A Christmas Giveaway: Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks

Hey there, lovelies!

We are all beginning to recover from our Thanksgiving food comas and the season of Christmas is officially upon us!  To kick off the gift-giving, I am having a giveaway!  I am so thankful for this blog and the amazing people I’ve met through it, so I can’t wait to give back to a few of you!

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There will be three winners who will each win one set of Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks, which contain a Deluxe Melted Lipstick and a Deluxe Love Flush Blush:

  • The purple set: Melted Lipstick in Fig and Love Flush Blush in Your Love is King.
  •  The pink set: Melted Lipstick in Peony and Love Flush Blush in Justify my Love.
  • The nude set: Melted Lipstick in Nude and Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover.

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To enter, follow the rafflecopter directions below!  The only mandatory ways to enter are by following my blog and commenting which set you’d like to win!  Besides those entries, there are many other ways to get extra points which will give you a higher chance of winning, but they aren’t necessary!  The giveaway is international and closes on the 23rd of December.  Happy entering! 🙂

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Thanks so much for reading!  I am grateful for each one of you!  Good luck!

XO,

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Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

Hello there, beauties!

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!

Mac Faux Lipstick Dupe

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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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Beauty When You’re Tired

Hi there, fellow people of the internet!

The school year is officially back into the full swing of things… we all know what that means; Many, many exhausted days of sleep deprivation and eye bags.  Even though we may feel like zombies on the inside, the 21st century has provided us with the perfect tools to mask our dull, tired faces, tricking our fellow humans into thinking we always get our full 8 hours of sleep, because we have our lives together.

When I don’t get enough sleep, my face definitely shows it.  I get the typical red eyes, dark circles, and lifeless skin.  Since I am often feeling very zombie-like, I put these products to use almost everyday to brighten up my appearance.  I hope that they will be helpful to you as well!

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  1. Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray – This spray is perfect when my skin needs a boost!  It feel so refreshing to apply in the morning and also helps to reduce any redness or irritation from any acne I may have.  I apply this before my moisturizer on those days where my skin needs a little extra help.
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  2. Estee Lauder DayWear Lotion –  When I’m feeling really tired, my skin needs a nice lotion to bring some life back into it.  This cream is perfect for that job!  It smells like cucumber perfection and leaves my skin feeling very refreshed.  I highly recommend it!  IMG_7470
  3. Pixi Nude Combo Eye Pencil – On those days where I am running on 2 hours of sleep and 2 gallons of coffee, my eyes always show it.  To counteract the redness, I use my Pixi eyeliner along my waterline.  I typically use the matte side since it is so pigmented and brightens up my eyes like magic.  I also often use the shimmery side on my inner corners.IMG_7451
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – This highlighter is one of my all-time favorites.  It is the perfect peachy shade that goes well with every skin tone.  When my skin is dull, putting a highlighter on the high points of my face (my cheek bones, tip of my nose, and cupid’s bow) makes all the difference in brightening up my face.  I look 10 x more awake after applying highlighter.  I also use it often as an eyeshadow -it’s the perfect inner corner and brow bone highlight shade!IMG_7456 IMG_7438 (1)
  5. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Y’all know how much I love this concealer.  I can’t go a day without using it!  It gives amazing coverage and never creases.  It dramatically brightens up my dark circles and makes me look alive again!  This product is definitely a must have and very worth the $29.
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Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this post has helped you solve all your zombie problems!  What products help you look awake and refreshed?

XO,

Hanna


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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review + Swatches

Hello, lovelies!

Since Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip collection has been extremely popular this fall, I decided it was about time I got in on the action!  These liquid lipsticks cost $6.00, which makes them a bargain compared to most!  I bought 5 colors that range from pale pinks to vampy shades.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you all of my thoughts about these lip products as well as showing you what they look like!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Price: $6

Packaging: I think that the packaging of these liquid lipsticks is super chic and beautiful!  I like how they are glass and feel very sturdy and high quality.

Formula:  Holy pigmentation!  These things are vibrant.  The color is so THERE that people will see your perfect lips coming from miles away.  Upon application, this liquid lipstick feels super smooth and is easy to apply accurately, with a really sharp, clean edge. Just make sure not to reapply the product over itself or else it can begin to peel off a bit.  When these dry, they definitely live up to their title of “ultra-matte”ness!  They will not budge without makeup remover, so you don’t have to worry about eating or drinking -your lipstick won’t go anywhere all day!  If you are into over-lining your lips, these will be your best friend since they are very easy to use when drawing on a new lip shape!  Since they are so matte, overlooking won’t be obvious or noticeable at all.


This light, nude pink is a very natural color that isn’t too overpowering.  However, I did find that the lightness of the color made the wrinkles in my lips appear a bit more noticeable. Overall, it’s a beautiful color and I can see why everyone raves about this shade!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This red, fuchsia color is also extremely pigmented.  This may be the most vibrant lip product I have ever worn!  Even though the color is a bit too bright for me, personally, to wear very often, it’s fun to play with bright colors sometimes and this one is easy to apply!  Since the application is so smooth, you don’t have to worry about smudging the product around or having it look messy.
Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was expecting this shade to be a bit more on the pink side, but once applied, I saw that it is mostly purple.  I’m not complaining since the shade is so beautiful!  This color is gorgeous and (of course) extremely pigmented.  I found this color easier to apply than any of the others for some reason.

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was again a little surprised by the true color of these liquid lipsticks… I expected this shade to be much lighter.  It is still a beautiful shade, but on the website, I thought it appeared a bit different.  I think this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on someone with a deeper skin tone than mine!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This shade is described as a vampy, blackened red on the website… It definitely lives up to its description.  Again, the shade is too dark for me to ever be able to pull off very well, but it is fun to play around with for different makeup looks!  Since it is so dark, I had a little bit of trouble with making sure the color was even everywhere on my lips and did not look patchy.  I tried to clean this shade up with concealer around the edges, which ended up turning the edges of my lipstick bright red, so I don’t recommend trying to fix these up once they’re in place!  I had a bit of difficulty trying to apply such a dark color without messing up, so be patient and take your time with these dark shades!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch


Recommendation:  I would recommend the Ultra Matte Lipsticks to people who love really bold and pigmented lip products.  If you like matte lipsticks that stay in place all day, you’ll love these!  However, if you are afraid of wearing super bright lip colors or if you have extremely dry lips, you may want to stay away from these or just try out a lighter, nude shade.  I highly recommend Solow!

Final Thoughts:  These liquid lipsticks are very high quality and super affordable!  The pigmentation is incredible and the dry time is quick.  They stay in place all day and don’t budge!  I think it would be easier to have a clean edge by using a lip liner, however I managed without one for all of these swatches, so it’s not necessary.  Since my lips are very dry, the product did tend to settle into the lines a bit even though I exfoliated my lips beforehand and used chapstick.  However, I think that is to be expected with matte lip products and overall, these things are amazing!

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this has been helpful to you!  Let me know if you have tried this liquid lipsticks and what your opinion of them is!

XO,

Hanna


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Matte Lips 101 | Prevent Creasing and Flaky Skin

Hey there, lovelies!

With the Fall season coming up, I’ve been getting very excited about matte, Kylie Jenner-esque lipsticks!  If you have dry, chapped lips like me, you’ll know how much of a struggle it is to have matte lipstick look halfway decent and not settle into all the lines and flaky skin!  I’ve discovered a few things which make applying matte lipsticks SO much easier for me and today, I’d like to share them with you!

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1. Exfoliate

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This may be the most important step!  If your lips are not exfoliated, the lipstick will make your lips look like a chapped mess.  I have a bit of trouble with flaky lips, so I regularly use Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which smells absolutely amazing!  Also, I make my own DIY lip scrub that is super easy to make and happens to smell wonderful as well!

2. Moisturize

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Matte lip products will suck all the moisture out of your lips, so it’s very necessary to use some sort of lip balm before applying your lipstick!  This will prevent your lips from getting dried out underneath the matte lip product.  I absolutely LOVE Lush’s Ultrabalm and highly recommend it for anyone with dry, flaky skin!  This product can be used on the lips or any troubled, dry areas.  It’s very soothing and locks in moisture like no other product I’ve ever used!

3. Prime

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When applying any sort of lip product, it is very helpful to prep your lips with a thin layer of concealer or just plain old face primer.  Lip primers also exist, but I don’t think they are necessary when some of the products you probably already own will do the trick!  This will make the lipstick last longer, show the true color of the product more, and make the application easier.  I like to use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer.  You’ll be amazing at how much more smoothly the lipstick will apply with such a great base!

4. Line

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Lining your lips with make the application of your lipstick SO much cleaner, easier, and more precise.  It will prevent any bleeding or smudging of product and also increase the lasting power!  I am using my L’oreal Infallible Lip Liner in Rose, but I also recommend Makeup Forever’s Lip Line Perfector, since it is clear and works with any color of lip product.  It’s absolutely amazing at keeping your lipstick in place and preventing any bleeding of product!  It really does perfect the lips!  I think it’s a great investment if you’re into lip products and want something to make them last all day and look amazing!

5. Conceal

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 After applying your matte lipstick of choice (Some of my fave’s are Gerard Cosmetic’s Serenity and Kat Von D’s Lovecraft) using a concealer brush or any small, precise brush you own, sharpen the edges of your lips and clean up any mistakes you may have made with some concealer.  This will really finish off your lips and make them look perfect!  Again, I’m using my trusty ol’ Naked Skin Concealer with a BareMinerals Concealer Brush.

Thanks so much for reading!  What are some of your tips for flawless matte lips? (Yes, that rhyme makes me very happy)

XO,

Hanna


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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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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick | Serenity Review + Swatches

Hello, beauties!

I am so excited that MannyMua has teamed up with Gerard Cosmetics to make a Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick called Serenity.   Since I’ve been hearing that it is #NationalLipstickDay, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to show you all some swatches and tell you how I feel about this product!

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I purchased this liquid lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics for $13.  I used Manny’s discount code, MannyMua, which gave me $7 off!  Also, they have free shipping!

First off the packaging is SO BEAUTIFUL. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate it’s heavenliness.

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I love how the glass bottle is matte and looks so professional and classy.  The box it came in was adorable and filled with fun, little red confetti (or whatever those amazing, crinkly papers are called).

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It has a doe-foot applicator that makes it easy to have a sharp and accurate application.  It’s a beautiful, nude, rose-y color that is very pigmented .  It dries quickly to a matte finish and will not budge.  I’m not kidding.  It won’t move.  You can eat, drink, sing opera, etc -It doesn’t matter. This stuff won’t come off until you use makeup remover.

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Manny’s description of Serenity: “Serenity is a beautiful warm pink, with hints of brown, a very comfortable non-drying matte formula that feels as if there is nothing on your lips!”

I think this liquid lipstick is PERFECT for people who love very pigmented lip products that are extremely long-lasting.  It is great for a day when you really need your makeup to stay put even after eating.  .

I am not huge on matte lipsticks since I have dry lips and they tend to settle in the lines, but this one impresses me!  As long as your lips are exfoliated and moisturized before applying, you shouldn’t have trouble with creasing.

I like this shade because I am a little intimidated when it comes to wearing bright lip colors, especially when the product is so opaque.  This color is not in your face and it looks very natural.

I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a pigmented, long-wearing, neutral lipstick!  I haven’t tried any other shades from Gerard Cosmetics, but with how amazing this formula is, I can’t wait to test out a red liquid lipstick since I know it won’t get on my teeth!

I hope that this review was helpful to you!  Thanks so much for reading!  Have you tried any liquid lipsticks?

XO,

Hanna


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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

The Perfect Lip | OCC Lip Tar Review and Swatches

~Hello, Lovelies!~

I’ve missed you!  I know I have slacked a lot this month blogging, but this year I promise to post a lot more!  By the way, HAPPY 2015!!  How did that happen?  2014 literally FLEW by!  I am so excited for today’s post which I have been planning for a while!  I will be showing you swatches from a set of OCC lip tars and I shall tell you all of my thoughts about these products :3 Let’s get to it!

Starting off with the most classic and timeless of all lip colors, RED!  I am seriously impressed with the formula of these lip tars and I think that they feel hydrating while at the same time, making my lips look perfect and not all dry and wrinkly.  My lips were VERY dry when these pictures were taken because I had just gotten over a cold, but when I put this lip tar on, my lips felt great! Also, the color is beautiful!

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Next up is the total Barbie color!  Neon pink!  When I say neon, I mean neon.  These lip tars are SUPER pigmented and this color was extremely bright!  It was very cute, but not a color I would wear very often, because like I said, it’s bright.  As in, if you looked at me from even one hundred feet away, you would be blinded… but also mesmerized by its beautiful color and pigmentation. 😉

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I just couldn’t hold back my excitement from trying this terrifying bottle of seemingly black tar, so that is what I swatched next.  Surprisingly, as soon as I put it on, I realized that even though it was black in the tube, it was a beautiful vampy purple color on the lips!  It’s buildable, so you can add more to make it as dark as you like. Putting this on made me feel dramatic and fabulous.  I cannot describe how much I love the color of this one.  In fact, you might say I am obsessed with it.

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Lastly, I tried on a nude-y pink color, which I could wear very often!  At this point, my already dry lips were killing me after wiping off so many colors, so bear with me and the pained smile in this last swatch… hehe Also, the lighting made it look like a bright pink, but it’s actually much less of a bubblegum pink and more of a soft, nude pink.  I LOVE this color!  It’s perfect for every day and I know that I will wear it a lot!

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SO, all in all, I love these lip tars and I think they are amazing!  They are super pigmented and will last FOREVER, because literally the TINIEST amount will cover all of your lips!  The colors are beautiful and the formula is super hydrating and gives the illusion of super supple lips even if they are flaky and dry like mine were!  Safe to say, I am glad to have them and they will definitely be used!  🙂

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I hope that you all enjoyed this post!  I will be posting much more often in the upcoming months and cannot wait to be more active on here again!  Love you all!

-Hanna