Why You Should Go Greige

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Four or five years ago when I really started getting into makeup I was a bit of an experimenter. I was all for slapping on a mint green eye shadow, rocking a Barbie pink lip and even donning a fluorescent yellow manicure. Now that I’m a twenty-something and not to forget through much trial and error, I’ve discovered what shades work best with my skin tone and overall aesthetic. However, lately I’ve been stuck in a neutral (not natural) makeup rut. Occasionally I’ll add a pretty pop of purple to my lips or line my lower lashes with a cobalt blue hue but more often than not I seemingly sweep the same matte cream color all over my lids following it up with a swipe of a Kylie Jenner mauve-y pink shade on the lips—I was over it. So I set out to find a new hue to incorporate into my makeup routine. That meant watching countless YouTube beauty vloggers rave about another champagne eye shadow and scouring the beauty news section on Allure.com only to find an endless amount of no makeup makeup stories (I’m guilty of writing one myself). After what felt like a never-ending quest I discovered a new neutral to take me out of my makeup rut: greige.

The greige makeup trend combines the perfect amount of both grey tones and beige tones giving an edgier yet still neutral appearance. What I love about this shade is the versatility; It looks different on everyone depending on your undertone (warm, neutral or cool) and shade of your skin. Greige colors pull more warm and appear darker on lighter skin tones, but lean more cool with a purple undertone on deeper complexions.  If you’re interested in trying the trend see below for my five must-have greige products to shakeup your everyday routine.

  1. Colourpop Cosmetics Tootsi Lippie Stix, $6

Pair this demi-matte greyish beige lipstick with lots of mascara and a bit of bronzer to avoid a corpse-like complexion. This shade looks incredible on medium and deep skintones.

  1. Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette, $70

Like the name suggests this palette is filled with an expertly curated mix of eight matte & metallic taupe, grey and beige shadows. For a quick look take one of the matte shades with a fluffy blending brush into the crease for instant definition then pop one of the shimmery shades onto the lid to add brightness to the center of the eye.

  1. Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine, $20

For a velvety matte lip that mimics the texture of rose petals reach for this cool-toned purple-grey liquid lipstick. Pair with a mauve or neutral pink blush for fresh-faced complexion. P.S. don’t forget to follow my four steps on the right way to wear liquid lipstick.

  1. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, $7.29

This creamy shadow base acts as a one swipe wonder. Using your finger press the product onto the center of the lid gently blending upwards towards the crease. This provides a nice wash of color to your lids for an easy monochromatic look. Finish off with a thin line of liquid liner and a thick coat of your go-to mascara.

  1. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in (120) Delphine, $18

Besides the fact that this polish shade is the epitome of the greige trend, the formula is incredible as well. Fully opaque in one coat with a high-shine finish you’ll forget about the somewhat steep price tag.

Have you tried the greige makeup trend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

xo,

amanda brooke

Celebrate National Cat Day with 6 Kitty-Themed Beauty Products

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a cat lady. I grew up with cats and currently have two little furry friends named Seymour and Misha who constantly make appearances on my Snapchat story and Instagram page. To celebrate this totally fun and 100 percent necessary national holiday I’ve rounded up the cutest cat-inspired beauty products so you can take your cat lady-ness (or man-ness) to the next level.

  1. Paul & Joe Cat Lipstick

The Parisian brand Paul & Joe, known for their whimsical aesthetic, launched a cat-themed makeup collection in 2012 with the star product being a cat-shaped lipstick. While I didn’t get the original lipstick that launched almost four years ago I squealed when I spotted an updated version of their pretty kitty-themed lippies on ASOS.com.  I pretty much immediately added one to my cart along with one of their signature lipstick cases (the lipstick and case are sold separately) and pressed submit. The lipsticks come in three wearable shades: Coffee Cherry (a red with a nude cat face in the center), Cafe Parisien (a hot pink with a beige-y nude cat face in the center) and Café Espresso (a peachy nude with a brownish-hued cat face in the center). The two tones create a soft gradient effect on the lips meaning your lips look fuller when using this product. I know it’s tempting not to touch this collectable makeup item but don’t be shy, the formula of the lipsticks is ultra-hydrating. It contains cocoa seed butter, jojoba seed oil and lavender oil to provide maximum moisture while adding a pretty pop of color to your pout.

Photo Credit: ASOS.com
Photo Credit: ASOS.com

2. Paul & Joe Cat Makeup Collection

If you loved their cat-themed lipsticks, then this makeup set is basically a cat-lovers dream. The collection boasts everything from eye liner to creamy cheek colors packaged in a feminine retro cat-inspired makeup bag. Throw it in your purse for later since this set contains everything you need to get a fresh feline face on-the-go.

Photo Credit: ASOS.com
                            Photo Credit: ASOS.com

3. Sephora Collection Cat Nap Sleep Mask

Both fun & functional this metallic cat-eye-shaped sleep mask blocks out bright lights so you can get your full eight hours of beauty rest. The soft fabric & super cute design makes this an essential addition to any cat-lovers nighttime attire.

Photo Credit: Sephora.com
                      Photo Credit: Sephora.com

4. Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Purrr-fect for a smoky eye lover this palette contains a mix of nine warm & cool matte, shimmer and glitter shades. Packaged in the brand’s signature tin case with a special leopard print design makes this a must-have addition to any cat-eye and cat-lovers eye shadow stash. What makes this even more cat-lover-friendly are the names of the shadows. My personal favorites are Kitty Glitter, Tiger’s Eye and Meow.

Photo Credit: Too Faced.com
                           Photo Credit: Too Faced.com

5. Winky Lux Pussy Cat Makeup Bag

Newly launched cruelty free & non-toxic color cosmetics brand Winky Lux offers a fun feline-themed makeup pouch. The pouch features the face of a wide-eyed kitty with whiskers and a sweet looking grin. You can buy the pouch alone or get it for FREE when you purchase two of the brand’s glossy boss lip glosses. While, I haven’t tried the brand yet, I am anxiously awaiting the order I placed earlier this week to reach my door step. Keep a (cat)-eye out for a product review.

Photo Credit: Winky Lux
                Photo Credit: Winky Lux

6. Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Panther Eyeliner Pen

Makeup master Charlotte Tilbury knows how to turn heads with her signature sultry eye looks. It’s no surprise that her year-old makeup line houses one of the BEST liquid liners on the market. This is THE essential product for achieving that fierce feline flick. I personally don’t love winged liner on myself and rarely attempt the time-consuming task, but when I do it I do it with this fabulous product. The felt-tip pen inspired by Japanese calligraphy allows for an effortless application when creating a daring cat-shaped wing. The actual liner is a super (super)  black color & doesn’t turn a weird green or blue tint. Definitely a stand-out liquid liner in a sea of endless options. Next time you’re in the mood to test-out your winged liner skills reach for this and you’ll have that coveted cat-eye with just one flick.

Photo Credit: Charlottetilbury.com
Photo Credit: Charlottetilbury.com

What cat-inspired products are you most interested in getting? Are there any must-haves I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy National Cat Day!

xox,

amanda brooke

Liquid Lipstick Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

Gone are the days of super shiny glossy lips. The latest lip trend offers makeup mavens and newbies an intensely pigmented long-lasting formula with a velvety matte finish. While I love a good matte (shine-free) finish I have many friends who steer clear of liquid lipsticks claiming they’re too drying or that they flake off the center of the lips throughout the day leaving behind a not-so-cute lip liner appearance. After hearing their complaints, I set out to try (almost) every liquid lipstick I could get my greedy paws on—23 to be exact— in the hopes to give you a comprehensive guide on the best liquid lipsticks and how to wear them. See below for my thoughts, tips and tricks to successfully wear liquid lipstick.

1. Prep for Perfection

Liquid lipstick can be a busy girl’s best friend. Most formulations are smudge-proof & budge-proof lasting from your morning coffee to your 6 o’clock cocktail. To prevent the dreaded dry flakey lip take a lip  scrub of your choice—I recommend the Sara Happ & Lush versions—or make your own using equal parts olive oil and sugar. Take a pea-sized amount and gently rub onto the lips in circular motions for about 30 seconds then wipe away with a paper towel. If you’re pressed for time take a clean dry tooth-brush using the same circular motions. Either way you’ll be left with a flake-free pout.

2. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE.

After removing the dead skin cells it’s important to hydrate your lips. You may be thinking doesn’t that defeat the purpose of using a matte liquid lipstick? Actually no. Liquid Lipstick looks best on smooth hydrated lips. To achieve lush looking lips take a lip balm of your choice (I’m loving glossier’s balm dotcom at the moment) after you’ve applied your facial moisturizer. Applying the lip balm at this point in your routine gives the product an ample amount of time to sink in. Right before you apply your lip liner and liquid lipstick dab off the excess moisture with a tissue to reveal the perfect canvas.

3. Line and Fill-In Your Lips

Instead of reaching straight for your liquid lipstick take a lip liner in either the color of your natural lips or the same color of the lipstick you plan to use taking it along your natural lip line then lightly filling in the center. This creates a barrier between your lips and the liquid lipstick. It also acts as base to ensure the product doesn’t feather outside of your lip line.

4. Use the Applicator the Right Way

For a seamless application make use of the doe-foot or paddle-shaped wand that comes with most liquid lipsticks. Starting with your bottom lip run the tip of applicator along the natural lip line then fill in your bottom lip. After the bottom lip is done take the wand to your top lip making an X connecting the top of your upper lip to the center of your upper lip spreading the color outwards to the edges. This technique ensures an even mistake-free application.  No need to reach for a lip brush—unless you want to.

Now that you’re ready to conquer the liquid lipstick trend see below for my top five favorite formulas and shades out of the 23 different brands (see proof below) and formulas I tried.

  1. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (this is the #1 selling lipstick at Sephora)
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum (note: this one contains slight shimmer particles giving the lips a fuller look)
  1. Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 03 Strawberry Kissed
  1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina
  1. Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Limbo

Have you tried any liquid lipsticks? If so let me know your favorites in the comments below

xo,

amanda brooke