Top 3 Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

Hi guys, gals, and non-binary pals!

One week to go until Christmas! I can’t believe it! I’m so excited because it means that once Christmas is over, the crowds will start to disappear and we’ll just have regular foot traffic at work and I can relax. I almost wasn’t going to post this week at all because I’m working so much but I’ve found a way. For this lipstick post, I’ve only included traditional, bullet lipsticks because I find liquid lipsticks messy and awful to wear when you know you’re going to be eating. Reds are already dangerous around food but at least bullet lipsticks are manageable. So, without further ado, here is my top 3 lipsticks that you should consider wearing this holiday season!

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March Wishlist

Hey guys!

Last month I said I wasn’t going to continue this series as a monthly series if I didn’t have a lot of products to talk about because I don’t usually have a lot of things on my wishlist. So naturally, as soon as I say I’m not doing something, my brain went into overdrive and I had a tonne of things on what would have been a periodic wishlist post! I hope that you enjoy and maybe give me some incite into whether or not these products are worth it!

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MOTD: La Muerte – Book Of Life HALLOWEEN LOOK

Hey, guys!

I’ve always wanted to do a La Catrina (Sugar Skull) look but I’ve always been super hesitant because they can be extremely controversial and offensive because it is a cultural makeup look. It also happens to be the standard ‘white girl halloween makeup’ each year. So to half get involved and get my cosplay loving self into action, I decided to try to recreate one of my favourite characters, La Muerte, from the Book of Life. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I’d highly recommend it. It is one of my favourites 🙂

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Dia de los Muertos is very important to me and while I don’t celebrate it in Australia, I do recognise it and I think that remembering our loved ones who’ve passed is really important. The final day of Dia de los Muertos is also my birthday, so I feel a special connection with the holiday haha.
For a little background on the holiday itself, November 1st is typically spent remembering children who have passed (Dia de los Innocentes/Angelitos) and November 2nd (my birthday) is spent remembering adults who have passed (Dia de los Muertos). La Catrina is the Lady of Death and she looks after those who have passed on and by remembering and praying for those who’ve passed, we are helping them on their second journey through the afterlife.

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La Muerte from the Book of Life is La Catrina. In the movie, La Muerte rules the Land of the Remembered and her husband, Xibalba, rules the Land of the Forgotten. Xibalba hates the Land of the Forgotten so they make a bet concerning who the mortal Maria would marry out of either of her childhood best friends: Manolo or Joaquin. The winner would become the ruler of the Land of the Remembered.

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I adore La Muerte and Xibalba so much that I had to buy the Pop figures. La Muerte was actually super hard to find!

Anyway, enough of that. Here is the look that I created for La Muerte:

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I wore a wig that suited the look the best. I didn’t have a nice black wig to wear and I thought that this purple wig still gave a similar effect. I tried something new with this look. I actually tried out the glue eyebrow method of blanking out eyebrows. I used regular stick glue and a spoolie to smooth down my brows and then I powdered them with a translucent powder. I did this twice and then covered them with an orange concealer to mute the blue tones from my brows. After that, I covered my face in a near white cream stick foundation and it almost completely blanked out my eyebrows (as can be seen in the photos below), so I’ll try to do it a couple more times next time I try this method. The foundation is actually very pigmented, it covered most of my spots, so it is definitely a matter of repeating the brow cover process.

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Products Used:

L’Oreal Matte Primer
Glue Stick
Face of Australia Translucent Powder
Rimmel Match Perfection concealer in 40
Mehron CreamBlend Stick in Alabaster
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow in Matt Malloy (Review and swatches)
Innoxa Retractable Lip Liner in Red
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencils in Black Bean, Peacock and Milk
Shiro Cosmetics Zora Sapphire (Swatches)
Inglot Eyeshadows Black, Navy and Sparkling Peacock Blue
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Wing Liner (Review)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Australis Velourlips in DOO-BAI (Review and Swatches)
NYC Black Liquid Liner
Rimmel Retractable Eyeliner in Gold
eBay eyelashes

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Fall/Winter Lipsticks!

Australia may be coming into Summer right now, but I love Autumn (Fall) and I don’t think I made enough fuss about the beautiful colours that people where in these seasons. I love Autumn because it is not too cold and I love the fashion and the makeup that go along with this time of year. I do want to point out that you don’t have to wear these colours in Autumn and Winter exclusively. Makeup is for anyone and everyone and you make the rules, so if you want to wear dark lips all year, go for it! If you want to wear brights all year, there’s nothing stopping you.

Here are my favourite Autumn and Winter lip colours:

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When I think of this time of year, I think of Plums and Burgundy for my lips. I’m still not SUPER confident wearing a really dark lip (think MAC’s Cyber or NYX Soft Matte in Transylvania) but these are the lipsticks I would recommend from my collection. I also have a few more products that I would have added in here but they were more or less the same colour as the others so I will just mention them as opposed to showing them. I also have a photo to go with most showing them on the lips.

L’Oreal Caresse in Milady:

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This is probably my favourite colour in the L’Oreal Caresse line. Its a beautiful plum-purple, glossy shade.

MAC lipsticks: Captive, Plumful, Russian Red

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Plumful

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Russian Red

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These are some of my favourite MAC lipsticks. Plumful was my first ever MAC lipstick, so it is really special to me! Captive is a satin, reddened plum, Plumful is a lustre, sheer plum, and Russian Red is a matte, brick red.

Milani Color Statement in Sangria:

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I love this lipstick to bits. This and the Rimmel lipstick that I will mention later are dupes for MAC’s Rebel except this one is Matte and I believe Rebel is a Satin. The Rimmel one is a cream so I suppose this would be a closer dupe.

NYX Round Lipstick in Snow White, Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague and Monte Carlo:

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NYX Round Lipstick in Snow White is really pretty but it is almost too creamy? It slides around and I often have it on my teeth as a result but it is really beautiful and if you can find a no-fuss way to wear it, let me know! The Soft Mattes are some of my favourite lip products and Prague is one that I am constantly drawn to!

Revlon Balms: Moisture Stain in Crush and Matte Balm in Standout

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I didn’t get anywhere near enough wear out of Crush while Autumn and Winter were here in Australia! I hope that there are still a few gloomy days left so that I can whip it out before Summer hits Australia like a tonne of bricks. Standout is my favourite of the matte balms! I have both reds and I really want the purple, that is something I would have added to this list if I had it!

Rimmel Lasting Finish 120 Cutting Edge, 128 Starry-Eyed. Kate 29. Kate Velvet 107.

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120 – Cutting Edge

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107

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107 is a staple for me, no matter what time of the year. Its one of my absolute favourite lipsticks, the Kate Velvet lipsticks are fantastic, I own 3 and wish I owned all of them because there is nothing bad that I can say about them. 120 Cutting Edge is the other Rebel Dupe that I own, but as I said earlier, its a cream finish. It looks awesome though.

The other colours that I wanted to mention were L’Oreal’s Matte lipstick in Bloody Mary, it looks a lot like Russian Red and Snow White, and Savvy’s Matte Lip Cream in the purple shade.

I hope that you found this post helpful! I plan on making one for Spring and Summer colours very soon, so look out for that if you’re looking for some options for Spring and Summer!

ArrivederLa xxx

MAC Lipstick Dupes~

I have compiled a list of MAC Lipstick dupes that I have seen on the internet and in person. I will probably continually update this as I’m very picky about what I would consider a dupe and what I would just consider similar and I will also update this if I find more dupes. I own 13 MAC lipsticks and I’ve compared friend’s collections, I also have a very large lipstick collection. I will highlight the lipsticks I own and if I have tested them side by side I will say how they are different.

  • MAC Amorous: Rimmel – Stare At Me
  • MAC Angel: ELF – Classy, Avon –  Pout, Maybelline – Born With It (exact), Revlon – Pink Pout, Rimmel – Airy Fairy, NYX – Sky Pink
  • MAC Blankety: Essence – Creamy Nude
  • MAC Bombshell: NYX – Georgia
  • MAC Brave: NYX – Thalia, Maybelline – Pink Brown
  • MAC Candy Yum Yum: Milani – Rose Hip, Maybelline – Fuchsia Flash, NYX – Shocking Pink, Sportsgirl – Mad About You
  • MAC Captive:
  • MAC Chatterbox: NYX – Louisiana, L’Oreal – Pink Fever, Milani – Fruit Punch
  • MAC Cherish: Rimmel Kate – 03, Revlon – Fleshtone, Rimmel – Nude, W7 Mega Matte – Nude
  • MAC Chili: Maybelline – Fatal Red, Revlon – Raspberry, Revlon – Crimson, Maybelline Superstay – Red Passion
  • MAC Cosmo: Rimmel Kate – 06/08
  • MAC Costa Chic: Revlon – Coralberry, Maybelline – Hola, NYX – Margarita
  • MAC Craving: Maybelline – Party Pink, Milani – Plumrose
  • MAC Creme Cup: Maybelline – Born With It (more sparkle), Maybelline – Pink Please, Avon – Pout
  • MAC Creme d’Nude: ELF – Natural Nymph, Revlon – Nude Attitude, Revlon – Soft Nude
  • MAC Creme De La Femme: Rimmel – Asia, Revlon – Satin Plum, Milani – Pink Chiffon
  • MAC Creme In Your Coffee: Maybelline – Blushing Brunette, Maybelline – Rose Velvet
  • MAC Crosswires: NYX – Berry, Covergirl – Fairytale
  • MAC Cyber: Revlon – Va Va Violet, NYX – Almost Black, Rimmel Kate – 04
  • MAC Dark Side: Revlon – Black Cherry, Revlon – Wine Not, Rimmel – Starry Eyed
  • MAC Diva: Rimmel Kate Velvet – 107
  • MAC Fabby: Revlon – Satin Plum
  • MAC Fanfare: NYX – Tea Rose, Rimmel – Rose Blush
  • MAC Faux: Maybelline – Pinky Beige
  • MAC Film Noir: L’Oreal – Hot Fudge
  • MAC Flat Out Fabulous:
  • MAC Fleshpot: ELF – Natural Nymph, NYX – Echo, NYX – Nude
  • MAC Freckletone: Revlon – Creme Brulee
  • MAC Gel: Revlon – Sparkling Cider
  • MAC Girl About Town: Maybelline – Hot Plum (more neon), Covergirl – Spellbound (tiny bit more purple), Revlon – Fuschia, Rimmel – In Vogue, Revlon Lip Butter – Lollipop, NYX – Chloe
  • MAC Heroine:
  • MAC High Tea: Rimmel – Airy Fairy, Milani – Amaretto, Revlon – Champagne on Ice, Maybelline – Nearly There
  • MAC Honeylove: L’Oreal – Fairest Nude, Rimmel Kate – 14
  • MAC Hot Gossip: L’Oreal Pucker Up Pink, Revlon Lip Butter – Sugar Plum
  • MAC Hue: Rimmel – Foxy
  • MAC Hug Me: Revlon – Blush Chrome, Maybelline – Beige For Good
  • MAC Impassioned: Revlon – Love That Pink, Rimmel Kate – 06, Milani – Flamingo Pose, Chi Chi – Fashion Police
  • MAC Kinda Sexy: Revlon – Mauve It Over, NYX Soft Matte – Stockholm
  • MAC Lady Danger: Revlon – Fire and Ice
  • MAC Lickable: Rimmel Moisture Renew – Violet Pop
  • MAC Lovelorn: Revlon Lip Butter – Strawberry Shortcake
  • MAC Lustering: Revlon Lip Butter – Sorbet
  • MAC Red: NYX – Electra, Milani – Berry Rick
  • MAC Mehr:
  • MAC Midimauve: Revlon – Smokey Rose, Maybelline – Totally Toffee
  • MAC Modesty: L’Oreal – Forever Frappe
  • MAC Morange: Rimmel Moisture Renew – In Love With Ginger, NYX – Sunflower
  • MAC Myth: Elf – Natural Nymph, Revlon – Nude Attitude
  • MAC O: Revlon – Copperglow Berry, Jordana – Bahama Bronze, Prestige – Fudge Brownie, Revlon – Mulled Cider
  • MAC Patisserie: NYX Soft Matte – Istanbul
  • MAC Peachstock: Revlon – Nude Attitude, NYX – Orange Soda
  • MAC Pink Nouveau: Revlon – Stormy Pink, NYX – Summer Breeze
  • MAC Plastique: L’Oreal – Sandstone
  • MAC Please Me: Jordana – Pink Passion, NYX Soft Matte – Istanbul, Revlon – Pink Pout
  • MAC Plumful: Maybelline – Yummy Plummy
  • MAC Politely Pink: Revlon – Luminous Pink
  • MAC Pure Zen: Revlon Lip Butter – Creamsicle
  • MAC Ravishing: Revlon – Smoked Peach, Revlon – Peach Me, Sportsgirl – Fruit Tingle
  • MAC Rebel: Milani – Sangria, Rimmel – Starry Eyed, Revlon – Black Cherry
  • MAC Ruby Woo: Australis – Diva, Rimmel Kate Velvet – 111 Kiss of Life
  • MAC Russian Red: Prestige – Fatal Red, Rimmel – Red Fever, Revlon – Really Red, NYX Soft Matte – Monte Carlo (Lighter)
  • MAC Saint Germain: Innoxa – Baby Doll
  • MAC See Sheer: ELF – Seductive
  • MAC Show Orchid: L’Oreal – Wild Plum
  • MAC Shy Girl: Revlon – Just Enough Buff, Rimmel – Nude Delight, NYX – Pumpkin Pie
  • MAC Sin: Rimmel – Bordeaux
  • MAC Snob: Revlon – Pink Pout, Revlon – Primrose (creamier), NYX – Pale Pink, Revlon – Blush, Maybelline Superstay – Perpetual Peony
  • MAC Speed Dial: Rimmel Kate – 05, Revlon – Carnation, NYX – Paris
  • MAC Speak Louder:
  • MAC Sweetie:
  • MAC Syrup: Rimmel Moisture Renew – Vintage Pink
  • MAC Twig: Avon – Twig, Prestige – VIP, Maybelline – Afternoon Tea, NYX – Twig
  • MAC Up The Amp: Revlon – Berry Haute, Rimmel – Heavenly, Maybelline – Braisenberry
  • MAC Vegas Volt: Revlon – Coralberry
  • MAC Velvet Teddy: Revlon – Mauve It Over, Rimmel – Spotlight Beige, ELF – Praline
  • MAC Violetta: Milani – Magenta Madness, Covergirl – Divine
  • MAC VIVA GLAM V:

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I hope this is helpful! If there are any other dupes that you think I should, try, feel free to send me an email 🙂

ArrivederLa ❤