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I've had this blog for about a month now, and it's been a great experience so far. As you may know my blog is hosted by Weebly, and while I am happy with the way my blog currently looks and works, I was aso curious about my other options. Over the past week and a half, I've been doing some research and working on changing my blog over to Blogger. Blogger is another blog hosting website, and it is probably the most popular used, and I felt that there was more customization and options allowed for me.
I have kept the same name, Novels and Lipstick, because this is not really a "new" blog. Just a change and continuation of this one. I have a different color scheme, but the layout is pretty much the same. I've also switched all my posts (except for a few book related ones) over there, so you'll still be able to find everything you have seen here! This will be my last post on here, but I hope you continue to read my blog, just at a different location from now on! If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I will also keep this page up, and switch all my links for Bloglovin' and so on. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at novelsandlipstick.blogspot.ca!
Thanks so much,
This afternoon I took a look in my bag and saw that the compartment I keep whatever lipstick I'm wearing in, was full. In fact there were 5, each one I wore this week. I had an idea to do a "week recap" post about all the lipsticks I had on my face the past 5 days! They range from neutral to orange to red, with a variety of finishes.
Monday- Revlon Matte Balm in Standout
I'll be completely honest. I love this color, and these balms are really great...at first. I find myself needing to reapply quite often to keep my lips feeling comfortable, but I do talk and rub my lips together a lot. I have nothing against these balms and I do really like them, I just think they get quite drying as the day goes on. Anyways, this red is gorgeous and super easy to apply. You can see I've worn down the pointed tip!
Tuesday- Wet 'n' Wild Smokin' Hot Pink
This was my first day wearing this lipstick! I knew I would like it though, as I have a few other colors in this formula. It's a really pretty deep bright pink, with a matte finish. I really like this color, as it's not extremely unique. I know that seems odd, but it's a good basic in my opinion! These lipsticks are also a bit on the drying side, but you can easily put a lipbalm underneath.
Wednesday- Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush
Wednesday was a pretty low maintenance makeup day for me. It's funny, because I don't have those often. At least 5 people noticed right away that I wasn't wearing lipstick! But I kinda was, so the jokes on them! Haha? No? Okay, well either way this is more of a balm lipstick hybrid that gives a hint of color and shine with a smooth, balm-like feel. This color is a little hit and miss for me. Some days I LOVE it, and some days it looks too light and cheap. It's a pretty sheer blush pink, and I try to avoid putting too much of it on because that's when it starts to look bad on me. It was a nice break from heavy lipsticks for a day!
Thursday- Rimmel Color Rush Balm in Lady Marmalade
I know I've been blogging these to absolute death, I know, but they're just so great. I did a full review of these and mentioned this color in my Orange Lipstick post. It's a pretty coral with a great creamy shine and the format is so easy to apply! They smell great too. Love this product!
Friday- Revlon Super Lustrous in Siren
Today I wanted something brighter and more orange than Thrusday's coral, so I went with this orange. I also mentioned it in my Orange Lipsticks post as my favorite orange. Its so creamy, pretty and bright. I wore it with a navy and white striped dress for a pop of color, and it never fails to make me happy!
So these are all the lipsticks I wore this week! I had a good color variety and as you can tell, I'm a huge lipstick lover! I hope you had a great week too! What lipsticks have you been wearing lately?
Thanks so much,
As the old cliché Beauty Blogger phrase goes, April was such a quick month! It flew by, and it was certainly a good 30 days! I had my birthday, got to do some shopping, and the weathers been great! What's not to be happy about?!
This month was full of new products and tools for me to try out, and I have accumulated a group of products I wanted to include in this months (and my very first!!!) favorites post! Most of these are products I'd heard lots about, and I'm glad I bought them to try.
My first favorite is the Sigma Duo Fiber Brush. Oh my god, do I ever LOVE this brush! It's the first brush I've tried for foundation other than classic paddle brushes, and I am so completely hooked. I usually used my fingers to apply any sort of foundation-type product to my skin, but this makes it so easy, and gives such a flawless finish! I also find less product cling to dry bits when I use this brush. It gives my face a more natural, seamless coverage with little effort. It's so great, and washes well too.
As you may know, my skin is quite oily. I was feeling unsatisfied with my previous moisturizer, as I found it making me greasy throughout the day. After I finished that up, I picked up the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, which is water based and oil-free, therefore perfect for oily skin. It makes my skin soft and absorbs quickly, and keeps me shine-free as the day goes on. I would not recommend this to those of you with dry skin as it can be pretty light on dry spots, and I find myself needing to layer on my forehead when I have extra flaky bits. But that's a minor drawback for me, and can be easily dealt with.
The next thing I want to talk about is more of a "technique" that includes several products than a specific item. I've been opting for a bolder brow this month, filling them in a bit darker and exaggerating the arch a bit more than normal. I used to be so scared of bold brows, thinking I couldn't pull them off, or that they looked funny, but I think I found a way to make them look...normal on me. I won't say natural because nobody's natural brows look that way (and if yours do, tell me your secrets), but I don't think they look too "filled in". I use a couple of matte brown eyeshadows, Taupe and Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette, on a small angled brush. I'm planning an Eyebrow Routine post for sometime in the near future, so I won't go into detail about how I do it, but I've been loving the look!
I'm really late to the party on this one, I know, but this month I FINALLY got myself a Maybelline (3rd favorite from the brand in one month!) Color Tattoo! I love warm bronze eye looks so my first instinct was to get Bad to the Bronze. I love this thing, I totally understand all the hype! It is such a beautiful color, and it makes a really nice base for my Naked Palette. The texture is creamy without being greasy. I wore it one day with no primer and it lasted surprisingly well on my oily eyelids! But I'm sure you have already tried these...and if you haven't, you need to!!
I have two Maybelline eyeliners that I've been reaching for a lot this month. The first one is a nude liner for the waterline, that is meant to brighten the eyes and make you look more awake. It's the ColorShow Kohl Liner in Barely Beige. I like the creamy feel and it has really nice pigmentation.
The second eyeliner is the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black. I love this stuff! I usually reach for gel over liquid, but since I got this, I use it very regularly. The tip is precise and easy to control, and it's the perfect length. It's very black and not too shiny, which makes it great for both everyday looks and more dramatic wings.
The last product I have to share is an eyeshadow. Once color specifically that is always on my eyes, no matter what! Urban Decay's Sin is always my go-to inner corner highlight, but I feel like I've been really appreciating the difference it makes to my eye looks lately. It's the most beautiful shimmery champagne, and I reach for it over all my other highlight shades. Something about it just brightens the eyes and makes me look awake. It adds the softest radiance to any eyeshadow look, and I never feel complete without it! My Holy Grail eyeshadow shade of all time? Just maybe!
I hope you all had a wonderful month like I did, and I would love to hear what products you are loving right now! Do you love any of the products I mentioned?
Thanks so much,
It seems to be that the color of choice for a bold lip this year is orange. We've seen variations ranging from tangerine to neon bright popping up on every magazine, celebrity and blog you can name. But it can be a little bit tricky to pull off, especially if you're used to colors like nude and rose.
I have 3 options for you today, to inspire you to jump into the orange trend (all drugstore!). I think anybody can pull this color off, it just takes a bit of confidence. It's a fun way to incorporate color into your look, paired with a neutral eye look and a smidge of black liner.
My first option is for those of you who are not quite ready to transition into full orange lips, or feel that a more coral toned lipstick would be more appropriate for your everyday life. I love the Rimmel Color Rush Balms, and the shade Lady Marmalade is a pretty coral color that leans more orange than pink. It's hydrating, creamy and long lasting, so there's nothing to complain about, especially since they only cost about $6. This is a nice shade to transition into orange without going too far outside of your comfort zone.
The next pick I have for you is a bit scarier looking, and definitely more bold. It's also a great one to experiment with because it will only cost you $3! It's Wet 'n' Wild MegaLast in 24 Carrot Gold. I like these lipsticks a lot, they're so pigmented and long lasting. They are matte, and can be a bit drying, but if you prep your lips well beforehand, you'll be fine. 24 Carrot Gold is a light orange, not quite pastel, but definitely not electric. I think this is the hardest one to pull off due to it's matte texture and light color, but it is still gorgeous and would look especially nice on fair-skinned girls. If you want a shinier look, you can always pop a clear gloss on top!
My last and favorite option is a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the color Siren (Creme finish). It has a wonderful creamy feel and bright orange color that is so pretty without being obnoxious. It's actually the color I'm wearing in my little Author photo on the sidebar of this blog. I love love love it, and it makes my lips feel nice and smooth. The color is so rich, but it's a bit buildable which I really enjoy. This is my favorite orange, and I would recommend it to anyone. So pretty. Sorry for the rave, I just really love it. It's also a quite affordable option, costing $6 or $7.
I hope this post gave you a little idea for a lipstick you may want to try! Or you can try all 3, each of them are under $8! Orange is such a pretty lip color, and its certainly a trend worth trying out for yourself, and it's gorgeous for Spring and Summer.
Have you tried orange lipstick? Do you have a favorite?
Thanks so much,
Who doesn't love blush? It makes your cheeks look rosy, and your skin look alive...what's not to adore? And I have a really nice one to show you today.
For my birthday, I got an Amazon Gift Card, and of course I couldn't not get at least one makeup product. After doing a little research on Sleek's website, I decided to order a blush in the color Flamingo. I have never tried anything else from Sleek, so because I have heard great things about their products, I had high expectations!
I was so excited when this came in the mail! The packaging is a lot smaller than I expected for some reason, but it's still very sleek (haha) and pretty. I find it a teeny bit hard to open, but that's probably just me.
The color is a vibrant deep rosy pink, that looks very scary in the pan. It appears matte on the skin, and can be applied sheer for a natural, rosy look, or built up for a more dramatic color. I love this shade, and how versatile it can be.
Up close, you can see a slight sheen, but the blush appears mostly matte on the skin. It has a very smooth, pigmented texture that applies evenly. The nature of the color requires a bit of blending, but the product does blend smoothly.
I was awkwardly walking around my house all afternoon with one subtle cheek and one bright cheek thanks to these pictures! Oh the hardships of beauty blogging!!
I have also noticed this blush lasting a nice while on me. I have only used it twice, hence the name "first impression", but these are my experiences so far.
While I know that it's not technically a very "first" impression, I have not used it enough to do a full review. I'll include this product in an FOTD soon, to let you know if I'm continuing to enjoy it as much as I currently am (which is a lot, it's so pretty).
I am glad I ordered this blush, and I'm so far very impressed with the quality. I paid about $12 for it from Amazon, but they're cheaper in the UK because they're a UK Brand. It is living up to my high expectations, and I can't wait to wear it more! It's the perfect pink blush for Summer!
Have you tried anything from Sleek, or would you like to? I know I was always curious about this brand!
Thanks so much,
There are so many makeup sins that you can commit (so many), but maybe the worst, or at least within the Top 3, is having dirty brushes. Now, I'll admit, over the past few years that I've been using makeup brushes, I haven't always been the most consistent about scrubbing all the dirt, oil and excess product out of them, but lately I've been getting better at it. It sounds gross, I know, but guess what? That's actually what you're putting on your face!
It's easy to ignore the toll that all the repetitive applications with dirty brushes will take on your skin, but it's quite simple to solve that problem!
WASH YOUR BRUSHES. Really. I can guarantee that with regular brush cleaning, you'll notice better, smoother makeup application. And if you get frequent blemishes for no apparent reason, this just might be the culprit, so you'll notice clearer skin as well.
Now, I'll be realistic with you. Beauty magazines or websites will tell you to wash your brushes every week, but seriously, who has time for that? Especially if your collection of brushes is large! You should set aside time to clean your brushes at least once a month though.
For me, it takes about 30 minutes: 20 to get myself in the mood to do it, 10 to actually wash the brushes.
I've been using Dr.Bronners Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap for brush cleaning lately after hearing Hollie Forrest talk about how much she loved it. She was right, it works great to get all the product and pigment out of your brushes in just a few drops! But baby shampoo works as well!
I just get my hand wet, then pour a few drops of the soap in my palm. I wet the brush I'm washing, then swirl it in the soap on my hand. I take a little extra time for brushes that apply liquid or cream products (foundation, concealer, etc.) just to make sure that I get them really clean.
Then I rinse the brush. Repeat for each brush, using the same method for all types and sizes.
When you lay your brushes to dry, you want to tilt them downwards. Why? So the water doesn't stay in the ferrule, making it rust. I do this by folding up a face cloth or handtowel and resting my brushes handles on that as they dry.
You can gently shape your brushes with your fingers while they're still wet to help them keep their form! But don't worry, they should be fine without too much mauling.
I find my brushes take about a day to dry. That's the biggest annoyance for me, because I usually have to go a morning without my brushes. On those days I just go for a natural look that can be created with your fingers (concealer, brow pencil, cream eyeshadow, mascara, tinted lip balm).
Brush cleaning is one of the most dreaded (but most important) makeup essentials. Follow these tips and I can assure you'll have a more enjoyable makeup experience! Do you have any time-saving tips or miracle products for brush cleaning?
Thanks so much,
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Hi there everybody! I'm sure you can forgive the fact that this is going up on a Monday, instead of my usual Sunday, due to the fact that Sunday was Easter! I had a lovely day, and I hope all of you did as well! Easter is such a nice holiday, because it really is the beginning of Spring in my mind. Spring is a time for all the leaves to grow, and the flowers to bloom, and the snow to melt. A time for change.
Nature doesn't have to be the only one changing around here! And though I'm not the type to have this problem often, I know many people are stuck in their Makeup Comfort Zone after a long winter of treating dull skin and chapped lips.
Today I'm going to give you some tips on how to get out of your Makeup Box.
First of all, you want to identify what your makeup limits are! Do you have a signature look that you find yourself recreating every day? Do you have 10 lipsticks in the exact same shade of pinky-nude? Whatever it is, identify what your limits seem to be at the moment. Makeup is supposed to be fun, but it loses that aspect once it becomes routine and repetitive. For me, I always use the same inner corner highlight, and don't show my other ones enough love! Also surprisingly outside of my comfort zone? Nude lips!
Next you should look for inspiration. Take notice of what other girls in your life wear, and how they incorporate it into their looks. Search magazines for colors or textures you want to try. Don't expect to commit to a fully new look overnight, just notice elements that you think might work for you and you could add to your daily makeup routine.
Quick tip: You don't need to buy new products to get out of your makeup box. Just get creative. Use a colorful eyeshadow that you would never otherwise use, as an eyeliner! Or fill in your brows with a bit of a new shape! It's about working with what you have. Of course you can buy a new product, but for little experiments, that's not necessary.
My next suggestion is to test out new looks on days you have a lot of time to get ready, like a weekend. That way, if you don't feel comfortable or like the results, you can just wipe it off! It will also give you more of a chance to get used to a new lipstick shade or brow shape before you face your peers. You may need a while to feel comfortable in something new, and that's okay!
Lastly, never stop experimenting! Trends always change, and though there's nothing wrong with having a go-to look, don't be afraid to try new things! Don't feel bad for having your makeup limits, either. Even the most skilled professionals have comfort zones. It takes effort to get out of your Makeup "Box", but it's very rewarding to see and feel the way you change when you try a new look. Go ahead and have fun!
If you're looking for more tips on how to change up your makeup, another good resource of tips is this YouTube video by one of my favorites EmilyNoel83! Check it out, and I'm sure you'll all love her! The video's a little older, but the tips are still very much relevant.
I hope this helps you get inspired to try out new looks, and I hope you all like Emily's video. Is there any new looks you've been dying to try?
Thanks so much,
Some days you go to bed too late, and wake up too early. Maybe you need to look awake in a hurry for school. Whatever the problem is, I have a few simple tips to help you brighten up your eyes in a pinch.
Bright eyes are also an especially fun look in the Spring! Everyone is retiring their full coverage foundations for lighter formulas, so why not do the same to your eye makeup? Trade in your black liner for bright colors and light shadows!
My first tip is to not skimp on undereye concealer! Make sure you cover up all those dark circles, and brighten up the area! Use a concealer thats lighter than your foundation, and blend it in with your clean fingers or a brush. I always see girls on YouTube using a ton of undereye concealer, but you don't need all that product, trust me! I use a little more than I would normally feel comfortable with, but I just blend it a little lower to highlight the whole space under the eye. Don't forget to bring it to the inner corner of the eye! I use the Maybelline FitMe Concealer in Fair.
Speaking of the inner corner, don't forget to highlight with a shimmery champagne color! The inner tear duct area can be very dark and shadowy, so apply a nice highlight there. My favorite of all time is Urban Decay's Sin. It's in the Naked Palette, or you can buy it as a single, or use whatever shimmery champagne color you like! Just get some on a small shadow brush and pop it on! Instantly more awake looking eyes, here you come!
Another way to brighten the eyes, very subtly, is to line the lower waterline with a nude pencil. This will cancel out any pink or red tones that usually show in the waterline, making the eye look bigger. I use the Maybelline ColorShow Kohl Liner in Barely Beige, but the most raved about liner for this technique is probably the nude Rimmel Scandal Eyes pencil. When I use this method, my eyes look bigger and brighter, which is the look we're going for with this post! I would suggest using a nude instead of a black for everyday, as black can close up the eyes.
Colored liners can really make your eyes pop! I find that a bright purple contrasts nicely with the whites of my eyes, making them look brighter and more awake. It's a fun way to experiment with color, and get a brightening affect at the same time. I specifically like to use Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Ransom for this, but any bright purple liner will do. But stay away from plum with this look, you want a bright color! I line my upper and lower lashlines with this, smudging them gently with my fingers.
Those are my quick tips for bright eye makeup. Try them for yourself and see what I mean. You will look more awake and alive instantly! Obviously, you can tailor these tips to suit you, and using all of them at once is not necessary. I just wanted to provide a little guide for you to take inspiration from.
Also, have a great holiday everyone! Happy Easter! I hope you eat way too much chocolate and spend some quality time with family :)
Thanks so much,
Hi everyone! I'm in an especially good mood today, as it's probably the nicest day I've seen since Winter started! I am so ready for Spring, and this little taste of warm weather today was such a treat.
In fact, it inspired a cute little look that I wanted to share as my FOTD. It's simple and bright, with winged liner and a bold lip.
I kept my skin light with a sheer layer of BB Cream, powder and a little bronzer.
For my eyes, I used Kinky and Freestyle from the Urban Decay Smoked Palette. I put the lightest color on my lid, and the peachy tone in my crease to add warmth- not necessarily definition. I used the Maybelline Gel eyeliner to create wings, and used a nude liner in my waterline to brighten. Then I added a coat of mascara to my upper and lower lashes.
I finished everything off with a bright lip. The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Aurora. This is one of the shades that I don't hear talked about very often, but it is beautiful. It doesn't have any glitter, and its a bit red, a bit pink, a bit coral. I can't think of the exact words to describe the color, but it was the first one I was drawn to in the line. Such a pretty shine and a really nice Spring-y shade!
This is a nice and wearable Spring look that anybody can pull off. Winged liner and bright lips is a basic combination that packs a punch, which makes it perfect for Spring! You can easily adjust this to suit your preferences, tweaking the intensity of the liner or the lip color.
I was very happy with the way this turned out, and I hope it gave you a quick idea for your Spring makeup!
Thanks so much,
The whole chubby crayon balm stick trend is still going strong in the drugstore. They're one of my favorite formats of lip products, and these Rimmel ones do not disappoint! They're called the Lasting Finish Colour Rush Long Lasting Intense Color Balms. What a name!
They're almost up there with my beloved Revlon Just Bitten Kissables. The only thing keeping them a wee bit behind is that I don't have as many colors!
These are affordable (around $6-$7) and widely available at all drugstores. The shade range is quite nice, with about 12 shades that I've seen in stores. Rimmel's website is saying that there are 7 shades available, but I have seen many more colors in person. The packaging is plastic with the name written on the sides in silver. The color of the packaging also matches the color inside, so it's easy to know what to expect! The cap fits snugly, and the product twists up from the bottom.
I have two of these, and definitely intend on picking up more! The shades I have are 300 Viva Violet and 620 Lady Marmalade.
Viva Violet is a purply-pink. It looks more pink on the lips than in the tube, but it still has a nice purple undertone.
Lady Marmalade is a bright orange coral. It's less pink than some corals, and looks true to color on the lips.
Both of these colors are creamy, with a creamy gloss finish and no glitter. They smell like sweet marshmallows, which I love! It's pretty strong in the tube, but you can't smell it once you put the product on.
These balms have a creamy feel, and they feel great on. They don't hydrate like an actual lip balm, but they feel comfortable and that feeling stays for a while. When the creaminess wears away, my lips don't feel dehydrated, but I do like to reapply.
They do stain, which is nice. The stain is even and pretty. I still like to reapply after the balm-like feel goes away to maintain a fresh look, but you would be fine for a while with just the stained look they leave.
Those pictures are of the freshly applied balms, and as you can see, the finish is creamy, and shiny, but not like a glossy lacquer, which I like. Also, not sure what my hair is doing in the picture on the left? Whatever. It's one of those hair days!
I love these Rimmel Color Rush Balms, and I can't wait to try more! Have you tried them? Do you like them?
Thanks so much,