Tips & Tricks to Finding the Perfect Red Lip

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For those of you who know me, you know that red is my signature lip color. I have been wearing various shades of red since my mother allowed me to wear lipstick. So when I started my blog in 2012, it was a no-brainer for me, my logo had to have red lips.

Over the years of wearing this power color, I have come across so many women who are afraid to wear it or just don’t know how.

If I had a dollar for every woman that said, “I can’t wear a red lipstick because it’s too bright for me. Or I can’t find the right color…” I would totally be a millionaire by now. No, really I would because it’s been that many.

To all the ladies who cringe at the color red or dread shopping for a red lippie, I am here to set you free! By the time you finish reading this post, you will officially call me your, “Red Lippie Sheroe or The Fairy Godmother of Red Lips.” Whatever you choose it’s all right with me just as long as you’re no longer afraid to sport the infamous red lip!

Here are my rules to finding your perfect match…

  1. Yes You Can: If you can wear a red polish (or for that matter anything red), you can wear red lipstick. The next time you go shopping for a red lippie, take your favorite red polish, compare the colors and find a match. You’ll be surprised with your findings.
  1. Know Your Reds: There are several colors of reds with different undertones. Find a red that will compliment your skin tone. Fair skin with pink undertones look for a red/pink. Dark skin with red undertone, look for a red/blue. Medium skin with yellow undertone, look for a red/orange.
  1. Start Off Slow: If you’ve always wanted to try a red but you’re a little nervous because you think it’s too much, take baby steps. Check out the shear lipsticks and slowly graduate to more pigment. Burt’s Bees makes a great shear red.

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  1. Mix And Match: Sometimes it takes mixing 2-3 shades of red to find the perfect match. It may take a few tries before you find what you really like.
  1. Layer, Layer and Layer: Build the colors by layering. Start with a red lip marker or liner, add a lipstick and if you want a little shine, add some gloss too. The reds don’t have to be exact but it’s best if they are from the same color family.
  1. Try It Before You Buy It: Before you purchase clothes you try them on, right? Well, the same thing goes for lipstick. Try it on your lips not your hands because you’re going to wear it on your lips anyway. Besides, your hands and lips are two different shades and you won’t get the same results. Unless you’re a makeup artist or a pro with colors, you’ll be left with disappointment and all mad at me (and I’m just not here for that). So, I beg of you to try it on your lips!

Side Note: Make sure the Beauty Advisor sanitizes the tester before you try it on.

Advice: When you find your favorite red buy more than one. You can never have enough and brands are constantly adding and deleting shades. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Trust me I know!  Smashbox discontinued my favorite lip marker and my life has never been the same.

So there you have it, tips and tricks to finding the best red lips. What are you waiting for? Get your squad together, schedule a beauty play date, follow the steps above and pucker up baby! MUAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eco-Friendly and/or Natural Beauty Faves

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I want share some of my eco-friendly and/or natural beauty favorites!

Coconut Shea Leave In By: Eden Body WorksIMG_3554

Great leave in conditioner with Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil just to name a few. It ‘s also Paraben and Sulfate free! It helps to detangle my hair before I blow-dry.

Black Castor Oil By: Tropic Isle LivingIMG_3555

A great conditioner infused with Shea, Red Pimento and Rosemary. It helps to detangle hair before I rinse and leaves my hair feeling smooth!

The Healthy Deodorant By: LaVanila IMG_3556

This deodorant is healthy and keeps me smelling fresh! Soothing essential oils and antioxidants help to soothe and nourish. This product is vegan free, no animal testing or harsh chemicals.

Purifying Toning Water By: Nude SkincareIMG_3557

This toner is made with ginger water, great burnet root and cinnamon bark extracts. It has probiotics to balance the skin for a clearer complexion. This toner softens and soothes the skin.

Goat’s Milk & Chai Hand Cream By: Nubian HeritageIMG_3558

This amazing hand cream is filled with multi-vitamins, rose extracts and healing vegetable oils. This cream soothes dry hands and smells refreshing!

Illuminata Illuminating Herbal Makeup By: Mojo SpaIMG_3559

It’s a 3-in-1 multifunctional product that primes, moisturizes and illuminates! It’s handmade and smells some kind of amazing! It contains 20 different herbs, fruits and herbs to help heal and rejuvenate the skin.

LVX Nail Polish IMG_3560

The polish has a long lasting, chip-free, non-streak formula that is free of toxins and harsh chemicals. The products are free of formaldehyde, resins and camphor, which can be harmful to the nails and skin. More importantly, LVX is vegan, socially responsible, cruelty- free and all products are made in the USA!

Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Flamenco By: Josie MarinIMG_3562

This is a natural beauty brand created to be eco-friendly and toxin free. It’s also fragrance and paraben free.

Cheek Stain By: Tarte CosmeticsIMG_3561

They are known as a high performance natural brand. Their products are made without all the fillers that aren’t good for the skin! They are a cruelty free brand and they don’t test on animals.

So there you have it…some of my favorite eco friendly and/or natural beauty brands and products. These products are either good for the earth or good for your skin. Either way, they are good! Happy Earth Day! MUAH

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Keep on Blushing

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A few weeks ago I was gifted a few Tarte products from SHEfinds.com to try for my review, the Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara and the Cheek Stain. Today, I am here to share my thoughts on the Cheek Stain as I have reviewed the mascara in the past.

But before I spill the tea, let me give you the 411 about Tarte Cosmetics. They are known as a high performance natural brand. Their products are made without all the fillers that aren’t good for the skin! They are a cruelty free brand and they don’t test on animals.

Now that you are familiar with the brand, let me tell you about the product. The Cheek stain is Tarte’s award winning and best selling blush known as the stain that started it all. The brand claims that the stain offers a stunning, natural finish from a gel or cream consistency.

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The Glam: It goes on smooth and sheer with a hint of color or you can enhance the shade by adding more. Even though it looks a little shiny on the swatch of colors on my arm, it dries with a nice sheen and finish with a just pinched fresh cheek look. The stain has great staying power and lasts throughout the day. I like it because it looks natural and it offers anti-aging and skin restorative benefits (and I always want to look like I’m 21)…LOL.

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The Slam: The packaging is like a push up Popsicle and if you push too much (like me) LOL…you can’t push it back down and the top will not screw all the way on. I suggest you give it a small yet gentle nudge :-). The cost for the blush is $30 and I think that is a little expensive for a brand that is not considered luxury.

Overall, I really like the product; I plan on adding it to my makeup bag and wearing it often. My final grade for the Tarte Cheek Stain is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! If you are interested in purchasing the Tarte Cheek Stain, you can get it from tarte.com or Sephora. It is available in eight shades and cost $30. Happy blushing!

 

This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty

 

 

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SHEfinds Sample Saturday – Enter to Win

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for the giveaway is Tarte Cosmetics and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes. It retails for $19.

The Glam: Long lush lashes with definition! It can easily removed with a makeup wipe and it does not irritate my eyes!

The Slam: Nothing…I love it 🙂

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Cheek Stain: The stain that started it all. Tarte’s award-winning and best-selling cheek stain gives you a gorgeous, natural flush in a gel or cream consistency. Rounded top cheek stains are gel based stains, while flat top cheek stains are the cream based version. It retails for $30.

The Glam: It goes on smooth and sheer with a hint of color or you can enhance the shade by adding more. I like it because it is natural and easy to use.

The Slam: The packaging is like a push up Popsicle and if you push too much (like me) LOL…you can’t push it back down and the top will not screw all the way on. I suggest you give it a little nudge!

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Overall, I love my gifts from sheFinds and Tarte! I will add them to my makeup bag and wear them often. If you want a chance to win 1 out of 100 products from Sample Saturday this week, click the following link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 7th. Good Luck…MUAH

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