By Amy Sciaretto
Makeup that has attitude and sass makes me happy. A makeup bag with attitude and sass makes me even happier! The Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeups Bags are darling. The roomy, canvas clutches boast snarky sayings, such as “Losing You Hurt, But Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara Is Designer.” I am a firm believer that your handbag, as well as what’s in it, is an extension of you! Same goes for you makeup case. I’ll take one of each, please.
Paul & Joe products have the sweetest, vintage-inspired packaging, the kind you want to get creative with and repurpose once you power through all the product. But still. It’s what’s inside the brand’s new Lip Gloss M, packaged in a circular compact, that has me “Oohing” and “Aahing” on repeat. You dip your finger in the pot, dab on lips, pucker, purse, and go. But the fact that the Strawberry Kiwi mixes shades of pink, orange, and green for an ombre look in the pan and one that you can mix or customize on your lips makes this gloss double the fun. Your smile will be glossier than a disco ball. Seriously, lips are drenched in lustrous, high shine.
I love a cream shadow, but it doesn’t always last. Edward Bess Expressionist Whipped Liner and Shadow Wardrobe, however, is perfect for popping in inner corners or along the lower lashline. The formula is so, so cushiony, and the colors (sparkly black, wine, and copper) offer endless color combos and looks. Love x 3.
Anyone who has ever read anything I have written in the beauty realm or who just, like, hangs out with me on weekends, knows I am a gloss fiend. I must have 500 of them around my house, at the bottom of bags, in my car, in pockets of coats, and basically anywhere you can stash stuff. I’m not a lipstick girl, although I do like a matte lip, especially in fall. I am about to like a matte lip in spring, thanks to NIYOT Beauty and the brand’s Ultra Matte Lipsticks. They are richly pigmented and creamy, but no blinding shine here. And they don’t dry you out like some matte formulas can.
Blush Bloom is watermelon pink that adds a bit more pop. Debut is a blue red that I want our publisher Candice to wear, since that woman wears a red lip, it doesn’t wear her. Softly is a dusty pink that I get when I want to fake a Kylie Jenner x Angelina Jolie pout.
Not gonna lie, though. These are a bit high maintenance and do require multiple applications through the day. They don’t stay put and as is the case with matte textures, the outer line stays, but the inner color fades and you don’t need lip rings… ever.