I don’t know what’s been in the water but drugstore beauty brands are really upping their game — who’s thankful?! Sure I’m a sucker for luxe packaging but if the quality of the product is there then I’ll enjoy every sweep of colour they have to offer. L’Oreal’s celeb collaborations have been OK up until this stunning set of shades hit the shelves — the Collection Exclusive Pure Reds are make up candy.

Read more to find out which three of the five shades are my favourite…

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Every time I step in to Sephora I ask myself…”Do I actually need this lipstick?” But yes of course is my answer and I as I sit here with a drawer full of lipsticks (most of which are untouched) I think it’s totally OK that I’m on sephora.com picking my next Audacious purchase. The new Nars Audacious lippies are creamy colourful and there are plenty of shades to choose from — the only downfall? They’re not smooch-proof.

I’ve picked up three so far. Read more to find out which!

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For someone who’s a bit of a beauty hoarder I don’t really mix up my beauty looks as much as I should. Awful, I know! I have been trying a new look lately but there will be more on that later. For now, check out the products I’m using for these two beauty looks when I’m strapped for time.

six products two looks

{The six stars}

These are the products you’ll need for both looks. Gotta love multi-taskers, non? The base for both looks involves Givenchy Foundation for a matte but glowing base and Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara for volume and curl.

1. Givenchy – Teint Couture Foundation

2. Shu Uemura – Tint in Gelato in Cassis Delight

3. Benefit – they’re Real! Push-Up Liner

4. Diorshow – Iconic OverCurl Mascara

5. Dior – Addict Extreme Lipstick in Mirage

6. Lancome – Blush Subtil Palette

shu uemura tint in gelato red

The first look is as easy as pie. Base as above with Shu Uemura’s Tint in Gelato in Cassis Delight on the lips and a cheeks. It’s my favourite lip and cheek product by far. Keep this badboy in your purse for beauty emergencies.

red lip wing liner look

Red lip lovin’

benefit liner smokey effect

This look is all about the eyes. Using Benefit’s they’re Real! Push Up Liner I apply it to the lower and upper lash line, as well as the waterline.

lancome blush subtil palette

For the cheeks I use Lancome’s Blush Subtil palette in Nectar Lace — bronzer, blush and a little highlighter for good measure.

dior addict mirage

For the lip I have pretty much one go-to nude lippie for a balm-like finish. Dior’s Addict Extreme Lipstick in Mirage is perfect for olive-toned ladies like myself. It has just enough caramel and pink in it to look natural but healthy.

nude smokey look

The finished “smokey-nude” look

Which is your fave? Ya’ll know I’m a red-lip aficionado but recently I’m all about the nude-lip, lined up combo!

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Matte lipsticks have long since been my jam. I’m talking, Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick, Nars’ Velvet Matte Pencils and Shu Uemura’s My Dear Matte Lipsticks – all offering a prestige pout that’s stamped with a colourful approval.

Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balms brought me a ton of joy with their silky finish and bold, beautiful colours but now their’s a new, affordable collection in town and I’m all swoons.

maybelline color sensational bold matte lipstick

Enter Maybelline’s new Creamy Matte collection and boy are they just that. Creamy lippies in the most insatiable range of colours. I often say this when I’m really loving a product — these are so freakin’ good I want to eat em’.

Canada’s been graced with eight shades of pinks, nudes and reds (gutted the wine shade isn’t available here). Check out my absolute faves below.

touch of spice bold matte

Lust for Blush

maybelline touch of spice lipstick matte

 maybelline bold matte daringly nude

 

Daringly Nude

daringly nude maybelline bold matte

 

Do you even know how hard it is for an olive skinned girl to find a nude lipstick that doesn’t wash her out? This shade is effortless on any complexion. So much love <3

 

maybelline matte lipstick mesmerizing magenta

Mesmerizing Magenta

maybelline siren in scarlet

Siren in Scarlet   

maybelline bold matte lipsticksiren in scarlet
Of course red is always my lipstick wardrobe of choice and this shade is pretty perfect.

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