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10 Gorgeous Lipsticks for Fall

Things have definitely changed outside here.  Certain days the wind chills you to the bone and the leaves have all started to fall.  People hustle to their cars quicker than before.  Boots are on ever other set of feet and pea-coats and belted trenches have made their way back already.  Winter’s threat is just around the corner and Spring feels very far away.

If you are anything like me and you carry around 10-15 lip products in your purse at any given time, its definitely time you pulled out those spring and summer shades and replaced them with something more season appropriate.  I pulled out all my watermelon and peach shades and have replaced them with shades lending themselves more to the berry, grape and raisin variety.  (Have you ever noticed all the fruit references before?!?!)

So, I wanted to share with you my 10 Favorite Lip Products for Fall 2012. (in no particular order – click to enlarge)

My Top Ten Lipsticks for Fall 2012

Russian Red  

lipsticks perfect for fall

Russian Red is a part of MAC’s Matte Lipstick collection which are available for purchase at MAC stores or counters at your local department stores.  Retails for $17.50 CAD or $14.50 US.  It is a beautiful true red, not really lending itself to either cold or warm tones.  Long lasting and not at all drying, MAC’s lipsticks are what made them famous and as the weather turns colder a nice bold red lip can add a classy pop of colour to any look.  For more swatches of Russian Red, please click here.

Moody 

"Moody" by tarte, lip swatch

Tarte’s LipSurgence natural lip tint’s are some of my absolutely favourite lip products.  They are peppermint infused so they have a minty scent and are a nice hydrating product for your lips.  Because this product is a tint and not a lipstick it goes on sheer and stays put like a stain.  Moody is a nice deep berry that enhances your natural lip colour creating a richer looking lip.  This product is available for purchase at Sephora and retails for $31.00 CAD or $24.00 US.

Black Honey

lip swatch of "Black Honey" by Clinique

Black Honey is a shade that the majority of beauty blogger’s have owned at one time or another.  Clinique’s Almost Lipstick collection is known for its lightweight sheer pigment that merges with your lip colour creating a unique look for every one.  Black Honey is a deep blackened raisin shade with a soft shine.  Available at your local department stores or at Sephora.  Retails for $19.00 CAD or $15.00 US.

A Different Grape 

"A Different Grape" lipstick swatch by Clinique (on lips swatch)

Clinique’s Different Lipstick  collection is aimed at feeling smooth and comfortable on, while providing a wide range of shades.  “A Different Grape” is a pinkish grape shade that covers well and brings lots of colour to your lips without being overpowering.  This product is available at your local department stores or at Sephora. Retails for $19.00 CAD or $15.00 US.

Heather Moon 

dark plum/mauve lipstick by Clinique

I absolutely love this shade for fall.  It is a nice deep mauve/plum shade that applies like a dream, is long wearing and doesn’t dry out your lips.  Clinique’s Long Last Lipstick collection is available at your local department stores or at Sephora.  Retails for $19.00 CAD or $15.00 US.

For Keeps

For Keeps swatch by MAC

Strathmere, Ottawa - outdoor winter wedding

I should definitely be a big fan of this one, considering it is the shade I wore for my wedding!  MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcolour collection is by far the longest lasting of all of these products and the biggest pain in the butt to get off.  They are completley non transferrable when drinking, eating or kissing – so you never have to worry about patchy looking lips with this.   Not something I like to use everyday, but it is perfect for when you don’t want to worry about touch-ups or smearing.  “For Keeps” is described as a rose-plum with iridescence.  This is available at MAC stores or counters at your local department stores.  Retails for $28.00 CAD or $23.00 US.

Hope 

"Hope" by tarte lip swatch

The same product as “Moody” from above, “Hope” offers a matte finish in a warm rose colour, perfect for fall.  Products from Tarte’s LipSurgence natural matte lip tint collection are available for purchase at Sephora and they retail for $31.00 CAD or $24.00 US.

Unchanging

"Unchanging" swatch by MAC

 This was the runner up when selecting my wedding lipstick.  A fantastic product, but I opted for the slightly more noticeable shade.  Unchanging is a soft neutral lilac pink from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcolour collection and is available at MAC stores or counters at your local department stores.  Retails for $28.00 CAD or $23.00 US.

Berry Rich

great berry coloured lipsticks for fall

Berry Rich is exactly what it claims to be, a rich berry shade that isn’t too bright for autumn.  It adds a beautiful pop of colour without being too overpowering.  New York Color’s (NYC) Ultra Last Lipwear  line is available at your local drug store or Wal-Mart for anywhere from $1.50-$2.00.  The packaging certainly looks and feels cheap and you always want to make sure you always have it close for touch-ups.  But for the price, this is great value.  I was impressed and pleasantly surprised.

Celebutard

nude lipsticks for Fall 2012

Celebutard is a nude peach beige perfect for creating a polished natural look this fall.  Absolutely perfect for a bold make-up look or a dramatic smokey eye where you want your lips to compliment rather than compete.  Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick collection is available at Sephora on-line or in-store for $23.00 CAD or $19.00 US.

Although some of these shades are bold, they aren’t super bright the way spring and summer lip colours tend to be.  These 10 lip products give you variety between soft, matte and muted or deep, rich and daring…as well as everything in between.

What are your favorite lipsticks this fall?  And how many do you have in your purse right now???

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

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my Inglot cherry popped

I ventured into an Inglot in Montreal with Samira a couple of weeks ago and decided it was certainly time to pop my cherry.  Inglot, a 25 year old cosmetic company from Poland has only 4 stores in Canada (all in Quebec) and only 9 locations in the USA (find a store near you), so Inglot is not a brand that you will run into often – depending on your locale.  When I ventured into one of the 3 Montreal stores, the sales associate immediately started to tell me a little bit about the brand…comparing their products to that of MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever.   The mission:  to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers.

Their “Freedom System” of palettes is what she said they are most famous for.  The combinations were endless and I knew I was in trouble.  There are 15 different shapes and styles of palettes.  You can have only “face” palettes” or only “eye” palettes if you want, but there are also combination palettes where you can have 2 eyeshadows, a blush and a face powder all together.  How amazing is that?!?  Everything is customizable!   When you are in the store, they let you walk around with a big magnet, so you can just pull out whatever you like and stick it on your magnet so you can see everything together and keep track of what you are interested in.  Genius.

So let’s take a peek at what I got!  I took a lot of pictures, so please hang in there!

Inglot PackagingInglot Palette and Eyeshadows

First, let’s take a closer look at the AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow I purchased in shade 70.

AMC Pure Pigment Eye ShadowAMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow

Their range of pigments is massive.  I’ve linked to the US online store so you can see all of the colours available.  Tell me – what competitor offers this many options???  You get 2g of product for $14US.  I believe I paid $19CAD in store in Montreal.  This colour is stunning.  I was sold before I even swatched it in store, all it took was seeing it sitting on the table.  Just look at this swatch of AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in #70 in natural light.

AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow swatch

For palettes, after much deliberation I opted for the 10 eyeshadow palette.  Because of their instore promotion, I got 10 colours of my choice and the palette for $79.00 + tax.  That works out to $7.90/eyeshadow with a free palette!   For comparisons sake – eyeshadow pans at MAC are $14.00CAD/each and that isn’t even taking into account that you have to buy the palette and you get less product….

Freedom System eyeshadowFreedom System Eyeshadow - square

Each palette has small magnets in all four corners of the lid as well as the palette itself.  So it easily pulls into place when you are closing up your palette.  You can also stack palettes and use only one lid on top.

10 Eyeshadow Palette from Inglot

Freedom System Square Eyeshadow PaletteFreedom System 10 eyeshadow palette

Both swatches were taken in natural light with no flash.

Eyeshadow swatches for Inglot eyeshadowsSwatches for Inglot Eyeshadows

What I love:

  • The amount of each product in each pan is enormous.  From what I’ve noticed, not all pans are the same – it seems to vary depending on the texture of the shade.  My matte shadows are each 2.3g and my others vary from 2.5g up to 3.5g.
  • Their Freedom system of palettes is amazing and is to my knowledge the most flexible and customizable option available to beauty addicts and makeup artists alike.  I love how with the magnets on each corner, you can actually stack all of your palettes together and simply put a lid on the top one.  I’m excited to grow my Inglot collection!
  • Their products actually GO ON SALE!  I’m so used to MAC Cosmetics where in Canada you will never see a sale – EVER.  (Residents in the United States luck out with the Cosmetic Clearance Centres available where all of the limited edition left over products go to die and be sold at discount – I WISH.)  But I was thrilled when I started building my palette and the sales associate was running off numbers and then used the phrase “except, it will be even cheaper right now because we have a promotion on these palettes.”  *Angels sing* I couldn’t believe it, a promotion!
  • Rainbow eyeshadows!  They have a line of rainbow eyeshadow pans that actually have 3 shades of the same colour in one palette pan. http://inglotcosmetics.com/rainbow.eye.shadow/products/657/793
  •  Their collection is all encompassing.  They cover everything from eyes, lips, face, brushes, accessories and even a new nail lacquer line which is described as “breathable Nail Enamel ensuring better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty.”  It is one of the many things on my “next time” list.
  • Their selection of pigments was huge compared to MAC cosmetics.  They had a much larger range of colours (it would be comparable to the collection available at MAC pro stores, but I think even then MAC would fall short, Inglot just has soooo many.)

What I hate:

  • The shadows aren’t named, only numbered.  I like being able to use a name when talking eyeshadow colours, rather than “I used number 207 through my crease…”  But that might just me being used to a certain way.  I guess I figure I am more likely to remember the name of something rather than a catalogue of numbers.  (Makeup Forever products are the same way – numbered.)
  • There isn’t an easy lip to be able to get your product out of the pans and move them around if you like.  You need to use something like the blade of an exacto knife to pop out each shadow from the palette.  Not a huge deal, but slightly inconvenient if you are in a hurry.
  • Unlike at MAC, they don’t offer samples of their loose pigmented eyeshadows.  You can try them all in store, but if you want to check it out with your makeup from home, you will have to buy it.
  • Unfortunately, their online shop doesn’t allow for shipment to Canada.  They have full sites for which you can purchase product in the US, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South Africa and Finland.  I will unfortunately have to wait until my next visit to Montreal.
I wanted to do a makeup look using these new shadows so you could all see them in action.  And rather than doing a neutral everyday look, I ended up doing something dramatic…surprise surprise.  Regardless, I hope you enjoy this look.  I think it is fun for a night out or special occasion.  I would avoid wearing it to work.  😛
Inglot Makeup LookPink Dramatic Eye Makeup
For this look, I used #48 all over my lid, #72 as my darker outer eye shade #46 to highlight and #482 to do a nice dark line under my lower lashes.
Inglot Makeup LookMakeup Diagram for Makeup How To
The pigmentation and quality of these shadows was lovely (I did use an eyeshadow primer).  They were very easy to blend together and I had no issue getting the colour payoff I was looking for.
Dramatic Pink Eye MakeupDramatic Pink Makeup Look

For the rest of my look, I used the following:

Skin –  Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118 topped with Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus by MAC

Lashes – Ardell’s Demi Wispies False Lashes and Too Faced lashGASM mascara on my bottom lashes

Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.

Lips – Clinique’s Longlast Lipstick in Heather Moon

Cheeks – Margin blush by MAC

Brows – Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows

With flash:

Dramatic Pink Makeup

With natural light:

Pink Makeup

The verdict: The shadows were long lasting and didn’t crease or budge after several hours of wear.  For the price, I see this brand has incredible value and a giant range of shades.  I will be visiting Inglot upon my next visit to Montreal for sure in order to try out some of their other raved about products.

I hope you found this post useful.  Do you own any Inglot products already?  If so, what are your favourites??

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you are near an Inglot – or maybe on your next vacation.  You won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

Pink eye makeup for a night out


Butterfly Party

Swatch of Butterfly Garden Crushed Metallic Pigments by MAC

Even though the Butterfly is a flying insect it never gets lumped into the “Ugh, I hate bugs!” category.  No one ever freaks out when a butterfly is fluttering past and certainly no one reaches for the closest swatter.  I think a large part of this, at least to me is the inviting colours commonly associated with butterflies.  Especially as a little girl when I was growing up, I thought they were gorgeous and would chase them around…but a moth on my bedroom ceiling while trying to sleep would make me cry until my Dad would come and force it to fly into another room of the house.  Butterflies are certainly one of the most beautiful insects known to man if not the most beautiful.

Butterfly 003 wallpapers and stock photos

MAC Cosmetics just came out with their Spring line and it is filled with vibrant colours.  A lot of neon and bright shades for lips, cheeks and eyes – but what drew me in was these Crushed Metallic Pigments.  They had three selections of different colour combinations.  I picked up the set called “Butterfly Party” Friday night (while engaging in what could only be described as “retail therapy”).  And after having a chance to play with this product I couldn’t be more tempted to go pick up the other two sets as well – Aloha and Strawberry Patch.  They retail for $40.00 CAD each set of 4.

MAC PIgments

Not only are the colours beautiful, but the packaging is super cute as well.  They screw together and you can keep them in a tower of four, or two sets of two.

MAC Pigments in Purple, Blue and GreenGreen, Purple, Pink Pigments by MAC

This product is so beautiful and so fun to take pictures of, I could do this all day!  All the more reason to pick up the other shades next time I am at the mall… (see, I have zero willpower)

Swatch of Butterfly Garden Crushed Metallic Pigments by MACMAC Crushed Metallic Pigments

So the whole Butterfly thing inspired me to try something new and something very different.  I used Desert Cloud Crushed Metallic Pigment all over my lid and Rain Drop Crushed Metallic Pigment through the crease and out the side of my eye.  I only did one eye because I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.  It’s certainly a bit sloppy, but not awful for a first try.  I definitely look forward to playing around with this sort of look again.  Let me know what you think!

Face Art with MAC PigmentsFace Art with MAC Crushed Metallic Pigments

I found these pigments creamier than regular MAC pigments, I have a feeling they would actually apply really nicely with just your finger as an applicator.

***Also, for this look I used Dollymix Blush by MAC on my cheeks and Heather Moon Long Lasting Lipstick by Clinique.  For the Black, I used just an inexpensive drugstore liquid liner and Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara on my lashes.***

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

xox,

Shann

Look with MAC Crushed Metallic Pigments