My YSL Lipstick Collection

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As far as designers go, I consider Saint Laurent to be one of my faves. Their lipsticks are quality, long lasting with excellent pigmentation but surprisingly, it's their lipglosses that I favour. (I say surprisingly because I normally favour lipstick.)

I'm convinced that out of all of the glosses that I've ever tried, YSL has some of the better ones out there. The formula stays on even after drinking a glass of water and having a light snack. It does need to be touched up after having a plate of pasta but honestly, I don't mind.

Best of all the formula is buildable so you get the type of intensity you want from your gloss - one swipe for a sheer wash of colour or a little more for a vivid hue.

I don't even think the packaging needs any mention because it's just so cool and sophisticated, exactly what you'd expect from Saint Laurent.

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YSL FAVES - my small black LouLou bowling bag and wallet on a string crossbody bag. I happen to get the latter on my first trip to New York. It was an unplanned purchase and I had gone in looking for something special to remember the trip by.

Both bags seem to be limited edition as they’re no longer available for sale, though I’m sure if you look hard enough, you can find one secondhand.

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YSL Nudes

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YSL Reds

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Photography by Nathalie Martin.
Some items in this post are PR samples.
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My Givenchy Lipstick Collection

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When I think about the first tube of luxury lipstick that I ever bought, I’m 99% positive It was Givenchy. Or was it Armani? Either way, I was looking for an experience. Something about splurging on makeup made me stand up straighter and feel more assured. I was working a dead-end job at the time and it was my way of escaping the mundane. Some people have alcohol or drugs, I’ve always been drawn to lipstick and fashion. Call me vapid or uncreative but my infatuation for clothes, shoes and makeup is deeply rooted in who I am.

When I was seven my mother didn’t allow me to wear nail polish so I would collect those hideous orange grocery store price stickers and apply them to my nails pretending they were freshly painted. Clearly I had a wicked imagination. When I was thirteen I would lock myself in the bathroom along with my mother’s makeup up bag playing with all of her lipsticks, imagining what it would be like to be grown up and wear red in public. Yup, some girls dream about their weddings, I was dreaming about makeup.

SHOP THE POST

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Today I am the proud owner of an extensive collection of red red lipstick, all varying in shades and formulas - from sheer to mattes to ultra (lip drying) mattes. Givenchy’s 304 Mandarine Boléro makes to cut as one of my all-time favourites and one I’ve repurchased most. It’s muted red-orange that’s gorgeous on most skin tones and makes olive undertones come to life.

One of the things I adore about the Givenchy makeup line is the leather lipstick cases that’s so true to their chic rock and roll aesthetic. Their formulas are creamy, hydrating, fully pigmented, never drying, and let’s face it, they look fabulous displayed on the vanity. In fact, their full line of makeup range won’t disappoint. The Prisme Libre powder is a favourite of mine and I have just discovered the Teint Couture Radiant Drop, a sheer rose-tinted highlight that’s awesome for mixing in with foundation or adding to the face for gorgeous glow.

From sheer tined balms lip-plumping balms to marbled lipsticks and limited edition shades in leather floral cases, my Givenchy collection is pretty modest considering that I could easily go overboard.

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GIVENCHY Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm


I ADORE these lip plumping balms. Sure, I can go out and get some Burt’s Bees (no shade, truly love them), but these balms are ridiculously luxurious - from the pink leather packaging to the actual formula itself. They adjust with your natural PH balance to create a custom sheer pink that’s pretty and natural and individual on everyone.

(SHADES from left to right)
01 Perfect Pink - sheer natural pink glow
03 Sparkling Pink - vivid pink with shimmer
02 Intense Pink - sheer vivid pink
04 Blue Pink - sheer blackberry with micro glitter

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The Givenchy Le Rouge Lunar New Year edition lipstick in the shade 325 Rouge Fétiche, a stunning cool red that’s both bold and classic. View the the full story here.

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Photography by Nathalie Martin.
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LANCÔME L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick

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What is it about Lancôme lipsticks that gives them that distinct Lancôme scent? Hands up if you know what I’m talking about. The brand has released some truly amazing products recently, like their Brôw Densify Powder-to-Cream (which is now one of my ride or die faves) and the limited edition collection of Prismatic Plump Lip Glosses. The L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick is without a doubt an exceptional formula that I’ve been loving recently.

Unlike those matte lipsticks that leave my lips feeling like a crusty desert, desperately pleading hydration, these Lancôme beauties are luscious, creamy, fully pigmented and most importantly, not at all drying so you can put the lip balm away. (I’m looking at you KVD.)

From the pale pinky nude Ardent Sand to the rich navy shade called Saphir Absolu, and my personal fave, Adoration, a classic blue red, there’s sure to be something for everyone in the 22 shade line up.

Lucky for us, they also have legit stay powder so you can skip the lip liner. (Unless you’re like me and need a good outline so you don’t accidentally end up looking like the Joker.)

At $40 (CAD) a tube, these luxurious lipsticks are totally every penny. I’d highly recommend trying these out and enjoying that signature Lancôme lipstick scent for yourself.

SHOP THE LOOK

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516 Bronzite Absolu - coppery bronze
274 Sensualité - medium rose
517 Saphir Absolu - rich navy
157 Obsessive Red - bright neon red
515 Quartz Absolu - bronze red
505 Adoration - classic blue red
388 Rose Lancome - vivid pink red
134 Rouge Passion - vibrant orange red
507 Dram’atic - burgundy
510 Ardent Sand - light nude pink

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Photography by Nathalie Martin.

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Items in this post were received as PR samples. All opinions are my own.


GIVENCHY Le Rouge Lunar New Year Edition

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Givenchy always does such an amazing job with their limited edition Le Rouge lipsticks. In celebration of the Lunar New Year, they have released shade 325 Rouge Fétiche, a stunning cool red that’s both bold and classic. This time we’re seeing the elegant leather packaging in red with a beautiful silver clover pattern that can also be found on the matching limited edition packing for their iconic Prisme Libre face powder.

Wear the lipstick straight from the tube for a rich semi-matte colour, or try it with Givenchy’s Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm underneath to get a natural wash that will look like your actual lip colour, but better.

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SHOP THE LOOK

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Photography by Nathalie Martin.

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Items in this post were received as PR samples. All opinions are my own.


Christian Audette x Beauty Professor

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As a true lipstick enthusiast, I often want to start my posts expressing how excited I am to be writing about yet another amazing tube of lipstick, but honestly, it couldn’t be more true right now. When I got Beauty Professor’s collaboration with Christian Audette in the mail I let out a little scream followed by “OMG RACHEL!”

For those who don’t know Rachel Anise is the beauty writer behind one of my favourite sites, Beauty Professor. She is a public speaker, model, actress, all around lover of luxury beauty, and fellow beauty blogger. She’s also happens to be new mother and when I held her three piece lipstick collaboration in my hands I have to admit that I teared up a little and thought “This is your year, Rachel.”

Mushy feelings and well wishes aside, let’s dive into the collaboration between Beauty Professor x Christian Audette, a brand that is admittedly new to me.

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Christian Audette is a cosmetics brand that specializes in producing vegan and cruelty free products. Their formulas are rich, creamy, and intensely pigmented, antioxidant rich and paraben-free.

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For her collaboration with Christian Audette, Rachel stayed true to her voice and created three nude shades that range from pink (Elle), to more neutral (Johanna), to peach (Golightly). The lipsticks come in a keepsake cosmetics bag bearing the CA x BP logo. The lipsticks are long lasting and I was pleasantly surprised to see it still on even after I had been snacking and drinking coffee.

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CHRISTIAN AUDETTE x BEAUTY PROFESSOR

JOHANNA: A quintessential pinky nude cream, named after Rachel’s baby daughter.

GOLIGHTLY: The exact shade of opaque peachy beige with a satin finish that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

ELLE: A universally flattering and buildable cool baby pink with a touch of luminosity. The name has special significance for both her mom and daughter and thus is an homage to women of all generations.

$60 USD, exclusive to christianaudette.com
*Above shade descriptions as per the website.

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The CA x BP collection is beautiful and while I can see it working well for those who love nudes. I have a preference towards nudes that are more towards the medium end of the shade spectrum so I’ll be wearing a medium nude pencil underneath my lipstick. That way I can enjoy the collection while having it cater to my shade preference. Never under estimate the colour of a good lip pencil!

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Congratulations Rachel for creating such a beautiful collection. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! Thank you for including me on the launch. I’m beyond honoured and flattered.

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Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks

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Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

I have a special place in my heart for Armani lipsticks seeing as they were one of my first luxury beauty splurges. Even back in those days, I’d carry numerous tubes of red lipsticks with me at all times because god forbid I be caught not wearing lipstick. #highmaintenance

These days I’m more chill about my approach to beauty but regardless, anytime I see a tube of Armani, I know I’ll be getting something special.

The new Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks are no exception. Lightweight, silky smooth, highly pigmented, and never drying, these mattes are super comfortable to wear.

Considering I’ve been living in Saint Laurent sneakers and sweats these days, comfort is key in my life. I’ve even simplified my makeup routine to a swipe of CHANEL mascara, rosy pink cheeks, and a bold lipstick. If it’s gonna dry out lips, I don’t want it in my life. If it’s too complicated to apply, no thanks.

These days I’m more inclined to bring just a single tube of lipstick with me when I’m out. The me from years ago wouldn’t even know what hit her.

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

SHOP THE LOOK

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Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

There are 18 shades in the Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick collection, from a pretty antique rose pink (shade 102) to a mocha brown with a hint of shimmer (shade 200) and the brands iconic universally flattering true red (shade 400), there’s something here for everyone!

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

102 Androgino - antique rose pink
200 Diva - mocha brown
400 Four Hundred - universally flattering true red
506 Maharajah - vibrant medium-dark pink

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post are a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


L'ORÉAL x ISABEL MARANT: THE ENTIRE WANTED COLLECTION

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The collaboration I’ve been waiting for since it’s announcement is finally here - L’Oréal x Isabel Marant!

Called the WANTED collection, it consists of seven matte lipsticks, a lip gloss in a universally flattering pink, clear brow/lash mascara, a duo eyeshadow palette, and a peachy-pink highlighter/glow product that comes in a little pot for on the go application.

I feel like the Parisian designer stayed true to her voice in her first ever makeup line and even though the collection feels small, it makes a lot of sense. Like her eponymous fashion line, all of the shades can be easily dressed up for evening, or dressed down during the day.

Think of a nude lip and rosy cheek for a Sunday afternoon, or, a red lip and soft black eyeshadow for a night out. The shades celebrate woman without being too overt or sexy and focuses more on her individuality to bring the makeup to life.

Honestly, I’m just relieved all of the shades are flattering and wearable for every day. It’s my biggest pet peeve when makeup brands collaborate with someone only to come out with unwearable crayon-coloured shades that barely suit anyone.

As a big Isabel Marant fan myself (she’s honestly one of my favourite designers), I can safely say that everyone will enjoy these incredibly chic shades.

The limited edition collab is out now at loreal.ca and at retailers where L’Oréal Paris is sold.

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ISABEL MARANT MATTE FINISH LIPSTICK SMILE

Seven matte lipsticks can be found in the Isabel Marant WANTED collection.

BASTILLE WHISTLE - nude pink
LA SEINE SHADOW - brown pink
BELLEVILLE RODEO - dark purple red
PIGALLE WESTERN - bright red pink
SAINT GERMAIN ROAD - true blue red
PALAIS ROYAL FIELD - warm red
LA BUTTE MARSHALL - medium red

Each matte lipstick says “SMILE” on one side and “WEAR NOTHING BUT A SMILE AND YOUR STYLE” on the other side. Sooooo Isabel Marant!

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ISABEL MARANT MAGIC BEAUTIFIER LIP GLOSS AMAZE

The product I turned out to really be impressed is the AMAZE lip gloss that comes in one shade - a sheer soft magenta-y pink shade that can be used on the lips and cheeks and that’s said to be universally flattering but I’ve only tried it on my light-medium olive skin and I freakin’ love it!

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ISABEL MARANT DUO EYESHADOW

The duo eyeshadow pan created for the WANTED collab features a matte black which is perfect for using as eyeliner, and an iridescent black/teal shade that has an elegant pop to it. Use it with makeup brushes or apply it with your fingers for a “perfectly imperfect” look.

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ISABEL MARANT UNIVERSAL HIGHLIGHTER SHINE

Since this entire collaboration is so, so good, I almost hate to admit that the highlighter is the one product I could do without. It’s a said to be a universal illuminator but it’s on the matte side and there’s hardly any reflects it in. It feels like a silicone based product and has that silicone texture I don’t like.

I applied it over top of my cheeks on a day I was wearing a light powder foundation and it actually disturbed my makeup. Honestly, I can’t figure out how to use this product or what it’s for. If you figure it out, please leave me a comment! Maybe I’m using it all wrong!

Disclaimer: The L’Oréal X Isabel Marant collection was provided as a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


LANCÔME L'Absolu Lacquer

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At LIPSICK, we’re guilty of carrying multiple lip products with us on the daily. When you leave the house you may be in the mood for gloss, but after lunch, sometimes you want to go matte. Decisions, decisions.

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When we first received Lancôme's L'Absolu Lacquer, we were immediately impressed by the gorgeous range of colours. After trying them, we were blown away the gorgeous triple threat formula – it’s a gloss, lipstick and stain all-in-one!

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The lightweight, ultra-thin formula coats your lips with bold colour and a gorgeous lacquered shiny finish. Use one coat for a sheer, natural look, two for more intensity and three for a dramatic look with serious, mega-watt shine. We put it to the test, and wow does it last, even after a drink (or two, cough, three).

L'Absolu Lacquer is available in 30 shades – from classic nudes to vivid, showstopping colour. They’re made in France and now available everywhere Lancôme is sold.

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Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

New Glosses from NARS: The Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Collection

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It's all about statement glossy lips and NARS is making us crave shine all day, every day. The brand released their Full Vinyl Lip Lacquers earlier this month which feature bold intense colour and high-shine with the benefits of moisture thanks to the vitamin E rich formula. 

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The Lip Lacquers are versatile and layer beautifully with each other. My favourite trick is to add the shade Orgasm to the center of the lips to create some dimension while adding a touch of shine. 

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NARS has released ten shades in total on narscosmetics.com, and seven shades on sephora.com, including the limited edition shade, Orgasm, a peachy-pink with gold shimmer. 

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NARS FULL VINYL LIP LACQUER

ORGASM - peachy pink with gold shimmer
EVERGLADES - black with gold shimmer
SANTO DOMINGO - light mauve pink
MISSISSIPPI - dark black cherry
AT FIRST SIGHT - clear with gold shimmer

$34 Canadian, $26 USD

Available at: nars.com, sephora.com (and in some stores), nordstrom.com (and in some stores)

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For summer, we also get the iconic Orgasm, a peachy-pink shade with gold shimmer, as part of the Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer collection. If you're not a gloss person, be sure to check out the Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm. The moisturizing formula is sheer and leaves the prettiest sheen on bare lips, but we like it best on top of a matte lipstick to soften the look. 

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RIMMEL London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

 
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If you’re looking for big, bold colour you’re gonna fall hard for RIMMEL'S Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour. Back in the day, matte lipsticks were difficult to apply and felt dry AF on lips. Not anymore - this liquid lipstick gives high-intensity colour, is touch-proof and waterproof while feeling comfortable on the lips.

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Who doesn’t love a good selfie? Fun fact: matte lipstick makes everyone look amazing in pictures. Try it for yourself and see how it makes your skin look better and your teeth whiter.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: RAW EMBRACE, STRIPPED, MWAH, VANILLA LOVIN, RAW KISS 

Feeling low maintenance but want a put-together look? This liquid lipstick creates such an impact that it can be the only makeup you wear and you’ll look low-key fabulous. Put on a pair of sunglasses for added drama.

 
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TOP TO BOTTOM: STRAPLESS, TROUBLEMAKER, LOVE BITE, SCANDALOUS, PLUNGE

 

We put it to the test and after several hours of coffee drinking and snack consumption, it stayed put and the quality compared to some of the luxury matte lipsticks currently on the market.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: LETHAL KISS, URBAN AFFAIR, TRUST YOU, DEVOTION

RIMMEL's Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour is available at retailers where RIMMEL is sold. 

 
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DISCLAIMER: The items here were received as a PR sample. All photos and opinions are our own.


How To Keep Lips Soft (even during the worst cold) feat. BITE BEAUTY

 
WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon,  GIRLS necklace  by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon, GIRLS necklace by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

 

Hello and welcome back! I've been sick with the flu for what feels like ages now and I'm finally getting better. After five consecutive days bed-ridden days, I told myself that enough was enough and I had to start at least acting like I was better so I could fool my body into thinking healthy thoughts again. I'm not exactly sure it works that way but they say "mind over matter" so why not give it a try.

I'm sure we can all agree that being sick is the pits but being sick when it's beautiful and sunny out is torture. On top of a fever I was battling an extremely runny nose and dry lips but let me just tell you that my savior, aside from the obvious Tylenol Extra Strength and NyQuil, were these little tubes of Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask.

I had tubes stashed in pretty much every room of my house.

I felt like a Sponge Bob character where at any moment my lips could turn into this gross crusty mess because I was so dehydrated. I also felt border OCD because every my lip mask would wear off, I'd reapply a new layer.

So, did it work?

Yes, but I still had some unwanted dry bits which is where the Agave Lip Scrub came in handy. 

Aside from being there for me when I get sick, I use the Agave Lip Mask every night before bed as part of my regular skincare routine. I also ALWAYS have a tube with me when I travel. Flying is so harsh on the skin and lips so it just makes sense. If you don't want to touch your fingers to your mouth when you're traveling, Bite gives us a solid version of their lip mask in a tube. Hygiene and convenience. Bite, you guys think of everything. 

 
 
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BITE BEAUTY AGAVE LIP MASK

$30 CAD, Sephora Exclusive

NATURAL - clear
CHAMPAGNE - sheer rose gold pearl
SMASHED - sheer candy apple red
MAPLE - sheer bronze
LAVENDER - pale pink

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

Nourishes, hydrates, and protects, this lip balm feels like a harder, waxier version of the Lip Mask is excellent for travel! 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub

Exfoliate those dry bits away with this enzymatic scrub that includes brown sugar and pineapple enzymes to leave lips feeling soft and smooth. 

Both are Sephora exclusive and retail for $20 CAD

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Disclaimer: Lip products in this story are PR samples. All photos and opinions are my own.

 

NARS x Erdem Full Lipstick Collection

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I've been blogging for about four years now and I'm at a point where I've become harder to impress. Don't get me wrong, I still love seeing new launches and attending events, but it's like with anything in life, you do it long enough and the wow factor is fewer and far between. 

Well, leave it to NARS to take my breath away. I first learned about the collab with fashion designer Erdem as I was leafing through a magazine in the waiting room of an oral surgeon, waiting for Diana to get out of her root canal. I sat there with a stack of magazines drooling over recipes of oatmeal pancakes, veggie nachos and yes, the beautiful florals that are synonymous with the Erdem name. 

 
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I've always admired how Erdem is able to take something as soft and precious as florals and turn them into something sophisticated and mysterious. His use of colour is what draws me to his work and how he pairs unexpected colours like rich black and chartreuse alongside pinks and blue blues and turns them into something magical. 

We're now seeing this in his limited edition thirteen-piece collection with NARS. The colours are bold and unexpected and work together in harmony. 

The collection includes six new shades, featuring a creamy, smooth formula that range from bold to sheer.

We're also being introduced to NARS first ever powder lip palette which comes with a primer, and four limited edition shades and a lip brush for precise application. (BTW - we saw CHANEL introduce their lip powder palette earlier this year. Could this be the start of a new trend?)

The entire NARS x Erdem Collection will be available at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom. Some shades will be available at Sephora, Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart. All dates and retailers are listed below.

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NARS X ERDEM Lipstick Collection

Limited Edition, $35 each (Canadian)

BLOODFLOWER - bright cherry red
MOON ORCHID - sheer light pink
LARKSPUR - sheer orchid
VOODOO LILY - sheer muted lavender
WILD FLOWER - deep plum purple
CARNAL CARNATION - sheer raspberry red

AVAILABILITY:
Bloodflower, Voodoo Lily, and Moon Orchid will be available starting May 3rd at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom. They'll be available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart starting July 1st.

Larkspur and Wildflower will be available at Sephora, Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.

Carnal Carnation will be available at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.

NARS X ERDEM Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette

Includes lip brush. Limited Edition, $62 (Canadian)

LIP PRIMING BALM - nude
ZIRA - shimmery rose gold
CALYPSO - matte rose
DAMASK - matte fuchsia
OTTOMAN - matte scarlet

AVAILABILITY:
Starting May 3 at Sephora.ca, Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.
Starting July 1 at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Disclaimer. The NARS x Erdem collection is PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.