It’s Halloween at LUSH!

Hey there beauties!

It’s that time again where LUSH brings out all of their amazing Halloween and fall-themed products! *squeel* This news alone is enough to get me jumping all over the place in excitement about the holidays!  I think that pampering sessions are necessary for everyone to just take time to decompress -and what better way than with a sparkly pumpkin that smells like heaven?  The shop is so fun to go into around this time of year and I am very excited about my spooky purchases!

I just couldn’t pass up Lush’s adorable Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie!  This little pumpkin is filled with their Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar and the Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb.  I am absolutely obsessed with both of these products, so obviously, I had to buy it!

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The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, which costs $7.95, is probably my favorite Lush product of all time!  Lush describes it as “An uplifting blend of juniper berry, grapefruit and lime oils”.  The scent is super refreshing!  When you crumble this into the tub, it gets filled with gold sparkles and is so much fun to use!

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The Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb is definitely up there with the sparkly pumpkin on my list of favorites!  According to Lush’s website, it is “a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil”.  It smells glorious and the colors are SO. COOL.  Once the green has fizzed away, the maroon/wine-colored insides swirl around and you’re left with the most beautiful creation of bubble art your tub has ever seen.  This bath bomb costs $6.95 and I highly recommend that you try it out next time you head into Lush!

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Thanks so much for reading!   Have you tried any Halloween Lush products?

XO,

Hanna


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Beauty When You’re Tired

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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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Products, Tips & Tricks to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

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I don’t know about you, but I always have struggled with my makeup wearing off through the course of the day.  I’m not exactly sure where it all goes… I guess it will always be a mystery.  However, a few discoveries have greatly improved the lasting power of my makeup and I thought I would share them with you along with a few tips to make your makeup last all day!

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1. Prime!

I did not used to understand how important this step was.  Primer makes the perfect base for foundation to be applied on.  Finding a primer that counteracts any issues you have with your skin will help your foundation look its best and last much longer.  Using a primer puts a barrier between my foundation and my skin, which helps prevent breakouts.  I’ve noticed that when I don’t use it, I have more pimples since foundation is clogging my pores.

My favorite primer at the moment is The Body Shop’s InstaBlur.  IT’S AMAZING.  This primer controls the oil in my T-zone and blurs all of my pores!  Also, if you have trouble with your eyeshadow staying put, I recommend trying an eye primer.  For this job, I love MICA Beauty’s Eye Primer.  This primer is absolutely amazing at locking my eyeshadow on all day and making it look more pigmented.  A cult classic that I also love is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion!

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2.  Powder that T-zone!

Applying powder over your liquid foundation will set it in place so that it will not slip and slide.  If you have extremely dry skin, this step isn’t super important, but for all other skin types, I recommend at least applying a bit of powder to the T-zone area. I love BareMineral’s Mineral Veil since it does not make my makeup look cake-y.  It also comes in illuminating, hydrating, and tinted formulas, which I think is amazing!  BareMinerals Mineral Veil

3. Setting Spray!  

This step isn’t completely necessary, but it is SO helpful in increasing the lasting power of makeup. If your makeup is looking cake-y, a spritz of this will work wonders in setting your foundation and powder to a smooth, flawless, and more natural finish.  A really helpful tip is to apply setting spray in between applying primer and foundation or right before powdering.  You can even apply this between every step for extremely long-lasting makeup!

I am loving Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray at the moment.  I also highly recommend Urban Decay’s setting sprays!  I always buy the mini bottles at the check stand of Sephora since they are much cheaper and last forever!

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Thank you so much for reading!   What products make your makeup last all day?

If you have oilier skin, I’ve done a post completely dedicated to long-lasting makeup products that combat oil!

XO,

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Ipsy Unboxing September 2015

September Ipsy Unbboxing 2015

Hello there!

It’s my favorite time of the month again where a bright pink package arrives in the mail, bringing me lovely new beauty products to try… It’s Ipsy unboxing time!  If you’ve never heard of Ipsy before, it is a $10 subscription that sends 5 beauty products to you every month, which are picked according to your preferences selected in their online quiz.  I think this bag I’ve received is especially amazing and I am super excited to share it with you!

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  1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – $7.50IMG_7078

I’ve always wanted to try out First Aid Beauty’s Lotion, so I was really happy to find this in my bag!  It’s a 1 oz. tube and perfectly sized for travel.  I love First Aid Beauty’s packaging and can’t wait to try this lotion out!

2.  NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eyeshadow Trio – $5.99IMG_7089 IMG_7086

This eyeshadow trio is so cute and has the perfect shades for everyday use!  It has all the basics; a highlight shade, neutral brown, and a matte black!  I am so excited to have received this. The shades were pretty pigmented when I watched them on my hand so I am looking forward to testing the shades out on my eyes!

3.  tre-StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon – $28.00IMG_7084 IMG_7101 IMG_7098

This little lip crayon is perfect for the matte fall lip trend.  It’s shade is very natural and I know I will be getting a ton of use out of it!  It is not overpowering for everyday use, so I’ll definitely be wearing it around a lot this season.

4.  Octavio Molina Hair Argan Oil – $29.50

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I love using argan oil on my hair since it gives it so much shine and makes it look super healthy.  I am really happy to have received this oil since I know it is a product that I will use up!  I have never tried any Octavio Molina Hair products before, so I am looking forward to trying this one out!

5.  Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill Tinted Brow Gel – $20.00
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I always use a brow gel to set those caterpillars in place, so I’m glad to have received this product!  I’ve never tried anything from Elizabeth Mott, so I am looking forward to seeing how this brow gel works!

Total value of the bag: $90.99

Overall, I am SO happy with the contents of this bag!  I love absolutely everything I received this month!  This doesn’t happen too often, but all of the products in this bag are things I will definitely use and am very excited to try out.  I think that this was a steal considering it cost me 1/9 of the actual value of these products!

Thank you so much for reading!  Do you have an Ipsy subscription?  If so, what did you receive this month?

XO,

Hanna


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Marvelous Mauve | My Favorite Lip Color

Hello, lovelies!

How do you pronounce ‘mauve’? Mawv. Mohv. AGH. *pulls out hair* Who knows? Anyway, I think we can all agree that this shade is beautiful no matter what it sounds like! I am an avid fan of mauve lips.  I have an ever-growing collection of products which look exactly alike since I am always drawn to this shade! *whoops*  To me, mauve is a muted/dusty purple color, similar to a “Your Lips but Better” shade, except a bit darker.  I typically shy away from bold lips, so this color is perfect for me since it is so natural and adds just a bit of color.  I have a few favorite products in this shade that I am constantly reaching for this time a year, which I shall now share with you all!

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  1. Ofra Lip Pencil in Wine This lip liner is the perfect shade for fall.  It is a slightly deeper shade than my lips, but still looks very natural.  When I use this to lightly line the outer edge, it does not look like I am wearing any product at all, my lips just look naturally full.IMG_0690
  2. Buxom Lipstick in Hooligan  This shade is pretty much an exact match to liner I just mentioned, only in lipstick form.  I love to wear this during the fall!  It’s moisturizing and long-lasting.IMG_3369 (1)
  3. Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK.  This shade is very popular.  It is constantly sold out and very hard to get your hands on! I used some of my points to get a little sample of this beautiful product since I can never find the full-sized one.  It is a matte lipstick with some major lasting power!  It does pretty well even when eating and drinking!  The shade is slightly lighter than the previous products mentioned and is an exact match to the natural color of my lips.  I normally shy away from such opaque lipsticks, but since this one is so natural, I love wearing it! It is not drying as most matte products are and it doesn’t settle into any fine lines.IMG_1592 (2)
  4. Buxom Gloss in Dolly  This gloss compliments with Hooligan very well, but also looks amazing on its own.  I wear this gloss constantly and love the glossy shine it adds to my lips.  IMG_3487

  5. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu This gloss is perfect for everyday wear.  I always find myself reaching for it since it is an easy, swipe-and-go product.  It is a bit lighter than all the other shades.  I love that this gloss has no shimmer in it and leaves my lips with a very natural shine.  If you’re looking for some high quality, affordable lipgloss, I highly recommend all of NYX’s Butter Glosses! IMG_7065
  6. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien I know, I talk about this lip pencil constantly on my blog… but for good reason!  This product is so beautiful and leaves your lips with a little bit of shimmer.  It goes with any makeup look and you definitely need it in your life.IMG_3606

Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite mauve lip products?  Also, how do you pronounce mauve?

XO,

Hanna


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DIY Lip Scrub | Lush Dupe

Hello, lovelies!

Today, I will be showing you a super simple DIY lip scrub that I love!  It is made with household ingredients, so it is very convenient and cheap!  I love Lush’s lip scrubs as much as the next girl, but I actually prefer the ones I make myself and they are way cheaper since they’re homemade! This scrub smells amazing and is adjustable to whatever you might have on hand. Enjoy!

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You will need:

  • 1 TBSP Brown (or white) sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

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Simply mix all of the ingredients together and feel free to adjust the amounts of ingredients to your liking until you get the perfect consistency and sugar-to-oil ratio.  Then pop the mixture into some cute containers and get scrubbing!

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The sugar scrub will exfoliate all of the dead, flaky skin off of your lips, while the coconut oil moisturizes.  The honey gives the scrub a nice texture and scent and the cinnamon will increase blood flow to your lips causing them to be plumper after using the scrub!  The vanilla is optional along with the cinnamon, but I really recommend adding this to your scrub since it makes it smell SO amazing.

I hope that you all enjoy this simple DIY and try it out yourself!  It is my favorite lip scrub and I think you’ll love it, too!  Thanks for reading!

XO,

Hanna


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The Perfect At-Home Spa / Pamper Night!

Hello, beauties!

Grab yourself a cup of tea, because today I will be showing you my all-time favorite products to have the best spa night ever!  I think it’s so important to pamper yourself and take time to relax.  These are the products I use to do just that!

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Bath and Bodywork’s Lanikai Coconut candle smells like heaven and I have been obsessed with it recently!  It smells fresh, sweet and, somehow, reminds me of a really lovely conditioner.

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Glamglow’s Thirstymud is perfect for rehydrating my dry skin and also smells like coconut, which happens to go perfectly with my candle!

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Glamglow’s Brightmud is absolutely AMAZING.  It works magic on the dark circle demons.

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Lush’s H’suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment makes my hair SO soft.  Also, it smells so incredibly good that I want to eat it.  All of it.

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Lush’s Dorothy Bubble Bar is my favorite for a relaxing bubble bath!  It smells amazing and looks so cute!  I love this so much I’ve included it in my Lush Favorites!

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The Tree Hut Sugar Scrub in the Tropical Mango Scent is what heaven will smell like -I’m sure of it.  It makes my legs SO smooth and is the best sugar scrub I’ve ever used!  If we’re going to get technical here, it has the perfect sugar to oil ratio and almost a gel-like consistency that really gets off all the dead skin!

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LUSH’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub is perfect for getting all the dry skin off of my lips and it tastes great, too!

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The Body Shop’s Argan Radiance Oil adds some much needed moisture to my skin! It doesn’t have an overpowering scent and leaves my skin with a nice shine, but doesn’t feel greasy.  I love using this to give my skin a nice glow and it’s so easy to use since it’s in a spray bottle!

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Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite pamper products?

XO,

Hanna

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The Perfect Base | Natural, Everyday Face Makeup

Hi there!

Today, I’ll be showing you all the products that are my recipe to a glowing complexion that looks very natural and beautiful!  These products are perfect for an everyday flawless face. 🙂

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Step 1: Prime!

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My ALL-TIME FAVORITE primer is Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer!  This stuff is absolutely amazing at smoothing out my skin and making my makeup last all day!  I don’t ever get oily when I use this primer and it also helps foundation not to cling to my dry, flaky patches!  I am using a sample size of this primer right now and I think it’s so adorable in such a miniature bottle. :3

Step 2: Conceal 🙂

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I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer!  It blends so smoothly and gives me full, but natural-looking coverage!  Also, I really love the bendy applicator!  It is great for precisely applying the product and it just makes me so happy!  It’s the little things, people.

Step 3: Foundation

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For a natural-looking, lightweight product that still gives pretty good coverage, I have been loving Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream.  This stuff is amazing!  It has SPF and fixes any discoloration while still making me feel like my skin can breath.  This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve ever used since it doesn’t dry out my skin!

Step 4:  Brighten

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To get my #HighlightOnFleek, I’ve been obsessed with Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlight.  This smells SO. GOOD.  I apply this to my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and also a little on my chin and bridge of my nose.  This makes me have such a natural glow and is super easy to blend onto the skin!  I’ve been using this product to really embrace the “strobing” trend recently. It’s also great to apply before -or even mixed with- foundation to give your skin that “glowing from within” look.

Step 5: Set

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I love Revlon’s Translucent Finisher to lock my makeup in place all day!  It has a sort of shimmer to it, which terrified me at first, but I actually really, really love it!  It doesn’t look shimmery on the skin and it won’t make your makeup look cake-y!

Step 6: Add Color and Dimension

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Milani’s Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar is a beautiful powder that can be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlight!  I love to use this as a blush that gives a nice, bronze-y, pinkish glow to my face.  It looks SO natural, but really bring some color and life back into my skin!  I love how hassle-free this product is since I can skip highlighting or bronzing if I want and just go straight for this since it can do everything!  It’s great if you need a multi-use product!

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I hope that you enjoyed seeing all of the products I use to get natural, glowing face makeup!  What are your favorite base makeup products?

XO,

Hanna


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The Best Skincare for Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin

Hello, beauties!

I have extremely sensitive, combination skin and have always had trouble finding products that did not irritate it and cause break outs!  Finally, I have found some amazing items for my skincare arsenal that have healed my skin and keep it almost completely clear of acne! I hope that this helps you if you have had a similar issue!

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1. The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser -$17 Finding a face wash that does not dry out my flaky skin is quite the challenge, but I’ve actually found one that does the job! It cleans my face perfectly without sucking out all of the moisture!  This face wash does not lather up like the typical wash -it almost feels like a lotion.  I use my Muslin Cloth to gently exfoliate my skin while using this soap and it never irritates it or leaves me feeling dry.

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Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion – $26 This is the absolute PERFECT daytime lotion for my skin!  It is gentle and unscented.  It never irritates my face and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized, but not greasy at all!  It soaks in almost immediately and does not cause makeup to slip and slide on top!

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Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Acne Treatment – $24 Normally I don’t like to touch acne treatments with a ten foot pole since they irritate my skin make my breakouts even worse, but this one is AMAZING and never causes my skin any troubles!  It literally makes pimples vanish.  I cannot describe how well it works!  To use this, I take a q-tip and dip it into the bottom of the bottle, reaching the pink treatment, which I dab all over any trouble areas.  When I wake up in the morning, my zits are usually either completely gone or 1000 times smaller and less red!

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Thanks so much for reading!  What are your favorite skincare items?

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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