Lip Products I’m Loving // National Lipstick Day + Giveaway!

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Who knew you could own a day?! Huda Beauty has officially made July 29th National Lipstick Day and it’ll also be the day she launches her newest lip product, Liquid Matte. I’ve never tried anything from Huda Beauty, but this product is said to be “revolutionary” … so maybe I’ll give it a peek 😉

In honor of this now official “holiday” I want to share with you a bunch of lip products that I’ve tried out this Summer that I’ve been loving. Some aren’t Lipsticks per se but neither is a liquid matte (technically).

Lancome Juicy Shaker Bi-Phase Lip Oil($21.00 // Nordstrom). A cocktail for your lips. Of course I’m on board. There are a ton of shades in the Juicy Shaker line, but for the most part they’re all going to come off the same on your lips. Some will have a bit more pigmented than others to leave a nice tint (like Wonder Melon) but really this product is just a nourishing oil to add shine. Shake and pop on your lips – the cushion applicator is perfect for applying all over without a heavy feel. I chose Wonder Melon for the tint, Mint To Be because I love the color/it helps boost teeth whiteness and Boom Meringue for the scent because YUM. Yes, these are all subtly scented but light and LOVELY.

Lipstick Queen Lipstick($25.00 // Nordstrom). Color changing lipstick. If I wouldn’t have seen a YouTube video on these shades I never in a million years would have bought them. Frog Prince is Green but when I wear it my lips turn the most gorgeous shade of berry and it also leaves a slight stain behind. Hello Sailor is Blue but gives my lips a subtle mauve tone, almost a deepening of my natural lip pigment. These shades will look slightly different on everyone due to natural lip coloring and pH levels, but they’re gorgeous and very moisturizing.

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm*($20.00 // Nordstrom). I’m so happy for the Tendertalk Lip Balms now being in a tube! I’m not a potted lip product fan by any means but I did like the formula of the original Tendertalk balms. Application is easy with these sheer-to-semisheer lip products. Smooth, moisturizing… exactly what I want and need out of my makeup life.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Balm*($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). I am a big fan of IT Cosmetics but what you might not know is one of the very first products I fell in love with was the Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush. Recently they released the lip balm and it’s just as wonderful and does the same as the Lip Flush, but it’s in a rounded shape. This was first released in a set featured on QVC, but I hope we see the single available soon!

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick*($17.00 // Sephora). UD covers all the bases with their #LipstickIsMyVice launch. Just in Wende’s Ten Top Picks I found 6 LOVES. How is that even possible?! Swatches here.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss*($14.00 // ULTA Beauty). I don’t use the term “ride or die” lightly, but this gloss is something I refuse to run out of. Slightly tingly, moisturizing and even plumps a bit. Swatches here.

Estée Edit Cocobalm*($22.00 // Sephora). Since I first tried this balm it’s been a Summer staple. The Cocobalms are moisturizing, slightly tinted and have a subtle coconut fragrance. That scent always screams Summer to me and the rounded packaging makes them handy to keep in your bag or even your car. Original review here.

Too Faced Melted Metal($21.00 // Sephora). These babies were around before any of the other brands decided metallic lips should be in. My shades of choice are Melted Metallic Peony (metallic dusty rose, shimmer finish) and Melted Metallic Debutante (metallic apricot rose, shimmer finish) mostly because I thought they’d be the perfect fit if I needed a Summer metallic lip. I love how the Melted lip colors stay on decently, have nice pigment and basically just POP!

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick($18.00 // Nordstrom). Because I was so happy with my metallic Summer lips I wanted to get a more neutral tone to wear in the Fall. The praise has been high for the Jouer Liquid Lipsticks and I settled on buying Praline which is a pretty pink champagne metallic. It’s still metallic but not overdone.

Nudestix Skin Glossing Pencil*($24.00 // Sephora). Nudestix products are known for multi-tasking and this particular one is great for highlighting as well as wearing on the lips. It’s sheer and lightweight but perfect for toting along to touch-up your entire face.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). These liquid lipsticks stay on SO well and Crush is my latest purchase. A beautiful, neutral mauve for Fall – perfect for day or night wear. When you put the Nudestix pencil over-top it’ll gloss it up which looks amazing with a smokey eye.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick($8.99 // ULTA Beauty). It’s been a struggle to not go out and buy every single one of these. They have a nice, even pigment and feel comfortable on. My faves are shown below and swatches are here.

Sleek MakeUP Lip VIP Lipstick*($8.49 // Sleek MakeUP). Great, bold Summer selection with super pigment. These mattes are comfy to wear, last well and are a wee bit cheaper than the Covergirl mattes!

Of course as I was writing this up I thought of even more I love from other brands, but I think you get the idea 😉



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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover

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Beauty lovers are the easiest to shop for. It’s almost as though the options are limitless! This week, for Makeup Wars, we’re giving some recommendations on stocking stuffers. Below you’ll find Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover – and there’s sure to be something that you know they’ll love 😉

Holiday Lips:

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick* (find it at ULTA Beauty). The shade shown below is called Sofia in Love and was made for Sofia Vergara to wear on her wedding day to Joe Manganiello! That basically means it’s the perfect red – there are many other reds to choose from so be sure to check out Red Siren, Red Revenge or Red Rogue!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (find it at Macy’s). You’ve heard the hype and it’s real. It’s the lip color that won’t quit so it’s the perfect gift! I’m wearing Heathers in this photo and I was SO impressed with how well it lasted through a Christmas party full of eats and drinks.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (find it at ULTA Beauty). If you’re looking to save money these are the next best thing to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. The color selection is decent and you have a lot more neutral options than with ABH. I’d recommend buying them online, though… my stores are always sold out of the best colors!!

LUSH Santa Baby (find it at LUSH). My fave lip tint is now in a tube! Seasonally appropriate and it smells, tastes and looks amazing. Buy buy buy!

Hooked on Hair:

Redken* (find it at ULTA Beauty). Three products I’ve been using and loving from Redken are the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender, Express Primer and Diamond Oil. It’s been a whole other level of hair care for me. The oil is the only one I’ve tried that doesn’t seem to travel up my strands and into the crown of my head making it even more oily. It stays where you put it and to me that’s a miracle. If the giftee enjoys hair care, they need this trio.

For the Brow Obsessed:

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Have they whined about how they want to try awesome brow gels and powders but they’re so expensive? Hook them up with the Salon Perfect ones at Walmart. Same thing, a third of the cost!

Always Doe-Eyed:

Salon Perfect Lashes* (find it at Walmart). If lashes are worn then you can never ever own enough. I know for my cousin if I handed her a stocking full of false lashes she’d love me forever. The Salon Perfect lashes are available at Walmart and look really good on.

Nudestix* (find it at Sephora). The Nudestix line is full of perfect multi-taskers. Travel-friendly and easy to use you’ll find items that work well on lips, eyes, cheeks and brows! So, if you’re not sure what they’d like this line will cover every single base with minimal product purchasing.

Gaga for Gadgets:

Real Techniques* (find it at ULTA Beauty). If they’re into brushes you need to get them some of the Bold Metals line from Real Techniques. They’re so pretty and the metal handles make them seasonally perfect.

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Affordable beauty gadgets abound! Who else not only has lashes and brow products but also a handy tool for helping you apply those lashes?! Get on it.

Because They Love Skin Care:

AVEENO* (find it at Target). There is some skin sensitivity up in this house and we are good with Aveeno. If the person you’re stuffing a stocking for is picky about what they can put on their body this line is an excellent choice. There are wonderful items available for the body and also the face.

Murad* (find it at ULTA Beauty). I put a lot of Murad on my face and have recently become very obsessed with the benefits of Vitamin C. They have a lot of products to suit any skin issues (or non-issues) but if your recipient hasn’t checked out the “C” line you must introduce them!

Lather* (find it at If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one already – but it smells so good it’s landing here too so no one misses out! Lather has 4 options of stocking stuffers that smell amazing. It’s a candle/soap duo that you can get in Lavender, Lemongrass, Vanilla and Cranberry Orange.

Manicure Addicted:

OPI* (find it at ULTA Beauty). OPI has released some gorgeous nail polish sets lately full of fun ways to jazz up core colors. You can also currently find their new Starlight collection in stores now!

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens (find it at Target). I’m not the greatest at nail art but I love to use these pens when I want to doodle a bit on my nails. If your person loves nail art these will be an excellent way for them to customize their looks.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish* (find it at Walgreens). For budget friendly nail polish options Sinful Polish gives you a ton of colors, both neutral and loud. Because they’re so reasonably priced it’s an easy add on to a gift or even easier to fill up an entire stocking with!

Pretty Perfect Nail Polish* (find it at I talked about this brand last year – you can pick a polish and put ANY name you want on it. Everyone likes to see their name on things 😉 Ask someone to marry you with one… there are endless options!

If You’re On a Budget:

ELF* (find it at Target). I originally posted these items on my Instagram but they’re perfect for this post as well because they’re the best at being budget friendly! Basically anything you choose will work so pick what works best for the recipient. There are also some amazing holiday kits out!

Hard Candy* (find it at Walmart). If your recipient loves to bring the fun and flash then Hard Candy is the budget friendly beauty pick for them! Beautiful picks are available for holiday including palettes, kits, lip gloss and even a Disco Lip Gloss ball!

PIXI Beauty* (find it at Target). PIXI has a fabulous collection of core items as well as holiday picks. You’ll find everything you need in this section from holiday sets to lip balms to liners to shadows… anything you can think of!

Pick from the list and mix it up or stock them up on their must-haves (if they love lashes they can never have enough)!

What does the beauty lover in your life want in their stocking this year? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers are recommending by clicking the icons below!

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5 Must-Have Pencils from NUDESTIX

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Lately I’ve been loving playing around with NUDESTIX Pencils. They’ve got great and travel-friendly options for eyes, lips and cheeks as well as some new and limited edition options. Here are five of my current faves from the brand – check them out and let me know what you’d like to try in the comments!

The packaging is usually in a rectangular black matte tin with rounded edges. The limited edition #gobronze set has a fun design on the lid which I love and hope they do more of! As you open the tin there is a folded paper telling you all about the product, how to use it and recommendations for other items. On the underside of the lid there is also a full size mirror.

NUDESTIX Lip and Cheek Dual Pencil ($24.00 // Sephora). This pencil is a Lip and Cheek duo, but you don’t have to just use one side for cheeks and one for lips. The shades are interchangeable so that the colors can coordinate or match on your face. I love how creamy this pencil is and it’s easy to apply and blend. The shade swatched below is in Mystic/Whisper but a lighter duo is available in Soul/Flesh.

NUDESTIX Moisture Pencil ($24.00 // Sephora). This is a multi-purpose pencil meant to instantly relieve dry skin. For me, I keep this in my purse all the time because of my allergies. When my eyes water the outer corners get dry and flaky which makes it seriously red and painful. I dab this on after dabbing my eyes dry to keep that from happening. The ingredients are a blend of jojoba oil, vitamin E, argan oil, shea butter and vitamin C.

NUDESTIX #gobronze ($35.00 // Sephora). #gobronze is a duo case of the Magnetic Eye Pencils. The shades you get in this set are Gilt (gold) and Immortal (bronze) which will help you to create a seamless and smooth Summer eye look. These eye pencils are super smooth and make wonderful bases for eye shadows. Like with Twilight, the shade I reviewed previously, I do recommend wearing a secondary primer to avoid creasing. Gilt and Immortal are also available separately for $24.00 each here. This set is limited edition.

NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil ($24.00 // Sephora). The Clean-Up Pencil is perfect for removing makeup mess-ups whether it’s eyeliner or lipstick… anything, really!

NUDESTIX Sculpting Pencil ($24.00 // Sephora). This is a double-sided pencil of creamy colors suitable for subtle highlighting and contouring. A traveler’s dream product, for sure. Lot’s of pigment but really easy to blend. The shade I have here that is also swatched below is in Highlight Light/Contour Medium but I found the contour shade to be on the light side, and I’m rather light myself. There is another duo available in Highlight Medium/Contour Deep but I think that the highlight shade in that one may be too dark for me.

What pencil are you looking to try out from NUDESTIX?

NUDESTIX products are available at Sephora and Bloomingdale’s.

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NUDESTIX Whisper Lip Pencil, Twilight Magnetic Eye Color Pencil & Shimmer Eye Pencil Swatches + Review

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When you’re busy it’s important to have neutral, multi-tasking products on hand. In my opinion, we can never have enough of these. Even though my looks might be more neutral than not, I still crave the variety! NUDESTIX is the latest brand to hit Sephora and Bloomingdale’s that has multi-tasking pencil products for those of us that are busy, busy!

Let’s start with the packaging. Each pencil is housed in a rectangular black tin with rounded edges. As you open the tin there is a folded paper telling you all about the product, how to use it and recommendations for other items. On the underside of the lid there is also a full size mirror.

I have three products to share with you today, a sampling of the full line, in Whisper Lip + Cheek Pencil, Twilight Magnetic Eye Color Pencil and Shimmer Eye Pencil.

Whisper Lip + Cheek Pencil($24.00). This color is described simply as nude. It shows up rather grey toned on my lips (even though on the swatch it looks pink), so I personally wouldn’t wear it alone without a shimmering pink gloss over-top to balance it out. The formula is opaque and not drying at all. It’s got a bit of a stick that isn’t so much apparent on the lips as it is for the cheeks. Surprisingly that doesn’t make it hard to blend out using a tapping motion with your fingers. While it needs a little love to look good on my lips the shade is perfect all by itself on my cheeks. This is available in eight shades

Twilight Magnetic Eye Color Pencil($24.00). This color is described as bronze. Twilight is gorgeous as a lid color or even as a liner that smudges out and blends nicely. Though this is touted as having 24-hr wear I found that this creased rather quickly when worn alone so I do recommend wearing a secondary primer underneath. (Note, my lids are on the oily side). When you do that it does last the day. This is available in eight shades.

Shimmer Eye Pencil ($24.00). This color is a shimmering champagne ivory. This was another one that needs another primer underneath to stick around. It’s perfect for lining the eyes, highlighting or as a shadow. This touts a smudger on the opposite side of the pencil and is available in eight shades.

Each pencil comes with an attached sharpener so that your point always remains fresh and precise.

I found these pencils to be wonderful for travel and perfect for my everyday lifestyle. I would personally love to try more from this brand, especially the Lip + Cheek Pencils but I do wish the eye products were more crease-resistant on their own. Especially since competing products from other brands are slightly cheaper and don’t require a secondary primer.

Have you tried NUDESTIX? What do you think of the products?

NUDESTIX is available now at Sephora and Bloomingdale’s.