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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

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Lips For the Bold and Brave Only!

Published August 12, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hey ya guys! I’ve created a few posts so this blog aint gonna be dry this week!

Allright let’s see…. I feel like I should update you all on some life events. I GOT BRACES! On my bottom teeth but whatevs. They hurt real bad and for the first month (no lie) they were sooo sore. I could barely chew crackers. No lie, no lie, no lieeee (Drake voice). I’m going on 2 full months with these babies and I am proud and impressed with the improvements! I will show a progress pic after the next adjustment.

K let’s quit babbling and talk MAKEUP baby! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m, like, obsessed with lipstick. And color. I love bright, I love dark, light, nude, mute, purple, green, black. You get the point. I never say never with lip color because, I mean, who knows?

So I’ve got a ton of lip tars and I thought, why not start swatching them to actually see the colors. I’ve swatched about 14 so far and boyyyy I have definitely learned a lot of things about my undertone, skintone, what looks better with a tan, what colors I am apprehensive to pull of. This first round of colors are… bright. Really bright and really bold. I look at this as the “secondary” colors. The primary ones are kind of boring to swatch… red, black, white yellow, blue. Secondary lippies are colors that you can create with any of the above ^^ but also, ones that you could possibly wear alone if need be.

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So minus the blue- they are secondary colors. Left to right… RX, Mannequin, PowerPlant, Nylon and Cha Cha.

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RX. Kinda blurry- but just a true blue. Can make any purple shade under the sun with a black or white mixer which is why I ❤ it!

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Mannequin. DAAAAMN check that out. It’s a for real light, BRIGHT, matte pink. The thing with mattes is, they are harder to blend out. You can see the unevenness on my lips and I still had a lot of product on! They are tough- and this is a really tricky color to pull off alone, I always pair it with a little some some else.

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Power plant- it’s a metallic emerald. Honestly, you might be able to pull this off if you’re going to a club since it’s metallic. But probs not. I LOVE pairing this with a true red- it creates the most beautiful muave/purpley/brownish color along with that bomb ass metallic finish. Like this a lot to pull off many different looks, but wouldn’t say it’s a staple in anyone’s makeup kit.

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Nylon- it was a Sephora exclusive when OCC first came out and it was my first lip tar. Ever. I have a special affinity for this color. It actually looks waaay brighter and Barbie pink in person but regardless, it’s a bright, summer pop of pink that looks swell on some tan skin (but skin the rays guys- just use some bronzer).

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Chacha. Last but not least. And I thought I’d hit ya with a selfie. That’s me! Hey! Check out my freckles, ha. Ok I used my picture for this color because it’s one of the colors you can wear just alone (I mean you can wear of them alone but this one looks the least cray cray). It’s a beautiful pale coral- but it’s still super bright. One of my favorites.

In conclusion… I am really into the brights right now. We’ve got 1 more solid month of summer and I say, GO FOR IT ALL! I am going to Spain in exactly 32 days soo I’m trying to swatch my life away now so I can bring the perfect few colors over there. Definitely going to bring either ChaCha or Nylon- need to look up with Spanish guys like more. 😉 ha just kidding, kinda.

More to come… stay tuned!

And stay beautiful! Go Spartans!

xo, Lesley Hope

Color Me Summer

Published May 5, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hello beautiful people!

I am deeply sorry for my lack of blogging. I’ve been mulling over a lot of things having to do with this blog, my passions & my future lately. I have made some decisions so stay tuned!

Anyway, let’s talk makeup. I heard about NYX Macaron Lippies about a month ago. I started watching Ssssamantha’s youtube channel (also BATALASHBEAUTY) and I was instantly drawn. #wcw everyday. She’s awesome. She posted a review on them before they were released and I was intrigued- black, blue, green lipsticks?! Come to mama!

I feel like I waited WEEKS for them to arrive. I was first spelling them wrong on the internet so I didn’t even know they were released on NYX’s website. When I finally found the link, I was elated. I ordered 5 colors (I was only going to get 4 but after $25 you get free shipping and they’re $6 each soooo… yeah, had to). They were shipped from Los Angeles so it took about a week for them to arrive. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, because receiving these lipsticks was the biggest thorn in my ass. Fed Ex first doesn’t have a universal key to my building to drop the box off where allllll the other UPS and USPS mailmen drop boxes. Okay, that’s fine. One extra day. I’ll wait until the next day. I leave a note on the intercom system- “FED EX FOR G*****S, CALL 948”. I have my phone by me that next day. I am staring at it all morning. All of the sudden, “New Voicemail”. WHAT?! NOOOO!!! My phone apparently doesn’t have service in my work building! Awesome! So I call Fed Ex customer service and find out what the heck to do. Get it reconsigned to a Fed Ex Kinkos and pick it up the next day. Ugh, double ugh. So finally it’s the next day, it’s pouring but it’s cool. I’ll do what I gotta do to get these damn lipsticks. And I did. I conquered Fed Ex and ventured on public transit to the opposite side of town to pick up my box in the rain. Whew! Got ’em guys! I couldn’t wait to get home and open this puppy up…. they didn’t disappoint.

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Left to right…

  • Pistachio- mint green
  • Earl grey- muted periwinkle
  • Violet- can we say ULTRA violet?!
  • Black Seasame- light grey
  • Blue velvet- bright blue

 

These are only 5 out of I believe 12. They also have white, black, lime green, orange, yellow, pink & lavender. I wanted to get colors that I would not buy anywhere else. The violet was the one that I put into my shopping bag at the end on a whim because I knew I would receive free shipping. I think I would love the black & orange. Now, I want to be clear. I would probably not wear this out alone. I think people absolutely could but I use them more for blending purposes. Do you see where I’m going with this? I mixed Pistachio with a MAC lipstick last night- a dark burgundy I can’t remember the name. The color that these two created was gorgeous! It was a browny mauve since red and green are complimentary colors & cancel each other out.

Back to the lippies, they are creamy, pigmented and last a decent amount of time. In my swatches I actually only lined my lips when I put on Violet. I think you can tell. All the rest of the swatches look like they bleed a little bit but they don’t- it’s all about the lip liner ladies!!!

I would absolutely recommend these. I mean, they’re $6, good quality (some of NYX’s other lipsticks smell a LITTLE funny) and it’s SUMMER! Go crazy! Have fun! With a tan, an orange or the blue would be beautiful looking! Check out Musings of a Muse- beautiful swatches.

I will post more, promise.

Farewell for now pretty people!

Xo, Lesley Hope

Get Naked

Published March 21, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hi friends! I’ve been slacking, I’m sorry. I actually have had the flu for the past couple of days. So I knew when I went into the bathroom at 10AM yesterday and looked at the ghost with the washed out skin and dull eyes staring back in the mirror, I should go home (side note, I had done the exact same makeup routine I usually do, I even highlighted to perk up my eyes) . Moral of the story, if you’re sick, putting on makeup will not help. Your body will fight that all off and melt your makeup to say “LOOK GIRLFRIEND, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS WORKING OVERTIME, CAN YOU GIVE US A BREAK NOW?” So I did. I gave my immune system Christmas early and slept for 13 hours. My body is still a little angry at me for going too long without stopping, but it’s getting better.

On to the next one. I’ve got 2 products to review and swatch for you today. The beloved NAKED palettes from Urban Decay. I don’t have the 2nd one only because it is, in my opinion, the weakest of the 3 in terms of different colors- but that’s only because I had the first one. If you don’t have the first, compare 1 and 2 to see which colors look better on you but I wouldn’t get both. 1 is warmer tones and 2 are more silvers and cooler tones. 3 are rose golds and taupes which I really enjoy blending and working with. Blondes have the best luck with pink/rose tones in my opinion.

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The ever famous Urban Decay Naked and Naked 3 palettes.

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Let me just compare the packaging of both quickly- Naked 3 comes in a sleek, plastic palette that snaps shut. Naked 1 is in a cardboard with felt and a magnetic shut-case. Naked 3, you win in that department. They both came with cool brushes that were duel ended but I lost them both. And they were synthetic, kind of cheapies. They’re nice if you’re just getting into makeup but I don’t pay too much mind to them.

Now the colors… let’s start with the first 7 of Naked 1 (mainly because I didn’t plan out how many I wanted to do before I started coloring all over myself).

  • Virgin- a shimmery pearl. Great for highlighting under the brow.
  • Sin- a warm, champagne.
  • Naked- a medium, matte brown. I find this color to be the most disappointing out of the entire palette. It’s hard to pick up and doesn’t blend well.
  • Sidecar-a shimmered brownish with a little bit of red undertone and lots of sparkles. Love this on my lid for a night out.
  • Buck- a deeper matte brown. It’s the better version of Naked.
  • Half Baked- true coppery beige. This is one of UD’s best sellers as a single
  • Smog- shimmer bronze.
  • Darkhorse- a chocolate brown with a warm, red undertone.
  • Toasted- medium taupe with more of a pink finish.
  • Hustle- a darker plum based taupe.
  • Creep- dark blue-black with little teal and silver speckles in it. Not one of my favorites in the palette. Difficult to blend out.
  • Gunmetal- beautiful blue-based gray. On the skin, it almost looks like it has a brown undertone. Reminds me of MAC’s Blue Brown pigment which is one of my FAVS!

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Ok so take a long look at the colors above. I think the main thing they all have in common is warm, brownish/reddish undertones. UD hit a home run with this baby. But then… they came out with another beauty. Not Naked 2. PASS. NAKED 3!!!

  • Strange- pale, neutral pink. I was slightly underwhelmed until I tried it. It’s very smooth and almost acts as a silky finish- not a highlighter.
  • Dust- pink metallic shimmer with micro glitter. The glitter falls so be ready to clean under your eyes after you apply this one. But it’s very pigmented and glittery for some pizazz.
  • Burnout- light peachy satin.
  • Limit- light dusty rose matte.
  • Buzz- metallic rose with gold undertones.
  • Trick- coppery pink with silvery and metallic sparkle.
  • Nooner- medium pinkish brown matte. The darker version to Limit.
  • Liar- a medium mauve shimmer.
  • Factory- a brownish pink satin with red undertones.
  • Mugshot- a medium warm taupe shimmer.
  • Darkside- a cool-toned purple taupe with a pearl finish
  • Blackheart- Smokey matte black-red with red glitter. One of my favorites in this collection. Obviously, not an everyday color but a unique color that you can blend with lots of others to create the tone you want since it is matte with red undertones.

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I love both of these palettes a lot. I do like Naked 3 better- it has many colors that suit my skin tone better with the pinks.

Next on my list to blog not in a million weeks about… colors for spring! Yeah yeah so I’ve already talked your ears off about Radiant Orchid but there are so many other colors that are must haves for THIS spring in particular since I feel that it might never come…. sign. I will be pale and dark rooted for eternity if the sun doesn’t start working it’s magic.

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OPI’s Don’t Talk Bach To Me. It’s the Germany collection and it’s dedicated to my lovely Spartans and March Madness. GO GREEN!

Until next time lovers,

Lesley Hope xo