Fall and Winter Drugstore Lip Picks.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen; Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Carnelian; Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Honey Love; NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress; Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia.NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen; Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Carnelian; Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Honey Love; NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress; Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia.

Hey there bow friends!

Last year I did a round-up of all my favorite fall/winter lipsticks and you all seemed to love it.  I thought I’d show you some new picks that are all drugstore.  Yup.  You read that right.  Absolutely all of them.  They are all also new to me this season and I few are actually new to the store as well.  Fall/winter lips are my favorite because dark shades work day or night.  Enough jibber jabber. Let’s get into it.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen – $6.00 The soft matte lip cream formula is one of my favorites out there.  I’m a huge fan of the brighter, pinkier shades, but this color particularly rocks my world.  The tube would suggest a rich, oxblood shade, but I find it’s a bit more cranberry and less opaque than I originally thought.  Even still, the color is beautiful and leaves a light stain.  I could see this moody fall shade looking fantastic on any skin tone.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Carnelian – $9.99  This is a new product from Revlon that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy at all.  I’m not a big gloss girl and although marketed as a liquid lipstick,  I do think this one wears as a very comfortable gloss.  The color is extremely opaque and this beautiful, fall appropriate shade in particular comes off as a shiny ruby, which is perfect for the holiday season (Yeah, I just said holiday season.  Too soon?).  I find if I blot it leaves a beautiful berry stain that wears comfortably and it doesn’t make a sticky mess.

Jordana Twist and Shine in Honey Love

Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stain in Honey Love – $1.99 This my-lips-but-better shade is my go to neutral for this time of year.  It comes off as a flattering , dusty pink shade that matches any eye look.  Unlike brighter pinks I’d wear in spring and summer, the mauvey tone makes it a perfect fall/winter shade.  Plus, the twist & shine formulas are creamy, wear well, and leave a nice stain.NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress – $6.49 If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know I love a good purple lip.  This shade in particular is so easy to work with because of its berry undertones.  The color can be built up with a few more swipes of the product.  I’m not sure why it’s called a lip cream if it’s in jumbo pencil/crayon format, but the formula and wear is fantastic nonetheless.  Having a dark, vampy lip that’s easy to wear is the best of both worlds.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Carnelian

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia – $9.99 This gorgeous new formula from Revlon packs a powerful punch of color.  This shade is completely unique to my collection.  It is almost like a rusty, burnt orange-red if that makes sense.  It reminds me of falling leaves, pumpkins, and all things earthy.  The formula is comfortable to wear and it seems to almost perfect lip texture.  It’s a miracle worker.  On the other hand, it’s an easy smudger so be sure to check for lipstick on your teeth.

What do you guys think?  Which one is your favorite?  Do you have any of these or plan on picking any up?  I’m crazy into trying all sorts of shades this season (you might even see a navy lip in the weeks to come) and am open to experimenting with different finishes and colors.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

FOTD: Spooky Night.

Tara Halloween make up blue hairFantasy Makers Fa-Boo-Lash! in MysteriousScarecrow Vampire FangsHey there bow friends!

Was that a surprise twist or what?  This here is my Halloween look this year!  My friends and I are going as modern gothic vampires. Apparently that means big lashes and bold hair.  My eye look is composed of electric blues and icy silvers with some smokey shadow going on in the outer corner.  My base makeup is a mix of my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and a much paler shade of the Revlon Colorstay Liquid foundation.  I went with a heavy contour (NYC Sunny Bronzer) and highlight (theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer) as well as a dusting of pale powder to help make me look vampiric (Rimmel Stay Matte).  Although I’ve never watched it, from what I understand the modern vampires on Vampire Diaries have veining underneath their eyes and so I used a Jordana Fabuliner felt tip eyeliner in brown in order to mimic veins peeking through.

Blue Pageboy Wig/Scarecrow Small Deluxe Vampire Fangs/ Wet N Wild Mysterious Lashes

Eyes – Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Sapphire Siren/ L’oreal Hip Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum/ Milani Eyetech Extreme/ Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips – Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe/ Jane Cosmetics Eyeliner

I hope you guys enjoy this crazy look!  I never wear this much color so I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I guess without the teeth I could be an ice princess or something.  Hmm.  Anyways, I’ll post some photos of my costume on twitter and facebook so look out for them!  I’d love to see your costumes so make sure to share them as well.  Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

We shall talk soon.

-Tara Joy ❤

Lush’s Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – A Hair Revelation.

Jumping Juniper

Hey there bow friends!

If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that I have oily skin as well as an oily scalp.  My hair becomes a gross grease ball really easily and I often times resort to washing it everyday or drowning it in dry shampoo.  So let’s rewind to a few weeks ago when I stepped into Lush.

I have been thinking of B’s sister a lot (She has started college this fall and I’m just really proud of her.) and being in Lush that day inspired me to try things she has used or talked about in the past. I have seen her look at the shampoo bars time and time again and I’m thinking maybe she’s onto something.  To be honest, the thought of a solid shampoo was just scary, but for some reason I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it.  I have no regrets.

Jumping Juniper cuts through the oil and dirt in my hair and offers an incredibly deep clean.  Most clarifying shampoos strip my hair and make it feel straw like and stiff.  This shampoo bar actually makes my hair so soft and shiny.  I have colored hair and haven’t noticed any color in the tub or staining of towels after showers either.  I don’t notice any scent in my hair afterward (which is a shame because the bar smells heavenly), but it’s still lovely nonetheless.  Oh, and the best thing?  It helps my hair keep cleaner for longer and it feels much healthier.

“So Tara, how do you use the thing?”  Well, I use this bar every other day as to not do some clarifying overkill, but I use it in a very specific way. I find the best method is to wet the bar as well as my hair and then gently swipe the bar on my scalp, the crown of my head, and all along my hairline.  And yeah, one swipe is all you need.  The bar produces an incredible lather that thoroughly cleans my tresses.  Because of the one swipe method, I think this little bar is going to last me forever.  I think it’s worth a shot.

What do you all think?  Have you used a solid shampoo before?  It’s a little fiddly to store, but man is it awesome.  And fast.  Especially in the morning when I’m running late.  Speaking of, if I don’t get to bed, I won’t be able to wake up tomorrow.

-Tara Joy ❤