Pantone Color of the Year 2015: 6 Marsala Lipsticks You’ll Love!

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By now you’ve heard the word…

Pantone’s color forecast for 2015 is out, and the top pick for their Color of the Year is Marsala. The 90’s version of me couldn’t be more pleased! I can’t tell you how many tubes of Revlon’s “Toast of New York” I went through, but I can tell you I’ll be purchasing my first tube of it in almost 20 years the next time I hit up the drugstore. I think Marsala is probably best described as a rosy-brown shade, but can go as far as deep wine tones.

With my Brenda Walsh-era bangs, I absolutely loved everything earth-toned—along with body suits and jean shorts—but let’s forget that part. Marsala reminds me of my days in high school in the 90’s, listening to Seattle-based bands on cassette tape in my first car, and the era of the Supermodel. (CINDY! LINDA! NAOMI!)

In honor of “90’s me” (and Pantone’s top color pick for 2015), I bring you six shades of Marsala-hued lipsticks to love. I chose a variety of matte, sheer, and uber-pigmented lipstick options for you, and you have plenty of time to decide what’s the best fit for your beauty arsenal in 2015!


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Strip

For some, I know that wearing a wine color on your lips will feel like being pushed head first into the deep end of a pool in the middle of winter. So let’s take it easy with a more sheer shade to break you into the Marsala category gently. Strip is a lovely brown based mauve that will look great when worn solo, and if you fill your lips in first with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic, you can really amp it up when you’re feeling more courageous. The Revolution Lipstick formula is a beauty junkies’ favorite due to its lush, hydrating feel—making it perfect for the lip-drying effects of harsh winter weather. Lipstick—$22, Lip Pencil—$20,   [Read more…]

Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more…]

A Whole ‘Lotta Love for Kelly Yum-Yum from The MAC Osbournes Collection

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Without a doubt, I’m super cray over my favorite piece from the Kelly installment of the recent MAC Osbournes CollectionKelly Yum-Yum lipstick. Okay, so bummer. It’s currently sold out on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t charm your way to a tube at a MAC counter somewhere; either at a MAC store, or a department store with a MAC counter. You’d be surprised what you can get with a little bit of sugar versus vinegar! I can’t promise anything, but I swear it will never hurt to try.

mac kelly yum yum lipstick packaging

Like the rest of Kelly’s part of the collection, the components are purple that mimic her various shades of purple hair she likes to rock. It’s also emblazoned with her signature in red. The interior says “MAC” in purple on the black area where you twist the tube.  I like the small touches of detail of the packaging with this celeb-inspired collection.   [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: MAC Lorde Collection Lipstick — Pure Heroine

MAC Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick
Say what you will, but I love Lorde. This teenager is wise well beyond her years, and rocks a unique signature style that I totally appreciate in a world of carbon copy pop princesses. This summer, MAC will release Pure Heroine—a deep amplified plum lipstick, along with the Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner (permanent line) as the Lorde Collection.

MAC Lorde Collection

I’ve applied it twice in the past 24 hours, and I can tell you so far that it’s not super drying like most shades in this color family. Pure Heroine has a nice slick finish with a purple-plum payoff on my skin tone. I think it will look more like an authentic deep Lorde-like shade when paired with a deep lip liner. (I’ve read people recommending several—take MAC Vino or Nightmoth for instance.)  [Read more…]

What’s New: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Gash (LE) Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash

About a zillion years ago, when I had my first big girl job with a big girl paycheck, I was obsessed with this new brand called Urban Decay. The line wasn’t very large at the time, but the small offering of shades was very risqué for the time period. I wore Gash lipstick, and you couldn’t tell me ANYTHING! I thought I was just the hottest thing going, in a time period where pretty rose pinks and light browns were prevalent. It really was like my sex-say lipstick training wheels! I eventually moved on to other deep and moody lipsticks after my dark shade introduction, and Gash was eventually retired. Tears were shed.

Until now!

Urban Decay Gash Revolution Lipstick

Gash has long been a favorite of Wende Zomnir (she holds all the power since she’s the brand’s co-founder and CCO). Girlfriend has such rockin’ taste. (You should see her in person! Style out of control!) As it turns out—she really missed Gash too. (And lucky US!) Here’s a shade a LOT of us are happy she’s revisiting. Thanks, Wende! [Read more…]

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass / Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Just when you thought MAC was finished collaborating with Rihanna, along comes a new Viva Glam lip collection for 2014!

In case you didn’t know…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lipcolor goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.  The organization helps women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

Good incentive, right?
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The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a super creamy blue-red shade (MAC’s description) with a little bit of frost/lustre. I think the end-result shade on the wearer depends on lighting situations and skin undertones. There were some times I felt it looked more cool than others, and the frost wasn’t easy to pick up with my camera. It’s there, but I think it’s quite slight. I think my lipstick swatches actually turned out a little warmer than they really should have, so please also take that into consideration. [Read more…]

COVERGIRL Bombshell Collection LipPerfection Lipstick and Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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Alright, girls! Start #bombshelling!

I know, I know. You’ve probably already seen me profess my love for these two products all over Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. But, in the slight chance you haven’t (I couldn’t take that risk!), I had to share them here, too. COVERGIRL recently released a Bombshell Collection, and it contains some new nail colors, LipPerfection Lipsticks, Intensity Liners, jumbo gloss balms, a new mascara, and creamy ShineShadows—but I HAD to share these first since these are my absolute favorites from the entire Bombshell collection.

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Meet the new LipPerfection Lipstick and Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss shade in Bombshell. It’s a captivating bright pink that screams for positive attention, and every time I wear either of these, I receive a ton of compliments. (Which sometimes, makes me a little bashful, but I just love the color so much!)

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It’s Back! MAC Heroine Lipstick Photos, Swatches

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Why this wasn’t permanent before, only heaven knows. But MAC has finally answered the prayers of beauty junkies everywhere who wanted their glorious purple lippie, Heroine! This gorge bright matte violet sold out online with a quickness on December 16th—but don’t fret, my pretties. On January 2, 2014, it finally becomes permanent, so you can buy it to your heart’s content.

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MAC Heroine Lipstick (Matte)

They may have teased us with it in Fashion Sets last spring, but hey! They made it right.  [Read more…]

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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We’ve come to the end of the road with the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC collection, with the holiday launches being the final installment of the special collaboration. There have been some hits (and some misses) along the way, most notably with the lipstick formulations being pretty stellar.

The holiday collection boasts new lipstick shades to love, along with several other products that sold out extremely fast on the MAC website. Didn’t have a chance to grab any? Don’t worry! What you see here will be in North America MAC locations, and Nordstrom (some on on 12/12. Here’s a closer look!

mac rirhanna riri hearts mac holiday collection packaging

I love the components for the RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection. I’m glad to see that rose gold is so prominent this year, silver and gold can get a little boring, and rose gold is a nice change of pace. The cosmetic items are in white and rose gold packaging with RiRi’s signature on the pieces. (With the lipsticks, her signature is also on the bullet like her previous lipstick releases.) [Read more…]