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from left to right: pink cashmere; blushing sequin; and violet chiffon

I am a huge lipstick and lip gloss addict, which is why I love when I find a great lipstick at the drug store that costs a fraction of something you would see at Saks or Nordstrom.

Enter L’Oreal Colour Caresse lipsticks, a sheer, lightweight formula that is incredibly moisturizing. I think that the color range is brilliant – there really is a shade for everyone. I already had Sunset Angora, which I reviewed here, but on a recent trip to CVS I knew I needed to pick up more (I’m not the only one who feels like they need a lipstick, right?).

The shades I picked up are Blushing Sequin, a gorgeous sheer hot pink (and my favorite of the three); Pink Cashmere, a true pink that I think leans on the cooler side; and Violet Chiffon, a medium purple-violet. Violet Chiffon is in my opinion the hardest to wear out of these shades, but I think it would look amazing in the fall and winter blended into the lips with your finger to sheer it out.

I have read other posts about these lipsticks comparing them to the Revlon Lip Butters, another one of my favorite drug store makeup products. I prefer this formula because to me it is more moisturizing, and this is just a personal preference but I am more a fan of L’Oreal’s packaging.

Do you own any lipsticks from L’Oreal’s Colour Caresse line?

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Since back-to-school is here I wanted to put together an eye and lip pairing that is perfect for everyday wear and natural enough so that you don’t look like you’re headed to the club while sitting in a classroom. I hope you enjoy!

For eyes I knew I wanted to pick up one of the Physicians Formula eye palettes since I have read so much about them and rarely look around the display when I visit the drug store. I went for the Warm Nude shades because to me, this is the palette that looked most similar to the original Urban Decay Naked Palette. I love the quality of these shadows, they are super soft, pigmented, and not the least bit chalky.

For a quick and easy eye look I took the shimmery champagne shade that is smack in the middle, washed it all over the lid, and then mixed the two darkest shades and smudged them at the upper lash line. Add a couple coats of your favorite black mascara and you’re good to go!

As for lips, I wanted to go for something natural, sheer and glossy. L’Oreal Colour Riche leGloss in Nude Illusion is perfect for achieving this lip look. It imparts beautiful shine with a hint of shimmer without being tacky or sticky. This gloss also smells like cake batter and is very moisturizing – a winning combination for me! 

Have you tried either of these products? Let me know what you think!

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You’ll have to excuse this short post – it has been a long day of moving into my apartment in DC before I start my second year of law school. 

I want to share with you my favorite eye combo as of late on this Sunday evening. It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. What I have been doing lately to warm up this bronzey taupe shade is to apply a layer of it to bare lids, and then apply a wash of Edward Bess’ Ultra Luminous Shadow in Escape overtop. This combination is perfect for creating a very long-lasting warm smokey look! To intensify the look for evening I apply Mac’s Teddy eye pencil on my upper and lower lash lines, and I’m good to go.

I hope you have a great rest of your weekend! PS – I had to run to CVS to get a few odds ends and couldn’t help but pick up Rimmel’s relatively new Stay Glossy 3D lip Gloss in Lights, Camera Action. I am a massive fan of the original Stay Glossy glosses, but haven’t tried any from the 3D line. Let me know if you have and what your thoughts are!

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I figured since I posted about my holy grail eyeshadow palette, I should definitely post about my holy grail lip gloss since I am completely and utterly obsessed with lip products (especially gloss).

I would have never learned about this product had it not been for the beauty blogosphere. In fact, I had never been to a Clarins counter before. I first read about this beauty on Vivianna Does Makeup, one of my favorite blogs to read daily.

When I finally visited the Clarins counter I already knew I wanted one of the newer shades of the Natural Light Lip Perfectors, 05, a gorgeous natural pink. This lip gloss is everything that I look for in a lip product; it is non-sticky, ridiculously moisturizing, has a delicious vanilla scent, and imparts gorgeous color and shine. The only slight downfall of this lippy is that it isn’t very long-lasting. But hey, I don’t mind reapplying often!

What is your holy grail lip gloss?

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I have mentioned my love for all things Tom Ford in a few posts, but this gorgeous palette in Cognac Sable really takes the cake. I know that it is crazy expensive, but I really think that it is worth it. Each of the four shadows in the palette is much larger than the individual shadows in other palettes (much larger than say the naked palette), and the quality is outstanding (read: extremely finely milled, buttery, no fall-out, long lasting…I could go on and on).

I have had this palette for over a year and I still reach for it all the time, whereas with a lot of other shadow palettes I find that I’ll use it for a few months, store it somewhere, and then forget about it. I’ll put it this way,  if I could only use one eyeshadow palette for the rest of my life, I would be very happy with Cognac Sable.

As for the colors in this palette, I think that the bronze, gold and brown shades suit all eye colors beautifully. The shades are also very wearable for day, and can easily be amped up for a night out. My go-to look for this palette is to take the medium brown shade and apply it all over the lid, take the light gold shade in my inner corners, and smudge the deep brown shade at the upper and lower lash lines. For evening, I love to take the bronze glitter shadow and apply just a touch to the center of my lids.

I know that you are partially paying for the name and packaging when it comes to high end makeup products, but I think that Tom Ford’s products are really superior to that of Chanel, Burberry, and most other high end lines. I am also a huge fan of the large mirror within the palette as well as the magnetic closure.

Now that I’ve rambled on for ages… do you own any Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes?

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