New Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Review

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend; and if you live in Toronto I hope you got to work/school safely, because we got 15cm of snow last night and the roads are crazy!

I recently picked up a couple of the new Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks, and as with most products, they have their pro’s and their con’s.

I can’t say a single bad thing about the actual lipstick itself, the formulation is super creamy and smooth, with incredible pigmentation.
When you apply this to your lips, there’s no skipping, no patchiness, one swipe of the bullet distributes an even and beautiful wash of colour on the lips.
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I went with the shades Geranium and Rose.
Rose is a very natural brown-pink that is just slightly darker than my natural lip shade, and Geranium is a bright orange-coral that I think is going to be perfect for spring and summer!
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These lipsticks smell nice, sort of floral with a hint of vanilla. They’re hydrating and lovely, but they don’t stay in place for hours. I needed to re-apply after eating and drinking, but aside from that these are fabulous.

Now, let’s talk about how awful the packaging is. It’s just clear plastic which I don’t really like, but the bullet doesn’t screw all the way to the bottom, so unless you put the lid back on absolutely perfectly, you’re going to scrape the product. Then you’re going to get lipstick all over the inside of the packaging, which looks messy and gross.
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I just feel like all the other Revlon lip products have more luxurious packaging, and these just look a little bit cheap.

The product itself is amazing, which is why I will continue to use these, I’m just disappointed in the design of the packaging.

Let me know if you’ve tried these and what you think!

Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 5 Lipsticks for Fall

Hello beautiful people!
Again I apologize for the tardiness of this post! Just such a hectic weekend and the of course technical difficulties had to come into play. I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and that your Monday hasn’t been too grim.

As we have come into September I thought it would be fun to do a little series here on Laauraborealis for a couple of reasons; 1. because I love themes and 2. Because I love fall! So every Sunday I will be posting my “Fall Top 5’s” today’s being my top 5 fall lipsticks 

Getting into cooler weather I always like to switch into the deeper lipsticks that you can’t necessarily get away with during the summer months except for a night out, and around this time of the year I always start to crave a good berry lip! As I’m sure all us beauty addicts do, I have quite a few lipsticks in my collection but I’ve scavenged through it and picked out my favourites for you guys which area a good mix of drug store and high end!

Number one: Topshop lipstick in the Colour ‘Called up’
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I picked this up last fall and fell completely in love with the shade, it’s a gorgeous merlot kind of berry colour. It’s slightly more purple than red which I find gorgeous for this time of year and quite flattering for fair skin tones like mine. The formulation is nice and creamy and smells like vanilla! I do find this long lasting, obviously I have to re-apply after eating but for the most part it lasts a good few hours before I feel like I need to add a little more through the center of my lips. I believe this retails in the Canadian Topshop’s for around 10-15$ which is a great price for the quality of the product, I also think the packaging is super cute.

Number two: YSL Rougé Volupté shine lipstick in the colour 1 which is called ‘Brun insecure’ ($39)
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This is definitely the best high end berry lipstick I’ve ever used, not only do I feel absolutely fabulous when I pull this baby out of my purse the product itself is incredible. It has the typical YSL peachy scent and the formulation is a little more on the glossy side which I love because you still get a great splash of colour on your lips but you do not need a lip liner what so ever. It’s got good pigmentation with a darker red/brown tint but not as opaque as a typical lipstick which I think adds a nice softness to your face depending on the look you have going on, as this is slightly glossier I find I do have to re-apply more often but I really don’t mind because it’s a gorgeous lipstick. It’s very hydrating and slightly shimmery which I really like. It is quite pricey at forty dollars but it could be a really luxurious Christmas present or you could just spoil yourself and pick one up because they are awesome!

Number three: Kate Moss for Rimmel London lasting finish lipstick in the colour 09
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Every girl needs a good red in her collection for fall because it pairs beautifully with winged liner which is a look I LOVE to sport during the colder months. This colour from Kate Moss is my favourite red for my skin-tone because it’s quite a deep red with a tiny hint of purple to make it slightly berry toned but still very red, these lipsticks are so creamy and highly pigmented with a very sweet scent that reminds me of candy, not to mention they’re ridiculously affordable at $8.

Number four: Kate Moss for Rimmel London lasting finish lipstick in the colour 12
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Another Kate Moss lipstick! These actually make up a lot of my collection but this colour is definitely an orange as opposed to a berry or a red. The formulation and the scent are the same, but I really like wearing this in Sept/Oct because it’s not such a deep colour but it still adds warmth to the look and it reminds me of the leaves changing. I had tried a few oranges before I landed on this one and I think it’s perfect for me because it’s not super yellow, it’s almost a little more of a pink orange which I like a lot. Go pick one of these up if you haven’t already because they’re the best!

Number five: Marc Jacobs matte lip gel in the colour 142 ‘pout’ ($36)
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I’ve talked about this in a previous favourites post so I won’t gas on forever about it, but I feel like nudes can be really gorgeous in the fall with a really smoky eye. I love this one because it’s matte but it’s not super powdery looking on the lip, and because it’s a gel formulation it hydrates my lips really nicely. I believe this was limited edition so I try not to use it A LOT because once I run out I’ll never get another one  It’s the only peachy nude I have in my collection so if you know if any dupes or you have any other suggestions please let me know!

Those are my top 5 lipsticks for fall! Let me know what some of your holy-grail lipsticks are for the colder months! & let me know if you want to see more series on Laauraborealis because I’m really excited about this one!
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until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

March Favourites!

Hello Beautiful people! I can’t believe it’s already April! I have to say I’m super excited for the lovely spring weather to finally make its way here to Toronto and in light of that a lot of my favourites this month are quite springy.

First up is The Face Shop blush in the colour 05 peach cushion. First of all it has the CUTEST packaging I’ve ever seen, I love using the little puff ball to apply it because it makes me feel so feminine and lovely. Also, the pigmentation is great! It’s a matte peachy coral colour that I think really compliments my skin tone and I didn’t have a blush this colour so I was very excited to pick this one up, not to mention it’s 9$!
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Next is the Benefit girl meets pearl highlighter, it’s a liquid formulation that’s a champagne beige colour and it leaves the most gorgeous effect on the cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow wherever you like to highlight. It doesn’t create a dramatic radiance just a really lovely glow to the skin which I’ve been absolutely loving since the weather has been getting relatively nice here in TO. It is quite expensive at $36 but it comes in the kind of packaging where you twist the bottom and the product comes out the top so it’s really easy to control how much comes out, and also you really don’t need a lot at all so it’ll last quite a while.
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I went to a Sephora VIB rouge event and picked up the Marc Jacobs limited edition matte lip gel in the colour pout, it’s a peachy nude colour and has a creamy and hydrating formulation. The woman at the store tried it on me and put a pink toned gloss over top and I absolutely fell in love and just had to have it. The lipstick was $36 and I ended up picking a different gloss that was less expensive, but I definitely think it’s going to be my staple everyday lipstick for spring time!
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The gloss I ended up purchasing was one of the new Urban Decay naked ultra-nourishing glosses in the colour walk of shame. It’s a pinky nude toned gloss with a TINY bit of shimmer that pairs beautifully with the Marc Jacobs lipstick and also looks gorgeous on its own. It smells a little bit minty and is a nice consistency, it’s not sticky at all but it’s slightly thick so you know It’s not going to be running all over your face. It retails for $24 dollars and they have a beautiful range of colours, I will definitely be picking up more of these glosses.
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Last is the Maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser, now this is definitely not a new product in the beauty blogging world but it is new to me and I really like it. It’s a clear balm with a really velvety feel, my foundation applies beautifully over top of it and it really does minimize the look of my pores. It’s a great alternative to benefit’s the porefessional as the baby skin one is about $6.
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So those are all of the products I was loving in March and I’m sure I will continue loving throughout spring and summer! Let me know what some of your March Favourites were in the comments and don’t forget to hit the like&follow buttons because that always makes my day.
until next time, xoxo
-Lo