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!


Five Drugstore Greige Lipsticks You Need for Fall

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Say so long to burgundy and wine lipsticks this fall, and say hello to shades of greige. Greige (gray + beige with a touch of mauve) is going to be the biggest lip trend this fall, you guys. I can feel it in my heart’s soul.

Greige is grungy. Greige stands out while remaining soft and mauvey. It’s the perfect lip color for fall as the seasons change and we begin to wind down for winter.

And if you’re a lipstick fanatic like me, you probably already have a few greige shades or close-to-greige shades in your lippie drawer but don’t even know it — greige is nothing but a slightly ridiculous funny name for a color that’s been around for a while, after all.

Here are my five favorite drugstore greige and almost-greige lipsticks (that I actually wear pretty regularly and just had no idea greige was a thing):

  1. NYX Euro Trash (matte)
  2. Maybelline Touch of Spice (matte)
  3. NYX Thalia
  4. Revlon Rose Velvet
  5. LA Girl Snuggle (matte)

  1. NYX’s Euro Trash might be my favorite greige I own. It looks pink in the tube, but once applied is a beautiful light mauve with a hint of gray. I think it looks different throughout the day, depending on what kind of lighting you’re in, and depending on how it contrasts with what you’re wearing.


2. Maybelline’s Touch of Spice is a close second fave. I accidentally smashed this one in the cap and about cried when I had to go buy another—that’s how frequently I wear this beautiful deep mauvey shade. It’s matte and not drying, so your lips don’t feel horrible by the end of the day. It will add the slightest touch of grunge to your look.

3. NYX’s Thalia isn’t matte, but is still a beautiful nude-gray shade with a touch of lavender —it’s not quite a greige, but it comes very close. This one doesn’t stay as well on my lips and has much more transfer than the above lipsticks, but it is still a beautiful color nonetheless.

4. Revlon’s Rose Velvet is much like Thalia in terms of wear and transfer, but it’s a touch darker in color—more light mauvey than lavender. It’s another almost-greige that many of you might already have in your lipstick hoards.

5. Lastly, we have LA Girl’s Snuggle, which is a creamy matte lippie I can’t get enough of. This one is less widely available but can be purchased at CVS stores or online through various vendors. Snuggle is almost nude with a very slight touch of gray, and it doesn’t transfer a whole lot or dry your lips out—if anything, my lips feel softer and more hydrated when I wear this one, and it complements practically any outfit.

The great thing about greige shades is that they can look super professional but also a little edgy—they’re almost nude, but not quite, and your coworkers can’t put their finger on why it’s a little different.

The above pictures document a week’s worth of greige lipsticks that I wore to work—and I work in a professional environment. Each shade was lined with Ofra’s lip liner in the color Silk (which is a very versatile shade, if you’re looking for a higher-end liner).

I hope this inspires you to hop on the bandwagon try out some new colors.  Raise your hand if you’d like to see a higher-end greige lipstick post!

—Marge 💋







What I Wore: Bridal Shower Style

It’s a dangerous feeling to wear white when you’re accident-prone and have a tendency to spill on yourself. The running joke in my family is that I’m 25 and need to invest in a bib. So when my sister informed me that I needed a white dress to wear to my bridal shower, I internally panicked.

“But we’re drinking TEA! I’m going to SLOSH on myself!” I moaned. (Because when you’re Marge, you drink a lot of tea, and people like throw tea parties for you—this ain’t my first rodeo.)

But I did indeed find a dress (secondhand, of course) for my tea party bridal bruncheon (I’m as surprised as you are that that’s a word—and I’m an editor.), and I’m pretty smitten with it—so much that I will probably end up wearing it more than once. (Gasp!)

The invites my sister sent out  commanded highly encouraged big hats and pearls. Like I needed an excuse.

My hat is a clearance sunhat from target, purchased for about $10, that I dressed up with some ribbon I had on hand for wedding crafts. And I added some clip-on flowers that I had stuffed in a drawer.

For shoes I wore my Modcloth heels for the wedding so that I could break them in a little. I added some pearl earrings, a necklace, and a swipe of red lipstick, and was good to go!

Overall, it was an excellent party and I had a lot of fun dressing up. Thanks, Jackie, for throwing it for me! ❤️

Polka-don’t wear that!

Actual picture of my closet.

I’m pretty sure I wore polka dots nearly every day during my first week at my work. My coworkers probably thought it was a little odd. And no, I didn’t wear the same outfit every day—if you stepped into my closet, you’d find mostly polka dots and stripes. I have an obsession. It’s a problem. But who doesn’t have a problem?

I wear polka dots because they’re fun and because they can look professional if styled correctly. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. They can be dressed up or down. They’re a classic pattern packed with personality. And have you noticed that not many people wear them?

Wearing a bold pattern can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are my top five polka-don’ts to guide you down the path of better style.

1. Don’t over-accessorize. Steer clear of the statement necklace or the wrist full of bracelets. A simple necklace or a pair or small earrings is enough. Pearls are my favorite because they match practically everything and always add a little more class to the outfit.

2. Don’t add too many colors. Two to three colors in your outfit is usually plenty. If you’re ever in doubt, black or white will always match anything. My go-to is a black cardigan to tie the whole shebang together.

But also be wary of too much of the same color. You don’t want to end up looking like a tomato if you choose to solely wear red with red accessories, etc. If you do go for the only-one-color look, at least keep everything the same shade—consistency is key.

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3. Don’t pattern-mix. We all know someone who describes themselves as “the kind of girl who wears stripes and dots together.” Don’t be that person. It never looks good.

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4. Don’t wear a bold shoe. The focus should be on the dots; they shouldn’t have to compete with your footwear. Save the statement shoes for another time and opt for black or nude flats—whichever will complement your outfit best.

5. Don’t worry about what other people think. You do you, okay?