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I’m Back! With ColourPop!!!

Published August 14, 2015 by lesleyhope

Yes! After months of a hiatus for no apparent reason other than life… I’m back in action on this blog. First, a little about what has been up. I moved out of my old place (thank God), I now live alone in a cute lil apartment in the best part of the city, I have started a new job, actually 2 new jobs (just started working at the yoga studio last week for some free yoga), I have gone on handfuls of dates with men (and boys), many were not good experiences (more on that later- the woos of single life in the big city!, I played in a volleyball league this summer and have started spinning religiously. That sums up my life!

On another note, I’m fricken obsessed with liquid lipsticks. And I’ve been trying different brands to see if I can get a good bang for my buck. I bought a few of the Anastasia Beverly Hills, 2 Kat Von D and one Stila. My thoughts thus far: ABH has the best formula. Not drying, stays a good amount of time, nice array of colors but expensive for the amount of product you receive. Kat Von D has twice the product for the same price but her colors are a little more cray (which is cool with me), and the formula is a little tacky (don’t like). Stila is, again, on the expensive side, not that many colors to choose from and I don’t like the smell of them. They smell kind of like paint or something.

Enter Colourpop Cosmetics and their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Ok first of all they are $6 which is less than HALF the cost of the other 3 brands. Second, their color selection is by far the best. Ranging from taupe, dark brown, BLUE, lavender to red. Third, they are matte. Like, really, really matte. Matte like they hurt my lips when I tried to get off the color swatching. They are also very drying. They are a very dry film over your lips so if you like moisture I would not recommend. They’re straight up liquid too. One thing I did not like was that one of the colors actually DRIPPED out from the tube when I was applying. Not good for that Louis Vuitton I slaved for. But damn they are some beauties.

Let’s get into it shall we? Below from top to bottom: Trap, Bumble, Sundae, Mars, Seesaw

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I have swatched any colors beside each that can be considered “dupes”. Or, I guess, what these ColourPop colors could be considered dupes for.

IMG_1036Trap- Sephora Lustre Matte in Fig on L & ABH Pure Hollywood on R

Bumble- Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore

Sundae- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

Mars- ABH in Carina

Seesaw- ABH in Lovely

Now I will go into each color as I swatched each on me. This is on 12 hours of makeup and fourth day washed hair PS. Don’t judge the swatching either. Just judge the colors.

TRAP. Purple-taupe. Heard a lot about this color prior to buying and I am IMPRESSED! Very wearableIMG_1026 for everyday makeup, beautiful shade and very unique as I was not able to swatch any dupes that had the same taupey intensity.

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Bumble: UM OK I CAN’T EVEN. This color is…. the most perfect   medium raspberry pink. There were really no colors that even came close to this shade. Incredible unique and I think it would look good on a lot of skintones as well

IMG_1029Sundae: bright fuchsia with purple undertones. Kat Von D is pretty similar but.. this one is $6 sooo…

Mars- this is a bright, red/pink. I would not go so far to call it coral- it’s definitely more pink as you can see

IMG_1030Mars- this is a deep pink coral. Very similar to ABH Carina above. A bit with more of a blue undertone rather than warm.

IMG_1028Seesaw: light to medium pink with lavender undertones. Didn’t have anything in my arsenal that close to it. Very wearable. Again, unique shade.

Ok that is it. I will absolutely recommend these to people. I would be careful of the application as one of my colors did drip out of the tube. But finish, color payoff, (no) smell and price are WONDERFUL! Go Colorpop!!!

XO,

Lesley

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

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.

Lipstick & You

Published February 23, 2014 by lesleyhope

Happy Saturday! So remember how I said how I was busy this whole week because of all my dates? Yeah…. that didn’t happen as I expected. Before I start writing passionately about lipstick, let me just inquire- are there ANY guys out there anymore that don’t call on a phone? Or does everyone just casually text like life and plans are no big deal? Just wondering.

Ok, here we go. I went this whole week doing the “no makeup” look. It was fun, but hard! I love lipstick and lipstick colors and eye shadow and trying out new things on myself. But it did cut my time down in the mornings a little since I didn’t have to use different brushes, colors, etc. I went out tonight so FINALLY I could put on some lipstick and try mixing new colors. I thought I would share another experiment with you all about how lipstick changes your look drastically. And feel free to let me know which look/color you like best on me! CAVIAT: I hate taking pictures of myself and I really don’t like how I look when it’s just me smiling for my own dang photo. Hence, I will never make a career out of modeling.

  • Look one. Pre lipstick. The naked lip look. My lips are pretty nude naturally which I like. Doesn’t require much for a nude lip.

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  • Look 2. I first put on that cyan blue from Inglot and mixed with a dark, matte purple. I like the color but doesn’t go well with my eyes tonight. Makes my teeth look white though…

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  • Look 3. I used a bright red and mixed with the purple already on my lips to create a deep red burgundy. Again, the look is a little severe with what’s going on with my eyes. I like look 2 better I think

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  • Look 4. I needed to subdue the harsh tones and soften everything up a little. I used… wait for it… a GREEN metallic OCC Lip Tar in PowerPlant. That seems crazy but as you can see from Project Swatch’s blog, it cancels out red tones and creates a frosty, browner color. LOVE this color to death because it adds another dimension to my lip look. Getting warmer on my final look as well!

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  • Look 5. The final one! I used first a darker beige to cancel out all of the red. Then I added a light pink to bring out the light purple and viola! I have a pretty mauve lip color that’s not dramatic but not boring either.

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I took an up close shot so you guys can see the color that was happening up close and personal. Love it!

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Let me know what you guys think. I used all Inglot Freedom System Lip Creams and OCC Lip Tars to get my perfect color. You don’t need either of those brands necessarily to create your perfect color- just some patience, and a little adventure to not be afraid to mix, mix, mix!

I loved making this post tonight because I LOVE color and I LOVE lipstick. I wanted this to emphasize how much the color of just what’s on your lips can dramatically change your look. I’m always so much more in tune with my mood when I’m putting on my makeup because it totally makes a difference. That sounds silly but it’s true. Makeup has brought me closer to myself because I FEEL different when I put on different things. Just me though, I am an artist in my own way and love it.

Here’s my favorite OPI color of all time (don’t mind the minor chips, sorry 😦 ). My Private Jet

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It’s a beautiful metallic grayish, purple with little specs of silver and colors in it. It makes me feel as if I should be on a private jet with my designer bags and suitcases. Ah, it’s definitely an all year round luxury type of color.

Hope you beauties enjoyed tonight, I certainly did!

Goodnight, xo. Lesley Hope

OPI Extravaganza

Published February 15, 2014 by lesleyhope

So I’m sitting at my high top table, with my glass of red wine, a fire going and ladies, I have to say, I am feeling VERY Carrie Bradshaw-esque right now. I often wonder if I could be her in another lifetime… sigh.

Anyways, I have a post tonight! It’s a NAIL post! Exclusively OPI, with two exceptions (sorry Essie I just didn’t have enough of you to write about at the moment). But I will say, I’m loving Essie more and more. Whatever purchaser or brand manager made the deal with Walgreens- BRAVO! Very smart thinking. I was really thinking hard the last few days about how I wanted to post this because I have SO many colors and NOT enough swatches for you guys! I struck up a deal and I hope you will comply- I swatch a color every couple of days and talk about it. That’s so I don’t have to tear up my nails with all the acetone (and so I can wear each other and admire my own hands for a few days). Deal? Ok great!

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About half is half of my collection (rest are in Michigan… but they will be brought back) and the other half is my roommate’s who I have not asked if it’s ok to name her yet. Totally ok to remain anonymous on this super popular blog.

Left from right- base coat, Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs, Bubble Bath, Coney Island Cotton Candy, Tickle My France-y, Essie San Tropez, Essie Chincilly, Lucky Lucky Lavender, I Think In Pink, Cozumelted In The Sun, Feelin Hot Hot Hot, My Chihuahua Bites, Red Hot Ayers Rock, Overexposed In South Beach, Catherine The Grape, You Don’t Know Jacques, Expresso Your Style, Midnight In Moscow, Warm & Fozzie, My Private Jet, Designer…De Better, Don’t Talk Bach To Me, Yoga-ta Get This Blue, Russian Navy.

Beautiful right? More to come! Check them out at OPI and Essie. I love OPI’s site because it has an interactive tool where you can try on colors- any color! It’s wonderful.

Allright: two swatches for you pretty people.


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On the left is Lucky, Lucky, Lavender. I would consider it more of a pink with lavender rather than an actual purple-y lavender. It’s not outrageous, it’s rather romantic and lovely. I would never use those words in the same sentence, especially describing nail polish. But it felt right.

On the right is Red Hot Ayers Rock. It’s a dynamite hot berry red. When I first put it on, it was more pink- then the next day I was studying it and I decided it was more red. I can’t decide! It’s gorgeous though- especially with a nice little tan in the summer.

Now I’m going to get my butt kicked by a personal trainer at my gym (a free Valentine’s Day gift they gave me). Sweet huh? I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Even if it was just a normal day for you and you ate more candy than normal, that works.

Peace & Love,

Lesley Hope