to keep skin smooth and clear, highly recommend to anyone prone to redness, ingrown hairs, or other post-waxing issues. Pretty damn impressed. 🐝 #makeup #makeupnerdery #makeupaddict #makeuplover #skincare #shaveworks #brows #waxing #hairremoval #skincarescience #science #glycerin #humectant #BHA #AHA #chemicalexfoliant #cool #photography #photooftheday #igdaily #beautyblogger #blogger #blog #bbloggers #smoothskin #browsonpoint

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash ($25.00/16oz / Ulta) – I have had pretty strong allergies most of my life, but the last few years my itchy skin has driven me absolutely mad. This past year I finally started investigating the ingredients my products had in common and stumbled upon sodium lauryl sulfate and all its buddies – it’s a cheap surfactant that isn’t inherently evil, but can cause dry and itchy skin for those who are sensitive to it. This body wash is definitely pricey, but it’s one of the best sulfate-free products I’ve tried and it leaves my skin feeling soothed and clean instead of itchy and dry.

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Top Five: Winter Lipsticks

In the depths of this frigid PNW winter, some lipstick shades stand out to me more than others. I don’t really ever limit myself based on the seasons, but there’s something to be said for classic reds and berry tones this time of year. Here are my top five lipsticks for these blistering winter months.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu ($26.00 / Sephora) – This deep purple crayon has a matte finish with an applicator that is 100% in your control. If you prefer to use the edges, have at it, but it can also be sharpened to a tiny tip for a flawless lipline. The formula can be a touch drying, but it last ages and I have yet to see someone who it doesn’t look good on.

 

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