My favorite picks for National Lipstick Day 2017!

I absolutely adore lipstick. In fact, it's the first makeup product that I can remember trying as a kid, when I got into my mom's Color Me Beautiful stash in the lower drawer of our bathroom vanity. The transformation that lipstick has is amazing, and even though lip gloss is awesome, I always will have preference for using a great lipstick. Case in point, here are two brands that over the past couple of years have always delivered for me – Lipstick Queen and LORAC. Both are great indie brands, which I think makes lipstick even more fun – it's one of the ultimate "rebel" tools a woman has in her arsenal to look as innocent or vampy as she wants. Even within a matter of minutes. My top pick for Lipstick Queen is 'Hello Sailor' – I first reviewed this lipstick last year in September, and I found that I still reached for it constantly. In fact, I bought a new tube of it today, since I realized that I was going through withdrawal after not having it for the past month! What I love most is that the shade flexes on every skin tone to the perfect shade of berry and feels cushiony, like a gloss/lipstick hybrid. I think I reached for this as my most-worn shade in the past year or so, as it always looks good and I can apply it without looking in a mirror.

Up next, I had to treat myself to a new shade for National Lipstick Day, and I immediately thought of LORAC. Their lipsticks are highly pigmented, but skin-caring and comfortable to wear. Plus, I didn't just get one new lipstick, but a kit that features 5 gorgeous shades, from their recent collaboration for 'Beauty & The Beast' – for $36, you get a variety of neutral shades and one vibrant red in their new MOD Cream formula. OMG – ladies, grab this kit before it's gone! I got both of these at ULTA, and they are so worth it.

The shades (clockwise, starting from the top) are: Red Rose, Savoir Faire, True Beauty, Tres Chic, and Belle-ieve. Red Rose is a perfect, neutral red, while True Beauty is a beautifully pale pink. But it doesn't look chalky or too washed out. The Tres Chic is also an awesome throw-back to the 90's brown lipstick trend. The MOD Cream formula is also a more satin finish than LORAC's Alter Ego formula, which I feel is easier to wear than matte finishes. I love that there isn't much shimmer at all, just a lovely, smooth formula that is comfortable to wear. I usually carry a lighter neutral and a bright shade with me in my bag, and I'm so excited to have these for the next several months.

If you don't normally wear lipstick, it may be fun time to try out a kit – it gives you variety to experiment with, and also determine what comfort zone you have with shade ranges. And if you don't wear makeup regularly, lipstick is one of the easiest products to use and feel a bit more polished.

Enjoy National Lipstick Day!

© 28daysbeauty 2017

Product Review: Lipstick Queen’s Hello Sailor lipstick¬†

I’ve read about this lipstick for months, and after a recent Ulta run I decided to cave in and give it a try. Lipstick Queen has emerged as a specialty lip brand in the last several years, and has garnered a ton of positive reviews. I was curious as to how this was different from the old-school “mood” changing lipstick, and then realized that it was completely different. Let’s see what makes this a fun alternative to your everyday lipsticks!

hello sailor, lipstick queen
blue-hued hello sailor lipstick

#1: It’s blue!

Yup, blue. But, the really cool aspect about this shade is that it immediately transforms your natural lip shade into a berry-hued tint. The blue tint is very sheer, and adjusts with your natural lip color. Berry shades are the perfect transition color from Summer into Fall. I’ve also found you can use this lipstick to make a lighter pink lipstick a deeper tone, or change the color of a cool-toned lipstick that you have grown tired of.

#2: It’s not your average lipstick formula!

The Vitamin E-enriched formula goes on to give a moisturizing texture that lasts. There is no shimmer, which I’m really loving right now – this acts almost like a gloss in how sheer and hydrating the color glides on. 

#3: It makes your teeth appear whiter!

Just like red lipsticks, this blue undertone lipstick will create an optical illusion to make teeth appear whiter. Bonus!

If you are in the market to try a higher-end lipstick that features these extra benefits, I think you’d find it a great addition to your makeup bag. 

© 2016 28daysbeauty