The Lip Products that have Accumulated in my Bag

the goods

I raided the bottom of my bag and per usual, I have quite a treasure trove of lippies down there. The real theme here is pinky-nude everyday lippies (shocking I know). My favorite formulas are represented though, so I thought it would be good to share.

I love Bite Beauty and their Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig is a newer shade for me, its a pretty pink. I love the Luminous Creme formula, the shade Rose is a long time favorite as well (Rose is warmer and Fig is cooler). I also have the Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather, which I love. Its more of a browny pink than Fig, which I find easier to wear day-to-day.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect Lipstick is an all time favorite, it goes with me everywhere. Fully pigmented, pinky-nude and, comfortable to wear makes this one a winner every time.

NARS has two products in here as well, their Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien is fabulous. Its a more mauvey pink, but the pencil format makes it super easy to apply. This is the mini size from Sephora’s birthday gift this year, but I could see myself getting the full sized (the shade and formula are fab). The gloss is the new Chelsea Girls color from their Fall 15 collection, its a beautiful sheer pinky nude. I have been loving both the color and the easy, non-sticky, unscented formula.

Then we are really throwing it back with the Dior Lip Glow. I used to be obsessed with this when I first got into makeup. Its a nice balm that changes your lip color based on your lips skin chemistry. Its easy to wear and goes a nice bright pink on me (this isn’t actually a gimmick, it goes more plummy on my mom). I think this is in my bag in an effort to use it up, this one is old, I must admit.

Another oldie and goodie is the Clarins Instant Light Balm Perfector. This one is in shade 02 but I love all the shades, this is just the one currently in my bag. This is an easy, moisturizing, lightly tinted lip gloss/balm hybrid. I just love em.

What do you have in your bag? Any lippies you recommend?

My Favorite Moisturizer to Take on Trips- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

I’ve been spending more and more time living out of a suitcase. Due to this unique living situation (I travel about 2 weeks of every month for work) I have to say the hardest thing about traveling frequently is good skin care. My skin always suffers when I am on travel and, I have been spending some time figuring out what helps.

My biggest suggestion if you are traveling is to moisturize more than you would at home. When I am traveling I never sleep as well, drink as much water or, eat as well. This all comes through loud and clear on my skin. I get dry and I get acne and then you have to choose which issue you want to tackle because most of the time the solution for one makes the other one worse. Besides telling you guys to try and drink more water and eat your vegetables while you are traveling (which can be hard, let me tell you, but you should still try) I can suggest you use a great moisturizer.

Fresh has a travel size of their Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, which is beautifully nourishing without being greasy. It sinks into the skin quickly and makeup layers well over it. The great thing though is, its very hydrating. It helps to boost radiance and plump my skin even when I am in another time zone, eating hotel food and, mainlining caffeine to get through it all. This moisturizer really keeps my skin balanced and even when my life is against it. I would even use this daily back home (thats how fabulous it is).

If you are looking for a great moisturizer (even if your’e not oily and you want a nice daily moisturizer instead of something more intense, this is a great product) I would highly recommend this one. You can get this moisturizer at Sephora and online for $42 for 1.7 oz or $16.50 for 0.5 oz (this is the travel size, I find this lasts me about two weeks using it morning and night, a little goes a long way).

Let me know if you are interested in more travel skin care tips and tricks and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

My other recommendation from the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collections (besides the highlighter, that I reviewed here) are the Matte Revolution lipsticks. I love the bright orange red 1975 Red and beautiful nude Miss Kensington, they are prefect summer shades.

swatches from the top 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

I find the Matte Revolution formula really nice, its not super drying (but I did feel some light drying after about 4 hours of wear, the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons are less drying in my opinion). I love that these lasted longer on the lips because of the formula, I got a good 5 hours or so of wear. I love the square-ish shaped bullet, I found it made it easier to apply the bold 1975 Red (1975 Red is very pigmented). The shades have a matte but not like the sahara matte finish (I hope this makes sense, the pictures should help).

wearing 1975 Red

1975 Red is such a great red! This one does look good and matte once it dries down, I love the warm red color. I don’t find it too orange, as in, it doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and still complements my neutral skin tone. Its a great summer shade and since I have been loving red lips lately, its been in heavy rotation.

wearing Miss Kensington

Miss Kensington is a bit more semi-matte in finish and the color is sheerer out of the bullet than 1975 Red. This is actually something I prefer in nude shades, since it makes throwing on this lipstick easy throughout the day (you don’t have to worry too much about staying in the lines). This is more pale than I would usually wear on my skin tone, but somehow, it still looks really flattering. I find it a nude with a tiny hint of pink (barely any pink) that doesn’t wash you out or make you look dead. If this is a bit too nude for you, you can add in a lip liner or gloss to amp up the color (I love wearing this with Laura Mercier Potpourri liner to make it pinker).  This shade settles more into my lip lines than 1975 Red does, but some gloss or lip balm (under the lipstick to keep the finish) should sort that out (I just wanted to show the effect of just the lipstick).

I really love these lipsticks, like all Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick they have a light vanilla scent and are generally lovely. These will be staples in my lipstick rotation and, I’m looking forward to trying other shades from the Matte Revolution formula (the whole line is now available in the US through Nordstrom).

You can get these shades for a limited time at Nordstrom for $32 each.

The rundown: A- (a tiny bit drying, but better than most matte lipsticks)

The New Diorshow Mascara is Fabulously Chic

Diorshow Mascara in Black 090

Dior has reformulated their iconic Diorshow Mascara and, its fabulous (as the title of this post will also tell you). Dior added microfibers to this formula to boost volume but not clump (which I agree this mascara does).

I really have been enjoying this mascara, I love the super huge bristle wand (per usual). I find the formula nice as well, its not crazy volumizing or lengthening, but its a good all in one mascara (does both well). This is not waterproof, but I didn’t see any smudging or transfer during the day. This also held my curl really well, which I was pleasantly surprised by.

bare lashes
wearing the new Diorshow Mascara


This is a comfortable mascara which means its not crunchy, flaky or, crispy. I didn’t have any problems with the microfibers, they never got in my eyes or irritated me. I honestly didn’t notice them (and I mean that in a good way). This mascara does have a fragrance to it, its a rose perfume scent. I don’t notice it after I apply (so I don’t get whiffs of this during the day), just when I have the tube close to my face.

This ticks all the boxes for me, great all-around lashes (you can also really build this up for some serious drama, only one coat is pictured), lasts all day and, it doesn’t clump. I would purchase the full size of this (instead of just the travel size). I can see why this is an iconic mascara, its great!

You can get this new fabulous formula at Dior counters, online and, at Sephora for $27.50.

The rundown: A

NARS Dual Intensity Shadows from the Fall 2015 Collection are Fall Shades Perfected

Dual Intensity Shadows in Pasiphae and Telesto

I am not going to waste any of your time today. These are amazing, I love them, I cannot express through words how amazingly beautiful and perfect these are for Fall (all my love for these shadows).

Okay, so if you are interested in just a bit more information, I can do that. As part of the NARS Fall 2015 collection they added two new Dual Intensity Eyeshadows to their permanent range. Gorgeous bronze Telesto and stunning brown/emerald  Pasiphae. These are the same Dual Intensity Shadow formula, which I am in love with. These wear all day, have great pigment and, blend like a dream.

swatches from the top – Telesto and Pasiphae

I love Telesto all over the lid for a everyday bronze eye (but extra metallic and stunning). I usually just end up using a bronzer in my crease or a matte shade to blend it out. Thats all you need, its so beautiful! Pasiphae is something different and, I love it. There is a shimmer/glitter in it, so in shadow it looks more brown but when the light catches it the emerald shimmer/glitter shines (note there is no fallout here, I tried to get the effect in the swatch, hopefully it came across). I really love using this for a fun smokey eye. I pop it all over the lid and add a darker shade in the crease. The really special thing about Pasiphae is that because of how it catches the light, the emerald  highlights the center of your lid. Its like you did that fun shadow technique where the center of your lid is bright and the outer and inner corner are dark, but you only used one shadow! Plus its gorgeous. I’m sorry, I need to stop gushing, but these are just perfect. If I had to pick perfect fall eyeshadow colors, these two would be what I would think of.

I love these (clearly). You can get these shadows at NARS counters, online and, at Sephora for $29 each.

The rundown: A++ (an A+ was not enough)

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel Locks my Brows in Place

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Rich Brown

I picked this brow gel up after seeing it in a YouTube video (whoops). It just looked so easy to apply and natural in the brows, which is a combination I’m all about.

This is a pretty simple product, its a tinted brow gel. Heres the good part though, its amazing. This brow gel comes with a really small brush, so its very easy to apply and doesn’t get all over the place. I also love that its tinted, since it adds some dimension to the brows while it holds them in place. I really recommend this if you have some natural brow hairs, you just swipe and go (which is what I have been doing lately). You can also use it to set/tame after you have used a powder or pencil or what-have-you, but this doesn’t create the appearance of brows where there aren’t any (if you have blonde hair this can catch some hairs and make them darker, creating a fuller brow look). I also love the texture of this one. The Anastasia clear brow gel is amazing (and my favorite before this) but its like super strong hold hairspray for your brows. It can get a little crispy and crunchy. This brow gel is comfortable to wear (you don’t feel like your brows will crack during the day) and doesn’t flake or go crumbly throughout the day.

bare, unruly brow
with Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Rich Brown

While this is a very simple product, it is beautifully executed. I have been using this alone a lot of days, since I have naturally fuller brows (aka am hairy) and I have been loving it. Its a stellar everyday product that I also love to pair with my beloved Hourglass Arch pencil if I am feeling a more defined brow.

You can get this brow gel at Sephora and online for $21.

The rundown: A+

NARS NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette is in my Daily Rotation

NARS NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

The NARSissist Matte/Shimmer palette is part of the NARS Fall 15′ collection. I have been using this for a few weeks now and I wanted to let you guys know what I think. I was drawn to it originally by the colors (love them!) and the large number of matte shades, since I am a huge matte shadow lover.

Swatches of the NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Palette on my NC/NW20 Skin from the left: Nassau, Maya Bay, Ithaca, Dogon II, Mandchoure I, Bonifacio, Zagreb, Heraklion and liner Night Clubbing

I love the matte shades in this palette. I love that they have a gradation from cream Nassau to black Dogon II and, that the black is sheer. I don’t go for the traditional matte black smokey eye, for which a pigmented black is most useful. Instead I like to use blacks to add just a touch of intensity to the outer corner, a purpose that sheer blacks are better for (easier to blend). The almost denim blue Mandchoure I in the palette is really the only shade I don’t like. Its really just the color, I won’t ever wear it (maybe for a funny theme party or halloween?). The other shimmer shades in the palette are beautiful, I love the shimmery pinky-champagne Bonifacio and the shimmery brown Zagreb the most, they are stunning. The shimmery black Heraklion is more pigmented than the matte version, so its good for more dramatic nighttime looks. There is a Night Series eyeliner included in Night Clubbing which has gold shimmer/glitter in it. Its really pretty, and would be a nice base for a smokey eye (or for just a liner).

I really love this palette for everyday. It has beautiful colors and I honestly enjoy the formula of NARS shadows (I know not everyone does). This palette has been in heavy daily rotation and the only complaint I have about it is the two mid-tone matte shades, Maya Bay and Ithaca, can kick up some powder when you dip a brush into them (I hate that).

I read a lot of not so great reviews of this palette and honestly, I feel like I must have gotten lucky or something. I dunno, I just don’t see it. Most of the reviews cite poor blendability and choppy/rough lines. I honestly have tried using just the matte shadows on my eyes (with NARS Smudge Proof Primer, per usual) and they looked great! Excuse the bad liner in the picture below (I’m only human, I was having a bad liquid liner day, we all do), but I had to show you guys the blend. I used the matte cream all over the eye first (maybe a shadow beneath the other shades helped?) and then used the two matte shades next to it in my crease. The edges look good to me, I just used my trusty Wayne Goss 04 brush (which I always use). I guess, like with all shadows, I would suggest using a gradation of color as you go darker. For example, I used Maya Bay in my crease first (a lighter pink-beige) and then went in with a darker shade, Ithaca to deepen. I didn’t go straight in with the darkest shade, I built up to it.

All Matte Eye Using the NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Palette, Nassau on the lid, Maya Bay all over the crease and Ithaca to add depth to the crease

I love this palette (though I will say I wish the blue shade was a green or purple, but thats a personal preference). I think its a great cool toned palette for the fall (which I am so excited for). You can get this palette at NARS counters, online and at Sephora for $65.

The rundown: A- (The minus is for the blue shadow and, really thats just mean, I purchased it knowing the blue shadow was there, I just need to suck it up.)