The Best High-End Nude Go-To Lipsticks

The Best High-End Nude Go-To Lipsticks

I’m obsessed with nude lipsticks. Who doesn’t? I’ve got 164 of them. Ok, maybe slightly less:) Every time I go a cosmetic store most like I will purchase at least one nude-tone lipstick among other makeup products. Nudes are timeless. They are the best for everyday polished look. They’re perfect for a night out to balance a smokey eye, where a bold lip too would be too much. I don’t mind the price – you can find great formulas and shades both in high-end and drugstore segment. But when it comes my go-to lipsticks (which are nudes) I gravitate towards those that are exquisitely packaged. Your choice of shade will depend on your complexion. Get the wrong one and you will look either like a ghost or have brown lips. I have light to medium skin tone and here are my favorite nude lipsticks for everyday looks.

 

 

 

#1. TOM FORD – Bare Peach

My go-to lipstick. I love everything about it: amazing peachy nude shade, luscious formula, slightly shimmering finish and gorgeous sturdy packaging. It’s highly moisturizing and long lasting. No lip pencil needed. Goes with any makeup. I would say it’s best for fair to medium skin tones.

 

#2. NARS – The Orgasm Lipstick

The lipstick is a part of Nars Orgasm Collection. It’s muted warm-toned pink with golden shimmer. It’s my summer go-to lipstick as it looks gorgeous with slightly tanned skin and peachy nude makeup look.

 

 

#3. ORIBE Lip Lust Crème Lipstick, Nude

Classic pinky peachy beige tone. The formula is creamy and has full coverage instantly creating a chic nude lip.

#4. HOURGLASS Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, I Lust For

Ah, love the packaging! So sexy. Lots of gorgeous shades in this Ultra Slim line. I picked I Lust For and it’s peachy beige with coral undertones so it might be a great nude for darker skin tones or for tanned summer peachy looks. The color payoff is so intense, it’s nearly opaque in a single layer. The creamy texture glides on without tugging and stays for a couple of hours.  The gold applicator is reusable and you can buy refill separately.

 

#5 Mac – HoneyLove Matte Lipstick

Ah, love this one when I want matte lips with a very soft shine  that does not turn my pout into a desert. Honeylove is described as a “light beige tone with rose”, which is pretty accurate description. This is definitely the most creamy and moisturizing matte lipstick, from MAC, that I own. Incredible color payoff, looks opaque in just one layer.

 

#6. BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Speak Your Mind Lipstick

Rich creamy texture with mid tone rosy pink shade. Perfect option for those who prefer pinky nudes. Feels great and hydrating on lips.

#7. BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche Lipstick, Meringue

Rich opaque formula glides on like butter and feels like a balm on the lips. The shade is perfect lightly peachy nude.

 

#8. NARS Sheer Lipstick, Dolce Vita

Balm-like creamy formula glides on like butter and gives velvety sheer finish. The shade is dusty deep rose rather than true nude so it might look best of all on medium to dark skin tones.

 

The Best Drugstore Nude Lipsticks

The Best Drugstore Nude Lipsticks

To find an ideal nude lipstick is not as easy as it might sound. It’s very individual. It’s like finding your perfect foundation shade. One person’s nude lipstick could be another person’s brown or pale ghostly pink, so it can be a bit tricky to find the right one for you.

But with a bit of trial and error, once you find the right shade that works beautifully with your skin tone (neither too colorful or washed out), a nude lip can look fantastic. I went through plenty of hits and misses with nude lipstick and here is a range of different great nudes that I found to be complimenting different skin tones.

 

 

#1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip by Kate Nude Collection in 40

It’s rather pale pink-nude with a creamy texture and it will work so well for those of us who have fair skin. It has a powdery matte finish yet it’s not at all drying.

#2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Nude Attitude

This has been my go to lipstick for years (I have light to medium skin tone). It’s a peachy nude with a creamy, rather matte texture.

#3. Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick, Nude Thrill

If you want a matte lipstick that does not feel drying, then check Maybelline Color Sensational line: the texture and finish are always amazing and when I look for a great dupe for any high-end lipstick, most likely I will find it among Color Sensational line. This particular nade is more on a taupey side, it does not have any peach undertone.

#4. Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color, Nude Lust

This one of those shades that can go with any makeup, any look: it’s not to peach, it’s not to pink.It’s that perfect nude for light to medium skin tones.

#5. Milani Color Statement Lipstick, Matte Naked

It’s a gorgeous muted rosy nude tone which might be a perfect choice for those of us with light to medium skin tones. It’s one of those lipsticks that suits every makeup look I’m going for.

#6. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour, Fairest Nude

Silky texture, glides on beautifully and stays on well. The shade would be best for those from light to medium skin tones.

#7. e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick In The Nude

The velvety, satin texture glides on lips nicely and has slight luminous shine. The shade is on a peachy side and it would look especially beautifully on medium skin tones.

#8. e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick 82648 In The Nude

The velvety, satin texture glides on lips nicely and has slight luminous shine. The shade is on a peachy side and it would look especially beautifully on medium skin tones.

 

7 Dupes for Expensive High-End Lipsticks and Lip-glosses to try in 2017

7 Dupes for Expensive High-End Lipsticks and Lip-glosses to try in 2017

 

 

#1. Tom Ford Lip Color, Indian Rose $53

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Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, Almond Rose $5.15

 

Both lipsticks are amazing. Both have ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application.

 

#2. Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy Lipstick $34

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, Naked Coral $5.22

 

Great go-to nude lipsticks. Both have soft matte finish but the creamy texture does not dry your lips and rather hydrate.

 

#3. Nars Gloss International Velvet $26.00

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Revlon Gloss Sky Pink $8.49

 

Ok, here we have two luscious lip-glosses which stay in place, glide on smoothly and evenly. Their nude pink shade is ideal for everyday use making your more luminous and voluminous than ever before.

 

#4.Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose $35

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Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color, Touch of Spice $5.60

 

Tom Ford lipsticks are gorgeous, but not everyone wants to spend $53 on a lip product. So I was really excited when I found Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude lipstick in Naked Coral to be so similar to Tom Ford Lipstick in First Time shade! They are identical not only in shade but in formula which is luxurious and non-drying.

 

#5. CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK $34

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Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes, Honey Pink $5.15

 

 

Pillow talk by Charlotte Tilbury is an iconic shade. The dreamy nude pink color enhances the natural hue of your lips, so you can cheat fuller looking lips. But here we have Maybelline dupe again (I did not do it on purpose, it’s just Maybelline seems to have all possible shades in their color range:). Honey Pink from Inti-Matte line is very close alternative and not only color wise but it also has similar creamy texture.

 

#6. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Sex Machine $20

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NYX Matte Lipstick, Whipped Caviar $4.49

 

NARS Velvet Matte is one of my favorite go-to lipsticks. It looks stunning, does not crack, does not move. And, Ok, it’s not an exact dupe, but the color and the finish of the NYX is almost identical with Nars Lip pencil.

 

 

 

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Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Shock $30

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Maybelline Elixir Iridescent Lip Color, Blushing Petal $4.19

 

 

Almost identical glosses with great formula and gorgeous sheer nude color. You save $25 if you buy it on amazon. Isn’t that nice? 🙂

 

The Best Mineral-Oil FREE Lips Balms For Extremely Chapped Lips

The Best Mineral-Oil FREE Lips Balms For Extremely Chapped Lips

Chapped lips drive me crazy! Mine are so sensitive that it doesn’t matter if it is spring, summer, winter, fall, or anywhere in between, it’s chapped lip season. I’ve been like this since I can remember. And what I do remember as a kid is using Chapstick to solve my chapped lips and, guess what?, having chapped lips for years to come! Why? Well, it turns out that the ingredients in those things are the reason you keep using them. Sure they help for the moment, but a moment later you are right back where you started. Something had to change.

I changed! I took all those chemical infested lip balms and threw them away and now my lips are….better. Ok, they aren’t cured And they probably never will be, because that’s just the way lips are.

A quick lip lesson. Lips can’t produce their own oils like most other parts of our skin can. Lips may look great, and are fun to kiss, but those babies need a little help. The reason for that is they lack Sebaceous Glands (link for those you who really want the science here). Most parts of our skin have sebaceous glands, which produce our own oils (called sebrum) that lubricate the skin and protect it. They also go off the handle some times and that’s where acne comes from, but that’s a whole different post. Lips then, need some help. However, what they don’t need, especially those of us with sensitive lips, is mineral oil. Now there is some disagreement here. Some experts think mineral oil is fine for the lips as long as the other ingredients are helpful too. And that may be true. But I know—and many of you know—from experience that mineral oils are just a Band-Aid. They work for the moment and then you are right back where you started with itchy, chapped, unkissable lips.  

Ok, enough of the science lecture, right? It’s almost summer and our lips are going to get burned by the sun. What to do? My advice is try mineral oil free lip balms for a few months straight. Give your lips time to make the change if they need it. Your lips will thank you. Below are seven of the best lip balms that I have used that I know work. There is no magic one. We are all different so hopefully some of them are right for you. If I missed one that you know works, let me know!

 

 

#1. Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment

Blistex has a unique formula to relieve cold sores & severe lip dryness. It’s actually what dermatologists are advising to use when one has extremely chapped lips. Why? Because it contains lauric acid which is known for its skin-soothing actions, beeswax and lanonin which have emollient properties.

#2. Mustela Hydra-Stick with Cold Cream Nutri-Protective

Here we have an amazing multitasker. It’s a moisturizing stick that protects baby‘s lips and cheeks but that is great for adults either. It protects and comforts lips skin with nourishing natural cold cream, lipid-replenishing ceramides and softening and soothing shea butter. It glides gently on the skin and provides a protective barrier against harsh conditions such as cold and wind. Paraben, phthalate and phenoxyethanol free. Hypoallergenic and specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

#3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

This is a great lip balm that is packaged in an easy-to-use squeeze tube. Its soft texture applies easily and quickly relieves dry, chapped lips with healing plant extracts and fortifying humectants.

#4. La Mer The Lip Balm

Divine texture. That’s what you think when apply it on your lips. But it’s not just a velvety balm that does nothing, it actually and truly calms, restores, and conditions, transforming even the most tender lips.

 

#5. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

The emollient formula of this rich, balm-like treatment hydrates and prevents moisture loss. It is intended to be a leave-on treatment for replenishing the lips and could be left on lips overnight as a mask. It contains a blend of antioxidants for added benefit.

#6. Supergoop! Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30

Now when our lips are moisturized after night mask we want to protect the delicate lip skin during the day. Supergoop Fusion Lip Balm is a great option. The emollient-rich formula gives hydration and soothes dry lips while broad spectrum SPF 30 offers anti-aging benefits.

#7. Blistex Five Star Lip Protection, SPF 30

Another great lip moisturizer and protectant is Blistex Five Star as it does not only forms a wind resistant moisture shield, UV A a or UV B sun protection, but holds in moisture in dry air, soothes cold chapped lips, rehydrates heat stressed lips.

The Best Drugstore Dupes of High End Makeup for 2017

The Best Drugstore Dupes of High End Makeup for 2017

As much as I love Tom Ford, I can’t afford all the Tom Ford I would want to buy. Which is pretty much everything. And that goes the same with a lot of makeup. This, of course brings us to the dupes. Dupes have come a long way, well some of them. They used to be all terrible and now only most of them are terrible. There are, however, some real dupe finds out there in the drugstores (or on Amazon), the problem is, like most things, there are so damn many and how do I know which dupes are the good dupes without getting duped in the process? Well, charmers, that’s why you have me. I go and get these dupes and I test every one of them. Like I said, some dupes are better than others. For you, however, I will only give the great ones. I feel that unless it’s a great dupe, you might as well just spend your hard earned money on the original. As always, if you have a fine, let us here it.

 

 

#1. Charlotte Tilbury HOT LIPS KIM K.W $34.00

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NYX Butter Lipstick – Snow Cap $6.96

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Kim K. W. is hands down one of the best go to nude lip colors and I was surprised to see that NYX butter Lipstick in Snow Cap shade is basically almost the same in color and texture. Both are so creamy and comfortable, which makes them perfect for everyday use.

 

#2. Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick $38

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque $5.34

 

The same texture, the same formula, the same glossy finish. But one is cheaper.

 

#3. CHARLOTTE TILBURY FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW $68

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W7 HOLLYWOOD BRONZE & GLOW $3.88

We adore CHARLOTTE TILBURY FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW for its creamy texture (yes, powder can be creamy), for great pigmentation, for its longevity and very wearable daytime shades to give you a naturally glowing complexion. But there is almost identical dupe for 10X less of a price – W7 HOLLYWOOD BRONZE & GLOW. They are both super easy to apply and blend. Both have a sun-kissed shade of bronzer (as opposed to the awful orange tones of most bronzers). Both highlighters give you perfect glowing summer skin.

 

#4. Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in First Time $53.00

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, Naked Coral $5.22

Tom Ford lipsticks are gorgeous, but not everyone wants to spend $53 on a lip product. So I was really excited when I found Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude lipstick in Naked Coral to be so similar to Tom Ford Lipstick in First Time shade! They are identical not only in shade but in formula which is luxurious and non-drying.

 

#5. Too Faced Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush $39.89

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Milani Baked Blush, Luminoso $7.59

Those blushes are extremely similar. In fact, I would say they are identical. You can’t tell the difference when they on your cheeks.

 

#6. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder – Secret Brightening Powder $26.00

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e.l.f. HD Undereye Concealer Setting Powder with Brush, Sheer

I’ve really been loving Laura Mercier Secret Brightning Powder for the real brightening effect that it gives. It’s great when i need to set my under eye concealer with a powder. Great news: you can buy almost the same product for $3 instead of $26 – e.l.f. HD Undereye Concealer Setting Powder is a great drugstore dupe.

 

#7. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush-Peach Beach $30.00

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Milani Baked Blush, Berry Amore $6.97

 

Too faced blush in Peach Beach is an amazing blush and it’s perfect if you want a peachy glowy look to your cheeks. I found it to be extremely similar to Milany blush in Berry Amore shade. I am really impressed how much they look alike. When you look at them side by side you cannot spot the difference.

 

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The 7 Best Lip Balms for 2017

The 7 Best Lip Balms for 2017

Compared to its more glamorous cousins, lipstick and lip gloss, lip balm gets no love — until you’re suffering from dry lips. However, it’s something that you’ll find at the bottom of practically every woman’s purse for good reason: With all the stuff we put on our lips, lip balm is a moisturizing must that preps the pout for a smooth, even application of lip color.

#1. Coola Suncare Liplux Sport Original Formula Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30

Liplux SPF 30 is an excellent choice to treat and protect your lips from the sun.

#2. Drunk Elephant Lippe

This very well-formulated has an exotic blend of Avocado, Mongongo, Cranberry and Marula Oils to deeply moisturize, replenish, hydrate and protect super delicate lips. It has Impressive array of antioxidants and cell-communicating agents to protect against free radical damage, while aiding in the prevention of collagen breakdown and helping to repair the effects of UV exposure. This buttery, luxurious balm truly softens and plumps rough, parched lips.

#3. Bite BeautyAgave Lip Mask

The emollient formula of this rich, balm-like treatment hydrates and prevents moisture loss. It is intended to be a leave-on treatment for replenishing the lips and could be left on lips overnight as a mask. It contains a blend of antioxidants for added benefit.

#4. Paula’ s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm

The concentrated formula is based on an effective mix of restoring oils, waxes, and emollients, resulting in a unique formula that visibly transforms lips with the first application.

#5. CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

This twist-up, chunky tinted lip crayon which is easy to use and it has wide selection of shades with buildable sheer to medium-sheer color. This moisturizing lip balm is a great choice for those who wants to hydrate lips yet have some attractive color. It never needs sharpening—simply swivel up to reveal more of the balm.

#6. Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow

This cult sheer tinted lip balm by Dior enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting lips. Hydrating mango butter and loofah extract nourish for beautiful, luscious lips.

#7. Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

An intensive moisturizing formula of Clarins lip balm delivers immediate relief to dry, chapped lips while promoting extreme comfort and gives a soothing, protective moisture shield that smooths and tones dry, chapped lips.

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