Nude Obsession

When it comes to lippies I’m normally a sucker for a bold color but lately I have been gravitating more towards nudes. Neutral tones can really light up your face and accent your makeup. I also feel like a neutral lip shade flatters all women, regardless of skin tone. There’s also a wide range in what classifies as a nude. I prefer to stick to the warm browns, pink and mauves.

Here are some of my favorite nude lip products:

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1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi – This is one of my favorite matte formulas! It’s super creamy and goes on silky smooth. It doesn’t feather like other mattes tend to do but this formula also will not stay on all day. I’m perfectly ok with that as sometimes true mattes are super drying.

2. Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy K – The hype over these lip kits were huge! I guess I lucked out grabbing one because I literally just went on the site after hearing people complaining about it selling out in 5 minutes and I was able to add Candy K into my cart and check out. Candy K is a dusty brown rose color. The formula is very pigmented and it dried quick so I recommend applying in thin layers. This stuff will not move from your lips though! While it can feel very dry, just add a bit on gloss on top to soften it up.

3. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu – I’m a huge NYX fan and these Butter Glosses are what I tend to wear on a daily basis. The color of the bottle is the exact color you get when you apply it. Also it smells amazing.

4. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper – This is such a gorgeous shade. It is a nude dusty rose and I love that it does’t wash out your skin. The formula is creamy and just like most other lipsticks you will be reapplying after a few hours.

5. Nars Satin Pencil on Rikugien – The formula of the satin pencils is very light, almost feeling as if you don’t have anything on your lips. The shade is a mute rose (see a pattern here lol) and it is buildable.

6.ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Bianca – ColourPop makes my favorite matte lippies that truly last forever on the lip. The formula is incredible and they have amazing shades.

7. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel – This is such a great neutral color. The Chubby Sticks are soft and lightweight and have a great moderate gloss finish.

8. L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Bare Attraction – As my favorite drugstore brand, L’oreal did not disappoint with this Pro Matte collection. Just like the first product on my list, you won’t get that typical drying matte formula with these. They are creamy and super pigmented while still have the perfect amount of gloss finish. Bare Attraction has been my go to for a nude lip.

9. Kylie Lip Liner in Candy K – This liner comes with the liquid lipstick as the Kylie Lip Kit (see #2).  I use this with all my nude shades and it helps to stop feathering.

10. Urban Decay + Gwen Stefani Lip Pencil in Ex-Girlfriend – I absolutely love the collaboration of Gwen + Urban Decay. Ex-Girlfriend is a gorgeous shade and this lip pencil is a match to the lipstick, which also happens to be my favorite but I lost it :/ I love that I can use the lip pencil with all my nude lipsticks and it goes on super smooth.

Here is what each shade looks like swatched on my arm:

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 What are your favorite nude shades?

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Latin Grammys – Get the Look!

If you tuned into the Latin Grammys last night, you saw how stunning Genesis Rodriguez & Zoe Saldana looked on the red carpet.  Well L’Oreal is sharing with you all how to get those looks at home!

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Makeup Artist: L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Claudia Betancur

STEP 1: Claudia first prepped her face with L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur ($24.99) which works as a great primer before foundation.
STEP 2: To compliment Genesis’ gold gown, they went for a sultry smoky eye. Claudia first applied a beige toned shade on the lid of the eye. For depth, she applied a dark brown shade from the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude 2 ($15.99) on the outer corner of the eye and blend inward stopping halfway.
Claudia’s Tip: When creating a smoky eye, begin with the eyes first and then focus on skin as shadow tends to fall.
STEP 3: To bring the smoky eye to life, Claudia drew a subtle cat eye wing. She used the new L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Liner ($9.99) which has a flexible felt tip. She completed the eye with mascara, L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($10.99).
STEP 4: For a matte finish, she applied the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation ($14.99).
STEP 5: She added a shimmery glow on top of the apple of the cheeks with L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Illuminator in N 202 Rose ($12.99).
Claudia’s Tip: Use a fan brush to have more control on where the powder lands.
STEP 6: She completed the look with a glossy nude lip pen that also fits perfectly in a clutch: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen in 209 Choco-Lacque ($9.99).

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Makeup Artist: Vera Steimberg

STEP 1: First, Vera applied L’Oréal Paris Youth Code All-In-One Skin Illuminator ($17.99) on her cheek bones, brow bone, nose and upper lip to prep the skin with a glow.
STEP 2: For the eyes, she used the very tip of the NEW L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Liner ($9.99) on her top inner eyelids to connect the lashes with almost an invisible line.
STEP 3: Vera used the darkest brown shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01 ($19.99) on the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct and the bottom lash line, creating a V-shape. She layered the shimmery champagne shade in the inner corner of the eye as well. On the lid, she used L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in C302 Ice ($12.99), for a radiant glow.
STEP 4: Next she applied primer from the NEW double-ended L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($9.99) and applied two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes, for a romantic 40’s look.
STEP 5: To illuminate her skin, Vera applied L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in N201 Rose ($12.99) on her brow bone, nose and cupid’s bow.
STEP 6: For the lips, Vera went for a natural toned lip and mixed L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in 104 Game, Set & Matte and layered 102 She’s so Matte on top and dabbed with her fingers to blend.
STEP 7: To complete her look, she sprayed L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($16.99) to help her makeup last all through the night.

‘Get the Look’ – Latin GRAMMY’s

The 15th Annual Latin Grammys took place on November 20th and L’Oréal Paris returned for their 3rd year as their official cosmetic sponsor for the night. Did you guys see Genesis Rodriguez & Chiquinquira Delgado on the red carpet? They looked absolutely beautiful and thanks to L’Oréal Paris, you can re-create those looks yourself!

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Genesis wanted a vampy look but with a modern twist and that is exactly what  L’Oréal Paris Pro-Team Artist Rene Lam created. Rene mixed bronze and plum shades to create a subtle smokey eye. For the lips, Rene went burgundy since it complimented Genesis’s dark red dress.

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For her hair, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Hair Stylist Marcos Carrasquillo was inspired by Rihanna’s look at the American Music Awards. He gave her Hollywood Waves but added large bobby pins to not only hold the hair to the side, but accessorize it and made it stand out.

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Here is her finished look:

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Chiqui wanted a natural look to compliment her beautiful yellow gown and a very classic Hollywood glam hair style. Franz Munoz nailed it by adding brown and nude shades to her eyes and finishing her complete look with romantic loose waves.

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& for her hair…

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Here is her finished look:

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Which look was your favorite?

All the products listed above are available at LOrealParisUSA.com as well as mass retailers nationwide.

L’Oréal Paris Miss Denim Collection

With 4th of July weekend approaching, I got some NAILspiration

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L’Oréal Paris Miss Denim Colour Riche Nail Collection

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Skinny Jeans, Blue My Mind, Jean & Tonic, Vintage Rose, Distressed Turquoise & Indigo Classique

Denim is the ultimate American classic but in 2014, it’s bigger and hotter than ever! Inspired by colored denim, now you can unzip jean couture in a bottle with the latest limited-edition collection from L’Oréal Paris. These unique, denim-ized texture finish nail shades are inspired by bright-colored denim to dress up your 4th of July look. Dressing down is the new dressing up and the fashionistas will be rocking their denim like never before.

The Miss Denim Collection is available for individual purchase at drugstores nationwide until supplies last. (so HURRY up to your local drugstore to pick some up before they are gone!)

I got my hands on 2 of these shades & I am so impressed. Normally – I am not a fan of textured polish but these are really different. They have no shimmer which is a huge plus and they glide on for an easy application. They dry pretty quickly and do not require a top coat BUT I always add a top coat & that did not take away from the textured look at all.

Check out my looks:

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So – what do you think about these shades & the collection in general?  Are you a fan of textured polishes? I have already decided that I absolutely need to get my hands on the Vintage Rose!

Nails – Violet Vixen

Main Polish: L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in Violet Vixen

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I love this color! It is more of a plum purple than violet yet it is so bold and stands out. (sorry for the messy clean up around the nail) L’Oreal hit a home run with this collection – the formula of the polish is excellent and I have yet to see it get clumpy after a few uses. I also love the brush and you only need 2 coats to achieve the perfect color. Click HERE to view all the shades available.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse

I’ve been hearing so much buzz about the L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick that I had to go pick some up to try them out myself.

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I decided to go with Violet Chiffon and Cherry Tulle.

Violet Chiffon is a beautiful lavender shade while Cherry Tulle reminds me of a cherry ice.

What I love most about this line is how the formula is basically a mix between a lip stick and a lip gloss. The colors are very buildable and you can go from a slight sheer color to ultra bold in just a few swipes. They are very light weight on the lips, hydrating and moisturzing which is always a plus! I also love the mirror-like packaging which provides easy application if your on the go.

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks retail for $9.99 and are available in 16 gorgeously glossy shades. Click HERE to check them out.

So ladies… which shade is your favorite? Violet Chiffon OR Cherry Tulle

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