Top 5: Luminous Red Lipsticks (Warm-Toned Edition)

‘Tis the season for red lipstick (but every day is a good day to wear a red lipstick, in my opinion!), but here are my five current favorites for glossier, warm-toned reds. Stay tuned for the cool-toned edition tomorrow, plus next weekend’s cool and warm-toned editions for more matte reds :)

  1. Bobbi Brown Red Velvet — A Warm Red with a Luminous finish.
  2. Guerlain Red Strass (327) — A Warm Red with a Pearl finish.
  3. Estee Lauder Envious — A Warm Red with a Luminous finish.
  4. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) — A Warm Red with a Luminous finish.
  5. Guerlain Gilda — A Warm Red with a Luminous finish.

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The Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

The Best Eyeshadow Palettes

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of limited edition palettes–especially during the holiday season when it seems like there’s a new one every other day!–but here are palettes well-worth a look that are available year-round. In order to be considered a palette, the compact had to house at least four shades (so quads and larger).  Perhaps one of the more interesting things that comes from doing a round-ups like these is seeing where there are holes:  bright, colorful palettes and cool-toned neutral palettes (the latter is no real surprise) are harder to come by as permanent products.

1. Viseart Paris Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) | It’s a subdued take on neutrals; mostly mid-tones with warmer and cooler shades as a mix. This is a palette that I personally take with me whenever I travel now.

Where to Buy:  SephoraBeautylish

2. Viseart Bridal Satin Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) | The texture on this palette is really dense and buttery with incredible pigmentation throughout the palette. I like how it has a few pops of color paired with neutrals.

Where to Buy:  SephoraBeautylish

3. Chanel Tisse Rivoli (226) Les 4 Ombres ($61.00) | It’s a very wearable, office-friendly palette featuring warm-toned neutrals with satin to frost finishes. They’re incredibly soft, blendable, and wear well.

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

4. MAC Warm/Neutral ($80.00) | While MAC has struggled in the last several years to churn out quality palettes, their permanent 15-pan neutral palette is a winner. It includes some favorites from the permanent range as well as some exclusive shades. If you like your shimmery, warmer, light to mid-tone shades, you may enjoy this one.

Where to Buy:  MACNordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

5. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00) | The neutral palette that spurred a million more. The original is still my personal favorite, but I think Naked2 and Naked3 are also quite nice; which one is for you is dependent on your preferences for tone and finish.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.comMacy’s

6. bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00) | I love the Ready eyeshadow formula in general, and nearly all of their quads and palettes are good to great, so it’s hard to go wrong. The Designer Label features more earthy tones, but if you want some purples, try The Dream Sequence or The Truth for neutrals.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.comMacy’s

7. Sleek Vintage Romance i-Divine Palette ($9.99) | It’s one of the few cooler-toned palettes (though it has warm shades in it) that has good pigmentation and blends well. I find Sleek’s shimmery shades to be extremely rich, dense, and pigmented, and their satins and mattes tend to be a bit weaker (some are good, some aren’t). Sunset is fantastic for brighter warm-tones.

Where to Buy:  Amazon, Sleek

8. Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) | It is possible to find mattes that work well, and Viseart did it with their Dark matte palette. Their Neutral Matte is also nice, but with so many neutral palettes on the market, I think Dark Matte is more impressive.

Where to Buy:  SephoraBeautylish

9. LORAC Unzipped ($40.00) | It’s a set of ten “rose” themed eyeshadows. I really enjoy the formula LORAC uses in the Unzipped palettes (Unzipped Gold is also worthy of consideration), as it is denser and adheres better to bare skin.

Where to Buy:  ULTAAmazonNordstromBeauty.com

10. Make Up For Ever #1 Nudes You Need Artist Palette ($42.00) | You know me and the Artist Shadows, right? Like I’m obsessed with them and still buy all the palettes they release even though I have them in full-sized? Their palettes have been really consistent when compared to the individuals, but they’re a much, much better value and far more. (The #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette is awesome if you’re looking for brights, but it is technically limited edition, even though it is still available.)

Where to Buy:  Sephora

11. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($46.00) | This would be my top pick for a mostly matte neutral palette, as the formula is blendable and forgiving on the skin. It ranges from light to dark with a few neutral-to-warm shades (though mostly warm-toned).

Where to Buy:  Sephora

12. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet Style Eye-Con No. 7 ($59.00) | If you like your more metallic neutrals, this is a good option. I like that there are some rosier/taupe-y shades paired with silver and gray to make a little different than your typical neutral palette. If you like mattes, though, look elsewhere!

Where to Buy:  Sephora

The Best Eyeliners for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

The Best Eyeliners for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

I confess… I LOVE EYELINER! Especially in shades of teal, taupe, and gold. But you knew that, right? I feel like the most obvious favorite of mine is teal eyeliner, because it adds just the right amount of oomph whether it’s paired with no eyeshadow, neutral eyeshadow, or bold eyeshadow! I like eyeliners that have pretty good pigmentation in a single stroke or can be built-up to full intensity in two layers or so, don’t tug on the lash line but don’t slide around easily, and preferably, not a total nightmare to remove.

1. Sephora Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00) | These are my most reached for eyeliners; they come in a huge assortment of colors, wear well, remove without a lot of work (but still stay on when you need them to), and glide on without tugging. I love Flirting Game in particular as it is a nice alternative to black and brown.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

2. Milani Liquid Eye Pencil ($6.99) | These are really fun, pigmented shades that go on well and last awhile. I only wish the shade range was larger!

Where to Buy:  Drugstore.com

3. MAC Chromagraphic Pencil ($16.00) | It’s an intensely pigmented, long-wearing matte eyeliner formula. Some shades are not safe for the eyes (it is a PRO product), so take care in selecting, but the black and flesh-toned shades are great basics.

Where to Buy: MAC

4. Stila Smudge Stick ($20.00) | It’s a twist-up, fine eyeliner that comes in a variety of shades. They apply well and give you a lot of control with good longevity and color payoff. Mint Julep is one I use often.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.com

5. Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00) | This is a richly pigmented, matte formula that glides on easily and wears well. They have some fun, bright shades to choose from!

Where to Buy:  Sephora

6. MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($16.00) | For sparkling, shimmery eyeliner with deeper base shades, this is a fun formula. I love Undercurrent and Lord It Up!

Where to Buy: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

7. MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00) | I’m so glad MAC revamped and released additional shades in the Fluidline family, because now there are a ton of colors and finishes to select from. I find the pearl and matte finishes are the best-performing, while anything that gets really sparkly/glittery is going to be sheerer. Blue Peep and Brassy are favorites.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

8. Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15.00) | This is still one of my favorite eyeliner formulas, and I wish they’d come out with more shades! Spark of Envy is my all-time favorite.

Where to Buy:  Beauty.com

9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon ($25.00) | This one is still on the list with a caveat… it is said that they are working on repackaging or reformulation as recent releases (including newly made batches of long-existing shades) have gone awry (very dry), but when they were manufactured more consistently, they are fantastic. Here’s hoping they get it all sorted out ASAP, as it is one of the longer-lasting eyeliners, particularly for the waterline.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($19.00) | Lots of shade, good wear and pigmentation, and a creamy enough consistency that it doesn’t tug on the lash line–what’s not to love?

Where to Buy:  Sephora

11. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19.00) | This was one of the first eyeliner formulas I fell in love with, and I still really like it. Some shades are absolutely fantastic–really pigmented in a single stroke, long-wearing, and creamy–but most shades have more buildable coverage, which I find works just fine for real-life application (I tend to apply in short strokes, back and forth motions). Some of my favorite shades are Deep End, Junkie, and Mushroom. Honey is my all-time favorite, but it was discontinued!

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.com

12. L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99) | There aren’t too many shades available, but the ones that are available are amazing. These are incredibly rich in pigment, long-wearing, and easy to apply. I am obsessed with True Teal!

Where to Buy:  ULTA

The Best Eyeshadows for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

The Best Eyeshadows for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

These days, when I think of a good eyeshadow, it’s one that really performs well on its own–no tricks necessary–and is pigmented, blendable, and easy to use. Here are my favorite formulas:

1. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00) | By now, it’ll come as no surprise that this is a favorite for me. I love the color range, and I find these to be–generally–very pigmented and long-wearing. If I’m not testing eye products, you’ll often find me reaching for my Artist Shadows.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

2. Viseart Eyeshadow ($80.00 per palette) | They’re only available in palettes, so they’re an investment, but they’ve been worth it so far. When I travel or go out of town, Viseart’s palette work really well together and give me a lot of variety on the go without taking up a lot of space. Their mattes are soft and blendable, while their shimmers are dense and buttery. I love the Paris Nudes palette.

Where to Buy:  Sephora, Beautylish

3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense ($33.00) | If you love intense, shimmery shades that are very soft and blendable, this is a formula that now feels “classic” in a way but still holds up as more eyeshadow formulas are released.

Where to Buy:  SephoraNordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18.00) | Many of the brand’s eyeshadows are fantastic, especially the ones in their permanent (single) range. You can also find many good ones in their eyeshadow palettes, too, but the singles are more reliable if you haven’t tried anything from the brand before. Now, if they’d just bring back Honey…

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.com

5. Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00) | Their shimmery shades are so intensely pigmented, buttery in feel, and easy to wear; I am so sad that they haven’t expanded the shade range yet!

Where to Buy:  SephoraBeautylish

6. L’Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99) | These are soft, shimmery eyeshadows with good pigmentation, longevity, and blendability. They’re very comparable in texture and performance to Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows (the shades themselves aren’t quite as nuanced).

Where to Buy:  ULTA

7. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00) | If you love cream eyeshadow that plays more like a powder eyeshadow, ColourPop might be just the formula to try. It’s not just “good for $5” but excellent, period. They’re pigmented, long-wearing, and come a huge variety of shades.

Where to Buy:  ColourPop

8. Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00) | Newly released this year, Kat Von D nailed her newest eyeshadow formula–soft, buttery, pigmented, and long-wearing. Thunderstruck and Iggy are favorites!

Where to Buy:  Sephora

9. bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow | One day, I’d love for them to release the shades as individual pans, but for now, you’ll find them in duo and quad form year-round and then housed in larger palettes during seasonal collections. They’re long-wearing, blendable, pigmented, and so easy to use.

Where to Buy:  SephoraNordstromBeauty.comULTA

10. Marc Jacobs Plush Shadow | Currently, the formula is only available in trios or larger palettes, but I’m often surprised by just how blendable the formula is, especially with the more shimmery shades. I also think that the brand does more satin finishes than most other brands.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

11. DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00) | It’s a spongy, cushion-y cream eyeshadow that blends and sits like a powder. The range features really lovely, easy-to-wear neutrals and taupes that work well for one-and-done kind of looks..

Where to Buy:  SephoraNordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

12. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00) | I never thought I’d see the day where I’d fall in love with a liquid eyeshadow; it is such a tough type of formula to get right, because you often lose the color payoff or dry down time becomes an issue. These are pigmented, long-wearing, and pretty easy to use after you try them once or twice! I love shades like Emeraude and Shadow.

Where to Buy:  SephoraNordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Top 10: Shades of Black

When it comes to Halloween, you know orange is often paired with black, which is the inspiration for this post! :) Do you have a go-to black eyeliner or eyeshadow?

  1. Kat Von D Witches — A Cool Black with a Matte finish.
  2. MAC Blacktrack — A Neutral Black with a Matte finish.
  3. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos — A Neutral Black with a Sparkle finish.
  4. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — A Cool Black with a Sparkle finish.
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty — A Cool Black with a Glitter finish.
  6. NARS Black Valley — A Neutral Black with a Matte finish.
  7. Sugarpill Bulletproof — A Neutral Black with a Matte finish.
  8. Urban Decay Blackout — A Neutral Black with a Matte finish.
  9. Illamasqua Creator — A Neutral Black with a Glitter finish.
  10. Chanel Mirifique — A Cool Black with a Glitter finish.

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The Best Lipsticks for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

The Best Lipsticks for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

Old favorites, a few new favorites — here are my favorite formulas (overall) when it comes to lipstick. If you’re looking for a new formula to try, or if you know someone who’s been eager to try one, hopefully this helps you!

1. Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($55.00) | This continues to be my all-time, holy grail lipstick formula. It’s the formula I reach for most often when I have a “free” day or to take with me when I’m out of town. The finish is luminous with fine pearl that I have trouble finding in other brands. Long-wearing, pigmented, hydrating–the only thing that is hard to love is the price point!

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

2. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22.00) | If you’re looking for rich color payoff, a creamy and comfortable formula, with good longevity and a good range of shades, this is a winner. Some of my favorites are shades like Anarchy, Fiend, Liar, Rapture, and Strip.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.com

3. Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00) | The consistency of the formula is creamy and so very smooth; it glides on effortlessly and sits really well on the lips while having good wear time and pigmentation. My favorites are their corals, like Corail Decollete.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

4. Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick ($21.00) | If you like the idea of a liquid lipstick but have wanted a glossier finish, these might fit the bill! They’re comfortable to wear with really rich color payoff (in almost all cases) and wear well. One of my favorites is Melted Violet.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTA

5. Too Faced La Creme ($22.00) | This formula is soft, creamy, and “melts” against the lips, which gives lips a really smooth, glossy appearance. Coral Fire and Jelly Bean are two of my favorites.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTA

6. BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00) | It’s one of the more underrated lipstick formulas, I think! The range has some variety, though more neutral than crazy neons, and has a great, creamy texture that applies well and wears longer. I love shades like Dolly and Hooligan for neutrals.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

7. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00) | Bite may have been trying to push their higher-end, luxury formula, but I still think their Luminous Creme formula beats it with ease! Creamy, rich color that hydrates, feels good to wear, and lasts well. Love shades like Violet.

Where to Buy:  Sephora

8. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00) | Like others, I was skeptical of a more expensive lipstick formula by Estee Lauder, but it’s really, really good. If you like your finish to lean on the side of natural to luminous, this is a formula worth checking out. Soft, creamy color paired with light shine, hydration, and good wear. It’s hard to pick favorites, but here are a few that come to mind: Confident, Defiant Coral, Discreet, Eccentric, and Intense Nude.

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s,

9. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00) | Another formula that had me wary at first but really won me over. It’s an extremely hydrating formula that gives lips a smoother appearance while worn, and the shade range is pretty fantastic (it’s huge!). I’ve been loving shades like Plum Brandy, Pink Buff, Soft Berry, and Neutral Rose.

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’sNeiman Marcus

10. Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49) | You really don’t have to splash out a ton of money to get a good lipstick. Maybelline’s Vivids line is fantastic for bright, bold shades that wear well, are comfortable to wear, and have intense color payoff. All shades in the line are well worth a look!

Where to BuyULTA

11. NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00) | This is a good formula for anyone looking for creamy, satiny color. The shade range covers a lot of ground, and you’ll find the finish varies from satin to luminous, but they tend to wear more as satins after a couple of hours, even if they started out glossier. The formula is very pigmented and comfortable to wear, though not hydrating for me. I love shades like Juliette and Anna.

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, SephoraNeiman Marcus, Saks

12. Urban Decay Matte Revolution ($22.00) | A new personal favorite for when I want a matte lip that’s comfortable to wear but still pretty matte. It’s not a flat matte finish, like you’d see with a liquid lipstick, but it is fairly matte. They have good coverage and wear nicely. I love shades like 1993, After Dark, and Backtalk.

Where to Buy:  SephoraULTABeauty.com

13. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00) | If there was one liquid lipstick formula I’d wear without a fuss, it would be Kat Von D’s. It still is the best formula I’ve tried in this category, as it is the least drying, best-applying, and most shades wear really long and well.

Where to BuySephora

14. Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99) | Maybelline, once again, will keep your wallet from running away in fear–their newest Matte range is superb. They’re long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and pretty matte without being totally flat. Shades like All Fired Up and Touch of Spice are great.

Where to Buy:  ULTA