All About the Base: New Foundation Favorites

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Perfecting my skin is my favorite step of my everyday makeup routine.  I don’t typically take a lot of time on my makeup in the morning.  I’m usually half asleep and too lazy to really care what I look like.  I can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.  Since I am always running low on energy in the mornings, I like to keep things natural and just focus most my time on my foundation, perfecting any problems that I am currently having. Since I love perfecting my skin so much, I enjoy finding new products that help me out.   As you may have guessed, these new foundation-perfecting discoveries are the reason we gather here today, in my corner of the internet. 🙂  I shall now tell you all about their amazing makeup base perfecting abilities.

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  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – This stuff makes my foundation look flawless. FLAW-LESS.  It is very hydrating, so it’s perfect for those dry skin days.  If you have trouble with flaky, dry skin, I would definitely recommend this.  Not only can you use it before your makeup, but also afterwards to lock everything in and give your skin a nice glow!  If my makeup is every looking cake-y this product saves the day and smoothes everything out.  Not only that, but it increases the wear of my makeup for at least 2-3+ hours more than usual.
  2. 2B Primer Makeup Base – This primer makes my makeup last all day!  I can get a good 8-9  hour use out of it, which is especially amazing considering its price!  Normally all 2B products are half off, so I’ve never seen this primer go above $4.95.  Not only is it affordable, but it also isn’t made with silicone, which means it won’t break you out.  It is lightweight and has a slight fresh scent to it.  It claims to be slightly mattifying.  Overall, it leaves my skin with a satin finish, not too far on the matte side of things.
  3. M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation – I am OBSESSED with this product.  This foundation has a slight glow to the finish, but it never gets to the point of making me look like a disco ball. When I just want a bit of coverage, I can use a tiny amount of this and it gives the perfect sheer finish.  It can also be built up to more of a medium/full coverage depending on how much you put on.  I like to use my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush when applying this.  If you want a natural foundation, I can’t recommend MAC face and body enough!
  4. 2B Waterproof Concealer – This is another one of my new favorites from 2B Cosmetics.  Their concealer correcting waterproof stick in the shade peach is perfect for my under eye area.  Since it has a peach tint, it helps to remove my dark circles.  It’s great on any zits that I have as well.  One tip I would give is to not apply too much under your eyes since it may crease a bit.  With that said, I still think it’s an amazing product and I’ve never seen this go above $3.99, so it’s definitely a steal!
  5. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder – No other powder has been able to make my pores look as invisible as this one.  I am in love with MUFE’s Pressed Powder since it makes my skin look extremely smooth and never lets my under eye area crease.  Since my T-zone is constantly oily, this powder is constantly saving my life… or at least my makeup from smudging all over the place.

Thank you so much for reading!  Are there any other makeup base essentials out there that I need to discover?

XO,

Hanna

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Another MAC Dupe: Amber Lights Eyeshadow

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Do you remember your very first MAC eyeshadow?  Mine was Amber Lights.  Since it was my first purchase from MAC, it holds a special place in my heart!  It is the most beautiful copper shade for fall and I still love it.  MAC’s eyeshadows are gorgeous and really fun to collect, but sadly, they are expensive which means that I don’t splurge on them often.  Finding affordable dupes for high end makeup makes me very happy, so I have decided to continue this little series and share another another perfect twin for an expensive product!  If you love this copper shade as much as I do, I hope you’ll enjoy finding a cheaper version!
 
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Amber Lights Dupe

Top: MAC Amber Lights // Bottom: Milani Bella Copper


 Milani’s Eyeshadow in the shade Bella Copper is the perfect match for Amber lights.  It is slightly darker and just a tad more sparkly, but it is hardly noticeable when on the eyes. Milani’s dupe costs $4.49, while MAC’s eyeshadow comes in at $16. I like each of these eyeshadows equally and think they look almost identical.  Neither of them have much fallout, although I can tell that MAC’s is just a bit higher in quality.  They are each super pigmented and long-wearing.  They may seem like a terrifyingly orange shade in the picture above, but I promise you that they are actually very wearable when applied on the eyelid.  They really bring out blue eyes, but also look amazing on any color!  I can’t get over this shade for fall accompanied by some gorgeous winged eyeliner!  I’ve already created a look with Amber Lights if you’d like to see it in action. 😉

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Top: MAC Amber Lights // Bottom: Milani Bella Copper

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Overall, I think that both of these eyeshadows are great!  MAC’s is a tad higher in quality, but the difference between the two shades is not that noticeable -especially when on the eyes.  I actually prefer that Bella Copper has more sparkle to it than Amber Lights since I love shimmery shades.  If you want to save some money on MAC eyeshadows, I recommend this dupe from Milani!  I am really impressed with the formula and I think you will be too!  There is hardly any difference between these two products and if you go for the cheaper version, you can save $10.50!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it has been helpful to you!  Are there any products you have discovered dupes for?  Are there any products that you’d like to see dupe’d?  Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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The Comparison: Duochrome Eyeshadows | MAC, Makeup Geek, and Urban Decay

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Recently, I have been seeing eyeshadows all over the place that somehow have the magical power of being two shades at once.  THIS IS THE FUTURE, PEOPLE.  One shade (or should I say combination of shades) in particular caught my eye: warm brown mixed with teal shimmer.  I was so intrigued by this wondrous mix of colors that I quickly gathered myself a little collection.

I did not understand how a combination of such opposites could exist and somehow look flattering on my eyelids.  I had to test it out, and test it, I did.  I now have a plethora of eyeshadows in my collection with varying shades of rusty brown hues and teal sparkles.  I shall now do what obviously has to be done and tell you about my discoveries.IMG_8172

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Top: Urban Decay ‘Lounge’ Middle: MAC Blue Brown Bottom: Makeup Geek Havoc

MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment is something that I’ve heard quite a bit about.  I have never tried any of their pigments before, so I was extremely excited to bring this baby home.  It is super pigmented (as pigments tend to be 😉 and has a gorgeous shimmer to it.  At some angles, it is more of a rusty, brick red and, at others, a blue/purple sparkle.  I can’t get over how amazing it is.  The price for the full-sized bottle is $22, but for the smaller size that I picked up is just $10.  There is a ton of product in this little container, so it will last me forever!  Just a heads up: I suggest that if you are using this (or any) pigment, apply your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face so that you don’t have a ton of fallout getting all up in your foundation’s business.

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Makeup Geek’s Duo Chrome Eyeshadow in Havoc is a similar color to MAC’s pigment, but is more on the warm side.  I can definitely see some more brick red/brown coming through with this one. It can be built up to have a teal shimmer, but is farther on the brown side of things than both of the other shadows here. For just $6, this product is such a steal!  It lasts all day and looks so stunning and shimmery!  Depending on how much of the product you apply, the color will look completely different, varying from a warm brown to sparkling teal.

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Urban Decay’s eyeshadows always impress me with their high quality and this one is no exception.  You get what you pay for since they are on the pricier side of things, coming in at $19.  The shade ‘Lounge’ is extremely pigmented and bright.  It has more of a teal hue than both of the other eyeshadows, with a slight warm brown undertone.  It has a gorgeous shimmer that reminds me of mermaids.  I am in love with it.

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Overall, I love each of these eyeshadows for different reasons and think that they all are amazing.  Urban Decay’s Lounge is a bit more teal than the others, MAC’s Brown Blue is more on the blue/purple side of things, and Makeup Geek is the warmest of them all, with the brick red/brown undertone being pretty visible.  Which is your favorite?

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Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any duo chrome eyeshadows?  What do you think of them? These shades might be a little much for everyday wear, but they are super fun to own and play around with on special occasions!

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Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

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It’s common knowledge that MAC lipsticks are tubes of perfection sent from the heavens above.  However, their price is close to the height of heaven itself, so I don’t usually splurge on them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks as much as the next girl, but I just love a good deal more.

I get so excited when I discover dupes for high-end products since I am a lover of affordable, drugstore makeup (when it is of good quality, of course).  If you have the same dilemma, I’ll hopefully be able to help you out in that department.  I’ve recently discovered an almost-perfect drugstore match for MAC’s ‘Faux’ -one of my all time favorite lipsticks!

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Top – Essence 05 Cool Nude \\ Bottom – MAC Faux

Essence’s Nude Long-Lasting Lipsticks are absolutely amazing and I wish I had every shade.  They are super affordable, coming in at just $2.99 a pop!  The shade 05 Cool nude is almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s Faux (which happens to cost $16!).  The formula is slightly less pigmented and just a tad bit darker, but when applied to the lips, you really can’t see any difference.  I may even prefer the dupe to the original!

The formula is creamy with a bit of shine to it.  It’s pigmented and lasts a good few hours.  It does rub off a little when eating or drinking as most satin to glossy-finished lipsticks tend to do, but that is to be expected. It’s hydrating and the shade is very flattering!  I think this color would look amazing on so many skin tones!  It is a cool-toned pink that is on the mauve side.  You guys know how much I love my mauve lipsticks!

Overall, both lipsticks are great.  The formulas are very similar -Essence’s is just a bit more glossy.  The colors are almost an exact match and the lasting power is pretty much the same.  MAC’s does last a little longer, but with a $13 difference in price, I’d definitely recommend Essence’s as the way to go!

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Thank you so much for reading!  What are some great dupes you’ve discovered?

XO,

Hanna


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A Collaboration with Beauty Bunny! | My Top 5 Fall Makeup Products

Hello, lovelies!

Today, I am collaborating with Savannah from Beauty Bunny to show you our top 5 fall makeup products!  Savannah’s blog is amazing, so you definitely need to check it out and see all of her fall favorites as well!  I am super excited to show you the makeup I’ve been loving for my favorite time of year, so let’s get right to it!

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  1.  ModelCo Cosmetics Shadow Sticks in the shades Costa Rica, St. Barts, Portofino, and Purple Haze.  I am counting these as one favorite instead of four since they came in a kit together in my Love Me Beauty bag.  These eyeshadows are SO pigmented, easy to use, and blend super smoothly.  They don’t crease like most cream shadows tend to over the day.  I don’t even need primer under these!  They dry/set on your eyelids after a few minutes and won’t ever budge.  I’m pretty sure these things are waterproof, because the swatches were extremely difficult to wash off of my hand! ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow   ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow   ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow
  2. Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Solow

Fall is all about those matte lipsticks, so I have been enjoying Colourpops Ultra Matte Lip in Solow.  It’s a natural shade that goes with any makeup look!  It’s extremely easy to apply and I’m in love with it.  I’ve done a post further in depth on these liquid lipsticks since I was so intrigues by all the buzz about Colourpop and had to give them a go myself! colourpop liquid lipstickcolourpop liquid lipstick

3.  Clinique Blush in Sunset Glow

This blush is perfect for any season and looks great with any makeup look.  I love the slight shimmer it has to it.  It is a beautiful mauve color that actually has a bit of a coral tint to it in person.  It’s a difficult shade for me to describe, but I think it’s gorgeous and will definitely be wearing it a lot this fall (and all year round;).

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4.  M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Amber Lights

To me, fall means warm, shimmery eyeshadow.  This is just that!  I love this shade in any season, but during the fall I really go ham on it and wear it almost every day.  It may look intimidating, but upon application, I think it seems a little more on the bronze side than an overpowering orange color.  I highly recommend it and think it’s well worth the investment!  I’ve even done a post on my go-to fall eyeshadow look primarily using this shadow, because I am in love with it!

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5.  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Bourbon

Normally, I am not a huge fan of bold eyeliner for my eyes, so I like to go for more natural looking colors such as brown.  I am in love with the formula of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliners, since they are super creamy and easy to apply, but also set in place after a few minuets and never smudge on me.  This eyeliner is in the shade Bourbon, which has a slight gold shimmer to it.  The formula of this eyeliner is so creamy that I even like to use it as eyeshadow and blend it al over my eyelid.  I wear this pretty much every day that I put on makeup during the fall!

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Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed seeing my 5 makeup necessities for fall!  I know you’ll want to see Savannah’s top picks, too, so definitely go check out her post and give her a follow!  Thank you, Savannah for doing this collaboration with me!

What are some of your favorite makeup products for fall?

XO,

Hanna


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Amber Lights | Warm Fall Eyeshadow

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I don’t know about you, but during the fall, I LOVE wearing warm, sparkly shadows to embrace the season.  Amber Lights from MAC is a beautiful shade that does just that!  Since I love it so much, I have based this fall-inspired eye look around it!  This eyeshadow really brings out blue eyes, but also looks amazing on any eye color.  I highly recommend picking it up if you’ve been on the lookout for an autumn eyeshadow!  Let’s get into the tutorial!

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Eyeshadow Tutorial

  1.  I applied Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie and Barcelona Beach to the crease of my eye.  This doesn’t have to be exact; I like to blend these shades out a little through the lid with a big, fluffy blending brush.  This will be the transition shade and make other shades easier to blend.
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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

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Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

2.    Time for the star of the show –Amber Lights from MAC.  I applied this shade all over the lid.  I really packed it on so that it was very opaque and sparkly!

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MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow

3.    I then blended Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear through the crease for a warm, cranberry look.

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Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow


4.    To make the eye a little smokier, I blended Cocoa Bear along the outer edge of the lower lash line.

5.    Next, I blended Amber Lights in the middle of the lower lash line.

6.    I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with Urban Decay’s Thirteen.

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Urban Decay Smoky Palette – Thirteen

7.    To give my eye more definition, I applied Urban Decay’s Bourbon Eyeliner to the lash line and smudged it out.

8.    Lastly, I applied Sephora’s Outrageous Curl Mascara with Ardell 120 Lashes.


Voila!  This look is super quick and easy to do!  It’s perfect for this season and made me feel really festive and excited for fall!

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I decided to pair this eye look with NARS’ Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil.

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NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

I hope that you enjoyed seeing this fall makeup look!  Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried out MAC Amber Lights?  Are there any other amazing fall makeup items you love that I need in my life?

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MAC LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hello, beautiful people!

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I am so excited to finally announce the winner of this giveaway! *drumroll* Coline Touil! *confetti flies everywhere*

Congratulations, Coline! I know that you are going to rock Candy Yum Yum 🙂

Thank you SO much to everyone who entered!  This giveaway has been such a fun experience and I can’t wait to do more in the future!

Thank you for reading!  I hope that you have a lovely day:)

XO,

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Collab With Plus Beauty: My Top 5 Summer Lipstick Picks

Hello, lovely people:)

Today, I am collaborating with one of my favorite bloggers; Katie from Plus Beauty!  We will each be sharing our top 5 Summer Lipsticks!   You should definitely go have a peek at her post and follow her amazing blog. 🙂  I hope you enjoy seeing our favorite lipsticks for the summertime!

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1. Mac’s Pure Zen Cremesheen -$16 USD

This color is the perfect summery-nude shade since it is a warmer, peachy tone and won’t look odd or too light on tanned skin.  It has a sheen to it and is lightweight for everyday summer use!

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2. Essence’s Coral Calling 01 -$2.99 USD

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This is a coral/pink shade with a slight sheen.  It lasts for hours and never dries out my lips.  Even after it has worn off, these lipsticks almost dye my lips a little, so they always have color even after the product has worn off.  The price of this lipstick is amazing!  I really recommend Essence’s lipsticks if you’re looking for something affordable!

3. Wet ‘n Wild’s Hot Paris Pink 542B – $.99 USD

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I LOVE this beautiful, bright pink shade.  It is slightly shiny and feels very light on the lips for summertime.  It leaves a pink tint to the lips even after wearing off.  It claims to have 4-hour wear, but will leave them looking pink even after the 4 hours are up!  I love this color of pink, because I find it actually makes my teeth look whiter, where many pink shades make teeth look yellow.  Also, you can’t beat the price!

4. Essence’s Wear Berries 09 -$2.99 USD

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This lipstick is a warm purple that has a beautiful sheen to it.  Again, you can’t beat the price and formula of Essence’s lipsticks.  I love this shade as it is a warmer purple color that doesn’t look too overpowering when worn.  It doesn’t make my teeth look yellow as some purples can.

5.  Maybelline’s Color Whisper in 100 Plum Prospect – $7.49 USD

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This is a very warm, berry, purple shade.  It may look intimidating in the tube, but it is such a sheer, gel-like formula that the color is not overpowering at all.  It can be built up to a brighter color or, by using just a few dabs, give a light berry tint to the lips.  This is a glossy lipstick and lasts a surprisingly very long time.  This dyes my lips and leaves them a beautiful berry color all day long when I wear it!  After swatching it on my hand, it dyed my skin and still hasn’t worn off! This lightweight formula is perfect for Summer!

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Now that you’ve seen my top picks, you can find even more amazing lipsticks for Summer over on Katie’s blog!  Thank so much, Katie for collabing with me! ❤

I hope that you enjoyed seeing all my Summertime lip favorites!  What are yours?

XO,

Hanna


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MAC LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY!!! | One Year Blogging

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It’s been one year since I started blogging and I thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate with a giveaway!  I have had so much fun here, in my little corner of the internet, over the past year and am so excited to see what the next one brings! 🙂  I’ll be giving away one MAC lipstick of your choice!  This giveaway is international and ends on August 8th, 2015.

I am using rafflecopter to track votes and randomly pick a winner.  As you will see when you click the link to the giveaway, there are optional ways to enter using social media, but they are not required.  All you need to do is be following my blog and leave a comment of the shade you’d like!  If you do choose to use social media, you will just get entered more times into the contest!

If you’d like to win, ENTER HERE!!!

Thanks so much for reading!  Love you all!  Good luck! ❤

XO,

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My Favorite Nude Lip Products | Your Lips But Better

Hello, people of the internet!

I am so excited to share with you my top nude lip products!  I could not live without these babies in my life.  I don’t ever like much color on my lips, so I really love nice and neutral tones.  I am more of a lipgloss kind of a girl and have chosen mostly glosses and chubby sticks for my little bundle of lip products since they are more natural, but I did still include one amazing, fantastic, PERFECT lipstick to round it all out. 🙂  I hope you enjoy seeing all my favorite nude products I use on my lips almost every day!

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Let’s start with my favorite, because it deserves the most attention… Buxom’s Dolly Lipgloss. OH. MY. GOODNESS.  I can’t describe to you how happy this lipgloss makes me.  The color is so PERFECT.  It may not look nude, but this color is very natural when worn and just gives a light wash of color and glossiness.  It has a slight shimmer to it and is pretty sheer.  I think this would work well on many skin tones; it works on me when I’m pale and when I’m tan. It is a very natural color that just gives my lips a little more pop without really looking like I have much of anything on.  It gives the appearance that my lips are just naturally glistening and flushed and perfect. You can see why I love it.

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Onto my second favorite, NYX’s Butter Gloss in the shade Tiramisu.  This shade is also very universal and works on my skin no matter what shade I am at the moment.  It doesn’t have shimmer, just a nice glossy finish and a “your lips, but better” color.

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A similar, but high-end version of this gloss is Laura Mercier’s Bare Pink Gloss.  This shade is a little lighter, but I find the formula and finish of the gloss to be pretty similar to NYX’s butter gloss.  It’s a sheer wash of pink and even though it’s a lighter tone, it doesn’t wash me out when my skin is tan, because the color isn’t too opaque.

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Next, I have a newer addition to my little bundle of nude lippies, which is my Mac Satin Lipstick in Faux.  I can’t describe to you how much I love the contents of this wondrous little MAC tube.  The color is PERFECT for a super natural, yet perfect-looking nude lip that won’t wash you out or make your teeth look yellow. (I have that trouble sometimes with nude colors) The finish is satin -as the tube says- and stays on ALL. DAY.  It applies really easily and doesn’t look overpowering for everyday wear.  In one word: perfection.  If you are looking for a MAC lipstick to invest in but don’t want to spend that much money on a shade that you won’t actually wear very often or are just overwhelmed by the amount of different shades they carry, I really, really highly suggest this shade.  It’s also a great gift since the color is so universal.

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This next lip product has a little more color, but in my opinion, still falls under the nude category since the coverage is very sheer and light.  This little beauty is a type of chubby stick/gloss; Tarte’s Lipsurgence Natural Lip Luster in the shade Glisten.  First of all, the packaging is super cute, as it always is with Tarte.  This lippie is a gorgeous, peachy, nude color.  It’s coverage is very light and absolutely perfect for everyday wear, ESPECIALLY in the Summer.  It has a slight shimmer to it and adds a really natural pop of color to your lips without anyone really noticing that anything’s there- your lips just look like they naturally glow from within. *chorus of angels sings in the background*

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A super affordable and beautiful nude chubby stick-type of lip product that I have been loving for a few months is Bonne Bell’s Lip Tint in Brown Voyage.  It is my favorite out of this entire group for when I just want a chapstick-like product that is going to enhance my lips slightly, but I don’t really have to think about when applying.  This is perfect for when I am running out the door or just to throw in my purse.  The shade is pretty much the exact same as my natural lips and just enhances the color and gives the perfect amount of shine and hydration.  I really recommend having this product in your purse or in your car just to throw on! 🙂

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I didn’t buy into all of the NYX Butter Gloss hype for a very long time, but obviously, I couldn’t resist since I not only included one, but TWO Butter Glosses in this post! hehe.. This gloss is a bit of a brighter, more blue-toned pink that is great for Summer, especially on lighter skin tones.  This shade is called Éclair. I love how they named these glosses after desserts, it makes me drool over them even more!

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Lastly, for when I am a little paler and want a nice nude gloss, I use NARS’ Turkish Delight.  It works well with a tan, too, if I just use a very light swish of it and don’t go too crazy or else, it can wash me out.  It gives the perfect shine to my lips and doesn’t have any shimmer.  I also love putting this overtop of lipsticks that I think are too dark for everyday wear on their own to just lighten them up a bit and give some shine.

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I hope that you enjoyed seeing all of my favorite nude lip products!  Until next time!

XO,

Hanna