There is always that one awkward post wherein the beauty lover succumbs to the change of season and writes the first post geared towards the one coming up in lieu of enjoying the one at hand. And so we find ourselves talking about my top choices for lip color this fall. I won’t be adding nudes in this post because I’ll be featuring some of my favorites in a separate post.

*-denotes sample

Fall Lip Colors 2013

There is only one matte formula in the bunch as mattes are probably my least favorite formula. They tend to be drying and I’ve had trouble with mattes making every line in my lip magnified and pronounced. Not pleasant. However, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is the exception to the rule (as almost every Hourglass product is). The rest are either glossy or semi-glossy in finish.

I recently picked up two items from the Dior counter- Ensorcelante and New York. I have this terrible habit (or OCD tendency) to buy Dior lip products in pairs only. Is that odd? I have to buy a lipstick and a gloss to match. I think it’s because I love Dior lip products that much that I know if I love a gloss or lipstick in a particular shade I know I will end up wanting a matching one to make the set. I didn’t care for the fall lipstick Dior released to go along with Ensorcelante- it was far more dark and vampy than I’d use to pair with the gloss. I even tried them on together and decided it was not for me. I set out to swatch other shades and New York was the perfect match. It’s plummy and nude and has a gorgeous shimmer. How have I not heard of this shade before?! It pays to play at the counter I guess!

I didn’t realize before setting down to swatch how close MAC Craving, Plumful and Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss are. There are nuances, of course, but they are very similar. I love the Too Faced La Creme formula and would easily get every shade they make.

Fall Lip Colors Swatches 2013

Swatches L-R: MAC Rebel, Maybelline Color Whisper A Plum Prospect, MAC Craving, MAC Plumful, Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss, Dior Addict New York, NARS Strawberry Fields, NARS Bougainville, Dior Ensorcelante, Hourglass Empress*

I really enjoy the Maybelline Color Whisper formula. I prefer it to Revlon’s Lip Butters (though I only own two of the former and many more of the latter). A Plum Prospect is coming up a little bit brighter in the photo than it is in real life. A very lovely color, though.

NARS glosses are among my most favorite formula. These two are particularly creamy and pigmented and in shades that were made for cool Autumn days.

MAC Rebel is in a class by itself. It’s reputation precedes it, no doubt. It’s bright, in your face and so so pretty.

And for good measure, I posted these FOTDs to my Instagram wearing the new Dior products I picked up:

FOTD Wearing Dior New York

Wearing Dior New York

FOTD Wearing Dior Ensorcelante

Wearing Dior New York and Dior Ensorcelante

FOTD Wearing Dior Ensorcelante 2

Wearing Dior Ensorcelante (different lighting)

Are you ready for the fall makeup collections? I know that this summer has been quite hot and I’m enjoying the cooler reprieve we have had lately. I don’t know that I’m quite ready to let go of summer completely, though!

*items marked with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only*
17. 02. 2013

One of the things that really alerted me to the presence of beauty blogs a few years ago was my intense google search(ing) for swatches, and more importantly, comparisons. I have amassed several swatch comparison posts in my time as a blogger, many of which end up being quite labor intensive. It’s worth it, though, because I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten emails/tweets/comments thanking me for comparing X to Y and how helpful it was in deciding on a purchase. Not only that, but it benefits your truly as well. When I see things side-by-side my mind creates a little photo repository and the next time someone asks me or the general masses if A compares to B, I can generally recall how close they were or what major differences I saw.

Having said that, I have once again compiled a small archive of comparison swatches over the last few months which I probably would have done individual posts on but thought it might be more fun to just collage a few of them together for a neat little post. Enjoy!

Blue Aqua Liner Comparison Swatches

L-R: MAC Undercurrent, Urban Decay LSD, Stila Peacock, Sephora 12 Hour Peacock Blue Shimmer

Sephora had released a new shade of their 12 Hour Jumbo Pencils in Peacock Blue Shimmer some time last fall and I picked it up. I wanted to see how it compared to other shades I had in my collection. It ended up being fairly unique.

Remember that beautiful Lancome holiday shadow with the interlocking pattern (Fil d’Argent)?

Lancome Fil D'Argent

I never did a full post on it, but she is an incredibly gorgeous shadow. Comparisons below!

Lancome Fil D' Argent Swatch Comparisons

L-R: Chanel Fauve, Burberry Rosewood, Lancome Fil D’Argent, Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian

Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Blush Swatches Cooler

L-R: NARS Madly, MAC Gingerly, Tarte Exposed, Dolce & Gabbana Caramel, Burberry Russet

Of these I’d say Caramel is hands down my favorite! Thanks to two wonderful girls (Jessica of Don’t Call Me Jessie for introducing it to me and J. of Lil Lady’s Life for picking it up for me) this has happily been my most used blush of 2013 thus far. The lasting power is amazing…all freakin’ day!

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

A long time Archie fan (I  still read the comics, Team Betty ftw) I had to indulge in some of the MAC Archie’s Girls collection. I picked up two blushes and two lipsticks, my favorite being Betty Bright. I knew it would be a popular color, as all coral/peach shades MAC releases tend to be. I also knew a comparison swatch fest would be in order….

MAC Betty Bright Comparison Swatches

L-R (all MAC): Watch Me Simmer^, Sunny Seoul, Vegas Volt, Costa Chic, Betty Bright^, Ever Hip^, Cut A Caper^, Fresh Salmon^, Flamingo^, Reel Sexy^, Pleasureseeker^, Ravishing

The lipsticks marked with ‘^’ are all sadly limited edition. I included because I know many of you may own one or more of those shades and would perhaps be curious as to how they compared. The closest is Flamingo but they are different formulas. Costa Chic is also somewhat close but unfortunately not an exact dupe.

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Taupe cream shadows and liners! I know Taupe is really a general term as it applies to colors that are both warm or cool, brown toned or purple toned, matte or shimmer…you get the idea. I have several that I picked that I believe fall into the “generic” taupe category (though I wouldn’t describe any of these shadows as ordinary)!

Taupe Cream Shadows Liners Comparisons

L-R: MAC Electric Cool in Superwatt, Loreal Bronzed Taupe, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #4, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #27, MAC Dangerous Cuvee, Buxom Pug, Bobbi Brown Galaxy, Loreal Liquid Diamond, Chanel Illusoire, Tarte SmolderEyes Gunmetal*, Sephora 12 Hour Dark Taupe Shimmer, Mally Dusk*, Mally Rosy Taupe*, Sephora 12 Hour Taupe, Lancome Taupe Brilliant, Annabelle Armour, Urban Decay Mushroom, Urban Decay Stray Dog

Of the above (I know… !!!!) the shade that comes to mine first when I hear the word taupe is Chanel Illusoire. Not this specific brand but just a shade type in general. It’s the perfect mix of purple-grey-brown, flecked with iridescent shimmer. There isn’t a shade in the bunch not worth owning.

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Enter the beige/champagne cream shadows. I should do regular eyeliners too  but I didn’t really think of those at the time, and frankly I didn’t have space on my arm for them all! This type of shadow is my most used. They are the one-swipe wonders of the beauty world. One swipe and you can instantly brighten your eyes and face. They are great as bases or to add a touch of shimmer to any look.

Champagne Shadow Comparison Swatches

L-R: MAC Electric Cool Pure Flash, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #8, Loreal Blinged and Brilliant, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #9, MAC Vintage Selection, Loreal Iced Latte, Maybelline Barely Beige, MAC Bare Study, Sephora 12 Hour Beige, Tarte SmolderEyes Champagne*, Tarte Clay Shadow Stick (unnamed)*, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy, Milani Champagne Toast, Mally Champagne*, Chanel Emerveille

Again, Champagne and Beige shadows take on different forms, some leaning cooler and others leaning warmer. Of the shades above, Giorgio Armani #9 is definitely my most used. I am also very happy to finally have MAC Vintage Selection in my collection. I missed out on it when it was first released in 2010 (I think) but MAC has recently brought it back in their permanent collection.

I hope you enjoyed the comparisons! If you have any comparison requests feel free to leave a suggestion below…I’m always looking for new ideas!

Items marked with a ‘*‘ were provided by PR for review purposes only

All of the Lipstick Bandits and I were talking (well, emailing) back and forth one day about doing a post about our first lipstick, if one could even remember what it was anymore. I don’t recall my exact first shade, unfortunately. It wasn’t even that long ago that I started loving obsessing over lipsticks. In fact, I hardly wore them at all until about 2010. But, prior to that I had just a few shades that I would wear in the summer or at Christmas time. Mostly, though, I was a gloss girl. Now my tastes have matured and I leave the shimmery gloss behind most days in favor of a satin or glossy finish tube of wonder.

While this is admittedly not my first shade, I believe it to be the one I have had the longest in my current collection. I have owned this shade since the summer of 2008. I remember it because at the time I thought it was the brightest lipstick ever and felt *slightly* intimidated wearing it. But wear it I did. In fact, most of the summer I was seen sporting this shade. It’s Maybelline Moisture Extreme in Cool Watermelon. And although Maybelline has discontinued this line and shade since then, I was able to find a seller on Amazon who has it available here.

Maybelline Cool Watermelon

I actually still enjoy the formula of this. It feel comfortable on, has a glossy finish and stains my lips for several hours. Ironically it also smells slightly like watermelon.

Cool Watermelon on lips

It’s no wonder I wore this shade to death. It’s brightening and fun without being over the top. It’s funny how my gauge of color intensity has increased over the last 4 years as I am no longer even remotely intimidated about wearing this (especially when compared to other super brights like MAC Neon Orange or Impassioned). I think many girls (and women) start with a drugstore lipstick; it’s the gateway into uncharted lands for good reason. They are reasonably priced, easy to access and these days come in a variety of vivid colors and formulations. Wondering what else I’m wearing in the photos above? See this post here.

Want to see what lipstick started the other Bandits? Check out their posts below:

Hi ladies (and gents)! I hope you are all having a nice relaxing Sunday. I love Sundays this time of year, especially when the sun is out. It adds a nice warmth to the crisp, cool air. Plus, it’s football season here in the states which means tailgating and munching on snacks while watching back to back football games. I drift in and out of the room unless the Green Bay Packers are on. Even then, sometimes I cheat and multitask while watching the game, like blogging for instance ;)

I wanted to share with you some items I have picked up from the drugstore recently. Some stellar finds lately, I have to say!

New! From the Drugstore!

The first 2 items I got while stopping in to Walgreens to pick up Facets of Fuchsia for a friend, and of course obliged myself to look at all of the new displays. One of the items was Maybelline Eye Studio Gel liner in Forest. It’s not the first time I saw or heard about this. Jessica from Don’t Call Me Jessie actually tweeted and blogged about this shade previously and ever since then I have been intrigued. In a display near it were new Maybelline Colorsensational Lipsticks and the color Beige Bombshell looked like a great nude shade, so I picked that up too. I also think Walgreen’s was running a BOGO 50% off at the time so why buy one thing without adding the (usually unnecessary) second thing?!?! Sales!

In similar fashion I was at Walgreens again last week hunting down Loreal’s Owl’s Night nail polish for another friend, and Revlon was having a stellar sale. It was already $1 off the Revlon Colorstay line, but then they had BOGO 50% off AND $2 off each Revlon product coupon at the register! So I paid all of $8 for both the lipstick and the gloss when normally they are at least that much a piece! Steal!I picked up two nice berry colors, Bordeaux lipgloss and Raspberry lipstick.

L-R: Maybelline Forest, Maybelline Beige Bombshell, Revlon Bordeaux, Revlon Raspberry

I honestly haven’t been this thrilled with drugstore purchases in a long time. Nothing disappointed me. Although, the Maybelline lipstick *could* have longer staying power. Forest is gorgeous as a liner or as a base and stays put on me. For drugstore lip products, Revlon is really my favorite. Their Colorstay line is fabulous. The lipsticks and glosses are highly pigmented, don’t have a scent and feel so smooth upon application. If you haven’t tried the line out yet, wait for a sale and grab a few up.

And, it really helps me to see lip swatches of products so here you go:

Maybelline Colorsensational Beige Bombshell

It’s worth noting that no matter what I tried, the color looked washed out. It appears more Brown/Beige like the swatch on my arm in real life, though I guess it depends on your lip color really.

Revlon Colorburst Raspberry Lipstick

This color is amazing. Staying with me this fall for sure!

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Bordeaux

I was searching for a nice berry gloss and this is perfect! Another one that is sticking by my side this season.

New Nail Polish!

Ahh, and I can’t go without hauling new nail polish. Seriously. It’s a problem. On the same trip that I picked up the Maybelline items I also purchased Loreal’s new LE nail polish in Owl’s Night. I honestly hadn’t heard of the collection before going in to Walgreens but once I saw that color…it was just too unique not to grab it. I subsequently visited Target and found a new Sonia Kashuk color in Blank Slate (coming up more blue on camera than it is). And on my subsequent trip to Walgreens I found another Loreal LE polish I liked and that is called Raven’s Strength.

Loreal Raven's Strength

This one was the easiest to photograph of the three. It has a nice multi-dimensional and multi-colored shimmer to it. It has a nice, smooth formula.

Sonia Kashuk Blank Slate-Sunlight

 

Sonia Kashuk Blank Slate- Shade

I had to post two pictures of this because 1- it changes from lighter to darker when you are in the sunlight vs. in the shade and 2- because the sunlight seemed to bring out more of the blue tones in it on camera and it doesn’t appear that blue in real life. I would say the shade picture is closer to what it really looks like. As always, this polish was a breeze to apply and Sonia Kashuk’s formula is spot on.

And finally, several pictures of Owl’s Night because the shade is so complex and hard to capture…

Loreal Owl's Night- Direct Sunlight

 

Loreal Owl's Night- Shade

 

Loreal Owl's Night- Indoor Flash

 

Loreal Owl's Night Up Close

Owl’s Night is really a stunning shade, and surprising offering from the drugstore. I would expect a shade this complex to come from a higher end nail polish company. It has flecks of copper and dirty gold. It shines olive, bronze, brown and dirty gold depending on the angle and the light. Totally worth owning in my humble opinion!

06. 04. 2011

Good Afternoon/Evening (I guess it could even be morning for some of you ;) )  It’s the middle of the week again! We made it halfway through, so congrats to us! The weekend will be here and gone again in no time, lovely thought isn’t it? LOL.

The other day I was running around getting some errands done, and wherever I go I somehow always end up in the makeup aisle. I could be going for something innocent like toilet paper (true story) and end up spending 20 minutes staring at makeup. It is madness! I don’t even know how it happens sometimes. There must be a hidden magnetic field that pulls me in. It is a conspiracy!

The results of the above madness:

Recent Drugstore Finds

Shown above:

L-R: Maybelline Quad, Sonia Kashuk Highlighter, Wet n Wild Cora-line, Wet n Wild Club Havana, Garnier Eye Roller

The Garnier Eye Roller has been in my regular line up for well over a month now, probably since January actually. I love this because it can moisturize under my eyes, makes them feel soft, de-puffs and conceal circles. On days when I do not want or do not need that much coverage, I just use this without any other concealer.

Continuing with my coral craze, I picked up Club Havana and Cora-line (909D) from Wet n Wild. The lipstick is a somewhat matte formula, but doesn’t seem too drying. It lasts a nice long time on my lips. I have not yet tested the nail polish because I had just done my nails when I picked this up. Wasn’t about to ruin a perfectly good mani ;) Both colors are gorgeous and I will definitely be sporting them a lot in the coming months. For less than $4 for both of them, you can’t really go wrong! I also picked up their eyebrow pencil in Taupe for $.69!! How can you go wrong?! Anyway, I found it’s a perfect shade for my brows now that I have gone a bit lighter with the highlights in my hair.

And on to the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter* new from her Spring collection available only at Target. I love Sonia Kashuk’s products, always have. While they are pricier than the Covergirl and Maybelline drugstore products, they also have a step up in formula and color, and cuteness that those other brands just don’t have.  This highlighter is phenomenal! I love mixing it with my foundation, moisturizer, tinted moisturizer for an all over dewy glow. Be careful of it’s hair trigger though, you can quickly end up with too much out of the pump! But if you use a light touch, you can get the perfect amount of sheer bronzey glow. Love this stuff! It isn’t sticky, and it feels very lightweight going on the skin!

Maybelline Mythical Mermaid Quad Swatches

I wasn’t looking for this, but it caught my eye and I knew (the name helped) it had to be mine. This will be great for the summer. If you have ever tried these quads you know they are smooth and buttery, and quite shimmery. My favorite shade is the deep emerald, which will be great to use wet as a liner! I used this on Monday to create a light spring green eye for work, and I loved it! It is limited edition, so if you think you might like this palette, I would go check it out soon!

Anything catch your eye? Already have some of the products I mentioned? Do share!

* This is item was provided to me by PR for review. I do not do paid reviews nor do I use affiliate links. My commitment is to you, in writing my honest and unbiased opinion at all times.