Product Review – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

I’ve had this lipstick sample sitting around for a while, but red lipstick kind of terrifies me, so I hadn’t tried it out. However, a couple days ago, I was bored at home and decided, what the heck, I’ll try it on. I honestly cannot wait for a chance to actually wear this color now. It’s a great red shade that I feel would look good on a lot of different skin tones. As a red, it’s pretty medium, not to dark and not too bright or orangey. It has a velvety feel and a matte finish. Plus, it was easy to apply, and I didn’t have trouble not getting it all over my face. It’s a little pricey, but it seemed like a shade that would have great staying power (I haven’t tested this through food or drink, but it felt like it would stay). I will definitely be looking into some other colors for this lipstick, because it exceeded so many of my expectations. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a new red lipstick.

Winter Lip Colors

December is here, and, at least in Kentucky, winter is in full swing. Makeup trends change with the seasons, so let’s talk about some great winter lip colors. As the days get shorter and darker, you’ll want to stay with lip colors that are darker as well. I don’t mean wear black, of course you can if that’s what you like, but I just mean mauve instead of bright pink and wine instead of bright red. Below, I’ve got some great recommendations for different kinds of lip colors below, including glosses and mattes.

With the flood of matte lipsticks that have hit the market recently, it seems like lip glosses have been pushed to the side. However, I think glosses still have their place, and pigmented ones that have some lip plumping abilities are great for winter events. One of my favorites is Moxie by BareMinerals in Maverick. It’s a deep reddish-brown that reminds me of cinnamon candy, and it smells like mint. It also gets kind of cold when you first put it on, which I believe is the lip plumping ingredient taking effect. Its pigment is rich, and it works great by itself or as a topcoat. It runs between $15-$18 per color, which I feel is worth it.

Yesterday, I went to Kohls looking for some shoes and makeup to wear to my husband’s work Christmas party tonight. I got this lip kit from a brand called Academy of Color for $7. It contained a lip liner and matte lip cream in a color called “Reckless”. It’s a very dark red. I haven’t gotten a chance to test the longevity yet, but I like the color, and I think with lip primer, it would probably last as long as I’d need it to. They had some other great colors and some nice eyeshadow palettes that had 9 colors for $11, so if you’re near a Kohls and looking for new makeup, I’d go check it out. They were in their “Gifts under $20” section.

A lot of my friends use Kylie Jenner lip kits and love them, but I just have a hard time paying that much for them, plus they run out so quickly. I think the lip kits run about $25 per set, and the matte liquid lip colors alone are around $17 or $18 plus shipping. They do last a long time, but they dry out my lips. For matte colors, I prefer NYX. They are cheaper, around $7 per color, and I feel like they last well. My favorites are the NYX Lingerie Liquids, and Corset would be great for this time of year. They definitely work better with a primer. I use Ulta’s lip primer that comes in a stick. It kind of smells like sugar cookies and it goes on easily and keeps the color truer. Plus, it’ll help keep your lips from drying out so much.

Lip color preferences change from person to person and based on your skin tone. I am pretty fair, so these are my recommendations for fairer skin, although I think they’d look great on a variety of people. I hope this is helpful, and as always, feel free to drop me a message if you’d like anymore recommendations.

Holiday Party Makeup Guide

With the holidays in full swing, chances are, you’ve got at least one holiday party coming up. Whether it’s a work Christmas party, an ugly sweater party with friends, or a family get-together, it’s important to keep your makeup consistent with the party’s theme. Below are a few options that will look great, depending on how formal the gathering is.

Semi-formal Christmas Party

This year, my husband’s Christmas party for work is semi-formal. I’m planning to wear a long-sleeve, short black velvet dress with nude tights and flats. One of the great thing about little black dresses is that they give you more freedom for your makeup. Since black goes with everything, you don’t have to worry about your lip colors clashing with your dress. For a semi-formal affair, I suggest doing a deep red or berry-colored lipstick, a metallic eyeshadow, and a little darker blush than you would normally wear. You don’t want your eyeshadow to be too glittery, but a soft gold or silver will really make your eyes pop and dress up the whole outfit. For lip colors, you can choose from mauve, wine, deep red, or any other colors that will stand out, but still look professional. Either gloss or matte lip colors will work, but if there will be food and drink (which, is it really a party if there’s not?), I suggest matte, because matte lipsticks tend to stay on longer.

Ugly Sweater Party

Let’s face it, ugly Christmas sweaters are in. What’s more fun than digging through racks at Good Will to find the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find, pairing with jeans or leggings and cute boots, and partying with your friends? Since these tend to be more casual gatherings, I would go with a more natural look for your face and eyes, but dress it up with some red lipstick. Red lipstick can be formal or casual, and it’s great for a party like this, because it really adds to the festivities. Plus, it will look great in all those Instagram pictures you’ll be posting. For eyeshadows, choose matte nudes, rather than something sparkly. I like taupe and beige, but you can pretty much choose anything that won’t distract from the volume of your sweater.

Family Get-together

Family gatherings can be tricky, because it can be hard to know what the right attire is. I almost always choose nude lipsticks for family get-togethers, because if I don’t, inevitably someone will make a comment that I don’t care to hear, and the holidays are stressful enough as it is. My favorite nudes come from the NYX Lingerie Liquid collection, and they are only about $7 each. Corset is a little darker than I would normally wear, but I love the way it looks on me, and it would be great for a family party. While you may need to go nude on the lipstick, this doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your eyeshadow some. Mauves, browns, and deep violets are great eyeshadow colors to wear to family events, and they can be lightened easily, so you can get them to a shade where you feel comfortable. Don’t forget the contour and blush, because you know there will be family pictures at some point.

The most important thing to remember about these parties is have fun. Don’t stress too much about your makeup or what you’re wearing, because it’s all supposed to be a fun chance to dress up and do something a little different.