Easy, Long-lasting Red Lips

You can probably tell that I'm a huge fan of red lips. I just feel more "me" when I wear them. Red can be tricky though since it's not the most wearable, natural color so getting it to last long on the lips is like a trick of the trade. I have a few different tips and tricks up my sleeve, but this is the easiest. It requires the least number of products and also wears the best without being overly drying.

What you'll need:
1. a waxy lip primer (some liquid lip primers can be drying and don't have the same "clingy" properties that a waxy primer has)

Recommendation: I really like the Colourpop Lippie Stix Primer. It's super affordable at $5 (I like to stock up when they're having one of their awesome sales), waxy, and twist-up so it saves on product as opposed to some that need to be sharpened.

2. a matte red lipstick...or whatever color you want to use (matte lipsticks generally wear longer than glossy or creamy lipsticks)

Recommendations: Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Peppermint Pop is GORGEOUS. Again, choose any color you want, but this formulation from Clinique is amazing; fairly lightweight and non-drying. It's my new favorite! Another option that I love is the Maybelline COLORblur Matte Lip Pencil in Cherry Cherry Bang Bang. It's a lipstick, not a pencil, but the packaging it the twist-up pencil style. Great color payoff and goes on super smooth.

3. red lipliner (I prefer a pencil that requires sharpening because I like a crisp lip line but I'm not too picky about this one)

Recommendations: Despite what I just said about preferring a pencil that needs to be sharpened, I'm currently loving the Clinique Quickliner For Lips Intense in Passion. It's the perfect true red and it's waterproof so it wears better than any lipliner I've tried. The downfall? It's hard to get that crisp lip line, but oh well. I also really like MAC lip pencil in Cherry, Urban Decay 24/7 lipliner in 69, and any of the NYX lipliners which are basically dupes for MAC and Urban Decay.

What to do:
1. Start with clean lips, free of balm or any moisturizing products that'll compromise the longevity of the products you're about to use. Then, just apply the lip primer evenly over your lips. If you overdraw your lips at all, also extend the lip primer into that area.

2. Apply your lipstick and blot. This step doesn't have to be perfect. Just stay on your lips and you'll be good. Blotting with help press the lipstick into your lips, and somewhat stain them.

3. Time to perfect! Following your lipline (or slightly over it) line with your lipliner.

4. Apply another layer of lipstick, and boom! You're done!

This process should get you through a majority of the day even with eating and drinking, just be sure to blot your lips while eating rather than rubbing at them with a napkin.

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala makeup products

I don't know about you but I'm pretty excited that the 2015 Color of the Year is marsala...a gorgeous and sophisticated earthy red-brown. It's one of those colors that you can be neutral or bold with and I love that. Plus marsala is a gorgeous color for makeup! Marsala lips, eyes, and cheeks...get ready.

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture is the epitome of the marsala color...right on point. Not deeper. Not more subtle. It IS marsala. Plus who doesn't love the Urban Decay lipsticks? Pair it with their 24/7 lipliner in Manic and you'll be good to go for 2015.

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in On The Catwalk is yet another more literal marsala lipcolor. It's an earthy brownish wine that applies beautifully and has a fairly good staying power. I tend to use this lipstick with a liptoned liner to keep the color true, or with a red lipliner (Urban Decay 24/7 lipliner in 69 is THE best) to make it a bit more bold.

How to get perfect holiday lips with Q-Tips

How to get perfect holiday lips

It's that time of year! Time for holiday get-togethers and parties, and with that comes holiday makeup. I personally like to go classic with my holiday makeup. A simple eye and bold holiday red lips is perfect. Sometimes though, a red lip can be anything but perfect...but in this post you'll see how Q-Tips can keep those lips perfected (and help you add a touch of sparkle and pizzazz).

To complete my holiday lips I used:

Q-tips® Precision Tips™
• The ultimate beauty tool, with tapered ends specially designed for precise application and touch-ups for nails, eyes, lips and more – perfect for achieve the ultimate holiday makeup look.
• Gentle and soft to use on delicate areas of the face, including around the eyes
• Made with 100% pure cotton for soft and gentle use
• “Q” stands for quality
• Affordable alternative to expensive makeup brushes
• Offers a clean and fresh application every time
• Flexible stick
• Light and portable for beauty on-the-go
• Convenient
• Disposable

Q-tips® cotton swabs
Perfect beauty tool for mastering a variety of holiday beauty looks, including makeup and nail polish application and touch-ups
• Gentle and soft to use on delicate areas of the face, including around the eyes
• Made with 100% pure cotton with the most soft cotton at the tip*
• “Q” stands for quality
• Affordable alternative to expensive makeup brushes
• Offers a clean and fresh application every time
• Light and portable for beauty on-the-go
• Convenient
• Disposable

Just keep reading to see how I got perfect holiday lips with Q-Tips.

My Eyebrow Journey -- Before and After

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Correction: MY EYEBROWS

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know how my brows have changed over the years, but one thing always remained constant...they were super thin and barely there with no makeup on. I mean, check out this post...it's one of my older brow tutorials. My right brow has always been thinner, which is the one shown in the tutorial and the pictures below. I always drew my brows on, which isn't a bad thing. I still think I did a pretty good job at creating my brows with makeup. But being nearly browless just got old after a while. I started wanting a less sculpted look...something more natural...something that wouldn't require perfecting with concealer and spending 10 minutes on every single day.

So, about 3 months ago, I made the decision to stop tweezing my brows.


No tweezing.

No waxing.

No trimming.


Total torture.