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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BAREMINERALS Gen Nude® Patent Lip Lacquer

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No one does nudes better than BAREMINERALS. This spring, the brand has launched a flattering collection of eighteen super-glossy nude liquid lipsticks. From mauve, pink, peach, and beige, there's something here for everyone.

The formula feels super moisturizing on the lips thanks to the jojoba oil and algae in the formula. It gives us a supremely comfortable wear that never feels dry. 

One coat is all you need for full colour but if you really want this glossy lipstick to last, be sure to line your lips with a lip liner first. 

Gen Nude Patent Lip Laquer retail for $23 CND and $19 USD. They're available now at bareminerals.com, Sephora, and Ulta. 

 
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BAREMINERALS Gen Nude® Patent Lip Lacquer
 

BEAUTIMUS - soft dusty mauve
GIRL BOSS - light pink nude
CAN'T EVEN - cool light pink
BESTIE - soft petal pink
DAHLING - cinnamon pink
PERF - rich chestnut
HYPE - muted burnt peach
BAE - toasted mid-tone nude
IRL - spiced beige

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Make your GEN NUDE lipstick last longer by first lining your entire lips with a matching colour lip liner. It'll intensify the colour in addition to making your lipstick last. For a more natural look, just apply straight onto the lips!
If you're like me and have light-medium skin with yellow undertones, check out the shades IRL, HYPE, and PERF. Pair it with BAREMINERALS Gen Nude Powder Blush in the shade Beige For Days.
 
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For more BAREMINERALS, check my post on woahstyle.com, This New Concealer Covers Up Everything While Leaving Skin Looking Natural! 

Disclaimer: The products in this post are PR samples. All opinions and photography is my own.

 

What's In Your Bag Nathalie? "An obscene amount of red lipstick."

 
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What's in my pink Glossier makeup bag - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new SÌ Passione scent

 

When Diana and I started the What’s In My Bag series I thought; A) it would be a cute and fun way to show you guys what we actually use in our lives, and B) it would be interesting to see how our lip products change month to month and season to season. 

What I’m most surprised about is B.

In January I was all about neutrals and nudes.

In February I started to introduce reds back into rotation.

Now in March, I don’t seem to want to wear any other shade than red. Whether it’s fully pigmented colour or a sheer wash on the lips, red is the clear winner for me this month. 

 
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG

CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 412 Orange Explosif; sheer orange-red lip blush that can also be applied as blush.
CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 63 Rebel (Discontinued. See Rouge Coco Shine 138 Orange Poppy for similar shade); sheer orange-red.
GIVENCHY Le Rouge Lipstick in 304 Mandarine Boléro; semi-matte orange-red.
FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Punch (new shade); sheer red-orange.
FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy Tinted Lip Treatment in Dream (new shade); sheer rosy pink
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink in 164 Entusiasta; semi-matte red-orange liquid lip ink.
GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit (old packaging. Similar shade, 14 Redlight); sheer orange-red.
GLOSSIER Birthday Balm Dotcom; a clear hydrating universal salve with bits of shimmer. 
NYX Pin-Up Pout in 12 Fiery; saturated orange-red lipstick.
BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask, original clear formula. Excellent for keeping lips hydrated.

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The best pairing for a red-orange lip: CHANEL nail polish in 634 Arancio Vibrante | CHANEL blush in 380 So Close | Giorgio Armani in SÌ Passione | Milani Luminoso blush | NARS x Man Ray Fetishized blush

 
 

HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK WHILE LOOKING EFFORTLESS

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To bring a red lip to life and make it look effortless and less precious, I like to add a pop of red to the fats of my cheeks. I do this by first applying my blush as normal. Milani’s Luminoso is an all-around flattering peachy shade that flatters most skintones. Then I take a bright orange-red blush, like Chanel’s 380 So Close and I apply it only to the center of my cheeks. It brightens my complexion instantly and pulls together a red lip.  Finally, I like to keep my eye makeup to a minimum by only using mascara. This keeps the vibe more casual and not at all overdone.
 
 
 
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MAC x Patrick Starrr

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YouTube's mega-star beauty guru, Patrick Starrr, dropped his very first collaboration with M.A.C at the end of 2017 and for the most part, it's left us speechless.

Patrick is known for creating over-the-top looks with glitter, colour, bold lips, big lashes, and highlight that can be seen from outer space. What we're seeing from his collab is a 12 piece collection of demure nudes and his own version of the M.A.C's iconic red lipstick, Ruby Woo lipstick, called Patrick Woo.

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Given that I had been watching Patrick on YouTube for the last couple of years, and I know how much he loves makeup and that he loves to cake that ish on. (But seriously though, his baking techniques really helped me understand how to create on-camera and event makeup and I can proudly say that I've never needed a touch up when I do my own face!). I was quick to chalk up his collection to be tame at first glance but once I started to photograph the pieces and really look at the shades did I understand his intentions.

His collaboration is meant to suit everyone - all skin tones, ages, and makeup preferences, whether it be natural or full glam. The warm pinks, perfect nudes, and classic reds are sure to look beautiful on, well, everyone because, 

as Patrick says, "Makeup is one size fits all!" 

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M.A.C's collaboration with Patrick Starrr is limited edition and consists of beautiful nude shades and iconic reds.

Pictured above: She Betta Werrrk matte lipstick (light warm pink) // She Betta Werrrk Lipglass (light warm pink) // Edge to Edge Lip Liner (midtone dirty blue pink).

Pictured below:  Glam AF Eyeshadow Quad - Brule (soft creamy beige), Omigaud (soft peach pink), Saddle (golden orange brown), Embark (intense reddish brown)

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SIMILAR BUT NOT THE SAME

In case you missed M.A.C x Patrick Starrr's limited edition Lipglass in She Betta Werrrk - here are three other beautifully similar pink shades you'll love. 

M.A.C Lipglass in She Betta Werrrk (limited edition) - light warm pink
M.A.C Lipglass in Candy Box - midtone rose pink
M.A.C Lipglass in Pink Nouveau - midtone cool pink
M.A.C Lipglass in Pink Lemonade - warm shimmery coral pink

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WIN THE M.A.C x PATRICK STARRR COLLECTION FROM THIS POST!

For the month of January, we're going to be doing a weekly giveaway on our Instagram! Make sure to follow us at @imsolipsick for more information and how to enter. 

 

The Perfect Holiday Reds

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With Christmas only two sleeps away, I thought it would be fun to gather the best festive red shades for the holidays. These shades are bright, bold, playful, and perfect for puckering up under the mistletoe. 

Red lipstick goes with everything, from that little black dress to a cozy knit and a pair of jeans but no doubt you'll always look chic. 

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From mattes, sheers, liquid lipsticks, cream formulas and shiny lip gloss, we've gathered up the perfect red lipsticks for the holiday season and beyond. I should also mention that my skin tone is light-medium with a yellow undertone and all of these shades work for me. 

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The Perfect Red Lipsticks For The Holidays

From left, top to bottom: 

CHANEL Rouge Coco #19 Gabrielle. Hydrating, cream formula. Warm, True red with golden shimmer.
M.A.C MAC Red. Satin formula. Vivid blue red.
M.A.C Retro Matte Ruby Woo. Very matte Formula. Vivid blue red.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick  #203 Rouge Rock. Semi-matte, creamy formula with intense colour pay off. Vibrant red.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine #400. Sheer, hydrating formula. Pink-red.
Guerlain KissKiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick #325 Rouge Kiss. Warm, orange-red. 
L'Oréal Paris x Balmain
Lipstick in Domination (limited edition). Matte formula. Fiery red.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red. Creamy matte formula. True ruby red. 
M.A.C Hooray For The Holiday! (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Matte Formula. True red.
NARSAudacious Lipstick in Rita. Creamy matte formula. True scarlet red.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana. Creamy matte formula. Vivid orange-red. 
Givenchy Le Rouge #304 Mandarine Boléro. Creamy formula. Muted red-orange.  
Shiseido
Rouge Rouge #RD308 Toffee Apple.
Creamy satin formula. Muted red-brown.


From right, top to bottom: 

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman. Matte liquid lipstick. Vivid blue red.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Rock With You. Matte liquid lipstick. Deep mulberry.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400. Creamy semi-matte liquid lipstick. True red.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet #18 It's Redding Men! Sheer, buildable matte liquid lipstick. Cool, red-pink.
M.A.C Lipglass Joy To Enjoy (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Shiny lip gloss. Intense red. 
Revlon Matte Balm #250 Standout. Light-weight matte formula. Red-brown.

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For extra staying power during the holidays, make sure you line and fill in your lips with the same shade of lip liner first and trust me, that lipstick isn't going anywhere.  

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Benefit Punch Pop Liquid Lip Colour

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Ever meet someone and what they’re wearing is totally extra, but their personality is a little subdued?

That’s how I felt about Benefit’s Punch Pop Liquid Lip Colour. The packaging is loud, but the product itself is fairly refined and easy to wear for any occasion. This lip colour is infused with vitamin E, so you’ve got some legit hydrating power, but your lips aren’t left feeling overly emollient. The colour pay-off is quite good, but isn’t overpowering. Lastly, you’d expect there to be a strong scent or taste that corresponds with the shades names (bubblegum, cherry, mango, strawberry, watermelon), but there really isn’t.

This is the kind of product that would be great for work, or when you’re trying to add a touch of colour without being too over the top. 

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Benefit’s Punch Pop Liquid Lip Colour, $24, from top to bottom:

  • Mango - Tropical coral
  • Strawberry - Juicy red
  • Cherry - Pinky-red
  • Watermelon - Hot pink
  • Bubblegum - Medium sweet pink
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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.