I Love Me a Bright Lip!

Lately one of my favorite looks is a neutral eye and a bright lip. It is an easy look. I recommend it for anyone in a hurry! You can just lightly line your eyes and add a light shadow and mascara. Then add your lip and you are done!

I have found great bright lipsticks, pigments, stains, etc. from drug stores and expensive ones! Here are some of my bright lip products and my review of them:

Surprisingly I really like Forever 21- ultra pigmented lip color. It is bright and beautiful. It stays on for a long time- almost too long! It is hard to get off once on but worth it for this color!
Surprisingly I really like Forever 21- ultra pigmented lip color. It is bright and beautiful. It stays on for a long time- almost too long! It is hard to get off once on but worth it for this color!
I love a MAC lip! The colors are all beautiful and Amplified doesn't disappoint. A bright, dark color. I also wear put a neutral color on top for a light look!
I love a MAC lip! The colors are all beautiful and Amplified doesn’t disappoint. A purply pink- that is bold. I also wear put a neutral color on top for a light look!
This is Maybelline Color Sensational in Hot Plum. It is brighter than it looks!  Pretty electric! Very moisturizing and feels good for your lips. Only wear it if you want a very bright color- but great product!
This is Maybelline Color Sensational in Hot Plum. It is brighter than it looks! Pretty electric! Very moisturizing and feels good for your lips. Only wear it if you want a very bright color- but great product!
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This is a great bright red/pink! NYX in Chaos. It is one of my favorites. Love the boldness of the color. It is hard to get off when you get it on the skin, as most reds- but so pretty! Packaging is not well made! A couple days after I bought it the case started cracking- but it works!
I love NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. I got it for free free as part of my birthday gift from Sephora. It is a beautiful bright red that glides on.
I love NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. I got it for free free as part of my birthday gift from Sephora. It is a beautiful bright red that glides on.
I am wearing the NARS lip color here. Love it with my pale skin!
I am wearing the NARS lip color here. Love it with my pale skin!

I can’t wait to buy more bright lipsticks. There are so many great colors out there! What’s your favorite bright lip product?

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Liebster Award!

I just noticed earlier today that I was nominated for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much Beauty and a Little Extra! I love her site- I especially love her post about a gold daytime eye look.

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  • 1) Thank and link the person that nominated you.
  • 2) Answer the 11 questions asked by the person that nominated you.
  • 3) Nominate 5-10 blogs with under 200 followers and link them.
  • 4) Create 11 new questions for the people you nominate to answer
  • 5) Notify your nominees via social media.

My Questions:

  1. If you had to choose one meal for the rest of your life, what would it consist of? It would probably be a salad with gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette with crusty french bread to soak up the vinaigrette- yum!! 

    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
  2. Blush or Bronzer? In the winter blush is a must for me- it gives me that pop of color. In the summer I like bronzer because it looks more like I’ve had sun. 

    I love bareMinerals!!
    I love bareMinerals!!
  3. What is your favorite all-time lipstick? There are so many MAC and bareMinerals colors I like- I can’t pick one! I also love Bite Beauty’s violet lipstick. The color is so bright and pretty! 

    Love this color- Violet.
    Love this color- Violet.
  4. Have you ever been outside of the country, if yes, where? I lived in Canada when I was a lot younger and also I got the opportunity to study abroad in England when I was in college. I loved the experience and want to go back! 
  5. Who is your current role model? My mom is my role model. She was such a sweet, patient mother- it is the way I want to be with my two sons! 
  6. If you had the chance to raid a celeb’s closet, who would it be? I love the classy style of Katie Holmes- classic style. 
  7. Heels or flats? I always wear flats- heels unfortunately kill my feet! 
  8. What is your favorite show right now? My husband and I love Madmen and are in withdrawals now that it is over! 
  9. What is your staple piece of jewelry? I love just a pretty stud earring. I have some turquoise blue and silver ones that I love right now. 
  10. What is your favorite make-up brand? There are so many but right now I am very into bareMinerals. I love the lipsticks- the colors are all so great and they feel good on your lips- they are moisturizing and good for your lips. And I love all of their blushes and cheek colors. 
  11. Finally, If you had to be an animal, what animal would you choose? I would be a dog because they provide so much joy to people!  

The questions for my nominees are:

1. What is your favorite foundation?

2. What do you apply your foundation with?

3. What is your skin care regimen?

4. What makeup brands do you love?

5. What makeup products do you splurge on?

6. What do you love so much about makeup?

7. What are your favorite eye shadow colors?

8. What is your favorite mascara?

9. Pressed or loose powder?

10. What brand brushes do you like?

11. What concealer can you not live without?

Everyone have a good week- thanks =)

Makeup- When to Splurge and When to Save

Buying makeup can get expensive so when I was shopping with my sister and sweet nieces a couple days ago- I decided to go cheap. I have the belief that certain items you can go cheap on. Mainly lips and eyes. I don’t like too many inexpensive face products because my skin is sensitive and many make my skin break out. I stick to Clinique, MAC, Makeupforever, Lancome, etc. and I am okay with spending the money for these good quality products.  I would love to hear of any face product suggestions for sensitive skin that are cheaper?

Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact  lasts me months. Love it!
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact lasts me months. Love it!

For eyeshadow I often buy more expensive brands too because I feel like they stay on longer.  That is true for eyeliner too. I do like to buy some cheap eye shadows and eye liners to try out colors.

I would love this Laura Mercier palette. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.
I would love this Laura Mercier palette in Summer in St. Tropez. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.

One of my favorite mascaras is Maybelline great lash in blackest black.  Stays on and gives a full lash. Love.

Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!
Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!

Lipsticks I buy cheap sometimes. I find that some of the cheaper brands you have to apply more often- but reapplying lipstick doesn’t bother me too much!  So this weekend I spent 25 dollars at Forever 21 and got a whole lot of stuff. Most of it lip items with a few eye liners and brushes.  The lip crayon was great. Stays on for quite a while and the color is so vibrant.

I also got a lip pigment I love it. Great color and it stays on for a long time. Only problem is it is drying for the lips- so I put a moisturizing lipstick in a neutral color on top. I was surprised with the Forever 21 makeup– try it out!  

The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.
The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.

The next time you just want to play around with different lip and eye colors go cheap! You can get a lot for not that much money- and some of the products will surprise you!

Playing with a MAC eyeshadow palette

I am a mom who loves a good deal. If something is 30 percent off it automatically appeals to me more. I was so proud of myself when I got both of my children a 2 pack of pajamas- that are cute!- for $20. That’s $5 a pair! Love! So when I saw eye shadow palettes at the MAC store for almost %50 off I couldn’t say no. So I bought my first MAC eyeshadow palette.

MAC eye shadow palette in cool neutral.
MAC eye shadow palette in cool neutral.

It was the most expensive single piece of makeup I have ever bought- but how could I resist. I love the quality of MAC make-up. These eye shadows stay on a long time and are vibrant. I wish that the colors in the palette were brighter and more exciting- but these are great for every day use. I love there are lighter colors like Flounce- a white and Pick Me Up- a pink, that you can use to highlight. And there are dark ones, like Black Tied and Blackberry that you can line your eyes with. It has everything you need.

I am known as the make up aunt with my nieces so I had to experiment with the palette on one my nieces. I used the Flounce and Pick Me Up and lined with Black Tied.

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Makes her brown eyes pop.
Makes her brown eyes pop.

I also tried it out on my sister. She has hazel green so I put After Dusk in the corners. I highlighted with Flounce.

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Makes her pretty eyes look greener.
Makes her pretty eyes look greener.

This palette is great for someone starting out with make-up- because you would have a lot you need for eyes in one. Also it is just fun to play with! All and all a great present to myself that I hope will last a longtime!

Trying out Clinique beyond perfecting fondation/concealer

I am a mom of two energetic, sweet, emotional toddler boys. They are 1 and 3 and take up most of my time. I am thankful for that, and I thank God for it. It doesn’t always leave me a lot of time for me. As most moms know- me time is important!

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I am simple- although my husband probably wouldn’t agree with that statement! If I have 15 minutes of peace to get ready in the morning it is a treat and makes me feel awake and ready for the day. It doesn’t happen everyday- but when it does it makes a difference.

I have been on the hunt for a long wearing, fuller coverage foundation, so I can put it on in those fifteen minutes and not worry about it the whole day. I have sensitive skin and that irritates easily- so finding one isn’t always easy.

I went with my sister and a dear friend and we had a kid free lunch and shopping afternoon. It was rejuvenating and wonderful. Macy’s was having free gift time with Clinique- so I decided to try a foundation I had heard buzz about- beyond perfecting foundation/concealer.

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Clinique beyond perfecting foundation/concealer in alabaster.

I was disappointed in the color selection- nothing fit my skin tone perfectly- but I got one none the less.  The options were too light or too orange- so I went with too light for my skin tone- alabaster was the shade.

It definitely covers really well and stays on for a long time. Just what any mom needs!  You can really put it on and not worry about your face make up for the whole day. And I apply it with my hands! Easy- it takes like two minutes to apply.  The part I like most about it is that it doesn’t irritate my skin. My face feels great after wearing it.

The color was really not right for me- but as you can see in the following pictures- with the rest of the make up on it works okay. I used MAC studio fix in N5 and MAC scene to be seen mineralize skin finish on my face. In addition I used some of the other things that are in the pink clinique bonus.  The 04 pink blush, 16 day into date and 14 strawberry fudge duo eyeshadows, and 33 rasberry glace different lipstick and 12 kissy fit long last glosswear.

For me this all works! I wish they had a shade that fit my skin tone better- but I love wearing make up that stays on for so long- it is worth it.

Me with no make up on. I am just wearing a moisturizer I like- no primer.
Me with no make up on. I am just wearing a moisturizer I like- no primer.
Me just with the foundation on. No concealer or anything else. It cover really well- but you can see how washed out I am.
Me just with the foundation on. No concealer or anything else. It cover really well- but you can see how washed out I am.
With some blush and powder- brightens it up a bit!
With some blush and powder- brightens it up a bit!
Added eye makeup, lip and hair down.
Added eye makeup, lip and hair down.