I’ve become a pretty big lipstick fan over the years and have amassed quite the collection. I’m constantly trying out new ones, and don’t think I’ve passed by a duty free store in the last five years without picking up a new shade. After quite a bit of trial and error I’ve narrowed down my top 6 absolute favorite colors; the colors that I’ve loved for years and/or wear every single day. Without further ado, my top 6 favorite lip colors, below:
(okay a little bit of further ado – after taking this photo and seeing it up close I realized that it’s not the most gorgeous photo and that you can see lip marks and little nicks and scratches on the tubes, but that just goes to show that I use these a lot and really do love them, right?)
Chanel Rouge Coco in ‘Gabrielle’ – This to me is the perfect red. It’s not a crazy bright, fire engine red but rather a softer more elegant shade, which is really easy to wear. A makeup artist from Chanel told me that she’s convinced it’s a universal shade that looks good on every single person she’s ever put it on and I’d have to agree.
Bobbi Brown ‘Pink’ – This bright, deep pink has been my go-to for a few years now. I even wore it at my wedding! I like to apply a coat or two of it and then blot it so that it’s a bit more muted. The formula of this lipstick is nice and hydrating but still semi-matte (I don’t like really shiny or sparkly lipsticks and never wear gloss) and stays on for a long time.
Lancome Rouge in Love ‘163M Dans ses Bras’ – Alright unfortunately this shade is bizarrely difficult to find, but if you do then please try it because it’s the prettiest ultra pigmented raspberry color. I like to wear it during the day to feel instantly pulled together.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in ‘L’Exubérante’ – I fell in love with this color when I saw it at Violet Grey a couple of months ago, but they only had the color as a display piece and didn’t even know what the name of it was. They ended up just giving it to me which was so sweet (I think they maybe didn’t want to make the pregnant lady upset ;)) and I finally tracked down its name.
Happy Monday, you guys. Did you have a fun weekend? We ended up actually seeing quite a few friends over the last couple of days which was nice, and for those of you that asked, Penny is doing great after her spay on Friday. I think she’s a little confused about wearing the cone (I snapped a few funny pictures, follow along at w.cosgrave if you’d like) but other than that she’s great.
Today I’m starting a semi-regular new series on the blog, where I’m going to share what beauty products I’m loving at the moment. I really enjoy reading about and discovering what items other people are using and I figured you might as well. Without further ado, my thoughts on the five products above. Let me know if you have any questions about any of them!
Tom Ford Illuminating Primer – My sister and I both bought this at Violet Grey a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really loving it so far. I had been looking for a highlighter type product that was glow-y rather than sparkly, and this one fits the bill. It gives the skin a subtle, dewy effect and helps to even out the skintone. I’ve been wearing this during the day and on weekends when I want to give my skin a break from my tinted moisturizer but still want a bit of coverage.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I’ve been a long time devotee of all things Caudalie, and this is my favorite product of theirs. I like to keep one in my purse to give myself a little spritz when I’ve been out and about all day and need a little pick me up; the product not only smells great and has a cooling sensation, but it helps to tighten pores and set makeup as well.
Le Weekend de Chanel – I bought this after reading and hearing multiple rave reviews, and so far I’m very happy with it. You use it on the weekend (morning and night) in place of your other usual products, and it helps to exfoliate and intensely moisturize the skin to set the tone for the week ahead. I thought that a product for the weekend was going to just be a silly gimmick to get people to buy more things, but for me it really works. I highly recommend!
Shani Darden Retinol Reform – By now everyone’s heard about the multiple benefits of using a retinol on your skin to help combat wrinkles and signs of aging, and I think that Shani Darden’s product is the best. I have really sensitive skin so I only use it once or twice a week, but it’s a gentle enough formula that some people work up to using it nightly. Truthfully I first bought it because I read that Rosie Huntington Whitely used it and that girl has amazing skin, but I became hooked pretty quickly and have been using it for over a year. As a bonus Shani is very nice and even let me text her photos and ask for advice when I was having a particularly bad breakout, and I’m not even a facial client of hers. Big fan!
Sachajuan Ocean Mist – Just a couple of spritzes helps to muss up hair a little and add texture for perfectly imperfect beach hair. It also smells delicious.
The other day I bought a barrette for the first time in probably fifteen years. I tend to shy away from any sort of hair accessory as I think that they can tend to look a little too ‘done’ for my liking; my mom followed me around for a good half hour while when I was getting ready for my wedding, trying to pin just a little something beaded or sparkly into my hair and I just didn’t like the look of it (sorry, mom!). But these new clean lined, modern looking barrettes used to clip up a messy chignon or hold together a low pony, these I can get behind.
Hair accessories and barrettes started to make a comeback about a year ago on the runways at Chanel and Celine, and since then I’ve started noticing images popping up on my Pinterest page and have started seeing them in the shops. Nordstrom makes a rounded clip that’s just about an exact copy of the Celine one, as does Asos, and J.Crew has a pretty good selection of clips. I think the key to pulling off any sort of hair accessory is to keep the rest of your look quite basic, and to be sure that your hair doesn’t look too perfect, like the girls in these inspiration images. Thoughts? Have you been wearing barrettes at all, or is this not something you can see yourself doing?