I am a self proclaimed lipstick junkie. I love lipstick and discovering the next “perfect” shade of red, pink, or nude to suit my skin tone. The container I store my lipsticks in is overflowing, and yet, I continue to buy more. I can’t help it, I just really like lipstick!

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Nude Lipstick Affordable Makeup

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on a 90º plus summer day is cake my face with makeup. No one I know enjoys the feeling of thick makeup melting off their face as it approaches happy hour. Oil and sweat is not equivalent to dewy skin, so less is more when it comes to summer time makeup. With my less is more approach, I like the look of a comfortable, nude lipstick. Bright lipstick is also fun for summer, but for an everyday basis, a nude lip is pretty and close to maintenance free.

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Office to Cocktails AUrate

Even if you’re not conscious of it, clothing plays a big part in our lives. Every day we wake up and decide what outfit to wear. We base our decisions off of the weather, how we’re feeling that day, and what we plan on doing. For most of us, our jobs are a big influencer when it comes to what we choose to wear each day. Maybe you work in a casual office where jeans and a nice top are acceptable on an everyday basis. Or maybe you have to wear a suit or dress to work every day, complete with pearls and a modest neckline.

Whatever it may be, you probably can’t go right from the office to the bar to meet up with your friends without making a few changes. If you plan it right, making the switch from day to night can be as easy as one two three! By simply changing your shoes and earrings your outfit can look completely different. Switch out your purse for a clutch and swipe on a more daring lipstick and you’re ready to go! Need some inspiration? Check out my ideas below!

Office Outfit AUrate

I like more of a monochrome look, so I went with black and white with a pop of pink from the purse. The gold and black onyx earrings and bracelet from AUrate provide just enough bling without being too flashy. I think the white pants are a nice addition to the outfit and break up all of the black. The blazer and top are both from H&M, which is a great place to shop for affordable work wear! I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is wear heels to the office for 8 hours. Instead I went with these cute flats from Steve Madden.

Night Out Outfit AUrate

To take this outfit from day to night I’d first start with removing the blazer. Switching your earrings from studs to a more dramatic pair can instantly change the whole feel of the outfit. AU rate has some beautiful statement earrings that would complete any outfit! What do you think? You could stick with the flats, but if you feel like being a little extra, now would be the time to throw on a pair of killer heels. Throw the essentials into a clutch, put on a red lip, and you’re now ready to meet up with the girls!

With a little planning, any work appropriate outfit can also be the perfect outfit to meet up with friends. There’s no need to stress about going home to change! Throw a few things in your car, make the change when you leave the office, and you’re all set! What do you think of my outfits? Let me know in the comments below!

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Milani Lipsticks

I’ve been crushing on some new lipsticks recently, and I knew I had to write up a post and share my find with my readers! I haven’t heard too many people talk about Milani lipsticks, but I’ve heard great things about the brand overall. I’ve been wanting to try more Milani products as everything looks so beautiful, and the prices can’t be beat, especially if you use coupons at the drugstore. Next to eyeshadow, lipstick is my favorite product to buy, so naturally I gravitated towards to Milani lipsticks as the next thing to try from the brand.

Milani Lipsticks

I picked up two shades; Blushing Beauty and Matte Blissful. Blushing Beauty is a gorgeous, semi-matte, bright coral shade. Matte Blissful is a purple toned mauve shade with a matte finish. Between the two, I like Blushing Beauty just a bit more than Matte Blissful. The semi-matte finish is stunning, as is the particular shade against my fair skin. I also like that, depending on the look you’re going for, you can achieve a very bright look with this lipstick or you can tone it down quite a bit by blotting it with a tissue. Both lipsticks smell sweet like vanilla, which I like a lot!

Milani Lipsticks

I’m going to be honest, when I first tried out Matte Blissful I was not impressed. It bunched and pulled, leaving my lips looking less than awesome. The color was pretty, but I thought the formula was bad. Not wanting to jump to conclusions, I tried it again the next day, except I made sure to exfoliate my lips beforehand. What a difference that made! The formula is so comfortable and opaque, and the lipstick lasts all day. I was highly impressed the second time around. I still prefer liquid matte lipsticks over a traditional lipstick in a tube, but I do really enjoy the Milani one.

Milani Lipsticks
Matte Blissful (left) Blushing Beauty (right)

 

The Milani Lipsticks retail for $6 and can be found at CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and on Milani’s website. I’m eager to try more shades of lipstick and more products from Milani, as I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve tried so far. What’s your favorite Milani product? Let me know in the comments below!

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Out of any makeup product, I definitely own and have tried the most lipsticks. I love lipstick so much and think that it can make or break your makeup look. I will admit though, I have a tendency to buy a new lipstick, wear it non stop for a week or two, and then buy a new one and start the cycle all over again. I might challenge myself someday to go an entire month without buying a single lipstick…but like I said, someday! There are so many incredible formulas out there, and out of the ones I’ve tried I’ve narrowed it down to my top five.

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For $3 each, this e.l.f. lipstick is truly incredible. It’s smooth and buttery with shades that are so pigmented. It’s comfortable on the lips and will last a decent amount of time. I do find I have to reapply this one more often than other lipsticks I own, but that isn’t a big deal to me when the color payoff and price are just right.

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I own five different colors of this matte liquid lipstick, and if that doesn’t tell you how good it is, then I don’t know what will. The color stays all day, the matte formula doesn’t dry out your lips, and it has the consistency of velvet. I’ve honestly never felt anything like it. This formula comes in so many different shades that I’m certain you’ll find one you love.

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I think the thing I love the most about this lipstick is the doe foot applicator. The tip is rounded so perfectly that it makes putting the lipstick on quick and easy. The actual formula is a little sticky, and initially that was concerning to me. I didn’t think it would last all day or be comfortable. I was wrong about both things! This specific shade, Bedtime Flirt, is the perfect nude color for me and is great for everyday.

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When I saw this shade (You’re All Mine) in the drugstore I knew I had to have it. I love the color, and was equally impressed with the formula. It’s a semi matte lipstick and is definitely a thicker formula than the NYX Matte Lip Cream or the e.l.f. moisturizing  lipstick. It has a sweet scent, so if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing I would stay away from this one, but otherwise it really is nice! It’s comfy and incredibly opaque.

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I don’t own many high-end lipsticks, and this one from Marc Jacobs is actually a mini that came with the Sephora birthday gift this year. I had heard some YouTubers talk about these lipsticks and was really excited when I got the chance to try one out. This is hands down the best lipstick I’ve ever tried, and I really wish the full size version wasn’t $30. It’s just so smooth and soft and truly feels luxurious. It’s not patchy in the least bit and the color lasts for hours! I will definitely be buying a full size version once I have the money to do so.

What are some lipstick formulas that you love? I’m always open to trying new things.

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