Top 10 Red Lipsticks – Designer Edition

When you’re something of a red lipstick hoarder collector, picking your Top 10 will have you on the floor either weeping uncontrollably or laughing hysterically (in the manic sense).  Do you know I seriously felt bad about not including my other reds?!  Who has feelings like that?!

For this weeks Top 10 Tuesday I broke down and chose my Top 10 High-End Red Lipsticks.

Top 10 Red LipsticksIn no particular order…

  1. Cle de Peau Beaute 311 Extra Rich Lipstick Velvet.  So this one… is ridiculously expensive.  More-so than I thought when I purchased.  The lipstick itself is $40 then you have to buy the casing which is $25.  I never (and I mean never) finish a lipstick, so, while the casing is refillable, that’s just not economical for me.  That being said… I don’t regret this purchase in any way, shape or form.  It’s a stunning shade of excellent quality and if I had to pick my top 3 red lippies this would, without a moments hesitation, be in that group.
  2. Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque.  This was actually featured as my favorite red lipstick in Makeup Wars circa 2012 and it’s still in my top 3 to this day.  There’s something so perfect about the color that makes it an unstoppable, power red.
  3. NARS Future Red Cinematic Lipstick.  Cinematic is a new formula for NARS and it’s basically 10,000 shades of awesome.  Highly pigmented and so glossy!  Future Red was a part of the controversial Holiday 2013 Guy Bourdin Collection.
  4. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick.  I just recently reviewed this one, but of course it landed on my faves!  A frost finish that doesn’t look icy or trashy?!  Sign me up!
  5. MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick.  RiRi Woo is based off of Ruby Woo but in an even better Retro Matte formula.  It released several times throughout 2013 within the Rihanna Collections and it was a huge favorite each time.  What this means is that Rihanna can do no wrong in terms of a red lip from collections she collaborates on.
  6. Dior Lady Lipstick.  While there were three beautiful red shades that I purchased from the Dior 2012 Holiday Collection, Lady is my favorite.  She’s a muted, dusty red that carries oodles of pigment and is wonderfully wearable.
  7. LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint.  Maybe this one isn’t really a “lipstick” or “designer” per se, but it’s beautiful and gives my lips that perfect red tint without going pink.  Love it, couldn’t leave it out!
  8. Cailyn Big Apple Tinted Lip Balm.  I got this one in my September 2013 ipsy Glam Bag.  Again, not exactly a “lipstick” but a great tint!  It’s a little deeper than Santa Baby and just as beautiful!
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Enamel Glossy Stain.  This is a lovely, warm red that is completely opaque and stains the lips so well it’ll seem like you reapplied your lipstick all day!
  10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 8 Iconic Red.  When something is made in collaboration with Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, you know it’s good.  Aqua Rouge does.not.budge.  You’ll be hard pressed to get it off with even a hard core makeup remover.  Love this line!

And, as per usual on a Top 10 Tuesday, I cheated and managed to smuggle in my Top 5 High-End Red Lip Glosses as well.  Just kidding, no idea how these got here, I swear.

Top 5 Red Lip Gloss

  1. Marc Jacobs No Regrets Lust for Lacquer.  A juicy, strawberry red that works perfect alone or on top of any red shade that needs a little shine.  If there were such a thing as a neutral red, this would be it.
  2. NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lipgloss.  This is a fiery, siren red that features a teeny, tiny brush to get that precise application that you need for all red lip shades.  Super pigmented and super glossy!
  3. Lise Watier Rouge Catwalk Haute Couleur.  I got my first Lise Watier products in my August 2013 Wantable Box.  I’d been dying to try out the brand and was not disappointed!  This shade is another juicy sort of red that is almost opaque and has an awesome shine.
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme.  This was actually a GWP item back in 2012.  It’s an extremely vibrant and opaque fire engine red cream.  It just melts onto the lips and even leaves behind a nice stain after eating/drinking.
  5. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass.  While this red isn’t opaque by any means, the shimmer gives off a great dimension to any creamy red lipsticks that you feel might be falling flat or just need funned up!

What Red Lipstick (or Lip Gloss!) is your favorite?  Click the links below to see what the other Top 10 Bloggers have listed!

Top 10 Items to Conceal & Correct featuring PIXI Beauty!

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Top 10 Beauty Items Conceal CorrectOur skin changes so much throughout the seasons, which means our makeup should as well.  For most, Summer-time requires only a light amount of coverage with a light BB cream or a tinted moisturizer.  In the colder weather I need to transition into something heavier with at least a medium coverage.  For this Top 10 Tuesday we’re featuring our favorite products to Correct & Conceal (in any season)!

To begin your cold weather face prep, Pixi Beauty offers three products that will aid you in becoming flawless this Fall!

pixi Beauty flawless skin packaging Pixi Beauty Flawless Skin products1. Redness Reducing Primer ($28.00) – Even though it’s green in color, fear not!  This primer is exactly what you need to reduce the appearance of the redness in your skin and also help prevent it from happening so much in the future.  While normally I’m not a fan of using a skin primer, this works wonders in the cold weather for keeping my skin tone even as my makeup fades a bit throughout the day.
2. Crayon Combo in Wide Awake ($18.00) – Now that we all have the Katy Perry song permanently in our heads, use this waterproof crayon to open up your eyes by lining the inner rim and also blending around the eyes, thus concealing how exhausted you are.
3. Eye Bright Kit in Fair/Medium ($25.00) – This travel friendly kit contains four shades to fix flaws fast (and on-the-go!).  Included are an eye brightener, a cover-up duo and a multi-purpose cream highlighter.  Hide the imperfections and dark circles while absorbing anti-aging treatment ingredients.  I’m so obsessed with hiding wrinkles around my eyes.  I only turned 33 about a week ago, but that anxiety came with it.  Totally weird!

pixi beauty flawless skin swatchesI’m constantly switching out my face products based on seasons and type of event/day I’ll be having.  Here are 7 more of my favorite products to use on my face throughout the year to help hide imperfections:

Best products to conceal and correct

4. NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation – This is light for a foundation, but packs a nice punch of coverage, great for year-round use!
5. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – I use this mostly in the early Fall/Spring/Summer, but it’s still good in the Winter as the coverage is a little heavier than what you might expect.
6. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream – This has a heavier coverage, and I reach for this daily in the cold months.
7. 3LAB ‘Perfect’ BB Cream – an even heavier coverage than the Missha, but I always reach for this when I need to hide serious flaws and need a perfect complexion for photos.
8. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye – This buffs out to hide everything and anything.  I use this one year-round.
9. Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal – This is great to spot treat.  I mostly use this in the Summer, but it’s also good year round in a pinch! (not pictured the Miracle Skin Transformer Face, only because I feel like I pimp it way too much lol but I wanted to give it a shout-out anyway!)
10. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer – This is a stick concealer, and is wonderful for blending into the imperfections of the face and also correcting them.

What products do you use to Conceal & Correct Click the icons below to see what the other bloggers love!



Top 10 Palettes – Old School Edition

Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject.  After all, there are so many!  For this post, I want to take you back.  We’re talking old school-ish.  To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.

IMG_9979In no particular order:

  1. Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette.  This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition.  While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave.  I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring.  Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Mélange de Colour Fashion Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette is the end-all-be-all of LMdB products.  18 high quality shadows all in one place.  Countless looks can be created and it’s travel friendly to boot!
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  When these shades blend together in the signature Couches de Couleur application technique it makes the perfect taupe.  So, of course it’s one of my faves!  Love this one for holiday!
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day.  Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me.  Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope.  She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
  5. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows.  Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is.  This one takes us back to 2010.  Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released.  It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades.  They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
  6. Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette.  Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011.  You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman.  Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
  7. MAC Festive Frost Face Kit.  I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season.  This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
  8. MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit.  This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on.  You’re insane if you don’t love this.
  9. theBalm Nude ‘Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchased this back in 2011, but it’s still available!  The quality is amazing, but then… all theBalm shadows generally are.  Countless looks to be created… it’s neutral with a kick!
  10. Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette.  Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together.  It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.

Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school.  I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school.  Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago.  Boom.  Justified.

What is your favorite old school beauty palette?  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with!  Click the icons below to check them out!

My Top 10 (or more) Favorite Eyeliners

IMG_6838Maybe you’re looking at that first pic and you’re thinking… “Brooke, that is way more than 10 eyeliners” – I know.  But I promise my list numbering will not go past 10 ;)

Not all eyeliners are created equal.  We have gels and pencils and liquid … oh my!  It’s impossible for me to choose just 10, so, to make up my Top 10 Eyeliners, I grabbed up everything I loved and separated into brand/category… and I totally could have chosen more.

IMG_68491. NARS Eye Paints – New.  But totally a given.  They stay all day (even when worn alone) and are blendable!  Shown are the three currently in my stash – Iskandar, Mozambique, Snake Eyes.  Though I will be purchasing at least 5 more.

2. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner – Glides on, stays on.  Above I’ve shown my #1 fave in Barrow Street.

3. NARS Eyeliner Stylo – Easy for even a novice to apply and they wear like iron.  Shown are my faves in Koala, Atlantic and Carpates.

IMG_68524. Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Eyeliner – Shown above in Artemis, this is my fave because it’s just so beautiful.  Though it takes awhile to dry, the end result is worth it and it will last.

5. Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Crayon – I am in complete love with these.  Literally the perfect eye pencils and in beautiful shades.  They’re super soft so you have to sharpen them a lot, but that’s a small price to pay for what is otherwise perfection.  Shown are my faves Ro(cocoa) and Intro(vert).

6. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes – All of which are amazing, but 24L has been my favorite from way back.  When I’m feeling sick or just eye droopy in general this liner totally opens up my eyes and makes me look awake and alert.

7. NYX Kohl Kajal Brown Liner – In terms of ease of use and affordability, this is quite possibly the best brown liner out there for every day use.

8. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner – They’re all rather nice, but none can hold a candle to Brushed Pewter.  It’s grey with that slight hint of blue.  Perfect when you want a little drama on your eye during the day and just can’t deal with doing a full on black type of shade.

IMG_68419. MAC Kohls – Which include their regular Eye Kohl and Kohl Power liners.  They’re soft, smudgeable and for the most part last.  Even if they migrate a bit, it somehow looks like it works.  I grabbed my faves to show above in Teddy, Powersurge, Orpheus, Mystery and Black Karat.

10. Urban Decay – Of course I’m including the UD 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!  Are you crazy?!  These are as soft as MAC Kohls but have better staying power.  My faves are Covet, Hustle, Stray Dog and Muse.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 (or more) Eyeliners!  Check out what the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!

Le Métier de Beauté NOIR Dualistic Eye Pencil Swatches & Review

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Le Métier de Beauté is well known for high quality and top-performing products across the board.  In the case of the Noir Dualistic Eye Pencil, I just can’t say I’m a fan (and you know I love me the Champagne shade… so much so that I keep a back-up in my drawer at all times!).

IMG_0408What Neiman Marcus says about the Le Métier de Beauté Dualistic Eye Pencil:

      Whether it’s a defined line or a subtle smudged sultry look, this velvety-soft formula delivers rich pigmented colour and allows easy application for versatile, sophisticated looks.
  • Velvety-soft and rich colour.

  • Precise application.

  • No tugging, blends easily.

  • All day wear.

IMG_0405 IMG_0412Noir is an intense shade of black.  It’s smooth and applies gracefully.  It feels and looks amazing.  For about 5 minutes.  I had severe migration issues with this one, which was surprising because I don’t with any of the other shades.  It does okay on the top lid if you set with a shadow, but other than that I was looking very “Derelicte” (Zoolander reference).

For the money, I’d say nope on this one.  If you want an LMdB eye liner go for one of the other shades, because they’re amazing.  If you need a deeply saturated black pencil liner definitely head to either Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes or Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion so you won’t need to worry about checking your face.

The Le Métier de Beauté Dualistic Eye Pencil retails for $36.00 and can be purchased at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s.


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