NUDE LIPS WITHOUT THE BOREDOM

Without question, we all need to have fool-proof nude lipsticks that we can wear on auto-pilot mode in the morning or evening.  Trust me, I understand the frustration in trying to find the perfect one where the color just blends in, in a your-lips-but-better kind of way.  I've actually spent a lot of time digging around the internet and I'm excited to have found a cool product that has just the right amount of nude tone for my lips.  

I've found my new lipstick love!  It's from Dose of Colors and is called Truffle.  I have so many things to say about this lipstick, but the bottom line is that even though it's a niche brand, the quality is great.  It's a matte liquid lipstick that applies creamy and glossy, but sets into a matte finish after about 5-7 minutes after the application.

I have a love-hate relationship with matte lipstick because of how severely dry my lips can be.  This lipstick is an exception though.  Once it sets, it stays in place and doesn't dry up my lips too badly compared to the typical matte lipstick. 

You could definitely call this my signature look.  To jazz it up, I like to complement the lipstick with a cooler, dark olive eyeshadow like the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense#24 that I'm wearing above (though unfortunately it's been discontinued).  The closest alternative would be Urban Decay Darkhorse from the Naked Palette 1.

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FIRST LOOK AT SURRATT BEAUTY EYESHADOWS AND HOW-TO

I couldn't help myself from trying the new makeup line from one of my favorite makeup artists, Troy Surratt, called Surratt Beauty.  The brand is still relatively new in the industry but I just knew it was going to be a whole lot of good stuff!

What first caught my eye were the eyeshadows.  You can customize your palette with only the color you like -- great if you are very picky like myself.  It's amazing because the options are endless.  The neutral shades in particular really won my heart because those are the colors I'm most comfortable wearing and they're really versatile to wear.  

I picked up four shades: Scintillante (sparkly white), Ombre (matte wheat), Haute Chocolate (Rich bronze), and Noir (deep charcoal black).  I'm very happy with the shades I picked because they have everything I need to create my signature look.  They also make a great everyday palette -- definitely a lovely addition to my on-the-go essentials!

The highlight of the product is the buttery texture.  I can't stress to you enough how beautifully it blends on your eyelids.  It's extremely soft without compromising the color pay-off.  You have to try it for yourself.

This is the look I created with the palette.  I used the mix of Ombre (matte wheat), Haute Chocolate (Rich bronze) as the base, Noir (deep charcoal black) at the outer corner of the eyes, and Scintillante (sparkly white) at the tear duck.

Prep the skin using eyeshadow base.  My favorite is Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Mix both Ombre and Haute Chocolate all-over the lid creating an almond shape

Define the eye by creating a v-shape at the outer corner of the eyes using Noir and blend inwards

Finish it up with eyeliner and mascara for a polished look

Hope you love the review and the look as much as I do.  I'm definitely happy with the eyeshadows and can't wait to try more from the Surratt Beauty line.  

Have you tried anything new from the line?  Any products you would recommend me to try?  I would love to hear.

Xo,

Ambar

   

THE GO-TO LIPSTICK

We always have that one lipstick that we always come back to, no matter how many lipsticks we own.  It's like when you open your closet full of clothes but you always wear the same thing over and over and never get bored --at least not yet.

Let's be real, we don't always wear "fun" lip colors all the time.  Sometimes when we just want to look normal, we reach out to our comfort lipstick.  For me, that lipstick happens to be Nars Audacious Lipstick in Jane.

I like how it just looks perfectly normal; no statement without being understated, bold without being loud.  I've had this for over a year now and it's been my comfort lipstick ever since.

What about you?  What's your comfort lipstick?   

9 MUST-HAVE MAKEUP BRUSHES

Finding the right makeup brushes can be a challenge.  There are a lot of questions you need to ask first before settling on the right thing to buy.  What are the right brushes to use for certain purposes?  Which brands?  Should you go for natural or synthetic?

The answer is not that simple.  It's important to take into account your preferences, the type of makeup you're using, and of course your budget.  However, there are certain brushes that are so versatile that they are must-haves for any makeup kit.  I'm happy to share the ones I love and have been coming back to for years.  I'm sure you'll love them!

FACE BRUSHES

1.  FOUNDATION BRUSH - CHANEL #6

I generally use liquid foundations the most compared to other forms of foundations like mineral, powder, or compact.  I've found that a flat foundation brush like this Chanel #6 works best.  It picks up the right amount of product and the soft bristles never irritate my super-sensitive skin. 

2.  CHEEK CONTOURING BRUSH - MAC #128

It took a long time for me to find the perfect contouring brush, which is why the MAC #128 is a Godsend.  It has a double-sided brush: one side for a liquid product and the other side for powder products.  It's amazing since I like to alternate between liquid bronzers or contouring products and powder bronzers, so I only need to use one brush for both purposes.

3.  BLUSH BRUSH - CHANEL #4

Definitely a great brush for powder blush products.  The bristles are really soft, the handle is firm, and the overall product is very durable.  It's never shed even once after a hundred times of washing!

4.  HIGHLIGHTER / ALL-PURPOSE FACE BRUSH - THREE COSMETICS FACE BRUSH M

This brush is my favorite of all time!  Brushes just don't get any softer or more luxurious than this.  First off, the bristles are made out of squirrel hair.  The smaller size makes it great to apply any powder-based face product.  I use this brush for literally everything: highlighting, applying blush, bronzing, or applying setting powder all over the face.  This brush is definitely an essential brush to have.

5.  UNDER EYE CONCEALER BRUSH - TOM FORD #03

I like using this brush in delicate areas like under the eye, nose bridge, and Cupid's bow for highlighting.  Even though the bristles are synthetic, I'm telling you it's really really soft.  It's a perfect consistency for applying highlighter product

EYE BRUSHES

6.  ALL-OVER EYE LID - CHANEL BRUSH #25

This brush is great for basic all-over lid eyeshadow.  I have small lids but this brush fits perfectly on my lids as it's not too big.  The bristles are not too thick or too soft so it's great for applying powder eyeshadows.

7.  EYE CREASE / EYE CONTOUR - CHANEL BRUSH #20

This is definitely one of my favorites.  It's so versatile you can use it for both cream or powder shadows, eye contour, and blending.  The pointy shape is also perfect to apply for more precise application like in the tear duck or lower lash line.

8.  EYEBROWS - ANASTASIA BRUSH #12

I'm so loyal to this brand for their eyebrow-related products.  The brush is on the thin side but it's good for more precise and clean eyebrow lines.  It's also comes with the spoolie brush on the other end.

9.  LIP BRUSH - CHANEL LIP BRUSH

A good lip brush is the key to clean lips application.  This brush just exactly does that.  

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So those are a few of my favorite brushes.  If you're looking to get new brushes upgrade, these brushes are definitely worth the investment.  They are hella expensive but listen, I've had them for at least 1-2 years and each one of them are still holding up extremely well.  I use them almost everyday and keep them nice and clean by washing them every 1-2 weeks.  So how's that for a great brush?

Do you have any favorite brush that you want to share?  I would love to know in the comments below.

xx,


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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN: THE MOST GLAMOROUS LIPSTICK EVER

I have been into heels and lipsticks for as long as I can remember.  When I heard the cult shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, had decided to expand into lipstick, my heart skipped a beat.  I'm pretty sure you've also been dying to try this lipstick.  But the question is: is it really worth splurging?

I love everything about the lipstick: the pretty packaging, the formula, the longevity.  I picked up two shades that I really like and can wear on a daily basis.  Rococotte is a beautiful rose mauve and Djalouzi is a gorgeous deep berry.  Both have warm undertones and a velvet matte finish.  

The packaging is ultra luxurious.  The lipstick comes in a nice black keepsake box and sits inside the signature red lining.  Both lipsticks come in gold packaging.  They are a little bigger than regular lipsticks in general, but it's not an issue since they're firm and steady to hold.  

Of course, it's not all about looks.  The real question is whether the formula measures up to the hype.   The verdict?  It is absolutely impeccable.  The formula applies creamy and smooth.  It doesn't drag or dry up your lips despite having a matte finish.  What's more, the color payoff is immediate -- one swipe is all it takes to get full coverage.  To top it off, the lipstick is lightly scented with a lovely fragrant vanilla smell. 

It can't all be perfect, can it?  Well, truth be told, there is one major downside about this lipstick and that's the hefty price tag.  At $90 bucks a pop, it's definitely a splurge!  If you're still a beginner in the lipstick world, I wouldn't recommend making this purchase -- at least not yet.  There are still too many things in the outside world that are worth exploring (hello Tom Ford!).  But if you're the person who has tried it all and still have that insatiable appetite, this lipstick is sure to satisfy you. 

All in all, Christian Louboutin's new lipsticks are definitely worth the steep price.  They have that je ne sais quoi like when you walk down the street in those classic red soles.  So if you're looking for a great holiday present or just something to splurge on for yourself, these Christian Louboutin lipsticks are definitely the way to go!

Bisous,

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