Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Lipsticks

Recently I have taken to wearing lipstick instead of lip gloss or tinted lip balm and I absolutely love it! (Not missing the stickiness of lip gloss one bit!) I thought I would share some of the lipsticks I have been buying to build my collection.

Front: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
Left to Right: Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Colour in Lust for Blush (665), Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 11, MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lustering (A25)

Top to bottom: Maybelline, Rimmel, MAC, Nars (x2)

I've had them all for a while now, so I've had time to test and compare the colours, formulas, and lasting time. 

To start off the Maybelline lipstick (lust for blush) is a really pretty matte (I'll stress that, it is very matte) pink colour. It has a slight purple-mauve undertone, which makes it unique from all the other pinks I have. It stays all day, even through meals (as long as you don't deliberately wipe it off), and it isn't drying!

The Kate Moss lipstick from Rimmel is a very bright red. It has a high pigmentation, so I recommend just dabbing it on instead of doing a full sweep of colour. Like the Maybelline lipstick, it lasts all day and doesn't dry out your lips. Fun fact: it smells like cinnamon!

For years I've been wanting to try out MAC lipsticks, and my friend (who's a big fan of them) gave me a gift card for MAC for my birthday, and we went to the store to test them all out. I ended up with Lustering, which is a super pretty, mid-tone pink. It's pretty sheer, so I put on two coats for full colour. Unlike the Maybelline lipstick, which I mentioned has a purple undertone, this one has more of a bluish undertone, which is good for pale skin. This lipstick is also very moisturizing; however, since it isn't matte, it tends to fade after a long day, so be sure to bring it along wherever you go to reapply! Fun fact: it smells like vanilla!

The last two lip colours are the Sephora beauty insider birthday gift for the year (sorry to spoil the surprise for those who haven't received it yet!). The first is a matte red colour. It differs from the Rimmel lipstick because it has a more red-orange undertone whereas the Rimmel one has a deeper, more bluish undertone to it. I like this one a little better than the Rimmel one because the colour isn't so bright, making it easier to apply. The only thing is that this one is drying (found that out the first time I wore it) so be sure to apply a chapstick or neutral lip balm as a base. The other lip pencil from Nars is a nude pink (think beige undertones) with a more glossy finish. It's like your natural lip colour, but better (and with some more sheen). 

Overall I am really enjoying all of my new lipsticks and glad I finally branched out from subtle balms and glosses!

What are your favourite lip colours?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What I Wear to Work

Since I have a job for the summer, I thought I'd post what I wear on a daily basis. My work environment is pretty casual, but I still like to dress up without sporting a full suit. 

All of these looks feature different patterns- I am finally branching out from the floral!

Outfit 1: Leopard Print

Shirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Cardigan: American Eagle
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 11

Even though it's summer, I still wear jeans and a t-shirt, but I have updated my collection of t-shirts with different prints and styles. I also love wearing red lipstick with a leopard print. Also, my go-to pair of shoes for the summer are some light brown oxfords I bought at Payless. 

Outfit 2: Crazy Colours

Blouse: Dynamite
Jeans: American Eagle
Bangles: Forever 21

I absolutely love this blouse, yet I don't know quite how to describe this print- zigzag? Tie dye? Tribal? Whatever it is, it's something I normally would not have picked out. Aside from the pattern, I like the zipper detailing, which is a change from the normal button-down shirt. Paired with classic skinny jeans and some bangles (or bracelets of your choice), this look is also great to transition to an evening out. 

Outfit 3: Casual Friday

Tank: Ardene
Cardigan: Aeropostale
Jeans: Ardene
Necklace: American Eagle

This final look is the most casual of the three; something I would wear on Friday to dress down a little. I really like the tribal print in the shirt (which is also super soft!) mixed with the lace in the cardigan. 

I realize these outfits are probably not for everyone, seeing that my workplace is more casual than most, but I do have more outfit ideas on the way, including what I wore to my numerous interviews I had in May, as well as some summer appropriate options (think skirts and dresses). 

What do you wear to work?