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Pick A Color- Any Color!

Published February 17, 2015 by lesleyhope

I think about lipstick a lot. What color should I buy this season? What color should I wear tomorrow? What color should I wear when I reapply in one hour? I am an avid proponent that you should always try new colors. I always have been like that. But lately, I have been reevaluating my thought process regarding lipstick. While I still am 100% pro “go for it, whatever color it may be, including the blues, greens, oranges”, I am getting into the “find a shade, tone, tint that you really like and that you really look good in, and stick by that”. I’ll explain…

Someone did a color breakdown the other day on Reddit. The two categories were “cool or warm” and “muted or bright”. Then this genius made an actual spreadsheet of at least 30 lipsticks in each shade (pink, purple, red, etc) that were the said category. It was brilliant and as I was looking at the lists, lightbulb after lightbulb kept going off in my mind. I don’t gravitate toward some colors (corals, oranges, bright warms in general) because I just don’t look good in them. Period. That’s not to say I don’t have them in my collection and I haven’t worn them and I never will wear them ever again. I will definitely rock a coral every once in awhile during the summer. But I am going to reach for my muted, cool toned mauves way more often.

So here is where we get to the good stuff! My MAC lipstick swatches! I swatched them all on my arms last night to break down the colors for myself to compare the different tones and shades against my skin.

Reds

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All Fired Up: matte, bright, cool toned red/berry. It is so bright and cool it comes off as pink sometimes.

Russian Red: matte, bright, cool toned true red. Fire engine with the blue based tones underneath.

Chili: Matte, muted, warm toned brick red.

Viva Glam III: matte, muted, warm toned burgundy. This could have gone into my “browns” or “mauves” section but I wanted to show to compare the difference between two very cool toned colors and two very warm. (And I still consider it a red).

Nudes

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Japanese Maple- warm, muted pale nude. It’s a “creamsheen” which is a type of finish that is more sheer than opaque which I don’t prefer when wearing lipsticks.

Fleshpot- warm, muted pale nude with pink undertones. Most skin-like color for a VERY nude-glam lip.

Myth- warm, light nude. One of MAC’s best sellers essentially because it looks good on all skin tones- very neutral on the spectrum.

Blankety- warm, muted pink beige. Has more pink and pigment than the other colors in this category. One of my favorites for a no makeup look.

Viva Glam II- warm, muted pinky mauve. Now we’re starting to get into more of the purplish/beige/brownish undertones which really call my name.

Kinda Sexy- warm, muted peachy nude. The peaches and orange undertones come out in this color- so it’s really not my favorite during the winter. With a tan it’s another story.

Browns/Metallics

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Tanarama- cool, muted beige with pearl shimmer. Probably not an everyday lipstick. I personally like to mix this with other colors to soften. For example, I will put this on top of a very dark brown to nude it down.

Viva Glam Rihanna II- cool, muted mauvey beige. One of the more unique colors of my collection.

Styled in Sepia- cool, muted taupe brown. It’s brown. It’s one of my favorite colors. It almost errors on the grey side and you do have to be careful not to look dead when you wear it but it looks AMAZING with a sharp contour.

“O”- warm, muted reddish brown with flecks of gold. This is one that could have been in the “reds”, “purples” or “browns”.

Verve- warm, muted brownish plum. Again, one of the colors that I am just into. It’s not quite vampy- but definitely a color for risk takers.

Purples (you would think I would have more but I feel that many of the swatches of my collection have mauve undertones which essentially makes them interchangeable between colors. Thus, the following are TRUE purples)

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Viva Glam Nicki II- cool, bright pastel lavender. VERY opaque- one of the only colors that is a true pastel.

Up The Amp- cool, muted violet. An everyday color that is one of my favorites of my collection. Has enough pink tones in it that it looks good on a variety of people.

Cyber- cool, muted blackish purple. This actually was one of my first two lipsticks ever. It’s bold, it’s beautiful and it’s vampy as hell.

Pinks

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Saint Germain- cool, bright pastel pink. Very similar to Viva Glam Nicki II but with brighter pink. I wore this on a date and he complimented and loved it.

Pink Plaid- cool, muted dusty pink. Very matte. It’s an everyday type of pink that you can wear with anything.

Girl About Town- cool, bright blue fuchsia. Nothing else to be said about this color. Making it my goal to wear more of these pink fuchsia shades this spring.

Pink Pigeon- cool, bright pink matte. Similar to Girl About Town but a little clearer pink and not as much blue.

Impassioned- cool, bright fuchsia with pink and coral undertones. This. Is. Bright. Not for the timid. I wear this only in the summer…. when I’ve got a glow. But blondes look awesome in these types of bright colors.

Viva Glam Nicki IV- warm, bright vibrant pink with yellow undertones. Similar to Impassioned than the swatches suggest but this is more of a true pink rather than fuchsia.

Craving- cool, muted pink berry. One of my two first lipsticks ever from MAC. It has purpley tones in it but I would categorize it overall as more of a berry pink rather than on the purple side.

OK, that’s it! I was talking with my friend Margaux earlier today and we’re going to hold each other accountable to wear different color lipsticks this spring. Trying to think of what I should start to wear more of… I’ve been going hard with the browns and vampy lips this winter. Maybe on to some pastels? We’ll see.

I hope you guys enjoyed my swatches and breakdowns of my MAC lipsticks. I had such a fun time doing it. I LOVE color and I LOVE lipstick and these are like my babies. Any questions, please holler!

Xoxo,

Lesley Hope

Pageant Interview Tricks Unveiled!

Published October 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Well, I’m am officially morphing into a pageant girl for the next 6 weeks! I will dedicate at least one blog post per week on my tips for a pageant (when it comes to makeup at least). A lot of the “tips” I talk about can be applied to anyone, anyday- in a pageant or not. So here’s the thing- there’s such a difference between day makeup and night makeup. Those words are also interchangeable for interview and stage makeup. When I first started learning about how to do a cat eye and contouring, I would practice in the mornings before work and sometimes I probably looked like I belonged on the street corner instead of my cubicle. I’ve learned a lot since then, to say the least. I have picked up a few tricks of the trade for owning your interview makeup. Here they are:

-Self tanner. It’s a plus. But not for day of. I like to use Loreal Sublime Bronze for about a week or two before the day of an interview to get a nice glow going on. This builds on itself so you don’t need to use it everyday. I would say once every other day or two days. I would highly recommend going lighter on the color opposed to darker- nothing worse than streaks or pumpkin-esque skin tone. I recommend this one because it is subtle enough, but it does have enough pigment for you to start seeing changes. I’ve used it for years with little to no orange situations.

-No false lashes. None. Those are for the stage or a night out. Never during the day. There are many great mascaras but I’m going to let you in on my little secret: these. Too Faced Better than False Lashes. This is an interesting product- but I love it. It comes with a mascara and another tube of nylon lash fibers. You put the mascara on as a base coat first (I would suggest doing one eye at a time so it doesn’t clump or dry too fast). After that is on both the top and bottom lashes, you use the nylon lash fibers over it. These come out in a spidery, wispy texture so it’s odd the first time. Just go with it. Put enough on so you can see the little white fibers over the base coat. You can probably skip the bottom as the nylon fibers tend to clump and look a little messy on shorter lashes. After that is done, put on another coat of the mascara. Go thick with this. You will see that the white fibers turn black and act as extenders to your lashes. Put on a decent 1-2 coats of the mascara and you will look like you have LONG, voluminous lashes- that are real! Warning: this product is fairly expensive ($35 at Sephora). An inexpensive option that has long been my go to is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. It’s $3.99 at Target and you cannot go wrong with it. 2-3 coats and your lashes will be just beautiful!

-Eye shadow colors. Don’t try new tricks for an interview. I will go more in depth about what colors look good on skin tones and eye colors, hair colors, etc but stick to neutral colors- the pictures attached are the color families you should stick to for your eye shadow. I would consider many of these “transition” shades. And by that, I mean shades that can be applied in the crease either alone or with accent colors. You could also call them versatile shades. You can see that some of them have a little shimmer finish but the rest are matte. They are all in the mauve/nude/brown/pink or green shade range- those colors look good on everyone no matter what your skin tone.

 

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The swatches are all without primer and if anyone needs details I can give you the actual colors later (they were all individuals in my Z palette- Inglot, Too Faced & Mary Kay).
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For so long during my younger years I wanted the brightest, most shimmery, glittery shades (ok let’s be honest, I still do- moderation is key!) but as I’ve gotten older- you can’t wear that stuff all the time at a big girl job! I have discovered transition shades are my favorite types of eye shadows because you can use them with anything, any look, anytime. For the interview, I would put a medium color (at darkest) into your crease and blend it out. Along with a lighter shade on your lid, that is all you need to give depth to your eyes during the interview. You want the judges to see your natural beauty and not be distracted by that cat eye or iridescent highlight underneath your brow.

-Lipstick colors. Again, save the brights and the bolds for the stage. Stick to medium pinks, nudes, browns and matte finishes are a plus because they are subtle enough to flatter but are not overly distracting. Pictured here are a few I would recommend along with the shade and name.

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Lydia, Ophelia, Melange, Marion (ALL OCC LIP TARS in matte finish of course). NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash and Butter (enticing names I know).

-Blush colors. A little will go a long way in natural lighting so pick a color that compliments your coloring and brush over the top angle of your cheekbone. Don’t place it only on the apples of your cheeks- big misconception. You should start the brush on the very top of your apple and blend it upwards towards your ear with the product applying evenly. Go light handed on this as well. If you are unsure of what color looks best on you- peach tones are universal for all skin types i.e.

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OR Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – don’t have a pic for this sorry ($7.50 at Target/Walgreens/CVS)

-Blend blend blend! Blending is one of the things that has been my savior for makeup. After you make sure your foundation is a good match to your coloring and tone, blend it into your neckline so there are no harsh lines. Blend bronzer (MATTE ONLY!!!!) into your hairline and the angles of your face to frame your beautiful face. Blend your eyeshadow so there are no edges to see where color starts/ends.

-Last, skip the eyeliner all together. Dip a small, angled brush in chocolate or black shadow, lining your eyes as close to the roots as possible. The thinner the brush the better.

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These are a few of my tips for a flawless interview look! Remember, soft and subtle is good! You want your personality to shine and your beauty is just a backup for it 😉

Xo, Lesley Hope

Make a Stunning Entrance… Into Fall!

Published September 30, 2014 by lesleyhope

So it goes like this. I check the weather on my phone this morning: high of 73! Walk to work in my cute skirt with flip flips (brought my heels obvi). Go about my day… work, spin, sauna. Come outside in my workout clothes and flip flops: HELLO FALL! I could feel it on my skin, I could smell it in the air, hell, I even could taste it when a leaf blew into my mouth. Winter takes no prisoners, especially in the Midwest. BUT, winter gives us this beautiful thing called fall and I am going to breakdown what you need to make the easiest and classiest transition. Warning: this list does not include zip ups, Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Uggs.

1. Matte. Everything. (Almost) all of the time. I am not condoning shopping sprees but if you cannot go into your makeup bag and pull out a medium matte brown eyeshadow a medium matte any color eye shadow, I highly suggest you hop on Sephora.com, makeupgeek.com or go to your nearest Ulta. You need those mattes in your life. Especially the medium shades for everyday. We’re done with the corally shimmers and golds for a little bit right now. Put them away for like a week. Then you can get them back out. My favorites? The Naked Basics Palette sold online and in stores a Ulta and Sephora. It’s great for beginners. If you’re a tad more advanced or already have it, try the Lorac Pro Palette from Ulta. Awesome range and what a great bang for your buck.

2. More Matte. Everything. But now I’m talking about lips. And let me be more specific, matte browns and nudes. YEP I said it. This woman of color has said it and there is no going back. This summer was all about the color but this winter is about them warm toned shades. I can’t get over these colors because they were the colors I wore when I first EVER started wearing makeup. The mocha shades, the berry colors, the muted roses. I went to Ulta yesterday and NYX is PACKED with these type of colors- they are $3.50 too! My favorite shades and MUST HAVES for anyone are Whipped Caviar, Maison, Butter, Euro Trash. MAC has some awesome colors as well: Pink Plaid, Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy are a few.

3. Last but not least- I have talked about matte this and medium this. I am leaving you with ONE last item that you will need this fall. A true bold ass lip color. And maybe a little haircut or style. But definitely a bold, daring, dark or vampy lip color. And not for everyday- hold those horses. For the night you go out for dirty martinis with your girlfriends, or the day you pull on your sweater and sunglasses and go window shopping downtown, or the night you go on a third date to the pumpkin patch or haunted house (I swear I’m not naming these from experience). Really though! Get on that dark purple, those dark jeweled tones and get a little lose. But wear your pearls. Check out this new collection from NYX that I’m about to obsess over. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Those are pretty crazy but there are tons of other deep, rich colors that will do the trick just fine. Suggestions: MAC Cyber, OCC Anita, OCC Vintage, Loreal Lip Crayon in Petite Plum. Do it.

I am dedicating the next month and a half to….. The MISS SJ 2014-15 Pageant! I have been asked to do the make up for it and I could not be more excited!

I also have a bomb project I have been working on for Halloween… the 7 Deadly Skins. Can’t wait to show you guys!

Lots of love,

Lesley Hope

Must Have Lipstick Shades

Published March 10, 2014 by lesleyhope

Sometimes my life experiences are the ways I come up with topics. I talk as if I am a reputable author that writes so much… Anyway, I went to Chelsea Handler’s stand up show tonight (it was hysterical) and I was going through pictures afterwards (because every girl documents these type of events like woah). I’m reflecting on the L afterwards, going through all the pictures, experimenting with all the filters to see if I can make myself look tan (I can’t).  So I’m really studying and critiquing the hell out of these pictures. I had put on a bright pink lipstick color for the show- and when I mean bright, I’m talking like Malibu Barbie bright. The hottest, pinkest pink there is. I loved it, but when I was staring at nothing but these pictures I thought to myself, thank god I tried this color going to Chelsea Handler and not work or a date. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about experimenting and trying everything you’re up for but some colors scream certain things. Like this pink, it screamed NOT FOR WORK, JUST WEAR TO A SPECIAL EVENT THAT ONLY FASHION FORWARD PEOPLE WILL BE AT. And that red screams a couple of different things- ALPHA FEMALE, DON’T F*** WITH ME, or SEX. That dark purple that is almost black screams I WILL DOMINATE YOU or GET OUT OF MY WAY. You get my point?

Now I wanted to put together a list of lipstick colors that are must have universally. Universal for all skin tones, all ages (this blog is 18 and over BTW so I’m not endorsing anything under that), all hair colors, eye colors, etc.

First up… blue.

Just kidding.

1) Red. Not rocket science. Just red.

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Why? Because it’s classic. Because makes you stand out. Because it looks good on anyone. Because… that color is smoking hot!  I highly suggest it for sales jobs where the guys are a little sleazy and the ladies have to be a little forward. Not trying to sound anti-feminist but play the part when you need to. And if you happen to have bright red lips and get the job, sale or man- amen sister.

2) Natural nude.

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I love color but I am a LOVER of the nudes. The natural, barely there look is so sexy and can be worn literally anytime with any makeup on your eyes and face.

3) Soft, light pink.

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Not a barbie pink. Just a very feminine color. I hate saying this but it’s romantic! Baby pink works well on everyone and it doesn’t scream anything. It actually whispers, “kiss me, I’m a girl”.

4) Deep berry

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This color has come onto the fashion map full force in the past year especially and it’s not going anywhere. I stand by my word that anyone can pull off a bold, berry shade on their lips. I don’t care if you’re white, black, medium, blue or yellow- you can and should have this color in your makeup kit.

That concludes the four colors I believe are must have lipsticks. It doesn’t mean you need to go out right now and buy them all (even though if you’re going to Walgreens or the mall anytime soon…) but you should be open to every single one of these colors and I never want to hear “that color doesn’t look good on me”.

Sleep tight and work out hard tomorrow ladies! Summer is upon us. It’s 40 degrees in Chicago!

Speaking of summer…

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This is OPI’s Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot! It’s the best hot pink nail polish. Looks better with a tan but something has to get me through the next week when there’s still snow on the ground.

Adios and sleep tight,

Lesley Hope xo.

No Makeup Monday

Published February 18, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hello beauties! BIG POST TONIGHT! Finally right? I fell quite hard tonight on my tush running to the bus. How embarrassing! Not that that has anything at all to do with this post but I thought I would share because I needed to get it off my chest. Okay. There’s my post secret for the night.

I was thinking on something I could do this entire week and share it with you guys… I decided on a no-makeup week. Now, let’s just clarify what this means. It’s the no makeup, makeup look. It’s popular right now with all the metallic and “naked” colors out there (maybe we should be thanking Urban Decay for started the Naked trend). I’ve always been one to love the nude tones. A nude lip, a nude-ish eye, muted barely there blush. Then I thought… I’ve never worn all together. I’ve always gone with one and not the others. So I took the challenge upon myself to go this entire week wearing makeup- but nude makeup for a no-makeup look.

It’s harder than you would think! Especially for me, someone who loves her radiant orchid! You do still have to use products, but just be more aware of the finishes, the shades and the tones to ensure they all are very natural. I also mixed it up with a couple drugstore products that you can pick up at Walgreens.

I used the following today:

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L’oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder for my primer. I have the shade 318 Natural Buff. I use it as a foundation on days where I’m just looking for the bare minimum coverage (like on a Sunday when I have to leave just to go to the grocery store and I want to even out my skintone without getting dolled up). This stuff is great. It really is a liquid that is SO smooth and light when you rub it on it feels like a powder. Non greasy and very quick drying. $10

Lush Colour Supplement for my foundation in Light Yellow. A new product for me. I read a little about Lush’s skin care products and so I popped into Macy’s to see for myself. All natural ingredients (smells great as well). It looks a little scary when you first put it on your skin but it is so blendable which is always a plus when I’m looking for a foundation. The great thing about this is, you can use it as a concealer, foundation, and pair it with moisturizer for a tint. This is $16.95 and comes in 4 different colors. When the specialist helped me, she told me I could use either Light Yellow or Light Pink with my skin. I chose this one as it would probably be easier to transition into summer with. FYI… 12 + hours later and even after I have worked out, this is the best foundation I’ve used by far. It doesn’t run, it doesn’t make my skin feel gross or greasy now. I’m supremely impressed.

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Benefit Bronzer/Blush Dallas on my cheekbones. This is fairly new. I had been looking at all my bronzers thinking about how much I needed a tan- none of them transitioned with my fair skin into the winter abyss! I haven’t been a big user of Benefit but wanted to try it out, and this color was perfect for a winter look. It’s a natural dusty, plum color which I love because it serves as a great bronzer for winter OR a little pop of color once you have a tan going in the summer. It isn’t matte but it’s not quite “shimmery” either.  It’s also one of Benefit’s most popular selling product and I know why! $28 so… definitely another splurge.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a pricey item but I love this product. There’s 6 shades, this is the lightest one. I use it on my t zone to give my skin a beautiful finish and highlight a little bit. This powder gives skin another dimension. I was going to call it a finishing powder but it’s so much more. It perfects the way light bounces on the skin almost- really amazing, love it. Splurge but worth it! ($45 at Sephora).

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Darkside. This is the Naked 3 version (each Naked palette has a version of the double ended pencil). The other color on this pencil is Blackheart which I have also swatched for reference. If you don’t already know, I am OBSESSED with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils. They’re my FAVORITE. They are so pigmented, so creamy, long lasting and come in a rainbow array of colors. This one is $16 but normally they are $19. Darkside is the color on the top. I used this lightly under my bottom eyelash for just enough definition. Darkside is a deep mauve, taupe. Blackheart is a dark burgundy brown with specs of red in it. Both are beautiful, I think Blackheart is a little more unique but it was a little bold for my look.

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascera on my eyes in Blackest Black. I have never spent the big bucks on mascera. Why? Because I can buy this little hott pink baby for $6 and I have ever since highschool. Goes on thick, love the deep pigmented black, doesn’t clump.

L’OREAL Colour Rich Lipstick in 760 Silverstone. I’ve been trying to think how I want to describe this color. It’s a silvery tan with gold tones. Can something be silver AND gold? It has a little shade of each in it, which is why it can look good on anyone. It also goes on very sheer so you do need a few coats to create more color. It’s buff enough to make the cut for “no makeup Monday”. Oh and it’s $8.

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Dun dun dun…. the final look is……….

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This! Day 1 of my challenge. I’ll try something new each day and let you guys know about it 🙂 Oh and I completely forgot I used two colors in the Naked 3 palette on my eyes. But as I’m almost done with this post… I will swatch that entire palette later this week because it’s SO PRETTY!

I survived the first day of no makeup week. And I liked it! And I don’t think I looked like a zombie that woke up on the wrong side of the bed 🙂 To conclude for tonight… I’ll leave you guys with one nail swatch:

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Coney Island Cotten Candy by none other than OPI. It’s a light peachy light pink. Reminds me a little of Bubble Bath but slightly more warm tones. Pretty huh?

Okay I hope you all enjoyed tonight. I’ll let you know how my butt feels tomorrow (I think I have a bruise).

If you guys have suggestions on what I should blog about let me know! I won’t be blogging much this week because I am booked solid… with dates! Imagine that! I am getting back into the game and this week starts it all. But I never kiss and tell.

Kisses,

Lesley Hope