I’m not one to wear a lot of red lipstick, EXCEPT in December. Holiday season is THE season for red lips in my opinion. In this video I show you my Top 5 Red Lipsticks for the holidays with live swatches and mini reviews for each one.
The holidays are upon us (yes, I like to use this phrase a lot) and red lips are a must for this season. One of the trends that has taken the internet by storm is glitter lips, introduced by Pat McGrath on the Versace runway some months ago. She even released her glitter lip kits, but you don’t have to spend $60 to achieve the look. In this tutorial I show you three ways to create red glitter lips using makeup products that are affordable and already part of your collection.
After last episode’s look into some cozy Fall routines and recipes (here), Marta from Caffelatte for Breakfast has thrown a new challenge at us for the fifth episode of the #FallInLoveTAG2. This time we are exploring Fall Trends by taking inspiration from Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016 (here). When Marta told us to do a Pantone Fall Trends 2016 makeup look, I was of course attracted by the yellow, orange, red and green shades, that are my daily comfort zone. In fact, I just recently published a tutorial on a Thanksgiving makeup look using such colors (here). However, the prompt also said to challenge ourselves, so indecisive and challenged I was while creating this double faced makeup inspired by fall colors.
Holidays are my favorite time to get out my glitter nail polishes and go all out with sparkle! Last year I showed you two of my favorite nail polishes and ways to wear them here and here. Since then I have come to a love and hate relationship with the textured lacquers out there. They look gorgeous, last ages and when they do chip you cannot really tell and you’re decent for another day. Then you have to remove them, and here comes the monkey out of the sleeve (as the Dutch say). Removing glitter polish can be done in a few ways, the one I most prefer is using one of those dip-in container that you can find from Bourjois or Hema, like I showed you here. They contain a solvent soaked sponge, you dip your finger, rub for a minute or five and the glitter is mostly gone, then I go over it with an old school cotton pad and get all of it off. It is a long endeavor and it does annoy me quite a bit (no, I am not a very patient person). I might have just found the key to a glitter-full December when I discovered the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat.
With this little guy, I was able to bypass the removal issue as a whole. It is a base coat that peels off without leaving any residue bringing all the sparkly nightmare with it. The perfect solution! The OPI Glitter Off Base Coat goes on white and dries to a matte look withing one minute. It is important that it is completely dry before you move on to the next layer. To be honest it looks a lot like Vinavil Glue that I used to play with in elementary school. Then I just apply my glitter nail polish of choice (HEMA Glitter Top Coat 23 this time) and I am good to go!
The base coat doesn’t grant a super long lasting power, of course, since it is meant to be easy to remove. It will give you a nice manicure for a day or a bit more, depending on how much you work with your hands. I personally don’t mind this at all, since I love to wear glitter nail polish for parties and special occasions. And in any case, if I want a long lasting effect, I’ll just use a normal base coat and deal with the removal afterwards.
Will you be rocking glitter nails this holiday season? What is your trick to deal with the removal?
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This year I am going to take part of a lovely Tag called The Christmas Advent Challenge organized by the lovely girls over at What’s in my bag and Consigli di Makeup to celebrate this month leading up to the holidays with some Christmas themed blog posts. The first challenge is to show your perfect red, and for me that’s undeniably lipstick!!!
This time last year I bought myself my first MAC lipstick and that was Diva, the perfect dark red with a purple undertone matte lipstick, do I have to say more? LOVE! Now I’m not one for getting a 19€ lipstick everyday, so up to that moment i was surviving (and very happily) with my Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate matte 107 which is a very similar shade, just a tad lighter on the lips, same matte texture and for 10€ and the drugstore discounts, definitely a super affordable dupe!
And now for my absolute favorite of the bunch, the one that i wear the most over even my MAC Diva, is the new L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Letitia’s Red. I raved about this line here and I do believe I found my perfect red in this deep warm toned lipstick. Goes on like a charm (excuse my chapped lips), lasts all day with a bit of a stain left over and has a very comfortable demi-matte finish that doesn’t dry out the lips like the MAC mattes do. A pleasure to wear, a show stopper for day and night and my favorite red for winter!
So here are three options for my perfect red lips for the festive season. If you want to join the challenge, you can find the presentation here (only in italian sorry). There are 3 more installments to accompany us to Christmas, so I hope you’ll enjoy this journey.
Have you found your perfect red? Is it a lipstick, nail polish or a dress?