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 💋


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!



VIB 20% Off Sale Haul

Hey there, friends!

I have a story to tell you. I got my 20% off VIB coupon in the mail last week and I was SO dang excited to use it—I’d just run out of all my favorite products, so it was perfect timing.

I waited all week until it was valid, dragging my husband to Sephora with me over the weekend so I could stock up. I  racked up $100 in beauty products and FORGOT TO USE MY COUPON. I about had a Niles Crane hyperventilation moment outside the store when I realized what had happened. It could have saved $20!

But I had a valid reason for forgetting.

There was a young girl at the register beside us, and she was $5 short on her birthday money to buy the makeup she wanted. We’ve all been in that boat, I’m sure, when we were younger. My husband, out of the blue, gave her the $5 she needed, and I was just so dang proud to be this guy’s wife that I totally forgot about the coupon.

What a great guy, right?

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what I possibly could have bought that cost that much.

Too Faced Waterproof Better Than Sex Mascara—I wear this every damn day, and I even wore it on my wedding day!

Make Up For Ever Matte Setting Powder—This was a substitute for one of my everyday essentials. I normally use the Bare Minerals translucent setting powder, but the store was all out, so I got this instead.

Urban Decay Vintage lipstick in the shade Oil Slick—My college roommate had this color, and before I could snag one it was discontinued. However, to my surprise, Urban Decay brought back some of its “vintage” colors, and this is one!

It may look black, but it applies as a sheer gray with a little sparkle. It makes any plain lipstick a little gothier when layered on top. Perfect.

Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Primer—I use this every single day. Can’t go wrong with this! It works miracles under any foundation of your choice, though I prefer the Bare Minerals liquid foundation.

I didn’t use any of my rewards points because it seems like they never have new rewards in the JCP Sephora. BUT I did place another order on Sephora’s website for a Bite lipstick they didn’t carry in the store, and I used some of my points through their Rewards Bazaar (review and unboxing coming soon!).

The lipstick I chose is a black-blue shade called Squid Ink. This particular shade was appealing to me because I have cool undertones, so the tinges of  blue complement my skin tone well.

I haven’t mustered the courage to wear this in public yet, but when I do, I’ll be channeling this magical Hufflepuff tutorial from my good friend Hannah.

I also snagged this Breakups to Makeups bag, because how could the self-proclaimed lipstick addict not? Too cute and too accurate. (Also too huge—I totally didn’t realize it would be this big.)

For samples (because Sephora orders aren’t complete without samples!) I chose a Versace Bright Crystal perfume, a Make Up For Ever foundation, and a RMS Beauty makeup wipe.

Did any of you take advantage of the 20% off coupon? I’d love to hear what you snagged!

Dollar Tree Beauty Haul

Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of undiscovered beauty essentials (I could probably do a whole post on what to buy and what not to buy, honestly), and I thought I’d share a few beauty items I picked up recently that you guys might be interested in reading about.

First up is a beauty blender! They have these in a variety of colors and are surprisingly soft. I was a little nervous it would be rough on my face, but it’s not. If you’re interested in trying a beauty blender but don’t want to spend $10+ to see if it works for you, then head over to Dollar Tree, my friend.

Next are some LA Colors matte lipsticks. They had this impressive endcap set up when I was there, with all sorts of LA Colors products. I picked out these matte lipsticks (ok, one says lip gloss, but how can a gloss be matte?). The “gloss” is more burgundy and the lipstick is a bright red.

The red lipstick, unfortunately, looked cheap when I applied it, and it looked semi-translucent when applied. Not a good look. I’d advise staying away from these. The “gloss” was ridiculously difficult to get off. It felt super sticky on my lips, but didn’t transfer a whole lot when I touched them with my fingertips. They were both difficult to apply, as you can probably see in the pictures below. They’re both patchy and uneven, and I couldn’t get my lower lip defined right. 

Cheapo matte red lippie

Sticky, patchy matte lippie

And the last thing I picked up is an eyebrow stencil (also from the LA Colors endcap) that has three different styles to choose from. These, surprisingly, work pretty dang well. I cut out the little piece of plastic in the middle so it was a little more user friendly. I used it in the picture above, but it’s not a great view, so I’m sorry! I will say I did like it enough to use for my wedding, though. 

And that’s all for now—thanks for reading! 

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 💋







Marge’s Montly Must-Haves, Aug. 2016

Hey there, everyone!
I hope August treated you well and that you tried out some fabulous new products. I had pretty good luck this month, with a total of five new must-haves that I wanted to share with you. So without further ado, here are the August faves!

1. NYX matte lipstick in the shade Euro Trash—I’d been looking everywhere for this after seeing it on Pinterest, but every time I went into Ulta, they didn’t have it. Until now.

I normally stay away from NYX lipsticks (except their liquid ones) because they go on too thin and smell oddly plastic-y. But I’ve been really happy with this matte one because it doesn’t possess any of the aforementioned properties. It’s a subtle, almost-nude color that is perfect for days I don’t feel like meticulously crafting the perfect red pout.

2. NYX tinted brow mascara—this is an oldie that I’ve been using on a more regular basis lately. (I even had to buy a new one!) It’s a tinted gel on a mascara wand that sets your brows after filling them in. I’ve found it also works well to shape your brows on a lazy day when you don’t feel like filling them in but still want them to look somewhat done. Gives them a little more oomph, you know? I use the brunette shade.

3. Garnier Micellar water—I’ve been using this every night after using a sample of micellar water I received in my Ipsy a few months back. It removes your makeup AND cleanses/moisturizes your face at the same time. How cool! I love this because it removes so many steps from my nightly routine, and it doesn’t leave my face super oily like some makeup removers do.

4. Exuviance Eye Contour Cream—I’ve been looking for a good eye cream, and the saleswoman at Ulta was REALLY pushing this at me—especially when I mentioned wanting to lift the hooding on one of my eyes. She claimed using it every day and it working wonders. She claimed a woman she knows in her 70s has been using it for years, and it got rid of the sags over her eyelids.

I carried it around the store for a while, hemming and hawing, not wanting to spend $70 on a 5 fl oz bottle of eye cream that might or might not work. Yikes, right? Being the thrifty woman I am, I whipped out my phone and checked Amazon and eBay, where I found I could purchase it for a fraction of the price: $30. Much better.

I can’t really tell if it’s doing any lifting (only been using it for a few weeks so far), but it feels super nice on my eyes in the morning and before bed. It’s not oily, and it absorbs into my skin fast, so it gets an A+ in my book.

5. No Bleeding Lips lip liner—I don’t know where this product has been all my life. After a long day at work, my cupid’s bow is still sharp as a knife. Do yourself a favor and pick this up from Sephora! It’s waterproof AND transparent!

Petite person perks!
Bonus: These dreamy overalls—Ok, I know this isn’t technically a beauty item. But I found these in the children’s section of Sears, and, well, it’s really hard to find flattering overalls (or overalls in general), and when you can fit into a girls’ size 16… you really have no choice but to buy them.

They have a slim-fit leg and are dark-wash denim. And they were half off, so I got them for $20! These are definitely going to Ireland with me. (Also, if you guys are interested in a post about shopping the children’s section, I can totally make that happen. Just saying.)

What were your favorites this month?

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Lip Chic Lipstick Sealer

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a product that acted as a topcoat for your lipstick—prolonging its color all day and preventing bleeding? Well, there is. It’s called Lip Chic, and it’s kind of amazing.

I ordered this from Amazon to try for August’s Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science) because it couldn’t find it in any gosh dang store. It had really good reviews and seemed a bit like a miracle product, promising all-day lip color free from smudging and transfer after a few measly coats.

And it sort of does, depending on how well you apply it. Which does take a bit of time and a steady hand. And a LOT of experimentation.

It is $12 and comes in a small, clear bottle that looks a bit like nail polish—the brush even looks like a nail polish brush (but it’s surprisingly not bristly feeling on your lips). Inside the box is a sheet of “lip tips” and instructions for applying.

Since the tips suggest lining your lips with Lip Chic prior to full application to prevent bleeding, I opted for dipping a small liner brush in the bottle rather than lining with the not-so-pointy brush attached to the lid. And this worked pretty well–you just have to remember to wash the liner brush off afterward!

I’ve worn Lip Chic twice so far and have been mostly impressed. The first time was over Urban Decay’s Matte Temper (which already stays on pretty well), and then over a Mary Kay cream lipstick in Really Red, which seemed to transfer a bit more.

This doesn’t dry matte—it has more of a satin finish (not to be confused with glossy!). Which was all right with me, though I’d prefer matte. It felt a tad sticky after application, which, according to the Lip Tips, means I either need to apply more or less, or keep my lips apart for longer after application. This stuff is tricky.

Will I wear this for the wedding? Unless I continue to play with it and find an application strategy that works better, probably not. I will likely stick with Meet Matt(e) Hughes.

Was this a waste of money? Not at all. I know I’ll wear this in the future—but for events that require significantly less kissing.

Well, this concludes The Great Lipstick Hunt of 2016. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the unflattering pictures of my face. Stay tuned in early September for an overview of my bridal shower look, and again in late September for a breakdown of my wedding day cosmetics bag!

T-minus 36days, guys!

Until then, stay fab!

—Marge 💋

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer

Wow, guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, right? This summer has zipped right by.

Toward the end of July I tested Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lacquer in the color Attract (for wedding science, of course). This was $5 at Ulta, so I figured, why not? My cousin had tweeted me about it quite a few months back, and it looked pretty decent.

I really liked it upon initial application. It’s creamy and not drying—and the color is super vibrant. It dries matte and isn’t sticky feeling.

Been workin’ on that wedding wing.
But after a bit it started flaking. So I touched it up and headed to the store to run some errands. No biggie.

Fast-forward 10 minutes later: I’m sitting in the parking lot, peering at my lipstick in the rearview mirror of my car, wondering why it feels like my lipstick is pilling. You read that right: pilling, not peeling—like what your cardigans do when they start to wear out.

Pardon the horrible lighting & unflattering angle.
I can only conclude that it was the touch-up that caused this. So I wiped it off and proceeded about my day, sans lipstick. Bummer. I really liked the color.

At this point, Meet Matt(e) Huges is still in the lead for wedding day lipstick of choice. I probably won’t get around to trying the rest on my list, since we are now officially two months away from the event, but I suppose anything is possible.

I know for sure I want to try Lip Chic this August, though. It’s technically not a lipstick, but it could broaden my options.

Anyway, until next time!

—Marge 💋

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves: June 2016

Hello, everyone! Once again, my monthly must-haves is a tad late because life gets in the way sometimes (especially when you’re planning a wedding). So without further ado, here are my must-haves for June 2016. Enjoy!


Witch hazel —Do you guys know about witch hazel and how great it is? No? Let me tell you. I originally picked this up because I had some sort of stress-induced infection on my lips (TMI, sorry), and I read that witch hazel is a natural astringent (tightens skin) and kills bacteria. It practically healed my lips overnight.

I’ve since been using in on my face nightly as a toner, and on any acne problem areas. It’s apparently also good for reducing stretch marks, but I have yet to try it for that. The plain, unscented witch hazel (roughly $2 at any drugstore) smells a little funny, but it’s not unpleasant. Kind of earthy. Thayer’s also makes it infused with many different things—rose, lavender, and aloe vera, but it’s harder to find and is triple the price.

NYX matte finish setting spray—Remember a few months ago when I tried the setting spray by Wet N Wild? It was awesome, but it didn’t last long. So I picked up this one by NYX (a brand a mostly trust). My mom is even hooked on it!

Hard Candy It’s Raining Men (Top 10 Trendsetters eyeshadow palette)—I mean, c’mon. This packaging is adorable. I’ve had decent luck with Hard Candy in the past, so I decided to pick this up. Plus I didn’t own any green/gold or purple shadows, and I wanted something to make my green eyes pop. They work pretty dang well!

Physician’s Formula Conceal Rx—This is a concealer I picked up on my “I’m feeling sad so I’m going to buy makeup” excursion to Walmart. I Love physician’s formula. So much. It’s my favorite drugstore brand because it looks high-end and is relatively affordable.

This has been excellent for covering any red areas or blemishes on my face, but I was hoping it would conceal dark circles better. No such luck. (I’m considering trying GinZing for dark circles next.)

Becca foundation—This was given to me by my sister’s roommate in our last secondhand beauty swap. And I was a little wary of it at first. I didn’t realize that Becca is a brand sold at Sephora and Ulta, but I tried this and ended up liking it a whole lot. I’ve been wearing it for the past couple months, and now I’m eager to try some of the other products (like the Champagne Pop highlighter! Swoon!)

Urban Decay lipstick in Matte Temper—this is a beautiful orangy-red matte lipstick that I picked up from the clearance section of the JCP Sephora for only $11 (!!!). I regret not picking up a few other shades, because this formula is fantastic—it goes on creamy and light, doesn’t feel gooey or sticky, and isn’t drying. And it smells like chocolate!

And last but not least, here is my ipsy glam bag:

I wasn’t too thrilled with June’s bag—it wasn’t too cute, and I didn’t really like many of the products except for the Urban Decay eyeshadow. But I did get a day and night cream in my bag this month from some points I redeemed, and that was alright! And the Hey Honey eye contour cream has become a fast favorite.

Well, there were more must-haves this month than I thought there were! Have you guys tried any of these products/what do you think of them? What did you get in your subscription box/bag last month?

See you soon for July’s faves! 😬 💋