Makeup

Nude, but not so naked lips

I’ve had an obsession with brown/nude lips lately and have been picking up a ton of different products to achieve the look I’m craving! I’m really happy with what I found and wanted to share 4 of my favorites with you:

1) NYC City Proof “Gold With Me” 460:

I picked this up at CVS for $2-$3. It goes on very light…as in white light, not sheer light, and has a ton of shimmer

2) NARS Female Trouble:

My friend Nikki worked at Sephora, and recently moved out of the country. Before she left she gave me a huge (seriously, HUGE) bag of products and this gloss was in it! It goes on as a deep brown shade that appears with a hint of pink/red. I love it!

3) NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain Never Ending Nude 492

This I snagged at CVS for $4-$6. I love lip stains! This shade goes great under all of the glosses/sticks πŸ™‚

4) Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick/Rosseto

Another CVS find for about $7? Great lipstick! A true nude shade

Swatches:

L to R: NYC Gold With Me, NARS, NYC Never Ending Nude, Rimmel London

I’ve been using these products religiously for the last couple of weeks. I recently Instagram-ed this pictures of the NARS gloss:

This lip is actually the NYC Stain with the NARS on top! I loved the combo!
This lip is the NYC stain, with the Rimmel lipstick on top, and a light coat of the NYC gloss

I really like all of these products! I’d have to say that my absolute favorites are the Rimmel Lipstick and the NARS gloss. The NYC gloss is probably my least favorite…there’s a little too much shimmer for me. The good news is that most of them are definitely affordable and can be found in nearly any drug or beauty store.

Let me know if you have a favorite nude lip product!

Secret Blogger Swap Reveal!

I was so excited to participate in my first blogger swap this past week! Huge thank you to Danielle over at Framed Frosting for setting everything up πŸ™‚

The blogger that I was assigned to was Sami! She blogs at Sami’s Shenanigans and seems like such a sweet girl, we actually have a lot in common (including a chihuahua names Lily LOL) which made shopping for her even more fun! She wrote a sweet reveal post today about everything I sent to her, I’m so glad she liked what I picked out- make your way over to her blog to see! πŸ™‚

After reading Sami’s reveal post, I see that she sent a package to Ashley who blogs at The Sweet Life who happened to be the lovely lady who sent a package to ME! How ironic is that?

I really loved what Ashley sent to me, check out everything in the big reveal below …

Sweet card πŸ™‚
Everything was wrapped in this adorable pink & silver polka-dot paper!
The first things I opened were an EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm (which I actually ALMOST bought the other day!) and some adorable Goody hair ties with a metal embellishment that can double as bracelets! I had never seen these, but I love multi-functional products πŸ™‚
I mentioned that I’m always looking for healthy snacks and Ashley packed her favorite Lemon Zest Luna Bar-believe it or not, I have never had a Luna Bar (!) so I’m super excited to try it πŸ™‚
My favorite part of the package! Nail supplies :):) She sent me a file with a case- these are genius, I had one years ago, but never replaced it. I’m so excited that my phone will no longer get scratched up in my bag. The cuticle remover is clutch, and the orange polish is perfect for summer! *The funny thing is that I sent Sami a coral polish, and she sent Ashley one as well! We can all rock the same mani now πŸ™‚

I had a lot of fun participating in the swap- it was a great first experience, and I hope to do another in the future!

Have you ever participated in a blogger swap? What was the best thing you received?

April Favorites

Over the past month I’ve picked up a bunch of new products; more so than normal. I though it’d be appropriate to do an April favorites post and share five of my newest faves with you. Enjoy!

1) Neutrogena Body Oil

My Mom swears by this product and picked up a bottle for me to try. It is applied to your entire body immediately after you get out of the shower. The oil is light, but effective. It combines with the water on your body and soaks into the skin to help keep it hydrated all day long. It is not greasy, and the scent is actually pleasant. My favorite part is that it makes moisturizing much quicker, and easier!

New fan! πŸ™‚

2) Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen

You may know about my obsession with cuticle oil, balm, and moisturizer products if you read one of my older posts– but I have found another one to add to the list! My Sephora cuticle pen ran out a while ago and I had yet to make a trip to the mall to replace it. The other day while at CVS I noticed this product and decided to give it a try. I am so excited about it because it works just as well- if not better than the Sephora brand (and it’s $5 cheaper)! πŸ˜‰ This pen actually expels oil, as opposed to the oily/cream from the other pen. I really love it, and have been using it so many times per day that I may have to get another one soon!

I highly suggest you pick one up!

3) Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector

Sometimes magazine samples are worth trying!

I received a sample size of this product in my most recent issue of Cosmopolitan. I rarely if ever actually try these products, but I was curious about this one. I’m so glad I got the opportunity, because this cream is incredible! The product itself looks like a heavy foundation, but wears like a tinted moisturizer…only it’s hand’s down one of, if not the best tinted moisturizer I’ve yet to use! The coverage is phenomenal, and lasts all day long. I have my go-to foundation favorites, Β but I will definitely be using this product for the time being. πŸ™‚

(I cannot wait to do a review on this product so you can see!)

4) NYC Liquid LipShineΒ “Fashion Avenue Fuchsia 579”

I recently posted a review of 4 pink lip products, and have been using this particular one religiously. It has the perfect amount of color for everyday use, it has a decent lifespan on the lips, and it smells so, SO yummy which never hurts! πŸ˜‰ It was really affordable and is definitely a new favorite!

5) Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer

I have to give credit to my roommate who actually found this first! We’re always looking for new at home tanning products and this one happens to have been a keeper. Before bed, wash and exfoliate your face, apply this lotion evenly, go to sleep, and wake up tan. It’s as simple as that- it seriously works wonders.

Just make sure you wash your hands after applying**

Have you picked up any great new products this month? Share them with me in the comments below! πŸ™‚

Pop of Patriotic Color

I work full time for a PR & Marketing agency, luckily we don’t have to wear suits or full blown business attire everyday, but we can’t get too crazy, so I’m always trying to mix casual, professional, and fashionable by adding a pop of color or fun accessories to my outfits! The other day I had a nice combination, which left me feeling somewhat patriotic; check it out…

Baby blue gap sweater & grey slacks with pops of red πŸ™‚ (I also match our garbage can... lol)
Red snakeskin watch with small diamond details, and a red woven belt.
These cutesy, victorian, girly Manolo Blahnik heels that my boss snagged for me at a tent sale πŸ™‚
The heel is super short and they're incredibly comfortable πŸ™‚
Simple hair and makeup (obviously I had time to do my hair this morning ;)), my Bare Minerals READY eye shadow palette has been my go to lately. And of course...pink lips! πŸ˜‰
Always have to end with a shot of the mani! I've been rocking a Gelish french manicure all week πŸ˜‰

How do you try to mix fun & color into your work wardrobe?

Pucker Up! Pretty Pink Lips

I love makeup as much as the next girl, but I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money for it…especially when it comes to trends.

Right now I am loving bright pink lips! Over the past few weeks I’ve picked up four different lip sticks/stains/balms and glosses…all available in nearly every drugstore, and all under $15! Check out my new favorites…

(Left to right) NYC Liquid LipShine, Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm, COVERGIRL Lipslicks, and COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color

1)

COVERGIRL LipSlicks Lip Gloss "Princess 110" ($5.99 at my local grocery store)
It appears much more sheer on my lips than I thought it would, I would suggest using it over a darker pink lipstick if you want it to pop- I think it's too light to stand on it's own, but a great product for every day use or when lounging.

2)

NYC Liquid Lip Shine "Fashion Avenue Fuchsia 579" ($2.99 at CVS)
I LOVE this gloss, it smells like cake or something of the sort, SO yummy. Its a great gloss, and is dark enough to stand on it's own...I think it's a tad darker in person...this picture doesn't really do it justice.

3)

Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm "Pearl" ($3.99 at Walmart)
This lip balm wears so light...almost white, which is too light for me. However, I have used it over a red lipstick and that combination creates a phenomenal shimmery pink color.

4)

COVERGIRL Outlast All Day Lip Color "Rose Pearl 547" ($12.49 at CVS)
I'm a huge fan of the Outlast Lip products, I swear they really do last and have a huge selection of colors. This pink is my favorite product out of every one in this post! I'm not sure why the picture appears red/orange...but the pink color is absolutely perfect.

Hand swatches…

(Left to right) COVERGIRL Outlast, NYC Liquid Lip Shine, COVERGIRL Lipslicks, Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm

Even Khloe Kardashian is rocking the hot pink lips!

I snapped this picture of Khloe on WWHL Sunday night. I was loving her hair/makeup/outfit- she looked amazing! πŸ™‚

Do you have a particular pink lip product that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

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