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Welcome to LipstickandLaura.com! I am Laura, and I am located in Toronto. Lipstick, shoes, fashion, and good food and wine all have a special place in my heart.This blog focuses on beauty, fashion, life style, and everything in between.
Before the holidays, I received an email from my boyfriend who was alerted that ELF Cosmetics had a sale on their liquid lipsticks on their website. They were on sale for $1USD and free shipping so I went to town and purchased three of them. I added more items to my cart to make it worthwhile, but we’re going to review the Luscious Liquid Lipsticks today.
First of all, I will say that I probably won’t order from their website again. The customs I was charged at the door came to about 40% of the total price of my order. It was still super cheap, so I’m not too upset, but it’s not something I’ll chance again. Rexall carries a pretty decent collection of ELF Cosmetics, so I’ll stop by there if necessary.
The applicator to this liquid lipsticks is a sponge tip with holes to distribute the color. The bottom clicks up and pushes the product out for use. This kind of reminds me of a product I used to use back in the early 2000’s when I was in high school. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but the shape of it makes it easy to apply. I hope that it won’t waste product in the future though by either pushing too much out or leaving some at the end that you can’t get out.
This is the interesting stuff. The above picture is the swatches. From left to right, we have Ruby Slipper, Cherry Tart, and Pink Lemonade. The first two are sheer, and the last color is more opaque. Below, we have swatches on the lips as well.
The formula of these is sort of weird. I thought it would be an opaque liquid lipstick with some shine, but they apply more like a gloss. You can even see my freckles on my lips through the first two colors. Pink Lemonade is the most opaque out of the three and could be worn on its own, but I’m more likely to wear Cherry Tart and Ruby Slipper over another lipstick.
In these swatches, I didn’t apply a lip liner so we can compare the real colors. As I sit here with Pink Lemonade still on my lips, I think I need a lip liner under it to stop it from bleeding and moving around. The website does describe it as moisturizing, and I have to agree. My lips don’t feel like they’re on fire or getting flaky. Generally, when I wear lip glosses, my lips get flaky underneath and show through the color.
These aren’t going to be a product I reach for on a regular basis. If I want something glossy and breezy for an everyday look or minimal makeup, I will probably keep these around. I do wish the color was more opaque and less slippery. Overall, for $1, I’d say they’re a good buy, but you do get what you pay for with these. You can see if they are available at your local Rexall or purchase them from their website here.
Get Ready With Me: Boyfriend Does my Voiceover - YouTube
Hello, beauty lovers! Today I have a very special Get Ready With Me video. Mark and I celebrated our anniversary this past week. In celebration of that and Valentine’s Day, I have enlisted him to do my voiceover!
I’m sorry for the audio quality–don’t forget to turn up your speakers a little bit.
If we break up, this video will get rage-deleted REAL quick. Just kidding. Love you, babe.
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A post shared by Laura (@lipsticknlaura) on Dec 24, 2017 at 7:26am PST
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! Tell your friends and family that you love them and that you’re grateful to have them in your life.
I’m currently on the road to Buffalo, NY for the World Juniors Hockey Tournament, and I’ll be vlogging the whole experience. I was hoping to have some holiday content up for the time that I am away, but I took my time off to reconnect with my loved ones and to work on a life plan for 2018. I’ll still be active on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@lipsticknlaura), so check out my adventures in real time on there. I’ll have my vlog up once I get back from my trip!
I wish you all the best right now and in the future. May your life always be filled with happiness and love.
As a teenager and young adult, I always had oily skin that was difficult to manage. At the age of 23, I had finally got my skincare routine down. By the age of 28, my skin had changed dramatically and became dryer with age. I am now 30 and am content with the products I use to maintain my skin.
Occasionally, I’ll get a breakout, and I have freckles and scarring. My skin scars very easily, so I never pick my breakouts and I select products that help with uneven texture and scarring. The pores around my nose tend to be a bit larger, but I avoid clogging with the following products. I have undereye circles that lean bluer rather than purple. I also have a huge scar under my chin from falling on ice when I was 5 years old, but I don’t think that will ever go away. In a nutshell, my main concerns for my skin are scarring, dryness, and preventing breakouts.
This skincare routine will give an overview of the products I use on a regular basis. There are also products I use every now and then, depending on the weather, makeup, stress level, etc. Those products include masks, under eye patches, and overnight facials. Let me know if you want a more in-depth post with all of that information too!
Products Used and Descriptions
The products I use every day are listed below along with a website blurb about what they do for your skin. I will list them mostly in the order that I apply them.
Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Revitalize skin with dewy radiance. This helps revive dehydrated skin anytime, anywhere. It’s a rejuvenating mist infused with herbal and botanical extracts (like Aloe Vera, Gardenia, Rose, Bladderwrack and Thyme) that help soothe and re-energize skin—giving it a healthy, radiant glow.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: This contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. It can help reduce looks of puffiness and dark circles in the eye contour.
The Ordinary “Buffet” Serum: This formula targets multiple signs of ageing at once. I won’t list the hard-to-understand scientific words, but this serum is formulated with a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. Feel free to check out a product page for more in-depth information on this one.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This formulation of hyaluronic acid combines varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer for multi-depth hydration. This formula has added Vitamin B5 to enhance surface hydration.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalene: Squalane is found naturally in the skin. It is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. I honestly didn’t know about the hair idea until right now.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: This moisturizer helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air. With continuous moisture replenishment throughout the day, it leaves skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking.
Finding a great cleanser for my skin has been a difficult journey. I find a lot of them are very fragrant, don’t cleanse thoroughly enough, dry my skin out, or leave a residue even after toner. Behold, my two holy grail skin cleansers.
If I’m wearing makeup, I begin my nighttime skincare routine with the Boscia Charcoal MakeUp Melter. I slather this on my dry skin to break up all the makeup–including mascara and liquid lipsticks. When you rinse this off with warm water, it turns the product into this cleansing balm that just seems to suck all the makeup off your face. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, cleansed, and oddly hydrated. If I’m not wearing makeup, I skip this step.
After the cleansing oil-balm, I wash my face with Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser. I find this cleanser gets deep into my pores but doesn’t dry my skin out. It’s gentle enough that my skin won’t break out but strong enough to get rid of the Toronto pollution from my pores. Some days I use this morning and night, but sometimes I skip this step in the morning if my skin feels particularly clean.
It’s important to double cleanse if you’re wearing makeup. The first cleanse takes the makeup off, and the second cleanse washes your skin. Some people use a makeup wipe for the first step, but I prefer a cleansing balm or oil, and the Boscia Charcoal MakeUp Melter is the best one I’ve tried so far.
Yes, I technically use two toners. The first toner is the Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic, which is a chemical exfoliant with glycolic acid that keeps my skin looking fresh and even. I apply this to my face after cleansing with a cotton pad and let it set before I move on. As you can see in the picture, my Glow Tonic is getting really low. Unfortunately, it costs $45CAD, and I can’t afford to replace it right now, so a friend has picked up The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution for me to try out as a replacement. I hope it holds up to the same results I see with the Pixi Glow Tonic.
After that, I like to use the Mario Badescu toner before my serums and moisturizer so that my serums apply better. This particular toner helps with dehydrated skin and moisture. It also can double as a finishing spray after your makeup for a dewy finish. In very dry weather, I tend to use it after my face is complete but before my long-lasting setting spray.
The Ordinary Serums
The Ordinary has gained quite the following in recent months. With their scientific terms, simple packaging, inexpensive products, and great results, I can see why. There are four serums from The Ordinary that I use on a regular basis. After I use my Mario Badescu toner, I go in with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution on my eye contour. You only need to use two tiny drops for both undereye area (so one drop each). Let that soak in for a minute and then I move onto the other serums. I used to layer my serums, waiting between each layer for the skin to absorb it. In that instance, I would use the “Buffet” Serum, followed by the Hyaluronic Acid, followed by the 100% Plant-Derived Squalene.
As time moved on, I found that I got the best results with hydration when I mix the “Buffet” Serum, Hyaluronic Acid, and 100% Plant-Derived Squalene to my Kiehl’s moisturizer. I pump everything into my hand, mix it between my clean palms, and apply to my face.
If you’re curious about The Ordinary’s regime information, this is a handy guide that I use to determine my steps.
While the Caffeine Solution helps with my eye contour by bringing down the puffiness and the pigmentation, the other serums by The Ordinary help with my dry and sometimes dehydrated skin. They’re wallet-friendly too!
As I mentioned in my January 2018 Beauty Favorites video, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has been my go-to moisturizer for some time. It helps keep my skin moisturized throughout the day, and I never feel like I need to reapply. I have been buying the large tub of the moisturizer, and you don’t need to use a lot. Now that I mix my serums into my moisturizer, I find I need even less product. This moisturizer is great for sensitive skin and it helps my makeup apply like a dream. I also use this as a moisturizer for my undereye area because it gives such nice hydration. I have yet to find an eye cream that combats dark circles, puffiness, and dryness.
Skincare is a very personal thing. Take note of your skin and what your main concerns are and build a regime from there. Don’t feel like you need to use all products from one range. My skincare regime utilizes five different brands for an everyday routine–that’s not even counting my masks and special products I use. It also takes a long time for your skin to really show how a product is working. Yes, you might see some improvements after a week, but after a month, those improvements might slow down, and you could have a reaction. If you have a reaction to a product and you don’t know which one, try eliminating one product at a time from your routine and see how your skin reacts. Keep track of what product you’re removing and what the outcome is for a few days.
ALWAYS TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF. No matter how much I party, work, need sleep, or whatever–I always take my makeup off. Always.
Also, always wear sunscreen. You’ll notice I haven’t listed one here in this post. I have yet to find a sunscreen for my face that I fully endorse. I am open to suggestions for something that doesn’t cost a limb and doesn’t make my face feel greasy. Suggest away.
The bottom line here is that you need to find what works for you. You can listen to tips and trick from people until you’re blue in the face, but everybody is different and will react differently to products. For the most part, you do get what you pay for, but sometimes you can find some inexpensive gems, such as the products from The Ordinary. There are some drugstore options that other people really enjoy that could work for you. You never know until you do your own research and you check them out.
Skincare is where the magic starts. If you want your makeup to look great and apply well, start with taking care of your skin.
*Some links are affiliate links in order to support my blogging and makeup habits. Nothing will ever deter me from giving an honest review and being authentic with people. My authenticity means the most to me.*
Some links are affiliate links in order to support my blogging and makeup habits. Nothing will ever deter me from giving an honest review and being authentic with people. My authenticity means the most to me
I was very inspired by Valentine’s Day today, so if you have a hot date with your significant other, a random, or yourself, here is a makeup look for you to feel romantic and sexy. This is more glam than neutral, but I’ll have something for you neutral lovers soon! This look uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. It’s the perfect palette to create a beautiful romantic look for any occasion, really. The lips are then topped off with Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Mood. This is one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas because it’s pigmented, smooth, and flexible with a long wear time.
The Makeup Look
I kept my face makeup fairly soft with a light contour, peachy blush (Melba by MAC), and Opal by BECCA for a highlight. I wanted most of the focus to be on the eyes and the lip color.
The Modern Renaissance Specifics
For this look, I used Warm Taupe in my crease as a soft transition color. After that, I used a small eyeshadow brush to apply TEMPERA to the inner third of my eyelid. BUON FRESCO was then used on the outer two-thirds of my eyelid. I finished off the look using a tapered eyeshadow brush with LOVE LETTER and smoked it out in a V-shape and under my lower lash line. After that, I applied Urban Decay’s TORNADO eyeliner to my upper lash line and on my waterline. I finished this up with a few coats of pür Volume Vixen Mascara.
The Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette is one of my absolute favorites. I love warm colors, and I love the soft romantic feel that it gives. The colors are very pigmented and easy to work with, and they all work well together. There’s a great combination of matte shades and shimmer shades to complement everything. This whole makeup look is great if you want to try something a bit more colorful but still romantic and soft. If the dark lipstick is too much for you, then definitely pair with your favorite nude lipstick!
Now I just need to find a sexy outfit for Valentine’s Day.
It’s the time of year again. It’s cold, and your lips are dry and chapped. You wake up in the morning with your lips feeling like a desert, and you wonder how you can carry on. Have no fear! Lip masks are here! Over the past couple of years, lip masks have become quite popular. I would say the hype started with BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask. It became widely touted on YouTube and bloggers from all over were smitten with it. Over the past year, Laneige released their version of the overnight lip mask in the Lip Sleeping Mask. It’s become quite popular in the beauty community. I even mentioned it saving my ass in my vlog from the World Juniors. If you ask the beauty community what product will help your dry, chapped lips, I’m sure most people will throw out one of these products as a suggestion. We’re going to break them down and see which one I prefer.
The BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask comes in a tube with a screw cap. The particular mask I have pictured here is a smaller version from a holiday set they sold at Sephora containing some other items, but the original size looks identical. The tube needs to be squeezed from the bottom like toothpaste, and you’ll need to curl the end as you go. This does make it a bit hard to get the product out as the consistency is a bit thicker. At the end of the day, when you think you’re near the end, you can always cut the bottom and scoop the rest out into a samples container.
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask comes in a small pink pot, and it includes a cute spatula to scoop the product out. Because this is a pot, I find it easier to use. It’s also easy to use to the last drop as you don’t have to cut something open and transfer to another container. The spatula is a good addition because it keeps the product sanitary from your fingers.
Texture and Application
The texture of these two products is very different. On one hand, you have the Agave Lip Mask, which is thick and goopy. It really is like a mask for your lips. It coats your lips, and it does feel like you have agave on; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it has a nice, sweet taste. The Lip Sleeping Mask has a thinner consistency, and I find that a little goes a long way while still coating the lips in a mask. This one has a mild bubblegum flavor, but it’s not obnoxious. For those that don’t know, I don’t like bubblegum flavors or scents, so I’m biased.
Both lip masks suggest putting the product on before bed, and then wiping off the excess left over in the morning. Generally, there is very little left over in the morning as my lips absorb most product by then. With that said, I do find the BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask travels all over my face sometimes.
You are also more than welcome to apply either product during the day. During my time in Buffalo, I applied the Laneige mask almost every day before we left for our hockey games and it looked just like a lip gloss. The BITE Beauty mask is a bit thicker in texture, but it still looks like a lip gloss.
The morning after applying either one of these, I do notice a difference in my lips. I notice a more of a difference with the Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask than the BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask. While the BITE Beauty product delivers some impressive results, I find the Laneige product improves my moisture levels as well as my lip texture. I noticed sometimes after using the BITE Beauty mask that my lips would peel a bit in the morning, and I would need to scrub it off more. I do find both products adequately soothe my skin issues if I have an eczema breakout on my lips.
BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask retails for $30CAD for 15g of product. The LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24CAD for 20g of product. Based on my preferences for the LANEIGE packaging and the results, I definitely prefer this formula over the BITE Beauty. It also saves me money, which is very important. I can see why people love the BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask though, and it is a great product with some great ingredients like agave and jojoba oil. I would tell anyone to pick up either product and see which one they prefer themselves.
Have you tried any other lip masks? Is either of these a favorite?
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey has been on wish list for nearly two years. I never swatched it or played with it in person, but when I saw posts on Instagram featuring this highlighter, I knew it was meant to be. During my trip to Buffalo (click here to view my World Juniors 2018 Buffalo Vlog Part 1 and Part 2), I was finally able to make it to an Ulta.
The packaging for the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is the only issue I have with this product. The box is cute, and the illustrations on it give it a fun, cute look. When you open the package, the highlighter comes in this black pan with a clear, plastic top. For a highlighter that retails for $26USD, this packaging makes it look somewhat cheap. I appreciate a simple design and package, but the plastic top feels cheap and somewhat breakable. It is travel-friendly thanks to the size and simplistic design, but it definitely doesn’t give off a luxurious feel.
Gilded Honey Swatches
First up, we have a lone swatch of the Laura Geller Gilded Honey highlighter on its own. Laura Geller describes this color as “an effervescent caramel honey shade.” When swatched, the pigment is incredible. The honey gold color looks like something out of Winnie the Pooh’s honeypot. The shine is more dew and less glitter, and the texture is like butter.
Next up, I have swatched the Laura Geller Gilded Honey against some of my other favorite highlighters such as BECCA’s Champagne Pop and Opal; MAC Soft and Gentle; and Colour Pop Wisp. The closest color match to the Laura Gellar would be BECCA’s Champagne Pop thanks to the soft golden color of the BECCA highlighter. As you can see, the pigment of the Laura Geller is far more intense than the other swatches in this photo, and the color is the most golden than the others.
The Makeup Look
The first photo here is my full face of makeup without a highlighter. I have my foundation, concealer, powders, bronzers and blush.
After that, add in some Laura Geller Gilded Honey, and you’re left shining like a glazed donut…a honey-glazed donut. OK, I’m drooling now.
Thoughts and Tips on Laura Geller Gilded Honey
When I first applied the highlighter, I was away in Buffalo. I had access to limited makeup brushes, so I applied it with a fan brush at first. With the fan brush, I found that it didn’t show up on my skin very well. It was a very light pigment. If you’re a person who prefers a more subtle highlight, definitely opt for a fan brush. If you want the highlighter to pop on your cheeks and be more intense, I would suggest using a dome-tapered highlighter brush such as the Luxie Brush 522 Tapered Highlighter brush pictured below. I found this gave a more intense highlight.
In the end, the wait was definitely worth it. I love everything about this highlighter except the packaging, which isn’t really a dealbreaker for me. Gilded Honey is butter soft with an intense pigment that looks beautiful on my skin. I’ve been using it tirelessly since I got back from Buffalo. You can purchase Laura Geller Gilded Honey from Ulta.
What are your favorite highlighters? Do you have any other favorite Laura Geller products?
Hi, beauty lovers! Today we’re reviewing the Fenty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette and completing a basic eye look using the palette.
My auto focus was having a mind of its own, and I need a new light bulb for my soft box. The colors are pretty true to what I see in person though.
Have you tried anything by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna? What are your favorite products?
EDM Detection Mode by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
World Juniors Hockey Tournament 2018 VLOG PART 2 - YouTube
Hi everyone! Here’s PART 2 of my World Juniors 2018 vlog.
For those who don’t know, the World Juniors is a hockey tournament done every year with the 10 best hockey teams from all over the world with male players under 20 years old. Typically, the players are prospects for the NHL or have already started playing in NHL!
I spent December 25th-January 6th with my dad, and we went to every single game except for one, which means we went to 28 total! Come join me in Part 2 of this vlog including the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the gold medal game!