Category: Lips

The Easiest Eye Look That Complements Even the Craziest Lip Colors

Published in: Guest Post, Lips, Loreal, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, The Body Shop

OCC Lip Tar in "Hoochie"

OCC Lip Tar in “Hoochie”

This is probably really weird, but as I’m laying in bed at night, I’ll close my eyes and think about what makeup I want to wear the next day. I’ll think about the specific colors, products, and techniques I want to use…

Does anyone else do this? Just me? Dang it!

Sometimes, I’ll have a really fun lip color that I’m dying to wear, but I’ll have a hard time thinking of what to wear on my eyes that won’t clash with it. Lucky for me — and maybe you — I’ve come up with the easiest eye look out there that goes with any color you can think of, like bright purple!

Eye look for any lip color using Morphe palette

The other awesome thing about this trick is that you can find colors for it almost anywhere. I bet you $50 (you can email me for my Venmo name ☺ ) that you already have two colors just like these in your collection.

I used the Morphe 35O palette just because I think the mattes in the palette are the best! A mid-toned matte neutral brown and a darker matte neutral brown are all you need, and what I mean by neutral is that neither one is too warm or cool toned, so it’ll go with any shade you wear on your lips.


To start out, using a Mac 217 blending brush or something similar (almost every brand makes something similar), blend the lighter brown shade all over your lid and through the crease.

I like to pull the color outward beyond the corner of my eye to make my eye look more elongated, but feel free to create any shape that suits you.

Eye look for any lip color using mac 217 and morphe palette

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8 Pink Lipsticks for Spring: A Roundup of My Latest Lip Loves

Published in: Colour Pop, Guest Post, Lips, MAC Makeup, Makeup

pink lipstick spring

Wearing ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless

It’s officially, finally spring — and for me that means pink lippies!

To be honest, I wear some of these lipsticks year round (especially ColourPop Clueless)…but I am somewhat seasonal with my makeup. I do think it’s fun to change my look with the seasons, and here are my current top pink spring lippies this year.

pink lipsticks for spring

I went with lots of different finishes and colors this time (here were my pink spring picks last year). Whatever your style, I hope this list gives you some ideas.

pink lipstick swatches

L to R: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless, Kevyn Aucoin Lipgloss in Peonine; Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon in Heirloom; Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayon in Demure; Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon in Dahlia; MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Plum Dandy; Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon in Bloom; MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Chatterbox

pink lipstick spring

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color: Review & Swatches, Part 2

Published in: Guest Post, Lips, Makeup, Maybelline


Here are swatches of the second group of $6.99 Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. (Click here to see pics and swatches of the first batch.)

Just as a recap, here are my thoughts on the formula overall…

First, these are incredibly vibrant, and almost all of the 10 available colors are completely opaque, even after a single layer.  Unlike the name suggests, though, I didn’t find them to be particularly matte.  I’d describe them more as satin, with some appearing a bit glossy.  Also, they don’t ever completely dry down, and they aren’t nearly as transfer resistant as the liquid lipsticks by Kat Von D, ColourPop or Sephora, for example. 

That being said, they aren’t as drying either, so there’s the big trade-off with this formula.

I love the color range and how comfortable these are.  But, I don’t love the incredibly strong scent or how easily they smudge and transfer. 

If you’re sensitive to fragrances, be very careful about these.  Upon application, there’s a strong floral/powder scent (maybe freesia?) that I can still notice after 20 minutes (though it’s weakened by then). 

I also feel a bit of a tingle on my lips after I apply them.  I’m not sure if it’s a reaction to the scent or an ingredient in the lipsticks, but it isn’t painful and doesn’t make my lips red or swollen or anything like that. Just something I thought I should note.

Overall, if you’re looking for intense pigmentation in a comfortable and affordable liquid lipstick, these are worth checking out; however, if you’re looking for long-lasting lipsticks, you may be disappointed. And be careful if you’re sensitive to fragrances!

Here are swatches and details of the last five shades (the reds and purples) — Fuschia Ecstacy, Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Vivid Violet and Possessed Plum.

maybelline color sensational vivid matte liquid lip color

L to R: Fuschia Ecstasy, Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Vivid Violet and Possessed Plum

Fuschia Ecstacy.

Swatched on my arm, this looks like a pink/red, but on my lips it looks much redder. 

I really like this color.

maybelline color sensational vivid matte liquid lip color

Fuschia Ecstasy

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Sweet Scrubs: Clinique Sweet Pots and the Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

Published in: Clinique, Guest Post, Lips, Makeup, Pixi

anna oh illustration beauty clinique pixi

A beauty illustration of a pamper session, by Anna Oh

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish Clinique Sweet Pots

Pamper time with Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish and the Clinique Sweet Pots

Hi everyone!

This has been a crazy month, and I haven’t really taken care of myself (there is such a thing as too much pizza) or addressed that pile of laundry that somehow doubles in size every night.

Whenever I feel like this, like I’m always behind, I look forward to treating myself with an extra-long nighttime beauty routine, and one product I’ve recently added to my regimen is a moisturizing lip scrub.

In fact, here’s a look at two new lip scrubs I’ve recently tried.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish ($12)

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

A medium firm plastic tip dispenses the product and gives a fantastic lip massage

The first new one I tried was Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish ($12, available at Pixi and Target stores), which is new for spring.

OK…this one is great, and I’ve never really tried anything like it! The plastic tip, which feels like a firm-but-squishy silicone, feels AMAZING when I scrub my lips with it, and since I’m able to control the pressure and placement, I feel like I’m massaging areas of my lips that I’ve never massaged before!

The moisturizing oils feel luxurious, too, although I do wipe them off after I’m done exfoliating. The instructions recommend keeping the formula on after the scrub, but it feels really weird with dead skin sitting there… I love how mess-free this product is as an exfoliator, but only as an exfoliator.

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Shorea Robusta Resin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Yellow Beeswax, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Xylitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed oil, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol.

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($19.50)

Clinique Sweet Pots Red Velvet Sweet Rose

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My LoTD With the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude and Twist Up Longwear Liner in Black Diamond

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Guest Post, Lips, Sonia Kashuk

Do ya’ll ever just try a product, no matter what kind of product it is, and realize…

“How did I live my life before this? How could I possibly have functioned as a human being before I had this [wonderful thing] in my life?”

That’s how I felt when I discovered the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayons.

I recently got my first Sonia Kashuk products, her Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude and Twist Up Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Diamond, and I haven’t been disappointed.

I’ve always been curious about the line, eyeing it every time I’m at my local Target store, but nothing had ever pushed me toward one thing or another (with the exception of this brush cup).

Then this happened.

Sonia’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayons have completely changed my faith in the entire lip crayon philosophy and model.

I’ve always found other lip crayons to be so hit or miss. If they’re too big, they can feather easily, and if they’re too skinny, they feel very dry, but to me the Velvety Matte Lip Crayons are comparable to, if not better than, the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

I’ve been using and loving them in one of my favorite looks, which is a simple cat eye with a bold lip. Even when I’m just going to a coffee shop to write or get some other work done, I try to put a little makeup on because it makes me feel good, and since this look was so easy to create in a matter of minutes with these lip crayons, I thought I’d share my quick LoTD (Lips of The Day).


Rosey? Yes. Nude? Not a chance.

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