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!


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!



Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves, Sept. 2016

Hello, everyone! My apologies for such a late September favorites post; I’m still playing catch-up from the wedding.

OGX coconut oil hydrating hair mist—I got this to tame and smooth my frizzy hair, hoping for the best because I haven’t had much luck with hair oils in the past. But this! This will keep my hair straightened and sleek all day, and it makes it look so much healthier. And it smells incredible.

Lush products gifted to me at my bridal shower—My dear bridesmaid Lisa spoiled me with a plethora of Lush products for my bridal shower, namely Mask of Magnaminty, Charity Pot hand lotion, Vanillary perfume, and two bath bombs.

This was by no means my introduction to Lush; rather, she fed my addiction because I hadn’t tried any of these products. I mean, I frequently buy their bath bombs, but she got me some I’d never tried before.

However, the Mask of Magnaminty is definitely my favorite out of everything. It smells so fresh, feels good on my skin, and seems to calm my acne. An A++ in my book.

Little Lush bundle!
Gelous nail gel & Gelous ridge filler—Purchased these weekend before our wedding on a whim after reading a Pinterest tutorial, hoping to achieve gel-like nails for the big day because I didn’t want to absolutely destroy my nails with a real gel manicure.

The tutorial claimed it’s like the real thing and will last a whole week, and all I can say about my own results is wow. I will never not use this when I paint my nails. Not only did my polish last the whole week with very minimal chipping, but it achieved that “plumping” effect that many gel-like polishes claim to possess but typically don’t.

Seche Vite fast-dry top coat—This was also suggested in the tutorial. It smells horrible, but your nails will be dry in like two seconds. For someone as restless as me who always fucks up their polish when it’s wet, this is a miracle product. I’m never going without this top coat ever again!

The Balm’s timeBalm® foundation—My new favorite lazy-day foundation. I apply this with a beauty blender and it looks great. It has excellent coverage and stays in place all day.

What were your favorite products in September?

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves: July 2016

Hey, everyone! As my wedding draws ever nearer, I’m finding myself purchasing even more beauty products with the excuse “I can wear this for the wedding!” And that’s pretty much what happened this July. Whoops.

I’m doing my own makeup for the big day though, so it’s a good excuse, right? Right.

Let’s get started with this month’s faves, shall we?

First up is Soap & Glory—I’ve been waiting for this line to show up in Ulta, and the day finally arrived! I was so overwhelmed by all the options that I limited myself to only two purchases: the Orangeasm body wash and the Righteous Butter bronzing lotion “with tanwrap technology.” And I gotta say, I’m in love with both.

The body wash smells so fresh and invigorating (even my fiancé loves it!) and it foams and froths well. The lotion actually DOES make my legs look tanned, and not in a baked-looking, orange way.

“Will you wear this for the wedding?” you’re probably think-asking.

Yes. Yes, I think I will, you beautiful reader, you.

Next up is Makeup Revolution’s Blushing Hearts  Goddess of Faith highlighter—I saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to try it for the wedding (for science), and when I got to Makeup Revolution’s website and saw how amazing their products are, I knew I had to order a few others (you can read about the haul here).

But let’s talk about this highlighter. First of all, cute box, right? Kind of reminds me of the Sweethearts blusher/bronzer from Too Faced. And it’s so shimmery. I always accidentally go overboard on this product when doing my makeup—you hardly see it on the brush, but then you brush it on, and BAM. SO SHINY. I PROMISE I’M NOT GREASY, I JUST WENT OVERBOARD. Heh.

The next favorite of mine is the Sun Bunny bronzer from Too Faced—this is a sample I got from Sephora by redeeming some of my points. I’m not big on bronzers, etc. but I trust Too Faced and figured I’d give it a try. I’m pretty dang wowed by it, guys. So much that I’m planning on wearing it for my wedding (surprise).

And of course, my July Ipsy Glam Bag. I’m ridiculously smitten with everything I got: Delectable by Cake hand cream in the scent lemon & cream, an angled brush, TreStique highlighter crayon, an Ofra lip liner, and a Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow from The Balm. And of course, the adorable holographic bag this month—swoon! (I’m going to have a hard time deciding which Ipsy bags to use for honeymoon!)

Nice to meet you, Matt(e).

I loved the mini eyeshadow so much that I indulged and purchased the whole Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette when it was up for the Ipsy offer of the day—it was a total steal at $22, a whopping 40% off the original price. The shades are so pigmented and creamy; I don’t regret my purchase one bit. I’ve been wearing it nonstop since it arrived.

Mine arrived a little dented and smudged, but no biggie.


…and I’ll probably continue to wear it into the foreseeable future.

What products did you swoon over this month? I’d love to hear!