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How to Hack the Nude (Lipstick)

I only really got into the nude lipstick fad in the last year, and can I just say? Total game-changer. I never really liked them on other people (mostly thinking of YouTubers who always point out their lipstick) because I didn’t think it really added anything to the look. I was the type of person that wore lipstick mostly as a statement, and used one or two pink colours for everyday wear. My favourite thing about nude lipsticks NOW is that it doesn’t make an obvious statement or add a ton to the look. Instead… it just ~works~ no matter what’s going on with the rest of my face. Lipstick seriously helps frame your face, and 9 times out of 10 I’m wearing really minimal, natural makeup intended to do just that – highlight my features and frame my face. Back in the old days, I used t just put on a lip balm that would be gone in a matter of minute. Now, I addd a nude lip and it raises the look up a few notches, giving the look a more professional and put together tone.
When it comes to nude lipsticks I have some MAJOR favs and some I use just to mix it up. I have different shades to go with different outfits and different ~vibes~. Here are my top five favourites, and what I like to wear them with.

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OOTD | Dressing for Winter

I’m a big fan of dresses. I know they’re not for everyone, but to me they’re such an easy way to be comfortable and chic, it’s too good to pass up. Of course, part of the comfort question is the style of dress. For a loooooong time I stuck strictly to bodycon and skater dresses because I felt like anything that didn’t hug my waist made me look ginormous. Thankfully, after spending years avoiding dresses that I found gorgeous just because they weren’t form fitting, I have embraced it. Even better: shift dresses are the comfiest and I regret having missed out on them for so long.


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The BEST Red Lip Products

Recently I’ve been seriously loving a good red lip. I was inspired by Emma Watson (surprise surprise) as she said that whenever she’s got a big event she wears a red lip. I’ve always been torn about this because on one hand, a red lip makes me feel bad ass and bold and – as corny as it is – beautiful. I feel like you can’t go wrong with it, but then red lips are SO!! HARD!! to do right! Because as soon as your colour starts fading in the middle, and it starts looking like you’ve just got a weird red lip liner thing going on (you know what I’m talking about) or it smudges off your lips, it feels impossible to fix and you go from feeling 100% to 0%. The struggle.

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Review | Kyshadow Holiday Palette

13148I have been wanting to order a “kyshadow palette” ever since Kylie launched the first version – the bronze palette. The bronze palette has a ton of really lovely brown shades, but I already had an abundance of those so I never ordered one(though I hear they’re great, my friend Meredith did a review of hers which you can read here). THEN the burgundy palette came out. I’m a huge fan of orange and red eyeshadows, I’ve been wearing them a ton this autumn season. However, I had just purchased the Modern Renaissance palette which has a bunch of burgundy tones in it, so again I passed up on ordering one. A few weeks ago I was checking my emails and I had only just received a promo email from Kylie Cosmetics saying the Holiday collection had gone on sale. I really only intended to see how quickly the palette was selling out but I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing, and there was no waiting for my cart to process (which often happens when ordering from Kylie Cosmetics, as things sell out so fast they want to make sure they have enough of the product left for you), and I ended up buying it without really realising it. It’s kind of a funny (or very embarrassing) story so there you go. Online shopping is a dangerous game my friends, but here we are.

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What is it? 

Kylie Cosmetics has put out three eye shadow palettes – they call them Kyshadow palettes. I kind of hate it. The palettes have great reviews in terms of colour tones and pay off and blend-ability. Everyone who has one has said they use most if not all the colours in the palette on a regular basis, and every colour tone goes with every other one. Each palette has 9 eyeshadow pots. The bronze palette has a variety of shimmer and matte browns, the burgundy has a variety of shimmer and matte oranges/reds. The holiday palette, on the other hand, was created by Kylie for the holiday season(obvs), and has a variety of colours as well as shimmer and matte options! My favourites are still the matte colours, but I do need a little shimmer every now and again, especially during the holiday season. I love that this palette has a variety of colours, especially those (like green??!) that I don’t have anything similar to. There are both darker tones and lighter tones in the palette. I can also add to the growing crowd that claims that colour pay off and blend-ability is great (though not as great as the Modern Renaissance palette in my opinion). While every colour is great for the holiday season, I don’t think it has enough options to be the only palette I use for holiday looks, even now I tend to use some colours from the MR palette whenever I use this one. 91012

About the Product

This is where I talk about animal testing/manufacturing, if you care about these things (you should!!) make sure you read this bit. As I stated in my previous review of Kylie’s lip kits and Koko Kollection, Kylie Cosmetics manufactures their products at a factory in California. While she was in the process of creating and kicking off her lip kits, Kylie was constantly snapchatting and sharing the process and the ‘behind the scenes’ of the manufacturing. I love this. I love that Kylie isn’t outsourcing to other countries though they may offer cheaper labour costs. I also love that she’s manufacturing in California because I believe, and let me know if I’m wrong, that this means she has to abide by the Californian state laws regarding what kind of chemicals can go into products. I’m 99% sure that California has tougher laws on such things in comparison to other states. When it comes to animal cruelty, all of Kylie’s products are 100% cruelty free, another huge A+ in my books.

Cost

Each Kyshadow palette costs $42 USD. From my experience, this is about average cost for an eyeshadow palette. Since these palettes are of great quality and are ethical, which is more than a lot of other palettes of around the same price can say, they’re totally worth the cost. However, international shipping (I live in Canada) on Kylie Cosmetics is $15 🙁 I bought this literally two days!! before she had a free international shipping promotion. Not cool. Lucky for you, Kylie Cosmetics is doing a ton of promotions for Christmas, so just keep your eye on their social media accounts, and maybe sign up for emails and make sure you’re getting the most that you can for your money!

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Here is each colour as it shows up, I swatched them using my fingers (lol, these next two pictures have not been processed and the colours are true.

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Left to right:

Sugar Cookie, Frosty, Chestnut, Mittens, Winter, Nutcracker

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Left to right:

Silent Night, Evergreen, Gingerbread

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Where can I buy it? 

The Holiday Kyshadow Palette will be limited edition and likely will not be sold after the 2016 Christmas season is over. You can find it online from the KylieCosmetics.com website, the direct link is here but the product is currently unavailable, I’m assuming it’s out of stock 🙁 Make sure you keep an eye on their social media to see when it’s back! I’ll update this with a link if I can.

Hope you enjoyed, let me know if you have any holiday blog or video requests, I’m drawing a blank and I need some inspiration from my favourite people (YOU!)!!!

xx Sabrina

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Beauty | Koko Kollection

klkklk3Kylie Cosmetics recently came out with the new ‘Koko Kollection’ – aka a collection of lip mattes and one gloss designed by Kylie Jenner’s older sister Khloe Kardashian. As soon as I saw the promo pics for the matte liquid lipstick colours I was sold! It seemed to have all the colours that I felt were missing from my lipstick collection and I was keen to try out one of Kylie’s glosses. I conveniently also got the checked and received my email the minute the website opened up their sale on the Kollection, and I immediately clicked the link and added it to my basket and low and behold – it actually worked! That’s the thing about shopping at KylieCosmetics.com, as soon as what you really want actually makes it into your cart before being sold out, you feel obligated to buy it without thinking, so I did….

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YouTube | March Beauty Favourites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF1A6bCsBM0

Hi friends! I know monthly favourites and a fan favourite on WordPress, so you’ll be happy to hear that this week’s video is my beauty favourites of March 🙂 If you don’t know, I post videos every Sunday at 1pm on my youtube account www.youtube.com/arcticsabrina. My content is very similar to my blog, it’s all beauty, fashion or lifestyle. It means a lot to me when fellow bloggers check out my account, I love seeing your friendly faces there!

xxSabrina

Beauty | Kylie Lip Kit First Impressions

Hi friends! I was having a bit of a blue day today so I was so happy to see this cute little box on my doorstep when I got home! I ordered two Kylie Lip Kits a few weeks ago in the colours Posie K and Mary Jo, these are my first impressions!

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