Shop My Stash: Everyday Fall Z-Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Today I’m going to be doing another “shop my stash” type of post! I wanted to share my current “everday” Z-palette. I just have a small one since I am more of a palette kinda gal, but I have been reaching for these shadows often the past month when I need something simple, yet quick to put on my eyes. I have a go-to style when it comes to shadows. I like a bold crease, bright lid, and dark outer corners. I just find it’s flattering to my eye shape, and these shadows are fool proof for creating that.

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From the wrist down:

Makeup Geek “Bitten:” This is one of my all time favorite single shadows right now. It’s so pigmented and smooth, and is a gorgeous burgundy color. I feel there are a lot of burgundy shades that aren’t very pigmented or are a bit too dry, but this one blends wonderfully.

Morphe’s “Creme Brulee:” Not to be mistaken with Makeup Geek’s Creme Brulee, this shade is super dark and cool toned. I love it though. I think that an everyday fall look for me will probably always include either dark browns or red tones, and this one is really lovely, and very affordable!

Morphe’s “Deep Cocoa:” I’ve been wanting this shade for awhile since Jaclyn Hill uses it often, and it’s such a pretty red toned brown! I’m obsessed with red toned browns, but my other favorite one is in the Revealed 2 palette, and deep cocoa is nice to have in my Z Palette on days when I don’t want to dig through a million palettes to create a look.

Morphe’s “Caramalized:” Very pretty warm brown shade. This looks pretty in the crease as a definer or as a transition shade if you use a light hand. There’s not much I can say about this shade other than it’s one that I felt completed this palette.

Morphe’s “Pink Moscato:” Ah, the only shimmery shade. Honestly, I don’t need any other shimmers in this palette with this shade front and center. I am a sucker for pink shimmery shades because you can wear them with cool toned looks or warm toned looks. This shade is super pigmented and very buttery to the touch. One that I highly recommend ordering if you love a glamorous lid for Fall.

Morphe’s “Secretive:” Another shade I wanted from the Jaclyn Hill favorites palette that I never snagged. However, this shade disappoints me a bit. It’s still very lovely, but as you can all probably see, it swatches a bit patchy. Now, it does perform way better on the lid, but if I had to choose between this and Makeup Geek’s Bitten, I would choose Bitten.

Makeup Geek’s “Cocoa Bear:” This is a cult favorite, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect orange toned brown shade. I know that once upon a time I said I didn’t like warm tones, but lately they’ve been growing on me. This past year has been one of enormous growth for me makeup wise, and I feel like I can comfortably wear warm tones…and if they make me look sick…okay. Ha!

Makeup Geek’s “Preppy:” The perfect shade of baby puke! I’m kidding, but not really. This is one of those odd khaki shades that is weirdly appealing. I have a thing for tastefully tacky shades of eyeshadow, and this one is still very lovely in the crease.

Makeup Geek’s “Creme Brulee:” My holy grail transition shade. If I don’t know what to transition a look with, I usually reach for this one. It’s one that I recommend for anyone with fair skin. It’s the perfect undertone that isn’t too orange or cool toned, and it will easily blend away in a look if you need it to. I’m actually surprised I haven’t hit pan on this one yet!

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This is an example of an everyday fall go-to look for me. Shimmery shade, warm crease, and dark outer corner with winged liner and lashes. I know that this is a lot to many people, but I’m a very “all or nothing” kind of person I guess.

Anyway, that’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoy these little peaks into my stash! As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkin spice whatevers or apple cider thingies.

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Face of the Day: “Am I a Candy Corn yet?”

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Hey lovelies,

This week’s look is a bit different, yet typical of me at the same time. How? Well, I did a smokey eye (my favorite) but I did not put use liquid liner to create a wing *gasp* I wanted to do something bold, yet simple and affordable since someone suggested a Fall eye with a berry lip. I also wanted to play around with a few of the new Wet n Wild palettes. If you follow me on Instagram (and you should, I post 1-2 times a day on there) I swatched the new Sphinx Mix palette by Wet n Wild from their Halloween display. For those asking, I found it at my local Walgreens.

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Anyway, on to the look…

Base: My face has been really dry since I’m having sinus issues, so I am actually using both the Too Faced HangoverX and Laura Mercier hydrating primer on my face. It was needed, trust me.

Foundation: I have on the Nyx Invincible foundation in “fair” mixed with the Tarte illuminating serum. I am obsessed with this serum, it makes all of my foundations look great on my dry skin without taking away coverage.

Powder: I actually set my face today with the Physicians Formula Oxygen booster powder in “translucent” instead of my Luara Geller one. This powder isn’t as white, but it does have a nice satin sheen to it which lays well on dry skin.

Concealer: A mix of Nyx’s HD lavender concealer and LA Girl’s porcelain concealer. I really needed a bright undereye today because I looked dead.

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Contour: Wet n Wild’s “Caramel Toffee” due contour palette on my cheekbones and down my nose.

Bronzer: Tarte’s ‘Park Ave Princess” which I got in my Ipsy bag. I just feel this bronzer adds a nice amount of warmth to my face without looking too intense.

Blush: Milani’s “Luminoso” I’m so sorry, I will try to switch it up soon.

Highlight: Colourpop’s “Spoon.”

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Brows: Nyx’s brow gel in “Black” set with their brow mascara in black as well.

Primer: La Girl’s concealer.

Lids: I used the “base” shade all over my lids to set the concealer from the Melrose Face palette. I then used “Oatmeal tan” by Coastal Scents as my transition shade and took ‘Oktoberfest” on a smaller crease brush below the transition shade.

I used the “Definer” shade from the Sphinx Minx palette on my lids and then took the orange-y base shade from that same palette and put that back into the crease lightly. I normally don’t use sparkly shades in the crease, but today is different. I really wanted a metallic type of look. I took the dark brown definer shade in the Melrose Face palette and placed that on the outer-v of my eye to give the look some dimension, and took the white base shade and highlighted my brows with it.

Liner: I lightly lined my eyes with Elf’s gel liner in “coffee bean.” I just wanted something to hide a lash band. I also put this gel liner in my lower water line

Lashes: Kiss #11 lashes

Lower Lash Line: I took the definer shade from Sphinx Minx on a flat brush and smudged the liner out and then blended everything out with Oktoberfest.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational

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Lips: Colourpop’s “LBB.” I normally would have paired this look with a brown shade of some sort, but I actually like how the berry shade contrasts with the eyes.

That’s all the details for today’s Face of the Day post! I feel like I look like a badass candy corn mom, or maybe that’s just in my head. If you’re wondering where my septum ring is, I have a retainer in while my sinuses heal. No one likes a snotty septum ring.

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Fall Lipstick Challenge Update + Overview

Hey lovelies,

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Day 1: Urban Decay “Shame” lined with Colourpop’s “Creature” lippie pencil. I really loved this combo, and it was the lip look I was wearing in last week’s “Face of the Day” post. It’s such a gorgeous deep berry shade, and the finish of the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks are semi matte, moisturizing, and actually do stay put for quite some time, especially when paired with a liner. I actually scored this lipstick off Glambot during a clearance sale, and it’s definitely made me think that I may need some more of these in my life sometime soon. I’ve been eyeballing the new matte ones lately…especially 1993.

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Day 2: Milani Liner in “True Red” and Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in “Creeper.” There’s nothing I love more than a bright, true red. This combination makes my heart flutter. I made a post on instagram stating that if you own the ultra matte lipsticks and you don’t enjoy the feeling, try them with a liner to create a barrier between your lips and the liquid lipstick. Milani’s true red is the perfect shade match for Creeper.

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Day 3: Nyx Liquid Suede Lippie in “Amethyst.” Oh, this shade. It’s the blurple of my dreams. These lipsticks are all incredible so far. They set well on my lips and aren’t too drying. They’re pigmented, and though they don’t last long, I still love them. I’m going to be doing a full video review with lip swatches of these, but this one was too gorgeous to not slather on my lips.

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Day 4: Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics “Lilith.” This is my first purchase from this indie brand, and I did so because Sharie from SecondhandSweetness swatched it and raved about this brand, and I was hooked when I saw this color. It’s so damn pretty. It’s the dark burgundy of my dreams. It’s the perfect mix of red and brown. These are vegan and cruelty free FYI, and they are only $9 a piece, and from what I could tell, pretty long lasting. Definitely worth looking into.

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Day 5: Kat Von D “Lolita.” This is a cult favorite liquid lipstick, and my first ever liquid lipstick. It’s what started my obsession with liquid to matte formulas, so it has a bit of a sentimental value to me. I’m also pretty sure mine is part of the “bad” batch since it’s more brown than dusty rose, but I love this shade and haven’t bothered to purchase the newer batch because of it. If I’m not mistaken, Kat Von D will be releasing a shade that looks similar to this one since it was so popular.

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Day 6: City Color Cosmetics “Hibiscus Martini.” I ordered 3 of the new creamy lip stain shades the day they came out. I almost didn’t order this one, but then I saw the lady’s from TheLipSwatch on Instagram swatch it, and I decided I needed it. Okay, I needed it like I need another hole in my face, but look at this shade. It screams Fall to me. It’s a burnt red color that doesn’t look too orange. Though I don’t mind burnt orange colors since I just ordered one of the Ofra Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab lipsticks…oops.

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Day 7: Nyx Liquid Suede “Vintage.” I know, I wore two shades from this line in one week. In my defense, I’m still testing these out so I can put a video review with lip swatches together before these are released in Ulta stores on 9/24. This shade is a gorgeous deep plummy-red shade. I’ll speak more about this formula and such in my full review though.

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Day 8: City Color Cosmetics “Triple Berry Spritzer.” I did this one because someone requested a swatch of it. It’s so freakin’ gorgeous though. I feel this would be a really pretty and flirty darker nude for Fall. Not everyone is into the darker colors, and I understand that. I want to throw a variety of shades into the mix this month. This is another one of the new shades from the Creamy Lips line. These glide on like butter. Definitely a formula you could keep in your purse to throw on while in a hurry.

During the first week of the challenge I realized I could keep this going for several months if I wanted to. I told you all I am obsessed with lipstick. We’re all allowed to have our guilty pleasures, right? Mine is lipstick, coffee, and diet coke. I think it could be worse.

Anyway, that’s it for this week! I hope you’re all enjoying these posts and the swatches on Instagram.

Speaking of Instagram, you can still join in and show my your favorite fall shades using #lunaloveslipstick

There are some that have been doing so!

Check out xxoctoberoblivionxx and scout_harper 🙂 they both used my tag this week and I always love their posts in general!

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Affordable Burgundy Glosses for Fall

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Hey lovelies,

Anyone else starting to see the leaves hitting the ground after a blistering hot Summer? They’re starting to fall at my house, and my heart has never been so happy to watch leaves die and fall off trees. One of my favorite shades of Fall is burgundy. I just love how rich and warm the color is while simultaneously remaining dark and somewhat mysterious.

So, today I thought I would share some of my favorite glossier shades of burgundy. Not everyone likes a matte lip, and I will sometimes wear glossier formulas as well, so I thought it would be a good time to take a break from the matte lipstick fever. If you’re interested, just keep reading!

Nyx Butter Gloss “Devil’s Food Cake-“ I really love the butter gloss formula, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. These smell incredible and feel so light and non sticky on the lips. You do have to reapply them fairly often, but it’s not a hassle when the formula is so comfortable to begin with. This shade is more sheer, but looks lovely topped over lipsticks.

Milani’s Gloss in “Black Cherry-“ This shade is very dark, and could probably be worn alone or over a darker lip liner just so it doesn’t move around very much. I also like this formula, though not as much as the butter glosses. Milani always has stellar lip products, and these are a very affordable alternative to the more expensive glosses on the market.

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain “Chocolate Merlot-” This is technically not a gloss, but hear me out. This color and formula is so rich. I picked this up at Five Below last year on a whim, and I did not expect to love the color and formula as much as I do. These are more of a stain, but are super comfortable and feel like a suede texture on the lips. These are also $4.99 on their site or $3 at your local Five Below. If you decide to order some of these, I do have a coupon code that will save you 10%! Just enter Lunafayebeauty 🙂 but no pressure, there are coupon codes everywhere.

JCat Liptitude in “Fantasy Dreamer-” This color is one of my favorites in this entire line. I did a review with lip swatches of these, and this color is so dark and so vampy. It’s probably more of a blackened purple than burgundy, but oh well…it’s still worthy. These are semi-matte and pair fantasically with other lipsticks and liners. That and the applicator on these are thin and longer, which makes applying them way easier. I have a video review here that you can watch if you want.

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From left to right: Devil’s Food Cake, Black Cherry, Chocolate Merlot, Fantasy Dreamer

That’s it for the few darker glosses I wanted to share today! I honestly don’t own too many glosses or glossy products, so I just wanted to share the few that I do have! What are some of your favorite glosses or lipsticks for fall?

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Fall Themed Lipstick Challenge! Join Me!

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Hey lovelies,

Today’s post is going to be a bit different than normal. It’s the day before September starts, and September is always a fun month for me. I know I have mentioned this a million times, but I love fall. I love rosy cheeks and hot drinks. I love snuggling and wearing warm pajamas. I want to bring in the month where Autumn officially begins by wearing a different lipstick everyday. More specifically, I’m going to try and keep it fall themed.

I know the Lipstick Challenge already exists, so I am not claiming this as some new and innovative idea, just one that I’m putting my own little personal spin on, because I truly do feel so much happier when the weather is cooler. I also need to go through my collection and wipe the dust off of some of my old loves. Yes, I call my lipsticks loves. Don’t judge me.

I will be wearing a different lipstick/combo everyday in September, mostly focusing on deeper nudes, reds, and fun colors. Each Wednesday I will be posting my lip combos with pictures and such until September is over, and then I can start on Halloween things. Muahahaha!

Anyway, I’m posting this as an invitation to join me. If you want to, I will make sure to link your instagram/blog site in my post every Wednesday. Oh, and please do not think you need to be all about the vampy life to participate with me! If you want to do so just to go through your own stash and rekindle some old favorites, that’s lovely too, and I will totally still link you in the posts. I will try to find some way to share the love with everyone, whether it’s on Twitter or wherever.

In order to keep up with posts from everyone I will be using the tag #lunaloveslipstick (I love alliteration, can’t you tell?) so that you can all see my posts and I can see yours to like and share.

My instagram handle is the same as my blog, lunafayebeauty.

The first post will be on Wednesday, September 9th 🙂

I can’t wait to show you all some of my favorite fall shades, and I hope you all will join me!

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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Wet n Wild Fall 2015 Swatch Party!

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Hey lovelies,

I had another post planned out for Swatch Saturday, but then I stumbled upon these and I honestly just couldn’t wait to share them with you all! It’s no secret that I love Wet n Wild, and I always love their seasonal limited edition collections. I was meandering through Kmart (where I always find my best makeup finds) and I felt my heart quicken at the site of a completely untouched display of the new Fall stuff.

In this collection, there are 4 palettes, 6 (I think) lipsticks, and 6 nail polishes that are all limited edition. The palettes are in the traditional Wet n Wild quintet form, though I’m not the biggest fan of the quintet set up. I liked the way the Summer 2015 collection looked better, if I’m being completely honest here. The price per palette is $3.99.

The lipstick packaging is super cute. The packaging is almost like the usual megalast line, but matte black. MATTE. BLACK. I die. I wish they would make them all matte black. These are $1.99 each. In a nutshell, you could buy this entire line and only have to not go to Starbucks for about 3-4 days…which is possibly what I had to do to be able to buy these. I regret nothing.

I picked up 2 palettes and 4 lipsticks for now.

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This one is called The Gal-lery Next Door. Very clever. This one caught my eye because the definer shade looks super pretty, and purples are my favorite. I think that purples and plums look amazing on green eyes.

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These are the swatches. Sorry that the base shade is very close to my skin tone. These all swatched nicely. I will say that with these I don’t foresee myself being able to use only this palette. That’s one of my only beefs with these little palettes in general. I feel like I can’t do a completely look with them, personally.

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This one is called “Don’t be a Poser.” This palette is all shimmers, but the darkness in it just spoke to me on some weird level. I kinda want to pair this one with my Milano palette and do some super grunge looks to summon the colder weather.

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These all swatched nicely, but the “crease” shade did give me a bit of kick up. It’s still probably my favorite shade in this palette. It’s a really lovely dark forest green shade.

Even though I am happy with these, I wish there were more matte shades overall. I know that I am not the only one that likes to use matte shades in the crease and lower lash line. I would have loved to have seen a palette with a true dark matte orange and matte black. Or one with a shimmery champagne mixed with a lot of neutral/warmer matte shades. Maybe I’m alone here, but that’s how I feel about many of these quintet palettes, which could be why I don’t own many of them.

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Now, time for the lipsticks. These lipsticks are incredible. They swatched so smoothly, and they are so pigmented. I love the darker shades in this line. If you are on a budget, but you want the browns and wines that are trending right now, keep your eyes peeled for this line in your local drugstores.

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From left to right: coffee buzz, vintage vibe, photobomb, nightcap

My two absolute favorites are Coffee Buzz and Photobomb. Not only is the name of Coffee Buzz perfect, but it’s like a brown with a bit of purple in it, which is really unique! These colors will probably be the among the first to sell out everywhere, so I would not hesitate to pick these up if you want them. The LE Wet n Wild lines do tend to sell out quickly in general.

In all, I’m not head over heels in love with the palettes, but I am head over heels in love with the lipsticks. There are a few reds in this collection as well, but I truly need to use some of the other reds in my collection and not buy anymore. This probably won’t happen, but I’m trying. I am curious to see how close in color Vintage Vibe is to Melt Cosmetics’ “Darkroom.”

Anyway, that’s all the swatches I have for today! Will you be picking up anything from this line? Let me know in the comments section! If I pick anything else up, I will make sure to do another post! If you want to see a look done with anything, please feel free to ask! Or, if you want to see lip swatches of any of the lipsticks done on my twitter, snapchat, or instagram, I can do that as well. I just did quick swatches so that you all can have a good idea of what everything looks like!

Have a good weekend, beauties. As always, thanks for reading!

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Fall favorites: Nail Polish

It’s finally starting to truly cool down in my city, and not just during the mornings. I think many of us know the struggle of it being cold in the morning, so you put on a sweater, and then by the afternoon you’re sweating and wanting to rip all of your clothes off.
Anyway, my blog today is all about my favorite fall colors. Some new, some older. All favorites. Warning: some colors look the same, but are just different enough to me. I wear mostly grays and reds…all year. The main difference between fall and summer colors (for me) is that fall colors are a bit darker. That’s just how it is, right? We will go with that.

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I don’t have too many to talk about, and there’s only two brands! I mostly use either Essie or wet n wild. Why? They’re easy for me to work with and their colors are always amazing and last on my nails. I’m not a huge nail polish collector, so I tend to stick with my favorite brands no matter what.

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This is what each swatch looks like without flash.
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Wet n wild “Disturbia” I want to say this is a new color, but I’m not entirely sure. It’s a beautiful deep purple color though.

Wet n wild “Under Your Spell” this color is a bit hard to swatch because the swatch is not it’s true color. It’s a very brown toned red with a hint of glitter in it. This color requires some building, but it’s gorgeous after about 3 coats or so.

Wet n wild “Wet Cement” a darker gray color. I love this color, but even more so I love wet and wild nail polishes. The brushes from this line are so wide and easy to work with while applying. The price is also amazing given the quality ($1.99 on average).

Essie “Chinchilly” this is an older color, but it’s been a favorite of mine for awhile now. I actually wear it all year. I think a few other bloggers have talked about this color, but rightfully so. It’s a very neutral and light gray that goes with every fall outfit. I actually need to purchase a new one because this bottle is getting old and it’s getting hard to get polish on the brush.

Essie “Skirting the Issue” a very dark, but ox blood, shade of red. A bit more Boudreaux? Either way, this is a must for fall nail polishes, in my opinion. It’s dark without being too “vampy” for those that don’t like the super dark looks.

Essie “Wicked” probably my all time favorite color of nail polish. Ever. It’s a true ox blood red and looks almost black. It’s so gorgeous. I am in need of a new bottle because I’ve seriously almost used all of it.

Essie “Stylenomics” this could be more of a holiday color? I don’t know, but it is a favorite of mine this time of the year. It’s a very deep green color. The only shade of green nail polish that I own, honestly. It’s so beautiful on the nails, and probably would pair well with all of the holiday looks coming up soon.

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These are a couple of pictures of the swatches with flash, since without flash it’s a bit difficult to tell what the true colors are. The nail polishes I’ve talked about today are just a few of my favorites. What are some of your favorite fall nail polishes? Any brands that you can’t live without that I should try?

Face of the day

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I went with a “fall glam” look today using a copper eyeshadow stick I got in a beauty box and a wine color blended into it from the revealed 2 palette. On my lips is Gerard cosmetics gloss in cocoa bean, and wanderlust blush by elf on my cheeks. Loving this look for fall ❤

Trend Thursday: Dark Nude Lips

I know that every beauty blogger has touched on the subject of the “Kylie Jenner” (I will admit I barely know who she is) look, but I am going to touch on it as well. When I saw the sudden boom of dark nude lipstick tutorials my first thought was actually, “That reminds me of the 90’s trend.” I was right. The celebrity’s look and the 90’s brownish-mauve lipstick looks are one in the same.

Even though I don’t know much about Kylie Jenner, I do know that I love dark nude shades for several reasons. 1) I think they are very flattering on many skin tones 2) it’s a nude look that someone as pale as me can get excited about. That’s right, if you are a pale princess that wasn’t able to get behind the flesh toned nude trend last year because it made you look dead (it did for me at least) you can get behind this trend!

So, in today’s post I want to show a few products and swatches of lipsticks that I think are right on trend, and include a few looks that I created with these products at the end of the post.

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First is Kat Von D’s studded lipstick in the shade “Lovecraft.” These lipsticks retail for $21 at Sephora, so this is definetely a high end choice. It is a lovely choice though. This lipstick is matte and even better, it smells like a vanilla cupcake! I am fairly obsessed with Kat Von D’s line as a whole, so her products are some of the only non drugstore items I will purchase. I mostly bought this shade for the name, I won’t even lie (Any other H.P. Lovecraft fans on here?). However, it’s quickly become one of my go to nudes for everyday looks. It’s not very dark, but it is a mauve matte shade. With that being said, matte formulas can be a bit drying so I would suggest always mosturizing and priming your lips before using a matte formula.

Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in the shade “1995.” This lipstick and brand has quickly gone from not mentioned often to booming in a very quick time span. This lipstick was created to give the 90’s look, as suggested by the name. Beauty Blogger Jaclyn Hill (one of my fave bloggers) actually collaborated with Gerard Cosmetics for this shade, and it is BEAUTIFUL. From the packaging to the color, it’s flawless. It’s not too matte, and it’s not creamy. I would still use a balm before putting this shade on, but it’s not as drying of a formula as the Kat Von D shade. These retail on their site for $19, but there are about a million Gerard Cosmetics coupon codes floating around. I used the code “emma” and received 20% off my order + free shipping.

Rimmell London Kat Moss lipstick in the shade “08.” I apologize in advance for the non cruelty free product, but this has been in my possession for awhile now and it’s the cheapest option I have to talk about. I do want to talk about at least one shade that can be found in drugstores that I already possess. This formula is not matte whatsoever, but it’s not shiny either. It’s more on the mauve side than it is on the nude. This shade is beautiful and would be an ideal everyday nude for very pale skin tones. These typically retail between $4-5 but Rimmel seems to be on sale often at Target and CVS.

Kat Von D’s liquid everlasting lipstick in the shade “Lolita.” Another Kat Von D product? Yes, I told you I am obsessed. I picked this up on impulse while getting some blush, and it’s probably the best impulse makeup purchase I have made in quite some time. This shade is everything I imagine when I think of dark nudes. It’s the perfect blend of mauve and dark brown. It’s matte. It’s long lasting. It’s perfect. I put this on the other day and ate 2 meals and drank lots of water and this stuff does not budge. Can we also talk about that packaging? Ugh, so gorgeous. These retail at $19 at Sephora, which is a bit cheaper than the Lime Crime Velvetines, which is what this formula reminds me of, except less messy. I can get a perfect application with the applicator it comes with, which is saying something for a liquid lipstick.

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Swatches left to right: Lovecraft (Kat Von D) 1995 (Gerard) 08 (rimmel london) Lolita (Kat Von D)

First look with full list of products used:
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Eyes- Too faced Natural Eyes Palette with Heaven on the lid and as a highlight, and Cashmere Bunny blended into the crease. Light cat wing made with Physicians Formula eye booster eyeliner pen in ultra black (favorite eyeliner). Red Cherry Lashes in #605 with a coat of Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara to blend lashes.

Face- Elf Mineral primer in the shade green, Elf acne fighting foundation in the shade Ivory with 1 pump of Manic Panic white dream tone foundation to lighten it. Elf matte bronzer in Fiji as a light contour, and Kat Von D’s Everlasting blush in Essex. Elf Highlighter in the shade Moonlight Pearls on the tops of my cheeks and LA Girl’s HD concealer in the lightest shade under my eyes.

Lips- Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Lolita

Second look:
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Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in Ebony with a dark brown matte powder.
Eyes- BareMinerals 5 in 1 bb eye cream in Divine Wine as a base. Too Faced Natural Eyes palette for the rest- Heaven lightly dusted on the lids, Cashmere Bunny and the nude fashion shade bleneded into the crease and the shimmery Classic shade as a highlight. Cat eyes made using Physicians Formula eye booster pen in Ultra Black. Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara on top lashes with the primer underneath, and Wet n Wild’s mega length mascara on bottom lashes. Also blended in Cashmer Bunny and Nude shade lightly on bottom lash line.

Face- Elf Acne fighting foundation in Ivory with 1 pump of Manic Panic’s white foundation. Primed my face with The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil pore minimizing primer and elf’s undereye primer under my eyes. Light contour with Fiji by elf, and blush is elf’s mineral blush in Wanderlust. Highlighter is The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer and under eye concealer is LA Girl’s HD concealer in the lightest shade

Lips- 1995 by Gerard Cosmetics

These are only 2 looks, but there are so many options when a neutral lip is being used. I’m more of a neutral kind of girl myself. I wear a lot of brown and black toned things, and it shows in my makeup and even in my closet. How are some ways that you have been wearing this new trend? Have you tried a dark nude lip?

First Impression: Mini Elf Haul

Elf (EyesLipsFace) has to be one of my all time favorite makeup brands. They are cruelty free and super affordable. They are so affordable that sometimes I look at their site and say, “I want to try that,” about things completely out of my comfort zone, and that’s fine because usually it’s $3.

Anyway, they’ve had some things on their website that I have wanted to try for a bit so I bought somethings with a $5 off coupon code that was active. Many of the things in this blog I have only tried once, with the exception of the foundation. I tend to try foundation a bit longer before I want to formerly review on it because they tend to change on the skin in some cases.

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Matte blush and bronzer duo in “Fiji”- I was so excited when this came out. I love the blush and bronzer duos, but I am not a shimmer kind of girl. I like a mostly matte look, especially in the fall and winter. This duo is BEAUTIFUL to say the least. They work perfectly together, and even look great on my pale skin. I will say that using a light hand is essential if you have a pale complexion though.

Powder brush- I have heard several beauty bloggers rave about this brush so I needed to try it for myself. Now I understand why they rave about it. I use this brush to set my under eye concealer, and it makes it so easy. Just a quick swirl into my powder and this brush lightly sets my under eyes flawlessly. For $3 you can’t beat it. Ah-mazing.

Baked Highlighter in “Moonlight Pearls”- While browsing on elf’s website, I came across these (new to me) highlighters and thought, “Hello pretties, come live with me.” There are 3 colors, but I decided to try one for now to see how I like them since highlighters can be so hit or miss with my skin tone. I went with moonlight pearls since it seemed like the most subtle highlight on the website. It is truly a beautiful hightlighter. I have used it almost everyday since it came in the mail. I lightly tap my Sonia Kashuk fan brush in it and dust the tops of my cheeks and I always have the glow I want. I think I may end up getting the pink color as well.

Mascara Primer- I have been all about the primers lately? It seems like there are so many things to prime nowadays! Prime your face, prime your lips, prime your eyes, prime your brows, prime your hair. Okay, maybe not prime your hair, but you see my point. This was definitely a “I just wanna try this” purchase. Still not sure about how I feel about this exactly. I didn’t see much of a difference in my eyelashes. I curled my lashes before “priming” them, so I don’t know if I am even doing it right. I may give an update on my thoughts about this product in my next first impression post.

Under Eye Primer- Another primer! Surprise! This one was not so much of a random purchase. I have HORRIBLE under eye circles due to asthma. They are permanent. They make me look dead most days if I don’t cover them up. This primer promised to hydrate the under eyes and prevent concealer from creasing (a huge problem for me) and help concealer to stay all day. I put this primer on at about 9 am the morning I tried it and did my normal housework and kid-friendly activities, and when I checked my makeup at about 1 pm my concealer was still intact! I was fairly blown away and extremely excited! Probably my favorite purchase from them in awhile. Apparently, this is the dupe for a Smashbox under eye concealer, but I don’t own the Smashbox one so I wouldn’t know.

Acne Fighting Foundation in Ivory- Oh man, I love this foundation. I truly love it. Does it actually fight my acne? I have no idea, but based on coverage and quality alone this is the best affordable foundation I have ever tried. I even like it more than some of my higher end foundations. The coverage is flawless and full. It covers up all of my blemishes and leaves a very satin matte finish. It’s not tacky. Elf nailed this foundation. This will now be a staple in my makeup routine, especially since the weather is cooling down and I can wear fuller coverage foundation on an everyday basis.

Blending Brush- I had seen a couple of bloggers talk about this brush and compared to the Mac blending brush, so I decided that for $3 I would give it a try. It’s pretty nice. My only complaint is that it is not “fluffy” and if I blend for a bit it can feel a bit scratchy. It’s a nice affordable blending blush to add to your collection though if you’re in the market for a new one.