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Blogmas Day 12: Top 5 Holiday Reds

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Nothing embodies the “Merry and Bright”-ness of the Holiday Season like a good red lip. Christmas time is the time to do it! The time of year when you can get away with a red lip for almost any occasion, any day! So why not? Whip out that red and slap it on any day!

But not every red is a good holiday red. Some are too orangey (that’s for summertime folks) and some are too pink (maybe spring?). You need a good deep, pure red; a scarlet, if you will. I’ve got my fair share of those, but here are five that really stand out to me and are my favourite for the perfect holiday reds.

Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – You know how much I love all Nars lip pencils! So this is no exception. I absolutely love the formula, the application, the colour payoff, the wear! So this colour is my favourite of them all I’d say. I’ve worn this one a few holidays in a row now and I get countless compliments! I think I’ve actually got about three of these pencils in this shade in various bags and purses.

Marc Jacobs Lipcreme in So Rouge – Everyone who ventured into the Sephora VIB Rouge world will know about this one! The mini Marc Jacobs lipstick that comes with spending over $1k in a year….wow, thanks. A great reward. Okay, but seriously it is a great red. Bold, and a little more on the candy apple side.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Blake’s Red – These were on the market a few years ago and I thought I’d missed my chance. But alas! They’re back! So I’ve picked up a few and I’m loving them. Specifically Blake and Julianne‘s red. Blake’s is classic for the holidays – a perfect deep scarlet red no matter if your blonde like Blake or brunette like me.

L’Oreal Endless Lipstick in Crimson Joy – I believe this one’s discontinued, but I’ve been loving this holiday inspired lipstick for years! You can see it in last year’s Christmas Face post that I did. It’s a perfect scarlet lip that isn’t too overstated. And it slides on so smoothly. It’s one of the most comfortable lipsticks I own.

Sephora Lip Stain in Always Red – This one’s a classic. Every Sephora lover or blog reader knows this one. You can read my full review of it here, but as a quick synopsis it’s the longest lasting lip stain in my arsenal and it’s the PERFECT red. I reach for this one more than any when I need a long lasting red. Apply is once and pucker up all day! Perfect for those mistletoe ridden occasions.

What is your favourite holiday red?

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My 24th Birthday

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Twenty Four years have crept up on me; they’ve come and gone whether welcomed or not. I’m beginning to experience that stage in life where birthdays are dreaded rather than anticipated, yet each and every year I question that judgement since my birthday is always one of the most wonderful days of the year. To start, my birthday falls around Thanksgiving weekend every year. A time when the weather is changing, the leaves are coloured, and the hot coffee is ever-flowing. But the most important part is my wonderful family and friends who make me feel so special.

My weekend consisted of lots of family visits, lots of hugs, and lots of food – everything I could have asked for. I received some wonderful gifts and even managed to squeeze in a little shopping for myself! Nothing better, eh? I stopped off at Sephora and picked up just a few things, including the Sephora 2015 Birthday Gift from NARS, the Mini Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella and the Mini Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. I then grabbed the ever-coveted, often lusted after, Elizabeth and James White Nirvana eau de perfume, as it’s something I’ve wanted for so long and finally decided to treat myself with. And finally, the Tarte Coloured Clay CC Undereye Corrector in the shade LightI, which can hopefully deal with these dark circles under these 24 year old eyes.

As gifts come, this year was great! My family spoils me. I got the cutest Cath Kidston Button Spot Mini Satchel bag and a gorgeous Cath Kidston British Birds Patterned Wool Scarf, both adorable pieces picked up across the pond on one of my mom’s recent trips. My sister got me the cutest earrings and birth stone bracelet from Freedom at TopShopAnd last but not least, Corey hit a home run with a new Nikon remote for my D40 along with an Aperture Amaran Halo Light that I can’t wait to play with! And to round it off, an adorable set of pencil crayons with the Enchanted Forest colouring book

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And, just for fun, instead of heavy drinking and dancing, my friends and I decided to have a low-key fun night at a Toronto escape room. We went to Trapped Canada in Markham and it was so fun. We failed…..but they did mention to us that only 4.8% of groups have been able to complete that room. It was impossible. Can’t wait to try it again!

So cheers to that start of my 25th year. Can’t wait to see what it brings!

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Five Favourite Spring Lips

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The sun is shining, our chapped dry skin is returning to normal, and we’re ready to embrace some pastels, soft tones, and whites. Can it be?!! Yes…it’s Spring. Canadian’s are always very hesitant to announce the coming of Spring. It may officially be Spring according to the date, but we always know that there is a chance of another snow storm late into the year. This is about the time when we can safely change over to our summer car tires, put the patio furniture out, and wear sandals without the fear that a storm might blow in and ruin our lives.

So with pops of colour and light in my recent wardrobe, I’ve been changing up the lip shades for this glorious new season. Away with the thick lip moisturizers and dark colours and in with the bright and light! These are my top five picks for spring lips, and a few more I’m lusting over (in no particular order)

1. NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in ‘Sex Machine’ – This was one of the first high end beauty products I ever purchased and I got it for my high school graduation (holy smokes….six years ago!). I didn’t use it much after that but I’ve rediscovered and I’m in love. A dusty pink with a slight shimmer, but still finishing smooth and matte.

2. Revlon ColorBust Matte Balm in ‘Elusive’ – if you’ve followed my blog for awhile you’ll know my love of the Revlon Matte Balm lip pencils. The smoothest, softest, easiest matte lips out there. Amazing pigmentation and stay power. I get compliments on them all the time and I have about 6 shades.

3. Lancome Rouge ‘Voile de Rose’ – this is for those fancier ‘lipstick’ kinda days. A day in the office, a nice lunch or brunch. This is probably my number one Spring pick for all occasions.

4. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – I think this shade may be slightly too light for me. I have a hard time picking out pinks sometimes. With pale skin, yet dark hair I don’t like too light. I’m lusting over one shade darker here, but for now am loving the feel and gloss of this. It’s about as glossy as I’m every willing to go.

5. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 104 – I LOVE the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks! I can’t get enough of them. But, hands down, this has to be one of my favourite lip colours of all time. It is the perfect ‘me’ shade. A little darker than most on this list, this is my go-to night out in Spring lip. I’m always a fan of the darker lips, but for spring I try to stick to lighter shades….so this is a darker light (if that makes any sense..are you following?)

As I already mentioned I’m lusting over the Clarins Instant Light in 02, but I’m also dying for some of the BITE Watercolour collection (I know I’m not into gloss but have you seen these?!!) I have quite a few more Spring colours I dabble around with, but these 5 are the top of my list and my most used Spring Lip colours. What do you like for spring?

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