After years of trying to avoid it, I had to give in. I finally bought something from Sephora! If you know me, I can probably guess what you’re thinking: how could a makeup junky like myself go her entire life without every buying something from Sephora? Easy. I knew if I stepped in there, I would be saying goodbye to my budget for essential things. That’s why I tend to favour fun, makeup subscriptions like Ipsy. You get beautiful brands at a budgeted price. But recently, there was an item I just HAD to get and it was only available at Sephora so I had to make the plunge (more on this magical makeup purchase in a later post).

All this talk about makeup got me thinking that I should really share some of my fave beauty items on the blog. Aside from my subscriptions, I haven’t posted much about makeup, despite it being something I love to get creative with and use every day. So with today being National Lipstick Day, I thought this would be the perfect post to start with. Without further ado, I give you my top 5 lipsticks:


1. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust
I first tried this product after I received it in an Ipsy bag and was instantly drawn to the colour – it was bright and bold, and knew it would make a statement. And after using it just once, I was hooked! For a cream lipstick, this product has some serious staying power. Naturally, I went out and bought 3 more shades.

2. Covergirl Outlast Lip Stain in Everbloom Kiss
When lip stains were all the rage a few years ago, I jumped on the bandwagon and gave this brand a whirl. I thought it would be the perfect addition of colour when I wanted to keep my look more casual – and it was! It leaves me with the perfect hint of pink and doesn’t dry out my lips. Tip: Use this product as a base under lipsticks that fade easily.

3. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
I picked up this colour on a whim while helping my mom choose some new makeup. She swatched this shade on her hand, didn’t like it for herself, but I couldn’t help thinking it would be a pretty hue for me! This balm glides on super smoothly, has a minty fresh scent, and is the perfect pink for summer.

4. Essence Cosmetics Longlasting Lipstick in Wearing Only A Smile
Essence Cosmetics is one of my latest and greatest finds. This brand originally caught my eye because of their fun nail polish shades, but it wasn’t long before I was moving onto other products in their line and ended up going home with a lipstick. This shade is my “I-want-to-wear-makeup-but-don’t-feel-like-putting-it-on” lipstick. It’s the perfect nude shade for a casual, everyday look, and with a price of only $2.99, you can’t go wrong!

5. The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Sincere
This product was yet another wonderful Ipsy find that I have grown to love. First of all, how cute is the name?! Based on that alone, I was already a fan. But in all seriousness, this lipstick is amazing! It goes on effortlessly and stays put for hours. I would call this shade a dark neutral (at least for my skin tone), so it’s one of my go-to choices in the fall and winter months.

Are any of these choices one of your faves, too? Or maybe you have a go-to shade that I haven’t mentioned. Let me know your top pick in the comments!


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