I customized my own CoverGirl lipstick!

Hi friends!

This post is just a bit of fun. Yes, I am talking about CoverGirl again today, but, but! I just went back to the NYC store with a friend (I warned you I would), and I totally missed this very exciting opportunity the first time I went in December: to customize my own CoverGirl lipstick packaging!

Read this: I went to the new CoverGirl flagship store in NYC!

So I was on the upstairs floor, and was casually speaking with a salesperson about the Exhibitionist Lipstick range. I was swatching away, deciding which color & finish to get (there are 3 finishes, by the way, Cream, Demi-Matte & Metallic). Then she says to me, you know you can customize your packaging for any of the Exhibitionist lipsticks for an extra $6.00. Immediately, I was sold! She led me back to a computer where you pick your shade of choice, and then design one side of the lipstick case with stickers & decals. I was like a kid in a candy store, lemme tell you!

MY CUSTOMIZED PACKAGING

My customized CoverGirl lipstick packaging
My personalized packaging, including decals of a pretzel, a heart, xo’s, my name, eye lashes & ‘New York.’

Of course I had to pick the most juvenile packaging design, but what the hell?! I was having fun! I really wanted to include so many more decals but as you can see, the space I was working with was quite small. I had to include my name, just because, and I chose a few other decals that were fun & colorful. I didn’t really have a strategy here or an overarching message behind the images I chose. It just wasn’t that deep 😉.

As I said earlier, the customization was an extra $6.00; the total cost for my lipstick was then $13.99 before tax. Not too bad, in my opinion.

So once you’re done customizing your CoverGirl lipstick, you proceed to the cashier to pay and submit your order. They tell you the lipstick will be ready in about 15 minutes, but for some reason mine took longer. My friend and I actually left the store and were walking around outside, waiting to get the email that my order was ready. After almost 45 minutes with no email, we went back and my lipstick was there waiting. Not sure why they didn’t notify me as stated, so I suggest putting your order in before you finish shopping (as weird as that sounds).

MY COLOR CHOICE

I believe this is my first (traditional) CoverGirl lipstick purchase. I did own a shade or two from the Outlast All-Day Lip Color range years ago, which was my first liquid lipstick ever. (They are not kidding around with that formula! It. Stays. On. All. Day.) After swatching a few shades from the Exhibitionist range, I ultimately decided on Sultry Sienna, a mid-tone rosy pink shade with a little brown.

Sultry Sienna Exhibitionist Lipstick from CoverGirl
I had to turn the flash on on my camera due to low light, so the color of the lipstick looks a bit darker than it is IRL.

It’s a beautiful cream finish lipstick that’s super hydrating and comfy to wear. Do I have shades like this in my collection already? Um, you bet (see: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk; see: Flower Beauty Honey Nude; see: MAC Twig), but I can’t help myself! This is the kind of shade I wear all the time so I naturally gravitate to it; it’s truly a MLBB (my lips but better) kinda shade.

Read this: A drugstore dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick?

CoverGirl Exhibitionist Lipstick in Sultry Sienna applied to the lips
Sultry Sienna Exhibitionist Lipstick applied on lips, in natural light. The rest of my face is bare (as if you couldn’t tell already!).

I believe this service is only available at the NYC store. I looked to see if you could do this online, but it doesn’t appear you can. So if you’re in the area or are visiting the city, this is such a fun thing to do either for yourself or as a present for someone else.

How would you personalize your own lipstick case if you could? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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This was so much fun! Check out the customized packaging I designed for my latest CoverGirl lipstick purchase! Only available at the NYC flagship store.
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The (95%) drugstore lip combo I’m crushing on

Hi friends!

I’ve been really loving a certain drugstore lip combo recently that I needed to tell you guys about! First off I should say, normally I’m not one to be too fussy with lipstick. Usually I pick one color and just swipe it on. I don’t tend to layer or blend colors into each other or anything like that.

That being said, a few months back I bought one of the Elf Matte Lip Colors in the shade Tea Rose, a very cool-toned greyish-mauve. Now, I hardly ever wear cool lip colors so it was a bit of a risk for me. (I have very pale, cool-toned skin so I tend to veer towards neutral or warmer nudes & pinks to pep up my complexion.) But it was just $3.00 from Harmon so I thought, why the heck not? I’ll figure out a way to wear it, and that’s how this particular lip combo was born.

Essentially what I create when I wear this combo is an ombre effect (i.e. lighter colors seamlessly fading into darker colors to create dimension). I’ll take you now through the steps & products first, and then show you swatches & the finished look!

STEP 1: APPLY RIMMEL EXAGGERATE AUTOMATIC LIP LINER IN ADDICTION TO THE OUTER CORNERS OF THE MOUTH, Line the lips & BLEND

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction

I’m not the biggest fan of lip liners in general as I only have a few in my collection, but this one from Rimmel is awesome! The formula is creamy, ever-so-slightly waxy, yet quite long-wearing. I’d say the color is halfway between pink & brown; very wearable & lovely for everyday. It’s this color that helps blend the cool-tones of the Elf lipstick in with my skin’s undertone; it acts essentially as a barrier.

Buy this product here.

Step 2: apply ELF MATTE LIP COLOR IN TEA ROSE To the cenTer of lips & blend in

Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose

As I mentioned above, this is a very cool-toned, matte lipstick. It’s quite creamy upon first application and pretty long-wearing (although you will have to touch up after a big meal). It’s very easy to apply since the bullet is quite small and it’s a twist-up. (There’s actually a sharpener hidden in the very bottom!) The trick here is not letting this color get too close to the edges of my lips since it clashes with my skin’s undertone; that’s why I need the pinkier liner along the edges.

Buy this product here.

Step 3: Dab CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK MOISTURIZING LIP BALM IN WOPPIN’ WATERMELON over the entire mOuth

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Woppin’ Watermelon

So this is where it stops being 100% drugstore! I’ve spoken about my love for the Clinique Chubby Sticks on here before, but they really are some of the most moisturizing lip products I’ve ever used. In this case, I use it purely for hydration purposes and not necessarily for any added color. The combo of the Elf & Rimmel matte, long-wearing products can get drying after a few hours on the lips, so I just quickly dab the Clinique over the top and voila, problem solved! You could use of course any lip balm you’d like.

Buy this product here.

SWATCHES

Swatches of (L to R): Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Woppin Watermelon, Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose, & Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction

FINISHED LOOK

I really like the effect that these three products create together. My lips look defined, more dimensional & a bit more juicy. While on a daily basis, I usually just wear one shade or nothing at all on my lips, I like to do this routine occasionally when I have a bit more time to spare.

Wearing Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose in the center of my lips, Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the outer corners, & Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon layered on top
My (almost) drugstore lip combo, after application in natural light.
Lip look featuring Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction, Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose, & Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon
Extreme close-up (sorry!) in natural light for more detail.

What lipstick or lip combo are you loving right now?

Catch up on some of my other lip posts!

Maybelline’s new Made For All Lipstick Collection

Video: Mini review of the new Glossier Generation G Lipsticks

Video: Winky Lux Disco Lip Gloss

Xo, Erica

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I’m currently loving this drugstore lip combination with bits from Rimmel, Elf & (a little) Clinique

Maybelline’s new Made For All Lipstick Collection

Hi friends!

I’m shifting gears away from the festive holiday posts today, and looking towards the New Year. Specifically to Maybelline’s next lipstick launch, the Made For All collection. This is a small range of 7 lip shades in matte & satin finishes that have been created to compliment every skin tone. It’s a pretty bold claim, but very intriguing nonetheless. Maybelline calls this their “universal lipstick shade collection” that has been “obsessively tested on 50 diverse skin tones.”

I recently spotted this collection in one of my local CVS stores, but from what I’ve spied online this range doesn’t officially launch until January. (I bet this is in the process of being rolled out to stores right now, and my CVS was one of the early recipients.) That being said, you can order the shades from Maybelline online right now by clicking here.

There are reds, pinks, mauves and one terracotta shade called Spice For You that I was immediately drawn to. It reminds me of the color of pumpkin pie, and those beautiful burnt autumn colors. I’ve never had a shade like it in my collection, so of course I had to pick it up!

Let’s look at the full shade range.

Made for All Lipstick in Fuchsia for You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Mauve For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Pink for You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Ruby for You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Plum For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Red For You
Image source: Elle.com
Made For All in Spice For You
Image source: Elle.com

I think it’s a pretty well-rounded range of brights, deeps & neutrals considering its size. It is missing one nude or beige shade, but I realize that might have been completely intentional since the range is supposed to be universal. One person’s nude is another person’s deep when you take skin tone into account. So one universal nude probably doesn’t exist.

Spice For You Lipstick
Spice For You Lipstick from Maybelline

The packaging is quite standard for a Maybelline lipstick, so there’s nothing too interesting there, but the texture is very nice. Spice For You is a satin finish that’s wonderfully moisturizing & gives off a decent amount of shine. The color goes on quite boldly if you apply straight from the bullet, but I prefer wearing it as a stain. So here’s what I do: I take my middle finger and gently rub it across the top of the lipstick bullet, and then I just dab the color onto my lips. It gives a much softer effect, like you’ve been wearing it for a few hours already. I’ve really enjoyed wearing this lipstick so far.

Spice For You Lipstick (swatched)
A closer look at Spice For You Lipstick. Swatched to show full opacity.
Spice For You Lipstick (applied as stain on lips)
Spice For You Lipstick applied as stain on the lips.

What do you think of the idea of a “universal” lipstick range? Do you think it’s a gimmick? To be honest, I’m a bit skeptical that all 7 shades could suit a whole spectrum of skin tones perfectly. After all, just like skin tones, lipsticks usually have undertones that suit some people over others. But, what do I know? I’ll leave you with this article from Elle where three editors with three different skin tones try the lipsticks from this range. The results are quite interesting!

Are you excited for this new launch from Maybelline? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Video: Mini review of the new Glossier Generation G Lipsticks

Hi friends!

I’m finally back with a video this time. It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought I’d turn my review post on the new & improved Glossier Generation G Lipsticks into a short vid for your guys. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to scroll down after the clip to see some up close photos of the lipsticks & swatches.

 

Shop the new Generation G Lipsticks here!

Generation G in Cake (left), & Jam (right)
In natural light. Cake on left, Jam on right.

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From left to right: Cake, Jam.

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A few passes of the Generation G lipsticks to show full color. Top swatch – Cake. Bottom swatch – Jam.

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Top row showing lip swatches of Cake; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo. Bottom row showing lip swatches of Jam; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo.

Have you guys tried the new Generation G formula yet? If so, what do you think! I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out my video review of the new & improved Generation G lipsticks from Glossier!

Lisa Eldridge’s True Velvet Lipstick Collection

Hi friends!

If you don’t know who Lisa Eldridge is, you need to. But in case you don’t want to wander over to Google, I’m here to assist you. She’s a world-renowned celebrity, red-carpet & editorial makeup artist who’s been in the biz for decades. She’s worked for some major brands over the years including Shiseido & Lancome, where she is currently the Creative Director. She was also one of the first professional makeup artists to use YouTube as a social platform, and that is how I discovered her years ago. I’ve been watching her videos for absolute ages and she brings class, sophistication and incredible insight into all of her tutorials. I seriously recommend checking out even a few of her videos; you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re already a Lisa Eldridge fan I’m sure you’ve heard the news but for those of you that haven’t, she just recently launched her first limited edition makeup collection! It’s a very small line of just three red lipsticks called The True Velvet Lipstick Collection. Inspired by her extensive vintage makeup collection & a photoshoot where she cut velvet fabric to fit over a model’s pout, her matte lipsticks actually have a faux-velvet effect on the bullet, right down to its characteristic fuzziness. How cool is that?? It may sound strange to some, but Lisa said in her launch video that the “velvet texture” is only around the sides of the lipstick and not on the top of the bullet where you would apply it.

Lisa has described these lipsticks as mattes that give off a slight sheen, so they are not flat like say Ruby Woo from MAC is. They are creamy and hydrating and wear off as naturally as possible without crumbling or flaking like some other matte textures do. Just so you’re aware, I haven’t tried any of these lipsticks myself so the information I’m giving you in this post comes from Lisa’s website and from her launch video, which I’ll link here. It’s packed with information, backstory & amazing live swatches from the creator herself so if you’re interested in this collection, give it a watch!

Let’s take a look at the actual lipsticks now!

UPDATE: THIS WHOLE COLLECTION IS NOW SOLD OUT. THERE MAY BE A RESTOCK COMING IN 2019. STAY TUNED!

VELVET JAZZ – Shop here 

  • Described as “a muted, earthy, brick red…” that “…ranges from an intense brown/red to a soft, brick red, depending on skin tone and method of application.”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Jazz.

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Velvet Jazz applied on the lips. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

VELVET RIBBON – Shop here 

  • Described as “a vibrant, universal, classic neutral/blue red. This shade is a classic face brightening red that suits everyone (and its a great tooth whitener).”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Ribbon

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Velvet Ribbon applied on the lips, plus Lisa’s logo superimposed over top. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

VELVET MORNING – Shop here 

  • Described as “a hot and fiery, bright orange/red. This shade is an explosion of vitality that looks graphic and modern for partiesits the ultimate hot summer holiday shade too.”
  • Cruelty-free formulation
  • £26.00 (or about $33.00 based on 11/25/18 exchange rate; subject to change)

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Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram Story announcing Velvet Morning

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Velvet Morning applied on the lips. Image source: Lisa Eldridge’s Instagram.

Since I have not yet tried these, I cannot comment on whether this formula is worth the price tag or not. That being said, after the conversion, the price is right in line with the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks, which makes total sense to me. Lisa and Charlotte are both professional artists who have been working with makeup for years and who really understand it well. Who better to formulate makeup products than people like them really? My gut tells me that these lipsticks are probably beautiful and lush and worth every penny for that reason, just like the Matte Revolution Lipsticks are.

If I had to choose one color to purchase, I would probably go with Velvet Ribbon because I’ve always been intrigued by true reds and I’ve never worn one personally. And the great thing about bright lipsticks is that you can apply them in different ways to either dial up or dial down the color depending on your mood and preference. Again, I’ll refer you to Lisa’s video to see how this can be done.

I’m not sure how long this collection will be around, so if you’re interested I’d recommend hopping over to her site ASAP!

Are you a fan of Lisa Eldridge’s? If so, are you excited by these lipsticks? Which color would you choose from this collection? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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