Fall Lipstick Review: The Orange & Plum Edition

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Catch up on the first part of this review HERE!

We’re gonna kick start this second review with the orange lipsticks. First up:

1. Revlon Abstract Orange

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This is an old color that I remember picking up on clearance from Target last yearIt’s a fairly sheer lipstick, and after wearing such heavily pigmented red colors, this was a bit frustrating trying to build up. However, it is a pretty, coppery orange shade that’s good for days when you want a touch of color. Plus, you can definitely layer it on to increase the impact of it!
  • PROS: Affordable, pretty color
  • CONS: Sheer, smudges easily

2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral

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I know, I know, this isn’t exactly a fall-ish lipstick, but I had to throw it in here because it’s just so fun!

Revlon’s Kiss Me Coral is a gorgeous lipstick that provides a creamy and perfectly pigmented finish. It goes on like a lip balm in all reality! I prefer this type of finish over the sheer application of Abstract Orange too. What can I say? My clothes can be black and white, but this girl prefers her lipsticks rich and colorful. I think it’s a good balance.
  • PROS: Affordable, creamy texture, pigmented, dries evenly
  • CONS: Besides needing touch ups throughout the day (and what lipstick doesn’t require that?), I’d say this one is another winner!

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On to the plum lipsticks! First up, we have:

1. Revlon: Va Va Violet

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First up, the darkest lipstick I own – Revlon’s Va Va Violet! The bullet looks like it’s almost black, but it glides on as a dark plum shade that’s bold and seductive. I really love this lipstick and wish I’d worn this color more often while we were still experiencing winter weather. I feel like this shade is more appropriate for that season. However, perhaps on a night out I’ll swipe this on anyway.
  • PROS: beautiful dark purple color, good texture and pigmentation
  • CONS: dries patchy

2. Maybelline: Plum Perfect

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Mmm, this is a more accessible plum color for a day-to-day look when you want to add a special touch to your lips. Every time I wear this lip color I get compliments on it! It has a nice creamy texture to it that I like, and the best part is that it dries evenly!
  • PROS: creamy texture, dries evenly
  • CONS: fades within a few hours

3. Milani: Sangria

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 I remember hearing about this lipstick as being a good dupe for MAC’s Rebel. Since I wasn’t in the mood to splurge for a MAC lipstick, I decided to give it a try. And that is how I discovered the deliciousness of Milani lipsticks. Besides this color, I’ve acquired two more tubes from the brand, and I’ve loved each one! They are good quality drugstore lipsticks that not only have fantastic texture, pigmentation, and long-wearing capability, but smell wonderful as well!
  • PROS: good pigmentation, long wearing, good texture, and smells great!
  • CONS: honestly can’t think of any

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And there you have it! What did you think of these lipsticks? Any particular ones you’re dying to try?

Fall Lipstick Review: The Red Lip Edition

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The weather is cooling, hot coffee is becoming standard, and bolder lipsticks are coming out! Welcome to fall, everybody. Today I’m recapping the fall red lip colors I happen to own and reveal each tube’s pro and con.

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1. MAC: Russian Red

This lipstick was my first high end purchase I’d ever made concerning makeup. It’s a real treat, and with a matte finish, it lasts for quite some time. I love how pigmented it is and definitely has a decidedly deep, red finish.
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  • PROS: Lovely red color, matte finish, richly pigmented
  • CONS: dries a bit splotchy after a few hours without reapplication

2. NYX: Eden 

I heard about this lipstick thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren, who is an absolute beauty maven when it comes to rocking lipstick colors of all kinds! “Eden” is an affordable red lipstick from NYX that is a more pink toned red than “Russian Red.” I’d recommend this color if you’re curious about trying a red lipstick but don’t want to splurge the $16 that a MAC lipstick costs. These matte lipsticks from NYX last fairly well throughout the day, and even after sipping down a cup of coffee, it didn’t budge! Not bad for a $6 lipstick.
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  • PROS: Affordable, pigmented, matte finish
  • CONS: More of a cherry-pink color than a deep red

3. NARS: Cruella

This is the holy grail red lip product. The NARS velvet matte lip pencils are a glorious creation that combine the exactness of a pencil with the application of a lipstick. Also, did you catch that? Velvet matte lip pencil. That’s right, it has a matte, creamy finish that I have yet to find in any other product (in my limited makeup experience at least, so don’t get too excited).
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  • PROS: It’s a richly pigmented dark red hue, lasts a long time, and is super convenient to toss in your bag and go.
  • CONS: I can’t find any besides the price tag ($26), and it’s worth every penny!

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And that wraps up my personal review of the red lipsticks I’ve encountered. What’s your favorite product? Would you try any of these?

 

Tips for Rocking Bright Lipstick

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While it might sound silly, when I wear bright lipstick I can feel my confidence level rise. Let’s face it- it really does take some gumption to rock a bold color, especially when the color is on your face. If you’re hesitant to wear a new color, take some tips from my do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned along my lipstick journey! After all, you don’t want to end up looking like a clown when you’re trying to look like a diva.

Purple Lipstick:

When wearing purple lipstick, you need to keep your own skin tone in mind. If you’re fair like me, a true purple can make you look like Elvira- a look that should be reserved for Halloween. However, purple shades that have hints of pink and red in them look great during Fall and Winter. My favorite purple lipsticks from the drugstore range from Revlon’s Berry Haute, a muted berry color, to L’oreal’s Violet Chiffon which borders on neon purple, if there is such a thing. Keep your eyes simple so that the colors aren’t competing and you’ll be set!

Image from http://vanityrouge.com/loreal-colour-caresse-by-colour-riche-swatches/

Bright Pink Lipstick:

My favorite lipstick to wear is Maybelline’s Pink Pop, a candy Barbie pink that almost glows. While I wish I could wear it every day, I know that it clashes with half of my wardrobe. Realizing that clothing can make or break your makeup choices is important- I typically pick out my outfit before choosing what makeup to wear for the day because when I don’t, it can be terrifying.

Pink lipsticks have a wide range, and the difference between cool and warm tones go a long way. Go to a makeup counter if you’re unsure what undertone your skin is, and then choose your lipstick accordingly. Wearing the wrong undertone lipstick not only can make you look sick, but can make your teeth look far from white!

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When in doubt, Google it out:

Most drugstore lipsticks are “dupes” or cheaper options based upon high end versions. If you want to try on a shade that you haven’t tried before, the worst thing you could do is buying from the drugstore and praying that all goes well. Like going to the makeup counter to see what your undertone is, go back to that counter and have a professional try out shades on you. If your wallet isn’t ready for a lipstick purchase upwards of 20 dollars, google the name of the high end shade with the word “Dupe” next to it. I guarantee that you’ll be able to find a shade similar, if not an exact match for a fraction of the cost! Just check out some of these dupes from Pinterest below! WHAT A STEAL!

 Image from http://beyondprettythings.com/2013/08/mac-lipstick-dupes/ via Pintrest

Fun Ways to Wear Orange

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Summer is finally upon us. This means saying, “so-long” to drab, dark colors and a big “hello” to bright, sunny hues.  What’s the color making a splash on the fashion scene this season, you ask? We at OCM are more than excited to announce that orange is the newest “it” color for the summer time.  But don’t just think of ordinary, pumpkin orange. Shades like apricot, tangerine, and amber are all perfect summer colors and look great either incorporated in an outfit or makeup. Non-coincidentally, the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black is rolling out its second season this Friday. Find out some of our favorite ways to work this summer’s hottest color below!

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Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor, Electric Orange

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We all know just how popular the bold lipstick trend has become in the past few years.  Needless to say, we were thrilled when orange revealed itself as this season’s newest “it lip” on the spring/summer 2014 runways.  That’s right, you can wear this vibrant hue both day and night and channel the season’s warm sunshine right on your lips. Before you go out searching for just any orange stick, try to begin with finding the shade that compliments your particular skin tone. Bright orange and true orange pop perfectly against pale skin and pale skin with yellow-undertones, while neon orange complements a more golden complexion. Lastly, a red orange—either a sheer or highly pigmented color—looks amazing on darker skin tones.

 

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Clothing

No matter what skin color you have, wearing orange always helps to give your skin a beautiful, sun-kissed glow.  Designers such as Christian Siriano, DKNY, and Monique Lhullier sent their show-stopping orange styles down the runway, each giving fashion show attendees major summertime style envy.  A bright orange dress, with simple strappy sandals offers a casual, yet extremely bold look.  If a dress isn’t quite your style, try a pair of high-waisted orange shorts and pair them with a short-sleeved neutral-toned crop top.  While it is easy to go over-board with one color, if you go too far with orange, you could end up looking like a pumpkin or traffic cone.  Make sure if you are going to go all the way full orange look to choose either a creamsicle or a red-orange shade.

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Accessories

Orange is just one of those colors that steal the attention no matter what other color or pattern it is paired with.  Therefore, working in this fiery hue is not the easiest of tasks.  Also, one must always keep in mind the couple that is completely off limits 364 days of the year: Halloween’s thematic orange and black.   To avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, try using orange as an accent color with the use of vibrant accessories, and keep the rest of your outfit simple.  Pair a bright orange clutch with a sophisticated, simple white dress for the perfect summer look.  Or an elaborate orange statement necklace is great for pairing with a denim button down and distressed white shorts.  Remember, when incorporating orange accessories it is best to balance them with a neutral palate, as Wioletta demonstrates above, to make sure they truly pop.

 

Well there you have it! Orange proves to be a super fun color to work into your warm-weather wardrobe. And if your room needs a pop of color, check out some of OCM’s orange accessories. The Catalina Fabric Board, Orange waste can, and Blossom Pillow will add a charge of energy to your bare walls and plain room. Show your playful side and give orange a whirl this summer!