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Best of the Brightest: My Top Lipstick Picks for Summer

Summer LipsFluorescent orange, bright purple, hot pink: I’ve never met a lipstick I wouldn’t try (at least not yet). In my opinion, I think people underestimate how wearable these colours can be, not to mention the time they can save you in the morning (more sleep? Now I’ve got your attention). Think of it this way: the brighter the lip colour, the more understated you want the rest of your makeup to be. No need to spend time layering shadows, blending, and lining your eyes; simply apply some mascara and blush along with your standout lipstick of choice, and you’re on your way.  The 3 lipsticks, pictured above, are my current top picks for Summer (in order from left to right).

1. Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids in “Vibrant Mandarin”

In the tube, this colour looks like your basic orange lipstick, but when applied it wears as a gorgeous, almost fluorescent, orange.  The word “fluorescent” may sound scary to some, but trust me, it has the perfect amount of red in it to make it completely wearable.  It is by far, one of the most unique lip colours I have encountered this season.

2. Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in “Coquette”

When it comes to lipstick, my most often-occurring (and slightly unhealthy) obsession is with finding the perfect pink.  Everything from deep fuchsias to baby pinks, I love (and seem to need) them all.  This shade by Revlon is definitely one of my favourites for Summer: it applies evenly, is long lasting, and has the perfect amount of shimmer in it.

3.  bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in “Lead the Way”

As you can see from the picture, the colour of this lipstick in the tube is quite different from the way the lipstick wears.  What’s great about it, is that the colour changes based on the amount you apply.  If applied sheer, it wears as a pretty berry/wine colour, and when applied with a heavier hand, it appears more of a deep wine/purple tone.  It would also be fun to play with different glosses over this lipstick, as I’m sure you’d come out with a ton of colour variations.  This is what also makes it a great year-round lipstick (but hey, it’s almost Summer, let’s not rush things).

Tried any of these for yourself? Have any of your own favourites for this Summer? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

L’Oreal Private Sale: My Experience

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As L’Oreal is one of my favLoreal ticketourite drugstore cosmetic lines, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to visit their annual Fall private sale (I was able to get tickets through my employer).  I have visited this sale in previous years, and it’s a great opportunity to stock up on all your favourites and essentials.  The sale wasn’t just for L’Oreal products, but also included brands such as Maybelline, Yves Saint Laurent, Biotherm, Diesel, Lancôme, Vichy, Essie, Garnier, and more.  There were some great deals to be had, but I did find that the prices have gone up a smidge since the last visit.  Getting in does require a ticket, however one pass gains entry for 2 people (so if you know someone with a ticket, you can be their guest!). Or, you can find them fairly easily on Kijiji.

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When I first arrived, the small parking lot was absolutely packed, and I was directed by security to park at a church down the road.  Luckily, there was a shuttle bus to take you to and from the sale (which ran every 5 minutes or so).  You walk through the door, your ticket is scanned, and you instantly are overwhelmed by row after row of products and goodies.  The first aisle was mostly shampoos, conditioners and hair products, followed by aisles full of nail polishes, and cosmetics (mostly foundations, blushes, eye shadows, lipsticks, and liners).  The following rows also had various gift packages (the kind you get with your purchase at department stores, or the value sets you see during the holidays).  I’ll be sure to list some of my best deals down below.  In the meantime, here are some pictures of the venue.

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My Haul, and Some of the Best Deals:

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I definitely got some great deals at sale, but as you can see from the picture above, I was also pretty strong.  My cart before I got to the checkout was topped full with face creams, eye shadows and gift sets, but one really important thing to remember at sale like this, is that you don’t need everything.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the deals and hype, that you end up spending more than you planned, and go home with things that just sit in your closet until they expire.  One feature at the sale that proved to be really helpful was a lineup of tables near the checkout that let you sort through all the things you had thrown in your cart along the way.  You leave all the items you aren’t purchasing on the table, and then one of the staff collects it and puts it all back for you.  I found myself grabbing products I already owned (to have for when they ran out), or products that were a great deal (just because they were a “great deal”).  It helped to have a place near the check out to slow down, think each product through, and determine if I really needed it, or if I was just impulse purchasing.  Here are some of the goodies I’m most excited about:loreal 6

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray– $4.00 (Regularly $15.00)

L’Oreal True Match Foundation-$6.50 (Regularly $18.00)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick-$2.50 (Regularly $11.00)

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow– $4.50 (Regularly $11.00)

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo-$3.75 (Regularly $9.00)

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara– $4.75 (Regularly $13.00)

Lancôme Color Design All-In-One 5 Shadow and Liner Palette- $14.75 (Regularly $54.00)

In total, I spent about 2 hours and less than one hundred dollars at the sale, and walked away with well over a $200.00 value in products (FYI: the max you are allowed to spend in one visit is $600.00).  It was a positive experience, and I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to take advantage of it.  Just be prepared to wait in a few lineups along the way (some products are stored behind counters so you need to ask for what you want), and an even bigger lineup at the checkout (though they do have many cash registers so it moves fairly quickly).  Stay strong, buy only what you need, and have fun!

“Buy Less, Choose Well.” ~Vivienne Westwood