My Top 6 Favorite Spring Lippies

Don’t get me wrong, I love rocking a vampy lip in the colder months or a subtle nude lip year round. But there is something refreshing about putting on a baby pink or bright coral lip come springtime. I thought I would share my top 6 (5 just wouldn’t cut it for me) favorite lip products for Spring.

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) - The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it's coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) – The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it’s coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips. An added bonus is this lipstick’s packaging is not only very durable but also beautiful.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) - This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it. I find this lipstick to be very moisturizing (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

NARS Lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) – This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it! This lipstick is very moisturizing to the lips (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

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Revlon Super Lusterous Lipstick in Rich Girl Red ($5-$8 depending on where you purchase it) – This is a sheer brick red color with orange undertones. It provides a high shine finish and adds moisture to the lips (contains Vitamin E and avocado oil). This formula is easily buildable to create a more intense red lip.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing ($19) – This shade is described as hot pink. For me, this is definitely not the case. Sweet Thing is more a pinky coral on my lips. It is also advertised to have a non-tingle plumping effect. I have not noticed any plumping with this gloss, however, I love the formula. It is quite sheer with a subtle shimmer and is hydrating to the lips. It is also long-lasting for a lip gloss.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul ($6) – This is a warm pink color with coral undertones. It is a very creamy formula that sets to a matte finish. I wouldn’t say it is moisturizing to my lips, but for a matte formula I don’t find it to be drying. This shade is easily adaptable by adding a pink or nude lip liner.

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Rimmel Provoalips 16 Hr Kissproof Lipstick in Little Minx ($6.99) – This shade is described as a medium bright fuchsia and I would say that is a very accurate description. This is a 2 step lip product, a stain on one end and a moisturizing top coat on the other. This is a VERY long-wearing product and is perfect for all day wear, since touch ups will be rare. My 2 complaints with this liquid lipstick are it’s yucky fragrance/taste of the top coat and it’s juvenile packaging (see previous post for more information on the Provocalips liquid lipsticks).

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX lipstick in Watermelon (used as blush) Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Bronze (used as blush), Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Wet N Wild Creme Eye Pencil in 130 Pixie, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Sable, Dope, Toxic, Ambush, and Alien (used as blush in Little Minx look),  L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in Blonde 4 and Brown 02, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

 

Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour Review

Rimmel Provocalips in  110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

 

With the recent rise in popularity of long-wearing liquid lipsticks, many drugstore brands are jumping on board with their versions. The formula I was most interested in trying were these, the Provocalips by Rimmel London. Unlike the Anastasia liquid lipsticks, I reviewed previously, these are a two step formula. First, apply the highly pigmented lip colour and let it set up on the lips, then follow up with a clear “Lock & Shine” gloss. The Provocalips line comes in 10 shades ranging from a lighter neutrals (Skinny Dipping, Pucker Up) to gorgeous reds (Kiss Me You Fool, Heart Breaker).

 

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

 

One immediate problem I faced, when wanting to purchase this product, was finding it in stores. It was nearly impossible. If I did locate a display, the colors had entirely been picked over and the only one or two tubes that remained had already been opened. I decided to take a gamble and order my colors, sight unseen, online at Ulta. I chose Dare to Pink, which I thought would be a cool toned, icy pink and Little Minx a bright fuschia with blue undertones. The Little Minx ended up being spot on what I hoped it would be, unfortunately, while pretty, the Dare to Pink ended up being more of a warm peachy pink shade (very similar on the lips to Anastasia Pure Hollywood).

 

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

 

Both lip colors last an extremely long time, although, I think the 16 hour claim is a bit of a stretch. I am able to eat and drink and have the Lip Colour stay amazingly in place (while wearing Little Minx, I did notice a little wear in my very inner lip area after eating some pizza). After applying Step 1 (Intense Colour) of the product my lips felt tight and somewhat dry, this feeling does go away after applying Step 2 (Lock & Shine), the Step 2 needed to be reapplied throughout the day to keep the tight feeling from resurfacing. The fragrance in this product is quite bothersome to me, especially the Lock and Shine, it has a cloying bathroom cleaner mixed with floral scent that seeps into your mouth when wearing it. I definitely would not recommend eating soon after applying this step.

 

Dare to Pink

Dare to Pink – A perfect every day nude lip color.

 

The doe foot applicator makes for easy application and disperses just the right amount of product. When wearing the darker shades (see below), the applicator can be turned on it’s side to line the lips with product.

 

Little Minx - The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer.

Little Minx – The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer (this color is much more vibrant in person).

 

Pros:

  • Very long lasting lip product.
  • If you don’t like a matte lip look, gloss provides a beautiful satin finish.
  • 10 shades to choose from, with a wide variety of colors.
  • Affordable at only $7.99 each.

Cons:

  • Lock & Shine’s yucky smell and taste.
  • Requires a 2 step application process.
  • Some might consider product too long lasting.
  • Hard to remove from lips (especially Little Minx), must use oil based makeup remover and scrub a lot.
  • Very hard to find in stores.

Bottom Line:

If you can get past the Step 2 fragrance, I think these are an excellent product and would definitely recommend them. In the near future, I plan on picking up one of the red shades to add to my collection. Hopefully, by then, they will be more easily accessible in stores. Happy Kissing XX

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Review, Swatches and Photos

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in their beautiful packaging.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in their beautiful packaging.

 

Let’s just say I wanted these all over my lips, from the minute I was introduced to them on Anastasia’s Instagram feed. All 20 shades are beautiful, and range from pale nudes (Milkshake, Pure Hollywood) to full-on vamp (Sad Girl, Potion) But, at $20 a pop, I knew I would have to limit myself to only two. I immediately knew one of those colors would be Pure Hollywood (luckily I was able to snag it before it was on back order)…the other shade I debated on, but finally decided on Sad Girl, since lately I have been loving rocking a dark lip.

The fine tip of the wand helps make for easy application and even disbursement of product.

The fine tip of the wand helps make for easy application and even disbursement of product.

These are touted as having a full coverage matte color, being highly pigmented, long wearing and easy to apply. I would say for the most part all these claims are true. More so, in my case, with the Pure Hollywood shade. It lasted me through an entire work day, which is saying a lot because I drink a ton of tea and water throughout the day (it did transfer a bit onto the rim of my cup). Sad Girl lasts an extremely long time too, however, I found out the hard way that if you eat any sort of greasy food, this lipstick will smear like no other (nothing sexier than having dark red lipstick smeared all over your chin :( ) For a long wearing lipstick, these are extremely comfortable on the lips and I haven’t noticed them drying my lips out in the slightest (even after wearing Pure Hollywood for three days in a row).

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On Left: Pure Hollywood On Right: Sad Girl

 

Another thing I love about these lipsticks is you don’t need to use a lip liner. It is very easy to line you lips using the sponge tip applicator because of it’s sleek design. However, an added bonus that I have found with Pure Hollywood, is that it is easily transformed by using a lip liner. If I want a more pinky nude, I fill my entire lip in with a pink lip liner (I have been using Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose) and for a peachy nude I have been filling in my lip with a nude lip liner with peach undertones (I have been using NYX retractable lip liner in Nude).

Me wearing Pure Hollywood (I have no lip liner on).

Me wearing Pure Hollywood (I have no lip liner on).

 

Me "vamping" it up in Sad  Girl (again, I am not wearing lip liner).

Me “vamping” it up in Sad Girl (again, I am not wearing lip liner).

 

Pros:

  • Does not transfer to your teeth (I have never found a dark lip product that does not do this).
  • Long-wearing and non-drying formula.
  • One step application, unlike other long-wearing formulas.
  • Beautiful packaging, makes you feel posh when you use it.
  • No weird scents.
  • Excellent color selection.

Cons:

  • Must be careful while eating.
  • Not exactly inexpensive, but for the quality, the price seems reasonable.
  • Only available at AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com and Macy’s

Bottom Line:

I would definitely recommend trying out this line of liquid lipsticks. There is a color for everyone! I plan on picking up more in the future. Also, an added bonus, if you sign up for Anastasia’s newsletter you get 10% off your first order and there is free shipping once you spend $30.