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 Must-Have Mascaras

No matter how much makeup you put on your face, mascara is one of those products that finishes off not only your eye look, but completes your entire face as well.

Below I’ve compiled my Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras.  These are the products and wands that work the best for me and my particular lashes.  Some of these I’ve used consistently for over three years or more (replacing the actual mascara itself, of course!).  Check them out and see if any of your faves made my list!

Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras

  1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.  $10 gets you amazing bottom lashes to match your high-voltage upper lashes that you’ll get by using the rest of the mascaras on this list ;) Bottom Lash is awesome because the brush is tiny and gets all of those hard to reach lash areas on the top and bottom of your lids.
  2. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel.  In one coat this “snowflake brush” thickens, lengthens and curls!
  3. Too Faced Better Than Sex.  This one thickens and curls to make eyes pop!  I love to layer it over MUFE Smoky Extravagant.
  4. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant.  If you ever needed the perfect lengthening mascara, you’ve found it right here.  This looks great on it’s own, but when you put Too Faced Better Than Sex on top the effect is amazing!
  5. MAC Plushlash in PlushBlack.  Separates, curls, thickens and lengthens.  No matter how many mascaras I love, this one always ends up being the mascara I go back to for daily use.
  6. MAC False Lashes Extreme Black.  Lengthens and curls and also looks amazing under Plushlash!
  7. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.  The brush is thick, giving lashes a lot of oomph.  I love that this one never flakes or smudges all day.  Very long lasting!  There are several versions of this mascara, but I’ve found I like the original one the best.
  8. CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher.  It just does not clump.  When this came out bloggers even tried THIRTY coats!  Not only will it keep your lashes clump-free, but they’ll look awesome too!
  9. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara.  I discovered this one when I was in the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year competition.  For the purposes of the competition we were sent a huge box of products to assist in the challenges.  This mascara is one I still use to this day!
  10. Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam.  My first Rimmel product!  This came in an Influenster VoxBox and is now a staple for me.  The brush is in an hourglass shape and just does amazing things to my lashes.  Coating well for thickening, but doesn’t go clump crazy.

What is your holy grail mascara?  See what the other bloggers are loving and click the icons below!

Make Up For Ever 234 Angled Shader Brush Photos & Review

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Awhile back Make Up For Ever released their line of Artisan brushes and I introduced you to a few from the collection.  I just had to go out and buy one particular brush that I had my eye on to add to my collection – the 234 Angled Shader Brush.

MUFE 234 Angled Shader BrushWhat Sephora says about the Make Up For Ever 234 Angled Shader Brush:

What it is:
A dense, angled brush to apply eye shadow evenly.

What it does:
The unique shape of this brush makes it ideal for even and consistent eye shadow application. It is easy for beginners to use, and a must-have for professionals. Dense fibers offer moderate-to-heavy coverage and allow expert application and blending in the crease. It features both straight and wavy fibers, and can be used with loose and pressed eye shadows.

What else you need to know:
After five years in development with makeup artists and fiber experts, MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes are a revolution in brush craftsmanship. The 100-percent fiber brushes are available in a range of 76 handcrafted styles, each with the perfect balance of straight and wavy fibers that replicate natural hairs. Beveled tips create a two-in-one makeup brush and tool, while innovative hair density and brush head shapes optimize every stroke for ideal makeup application. To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times.

Make Up For Ever 234 Angled Shader BrushThe 234 is a firm yet soft, dense angled brush that provides me with perfect crease application.  It blends the shades nicely on any part of the eye with powder or cream shadows.  A definite must have!

The Make Up For Ever 234 Angled Shader Brush retails for $30.00 and is available at Sephora.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Halloween Looks – Tricks and Treats From Gatsby to Ghastly!

Make Up For Ever has shown several amazing Halloween looks and I’m really excited to share the face charts and breakdowns with you all, just in case you need a little inspiration this All Hallow’s Eve!


Masquerade1 Masquerade2Vampire

Vampire1 Vampire2Zombie Girl

Zombie1 Zombie2Wicked Witch

With1Witch2Fairy Princess

Fairy1 Fairy2Gaga

Gaga Gaga2Gatsby

Gatsby Gatsby2Also, if you are lucky enough to be near a freestanding Make Up For Ever Boutique or a boutiques within Sephora they are offering makeup applications to add artistic flair for any look.  These services are offered starting October 25th through November 2nd (see flyer below – click to enlarge).

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Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Collection Photos & Review

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Of all of the exquisite beauty products that Make Up For Ever has out there, you may have often wondered why there is no line of brushes.  Well, perfection is a process.  A five year process, if you want to get technical.

Why so long?  Creator & Artistic Director Dany Sanz tested a variety of synthetic fibers that mimic the silky softness of natural hair and also consulted with brush manufacturer Raphael on the island of Mauritius to create specialized brushes that require unparalleled craftsmanship.  In short, the construction of each brush involved 25 unique stages and was hand-crafted by a total of 30 people from start to finish.

Released this Fall is a line of seventy-six (76) cutting-edge brushes – the most expansive luxury brush collection that is currently available.  Brushes are an artist’s most vital tool, and Dany Sanz has made sure that these brushes will meet the needs of professional makeup artists as well as the every day consumer.

IMG_5848The brushes are categorized into four areas – 100s for complexion, 200s for eyes, 300s for lips and 400s for artistic (specially designed for professionals).  The range is broken down further depending on textures or product type, such as wavy or straight fibers, depending on the required use.  Straight fibers allow for more generous and precise application, while wavy bristles are more splayed, which provide a lighter and freer application.  I have 10 of them to show you today, with many more on my wishlist!

102 Small Foundation Kabuki ($36.00).  This is a small, dense, tapered round kabuki brush has straight fibers for precise application of foundation around the eyes, nose and lips, providing moderate coverage.  Recommended textures are cream and liquid foundations.

MUFE 102 Small Foundation Kabuki146 Flat Blush Brush ($37.00).  A medium, slightly fanned, flat-tipped brush featuring straight and wavy fibers.  This brush is designed for multi-purpose use and precise application of powders with buildable product payoff.  Recommended textures are loose and compact powders.  MUFE 146 Flat Blush Brush148 Blending Blush Brush ($55.00).  This brush features both straight and wavy fibers and is perfect for providing a light finish.  It works for shading, coloring and highlighting and is extremely soft.  Recommended textures are creams, gels, compact, pearly and iridescent powders.

MUFE 148 Blending Blush Brush 160 Blush Brush ($44.00).  This long brush features both straight and wavy fibers and a tapered tip for applying and blended blush easily.  Recommended textures are loose and compact powders.

MUFE 160 Blush Brush204 Double-ended Shader & Smudger Brush ($25.00).  This dual-ended brush features straight fibers with a shading brush on one end and a smudge sponge on the other.  Recommended textures are creams, pencils, liquids and compact powders.

MUFE 204 Double-ended Shader & Smudger Brush222 Sponge Applicator ($13.00).  This features a dense, rounded sponge used for even application of challenging products (such as pigments and pearly textures) reducing fall-out.  This applicator is refillable.  Six refills retail for $9.00.

MUFE 222 Sponge Applicator 228 Medium Precision Shader ($25.00).  This is a basic dense, round brush to apply, blend, and smudge all types of product. The straight fibers are flexible, allowing a quick even and intense result.  You can also use this for the eyebrow arch.  Recommended textures are creams, loose and compact powders.

MUFE 228 Medium Precision Shader270 Angled Eyebrow Brush ($21.00).  This is a short, firm, angled brush with straight fibers.  It is used to fill in the eyebrows precisely and blend for a natural finish.  Recommended textures are creams, pencils and compact powders.

MUFE 270 Angled Eyebrow Brush300 Lip Brush ($21.00).  This is a flat, square-shaped brush with straight fibers.  The geometric head lines the lips with precision and the flat side is perfect for filling in.  The brushes flexibility makes it easy to blend lip pencils, define and modify shape.  Recommended textures are lipsticks and glosses.

MUFE 300 Lip Brush402 Artistic Fan Brush ($20.00).  This is a divided fan brush with eight sections.  The straight fibers are used to create multi-line effects.  The recommended textures are creams and liquids.

MUFE 402 Artistic Fan BrushAnother interesting aspect of these brushes?  The other side of the beech wood handle has a beveled end to allow for easier product retrieval and can be used to help with faux lash application.

Have any of the Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes made it on to your holiday wish list?

Select brushes are now available at Sephora.  All brushes are available at and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.


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