• Monday MakeUp- Matte Lipstick

    How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? We hosted our first big Thanksgiving dinner here at the Ryan house. My domestic skills are a bit on the slacking side, cooking is not exactly something that I excel at. To say that I was nervous, is like calling an iceberg an ice-cube. With a little bit of help, we were able to pull it off. Pretty proud of myself over here!!


    So onto Monday MakeUp……

    Do you love matte lipsticks? I know that I do. Sometimes though, I find that they are incredibly hard to pull off. Matte lipsticks are not know to be the most friendly makeup to work with. They have a tendency to be dry (and drying), they show cracks, they can make lips look smaller. But with a little prep work they are wonderful, for those times that you don’t want a shiny, sticky, sparkly mess on your lips.

    A few simple steps to keep in mind:

    1. Make sure that you exfoliate your lips before hand. This will pull off any flakes that are bound to show up with a matte lipstick
    2. Use a lip liner that is the same color as your lips. This will help keep the lipstick where you want it, and help keep them from looking smaller.
    3. I always put a bit of lip balm on my lips before a matte lipstick. This will help keep them from drying out on you.

    In my BirchBox last month, I received a sample of ModelCO Party Proof Lipstick and LOVED it. Even though they are completely matte, they don’t dry out my lips at all. The color is true to the tube color. They would look flattering on just about everyone. Plus they had major staying power. They really are Party Proof.

    Luckily I had some points saved up and was able to use them on the box set of their neutral collection. To be honest, I was a bit nervous buying lipstick online (well actually I buy very little of anything online). But once it got here, totally worth it!!

    It came with three matte neutral colors:

    • Get Naked– Is a light flesh tone color, with a peachy undertone. On me it almost makes my lips nonexistent. Which is perfect to go with a very dark smokey eye.
    • Kitty– Is a very light ballet pink color. This has become my new go-to day time color. It is just so soft and girlie. While I am not normally a pink girl, this looks good even on my skin tone.
    • Dusk Till Dawn– This is a mute dusty rose color. While it is not my favorite of the three, it is certainly not disliked. It is a slightly darker version of my natural lip color. It would be a perfect color if you are going for a natural look, but with a little oomph. Or for afternoon tea.

    I can see getting a lot of use out of all three of these colors. What about you guys? What lipstick colors do you wear? Are you a fan of the matte or do you like the more satin traditional lipsticks?

  • Nude Lips; The Buffs

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    Anyone else loving the nude lip look? This is my favorite lip color. I know most people say that they love a great red wine lip color. But for me I like the nude, flesh tone look. Why? Because the light color actually makes your lips look fuller and softer. While a dark color will make them pop more, and make them more noticeable; a light color lip will make them look bigger. Think about it this way, if you were to paint a room all dark colors, it would seem smaller then if you painted it all cream. The light colors allow light to bounce around, while dark color absorb light. Same philosophy works for your makeup.

    This being said, I was so excited when Maybelline came out with The Buffs line of lipstick. All the colors in this line are flesh tone. Everything from very very light beige, to a pinky nude color, to darker skin tones. They are all amazing and only being $5.00 a pop making them completely affordable.

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    To start, I purchased Nude Lust and Truffle Tease. Nude Lust is growing on me. When I first tried it, I was not a huge fan. It is a pinky beige color, no idea what I was thinking since I really am not a an of pink lipstick. It has a slight shimmery metallic finish to it. Actually it is very similar to my natural shade, just shimmery. That being said, it is growing on me and I do like it for a quick splash of color for running errands. Truffle Tease I love. It is a brownish beige, very light color. It looks perfect on my skin tone. I can wear it with just about any other makeup color.

    Something to keep in mind, they are cheap lipsticks and you do sometimes get what you pay for (now there are LOTS of amazing drugstore finds out there). They do not last very long, I find myself having to reapply a lot. They do not stand a chance against eating or drinking. Also, they do show any and all flaws on your lips. I have found that I do need to apply a little lip balm before applying this or my lips look horrible. Weighing cost over these small flaws, makes this seem like an easy choice.

    I am so excited to keep trying the other shades in this line. And again at only $5 a pop, there is no reason not to try them all. Has anyone else tried these yet? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

  • Great Drugstore Lip Products

    Great Drugstore Lips


    I am a hoarder. Lets get that out into the open. I hoard lip products like no one’s business. With so many different products on the market it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the money, and which ones you should pass on. Lucky for you, I have tried most of them and have compiled my list of favorites. This is not to say that these are the only ones that I use, or like, just these are my go to easy to find, drugstore finds that are always in my purse.

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    Up first is Rimmel London, Kate in 113. This has a super matte, total coverage beige-y nude color. When I say total coverage, it even covers my extremely naturally pink lips without any pink seep through. This is perfect for when you are going out, and you have a very dark smokey eye. You need to have very heavy eye makeup with this, otherwise it will wash you out.

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    Next up is Rimmel London’s 272 Frosted. This is much more of an every day lipstick (over Kate’s 113). It is still a nude, yes most of my lip colors are in the nude family. But while the other one was a full coverage matte, this one is a more pinky shimmery color. It lets your natural color show though a bit more. You can wear this with any other makeup you have going on. With the shimmer and color it will not wash you out. I have even worn this alone, as in no other makeup…. eekk

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    We all have chapped, irritated, winter lips, these are the best chap sticks that I have found. Boudreaux’s Baby Kisses came originally as a sample in Baby’s Butt Paste package. It took me a long to get over that fact. I mean it was packaged with something called Butt Paste. But once I got over that, it was awesome. It is a bit thick, but feels wonderful on and starts soothing right away.

    My Favorite Night Balm, is a recent find from Bath and Body Works (so not necessarily drugstore purchase but I could not tell you about this). You put it on at night, right before bed. Be prepared, it is very very thick; kinda feels like you are putting on petroleum jelly. However, when you wake up in the morning, it is so worth it. It leaves your lips soft, full and perfectly kissable. Since I started using this, I am not needing an hourly dose of chap stick.

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. It leaves a slight color, to help cancel out a bit of the pinkish that I have going on. (Seriously they are so pink) It soothes a bit, has a chap stick feel. My girls have these in just about all the colors they have. They tell daddy that it is just chap stick, not really lipstick. Making it okay for them to wear on a daily basis.

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    So I saved the best for last, I got this as a gift for Christmas. It is a great peachy pink color, with gold shimmer. It is a perfect color to help whiten your teeth too. It is super shiny, and makes your mouth so pouty. It is a bit sticky though. However the reason that it is my favorite…….. It comes with a built in mirror AND light!!!! You push a button the top and a mini light turns on. Making reapplication in the dark a breeze. The packaging totally makes this a winner.

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    So what is your favorite drugstore lip products? Which ones make the cut? Let me know.


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