Confessions of a Lipstick Addict

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Hello, everyone! And welcome to the newest feature on the NTS—Confessions of a Lipstick Addict. At any given moment, I have around 5 to 7 lipsticks jumbled at the bottom of my purse, and I recently thought to myself, “Maybe people want to know what this is like?”

At the end of every week I will empty my purse and give you a breakdown of which lipsticks I find there. This is bound to reveal some sort of interesting pattern (whether it’ll be seasonal trends or my clutter problem remains to be seen). And hopefully you all will find this somewhat interesting.

But enough of my rambling. Let’s get this first one going.

At the moment I haven’t emptied my purse in probably two-ish weeks (let’s be honest, it’s probably longer than that), so there is quite the collection of lipsticks amassed at the bottom. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Revlon’s Teak Rose
NYX’s Euro Trash
Revlon’s Certainly Red
Revlon’s Rosewine
Urban Decay’s F-Bomb
Urban Decay’s Matte Temper
Rimmel’s 01

These are all shades of red, minus Euro Trash, which is more of a geige or almost-nude color, and Temper, which is more of an orangey-red. And I honestly can’t remember when I last wore the latter—late summer or early fall, maybe? Yikes. Probably good that I’m doing this.

And in purse #2 (because I often switch throughout the week):
Revlon’s Wine With Everything
Revlon’s Rose Velvet
Mary Kay’s Berry a la Mode
LA Girl’s Snuggle
Revlon’s Really Red
Maybelline’s Rum Riche
And a No Bleeding Lips liner

From the combined above lipsticks, we can deduce that I’ve mostly been wearing red (duh), with the occasional greige/nude shade—I usually find myself reaching for these sorts of colors near the middle of the week, for some reason, with my bright reds like F-Bomb or Certainly Red either on Mondays or Fridays. The Berry a la Mode is the only purply one in the lot, and I didn’t really like it—the color is gorgeous, but it goes on patchy.

Oh. Also sometimes I throw lipsticks in my lunch bag—you know, after touching up after eating—so sometimes I find some there, and they will also be included in the end-of-week breakdown. But not this one.

Hope you enjoyed this little breakdown of my addiction—let me know if you enjoyed this!

—Marge 💋

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Five Lipsticks You Need This Winter

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Winter is the perfect time to bust out a bold lip if you’re not normally accustomed to doing so. The muted tones of winter are the perfect backdrop for the main event: your bold color choice.

As many of you (no doubt) have a plethora of holiday parties and get-togethers to attend, you might be looking for the perfect winter lipstick to add as the finishing touch before you head out the door.

But maybe you’re struggling to find a good choice. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are my top 5 favorite winter lipsticks for you to peruse.

Maybelline’s Divine Wine (matte)—This is by far my favorite dark lippie for winter. It’s a gorgeous deep berry with excellent staying power that is not too drying. Bust this out when you brave the holiday shopping crowds, and you’ll feel all-powerful, I promise.

Sephora Collection liquid lipstick in Scarlet Luster—On the opposite end of the lipstick spectrum is this vibrant red. It does tend to transfer a lot, but somehow the color manages to stay in-your-face vibrant nearly all day. Wear this one with your ugly sweater!

Revlon’s Wine with Everything—This is more of an everyday red that is especially nice around the holidays. You can wear it to work all month long for a subtle festive touch to business casual look.

Revlon’s Wine Not? (matte)—Are you sensing a theme here? This is a beautiful deep wine red with purply hues that’s perfect for that swanky evening soiree or your work’s holiday party.

Wet ‘N’ Wild’s Sugar Plum Fairy—This is a semi-matte magenta-purple lipstick that’s stunning for an evening out with your gals or your significant other. It looks dark in the tube, but it applies brighter. Wear this when you’re sipping cocktails and watching the snow fall.

Not feeling the bold lip this year? Check out my top greige lipstick picks for a grungy look this winter. Happy holidays!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Lotion

We’ve all been there: That tube of lotion has gone kaput, but it doesn’t feel totally empty. There’s still some product inside, but you can’t get it out. What’s a frugal girl to do?

First of all, don’t throw that tube in the trash! Grab a pair of scissors and a little elbow grease, and read on.

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Got your scissors? Good. Take your fancy tube of lotion and cut it into two pieces—about two inches above the cap. Pry that bad boy open.

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Look at all that gold in there! From here you have two options: You can either use a little makeup spatula and scoop it out, storing it in a small container, or you can do what I do.

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Simply slide the top half over the bottom half, making a mini tube of lotion! When you want to use it, just slide the top off and scoop your lotion out. Easy peasy!

Hope you enjoy this little little trick!

Until next time,

—Marge 💋

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Nov. 2016

Hey, everyone!

My beloved Value Village closed permanently last month—I’m a tad heartbroken, but I’ll probably also save more money, so, is it really that horrible?

But before closing the store forever, it went out with a 50% off, everything-must-go sale, which I giddily took advantage of. Most everything was picked over already, but I did snag a few gems!

Namely, this Christmas sweater! Originally $12.99 but I got it for half off—and the faux fur collar is detachable! Talk about a hell of a deal!

I also got Jordan the giant blue sweater, and two other sweaters for myself. Plus a massive book haul. I’m going to miss the book selection this store always had. *soft crying*


We also stopped by Goodwill in my hometown when visiting my parents. Jordan got me this lovely knit red beanie, and himself a brand-new vinyl record display frame (not pictured).

After we got back from Thanksgiving with his family, I decided it was officially time to set up our first Christmas tree together! But my little pink three-foot tree was not going to cut it this year…. so we went to Goodwill, obviously.

We scored a practically brand new six-foot tree for $20, a NWT tree skirt (originally $24 at Marshalls, but we got it for $9) and a nice assortment of ball ornaments.

Before the cat attacked the tree. Smh.

 

And you know what they say about one door closing and another door opening? Value Village’s permanent closure opened the door for This-N-That, a new thrift store that opened days after VV closed—and it’s even closer to our apartment than VV was! I stopped by to scope it out and left with this zazzy pair of cropped H&M pants for 3.99.

What did you score at the thrift store this month?

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review, Nov. 2016

Hey, everyone!

After the last Ipsy Glam Bag I got, I wasn’t sure if November’s bag could top how cute October’s was. It came pretty dang close, though!

November’s bag is made of a navy blue neoprene material and features a pattern boasting constellations made of cosmetics. How cute, right?

In my bag, I received:

Three Botanical face masks—These were super refreshing. I liked how they were cold when I put them on.

Ciate London liquid lipstick—I FINALLY received a red lipstick from Ipsy. It took forever, but I really like this formula! The wand’s tip is more of pointed cone shape, so it’s super easy to apply precisely. And the color lasts all dang day.

The Balm Mad Lash mascara—While I love the formula and the curved shape of the brush, I’m not a fan of the click-on cap, much like the Tarte one from a few months ago.

Tarte maracuja oil—I’ll be honest, I still haven’t gotten around to trying this one. I’m a little “meh” about putting oil on my face.

Formula X nail polish in “Huntress”—Though this looks black, it’s actually a dark blue/green. I only had to apply one coat of this polish because it’s so thick.

Overall I was pretty pleased with what I got (especially the lipstick), but I think the time has finally come for me to cancel my subscription.

I know, right?

But I got a preview of what’s in my December bag, and I can’t say I’m super thrilled. And (big news) we’ve decided to start saving for a downpayment on a house.

Ten bucks per month for Ipsy might not seem like a lot, but it’s starting to feel like a waste when every little bit of extra cash adds up. I’ll just have to live vicariously through everyone else’s reviews.

So excuse my ramble, and now let me know what you got in your November Glam Bag! I’m dying to hear!

Thrifting for the Holidays

Let’s face it: The holidays can get expensive—there are gift exchanges, holiday parties, family get-togethers, forking over an arm and a leg plus your firstborn for gift wrap, and the spiked eggnog you’ll purchase to drown your holiday blues in at the end of it all.

It can be stressful, but doesn’t have to be.

I know there’s this stigma about thrift stores (supposedly dirty and gross, or something?) but there are so many brand-new or very gently used items there that would make excellent gifts, all for the fraction of what you’d pay at a big-box store. Thrifting for the holidays is a great way to save a little cash while giving your loved ones a unique, personal gift.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Have a bookworm friend? Pick out a few gently used books for her and make her a sweet bookmark! You could even tuck a coffee gift card into the pages, and I’m sure she’d be thrilled.

Have a caffeine addict friend? Look for a cute mug or teacup, and find her favorite tea/coffee to fill it with. Bonus points if you can find a matching teapot!

Need a white elephant exchange gift? Look no further than the shelves of Goodwill—you’re almost guaranteed to find something wacky. (I once contributed a backscratcher that had an alligator foot on the end. It was an instant hit.)

Have a friend who deserves a little pampering? Look for some never-been-used candles (they do exist!) and pick up some face masks or bath salts from Walmart. Nestle them all in a small basket (which you also thrifted, of course).

Have a beauty addict friend? Look for a stylish purse or makeup case, and fill it with a few inexpensive cosmetics from a big-box store.

Have a sentimental friend? Seek out a frame or two that seems their style, and fill them with pictures of the two of you. If you’re fortunate enough to stumble upon a shadow box, you could fill it with small tokens of your friendship for them to display in their house.

Have a friend with a green thumb? Look for a cute planter and fill it with packets of seeds, or plant her favorite flower in it. She’ll think you’re an extra special friend if you also manage to find gardening gloves and a mini watering can!

And don’t forget—there are SO many other things to be found if you keep your eyes peeled; you don’t have to limit yourself to little kits/baskets like I suggested above. Quirky trinkets and unique articles of clothing abound at the thrift store.

My sister loves shabby chic things, and almost any sort of shabby chic knickknack I find goes into my cart for her. Just make sure all parts work and that you can clean it up if it looks a little on the scuffed side.

Screw brand-new gifts—some of the best gifts I’ve received have come secondhand from someone who thought of me when they stumbled upon it. Wouldn’t you like to give someone that thrill of joy too?

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves, Nov. 2016

Happy first day of December, everyone! Is it just me, or did November fly by? I was so busy this month that I don’t have a ton of new faves, but I do have a few to share with you!

Essence Sunrise eye shadow palette—This is the gorgeous little set of baked shadows I mentioned in this post. It’s not produced anymore, but I found it brand new on Poshmark, and I’ve been wearing it pretty frequently. The yellow is my favorite!

Elf eyeliner pencil—I’ve rediscovered my love for good ol’ fashioned pencil liners, thanks to this mini pencil that came in an an Elf Halloween set. I’m in love with how smoothly it glides on—I’ve been wearing this every day.

Bite lipstick in Squid Ink—I’m counting this as one of my faves even though I only wore it a few times. I love it. It’s a beautiful blue-black lipstick I purchased with my VIB 20% off coupon  and is so creamy! A++ in my book.

It was a little on the spendier side, but I think it’s worth splurging when you’re considering buying a black lipstick—if you bought it for cheap, it will definitely look cheap when you apply it. Word to the wise.

Moroccan oil—this was a freebie from my mom. I always spray some sort of oil in my hair when I straighten or curl it to give it some moisture and keep it smooth, especially because my ends get so dry. This one smells so good, and it’s fun to switch up your beauty products every once in a while.

What were your November faves? Let me know!

 

 

Unboxing & Review—Sephora 500-Point Urban Decay Reward

Hi, everyone! In the last post, I detailed my haul from the 20% off Seohora VIB sale, which involved both an in-store trip and an online order. (Also, can I just say how awesome the new Sephora app is?!) I redeemed some of my Beauty Insider points through Sephora’s Beauty Bazaar online, and I was not disappointed—it always seems like the rewards are better online than in-store, but maybe that’s just me.

This 500-point reward I chose is the mini Urban Decay  Urban Addiction eye shadow sampler palette. I didn’t really expect it to come in fancy packaging, but it came in its own pretty box just like the 500-point Make Up For Ever reward did, complete with black crinkly paper cushioning inside.


The palette itself is gorgeous—it has four different shades (Backdoor, Righteous, Backfire, and Fireball) and comes with a mini double ended brush (just like the full-sized palettes do. And though the case isn’t made of a hard plastic or metal like the Naked palettes, it does appear to be durable and well-constructed from a quality cardboard and has a mirror inside the lid..

Here are swatches of each color:


The shadows feel creamy and apply so smoothly, of course—would you expect anything less from Urban Decay? And they are so easy and fun to blend.



I used Backdoor in the crease/outer corner of my eyelid, blended it outward with Backfire, applied Fireball to the lid and blended it to the crease, and used Righteous on the brow bone. It gave a  much smokier look than I anticipated, and I’m very pleased with the outcome!

Have you used the Beauty Bazaar for your Sephora rewards, or received this particular 500-point reward? I’d love to hear your thoughts!