My Favorite Summer Lip Colours | Makeup Wars

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The Dog Days of Summer are here. The sun is out, the fans are fluttering, the sunnies are on and I'm stash diving for the perfect warm weather lippies. I go for fair skin friendly shades that also look good, should I decide to break out the sunless tanner and bronzer.


Don't worry. I'm not going to bombard you with a long post and thirty products, today. It's just too hot and I'm too busy. Here are four perfect summer lip colours that I like to reach for.

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Let us begin with a perfect, my lips but better, neutral. Choose a neutral that works best for your skin tone. I like pink-neutrals like the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil - in - Stick Lipstick. This is a beautifully pigmented but feather light, hydrating formula that, while not super long wearing keeps my lips moisturized and comfortable and it's so easy to apply that I can smack it on, anywhere even without a mirror. My favorite shade is 08 - Pink in Confidence.

When it comes to pink-pink, in the summertime I like it bright. Every line has it's gorgeous bright pinks, Georgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick has a silky, gel like feel and a softly glossy finish that bathes my lips in moisture, all day. The shade I love is 501 - Peony.

Coral. Ahhh... Coral. How I love thee. I like redish corals, orange corals and of course, pink-y corals. What must they have in common? Supreme comfort. My lips demand it! I'm cursed. Cursed, I tell ya. I assume that a lipstick is still available so I take pictures of it and... Yeah. Not so much. The coral I have in this picture is Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Juicy Melons. Since it isn't available, another coral that I really love is Mirabella Colour Vinyl Lipstick in Balmy Nectar. Here's a picture:

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Oh, stop laughing. I was going through a phase.

While we're on the subject of Mirabella lippies, every summer lipstick lineup needs a chic, classic red. I am exceedingly fussy about the red lippies I wear and even more so, if the formula is matte. Let me tell ya, Mirabella Modern Matte Lipstick in Crimson is a winner. Gorgeous, easy to apply, amazingly comfortable to wear, this perfectly balanced red is perfect on fair skin or paired with a tan.

So, there we have it. My favorite summer lip colours. What are the colours you like to reach for most often this time of year?

This is a post in collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars beauty bloggers. Don't forget to take a look at all of their great posts and see what they are wearing on their lips, this summer.

L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer | A Hit or a Miss?

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 I am an avid proponent of effective and affordable skin care and I'm always happy to spread the word when I get to try new to me products. I was provided a jar of L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer for consideration and I'm ready to share my experience with this face cream with you.


Some of the claims by L'Oreal about this moisturizer are:

This triple action skin cream with Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic Acid fights wrinkles, re volumizes, strengthens skin and enhances natural collagen production to firm and tighten skin.

In One Week: Skin is deeply hydrated and looks more radiant

In Four Weeks: Skin elasticity is increased and the complexion looks firmer and younger.

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Aid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.


Contained in a heavy red glass jar with a gunmetal toned lid is a thick, spicy/floral scented cream that smooths nicely across the skin and doesn't take much time to absorb and get to work. I found this cream to be hydrating and softening, I didn't experience any firming or tightening action. I used and liked this cream for a few days then it went sideways on me. Suddenly, my skin, rather than feeling happy and hydrated began to feel dehydrated and uncomfortable and the cream, which had been absorbing fairly well was sitting on the surface of my skin, pilling up and rubbing off. I don't know why this happened, I keep my skin well exfoliated and usually, when a cream hydrates and softens my skin, it keeps doing so. Not this time.


From the many reviews of this cream I have recently read, people are really enjoying and seeing good results. Unfortunately, L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer and my complexion just weren't compatible. Rather than tossing it, I passed this cream along to my mother in law to try and she loves it! She says that her skin feels soft and nicely moisturized and she likes how the pretty jar looks on her bathroom counter.

What I liked about this moisturizer: The jar is pretty tho to be honest, I prefer pump or squeezy tube packaging for skin care. I like the scent (I'm one of those weirdos who loves scented skin care) and the silky, heavy texture that none the less applies and sinks nicely into the skin.

What I didn't like: This face cream just isn't compatible with my complexion and I didn't get to use it long enough to ascertain whether or not it is, indeed firming and lifting. This cream is making my mother in law happy.

L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer, at $25. for a 1.7 oz jar is affordable and easy to buy from Ulta Beauty and drugstores and mass market retailers who carry L'Oreal skin care and it's worth giving a go. Just save your receipt.

Have you tried this moisturizer? What has been your experience? Please share in a comment.


Bargain Beauty Find | Jesse's Girl Eye Shadows and Liners

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Pretty eyes don't have to cost a lot of money!


If you're on a budget and looking for a pretty, easy wearing eye shadow palette, check out the Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Palette. I was sent Dream Girl, the perfect lineup of soft, luminous neutrals that are beautiful for work or play days.


 Arranged in a makes sense light to dark progression, there are colours and finishes that work for lid, crease, highlight and shading all in one sleek, portable little palette. The shadow quality is quite lovely. Soft and smooth, they apply easily, build and, with a careful hand blend out nicely without flying away or becoming muddy. I get the best payoff and all day wear from these shadows when I apply them over a good primer. I use primer with all shadows... I have dry lids but they eat my eye shadow for lunch, if I don't use it. Overall, I like this palette.

Crappy swatch shot alert! And... It just occurred to me that I left out one of the shadows. Good job, Erika. The pale pink. It's nice. A little pale, a little powdery but if you like a soft, not so shimmery pink-y highlight or inner corner shade, it serves.


Here are finger swatches of the shadows, in order from their palette (there are no shade names). I did these swatches on lightly moisturized skin. The lightest shade actually has pretty decent pigmentation, it's just close to my skin tone, so it doesn't show well. The soft shimmer shades are beautiful highlight, layering or stand alone for a subtle, glow-y eye.


Let's talk liners. Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liner in black and white (swatches above) are beautifully smooth and fluid and flow through their tips to apply easily to the eye. Pigmentation on the white, felt tip liner is pretty poor and since I don't normally wear white liner, I let this one go. The black, brush tip liner has better pigmentation but I still needed to give the swatch a second pass to get it this opaque. I actually like this liner; I use it to dot in between my lashes to get rid of that annoying "skin line" that can show between my tight line and my upper lid liner. Dotting a black liner between the lashes makes them look thicker and fuller, too! I like that this liner is non irritating to my sensitive eyes and wears well without fading or smudging.

Jesse's Girl Fluid Shadow; I have Snowflake and Purple Haze. The shadows have a brush tip applicator that can be used to place the shadow precisely where you want it. It can be smoothed out with a finger tip or a brush, if desired. While I liked the colours and the lovely, soft shimmer the formula and I didn't gel. Maybe it's my hooded eyes; I found it a bit heavy on my eyes and I had some trouble with transferring to my hoods. I'm just not a fan of these.

Of the eye products I tried, I definitely recommend the 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in Dream Girl and the Liquid Eye Liner in black.

Did you see my reviews of the Jesse's Girl Highlight & Contour Kit and the Matte Finish Lip Color in Angelic? Both are good performers and, with the shadow compact and liquid liner help you create a beautiful face without spending a ton of money. Definitely some of my favorite Bargain Beauty Finds!


Fashion Flash - Belated

Better late than never? This week's edition of Fashion Flash - 17 July is being hosted by the lovely Allison of Never Say Die Beauty.

Grab a refreshing beverage, put your feet up click this link and enjoy our weekly online newsletter by and for women in the know. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as we have some exciting stuff planned for the coming weeks that you are not going to want to miss! 

Just Another Mani Monday - Testing Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat

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You know that my love for Seche Vite is real. Has been for years. I try other top coats, enjoy them then I go back to my Seche Vite because it is just that good. Well, there's a new sheriff in town and I'm crushing, hard. Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat is everything I love about Seche Vite; the way it sets down that big, silky bead, floats up the nail, melting and smoothing minor imperfections, uneven areas and even killing surface bubbling. And let's not forget that incomparable, glossy shine as well as the fast dry, hard cure that I depend on to get my manicure done and get on with my day in record time.

Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat does all of the above and it has one important advantage over it's close cousin. Wear time. My natural nails just don't hang on to polish well. They never have, no matter what kind of base coat, polish or top coat I've ever used. If I get three solid days of no chip wear out of a manicure, I do a happy dance. Seche Vive has helped to extend my average polish life from two to three days to an impressive to me four to five days. I honestly don't mind sitting down and changing my nail polish but if I have a shade on my tips that I'm particularly enjoying and want to wear it another day or two, Seche Vive can help me do just that. And that ain't bad.


Polish is Seychelle and accent nail art is all six shades from the LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer Spring/Summer Collection.

I love how easy this top coat is to use. I apply it just like I do good old Seche Vite, it dries fast then cures hard like a gel, no UV lamp needed. Don't worry. I have no plans to abandon my beloved Seche Vite, it's just too good. I've merely added a new member to my top coats I can count on family.

Have you tried Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat? What do you think of it?

Cleanse and Exfoiate the Natural Way with Derma - E Skin Care

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I so enjoy Derma-E skin care. They recently sent over a package that contained a product I'd really been wanting to try and one tried and true blue favorite, both of which I am delighted to share with you, today.


Derma-E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil is a lightweight mix of  Jojoba and Argan oils with a delicate, natural rose scent that cleanses away makeup, dirt, oil and leaves my skin feeling clean, petal soft and hydrated.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Simmondsia Chinese Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa


Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil is so easy to use. If I'm wearing makeup, I always remove it, before cleansing but this cleansing oil can remove makeup, if you prefer to wash off your makeup while cleansing. I dispense a dime sized pool into my hand, then work it into my skin, including eye area and lids for about sixty seconds or so then I add a little water and keep working, as the oil becomes a light, creamy emulsion. When I'm ready to rinse, I grab my face cloth, get it wet with very, very warm water, squeeze it out and lay it on my face to gently steam my skin for a moment then I use the cloth to sweep away the oil, any left over makeup residue and my day. Pat gently dry and my face is ready for the rest of my skin care routine.

The rose scent sticks around while cleansing but it isn't strong and it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.


Got dry, flaky patches, uneven or bumpy texture or skin that just doesn't seem to be slurping up the skin care the way it should be? A good exfoliation with Derma-E Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt may be just what the doctor ordered.

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Oxide, Silica, Volcanic Sand (Pumice), Pearl Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Juice, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Oil, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Glycine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate.


Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt comes in a frosted glass jar (honestly, I'd prefer a squeezie tube so that I could take it in the shower with me). This scrub consists of fine grain dead sea salt and volcanic sand scrubby bits in a smooth, lightly tropical scented base. The beauty of this scrub is that I can adjust the amount I use and the pressure/length of time I work it into my skin to get anything from a gentle polish to a down and dirty power blast exfoliation. The scrub then rinses clean away and my complexion is glowingly fresh, silky smooth and ready to receive the delicious ingredients that my skin craves.

Derma-E Natural Skin Care is beautiful skin care that delivers real results at a more wallet friendly price. You can find their products at Ulta Beauty, CVS, Walgreen's as well as Whole Foods and Sprouts natural food stores. Derma-E is eco-ethical beauty that is cruelty free, vegan and GMO free. Derma-E formulates without the use of petroleum products, sulfates, artificial colours, parabens, gluten or soy.

Are you a fan of Derma-E? What are your favorite products from this line?


LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer - Spring/Summer Collection Review and Swatches

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So... This is posting a little late and for that, I'm sorry. I've been having, how can I put this nicely? Nail issues and they have just come back round to minimal acceptable swatching condition and length.


LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer is a cruelty free, 7-Free formula nail polish that delivers rich, saturated colour, smooth application and (in my personal experience) good wear, even on natural nails. Today, I have the Spring/Summer 2017 Collection to share.


LVX (pronounced "luxe") is contained in chic, square bottles with a removable cap to make application easy and comfortable. The brush is flat, wide and well trimmed for precise application and control.

All six polishes were swatched over base coat and finished with a glossy top coat. Thanks to my stupid ridgy nails, I added a ridge filling base under some polishes to give a smoother, more opaque finish. My ring nail is an easy-peasy floral  dotticure using all six polishes.

Ready to take a look?


Let's begin with Coquillage. This delicate, ultra soft pink creme was completely opaque in three coats on my ridgy nails. The formula is a dream, surprising for such a pale pastel.


Camilia is a bold, strawberry pink creme. Two coats renders perfection.


Schiaparelli is an intense raspberry pink creme that is perfect in two effortless coats.


Reine is the perfect name for this glowing royal purple. How did they get that luminous shift without adding shimmer? This swatch is two coats. Magnificent.


Argonne is a rich military green creme that is flawless in two smooth coats.


My personal favorite of this gorgeous collection is Seychelle. This glorious delicate turquoise creme evokes everything we love about summer in the islands. This smooth creme is impeccable in two coats.

All six lacquers have a silky formula that sits sweetly down where it is placed, whispers up the nail without dragging, pulling, running or flooding my cuticles. I did experience some bubbling on the first coat of the lightest shades but I don't think that the polish was to blame. I tend to apply thicker coats and on the day I swatched, I was running the air and a fan which can muck with application. Dry time, especially with a quick dry top coat is downright respectable and I get a solid three to four days of nearly chip free wear which is impressive for my polish shedding natural nails.

I am so impressed with my first experience with LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer. The bottles are good looking, I love the removable cap that allows for easy application and the smooth, impeccable formula and I can't wait to try more shades and finishes from this lovely brand.


Perfect, Soft Beachy Waves are Made of Sugar

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Summer is the season of the soft, beachy wave. Fast, low maintenance and as pretty as a sunny day at the shore, beachy waves are a style that works well with my thick, wurly hair. Beachy waves are a cinch to pull off and I can wear my hair down down, in a half up or even in a casual updo and no matter how hectic my day, how hot, humid or windy it gets, my hair looks "done" but not fussy.

The magic of beachy waves is found in the styling product used to achieve them. Now, we all are familiar with salt sprays and unless I'm missing my guess, you probably have at least a couple of them knocking around our hair product baskets like I do. Salt spray makes creating the perfect, blowey waves easy but salt can be a bit drying and leave my hair feeling a tad... Crunchy and a bit build-uppy/grungy when the waves bite the dust and I brush my hair out for it's bedtime updo. Yuk.


I was recently introduced to fabulous, longer lasting, natural looking waves and wurls, softer hair with less frizz and stiff feeling in the form of Sugar Texturizing Spray from a new to me hair care brand No. 4 High Performance Hair Care. You guys, where has this stuff been all of my life?!

It's easy to get my soft, pretty beachy waves; after washing or just wetting my hair down with a spray bottle of water, I add some leave in, lightly oil my length and shake my hair loose at the roots with my fingers to separate and let the curl and clump process begin. Then I grab my Sugar Texturizing Spray and mist my hair, lifting it from the ends and dropping it into the spray and finish up with an additional spritz to my canopy. A little scrunching, all over and twisty-twisty of random locks that need some encouragement and I'm done but the air drying. Which kind of takes forevah... I really need to get a diffuser for my hair dryer... It's so hard to keep my fingers off of my hair while it dries! If it's not up, I'm constantly fiddling with it and that's a huge no-no while curls and waves are drying if you want to avoid frizz and girl, I will do anything to avoid frizz! The end result, if I have applied my product properly, used just the right technique and the planets align is soft, defined s-waves and lovely, loopy spirals that last until I brush them out.

Sounds nice, huh? Trust me, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair or want to fake it, you need Sugar Texturizing Spray

No. 4 High Performance Hair Care is cruelty free, vegan, gluten and paraben free. The sulfate and salt free formulas are gentle to hair and can help preserve colour. I like this sugar spray and I'd love to try other products in this line. What about you? Have you tried? Think that you might like to?