Julianne’s Red

I know that I have talked time and time again about red lipsticks, but I have recently found a new obsession. I came across L’oreal’s collection exclusive lipsticks when I was browsing the makeup section at Walmart. Julianne’s Red immediately jumped off the shelf and shouted take me home.

This color is like no other red lipstick I have ever owned. Its a fiery bold red almost bordering on neon. The formula is very moisturizing and it holds up fairly well throughout the day with only a few reapplications. I’m also a sucker for the beautiful matte black packaging.

For just $5.97, this lipstick is an absolute steal! The Collection Exclusive also has a few other shades of red, in case this one isn’t exactly your cup of tea. They are sure to have a color that makes you look and feel fabulous!

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Going Plum Crazy

Winter is a great time to pull out your plum and berry lipsticks. These shades are absolutely perfect for the cooler makeup tones that come out during the winter season. I am very fair complected so I find that these shades of berry and plum cool down and brighten my complexion.

First up is the Maybelline Super Stay 14 hour lipstick in the shade Fuchsia Forever. I got this lipstick at Walmart for $6.94. This was my go to lipstick for the longest time. It’s a beautiful berry pink that leans into the magenta family and the long wear is great. It may not be 14 hours, but the lipstick will last you all day with just 2 applications.

Next up is the Em Cosmetics soft matte lip cream in the shade Passion Berries. It’s a bit more pricey at $15 and can be purchased at emcosmetics.com. This lipstick is very similar to the Maybelline lipstick, just a bit darker. If we’re talking about taking a look from day to night, I would say to wear the Maybelline lipstick during the day then rock Passion Berries at night. The pigmentation of the lipstick is phenomenal and it is great for long wear.

The Covergirl Outlast Longwear lipstick in the shade Vixen Violet strays away from the plum/berry family slightly, but it is a great purple shade to try out this winter and maybe even take into the summer. I got it at Walmart for $6.86. The color payout on this lipstick is impressive and it does pull slightly toward berry shades. This lipstick makes a bold statement and is a great compliment for cooler makeup shades.

Finally I have this amazing MAC lipstick in the shade Cyber. This lipstick costs $17 and I highly recommend getting a lip liner to go along with it. The lipstick can be a bit uneven in application, but the liner helps to give you an even base. It is a great dark plum and it suits nightwear best.

Start experimenting and find the perfect plum or berry to complete your fabulous look this winter!

Deck the halls with beauty bargains

If you are anything like me you are totally freaking out at this time of year for one reason…holiday makeup bargains! Right around this time stores like Ulta and Sephora are full of holiday packages of high end products at a reasonable price. Some of these sets may seem pricey at first but when you compare the cost of the package to the standard cost each product in the set, you really do get more bang for your buck! These gift sets are also a great way to dip your toes into the world of high end makeup if you happen to be curious about some products but you don’t want to risk throwing away your money on a full sized product that you’ll just end up hating. I thought I would touch on a few of these sets that I have my heart set on this year.

One thing that I got so excited about this year was that NYX released a few adorable stocking stuffer sets. NYX leans more toward the drugstore level when it comes to prices but their products are amazing! These lip sets are adorable and filled with some great colors. They are $11.99, and with each individual product costing $5.99 you are getting a great deal.

Next up are a couple of sets from Too Faced. Last year I got the La Belle Carousel set and it was great. This year I’ve locked my eyes on the La Petite Maison set and the French Kisses Melted set. La Petite Maison comes with 12 beautiful neutral shadows and a deluxe sample of the Better Than Sex mascara. Standard 9 shadow palettes from Too Faced run at about $36 and the deluxe sample mascara costs $12. At a price of $39 this set really is a steal! Another great deal is the French Kisses Melted set. It includes 4 different shades of the Melted lipsticks and costs $25. This set is a great way to try out different shades without spending $21 on one lipstick!

My final must-have of the year, the Tarte Greatest Glitz collector’s set. This entire set is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. I didn’t think I could het much better than the Away Oui Go palette I purchased last year, but Tarte released this set and I am in love. There are 24 great shadows in shades of gold, pink, mauve, and bronze. There are also three beautiful blushes, a deluxe sample of the Lights, Cameras, Lashes mascara, and a sample size LipSurgence lip crème. I also hate to let the packaging sell me, but the sparkling sequined case it comes in is also a great selling point! But the sparkles are not a distraction, Tarte has great pigment in every product! This set is a $322 value that sells for $49, what a steal! I don’t know about you, but I need to add this set to my fabulous collection.