In my October Topbox, you might recall that I received a eye shadow sample card for Stila’s “In the Light” eye shadow palette.
It contained two makeup look ideas as well as samples of each shadow from their full-size palette called In the Light.
Although the samples weren’t huge by any means, I had enough to be able to give these eyeshadows a thorough try. It contained enough for swatches of all the colours as well as 3-4 regular uses as well.
The full size palette contains 10 wearable neutral shades designed to compliment any skin tone. It retails for $50.00 CAD ($39.00 US) and also contains a limited edition Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in a matte chocolate brown called “Damsel”.
Swatches from the “In the Light” eye shadow palette:
Of the two makeup look suggestions included, I decided to showcase the look purrfect cat eye:
- apply “Bare” from lash line to brow bone
- apply “Kitten” to the lid and blend
- apply “Bliss” to crease and outer corner of the eye
- wet brush and apply “Ebony” to lash line, carefully extending the line up past the eye. (I totally copped out on this step and used my regular black felt tip liner)
As you can see, this is a very soft, subtle and natural eye makeup look that is perfect for daytime. It also gives you opportunity to use some of your more heavily pigmented lip products for that punch of colour that would be “too much” to pair with a smokey eye. Above on my lips I am wearing “Hope” by tarte from their line of LipSurgence natural matte lip tints which is one of my absolute favourites!
You will find this look in the full-size palette as well, inside a booklet containing 5 other suggested combinations. These look books are always great for those who might be a little overwhelmed with too many choices and aren’t sure where to start. I particularly love them, because they generally suggest pairing certain colours together you might not normally have considered.
Overall, this palette is quite lovely and has a nice variety of natural shades. For me though, I already have enough neutrals that purchasing this set wouldn’t make much sense. They do however have sister palettes with different combinations:
- “In the Moment” is a great universal palette with a mix of neutrals and purples that are ultra-wearable no matter your colourings.
- “In the Know” is a collection of 10 earth-inspired matte shadows which can be a fantastic addition to the beauty addict that mainly has lustre shadows.
- “In the Garden” is botanical inspired with a nice combination of matte and jewel toned shadows.
So no matter what your collection looks like at the moment and what you might be looking to branch out into…chances are Stila probably has you covered with a variety of combinations for the savvy shopper.
Have you tried Stila eye shadows before? What did you think? Which palette is your favourite?
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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)
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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???
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A few weeks ago I picked up the “Give Me Some Lip” set from Sephora’s website. I love trying new products and I always find that Sephora’s pre-made sampler kits are a great way to do that. You get to try new brands and shades that might be outside your comfort zone, or price range. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg, or invest in full size products that you end up wanting nothing to do with.
The set comes in a small glossy pink “book” with a shimmery ribbon on the right hand side that you can tie to keep it closed.
Full Ingredient List (click to englarge):
When you untie the ribbon, you can open it up to find your six products tucked away neatly.
The “Give Me Some Lip” set contains:
- 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (very sheer berry rose)
- 0.12 oz Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (sheer nude)
- 0.1 oz Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage (sheer mauve/plum)
- 0.1 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (soft pink gloss with lots of shimmer)
- 0.1 oz Tarte LipSurgence™ Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (warm rose shade)
- 0.5 oz Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink (described as a very sheer pink with iridescent shimmer)
That is 2 full size products and 4 travel sized products. This lip sampler of Sephora Favorites can be purchased on-line for $30.00 CAD or $25.00 US. The Tarte product itself retails for $31.00 CAD or $24.00 US. So really, think of it as buying one of those…and getting everything else for free!
I want to take a closer look at all the products and shades here, to help you decide if this value set is truly for you.
Let’s start with the Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh:
- This was my first product by Fresh and I’ve got to say that it is just lovely. I finally understand what all the fuss is about! It is so soft, it almost melts onto your lips as you apply it (no need to press hard with this product). This lip treatment leaves your lips feeling hydrated with a pretty, natural, subtle tint. It is also SPF 15, so that is a nice added bonus too! The scent that accompanies this lip product is sweet like fruit yet lightly floral.
Next up let’s look at Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in “Hope”:
- This is my second LipSurgence product from Tarte and I love it just as much as my other one. I find this shade very wearable for the everyday. The nice matte finish doesn’t make it too intense, but “Hope” still adds a nice deep colour to your lips. All of their LipSurgence products have a slight minty scent to them (to me they smell exactly like dental floss) and have a long hydrating wear time.
Now for, Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in “Child”:
- This is a fantastic nude lip gloss that glides on sheer and softens your natural lip colour while adding a nice neutral shine. It has a very light scent of vanilla to it and has a flexible flat-sided sponge applicator that was soft and comfortable against my lips. I see myself getting a lot of use out of this for bold eye make-up that calls for a nice soft and subtle lip.
Laura Mercier Lip Glace:
- Babydoll is a nice pink shimmer gloss with a lot of shimmer and sparkle that comes with a sweet dessert smell. The sponge applicator is angled and stiff which makes application quick and efficient with little room for error. I think “Babydoll” is a nice complimentary shade to go with a variety of skin tones and make-up styles and preferences.
Bite Lip Shine in “Vintage”:
- The light scent that goes along with “Vintage” I can only describe as a black cherry, or a spicy cherry of sorts- it is definitely sweet, but has a little bit of punch as well. This lip shine is a gorgeous sheer mauve/plum shade that basically deepened my natural lip colour and added shine. It has a really nice consistency and I love the natural richness of it on.
Last but not least, Sephora’s Glossy Gloss in “Precious Pink”:
- This product is by far the glossiest of the set, I definitely see where it gets its name “Glossy Gloss”. This sheer soft pink gloss basically goes on clear and contains a great deal of iridescent shimmer. Your lips will feel soft and slippery, look plump and smell like watermelon. This is a great everyday gloss, especially for the summer months.
(In the same order as shown above)
All in all, for the price I’m really happy with this multi branded value set. I find it offers a nice variety of shades as well as textures – I really have no complaints with this purchase and am really glad I bought it!
Is there a certain brand from this sampler set that you love/hate? I’d love to hear about your favourite lip products for the season!
P.S. Here is a look using “Hope” LipSurgence natural matte lip tint by Tarte: