A little red lip goes a long way…

Plate with Lipstick

I don’t know about you, but sometimes these constant freezing temps leave me longing for 90 degrees and my favorite strappy sandals. What I do know is a little red lip goes a long way. Heat up those long winter days with some color and sass. Whether you’re going for bold or just a subtle hint, here are a few of my current faves.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Stella”
classic lipstick with a velvet texture and saturated color

I bought this lipstick for the color (bright) and the price (cheap, $4) and haven’t been disappointed yet. It wears well and definitely gives my lips that perfect pop of pink. I loved it so much I went back to Target and bought the same NYX lipstick in “Perfect Red” and a fun orange-pink called “Strawberry Daiquiri.”

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Hopelessly Devoted”
the sheen of a gloss with the precision of a pencil

I got talked into this little gem at the MAC store in Vegas (you can get talked into anything in Vegas, right?) and I’ve fallen in love. It’s my go-to, feel-good, look-hot, swipe-right, kiss-me color. It’s always, always in my purse. It’s become the never-leave-home-without-it kind of necessity. Who cares that it costs $20. #worthit

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”
the application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design filled with rich pigments and leaving a velvety matte finish

It was a bit of a chase to track down this deep, striking red. I first saw it worn by a random waitress and before I could finish my meal I had to ask her what lipstick she was wearing. She told me it was actually a NARS lip pencil and that the color was “Velvet”. Obviously I was at the NARS counter in less than 24 hours asking for their signature lip pencil in “Velvet”. The NARS lady stared at me blankly and with a confused tone informed me that they were ALL called “velvet”…velvet matte lip pencils. I gave her an equally confused look, and 18 shades later I walked out with NARS velvet matte lip pencil in “Cruella” and have never been happier.

It’s a matte pencil, but I like to use it as an all over color. I fill in my entire lip with the pencil and then put a little “Baby Lips” or “Neutrogena Natural Lip Balm” on top. That’s the key…on top of the lip pencil, never underneath. Trust me.

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in “Pink Mint”
delivers high-shine and a hint-of-tint

This is the “t-shirt and jeans” of my lip repertoire. It’s a perfect casual gloss that leaves you with a hint of color and minty-fresh breath. You can dress it up or dress it down, but either way your lips will shine. #brightlikeadiamond

Rug with Lipstick


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