Just this last week, I was talking to a co-worker about the wonder of Naked palettes by Urban Decay. The original arrived on shelves years ago, but it still is a best-seller. And Urban Decay continues to introduce variations of it that sell like crazy. So if you have a serious makeup aficionado on your holiday, shopping list, allow me to suggest the Naked Vault Volume IV.
You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive and wearable collection of eye shadows and lipsticks. The three neutral palettes (Naked, Naked2 and Naked3) has rich and velvety shadows and a pro-quality brush. Each palette has three coordinating Vice Lipsticks. These are seriously long wearing, packed with pigment.
Available at Nordstrom.
I saved this last Ulta 21 Days of Beauty suggestion for last because it is always the one I stock up on during the event. Buxom’s Lip Polish is my absolute favorite. I share with family and friends all year round because it is just too good to keep to myself. This year’s set is a 6-piece mini of some serious crowd-pleasing shades.
The formula has a slight tingle that refreshes and adds a little plump. The finish is so shiny but without all the transfer that can be so annoying. These shades are super sheer so don’t be thrown by how they look on the tube. Even the darkest is a hint of color. Which I love because they are so wearable. Shades included in this collection:
- Dominique (glittering ice)
- Amy (golden nude)
- Celeste (prismatic soft peach)
- Clair (starry plum haze)
- Starr (brandy cordial)
- Jasmine (black cherry)
My favorite is Amy – just a hint of golden finish for a natural look. Hurry into Ulta before their event ends tomorrow!
I am back today with another palette from Ulta that will make you run to their 21 Day of Beauty event going on now through Saturday. While I don’t wear lipstick a ton, if I do, these days it is Urban Decay. Their formulas have so much pigment. They stay on, making them wearable for long evening events and days at the office. If you can’t commit to a tube of just one color, this palette has so many classics and favorites.
Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette contains twelve shades that range from light to dark and in all six Urban Decay finishes. I love how the shades apply without tugging and really nourish lips. It almost goes on even better with a brush rather than tube. For the artists out there, the shades can be used together for contouring and layering.
The palette is slick and modern. They even made the wells with a little step so you can wipe excess product off the brush – brilliant! Lipstick devotees will love this for travel. Shades Included:
- Sheer Shame (Sheer) berry
- Firebird (Cream) deep fuchsia
- Big Bang (Metallized) bright pink sparkle
- Disobedient (Cream) medium pink
- EZ (Cream) bright red-orange
- 714 (Mega Matte) bright red
- Vanished (Sheer) pale neutral nude
- 1993 (Comfort Matte) medium brown
- Ex-Girlfriend (Sheer Shimmer) nude-rose w/pink shimmer
- Amulet (Metallized) metallic brick rose
- Conspiracy (Metallized) plum-bronze shimmer
- Blackmail (Comfort Matte) deep berry wine
Available at Ulta.
The last breathe of summer requires embracing all the shades that embody warmer days. And L’Oreal has a great budget options with this exclusive collection. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose is six shades of pinks that complement a range of skin tones. Blake Lively, L’Oreal’s spokesperson (and also a major fashion obsession of mine) custom-designed delicate matte lipsticks from peony to fuchsia.
- Collection Exclusive Blake’s Pink
- Collection Exclusive Doutzen’s Pink
- Collection Exclusive Eva’s Pink
- Collection Exclusive Jennifer’s Pink
- Collection Exclusive Julianne’s Pink
- Collection Exclusive Liya’s Pink (pictured above and my personal favorite)
Price: $8.99, Available at lorealparisusa.com and drugstores nationwide.
I am absolutely bonkers about sun protection on my lips. So I am always in search of something that works well but also is pool appropriate. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (a favorite of mine) is only SPF 15 and sometimes is just too pigmented for hot, sticky weather. I have used their Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 briefly until I left an almost new tube in a life vest in Colorado early this summer. 🙁 For the one use I got in, I liked it but not enough to give a full review. For now, I am sticking to my (safely-guarded) new Coola Suncare Mineral Liplux.
Cupuacu butter and mongongo oil give this formula a creamy and conditioning texture while boosting moisture. The SPF 30 doesn’t appear chalky despite it being powered with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. And for my fellow pool-goers, the Liplux is water resistant for 40 minutes.
I have been wearing Skinny Dip which is perfect for me because I prefer very little color in the summer. This nude and sheer tint is naturally flavored with Earl Grey. Note: I cannot detect much of a scent in the tube. The packaging is elegant metallic that screws into the cap, similar to Fresh.
Made in the USA. Available at www.coolasuncare.com.
I’ve already found my favorite summer lip color – and that is really an understatement – I am obsessed with this unique lip product. The addictive formula is powered with two phases of oil. The first is transparent and provides shine. The second is pigmented for a wash of color. The formula contains five kinds of oil: Peach kernal oil, a well-known emollient, softens lips; sweet almond oil conditions; apricot oil hydrates; cranberry oil provides rich antioxidant properties; and muscat rose oil, rich in essential fatty acids, soothes your lips.
Just make sure to shake the mix and tap the cushion onto lips. You can layer over liner or lipstick for a more pigmented look. It smells delicious, nourishes lips and gives the pout a youthful look. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.