Trying out Laura Mercier's ROUGE ESSENTIEL SILKY CREME LIPSTICKS

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Weightless and richly pigmented, Laura Mercier gives us a comfortable wearing formula with their Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick. With thirty shades to choose from, ranging from cool to warm undertones, to suit all personalities and skin tones.

The sleek metallic case features a magnetic lid to keep it in place. I personally love this type of closure because nothing irks me more than reaching into my makeup pouch and seeing my lip pencil smeared all over the inside of my Louis Vuitton toiletry bag. (But seriously, why is it always lip pencils?! Can someone PLEASE design a lid that stays in place?)

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The bullet features a custom-curved tip for a precise lipstick application. I found the design gives me too sharp of a line for my liking. Instead I simply applied it from the back of the lipstick to get that feathered out effect that I like.

Alternatively, a lip brush or pinky finger will also achieve the same feathered-effect, but I'm not keen on the latter when I'm in public and haven't had a chance to wash my hands.

Laura Mercier’s Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick retail for $37 (CAD) and can be found at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks, and thebay.com.



- Weightless texture with a comfortable barely-there feel.

- Infused with Mediterranean Sea algae extract to smooth out the appearance of lips.

- Moisturizing, satin formula.

- 30 high-impact shades.

- Long-lasting, even through multiple cups of coffee.


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Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick

  • PLUM FATALE (blackened plum)

  • PLUM SUBLIME (bright plum)

  • FUCHSIA INTENSE (fuchsia pink)

  • NUDE NOUVEAU (nude pink brown)



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Photos by Nathalie Martin.
Disclaimer: Products featured here are PR samples. All opinions are my own.


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Buy or Bye? A Look At NARS Mini Orgasm Set

Hi everyone! In today’s video I’ll be reviewing the NARS Orgasm Mini Set, which contains mini versions of the Blush, Highlight, Oil-Infused Lip Tint, and the Afterglow Lip Balm. I’ll compare the quantity of product found in the mini’s, to their full-sized counterparts and to determine if this one is worth picking up.

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Celebrating National Lipstick Day W/ An Epic SWATCH Video!

July 29th is National Lipstick day. I launched this blog about 2 years ago today. While it’s been on hiatus for a while, it’s back and with more content than ever!

To celebrate NLD I compiled of all the lipstick swatches I’ve done to date. Hope you’ll enjoy!

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The Perfect "Gloss" For A No-Makeup Makeup Look

Hello and welcome back to the blog! On today’s YouTube video I'm reviewing the NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints. These are super hydrating and give the lips a shiny tint of colour - perfect for those who like a subtle lip or no-makeup-makeup look. Makeup sure you click on the video above for the full review + swatches.

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NARS OIL-INFUSED LIP TINTS (limited edition)

- ORGASM (iconic peachy pink)
- DISCO INFERNAL (vibrant purple)
- HIGH SECURITY (fuchsia)
- PRIMAL INSTINCT (light beige pink)


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NARS Orgasm 2019 - The Entire Collection

The NARS 2019 collection is here and I’m living for every piece! Make sure you click on the video above for a full review, swatches and first impressions of the entire collection. Also be sure to hit subscribe and give it a like on the way you! Thanks for watching!

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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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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.


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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What's In Your Bag This December: 14 Lipsticks Nathalie Loves

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As the founder of a blog 100% dedicated to lipstick, it’s no surprise that I’m usually carrying at least six lipsticks on my person. It’s not at all on purpose and in fact, it’s more of a comfort thing. I’d hate to be caught in a situation where I don’t have what I need - let’s say a lip balm for hydration, a matte lipstick for longevity or a creme lipstick for colour and hydration. I know. It’s insane. 

Using my lipstick neurosis as inspiration, Diana and I thought it would be great to start a “What’s In My Bag Series” each month. We’ll take turns of course as we ask one another, “Hey, what’s in your bag?”

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I always carry around a compact in my cosmetics bag and it's not always powder. This NARS compact is the limited edition Orgasm packaging and it's particularly special to me because I did a project with them at the start of this year for their Facebook page for the Orgasam anniversary collection. This blush is also the first high-end blush I ever bought when I was in my teens. 

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Current lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners currently sitting in my TUMI leather makeup bag. 

Top, from left to right:

  • Bite Beauty lip liner in 022
  • Bite Beauty lip liner in 040
  • NARS Precision lip liner in Lérins
  • Too Faced Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Gingerbread Man (limited edition for holiday 2017)

Bottom, from left to right:

  • CHANEL Rouge Coco gloss in 754
  • CHANEL Rouge Coco gloss in 752
  • NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Get It On
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip in Braised
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Too Bad I'm Bad
  • Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Color in Black Plum
  • MAC Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hot Emily
  • Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in True (limited edition)
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Other items in my TUMI makeup bag include Urban Decay's Trouble Maker mascara and my NARS Orgasm blush. Pictured here are also my Felony Case marble iPhone case (made with real marble btw!), my quilted patent leather CHANEL cardholder and a random bottle of nail polish. This one here is called Jealous Boyfriend, flattering green-blue, from their Miracle Gel collection. I'm currently super obsessed with these polishes because they last a week before they start chipping.

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Marble table top from HomeSense on top of an old iron plant holder. The sheepskin rug is IKEA, the silver boots are from Zara, and my eyeglasses are Alexander McQueen.

 

3 Liquid Lipsticks We Love! (Under $35!!)

Between Diana and I, we probably have hundreds of lipsticks in our collection. Yup. Hundreds. We've tried many different brands, from designer labels like Tom Ford to drugstore finds like NYX. At the end of the day, there are only three liquid lipsticks I’d trust my life with and that’s because they are consistently reliable, hardworking and last. Best of all, they won’t bring the bank as they’re all under $35.

 


NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment

Our favourite new lipstick of the year has a thin consistency, almost to that of water, and stays on all day! We love the thin wand that gives us a perfectly outlined pout over time!

FINISH: Matte
WHY WE LOVE IT: Excellent colour pay off! Weightless formula.
FAVOURITE SHADE: American Woman (chestnut rose)

 


SMASHBOX Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

Before we fell in love with Nars, there was Smashbox and this liquid lipstick is the only one I ever trusted to stay on without retouching, throughout TV appearances and photoshoots

FINISH: Matte
WHY WE LOVE IT: Excellent colour pay off! Stays on forever!
FAVOURITE SHADE: Out Loud (deep orange)

 


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

This indulgent liquid lipstick is glossy, sweet and smells of vanilla. The colour pay off is incredible and we love that it’s made with natural and organic ingredients here in Toronto!

FINISH: Glossy
WHY WE LOVE IT: Excellent colour pay off! Hydrating!
FAVOURITE SHADE: Purée (burnt orange)

 

 

BEAUTY TIP:

Hydrate Lips before applying liquid lipsticks, especially with matte formulas, to keep them from dying up! Our faves are Chanel’s lip balm and Bite Beauty’s Lip Mask! Pucker up!


 
 
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My favourite lip liners + trying some newbies

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Hello and happy Labour Day weekend. If you're here reading the Lipsick blog today, then thank you! In today's post I want to have a quick look at the wonderful world of lip liners. I have some good ol' classic MAC liners to share with you, along with some newbies that I've never tried until now from NARS and Buxom. If you're like me and believe that lip liners are the foundation of the lips, then keep reading.

 
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BUXOM PlumpLine Lip Liner, $20

These thick lip liners from Buxom are excellent when you're if you're in a rush but don't want to skip the step of a lining your lips. The pigmented matte formula is neither dry, which they don't tug on the lips, nor are they overly creamy which means lipstick adheres nicely and the point stays sharp. The brush at the end of the lip liner makes contouring easy and saves space in our makeup bag from carrying yet another beauty product. Bonus, the lip plumping formula makes it easy for us to skip the lipstick altogether and wear this bad boy as a lip crayon. The collection comes in 20 shades which range from nudes to pinks and browns and retail for $20 Canadian or $17 USD. 

SALE ALERT!

ULTA is currently having a HUGE summer sale and the Buxom PlumpLine's are on sale for $8.50 each!!! Yes fellow Canadians, Ulta does ship to Canada now! While you're there, be sure to stock up on this amazing clear vinyl train case for $12 that we're so obsessed with here at Lipsick.

 
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NARS Precision Lip Liners, $30

These new wooden lip pencils from NARS are a must have for every lip stick lover out there. They're super precise and stay sharp so that you can get the best line from your bold lip. They're highly pigmented and long lasting and have really impressed me so far. I paired mine with the new Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments (review coming soon!) and I couldn't believe that my bold purple lip was still going strong after a long boozy lunch. If you haven't had a chance to try these yet, you need to!

LIPSICK TIP: 

Keep your lines precise by sharpening your pencil before each use. 

 
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Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil, $20

This creamy lip pencil by Bite Beauty was released in stages with 25 colours earlier this year, and another 25 shades most recently. The entire range covers everything from pale nudes to white, black, navy, reds, pinks and violets, and oranges. They're highly pigmented, creamy in texture and infused with shea butter and castor seed oil. The one thing about this pencil is that the lid seems to be faulty on both releases so be careful with your designer bags. I had to have my Louis Vuitton pouch professionally cleaned because the liner got everywhere. Sadly, this wasn't the first time. Regardless, don't let this hold you back from trying out these awesome lip pencils by this Canadian brand. Just make sure you house it in a cheapy makeup bag for good measure. 

 
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MAC Lip Pencils, $22

Probably the most well known of the bunch here, MAC lip pencils are a staple in every makeup bag. My favourite nude shade ever has always been Boldly Bare and I've worn my out to the nub a few times because it's that good. It's the type of nude that won't alter the shade of the lipstick colour that gets layered over top and will prolong the wear of your lipstick in general. Win / win right? With 41 iconic shades in the collection, MAC can do no wrong.

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